Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Four

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 the future of The Guess Who. Petersen has never stopped playing for the band (he owns the name) and along with his mates; the first brand new Guess Who album in twenty years  hit the shelves in September. An educational chat for sure.

Lonesome George Thorogood took time to chat following the release of his first ever solo album (Party Of One) and previous to his show at The Montreal Jazz Festival and Trois Rivieres en Blues.

The word legend is tossed about too easily these days but not in George’s case.  He started his career busking and within three years opened for Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones.

Not too shabby.

Sometimes the apple does not fall far from the tree.

Mary -Lynn Doroschuk just happens to be the daughter of Stefan Doroschuk (Men Without Hats). Mary-Lynn has a new band called Wave 21. A Country -Alt unit filled with catchy tunes and classy riffs. A Montreal group to keep your ears on. A Montreal band that will only get bigger.

Joan Jett graced Place Bell along with Tesla and Styx.

Jett as powerful as ever with Punky licks and attitude while Tesla catered to the more Heavy minded fans in attendance. Styx – making their fourth appearance in Quebec in the past seven years commanded even more respect than before. They were hot and the night lasted longer than any Grand Illusion.

Beth Hart

If Beth Hart stayed home and sang lullabies to her kids, the world would be a much sadder place.

Hart and her trio were in Montreal for The Jazz Festival and Beth stole the hearts of everyone. Telling stories of her very dysfunctional upbringing between soaring vocals and soft balladry – Place des Arts was on the verge of a collective hanky giveaway.

On this planet – no female singer can reach into their souls so deep and raise the roof so high within a song. Multiply that by fifteen tunes and see how tired you are from a Beth Hart show.

Boz Scaggs

Boz was here as part of The Jazz Festival and what a surprise musician he turned out to be. Unless you were / are a huge fan or came from a certain decade, Boz (to the general music world) was a two hit wonder. Like many musicians from the 70s and even the 80s, the limelight and success don’t go hand in hand. Boz has more talent playing, singing and producing/ arranging than about 75% of those with hits before or since. Put that in your hat and smoke it.

Jordan Officer opened up for George Thorogood at Place des Arts as part of The Jazz Festival and blew the roof off the joint. Officer has turned the corner in his Blues comeback and had George’s Destroyers shaking in their boots. Trois Rivieres is Jordan’s latest record and it will be considered the turning point in a soon too be mammoth career.

Ranee Lee

Easily the concert of the year in Montreal. 

Lee’s husband / musical mentor Richard passed away the morning of her Jazz Festival show and for most artists – the plug would have been pulled. Not only did Ranee perform, she outperformed any of the numerous award winning shows she had done before. Emotions were high (the crowd knew of the circumstances) yet Ranee used the emotion to grow stronger with each song. The concert will go down as one of  the greatest  in Montreal music history.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Year in Review Part Three

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 hits and the magic within new tunes are gone and she is relying on her past glories to fill joints around the Country. Thankfully, she is a very funny woman and the banter alone is worth half the price of admission. Add the hits from twenty years ago – you get fully what you paid for.

East of Sunday – Carvin Jones

Blues guitarist extraordinaire Carvin Jones made his first appearance in Montreal and local band East of Sunday opened up.

Jones is a monster on guitar and his showmanship – second to none. Think Buddy Guy without the powerful voice. East of Sunday are poised to take the Montreal Rock throne away from The Damn Truth. Look out this coming summer as both Carvin and East of Sunday will hit the road with heat.

Paul Young / Midge Ure

Paul Young was one of the biggest stars of the 1980’s video wave and Ure co-wrote Do They Know It’s Christmas for Band Aid. Ure was also the leader of Ultravox and a member of Thin Lizzy among other things.

Ure and Young held a double bill at Club Soda and only one showed up.

Ure was fine as he gained strength with his tunes – hits and all. Young, on the other hand was, well … old. Paul stumbled through a set continually struggling to hit notes and stay in key. When he did get in sync – his voice was weak. A sign of the end or an off night? Things that make you go hmmm …

Dr. Lonnie Smith

The good doctor ( the most sought after Hammond B3 player in all genres) put on a clinic at Le Gesu. Fifty years in the spotlight and recording with the who is who of music has enabled Smith to assume command over the audience, his band-mates and his instrument. Anyone who witnesses a Smith performance – is blessed.

Aram Demirjian

Conductor Demirjian sat down and spoke of his upcoming Montreal gig with Dreamworks Animation. The gig is a full orchestra playing the soundtrack live of DreamWorks classics such as Shrek and How To Train Your Dragon.

In the beginning of cinema, live orchestras were the only form of sound for a viewing audience. To witness and hear the experience in 2018 is a welcome change to digital dust.

Cecile Mclorant- Salvant

The second best female singer walking the planet ( Lisa Fischer would be first) put on a lesson in vocals. Adding all the great ingredients from all the great Jazz ladies ( Holiday, James, Fitzgerald) and her own unique voice, Salvant is the driver. Complete command of everything and she is’ just starting out’. A must see concert if you must see.

Charlotte Gainsbourg

If there ever was a female artist who did all for ‘art’s sake’- it is Gainsbourg. The actress / composer / songwriter / singer / writer / painter and poet lays all her emotions on her sleeve.

