A Conversation With…

A Conversation With…

Dr. John
October 2, 2015
by Bill King

"... I know about evil. I’ve lived in this racket, the music industry, where you’re comin’ up with gangsters and whorehouse gamblin’. I know about that evil stuff...."

September 29, 2015
by Kerry Doole

The TV star has a new album and plays two Toronto shows this week as part of the Canada's Walk of Fame festival.

September 25, 2015
by Bill King

Michael Hollett has long played a vital role in Toronto as the co-founder and co-publisher of Now Magazine and his involvement as the founder and director of the North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference. Bill King interviews the media and music mogul about his politics, life and the city's music scene.

Caroline Rioux, CMRRA
September 14, 2015
by FYI Staff

Canada's musical reproduction rights agency, CMRRA, has sorted the muddle of conflicting rights ownership that bedevils the US licensing system and the result is faster and higher payments to rights holders. In the following Q&A, CMRRA President Caroline Rioux offers surprising detail about just how progressive Canada's licensing system is.

Pauletta Washington
September 11, 2015
by Bill King

Pauletta Washington returns to Toronto after her sold out concert last fall, with a new show, Chronicle. Joined by her band Mamazband, Washington will be performing two nights at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.) Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

Timbaland & Robert Ott, ole music publishing
September 10, 2015
by David Farrell

This week, the Canadian Country Music Association honours Robert Ott with the 2015 Leonard T. Rambeau International Award in Halifax. FYI Music caught up with Robert recently for A Conversation with.... His story and his insights are every bit as extraordinary as the man himself.

Cliff Hunt, Yangaroo
September 8, 2015
by Bill King

Cliff Hunt co-founded Canadian tech firm Yangaroo back in 1999. It has been a hard road but today the secure distribution platform for audio and video media has market dominance on the global stage. In the following interview, Cliff talks about the company's growth and shares a few amusing stories from his time as Associate Producer of the CNE Grandstand.

Joe Carter, Bill King, baseball, Blue Jays
September 4, 2015
by Bill King

I asked music industry friends to pen their favourite baseball moment and posted below. I thought about this and seriously, for me, there are too many and most forgotten in a collision of seasons dating back to 1954 when I started paying attention. So I decided to run with the Joe Carter episode.

Neil Warnock, United Talent Agency, UTA, The Agency Group
September 1, 2015
by David Farrell

Neil Warnock has a lot of stories to tell and advice to offer. As the former owner of the world's largest independent music agency, Warnock sold The Agency Group to US-based United Talent Agency. His mission in life is far from over.

Elaine Overholt
August 31, 2015
by Bill King

Shawn Mendes, Richard Gere, John Travolta, Ellen DeGeneres all love her and Bill King caught up with this inspirational vocal coach to find out some of the reasons why she is so in demand.

Rob Farina
August 19, 2015
by David Farrell

Rob Farina is known as a savvy broadcaster with an eye for talent and audience building — but did you know he's a comic book freak, a PS4 gaming nut, or that his uncle, Enrico, was a big recording artist back in the early '70s?

Mitchell Cohen
August 17, 2015
by Bill King

Mitchell Cohen is President of The Daniels Corporation, a company that has built internationally recognized cultural institutions, including TIFF Bell Lightbox, the new home of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, and Daniels Spectrum, a new cultural centre in Regent Park.