biography

Jocelyn Barth is one of Canada’s most exciting emerging vocalists. As a jazz singer, Jocelyn is known for her emotional expressiveness and sensitivity. She delivers a lyric with intention, depth and authenticity while maintaining the playfulness of phrasing that comes from her instinctively instrumentalist-like approach to singing.

Jocelyn’s innate musicality and versatility have put her in increasing demand in a variety of settings. She sang on the soundtrack for the award-winning feature film The Witch and has performed and recorded with Canadian music icon Jane Siberry and Inuk throatsinging dynamo Tanya Tagaq. Jocelyn sang with voice improvisation octet New Lineage, which held a weekly residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario for June 2016. In November 2017, she performed Robert W. Stevenson’s sound poetry score “Cheap Sunglasses” at Harbourfront Centre Theatre for Danceworks’ 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Jocelyn’s singing is featured on critically acclaimed jazz albums The Bitter Suite by The Marie Goudy 12tet, Art of Breath: Volume Two by John MacMurchy, Volume Two and Volume Three by Collective Order, and Muse by The Tiki Collective. Her vocals on The Bitter Suite received praise from The WholeNote, The Jazz Music Blog, Toronto Music Report, and textura. Her rendition of Bobby Troup’s ballad “February Brings The Rain” on Art of Breath: Volume Two was called “exquisite” by Cathy Riches at The WholeNote. Jocelyn performs regularly with The Marie Goudy Jazz Orchestra, John MacMurchy’s Art of Breath, The Tiki Collective, and her own trio.