Our Story

Still Eighteen is a unique and exciting alternative rock band  consisting of rockin’ Canadians :

Joey, Samantha and Karen.

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Dynamic, talented, entertaining and unique are a few of the words used to describe Still Eighteen!

But there is more to Still Eighteen than their dynamic live performance abilities and compelling songs.  They live life to the fullest and believe in pursuing their dreams. One of their lifelong dreams was to live on a tropical island. Their dream came true in 2001 when they moved to the
Dominican Republic to begin a new adventure! 

The Dominican Republic had a life-changing effect on them. In addition to the immense beauty of the island, the friendliness of its people, and the relaxed, beach lifestyle, they also witnessed the lives of the impoverished and environmental degradation. 
 
This inspired Joey, the band’s lead singer and a former lead singer of several Canadian bands to write songs that speak about these issues. His daughter, Samantha, learned to play guitar and sing at the age of nine in her all-girl band, Crush
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 and started playing bass and writing songs in her pre-teens and would often jam with Joey. They began writing songs together and have co-written "Bullets & Dust" "Diamonds & Gold", "Pretty Thing" and more! Karen (wife and mother), not wanting to be left out, picked up the drumsticks
and STILL EIGHTEEN was born!

 
The lyrics in many of their songs provoke us to ask questions of ourselves and society.
Still Eighteen is excited to be sharing their debut EP “Bullets to Dust” with the world!

“The Dominican Republic based Canadian originating protest-rock trio …are able to fulminate against a system of geo-political rectitude whilst becoming neither belligerent nor pleading…I would posit this is something to add to the collection.” Emerging Indie Bands

 

JOEY CIOTTI 

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 “My dad had a hard life with little time for fun. After my father’s passing only six months into his retirement, I was crushed, and I decided then and there that I wasn’t going to wait to live the life of my dreams. I have never been one to conform and have always questioned the norm, forging my own path - like when I left school as a teenager to hit the road as a musician. I realized after my dad’s death that I was being pulled into a conventional life that I didn’t want. So I changed it.
 
I believe that anything is possible and that you create your reality with what you choose to think and experience. I also believe that there are no dreams too big. Music has been my dream since I was 4 years old, and I have been following the ups and downs of it ever since. But now music has a new significance for me… I remember seeing Mick Jagger on TV in his studio, singing with his daughter and I thought, I want to do that. I want to be in a band with my daughter. 
Samantha was only a small child at the time but I held onto the vision, and here I am in
 Still Eighteen with my precious daughter and my amazing wife too!”

KAREN CIOTTI

Karen on drums

“In my previous career, I had the opportunity to develop relationships with thousands of successful professionals, and it was so surprising to me how many of them weren’t truly happy, even though they had already achieved so much. This motivated me to try and live the most meaningful, fulfilling, and adventuresome life possible.

To have the opportunity to be in this band with my best friends in the world; Joey and Samantha, is a dream. My greatest passion is to bring our music to the world and inspire people to live out their own dreams. It is my hope that Still Eighteen will make a positive, lasting impact on the world.”

SAMANTHA CIOTTI 
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“When I was younger, I never really fit in with kids my age. I went to an International school for the first seven years of living in the Dominican Republic, and I was bullied a lot. Then at thirteen I had to wear a back brace to school every day for my scoliosis, and the bullying got to the point that I decided to switch to online schooling.

Even though I’ve graduated, I still sometimes have trouble fitting in. I think the main reason for this is that, unlike the majority of my peers in university, I decided not to go. I believe whole-heartedly in Still Eighteen and nothing makes me happier than playing and writing music with my amazing family. My dream is for our music to reach as many people as possible. I hope our music makes a positive impact and that our band inspires people to pursue their own dreams, no matter their age.

I also want to help people who do not have the opportunities I've had. Growing up in a developing country really makes you realize how blessed you are and not to take anything for granted. If I become wealthy in the future, I want to share that wealth, not hoard it. I believe that life is about making the world a better place for as many people as you can.”


In the end, for this band, it’s about doing what they love, while trying to make a positive difference in the world.

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