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5 Quick Questions with Sykamore!

While we were in London, ON for Canadian Country Music Week we had the chance to catch up with Carseland/Calgary, Alberta’s Sykamore to learn a little more about her with 5 quick questions.

Sykamore also volunteered to answer a bonus question – which we love – so check that out, find her single, Houseboat, on Spotify, and stay tuned for more from this emerging Canadian country star.

Q1: If you’re headed out on a long drive and you can only listen to 1 album on repeat, which album are you choosing?

Sykamore: Maren Morris, Hero

100% yes. People know who Maren Morris is because everyone has heard My Church and 80’s Mercedes… but people, you really need to listen to the rest of this album.

Q2: Think back for us, what is the 1st song you remember knowing all of the words to?

Sykamore: Achy Breaky Heart, by Billy Ray Cyrus.

Are we surprised? No. Are we proud of Sykamore for admitting it? Yes. This song took the world by storm… and I still know all the words to it too.

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Q3: When you aren’t working on music, what is your favourite thing to do?

Sykamore: Find great food.

Whether she’s making her own or finding new restaurants, Sykamore told us that food is a major driving force for her. Particularly good Mexican food, which she can’t seem to get enough of.

Q4: What is the most important thing for you to have when you walk into a songwriting session?

Sykamore: A notebook.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… notebooks are the best. And it seems that we’re not the only ones that feel that way!

Q5: Can you give us a prediction for the 2016-17 NHL season?

Sykamore: The Calgary Flames will make the playoffs.

We asked this question in September before the season started… and as of now the Flames are on the outside looking in with a lot of hockey left to be played. Let’s see how this goes.

Bonus: What artist do you think people should be paying more attention to than they might be right now?

Sykamore: MacKenzie Porter

We really like this answer. We’ve been in on MacKenzie since we first saw her at Boots & Hearts in 2013 (and did our 1st Q&A with her). And now there’s new music coming that we keep hearing is amazing… and we can’t wait!

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1 year ago

5 Quick Questions with JJ Shiplett!

Back in September we had the chance to sit down with JJ Shiplett during Canadian Country Music Week – and we roped the talented redhead into answering our 5 quick questions.

If you don’t know JJ, you’re missing out. This Canadian is working hard and making people take notice with his sound, and with his debut full-length album coming soon… there are going to be a whole lot more people on board soon!

Now, without further ado, check out 5 Quick Questions with JJ Shiplett – and then listen to his EP, The EP!

Q1: If you’re on the road for a long drive between cities, and can only put 1 album on to listen to on repeat, which album are you choosing?

JJ: Tom Petty, Anthology: Through The Years.

Yes, we know it’s a double album. And no, we didn’t ask JJ to pick a disc… and that’s mostly because we were too busy agreeing with him that Petty is great for singing along, or sitting quietly and getting lost in the music and the road.

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Q2: What is the first song you remember knowing all of the words to?

JJ: The American National Anthem.

JJ told us a story about watching sports when he was a kid, and if you’re watching sports, you’re hearing the anthem – and that is how JJ Shiplett learned the Star Spangled Banner before any other song.

Q3: What is your favourite thing when you’re not working on music?

JJ: Hanging out with friends and a fire – any time of the day.

Having grown up with a fire pit in the back yard, I 100% agree with JJ on this one!

Q4: What is the 1 thing you need for a songwriting session?

JJ: A willingness to cooperate and work with other people.

After apologizing that he hadn’t named a tangible “thing”, JJ explained that the whole process and session can be a real waste of time if he doesn’t come in ready to listen to other people’s ideas – and if other people don’t come in ready to listen to his. Makes sense to us.

CCMA Awards 2016 Strut Social House JJ ShiplettQ5: Can you give us a prediction for the NHL season?

JJ: 1) The Maple Leafs will be better, but won’t be in the playoffs. 2) The Flames D will be better, and they will be back in the playoffs.

These are going to play themselves out of course, but they don’t sound crazy.

Bonus: What artist do you think people should be paying more attention to right now?

