Joyce Island has Arrived

Joyce Island
Photo by Angela Hubbard
Joyce Island (Lisa Joyce) pulled into Halifax train station Monday night, a week after beginning her Folkways & Railways tour. “In the spirit of days gone by, Joyce's nostalgic journey is inspired by the roaming and ramblings of Woody Guthrie,” says the tour’s press release. “The tour aims to capture the quest for freedom, a love for travelling the open road and an ardent desire for sharing the gift of song.

The Vancouver singer-songwriter/guitarist hopped on a train October 29th and has literally played across the country for passengers aboard VIA Rail, the sponsor of her musical voyage. She’ll do the same on her trip home, stopping off to play gigs in Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton. But first she’ll treat Halifax to a performance Thursday Night.

Arts East heard from Joyce, her first morning in Halifax, about her cross-country voyage:
The Joyce Island Folkways & Railways Tour has been absolutely amazing so far. It’s been a phenomenal opportunity to showcase my music across the country in a unique way, with a constantly changing backdrop of mind-blowing scenery. It’s been such an exhilarating and inspiring adventure! I love seeing how music really brings people on the train together. I've forged some really meaningful connections with the passengers along the journey, and the whole experience is one I will never forget.”
Check out Joyce Island performing at Winnipeg’s Union Station on October 31st (filmed by William Ho):

Joyce Island has been showcasing her vintage rock, alternative bluesy flair since 2007. She has played to sold-out crowds, on stages big and small, at music and fringe fests, singer-songwriter circles, charity events and more, and alongside such greats as Dan Mangan and Danny Michel.

Well known in Vancouver (she was named one of 100.5 FM’s Best New Artists, for example), Joyce is now becoming a name across Canada. Her self-titled EP has been getting national airplay on CBC. Numerous publications have also given the recording rave reviews, including Discorder Magazine:Joyce assumes the confident swagger of Tom-Petty-styled Americana before drenching it in blossoming female vocals that triumphantly stand their ground.”

You can witness this passionate performer’s powerful pipes and guitar prowess in the flesh:

Thursday (Nov. 7) 9:30 pm
Michael’s Bar & Grill
6100 Young Street

Joyce Island Album Cover
Photo by Natasha Ali
For information on Joyce Island’s upcoming Canadian performances and her EP, visit:

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