Rick Keene Music Scene – Jean Marc of The Box; ‘Better Than Ever.’

Very few Canadian bands had the success of The Box.

Aside from having a groundbreaking video and song with L’Affaire Dumoutier, The Box were an everyday occurrence in Canada on radio and TV.

Please listen below to my chat with Jean Marc about passing the time with Covid and his upcoming show with Glass Tiger.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Breen LeBoeuf Introduces The Night Bluemers

Trois Rivieres is a musical kind of place.

Steve Hill, the multi-talented guitar player and world traveler hails from Trois Rivieres.

Breen LeBoeuf, vocalist and bassist formerly of Offenbach and April Wine has lived n the town for twenty-three years. t’s a great place to hook up with other musicians.

Breen Leboeuf – Celine Dion

Please listen below to my chat with Breen about the band Night Bluemers. Breen’s latest musical adventure.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Montreal International Jazz Festival is Coming Up !

Music heals.

From September 15 to 19, the Festival will present its 41st edition on two large outdoor stages installed in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles.

Several renowned artists will thrill the public with unique and free performances. Spread out over five days, the program will feature some of the greatest local talents, and even from across the country. Music lovers and fans of all genres will be blown away by exclusive concerts.

National treasure Daniel Lanois will perform songs from his latest album, Heavy Sun, as well as a fine selection of hits from his impressive repertoire. Contemporary soul and R&B’s rising star Charlotte Day Wilson will preview songs from her debut album, Alpha, released last month. As for Ranee Lee, she will present a concert that pays tribute to female vocal jazz legends. Let’s also mention that renowned Montreal jazz pianist François Bourassa will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his eponymous quartet which also includes Guy Boisvert on bass, André Leroux on saxophone and Guillaume Pilote on drums.

Folk fans will not be left out thanks to the presence of singer-songwriter BEYRIES, who will soothe the souls of those music fans seeking softness during her first show with her band in Montreal. As for Basia Bulat, she will finally have the chance to play songs from her album Are You In Love? released on March 27, 2020.

The unclassified trio MISC, led by Jérôme Beaulieu, will also be present to perform the wildly energic tracks of Partager l’ambulance, released last April. Shay Lia, undeniable queen of Montreal R&B, also promises a colorful concert with musicians and dancers while electrifying guitarist Steve Hill will bring out the big guns in a fiery performance by Steve Hill & The Devil Horns.

The shows will be held in accordance with each of the public health guidelines established by the government to ensure the safety of artists, festival-goers, and employees.

The complete program, schedules and important details surrounding the festival will be revealed on August 31. 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Trois Rivieres en Blues; Keeping Music ‘Live’.

Road trip!

Nothing in life is more exciting than going on a road trip. Add a destination of live music and gold is at the end of the rainbow.

Trois Rivieres en Blues is taking place this weekend. Call the kids and wake the spouse. A road trip is in the plans.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Ronnie Wood Band Plays Tribute to Jimmy Reed.

Ron Wood knows his music. Like all of his bandmates in The Greatest Rock n Roll Band in the World; Wood is a student of music.

As most Stones fans ( music fans) are aware; The Stones output of original music has been stalled since the album A Bigger Bang released in 2005. That’s a lot of time for each member to find things to do.

Jagger – always a ball of energy, has dabbled in producing films, acted in films and released quite a bit of music both solo and collaborations. Sir Mick also survived a heart scare. Keith Richards ( aside from out living everyone) has released a solo disc and played Johnny Depp’s father in the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise. Charlie Watts has periodically performed with his Jazz band in various formations and even put out a disc. Oh – and recovered from throat cancer.

Ron Wood has battled cancer twice, fathered twin girls ( got married), released a couple of books containing his artwork and periodically joins his former Faces’ mates to play classic Faces’ tunes. He also released a tribute to Chuck Berry in 2019. It seems only normal Wood would get around to releasing an album whose concept started way back in 2013. A tribute to Jimmy Reed.

Wood recruited a few guys to play on this album. A few guys who are also schooled in music.

“Jimmy Reed was one of the premier influences on the Rolling Stones and all the bands that love American blues from that era until the present day,” Wood said in a statement. “It is my honor to have the opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy with this tribute.”

