Greg Keelor

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Greg Keelor
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Background information
Birth nameJames Gregory Keelor
Born (1954-08-29) August 29, 1954 (age 68)
Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
Years active1987–present
Websitegregkeelor.com

James Gregory Keelor, OC (born Francis McIntyre, August 29, 1954) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known as a member of the band Blue Rodeo, where he shares song writing and vocal duties with Jim Cuddy. Keelor has also released three solo albums and appeared as a guest musician on albums by Crash Vegas and Melissa McClelland. He participated, along with Rick White and members of The Sadies, in the supergroup The Unintended.

Early life[edit]

Keelor was born Francis McIntyre in Inverness, Nova Scotia, on August 29, 1954.[1] Though he didn't know until adulthood, his birth parents had put him up for adoption. Keelor was adopted at age three and raised in Montréal.[2]

Keelor attended North Toronto Collegiate Institute, and it was there that he befriended football teammate Jim Cuddy in 1971. After graduation, Keelor, Cuddy and a group of college friends, in search of adventure, traveled to Western Canada in a rundown old school bus. The bus broke down in Saskatchewan, and Keelor somehow or another ended up in Lake Louise where he worked for a time. It was in Lake Louise that he learned to play the guitar and first considered a career as a musician.[2]

Career[edit]

Keelor has been friends with Jim Cuddy since both attended North Toronto Collegiate Institute high school. When they both had finished university, they decided to form a band which they called the Hi-Fi's, along with Jim Sublett on drums and Malcolm Schell playing bass. The band released a single in 1980 featuring "I Don't Know Why (You Love Me)" and on the B side "Look What You've Done". The record was not a big commercial success, though, and when they couldn't get a record deal in Toronto, they headed off to New York City.[3] A while after returning to Toronto from New York, Keelor and Cuddy formed Blue Rodeo.

Keelor is also a producer, having co-produced Blue Rodeo's Lost Together and solo-producing Cuff the Duke's albums Way Down Here and Morning Comes.

Keelor also composed an original soundtrack for the 2010 Canadian Western comedy Gunless.[4]

In 2000, Keelor and Blue Rodeo bandmate Jim Cuddy were the recipients of the National Achievement Award at the annual SOCAN Awards held in Toronto.[5]

In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada along with Jim Cuddy, "for their contributions to Canadian music and for their support of various charitable causes".[6]

In 2018, he contributed the song "Unprovable" to the compilation album The Al Purdy Songbook.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album CAN
1996 Gone 95
2005 Seven Songs for Jim
2006 Aphrodite Rose
2010 Gunless- The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2010 Down and Out in Upalong (with Travis Good and Gordon Pinsent)
2018 Last Winter
2021 Share The Love

Singles[edit]

Year Title CAN AC Album
1997 "White Marble Ganesh" 44 Gone

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1997 "White Marble Ganesh"
2018 "City Is A Symphony" Christopher Mills
2021 "Wonder" Michael Hurcomb

Producer[edit]

Year Title Artist
2009 Way Down Here Cuff the Duke
2011 Morning Comes Cuff the Duke
2014 Kitchen Knife Devin Cuddy Band

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bio – Greg Keelor". Archived from the original on February 25, 2002. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Greg Keelor". Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Panontin, Michael. "Review of Hi-Fi's I Don't Know Why (You Love Me)". canuckistanmusic.com. Canuckistan Music. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "Blue Rodeo- Better Off As We Are". Exclaim Magazine. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "2000 Socan Awards | Socan". Archived from the original on September 16, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  6. ^ "Governor General Announces 90 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2013.
  7. ^ "Canadian poet Al Purdy inspires songs by Jason Collett, Sarah Harmer and more". Now, January 22, 2019.

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