The Joe Lapinski Band + Brittany Brooks

April 24, 2014 / News /

The Joe Lapinski Band + Brittany Brooks
Perform “The Beauty Beyond: Luminous Lines”
ONLY at The In the Soil Arts Festival

“The Beauty Beyond: Luminous Lines” is a collaborative live performance involving local visual artist Brittany Brooks and The Joe Lapinski Band. The band will be performing Joe’s latest album “The Beauty Beyond”, while Brittany interprets the music and sound using projected light. Her “light performance” will be completely analogue and tactile, no computers or digital tools here folks. The audience will be truly witnessing a natural dance between sound and light. Don’t blink.

This performance is a curated event at the 2014 In the Soil Arts Festival.

The Joe Lapinski Band + Brittany Brooks
The Beauty Beyond: Luminous Lines
Saturday April 26 2014
Oddfellows Temple
36 James Street, St. Catharines ON

Show: 8-9pm
Tickets: $10 or Festival Pass


In the Soil Arts Festival

April 7, 2014 / News /

There’s a time of year, every year, that always seems to add a bit more flare to my life.  A time of year that has me hustling a tad more than usually, helping to put together a (not so) little arts festival in Downtown St. Catharines.  A time of year that also bring a whole lot of artists together in one place to show off what they do.  Celebration, expression, conversation, and lots of high-fives.

I’m talkin’ ’bout the In the Soil Arts Festival!

The Joe Lapinski Band will be performing it this year (details here), and I’ll also be joining The Woodshed Orchestra, Bronx Cheerleader, and Whitney Pea on guitar and/or pedal steel.

Check out the schedule here.

Some musical highlights are Billy Martin of jazz/funk greats Medeski Martin & Wood.  He’ll be doing a drum workshop AND performance!  We’ve also go Young Rival from Hamilton, and Culture Reject from Toronto.  SO MUCH MORE too!

I hope to see you all there!

The Joe Lapinski Band, filmed by Adam CK Vollick

February 22, 2014 / Just Sayin' /

I couldn’t be happier.  Meeting a true artist and great guy like Adam CK Vollick doesn’t happen every day.  Since our first meeting (talking shop about community, cellulosic ethanol, and rock n roll), we knew we wanted to create something together.  And on top of all that, I was already a fan of his work with Daniel Lanois (Here Is What Is) and Neil Young (Le Noise).

The idea for this video was to be spontaneous and in the moment.  We kept it minimal, and chose to learn the “space” as the performance went on.  These 3 songs represent some of the magic that happened that night, captured beautifully by Adam.  There is an energy in this band (who was only just formed 4 months ago) that seems to be born from the exploration of something new.  Adam caught some of it that night.

I recorded the audio to the whole show, so expect some more snippets of the night to be released down the road.

Thanks to Cody Linthicum for setting the show up, and all the staff at Silversmith Brewing Company who helped out that night.  Thanks to Alexa Fraser for the support as well!

Check out Adam’s art and various projects here:


Thanks Toronto!

February 1, 2014 / Just Sayin' /

Thanks Toronto!  We had a great time playing The Sister, celebrating our new album.  We’ll be back there soon.  Plans are in the works for a special show in April!  Stay tuned.

Thanks to Joseph Stracuzzi for filming the lovely live video below.

“The Beauty Beyond” reaches #29 across Canada

January 23, 2014 / News /

I’m happy to say that my latest release The Beauty Beyond has reached #29 across Canada on the College/Community Radio circuit!

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Other albums/songs that reached #29 are:

  • “Temptation Eyes” by The Grass Roots
  • “Everybody Plays The Fool” by The Main Ingredient
  • “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver
  • “Rock Me Gently by the amazing Andy Kim
  • AND “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna

Looks like I’m in good company!

Toronto Album Release Show Announced

January 22, 2014 / News /

It happened in a flash!  The Joe Lapinski Band will be performing at The Sister to celebrate the release of The Beauty Beyond!  Spread the word folks, it’s going to be a special show.

>> FRIDAY JAN 31, 10pm, PWYC

…. OH, and we’ve got Silent Five opening up for us!  That’s Paul Kolinski’s group, who play bass with the JLB.


