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Bill Welychka hosted the outdoor viewing event for The Tragically Hip's final concert in Kingston, Springer Square — photo courtesy of B.W.
July 20, 2018
by External Source

A group of Kingston, Ontario musicians are coming together to share their music and the message of hope and reconciliation as part of a Gord Downie Tribute Concert tonight in the singer's hometown.

July 20, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The Toronto singer has come up with a song of the summer contender in new single “Dynamite.” Here he reflects upon his growing maturity as a man and artist and his admiration of Fela Kuti and Eric Clapton.

Photo: Bill King
July 20, 2018
by Bill King

The Canadian radio veteran best known for helping take CHUM FM to the very top in the '90s reflects on a long and fascinating career. Learn why he misses the El Mocambo and what he feels is lacking in radio today.

July 18, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The veteran Toronto folk songsmith has just released his ninth album. In this interview, he discusses its cinematic scope, the challenge of balancing parenthood and music, and his concern about Spotify.

Magic! publicity shot
July 15, 2018
by FYI Staff

Magic! scores, again, with the top most downloaded radio track with the upbeat love ballad "Kiss Me."

Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo receive the Polar Music Prize — photo credit: screenshot
July 13, 2018
by Aaron Brophy

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden personally gave Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo the award.

July 13, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The latest in an illustrious line of rock bands from Hamilton, they're readying the release of a debut album. Here, the two principals discuss the trial and error of making the record, their preference for black garb, and the dreary state of most rock music.

July 13, 2018
by Bill King

With the full legalization of cannabis in Canada just three months away, Bill King reminisces about his colourful and oft-dangerous history with the herb before giving it up 23 years ago.

July 11, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The veteran roots songsmith is justifiably proud of his new album, Born By The Radio. Here he reflects on his current approach to songwriting, the diversity of his influences, and a missed opportunity with Gwyneth Paltrow.

MAGIC! in the studo performing "Kiss Me"
July 8, 2018
by FYI Staff

MAGIC! appears to have found that special ingredient that makes a hit song with the release of the in-house written and produced love ditty, "Kiss Me." Other notable Canadians this week include The Lovelocks, Jim Cuddy and Barrie, ON's Kansas Stone.

Still from the clip of 1000 Italian fans playing 'Learn to Fly' in Cesena. Photo: YouTube
July 6, 2018
by Nick Krewen

If Day of 1000 Musicians all comes together as planned, Paul Lemire is hoping to raise $5000 each for a quartet of charities, including two associated with music.

Photo: Sus Bowers
July 6, 2018
by Jason Schneider

This roots singer/songwriter from Georgia is now based in Canada, after being discovered by Wolfe Island label founder Hugh Christopher Brown. Here she talks about that transition, the making of her eponymous debut album, and her strong objection to the sexualization of women in the music industry.