Daydreaming somewhere in Toronto, Joy Thompson is clapping, snapping doo-pop for the world weary, introspective soul. 

Back in the Saddle.... 

************I'M SO SAD THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED DUE TO PERMIT ISSUES. HOPEFULLY I'LL BE ABLE TO PLAY LIVE AGAIN SOON I REALLY MISS IT. PLEASE GET VAXXED SO WE CAN STOP THESE MUTATIONS AND GET BACK TO SOME SEMBLANCE OF NORMAL LIFE.************8

 

Goin' back to the stage where I belong. A couple gigs coming up, the first I can confirm (check my Calendar for details and directions)  is located at Tranzac Club and will take place on September 26th.                                                           I've been invited to play their 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend and as it's my favourite music venue (Drom Taberna being a close second) I jumped at the chance. I'll also be releasing another song (hopefully it will be out on streaming platforms by gig time) Glad to finally be knee-deep (or ankle deep) in the music again. Save the date and swing by if you can, Toronto hosts a very long winter and the music always helps us muddle through.

Joy

 

Back In The Studio!! 

Now, that may seem small but I oughta tell you that the words "I'm going to the studio" and "I'm going to the gym" have been a dream of mine to say for over a year and I have been so thrilled to be able to utter both those phrases again. I'll be headed back to the studio this weekend for the second time since the pandemic hit and I can't wait to work on some new material. I reckon I'll lay down some guitar as a guide track for at least one additional song so I can wrap up at least the first half of my new album as soon as humanely possible. No point leaving anything to chance as Covid combined with Climate Change doesn't leave me much time at all.  

Thus far the album has 6 tracks ongoing. (I've listed them below)  One is very done, one is pretty much done, two are just starting and two need a serious gutting. I'll have to try to get a copy of them all to see where I can tweak and improve. It's also important to hear how they flow together and if they're cohesive. These are all parts of the process that I truly enjoy and what better time than now to get some guitar practice in since I'm not entirely comfortable in big groups just yet (read not at all).

I've handily recorded samples of my newer tunes on tiktok and can review them to help me decide on what to record. Honestly if I had the money and the means I would record them all. There's very little I love more than performing, (whether it be singing or acting) and writing songs. Truly the world is absolutely horrific right now and seems, quite frankly, hopeless. With that in mind I intend to pump in as much creative energy and beauty as I possibly can, for as long as I possibly can for however little or lot it matters. Beauty and creativity always inspires more beauty and creativity and even with the worst of things going on, especially with the worst of things going on we could always use more of both.

 

Current Songs on the Docket:

Cheap Bottle of Wine

A Letter

Memories

Mistake

IDEC

Open Up

P.S My friends (who you heard on A Letter)  have started a Cumbia band and had their first show (safely) on the weekend. They're called Cachada and they're a lot of fun, check 'em out if you're interested!

 

-Joy

This.Is.Tough 

I'm having a challenging time and I feel like if I read more and exercise that will really help, of course first I need the motivation to read more and exercise, it's kind of tricky staying focused (on books particularly) when there's so many options out there. The internet definitely didn't help my ADD at all, I'm going to have a figure out a way around all that. Wish me luck and let me know if you have any tips.

Joy

FEAAAAAAR THE WALKING DEAD....... 

Yeah, by the walking dead I mean the anti-vaxxers. They're terrifying! I'm double-vaxxed now and I am freaking loving it. You should go get vaxxed yourself, I could post a bunch of data here and videos to support my suggestion but I'm tired of doing leg work for other people, so google it.

After you get vaxxed you should treat yourself to these Fear Street movies on Netflix, if you're a fan of the old school horror genre (and I am, not the torture porn of nowadays). Very entertaining stuff, well the first one was at least, I've not yet seen the second but I'm excited for this resurgence as I read a lot of Christopher Pike as a teenager, no R.L Stine unfortunately but they're part and parcel and I might be inclined to check out some of the Stine now, given the Netflix factor. Well that's it for me. Have a good season, or month or week or whatnot.

Joy

Yeah, Nope.... 

I'm getting mighty tired of all this bullshit. The genocides on Turtle Island and Palestinian soil. The cruelty to houseless people in Toronto, the attacks on Muslim communities for daring to enjoy their daily lives. Having to fight and trick Tiktok as a Black Content Creator to get them to share even 1/16th of my videos like they share White Content Creators. They other day Tiktok literally used a video of a Black Educator that they banned to talk about racism, it's all so sickening.

Being anything other than Straight and White on this continent (that was stolen by the way) is fucking exhausting, exhausting on a daily basis, from macro to micro aggressions it never ends and I am so damn tired. All I want to do is make music and talk about comic books and action movies and my obsession with Nightmare on Elm Street. I want to be able to do what White girls can do, posting selfies about vacations and new handbags and hair colours. But instead everything is a constant fucking battle because colonizers don't like the fact that I have dark skin and dare to live in the world.

Everything is a fucking battle because colonizers couldn't stand that Indigenous Folx were minding their business being caretakers of their land. Everything is a fucking battle because I've been told so many times to "Go back to your country" and because of colonizers I have no idea where the fuck that even is. I just want to make music and enjoy my damn life but here we fucking are.

