On Saturday we were pulling double duty covering both the Canadian Country Music Association‘s First 2016 Awards Ceremony and the Outdoor Stage. Night after night, the crowd at the Country Music Week’s outdoor stage continued to grow and by Saturday evening the Talbot Street/Covent Market space was jammed with concert goers. Opening up was Johnson Crook, … Continue reading CCMA Awards 2016: Saturday Night w/ Doc Walker, Jesse Slack & Johnson Crook Photo Review
Tim and Amanda Hicks Jessi Cruikshank Chris Lane Jess MoskalukeJess Moskaluke and The LovelocksThe LovelocksWes MackKelsea BalleriniThe Washboard UnionAlisha NewtonJessica MitchellJonny HarrisMike StevensThe Road HammersJason McCoyCCMA Discovery Program Participants Two Shine County, Tenille Arts, Eric Ethridge, Runaway Angel, Livy JeanneTwo Shine CountyMeghan PatrickGord BamfordBobby WillsShahir Massoud, Steven Sabados, Amanda BainHigh ValleyChad BrownleeMurray McLauchlan and Denise … Continue reading 2016 CCMA Awards Green Carpet Photo Review
2016 Canadian Country Music Award nominee David James is still trying to wrap his head about the success and love he’s seeing as an emerging artist. But the more we see and hear from the Rising Star hopeful, the more we believe he should start accepting it! We checked out David on the Boots & … Continue reading Lonely Girl: David James at Boots & Hearts 2016!
On Saturday at CMT Music Fest we got to check out Canadian country music sweetheart, Kira Isabella on the main stage – and back stage for a little chit-chat interview. With a mid-afternoon slot on the big stage, Kira did what she has consistently done over the last few years, show us that she is … Continue reading CMT Music Fest 2016: Kira Isabella Main Stage & Interview!
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!
2015 was a fun year for country music. Established radio stars kept pumping out the hits with Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, and Sam Hunt owning the #1 spot on the Billboard’s 2015 Hot Country Chart most of the year, plus Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, and Carrie Underwood all releasing new albums that fans … Continue reading 2015 Breakout Country Artists of the Year!
If you’re looking for a great way to introduce yourself to the country music fans in Canada, there’s not much better way than winning a major award on the biggest night of the year. And while it might not be what Madeline Merlo had planned, that’s what happened at the 2015 CCMAs when her named … Continue reading Catching Up with Madeline Merlo: Live in Toronto
Brett Kissel is a busy man. He’s got a brand new album (Pick Me Up) coming to the world on September 11, 2015 – he’s got baby #1 on the way with his wife Cecilia – he’s up for 4 awards at the upcoming CCMAs (Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year: 3, … Continue reading Pick Me Up: Brett Kissel at the 2015 CNE!
Last Friday night Canadian Country Music star Dean Brody took to the TD Music Stage to kick off the Blue Jays Summer Friday Fan Festivals schedule… and it was a home run. Dean and the band put on a great set outside of gates 10 and 11, giving the fans songs they knew so they … Continue reading Bringing Down The House: Dean Brody & The Toronto Blue Jays
Even on a Monday night in Toronto, there are opportunities to have a country music party! This week Canadian country star Tim Hicks took over the West Jet stage at Harbourfront, currently serving as part of Ontario’s Celebration Zone at the PanAm Games… it was a free show, with fans dressed in plaid, boots, cowboy … Continue reading Here Comes The Thunder: Tim Hicks at the PanAm Games Ontario Celebration Zone
Combining BBQ, beer, country music, and horse racing is a fantastic idea – and we’re glad that the people at Ajax Downs had it. Steak Stock took over the grounds on Saturday and Sunday, bringing with it a bunch talent, tastes and chances to check out things we love – and wanted to love. Going … Continue reading Steak Stock 2015: Good Country Fun at Ajax Downs!
“I grew up with that band” it’s a thing you hear a lot of people say. But in the case of the Small Town Pistols, it rings just a little bit truer. Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson started their career in country music with their dad (Steve) as The Wilkinsons. They were celebrated and successful and … Continue reading Pistology: Catching Up with the Small Town Pistols [Interview]
2014 was a good year for country music. Artists like Tim McGraw dropped new material that climbed the charts, Carrie Underwood took us all to church with Something In The Water, and Garth Brooks came out of retirement to sell 1,000,000 concert tickets. But in Canada and the US we’ve also seen new artists really … Continue reading 2014 Country Music Breakout Artists of the Year!
When I was a kid it seemed like all of the country stars were old. Yes, my opinion of old was skewed, but even so, the hit makers weren’t in their early twenties and actively connecting to a young audience. But the times they are a changing, especially in Canada where we have a bevy … Continue reading The Future Of Canadian Country Music Is Bright – And Here Right Now!
This Sunday night the Canadian country music industry will gather and celebrate the people that make the music. There will be performances from Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Paul Brandt, Terri Clark, Kira Isabella, Brett Kissel, and more. And there will be awards. Lots of awards. If we’ve learned anything this year covering Boots & … Continue reading 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Awards Predictions