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Joe Poirier is a guitarist / singer / songwriter / teacher who originally hails from Cape Breton Island and now resides in Toronto. While growing up with a heavy dosage of Cape Breton Fiddle music, Joe stumbled upon 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll music through his parents. His father, an accomplished fiddle player himself, introduced Joe to whatever instruments that were around the household. By age 12, he settled on the guitar and started learning some of the Rock ‘n’ Roll music he enjoyed, which led him to the discovery of Blues music. A musical true love that still goes on to this day.
After high school, Joe wanted to study music more seriously and enrolled at St. Francis Xavier University where he graduated from the Jazz Program. With a degree in hand, Joe decided to pursue a career as a musician. At this point Joe took whatever opportunity came his way and performed in a variety of bands playing Country, Rock, Celtic, Jazz, or Folk.
In 1998, Joe got a call from an old band mate from his university years, Ray Mattie (from the band Pogey), who persuaded him to move to Barrie, Ontario to play East Coast music. For about 2 years the two performed together under the name Tidal Wave. While in Barrie, Joe continued playing with whoever he could, developing his guitar stylings while beginning to step up to the mic to sing. Soon Joe would be known as an aggressive, energetic and enthusiastic guitarist dedicated to entertain anyone who was willing to listen.