I truly wish those cryogenic chambers in Demolition Man were real because I would absolutely take a 40-60 year nap from all this cruel, capitalist garbage. I've grown tired of trying to incite people to care about other people, I've grown particularly tired of trying to incite non-marginalized people to give a rat's ass about what marginalized people go through every single day and the myriad of ways we are casually suppressed, erased, depleted and used so I've released myself of that burden.

For the rest of the year I'm focusing on me and what I need to survive and thrive, I deserve to be happy simply because I am here not to mention the unrelenting garbage hurled at me simply because of the colour of my skin. Black Women spend so much of our lives sacrificing ourselves for others and honestly it needs to stop. It is not our job to save the world, and it's time for others to step up to the plate, particularly those whose ancestors colonized us and Indigenous people and decimated this side of the planet in doing so. As a wise woman once said, "I'm doing me" y'all can sort yourselves out.

 

Deuces

 

I Just Want A Patio, Some Ribs and My Constitutional Rights ... 

That's it, that's the post. It's been a long, dark tea time of the soul and I am very much looking forward to seeing friends without having to go on elongated walks in the freezing cold or whatnot. This lockdown has been incessant (it's been ongoing in Toronto/Ontario in some form since December) all because Doug Ford is an absolute fucking moron.

Mental health is on the decline and businesses have been shuttering like crazy all because Doug is an absolute idiot who won't listen to experts. There's no reason small businesses should ever have been closed, at 25% capacity, yes but closed, no. Now big businesses like Walmart and Canadian Tire? Absolutely they should have been curbside pick-up only (Canadian Tire to their credit has been). It is infinitely easier to control the volume in a small business than to try to regulate the virtual dance parties that seem to be going on in a damn Walmart.

Here's the bottom line, Doug Ford is a Rich, White Cis-Het Man who only cares about other Rich, White Cis-Het Men, "these are the facts." If you voted for him, I'm sorry to say but you may be an idiot, because you really screwed the pooch and hurt a lot of people in the process. Do better next time, truly. It's time for people to realize and understand that voting with only your interests in mind damns the whole world as well as yourself. 

Real Talk: You are not an island and you wouldn't have the wine to drink with the dinner you are eating had the vineyard and/or farmer not made or prepared it nor the truck driver not delivered it to the Grocery Store or Wine Rack where the store clerk then sold it to you, all those people should be kept in mind when you are voting, not just yourself.

We are in this toxic, abhorrent situation because of solipsism and individualism and we will not get out of it without abandoning those same notions. For the love of God can we please just do better? Feeding everyone, clothing everyone and giving everyone a place to live should be the bare minimum, people. The bare minimum.

Just as an aside it behooves you to know that Doug Ford's latest dictatorial act (and I truly mean that) involves smothering your constitutional rights in the form of blocking advocacy groups that purchase political advertising, say for example Teachers or Nurses, who he has unequivocally dumped on and endangered via, well everythingI mean, everything. 

Now if you haven't been living under a rock in Ontario then surely you know how hard Frontline Workers have been fighting for Paid Sick Days, Vaccinating Hot Spots in conjunction with the Teachers fighting for proper safety measures including diminished class sizes in schools.

You would also be aware of just how acutely Doug Ford ignored every single one of those logical pleas and continued to do whatever he could to help his rich friends, (including giving the Westons COVID testing kits to sell in Shoppers Drug Mart when they were donated to the province) and as the horror show spins on, Doug Ford went to court to try to stop the unions like Teachers and Nurses from running any ads against him (ostensibly detailing his litany of sins to those who were unaware) during Election season. He lost.

Judge Ed Morgan (quite appropriately) ruled Doug Ford's dictatorial efforts unconstitutional, however almost immediately Doug Ford and his cabinet of clowns decided to overturn that rule using the "notwithstanding" clause in the Charter. The "notwithstanding clause" is a clause which a government can use to override personal rights including rights involving free expression (such as this).

This notwithstanding clause is a clause that has never been used as all previous governments (presumably) had some modicum of common sense and decency and perhaps assumed that the Judge presiding had an inkling of an idea what they were doing. Not Doug Ford however. Never Doug Ford.

Prithee hear me as I say this with my chest, if you voted for this (and I hesitate to call him this after all the suffering he has caused) man it is time for your Mea Culpa, it is time to do right by all those around you, all the future those around you and do right by yourself. Vote NDP, tell your friends, tell your family, tell the dog next door. It's time to live in an Ontario that values everyone not just people who conform to the creed, skin colour, ability or sexuality of your choice.

 

J

215. 

If you've heard the news regarding the mass grave of CHILDREN found buried near a Residential School and you're mad (and sad) as hell I have a course od action for you....

1. Write to Justin Trudeau, Your MP and Jagmeet Singh

Justin is our Prime Minister (obviously) your MP is your representative in Parliament charged with bringing your issues forth and Jagmeet Singh is the Leader of The Opposition, charged with holding Trudeau and his government accountable. 