Once upon a time – Ron Wood replaced Mick Taylor in The Rolling Stones. Two guitar players with totally different approaches to playing guitar in a band. Taylor – the virtuoso and Wood – the collaborator. Wood called upon his predecessor to do a lot of leads on the new disc and even manages to recruit Taylor into the ‘ancient art of weaving ‘. Jimmy Reed after all – not exactly Steve Stevens and / or Randy Rhodes.

Paul Weller also joins in the mix and the result seems so pleasantly bizarre in a world where Rock n Roll has about as much swing as a ninety – five year old legless grandma.

Music has become so fake, overproduced and far far removed from its true Jazz / Blues / Country form – Wood’s tribute to Reed is a necessity. Reed’s contribution to the history book of music is a chapter worth reading.

Seldom is a disc released that contains musicians who understand the building blocks. Rarely do musicians gather who have also played with the very same building blocks. The students on this disc didn’t just read the books – they’ve spent the night with the authors.

Mr. Luck is the name of the album. Luck is not part of the equation when Wood chose to complete this album. Lucky in Love is more accurate as Wood’s second album in a trilogy befits this well planned crime in progress.

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Track Listing

  • Essence
  • Good Lover
  • Mr. Luck
  • Let’s Get Together
  • Ain’t That Loving You Baby
  • Honest I Do
  • High & Lonesome
  • Baby What You Want Me To Do
  • Roll and Rhumba
  • You Don’t Have To Go
  • Shame Shame Shame
  • I’m That Man Down There
  • Got No Where To Go
  • Big Boss Man
  • I Ain’t Got You
  • I’m Going Upside Your Head
  • Bright Lights Big City
  • Ghost of a Man

Rick Keene Music Scene – Colin James Is Excited To Be On the Road and Introduce His New Single

Time and integrity creates legends.

Colin James has released 19 studio albums to date. He has won multiple Juno and Maple Blues Awards. He has toured with The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Keith Richards’ other band; The X -Pensive Winos.

Trois Rivieres en Blues – is taking place August 19 – 21 2021. Colin James will be there.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Return of Montreal’s Best Online Music Show

Miss me, miss me -now you gotta kiss me.

Lots of stuff going on as the world creeps toward a new reality. Thankfully – some old realities still exist, mostly in the form of music.

Trois Rivieres en Blues – is taking place near the end of August 2021.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Tribute To Dusty Hill and A Preview of Trois Rivieres en Blues

When legends leave us -it is hard to grasp.

The recent passing of bassist Dusty Hill of ZZ Top fame came as a shock. Like Neil Peart of Rush – the general population unaware of any major health issues.

Trois Rivieres en Blues – a festival which Dusty and his band played at, is taking place at the end of August 2021.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Musician Dan Gideon Achieves Life Long Dream

It takes a village to make a CD.

Montrealer Dan Gideon has come far. It has been a long and winding road for his songs to be recorded and placed on to a disc. Forty years for some tunes but hey – good things come to those who wait.

The name of the album is I Came I Saw I Conquered. A firm title for a man who set out on a mission and completed it. Dan Gideon did get satisfaction but with a little help from his friends.

Please listen below to tracks from the new album and hear Dan explain it all !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – OSHEAGA IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE CHARLOTTE CARDIN,JESSIE REYEZ and HALF MOON RUN

OCTOBER 1-3, 2021 AT PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU
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This fall, Montreal will come alive with a musical celebration at the OSHEAGA Get Together presented by Bell in collaboration with Coors Light, taking place between October 1-3, 2021 on beautiful Île Sainte-Hélène at Parc Jean-Drapeau. It will be a unique opportunity for fans to reunite and enjoy world-class live music in an intimate outdoor setting (with the stunning beauty of Montreal’s skyline as a backdrop for the two-stage setup). 

