Canadian folk-roots musician Tania Joy has been using this time in isolation to hone her songwriting, and finally follow up her 2013 EP, I’ll Be Around, with new music due later this year, produced by Hill Kourkoutis (Digging Roots, Leela Gilday, Madison Violet), a multi-talented artist who played with Serena Ryder and was in The Weeknd’s original backing band. Her stories, so far, have been about relationships, in all of their complicated forms. However, during the pandemic Tania found herself taking on a more complex narrative as the world around her shifted, bringing increased and global attention to Black Lives Matter. With mentorship from Hillside’s Girl and Guitars program, Tania has written her first protest song, an acoustic reflection “Planks and Marietta,” which she will be releasing for Black History Month.

This artist is a Hillside songwriting student.


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