👋 Hi, I’m Joel Schwartz.

I’m a music producer and artist mentor. 

I help singer songwriters take an idea and transform it into a polished recording with an experience that catapults their artistry and development

Production Portfolio

Jadea Kelly

  • Any Old Boat 00:00
  • 10 Roses 00:00
* Over 1 million streams on Apple Music
* Cover of Amazon's "Fresh Folk & Acoustic" playlist
* Cover of Spotify "Folk and Friends" and "Renegade Folk" playlists
Producer, mixer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

Dione Taylor

  • How Many times 00:00
  • Running Down The Line 00:00
  • One More Shot 00:00
* Juno Nominated Blues Album of the Year
* Winner of the Blues and Roots Radio Album of the year
Producer, Co-Writer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

Shawna Caspi

  • Wait Love 00:00
  • Lay Low Shadow 00:00
  • Echo 00:00
* Folk Music Ontario Nominee Album of the Year 2023

* Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee Contemporary Album of the Year

Producer, Co-Writer, Guitars, Mandolin, Resonator, Banjo

Lindsay Foote

  • NYC 00:00
  • Won't Do Me Any Good 00:00
  • Resting Place 00:00
* Producer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo
*Featured in American Songwriter Magazine

Kelley Smith

  • Tea and Whiskey 00:00
  • Moon Child 00:00
  • Dust 00:00
* List The Current's Radio Heartland Best of 2022 List

* Blues and Roots Radio Album of the Year Nominee 2023

Producer, Mixer, Guitars, Mandolin, Resonator, Banjo

Nicky Phillips

  • Home 00:00
  • Change 00:00
  • Echo 00:00
* Producer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

Aviva Chernick

  • Min Hameitzar 00:00
  • Esta Montanya 00:00
  • La Serena 00:00
* Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee World Music Album of the Year 2021
* Co-producer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

What musical result can I expect?

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“I help artists make life-changing albums”

You have big artistic ideas and visions, but making a record the way you hear it requires a different skillset than what you have honed as an artist.

Perhaps undertaking a recording project sounds overwhelming. If you’re like most artists, creating alone only gets you so far – at some point you need to collaborate with someone.  

How I help
My goal is to create an empowering recording experience that catapults your artistry and development.

My music production offers close one-on-one creative collaboration, expert musicianship, organized project management, in a safe and fun creative environment.

How it works
As a producer, I have many roles in your project: from creative collaborator, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and sonic-universe-creator™, to accountability partner, studio mentor, and project manager.

My job is meet you where you are at right now, and help you to realize and collaborate on your creative vision.

So, whether you are an emerging songwriter or an established recording artist, I’m here to help you make incredible world-class art that you and your fans will treasure for the rest of your life. 

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What the artists say...

“Working with Joel has been absolutely transformational.

I’ve gone from somebody who was writing songs and singing them in my bedroom to somebody who has all these amazing opportunities coming down the road.”
🔗Kelley Smith
Singer Songwriter 

“Joel really dove into the heart of my tune Bandit and brought the best out of it.”

If you’re considering working with Joel, he’s an amazing person and I would highly recommend it”


🔗Cynthia Hamar

“You’re very fortunate if you’re able to work with Joel Schwartz – he’s fantastic!”

🔗Carla Walker

Dione Taylor
Dione TaylorRecording Artist
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"Working beside and creating music with Joel is an incredible experience. His perseverance with and dedication to bringing your musical vision into reality is what every artist dreams of in a producer. Joel’s energy and vibe creates a safe and open space for imagination, artistry… and wicked fun! I’m excited and extremely proud of the ‘sound’ that we created on my upcoming album."
Lindsay Foote
Lindsay FooteSinger/Songwriter
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"Joel produced my EP, and he helped me take the project to an entirely new level.

He has amazing musical instincts, and all of his playing, production, and arrangement ideas were perfect. On top of his musicality, he truly listened to me and took to heart what I wanted to do with the project. I felt comfortable sharing my ideas and concerns with him, and because of this the end product felt like a true collaboration.

Joel brings out the best in whoever he works with, and I can't imagine having a better experience with a producer. On top of everything, the whole process was so much fun!! And I'm truly proud of the work we did together."
Jadea Kelly
Jadea KellySinger/Songwriter
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"Having toured, performed and recorded with Joel, I can sincerely attest to his professionalism, open heart and emotional musical ear. He sits, listens and encourages authenticity always. It has always been a great pleasure working with him, as a producer."
Andrea Koziol
Andrea KoziolSinger/Songwriter
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“Joel brings bullseye instincts, huge ears and exacting standards to every project he’s involved in…every note is there for a reason, every sound makes perfect sense and everyone is happy at the end of the session.

Work with him and you’ll see what I mean.”
Justin Gray
Justin GrayMastering Engineer
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"His depth as a musician, combined with his artistic vision, make him a very unique and effective producer

Whether it is helping an artist realize an arrangement, playing guitar parts to augment a recording or helping to manage timelines/budgets, Joel has a comprehensive range of skills that are mandatory for modern music production. I cannot recommend working with Joel enough. From writing and arranging, to playing and tracking, Joel truly has it all."
Aviva Chernick
Aviva ChernickRecording Artist
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"Joel has a phenomenal ear which, married with his imagination, and skill as a musician and producer, brings songs into their full beauty. He helps the songs be realized exactly the way they were meant to be heard all along."

Awards for productions


Joel Schwartz is a seasoned guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer of award winning records.

With 20 years of experience as a professional musician, he produces recordings for contemporary roots, folk, Americana, blues, and indie musicians.

The recordings he’s played on and produced have won, or been nominated for numerous awards including the Junos, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Folk Music Awards, Ontario Folk Music Awards, Maple Blues Awards, and Blues and Roots Radio Awards.

Joel has toured and/or recorded with: Birds of Chicago, Amelia Curran, Matthew and Jill Barber, Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Jessica Mitchell, Aviva Chernick, Andrea Koziol, Dione Taylor, Lydia Persaud, Jadea Kelly and many others.

When he’s not in the studio producing records, Joel teaches music entrepreneurship at Sheridan College, speaks at music conference panels, and leads the Facebook group The Studio Songwriter.

Joel proudly endorses K&K pickups and Neunaber pedals.

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A supportive songwriter Facebook community for having real-world conversations about producing, recording, songwriting, collaboration, growing your career in music, and all the important things that inspire and matter to contemporary singer-songwriters.

I hope to see you inside!

Make art that moves hearts​

Joel Schwartz Production

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