A sculptor, a son and a friend musician:
Highart meets deep roots as an Order of Canada- winning sculptor and his Junonominated musician son present one of the most unique Canadian concert tours in recent history—a combination concert and visual art show all rolled into one.
A Tune To Art: Sculpture and Song showcases new works by Joe Fafard and a new duo project by Joël Fafard (pronounced Joe-ELL) that sees him teaming up with Toronto guitarist Joel Schwartz (pronounced JOLE).
Joe Fafard has created some of the most recognizable public art in the country, including the Running Horses that greet visitors outside the National Gallery of Canada. His life-size bronze bull sculpture, Royal Sweet Diamond, stands in front of the B.C. Turf building in Vancouver. His bronze cows “graze” outside the Toronto Dominion Centre in Toronto. And Do re mi fa sol la si do, a herd of steel-cut horses, runs through downtown Calgary and along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec City. Joe has been awarded the Order of Canada, the Sask- atchewan Order of Merit, and the Medal in Allied Arts from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has also been presented with honorary degrees from the universities of Regina and Manitoba, and his work has appeared on a series of postage stamps.
Over the course of nearly two decades, the younger Fafard has carved out a one-of-a-kind music career that has included stints as a singing, song-writing roots rocker, an acoustic guitar instrumentalist, and, most recently, a southern roots and blues revivalist. What keeps audiences sticking with him through these artistic twists and turns is Joël’s uncommon skill as a stage entertainer and his rare combination of tech- nical wizardry and emotional communication as a guitarist. Joël’s steadfast commitment to his musical passions, regardless of industry trends, has been rewarded with a Juno nomination, a Western Canadian Music Award, a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, and an International Acoustic Music Award nomination.
Together, father and son straddle the worlds of independent music and visual art, of grassroots and “high society.” And yet, their respective works—both born out of the barren prairie landscape—seem as natural a compliment to one another as the father and son themselves.
And let us not forget Joel Schwartz: a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, and a unique voice in the Canadian music scene. As an in-demand freelance musician, recent credits include Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Patricia O’Callaghan, Joël Fafard, Kate Rogers, Andrea Koziol, Zebrina, Aviva Chernick, The Lovelocks, and many others. His original group, The Outlanders, released their debut album of instrumental music in 2007.
Joel Schwartz and Joe & Joël Fafard