>>> on my website
>>>> Facebook event page

Grayowl Point reviews “The Beauty Beyond”

January 15, 2014 / News, Press /

>> Here’s the review

The first email I read this morning told me that The Beauty Beyond was reviewed by Grayowl Point, Canadian Music Blog.  The second thing I read was the review.  Thanks to Michael for doing it up, and saying some very kind thoughtful things about my latest release.  He even gave me a “Strong Hoot” rating!  Awesome.

>>> Follow Grayowl Point on Twitter, Facebook

Silversmith Brewing Company show just announced!

January 11, 2014 / News /

Ever since a couple woodworking friends of mine told me about the work they were doing helping to convert an old church to a brewery, I wanted to play there.  That was more than a year ago, and now Silversmith Brewing Company is up and running AND I’ve booked a show there!

Here’s a great description of the venue from the Silversmith website:

We are a brand new, one-of-a-kind, small scale brewery located in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The location? A former church built around 1894, covered in vines (yes, vines). The exterior has been left intact while the interior has been recently renovated with a rustic feel of exposed wooden beams and brick walls. Definitely something you have to see for yourself.

My full band will be playing there, and it’s bound to be a special one.  7pm doors, 8pm show.  $10 will get you in.  Done.

Tickets will be available through Silversmith and me.  I’ll be posting more info about it all soon!


On my website
Facebook event page

Quick Before It Melts reviews ‘The Beauty Beyond’

January 8, 2014 / News, Press /

>> Here’s the Article

The FIRST review of The Beauty Beyond  is in!  Quick Before It Melts (a Canadian music blog based out of Niagara Falls) was kind enough to make the album it’s first “Disc of the Week” for 2014!  It’s a great read, and it’s got me pretty excited for the year ahead!


And follow Quick Before It Melts here:

St. Catharines Album Release Party – THANKS!

December 21, 2013 / News /

WOW.  We did it!  The Beauty Beyond  is out there, and the buzz has been very very positive.  Thanks to everyone who has supported me through it all (I’ll list y’all down below), and came out to the release shows here in St. Catharines (2pm, Niagara Artists Centre; 10pm The Merchant Ale House).

The album releases had their challenges, but we conquered them all, and then some!  Here are a few things that we were up against us on the day of my St. Catharines album release parties for The Beauty Beyond.  Let’s list them off:

  • MASSIVE snow storm.  Yup, MASSIVE.  A lot of people were not able to come by to either of the shows, but the rooms were still full!  Thanks to all who made the trek.
  • MASSIVE snow storm, continued….. Half of my band is from Toronto.  They made it to the matinee show at The Niagara Artists Centre just in the nick of time.  We stretched out the top of the show with a spontaneous opening set by Whitney Pea (my singers, Whitney Peterson & Laurel Minnes), and I sat in on pedal steel.  That was a special moment!  And to make it more special, the boys from the big smoke finally arrive, in one piece.
  • Vinyl delivery postponed.  It was down to the wire.  My vinyl was supposed to be in my hands the Friday before the release shows.  That was cutting it close as it was!  But I received a call saying that the white vinyl needed more time to cool before it was shipped (out of LA), so it’s arrival changed to the morning of my release shows.  Did I mention the snow storm already?  My gal Alexa went to Burlington to pick the vinyl up, and drive back to St. Catharines.  Normally a 40min drive.  On this day, an hour and a half both ways.  But she did it!  Amazing.  Thanks Alexa.

We conquered ALL of these challenges, and here’s a big THANK-YOU to:

  • Alexa Fraser – for all the help with picking the vinyl up, and working the door at the Merchant Ale House show.
  • Dave, Paul, Jason – for making it to the shows alive, and for your great playing and dedication
  • Laurel, Whitney – for all the help at the shows, and for you beautiful singing
  • Brittany Brooks – for not only providing an opening set at the Merchant show, but for creating some amazing animations for that show!  This is the beginning of a great thing folks.  Keep your eyes pealed for more sets like this.  She’s a talented gal!
  • Steve, Natasha – at NAC, for helping to set the NAC show up, and helping with the silk screening of the vinyl slip jackets
  • Prints Buster, aka Scott Warren – for a great job with the silk screening of the slip jackets
  • Nicole Viel – for working the door at the NAC show, and being a big support
  • Lauren Garbutt – for taking some beautiful photos at both show (see below)
  • EVERYONE WHO CAME TO THE SHOWS – amazing.  Thanks for the support.

Here are some photos from both shows, by Lauren Garbutt Photography:

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