Watch: Taylor Knox (Collective Arts Black Box Sessions)

Taylor Knox performs "Running Into Love" and "The Stars" live in the Collective Arts Black Box.

Toronto’s own Taylor Knox has spent years touring with acclaimed artists including Owen Pallett, Rich Aucoin, Luke Doucet, Hayden, Jason Collett, and Alvvays. “The common thread with all of them” Knox says, “is to never settle for second best.” Having cut his teeth for over a decade as a sideman, he released his debut EP Lines in 2015.

This year he released LOVE, a new record with production help from old friend Afie Jurvanen (aka Bahamas). The album is rooted in Knox’s current personal and creative outlook.

“My partner and I got married last year, so there was certainly a lot of inspiration from our eight-year journey together,” Knox says. “But writing love songs was a conscious decision for many reasons. I used to think love songs were boring and ‘too easy’ to write, but I came to realize that, if anything, it’s more of a challenge to write a song about love and not resort to clichés. Love is also what the world needs right now.”

Watch Taylor Knox perform “Running Into Love” and “The Stars” live at Indie88 in the Collective Arts Black Box.

“Running Into Love”

“The Stars”