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October 8, 2020
by Jason Schneider

Some artists find it difficult stepping back into the spotlight after a long hiatus, but not R&B recording artist Gary Beals.

October 8, 2020
by Bill King

For the past five years, I’ve been invited to screenings of short films - a partnership between a select group of young composers, filmmakers, acto

Photo: Stephan Szczesniak
October 5, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The Toronto alt-pop songstress releases a self-titled new album this week. Here she describes the value of producer Ian Blurton, the difference between writing for herself and others, and a longtime love of the Beastie Boys.

October 1, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The Newfoundland country singer is about to release his debut EP Sure Beats A Good Time. Here he talks about the inspiration behind the album, plans for its launch party, and the challenges of being based on The Rock.

Photo: Honey Jam performer Kelsey Vaz
September 30, 2020
by Bill King

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Toronto org dedicated to promoting local female artists. Here the founder explains the challenges of hosting a celebration amidst the pandemic, and how the El Mocambo and loyal sponsors came to her rescue.

September 28, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The leader of the veteran Canadian blues-rock band is celebrating the 25th anniversary reissue of Hemi-Vision, the band’s first platinum album. Here he reflects upon the making of the record, his work activity during the lockdown, the response to the death of his comrade Garry Lowe, and the need to live in the here and now.

Photo: Vanessa Heins
September 24, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The synth-pop star is earning kudos for her fourth album All That Emotion. Here she describes the evolution represented by the record, the experience of working with The National’s Aaron Dessner, and her upcoming live-streamed shows.

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September 24, 2020
by Bill King

The celebrated Toronto blues singer and veteran star of musical theatre is the new recipient of the Slaight Music SING! Toronto Legacy Award. In this extensive interview, she reflects upon her childhood in the US, her early career breaks, and love of Sammy Davis Jr., SATE, and Jann Arden.

September 21, 2020
by FYI Staff

A new collaboration by the two stars is a smash, while Justin Bieber’s cut with Chance The Rapper remains hot. Open Road act Sons of Daughters top the Canadian charts.

September 21, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The Indigenous husband and wife duo expands its sound on a new album, OMEN. Here the pair discuss the musical evolution, favourite new songs, pandemic challenges, and the current situation for Indigenous artists.