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Douglas MacKenzie
Canada, Ontario, Oshawa
Douglas MacKenzie
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Douglas MacKenzie

About Douglas MacKenzie

Andrew Douglas MacKenzie, born January 17th, 1950 in Toronto ON, moved to Belleville in 1952, & back to (expired link). (Willowdale) in 1961, lately in Oshawa. Has finally released an album with 7 originals, & 3 carefully chosen Canadian covers. Message Doug (dugalmack) on his hotmail account for a personally mailed 'More Love to Begin' CD, also digitally available on iTunes, Google Play, Deezer, Spotify, & ... read more

About Douglas MacKenzie

Andrew Douglas MacKenzie, born January 17th, 1950 in Toronto ON, moved to Belleville in 1952, & back to (expired link). (Willowdale) in 1961, lately in Oshawa. Has finally released an album with 7 originals, & 3 carefully chosen Canadian covers. Message Doug (dugalmack) on his hotmail account for a personally mailed 'More Love to Begin' CD, also digitally available on iTunes, Google Play, Deezer, Spotify, & Napster. T-shirts are available.
Interested in and liking music from as early as he can remember, Doug’s first actual attempts at singing came in church, singing along with the hymns, and trying to keep up with his brother Don, who much like his Grandfather Andrew before him, quite often sang each verse differently, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass in sequence, and back to the Melody if there were enough verses. Then an invitation to join the North York Youth Choir under the direction of Lloyd Bradshaw, came along in his mid-teens. Appearances at The Toronto Exhibition, Expo ’67, Interlochen MI, and with a small choral group backing up Robert Goulet & Maureen Forrester on an evening show on the CBC kept the desire going.
But the big change happened a couple of years later with the arrival of his first guitar (thanks Mom & Dad) and when it inevitably warped beyond playability, a 12-string Kent, brand-new for the staggering sum of $55 in about 1968 was his sole instrument for several years. Next was a Yamaha FG-180, hurriedly picked up from layaway in 1973 in Toronto, to sing ‘Your Song’ for a young Wawa muse he’d met in Sudbury that stole his heart, named Eileen. They were married the following year, and remain so to this day. Several originals came to light over the next 40 years, along with a few hundred covers of Doug’s and family favourites.
Doug is a self-taught musician, using Ovation 6- & 12-string guitars to cover the best of folk, folk-rock, & some country & pop, from the 60's thru today, along with a few originals. Now residing in Oshawa after 3 marvelous years in quaint Millbrook, and hosting scores of events for the Kitchen Party Music Jams, can be found some Mon at the Village Inn with Abel Renton or The General with Emerson Ireland, the Historic Red Dog on Hunter Street Tues for their open stage, The General Pub & Grill Wed. with Angus Hillier & Mykel, or the Gryphon with Emerson Ireland; Thurs at The Snug with Jake Van H., The Birch with Kristie, or the SBJB with Colin Campbell & Doug Libby. 1st Thu monthly at Moody’s in Millbrook with Peter Vance & Michael Flynn, 3rd Wed monthly at The Copper Branch in Brooklin with Tim Fors.
Epidemic Music Group's Guinness World Record event for the 'longest concert with multiple artists', commenced March 17th 2017 at the Earl of Whitchurch pub in Stouffville (two 55-minute sets were Wed 29/3/17, 21:00 (w Michael O'Toole) Thu 30/3/17, 02:00) Recently at the Porch & Pint Pub, & Sticks Sports Bar in Peterborough, & returned to the Apple Blossom Tyme Festival, 80 Division St., Colborne, outside stage, Saturday May 27th; 10:00 & 1:30. Appeared at the Whitevale Porchfest Sept. 22nd. Returned at the Simcoe Blues & Jazz Bar, January, March, June, & August. Was recently booked for a monthly gig there, on the 2nd Monday every month, ~ 7-10 (expired link). Next: Jan 14th, Feb 11th, Mar 11th etc.
An 11-track album, More Love to Begin, with 7 originals recorded in Peterborough Mar 4th & 30th, produced by July 20th, was released Oct. 8th 2018.

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A welcome email came in today from N1M, offering promo from them in the Best New Folk Artist category, so here we go; apparently I'm to provide the background info for it.
Most of my promo time & effort goes for my acoustic cover of The Weber Brothers' 'I Come From the Future' in Folk Rock; there's a big need for its messages of encouragement & hope, especially lately.
The majority of my original songs would likely fall into the Folk category, or Singer-Songwriter genre, & I have been cycling them in one at a time on N1M, along with the Featured (ICFtF) & Title songs from my album 'More Love to Begin'. Currently 'A Runaway Train' is #3 of my allowed postings, a song that took 3 weeks to write. It is a tribute & memorial to the 47 souls lost overnight on 6/7/13 in Lac-Megantic QC from an unnecessary train derailment, but also is a call to action for those we trust with our transportation methods and legislation - whoever authorised for a 70+ car train with 5 locomotives to be operated by one man needs to have their head examined, & IMHO, prosecuted. It would certainly explain why only 7 brakes were applied by that exhausted person at the end of their shift on that fateful night. PTSD took another soul, a front-line responder, some days afterward, the toll from what they saw, and had to do, being too great to bear. 'Michipicoten' goes back to 1975, and the various others, love songs and some from personal experiences, are from as recent as the past decade. The title song is from a poem by Buster Fykes that I was allowed to put to music.
Thank you for your interest. Message me if you want a CD, or info on where they are in stock. D.

