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We recently caught up with one of Canada’s rising folk talents, Joe Vickers. Joe recently released his album, Notes For The Wood Burning Stove on March 3, and now here at Canadian Beats, we are happy to be premiering the lyric video for his single, “Moving Day”.
When asked Joe about the single, he commented,
“The song “Moving Day” is a short list of tasks completed and emotions felt during my most recent relocation, which brought me back to the prairies after five years of living in Portland, Oregon. Though the process of packing up and preparing for major change is universally stressful, I found this move to be a particularly important opportunity to declutter physically and emotionally; it offered the chance to be reflective on the memories and personal progress made while transitioning from one phase of life to the next. My friend, Katelyn Poon, animated this lyric video and her visuals capture the essence of the song, which is a playful examination of what it means to move along.”
Check out the lyric video below, and find out more about Joe in our newest segment of Five Questions With.
Introduce yourself to the readers.
Hi, My name is Joe Vickers. I’m a grain farmer and singer/songwriter from Drumheller, Alberta. Coffee is my main vice and I am completely obsessed with my cat and dog, Crush and Juniper. I likely have too many Rod Stewart records in my collection and I am perpetually repairing my broken eyeglasses.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
I write stripped down acoustic songs with a prairie perspective. Stylistically, the music falls under the umbrella of folk music because there’s always a storytelling aspect and often the songs include a social and political commentary. The lyrics and melodies are at the forefront and though I’m hardly reinventing the wheel here, I aim to write songs that are relevant and emotionally evocative on some level for the listener.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
Yeah, I’m on tour right now actually. I spent the last month touring throughout Europe and now I am playing shows along the well-trodden route between the Maritimes and Alberta. As an acoustic act, I have the versatility to perform pretty much anywhere and everywhere. I’ve played kitchen parties, coffee shops, living rooms, small clubs, festival stages, bonfires, barber shops, pontoon boats, you name it! My live performances are usually energetic and engaging – I like to mix some storytelling and punchlines into my banter – but before each performance, I try to read the energy of the space and make a set list according to vibes I feel from the room, which means my live show morphs with the audience each night. Really my goal as a performer is to see smiles, tears, toe-tapping or sing-a-longing, so I try to find a way to bring that to each listener.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Bible Belt. I think this tune best summarizes my current artistry. It offers various perspectives and experiences of oppression, gives a quiet nod to Springsteen, lyrically leans on imagery and metaphor, and is backed up by catchy acoustic riffs.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/artists?
I have a number of musical pals who happen to be my current Canadian favourites too. They are Mobina Galore (Winnipeg), Taylor Jade (Saskatoon), Jon Creeden (Ontario), Boots & the Hoots (Alberta), and Holy Crow (Halifax).
Upcoming Tour Dates:
04/10 – Kingston, ON – Musiikki Cafe
04/11 – Toronto, ON – Dakota Tavern
04/12 – London, ON – Richmond Tavern
04/13 – Southampton, ON – Outlaw Brew Co
04/14 – North Bay, ON – Raven & Republic
04/15 – Timmins, ON – The Working Class
04/18 – Thunder Bay, ON – Algoma House
04/19 – Kenora, ON – Broken Paddle Coffee Roastery
04/20 – Winnipeg, MB – The Handsome Daughter
04/21 – Saskatoon, SK – Vangeli’s
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.