She Noise – A look at life as a musician


Red RIde Tour 4-way

Getting really excited to be a part of this very cool tour featuring Kristi Lane Sinclair and Cris Derksen. We will be hitting up all the big cities in Canada and performing with many special guests, including George Leach, Iskwe, Nick Sherman and Laura Ortman.

Here is a little write up from the Red Ride Tour 4-way site

A collective of Aboriginal musicians will hit the road May 16 taking their showcase of artists across the country in what is described as an eclectic community of culture.

From a cellist and violinist to a guitar god and grunge goddess, Red Ride Tour: The 4-eva will embark on a two-week tour across Turtle Island from Vancouver to New York City. Anchored by classical grunge rocker Kristi Lane Sinclair and critically-acclaimed composer and cellist Cris Derksen, they will be joined at various gigs by 2014 Juno Award winning rocker George Leach, celebrated songstress Jennifer Kreisberg, pop diva Iskwé and rising folk singer Nick Sherman.

“This is our fourth year in a row taking indigenous acts on the road across Canada, and each year it grows,” says Sinclair, the brainchild behind the Red Ride Tours.  “It started out as just Cris and me, in my little Chevy Optra hatchback driving across Canada playing live music venues,” she explains.  “And now this year, we have acts like George Leach and Jennifer Kreisberg wanting to join the tour for a few dates.”

The Red Ride Tour begins in Vancouver on May 16 and will make stops in 14 cities including Banff, Calgary, Regina (where they will pick up Leach), Winnipeg (that is quickly becoming the Aboriginal musical center of the universe), Thunder Bay, Toronto, Montreal and culminating in Brooklyn, NY, on June 1.

Red Ride 4way


Roadside Recovery CD Release Tour

Roadside Recovery Tour

Miss Quincy’s newly released album, “Roadside Recovery” was recorded the day after our 6 week 2013 European tour and is fondly referred to as The Jetlag Sessions. Produced by Matt Rogers from Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer the  record  features special guests including Dawn Pemberton and John Rayham as well as Sheri Rae on standup bass and myself  on drums.  We will be hitting up all our favourite towns from Victoria to Winnipeg, playing 19 shows in 24 days. The current Showdown lineup includes Jessie Robertson – bass and Christie Rose- vocals and keys.


Miss Quincy Summer Tour

Miss Quincy Tour Poster

I just can’t get enough of these lovely folk, so here I am hitting the road with them again. We just spent 7 weeks on tour in Europe and then recorded an entire album in Vancouver in a jetlag fever… and now it is time to hit up all the summer festivals. Can’t wait to bathe in the BC lakes and rivers and sleep in Quincy’s 1974 Trillium trailer and hang out backstage with all the talented musicians at these dear Canadian music festivals.

Life is good!



Cris Derksen and Kristi Lane Sinclair Double CD Release Party

Double CD Release Party

It was an honour to work on these two beautiful albums with two dear friends, Kristi Lane Sinclair and Cris Derksen.

Kristi Lane Sinclair’s release, The Sea Alone, was recorded at Mushroom Studios and features Kristi Lane Sinclair on vocals and guitar, myself on drums, Cris Derksen on cello, John Walsh on bass, Noah Walker on guitar, Christa Couture on background vocals and was produced by Jeremy Patch and Kristi Lane Sinclair. All songs composed by Kristi Lane Sinclair.

Cris Derksen’s release, The Collapse, was recorded at Afterlife Studios, and features Cris Derksen on cello and vocals, myself on drums, Ellen Marple on trombone, Tess Kitchen on trumpet, Kinnie Starr on guest vocals, and was produced by John Rayam and Cris Derksen. All songs composed by Cris Derksen.



Double CD Release Party
Anza Club
3 West 8th Ave
June 13, 2013
Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
with guests:
DJ Slymatzkia
DJ Fagbot




Programming Live Music At Kits Nuba

Check out this fun interview I did with Nuba featuring the people on their team.

I have enjoyed programming music at the Kits location every Thursday. Delicious healthy food, sweet servers, beautiful location and some of Vancouver’s most talented musicians playing their songs for you.

Live music every Thursday from 7-9:30 including artists Bill Coon, Gordie Grdina and Cris Derksen.


Welcome to Joy on Drums!


Welcome to my new website! Here I’ve assembled the best of the musical and promotions projects I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of over the last number of years, and I will continue to update the site with future events and endeavours.

2013 is going to be a busy year – including a European tour with Miss Quincy in the spring and appearances with e.s.l. at numerous summer festivals.


Big thanks to Ashlee Lúk for the photographs featured on the home page slideshow and to Carmen at Pink Kloud for designing the site and logo. It was a pleasure working with both of these talented ladies.

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