Sydney Butters
Sydney Butters
Photographer and fan of live music that spans genres, cities, and stages!

Country Thunder Calgary 2017: High Valley & James Barker Band Photo Review

Canada was well represented at Country Thunder Calgary – and when both James Barker Band and High Valley hit the stage, the crowd showed them the love that they deserved.

Check out the pics of both bands and give these good Canadian boys some love the next time you have the chance!

James Barker Band at Country Thunder Calgary, 2017

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High Valley at Country Thunder Calgary, 2017

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Country Thunder Calgary 2017: Blake Shelton Photo Review

For those of you who know me I am the biggest Blake Shelton fan! I am shocked I even got a photo with all my shaking, laughing and dancing.

Check out the pics from Blake’s set at Country Thunder Calgary… and see him live when you get the chance!

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Country Thunder Calgary 2017: Thomas Rhett Photo Review

Thomas Rhett is a new daddy x2, has a new album on the way, and rolled into Calgary to light up the Country Thunder stage. And the 27 year old Georgia native didn’t disappoint!

Check out the pics, a little video of Rhett getting the crowd in a dancing mood, and be ready for Life Changes on September 8, 2017!

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Country Thunder Calgary 2017: Dallas Smith Photo Review

One act that blew us out of our seats at Country Thunder was the very talented Dallas Smith. Every time I’ve seen him he gets better and better and he never fails to entertain. What I really love about Dallas is how intimate he is with the crowd and how much he interacts with them throughout the show. Whether you’re up close or at the back of festival he makes you feel like you had front row seats.

Check out the pics of Dallas Smith at Country Thunder Calgary and see him live on the Side Effects Tour when you get the chance!

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Calgary Stampede 2017: Jonathan Roy Photo Review

I’ve been waiting to see his guy perform for awhile!!! So much talent from Jonathan Roy at the 2017 Calgary Stampede!

Check out the photos from Jonathan’s set on the Coca-Cola stage – and get yourself tickets to see him the next chance you get!

Jonathan Roy at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede 2017: Cold Creek County Photo Review

The Nashville North Stage was home to a lot of great country music during the 2017 Calgary Stampede, including a fired up set from Ontario hit makers, Cold Creek County.

The boys were at their best in front of the country music fans on hand, and you can tell they were loving it from the looks on their faces. Have a look at the pics and see them live the next time you have a chance!

Cold Creek County at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede 2017: Marianas Trench Photo Review

Marianas Trench never disappoints, and that was the case again this year at the Calgary Stampede on the Coca-Cola Stage!

Josh, Matt, Mike and Ian were at the top of their game. Have a look at some of our favourite photos, and go see them live when you have the chance.

Marianas Trench at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede 2017: Funk Schwey & Ria Mae Photo Review

The 2017 Calgary Stampede was packed with awesome musical talent… including Ria Mae and Funk Schwey on the Coca-Cola Stage.

How great were they? Go see them as soon as you have the chance. Trust us.

And enjoy the photos!

Schwey at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Ria Mae at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede 2017: USS Photo Review

And the most energetic performance of this year’s Calgary Stampede goes to… USS.

These two energy packed men from Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario put on a show on the Coca-Cola stage – just like everyone expected. Ash and the Human Kebab were on fire. If you need proof, have a look!

USS at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede 2017: Jess Moskaluke Photo Review

Jess Moskaluke is a Canadian country superstar. With three consecutive Female Artist of the Year wins at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, she’s proved it. And on Tuesday, July 11, she hit the Nashville North Stage at the Calgary Stampede to show it in person.

I remember seeing her years ago in a small theatre in Ottawa, Ontario – and seeing how much she’s grown and achieved since then is insane!

Jess Moskaluke at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede 2017: The Cadillac Three & Bell Adrenaline Ranch Photo Review

The Calgary Stampede offers more entertainment than most people can handle… or fit into their schedule.

Check out these pics of The Cadillac Three going wild on the Nashville North stage, and some of the awesome motocross action from the Bell Adrenaline Ranch!

