Bill King

Bill King

March 30, 2020
by Karen Bliss

The self-published 434-page anthology compiles 72 of his interviews into Volume 1 with first-person stories old and new provided by Andy Kim, Jim Cuddy, Randy Bachman, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jann Arden, Diana Krall, Bif Naked, Bruce Cockburn, Oscar Peterson, Frank Mills and Jeff Healey.

Lennon Stella  Facebook photo
March 16, 2020
by Kerry Doole

SaskMusic sets up a fund in the wake of COVID-19. Lennon Stella (pictured) releases a new single, and Bill King publishes a book of his insightful interviews. Others in the news include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Austin scene, Ellen Davidson, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Lou Canon, and farewell Genesis P-Orridge.

Oscar Peterson  Photo: Juno Awards
November 6, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Oscar Peterson (pictured) and D.O.A. earn the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation, ren signs to Geffen, and Johnny Orlando and Shawn Mendes earn EMAs. Also making news are CMTF, Bill King, SATE, Brad Machry, Neil Young, Indie Week, Gord Bamford, Aphrose, Hilario Duran, and farewell Kelley Looney. With video.

Dallas Smith and Billy Ray Cyrus   Photo: Global
August 7, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Dallas Smith and Billy Ray Cyrus (pictured) are co-hosting the 2019 CCMA Awards. Smith is up for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year.

Barbados internet cafe 2004.  Photo: Bill King
July 19, 2019
by Bill King

A recent sight in a Montreal hotel lobby induced fond reflections upon an era of precarious internet access in Caribbean countries.

Photo: Bill King
June 21, 2019
by Bill King

It was around 1956 when pops put up a hoop and strung chicken wire high up the fencing in our southern Indiana back yard.

Harlequin's Paul McNair joins Streetheart on tour
March 29, 2019
by FYI Staff

Paul McNair (pictured) fronts a revamped Streetheart, HMV's Irish bid founders, and the CFMAs change dates. Also in the news: Garth Brooks, Interstellar Rodeo, NSMW, Festival (506), Forest City London Music Hall of Fame, CD Baby, Thrush Hermit, Raising The Bar, Bill King, Allison Lupton, and The Washboard Union. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Photo: Mark Miller
March 8, 2019
by Bill King

Ed Bickert was born in rural Hochfeld, Manitoba, November 1932 and grew up in Vernon, British Columbia.

August 10, 2018
by Bill King

Delroy Figgins praised Art Tatum as being the only true pianist on the planet who explored every inch of the instrument, even the splintered grooves in the wood frame, charred cigarette holes, down to the pedals near the floor. Figgins said when Tatum played the piano he seduced every inch of its ebony flesh. Both men played a signature version of ‘Tenderly’ preserved on piano rolls.

August 1, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Billy Talent and City and Colour headline a benefit for Toronto shooting victims, Drake becomes a TV producer, and Zaki Ibrahim announces a debut headlining tour. Others making news include Charlie Major, Bill King, Modern Sky Festival, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Lee Aaron, Unity Festival, George Semkiw, Samantha Martin, and farewells to Ray Cooper and Tomasz Stańko. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Santa Clara
June 29, 2018
by Bill King

Getting lost on a visit to Cuba nearly 25 years ago forged a strong friendship with a young local musician. A tearful reunion in Toronto last week brought back vivid memories and reaffirmed the power of music.

Bill and Kristine standing tall and proud this side of the bridge
January 26, 2018
by Bill King

I was relieved when the first break arrives. I slipped into the men’s room and was having a leak when this drunken character walks in and says, “Get the fuck away from the piss pot. I have a score to settle.” He then pulls out a handgun and shoots the urinal dead centre. My ears pop...