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 … Continue reading Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?
Somethings come full circle. The Box are one of the most successful Canadian bands of all time. Hit after hit was as easy as pie for principle songwriter and vocalist Jean-Marc Pisapia. Please listen below to my chat with Jean-Marc about the ideas behind the hits and how the setting for … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jean-Marc Pisapia of The Box Talks Strangers in The Night
To make it in this business - bands must have that 'thing'. Any experienced DJ will tell you, all it takes is a three minute listen to separate the 'men' from 'the boys'. The 'it' in question is many times not explainable. A unique sound, voice or chemistry. It is basically magic. A wondrous thing … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Arcaydium; A Breath of Fresh Musical Montreal Air
Once a Montrealer - always a Montrealer ... Elizabeth Shepherd is a traveler. Physically and spiritually. Searching for new within herself and within the world of music. Her latest release brings her back to Montreal to discover things that were always under her nose. In the album Montreal - Shepherd brings the listener on a … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Elizabeth Shepherd Loves Montreal on Her New Record
It is not easy 'riding' global accolades ... For the Western Canadian band The Sheepdogs - that is precisely what they are doing. And - doing it well. When Rolling Stone magazine proclaims you as the band to watch out for, that is a lot of pressure. Judging from their performance at MTelus on a … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Sheepdogs Take Montreal On a Ride
It is a lot of fun watching a seed grow ... For the fans of Rock n Roll in Montreal - watching The Damn Truth emerge from seedlings in the garden of Montreal music has been - thus far, satisfactory. Yet in the immortal words of one of Rock music's founding fathers; "I can't get … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – The Damn Truth Deliver The Damn Truth !
Quebec loves their Prog Rock guys and the Prog Rock guys love Quebec. It is hard to say exactly when Quebec's love affair with Gowan began. It is not hard to say however why it started in the first place. Quebec audiences historically love the oddballs. The creative spirits who demonstrate something that Quebecers (especially … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan is Poised To Conquer Quebec. Again !
A band became a duo ... Gabriel Prieur and Eliot Landry have been friends since Cegep. Growing up (in the words of Gabriel) in the 'woods', helped to create a musical partnership fresh with ideas and a love for Rock n Roll, Blues and Grunge. Please listen below to my chat with Gabriel Prieur. Official … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Prieur & Landry; Breathing Fresh Air Into Quebec Music
Foreigner, the band who everyone has heard of ...I Want To Know What Love Is, Cold As Ice, Juke Box Hero and so many hits embedded into the souls of music fans of all genres.The legendary rock band have a tour which is coming to Montreal on March 12th !Foreigner’s 18-city tour launches in Vancouver … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Multi-Instrumentalist Tom Gimbel Talks Foreigner’s New Sound
L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) announced the nominations for the 10th edition of the Gala Trille Or. The gala is an opportunity for Franco-Canadian artists to shine. Seventy-six performers and industry professionals from across Canada are nominated in twenty-nine categories. 1. Artiste Solo Damien Robitaille Étienne Fletcher Jacobus Mélissa Ouimet YAO … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Artist Nominations For Gala Trille Or 2019 ( Franco-Canadian)
Is there anything Sass Jordan can't do? Singer, songwriter, actress, judge, wife and Mother -Sass' tasks are unique and numerous. Yet why stop there? Jordan (currently working on an album of new material), has somehow found the time to release her own brand of wine. Kick Ass Sass White 2016 and Kick Ass Sass … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -Sass Jordan Releases Her Own Brand of Kick Ass Wine
Christmas is gone and New Year's celebrations are fading into either good or bad memories. The winter blues can be overtaken by getting out and socializing. Music is your dancing partner. Here are just a few shows you may consider and click on the links to check out full schedules. January 12 Panic! At … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Some of the Best Music Shows in January
As the year wound down - the music wound up. Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank - stopped by to chat about his upcoming Montreal show and the legacy of his Father. Given the notoriety of Frank Zappa's humor in music and lyrics, it was interesting to hear Dweezil's take on everything not funny. The genius … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Seven
And the beat went on. And on ... And on ... The weather cooled but the music did not. Malcolm Bruce took time to speak of his band and what a band it is. Bruce is the son of legendary bass player Jack Bruce (Cream) and together with Eric Clapton's nephew (Will Johns) and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Six
And the beat went on ... 2018 continued in August where it left off in July. George Thorogood was back in Quebec for the second time in three months. Trois Rivieres en Blues was the setting this time around and the swagger returned. Thorogood was 'safe' at Place des Arts in Montreal and in Trois … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Five
The music kept coming. The Montreal International Jazz Festival got underway and this year was a great mix for fans of all genres. July Gary Petersen - the original drummer for The Guess Who (and a man who started drumming before Rock n Roll's heyday) took some time out to chat about his career and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Four
Half way through the year - the music kept coming. The folks at The Montreal International Jazz Festival announced their line up and the stage was set ( so to speak). June Jann Arden was in town and at this point in her musical career - she is the Elton John of Canadian women. The … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Three
What a year it was ... Twelve months have come and gone quicker than a man / woman looking for a one night stand. That's what happens when music is in the air and in your soul. Let's take a look back shall we? Let us revisit the musical past of 2018. April Steve Hill … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review – Part Two
What a year it was ... Twelve months have come and gone quicker than a man / woman looking for a one night stand. That's what happens when music is in the air and in your soul. Let's take a look back shall we? Let us revisit the musical past of 2018. January Big Wreck … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review – Part One.
