Talent

Talent

Bill Dillon (l) with Paul RK Wheeler Jr. Photo:  Dave Barker photography
May 29, 2020
by Bill King

From Grant Avenue Studios and a small FACTOR grant to a career catalogue that includes working with The Hawks, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, Iggy Pop, and Peter Gabriel. The list is long, and, for the first time, he shares his storied career with Bill King. Photo: Bill Dillon (l) with Paul RK Wheeler Jr. 

May 27, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The Toronto pop/R&B artist knows about self-isolation, a result of his past experience in rehab conquering his addictions. Those feelings are shared on a new track, and here he talks about that, his physically distanced concerts for residents of local retirement homes, and an upcoming Canadian Music Therapy Fund event.

May 26, 2020
by Matt Zimbel

Oh, hi there, I’ll be the applause coach for your next live from the living room, pandemic concert.

May 21, 2020
by FYI Staff

All proceeds from the Canadian country star’s show near Edmonton on June 13 will go to Food Banks Alberta. 

Pic: Ottawa photographer Randy MacNeil
May 19, 2020
by External Source

Months back I was invited to share some thoughts about surviving as an artist in today’s consumer climate. I have passionate ideas on this subject, as anyone who’s witnessed my other one-man monologue, The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper, or who’s read the 264-page liner note that supplements my 2019 album release Dirty Mansions will testify. Well, dang. I’m a little late to the party and it’s a different fricking planet...

May 15, 2020
by Jason Schneider

After a break from the biz, the rootsy Edmonton troubadour has returned to the fray with two recent and much-praised albums. Here he reflects upon the latest, Drifters, as well as self-isolation, the absence of concerts, and how a future music industry may look.

May 15, 2020
by Bill King

The veteran Toronto drummer/composer/bandleader has been posting intriguing videos of covers while transitioning to life in the pandemic age. Here he discusses the videos, his home recording, life as an educator, and new creative pursuits.

Photo supplied.
May 13, 2020
by External Source

The Juno-winning roots-rock veteran is also a published author and acclaimed visual artist. In his contribution to our series, he talks about being born to be an artist and the work and rewards that come from that commitment.

Little Richard with the Fab Four. Pic: Little Richard, Instagram
May 11, 2020
by Bill King

It's been 25 years since I've smoked a bowl of hashish, and none more exquisite than shared in January of 1971 with Little Richard, the Bronze Libe

April 29, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The Juno-winning pop artist has recorded a new song designed  to raise money to help frontline workers during the pandemic. She explains the project here and discusses her self-isolation and possible effects of the coronavirus on the music industry.

Ashley MacIsaac, pic suppplied.
April 28, 2020
by Karen Bliss

Why was it so important for him to see this through, when so many artists, especially at that time, were just live streaming for free on Facebook or Instagram? “I wanted to put on a show that meant I didn’t have to stand in front of a liquor store playing with my fiddle case open,” he says figuratively. “I don’t believe in the notion of performing for tips after 25 years on the road.”

Logan & Nathan. Photo supplied. Credit: Ali Calladine
April 22, 2020
by Jason Schneider

Vancouver-based folk-rock duo Logan and Nathan knew a little bit about self-isolation before the pandemic hit, having lived separately in remote pa