King’s Column

King’s Column

July 13, 2018
by Bill King

With the full legalization of cannabis in Canada just three months away, Bill King reminisces about his colourful and oft-dangerous history with the herb before giving it up 23 years ago.

The Malecon, Havana   Photo: Bill King
July 6, 2018
by Bill King

Life as a musician at sea may sound glamorous, but not if you're working for a dictatorial Romanian diva. Bill King survived to tell the tale here, and he remains a lover of ocean travel.

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.

Sly And The Family Stone
June 1, 2018
by Bill King

I’ve been with the same woman forty-nine years and that bond is still as powerful as our early days. She’s fierce, no-nonsense and a champion of everything women. I’ve learned so much from her. I’ve heard her fears, her battles with the dark side of men in her early days, and the comfort and security of knowing she can be herself in a long-term relationship.

May 24, 2018
by Bill King

I must admit feeling incredibly nostalgic at this moment; something I rarely entertain. What happens on stage is logged in memory through sounds and performances, the entertainers and musicians.

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.

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.

George Semkiw (centre) flanked by Tony Nolasco (l) and John Finley (r) Photo: Bill King
March 16, 2018
by Bill King

After finding local rock 'n roll fame in the '60s with Richie Knight and the Mid-Knights, the Toronto music lifer ventured into record production and mastering with great success. He and Bill King share some great stories here.

Photo: Ivan Sorenson
February 16, 2018
by Bill King

Harrison Kennedy was born March 9, 1942, in Hamilton, Ontario. It was a close-knit family of aunts and uncles, bootleggers and celebrity visitors that informed him of a grand world beyond. In the Detroit-based band The Chairmen of the Board he had a million-selling single.

February 1, 2018
by Bill King

The executive director of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame brings a wealth of experience and boundless enthusiasm to the role. In this interview, she looks back on a fascinating career in radio and ahead to ambitious plans for the organisation.

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...

January 18, 2018
by Bill King

"The one thing I’m happy with is there are no lyrical changes. I listen to it, sing it, and yes; I did it right...