Rick Keene Music Scene – Former April Wine Guitarist Joins Forces to Shine on New Disc !

Gary Moffet is a man of few words. He lets his feelings take over within music.

This way of thinking helped propel April Wine to new heights during the band’s most commercially successful period from the mid seventies until the early eighties. Moffet was the principle arranger on the songs from Nature of the Beast. The album which broadened April Wine’s image South of the Border.

That talent has also allowed Gary to work on several projects behind the scenes and allow his gift to shine on.

Now, Moffet has utilized his skills as a guitar player and arranger to produce one great album. Combined with Bianca Ortolano and several guests, the end result is like rose petals pressed into a book.

Please listen below as Gary explains the album and what to expect in the future.

Gary? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Dale Boyle; Putting Some Much Needed ‘Gasoline’ Into the Montreal Music Fire

Songwriting is always there but sometimes it takes a while to come out.

 

This appears to be the case with Dale Boyle. 

Originally from the Gaspe region and currently a Dorval resident, Boyle has written five songs that are way ahead of the Montreal curve.

Citing one of his major influences as recently departed Tom Petty – it is easy to hear the contributing factor of Petty’s style within Boyle’s tunes.

Aside from the depth of the five song EP, Boyle also managed to have two of the biggest names in the music industry help him out during a recent stop in Montreal.

Please listen below to my chat, find out who the players are and hear some great tunes.

Dale? What’s Up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What the Heck is Happening in Montreal Musically?

The city that never sleeps …

Montreal is always on the go. Running, jogging or walking to live music venues everywhere ! It’s a music lovers dream to be in Montreal !

Please listen below to some of the shows coming our way and find out what historical theater in Montreal changed names and has added wonderful stuff for your musical enjoyment !

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Noise pollution is not good for the musical soul.  

 

 

Please enjoy some real tunes in the meantime. Rick Keene Music Scene will be back before you can say Andrei Markov !

 

 

 

Listen to my interview with Lawrence Gowan of Styx below !

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Lawrence Gowan of Styx Talks About The New Album; The Mission !

Ground control to Maj … Oops! Wrong space journey …

Styx has returned to Earth momentarily with their first new album in 14 years ! One can say they are on a ‘mission’. A trip to insert a seamless album into the vast and historic Styx catalog. A recording that will not ‘skip’ the pure sound of the band’s timeline on disc or live. 

 

The album; The Mission has accomplished it’s mission. In 2017 – Styx is back on the Billboard 100 and they are landing in Quebec in August.

Please listen below to my chat with Astronaut Lawrence Gowan. He has been part of the crew of Styx since 1999. Discover his thoughts on the new album and find out if the band will be partying like it’s 1999 in Quebec !

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Festival International Nuits D’Afrique ; Putting Rhythm Into Context !

Festival International Nuits D’Afrique.

Be there !

In the 31st year – the Festival International Nuits D’Afrique is necessary. The ingredients; the pre -cursor to all popular music today. No African rhythms? No Jazz Festival. It is – that easy …

Please listen below to some tunes from some of the artists performing as well as information pertaining to the Festival !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Fuel Junkie

 Every once in a while, a band comes along that makes you smile …

 

Montreal – based Fuel Junkie are one of those bands. Combining high octane Blues with R&B in the mold of The Powder Blues Band; Fuel Junkie are on the fast track to stardom. 

Please – listen below to my chat with Mark Leclerc from the band !

Mark? What’s up?

 

 

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The League of Rock Montreal – Showcasing Enters a Different Level !

 Johnny was a schoolboy when he heard his first Beatle song,

‘Love me do,’ I think it was. From there it didn’t take him long.
Got himself a guitar, used to play every night,
Now he’s in a rock ‘n’ roll outfit,

And everything’s all right, don’t you know?

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Johnny told his mama, hey, ‘Mama, I’m goin’ away. I’m gonna hit the big time, gonna be a big star someday’, Yeah.

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Mama came to the door with a teardrop in her eye

Johnny said, ‘Don’t cry, mama, smile and wave good-bye’.

709x1280-league-of-rock-showcase2-413Don’t you know, yeah yeah, Don’t you know that you are a shooting star,
Don’t you know, don’t you know. Don’t you know that you are
a shooting star, And all the world will love you just as long,
As long as you are.

 

Johnny made a record, Went straight up to number one,
Suddenly everyone loved to hear him sing the song.
Watching the world go by, surprising it goes so fast.
Johnny looked around him and said, ‘Well, I made the big time at last’.

