The Road To Sawdust City Music Festival – Julian Taylor Band

Photo Credit: Lisa MacIntosh

This August long weekend (August 4-6), there is a party going on in Gravenhurst, ON. Of course I’m speaking of the inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival. In an effort to showcase some of the great talent taking part in the festival, we are doing a series of interviews throughout the next few months. First off, we had a chat with Toronto based, Julian Taylor Band. Enjoy!

First off, care to introduce yourself to the Canadian Beats readers? 

Howdy… my name is Julian and I’m the lead singer and band leader of JTB from Toronto. JTB stands for Julian Taylor Band. I lost a bet and the group had to stick with that name. 

Sawdust City Music Festival is in its inaugural year, how does it feel to be a part of this event? 

It’s a great feeling. I use to spend a lot of time hanging out with friends in that part of the country. I’m honoured that they asked us to be a part of it.  

You are one of many extremely talented artists on the lineup for Sawdust City Music Festival, who are you most excited to check out at the festival? 

Melanie Brulée is a stunning performer and I have played on the same stage as Justin Rutledge since 2003, in Perth.

Are you performing at any other festivals this summer that you’d like to tell us about? 

We’re playing Bluesfest in Thunder Bay, JazzFest Saskatchewan and Festival D’ete’ in Quebec City, among others.

Describe your live show using only 5 words… 

Funk, Soul & Roll baby!

If you were asked to give an up and coming Canadian artist some advice, what would that advice be? 


Who are your favourite Canadian artists/ bands? 

I like the band Tops right now. They’ve been in heavy rotation lately.

What’s up next for you? 

I’m writing a lot and getting ready for the band’s next record. I want to try and make a record that people can gravitate to. It’s a hard task. Music is all about personal taste and we all have our own. I just hope that my artistic expression and my creativity through escapism is enough to be able to help me connect with people and translate what’s in my heart. I thank the great spirit every day for the opportunity to at least attempt that notion.

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