On Thursday night in Toronto we rolled into The Hideout to look for some rock and roll to continue our 2016 Canadian Music Week adventure… we found it. Starting off the Thursday night party was Ottawa 4 piece rock and roll outfit, Cast In Cadence. And they weren’t scared to be in that opening slot … Continue reading CMW 2016: Cast In Cadence and Northern Roads at The Hideout
Every night of the week during CMW you can wander down a major street in Toronto and find music that will draw you in and keep you dancing, singing, and partying for hours… Wednesday night it was Bloor Street West, and the venue was Lee’s Palace for the Julian Taylor Band Showcase. With a stacked … Continue reading CMW 2016: SATE, Bleeker, Poor Young Things & The Julian Taylor Band
On Tuesday, May 3 at The Phoenix, Boots & Hearts brought a country music party to Toronto! In partnership with KX96 and KX94.7, the Canadian Music Week Hot Shots Showcase featured Blackjack Billy, Meghan Patrick, Eric Ethridge, the James Barker Band, Dani Strong, and Kansas Stone in a 5 hour concert that had the crowd singing, dancing, … Continue reading CMW 2016: Boots & Hearts Hot Shots Showcase – Photo Review
Tuesday night, just after midnight, we walked down the stairs into The Dakota Tavern and were greeted by the start of a set from self proclaimed, “Canadiana roots rockin’ red head”. With his band on stage, JJ Shiplett dove into his set headfirst and never let up. His gravelly voice flows with a smoothness that … Continue reading CMW 2016 Spotlight: JJ Shiplett
Tuesday night CMW went country at The Phoenix, when Boots & Hearts, KX96, and KX94.7 took over the joint and brought 6 acts up to the stage to take their turns making boots stomp and drinks flow. The party was a pre-celebration of Boots & Hearts 5th anniversary festival this August, but it was also … Continue reading CMW 2016: Boots & Hearts Hot Shots Showcase!
What a difference a year makes… At CMW 2015 we caught Meghan Patrick at a small showcase at The Supermarket. She was awesome, she turned heads, and we were very happy to see her do her thing. And now, just 12 months later, we’ve had the chance to see Meghan start to break out with … Continue reading CMW 2016 Spotlight: Meghan Patrick
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!