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Don’t you know, don’t you know, Don’t you know that you are

a shooting star,
Don’t you know, oh, yeah, Don’t you know that you are
a shooting star, yeah,
And all the world will love you just as long,
As long as you are, a shooting star.

981x1280-league-of-rock-showcase2-416Don’t you know that you are a shooting star, Don’t you know, yeah,
Don’t you know that you are a shooting star,
And all the world will love you just as long, As long you are you.

Johnny died one night, died in his bed, Bottle of whiskey,
sleeping tablets by his head. Johnny’s life passed him by like a
warm summer day, If you listen to the wind you can still hear him play

 

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Oh oh oh, Don’t you know that you are a shooting star,

Don’t you know, yeah, don’t you know’, Don’t you know that
you are a shooting star,
Don’t you know, yeah,
Don’t you know that you are a shooting star,
Don’t you, don’t you,
don’t you, don’t you,
Don’t you know, don’t you
know, oh, yeah, you are,
Yeah, a shooting star, yeah, oh
oh oh oh oh……
Don’t you, don’t you know
that you are a shooting star,
Don’t you don’t you know……

from Shooting Star – lyrics and song by Paul Rodgers

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He rocked his way through yesterday, lord he thought he had a chance
He played guitar and wrote some tunes, of love and romance
He did his share of travelin’, like a dog without a home
A fugitive who would rather give, a star that never shone

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Isn’t it a pity, isn’t it a shame
No one ever warned the boy

Rock n’ roll is a vicious game, oh yeah

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He said he wouldn’t get led around, or caught up in the games
Or end up in a gallery, of faces with no names
And rock ‘n’ roll was in his soul, and music was a friend
He recorded a song that made us sing along, and he was on the road again

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Isn’t it a pity, isn’t it a shame

No one ever warned the boy

Rock n’ roll is a vicious game, oh oh, oh yeah, oh oh

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                  Stage fright, ooh, and long black.                 limousines

He’s pushing himself a way too hard, or so it seems

He opened up his heart to us, he gave us what he could

We sympathized and harmonized, he made us all feel good

But it’s funny how those things can change, and time can pass us by

Songs that moved us so easily, no longer make us cry

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Now isn’t it a pity, isn’t it a shame
No one ever warned the boy

Rock n’ roll is a vicious game, oh oh, oh
Oh yeah, oh, oh oh oh, oh, yeah, yeah yeah yeah
My my my, rock ‘n roll is a vicious game, yeah
Rock ‘n’ roll, rock ‘n’ roll, yeah, yeah, yeah, ooh

Rock n Roll is a Vicous Game

SONGWRITER
MYLES FRANCIS GOODWYN

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If I could stick my pen in my heart

And spill it all over the stage
Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya
Would you think the boy is strange? Ain’t he strange?
If I could win ya, if I could sing ya
A love song so divine
Would it be enough for your cheating heart
If I broke down and cried? If I cried?

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I said I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it
I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do
Oh, well, I like it, I like it, I like it

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I said can’t you see that this old boy has been a lonely?

If I could stick a knife in my heart
Suicide right on stage
Would it be enough for your teenage lust
Would it help to ease the pain? Ease your brain?
If I could dig down deep in my heart
Feelings would flood on the page
Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya
Would ya think the boy’s insane? He’s insane

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I said I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it
I said I know it’s only rock’n roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do
Oh, well, I like it, I like it, I like it

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I said can’t you see that this old boy has been a lonely?
And do ya think that you’re the only girl around?
I bet you think that you’re the only woman in town

I said I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it
I said I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it
I said I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do
Oh, well, I like it, I like it. I like it..

Its Only Rock n Roll ( But I Like It)

– Music and lyrics Mick Jagger / Keith Richards

 

Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

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Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres. Full Two Part Interview

Once upon a time, there were four categories of music to play if you wanted to reach radio stardom

Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues.

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There were other genres such as Classical and Opera yet face it, the stars of the latter ( minus a handful) did not reach the same global popularity as the stars of the first four genres.

Somewhere along the way, music became more complicated. World sounds entered the fray as television and radio reached the far corners of the globe. Musicians starting adding sounds and rhythms to their repertoires. As quick as the Joker was on the sideline in a cast,  many sub-genres emerged.

Competition became fierce as record labels and  store owners scampered to label and sell as much music as possible. Sadly – making a living as a musician became more difficult if ‘ the rules ‘ were not followed.

