24min | English | Igal Hecht
Of West Indian and Mohawk descent, Taylor first made his name as frontman of Staggered Crossing, a Canadian rock radio staple in the early 2000s. When Staggered Crossing split amicably in 2007, Taylor started anew as a solo artist. In 2014, he launched the Julian Taylor Band masterfully
combining and updating vintage sounds that inspired him to create bold, innovative new songs. Modern pop, vintage R&B, smooth soul, and the rock’n’roll swagger he was known for, were all tied together with an intense devotion to craft and a collection of some of Toronto’s finest musicians.
JTB have three studio albums to date and have no plans to slow down, although in 2020 Taylor revisited his solo career with 2020’s contemplative The Ridge. His songs have been placed in shows like Kim’s Convenience, Haven, Private Eyes and Elementary. In everything he does, Taylor has carved his own path, creating genre-free music with a generosity of spirit and a strong belief in the healing powers of song. When the Indigenous radio station ELMNT FM opened in Toronto in 2018, Taylor became the station’s afternoon-drive host.