Joel Thomas Hynes is a multidisciplinary artist from Calvert, Newfoundland.
He’s been a singer and writer of songs, poetry and prose since adolescence. He co-wrote the songs Dark River and All for the USA with his uncle, the late Ron Hynes. He’s had several of his songs featured in movies and television. For ten years Hynes was a showcased performer with the well-loved tribute show A Feast of Cohen, and in the process has worked with countless seasoned musicians. Dissatisfied, distraught and determined, he taught himself to play the guitar in 2011 and has since been writing and recording original songs and has periodically performed theatres and pubs and churches and garages and living rooms all over Newfoundland, Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Los Angeles. In 2014 his song BootHeels and Shine was chosen to rep Newfoundland in the national CBC Searchlight Competition. Shortly thereafter Hynes released the four song EP Live at the LSPU Hall and began work on a full length studio album, Dead Man’s Melody, which is due for release in March, 2018. Dead Man’s Melody is a full-throttle, gritty and groovy rock album of nine interrelated songs that weave a perverse, sometimes jovial story of desperation and disastrous love, drugs and murder that culminates in a SWAT team standoff, a hail of bullets and a chopper in the air.
Hynes 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 (which was recently adapted, by Hynes, to the big screen under the title Cast No Shadow and won numerous awards including The Michael Weir Screenwriting Award and was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture and Best Adaptation).
His most recent novel We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night was longlisted for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize and won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and is currently shortlisted for the NL Winterset Award.
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 2014 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 Black, Frontier, Mary Kills People, Republic of Doyle, Book of Negroes, Hatching Matching and Dispatching and films such as Hunting Pignut, Cast No Shadow, 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, due for broadcast in March, 2018. Hynes is currently based out of Toronto and is probably asleep.