Joe Lapinski is an interdisciplinary artist who has been performing, writing, and producing music in St.Catharines Ontario Canada for the past 18 years. He performs actively as a solo artist, as well as a member of The Woodshed Orchestra, Whitney Pea, The Regards, and Bronx Cheerleader. He is the founder and chief of Yummy Recordings, and is a co-founder of the In the Soil Arts Festival, all based in St. Catharines.

He’s produced musical scores and sound design for the likes of Suitcase In Point Theatre Company and The Shaw Festival, and has also started composing soundtracks for film (Blue Collar Boys, 2013).

He is proud to announce the release of his 3rd solo The Beauty Beyond, co-produced with drummer Dave Clark (Gord Downie, Rheostatics, The Woodshed Orchestra).

Photos above by Barsin Aghajan

The Specifics

Below is a list of groups and artists that I have supported either currently or in the past.

Joe Lapinski (The Joe Lapinski Band) – guitar, vox – song writing and arranging – w/ Dave Clark, Paul Kolinski, Jason Kenemy, Laurel Minnes, Whitney Peterson.

The Woodshed Orchestra – guitar, lap steel, vox – w/ Dave Clark, Jason Kenemy, Nick Buligan, Julia Hambleton, Paul Kolinski, Tom Howell, Michael Herring, Karen Ng, Rebecca Hennessy, Scott Thomson, Susanna Hood.

Bronx Cheerleader – guitar – w/ Scott Warren, Eron Stroud, Marshall Bureau.

Whitney Pea - pedal steel guitar.

The Regards – pedal steel, lap steel, organ, guitar, vox – w/ Edwin Conroy, Miles Coverdale, Brian Foster, Trevor Enns, Alison Enns.

Palooka – guitar, vox – song writing and arranging – w/ Eron Stroud, Jay Peters.

The Woodchoppers Association – guitar, perc, vox, - improvisation – w/ Dave Clark, Lewis Melville, Jah Youssouf (Mali, Africa), Scott Thompson, Jason Kenemy, and many more.

The Centennial Secondary School Choir – bass, vox – w/ Dave Clark, Lewis Melville, Michael Johnston, Dave Reed, and The Centennial Secondary School Choir.

The Williams – bass, guitar, lap steel guitar, vox – w/ Dave Clark, Lewis Melville, Blake Howard, Scott Cameron.

Garrett Lacroix – guitar, bass, vox – w/ Garrett Lacroix.

The Poetess – guitar, voice – w/ Alexandra Hlinyanszky – spoken word with music backing.

Below is a list of recording projects that I have taken part in at least 1 of following production duties:

  • Musician
  • Producer
  • Engineer
  • Mixing
  • Mastering

Joe Lapinski - The Beauty Beyond - 2013 - writing, performing, production, mixing, mastering

Creature Speak - Creature Speak - 2013 - production, mixing, mastering, performing

Clownfish Hat - in production - 2013 - co-production, recording, mixing, mastering

Paperbag Palace - EP - 2013 - producing, mixing, mastering

Cold Pines Cold Pines - 2012 - co-production, mixing, mastering

The Bends - Through Looking-Glass Houses - 2012 - co-production, mixing, mastering

Bronx Cheerleader - Real Punks Don't Sing About Girls - 2012 - co-production, performing

Edwin Conroy Jr. - in production - 2011 - production, mixing, performing

Jude Vadala - Do You Ever? - 2010 - production, mixing, performing

Bryson Waind - Grape Country - 2010 - mastering.

La-Nai Gabriel and The Free People Pictures - 2010 - mastering.

Texting Mackenzie - Quoi De Neuf? - 2010 - mastering.

