“The power is there—we only have to plug into it” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Will Riley by ©Melissa Pechalt

Will Riley is the front man for the band The Wiling. Living, performing and evolving in his loft affectionately baptised “The Boom Room”, he is the heart around which revolve several rising artists in Montreal. Always warmly welcoming anyone landing on his treshold, he cheers up his friend with a cup of tea, a sushi roll or a song that suddenly erupted in his beautiful mind. – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Will

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. That would have to be when I used to live in a tiny shoebox apartment in Hochelaga and me and my roomies went to Cosco to buy 600 balloons and proceeded to fill the place from floor to ceiling. Then we popped them all and exclaimed things. It was a good time had by all.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. On my 12th birthday, my dad said I was too old to have a goldfish anymore and when I protested he threw it very fast into our ceiling fan. Worst. Birthday. Ever.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

A. A new goldfish.

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist on eating during your birthday celebration?

A. Nope.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Blowing out ALL the candles.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. My grandma usually makes the birthday boy/girl a cake.