Tis the season to be musical. Here are a few options or gifts to place under the Christmas tree. If you like what I do - then donate here and give me a gift too! Two concerts in January are 'not be missed'. January 25th sees Montreal's own The Damn Truth along with The … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Musical Christmas Gifts
In the big scheme of things, very few people saw Genesis live in their orginal formation. Before fans knew it - Peter Gabriel was gone and shortly after, Steve Hackett followed. Fans of the original material who missed out on the theatrics and brilliant musicianship of the original line -up live were out of luck. … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -The Musical Box;Turning Genesis Into An Extravanza
Pay it forward ...Canadian Walk of Fame and Canadian Music Hall of Fame member Andy Kim has many friends in the music business. Many of whom hold Andy in such high esteem - they will follow him anywhere.Saturday night at The Corona Theater, some of those friends arrived in Montreal to participate in the fifth … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim Plays Santa for Starlight Children’s Foundation
Jess Moskaluke was and is a huge Shania Twain fan. Now - Jess is creating a career which may mirror that of her idol. Art imitating life ... A three time winner of the Canadian Female Country Artist award and recipient of a Juno for Canadian Country album - Jess has released her first … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Jess Moskaluke Delivers ‘A Small Town Christmas’ Musical Gift
Andy Kim is a 'lucky guy'. Lucky is the way Andy describes a career which has now placed him among the Gods of Canadian music. On December 1st - Andy was inducted onto Canada's Walk of Fame. Not too bad for that 'crazy boy' who left Montreal for New York as a teenager. Please listen … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim Talks Induction Onto Canadian Walk of Fame and The 14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas
If everyone took steps for change - change would come. Westmount native Annabel Gutherz hopes that people will follow her lead in making changes to the way people think. Inspired by the senseless school shootings in the States, Annabel wrote a song to make a difference. The bonus? All proceeds of the sales of … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Local Montreal Girl Annabel Gutherz Is Making a Difference Through Song
Christmas should be celebrated by candlelight. The Lyric Theater Singers understand that and then some. Every year in December, musical director Bob Bachelor painlessly determines the content of a show that is based in spirituality. Combining his own arrangements with those of others - Bachelor somehow embraces the Yuletide moment like very few. Last night at … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene -A Candlelight Christmas; A Must See Holiday Event
They say talk is cheap ... That may be the case many times yet when music is involved - talk is an education. In the past year, discussions took place with eighty musicians. Add multiple chats with engineers, producers or people in the music business; the list is long and informative. All these moments above … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Interviews of 2018
Attending all live music in Montreal is impossible. Practically every crook and nook contains rhythms and vibes. World music, Blues, Rock - you name it, music is alive and well in the city . Not all live music is performed by local musicians. Regularly - like pirates from a distant land; musicians arrive. They rape … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Concerts of 2018
Face it - Christmas is special ... Every year in December, the Lyric Theater Singers get to work. They rehearse and practice new and old arrangements of Christmas tunes. This year is no different. Please listen below to my chat with Chris Barillaro - a lifelong employee of music and second banana to the musical … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Musical Chat by ‘Christmas’ Candlelight with The Lyric Theater Singers
Alan Parsons got his start working with George Martin and Geoff Emerick. Not too shabby eh? Learning from the likes of Martin and Emerick - gifted Parsons with a foundation. One that has made him one of the most sought after engineers and producers in music. Please listen below to my chat with Alan Parsons … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – An ‘Engineered’ Discussion with Alan Parsons.