King’s Column

King’s Column

Peter Cardinali (l) and his longtime engineer John 'Beetle' Bailey
March 22, 2019
by Bill King

This musical renaissance man has played with and produced many of music's biggest names, as well as finding success as part of The Boomers. These days he focuses on running his Alma Records label and producing its artists. He is a man of 1,000 stories, some of which you'll hear here.

March 15, 2019
by Bill King

The Ford government in Ontario has now set out the rules that give students the right to opt-out of paying levies for campus clubs and organizations, among them student papers and radio stations. This represents a real attack on free speech.

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.

Joe Sealy and Jay McShann at CJRT-FM  Photo: Bill King
February 22, 2019
by Bill King

Major changes at Toronto's jazz station are sparking optimism about a brighter future for the publicly funded FM. Here are some reminiscences and the fascinating story behind the station's creation. Pictured: Joe Sealy and Jay McShann

Little Caesar and the Consuls - Tom Wilson second from right. Photo: John Rowlands
February 15, 2019
by Bill King

For decades, he was one of Toronto's premier talent agents. He has now written a memoir that is a fascinating portrait of the halcyon days of the city's bar scene.

February 1, 2019
by Bill King

After paying her dues on the Toronto club scene, the dynamic guitar-slinger's career exploded when she teamed up with the Purple One's project, 3RDEYEGIRL. Here she reflects upon that life-changing experience, her love of jazz fusion, and her new debut solo album.

January 25, 2019
by Bill King

On the eve of their sixth 6th annual birthday celebration honouring the Canadian legend, Whiskey Jack's leader and his bandmate Douglas John Cameron sit down to discuss the event and the enduring legacy of STC.

January 11, 2019
by Bill King

The veteran Toronto newsman/photographer delved into his archives to produce a photographic work of significance that features candid moments with Elvis, the Beatles, Ronnie Hawkins, Johnny Cash, Gordon Lightfoot, Walt Grealis, Mick and Keith, - the golden age of rock n’ roll. He discusses the book and his career here.

December 21, 2018
by Bill King

For refuge from the insanity of US politics, Netflix offers an increasingly attractive means of escape. Here are some 'Bill-recommended' new films and series to spice up your holiday viewing.

Mr. White Christmas himself: Irving Berlin
December 14, 2018
by Bill King

For any musician called on to play Christmas music, it can either be ‘big party fun’ or pure drudgery.

November 23, 2018
by Bill King

The Junkhouse and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings rocker is also an author and acclaimed visual artist. A new exhibition of his work, Beautiful Scars, pays tribute to his Mohawk heritage.

November 9, 2018
by Bill King

Considered by many to be today's greatest jazz singer, she brings a holiday-themed show to Toronto on Dec. 4. Here she reflects on a long career, the loss of Roy Hargrove, the importance of arrangements, and a memorable Montreux Jazz Festival show.