JTH – music-specific bio

Joel Thomas Hynes, the voice and songwriter behind the album Dead Man’s Melody, is perhaps better known as a novelist, screenwriter and actor. His fiction has been celebrated internationally, translated into numerous languages, and adapted to the big screen and stage alike. His most recent novel, We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night, won the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Hynes is also the creator, executive producer and star of the hit CBC comedy series Little Dog, which premiered to rave reviews in March of 2018. But aside from writing books and making movies and guest starring in TV shows like Orphan Black, Frontier and Mary Kills People, he’s also been working hard over the years as a singer-songwriter. He’s broken up a few bands, toured and wrote songs with his late uncle, acclaimed folksinger Ron Hynes, and has had his music featured in numerous films and TV shows. His song Boot Heels and Shine was a national finalist for the 2015 CBC Searchlight Competition. In 2015 he also released a four song EP of original music – JTH Live at the LSPU Hall.

Dead Man’s Melody, his first full length studio album liberally exploits Hynes’s vast experience as a storyteller and actor and can be described as a theatrical, character-driven, roots-rock album that spins a brazen tale of doomed love and murder which culminates in a SWAT Team standoff with bullhorns blaring and choppers in the air.

The album was produced by renowned musician and producer Eamon McGrath at Marquee Sound Studios in Toronto and, among others, features Danny Miles from July Talk and Grieg Millson of the Great Lake Swimmers. Dead Man’s Melody is available for download and streaming on iTunes, Spotify, CDBaby and other sites. For further information, bookings and upcoming shows, please visit

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JTH – general bio

Joel Thomas Hynes is a multidisciplinary artist from Calvert, Newfoundland.

He is the author of numerous acclaimed books, including Down to the Dirt (adapted to screen in 2008), Right Away Monday, Straight Razor Days, God Help Thee: A Manifesto and Say Nothing Saw Wood (adapted, by Hynes, to the big screen under the title Cast No Shadow and won numerous awards including four Canadian Screen Award Nominations).

His most recent novel We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night was longlisted for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize , shortlisted for the BMO Winterset Award, and won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.

JTH has also written and directed a couple of award winning short films – Little Man and Clipper Gold and wrote and directed several shorts during a recent residency at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. Hynes has also been working as an actor for almost twenty years and continues to perform lead and principles roles in both television and film, including shows such as Orphan BlackFrontierMary Kills People, Republic of Doyle, Rookie Blue, Eyewitness, Book of Negroes, Hatching Matching and Dispatching and films such as Hunting Pignut, Cast No Shadow, A Christmas Fury, Crackie, Down to the Dirt, and First Round Down.

Hynes is the creator, an executive producer and lead actor for the new CBC comedy series Little Dog, which began broadcasting March 1st, 2018.