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Singer / songwriter Barbra Lica  (inadvertently) is changing all the rules.

Her third album has a catalog of yesterday combined with the freshness of today. A musical trip without ‘tripping’ over politically correct labeling. A welcome relief for any music fan as the auditory senses bask in the rays of song.

 Please, listen below as Barbra speaks of the great musicians who helped her create the album …

I’m Still Learning’.

Barbra? What’s Up?

 

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  Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres.

Once upon a time, there were four categories of music to play if you wanted to reach radio stardom

Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues.

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There were other genres such as Classical and Opera yet face it, the stars of the latter ( minus a handful) did not reach the same global popularity as the stars of the first four genres.

Somewhere along the way, music became more complicated. World sounds entered the fray as television and radio reached the far corners of the globe. Musicians starting adding sounds and rhythms to their repertoires. As quick as the Joker was on the sideline in a cast,  many sub-genres emerged.

Competition became fierce as record labels and  store owners scampered to label and sell as much music as possible. Sadly – making a living as a musician became more difficult if ‘ the rules ‘ were not followed.

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Singer / songwriter Barbra Lica (inadvertently) is changing all the rules.

Her third album ‘ I’m Still Learning ‘ has a catalog of yesterday combined with the freshness of today. A musical trip without ‘tripping’ over politically correct labeling. A welcome relief for any music fan as the auditory senses bask in the rays of song.

 Please, listen below as Barbra speaks of her latest album and the diversity within.

Barbra? What’s Up?

 

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  Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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Jonas’ Massive November 25th Christmas Party!

Jonas Tomalty was not the best behaved high school student.

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Having a Father as a teacher kept things interesting. Having a Father in his own high school made things trickier. Add all this to the fact his Mom was a guidance councilor, well – it’s no wonder Jonas became a Rock n Roll rebel …

Please listen below as Jonas explains high school as well as the roots of the relationship between himself and guitarist Corey Diabo. 

Jonas also speaks of his upcoming Christmas show on November 25th at Club Soda. 

Jonas? What’s Up ?

 

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Wed. November 30th at

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A Must Listen as Junkyard Villain Rocks The Cause ! Saturday November 19th. Be There or Be Square!

Canadians are a friendly bunch.

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A place where citizens practice apologies rather than hate. Slap-shots in lieu of slander. Snowball fights instead of ignorance.

In short – Canadians are kind, helpful and giving. You know … polite.

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If there is one Canadian who exemplifies what it is to be Canadian, it is The Junkyard Villain. 

What’s that? Junkyard Villain? Is this a professional wrestler who seduces with his flashy smile and quick hands? A friendly hulk of a man who then proceeds to smash his victims into a bleeding mass of humanity? Not quite.

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Junkyard Villain has an alter ego.

 Junkyard Villain is Percy Hart. A fun loving type of guy with a heart of gold. Percy – in recent years, has realized two things. One, life is too short not to give back and two; music is a good thing with enormous healing powers. 

Please listen below as Percy aka Junkyard Villain – explains his first album and his involvement in this weekend’s

6th Annual Rock The Cause. 

Perc … er I mean Junkyard Villain …What’s Happening?

 

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  Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 16th at

Calistoga Grill Pte Caire

See You There !

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Ask Dave the Bartender ! The Legacy of The Tragically Hip !

Sometimes answers are hard to come by. Sometimes – responses arrive in mysterious ways. 

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 Please listen below as Dave The Bartender answers your musical questions.  Surprisingly – he delivers a couple of knock-out punches (answers) concerning The Tragically Hip.

Or – does he?

Thanks for listening ! Have a question for Dave the Bartender? Send them to Rickkeene2@gmail.com

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Rick Keene Music Scene Road Trip ! Ask Dave the Bartender !

Sometimes answers are hard to come by. Sometimes – responses arrive in mysterious ways. 

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 Please listen below as Dave The Bartender answers your musical questions. Or – does he?

Thanks for listening – stay tuned for part two ! Have a question for Dave the Bartender? Send them to Rickkeene2@gmail.com

 

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Don Henley – That’s Why You Pay the Big Bucks ! Montreal Concert Review

 Welcome to the Hotel Bell Center…

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It took the entire show and practically Henley’s entire back catalog to arrive at Hotel California. Don’s and his former band – The Eagles, piece de la resistance ( music by Don Felder). Luckily for the punters, it was not the final nail in the coffin at Le Centre Bell. After all – ‘ you can check out any time you want but you can never leave …’

Such is the legacy of Henley’s and The Eagles’ very ‘Long Run’. They don’t write songs like these anymore and inevitably, tears may fall from the eyes of all those who attend Henley’s recent tour.  

