Vancouver’s next big musical export – Tobias Jesso Jr

Tobias Jesso Jr

Tobias Jesso Jr plays the Electric Owl in Vancouver March 30.

Tobias Jesso Jr. is blowing up.

The North Vancouver-based singer/songwriter recently performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The 29-year-old has been profiled in the Vancouver Sun, the New York Times and Vogue (in which he calls rumours that he’s dating Taylor Swift “ridiculous”), and his debut album Goon, released this week, is receiving glowing reviews across the board.

And for only $12, you can see this rising star play a hometown show at the Electric Owl in Vancouver March 30.

According to a press release, Jesso wrote the songs for Goon on a piano at his parents’ house in North Vancouver. A phalanx of high-profile producers, including the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, worked on the record.

“In 2008 I moved to LA to play backup bass for a pop singer,” Jesso is quoted as saying in the release. “That job didn’t work out, but I ended up staying in L.A. for four years. I returned to North Vancouver because my mother had been diagnosed with cancer. She’s better now. I wrote most of the songs on my album Goon about my time spent in L.A. It was a reflection that included, like the most popular of love clichés, a tough break up.

“In my haste returning to Vancouver, I had left all my instruments in a storage locker in L.A. My sister had moved out and left her piano at my parent’s house, an instrument I had yet to explore. The first song I wrote on that piano was ‘Just A Dream’. It was also one of my first attempts at singing. I have yet to come to terms with my singing voice, but at the time I was left with no other option.”

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For tickets to Jesso’s sure-to-sellout Electric Owl (926 Main St.) show, visit

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