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January 17, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The Toronto songstress broadens her musical focus on a self-titled sophomore album while finding a way to create her own deeply personal narrative.

Kardinal with Marauders' Joey Montana and Pree.
January 14, 2018
by David Farrell

The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into two categories.

At the Princess Maragret Hospital / Photo: Mark Blinch
January 12, 2018
by Karen Bliss

Having succeeded in the music industry at HMV and BMG, the indefatigable team leader turned his attention to a cause that was close to his heart. Along the way, he helped raise a king's ransom.

January 12, 2018
by Jason Schneider

These five Saskatchewan siblings were raised on farming, hockey and music. The latter is now their focus, as J.J. and Ty Hunter explain in this interview.

January 11, 2018
by Bill King

The past few months I’ve had the privilege to speak with Brett Kissel, Johnny Reid, Kristian Bush, Jason McCoy and now, Gord Bamford. Damn, these men are so nice and confident and concerned about their careers and audience. It addresses the fact that country music is still the “people’s” music. Enjoy.

Photo: Lisa McIntosh
January 10, 2018
by Jason Schneider

Still fondly remembered as the frontman of '80s power pop trio The Jitters, Packham has branched out as a radio host, songwriting instructor and composer for film and TV. Last year he upped his game by releasing a solo album, his first solo in 13 years, and this Saturday he relives his past with a Jitters reunion. Jason Schneider catches up with the less than jittery creator for a talk about this, that and the other.

January 8, 2018
by FYI Staff

Kesha makes a declaration that she's a woman fighter who ain't gonna quit and she's teamed up with the Dap Kings' horn line to add the groove to her bitchin' new single.

January 5, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The artist born Jordan Ostrom is poised to be one of Canada’s breakout country music stars of 2018. Her songs are being placed on TV and a new EP, Self + Medicine, is coming out today. Learn more here from this interview.

Marvin's bro, Frankie Gaye
January 4, 2018
by Bill King

A tale of lunacy, drunks, guns, rip-off artists and jack-asses that think they can spin an audience and get paid for it. Wild Bill King rides shotgun for these third-rate actors and not only  lives to tell the story but has fourty bucks to show for it. Cool or what?

Photo: Sus Bowers
January 3, 2018
by Jason Schneider

Still fondly remembered for his work in Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, he is now an in-demand producer and sideman. In this interview, Brown discusses his new solo album and the music workshops he runs for prison inmates.

Bill King at his Toronto home on April 14, 2015  (Chris Young)
January 3, 2018
by Bill King

In 1968, Bill King left his job as MD with Janis Joplin's band to serve ten months in a military uniform, then hitchhiked to Canada with partner Kris to find refuge from the American War. Part two of his epic story.

Kaytranada sets up while SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste addresses the audience at the 2017 Canada @ The Grammys party, co-presented by SOCAN in LA.
January 3, 2018
by External Source

Cities that want to attract diverse, thriving populations should look at creative musical culture in new ways and take steps to create conditions for live music to continue and thrive.