Dave Clark's Woodshed Orchestra - in production - 2010 - production, mixing, performing

The Woodchoppers Association & Jah Youssouf – The Woodchoppers Association et Jah Youssouf – 2009 – performing, writing, production

Words Around The Waist - Words Around The Waist - Sept 2008 - mastering

Instruments of Lust and Fury – Waiting For The Barbarians – 2008 – production, engineering, mixing, mastering

The Hoa Hoa’s – Sonic Bloom – 2008 – production, mixing

The Regards – Light From A Ghost –2007 – production, mixing, mastering, performing, writing

The Centennial Secondary School Choir – Canadian Music Vocal Project 2 - 2007- performing

Afghanistan, We Stand On Guard For Thee - 2007 - performing, writing

Joe Lapinski – Sundries – 2007 – writing, performing, production, mixing, mastering

Scandalnavia – not yet released – 2007 – co-production, engineering, mixing

Mike Lynch – MJL Was Here – 2007 – mastering, co-production, mixing

Cougar Party – not yet released – 2006 – production, mixing, mastering

Reservoir Ticklers – not yet released – 2006 – co-production, mixing, mastering

Jesse Reid – Gravelly Bay – 2006 – mastering

Readable Ink – The Ass – 2006 – mastering

The Hoa Hoa’s – Flower Flower – 2005 – production, mixing, mastering

Barnhouse Static – Through Dusty Windows – 2005 – mastering

Bronx Cheerleader – Tough Guy Cliches – 2005 - mixing, mastering, post-production

Is It Rolling? – 2005 – production, performing, writing, mixing, mastering

The Dinner Is Ruined – Legion Hall – 2005 – mastering

Joe Lapinski – Here Are The Postcards I Forgot To Send You – 2004 – production, writing, performing, mixing, mastering

Brian and Pam – Carry Me Away – 2004 – mastering.The Regards – The Regards – 2004 – production, mixing, mastering

Palooka – Shrimp Ring – 2004 – production, writing, performing, mixing, mastering

Frontwards – Live – 2004 – production, mixing, mastering

Readable Ink – A Journey West – 2004 – production, mixing, mastering, performing

Garrett Lacroix – Maudlin – 2003 - production, mixing, mastering, performing

Mike Lynch – Live at Singer Songwriter Night - 2003 – production, mixing mastering

The Regards – First and Foremost – 2002 – production, mixing, mastering

Blackberry Blossom – Blackberry Blossom – 2002 – production, mixing, mastering

Joe D'Linde - Mid-Life Blues Ballads and Breakdowns – 2001 – production, mixing, mastering

Raising the Fawn - Raising the Fawn – 2000 – mixing, mastering

The Sweater Girls - EP – 2002 – mastering

The Waterhaulers - EP - 2001 – mastering

Palooka - Palooka - 2000 - performing, production, mixing, mastering

Below is a list of theatre productions that I have taken part in at least 1 of following duties for Suitcase In Point Theatre Company and various Canadian theatre companies:

  • Music Composer
  • Sound Designer
  • Music Performer
  • Actor

Barrel Crank - 2012 - sound design, writing, performing, composing, recording.

Topdog / Underdog - 2011 - produced by The Shaw Festival Theatre - sound design.

The 45th Big Time World Theatre Awards - 2011 - writing, performing, composing, recording.

The Christmas Face-off Cabaret - 2010 - writing, performing, composing, recording.

Cabaret Spring Break: Overdose on Awesome! - 2010 - writing, performing, composing, recording.

The 73rd Big Time World Theatre Awards! - 2010 - writing, performing, composing, recording.

"Dear Jesus, Sorry I have to Work on Your Birthday Again. Love Santa." A Christmas Cabaret - 2009 - writing, performing, composing, recording.

A Downtown Stupor – The Garbage City Project – 2009; Courthouse Theatre, St. Catharines ON – writing, music workshopping and arranging, sound and music recording.

Graffiti ... What A Waste - (Mainstream Services) - 2009 - composing, music recording performing, recording.

Big Time 2009: The 98th Annual Big Time World Theatre Awards - 2009; Robertson Hall, St. Catharines ON - music/sound production and performing w/ The Williams.

