Features

April 20, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The roots music renaissance man teams up with old partner Jesse Zubot on his upcoming album, Lucky Hand. He is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of his indie label Black Hen Music with a ten-date Roadshow featuring some Canadian notables.

April 20, 2018
by Bill King

In this far-ranging interview, the Ontario singer/songwriter discusses organic farming, his family's love of music, Tim Buckley, the importance of words, and the thrill of headlining Massey Hall.

At the mixing board at Slaight Music.Photo - Bill King
April 19, 2018
by Karen Bliss

The Slaight Family Foundation has provided more than $200-million in grants to humanitarian and cultural organizations in Canada and beyond. SamaritanMag's Karen Bliss sat with the Foundation's CEO for a frank discussion about the family's philanthropy and his own unbridled passion in supporting Canada's upcoming tier of musicians and songwriters.

April 18, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The acclaimed roots songsmith from PEI mixes things up on his new album, enlisting Joel Plaskett to produce and play guitar. Ellsworth cites '90s rock as an inspiration for the sound of the record.

Paul Brandt recorded a live version of 'Small Town, Big Dreams' for the community of Humboldt, SK last week in the q studio.
April 16, 2018
by FYI Staff

Hicks has himself another rockin' good hit and Brandt is winning praise for a live version of “Small Towns and Big Dreams” he recorded in a  CBC studio last week.

Author Michael Barclay with his new book - photo courtesy of ECW Press.
April 13, 2018
by Karen Bliss

Michael Barclay — who wrote extensively about The Hip's final tour in 2016 for Maclean's magazine, and co-authored 2001 and 2011’s Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995 — has always selected a charity or two for his book projects and this one is no different.

April 13, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The Ottawa-born, Austin-based blues artist is a veritable triple-threat of musical talent as a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Her skills have earned the respect of such peers as Jimmie Vaughan, Z.Z. Top’s Billy F Gibbons and Charlie Sexton, who all guest on her new album, The Ice Queen.

April 13, 2018
by Bill King

Back in the day, you would sit in your office, the phone would ring, and someone would say, 'hey I want to make a buy on radio.' And it was like 'OK, I'll take your money,' and then you spend the afternoon out drinking.Nowadays, you're chasing every nickel and dime.

The Stanfields  Photo: KT Lamond
April 11, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The Halifax rockers have just released their fifth album Limboland, an unflinching look at the negative forces that threaten rights and liberties. Frontman Jon Landry explains that the infusion of new blood has revitalized the band.

This year's Breakthrough Artist is on a roll.
April 9, 2018
by FYI Staff

One sings about puppy romance, the other about the love of family and both brim with authenticity. The two join several other Maple Music acts with strong commercial radio backing; among them, Arkells, Chromeo, Nightseeker, and Danielle Bourjeaurd.

 

Rosie and the Riveters L-R Allyson Reigh, Alexis Normand, Farideh Olsen credit Crystal Skrupski
April 6, 2018
by Kim Hughes

Few bands mesh the political with the personal, the altruistic with the artistic, quite like Rosie & the Riveters. With their honeyed vocal harmonies, vintage 40s-era look, and conscious lyrics, the Saskatoon-based trio is fast emerging as a folk/pop icon for the age.

Photo: Jen Squires
April 6, 2018
by Jason Schneider

On her new album Separate Rooms, the genre-defying Toronto singer/songwriter tackles difficult subjects we’re seeing finally being confronted more openly. She discusses her emotional journey here.