Author Josh O’Kane spent two years of his life documenting Plaskett’s, and the context that enabled the Juno award-winning Dartmouthian’s decades-long career.
By Zane Woodford, Metro
Photos By Jeff Harper/Metro
His face is on the cover, but Nowhere With You isn’t really about Joel Plaskett.
“It’s about the notion of creating art in the Maritimes, in a place that so many people leave behind so constantly,” the book’s author, Josh O’Kane, said from his adopted home of Toronto during a recent telephone interview.
“This is a guy who stayed behind and was able to have this really celebrated creative career and this really celebrated art — celebrated across the country — without having to compromise where he lived, written from the perspective of someone who decided he had to go.”
O’Kane, a New Brunswick ex-pat Globe and Mail reporter, spent two years of his life documenting Plaskett’s, but more so documenting the “socio-geographic-economic-whatever context” that enabled the Juno award-winning Dartmouthian’s decades-long career.
And even though that’s how he pitched it, Plaskett was, at least at first, admittedly reluctant to play along. [READ MORE]