The three-day OSHEAGA Get Together will feature moving performances from a wide array of festival favourites, with a focus on Canadian and local talent. Headlining will be some of this city’s top international exports, including Charlotte Cardin, the critical darling who just sold out 11 shows at Montreal’s MTELUS (scheduled for 2022) – that’s 24 000 tickets sold within a couple of days! The Montreal-born singer/songwriter, who is as comfortable crooning an intimate jazz tune as she is swimming in a sea of electro beats and pop sensibilities, takes the stage Friday, October 1st. The incredibly talented artist – who is an OSHEAGA favourite, having played the fest in 2016 – quickly made a name for herself as one of Quebec’s most notable talents and greatest exports, having amassed over 149 MILLION streams around the world! With her new album, Phoenix, burning up the charts, fans know that this will be an unforgettable show! 

Saturday night, rising pop star Jessie Reyez will take the stage. With multiple Junos under her belt, including Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2018) and the following two consecutive years for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year (2019 & 2020), the Colombian-born, Toronto-raised singer will prove why she is considered one of the great ones by fans and critics all over the world. The Canadian gem has been shortlisted for the Polaris Prize twice already in her relatively short career, so far, and she’s worked on hits for the likes of Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith and Eminem. Reyez also delivered a blistering set at the outdoor blowout event for the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2018, and as anyone who witnessed that show will attest, this will be a can’t miss set! 

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The Sunday night headliners will be Half Moon Run – one of the most exciting young live acts who perfectly capture the essence of Montreal’s indie sound. With a new EP out, Inwards and Onwards, the group continues to make a name for themselves with unforgettable live performances that marry multi-layered harmonies with driving percussion and a catalogue of songs that always inspire impromptu singalongs from the crowd. The Juno Award winners will be turning heads full circle when they take the stage Sunday, October 3rd. 

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Single day and weekend passes for #OSHEAGAGT will be available via pre-sale today and General Admission on sale Friday, July 23rd at noon at www.osheaga.com.

OSHEAGA GET TOGETHER PASS PRICES (taxes and service fees are included*)

GENERAL ADMISSION PASS – 1 DAY : starting at 85.00$
GENERAL ADMISSION PASS – 3 DAYS : starting at 245.00$

CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD PASS – 1 DAY : starting at 135.00$
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD PASS – 3 DAYS : starting at 390.00$

GOLD Pass holders will have access to the Casino de Montréal OSHEAGA Terrace, a platform offering a premium view of the Bell River Stage and Coors Light Mountain Stage, with access to private washrooms, an exclusive beverage stand and fast-lane entry onto the event grounds.

National Bank is offering a $15.95 discount on the 1-day General Admission Pass. This offer is for a limited time and in limited quantities. Visit National Bank‘s Facebook or Instagram page for more details. Also, National Bank will keep festival goers hydrated for a third year by offering water bottle filling stations on site. The Bank will also give back to the community by making a $10,000 donation to the evenko foundation to provide musical instruments to schools in need. To learn more about the foundation: www.fondationevenko.ca.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – There Is No Music Like New Music

If you live in the past – life will pass you by …

With so many music venues closed due to government decisions, musicians need your help more than ever.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Powerful Chat with Murray McLauchlan

The voice of the people? A calling? Both …

Murray McLauchlan is a Canadian treasure. Numerous awards and numerous platforms to get his message across. Murray would not have it any other way.

Please have a listen below to a poignant chat with Murray about his new album and several topical issues.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Celebrating Aboriginal Music and Aboriginal Hockey Players

Need a soundtrack to watch the hockey game ?

The Montreal Canadiens face off against The Las Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday at 9pm EST. for Game Five. Fingers crossed for a Montreal win.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Smoke Meat Pete Blues Playlist

Need a soundtrack to watch the hockey game ?

The Montreal Canadiens face off against The Las Vegas Golden Knights Wednesday at 9pm EST. for Game Two. Fingers crossed for a Montreal win.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tuesday’s Terrific Tunes!

Monday night was not a good one if you are a Habs fan.

The Montreal Canadiens face off against The Las Vegas Golden Knights Wednesday at 9pm EST. for Game Two. Fingers crossed for a Montreal win.

Meanwhile – why not discover some great new tunes?

Please have a listen below to some new tunes and things that make you go hmmm…

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Road Trip ! Viva Las Vegas !

Just a hunka hunka burnin’ hockey.

The Montreal Canadiens face off against The Las Vegas Golden Knights tonight at 9pm EST.

