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Image capture from Bing Crosby YouTube performance of 'Brother...
February 10, 2021
by Bill King

Here is an essay about survival. Covid-19 has not only knocked the breath out of the average working Canadian. It has also stomped a heavy foot on the mid-section of the arts and anything that has to do with creativity.

February 10, 2021
by Bill King

The acclaimed hip-hop artist and motivational speaker is launching his Black Canadian 365 project to celebrate Black History Month. It documents his life as a Black Canadian via freestyle rap and long form blog posts and images, and he reveals more about the initiative and his family roots in this interview.

Death From Above Dundas Square billboard via Instagram.
February 7, 2021
by FYI Staff

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

February 7, 2021
by Jason Schneider

This Toronto quartet has delivered shantified material since 2013 and has just released a second album,  Across The Western Ocean. Here one of the members describes that record, its favourite songs, the thrill of seeing sea shanties go viral, and engaging with fans of the genre online.

Photo: Patrick Hodgson
February 3, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The Trini-Canadian author and hip-hop artist has a memoir, Saga Boy, out and an album ready to roll. Here he discusses the book, the recounting of a painful past, his struggle to be accepted, the need for change, and his upcoming record.

Photo: Bill King
February 3, 2021
by Bill King

News that the legendary jazz vocalist is battling Alzheimer’s has saddened the music world. Here is a wide-ranging and fascinating interview he gave back in 1993, at the tender age of 67.

Serena Ryder, from her Instagram account.
January 31, 2021
by FYI Staff

Serena Ryder offers us all a respite from the dreariness of lockdown lassitude with 'Better Now', another single from her upcoming March 12 album release-The Art of Falling Apart. It's a song about taking small steps towards a bigger goal of finding tranquility in a world seemingly gone amok.

January 31, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The singer/songwriter has had hits in both the country and pop realms, and his new country album, The Good Ones, is spawning more hit singles. Here he describes the record, the ways he’s adapting to the pandemic, his pleasure at seeing the genre become more diverse, and hopes for 2021.

January 27, 2021
by Bill King

Round one of this look at virtual teaching drew a very positive response. This sequel offers many bits of professional wisdom most would never be privy to.

January 27, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The veteran Montreal psych-rock band delivers a new album this week. Here its co-founder discusses the record, a favourite song, the group’s loyal audience, the challenges of a curfew, and hopes for 2021.

January 24, 2021
by Jason Schneider

The highly-respected Toronto music journalist and broadcaster will host a new CBC Music show, Frequencies. Here he discusses the show, his quest to improve, the need to narrow the diversity gap in Canadian music, and a favourite new album.

Monowhales plugging a late 2020 El Mo show in Toronto.
January 24, 2021
by FYI Staff

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