The Christmas Present A Christmas Cabaret - Just for You! A Gift from Suitcase In Point * Right Now! * Christmas Rules! - 2008; The Merchant Ale House, St. Catharines ON - acting, writing, music performing and writing.

I Know Angelo & Looking For George – 2008; Courthouse Theatre, St. Catharines ON – music/sound composition, production and recording; co-designer of sound.

1984 - (Theatre Rien Pantoute) - 2008 - composing, music recording performing, recording.

The Big Time Speakeasy 2nd Annual Fundraiser - 2008; The First United Church, St. Catharines ON - music/sound production and performing.

Countdown To Christmas – A Christmas Cabaret – 2007; The Merchant Ale House, St. Catharines ON – acting, writing, music performance with The Williams

A Downtown Stupor – The Garbage City Project – 2007; Courthouse Theatre, St. Catharines ON – acting, writing, live music, music recording and engineering

Garbage City Workshop – 2007; Brock University, St. Catharines ON – acting, development.

Cabaret Global Warming – 2007; The Merchant Ale House, St. Catharines ON – song writing, scene writing, performing.

Cabaret Sauvignon: Cheer To Five Years – 2006; 2006; The Merchant Ale House, St. Catharines ON – song writing, arranging, performing along side The Williams (Dave Clark, Lewis Melville, Scott Cameron)

A Junky’s Cabaret – 2006; The Merchant Ale House, St. Catharines ON; The Cameron House, Toronto ON – song writing, song recording, arranging, performing.

Citizen’s Inc – 2006; The Merchant Ale House, St. Catharines ON; The Cameron House, Toronto ON – song writing, song recording, arranging, performing.

Cabaret Conservative – 2006; The Merchant Ale House, St. Catharines ON – song writing, arranging, performing

The Devil’s Masquerade – 2005; Strega Café, St. Catharines ON – song writing, arranging, performing.

Cabaret Beach – 2005 – song writing, arranging, performing.

Groundwater – 2005, 2004 – song writing, recording, arranging.

A Junky’s Cabaret - 2005 – song writing, arranging, performing – w/ Jay Peters

Cabaret Winds of Change – 2004 – song writing, arranging, performing.

Cabaret On Fire – 2004 – song writing, arranging, performing.

The Back-Up Family Show – 2004; The Hillside Festival, Guelph ON - song writing, arranging, performing

Be Wearing Wolf – 2004, 2003, 2002 – song writing, arranging, performing – w/ Edwin Conroy.

Cordially Entertaining Emily Chesley – 2003; Courthouse Theatre, St. Catharines ON; Summerworks Festival, Toronto ON – song writing, arranging, performing.

Cabaret Farkmee – 2003; The Niagara Artists’ Company, St. Catharines ON – song writing, arranging, performing.

Cowgirl/Cowboy Cowbaret – 2002; The Merchant Ale House, St. Catharines ON – song writing, arranging, performing.

Alienation F/X: A Sci-Fi Cabaret – 2002; The Merchant Ale House, St. Catharines ON – song writing, arranging, performing.

The Wape And Grine Cabaret – 2001; The Merchant Ale House, St. Catharines ON – song writing, arranging, performing.

Well, I'm hoping that this page grows a bit more.  Let me know if you want me to score your film!

Blue Collar Boys - 2012 - Original Music Composer and Performer

Below is a list of workshops and projects geared toward teaching music on the following levels:

  • Performance
  • Theatre
  • Recording Arts

Niagara Song Project - 2011 to 2013 - Funded by the Ontario Arts Council's Artist in the Classroom program - Songwriting and recording workshops in Niagara Region high schools.

Commotion - Brock University, Carousel Players - Fall 2010 - Dedicated music workshops with theatre students from Laura Secord and Eastdale High Schools.  The final outcome were 2 very distinct shows workshopped and written by the students.

