A Conversation With…

A Conversation With…

June 29, 2022
by Bill King

Alex Currie, better known by his artistic moniker RUNT or Al Runt, began his art career in Toronto’s underground scene in the early ’80s, drawing posters to hang around the Cameron House, and eventually landing the gig to paint the now-iconic mural outside Lee’s Palace.

June 22, 2022
by Bill King

One of Canada’s most unique concert series is Toronto's annual  Koerner Hall Concert Season. The 2022-23 edition boasts a bumper crop of stars in many genres, as we learn from this chat with its illustrious program director.

Paul Hoffert (l) and Leo Spellman
June 8, 2022
by Bill King

Ten plus years in the making, The Rhapsody will have its World Premiere at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival on June 15 at The Hot Docs Cinema. Learn more about this compelling documentary in our conversation with its producer, famed musician Paul Hoffert.

Green Day  Photo: Richard Beland
May 17, 2022
by Bill King

Judging from the spirited flashing of iPhones at most events, the public is as engaged with that portable camera that rarely leaves the hands as th

Photo: Bill King
May 11, 2022
by Bill King

This duo album has been a long time in the making. I often wonder why music couples rarely cross lines and record together. I get that separate careers stuff, yet when two voices are a perfect fit, it begs for an answer. In this FYI podcast Marc and Amy open about their careers and the pressures each place on themselves in crafting songs, the execution, the compatibility and final outcome. 

The Brecker Brothers
May 4, 2022
by Bill King

There have been few moments when trumpeter Randy Brecker and his late brother Michael haven’t occupied our lives somehow.

Photo: Paul Wright
April 27, 2022
by Bill King

I caught up with Tenor Victor Micallef about the upcoming return to live in performance and the first date at Massey Hall.

April 20, 2022
by Bill King

The platinum selling and globally popular popsters recently branched into children's music, scoring a Juno nomination in the process. Learn more about their fascinating career in this FYI podcast.

April 20, 2022
by Bill King

The fast-rising young blues star has the honour of hosting the Maple Blues Awards on June 20 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Learn more about her in this FYI podcast.

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April 13, 2022
by Bill King

A veteran booking agent, business manager, and community activist, Pat Silver is the founder of SING!, an internationally-acclaimed a cappella festival. Learn more about this dynamo and the festival in this FYI podcast.

The cast of CODA
April 6, 2022
by Bill King

This Toronto vocal coach to the stars worked extensively with the cast of the Oscar-winning CODA (pictured) and, back in 2008, with the stars of another Academy Award winner, Chicago. Learn more in this fascinating podcast interview.

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March 30, 2022
by Bill King

We questioned with the passing of arranging/keyboard greats like Doug Riley who would step in and fill the void.