Douglas MacKenzie / About
Andrew Douglas MacKenzie, born January 17th, 1950 in Toronto ON, moved to Belleville in 1952, & back to T.O. (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 p.m. 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.