A Conversation With…

A Conversation With…

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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.

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August 6, 2020
by Bill King

It's a wild west outside of the safe confines of the home recording studio. Where does your best work go after that?

July 16, 2020
by Bill King

The multiple Juno-winning fiddle virtuoso discusses her work/life balance, the impact of the pandemic, her musical offspring, and an exciting new co-writing project for which she and hubby Donnell Leahy are soliciting public input.

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July 9, 2020
by Bill King

The versatile horn player passed away in 2007. In this wide-ranging interview from the archives, he reflects upon his family’s musical roots, his discovery of jazz, heady days in Greenwich Village, work with pop and rock artists, and much more.