JJ: Sturgill Simpson

A lot more people know Sturgill Simpson’s name now than they did even just a few months ago – but if you don’t know his music, we agree with JJ, you should take a listen!

Now, hit play and check out some more pics of JJ from the our hangout, the CCMA Awards show and The Dakota Tavern in Toronto circa CMW 2016.


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1 year ago

5 Quick Questions with Endless Summer!

While we were in London, ON for Canadian Country Music Week we had the chance to sit down with Bob and Clint Moffatt of Endless Summer in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle of events and parties.

The boys have been busy lately, hitting the road with Tebey on his First Come First Served Tour – but before you go see them, we’ve got 5 quick questions with the boys to get you ready!

Here we go!

Q1: If you’re in the car on a long road trip, what is the 1 album you can listen to on repeat without changing discs?

Clint: George Strait, 50 Number Ones
Bob: Tom Petty (anything)

The boys may not have picked the same album, but they sure picked good ones. We wouldn’t mind hitching a ride and singing along for a few miles.

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Q2: What is the first song you remember knowing all of the words to?

Clint: Fast As You by Dwight Yoakam
Bob: Copperhead Road by Steve Earle

We all heard Bob and Clint sing with their brothers when they were younger, but we never heard them sing these songs. Now we wish he had.

Q3: What is your number 1 hobby when you aren’t working on Endless Summer music?

Both: Video games… specifically NHL online.

We didn’t ask for screen names, but if you’re playing NHL online this season, there’s a chance you could be playing one of the boys. Don’t be afraid to talk a little trash with ‘em.

Q4: When you head into a songwriting session, what is the most important thing to have with you?

Both: Coffee

Good answer. Coffee is always a good answer. #xocoffee

Q5: Can you give us a prediction for the NHL season?

Both: The Calgary Flames will have a better year – and Johnny Gaudreau will lead the league in scoring.

We’re willing to agree on 1 of those statements, but not both. But time will tell!

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1 year ago

2015-16 NHL Canadian Country Music Season Preview

The NHL season starts this week with Montreal in Toronto, Vancouver in Calgary, New York in Chicago, and San Jose in Los Angeles… and to get us all ready for hockey we recruited 10 of our own Canadian Country Music All-Stars to give us their preview!

We asked each artist 3 questions (Favourite Team, Why/How Long Have You Loved Them, What Do You Expect This Season) and got some awesome answers.

HUGE thanks are going out to Chad Brownlee, Brett Kissel, Bobby Wills, Lindsay Broughton, Tim Chaisson, David Roberts, Cory Marquardt, Tim Hicks, Petric, and Yoan for playing along with our brand new idea this season. We love that there is so much love for puck in the country music community.

So, have a look and see which singer shares the same NHL team love affair as you – and leave a comment to tell us your favourite team, the story of you loving them, and what you expect from them this season!

2015-16 NHL Preview!

Chad Brownlee

Chad Brownlee NHL Preview 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
Vancouver Canucks

Why / How long have you loved them?
Since I can remember. Growing up in BC with my Dad being a huge Canucks fan made it pretty easy to decide which team to cheer for!

What do you expect from them this season?
I think the changes they made last season was the beginning of something great. This year is simply going to add to the success that I see growing in years to come!

Brett Kissel

Brett Kissel CNE 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
EDMONTON OILERS

Why / How long have you loved them?
“I’ve literally loved the Oilers since I was born. Interesting story, I was born the day the Oilers won their last Stanley Cup in 1990. My brother thinks I’m a curse to the team, because as long as I’ve been alive, they haven’t won the cup since…”

What do you expect from them this season?
“I truly believe that the Oilers will make the playoffs this year. With all that young star power, I mean, they’ve got to! If Calgary got into the playoffs this past season, then the Oilers NEED to!”

Note: On September 3, 2015 at the CNE in Toronto, Brett gave the crowd a guarantee that the Maple Leafs would make the playoffs this season. Remember that 😉

Bobby Wills

When The Lights Go Down Toronto Bobby Wills-8043What is your favourite NHL team?
Calgary Flames

Why / How long have you loved them?
My favourite team as a little guy was the Bruins as we have Massachusetts roots, but the battle of Alberta pulled me in.

