Joshua Minsky is a Vancouver-based singer/songwriter, specialising in French chansons. His extensive repertoire also includes blues, Jazz, Brazilian, Reggae and Funk music. Joshua was born in 1959 in New York City and grew up in Vancouver, B.C. He began to study guitar at the age of 8 and after finishing college in 1980 he moved back to New York and began performing in clubs and restaurants, singing and accompanying himself on the guitar.
In 1984 he moved to Europe, where he made his living by playing in various venues, based mainly in Paris but moving also between Amsterdam, Nice, London, Zurich and Stockholm.
After 12 years in Europe he moved back to Vancouver and had a 4 year break from music before joining the Granville Island Busking Program where he performs daily all year round. Josh has published 5 CDs in a variety of languages including covers and his own songs.
Joshua is an experienced and talented artist who has performed at a vast array of BC events; the concert “T’as Voulu Voir Vancouver,” a tribute to Jacques Brel at the Waterfront Theatre, which was broadcast by CBC Radio Canada, and again at a tribute to Edith Piaf at the Arts Club Theatre. He was featured in a concert to promote the Olympics in February, 2003, and was a featured artist at the Centre Culturel’s Nouveau Scène in October, 2005. He has also performed on CBC Radio Canada in the series “Rendez-vous à L’ile de Granville” and represented the French language and culture at the Concert for B.C. day at GM Place. Joshua also often appears in Maillardville’s summer festivals. He has performed at many galas at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel for the BC Rehabilitation Foundation and for the BC Guide Dogs Association, among others. In the summer of 2008 he performed at the Surrey Children’s Festival and at SFU’s francophone and Francophile open house. He was the winner of the Press Prize at the ‘Pacifique En Chanson’ in 2008.