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January 13, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The Toronto Blues Society’s Maple Blues Awards traditionally kicks off the music award season in Canada every January.

Sounds of Blackness
January 12, 2021
by Bill King

The tumultuous times of today have yet to produce a new golden age of protest songs. It may be best that music shifts gears and works as an instrument of healing, as with the tracks on the playlist here.

January 10, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The Juno-winning Hamilton hard rock trio has delivered a new album, Fuck Art. Here its frontman describes the record, singles out his favourite cuts, discusses the challenges posed by the pandemic, and insists that rock is not dead.

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January 10, 2021
by FYI Staff

The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into three categories.

January 6, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The PEI roots artist releases his third album, Stupid Cupid, this week. Here he talks about the inspiration for the project, his favourite songs, a love of classic country storytelling, and the importance of social media during a lockdown.

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January 6, 2021
by Bill King

The versatile Toronto musician is a bassist, producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and promoter of jazz, world and folk music through concerts and his home-grown label ZSAN Records. In this wide-ranging interview, he examines his long career and discusses the rejuvenating impact of the lockdown and the positive effects of tai chi and haiku.

January 3, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The prolific Toronto folk songsmith and author has just released a new album, Red Rover. Here he discusses its creation, his working relationship with Dale Morningstar, favourite lines on the record, and how he’s adapting to the pandemic.

December 29, 2020
by Bill King

Conversations at this moment are of a more personable nature. Inner reflective and addressing a certain element of human resignation.

December 27, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The acclaimed Indigenous recording artist and producer has just released a new version of the song Rebound Girl, originally a collaboration with Nunavut singer Kelly Fraser, who tragically passed away a year ago. Here he discusses their work together, the struggles faced by Indigenous artists, and his plans for more recording in 2021.

December 16, 2020
by Jason Schneider

It’s a safe bet that at the start of pandemic restrictions this past March, many people immediately made plans to make the most of their time in is

Photo: Mark Miller Photography
December 15, 2020
by Bill King

Just out is an album paying tribute to a Canadian gem and living jazz icon, Phil Nimmons, entitled To The Nth,

December 12, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The acclaimed throat singing duo returns with a vibrant take on a classic holiday carol. Here the sisters discuss their love of the season and the song, an upcoming full-length debut, and hopes for 2021.