"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without."  


Elaine Joe is a pianist, accompanist, composer, teacher, blogger and podcast host.  

As a musician, she has performed as a soloist, as a duo and in bands over the span of her career.  As an accompanist, she plays piano for four choirs ranging from the Highs and Lows in the mental health community, to the Ukrainian Barvinok Choir.

Her experience over an eclectic range of styles, from Folk, World, Classical, Broadway, Jazz to Popular tunes equips her to play and teach a diverse repertoire.

  • Music Listen & Buy
  • Performances Upcoming & Past
  • Piano Lessons Learn Online
  • Musings Blog Creative Inspiration & Musings on Life
  • Art Heals Podcast Where Music & Mental Health Intersect

As a composer, she's written music for the independent film, "Getting Ahead" and the theme song for the "Art Heals Podcast. She enjoys writing piano ballads to reflect her life's journey.

As a light accordion player she became enamoured with the tango while playing with the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. As a result, she wrote a tango piece for piano that she hopes to record and publish soon. Recently, she began composing songs on the accordion and is curious as to where that will lead her.

Performing with the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle Heart of the City Festival - Fire Theme

As a teacher, Elaine uses fun, alternative methods to get you through your blocks in a kind and compassionate manner.  She says, “I play at being:  Curious, inquisitive, fun and imaginative in a relaxed and enthusiastic manner. "

When performing solo, she likes to play music to transmit the composer’s brilliance of the piece, then use her interpretation of it to evoke a sense of feeling in her listeners. Be it joy, angst, love, nostalgia or playfulness, she wants you to feel something. 

For most recent performances and upcoming events check out "Music & Musings" below.
Music & Musings Current musings on life, upcoming performances and creative inspiration

Over the years, she’s played keyboard with the “10th Ave Trio”, organ and accordion with the funk band, “Lovedrunk” and improvisational accordion with the Spanish group “Sureando”.  

Last summer, she began working with talented violist, Thomas Beckman, collaborating on movie sound tracks to create recordings for this Spring. Recently, she teamed together with violinist, Jessie Tseng, to perform Russian gypsy tunes for a breast cancer fundraiser.

Thomas & Elaine Entertain the Granville Garden Residents
Her most recent project is hosting the "Art Heals" podcast. An inspirational podcast that follows the journey of artists, musicians, comedians and anyone who leads a creative life while working through their mental illness. 

Go here to discover more about the Art Heals podcast:  http://www.elainejoe.com/art-heals-podcast

Away from the music, she can be found on the mountain snowboarding, x-country skiing or rollerblading in the summer.  She has a passion for treehouses and sometimes practices in the trees.

In her quiet time she journals, philosophizes about life, blogs about leading a passionate and creative life, writes poetry and practices Qi Gong .