2. You can find out who your MP (Member of Parliament) is by going to ourcommons.ca and plugging in your postal code.

3. If you are unclear what to write or how to  proceed I've included my letter below

4. We can hold our leaders accountable in fact it is our duty as citizens of this country. Let's try to make this country better for everyone however we can and remember, no act of kindness is too small, ever.

 

Good Afternoon, 

I am writing with absolute horror and disgust regarding the grave of  215 children recently found. I am very disturbed that this has only merited a tweet or two from the Prime Minister of this country, Justin Trudeau.  

The Canadian flag should he flying at half mast, the country should be in mourning but this simply highlights the way your government (Liberals) views Indigenous lives. The lack of humanity in your response is part of the reason why the crime of MMIW rages on. I am writing to demand that you do something concrete to protect Indigenous Women's rights and the rights of Indigenous children. This is not the "distant past" as Prime Minister Trudeau has erroneously eluded to, this is an ongoing struggle against genocide.  

I am writing to demand reparations for survivors and victims (and their families) of Residential Schools.  

I am writing to demand you stop fighting the survivors of St. Anne's residential school in court with OUR tax dollars and that you give the people and their families their due.  

I  am writing to demand clean Drinking Water for ALL First Nations Communities in Canada.  

Mr. Trudeau you have been virtue signaling regarding BIPOC issues and Reconciliation  for over four years and have done absolutely nothing beyond that.  

You are certainly making it clear that those blackface incidents were a lot more than some "dumb choices" you claim to regret.  

It is time you do right by the Indigenous People of this country and I will not be voting for any party that doesn't. I'll be sharing my views with as many people as I can until something concrete is done in the way of providing reparations to Residential School Survivors, in the way of making concrete, effective legislation to prevent the Murder and Abuse of Indigenous Women, I will be naming and shaming you and your party until First Nations Communities receive Clean Drinking Water.  

This is a national tragedy. It is a week that should be filled with acknowledgement, amplification of Indigenous voices and true acts of reconciliation. I will say that the fact that our Prime Minister sent a few mindless tweets instead of addressing the nation when the bodies of 215 innocent children were found tells us everything we need to know about how Prime Minister Trudeau views Indigenous Communities Communities BIPOC. Shame on you!

 

Joy

"Taking A Break, She Needs a Break...." 

You and me both, Penny, you and me both. Trying to take a breather from Instagram and twitter for a minute so I don't lose absolutely all my hope in humanity. This situation in Palestine and the genocide of Palestinian people under US funding and world complicity is really kind of destroying my mental health. Black People like myself know what it feels like to be dehumanized and devalued and to have the world co-sign on their belief of your lack of humanity. This hurts. This really really hurts. I stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Meanwhile on Canadian soil (Turtle Island) there are so many atrocities being committed against Ontarians with regard to covid19 whether it's the indignities unhoused people are suffering through in Toronto (co-signed by John Tory and Joe Cressy) or the inequities non-White, poor folks have experienced from Doug Ford while he prioritizes the vaccinations of the rich class and his millionaire friends like the Westons (owners of Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws) Jeff Bezos, whom has an Amazon factory in Peel region that has infected over 900 employees and still refuses to give paid sick leave even though he makes more in an hour than most of us will see our entire lives, and the police state and privatized health care he is trying desperately to institute (charging for Rapid Covid Testing anyone?). First of all if you're still buying from Amazon you are complicit in the dehumanization and degradation of so many people that it's (in my mind) a literal crime, secondly Doug Ford belongs in prison.

So here I am curving insta and twitter in a desperate attempt to regain my sanity and some sense of hope so I can keep fighting the good fight. I just wish more people cared, that's what hurts me the most. The amount of misery and degradation heaped upon those who are deemed lesser than because of our skin colour, financial situation, religious beliefs, gender, sexuality, birthplace but most upsettingly those that stand by and do nothing, say nothing, move through their lives as though nothing at all is happening. That hurts, that truly hurts me most of all.

Anyway so I'm gonna step back from the 'gram and twitter for a few days and hope to gain some clarity or at the very least to be less despondent. Wish me luck and please I beg you, support the people of Palestine anyway you can, they need you right now and they deserve our help.

 

Free Palestine,

Joy

 

Oh, I Had a Birthday 

Yeah it was on May 2cd, that was like, a superhero ago (I'm now measuring time by Marvel Cinematic Universe episodes). Anyway, it was fine enough, the fact that I am stuck inside kind of got me down but I tried to make the best of it. Lately I've been playing a lot more music so that helps, and recording a lot of cute lil' tiktok vids (despite their obviously, racist, sexist, misogynist, transphobic, fatphobic algorithm and enforcement policies). I doubt I've mentioned this before but I really love editing, I could happily spend all day editing videos, I just love looking at the finished product. I guess I'm a storyteller and there's so many ways to weave a tale, through music, songwriting, poetry, drawing, painting and video and I enjoy each medium immensely. So tiktok-ing is saving me (and many others) from a hopeless drop into entropic ennui and misery. In the immortal words of Buzz Gunderson "You gotta do something" right?

 

-J

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