Montreal-Based JoJo Worthington Has Emerged As A Distinctive Presence In Creative Canadian Music
JoJo Worthington’s music is infinite. This Montreal-based producer/songwriter/composer crafts experimental alternative pop in which intimate recollections explode into limitless soundscapes. Fusing electronic glitches, acoustic nuances, and extraterrestrial melodies, Worthington’s work pushes emotionally potent songs to the perilous edge.
Over the past decade, JoJo Worthington has emerged as a distinctive presence in creative Canadian music, pairing deftly penned songs with spectacular sonic landscapes. Having wandered through the “lost, enchanted forest” (Bandcamp, New & Noteworthy) of 2016’s breakthrough album, \\, and sailed the seas of her epic avant-pop odyssey TCYK, BAPTIZED I sees this visionary song-crafter adorning her armour, grabbing her sword, and beginning a quest towards the divine.
Written while moving from her hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo to Canada’s indie music mecca, Montreal during the pandemic, BAPTIZED I finds Worthington making sense of her surroundings by looking inwards and going deep. On one hand, this means looking back and reconsidering formative memories and intimate relationships; on the other, it means looking critically at the present: seeing the local outcomes of ubiquitous housing crises, systemic racism, and mass misinformation. Through unprecedented vulnerable songs, Worthington works to make sense of what has happened, find spiritual purpose, and strive towards wisdom.
Worthington has toured internationally, astounding audiences with her technologically miraculous live performances and opening for acclaimed acts such as Novo Amor, Ariana Gillis, Frightened Rabbit, Great Lake Swimmers, and The Grapes of Wrath. Her recorded work has received several international awards (Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Independent Music Awards) and she has applied her distinct production sensibilities for projects spanning from hip-hop to folk rock, including co-producing The Lifers’ Honey Suite, nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award. Worthington was selected from thousands of submissions to participate in the inaugural TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator program, recently completed the Audio Recording Practicum at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and was selected to participate in 2020’s Equity X Mentorship Program (RBC & SOCAN).
Over the past decade, Montreal-based JoJo Worthington has emerged as a distinctive presence in creative Canadian music, pairing deftly-penned songs with spectacular sonic landscapes. Ceaselessly engaging, deeply affecting, and always forging deeper into the unknown, Worthington is one of the most forward-thinking musicians of her generation.
"The space between opposite opinions can seem so huge. I think we've really thrown it out of proportion. We should still be able to converse, respect and ultimately agree to disagree when it comes to most topics. It just felt like the news and social media just wanted to continue driving this huge divide between political identities.
You know in movies when there's an earthquake and the earth splits open and it separates the protagonist and the love interest and then sometimes you see people fall in the gap? It's kinda about the people in the gap and trying to find a home there." – JoJo Worthington