Rick Keene Music Scene – Canada Post Celebrates The JUNO Awards Golden Anniversary

New stamp honours 50 years of the JUNOS
and a dynamic Canadian music scene
.

The JUNO Awards turns 50 this year, and Canada Post is celebrating this golden anniversary with a new commemorative stamp.

The stamp pays tribute to the country’s premier music event, and its role in supporting and showcasing Canadian artists and creators over five decades. Since 1971, the JUNOS have recognized Canada’s immense range of talent, from rising stars to household names, including 25-time JUNO winner Anne Murray – the recipient of the most JUNO Awards to date – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Céline Dion, The Tragically Hip, The Weeknd and so many more.

To mark the importance of the 50th anniversary, the JUNOS have redesigned the prestigious award from the solid crystal tower into a new golden statuette, which is featured on the commemorative stamp.

The special 50th anniversary presentation of the JUNO Awards will be broadcast nationwide Sunday, May 16 at 8 pm, ET/5 pm, PT, on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and globally on CBCMusic.ca/junos.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wednesday’s Wicked …

“The only truth is music.”

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Sandy Chochinov

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

 Albert Einstein

tHE dGIDDY bAND

I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.

Prince

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tune In to Tuesday’s Terrific Tunes

Times were changing. Clothes were changing. Morals were changing. We went from romantic loves songs like I used to do to rock ‘n roll. Now that has changed to rap. So, there’s always a new generation with new music.

Bobby Vinton

When I hear music that parents hate, or older musicians hate, I know that’s the new music. When I hear older people saying, ‘I hate Rap or Techno’ I rush to it.

George Clinton

Sandy Chochinov

I’m inspired by artists and musicians. There are so many wonderful and talented people in the world. I love discovering new music, new writers, or new art.

Alicia Keys

tHE dGIDDY bAND

People say I seem very negative about new music – well, if somebody asks me what I think of Keane, I’ll tell ’em. I don’t like ’em. I’ll obviously take it a step too far and grossly insult the keyboard player’s mam or summat, but I’m afraid that’s just me.

Noel Gallagher

I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.

Prince

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Paying Tribute to Sandy Chochinov

“Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.”

A Canadian musician since 1968, Sandy Chochinov bravely followed his passion for music which was like breathing for him. He played the electric bass with his own unique style, sound and tone unlike any other.

He toured, recorded and performed across Canada until the late 1990s. Sandy taught himself the art of recording, editing and mixing his own music in his home studio for the last 20 years.

He continued to create and record music, playing bass, beats, guitar and keys along with many of his musical brothers and sisters producing 17 projects to date.

Sandy worked for Child and Family Services as a family support worker for 20 years, where he inspired many young people and their families to never give up and to always follow their dreams.

Please listen below as Lewsh Shaw of The Guess Who pays homage to his friend and musical collaborator Sandy Chochinov.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saying Goodbye To Musicians We Lost. Part Three

Music is the shorthand of emotion.”

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

Please listen below to some music from some of the artists who recently passed away.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saying Goodbye To Musicians We Lost. Part Two

“If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest of times, and to the latest.” – Henry David Thoreau

Please listen below to some music from some of the artists who recently passed away.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saying Goodbye To Musicians We Lost

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

“Music is given of God to further his purposes. Sweet melodies mellow the souls of men and help prepare them for the gospel. After men receive the truth, songs of praise to Deity help to sanctify and cleanse their souls.”

Please listen below to some music from some of the artists who recently passed away.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Live Album of the Week

Energy between musician and fan. Irreplaceable.

Nothing duplicates or explains what happens when musicians take the stage and pieces of art evolve into masterpieces.

Please listen below to the ‘Live’ Album of the Week.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wake the F*** Up ! It’s Monday …

Nothing like good music to shake those cobwebs off.

Weekends that are gloomy bring gloom. Music that is energetic brings energy.

Please listen below to some great new music, a birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, a new / old Rolling Stones’ tune and a brand new tune from Montral’s own The Damn Truth.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Terrifying Tunes and Ghostly Tales

Things that go bump after curfew.

Government measures have locked us in our homes for the better part of a year. In Quebec – leaving your home after 9:30pm; a definite no-no.

Please listen below to some macabre music and menacing tales.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Songs You Don’t Hear Everyday …

New means growth.

Combined with the past, a buffet of pleasures.

Please listen below to some great new and old tunes.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Elmer Fudd’s Wideo Wednesday

Wascally wideos …

Ever since the early 1980’s, a marriage between music and cinema took place. Sure music has been an integral part of film for decades but the musicians were like children at a dinner party; heard – not seen.

Please watch some of the best new videos released from artists that need your support.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Sasquatch Playing Saxophone and Tuesday’s Terrific Tunes !

New music – the future.

Great to learn from the past and enjoy the memories. Better still to encourage growth and sustain the arts.

