Features

May 2, 2018
by Jason Schneider

This Brooklyn-based Canadian husband and wife indie-pop duo comprises two athletes turned musicians. A new album, Home Away From Home, comes out on Friday and here they discuss both its creation and the origins of their partnership.

April 30, 2018
by FYI Staff

Drake's lead single from his fifth studio album is a lavish affair and it's top of the pops here, in the US, the UK and just about anywhere else that counts. Others making waves include Tom Cochrane, The Sheepdogs, and  George Canyon.

April 27, 2018
by Jason Schneider

Beams has been winning over crowds across North America with their hard to classify sound for the last five years and fans can catch up with them again at a CMW calendar event at Lee's Palace on  May 9.

(l-r) Greg Godovitz, Jesse King, Eddie Kramer at CIUT Photo: Bill King
April 27, 2018
by Bill King

This legendary studio guru now lives in Toronto and is playing a pivotal role in the transformation of the El Mocambo. In this wide-ranging interview, he discusses his early days in English studios, working with Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles, Woodstock, his passion for music photography, and much more.

April 25, 2018
by Jason Schneider

This London, Ontario, country singer/songwriter is the real deal, bringing grit and edge back to the genre on his new album Judgement Day. In this interview, he describes his creative mandate and has a cool Tony Bennett anecdote.

April 23, 2018
by FYI Staff

An archival recording of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" leads the list of new radio adds this week. Other tracks feature Ed Sheeran, Meghan Patrick and Francesco Yates.

April 20, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The roots music renaissance man teams up with old partner Jesse Zubot on his upcoming album, Lucky Hand. He is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of his indie label Black Hen Music with a ten-date Roadshow featuring some Canadian notables.

April 20, 2018
by Bill King

In this far-ranging interview, the Ontario singer/songwriter discusses organic farming, his family's love of music, Tim Buckley, the importance of words, and the thrill of headlining Massey Hall.

At the mixing board at Slaight Music.Photo - Bill King
April 19, 2018
by Karen Bliss

The Slaight Family Foundation has provided more than $200-million in grants to humanitarian and cultural organizations in Canada and beyond. SamaritanMag's Karen Bliss sat with the Foundation's CEO for a frank discussion about the family's philanthropy and his own unbridled passion in supporting Canada's upcoming tier of musicians and songwriters.

April 18, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The acclaimed roots songsmith from PEI mixes things up on his new album, enlisting Joel Plaskett to produce and play guitar. Ellsworth cites '90s rock as an inspiration for the sound of the record.

Paul Brandt recorded a live version of 'Small Town, Big Dreams' for the community of Humboldt, SK last week in the q studio.
April 16, 2018
by FYI Staff

Hicks has himself another rockin' good hit and Brandt is winning praise for a live version of “Small Towns and Big Dreams” he recorded in a  CBC studio last week.

Author Michael Barclay with his new book - photo courtesy of ECW Press.
April 13, 2018
by Karen Bliss

Michael Barclay — who wrote extensively about The Hip's final tour in 2016 for Maclean's magazine, and co-authored 2001 and 2011’s Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995 — has always selected a charity or two for his book projects and this one is no different.