5 Quick Questions with Caren: Holiday Edition, Horseshoe Tavern Ticket Contest and Baked Brie Recipe

The holidays are coming fast, and no matter what you celebrate and who you celebrate with, it’s time to start getting festive!

To help get you going, Caren has teamed up with us for a holiday edition round of 5 Quick Questions, shared a recipe we can’t wait to try – and she’s helping us give away 2 tickets to the Holiday Bash at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on Tuesday, December 19, 2017!

The Holiday Bash is going to be a whole lot of fun with Jane’s Party, The Kents, The Almighty Rhombus, and Caren rocking on one of the city’s most legendary stages in their 70th birthday year!

Now, get into the holiday spirit with Caren and use the widget in this post to enter for your chance to be at the party!

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Caren

Q) Did you have a favourite Christmas songs when you were a kid?

Caren) Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas all the way. There was something about the build up in the beginning of the song and then all of a sudden how fast paced and up beat the song gets that would get me really excited for Christmas while simultaneously making me super jealous that all I got as a Jewish kid was Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song. Growing up I always was amazed and confused by the idea of decorating your house with lights and huge snowmen and Santa, and when I heard that song it just made everything seem really magical and special.

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play live?

Caren) I actually have a new favourite, Jane’s Party just wrote a really cool Christmas song called Last Train Home This Christmas, and we’ll all be playing it live at our upcoming show at the Horseshoe on December 19! I started listening to it on repeat so I could learn it, but now I’m just addicted so I’ve been listening to it on repeat for fun. It’s coming out soon so everyone can be as obsessed as I am!

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

Caren) Mariah 100% She’s the queen of Christmas in my opinion. I’d love to write a song about being the Jewish kid wanting to celebrate Christmas, or feeling left out or lonely on the holidays. I was always lucky as a kid to have friends who would invite me to Christmas dinners, but it does get lonely as an adult on Christmas day when everything is closed and you’re home alone watching Home Alone and eating leftover dessert on the couch in your pjs.

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

Caren) Gin and Tonics with a sprig of rosemary. This is my go to winter drink, and the rosemary makes it look festive in my opinion, plus adds great flavour.

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

Caren) When I was younger, I’d always have Christmas dinner at my friend’s place, and as two tweens it was our job to make the dessert. Every year we’d make one, ginormous, killer Baked Alaska, because it was 90% ice cream and 10% marshmallow and 100% delicious. That’s what I think of when I think of Christmas dessert, which I realize is weird since it involves eating copious amounts of ice cream in the middle of the Canadian winter.

We also asked Caren if she had a recipe that she wanted to share… and she came through!!!

“I have this baked brie recipe that is a party pleaser, and I get asked to make it for every event or dinner I go to (and it’s super easy to make and very impressive.)”

Caren’s Baked Brie


1 Brie Wheel
Puff Pastry (I usually go for frozen and defrost it)
2 tbsp Brown sugar
1/3 cup Dried Cranberries
1 Egg
A handful of Sliced Almonds


1. Roll out puff pastry and place brie wheel in the centre. Place brown sugar and dried cranberries on top of brie and fold the puff pastry over to completely engulf the sugary cheesy goodness.
2. With a knife, make small holes on the top of the masterpiece. Beat 1 egg and brush on top, and sprinkle sliced almonds on top.
3. Bake in the oven at 350 for 20-25 min. Take it out and let it sit for about an hour (Very Important!!!)
4. Slice and serve, and revel in the never-ending compliments, but never tell anyone how easy it was to make.


1 month ago

National Country Girls Day: Dean Brody Contest and Q&A

Dean Brody is used to looking out into the crowd and seeing country girls. And now, with the release of his newest single, 8th Day, he’s celebrating those women, and giving them a day of their own.

In fact, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 will be all theirs as Dean presents National Country Girls Day in Canada – and to celebrate, we’re teaming up with the Beautiful Freakshow singer to give away a special prize!

Dean and his team have given us a signed poster that we’re going to give away to a fan who plays along. Here’s what you have to do…

1) On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 post a photo or story celebrating National Country Girls Day on social media.

2) Use the hashtag #NationalCountryGirlsDay to make sure that everyone can find it.