Her show at MTelus was not for the non intellects. Combining electronica and common place rythym with her piano sensibility is mesmerizing to the punters. Her fan base is devoted, loyal and safe to say; artistic.

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Bands for Baskets – Feeding the Needy in the West Island for Eleven Years!

 There are starving people living in the West Island.

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It is easy to ignore life’s problems when everything is great in yours !

One dayBands for Baskets may be something you are thankful for as life  tosses a curve ball across your empty dinner plate. Suddenly – a food basket will be the best gift you will ever receive!

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Please listen below to some very interesting Christmas tunes as well as information about the

11th Annual Bands for Baskets !

Thanks !

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Stay tuned for some awesome pictures from the studio and the last showcase of  The League of Rock Montreal !

Purchase a Telecaster Signed by The League of Rock Rock Stars Here !

 

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The League of Rock Montreal – Final Showcase, Studio Tracks and A Wrap Up with CEO Gary Johnston. Part Two

 The League of Rock Montreal is nearing the finish line in its inaugural session.

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It has been an interesting journey. 

Four bands created from nothing. Rising from personal prowess to functioning Rock n Roll bands. Operating at high speeds as they cruise the landscape of music in Montreal.

Along the way – gathering information from some of Montreal’s crème of the crop professional musicians. Rock star coaches.

Rock star nurturing.

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All the rehearsing finished. All the coaching completed. All but one showcase filed away under accomplishment. Studio tracks recorded, pizza and beer consumed. All that’s left is to accumulate groupies and put on one last show. An encore for the new fans and a stage to gather interest for future gigs.

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It has been eleven weeks of Rock n Roll heaven. Stars have been born.

Please listen below to part two of my chat with The League of Rock Montreal CEO Gary Johnston as he explains his thoughts on the first year of operation in Montreal.

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Listen to a track laid down by Glass Dreams -one band who helped make up The League of Rock Montreal!

 

Stay tuned for awesome pictures of the studio and the final showcase!

Purchase a Telecaster Signed by The League of Rock  Rock Stars Here !

 

 Visit MusicCounts Here !

 

Visit Bands for Baskets Here !

Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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The League of Rock Montreal – Final Showcase, Studio Tracks and A Wrap Up with CEO Gary Johnston. Part One.

The League of Rock Montreal is nearing the finish line in its inaugural session.

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It has been an interesting journey. 

Four bands created from nothing. Rising from personal prowess to functioning Rock n Roll bands. Operating at high speeds as they cruise the landscape of music in Montreal.

Along the way – gathering information from some of Montreal’s crème of the crop professional musicians. Rock star coaches.

Rock star nurturing.

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All the rehearsing finished. All the coaching completed. All but one showcase filed away under accomplishment. Studio tracks recorded, pizza and beer consumed. All that’s left is to accumulate groupies and put on one last show. An encore for the new fans and a stage to gather interest for future gigs.

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It has been eleven weeks of Rock n Roll heaven. Stars have been born.

Please listen below to part one of my chat with The League of Rock Montreal CEO Gary Johnston as he explains his thoughts on the first year of operation in Montreal.

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Listen to three tracks laid down by three of the bands who helped make up The League of Rock Montreal!

Stay tuned for Part two and one more song !

 

 

Visit Bands for Baskets here !

Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

See You There !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – What Exactly is The Talk on the Turnpike?

Every year – there is Christmas cheer.  In most places …

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Please listen below to hear information about Bands for Baskets. An annual event which helps feed the needy in the West Island at Christmas.

Also, find out about some upcoming shows in and around Montreal, hear some great tunes and chuckle at musician jokes !

Thanks! Talk Soon !

 

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Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 30th at

Le Bier Mrkt

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The Lost Fingers – Christmas in a Non Conventional Kinda Way

The Lost Fingers aren’t lost at all …

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The band whose name derives from Django Reinhardt’s loss of use in two fingers, are not resting on their laurels.

Upping their game to new heights and exploring music from all corners of the globe. The Lost Fingers, a Gypsy-Jazz band are all set for Christmas. Albeit in a non conventional way.

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Please listen to my chat with Byron Mikaloff . Guitarist and singer in The Lost Fingers. His musical background may surprise you and his current musical mindset will definitely blow your holiday mind !

Byron? 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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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

See You There !

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Lisa Fischer Brings a Smile to Montreal

 The star of 20 Feet to Stardom was twenty feet away. So – it seemed …

The former back-up singer for The Rolling Stones ( just one of many acts Lisa Fischer has enhanced), was at Maison Symphonique in Montreal Saturday night with her band; Grand Baton.

What a band it was …

In a day and age of auto tune and auto – ‘everything else’, Lisa and her mates displayed real sounds in real time. Commencing with a cover of Amy Grant’s ‘ Breath of Heaven’, Lisa’s vocals filled the room with sounds that were otherworldly.

Combining angelic sweetness with Ella – viscosity, Lisa and her band Grand Baton; JC Maillard (guitars, keys), Aidan Carroll (Bass) and Thierry Arpino ( Drums) ,upped the ante in a musical world filled with bluffs.

The trio of musicians adding and subtracting vocals through their instruments. Endorsing Fischer with a mutual admiration and in turn, adorning La Maison Symphonique with golden trinkets. Songs we thought we knew …

‘Rock n Roll’ ( Page, Plant) has been heard millions of times around the world by each Rock fan individually. Multiply that by billions of people, it is one of the most globally popular Rock songs in history. On Saturday night, Lisa and the band made it instantaneously unrecognizable. No small feat. No wrong turns. No stone unturned.

