King’s Column

King’s Column

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.

Jazz at Massey Hall
November 2, 2018
by Bill King

He developed and shaped the very essence of jazz and the role of the drummer, and was onstage at Massey Hall for a star-studded concert termed the greatest ever. From the archives, here is an illuminating interview with Max Roach.

Photo: Bill King
October 26, 2018
by Bill King

What do the Blue Jays' triumph, an aspiring jazz singer/pianist, and a Toronto delicatessen have in common? Bill King connects the dots, recalling one memorable night, and reprising this with a fascinating interview.

October 19, 2018
by Bill King

When brother Wayne and I were in our early teens, Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” was one of the most requested pop/jazz songs of the day and the biggest-selling jazz single of all time. That popularity stretched over two gigging seasons. I don’t know if learning the song attracted many girls, but it sure earned us respect amongst musicians.

October 12, 2018
by Bill King

With “Heartbreak Hotel," that young singing sensation, Elvis Presley, pushed recording stars Nat Cole, Patti Page and Perry Como to the sidelines and everyone was talking about him in church. Who is this guy Elvis? What kind of name is that?

Bobby Dean Blackburn
September 28, 2018
by Bill King

Bobby Dean Blackburn has long been a seminal figure in the Toronto R&B scene, and his sons are now carrying on the tradition. Bobby Dean and Brooke Blackburn recently sat down with Bill and Jesse King for this informative chat.

September 20, 2018
by Bill King

At the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival, this compelling film won the coveted People's Choice Award. Winners often go on to Academy Award glory, and Bill King considers this one Oscar-worthy.

September 14, 2018
by Bill King

"Jones never goes light and easy. This in many ways is the underlining theme to the new documentary Quincy, tracking his life from his roots beginning in a downtrodden Chicago neighbourhood."