Sadness for Glen Frey’s death, sadness for The Eagles’ passing and definitive melancholy for the lack of ( general) songwriting skills in today’s music.

Ironically – it was a cover song which started the whole Bell Center crying in a very good way.  Steve Young ‘s Seven Bridges Road set the table for the evening’s dinner. A perfect meal before Henley et al aired their ‘Dirty Laundry’. Arguably, the song which kinda, sorta, separated Henley from his Eagles’ roots and established Don as a bona fide solo artists in the  … ahem … eighties. The crowd at The Bell Center (the majority over the age of forty) – huge fans of the eighties judging from the reaction to the second song of the evening.

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As nostalgia kicked into full gear with ‘Witchy Woman’ – it was easy to tell Henley has equipped himself with a top notch backing band. The official fourteen member group instilled everything needed (and then some) within Henley’s set list. Henley himself, vocally –  in vintage 1970’s form.

Sunset GrillWhen I Stop DreamingNew York Minute and Shangri-La, all songs compiling the efforts of backing vocals, violins, mandolins, synthesizers and guitars ( Henley with a Telecaster) into a potpourri of over five decades of Henley experience. Harking easily into the magic which took place between himself and his late songwriting partner, Glen Frey.

Bramble Rose ( Tift Merrick ) off Henley’s 2015 album ‘Cass County ‘ ( Henley’s first in fifteen years) – a lesson in harmonization as Henley dueled with his back – up female singers. That lovely trend carried throughout the evening with the entire band sounding tight within the harmonies. The stars were out and lighting the stage at the Bell Center.  Very brightly …

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It can be difficult at times to distinguish The Eagles and Henley’s solo efforts if not a huge fan of either. The Last Resort, a seldom played  Eagles’ live tune, was one of those moments. Henley’s solo career; Eagle- esque to a tee. Vocals are a brand for any band and Henley ( the fourth richest singing drummer of all time ), left his brand firmly on The Eagles.

Train in the Distance, a Henley tune – gave insights into Henley the person in a rare glimpse  of growing up in Gilmer, Texas. Henley, front and center and very lifelike (human), spun tales of placing pennies and nickels on railway tracks as a boy for no reason other than  ‘ lack of anything else to do.’  Complete with train sound effects, that specific train was far away in the distance last night as Henley fast approaches the age of 70. Inflation affects pennies on tracks after all …

The End of The Innocence and The Boys of Summer, two massive hits for Henley (the solo artist) , were the bread for a meaty piece of fun. Sandwiched between the pair of mega hits was another mega hit. ‘ Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ . The smash hit from Tears for Fears, stunned and pleasured the Bell Center faithful. The song was a perfect wake up call within Henley’s mostly soft  (Country – ish) song list. What Joe Walsh does with The Eagles, Tears for Fears did for Henley. Henley introduced the song as ‘ therapeutic’ following a brief summary of   ‘ ‘ ‘ the circus ‘  that is – American politics.

Encore number one brought out the big guns.Life in the Fast Lane carried the satisfied and exuberant crowd( hitchhikers) right into the driveway of  Hotel California. Both songs raising the baby boomers into an orgasmic state of bliss. For those in attendance never having the opportunity to witness The Eagles live – ecstatic to be sooo close … with Mr. Henley at the helm.

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The second encore provided the ‘grab a box of Kleenex’ ( make that two ) moment of the show, Henley telling the crowd; ‘ this one is for Glen ( referring to recently deceased Glen Frey). Desperado, the first official tune written by Henley and Frey aimed at the heartstrings and connected on so many levels. The Grinch’s ( in attendance) hearts grew ten times last night.

Wasted Time was the final song of the evening in the third encore proving that on September 14th – time was not wasted by anyone. 

 Not by the punters, not by the band and not by Don Henley. It took the entire show, three encores and practically Henley’s entire back catalog to arrive at the fact that Henley is not finished the ride away from Hotel California.

 

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‘Tragically’ … Hip. A Farewell to Gord Downie.

What could possibly be be going through Gord Downie’s diseased head tonight as he prepares to take his final curtain call as the frontman for Canada in front of the ‘ home crowd’ ?

Downie – and his band, The Tragically Hip, are closing out a career prematurely due to Downie’s incurable brain cancer. The show ( broadcast nationwide at 8:30pm est on CBC)  will be the final performance by the band as a unit. It will not be the final time fans can enjoy the music of the band live.

