|Joe Fafard, seen here in a double image, will join Joel Schwartz and Joel Fafard on stage when they play in the Valley this week.|
The combination sculpture and song concert and visual art showing will take the two award-winning artists across Canada from Gibsons, B.C. to Quebec City, making multiple stops in towns and cities across the land.
"We've talked about doing something like this for years," Joel said, "and we finally managed to find the time to do it. We're both very busy with our careers, and to pull together this kind of trip takes a lot of organization."
As a one-of-a-kind songwriter and accomplished musicians, Joel has several CD's to his credit, as well as holding a Western Canadian Music Award, and nominations for a Juno, a Canadian Folk Music Award and an International Acoustic Music Award.
His fans appreciate his uncommon skill as a stage entertainer and his rare combination of technical wizardry and emotional communication as an artist.
"Bruce Cockburn was a big influence for me, I really liked the big sound he could create on guitar," Joel said. "My new CD, which was just released, has three original tunes, and it comes back to my love of Southern roots and blues.
"I remember hearing music like that when dad and I would be driving back from hockey, listening to As It Happens on CBC, those little introductory snippets were bluesy. I've come full circle, there's a soul-full, guttural connection there for me."
The album, Borrowed Horses, also features Vernon-born and raised guitarist Joel Schwartz, who is an in-demand session musician currently living in Toronto. The two breath life into the old classics, with duelling acoustic and electric guitars, married with Fafard's weathered vocals.
Both Fafards are deeply connected and mindful of our planet and the many animals that co-exist
with mankind, and express that connection and concern through visual and vocal art.
Together, father and son have straddled the worlds of independent music and visual art, with the senior Fafard becoming a much sought-after sculpture whose works grace cities across Canada and indeed, the world.
His impressionistic style began in ceramics, but soon developed into a love of working his life-size sculptures in bronze, usually taking shape as majestic galloping horses and a variety of other animals and creatures that inhabit our world.
"For this trip, I've included 16 pieces, that can be transported more easily," he said. "I'm bringing along some domestic animals; mostly Canadian animals like bears, caribou and ravens. There's a few human figures mixed in, but those are more mythological than real."
Through the decades, Fafard has used his artistic expression to point out that "humans are also animals, and we shouldn't be so condescending to the other species. We should curb our enthusiasm for growth, and learn to love and respect all life."
"We should respect all species, we are all partners, all owners of this earth," added the winner of the Order of Canada.
His pieces are inspired by themes of community, rural life and wildlife, bearing witness to the family's roots in Saskatchewan soil. They are descendants of one of New France's earliest pioneer families, and his love of the land is readily identified in the naming of his sculptures.
The magnificent Running Horses frolic in Ottawa, Royal Sweet Diamond, a huge bull, stands proud in Vancouver, bronze cows graze in Toronto and a herd of steel-cut horses run through Calgary and along the St. Lawrence.
"I'm attracted to bronze because it's a good and substantial material to work with," Fafard noted. "I like the color and patina, it's not like ceramic that can shatter."
The opportunity to meld the outstanding artistry of father and son in this unique tour, named A Tune To Art: Sculpture and Song, is a showcase not to be missed. All of the cross-country stops are one-night only events.
What: A Tune to Art: Sculpture and Song showcase with Joe and Joel Fafard, with Joel Schwartz.
When and where: Thursday, Oct. 24 at Headbones Gallery in Vernon.
Friday, Oct. 25 at Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, Chute Lake Rd.
Tickets: Available at Summerhill,
250-764-8000; Headbones Gallery 250-542-8987