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!
Words cannot explain how excited I am to be a part of the Calgary Stampede again this year! And if you’ve been following the weather forecast, like myself, you already know it’s going to be a lot better than last year! But don’t worry about the 30+ temperatures the next two weeks, there’s tons of amazing food trucks with cold treats that will keep you cool throughout your stay!
I don’t even know where to start with all the jaw dropping, mouthwatering flavours that the midway has to offer. I am most excited to try the Double Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Dog, Clam Chowder Poutine, Deep Fried Jell-O, Maple Walnut Cotton Candy, Unicorn White Hot Chocolate and The Chili Lime Popcorn Shrimp Perogies! It’s a good thing there’s so much to do at The Stampede because I’m going to have to walk off all the taste testing i’ll be doing.
Since its Canada’s 150th birthday this year The Stampede has added even more musical acts to the powerful lineup! The Coca Cola stage, I believe, will be the biggest crowd pleaser of them all. Over 30 insanely talented bands/solo artists will be taking over the stage through the two weeks.
My top ten acts who I can’t wait to see are…
★ Ria Mae ★ Nelly Furtado ★ Marianas Trench ★ Alessia Cara ★ July Talk ★ Michela Sheedy ★ Jonathan Roy ★ USS ★ Theory of a Deadman ★ Sabrina Carpenter
All of these performs are so different one another, their style, sound and stage presence, I cannot wait to capture it.
Another stage that I absolutely loved last year was The Nashville North Tent. This tent is full of cold drinks and two stepping until the early morning! Over 40 entertaining acts will keep you dancing the night away, such as; The Dungarees, The Cadillac Three, Endless Summer, Cam, Doc Walker, Jess Moskaluke, The Dead South, Cold Creek County, Tristan Horncastle, Jojo Mason, Chris Buck Band and Meaghan Patrick just to name a few. One act I am particularly excited to see is Cam, I remember hearing her first song on the radio Burning House and automatically falling in love with her soft effortless voice, since then I have become a huge fan! And have you seen her hair? She has to have the most beautiful hair in all of country music.
One thing I love so much about the lineup this year is the diverse music varieties. Whether you like rock, pop, alternative, folk, country, soul, acoustic or EDM, there is something for everyone.
I have to say this year after viewing The Saddledome’s lineup I might have screamed like a little girl. After scrolling through the lineup list my heart dropped into my stomach when I saw Usher was coming as one of the main headliners. I couldn’t believe it! I remember forcing my poor father to constantly play his cds in the car when I was younger and now I finally get to see him live and singing every song… sadly dad won’t be joining. I can’t wait to see what Usher brings to the stage, I truly believe he’s going to put on a show that we won’t forget.
A couple of other events I am extremely excited to see this year are the chuckwagon races, bull riding and the incredible Transalta Grandstand show that ends the evening with fireworks lighting up the whole sky! If you enjoy fireworks, you need to make sure this is on your “must do” list because I have never seen such a spectacular light show in my life. I am filled with so much excitement and adrenaline I don’t know if i’ll be able to sleep before the kick off Stampede parade. I encourage those looking for a new experience or wanting a fun adventure to remember forever, to come on down to Calgary and experience these lifetime memories The Stampede has to offer! This city is incredible and I can’t wait to show everyone all the photographs and memories we make this year!
Photo Credit: Chris Bolin/ Calgary Stampede
The JUNOS are coming! The JUNOS are coming! But, before we get to the JUNOS, we’ve got JUNO Week and JUNO Fest.
JUNO Week starts March 30th with the JUNO Cup Jam. Featuring performances at The Bourbon Room with Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Amanda Rheaume, Barney Bentall (High Bar Gang), Cosmo Ferraro (Ferraro), Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Devin Cuddy Band, Doug Oliver (Cold Creek County), Gord Bamford, Jay Bodner (Eagle & Hawk), Jim Bowskill (Blue Rodeo/Sheepdogs), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), JJ Shiplett, Jon Gallant (Billy Talent), Jonathan Roy, Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk), Matthew Barber, Menno Versteeg (Hollerado), Peter Kesper (NQ Arbuckle), Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk), Beard Guy (Walk Off the Earth), Tim D’eon (Wintersleep) and Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk/Indian City). I’m overwhelmed at the talent in that list and you’ll be overwhelmed by their performances. Tickets are just $25 and they’re on sale now.
