Talent

Talent

February 24, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The St. John's -based singer/songwriter releases a new album, Live It Down, tomorrow. Here he discusses its creation, his two favorite songs, a memorable video, pandemic life on The Rock, and his hopes for live performance.

Photo: Kate Morgan
February 21, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The eclectic Ottawa-based singer/songwriter has just released a fourth album, This ‘n’ That. Here he discusses the record, the significance of the classic La Vie en Rose, his love of travel, his other gig as a philosophy professor, and a desire to perform in-person shows.

Image capture from Bing Crosby YouTube performance of 'Brother...
February 10, 2021
by Bill King

Here is an essay about survival. Covid-19 has not only knocked the breath out of the average working Canadian. It has also stomped a heavy foot on the mid-section of the arts and anything that has to do with creativity.

February 10, 2021
by Bill King

The acclaimed hip-hop artist and motivational speaker is launching his Black Canadian 365 project to celebrate Black History Month. It documents his life as a Black Canadian via freestyle rap and long form blog posts and images, and he reveals more about the initiative and his family roots in this interview.

January 27, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The veteran Montreal psych-rock band delivers a new album this week. Here its co-founder discusses the record, a favourite song, the group’s loyal audience, the challenges of a curfew, and hopes for 2021.

January 20, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The Toronto-based indie rock band releases its second album, Cooler Returns, on famed label Sub Pop tomorrow. Here members Jeremy Gaudet and Brian Murphy discuss the new record, its favourite songs, the Sub Pop connection, and all the comparisons to ‘90s bands.

Photo: T. Kenta Kikuchi
January 17, 2021
by Jason Schneider

Two BC folk singer/songwriters forged a musical and personal relationship two years ago. A debut full-length album, Just Beyond The Shine, is now out and here the pair describe their backstory, the making of the album, work with Steve Dawson, and hopes for 2021.

January 10, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The Juno-winning Hamilton hard rock trio has delivered a new album, Fuck Art. Here its frontman describes the record, singles out his favourite cuts, discusses the challenges posed by the pandemic, and insists that rock is not dead.

YouTube screen shot of Justin Bieber.
January 10, 2021
by FYI Staff

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

January 6, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The PEI roots artist releases his third album, Stupid Cupid, this week. Here he talks about the inspiration for the project, his favourite songs, a love of classic country storytelling, and the importance of social media during a lockdown.

January 3, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The prolific Toronto folk songsmith and author has just released a new album, Red Rover. Here he discusses its creation, his working relationship with Dale Morningstar, favourite lines on the record, and how he’s adapting to the pandemic.

Gotta Have Pop album jacket
December 30, 2020
by External Source

Songsmith, band leader, broadcaster, blogger, cultural maven, pop historian -- the descriptives for Bob Segarini could stretch a country mile and h