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Kim Cole
I'll Take the Cowboy
Kim Cole has been a constant if discreet presence in the local roots music roundabout for some time, performing solo in small clubs and cafes and lending her very pleasant voice to numerous recording and live projects by other artists, including singer/actor Bill Colgate, with whom she appeared regularly on Friday nights at Graffiti's in Kengsington Market as part of his Urbane Guerillas ensemble. Her Debut CD, a collection of remarkably assured originals that convey a familiarity with classic Southwest country forms rather than with British based folk, owes a lot to the Market environment; it was produced by Vezi Tayyeb at his Kensington Sound Studios, a local musical landmark and home to many Toronto musicians. It features many of the fine musicians who over the years have made Graffiti's a legendary honky tonk -Tayyeb on guitar and keyboards, Steve Briggs on guitar and mandolin, guitarist Wendell Ferguson, steel guitarist Burke Carroll, bassist John Dymond, drummer Gary Craig and multi-instrumentalist Dave Tufford. It's a very classy, understated recording that, despite the stellar musical help, presents an intimate and focused portrait of a seasoned singer and composer who deserved to be heard.
Greg Quill - Toronto Star

To purchase a copy of "I'll Take The Cowboy" visit: - Toronto Star March 31, 2005


Debut CD
"i'll take the cowboy"




It all started at a thousand-watt radio station. No wait, that’s someone else’s story. It all started with being dragged on vacation to Nashville in 1996 by a star-struck friend. Coincidentally it was right around the time I got my first guitar and started teaching myself to play. Serendipity. I came home with a drive to write songs of my own. I completed my first song a month later, had my first solo gig a month after that and I haven’t looked back. Having graduated a few years earlier from Toronto’s well-known music production and management school, Harris Institute for the Arts, I had struggled to find a “back stage” place for myself within the music industry. I didn’t suspect my place would be “on stage” as a singer/songwriter. One year after writing that first song I won grand prize at a local singer/songwriter contest at Toronto’s Whammy Bar. Immediately after that I received a publishing demo grant from FACTOR and then garnered a live cover by Toronto country music sweethearts The Cameron Family Singers. I had always wanted to work in the music business and it seemed apparent I was launching a career as a musician and songwriter.

In early 1999 I began hosting a weekly songwriter night at a downtown tourist area bistro called 43o below. My reputation as an up-and-coming writer and performer was growing, leading to invitations to play outside of the city. I showcased at Canadian Country Music Week, which led to invitations to several Nashville “in the round” songwriter showcases. Three years after that fateful visit, I returned to Nashville as a songwriter.

My second Canadian Country Music Week songwriter showcase placed me before Calgary based music publishing company and independent record label, Blue Leaf Music. In January of 2001 I signed a publishing contract with Blue Leaf Music.

In 2005 I released my debut CD " i'll take the cowboy" at Kensington Sound Studios. I am proud to say that I co-produced the project and had a hand in every aspect of the process. Of course, I have already begun writing for the next project.

Recently I performed and interviewed as a featured artists by Insight Productions for a TV doc called "Toronto Sings" which premiered in 2006 and continues to play in regular rotation today.