Features

Dave Allen
November 22, 2017
by Jason Schneider

With his debut solo album, When The Demons Come, Ontario singer/songwriter Dave Allen establishes himself as a bona fide roots music auteur.

Loreena McKennitt
November 22, 2017
by Bill King

The internationally successful world music artist was DIY long before it became fashionable. She explores her business philosophy and her support of the Canadian armed forces in this wide-ranging interview.

The Washboard Union
November 22, 2017
by Jason Schneider

Riding high with a current gold single and a new album in the can, the award-winning country outfit reflects on their personal bond, creative chemistry, and a high-pressure audition.

Shania & Nick: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Billboard Magazine
November 20, 2017
by FYI Staff

Shania Twain teams up with Nick Jonas on a festive Christmas song, and Alvvays returns with another silken pop confection driven by Molly Rankin's layered vocal track. Also popular in the week is Billy Talent's cover of a Neil Young song.

November 16, 2017
by Jason Schneider

The sideman to the stars and award-winning guitarist steps into the solo spotlight on his new instrumental album, Johnny Goldtooth and the Chevy Casanovas. Learn more about his alter-ego here.

November 16, 2017
by Bill King

An interview with "Spike" that knocks the ball right out of the field and shatters the glass protecting Alice.

November 15, 2017
by Jason Schneider

The sense of being unbound by the constraints of time takes hold immediately on the new album, entitled Yarrow. This is not just “roots” music; these are songs connected more to the elements and the Old Testament.

Virginia To Vegas's Derik John Baker
November 12, 2017
by David Farrell

Shawn Hook & Serena Ryder's rhythmic-remake of "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" is the most popular download radio track in the past week. Other big names to earn traction include Keith Urban, Virginia To Vegas, and a U2 track that features a spoken-word outro by Kendrick Lamar and is the latest song from the Dec. 1 album release, Songs of Experience.

Vissia  Photo: Emily Bachynski
November 10, 2017
by Jason Schneider

The Edmonton-based roots-rocker has just released a new album on Hurry Hard Records, a label she recently created. The record features sensual, blues-based offerings and intimate ballads that draw comparisons with Alabama Shakes and Neko Case. 

November 10, 2017
by External Source

We’d congregate in the fall on the driveway, rakes in hand, and commiserate in our utter disdain for raking leaves. And then, in the winter, shovels in hand, and commiserate in our utter disdain for shovelling show.

e El Mocambo gift shop with a friend. Pic: Bill King Photography
November 9, 2017
by Bill King

It is still underway, but Bill King is optimistic that the major renovation job will restore magic to the historic Toronto venue he loved so much.

The Karpinka Brothers
November 8, 2017
by Jason Schneider

Talk Is Cheap is the title of Saskatchewan folk-rock ensemble The Karpinka Brother's latest album–but the collection, in point of fact, is anything but; instead, the songs are imbued with sincerity and positivism.