What do you expect from them this season?
A playoff spot, hard to say from there. The west is so competitive it is going to be a dog fight!!

Lindsay Broughton

Lindsay Broughton at the 2015 CMAO Awards.

What is your favourite NHL team?
The Detroit Red Wings

Why / How long have you loved them?
HA! Weeell this isn’t awkward at all! To be quite honest I’m fairly new on the Detroit bandwagon! I was a long time lover, supporter and most often defender of the Leafs (stop laughing!) However I was forced to change my ways, burn the blue clothes, convert and become the enemy when I started dating a player in the Detroit organization about a year and a half ago. Yep, I am the ultimate traitor but if it’s any consolation sometimes I still secretly cheer for the Leafs… shhh..

What do you expect from them this season?
Uhmm a cup? haha..kidding. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens without Babcock being there but obviously I’m excited about the season and have faith that the new changes are going to bring big things. 🙂

Tim Chaisson

Tim Chaisson Lost in the Light Release Party ShowWhat is your favourite NHL team?
Montreal Canadiens!

Why / How long have you loved them?
Well, my father pretty much brainwashed my brothers and I since we were born to love the Habs, so as long as I can remember I guess!

What do you expect from them this season?
I’d love to see a strong play-off season myself! I also think it’s pretty cool that P.K. Subban is giving so much back to the community.

David Roberts of The Washboard Union

David Robertson The Washboard UnionWhat is your favourite NHL team?
Toronto Maple Leafs

Why / How long have you loved them?
Since I was a kid of 6, we had seasons tickets at Maple Leaf Gardens, up in the Blues, Section 29

What do you expect from them this season?
Here are my ​2015/2016 predictions:
a) ​In a Wed Oct 7th press release it will be revealed that ​The L​eafs will work a deal with ​season ticket holders who will now only pay for winning games.
b) It’s a rebuild year, or decade or whatever the term is for the 49 odd years they have been waiting to win the cup back….
c) Record Producer and world’​s biggest Leaf fan GGGarth Richardson will be hired as the new head coach and will guide the team to ​victory and win ​the ​2015/2016 Stanley Cup aka La Coupe Stanley
d) The Leafs will continue to sell out night after night…Go Leafs Go

Cory Marquardt

Cory Marquardt CNE 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
Toronto Maple Leafs

Why / How long have you loved them?
My Dad is from Toronto and my grandpa was a big fan. I still picture them in 94-96 Potvin, Clark, Gilmore, Tie Domi and the list goes on

What do you expect from them this season?
They made some pretty big changes and I’m sure they’ll be making more. Not sure what to expect but I see them winning a cup in 20**…

Tim Hicks

Tim Hicks -7769What is your favourite NHL team?
I’m a Leafs guy

Why / How long have you loved them?
It’s sort of ingrained in the culture where I grew up that you must be a Leafs fan or face the consequences lol! Geographically, they’re the closest Canadian team and I always root for home.

What do you expect from them this season?
I’m expecting them to finally throw us a bone! Come on boys!!

Petric

Petric Live in StudioWhat is your favourite NHL team?
We’re both huge Jets fans! Toms also has a love for the Detroit Red Wings

Why / How long have you loved them?
We’ve been proud jets fans, even the years they didn’t exist in the league. Those were the years the Red Wings jersey got worn a lot. The year we both started playing hockey the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, and Stevie Yzerman was Toms all time favourite player.

What do you expect from them this season?
The Jets have a lot of young blood, which may bring some growing pains, but should also bring a lot of exciting hockey. GO JETS GO!

Yoan

Yoan CNE 2015What is your favourite NHL team?
The Montreal Canadians.

Why / How long have you loved them?
I think Hockey is a part of our culture and heritage and so are the Montreal Canadians. I played hockey for 5 years and my dad has always been a really big fan of the team so we used to watch the games together when I was growing up. The last two years have been so busy for me that I don’t have as much time to follow hockey religiously as I did before but I try to support the team every time I can.

What do you expect from them this season?
I wish them the best and hopefully the Stanley Cup!

2 years ago
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