King’s Column

King’s Column

August 16, 2021
by Bill King

Summer has offered us an indication of life pre-Covid and the possibilities. There are a few gigs here and there, and the most excitement since the Raptors won a championship in 2019 - the Blue Jays are back in town. But through a summer of so much promise and a hint of a return to normalcy, why do I feel like the eighteen-month fight against Covid is only the opening salvo against something more contagious and exacting?

June 23, 2021
by Bill King

One advantage to having a three-hour radio show is the exposure to artists of many persuasions under the influence of a vast range of cross-cultural experiences. Although the mainstream focuses on a narrow field of obvious candidates, the view from the outside is rich in substance, creativity and diversity. Diversity is the infrastructure underpinning each of these 25 recommended artists.

June 16, 2021
by Bill King

The new winner of the prestigious award holds a PhD in ethnomusicology and her commitment to the Inuit music community has spanned over two decades. Learn more about her work in this FYI podcast.

June 10, 2021
by Bill King

Learn more about the roots of Kingston music in Bill King’s latest FYI podcast, featuring a chat with one of the city's driving creative forces.

Alex Cuba at the Beaches Jazz Festival  Photo: Bill King
June 2, 2021
by Bill King

In a recent thorough cleaning of our neglected garage, I unearthed an orange-coloured box of black and white photographs from the ‘90s.

May 26, 2021
by Bill King

Known online as Toronto Mike'd, this prolific indie podcast wizard profiles personalities from a variety of fields, including sports, music and radio. Learn more about him in Bill King’s latest FYI podcast.

May 20, 2021
by Bill King

Toronto’s Melleefresh has long been a shining light on this country's EDM and dance music scene, both as an artist and head of the Play Records label. The imprint celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and is doing so in style, as Bill King learns in his latest FYI podcast.

Toronto protest against the Iraq War, March 22, 2003. Photo: Bill King
April 25, 2021
by Bill King

We often reflect on the ‘60s, the unrest, the turmoil, and compare notes. By any stretch of the imagination, 2020 and 2021 are light years beyond the street riots, the freedom marches, and the Klan gangs of the ‘60s for the disruption and unyielding domestic stress levelled on our daily lives.

April 22, 2021
by Bill King

Talk! Conversations in All Keys: Interviews with the icons of the music industry.

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.