Rick Keene Music Scene – SCENE and Universal Music Canada Announce New Partnership and Launch Music Program

The brand partnership, ‘SCENE Music’ will deliver exclusive music content to Canadians commencing with a live-streamed event in Toronto this summer

Today, SCENE, Canada’s #1 Entertainment Loyalty Program, announced its new partnership with music label, Universal Music Canada, to showcase top artists and emerging performers through interactive programming. Starting with a livestream music event on August 26, the new initiative will introduce and feature a variety of artists and offer SCENE members exclusive content, socially distanced fan experiences and live events.

The Beaches

The inaugural SCENE Music event will be live-streamed from The Rec Room Toronto on August 26, 8:00 PM ET for SCENE members across the country to join in. This will be The Rec Room Toronto’s first live event since closing its doors due to COVID-19 earlier this year, and marks the venue opening for safe music experiences in the coming months.

Headlining the event is JUNO Award-winning, Toronto-based rock band The Beaches, who have been making waves since their 2018 JUNO award win for Breakthrough Group of the Year. Along with performing at a number of North America’s biggest music festivals, including Osheaga, Festival d’été de Québec and Austin City Limits, and opening for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters and Alanis Morrissette, The Beaches headlined their own highly successful The Professional Tour earlier this year, which culminated in three sold-out shows at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto.

The Beaches will perform live at The Rec Room Toronto along with JUNO-nominated alternative pop group and Universal Music Canada band Valley, who have garnered over 60 million global streams and spent 2019 touring North America as support for Lennon Stella and The Band Camino on sold out tours. Additionally, singer-songwriter Soran from Montréal will grace the stage virtually with his blend of dance music, reggae, funk and soul.

Soran

The event will be in support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, where over the last month nearly $210,000 in donations from SCENE provided kids across the country with unforgettable experiences to enjoy with their friends and families. The impact of these donations will be celebrated in a live-streamed segment during the SCENE Music event. Fans can tune into the music event through SCENE.ca/music and get close to the action by participating in digital games and polls.

“We’re looking forward to this partnership with SCENE to bring some of our exciting Universal Music Canada artists into the homes of music lovers across Canada,” added Kristen Burke, EVP and General Manager of Universal Music Canada. “The Beaches, Valley and Soran all know how to put on a show and are the perfect artists to kick-off this new music program.”

Tune in on Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00 PM ET on SCENE.ca/music and dance along to hit songs and new singles, right from home! It is time to show that we’re better together, even if we’re apart. Members can use the hashtag #BetterTogether or visit SCENE’s social channels on Facebook (Facebook.com/SCENE), Twitter (@SCENECard) and Instagram (@SCENECard) to show how they are reconnecting with the people who matter most.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers

Volume 1 from Roots Super Group Set for Release
September 4 on Stony Plain Records

Stony Plain Records announces a September 4 release date for the first volume of music from roots “super group,” New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers: Charlie Musselwhite, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jimbo Mathus, the late Jim Dickinson, and North Mississippi Allstars members Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson.

Recorded at the Zebra Ranch Recording Studio in Coldwater, Mississippi, the 10 blues-drenched tracks of sublime roots music on New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers Volume 1 will be followed in the spring of 2021 by Volume 2.

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The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers originated back in November 2007, when musician brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson sat down for a guitar jam with ex-Squirrel Nut Zippers leader Jimbo Mathus, along with blues greats Charlie Musselwhite, Alvin Youngblood Hart and the late Memphis pianist, producer and all around musical stylist Jim Dickinson, gathered for a roots music extravaganza recording under the group name of the New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers.

New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers Volume 1 Track Listing

1.  Blues Why You Worry Me (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)

2.  Pony Blues (featuring Alvin Youngblood Hart)

3.  Night Time (featuring Jimbo Mathus)

4.  Come on Down to My House (featuring Jim Dickinson)

5.  K.C. Moan (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)

6.  Let’s Work Together (featuring Jim Dickinson)

7.  Shake It and Break It (featuring Jimbo Mathus)

8.  Stone Free (featuring Alvin Youngblood Hart)

9.  Stop and Listen Blues (featuring Alvin Youngblood Hart)

10.  Strange Land (featuring Charlie Musselwhite) 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jordan Officer Delivers Blues, Jazz and Country the Proper Way

Jordan Officer is schooled.

