Features

Photo: Drew Pluta
August 3, 2018
by Jason Schneider

Now living in LA, the Montreal pop duo and a real-life couple have experienced the ups and downs of the music biz, but their bond has helped them survive. They explain how in this interview.

Beaches International Jazz Festival
August 3, 2018
by Bill King

Ford is pissed at us locals. By contrast, Ford’s nemesis, Mayor John Tory is eloquent and cultured and can’t be bought for a can of tinned hot dogs and a slogan. No match for a guy who missed over fifty per cent of council votes.

August 1, 2018
by Jason Schneider

Now based in Whitehorse, the rootsy songsmith looked outwards for inspiration for his new album. What he found wasn't pretty, and he explains that this informed the raw and aggressive feel of some of the material.

Magic! Leads In Its 3rd Week With 'Kiss Me'
July 29, 2018
by FYI Staff

The Toronto reggae-influenced pop band is on a roll with its latest single that has become a genuine comeback hit. Hey Ocean!, Dallas Smith, Tebey and Shad are also winning strong support from radio nationwide.

Country volunteer staff — photo credit: Angela Ruscheinski
July 27, 2018
by Nick Krewen

Chris Ruscheinski and his twin brother Jamie were still in high school when the inconceivable occurred: they discovered that their mother Janis had contracted breast cancer. It was a bummer of a situation, but they weren't going to crumble. Instead, they did something brave and totally unexpected and absolutely proactive.

Photo: Jen Squires
July 27, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The fiddler/vocalist in the Juno-winning PEI folk trio discusses their second album, What We Leave Behind, champagne breakfasts, and the perils of bushfires as they travel the globe.

Ian and Sylvia album cover for Northern Exposure
July 27, 2018
by Bill King

In this wide-ranging interview, the Canadian folk legend reminisces about her early influences, the heady days of Ian and Sylvia, her love of performing in Quartette, and her first novel.

Cowboy Junkies  Photo: Heather Pollock
July 25, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The leader of the Toronto folk-rock veterans discusses the group's first album in six years, their influence on younger artists, and a wish that the US made touring there easier.

July 24, 2018
by Pat Holiday

The world is your oyster when it comes to listening to radio on smartspeakers, but there are challenges that many radio stations have yet to confront and broadcasters here need to act fast before they are lost in the dust of the universal audio band.

The Washboard Union
July 21, 2018
by FYI Staff

Deadmau5 and The Washboard Union are two of a number of notable Maple Music acts that have generated strong support for new tracks on radio in the past week..

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.