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Hello Subscribers & Network - first of all thank you, second, thanks in advance. Collectively, you represent a potential of thousands of votes in the next week (first round voting closes May 20th).
There was a terrible train wreck in Quebec in 2013; in the spring of 2014, I wrote a tribute & memorial for Lac-Mégantic, 'A Runaway Train', which has appeared here twice. Inspired by Gordon Lightfoot's song 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald', my song is entered in the CBC Searchlight song contest this year. A link is provided below FYC and daily voting is permitted. Also please watch the slideshow video I made at least once, and subscribe if you wish. The studio version from 'More love to Begin' recorded in 2018 is on YouTube at Douglas MacKenzie - Topic, and includes the verse in French.
Instead of using Region & Genre, there are only 2 Dougs, & only one Douglas, so I'm easy to find.
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Hello N1M Network & Subscribers. The various genre N1M Charts are reset overnight Tues>Wed. Daily/Weekly plays & participation in other N1M features like Recommend offers for their 'Blink & Earn' system also seem to affect the algorithm that drives the chart positions. I'm most usually involved with 3 of them, Folk, Folk Rock, & Singer-Songwriter; sometimes also Instrumental, when 'It's Clear to Me Now' is posted. One thing that can really help, other than Plays & 'Likes' here, is going over to YouTube, to find (expired link) and clicking on Subscribe there as well. It's free, only takes a moment, and as a bonus, the rest of my album 'More Love to Begin' is there all the time - who knows, you may find a new favourite. An added benefit over here, is that any plays are tracked by my digital distributor, TuneCore, and a tiny income stream eventually finds its way to my account with them, unlike at N1M where no artist cashflow is generated at all. Of course, if any of you decide you would like to own a copy of the music, almost any of the popular digital streaming or D/L platforms have the album as well, also supplied by TuneCore. In the meantime, stay well, safe, & smart. Doug

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Hello Fans & fellow artists - kindly use this post as a request, reference, & Recommendation to go to my N1N page, and listen to the 3 songs you will find there from 'More Love to Begin'. N1M has taken away "Spotlight your Post" so we can't run a song promo and this at the same time. In addition, with the values of Recommend Offers hidden, we can't plan a strategy successfully to result in a high enuf balance to achieve a National Artist Spotlight, never mind a Global one. I also just had 5 days in a row where I was only allowed 2 Recommends instead of the long-established 5 in 24 hours. My email with proof of this unfair reduction to N1M Legal & Info addresses went unanswered. The messages in 'I Come From the Future' are needed now more than ever, and this is all I could think of to overcome the major roadblocks & hurdles the so-called 'updates' have caused. Sure the graphics, notifications & some links are improved, but the overall efficacy of the site, especlally the 'Blink & Earn' system that drives their whole operational philosophy, has diminished considerably. I thank my supporters for sharing the earlier message, but it will be impossible to maintain a decent chart position with 20-30 plays a day, where my prior promo strategies resulted in 6k to 8k plays. I wish all artists and fans a Merry Christmas, and hope this post is clearer in its intent & meaning. Stay safe & here's to a better New Year - 2021. Doug

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This is Douglas MacKenzie writing from my studio in Oshawa ON. After some 2 years on N1M and aggressively Recommending other's songs from around the world on a daily basis, trying to garner enuf $BC credits to do National or if lucky, a Global Artist Spotlight once or twice a week, I have had to re-think my weekly Promo strategy. This is it... Please check out all my posted songs & give them a Listen, a Like & a Share, if so inclined. I don't think it is cool that N1M has blocked the "$BC value field" for us 'free' Subscribers, and turned it into "Earn ?" - how are we to plan a promo strategy & execute with any hope of success if we don't know what a Recommend will do for our $BC credits balance? BTW, it's hardly free - what is 20 hours of my time worth every week?!? Also, my song went from 10th to 3rd last week on the Global Folk Rock chart, with a paltry 200 plays overnight when the charts were reset, so worldwide plays must be down for everyone with this unfair 'revision' in place. The graphics are certainly improved, but holding a Recommend offer in 'Pending for approval' for 6-7 hours from a tiny edit in value or the title, in the middle of Ratings Night so no-one CAN recommend it is also not cool. So I am writing this, asking for folks to check out all my posted songs, and maybe go over to MySpace, ReverbNation, YouTube, or your preferred streaming & D/L platforms where 'More Love to Begin' (the album) resides, as well as a lot more, such as videos, live performances, & studio recordings that were used as demos to get me to the point of being able to record. Listen, watch, Share & Subscribe if you wish. There are 7 originals on 'More Love to Begin', and the message in the featured song, my acoustic arrangement & cover of the Weber Brothers' 'I Come From the Future' is one for the ages, and especially these times we are currently in. PLEASE, all take care, ensure we get thru this, and look forward to live shows & concerts once again, hopefully in the near future. Doug.

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