Monday night we kicked off Canadian Music Week 2016 in the back room at The Cameron House on Queen Street West and a three act showcase. It’s a room we’ve been in before, and on night one of CMW we weren’t alone. As 7pm rolled around there was a respectable crowd gathered, many with after … Continue reading CMW 2016: Monday at The Cameron House with Mermaids Exist, Will Driving West, and Alexandria Maillot
The Honest Heart Collective is a six-piece Thunder Bay band getting ready to take Canadian Music Week by storm. The band is made up of Ryan MacDonald on vocals and guitar, Nic MacDonald on bass and vocals, Jay Savage on drums, Kevin Heerema on guitar, Conner Harris on keyboards and vocals, and Keenan Kosolowski on guitar. … Continue reading CMW 2016 Preview: The Honest Heart Collective
CMW is coming… and I am excited! For an entire week Toronto is set to come alive and overflow with music, musicians, and fans. There are 58 official CMW venues, with more than 800 bands, in 7 nights – and while it is impossible to see everyone, and sometimes even everyone you want to see … Continue reading CMW 2016 Preview – Joshua’s Top 5 Must-Sees
Two and half years ago Meghan Patrick told us that she was going to embark on a solo career in country music… and now, on April 29, 2016, Meghan will introduce country music fans to her debut album, Grace & Grit! Grace & Grit is a 13 song record that moves from upbeat and sassy, … Continue reading Grace & Grit: Meghan Patrick Album Review & Contest!
BC born and raised, Madline Merlo has been working and waiting for this moment… and now it’s here. Merlo’s debut album, Free Soul, two years in the making, comes to country fans this Friday, April 29 from Open Road Recordings, and will not leave listeners disappointed. It’s a treat to get an 11 song album … Continue reading Free Soul: Madeline Merlo Album Review & Contest!
Chad Brownlee has been riding pretty high on the success of 2014’s The Fighters. He headlined a cross-Canada tour (that we saw in March 2015 at The Mod Club in Toronto), he earned new fans, a ton of radio play, and he further cemented his place on the Canadian country music scene. And now, just … Continue reading Hearts On Fire: Chad Brownlee EP Review & Contest!
Canadian Music Week is just around the corner, and I’m in love. I was a CMW attendee long before I started writing about and shooting shows. I love this festival so much, I’d book vacation time so I could take in as many bands as possible. I love the way it makes our city feel, … Continue reading CMW 2016 Preview – Trish’s Top 5 Must-Sees
Two years in the making, No End In Sight, represents thousands of miles spent on the road, thousands of hours working on the music, and one big, full introduction to country music fans. We first saw Runaway Angel at Boots & Hearts 2014 as part of the SiriusXM Emerging Artist Showcase, and quickly followed that … Continue reading No End In Sight: Runaway Angel Album Release Party
Exciting news for Ontario country music fans dropped this morning when the County Music Association of Ontario announced the live performers at this year’s awards show. Earlier in April we found out who’s been nominated for the awards, with Tebey, Jason Blaine, and Leah Daniels leading the way… and on May 30 in Markham, we’ll … Continue reading 2016 CMAO Performer Announcement & Contest!
I’ve spent the last week listening almost non-stop to Ivory Hours, Morning Light and I have to admit I’m having a very hard time picking a favourite track. If you pressed me really hard, I’d have to say the lead track Dreamer is my fav. The London, ON pop-rock trio has put together an amazingly … Continue reading CMW 2016 Preview: Ivory Hours, Morning Light Review and Q&A
Ontario is getting another music festival! The Monster Energy Center of Gravity Festival [MECOG] has been running successfully on the shores of Okanagan Lake and Kelowna’s City Park for eight years and this year’s West Coast lineup is pretty spectacular. What makes this festival different? This festival will be held on the beach, Wasaga Beach. It … Continue reading Monster Energy Center of Gravity Festival: Wasaga Beach 2016
Now in its 16th year, Canadian Music Week’s Annual Independent Music Awards is one of the biggest nights of the festival. Recognizing artistry in 14 categories, The Indies bring together the best of Canadian indie music for the recognition they deserve. This year’s gala is being presented by Indie88 on Wednesday, May 4th at The … Continue reading CMW 2016 Preview: The Indies
In the top five list of artists I’m looking forward to seeing at Field Trip are Dear Rouge. I really love these guys! 2013’s I Heard I Had put them squarely on my radar and they’ve just continued to soar. Although it’s only been a few short years, Drew and Danielle McTaggart have taken the music … Continue reading Field Trip 2016 Preview: Dear Rouge
Canadian Music Week is coming… and it’s one of our favourite times of year in the city. The bars and clubs will be filled with artists and fans, there will be new music to discover, and on May 3rd at The Phoenix, there will be country music, brought to you by Boots & Hearts! Yup, … Continue reading CMW 2016 Preview: Boots & Hearts Hot Shots Showcase
If you asked us if we’re excited about Jake Owen coming to Boots & Hearts 2016 it would be nearly impossible for us to say no. And if we did, we’d be lying. Jake has been on our list of dudes we love in country for a while. From Yee Haw in 2006 to American … Continue reading Boots & Hearts 2016 Preview: Jake Owen Top 5