The beauty of a Lisa Fischer / Grand Baton show lays in the telling of stories. Each song such as ‘Rock n Roll’ – explored profoundly. Nuances, melodies, structures, chords and lyrics. Explored in their entirety by the performers before the group hits the stage. Impeccable research and rehearsals take place in order for the songs such as David Bowie’s ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’, Little Willie John’s ‘Fever’  and The Stones’ ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash‘ to shine like Super Novas in a universe filled with falling stars. Each song performed the way they were probably penned before record companies and radio got involved. Before big money got involved.

Each cover retaining moments of ‘face’recognition. A chorus, connotation of a lyric or a riff. The remaining ingredients  – like improvised Jazz with every genre added for the perfect blend. The perfect adventure. The perfect storm.

Rarely does there exist a vocalist whose power is not in need of microphone. A singer who can have the microphone ’20 feet away ‘ and still send shock-waves to the rear of a venue. Reverberating throughout – tickling the souls and toying with the senses. Elvis Presley did it and in 2016 – Lisa Fischer is carrying the vocal  ‘Grand Baton’ around the world.

In music, there are four types of musicians. Fair, good, great and exceptional.

There are also the musicians who have followed the steps and not betrayed their craft. Able, willing and curious to understand where all levels of musicianship comes from. Understanding the principles of the soul through global voyages. The real origins of music are not stationary.

Saturday night, in a day and age of uncertainty in all aspects of life including music, Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton gave Montreal shelter. War – after all, may be just a shot away and Lisa proudly reminded the crowd of the ‘global’ stage from where she came …

A blessed musical education.

 

 Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 16th at

Calistoga Grill Pte Caire

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The League of Rock Montreal – Speeding Towards Showcase Number Two on November 16th !

They have come a long way …

 

 It is make or break time. 

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Following a month of rehearsals, The League of Rock Montreal and the four ‘brand spanking new bands’, introduced themselves to the rockin’ world on November 2nd at McKibbons Pointe Claire.

 It was an opportunity for each member of each band to recognize their place in the world of music. There are no room for egos if improvement is on the list as ‘things to do’. Any working entity must place aside personal and technical prowess in order for grooves to take           place. For unity to conquer…

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On Wednesday, Nov. 9th – it was back to basics at Studio Musico Pratik in Verdun. 

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An occasion for ‘tails between legs’ or ‘heads up high’ to convene, reassess and imply the foibles and fables of lore into the next rung on the Rock n Roll ladder. Nuances which may have intervened with success the week before. Battles within an individual, hauntingly placed inside the treasure chest of stalemates in the ultimate game of melodic chess.

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Working together like Bees in a hive, each part of each sum – striving to be heard so a sound so unique, so distinct, will be achieved and mastered.

Gary Johnston, the CEO of The League of Rock Montreal. A bass player with so many experiences within his weathered fingers; coaching – egging his students into an area they thought they knew. A place as foreign as foreigners are to an ancient place. The zone. The temple of  … completeness.

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The eyes of the musicians have changed in the past few weeks. Imagery replaced with concrete. Strawberry Fields nourished by the Salt of the Earth.

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Playing live will do that. The energy gained by both punters and performers as magical and educational as a stint at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

 Confidence gained and confidence lost as musicians learn about themselves, their band-mates and the song. A tune which may be overhauled to match the limit of the music highway. No speeding tickets allowed on the Highway to Hell.

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It’s go time … !

Walking on water is much different than tiptoeing on water lilies. The scenery underwater is beautiful yet the sky seems brighter when the instruments are stuck in the mud. The bottom feeders not as attractive as the pulsating ceiling lights.

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General George S. Patton once forced himself to eat oranges while staring at maggots consuming oranges.

Force feeding courage so the moments of bliss will never be to complacent. Instilling a discipline as profound as the roots of music to a conductor of Jazz. Pain induces fame. Injury to the soul increases stamina. Misery loves the company of a live music crowd.

The lady and men of The League of Rock Montreal have witnessed the other side of the Camel’s hump. They have climbed the hills of uncertainty.

As they slide towards the ravine of their next public appearance, their luggage is lighter. The baggage newer. The vision brighter.  Hard work  pays off with Golden Rings ….

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Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 16th at

Calistoga Grill Pte Claire

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The Stones Have The Blues – Part Three. Hear Two New Blues Songs Here!

  Legend has it …

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Robert Johnson sold his soul at The Crossroads to the Devil in exchange for Blues superiority.  As time goes on, it appears someone else sold their souls and the Devil must have gotten a hell of a lot in return.

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The Rolling Stones, created and led by Brian Jones – were originally a Blues Band. Schooled by Johnson, Elmore James, Muddy Waters and a variety of characters from America, the Stones are credited with re-introducing the Blues back from where it came. Mississippi and Chicago. The birthplace and the cradle.

Elvis Presley acted Black and the crowds loved it. The Stones were Black and the crowds have not left after fifty-four years !

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Please listen below to some Blues tracks from the Rolling Stones in advance of their first full Blues album in fifty – four years !

