Keith Jolie is a Toronto singer-songwriter belting out blues and roots inspired city-folk songs like it's the last day of his life.
Over the last 15 years, Keith Jolie has recorded recorded over 60 songs, including two full length CD's available through itunes and other online stores worldwide and has played well over 2000 shows in Canada. He is currently recording his third album and performs regularly in the Toronto, Canada area.
Born in Brantford, Ontario and raised in St. George, Ontario. Keith attended the University of Windsor where he would take in the music that spilled across the border from Detroit, as well as Windsor's indie music scene that spawned bands like The Tea Party and Big Sugar. Coming from an area where he could (if he tried really hard) listen to CFNY'the spirit of radio' Keith got interested in hosting a radio show. Somehow, he hooked up with the music director of the time (Slim) and they started the 'Keifer and Slim show' (a morning radio show). By 1993, Keith was hosting a weekly 3 hour Canadian Music Show called 'Moose Radio ' South of the Border' which showcased the Canadian independent music scene of the time.
These musical influences as well as the influences derived from his study of English literature began to form the basis for the lyrical nature of Keith's songwriting.
Early Performances (1994-2000)
In 2004 Jolie moved back to St. George where he began his performanc career at numerous venues in the Brantford area, including a weekly Wednesday night residency at The Turnaround, a venue that mostly featured punk bands. His solo acoustic performances in this venue seem to have added an edginess and confidence to his songwriting and performance that allowed him, playing as a solo acoustic act, to fit in on bills with full rock bands. During this time he shared bills with bands like Transistor Sound and Light Company, Made, and By Divine Right both locally and in Toronto.
By 1997 Keith was a regular performer at Poor Folks Deli (Brantford), a unique venue that featured live music 7 days a week and was home to some of the top touring blues performers as well as local and performers and other touring acts. He also held a weekly residency at Morgans on the Grand (Paris).
In 2000, Jolie moved to Toronto to further his musical aspirations. He began performing at coffee houses and open stages at The Free Times Cafe, Graffiti's in Kensington Market, and various other venues around the city where he established musical friendships with many artists that still form the core of Toronto's folk, singer-songwriter and roots music scene
Irish Folk Bands (2001-2004)
From 2001 to 2004, Jolie took some time out from performing his original music and performed with Irish Folk Groups Fresh Eire and Celtic Cross.
In 2003, Jolie lived in Calgary where he spent some time writing, and performing occasionally at open mic nights at Jackdaws a folk music venue in Calgary's South West end.
In 2005, after returning to Toronto, Jolie formed a new band called Endsville. and released his second full length album (Sidewalk Stories - 2008) under the Endsville name.
Keith continues to be an active performer and songwriter. He also manages Amplifier Buzz Promotions, a company that strives to promote great music in Toronto.
1993: The Turn, a five-song EP recorded in London, Ontario with the help of Doug 'Fury' McCarvell (recently guitar player for Bif Naked)
1996: Songs from a Black Notebook, a 13 song cassette
1998: City So Cold, Jolie's debut full length CD
2008: Sidewalk Stories, Endsville album. lyrics and music written by Keith Jolie.
The guys in the band...
Morgan - This guy seems to know everyone. Like famous people, and they know him...it's really weird. He's a paramedic, he plays bass, is a published author, award winning play-write, he has 3 great kids, and on the weekends he's the captain of the star trek enterprise. I swear to god. Morgan Jones Phillips. www.emergencymonologues.com
I met Morgan in 2003 or 2004 when I lived next door to him
Billy - Billy represents Scarborough. He's played in a lot of bands as both a lead guitar player and bassist and he brings an edge to his playing that is influenced by reggae, house, hip hop and rap - so playing with a folky like me is a bit funny when you think about it....but it works. Billy is also a paramedic - he's delivered a baby, and he also has one (two separate instances). Morgan introduced me to Billy. Billy Young
Sean - Sean has played drums for a long time. Except for that time that he didn't...we don't talk about that. He's playing drums now...and as they say in France...mon dieu! this guy plays time signatures inside of time signatures. There are times when he actually travels through this weird time/space vortex and several universes converge causing a ripple in the continuum....well, that's maybe a bit over the top, but he's a great drummer. Best I've played with I'd say. Did I mention he's a paramedic as well? sensing a theme here? Sean and Billy are partners and if you ever need an ambulance...they're the guys you want on the job. Sean Murphy
Tex - Tex spent over 18 years on the road playing in various bands, he remembers at least 3 of those years - if you don't come to see me play, come to see him...or his guitar, which is a '62 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman...bought new in the early 70's (cause the store didn't want to sell it), and road worn to a fine level ...of character.
ps - we call him Tex... we already had a Billy. Billy Tobin is his real name. Tex is not a paramedic...if he tries to offer medical advice, I'm not saying don't take it...just understand that he's not a trained professional.
An Interview with Keith Jolie
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in rural Ontario, a small farming community called St. George. When I was small, the village had a population of 1000 and you could draw a map of the village on a small piece of paper. It was the type of place where everyone knew everyone, the hockey arena was the centre of town and the Confectionary sold lots of candy for a penny a piece.
Q: What made you realize that music was your path?
A: I've played music since I was 9 years old, and started writing songs in high school. The first time I played one of my own songs publicly was at an open stage in University, and when everyone applauded at the end of my performance...I was hooked. I guess you could describe it as a bad habit or addiction...I can't imagine not playing, writing or performing.
Q: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
A: I would describe myself as a narrative songwriter - there's always a story in the lyrics. I guess you could call me a City Story Folk artist...
Q: Who are your biggest musical influences?
A: A lot of great songwriters. Guys like Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Ron Sexsmith, and more recently performers like Bright Eyes, and some other lyric based bands over the years like REM, U2 and others. I'm a child of the 80's that still likes to hear new things.
Q: What makes your music unique?
A: The narrative that is the basis of my songs - the stories. Whether real or imagined, my songs tell stories and I think I tell a better story than a lot of writers. I grew up in a small town, and then moved to the city after school - I think that gives me a small amount of an outsider opinion on the things that I see that reflects in my lyrics.
Q: Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you're most proud of?
A: I'm always very taken aback and flattered when total strangers take the time to contact me to say that they like my music. The first time it happened was an email from a young man in England - I still stay in touch with him on a regular basis.
Q: What's next for you?
A: I'm recording an album of new material in my home studio and I hope to get that out and support it with lots of live performances as soon as it's done...and before it's done for that matter...