3) Tag Dean Brody (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram) AND tag thereviewsarein (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram) so we can see your posts and you have a chance to win!

It’s really easy. If you’re a country girl – or you love country music and you’re a girl, post a picture that shows it off and add #NationalCountryGirlsDay in the caption. And if you’re a boy who loves a country girl, or girls that love country music, post a pic or tell a story and add #NationalCountryGirlsDay in the caption.

Someone that posts something awesome is going to win an awesome signed poster from Dean Brody for participating – and we can’t wait for it!

Dean Brody - Budweiser Stage 2017

To celebrate the release of 8th Day we also asked Dean a couple questions about the song, and country girls…

Thanks to Dean for playing along with us. Check it out.

Q: What inspired this song while you were working on Beautiful Freakshow?

Dean: I’ve seen the saying before in a slightly different way: “on the eighth day God made a farmer.” So we thought (with co-writer/producer Matt Rovey) it would be cool to do a take on that saying and make a song about country girls, because, they are definitely a unique and awesome part of creation themselves.

Q: Every show you play you get to look out over the crowd and see these country girls singing along to your songs. Is this song a gift back to them from you?

Dean: If they accept it, yes!

Q: Do you have any advice for boys who fall in love with country girls?

Dean: Listen to them. You’ll probably learn something. And be thankful you have someone who appreciates the things in life that you do.

Q: If God made country girls on the 8th day, what do you think he made on the 9th?

Dean: He was exhausted so he went fishing and rested. Again. They took a lot of work. Ask any country girl’s father. But they were worth it!

Remember to keep an eye on the #NationalCountryGirlDay hashtag on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – this is going to be fun! Good luck!

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Love Rebellion: Schyler London Q&A and Jabra Contest

Schyler London is ready to share her music with the world, and the release of her debut EP, Love Rebellion is the first step.

Schyler’s seven song offering comes from a love for music and belief that it can change the world for people that need it. London says, “This world can be a mean place and all I want to do (through my music) is be able to give someone a little breakthrough of light, when all they can see is the dark.”. And with tracks like Beautiful leading the way, she’s on the right track.

To celebrate the release of Schyler London’s EP, we caught up with her for a little Q&A session, and we’re offering a sweet giveaway to you. Check out Schyler’s answers to our questions, and enter for your chance to win a pair of Jabra Halo Free Bluetooth earphones. These bad boys are comfortable as heck with three wearing styles to give you a perfect fit – and they’ll let you take your calls wherever you are, helping you to stay on top of your day with music, and the people you need to connect with.

Thanks to Schyler for taking the time to talk. Check it out – then watch the video for Beautiful, listen to all of the Love Rebellion EP and enter the contest!

Q) How does it feel to have these songs on Love Rebellion out to share with the world?

Schyler) It’s been amazing. Unreal. I can’t even believe this happening. It’s a dream come true and I’m excited to share these songs.

Q) Are there any artists that have inspired your musical style and performance as you’ve started your career?

Schyler) Rihanna. I love how fearless she is.

Q) Is there an overarching message that you think flows through these songs or what you want to share when you make music?

Schyler) I want people to feel stronger after listening to these songs. I want them to feel that they aren’t alone, and they can get through whatever is going on. Empowered would be a great word.

Q) What is your favourite thing about the music making process, from recording, release day, videos, live performances… anything.

Schyler) I love being in the studio. It’s my favourite place. I also love the whole video process. It’s so interesting, and like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.

Q) If you were on a long drive and could only listen to one album on repeat without changing it, what album would you choose?

Schyler) Rihanna’s first album (Music Of The Sun).

Ready to enter that contest we mentioned? Here you go!

It’s easy, use the widget, earn up to 9 entries, and you could be the winner of these awesome Jabra Halo Free Bluetooth® Earphones

Past The Past: Jess Moskaluke Album Release Contest, Toronto

3-time Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Jess Moskaluke is getting ready to celebrate the release of her brand new album, Past The Past… and we want you to celebrate with her in Toronto!

Jess will be performing at an exclusive event at YouTube Headquarters in Toronto, and we have five (5) pairs of tickets to giveaway to her fans to be there with her.

Entering is easy, just use the widget in the post to earn up to nine (9) entries for your chance to be a winner.

