Joy Mullen (AKA “Joy On Drums”) was raised by a poet and a percussionist in the Okanagan region of BC and was very involved in the arts from a young age, but when her band teacher had her fill in for a sick drum student last-minute, she found her true calling. At age 11 she began taking lessons and throughout high school was playing in bands, while organizing shows as a promoter. After high school graduation, Joy was the first female drummer to graduate from the Contemporary Music and Technology program at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC.
Joy now resides in Vancouver where she maintains an active music career – writing, recording, and touring with a wide variety of artists. She has toured internationally and worked with artists such as e.s.l., Cris Derksen, Rae Spoon, Christa Couture, Miss Quincy, and The Doers. She has performed at major folk festivals across Canada including Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Dawson City Music Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival and Planet IndigenUS.
In 2011, Joy performed on the CBC miniseries 8th Fire soundtrack (music composed by Cris Derksen) and composed a drum piece for Peterborough’s Ode’min Giizis theatre production WeskeyJack. She was invited to perform at the 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards Show and at The Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton 2014. Other material she has recorded has been featured in radio, film and television, including CBC’s Canada Live and Much Music’s Going Coastal and in an episode of APTN’s Nagawomin The Song with Cris Derksen.
Joy helped to found Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, a non-profit organization aimed at building young girls’ self-esteem through musical creation. She also worked at Cory Weeds’ Jazz Cellar and programmed events at The Waldorf Hotel. In 2012, Joy was hired as a guest programmer for Brief Encounters 18, an interdisciplinary performance series. She is currently teaching private lessons at Rufus Drum Shop and is developing visual curriculum for young children ages 4-6 to learn the drums. She also enjoys curating live music events and works as a promoter and event planner in Vancouver.
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