The album, Blue and Lonesome is out in stores on Dec. 2nd

Listen to two new tracks from

The Rolling Stones Here !

 

 

 

Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 16th at

Calistoga Grill Pte Claire

See You There !

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

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The Stones Have The Blues – Part Two. Parental Guidance Suggested.

  Legend has it …

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Robert Johnson sold his soul at The Crossroads to the Devil in exchange for Blues superiority.  As time goes on, it appears someone else sold their souls and the Devil must have gotten a hell of a lot in return.

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The Rolling Stones, created and led by Brian Jones – were originally a Blues Band. Schooled by Johnson, Elmore James, Muddy Waters and a variety of characters from America, the Stones are credited with re-introducing the Blues back from where it came. Mississippi and Chicago. The birthplace and the cradle.

Elvis Presley acted Black and the crowds loved it. The Stones were Black and the crowds have not left after fifty-four years !

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Please listen below to some Blues tracks from the Rolling Stones in advance of their first full Blues album in fifty – four years !

The album, Blue and Lonesome is out in stores on Dec. 2nd

Stayed tuned for Part Three and hear two new tracks from

The Rolling Stones 

 

 

Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 16th at

Calistoga Grill Pte Claire

See You There !

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Visit The League of Rock Here!

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 Visit Evenko Here !

 

Visit The Hi – Fins Here !

 

 

The Stones Have The Blues – Part One.

  Legend has it …

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Robert Johnson sold his soul at The Crossroads to the Devil in exchange for Blues superiority.  As time goes on, it appears someone else sold their souls and the Devil must have gotten a hell of a lot in return.

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The Rolling Stones, created and led by Brian Jones – were originally a Blues Band. Schooled by Johnson, Elmore James, Muddy Waters and a variety of characters from America, the Stones are credited with re-introducing the Blues back from where it came. Mississippi and Chicago. The birthplace and the cradle.

Elvis Presley acted Black and the crowds loved it. The Stones were Black and the crowds have not left after fifty-four years !

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Please listen below to some Blues tracks from the Rolling Stones in advance of their first full Blues album in fifty – four years !

The album, Blue and Lonesome is out in stores on Dec. 2nd

Stayed tuned for Part Two and hear two new tracks from

The Rolling Stones 

 

 

Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 16th at

Calistoga Grill Pte Claire

See You There !

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The League of Rock Montreal – The First Showcase? A Huge Success !

          *Welcome to the Grand illusion

Come on in and see what’s happening
Pay the price, get your tickets for the show
The stage is set, the band starts playing
Suddenly your heart is pounding
Wishing secretly you were a star

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The lyrics from Styx’s great song ‘Grand Illusion’ – never rang so true as they did on November 2nd at McKibbon’s Pub in Pte Claire.

The wait was over.  No time left to fiddle with a groove or groove with a fiddle. Following four weeks of rehearsals, the men and woman who signed up for The League of Rock Montreal, dressed up and hit the stage.

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Playing before a live audience for the first time in their current formations, the sets and songs could have gone three ways for the four bands.  Good, bad or somewhere in the middle. Make it four ways. It may have been a complete disaster.

Nerves are a precious entity. They can propel to great heights or defeat all senses and send a person (performance ) into an early grave.

Backstage, pre-show, with the support of their own bandmates, guest coaches bass player Boogie Cindy ( Boogie Wonder Band) and vocalist Carolyn Fe, it was a mixed agenda as nerves and confidence battled for music supremacy. Those with nerves pretending to be confident and vice versa. A war of contradiction as the clock neared the starting gate.

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“But don’t be fooled by the radio
The TV or the magazines
They’ll show you photographs of how your life should be
But they’re just someone else’s fantasies
So if you think your life is complete confusion
‘Cause you never win the game
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same
We’re all the same”

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“So if you think your life is complete confusion
Because your neighbor’s got it made
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same”

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“America spells competition
Join us in our blind ambition
Get yourself a brand new motorcar
Someday soon we’ll stop to ponder
What on earth’s this spell we’re under
We made the grade and still we wonder
Who the hell we are …”

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**Well, woke up this morning with a wine glass in my hand
Whose wine? What wine?
Where the hell did I dine?
Must have been a dream
I don’t believe where I’ve been
Come on, let’s do it again

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Do you…you, feel like I do?
How’d ya feel?
Do you…you, feel like I do?

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My friend got busted
Just the other day
They said,”Don’t walk, don’t walk, don’t walk away.”
Drove him to a taxi
Bent the boot, hit the back
Had to play some music, otherwise he’d crack

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Do you…you, feel like I do?
How’d ya feel?
Do you…you, feel like I…

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Do you…you, feel like I do?
Yes ya do
Do you…you, feel like I do?

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Champagne for breakfast and a Sherman in my hand
Peach coat, Peach tails., never fails
Must have been a dream I don’t believe where I’ve been
Come on, let’s do it again

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Do you…you, feel like I do?
How’d ya feel?
Do you…you, feel like I…

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Do you feel like we do?
Do you feel like we do?
Oh, that’s true
Do you feel like we do?
Get back
Do you feel..do you feel like we do?

