Five Minutes With: Vancouver Folk-Pop Artist Billy the Kid

Billy “the Kid” Pettinger is a dynamic independent musician known for her captivating blend of folk, punk, and indie rock. Billy has carved her own path with raw, introspective lyrics and soul-stirring melodies. With a career spanning over a decade, Billy has captivated audiences worldwide with her electrifying performances and heartfelt songwriting. Drawing inspiration from her own experiences and influences ranging from Patti Smith to The Clash, her music delves into themes of love, loss, and resilience, resonating deeply with listeners from all walks of life.

Billy the Kid


Billy the Kid


Alternative folk pop


First album in 2002

# of Albums:


Latest Album:

Can You Find A Way

Latest Single:


Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:


Favourite musician now:

Taylor Swift

Guilty pleasure song:


Live show ritual:

Eat too much food

Favourite local musician:

Amber Webber

EP or LP?

LP always

Early bird or night owl?

Late nights always

Road or studio?

Making new things always. I’d be in a studio every day and on the road never if I had a choice.

Any shows or albums coming up?

Releasing one single a month for a new album I made with Alkaline Trio’s drummer Atom Willard and Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers’ bassist Marc Jacob Hudson.

Where can we follow you?

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Tiktok | YouTube | Patreon


Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

The Naam!

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

Commercial. I know…played out. There are so many cross streets that I have lived, but most of my old haunts are gone, so it’s a combination of new and nostalgic for me.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Played out again but…Stanley. For years this has been the closest beach and park, and to this day is one of the best spots to sit by the water, see the people and take in some nature, in my opinion. I visit every time I can.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

Green Door

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Red Cat


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Demian is an Argentinian retired musician, avid gamer and editor for the Montréal Guardian, Toronto Guardian, Calgary Guardian and Vancouver Guardian websites.