The Cadillac Three at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Bell Adrenaline Ranch at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede 2017: Brad Saunders Photo Review

From Newfoundland’s fisheries, to the oil rigs, to the Coca-Cola Stage at the 2017 Calgary StampedeBrad Saunders has had a pretty wild ride.

And on a Monday night, he showed Calgary that he knows how to put on a show and party. Check out the pics, and next time he’s in your town, go check out the party for yourself!

Brad Saunders at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede 2017: Nelly Furtado Photo Review

Monday night’s are great for flying like a bird and embracing your inner maneater… and on the Coca-Cola stage at the 2017 Calgary Stampede, Nelly Furtado proved it.

This Canadian legend knows how to get it done on stage, have a look at the photos for proof, and get tickets to see Nelly Furtado the next chance you get.

Nelly Furtado at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede 2017: Alessia Cara Photo Review

On a Thursday summer night at the Calgary Stampede, Alessia Cara hit the Coca-Cola Stage and took over!

The 21 year old Canadian singer showed the Calgary crowd everything she’s got to give… and we want to share some of that with you. So, here it is!

Alessia Cara at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Hearts Live: iHeartRadio WestFest Review

On Saturday, July 8, 2017, Calgary hosted one of the biggest and hottest parties of the summer; Virgin Radio and The Source presented Calgary’s first ever iHeart Radio WestFest at Shaw Millennium Park!

Featuring performances by Scott Helman, Ria Mae, Hedley, Fifth Harmony, Iggy Azalea, Massari, Midland, Ruth B, Noah Cyrus, Virginia to Vegas and so much more, this was the place to be!

I have to say, we have been super lucky with the beautiful weather for Calgary’s festival season this summer, Saturday’s temperatures stayed between 30-33 all day/night. The hot temperatures though didn’t stop the crowd from dancing and enjoying all the acts throughout the day.

Note: See photos of Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Hedley, Ria Mae, Scott Helman, and Noah Cyrus at the bottom of this post!


Everyone loved the cold drinks, treats, complimentary merchandise and blasting of water into the crowd during artist changes. iHeart had many activities going on during set breaks to keep everyone of all ages entertained and hydrated.

I don’t even know where to start with the incredible lineup, speaking to a bunch of fans throughout the day the most anticipated acts were Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony and Hedley. For myself I couldn’t wait for those three acts as well.

Iggy had the crowd screaming and cheering from start to finish, she had everyone on their feet dancing and singing the whole time, I even caught myself dancing a little bit! She has constantly peaked among the top five of several worldwide charts and continuously climbing and collaborating with the best in the industry.

Related: iHeartRadio WestFest: Iggy Azalea Full Photo Review

Up next was one of the most popular female groups who placed third in the second season of the American televised singing competition X Factor, Fifth Harmony. These ladies are full of girl power! They have achieved triple platinum certification and reached the top ten in thirteen countries with their hit songs Boss, Sledgehammer and Worth It. All four of their voices are very unique and powerful; they all compliment one another so well in singing/performing on stage. The energy these ladies brought to stage will forever be unforgettable, from the choreography and atmosphere they definitely grabbed the attention from everyone.

Related: iHeartRadio WestFest: Fifth Harmony Full Photo Review

One of my favourite artists, Hedley never fails to entertain; I wish I could have the energy that Jacob has when he performs. Saturday night I was especially excited to see Hedley perform, as it was the 10th time I’ve photographed them. What I love so much about Hedley is how happy and positive everyone is. The amount of strangers I saw hugging, dancing and laughing together is the biggest reason why I love concert photography so much. Whether it was a sad song or a happy uplifting song everyone was appreciating the meanings behind Hedley’s songs and connecting with one another!

Related: iHeartRadio WestFest: Hedley Full Photo Review

I cannot wait for more festivals this summer and seeing the crowd unite with one another, this is going to be a summer full of unforgettable memories!!

Thank you iHeart Radio for creating a wonderful festival!

Iggy Azalea at iHeartRadio WestFest

Ria Mae at iHeartRadio WestFest

Fifth Harmony at iHeartRadio WestFest

Scott Helman at iHeartRadio WestFest

Hedley at iHeartRadio WestFest

Noah Cyrus at iHeartRadio WestFest

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