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Biography

JOANNA CHAPMAN-SMITH is “the slinky-voiced Canadian whose arch acoustic musings and fondness for the accordion come laced with a hint of Parisian cafes and East European Klezmer music.” – Q

Blending acoustic urban Canadiana with jazzy and European flavours, Joanna has a supple and finely-nuanced voice and writes with the ear of a poet. Her musical self-portrait is composed of an unusually large palette of moods and colours.

On her second album - Contraries - the songs spring from a global-vagabond sensibility. Understandable, when you find out she has a love of Klezmer and her family roots stretch from Italy to New Zealand.

Joanna has already toured many times around the world performing her music as well. when alone on stage, or when accompanied by the likes of Mat Martin, she charms unassuming crowds into a world that questions right and wrong, mind and body, permanence and impermanence.

2011 marks the passing of a great year for Joanna: winning the 9th annual IMA songwriting award for Melodies (above) in the ‘Best Acoustic Song’ category; being awarded a professional development grant by the Canada Council for the Arts, and beginning work on a new album titled, Love Me Deeply – scheduled for a 2012 release.

Joanna has just completed a three-month spring tour that took her to the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and the USA. She tours Canada in the Autumn of 2011, and returns to Europe in the spring of 2012.

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