Mississauga’s Goan descent Ian D’Sa and his band Billy Talent honoured at Canadian Music Week!

— Lachman Balani

On their silver anniversary, Mississauga’s powerhouse band, Billy Talent, was honoured with the coveted “Legends of Live” award at the Canadian Music Week festival on May 11, catapulting them into the ranks of former winners “Tragically Hip” and “Blue Rodeo”. The award ceremony was hosted by Canadian Paul Shaffer of David Letterman fame.

Billy Talent formed back in 1993 and have since come a long way, opening up for Guns ‘n’ Roses at their Toronto performance in 2016 and have headlined arenas like the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. They have also performed in many places in Europe. The original band members consisted of  Goan origin Ian D’sa (lyricist and producer), Ben Kowalewicz (vocalist),  Jonathan Gallant(Bassist) and Aaron Solowoniuk (drummer), who due to multiple sclerosis left a couple of years ago and was replaced by Jordan Hastings of Alexisonfire. However to his credit and despite his MS condition, Aaron showed up to accept the award and marked the occasion by delighting the attendees by performing for one of their songs, “Rusted from the Roof”. Jordan took over for the next song “Try Honesty.”

The evening was showered with performances from other bands with many more people, companies and venues being honoured adding yet another notable Peel region winner at the ceremony, the Metalworks Production Group, for best audio visual production company of the year. Metalworks is the brainchild of Gil Moore, former member of “Triumph”, one of Canada’s topmost internationally renowned bands. Continue reading “Mississauga’s Goan descent Ian D’Sa and his band Billy Talent honoured at Canadian Music Week!”