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Oh baby do you feel?
Oh baby do you feel, feel like we do?
Do you feel…do you feel…like we do?
I want to thank you
Do you feel like we do?
That’s alright, that’s alright to feel you’d like
Feel you’d like, a good time
We’ll goto bed for a good night
Good night, good night, good night, good night, good night

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Next Showcase for The League of Rock Montreal is

Wed. November 16th at

Calistoga Grill Pte Claire

See You There !

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*Lyrics Dennis DeYoung

**Lyrics Peter Frampton

 

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Cliff Stevens – Explaining Why ” Grass Won’t Grow’ !

 In Montreal – Cliff Stevens is known as ‘ Slowhand ‘. 

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Something that came as a surprise to Stevens at one point in his musical life.

” I loved Clapton and loved playing his music.” Says Cliff from his ‘home away from home’ Morocco. “Everywhere I played or went, people kept telling me I sounded like Clapton and looked like him too. It took me a while but I caught on and starting doing a tribute to him!’ He laughs.

For those who know Cliff, guitar playing and music is at the top of his priorities. A craft he works very hard at and the results are in full glossy form musically and personally on his second album; ‘Grass Won’t Grow’. A disc which combines elements of one of Clapton’s favorite songwriters – J.J. Cale.

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” Writing the songs, I did not conscientiously think of Cale but there is definitely that influence in there.” Admits Cliff.  “Cale was so influential on Clapton’s career with songs like ‘Cocaine’,  my affection of Clapton’s music is an extension of Cale.”

‘Grass Won’t Grow’  is a record which Stevens is extremely fond of and the album has hard work combined with personal lyrics. In short, an accumulation of Steven’s life so far. Any artist whose passion for music leads them into romantic troubles will identify immediately with the album’s theme and the album’s second song ‘Price You Pay’

” It’s my life …” chuckles Cliff. ” I’ve had a few relationships over the years which don’t work out because of my lifestyle as a working musician. It isn’t easy being on the road and committing to a union of two people. The end of some were my fault and some were because of my unwillingness to ‘stay home’ The lyrics are all about my feelings, thoughts and emotions.”

Stevens’ ‘unwillingness ‘ to stay home is somewhat  reflective of the live music scene in Montreal. Something which has sadly diminished in the past few years.

” Doing my music or the Clapton tribute, the scene in Montreal was not enough to make a living.” Explains Cliff.

” There are places I play and continually get work when I am Montreal  but it is just not enough to pay the bills. I have come to Morocco for a few years now and it is a great place for travelling musicians. My  expenses  are small in Morocco  and there is enough work to keep coming back.”

‘Grass Won’t Grow’ is a love affair for Stevens with a combination of Blues, Country and a small dose of Rock n Roll. Catchy choruses and clever riffs enhance Stevens’ solos with a genuine feeling of togetherness. A feeling Stevens contributes to the musicians playing on the album.

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” I could not have done it without them” Admits Cliff.” I was so lucky these guys had time to help me out. ”

Stevens explains.

“Sam Harrisson ( Paul Deslauriers Band)  is on drums,  Alec McElcheran (one of Montreal’s most sought after session players) is on Bass and Eric Sauve adds Piano and Organ. The professionalism and experience these guys added were unbelievable. Their advice on arrangements – just enough to make the songs work that much better. It sounds clichéd but I really don’t think it ( the album) would have that continuous feel without them. Simon ( Jodoin) and Marc ( Theriault) engineered and mastered the album and without them, none of us are very good …”

‘Grass Won’t Grow’ opens with an easy-going flare. Unlike some ‘Blues’ albums, there is nothing repetitive to the senses. 

‘The track that seems to be getting a lot of airplay is ‘Runnin’.” Explains Stevens.  “It is more Rock and Pop than the others and it surprised me a bit. I’m just happy people like it. Of course – there is a Blues foundation within the song which most Rock n Roll has. “

“Don’t You Say’ – the opening track and the second tune ‘Price You Pay’, both contain a Stevie Ray Vaughn ‘Coldshot ‘ kinda feel. A tune custom-made for having a drink after a hard day’s work. The theme of a disenchanted female, absorbed by Stevens’ relaxing riffs and raspy vocals. Company for the misunderstood musician.

The’pearl’ of the album, a song which everyone should be singing along to once the chorus is embedded in their earphones is the title track; ‘Grass won’t Grow’. An infectious upbeat number destined for a movie soundtrack. A feel good upbeat number which, at the very least – leaves the listener humming all day.

‘Cryin’ My Heart Out’  is the aw shucks tune. The song which lyrically would make any woman forgive Cliff. With a touch of an eighties  Colin James , the song remains distinctively Stevens. Something about the voice on this song and the album which arrives as pure and unadulterated. The powerful lead in by the band and more powerful solo is a must listen for any fan of the Blues ballad.

‘All Through the Night’ , should have been on The Beatles’ Abbey road album. A dark feel grounded by menacing riffs and an eerie solo. Blood curling stuff which grabs by the guitar neck and chokes you into the Blues-y Rock feeling of  early seventies  California. Spine – chillin’.

Please listen below to sample some of the songs on

‘Grass Won’t Grow’. 

 

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Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part Three.

 Delfeayo Marsalis comes from Jazz royalty.

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The Marsalis clan are considered to be building blocks and messengers for the great tradition of New Orleans music. Carrying the torch and integrity of  great American Jazz.

Delfeayo Marsalis, perhaps more than his brothers Wynton and Branford, or – in a different way, is educating  the folks in real time. Adorning the American landscape with words and music, profound in history and poignant at a time when America is wounded.