Thanks to  video, YouTube and other recording formats, Gord Downie, his mates and the music will live on. This is the beauty to go along with the ugliness of the human condition. Of life.

Much like another Gord ( known affectionately as Mr. Hockey), Gord Downie exemplifies Canada. Through his toughness of dealing with a sickness which will leave a family fatherless and a nation without a conscience, his ability to touch souls no matter the language, Gord Downie will exit stage left as a Canadian hero.

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Many ‘ common folk ‘ die with no fanfare. Celebrity tends to magnify and elevate problems into deity-like levels. Every life should be televised in it’s final episode. Every life is as important as the next. Every existence matters on some level. 

Aside from the lyrics and the music which propelled  ‘Canadiana’ to not only Canadians, what separates Downie is –  his ‘Canadiana’. Unlike other Canadian music stars, Downie remained Canadian through and through. The Guess Who and Rush, Canada’s two main global exports – consciously or unconsciously, sold out. Reaching and appealing to Global audiences through trends, lyrics and marketing.

Planned or not – Downie and The Hip stayed indoors. Their only excursion outside during the cold winter months to the local hockey rink or the local bar. As Canadian as Maple Syrup. As syrupy as a Molson Canadian.

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Over the years, throughout history in every aspect of life. In  politics, science and art, it has been and always will be the true Canadians which endear to the nation’s conscience. Hockey’s Gretzky.  A treasure – loved and owned by all Canadians pales in comparison to The Rocket and Mr. Hockey.  Gretzky ‘lost an edge’ when he went to Los Angeles. Somehow, deep inside, regardless of the records and without fanfare or public humiliation – Gretzky became non Canadian to many. In contrast, playing most of his career outside of Canadian borders, Howe remained Canadian because he played like a Canadian. Fighting, scoring, leading and overcoming odds to play into his 60’s. Howe was tough and played the game like a true patriotic citizen no matter where he was.

Because of this, Howe was approachable in the eyes of Canadians. Just like Gord Downie. 

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Where Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson attained God – like status and became people who were unapproachable in people’s minds, Downie is the guy at the end of the bar eating beer nuts. The smart guy whose ‘poetic’ advice was obtained through hours of talking with everyman during intermissions. Relaying the words and thoughts of doctors, machine operators and Zamboni drivers to the masses. Gord Downie educated ( scored ) with elbows up and in the corners fighting for the puck. Identifiable Canadian. 

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister – overcame all critics and inexperience to become Prime Minister for one reason. He was more Canadian than Stephen Harper.  Terry Fox lives on and gains God like status while Rick Hansen remains Rick Hansen. Fox was Canadian while Hansen seemed American. 

Gord Downie may understand his role in Canadian history and his appeal. He may understand it more now as the ‘final’ tour winds down to the ‘final’ live appearance.

In true Canadian form he may not. In true Canadian form, all that is going through Downie’s mind is to put on a good show.

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Sheldon Kagan Has Retired ( Sorta – Kinda …)

 Montreal entertainment impresario Sheldon Kagan fulfilled a promise to himself. Retiring after fifty years in business.

A goal fulfilled. A lifetime fulfilled.

 

Not quite …

 

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Please listen below to discover what Sheldon has done with his immense music collection as well as what he is doing in his … er … retirement. 

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Box Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 12 pm and 1 – 3 pm
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Robert Stefan was ‘ Made in Canada!’

When people think of Canada – they think hockey. In reality, Canadian music has just a long and interesting legacy.

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How many times have you listened to a great song and were stunned to discover the artist was Canadian!

The Stampeders, Chilliwack, A Foot in Cold Water – just a few bands that you have heard the tunes but did not know they went to Tim Horton’s every morning …

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Please listen below as Robert Stefan explains his ‘Made in Canada show which takes place this weekend at Calistoga Grill Pte.Claire.

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Mr. Bolly ‘s Victory ! Local Hip Hop Artist Helps Out Duffy’s Come2gether for West Island Palliative Care Residence

 Victory comes in

many forms …

 

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For Mr. Bolly, that form is karma. A weird chain of events which is taking the song ‘Victory’ and transporting it to all sorts of places. All – for the good of mankind.

 

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Please listen below as Mr. Bolly explains the song, the feelings and the results of hard work.

 

Hard work with very interesting results.