Please listen below to some of the best new releases from artists that need your support.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best Irish Female Singers

“We are a vibrant First World country but we have a humbling Third World memory.”
Mary McAleese

“I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.”
Mary Robinson

Please listen below to some of The Best Female Vocalists of Ireland and remember – “I feel more and more the time wasted that is not spent in Ireland.”

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best Irish Guitar Players

May you get all your wishes but one, so that you will always have something to strive for!

Sleep is the first sign of recovery.

Please listen below to some of The Best Guitarists of Ireland and remember – Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Happy St Patrick’s Day; May the Good Lord take a liking to you — but not too soon.

Why should you never iron a four-leaf clover? You don’t want to press your luck.

This isn’t a hangover – it’s the Irish flu.

Please listen below to some of The Best Tunes of Ireland and remember – In heaven there is no beer; that’s why we drink ours here.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Irish Week; The Best Of Irish Music. Part Two

May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.

Irish songs are smiling and the entire world smiles along with the Irish.

Please listen below to Part Two of Irish Week and some of the best Irish music.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Irish Week; The Best Of Irish Music

May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart and warmed by the smiles of the people you love.

Irish songs are smiling and the entire world smiles along with the Irish.

Please listen below to Part One of Irish Week and some of the best Irish music.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sunday’s Music Extravaganza

Your head needs a rest. Your head needs to bop.

What better place to discover new music and older music you may have missed?

Please listen below and have a great, stress-free Sunday !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Amendment to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Provisions Can Help #SaveOurStages

 The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is thankful that President Biden signed into law today the American Rescue Plan. NIVA members are grateful that it includes Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Amendment to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) provisions and supports its passage in the upcoming COVID Relief Bill. 

The previous law forbade eligible entities to apply for both Payroll Protection Plan (PPP2) after Dec. 27, 2020 and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG, f.k.a. Save Our Stages Act). The revised provision enables eligible entities to apply for PPP2 starting now until March 31, 2021, and also seek SVOG when the applications are made available by the Small Business Administration. The SBA has yet to set a date to accept SVOG applications. 

NIVA members, devastated by having no income and enormous overhead for a year, have been anxiously awaiting the SVOG application forms; many venues have gone under while waiting to access this program. “Now that independent venues and promoters can be eligible for both PPP2 and SVOG, we’re hoping Congress will extend the deadline for applying for PPP2, since it’s set to close March 31, or in just 14 business days,” say Adam Hartke, NIVA’s Advocay Cochair and owner of The Cotilian and WAVE in Wichita, Ks.

The PPP2 money can help eligible independent venues and promoters to hold on until SVOG funding starts being distributed. Any amount of PPP2 money taken by a recipient will be reduced from SVOG funds, i.e., if a venue is eligible for $100,000 SVOG and they have taken $25,000 in PPP2 funds, their SVOG cannot exceed $75,000.

“This change can save countless venues from bankruptcy, as the immediate PPP2 money will help them hold on until the SVOG funds flow,” said Dayna Frank, NIVA Board President and CEO of First Avenue Productions in Minneapolis. “This entire industry is grateful to President Biden for the relief the Majority Leader Senator Schumer for spearheading this provision and Senators Cornyn and Klobuchar for championing our cause with the Save Our Stages Act.”

Other important additions to the provision are an additional $1.25 billion added to the SVOG fund and $840,000 earmarked for the SBA staff to facilitate COVID-related programs. “The quicker the SBA can staff up and roll out this program, the better.  To say our members are frantic and anxious is an understatement. The eviction notices have been coming at an even faster pace as time goes by without this emergency relief,” said Frank.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Convincing The Forum Ghosts; One Tune at a Time …

Since The Montreal Canadiens moved from the Montreal Forum – the once proud ‘dynasty’ has not made it to the finals of the NHL.

At the historic Forum- ghosts seemed to alter goals and games whenever the hockey team required help. Where did the ghosts go?

Please listen below to a few encouraging songs to help persuade ‘the ghosts’ to make the move to Le Centre Bell.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘The World’s A Bitch’ and The Church of Trees Loves It …

Lock-down has created a lot of misery and a lot of good. The Church of Trees‘ new single is part of the good.

Please listen below to my chat with the founder of The Church of Trees Bernard Frazer. Listen to ‘The World’s a Bitch’ and a couple of teases from the new album ‘Pause’.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Preview of a Few Grammy Award Nominated Artists

Sunday evening, March 14th -the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards are taking place.

In front of a limited audience, the Grammys will broadcast from the Los Angeles Staples Center. The Premiere Ceremony, where winners in some of the 83 categories will be announced, is scheduled to take place Sunday, March 14, 2021, starting at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT). It will be streamed live on Grammy.com

Please listen below to some of the artists nominated for this year’s Grammys.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – JUNO Fan Choice

For the full list of 2021 JUNO Award nominees, tune in today at 11AM ET/8AM PT for the JUNO Awards Nominee Announcement Virtual Presentation.