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Please listen below to part three of my chat as Delfeayo explains Jazz in New Orleans and the message of pure spiritual sounds which are integral to the past and future of great music in America and around the world.

Delfeayo? What’s Up?

 

 

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The League of Rock Montreal – Showcasing One Month of Hard Work !

 

Well – to coin the name of a recent video title, this is it …

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The League of Rock Montreal, following four weeks of rehearsals, is showcasing the results on November 2nd at McKibbons West Island.

The first step towards the bands recording their songs on to CD at a professional studio in Showcase Number One. 

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It has been an interesting journey thus far. All these musical men and woman meeting for the first time a month ago. Drummers, singers, bass players, guitar players and a keyboardist. Each with specific styles. Each with different tastes in music. Each with one goal. To learn, grow and become better musicians.

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On November 2nd, the results will be known to each performer. They will discover, how much they have improved and – how much they have not. So far, they have been practicing in a studio with their backs to where the audience will be on Tuesday. On the second day in November, they’ll be performing on stage. A different animal. A completely different ‘tune’.

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Thankfully, the groups have had some help along the way.

Montreal chapter president Gary Johnston has not only ‘ barked’ instructions to the would be ‘rock stars’ , he has also recruited some very knowledgeable musicians to encourage and teach the League of Rock bands.

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In order, Brian Greenway ( April Wine), Corey Diabo ( Jonas and The Massive Attraction), Warwick artist Simon Daigle and Roy Nichol (April Wine) have ‘lent’ their experience to the aspiring musicians.

Last Wednesday, Roy Nichol ( above picture) was very instrumental in shaping a somewhat anxious bunch of previous ‘clay’ into magnificent sculptures of Rock.

The current April Wine drummer – explaining things that only an experienced musician could. Initiating talks on how a successful band operates. Something not known to the ‘naked ear’.  After all, most fans of any type of music, show up and enjoy the show. Not much thought is put into the behind-the-scenes work and discipline required to make a functioning band function.

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The interesting thing about the four bands participating in The League of Rock Montreal is the short period of time they had to choose three songs and tighten them into form.

Remember, not everyone in each band may like a song choice. Not everyone in each band knew the chosen song  a month ago. This is where the League of Rock coaches helped.

Nichol, last week, explaining to a vocalist, not to ‘read the words’. Explaining how the vocalist rides the foundation of a song which is led by a drummer ( usually) . Trusting the musicians and learning to ride the wave.

Once the bands became aware that even experienced musicians must shove trepidation to the side, it facilitated the process for The League of Rock bands and aided in the transformation  of creating a full sound . A tight sound. A cohesive sound. A unit …

The League of Rock coaches ease the nerves. The League of Rock coaches simplify things.

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Brian Greenway

Wednesday Nov. 2nd at McKibbons Pointe Claire will be a test. A test of nerves, an exam of technique and a result to head back to the studio with to work on. New knowledge to return to the studio and  tamper and fiddle with anything or everything that went wrong.

Step one to becoming a working band. 

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Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part Two.

 Delfeayo Marsalis comes from Jazz royalty.

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The Marsalis clan are considered to be building blocks and messengers for the great tradition of New Orleans music. Carrying the torch and integrity of  great American Jazz.

Delfeayo Marsalis, perhaps more than his brothers Wynton and Branford, or – in a different way, is educating  the folks in real time. Adorning the American landscape with words and music, profound in history and poignant at a time when America is wounded.

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Please listen below to part two of my chat as Delfeayo explains Jazz in New Orleans and the message of pure spiritual sounds which are integral to the past and future of great music in America and around the world.

Delfeayo? What’s Up?

 

 

Stay Tuned for Part Three !

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Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part One.

 Delfeayo Marsalis comes from Jazz royalty.

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The Marsalis clan are considered to be building blocks and messengers for the great tradition of New Orleans music. Carrying the torch and integrity of  great American Jazz.

Delfeayo Marsalis, perhaps more than his brothers Wynton and Branford, or – in a different way, is educating  the folks in real time. Adorning the American landscape with words and music, profound in history and poignant at a time when America is wounded.

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Please listen below to part one of my chat as Delfeayo explains Jazz in New Orleans and the message of pure spiritual sounds which are integral to the past and future of great music in America and around the world.

Delfeayo? What’s Up?

 

Stay Tuned for Part Two !

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Guitarist Cameron Mizell – Filling Up The ‘Negative Spaces’. Part Two

 A Blues Saxophone player once told the tale of playing alongside legendary harp player James Cotton in Chicago.

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On stage, during a tune, the saxophonist leaned over and asked Cotton how he was doing. The band was tight and judging by the reaction of the crowd, the groove was happening.

Cotton spoke into his ear two words which altered the Sax player’s life in music;

Empty Spaces.

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Guitarist Cameron Mizell takes those words and elevates them into the stratosphere in his new album; Negative Spaces.

Imagining other worlds within the empty spaces as the origins of magical and inspiring notes. A level of conscientiousness both grounded and otherworldly. A record worthy of critical and mass praise from musical souls.

Please listen to Part Two as Cameron completes a journey into the world of

Negative Spaces.

Cameron?