It will be a match between the ghosts of the forum and the NHL’s second best regular season team. Carey Price vs. Marc-Andre Fleury.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Paying Homage to The 215 Indigenous Children and All Victims of Hate and Racism.

It’s just not right.

Hatred and racism. Ignorance. Label it as you may; the root of all evils lay somewhere in one of those words.

The preliminary discovery last week of the remains of 215 Indigenous children – students of Canada’s largest residential school – has prompted nationwide outrage and calls for further searches of unmarked graves.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Music Night in Winnipeg

Habs and Jets start their second round playoff series tonight at 7:30pm.

The Jets shut down the offensively sound Edmonton Oilers as goaltender Connor Hellebuyck posted a stellar 1.60 gaa.

Carey Price of The Montreal Canadiens held off the Maple Leafs posting an acceptable 2.24 gaa.

The series between Winnipeg and Montreal should come down to goal-tending.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Most Important 2021 Juno Awards?

There are the ‘bling’ awards and the ‘not-so-much’ bling awards.

Juno Nominees have been announced in the following categories. Jazz Album of the Year, Reggae Recording of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year Group, Instrumental Album of the Year, Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year, Blues Album of The Year,World Music Album of the Year and Recording Engineer of the Year.

Please have a listen below to some of the nominees in all the categories from above.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Na Na Na Na – Na Na Na Na – Hey Hey Hey Goodbye

The city of Montreal may want to reintroduce curfew on the nights the Canadiens play hockey.

The further the Habs go – historically, things tend to get violent on the streets.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Quenching Thursday’s Musical Thirst

Can you say bye bye curfew?

No more being sent to your room and punished for being innocent. We have our wings back.

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What better to celebrate the reclaiming of our souls than through music?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Final Performer Additions for the 50th Juno Awards

The 2021 JUNO Awards will be broadcast nationwide Sunday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, CBC Listen, globally on CBCMusic.ca/junos and livestreamed on CBC Music’s TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC today announced the full list of performers and presenters for the golden anniversary of The JUNO Awards Broadcast on Sunday, June 6.

The exciting lineup of artists set to perform in celebration of 50 years of Canadian music will include: five-time JUNO Award nominee and R&B-pop artist Ali Gatie, who will perform alongside rising alternative pop singer and two-time JUNO Award nominee Tate McRae; three-time JUNO Award winner Jessie Reyez; seven-time JUNO Award winner and global superstar Justin Bieber; soulful singer-songwriter and five-time 2021 JUNO Award nominee JP Saxe featuring multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter Julia Michaels and JUNO Award winner William Prince featuring six-time JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder.

Four-time JUNO Award winner Kardinal Offishall and two-time JUNO Award winner, multiple JUNO Award nominee and R&B/Soul artist Jully Black will join two-time JUNO Award winner Maestro Fresh Wes, nine-time JUNO Award nominee NAV, 2019 Polaris Music Prize winner Haviah Mighty, and hip hop pioneer Michie Mee, to pay tribute to the 30th anniversary of the JUNO Rap Recording of the Year category and the influence the genre has had on the Canadian rap scene as a whole, during this special celebration on the broadcast.
 
Presenters for The 50th Annual JUNO Awards include: five-time JUNO Award winner Alessia Cara; actor and comedian Andrew Phung (Kim’s ConvenienceRun the Burbs); TikTok sensations The Basement Gang; Indigenous activist and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Buffy Sainte-Marie; Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson; Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Gordon Lightfoot; Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy; record producer and DJ KAYTRANADA; legendary R&B and soul singer Liberty Silver; Arkells’ lead singer Max Kerman; 14-time JUNO Award winner Michael Bublé; country music artist Paul Brandt; multi-platinum singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan; Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee and country music icon, Shania Twain,  Minister of Canadian Heritage The Honourable Steven Guilbeault; Nunavut’s first JUNO Award winning Inuk artist Susan Aglukark and Canadian actor, producer and Freedom Mobile’s spokesperson  Will Arnett
 
Earlier this month, it was announced that Anne Murray would return to the JUNOS for the first time since 2013 to induct Jann Arden into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Arden will also perform during her inductee Award Presentation and Performance Presented by TD. Additionally, The Tragically Hip will perform alongside indie-pop icon Feist for a highly anticipated moment during The JUNO Awards BroadcastThe band will also receive the 2021 Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada, which will be presented to them by rock icons Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush.
 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Celebrating Bob Dylan’s 80th Birthday Under the Covers

Poet, philosopher, songwriter – most influential artist of the 20th century?

