The Keen and the Kind

THE BAND

VioletLead Singer

Metis and Icelandic singer/songwriter and lead vocalist, Violet Vopni.
Violet has been writing songs since 1995, she draws inspiration from her experiences with childhood trauma and generational abuse. It took her a long time to gain the courage to find bandmates and release songs she wrote 20+ years ago.
When she's not working on songs for The Keen & The Kind, she's writing music with alternative metal band Helfreya, playing DnD, and watching duck videos on the internet.
You can follow Helfreya @Helfreyaband.

ClintonGuitarist

The most versatile guitarist you've ever met,
Clinton Joel is a multi instrumentalist, music teacher, songwriter and session musician.
Clinton started playing piano when he was 5, developed a killer ear for music, picked up a guitar when he was 14 and never looked back. While he's the youngest member of The Keen and The Kind (he's 23!), he's super talented.
A lover of jazz, blues, oldies rock, folk and alternative indie pop, Clinton is always writing some kind of challenging guitar line. When he's not playing music with The Keen and The Kind he's working on his upcoming instrumental album.
Follow him on Instagram @clintonjoelmusic

KevinPercussionist

Kevin Cote, the crazee percussionist who plays just about everything from chip bag shakers to the kitchen sink.
He'll "chime" in when we need a magical moment while keeping the base rhythm locked down on the many different drums he plays. From triple congas, bongos, doumbek, Ngoma, Djembes, to accents instruments like cymbals, shakers, tambourine, chimes, cowbells, vibraslap, He'll even occasionally bring the gong to the show! (No really, he has an actual gong.)
Although he's busy supporting many local original acts such as Stacey James Band, Ashes and Dreams, The Mighty 10:01, and others as needed, Kevin is very excited and thrilled to record and perform with the The Keen and The Kind. Follow him on Instagram @crazeecongadude

AdamBassist

Keeping it locked in on the low end, we have Adam.

Growing up in a musical household, there was always an interest in music. While playing in his school's band and jazz bands, Adam picked up the bass guitar and fell in love with the instrument and the power it has. His musical background has challenged him to learn skills from as many genres as possible. When Adam isn't playing with K&K, you can find him ripping around town on his motorcycle or at the local record shop looking for the next best tunes to jam.

You can reach him on Instagram at @adamjmclean "I'm the bass player. Who cares about my bio, haha," 

The Keen & The Kind is:

  • Violet Vopni - lead vocals and songwriting,
  • Clinton Giesbrecht - guitar, piano,
  • Kevin Cote - percussion,
  • Adam McLean – bass,
  • Alana Giesbrecht - back up vocals.

They're easygoing folks with music that sparks emotions in their listeners.

Their songs range from upbeat pop to groovy smooth jazz to thought provoking folk. Each song tells a different story and draws fans in to liste.

They advocate for those affected by mental health and addictions.

Their upcoming single "Joseph" shares Violet's story of her great grandfather who was born in 1900, fought in WW1 and struggled with alcoholism throughout his life. The Keen & The Kind are inspired by Ray Lamontagne, Ani DiFranco, Adele, John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many others. Their song “How Many Times” has been featured on CBC’s Up To Speed, the Indigenous Music Countdown and Manitoba Music’s Song of the Week.

Their first album "Unacknowledged" came out on March 5th, 2020. Their deluxe album ‘The Things We Don’t Know” is out on July 9th!

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JOSEPH

Joseph Huppe was Violet Vopni’s great grandfather.

The making of "Joseph" . . .

Joseph Huppe was Violet Vopni's great grandfather. He was born in 1900, fought in WW1 in 1916, married Vopni's great grandmother Jenny Vopni in 1923, and was father to four children, Harold, Allan, Doris and Beatrice. Beatrice is Vopni's grandmother. Joseph was Metis, but being born 15 years after the Northwest Rebellion, he was forced to keep his identity a secret. Vopni believes he kept this secret to avoid being sent to a residential school where he would have been abused not only by the teachers, but also by his fellow students. Metis people were known in those days for being in between people because of their combined French and Indigenous lineage. Joseph's story is one that is common to all Metis people born in the last 135 years since the Northwest Rebellion in 1885.

