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Denis Keldie - keyboards


Denis Keldie is a Toronto keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist and Juno Award winner, with the same birthday (April 16) and middle name (Spencer) as Charlie Chaplin. He has recorded and shared stages with many major artists from all genres, including Michael McDonald, Jeff Healey, Alfie Zappacosta, Serena Ryder, Jane Bunnett, Sophie Milman, Prairie Oyster, Natalie McMaster, and many many more. A well respected and beloved veteran on the music scene, Denis has played on over 400 albums, since 1974.

Denis has had the distinction and pleasure of having performed some of his very favourite songs with his very favourite artists. This bucket-list-worthy grouping includes: "At Last" with Etta James, “She's Gone" with John Oates, “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" with Solomon Burke, "Be My Baby" with Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes, "Gimme Shelter" with Merry Clayton, "Da Doo Ron Ron" with Darlene Love, "Blowin' in the Wind" with Peter Yarrow (Peter Paul and Mary), "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" with Tiny Tim, "Treat Her Right" with Roy Head, "Tattler" with Rita Coolidge and Ry Cooder, "Bud the Spud" with Stompin’ Tom Connors, and "We Just Disagree" with Dave Mason!

Denis was co-founder and co-writer of The Extras, a 1980s Toronto pop-Ska band, with whom he recorded four albums and made a number of videos, including an award-winning animated vid for their song “I Can’t Stand Still”. Denis also played in The Lincolns, an R&B band which included musicians from Lou Reed and Alice Cooper's bands and some Tower of Power horn players.

An avid keyboard and accordian gear hound, Denis used to have a Vox organ that belonged to Jim Carrey's dad, which he rented it as a prop for “Daydream Believers”, a bio film about the Monkees. He used to have about ten Hammond organs, but is down to two now, plus a very rare Lowrey Heritage Deluxe, just like the one The Beatles used on “Lucy in the Sky”. He currently owns ten accordions, and is not afraid of using them.


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