After a Broadway run of more than 700 performances, Motown: The Musical opened last night at the Princess Of Wales Theatre in Toronto to a packed house and earned the cast a well deserved standing ovation.
Michael Hollett has long played a vital role in Toronto as the co-founder and co-publisher of Now Magazine and his involvement as the founder and director of the North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference. Bill King interviews the media and music mogul about his politics, life and the city's music scene.
Viet Cong's set at the Polaris Music Prize was BORING! No introduction, no announcement of a new name, no connection with the audience in front, online, abroad. Veni, vidi, qui curae!
FYI reached out to a few friends in the know about the favoured odds on who is going to win the Polaris Music Prize tonight. Here's the report card. Care to wager a bet?
Stevie Wonder will be in Toronto to perform at David Foster’s Toronto Miracle Gala & Concert this coming Saturday. Bill King takes us back to a time when the headliner was making headlines as Litle Stevie Wonder and bridging genres never bridged before.
Janis was Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters; a true white blues singer of the first order. Sadly her biopic is little more than tapioca pudding with a dollop of vanilla poured on top....
Keith Richards is the coolest 71 year old on the planet! Try to figure this guy out. He smokes at least ten packs a day, rarely coughs and laughs through his teeth after every clever retort....
Canada's musical reproduction rights agency, CMRRA, has sorted the muddle of conflicting rights ownership that bedevils the US licensing system and the result is faster and higher payments to rights holders. In the following Q&A, CMRRA President Caroline Rioux offers surprising detail about just how progressive Canada's licensing system is.
The big winner of last night's televised Canadian Country Music Awards on the CBC network was unquestionably host Jessi Cruickshank who managed to look, sound and act fabulous on a show that otherwise was about as exciting as watching moths hatch.
Miss Sharon Jones!, a documentary about the funk-soul singer who fronts The Dap-Kings and faced the living hell of knowing she had cancer had its premiere at TIFF this past weekend. Bill King calls it powerful, dramatic and never maudlin. Sadly, there is also an unwanted surprise included.
“We’re local, we are a very locally focused radio station and we know that’s why we will be successful.” Ever hear someone say something like that? I did last month. But is it correct?
Pauletta Washington returns to Toronto after her sold out concert last fall, with a new show, Chronicle. Joined by her band Mamazband, Washington will be performing two nights at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.) Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.