Many people play guitar. Many people write songs. Few study the history of music as profoundly as Jordan Officer.

Jordan Officer came into his own opening up for George Thorogood. It was a double bill at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The Montreal crowd – stunned by Jordan Officer and his band’s groundbreaking set.

Please listen below to my interview with Jordan Officer about his three new albums. Country, Jazz and The Blues. Three genres which make up Jordan Officer.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Canadian Provinces.Ten Canadian Artists.

Canada.

Vast and filled with serenity. The sounds of the cities sneak into the country as the greenery simultaneously begs from the towns.

Please listen below to ten Canadian artists from ten Canadian Provinces. Ten Tunes.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Smoke Meat Pete Blues Playlist

Peter Varvaro is one of the hardest working men in Montreal.

Fifteen hours a day or more for twenty five years, Pete has provided the best food and the best entertainment in Montreal.

Covid has affected all restaurants very badly yet no other restaurant must put up with the constant harassment from town officials and local merchants / residents. Jealousy and language issues pre and post Covid have sent Pete to court more than any hard working man should have to. Ever changing bylaws regarding signs, no parking signs erected at a moment’s notice; the list of harassment is long.

Please listen below to the type of music that will be back live at Smoke Meat Pete one day. Support Smoke Meat Pete and all local businesses.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Kim Mitchell Talks About First New Album in Thirteen Years

Kim Mitchell has a new album coming out titled; ‘The Big Fantasize’

It is his first album in thirteen years and the word ‘Anticipation’ is an understatement for music fans everywhere.

Very few artists in this great Country can be called a legend. Kim is one of the greats and a songwriter whose talent is grossly overlooked on the world stage. Thankfully – Canada loves him and he will be inducted into The Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame

Please listen below to my interview with Kim and Hear Kim’s Brand New Song ‘Wishes’.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tales and Tunes Under The Patio Lanterns

Kim Mitchell has a new album out.

It is his first album in thirteen years and the word ‘Anticipation’ is an understatement for music fans everywhere.

Very few artists in this great Country can be called a legend. Kim is one of the greats and a songwriter whose talent is grossly overlooked on the world stage. Thankfully – Canada loves him. Eh?

Please listen below to A Preview of My Upcoming Chat with Kim and Hear Kim’s Brand New Song.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Top Ten Canadian Female Vocalists

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Eh?

What elements make up a talented vocalist?

Canada’s female singers are extraordinary. The beauty comes from within and shines from outside. Choosing the Top Ten Canadian Female Vocalists are impossible but here goes.

Please appreciate some of Canada’s greatest female singers and listen below to The Top Ten?

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Top New Songs and An Exciting Opportunity For Musicians

New tunes everyday in Canada eh ?

Just because live music has come to a halt, that does not mean new music has.

From Nova Scotia to Vancouver. Winnipeg to Ontario. Musicians from Canadian cities and Provinces are everywhere and filled with talent.

Please appreciate some of Canada’s great new tunes including Kim Mitchell and listen below for a chance to have your music on an upcoming release from award winning fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Top Ten Canadian Male Vocalists

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Eh?

What elements make up a talented vocalist?

Canada’s male singers are unique. Something about the tone, the pitch makes them truly Canadian. Let us see if a list of Top Ten Canadian Male Vocalists jives with your choices?

Please appreciate some of Canada’s greatest male singers and listen below to The Top Ten?

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Top Ten Canadian Guitarists

Five strings is a bridge to the moon.

So many chords and yet so little. So many licks and so many melodies.

Canada’s guitar players are unique. The sounds of the Country tend to be played loud and clear echoing Canada’s vast land and peoples. The tone, the feel – as Canadian as Maple Syrup.

