BAND MEMBERS (As Chops n’ Soul):
Lead vocals and Keyboards: Joel Parisien
Guitar and vocals: Josh Toal
Bass and vocals: Rich Moore
Drums: Nathaniel Rustenburg
Alto Saxophone: Darryl Dixon
Tenor Saxophone/Flute: Dave Watson
Trombone: Jonathan Arons
1st Trumpet: James Cage
2nd Trumpet: Freddie Hendrix


Toronto-born, Niagara-based singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, specializing in soul, gospel, and classic R&B.  As the front man for globetrotting group Newworldson, singer Joel Parisien has earned four Juno© nominations (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 Gospel Album Of The Year), penned three top-five Billboard© singles, and headlined festivals across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Joel produces, sings, and writes for the new funk/soul project called Chops ‘n’ Soul, collaborating with ex-Parliament/Funkadelic members Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Dennis Chambers (Santana, John Scofield), Fred Wesley (James Brown, the JBs) and Chops Horns (Alicia Keys, the Police)


  • Formerly signed to Warner-Chappell as a writer/artist (1997-2002)
  • Front man/principal writer for gospel group Newworldson (2005-2015), whose accomplishments include:
  • Signing with Nashville-based record label Inpop records (Mat Kearney, newsboys)
  • Earning four Juno© nominations for Gospel Album Of The Year: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
  • In 2010, their first single “There Is A Way” peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Music Gospel chart (US)
  • In 2012, their second single “Learning To Be The Light” peaking at number 3 (March 24, 2012) and remaing on that same Billboard chart for nearly a year
  • Headlining major festivals across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand


Four Juno© nominations (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 Gospel Album Of The Year) as frontman for Newworldson

Past Shows:

DATE: Friday, July 28th, 2017
EVENT: Jazz in the City – Flagship Event
STAGE: Partridge Hall / FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
ADDRESS: 250 St. Paul St. St. Catharines, ON
TIME: 7:30PM -11:00PM
TICKET PRICE: Early Bird:  $39 + HST (until April 30th, 2017) Regular Price:  $49 + HST

DATE: Saturday, July 30th, 2016
EVENT: Jazz in The Park
STAGE: Fiesta Stage
ADDRESS: Simcoe Park – 169 King St., Niagara-on-the-Lake
TIME: 12PM -12:45PM