Suitcase In Point Youth Programming - Summer Theatre Classes - Summer 2010 - A 2-week theatre/music intensive.  Working with Deanna Jones.

Commotion - Brock University, Carousel Players - Fall 2009 - Dedicated music workshops with theatre students from St. Catharines Collegiate and E.L. Crossley high schools.  The final outcome were 2 very distinct shows workshopped and written by the students.

Suitcase In Point Youth Programming - Summer Theatre Classes - Summer 2009 - A 2-week theatre/music intensive.  Working with Deanna Jones.

Suitcase In Point Youth Programming - Desks Aside - Winter 2008/2009 - In-class workshops for elementary schools and high schools.  Working with Deanna Jones.

Suitcase In Point Youth Programming – You Are Here – Spring 2008 – Folk Arts Centre – a youth program focused on developing theatre skills with youth between the ages of 12 and 17.  You Are Here is based on living in St.Catharines.  Working with Natasha Pedros and Alexandra Hlinyanszky.

Carousel Players summer “music and drama” camp – 2007 – The Courthouse Theatre, St. Catharines ON – A week long full time camp developing a music based play with children aged 8-12.

Carousel Players winter theatre camp – 2007 – The Courthouse Theatre, St. Catharines ON – A Saturday morning 4 month camp focussed on developing a play with musical accompaniment with children aged 8-12.

Chillin’ At The RAFT – 2005 – RAFT, St. Catharines ON – Working once a week for 5 months with under privileged youth in Downtown St. Catharines.  We worked with the youth in a number of artistic mediums, including writing, visual arts (drawing, photography), sound recording, etc.  This was funded by the City of St. Catharines’ Cultural Investment Program.

Is It Rolling? – 2005 – Niagara Artists’ Centre, St.Catharines ON – a recording project working with mentors and youth.  The idea of the project was to record an album with professional and young non-professional musicians, at the same time teaching them aspects of performing/writing music, as well as giving them recording experience and knowledge. This was funded by the City of St. Catharines’ Cultural Investment Program.

Below is a list of awards and various achievements that I have stumbled across over the years. I'm grateful for them all! Thanks!!!

Nominee - Making A Difference Award - St. Catharines Arts Awards - 2013

Innovation in the Arts Award (In the Soil: Niagara’s Homegrown Arts Festival: Co-founder) - The St. Catharines Trillium Arts Awards - 2010

Best Local Male Artist (2nd) - View Magazine (aka Pulse Niagara) - Readers' Choice 2009

Best Local Band (Joe Lapinski Band) - Pulse Niagara - Best of Everything 2008
Best Local Independent Record Label (Yummy Recordings) - Pulse Niagara - Best of Everything 2008
Best Theatre Company (Suitcase In Point) - Pulse Niagara - Best of Everything 2008
Best Local Band Artwork (The Regards, Light From A Ghost) - Pulse Niagara - Best of Everything 2008

Emerging Artist - The St. Catharines Trillium Arts Awards - 2008
Innovation in the Arts Award (Suitcase in Point Theatre Company) - The St. Catharines Trillium Arts Awards - 2008

Best Local Male Artist (2nd to Ron Sexsmith) - Pulse Niagara - Best of Music 2006
Best Local Independent Record Label (3rd) - Pulse Niagara - Best of Music 2006
Best Local Producer (2nd) - Pulse Niagara - Best of Music 2006

Best Singer/Songwriter (2nd) - Pulse Niagara - Reader's Choice Awards 2005 
Best Recording Studio (A-Frame Studios) - Pulse Niagara - Reader's Choice Awards 2005 
Best Theatre Company (Suitcase In Point) - Pulse Niagara - Reader's Choice Awards 2005 
Best Comedy (Suitcase In Point) - Pulse Niagara - Reader's Choice Awards 2005 
Best Local Original Band (Palooka) (2nd) - Pulse Niagara - Reader's Choice Awards 2005