Atlantic Canadian singer-songwriter Alicia Toner released her sophomore album Joan on June 25.
Toner has been immersed in music since she was young. From performing with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall to performing in Dora Award winning productions by Soulpepper Theatre and Mirvish Productions in Toronto. She was part of the repertory cast at The Charlottetown Festival for seven seasons before returning to her first love: songwriting.
While Toner now calls PEI home, Joan was written from her apartment in Toronto—her home base at the time. Writing the album was a form of catharsis as she moved on from a challenging relationship. The album was produced by Canadian producers Stuart Cameron (Crash Test Dummies, Matthew Good, Amanda Marshall) and Peter Fusco (Madison Violet, Matthew Good, and Kim Stockwood). The project was recorded at Toronto’s Dreamhouse Studios and Peter Fusco’s home studio.
“This whole project was about a specific moment in time. It feels far in the past. The person that exists today is really strong and happy and confident and has a wonderful life and family and I feel very lucky to be in the place I’m in now. The songs have taken place over many years. It’s kind of heartening to see where I am now.”
Toner’s debut album I Learned The Hard Way earned her Music PEI’s SOCAN Songwriter of the Year award in 2018 for her song “Back To Fine.”
Joan is available on all digital platforms.