Please appreciate some of Canada’s greatest guitar players and listen below to The Top Ten?

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Ultimate Canadian Playlist

Canada exports many songs that go on to change the world.

Hockey may be what Canada is known for yet if you dig through the layers of music in the past century, songwriters and musicians are unearthed more often than dinosaur bones.

From East Coast to West. North to South. Canada’s vastness helps contribute to the nature of poets and lyricists. The sway of Canada’s great cities provide musical rhythms – soft or hard.

Please appreciate some of Canada’s greatest assets and listen below to The Ultimate Canadian Playlist.

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – O Canada !

The O Canada Jazz Orchestra which has been captured in a virtual performance of Hersog’s world class, high energy and infinitely swinging new arrangement of “O Canada!”

Hersog created the orchestra and the arrangement with the intention of showcasing the camaraderie that exists among Canadian jazz musicians in these difficult times.  

The musicians, who come from all ten Canadian provinces, include folks like Christine Jensen, Joel Miller, Bria Skonberg 

Hersog’s 17-piece ensemble is rife with Juno Award winners, Canadian jazz heavy weights, and even a recipient of the Order of Canada. There are musicians representing all ten Canadian provinces. Formed with the intention of showcasing the camaraderie that exists among Canadian jazz musicians in these difficult times, this ensemble delivers a world class, high energy, and infinitely swinging performance of the Canadian National Anthem.

Daniel Hersog’s O Canada Jazz Orchestra
 
Christine Jensen – BC/QC
Remi Bolduc – QC
Phil Dwyer – BC
Joel Miller – NB/QC
Ben Henriques – BC
Mike Herriott – NL
Brad Turner – BC
Bria Skonberg – BC
Al Muirhead – AB
William Carn – ON
Dale Sorensen – PEI
Andrew Jackson – NS Sharman King – BC
Jocelyn Marie Gould – MB Amanda Tosoff – BC/ON
Gent Laird – SK
Mark Kelso – ON

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Rick Keene Music Scene – No Downchild Blues Band, No Blues Brothers

Dan Akroyd’s quote above sums it up.

Two songs of Downchild Blues Band were featured on The Blues Brothers’ first album and in the film The Blues Brothers.

An enduring legacy for Canadian musicians. An enduring legacy for The Blues.

Please listen below to my chat with lead vocalist and harmonica player Chuck Jackson. Fifty years of Downchild.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Michael Kaeshammer; ‘Live’ Music To Your Livingroom

Concerts may be on hold right now but Michael Kaeshammer is not.

Live music is essential to the soul. It cures everything from depression to a broken heart.

Michael has taken the opportunity to fill a void with a live album that was going to be released anyway. A DVD of the show with special guests is also available.

Please listen below to my chat with Michael and hear some great tunes from the new album. Live music at it’s finest !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Jazz Tribute to The Late House of Jazz

No House of Jazz in Montreal, no Rick Keene Music Scene.com

Sadly – due to the government’s reaction to Covid, Montreal’s House of Jazz has closed it’s doors.

In honor of the late George Durst and Francois Martinek, please listen below to some great new Jazz with a lot of fun thrown in. George Durst loved the fun aspect in Jazz.

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Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?

 Michel Pagliaro is a legend in Quebec …

Anglophone artists, Francophone artists – any genre, unconsciously or consciously affected  by ‘Pag’.

Rarely do artists create such a vast ‘society affecting’ songbook in a quick period of time. The Guess Who, Dylan,The Beatles, The Stones,Elvis and Pag.

For this reason, it is fitting after all these years for a tribute album. Eleven of Pagliaro’s songs performed by twelve Quebec artists. A brilliant CD package for immense listening pleasure.

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Carl Bastien supervises a disc long overdue. A void within the borders is now filled. Pag and Gerry Boulet can now walk hand in hand across the Plains of Abraham.

Please listen below to some tunes from Pag Revisited.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Celebrating Canada Day Musically With Canadians. Eh?