Bob Dylan comes around once in a lifetime. Transcending time and altering thoughts through words, music and insight.

Please listen below to some great Bob Dylan songs done by other artists as well as Dylan himself. What’s your favorite Dylan song?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Events Announced for 2021 JUNO Week Taking Place Virtually May 27 to June 6

This year’s lineup of events are free, open to the public and available to stream online.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced additional details for JUNO Week events taking place in Toronto from May 27 to June 6 leading up to The 2021 JUNO Awards Broadcast on June 6.

Canada’s biggest night in music will feature multiple performances and appearances from the nation’s best and brightest talent.

The 50th Annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast nationwide Sunday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC TVCBC GemCBC Radio OneCBC MusicCBC Listen, globally on cbcmusic.ca/junos and live-streamed on CBC Music’s TikTok account.

Below are NEW details announced for various 2021 JUNO Week virtual events, including:

The Honouring Ceremony is a virtual celebration recognizing Indigenous music and art of the many Nations of Ontario, hosted by CBC’s Falen Johnson, with appearances and performances from JUNO nominees and more.
 

ADVANCE x JUNO Talks: The Influence of Black Music reunites industry professionals to discuss the impact of Black music in Canada and its contributions to the industry and national culture. Hosted by Norman Otis Richmond, with appearances from JUNO Award nominees Akeel Henry and AmmoyeBilly Newton-Davis, Melanie Durrant and Publicist/Author Dalton Higgins.
 

JUNO Songwriters’ Circle Presented by SOCAN in association with Music Publishers Canada gives attendees access to the ‘jewel of the JUNOS’. Streamed live from the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, fans will hear intimate performances and conversations from some of Canada’s finest songwriters. The JUNO Songwriters’ Circle will be hosted by Jim Cuddy and feature Carole Pope (Rough Trade), Dan Hill, Deborah Cox and Leah + Peter from July Talk.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Original Much Music VJ and Songwriter Christopher Ward Shines On New Record. Part Two

Black Velvet by Allanah Myles written by Christopher Ward. Who knew?

Amanda Marshall, Diana Ross and The Backstreet Boys also had songs written by Ward. Who knew?

Ward and Harrison

Comedian, DJ, VJ, author and songwriter. Christopher Ward seemingly does it all. He’s interviewed George Harrison and Paul McCartney. Leonard Cohen and Janet Jackson. With all this – songwriting is his strength.

Please have a listen below to Part Two of my chat with Christopher Ward and listen to music from the album; Same River Twice.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Friday’s Soothing Summer Sounds

Relax. Don’t do it !

The weekend is here and things are looking up.

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Before you know it – festivals, concerts and people will once again be in your lives.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Original Much Music VJ and Songwriter Christopher Ward Shines On New Record. Part One

Black Velvet by Allanah Myles written by Christopher Ward. Who knew?

Amanda Marshall, Diana Ross and The Backstreet Boys also had songs written by Ward. Who knew?

Ward

Comedian, DJ, VJ, author and songwriter. Christopher Ward seemingly does it all. He’s interviewed George Harrison and Paul McCartney. Leonard Cohen and Janet Jackson. With all this – songwriting is his strength.

Please have a listen below to Part One of my chat with Christopher Ward and listen to music from the album; Same River Twice.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tuesday’s Titillating Treats

Seek and ye shall find.

Discover new music and music information you need to know.

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Did you know a former Much Music VJ is responsible for writing two of Canada’s biggest hits?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal’s Most Important Music Show

Accept the challenge.

Starting the week is hard without Government restrictions placing a blindfold over your heart and soul.

tHE dGIDDY bAND New Album Coming Soon

No matter the obstacles -Monday is a great time to start on the road to success.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sunday Night Blues

“The blues tells a story.

Muddy Waters

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