Photographer: Officially launching in 2008: Josh Gabriel Photography, had been a passion of Josh's for many years.
While strongly engaged to numerous musical projects, Photography has been the most prominent "day job" for Josh over the previous six or seven years, in a number of different ways.
Besides having spent the better part of five years in the retail end of taking photos, Josh has constantly found himself behind the lens; in front of a stage, snapping still shots of his musical colleagues.
Published more than a few dozen times on both Online media as well as in Print; It is his Photography work with musicians' specifically that often gets much attention when sent out into the viral world.
Currently Josh is volunteering some time out in the local scene with a new music Online/Print medium entitled: Velvet Rope Magazine. Continuously feeding photos to a multitude of Turtleshell Studio web pages and still incredibly dedicated to his own work, Josh Gabriel Photography is a very busy ongoing project. The Most Up To Date information can be found on the Official Josh Gabriel Photography Facebook Page.
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The Musical Road To The Present:
(2000 - 2008) By the flip of the century, Josh was involved in a number of bands. Often keeping a hold of his traditional acoustic guitars, while strumming bar chords over heavy electric riffs and the crashing of flagrantly hit symbols.
By 2001 the days of Josh thrashing his long hair around were a thing of the past. Previous bands "S.F.D.", "Wait 'til Tuesday", and "The Bell Hops" were officially put to rest as Josh's time became more sparse while his father fought and lost, a year and a half battle with Cancer.
Heartbroken from a faltered relationship and incredibly grief stricken, Josh found himself consumed in the roots of the music his father had instilled in him as a child. Writing original lyrics and music throughout his teenage years that would often turn into funk/rock songs, Josh began his career as a solo folk styled singer/songwriter officially in early 2002.
2003, Josh got just the push he needed when good friend and brilliant musical mind Jeremy Rice came onto the scene. The two friends had been gigging together for a year and Jeremy wasn't about to let Josh push his material to the back burner any longer. With no money but a solid direction, the first official Josh Gabriel record was ready to be released.
"Sunday Night & Monday Morn" (Josh's first official solo record) included 11 original tracks recorded in a small bedroom overlooking Woodbine Ave. in Toronto 's East end. The disc was released independently on April 11th, 2003 with a sold out show at the now closed Mackie's Taigh Osda.
Sunday Night & Monday Morn.