 

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‘Lonesome’ George Thorogood Does Not ‘Drink Alone’! Montreal Concert Review

It took all of three minutes for George Thorogood and his Destroyers to pull Montreal out of the winter doldrums …

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Just when you thought Rock n Roll was dead, along comes ‘Lonesome George’ to levitate dormant goosebumps into the stratosphere. Hair-raising kind of stuff which makes the omni-present argument that ‘music ain’t what it used to be ‘ seem righteous and justified.

The tune ‘Rock Party’ got the party going and there was no stopping the influx of beer at Metropolis. After all, isn’t that the demographic Thorogood attracts?

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George’s brand of hellfire Rock n Roll ain’t rocket science. Three chords do not make Beethoven calibre pieces. Yet to his fans, bikers and testosterone – filled males; George Thorogood is Beethoven. In the world of ‘chicken wire shielding the stage’ venues – there is no God bigger than Thorogood. There is no sound bigger than George’s guitar. There is no sound larger than The Destroyers.

Take hard work. Combine it with attitude. Add primal guitar sounds and voila! Lessons for McCartney’s kids on how to put on a ‘Rock Show at The Hollywood Bowl.’

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The alcohol was flowing at Metropolis on Saturday evening and the waiters and waitresses got richer by each strum of the guitar. ‘The Fixer’ allowed Thorogood to introduce his drawl. That distinctive voice owned solely by George. That niche of owning every vocal chord that ever downed fifty shots of Jack Daniels in one evening. One glance around proved, the punters were of that breed and the audience lapped it up faster than a thirsty kitten rescued from a sack at the bottom of a lake.

Following an ample cover of The Strangeloves ‘ Night Time’ – it was that time. The terrible trio. A threesome fit for all …

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Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) were ready. Their engines out of the garage and primed for a higher gear.

‘I Drink Alone’ – Lonesome George’s lyrically proven self character reference combined with his Chuck Berry-inspired guitar riffs, initiating the second wave of partying. Heat from the stage, heat from the temperature and heat from the capacity crowd. A recipe to be welcomed and a menu to be cooled off with …

‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer ….’ 

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John Lee Hooker’s classic tale of the everyman told brilliantly by The Destroyers. The ultimate everymen. That menacing backline sounding ‘like nobody else’ and nobody was forced ‘out the door’. Everyone was acting funny and George was funny too …

Rarely does a song written by an artist as respected as Hooker become a signature tune by someone else. Paul Anka with Sinatra and Hooker with Thorogood. The energy transpiring as the sing-a-long to every word transcended the evening to ‘ an evening”.

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The sixty-six year old Thorogood has a job. At his age is a haircut necessary? 

‘Get a Haircut’ completed the trilogy of Blues, Slide guitar and Rock. Once more, a three chord anthem with an autobiographical nature aimed at everyman. Grabbing the crowd by the scruff of the neck. Dragging lyrics around Metropolis like ‘a flea-bit peanut monkey’ and accumulating with Thorogood’s ( and the crowd’s)  ‘Get a Real Job’. One liners are George’s thing. Posing for the press and fans – his specialty. There is a trick to longevity in music. Thorogood – a master magician.

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‘Gear Jammer’ became ‘Move it On Over’. Thorogood’s other signature song and a cover. Hank Williams would be proud. The timeless record (when radio played good tunes) as poignant today as in 1978. If there is one thing about George, he did not pull a Zeppelin and steal tunes. Given the reaction all these years later, Thorogood made a pact and stuck with it.

Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Tail Dragger’ was proof. Bluesy, twangy and raw. Just like the Whiskeys swaying in the air.  Drunkenness awaiting proof that George is …

‘Bad to the Bone’ ! 

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The Sax seems to get lost in the wind …

‘Bad to the Bone’ – Thorogood’s original and most commercially successful song is important because of the Sax. Buddy Leach made sure that was the case. Saturday night. Reminiscent of the Sax in INXS’s ‘Never Tear Us Apart’, Leach’s spacing and timing impeccable to the feeling provided by ‘Bad to the Bone’.

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Following a loud and obnoxious ovation – Lonesome George returned for an encore. ‘Madison Blues’ was more of a filler to say goodbye and pose for some photos. A valiant and commendable gesture by a man filled with bows, salutes and waves. Then – as quick as it started, the music ended. An evening well spent for those whose hangovers will allow them to remember.

In other words, no one ….

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Alain Simard and Andre Menard To Be Honoured by Canadian Music & Broadcast Indsustry

Alain Simard and André Ménard, co-founders of L’Équipe Spectra, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame during the next Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala in the Toronto Sheraton Centre.

