JOHN SOUTHWORTH creates oneiric, mythopoeic works liberated from temporal boundaries and genre. Since his debut orchestral pop album, Mars Pennsylvania (Bar None 1996), his musical vision has remained ever-evolving and consistently unclassifiable, with over ten albums released. This includes his latest - the uniquely subversive Small Town Water Tower (Tin Angel 2016) and magnum opus double album Niagara (Tin Angel 2014), named Album of the Year 2014 by Rolling Stone Germany and "Album of the Decade" by Falter Magazine. Other recent works include Easterween (2012) - a psychedelic cabaret-operetta featuring arrangements for a seven-piece ensemble by Andrew Downing (staged this past March at MA Scene Nationale in Montbeliard, France), Failed Jingles For Bank Of America & Other U.S. Corporations (2012) - featuring actual rejected jingles - and SPIRITUAL WAR Cassette Tape (2011) - recorded on a SONY Cassette Corder model TCM-939.
For the child-hymned Yosemite (2004) John began working with The South Seas - a core group of Toronto new music/improv musicians including Andrew Downing - acoustic bass, Jean Martin - drums, Justin Haynes - guitar, Thom Gill - guitar and Craig Harley - piano. The South Seas have since appeared on the aforementioned Niagara, Human Cry (2010 - to be reissued on Tin Angel Aug/2018) and The Pillowmaker (2006).
John's songs have been covered by and/or written for Canadian artists Sarah Slean, Hawksley Workman, Buck 65, Martin Tielli, Veda Hille, Kim Barlow, THOMAS, Patricia O’Callaghan and Jully Black. He is a regular collaborator with Toronto's classical music company Art of Time Ensemble, having composed and performed songs based on Schubert, Schumann and Korngold pieces. John's first "alternative" children's book, Daydreams for Night, featuring illustrations by David Ouimet, was published on Asuka/Japan in 2016. A former film student, he makes his own videos as well as for others.