One of my favourite highlights of the week happens next. On March 31st, the JUNO Cup pits NHL Legends against Canadian musical greats. This game is always a hoot and the lineup this year is stacked! Watch as Brad Dalgarno (New York Islanders), Brendan Bell (Ottawa Senators), Chris Phillips (Ottawa Senators), Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators), Gary Roberts (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jim Kyte (Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators), Luke Richardson (Ottawa Senators), Mark Napier (Montréal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers), Paul Coffey (Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins) and Troy Crowder (New Jersey Devils) coached by Grey Cup Champion Henry Burris from the Ottawa Redblacks vs. Aaron Pritchett, Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Amanda Rheaume, Barney Bentall, Beard Guy (Walk Off The Earth), Chad Brownlee, Cosmo Ferraro (Ferraro), Dallas Smith, Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Devin Cuddy , Doug Oliver (Cold Creek County), Gord Bamford, Jay Bodner (Eagle & Hawk), Jim Bowskill (Blue Rodeo/The Sheepdogs), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Jon Gallant (Billy Talent), Jonathan Roy, Kathleen Edwards, Matthew Barber, Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk), Sam Roberts, Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk) and Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk) with Legendary Ottawa 67’s bench boss, Brian “Killer” Kilrea coaching The Rockers.
Watch for more names to be added to these lists! And yes, tickets are $20 and on sale now, you can get one here! Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 we get JUNOfest, over two nights, the musicfestival features more than 100 artists playing on stages in more than 15 venues across Ottawa and it’s an integral part of the 2017 JUNO Week. You can see Kelly Prescott, Caveboy, Repartee, The Dirty Nil, Dilly Dally, Bleecker, The Julian Taylor Band, Sykamore, The Abrams, Cold Creek County, Common Deer, The Strumbellas, Stuck on Planet Earth, The Honest Heart Collective, Colin Linden, The Balconies and so many more acts!
Wristbands are only $30, they’ll get you into all of the venues and you can get them here. You can check out the schedule and plan your weekend by following this link.
On April 2nd we get to the big show, the JUNOS. This year’s lineup features more than 35 JUNO nominees, including Shawn Mendes, Arkells, The Strumbellas, The Weeknd, Monster Truck, Alessia Cara, The Tragically Hip, Chad Brownlee, Coleman Hell, Marians Trench, The Dirty Nil, Whitehorse, Tasha The Amazon, Holy Fuck, Cold Creek County, and more! For the full list of nominees check out the official JUNOS page.
There are so many of our favourites are in the lists above and we can hardly wait!
The WayHome Music & Arts Festival is still a few months away… but we’re already getting anxious to find out who’s going to playing on the stages at Burl’s Creek this July.
And since we haven’t had a performer announcement yet, we figured it was time to make some guesses/predictions of our own!
We know that there’s a strong connection to Bonnaroo through Ashley Capps, so we’ve looked at the recently released list of performers that will hit Manchester, Tennessee and added some Canadian content, because we also know that Republic Live has a reputation for supporting home grown talent.
We have no idea if any or all of these 10 artists will be coming to Canada to play for us July 22, 23, 24… but we wouldn’t complain if we were right.
Leave a comment here or on Facebook to tell us who you think will be at WayHome 2016!
If there’s going to be a hip-hop headliner at WayHome in 2016 it just might be Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Last year we had Kendrick, and he owned the stage… in 2016 we would not be surprised to see Macklemore pull Bonnaroo and WayHome double duty!
There never seems to be a lack of enthusiasm for Death Cab shows, and adding them to the WayHome lineup would be a clear indication that the team wants to give festival goers something to write home about.
Hot as a pistol with Son Of A Bitch, Nathaniel Rateliff would be a great afternoon act on a side stage, much like Vance Joy was in 2015. Here’s hoping we’re right about that one, because the single is a sing along that we don’t wanna miss.
Some Canadian home grown from BC, these girls are making a name for themselves with a new single and video… there’s also a chance they hit CMW in Toronto this spring which would be a nice launch pad for a WayHome set.
If we’re talking about Canadian acts, let’s just go ahead and add Hollerado. As far as we can see they aren’t busy the weekend of July 22-24, so why wouldn’t they fit on a stage at Burl’s Creek?
Elle King is on a lot of “ones to watch” lists for 2016, and it wouldn’t bother us to watch her live and in person this summer. Get ready to sing along to Ex’s and Oh’s!
Another Canadian mainstay… the boys from Hamilton love to perform, and they a bevy of fans in Ontario – we can imagine them up on stage getting the crowd fired up for a headliner after the sun goes down.
Young, but becoming a known commodity, Halsey looks to have a big year in 2016… and getting on stage at a festival with 40,000 people in attendance would be a pretty significant step in accomplishing that!
There’s no shortage of love for what Father John Misty does and the music he makes. Already on the list for Bonnaroo, he could be another double duty performer at WayHome 2016.
With a 2015 debut album (Know-It-All), this Brampton native wouldn’t have far to travel to hit WayHome, and the local area crowd could be exactly what she’s looking for in the middle of the hottest time of year.
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