Joe Lapinski returns to Toronto as a stripped-down trio and he’s more than ready to keep tugging on your heartstrings. He’s fresh off the trail from this past weekend’s In the Soil Arts Festival in St. Catharines.
Lapinski and his band collaborated with Brittany Brooks (visual artist/projectionist/musician) for a one-time project called “The Beauty Beyond: Luminous Lines.” The collaboration featured a warm and gorgeous set from the Joe Lapinski Band and an old school light performance from Brooks. The visuals were completely analog and tactile, no computers or digital tools were used in the process.
Back in February, Lapinski collaborated with Adam CK Vollick to create this spontaneous perfomance video at the Silversmith Brewing Company in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Vollick has previously worked with Neil Young and Daniel Lanois, so Lapinski jumped on the opportunity to make something really special. “These 3 songs represent some of the magic that happened that night, captured beautifully by Adam. There is an energy in this band (who was only just formed 4 months ago) that seems to be born from the exploration of something new,” muses Lapinski.
The Beauty Beyond is Joe’s third solo album, released late last year. It’s a gorgeous drive through the back country in a vintage convertible, staring at clouds that look like animals. And when you shout over to the passenger seat to point out that fluffly cloud that looks like your childhood dog, your passenger is pointing to that exact same cloud. The Beauty Beyond is passionate, lush, and full of adventure. It’s the kind of record where you’re rewarded with joyous gifts with every subsequent listen. You might have missed hearing a bassline that last time, or that ‘ha’ on “‘Round and ‘Round” or Dave Clark’s emphatic and expressive drumming on “Go Drive Off the Pier.”
Stream The Beauty Beyond here:
Joe Lapinski plays with Heavy On The Willie, (Paul Kolinski’s tribute to Willie Nelson and his contemporaries) @ Gerrard Art Space. 1390 Gerrard St. E (a few blocks east of Greenwood). The show is hosted by Jason Kenemy’s East Side Boom!
Saturday May 3, 8pm. $10/PWYC.