All winners will be contacted by email – using the email address you enter with, on Monday, October 30 – and must confirm their win, name, and email address so we can submit your name to the guest list.

If you love Jess Moskaluke, this is a contest that you want to win… we saw her perform some of the songs from this album at her CBC Music First Play appearance in Toronto, and it was fantastic. And we’re pretty darn sure that November 3 in Toronto is going to be awesome too!

Country Closet Cleanout Contest

To celebrate the launch of our brand new website design and features, we’re cleaning out our country music prize closet with a monster giveaway of CDs, clothes, and merch.

This prize package has 15 pieces that will all go to 1 lucky winner. They’re perfect to keep for yourself, perfect to share with friends and family… and absolutely perfect to wrap up and give out as gifts.

You can do anything you want with this prize – we just want to give it to you!

Entering is easy. We promise!

Now, without any further ado, here’s the list of country music swag included…

Dolly Parton Baseball Tee – Womens (Large)
Rock N Horse Saloon T-Shirt – Womens (Medium)
Rock N Horse Saloon T-Shirt – Mens (X-Large)
Meghan Patrick CD – Grace & Grit
Madeline Merlo CD – Free Soul
Blake Shelton CD – If I’m Honest
Aaron Pritchett CD – Body Of Work
The Lovelocks CD – Born To Love
Johnson Crook CD – The EP
Lindi Ortega CD – Faded Gloryville
Cory Marquardt CD – This Man
Cavendish Beach Music Festival Bandana
Calgary Stampede Bandana
Boots and Hearts Sunglasses
Boots and Hearts Beer Koozie

Country Closet Cleanout Contest CD Collage

If you’re counting, there are 8 country artists’ CDs on that list, merch from 3 festivals, and t-shirts from one of our favourite spots in Toronto AND the legendary Miss Dolly Parton herself.

Like we said, entering is easy. All you have to do is use the widget here in the post to earn up to 7 entries for your chance to be the big winner.

Note: Please pay attention to the details in the comment entry. We need you to use the comment section at the bottom of the post to leave your comment – and then click the button on the widget to say you did it. Got it? Good!

Good luck to everyone. We can’t wait to name a winner and ship off this monster prize!

Colter Wall Ticket Giveaway: The Horseshoe

On November 2nd Colter Wall is playing a sold-out show at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away.

Colter is a young artist who sounds like he’s been around 100 years. Born in Saskatchewan his style is described as Americana, Folk, Country, Old Tyme, Blues, Bluegrass, and lastly traditional. He’s touring to support his debut self-titled album and to help you get ready for the show, you can hear it here.  Wanna see what you’re in for, check out Colter’s CBC First Play Live below.

Joining Colter is Blake Berglund, from rural Kennedy, Saskatchewan. What can you expect? Old style country music in an amazing venue. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page –  Colter Wall at The Horseshoe Tavern.

Here’s how the contest is going to work …

Use the form below to earn up to 9 entries, and add to your chances by tagging a friend on the contest post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’ll be giving double points for all social entries – and we’ll email you if you’re the winner.

Good luck!

 This is a 19+ event and the winner and guest must be of Ontario legal drinking age to claim the prize and attend the show.

Past The Past: Jess Moskaluke CBC Music First Play Contest

Since Jess Moskaluke first hit our radar in early 2014 we’ve been all in on the Saskatchewan singer. And now that she’s prepping to release a new EP, Past The Past, we’re as excited as ever for what’s next in her career.

Related: Jess Moskaluke Boots & Hearts Preview Interview, 2014

As an early celebration of the November 3, 2017 release of Mosakluke’s new music, the CCMA and Juno award winning country star will be performing a selection of songs live and in person at the CBC in Toronto on Monday, October 16, 2017 – and we’re hooking fans up with tickets!

Note: As an extra bonus, Jess will have a Q&A session at the event, so if you win you could have the chance to ask your best question!

That’s right, we have five (5) pairs of tickets to give away to Jess Moskaluke fans in the Toronto area to be part of this exclusive CBC Music First Play event. The crowd will be small, the music will be new, the energy will be amazing. And the winners of this contest will be able to count themselves as lucky to be in the room!

