Joseph Landau

A finger-style guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter based in Toronto.



I have my grade 8 in classical guitar from the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as a B.F.A in music from York University, where I studied performance, composition, and improvisation. While at York I was able to study under some great musicians and educators like David Lidov who I studied composition with, Casey Sokol who I studied free improvisation with and Brian Katz who I studied Klezmer, improvisation, and classical guitar with.


Recent Projects

I am currently performing as a classical guitarist or as a singer and guitar player under my own name, with this I perform at weddings, farmer’s markets and other events. I also perform original material as a singer-songwriter. The bands I am currently performing with are; Josh Mover and the Shakers where I play Lead Guitar; The Joseph Landau Duo or Trio which is a cover band where I sing and play guitar; I am the bassist for Dante Matas and the Infernal Racket; I am an occasional singer with the electronic duo Keylontix; I am a guitarist, bassist and keyboard player with By Request Live Band Karaoke; and I sit in on Accordion with the Toronto Klezmer Society.



I am currently accepting private students at my home studio in Cabbagetown

Check out my teaching Channel here!

Notable Past Experience

2019 - Performed on the main stage at Taste of the Danforth with Live By Request Live Band Karaoke
2018 - East Coast Tour with Dante Matas and the Infernal Racket
2017 - Recorded and accompanied Mongolian Singer Wuyon-Tana on her first English language recording in Tokyo, Japan.
2016 - Wrote and recorded a nautical themed children's album (EP 4) that I performed on the Centre Island Pirate Ship as part of Pirate Life Toronto.
2015 - Took part in R. Murray Schafer's massive 1000+ performer version of apocolypsis as part of the luminato festival, sharing the stage with Nina Arsenault and Tanya Tagaq.
- Composed and performed the live score for the Blameworthy Theatre's production of Rossum's Universal Robots for the Toronto Fringe Fest.
2014 - Accompanied the sketch comedy troup Dame Judy Dench during the 2014 Fringe Festival where they were voted best of fringe.
2013 - Performed with my band Formalists at CMW music festival.
2012 - Performed with my band Formalists at NxNE.
2011 - Performed at the Askenaz festival with the Brian Katz University Orchestra.
2011 - Performed an acoustic set for the Circus without Borders during the Earth Day blackout.