A Conversation With…

A Conversation With…

November 18, 2020
by Bill King

I was an early subscriber to Bandzoogle. Like most musicians, I was looking for a platform to promote my own recordings.

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November 11, 2020
by Bill King

The head of the Kitchener museum has scored a major coup by securing the Canadian premiere of The Rolling Stones | UNZIPPED exhibition. Here the longtime Stones fan explains how he pulled this feat off.

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November 4, 2020
by Bill King

 The rock vocalist/keyboardist continues to juggle work with Styx and a solo career. Here he discusses his busy creative life in the pandemic, the learning of new skills, favourite keyboards, and his recent live broadcast from Belleville’s Empire Theatre.

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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.

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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.

October 8, 2020
by Bill King

For the past five years, I’ve been invited to screenings of short films - a partnership between a select group of young composers, filmmakers, acto

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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.

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September 24, 2020
by Bill King

The celebrated Toronto blues singer and veteran star of musical theatre is the new recipient of the Slaight Music SING! Toronto Legacy Award. In this extensive interview, she reflects upon her childhood in the US, her early career breaks, and love of Sammy Davis Jr., SATE, and Jann Arden.

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September 17, 2020
by Bill King

The dynamo behind SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival discusses this year’s virtual edition, the challenges in putting it together, the ongoing support of sponsors, and Jackie Richardson (pictured with Micah Barnes), winner of the Slaight Music Sing! Toronto Legacy Award.

September 10, 2020
by Bill King

The popular Toronto jazz radio host reflects upon his family’s musical background, his passion for Black culture and history, and his own diverse musical tastes in this in-depth interview.

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September 3, 2020
by Bill King

The biggest passion of the Manager of Artists Development & Music Repertoire at Slaight Music is helping artists fully realize their vision. In this far-reaching interview, Ali discusses that role, her early experience as a recording artist, a life-changing education at Berklee College of Music, and growing up in a famed music business family.

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August 27, 2020
by Bill King

After fronting Toronto rock bands, this popular Canadian music veteran switched to the business side, first in A&R, then marketing and promotion. Through stints at WEA and BMG, in both Toronto and NYC, he boosted the careers of dozens of acts, and he now continues that role at Slaight Music. Read more in Bill King’s profile.