Use the widget in this post to earn up to 10 entries for your chance to be a winner. Keep these points in mind…

1) Follow the instructions for each entry type to make sure that your entries count.
2) Pay special attention to the instructions for the Leave A Comment entry.
3) Email signups are worth two (2) entries… don’t miss that bonus opportunity.
4) Make sure you enter with an email that you check often – because that’s how you’ll be contacted if you win!

Boots and Hearts 2017 - Jess Moskaluke

Tyler Childers Ticket Giveaway: The Drake Hotel – October 25, 2017

We’ve got another contest for you!!!

On October 25th Tyler Childers will be playing a sold-out show at The Drake in Toronto. Didn’t get your tickets in time? Well, you’re in luck, Collective Concerts have given us a pair of tickets to give away and they could be yours.

Tyler Childers is a Kentucky based singer/songwriter who is taking the country music world by storm. Taking his time to put together his first album, Tyler has created an amazing story that rings true infused with the sound of the deep south. Working with Grammy award winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, Tyler has crafted a musical masterpiece.

We’re thrilled that he’s bringing his Purgatory tour to Toronto and did we mention this is a sold out show?

Joining Tyler will be William Matheny. William is a West Virginia storyteller with a brand new solo album. Constellations is an alt-country/rock album with a story to tell and we’re interested in hearing how the story ends.

So if you’re looking for amazing country music in the heart of the city, this could be your show.  Here’s a link to the Facebook event page – Tyler Childers at The Drake Hotel.

And now, contest details.

Use the form below to earn up to 9 entries, and add to your chances by tagging a friend on the contest post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’ll be giving double points for all social entries – and we’ll email you if you’re the winner.

Tyler Childers shot by David McClister Promo Photo

Photo by David McClister

Sam Outlaw Ticket Giveaway: Longboat Hall at The Great Hall – September 25, 2017

Hey country music lovers, this one’s for you!!!

On September 25th we’ll be attending the Sam Outlaw show at Toronto’s Longboat Hall at The Great Hall – and we want you to come too! Our friends at Collective Concerts have given us two pairs of tickets to give away and we can hardly wait to see your smiling faces.

Sam is on tour supporting his brand new album Tenderfoot, you can have a listen here!

Joining Sam will be Michaela Anne and The Rifle & The Writer (we did a Q&A with them in April). What can you expect? Great country music in the heart of the city. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page – Sam Outlaw at Longboat Hall at The Great Hall.

Here’s how the contest is going to work …

Use the form below to earn up to 9 entries, and add to your chances by tagging a friend on the contest post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’ll be giving double points for all social entries – and we’ll email you if you’re the winner.

 This is a 19+ event and the winner and guest must be of Ontario legal drinking age to claim the prize and attend the show.

Boots & Hearts Preview: Chad Brownlee & Jess Moskaluke Q&A and Contest!

We’re getting ready for Boots & Hearts 2017 and all of the awesome live country music we’re going to see at this year’s festival… including the sets from Chad Brownlee and Jess Moskaluke.

And, to get us all ready to see these Canadian country stars on stage, we’ve got a Q&A featuring both artists, AND 2 prize pack contests for you to enter.

Check out Jess and Chad’s answers, pay attention to their festival tips, and use the contest widgets below to earn up to 7 entries in each of the contests.

Thanks to both of the MDM Recordings artists for their answers – and good luck to you!

Q: What three words would you use to describe the feeling of getting up on a big stage in front of a bunch of rowdy country music fans?

Jess: Exhilarating, energetic, and sweaty.

Chad: Surreal, Rush, and blessed

Q: If you could sing a duet with any of the other Boots & Hearts 2017 artists, who would be at the top of your list?

Jess: Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, or Frankie Ballard in a heartbeat.

Chad: Jess Moskaluke

Chad Brownlee Boots and Hearts 2015

Q: What is your favourite thing about the country music fans across Canada?

Jess: Their loyalty to country music. They’ll drive for HOURS to make sure they don’t miss a show!

Chad: Without their continued support of my music and spending their hard earned money to come watch our show, I wouldn’t have a career

Q: Can you tell us something about you that we wouldn’t find in a Google search?