The virtual event will live stream on CBC Music’s social channels and on cbcmusic.ca/junos.
 

“Music connects us all. It brings us together in times of celebration and sadness, and elevates us when we need inspiration or encouragement,” says Lisa Cooke, Vice President, Advertising, Shaw Communications

“Right now, Canadians need to be connected more than ever, which is why Freedom Mobile is proud to unite music fans across the country and support Canada’s most iconic music event in its Golden Anniversary year with JUNO Fan Choice presented by Freedom Mobile.”

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The 50th anniversary of the JUNO Awards will broadcast nationwide Sunday, May 16 on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and globally on cbcmusic.ca/junos.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Guest; A DJ’s Best Friend

Everyone requires a break now and then.

Thankfully, there is always a friend ready to come in and take the leash.

Please enjoy some great tunes below selected by a very special guest DJ.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Your Weekend Playlist; Part Two

Lots of music and things that make go hmmm…

The weekend is here and all the negativity surrounding us day by day – minute by minute, must be relinquished.

It is time to sit back or stand up, sway your feet, your spouse or your hips. Cool runnings …

Please listen below to Your Weekend Playlist; Part Two.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Your Weekend Playlist; Part One

Lots of music and things that make go hmmm…

The weekend is here and all the negativity surrounding us day by – minute by minute, must be relinquished.

It is time to sit back or stand up, sway your feet, your spouse or your hips. Do the hip shake baby.

Please listen below to Your Weekend Playlist Part One and a tribute to Walter Gretzky. Part two will be here faster than a conversation under the cone of silence.

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Rick Keene Music Scene. Forty -Four Years Ago; The Rolling Stones Played at The El Mocambo in Toronto.

‘If you can’t rock me -somebody will…’

March 4th, 1977. The Rolling Stones surprised many fans and people alike by doing a small club act in Toronto. The performance was also to be part of a live album they were recording titled; Love You Live. For Montreal music fans, witnessing local favorites April Wine as the opening act; a double bill to drool over.

Just weeks earlier – Keith Richards was arrested for heroin possession with the intent of trafficking. A real threat to The Stones’ guitarist spending perhaps life in prison and in essence; the potential end of The Rolling Stones.

Thankfully with the help of Richards’ ‘blind angel’ ( a girl from Quebec city named Rita Bedard) and a fair judge, Richards was allowed to continue his work with the band and The El Mocambo show must go on.

Judge Graburn agreed, deeming: “No incarceration or fine would be appropriate because of Mr. Richards’ continuing treatment for drug addiction and his long-term benefit to the community.”

Richards was given a one-year suspended sentence, one years’ probation, and was ordered to give a special performance at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. There was some speculation that the court’s leniency amounted to preferential treatment, but Prosecutor, Paul Kennedy, didn’t seem to object: “If you get a member of the Rolling Stones off heroin” he said, “you’ve done some good.”

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Gary Moffett of April Wine fame came away from the entire experience with a new found respect for Keith Richards.

” We finished sound check and were back in our dressing room when I realized I had forgot my jacket on stage.’ Recalls Gary. “The door was closed and I heard a guitar being played from inside the room.Whoever it was – I did not want to disturb them so I quietly opened the door to peak in.’

Gary Moffet ( April Wine).

‘Keith was sitting on top of his amp and playing this beautiful arrangement. It was one of the most beautiful sounds I have heard. It was coming directly from the man’s heart. I stood there as quiet as could be and watched and listened for about five minutes. I closed the door just as quietly and walked away with the utmost respect for Keith as a musician and as a man.’

Please listen below to LIVE songs from The Rolling Stones’ 1977 El Mocambo gig.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Starts Today

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Casino de Montréal, is starting today! 

This year’s edition offers a panoramic view of local gastronomy – shining more light than ever on the producers and artisans of the Quebecois terroir.  

In keeping with tradition, the festival will enliven its site on Place des Festivals with original luminous and interactive works.

Furthermore, the details of the virtual programming of Nuit Blanche will be unveiled on March 8.

For the first time, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE presents 4 web series, comprised of 22 episodes, available to watch for free as of 4pm today.Please note that the web series are available with English subtitles.

Every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the outdoor site of Place des Festivals will offer a free tour of 5 luminous and interactive works (Chimes, Îlot de chaleur, Les Amuses-Gueules, Splinter and Passage) created as part of the festival. We definitely cannot forget about the popular Ferris wheel which can accommodate young and old alike, while adhering to a strict sanitary protocol.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – ‘Unmasking’ Great Songs From The 1970s …

Great songs – selective memories.

If radio wanted you to hear a song in the seventies – you heard that song. Whether you loved it or not, it became part of your everyday life. Years later, those songs remain part of your youthful (or not so youthful) walk down memory lane.

What about all the great songs radio did not play very often? Like a tree falling in the forest without anyone around to hear – did the song’s distinctive sounds exist?

Please listen below to some great music from 1979.

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