Features

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.

Meghan with a hat rack of CMA awards
November 5, 2017
by FYI Staff

Dean Brody and Meghan Patrick are among this week's hot Canadian picks on the radio with two storybook songs that will greatly push their careers forward. Hey Ocean, Alert the Medic, and Shawn Hook are also receiving strong engagement from commercial broadcasters.

Kat Goldman
November 3, 2017
by Jason Schneider

Her real-life experiences living in Boston encouraged the Toronto folk singer/songwriter to create the ambitious concept album, The Workingman's Blues.

Dahlia
November 1, 2017
by Jason Schneider

On her debut EP, Shift, this fast-rising Toronto singer-songwriter managed to achieve her goal of crafting an alternative indie-pop record that thematically revolves around love, pain, and hope.

November 1, 2017
by Bill King

Canadian superstar Johnny Reid is usually pegged as a country singer, but he has long had a deep love of soul music. That comes to the fore on his new Bob Ezrin-produced platter Revival, as he explains to Bill King.