Co-founders of L’Équipe Spectra—and, of course, the Festival International de Jazz de MontréalAlain Simard and André Ménard have strongly influenced the cultural life of the country over almost four decades and have contributed to developing and raising the profile of the Montreal cultural scene on both the national and international level. With more than 2 million visitors annually, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has hosted since its 1rst edition in 1980 over 15,000 concerts with artists from all over the world.

“The impact that André and Alain have had on the musical landscape of our country has been immense. We are delighted to induct them into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame this spring,” declared Neill Dixon, president of Canadian Music Week. 

Dedicated to the promotion and vitality of the music, media and entertainment industries in Canada, Canadian Music Week and its Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala annually honour leading artists and figures in the cultural life of the country.

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Jean-Luc Ponty; Coltrane to Zappa to Jon Anderson.

THE ANDERSON-PONTY BAND

Jean-Luc Ponty and Jon Anderson

Thursday, May 26th
8 pm @ Theatre St.-Denis

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Jean – Luc Ponty is an innovator …

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Credited as one of the first musicians to implement the violin within Jazz music, Ponty has not stopped there. A musical thirst has carried the seventy-one year old native of France through a long, creative and prosperous learning career.

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Beginning with his first record deal which saw Jean-Luc entering the world of Rock n’ Roll via Frank Zappa’s sensibilities, Ponty’s journey has seen him collaborate with the ‘who’s who’ of the music industry.

The most recent being a long overdue project with Jon Anderson of the famed prog-Rock group Yes.

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 The 2015 Anderson-Ponty Band album; ‘ Better Late Than Never’, is a form of cohabitation. Combining Ponty’s and Anderson’s music in perfect harmony. Working with Anderson is the first time Ponty has worked with a vocalist so in effect – the disc is a duet of sorts. A marriage of violin and the human voice.

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Please listen below to my chat with Jean-Luc Ponty. A legendary figure on stage and off.

 

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2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival Indoor Shows Preview – aka Great Tunes!

The Jazz Festival is fast approaching.

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This week, the indoor schedule was announced. Some great names will pay Montreal a visit this summer both in music and in soul.

 

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Please listen below to some artists that will be playing as well as where you can go to buy tickets !

 

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

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Jean-Michel Blais – A Pianist Making Waves …

 

Jean -Michel Blais is a newcomer. Sort of …

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Jean – Michel Blais started playing the organ at a young age which – in turn, led to the piano. Even though, a love-hate relationship developed for a while between Jean – Michel and music, it is now part of his life in a big way.

It may even get bigger …

 

Please listen below to my chat with Jean-Michel.

 

 

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The Real Reason We Mourn Prince’s Death …

The artist formerly known as ‘ the artist formerly known as Prince‘, aka ‘Prince‘ or ‘Prince‘ Rogers Nelson – passed away.
His death, echoing around the globe with thunderous fanfare via social media.
Why ?

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The obvious reasons are acute. Fame, fame and more fame. The brighter the flame, the harder to extinguish. The brighter the flame, the more it spreads with the oxygen provided by the corporate machine, the fans and the product itself. In Prince’s case, the product was music.

How could anything else come from a man whose parents were of music lineage?

Mom ( Mattie Shaw) was a Jazz singer. Dad ( John L. Nelson), a lyricist and pianist. Music was part of Prince’s genetic code. Chances are if Prince’s chosen career happened to be a forklift operator – at home, as a hobby, Prince would have probably played the piano or sang  ‘just for fun’ …

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So what? Lots of folks are musical. Lots of souls possess the God-given ability to pick up any instrument and play it well. Some, such as Prince, are either lucky or blessed to reach a level where all the tools required to reach millions are at their fingertips. Artists such as Prince can then preach their messages to the hearts and souls of their followers. In effect, affect people’s lives.

Scanning social media in the hours following the death announcement, everyone had a thought, a picture or a paragraph pertaining to their ‘hero’ ‘Prince’ Rogers Nelson. 

Fifteen – year-olds, teenagers – people not born when Prince hit the Pop charts were mourning his loss. Eighty-year-olds, folks who had no idea that Prince, not so long ago, went by a symbol as his moniker. Fifty-year-olds who had no idea that Prince played guitar. Folks whohave no idea just how much of a musical genius Prince was.

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There are reasons why Prince’s death spread faster than the Ebola virus and caused many bosses panic attacks.