Jess: When I was a kid I actually WANTED braces. And never got them haha. Not sure why, or why that’s what I chose to tell you, but there you have it.

Chad: Yes…and I’d like to keep it that way.

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Q: What is your number #1 festival tip for the fans?

Jess: Mix in a water! You’ll thank me tomorrow.

Chad: Make sure to take in the show outside of your phone screen.

Catch both of these homegrown Canadian talents at Boots & Hearts 2017… and if you don’t have tickets yet, what are you waiting for? Click Here! 

Jess Moskaluke Prize Pack Contest

Chad Brownlee Prize Pack Contest

WayHome 2017 Ticket and Camping Contest!

Because we are lucky to work with the team at Republic Live, and because we love to give stuff away… we’re excited to be opening a new contest to get us ready for summer 2017!

Yes. Today. Now. For Summer. Yes.

We’re giving away 1 pair (2) General Admission Passes + 1 Camp Site to WayHome 2017… and all of the music and fun and games and people that you may enjoy when you are there.

It is important to note that this prize does not include a few things… like transportation to and from Burl’s Creek, spending money, and sunscreen.

But, it will include the wristbands you and a friend need to get in the gates to see 3 days of music – and a place to set up your tent and rest your head for a few hours in between!

So, if this is a contest that you want to win so you can see Frank Ocean, Flume, Imagine Dragons, Tegan and Sara, The Shins, Cage The Elephant, Banks, Dashboard Confessional, Constantines, The Naked And Famous, Vance Joy, and more… use the widget to earn up to 7 entries for your chance to be the lucky one!

Pay close attention to the widget and instructions to make sure you earn your entries. We’ll be paying attention.

Stay tuned for previews, interviews, and other awesome content leading up to and during WayHome 2017.

We can’t wait to dive in headfirst and experience all of the sunshine, good times, and music/art/creativity/love that tens of thousands of our closest July friends can provide.

Be Awesome!

Lady Gaga Takes On The Super Bowl LI Half-Time Show

We’re heading into Super Bowl LI with an eye on Lady Gaga. Yeah, it’s a big game but we’re not here to predict the game, we’re here to talk about the half-time show!

Last year Gaga stepped up to sing the National Anthem and landed herself in the top 10 all-time performances. This year she’s taking the stage at half-time and the rumours are flying! Will she be joined by Beyoncé or maybe Tony Bennett? Will she turn her performance into a political message? Will she start her performance on the roof of the stadium? Will she announce a tour in support of her fifth studio album, Joanne, after the Super Bowl? We’ll find out all the answers later today.

My thoughts? Guest artist or not Gaga is going to kill this performance. The multi-Grammy winning artist has a great catalogue to draw from and we’re hoping that she plays some of our favourites. My best guess, she will include Million Reasons, are we placing bets on this stuff? I’m also finding hard to believe she won’t say something political, come on guys, it’s Gaga! Now onto the roof, there’s rain in the forecast so I’m going to say no to this one. Will she make a tour announcement, 100% yes!

So what can we expect from the 12 minute Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show? Straight from Gaga’s lips, we can anticipate a tremendously athletic performance.

Just in time for this huge performance Lady Gaga has released some new merch,  this is a perfect marketing opportunity and the new merch is awesome!

You can get ready for tonight’s performance with The Essentials Playlist.

I’m excited and I can hardly wait! Bring it, Gaga. We’re counting on a spectacle!

While you’re waiting for the game to get started, enter our contest. We’re giving away a Boots and Hearts prize for Luke Bryan’s National Anthem over/under 2:15. RT with your pick. One correct bet will win!

EDIT – We’ve got the full version of the Half-Time Performance!

Sunlight Fading Away: Pigeon Park Q&A and Contest!

Vancouver-based band Pigeon Park have been around a while (formed in 2008) and they’ve been working hard. Hard at the music, hard at the relationships and hard at keeping things fresh. Their Facebook bio describes them as having “impeccable musicianship, high energy live shows and a uniquely powerful sound; a seamless blend of classic and modern rock that’s constantly evolved over time.” They’ve been out on tour with Aerosmith, Slash, Sam Roberts, Big Wreck, Scott Weiland, The Offspring and Collective Soul. That’s quite a list!

