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 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
First I’m going to start by saying, last night’s Grammys show was a long one. It wasn’t perfect but it didn’t need to be. James Cordon did a good job as host and I honestly wasn’t sure when he started with his entrance, if it was for real or not. And then he rolled down … Continue reading Five Favourite Things That Happened on the Grammys
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!
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
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
Have you seen it yet? Dierks Bentley has just released a video for the title track Black. This is the third single off the album Black and it’s very different. Somewhere on a Beach was fun, upbeat with a hip-hop feel and Different for Girls offers up an understanding, kind feeling, featuring uber talented Elle King. Both hit the number one … Continue reading Black: Dierks Bentley Video Release
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
Brett Kissel is gearing up for a Winter 2017 tour that will take him to 19 cities, in five provinces, in 24 days… and it’s going to be awesome. The Ice, Snow & 30 Below Tour promises to be a good time for any and all fans of Kissel, the 2016 CCMA Fans’ Choice, Male … Continue reading Kick It With Kissel: Ontario Openers Announced on Brett Kissel’s Ice, Snow & 30 Below Tour!
The addition of Luke Bryan to the Boots & Hearts 2017 lineup brings 15 more Hot Country Airplay #1 hits to Oro Medonte, and we couldn’t be happier about it! In 2014 we saw Luke take over the main stage and whip 30,000+ into a frenzy as he rolled through his set, danced and shimmied … Continue reading Boots & Hearts 2017 Preview: Luke Bryan Top 10
When Joshua posted his 10 most listened to albums of 2016 post, I wondered out loud if it was too soon to be writing such a post. Joshua and I chatted briefly about it and his conclusion was that there wasn’t an album that could be released now that could top his list of 10 … Continue reading Trish’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2016