Greg Keelor

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

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]


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]



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


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


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


  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)". 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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