A sculp­tor, a son and a friend mu­si­cian:

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Sher­brooke

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.

Photo cour­tesy

Joel Schwartz and Joe & Joël Fa­fard

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