Niagara This Week

March 20, 2014 / Press /


An evolving passion
‘Joe of all trades’ Lapinski to perform at Mahtay Cafe

By Scott Rosts

ST. CATHARINES — You could call him a “Joe of all trades”, but deep in his heart it all revolves around his passion for music.

Joe Lapinski has dabbled into theatre, film, education and music production, but his roots start with music performance, dating back to about 1999.

“It’s been a passion that has really helped evolve into so many different things,” said Lapinski. “At the heart of it, though, it’s all about enjoying music and performing.”

Lapinski has performed, written and produced music with a wide variety of groups and artists. You can find his name tied to the Woodshed Orchestra, Bronx Cheerleader, Palooka, The Woodchoppers Association, The Regards, Whitney Pea … the list goes on.

For the past several months, however, Lapinski has been continuing to focus on promotion of “The Beauty Beyond”, the third album released for his own group, The Joe Lapinski Band.

“I’m always inspired by the the people I’m working with, but it’s also nice to work on my own stuff,” said Lapinski. “I like being able to go in my own creative direction with my music and do what I want with the performances.”

Co-produced by drummer Dave Clark, the album delves into what Lapinski describes as “folksy/rocky roots.” Lyrical themes touch on “letting go”, “letting in”, “doing the dishes”, “feeding the cats”, with touches of love and friendship in there too.

It was three years in the making when he released the album last December, and the response has been a positive one. The new album has not only charted nationally in the top 50 on campus and community radio, but has been praised by CBC Radio, Quick Before It Melts, and Exclaim! Magazine. Lyrical themes touch on “letting go”, “letting in”, “doing the dishes”, “feeding the cats”, with touches of love and friendship in there too.

Lapinski will be performing some of the music from “The Beauty Beyond” at Mahtay Cafe, 241 St. Paul St.. in St. Catharines, on Friday, March 14, alongside Whitney Pea. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8. Tickets are $10, and available in advance by emailing or at the door.

For those who can’t catch him this weekend, he encourages them to mark their calendars for the In The Soil Festival — which he helped co-found — April 25-27 in downtown St. Catharines. The band, he said, will be performing as part of the three-day celebration of the arts.

For more information on Joe Lapinski and his work, visit