“Five Minutes With” Toronto Musician Ben Kunder

Name: Ben Kunder
Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Founded: 2008
# of Albums: 2
Latest Release: Better Human coming out June 29, 2018

Latest Video: Hard Line


Expertly navigating that rarefied space between elegiac folk and accessible pop, Toronto-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben Kunder has emerged as one of the most electrifying musicians on the indie scene and a sought-after live performer. His 2015 debut Golden garnered critical acclaim and airplay from Canada to the UK to the Netherlands. Kunder’s sophomore album, Better Human, is out June 29 and poised to dominate 2018.

Latest Singles:

Better Human (album title track)

For Time

Favourite Restaurant:


Favourite band as a teenager:

The Band

Favourite band now:


Guilty Pleasure Song:

Right Now by Van Halen

Live Show Ritual:

Shot of bourbon and a nice vocal warmup

Favourite local artist:

Jim Guthrie and Doug Paisley

Sneaky Dees nachos, pasta from Terroni or a superfood salad from Fresh?

If you asked me ten years ago I would have said Sneaks but now I’d say Fresh… although I make a mean salad at home.

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Ben Kunder – Credit Scarlet O’Neill

Queen or College St?

Those are long streets… College St is my neighbourhood so I’ll go with that.

Trinity Bellwoods or Highpark, Riverdale or Kew Gardens?

High Park all the way!

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Being a night owl isn’t easy with two babes waking me up at 6 in the morning. Still a night owl though, just a tired night owl.

Road or studio?

Love the road, love the studio, please don’t make me choose!

Swiss Chalet or Roti?

Roti, Love me some Pam’s Roti Shop for Carribean and for Indian I dig Mother India on Queen St

Where can we follow you?

@benkundermusic for facebook, instagram and twitter or at www.benkunder.com

Any upcoming shows or releases?

My new album Better Human is out June 29! The Album Release Party is June 27 at The Monarch Tavern here in Toronto and we have a few Ontario dates surrounding. Come out to the release show! Cross Canada and European tour dates will be announced this summer. Thanks for the love!




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