 

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Guitarist Cameron Mizell – Filling Up The ‘Negative Spaces’. Part One

 

 

A Blues Saxophone player once told the tale of playing alongside legendary harp player James Cotton in Chicago.

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On stage, during a tune, the saxophonist leaned over and asked Cotton how he was doing. The band was tight and judging by the reaction of the crowd, the groove was happening.

Cotton spoke into his ear two words which altered the Sax player’s life in music;

Empty Spaces.

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Guitarist Cameron Mizell takes those words and elevates them into the stratosphere in his new album; Negative Spaces.

Imagining other worlds within the empty spaces as the origins of magical and inspiring notes. A level of conscientiousness both grounded and otherworldly. A record worthy of critical and mass praise from musical souls.

Please listen to Part One as Cameron commences a journey into the world of

Negative Spaces.

Cameron?

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Kanawake’s Star Guitar Player Lends His Talent to The League of Rock Montreal !

The League of Rock attracts stars. 

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Local musicians like Corey Diabo who have made their mark globally through talent and hard work. Diabo, a Kanawake native, stopped by The League of Rock Montreal last week and lent twenty years of knowledge to the musicians who aspire to greatness at

The League of Rock Montreal. 

Brian Greenway of April Wine fame has lent his talents and so has Sylvain Daigle – Montreal’s premiere Bass player who has worked with Ron Carter and Victor Wooten. 

Three coaches who have had success and know what to pass on to the ‘ students’ at The League of Rock Montreal.

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A real thrill for the bands at League of Rock to get a fix of what it’s like to reach another level. A plateau that takes dedication and talent.

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Eager and willing to obtain the next step in their musical careers.

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Please listen below to Part Three of my chat with Corey Diabo.

He’ll let us into his thoughts of what it was like coaching guys ( and gal )  – who, just like Corey was at one time in his life; talented and hungry !

The League of Rock Montreal. Making dreams come true …

Corey? What’s Up?

 

 

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Corey Diabo Talks Chuck Berry and His Partner-in-Crime ; Jonas.

The League of Rock attracts stars. 

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Local musicians who have struck ‘the big time’ in one way or another, lend their skills, experience and know-how to

The League of Rock. 

Last Wednesday, it was Corey Diabo of Jonas and the Massive Attraction fame who stopped by. The week before – Brian Greenway of April Wine; the flavor of the moment.

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A real thrill for the bands at League of Rock to get a fix of what it’s like to reach another level. A plateau that takes hard work, dedication and talent. The League of Rockers? Eager and willing to obtain the next step in their musical careers.

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Please listen below to Part Two of my chat with Corey Diabo.

He’ll let us into his musical mindset concerning Chuck Berry and his partner-in-crime; Jonas Tomalty. 

 Stay tuned for Part Three – he explains his participation at

The League of Rock Montreal.

Corey?

 

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Corey Diabo’s ‘ Massive Attraction ‘ to The League of Rock Montreal ! Part One.

The League of Rock attracts stars. 

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Local musicians who have struck ‘the big time’ in one way or another, lend their skills, experience and know-how to

The League of Rock. 

Last Wednesday, it was Corey Diabo of Jonas and the Massive Attraction fame who stopped by. The week before – Brian Greenway of April Wine; the flavor of the moment.

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A real thrill for the bands at League of Rock to get a fix of what it’s like to reach another level. A plateau that takes hard work, dedication and talent. The League of Rockers? Eager and willing to obtain the next step in their musical careers.

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Please listen below to Part One of my chat with Corey Diabo.

He’ll let us into his musical background and in Part Two – explain his participation at

The League of Rock Montreal.

Corey?

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The League of Rock Montreal; And a One … And a Two …

They say, practice makes perfect.

If that is the case, then no-one is perfect because even guys like April Wine’s guitarist Brian Greenway keep practicing ….

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Greenway is the first ‘Rock Star’ coach to participate in The League of Rock Montreal’s first rehearsal which took place this past Wednesday at Studio Musico Practik in Verdun.

An initial meeting of the instruments ( and minds) …

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Under the watchful eyes of Montreal President Gary Johnston, the boys and woman – were locked away inside four beautiful studio rooms on de L’eglise Avenue for a night of hard work.

With Brian Greenway making the rounds and spending time with each group,’ lessons learned’ and ‘lessons earned’ became the catchphrase for the night.

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Local guys such as Ed Booth, a player who just past middle age, decided to live his dream and start playing music. Suddenly, he is knocking elbows with Greenway and loving  the learning  of it.

Josh Van Sprang, Martin Jaz, Murray Rappel, Gregory Gallagher and Jordan Gosselin – just a few of the musicians from various backgrounds, playing levels and ages, together at The League of Rock Montreal. All with one common goal. To become one with their band-mates whom they met for the first time last week.

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Greenway, upon completion of the last session, exited the studio room with a smile larger than Lasalle. The April Wine guitarist clearly energized by the vibes taking place among virtual strangers a week ago.

“The beauty of the League of Rock is not knowing what will arrive from the nine weeks of rehearsing and a couple of gigs leading to the final showcase. ” Says League President and CEO Gary Johnston. ” That’s why it is important to focus on a couple of songs right away. Too many choices will not allow for any song to be performed and developed properly.”

