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April 13, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The Ottawa-born, Austin-based blues artist is a veritable triple-threat of musical talent as a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Her skills have earned the respect of such peers as Jimmie Vaughan, Z.Z. Top’s Billy F Gibbons and Charlie Sexton, who all guest on her new album, The Ice Queen.

April 13, 2018
by Bill King

Back in the day, you would sit in your office, the phone would ring, and someone would say, 'hey I want to make a buy on radio.' And it was like 'OK, I'll take your money,' and then you spend the afternoon out drinking.Nowadays, you're chasing every nickel and dime.

The Stanfields  Photo: KT Lamond
April 11, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The Halifax rockers have just released their fifth album Limboland, an unflinching look at the negative forces that threaten rights and liberties. Frontman Jon Landry explains that the infusion of new blood has revitalized the band.

This year's Breakthrough Artist is on a roll.
April 9, 2018
by FYI Staff

One sings about puppy romance, the other about the love of family and both brim with authenticity. The two join several other Maple Music acts with strong commercial radio backing; among them, Arkells, Chromeo, Nightseeker, and Danielle Bourjeaurd.

 

Rosie and the Riveters L-R Allyson Reigh, Alexis Normand, Farideh Olsen credit Crystal Skrupski
April 6, 2018
by Kim Hughes

Few bands mesh the political with the personal, the altruistic with the artistic, quite like Rosie & the Riveters. With their honeyed vocal harmonies, vintage 40s-era look, and conscious lyrics, the Saskatoon-based trio is fast emerging as a folk/pop icon for the age.

Photo: Jen Squires
April 6, 2018
by Jason Schneider

On her new album Separate Rooms, the genre-defying Toronto singer/songwriter tackles difficult subjects we’re seeing finally being confronted more openly. She discusses her emotional journey here.

April 6, 2018
by Bill King

One of the most beloved films ever, An American In Paris featured Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, and the magical music of Gershwin. A stage version is now running in Toronto, fuelling Bill King's nostalgic reflections.

April 4, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The Toronto rock 'n roll duo is calling it a day after a decade together, but is going out with a bang. A farewell EP, Homage, a tribute to their blues-rock roots, comes out on Friday.

Danielle Bourjeaurd
April 2, 2018
by FYI Staff

Sam Smith's prayer gets answered, and Jessie Reyez's duet with Daniel Caesar that beguiled Juno audiences coast-to-coast is now a certified radio hit. Also hot this week are Stars, Dallas Smith, Chris Buck Band,  Shawn Mendes, and (pictured) recent ole signing Danielle Bourjeaurd.

Michael Barclay. Picture by Colin Medley
April 2, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The successful prose writer launches his book 'The Never-Ending Present' this Thursday at the Horseshoe Tavern with an all-star band performing a songbook of Hip songs. Admission is $5 and festivities get underway at 8:30 pm.

March 30, 2018
by Bill King

The executive director of Toronto's Koerner Hall has assembled a cosmopolitan grouping of local musicians for a world music orchestra of the highest standard. A debut album is coming out on April 6.

March 28, 2018
by Jason Schneider

The Halifax rapper born Lance Sampson honed his musical chops in prison. He is now breaking out as the winner of CBC Music’s 2018 Searchlight competition and the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, but he's not quitting his gig as a plumber just yet.