Canada Day will be celebrated – crowds or not.

Toronto’s ViVA TRIO Releases Special Rendition of “O CANADA” with Multi-Award Winning Top Canadian Artists

In honor of Canada Day 2020, internationally acclaimed vocalist trio ViVA Trio have assembled an incredible all-Canadian cast of talent to perform their rendition of “O Canada” virtually this June 25th and July 1st.

The multi-date performance will feature ViVA Trio’s sopranos Anna Bateman & Katya Tchoubar and mezzo-soprano Erin Fisher — a stunning set in their own right.

The trio is joined by multi-JUNO Award-nominee Gavin Hope (The Nylons), JUNO Award-winning and GRAMMY Award-nominated MET Opera regular and Officer of the Order of Canada Russell Braun, JUNO Award-nominated tenor Mark Masri, The North of Nashville Star winning singer and actor Graham Scott Fleming, and female vocalist and star of Stargate: Atlantis Rachel Luttrell.

Instrumentalists for the piece include pianist Mark Camilleri — who has shared the stage with Il Divo, Celine Dion, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Paul Anka, Sarah McLachlan, David Foster, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, to name a few — and internationally recognized violinist Vasil Popadiuk.

The collaboration is set to honor the spirit of Canada Day and create a sense of community — most especially whilst the COVID-19 pandemic keeps Canadians at home. “This Canada Day will be one that we all remember forever, for numerous reasons,” ViVA Trio’s Erin Fisher says. “We hope our version of the anthem will lift people’s spirits, and overflow with Canadian pride.”

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Montreal Playlist

Montreal has the best music fans in the world.

Every band that arrives in Montreal says the same thing. ‘Montrealers know music and it shows.’ The enthusiasm from the crowd to the band, the energy exchanged – second to none.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Collection of New Song Releases

Enough of the hate and time spent spreading it. Social media commenting is endorsing and spreading of hate.

Please listen below to Some New Tunes You Do Not Hear Anywhere Else !

Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard 

Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons beginning June 13 

On February 22, 2020 the Village Vanguard, the world’s oldest continuously operated jazz club, marked its 85th year in the basement at 178 7th Avenue South in New York City.

On March 16th the club closed its doors indefinitely.

On Saturday, June 13th at 7 p.m. EDT the club will present its very first livestream with
The Billy Hart Quartet
featuring Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson and Ben Street

A matinee will follow at 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 14th

 Each week there will be two shows approximately 75 minutes in length
Saturday @ 7pm EDT and Sunday Matinee @ 2pm EDT
$7 gets you in the portal at villagevanguard.com
Bring your beverage of choice.

Livestream schedule:

• June 13th and 14th – Billy Hart Quartet featuring Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson and Ben Street

• June 20th & 21st – Vijay Iyer Trio featuring Nick Dunston and Jeremy Dutton   

• June 27th & 28th – Joe Martin Quartet featuring Mark Turner, Kevin Hays and Nasheet Waits

• July 4th & 5th – Joe Lovano TrioFascination featuring Ben Street and Andrew Cyrille
 The 16-piece Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is on hold for the moment.
Please continue to check the website and follow the club on Instagram @vanguardjazz and Facebook for updates.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Flip Flops, Polly-Wogs and Summer Oddities

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Please listen below to Tunes and Memories of Much Better Times.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Spectacular Showcase

Please enjoy a Wide Range of Tunes and a Special Message from a Blues Legend.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Playlist

Please enjoy A Playlist

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Montreal Playlist

Montreal has the best music fans in the world.

Every band that arrives in Montreal says the same thing. ‘Montrealers know music and it shows.’ The enthusiasm from the crowd to the band, the energy exchanged – second to none.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Montreal Playlist

Montreal has the best music fans in the world.

Every band that arrives in Montreal says the same thing. ‘Montrealers know music and it shows.’ The enthusiasm from the crowd to the band, the energy exchanged – second to none.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – 40 Canadian Artists Announced as International Songwriting Competition Winners

You need soul to write.