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Heavy Metal could be heard from one studio. A cover of a Rolling Stones’ tune from another. The only thing not heard in the first ten minutes may have been ‘Smoke on the Water’. Surprisingly ( or not)  – Deep Purple’s iconic song, too simple for the bands (?)

An indication this batch of musicians are advanced in their playing or not fans of Deep Purple. Either way, nothing caught fire.

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The second rehearsals are taking place this coming Wednesday. The guys and gal have no excuses left to not put their fingers to the chords and their feet to the bass pedals. All intros are over. All nerves should be settled and not ‘torn and frayed’.

It is time to get down to some serious business at …

The League of Rock Montreal !

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Mathew and Jill Barber Keep Family Values Alive With New Album

Mathew and Jill Barber are brother and sister. 

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Both – possessing very solid solo careers on their own but face it, family is family …

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All these years later, the pair of siblings have finally recorded an album together and it is a feel good story. ‘The Family Album’ combines folk music with sentimental values – the album is an open door to heartwarming lyrics and melodies.

Please listen below as Mathew explains the album and his relationship with his younger sister.

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

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Justin Rutledge – Former Juno Award Winner is Heading ‘ East ‘.

Justin Rutledge – at one point, wanted to be a writer.

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A Juno Award down the road, things have not gone Justin’s way. Or – have they?

 Please listen below to hear some new tunes from Justin’s album East and hear his thoughts on bar-tending?

Justin? What’s up?

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What’s The Talk on The Turnpike ? The Word on the Street ?

As usual – a lot happening in Montreal !

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The Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge got underway last night and The League of Rock started  it’s first Chapter in Montreal !

There are a lot of shows coming – the Jazz All Year Round Series and Evenko are busy as usual and a bevy of local acts are playing everywhere !

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Please listen below to what is coming on Rick Keene Music Scene and hear some great tunes !

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Jason Rockman is Not ‘Horse’ – Slaves on Dope’s Latest Album Feat. Lee-La Baum of The Damn Truth

If you enjoy Rock music in Montreal – Jason Rockman is your man !

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Aside from his duties at Chom – Fm , Jason is also the front man in the local band-done-good, Slaves On Dope.

Twenty-three years ago the band was  formed and shortly after, signed by Sharon Osbourne to Ozzy’s record label. It’s been an up and down career culminating with what is probably

Slaves on Dope’s finest album. 

Horse.

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Please listen below as Jason talks about the history of his band and also the making of the new disc.

Jason? What’s Up?

 

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Ready Steve? Andy …. ? Nick …? Alright Fellas … LET’S Go ! The League of Rock Montreal is Underway !

The League of Rock, Montreal Chapter – has begun … 

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Following successful ongoing stints in Ottawa and Toronto, The League of Rock is underway in Montreal.

 Following a very intense marketing and promotional campaign, Montreal chapter president Gary Johnston has finally got his men (and woman).

Gary Johnson
Gary Johnston

     The number of musicians required to place four bands ‘in tune’ has been obtained (with two contest winners added to the mix). These artists, met for the first time on Wednesday evening at The Bier Markt in downtown Montreal. The stage is set and all that is needed now – is for the bands to start playing!

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The League of Rock is quite the concept.

Musicians who do not have an opportunity to play regularly yet think or know they are very talented, have an opportunity to make something of themselves ( OR BANDS). 

Tossed together quicker than a salad – to – go, it is make or break time. 

Starting next week, when they re-converge at Musico Pratik Studios for their first rehearsals and continuing until the Grande Finale on November 30th –  Steve, Andy and Nick have no time to screw around ( alright fellas … let’s go )!

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 All in all, there are four rehearsals before the bands have an opportunity to display their talents at Showcase Number One on November 2nd. If the first showcase does not go as planned, no worries, there are two more chances left to tune the guitars and light the drummer on fire (kidding). A pair of rehearsals interwoven with two more showcases to come.

The beauty of The League of Rock? 

Professional musicians such as Brian Greenway (April Wine) and Nanette Workman ( back-up singer on the Stones’ Honky Tonk Woman and Brown Sugar) a star in French music in Montreal and Quebec.

 Both will be on hand to advise the bands.

 Seasoned coaches – passing their years of experience on to a bunch of ‘raw’ musicians looking to record a CD and ultimately – a DVD of their final performance on November 30th.

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There is no time to fool around. Literally no time to joke and laugh outside of the context of music. After all – these musicians have met for the first time and exchanging recipes for Mom’s Apple Pie – not a very good idea if they wish to compete with the other three bands and enhance their skills.

Concentration and songs chosen will be the two tools which place band ‘A’ over band ‘C’.

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Young and old, the participants of The League of Rock have one common ground. A love for music no matter their favorite genre . Music will be the ultimate factor in deciding the songs chosen to sculpt and form into  individual masterpieces.

As in any group, whether it be family, the workplace or on the playground – egos must be checked in order for a cohesive unit to create and aspire to the greatest heights possible. Egos must be checked in order for creativity and pleasure to soar.

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For the next ten weeks, follow The League of Rock once a week on

Rick Keene Music Scene. 

Everything required, including fantastic photos by James St. Laurent , will be provided in mapping out the progress taking place.

The League of Rock, Montreal Chapter – has begun … 

Check out the four bands below !

Visit The League of Rock Here!

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Visit Evenko Here !  

 

Visit The Hi – Fins Here !