First ( and the most symbolic indication of humanity’s demise); people are like sheep. If one person shares the news, one ‘cool’ person, it inevitably goes viral. ‘Everyone’ must be the bearer of bad news even though ‘everyone’ has witnessed ‘everyone’ being the bearer of bad news on their newsfeeds. If this was not bad enough, suddenly ‘everyone’  is an expert of at least one aspect of the subject of the bad news. ‘Bobby Joe’ knows everything about Prince’s music. ‘Harry’ grew up with Prince in Minnesota. ‘ Darlene’ has a friend who knows what killed ‘ The Purple One’. On and on it goes …

Secondly, there are genuine fans out there. People who know more about Prince than the time of day ‘doves cry’. Fanatics who can toss ‘Purple Rain‘ aside as a commercial jingle. Folks who can say “Let’s go crazy’ and not get into a ‘Little Red Corvette’ and party like it’s 1999. 

These fans, these people – are the divine holders of any profound detail concerning the life, the times and the music of The Prince of Funk. These folks are genuinely hurting. They mourn and will continue to mourn the depth of not only Prince’s musical ability, his knowledge and his craftsmanship as a true artist. A songwriter, a composer and a groundbreaking figure. The ‘Spike Lee’ of musical direction. 

Musicians, fellow artists also fall into this category. People – women, men and transgenders who recognized the abilities of a man who accomplished in the studio and on stage what they could only dream of doing in their finest moments. For them – ‘Princes’ exist solely in fairy tales and rightly so.

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Lastly and the veritable reason everyone mourned Prince on a level normally fit for Kings and not Princes; people are human and nothing touches the human soul more than music …

Sally’ recalls quite vividly where she was was when the riffs of ‘Little Red Corvette’ eased her pain. Lifting whatever was troubling her for a fleeting moment of a busy workday. ‘Jimmy’, the once pimply teenager, at the drop of some purple misting – zooms to a backseat and his first kiss with Prince providing ‘the condoms’ in the form of ‘dearly beloved’ oozing through the Blaupunkt speakers of his rusted Honda Civic. His first car mirroring his first ejaculation.

‘Jane’, the once party animal-turned-mother-of-three snickering of ‘the fight’ that took place as she defended Prince in the ever important Michael vs. Prince debate. Arguments as important at the time as Trump vs Hilary is today. Music was and continues to be the pulse of the people. It escapes no one and leaves no one indifferent.

An artist on the scale of Prince, a man who affected millions through music, showmanship, songwriting and individuality left no one indifferent.

That is the reason we mourn his death. That is the reason we will never mourn his music.

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Lorraine Desmarais – Steppin’ Out and Dancing !

Lorraine Desmarais is an accomplished Jazz pianist. 

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Lorraine has received the 2002 Oscar Peterson Award from The Montreal International Jazz Festival and is a member of The Order of Canada.

 

Lorraine has released eight solo albums and one big band album.

 

Make that two with her latest release.

Please listen below as Lorraine speaks of her new album and what it was like playing with Dave Brubeck’s two sons.

 

Lorraine?

 

 

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Turn Those Smart TVs Off and Go See Some Shows!

What’s shakin’? What’s happening? What’s going on?

As usual – a lot of stuff is going on in and around Montreal.

May 6th ! Calistoga Pte Claire
May 6th ! Calistoga Pte Claire The Hi Fins !
Carlos Santana is bringing his guitars and Michael Kaeshammer is bringing his piano. Just two of the many things going on this week.

 

Please listen below for other events as well as some great tunes !

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

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Justin Saladino ‘Teaches’ us ‘No Worries’ …

Justin Saladino is part of a new generation of Blues’ artists in Montreal.

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The difference is Justin is not only learning – he is teaching as well. A pair of traits which can only lead to bigger and brighter things.

 

Please listen below as Justin talks about his new EP, teaching, learning and playing guitar.

 

Justin? What’s up?

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What’s Coming in Montreal

 

As usual … a lot coming in and around Montreal.

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Matt Anderson March 25th – L’Astral

Please listen below, hear some tunes and discover the amazing shows happening in the coming weeks.

 

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon …

 

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The Record Breakers; The Kids are Allright !

Some may call them a novelty act. Others may dismiss these teenagers as ‘cute.’

 

If The Record Breakers’ first EP is any indication, the band will be around a long time~

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Please listen below as Hayden, Bella, Devan and Julian talk about their album and look for their keyboard player Michael.

Guys? What’s up?

 

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