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its 2019 winners. Established in 2002, ISC is the world’s largest international songwriting competition, receiving over 18,000 entries from 140 countries in 2019. More than $150,000 in cash and merchandise is awarded to 71 winners in 23 categories covering all genres of music.

First Place Winner –
Singer/Songwriter Tim Moxam

ISC is pleased to announce that 40 Canadian songs are winners in the competition, garnering two First Places, one Second Place, four Third Places, and 33 Honorable Mentions.


“Canada has a long tradition of great songwriters, and this continues to be reflected in ISC’s winners,” said Candace Avery, Founder/Director of ISC. “Every year, Canadians excel in the competition, and we are proud to celebrate their artistry and achievements.”


Winning ISC is an honor awarded to many artists whose careers have been successful. Previous winners have included: Illenium; Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Kehlani; Faouzia; Gregory Porter; Fantastic Negrito; Passenger; Lupe Fiasco; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; For King and Country; Dean Lewis; and many more. 

For a complete list of 2019 winners and to hear the winning songs, visit here.

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The list of 2019 Canadian winners is as follows:


First Place Winners


“Honesty” – Tim Moxam – Toronto, ON, Canada – Music Video
“I Do” – Khalid Yassein, Devan Glover, Robyn Dell’Unto (Wild Rivers) – Toronto, ON, Canada – Folk/Singer-Songwriter

Second Place Winner


“Istanbul” – Scot Robinson, Bobby Cameron (Scot Free Sessions) Edmonton, AB, Canada – Lyrics Only


Third Place Winners


“Fingerblasting Women” – Avery Pearson, Scout Durwood (Scout & Avery) – Toronto, ON, Canada – Comedy/Novelty
“I Am The Storm” – Carl Bernard – Kitchener, ON, Canada – Lyrics Only
“Let Me Go” – Mathew van Vooght, Dan Mangan (Mathew V) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Performance
“No Eyes For Me” – Harpdog Brown, Mike Ross – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Blues


For a list of Honorable Mentions, visit here.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Juno Award Winner Sue Foley Shares Her Experience of Playing with Billy Gibbons

If you wanna do something you love – do something you love.

Sue Foley grew up in Ottawa. She heard the Rolling Stones and discovered The Blues through them. At the age of twenty -one, she was living and plying her craft in Austin Texas.

2018 marked Foley’s return as a solo artist with her latest album, The Ice Queen, which featured guest appearances by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Jimmie Vaughan.

In May 2020, Foley won a Blues Music Award in the ‘Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)’ category

Please listen below to part two of my chat with Sue and hear what it is like playing with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top Fame.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Juno Award Winner Sue Foley Shares Her Playlist; Part One

If you wanna do something you love – do something you love.

Sue Foley grew up in Ottawa. She heard the Rolling Stones and discovered The Blues through them. At the age of twenty -one, she was living and plying her craft in Austin Texas.

2018 marked Foley’s return as a solo artist with her latest album, The Ice Queen, which featured guest appearances by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Jimmie Vaughan.

In May 2020, Foley won a Blues Music Award in the ‘Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)’ category

Please listen below to my chat with Sue and hear songs that influenced her as a young girl.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Montreal Playlist Feat. Jean Marc Pisapia from The Box

Montreal has the best music fans in the world.

Every band that arrives in Montreal says the same thing. ‘Montrealers know music and it shows.’ The enthusiasm from the crowd to the band, the energy exchanged – second to none.

Please enjoy Your Playlist with Special Guest Jean Marc Pisapia from The Box!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal’s Best Musicians

The best is not necessarily paraded in front of you.

Montreal ( and surroundings) has some of the finest musicians, producers, engineers and behind the scene women and men in the world. They are right in front of your nose.

Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Jazz and everything in between is seeded and nurtured in Montreal and Quebec. Some of the best voices, songwriting and musical prowess takes place in our backyard. Take out your hose and water it !

Listen below to just a few of Montreal’s Best Musicians.

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