And now Pigeon Park are getting ready to head out on tour supporting Diemonds. Starting in London and working their way through Ontario, and then back home to BC. We’re sure they’ll be spending each night trying to top the night before.

Click here for dates and tickets!

To celebrate the tour we talked to the boys about their new album Sunlight Fading Away, road life and we have a Q&A to share with you. And… we’ve got a contest for you!

When they stop here at Toronto’s Adelaide Hall on December 1st, we want you to be there too!

We’re happy to be working with Pigeon Park and the Hard Rock Café Toronto to give away a $50 gift certificate, a sweet meet & greet opportunity, plus tickets for two. That sounds like a pretty fun night out to me!

Check out the Q&A, thanks to Nick Weber for answering, and then use the widget to earn up to 7 entries for your chance to win our Pigeon Park prize pack. Oh, and tell your friends!

Please read the directions carefully to make sure that all of your entries are confirmed and count!

Q. Your Facebook page talks about a “fresh start”, what differences will fans notice with the latest release?

A. : I think you can hear a change in attitude with “Sunlight Fading Away.” The song has a serious and a light hearted vibe to it. It’s a little quirkier than what we have put out in the past.

Q. Sunlight Fading Away was released on August 5th, 2016, can you walk us through the writing and recording process?

A. Sunlight was written by our guitarist/vocalist, Logan. It was brought in to rehearsal and from there we all put our individual spin on it. We felt really confident in the track so we decided to make it our next single. The recording process was great. Our producer for the track was Jordan Orebeek. Jordan, is a long time friend of ours who’s worked with us in the past so it was a great experience. It was also Spencer’s (our new drummer) first project with us so it held a little more meaning than normal.

Q. How has the album been received?

A. It’s been great! We’ve seen some exciting radio attention across Canada and our fan base is really on board with the song as well.

Q. The band is pretty active on social media, and I have to say, you’ve got some great photos on social. Can you tell us a bit about how the band approaches social media?

A. Well we try and split up the tasks a little bit between the 5 of us. It’s a lot more work than people think. I just try and have fun with it as much as I can. We never take ourselves too seriously when it comes to that stuff. I think is evident on our social accounts, haha!

Q. How did you end up touring with Diemonds?

A. We work with an agent from Feldman who books all of our shows and we managed to sync up with Diemonds as they were releasing new music as well! It’s good timing! We are all excited to start playing some shows.

Q. The tour kicks off November 30th in London and ends in Victoria on the December 18th. Will you be heading back out at any point to tour the Eastern provinces?

A. We are always looking to play shows and we’d love to get out to more eastern provinces as soon as we can. Everything just has to fall into place!

Q. What are three things you can’t live without on the road?

A. Nintendo 64/Super Smash Brothers. Music. Clean underwear.

Q. What are you listening to?

A. Personally, I listen to a lot of hip hop, which is definitely different than our stuff, haha! I listen to a lot of Queens of the Stone Age, Alexisonfire and listening to some older stuff like Zeppelin and Aerosmith!

Q. Last question, tell us something about the band that we couldn’t find with a google search.

A. We have really intense Nintendo 64 battles on the road! We go all out and carry it in a briefcase to bring it into the hotel.

Pigeon Park



You can find Pigeon Park at these fine internet locations:

Web: PigeonParkMusic
Facebook: PigeonPark
Twitter: PigeonPark
Instagram: PigeonPark
YouTube: PigeonParkBand
Spotify: PigeonPark
Soundcloud: pigeon-park

1 year ago

Dean Brody: Beautiful Freakshow Q&A, Review and Contest!

With his sixth studio album Dean Brody is doing something familiar… making changes. The Canadian star, fresh off of wins at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards for Single, Songwriter, Video, and Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year, Brody isn’t content to rest on his success or the status quo of his sound.

dean-brody-beautiful-freakshowBeautiful Freakshow (release date: October 21, 2016) is a new evolution in the BC native’s songwriting career, and it’s one that should both intrigue and excite his fans from coast to coast. Already fans have embraced Bush Party, pushing it to #12 on the country charts this summer. And the reaction to Time, which Brody performed at the 2016 CCMA awards show, has been as positive as we expected from the moment we heard it.

