My name is Joseph Shabason and I'm a Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist (sax, flute, clarinet, keys), composer and recording artist. I graduated as a saxophone major from the University of Toronto Jazz Performance program in 2006 and shortly after I started playing in rock bands. Starting in 2008 I went on to play, record and tour in the bands Destroyer, The War On Drugs, Andre Ethier and DIANA. Two of the albums that I play on (Kaputt and Poison Season) have been shortlisted for the Polaris Prize and the self-titled album from my own band DIANA has been long-listed for the Polaris. Kaputt was voted the No. 2 album of the year by Pitchfork Media and Poison Season was also nominated for a Juno in 2015.
Besides working as a recording artist and touring musician I just finished writing new 10 songs funded by a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council for my second solo album that will be out on Western Vinyl in the fall of 2018. On top of writing and producing I also work as a session player and have recorded saxophone and flute for Hannah Georgas, Dragonette, Jonny Nash, The Operators, The Born Ruffians, Allie X, The War On Drugs, Matt Barber, Rodney Graham, Bart, Peter Elkas, Jewish Legend, Ben Gunning, Jill Barber, Grounders, The Fembots and many more.