King’s Column

King’s Column

Peter Goddard with a close personal friend. Photo by Kate A. Woudenberg.
April 14, 2021
by Bill King

The dean of pop culture criticism faces off with Bill King in a wide-ranging Q&A that includes a bit about the latest work in progress that's part memoir and part a sociology of modern culture.

March 18, 2021
by Bill King

Back in the ‘80s, The BamBoo music club and restaurant had a huge impact on Toronto’s music, art and food scene. Here it’s dynamic co-owner relates its fascinating origins and groundbreaking run.

March 15, 2021
by Bill King

Canadian entrepreneur, mega personality Syd Kessler passed at age 74, March 7, 2021.

February 24, 2021
by Bill King

A group of Toronto’s finest piano players discuss their relationship with the instrument and how the pandemic has impacted that.

(l-r) Tom Upjohn, Emily Steinwall,Virginia Frigualt-MacDonald, J.P. Saxe, Anwar Knight, TJ Whitlaw, Larnell Lewis
February 17, 2021
by Bill King

The accompanying photo dates to July 23, 2013. The significance of this? The talented people in the photo.

January 27, 2021
by Bill King

Round one of this look at virtual teaching drew a very positive response. This sequel offers many bits of professional wisdom most would never be privy to.

January 20, 2021
by Bill King

I’ve been teaching remotely since last March 2020 at the Harris Institute, my weekly “artist in residence” class running the past six years.

Sounds of Blackness
January 12, 2021
by Bill King

The tumultuous times of today have yet to produce a new golden age of protest songs. It may be best that music shifts gears and works as an instrument of healing, as with the tracks on the playlist here.

Book cover art supplied
December 9, 2020
by Bill King

The musical renaissance man has just published a must-read memoir of his life in ‘60s America. He explains that “in writing the book I wanted to share with the reader the joy of discovery, how music plays a central role in conditioning the heart and soul and take you back when times were freer and police, rednecks and hardhats kicked us around like we were alien garbage.”

Photo: Bill King
December 2, 2020
by Bill King

For most of us, we first heard of the coronavirus through the quarantining of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama in February 202

Photo: Bill King
November 25, 2020
by Bill King

The past nine months have felt like graduate school except this time we’re not skipping classes! There is a path forward and a way out of this economic and human catastrophe. Patience, knowledge, science, and faith…. Be safe!

Shawne and Jay Jackson  Photo: Bill King
October 15, 2020
by Bill King

The Toronto soul singer passed away last month, age 78. Here Bill King offers a fond tribute to his basketball-playing comrade, with two other close friends offering their warm memories. Pictured: Jay and Shawne Jackson