Talent

Talent

Julian Taylor, Instagram
June 21, 2020
by David Farrell

The charismatic multi-genre musician appears to be on the cusp of newfound success with songs that are autobiographical and aspirational and flavoured with a musical potpourri that helped shape his heroic roots.

June 18, 2020
by Jason Schneider

Edmonton-born Mallory Chipman has already made her mark on the jazz scene, with two critically acclaimed solo albums showcasing her dynamic voice.

Photo: Bill King
June 17, 2020
by Bill King

Pianist-composer Randy Weston (America's African Musical Ambassador) passed away September 1, 2018, after a 70-year career that saw him establish a

Photo: Vanessa Heins
June 15, 2020
by External Source

The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos, including this one from a renowned and platinum-plated folk-rock songsmith. 

(l-r) Lynn Anderson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Dottie West, Tammy Wynette
June 3, 2020
by Bill King

Canadian Barb Hall produced and directed a new public television documentary on legendary female country artists. Learn more about their remarkable lives and the show here.

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 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.

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.