Bill Usher has played on stage and recorded with several festival’s worth of well-known artists including Bruce Cockburn, Ronnie Hawkins, Valdy, Marc Jordan, Irish Rovers, and Stan Rogers. Along the way he’s produced 60 albums and received numerous Gold and Platinum records for his efforts.
He won his third Juno in the mid ‘80s for his musical story album DRUMS!, performing it hundreds of times in every Canadian province. Then along came Lover, Father, Husband, Son, Baby Boomer with a Drum! a theatrical musical of family life that toured the Fringe circuit.
Over the years, Bill emerged as a songwriter, releasing two albums with his band The Space Heaters while performing at Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD festival and big and small communities across Canada. He has developed a rare gift of communicating an elder’s perspective that is not common in today’s indie folk/pop music by crafting lyrics that are direct in expressing matters of the heart sung upon melodies that are simply beautiful.
Moving west in the early 2000s, Bill paused touring in 2006 to devote his time to developing Kicking Horse Culture and making community in Golden, BC. In 2024, he’s coming back out with The Space Heaters with his “Good-Getting-Older Songs & Stories” show.