King’s Column

King’s Column

Photo: Ivan Sorenson
February 16, 2018
by Bill King

Harrison Kennedy was born March 9, 1942, in Hamilton, Ontario. It was a close-knit family of aunts and uncles, bootleggers and celebrity visitors that informed him of a grand world beyond. In the Detroit-based band The Chairmen of the Board he had a million-selling single.

February 1, 2018
by Bill King

The executive director of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame brings a wealth of experience and boundless enthusiasm to the role. In this interview, she looks back on a fascinating career in radio and ahead to ambitious plans for the organisation.

Bill and Kristine standing tall and proud this side of the bridge
January 26, 2018
by Bill King

I was relieved when the first break arrives. I slipped into the men’s room and was having a leak when this drunken character walks in and says, “Get the fuck away from the piss pot. I have a score to settle.” He then pulls out a handgun and shoots the urinal dead centre. My ears pop...

January 18, 2018
by Bill King

"The one thing I’m happy with is there are no lyrical changes. I listen to it, sing it, and yes; I did it right...

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?

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.

December 15, 2017
by Bill King

I left behind the music director seat with Janis Joplin in late 1968, served ten months in a military uniform, then hitchhiked the interstates and backroads of New York state in the dead of fall, endured uncertainty, and eventually found refuge in Canada.

Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles
December 7, 2017
by Bill King

Fifty years for many rock musicians is it! Yet, for us folks who did more observing than actively buying into ‘live fast, die young’ bullshit – music now more than ever colours our lives. Look at us old-timers posting photos, event calendars, posters from the early days of rock.

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.

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.

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.

Jesse Cook  Photo Allen Clark
October 20, 2017
by Bill King

The fluent Canadian guitarist and composer has earned an international audience with his eclectic brand of world music. He takes an entirely hands-on approach to all aspects of his work, as Bill King discovers in this fascinating chat.