Talent

Talent

Photo: Kristy-Anne Swart
November 4, 2020
by Jason Schneider

As their new single Hometown Hero demonstrates, there’s nothing ostentatious about Calgary trio ROOKS.

Canadian musician  Adrian Raso, who has a song in the film... Website image
November 2, 2020
by Karen Bliss

It’s very nice that Canadian gypsy jazz guitarist Adrian Raso has a song in Borat Subse

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October 29, 2020
by Bill King

The multi-platinum, award-winning music producer and songwriter has worked with Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Adam Lambert, Serena Ryder, Backstreet Boys, Nelly Furtado, and many more. Here he discusses the evolution of his career, his approach to production, a love of teaching, and his diverse musical tastes.

October 26, 2020
by Jason Schneider

It seems rare these days to find an artist whose focus is primarily on being an interpreter of other peoples’ songs, but Calgary’s Shaye Zadravec h

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October 22, 2020
by Bill King

The leader of the Toronto-based and Juno-nominated world music group discusses their upcoming Zoom concert, the impact of the lockdown, new album Refuge, his use of camera technology, and much more.

Backxwash after her big Polaris Music Prize win. Shreenshot pic
October 20, 2020
by Karen Bliss

Eclectic metal-infused hip-hop artist Backxwash won the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Monday evening for her album, God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It.

Murray McLauchlan website photo
October 19, 2020
by David Farrell

Earlier today I suggested that the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter had perhaps been coasting these past few years, but the release of a new s

October 15, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The Newfoundland rockers emerge from isolation with a strong new track, the fittingly titled What Doesn’t Kill Us (Makes Us Stronger). Here, one of their two singer/guitarists describes the cut, the impact of lockdown, and their commitment to rock ‘n roll.

Shawne and Jay Jackson  Photo: Bill King
October 15, 2020
by Bill King

The Toronto soul singer passed away last month, age 78. Here Bill King offers a fond tribute to his basketball-playing comrade, with two other close friends offering their warm memories. Pictured: Jay and Shawne Jackson

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October 12, 2020
by FYI Staff

21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s Savage Mode II debuts at No.

Meghan Patrick. Instagram shot.
October 5, 2020
by FYI Staff

Last night, Canada’s first-ever, live drive-in country awards show honoured the female star (pictured) with three trophies, followed by Tim Hicks, James Barker Band, and The Reklaws, with two wins each. The event was presented by Slaight Music with support from Ontario Creates.

Photo: Honey Jam performer Kelsey Vaz
September 30, 2020
by Bill King

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Toronto org dedicated to promoting local female artists. Here the founder explains the challenges of hosting a celebration amidst the pandemic, and how the El Mocambo and loyal sponsors came to her rescue.