Folk-roots musician Tania Joy has been using the last few years hone her songwriting, finally following up her 2013 EP, I’ll Be Around, with the release of her EP I Will Stand, produced by 2022 Juno Award winner Hill Kourkoutis (SATE, Digging Roots, Leela Gilday, Madison Violet), a multi-talented artist who played with Serena Ryder and was in The Weeknd’s original backing band.

Her stories, so far, have been about relationships, in all their complicated forms. However, in 2020, Tania found herself taking on a more complex narrative as the world around her shifted, bringing increased and global attention to Black Lives Matter. With mentorship from Hillside’s Girl with Guitars program, Tania wrote her first protest song, “Planks and Marietta,” which was released on Bandcamp during Black History month with all proceeds from downloads being directed to Black Lives Matter.

In 2022 Hill Kourkoutis won a Juno for Recording Engineer of The Year for her work on “The Drought” and the honour of being the first woman in the history of the category to be nominated as an engineer. I Will Stand has since been nominated for Album of the Year at the 2022 OMAs (Oshawa Music Awards), while both “Planks and Marietta” and “The Drought,” won Tania Joy the Songwriter of The Year Award at the 2021 OMAs, and “Planks and Marietta” received a nomination for Durham Song of the Year.