Crossworlds, the fourth record from Toronto producer/percussionist Joshua Van Tassel, is a novella and concept album featuring nine pieces written to accompany the tale of an elder woman who is left to defend her small island from a force not of this world.

Joshua Van Tassel – Crossworlds
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“expertly arranged with a theatrical sensibility that makes you feel completely enveloped.”
– Piano & Coffee co.

Each piece was carefully scored to a classic Maritime sea monster tale with a science fiction twist; released as a hardcover book with illustrations by Geordan Moore (Quarrelsome Yeti) and writing byJordan Crute & Van Tassel. Combining underwater field recordings from Newfoundland, new instruments created at the National Music Centre, orchestral strings, and some of the country’s best session musicians, Crossworlds is an entirely unique and compelling accomplishment.


We don’t like to toot our own horn, or stroke our own mane, but we’re delighted to be recognized by a number of organizations for awards this fall and wanted to share the news with you.

Music New Brunswick has nominated The Olympic Symphonium for several awards for their fifth studio album, Beauty In The Tension. Vote now.

– Album of the Year
– Group Recording of the Year
– SOCAN Song of the Year (Choral Voices)
– Folk Artist of the Year

At Music Nova Scotia‘s annual Nova Scotia Music Week festival/conference, we’re up for:

– Company of the Year
– Manager of the Year (Kyle Cunjak)

We were also nominated in the category of ‘Best Local Record Label’ for The Coast‘s annual ‘Best of Halifax’ awards, which will be announced next month.