Note: We’ve got a Q&A in this post… and Dean told us about taking chances, his songwriting, and the Canadian musician he’d most like to work with next. And if we gave you 10 guesses, we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t get it!

If you’ve seen Dean Brody live, watched or read an interview with him, or even just listened to his songs on the radio, you’ve got some sense of what he brings to the table. He’s a songwriter first, never thinking at the start of his career that he’d be singing his songs on his own records. He’s a humble, giving, thoughtful man, embodying all the good things we think of when we imagine a Canadian. And he’s the kind of performer that you can’t wait to see again, even moments after he’s left the stage.

We’ve been fortunate enough to speak with Dean in the past, to see him live, and to preview Beautiful Freakshow before its release to the world. And as we said, it’s a record that takes chances. The title track features a rap vocal from Halifax native Shevy Price, and while it may cause some fans to hop on their “that’s not country” horse, we have a feeling it’s going to do a lot more of the opposite. Fans of Dean (and country radio) are going to have an opportunity to embrace the song, and if that means they have to look themselves in the mirror and embrace someone like Sam Hunt when maybe they haven’t before – all the better in our opinion!

Pre-order Beautiful Freakshow on iTunes now!

Here’s the deal… this is a solid album. A fun album. An album that we’ve listened to more than a couple times over the last few days, and will be listening to again and again. All 10 tracks offer something to fans that they can sink their teeth into, tap their toes to, and sing along to. We know that Dean pours himself into his music, and we also know that he loves what he does. And being able to see that shine through again on another record is pretty damn cool.

In fact, we like the album so much (really, truly) that we’ve partnered with Open Road Recordings to give away 3 CD copies of Dean Brody’s Beautiful Freakshow!


That’s right… right after you finish reading this Q&A you can use the widget to earn up to 7 entries for your chance to be a winner. Remember to read the directions and make sure your entries are being received!

NOW, check out Dean’s answers to our questions… and feel free to tweet @DeanBrody if you have any followup questions to ask.

Q) You’ve said in the past that songwriting is very important to you. Do you feel like you’ve grown with your songwriting on this record, and was it a conscious decision to push yourself into new territory?

A) I think I’m evolving as a songwriter, I’m not sure if that is growth or just change. I’ve always had trouble sitting in one place for too long, creatively speaking. I do love experimenting with sounds and vibes. So Beautiful Freakshow naturally runs a wide spectrum musically. Lyrically, I still try and tell the country story and celebrate the rural way of living.

Q) You’re no stranger to taking chances on your records now. Do you feel more comfortable with the things you tried on Beautiful Freakshow, or is it still a “hope for the best” feeling?

A) I’m very comfortable taking chances these days. In the past it freaked me out a little but hindsight is a great thing. My biggest risks have turned out to be some of my fans favourite tunes.

Q) Bush Party has been a strong start, and Time is starting to make its way to fans now, how do you feel the reception to the new music has been so far?

A) It’s been awesome! I think all artists feel somewhat self-conscious and vulnerable when they put their music it there, especially if you’ve written stuff alone. So when our fans receive it and love it- it’s SO encouraging. Like a sigh of relief!

Q) You brought Alan Doyle (who everyone loves) back to work on another song with Soggy Bottom Summer for this record. Is there anything specific you enjoy about working with Alan?

A) I think what I appreciate the most about Alan is his love of music and his openness to sharing his gift with others. I think the politics of music, for him, are a non-issue. And he’s just a really cool dude. Down to earth. Authentic. It’s why he’s so beloved by Canadians. And his latest album is just brilliant. Have to throw that in there. You have to hear it.

CCMA Awards 2016 Dean Brody Green Carpet

Q) You’ve also got Shevy Price and Sarah Blackwood on new songs… is there anyone in Canadian music that you’d love to tag to work on the next album?

A) This won’t be popular with a lot of folks but the melodies and shit that come out of Justin Bieber is something any musician can respect. I think it’d be interesting to get inside another chaotic artist’s mind for a song. There, I said it. Musically, he’s an interesting cat.

Q) What do you hope country music fans take away from the experience of listening to Beautiful Freakshow?