Vopni wrote the song to shed light on how moments in history can affect us as people hundreds of years later. Joseph struggled through alcoholism, he struggled to find where he belonged, and ultimately, he left the family, and we do not know what happened to him. What we do know is that he left a woman to raise four children on her own in the 1920s and 30s. Those children subsequently went through traumas of their own. Allan died in WW2, Doris was murdered, and Beatrice became an alcoholic and married an abusive man. Vopni's grandmother Beatrice lost a father and a brother and passed that trauma onto her only child Kim (Vopni's mother) who in turn passed down that trauma to Vopni herself.

We know a lot about the people Joseph left behind in the world, his wife, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, but we don't know a lot about him, so this song is his story and how his life affected the lives of so many others. All we know is who he left behind, and the wounds cut so deep.

Sun Stars Moon

Nothing but island vibes.

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Fingerprint

This is our song Fingerprint!

The Things We Don't Know

Nothing but island vibes.

albums

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The Things We Don’t Know​

The album is named for Vopni’s great grandfather Joseph, about whom she knows very little.

He was born in 1900, fought in WW1 in 1916, married Vopni's great grandmother Jenny Vopni in 1923, and was father to four children, Harold, Allan, Doris and Beatrice. Beatrice is Vopni's grandmother. Joseph was Metis, but being born 15 years after the Northwest Rebellion, he was forced to keep his identity a secret.

Vopni believes he kept this secret to avoid being sent to a residential school where he would have been abused not only by the teachers, but also by his fellow students. Metis people were known in those days for being in between people because of their combined French and Indigenous lineage. Joseph's story is one that is common to all Metis people born in the last 135 years since the Northwest Rebellion in 1885.

The Things We Don’t Know explores jazz, latin, folk and pop songs written by Vopni between 1998 and 2020.

Their single Joseph has been streamed 386k by over 30k fans worldwide.

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Nineteen

Unacknowledged Album Review:

From their latest release, Unacknowledged, The Keen and the Kind share a deeply personal song of wrongful self-loathing and self-doubt that comes from a difficult childhood. Accompanied by a single guitar, the song’s emotional power is even more inviting. Violet’s lone voice is one of strength and forgiveness in the face of such undeserved hostility.

Unacknowledged is a beautifully compassionate song about overcoming your past.

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events

Jul 9

Coronation Park

Oct 30

We're celebrating one year as a band! We've got some surprises for you with this performance, so be sure to stay with us for the whole set because our band has gone through a lot of changes in the past year and we want to tell you all about it!

Online Facebook Live

OCT 24

Unplugged Sessions at Bulldog Event Center # 3

Performing we have

  • AJ Ongenae
  • Kalyna and Mark from November Underground
  • The Keen and The Kind
 
  • Doors @ 7:00
  • Bands @ 7:30
  • Cover $10.00
  • Closed by 11:00
 

We ask that once you arrive to wait to be seated by our serving staff. You will be assigned and seated at a table. You must remain at this table for the evening! Remember no dancing nad no floating from table to table. We need to make sure everyone is safe.

Mandatory masks!

OCT 10

Yes it's happening tonight!

The Keen & The Kind will be bringing some jazzy folk pop original tunes and some lovely you probably don't know this isn't a song we wrote covers to your evening!

Come on down and have a drink, a shot, and some amazing food!

We're playing music from late until even later! No cover!

All public health regulations will be followed.

Aug 23

Stacey James Band, The Keen & The Kind and Ivy Venin are teaming up to bring you a night of jazzy, folk, pop and soul music.

All proceeds go to Bulldog Pizza to help them ah, ah, ah, ah, Stay Alive during these crazy times!

Social distancing policies are in effect, food and drink specials all night, $10 minimum cover (but you're welcomed to donate more!)

Oct 3

Yes it's happening tonight!

The Keen & The Kind will be bringing some jazzy folk pop original tunes and some lovely you probably don't know this isn't a song we wrote covers to your evening!

Come on down and have a drink, a shot, and some amazing food!

We're playing music from late until even later! No cover!

All public health regulations will be followed.

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