A Conversation With…

A Conversation With…

October 30, 2015
by Bill King

Kim Cooke is a consumate record man who has helped steer careers and shape hits, working his way from record store clerk to a corporate executive. A half-decade back he tossed security to become entrepreneur. Bill King sits down with Kim for a revealing look at what maketh the man.

Roger Brown, Berklee College of Music
October 16, 2015
by Bill King

Berklee's main man discusses the rich fabric that bonds students to the realities of the music biz. Notable graduates on the charts today include Esperanza Spalding, Imagine Dragons, Betty Who, Kiesza, Lucius, St. Vincent, and Charlie Puth.

October 9, 2015
by Bill King

Recently, Gloria found herself doing spot work at CFRB and a variety of other projects. I thought of all the nights following the stars, the up-and-coming, and happenings, and wondered if I could get her to sit across from me on my Thursday morning show at CIUT 89.5 and just talk. She graciously did, for a solid hour.

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.