“The song (“Blink”) builds steadily into a powerful and defiant statement that has the cinematic feel of a Bond soundtrack.” – Americana UK
“I had chills over and over as I listened!” – Marie Zimmerman, Executive Director, Hillside Festival
“…an immersive, cinematic experience that transforms a seemingly personal pain into something universally resonant.” – American Songwriter (on “Blink”)
“…it is Tania’s pure, heartfelt vocals that remain with you” – Great Dark Wonder
“Trip-hoppy soul…” – Alan Cross
“I Will Stand” heard on SiriusXM North Americana
#1 Singer/Songwriter: Canada (iTunes Album Chart)
#3 CFUV Folk/Roots/Blues Chart (earshot)
#8 CKUA Folk/Roots/Blues Chart (earshot)
#15 CFUV Top 30 Chart (earshot)
#21 CKUA Top 30 Chart (earshot)
#48 Singer/Songwriter: Canada (iTunes Track Chart)
#62 Overall Albums: Canada (iTunes Album Chart)
Earshot Distro Artist of The Week (2021)
HONOURS & AWARDS
Hill Kourkoutis who made history as the first female to win a Juno Award for Recording Engineer of the Year at the 2022 Junos for engineering Tania Joy’s timeless song “The Drought,” as well as SATE’s powerhouse song “Howler.”
Songwriter of The Year, OMAs (2021)
Nominee, Durham Song of The Year, OMAs (2021)
Host, 2021 OMA Awards Show
Host, 2021 OMA Nominee Announcement
FESTIVALS AND SHOWCASES
Hillside Music Festival (Guelph, ON) (2022)
Springtide Music Festival (Uxbridge, ON) (2022)
The Blue Jay Sessions (Calgary, AB) (2022)
Wintersong Music Festival (Stouffville, ON) (2022)
Songbird North (Toronto, ON) (2022)
The Blue Jay Sessions: Cross Country (London, ON) (2021)
The Grove Theatre (Fenelon Falls, ON) (2021)
Hillside Homeside Festival (Guelph, ON) (2021)
Markham Village Music Festival (Virtual) (2021)
Hillside Inside Festival (Virtual) (2021)
Canadian folk-roots musician Tania Joy has been using the last few years to hone her songwriting, finally following up her 2013 EP, I’ll Be Around, with the release of her EP I Will Stand. The new collection of songs are produced by Juno Nominated 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 exclusively on Bandcamp during Black History month with all proceeds from downloads being directed to Black Lives Matter.
“The Drought” earned producer Hill Kourkoutis her first Juno nomination for Recording Engineer of The Year and the honour of being the first woman in the history of the category to be nominated as an engineer. Both “Planks and Marietta” and “The Drought,” won Tania the 2021 OMA (Oshawa Music Award) for Songwriter of The Year, while “Planks and Marietta” was also nominated for Durham Song of the Year. In the meantime, singles “Who I Am” about all of those honest unspoken fears that make us who we are, and “Blink,” a melancholy but intense song about tough choices and revisionist memories have garnered buzz from American Songwriter, Americana UK, CBC Radio One, CBC Music “The Block”, The Bluegrass Situation, Eat North, Exclaim, Folkal Point, Folk Roots Radio, FYI Music News, Global News 5 Songs You Must Hear This Week, Great Dark Wonder, Hunter’s Bay Radio, Just Us Folk, SlowCity, Tinnitist, The Toronto Star and many more.
Live Performance Video
The Drought – Live at Regent Theatre
I Will Stand EP Launch – Live at The Second Wedge Brewing Co.
You Are Not Alone – Live at The Second Wedge Brewing Co.
BLINK – Official Video