"There is no quibble about raising Jay Aymar to the higher rungs on the steep ladder of Canadian singer-songwriters, not just his contemporaries but of all time!" Penguin Eggs (Doug Swanson).
AN HONEST JOURNEYMAN OF MUSIC
(By Richard Flohil)
There aren’t many singers like Jay Aymar.
First of all, he’s a talker. He’d rather have a good conversation with you than sing, because he’ll probably get the idea for a good story out of it. He just might write that story in a song. He might put it into a blog. Either way, he's listening hard.
Secondly, he’s not a kid, and he’s not seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses. Yes, sir, that’s Jay Aymar. Twenty years of shows, twenty years of good friends everywhere he goes.
Thirdly, Jay Aymar’s a bit like you and I, except that he travels more, sings narrative songs that spring from a tradition established by wandering troubadours, and will always stop to speak with a stranger.
Jay’s been described as a Canadian everyman, because he gets his songs from the people he meets, and they are as complicated — and simple — as the drifter in the tap room, the traveler in the bus station, and the school teacher at Starbucks. He gets ideas from movies, great books, trash novels and tunes he hears. The winners and losers and lovers and fighters all contribute their voices, adding the details as well as the big ideas.
So far, there have been six albums and one book of these songs and stories, rooted in particular places and particular times.
His last one, Your Perfect Matador (2020) , tops them all. Produced by Michael Philip Wojewoda (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea) and recorded and mixed at Union Studios in downtown Toronto , Matador follows three breakthrough CDs, Halfway Home, Passing Through and Overtime. Aymar’s backed with a solid band of Torontos finest roots musicians while the songs hint at soul and rock with Aymar’s slow paced storytelling tone.
When you meet him, give him what he deserves: a true story, a joke, a conversation about where we’re all going, and for what reason.
In exchange, he’ll illuminate your world with a song or a story.
As always, he’ll be passing through, halfway home, and working overtime. That is, after all, how one becomes and honest journeyman of music.