On Friday evening we hit the Dakota Tavern to catch country up-and-comer Shae Dupuy – and we don’t regret it for a minute. We’ve had the chance to hang out with Shae, hear her sing, learn a little more about her and her music, but on Friday we finally got to see her stand up … Continue reading Brave: Shae Dupuy at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern
While Leaving Thomas were on their recent trip to Toronto we had a chance to catch up for a little pre-show interview session… and we’d like to share that with you – because we love you like that. Big thanks to Annika and Bryton for meeting up with Natali and Trish – we can’t wait to … Continue reading Laughs & Secret Handshakes in Toronto: Leaving Thomas Interview
On January 19th we gave you the first wave of artists announced for Canadian Music Week 2017 and today we’ve got the next wave. Get ready, the list jumps from 120 to 367 bands from 24 countries. Big names added to the list include Wolf Parade, Earl Sweatshirt, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Allie X, … Continue reading Canadian Music Week 2017 – Round 2 Artist Announcement
On a wintery Thursday night in Toronto we got a look at one of Canadian country’s newest additions to the charts, Leaving Thomas. The industry showcase at the Drake Underground on Queen Street West was well attended, with bodies filling the lower floor area, and the space near the bar, as Annika and Bryton took … Continue reading If You Were Here: Leaving Thomas, Toronto Showcase
The road to Boots & Hearts 2017 officially kicked off Wednesday night in Toronto with an intimate night of entertainment provided by JJ Shiplett and Kelly Prescott. The night was presented by B&H, just a day after naming 20 new performers for this summer’s festival… a list that included both of the evening’s performers. The … Continue reading Road to Boots: JJ Shiplett and Kelly Prescott
Boots & Hearts is back with a big announcement today… with 20 new names added to the 2017 festival lineup. Some of these artists we’ve seen a bunch, some we’ve never seen at all, and that makes us pretty freakin’ excited for August 10-13, 2017. Get yourself ready, this is getting big. Today’s Announcement Includes… … Continue reading Boots & Hearts 2017 Lineup Announcement: Chad Brownlee, Jess Moskaluke, Eli Young Band, and more!
Miriam-Webster defines evolution as (3): the process of working out or developing People evolve. We grow and change and learn new things. We move from one job to the next, we choose new styles of clothes and hair, and we make new friends with new interests along with way. So why then are people so … Continue reading Creative Evolution: The Band Perry Makes The Move To Pop
A funny thing happened on the way to the bike launch… On a night designed to be an awesome and interesting launch of new bikes from Triumph, a country music show broke out – and a good time was had by all. Okay, so maybe it was planned. Maybe Clayton and Jason and Chris have … Continue reading Triumph Motorcycles Brings The Road Hammers to Toronto!
In July 2016, JJ Shiplett released The EP, featuring four songs that instantly captured us and landed in our personal high rotation. And now, six month later, JJ has 11 tracks packaged together on his debut full-length album, Something To Believe In. And at the risk of being corny, JJ’s sound is certainly something to … Continue reading Something To Believe In: JJ Shiplett Album Review
You’ve been waiting, we’ve been waiting, we’ve all tried our best to be patient… and now we have some news! The Boots & Hearts team has officially announced 3 more artists for the 2017 festival, and we’re pretty darn happy with the additions. We already knew that Keith Urban and Luke Bryan would be headlining … Continue reading Boots & Hearts 2017 Announces Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge and Dan + Shay!
Back in September 2016 we had the chance to catch up with teenage up-and-comer, Beamer Wigley during Canadian Country Music Week – and we took the chance to get him to answer our 5 quick questions. Check ’em out and keep an eye open for Beamer, he’s coming hard! Q1: If you’re in the car … Continue reading 5 Quick Questions with Beamer Wigley
Every year Canadian Music Week takes over Toronto and turns us into the music city we dream about for the rest of the year… and 2017 will be no different with a pile of talented artists – including up-and-comers and headlining legends. This year CMW comes to town from April 18 to 23 and will … Continue reading Canadian Music Week 2017 – The Early Preview!
Three times before we’ve shared a list of country covers of songs from the world of pop and rock… and now we’re back with a fourth list to share with y’all. This list has some of our favourite artists on it, singing some awesome songs. And if you haven’t heard them yet, you owe it … Continue reading 10 More Awesome Country Covers: Part 4
In 2017 we have a goal of sharing some awesome playlists with you. Playlists curated by artists and friends from the music industry, and for festivals, and just because we believe in the power and importance of sharing music. So to get us started we have a playlist from Joshua… If you know Josh, you … Continue reading thereviewsarein.com Playlist: Joshua’s Karaoke Classics!
2016 was a big year. A lot of people will look back at it and see all of the turmoil, loss, and general destruction that came from it – but there were positives that some of us will look back on from the year and use a fence posts for timelines and stories. Some of … Continue reading Songs, Success, and Standing Ovations: The Overdue Rise of Canadian Women in Country Music