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.
2015: The Beauty
2017: TBA – full length album
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