A) I hope the album inspires fun, a thoughtful moment or two, and just something people can listen to as they go about their lives. I hope I can connect with them. I love sharing music, that’s what the musical experience is all about for me – sharing a moment in time together.

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The Lovelocks: Born To Love Tour Q&A and Contest!

Two of our favourite women in Canadian country music are getting ready to hit the road on their first headlining tour in Western Canada… and it’s pretty darn exciting!

The Lovelocks (Ali Raney and Zoë Sparrow) have been working hard over the last few years, releasing two EPs and playing for all kinds of crowds across the country. But this time it’s different. This time they’re at the top of the list, with the spotlight shining brightly on their talent, and we know they’re going to be great.

There are eight dates on the tour, which means eight cities are going to enjoy the Born To Love Tour. We’re a little jealous to be honest with you.

Click here for dates and tickets!

To celebrate the tour we talked to Ali and Zoë about road life and have a sweet Q&A to share with you… but that’s not all.

the-lovelocks-tshirt-2016We’re also happy to be working with The Lovelocks and the MDM Recordings team to give away 2 CDs (The Lovelocks – EP and Born To Love) and a t-shirt from the band!

So, check out the Q&A with Ali and Zoë and then use the widget to earn up to 7 entries for your chance to win our #BornToLoveTour prize pack!

Ok ladies help us out here, we need some Lovelocks road life advice…

Q) What is the most important thing to pack for the road other than clothes and toiletries?

A) It’s important to pack a few small comforts from home when you’re living out of a suitcase! A few of our favourite things to stay close to home on the road would include: cozy slippers, a good book, that old comfy sweatshirt you’ve had since high school, and a favourite mid-afternoon treat. For Ali’s treat, it’s her earl grey cream loose leaf tea, and for Zoë it’s her LaraBars. And let’s not forget a few extra guitar and fiddle strings and batteries for any on-stage mishaps!

Q) Do you bring your own pillows or blankets with you when you hit the road?

A) Sadly we have to keep things compact when we’re on the road because not only are we flying/driving with our personal luggage, we’re also carrying a TON of gear. Unfortunately, pillows and blankets don’t make the cut.

Q) Who packs more for tour trips… Ali or Zoë?

A) The great thing about being in a band with your best friend is that you can sort of pack together. Usually we bring one suitcase each, and then we stuff another bag full of our shoes and accessories, which we tend to share. It keeps our own suitcases small, but maximizes the amount of stuff we can bring at the same time. DOUBLE FIST PUMP!

CCMA Awards 2016 The Lovelocks Green Carpet

Q) What is the 1 album you can put on to listen to on repeat on a long drive between cities and venues?

A) It’s all about the classics on the road! A little Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks or that live Alison Krauss & Union Station record are all great for long drives!

Q) When you’re on tour, what is your favourite food to grab to treat yourself with?

A) Any sit-down, catch-your-breath, non-fast food meal that reminds you of a home-cooked meal is always a treat. It’s rare to actually eat a proper meal, so these are the moments that make you the happiest on the road!

Q) What is the best thing about hitting the road to play?

A) Seeing all that our beautiful country has to offer and meeting fans from coast-to-coast! There’s nothing like it 🙂

And, not gonna lie, we have a pretty good time road trippin’ together. We only get into a bit of trouble!

The Lovelocks Mod Club CD Release 2016

Q) What is the hardest part about hitting the road to play?

A) Definitely missing our friends and family back home, but we are lucky to live in an era where technology makes it so much easier to keep in daily touch while we’re on the road.

Q) We’ve seen the live show, it’s a whole lot of fun… in 50 words can you tell everyone what they can expect from a live show with The Lovelocks?

A) We are a female roots country duo that sings about all sides of love – the good, the bad and the ugly. Soaring vocals, killer harmonies, rootsy instrumentation with signature fiddle licks, and a high energy stage presence are key ingredients to our live show! You’ll also get the inside scoop with tales from the road and stories behind the songs! Come on out to the #BornToLoveTour and bring some friends along – the more, the merrier!

Please read the directions carefully to make sure that all of your entries are confirmed and count!



ps. If you still haven’t checked out The Lovelocks’ latest single, Time After Time, watch the video now!

The Lovelocks Born To Love Album Art

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