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January 19, 2022
by Bill King

The author is the heart and soul behind That Night at Massey Hall, a superb 240 page volume of concert photos, essays and remembrances of those who once filled the seats.

January 12, 2022
by Bill King

It seemed like guitar hero Domenic was always around, either through the live thing or a major recording. Finally, the history is written, and with brother Frank in his corner, it was only a matter of time those remembrances would be collected and in print. The book is Domenic Troiano, His Life and Music, co-authored by Frank and Mark Doble. Learn more here.

Photo: Bill King
January 5, 2022
by Bill King

The composer, arranger, trombonist passed away May 2010 and with him went the big soul of Toronto's jazz community. A McConnell event was just that—a must-attend full-house occasion— and he was stand-up funny, fierce, engaged, demanding of both his band and audience and at all times entertaining. Learn more in this conversation from the archives.

Records  screen capture
December 8, 2021
by Bill King

There are record collectors and accumulators that the noted Toronto filmmaker distinguishes one from another in his new documentary Records, a self-styled follow-up to 2000's Vinyl. Records had its premiere at TIFF back in October.

December 1, 2021
by Bill King

The Toronto jazzniks are about to release the 10th album of a fascinating career that has spanned 37 years and brought them a loyal audience. Learn more in this FYI podcast.

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November 24, 2021
by Bill King

CanRock veterans The Tea Party release a new EP on Nov. 26. In this FYI podcast chat, the band’s ace drummer discusses the record, the effects separation and time away had on him and the group, and more.

November 17, 2021
by Bill King

The noted Canadian stage and screen actor is now turning his hand to music, via an impressive new single, The Bottom. Learn more in this FYI podcast.

November 10, 2021
by Bill King

The rich and colourful history of Massey Hall, arguably Canada’s most famous music venue, has been captured in a new book by this prolific author and music scribe. Learn more here.

November 4, 2021
by Bill King

We are nearing the end of 2021, a consequential year with a world in crisis battling competing interests.

The Oscar Peterson Trio
October 28, 2021
by Bill King

I've been on an Oscar Peterson kick since I was 15 years old.

October 13, 2021
by Bill King

Via his work at Warner Music Canada and as an artist manager, the new inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame has boosted the careers of many top country stars. Learn more in this informative FYI podcast.

Painting by Marlene
October 6, 2021
by Bill King

In this 1992 interview with the Canadian jazz great, the informality of the setting and Peterson’s ease in responding to the questions made the exchanges a step beyond the conventional. Hear more in this FYI podcast.