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5 Quick Questions with Brett Kissel!

You all know Brett Kissel… Juno and Canadian Country Music Association award winner, good Canadian boy, husband, dad, cowboy hat wearer, Roots model, etc. – you know all that, but today we’ve got some new things for you to learn about the Pick Me Up singer.

We caught up with Brett during Canadian Country Music Week and asked him 5 questions we’ve never asked him before – plus a bonus question for all you hockey fans.

Ready? Let’s go!

ccma-2016-brett-kissel-and-josh-1498Q1: What album can you put on in the car and listen to on repeat like 3 or 4 times without needing to swap it out?

Brett: The Eagles, Greatest Hits

We agreed with this one, and then started listing songs and I think we all started wishing we were listening to The Eagles right then.)

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

Brett: Clearly Canadian by George Fox

We never would have guessed this one in a thousand tries, but LOVE that it’s so Canadian and so Brett Kissel.

Q3: What is your #1 hobby when you’re not working on or playing music?

Brett: Golf… he says he’s bad, but loves to play. We told him that his swing looks good in the still photos we’ve seen.

Q4: What is the one thing you need, need, need to have when you start a writing session?

Brett: My guitar

Brett told us that he’s written without the guitar before, but it’s just not the same, and he doesn’t really like it.

Q5: What artist should we be listening to right now that we might now be?

Brett: The Abrams, and their new song Champion.

We’ve known about The Abrams for a while now, and it’s pretty cool to hear Brett shout them out.

BONUS: Give us a prediction for the 2016-17 NHL season.

Brett: First, the Edmonton Oilers will get into the playoffs, just squeaking in. (no surprise to hear Brett say that). Second, Connor McDavid will finish the season with 100 or more points (that’s a strong prediction, I was a little wowed.)

Big thanks to Brett for playing along, we can’t wait for new music and the chance to see him play live again soon!


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?

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 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 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

20 Half- Assed Predictions For The 2013 NHL Season

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With the NHL season just a week away it’s time to start thinking about what could happen in the 2013 season. Because of the lockout and the shortened 48 game season your season preview magazines from the fall are pretty useless in my eyes. So, here is a list of things that I think could happen. Some more serious than others, but none really out of the complete realm of possibility.

If you agree, awesome. If you think I’m nuts, even better. If you have your own predictions let me know. Paste your links in the comment section if you’ve written your own predictions post.

Note: I understand that many hockey fans are still upset with the league and the PA and the entire lockout situation. Many of you have stated that you will not be back to watch NHL hockey this season and perhaps for longer. I get it. I was pissed when the World Series was cancelled back in the day. We all felt this way when we lost an entire NHL season only a few years ago. BUT if you are one of these fans please do not feel the need to ruin the new NHL season for the fans who are excited. Let them be. They love hockey and you do too. And they, like me, just wanna see the puck drop. Thank you. Claude Giroux vs Sidney Crosby

  1. Montreal will beat Toronto on opening night, Saturday January 19, 2013.
  2. Sidney Crosby will average 2.1 points per game and end the season with 101 points and the Art Ross Trophy.
  3. The 1st squid/octopus will hit the ice in Detroit on Tuesday, January 22 during the home opener against Dallas
  4. Edmonton will start the season hot, hot, hot – and make the play-offs.
  5. Don Cherry will come out firing on Coach’s Corner and be in mid-season form.
  6. Scott Gomez will score on opening night for the Montreal Canadiens – oh wait nevermind, my bad.
  7. Braden and Luke Schenn will get in a fight over who their mom likes best causing unrest in the Flyers locker room.
  8. Justin Schultz wins the Calder Trophy in a landslide.
  9. Mike Komisarek will continue to play his way into being cut/ bought out/ amnestied.
  10. Steven Stamkos will score 36 goals and win the Rocket Richard Trophy.
  11. The defending Stanley Cup Champion, LA Kings will earn the 4 seed in the Western Conference.
  12. Evander Kane will buy dinner for the entire Winnipeg sports media and win their love back.
  13. Brian Burke will have a new job before the end of the season – perhaps with the NHL league offices.
  14. Matt Stajan will… actually I have no idea what Matt Stajan will do.
  15. Cladue Giroux will dish out a 2 hander to Sidney Crosby and cause 0 damage but get a 2 game suspension.
  16. Jaromir Jagr will score 15 goals in 43 games in Dallas and think about coming back again next season.
  17. Cam Barker will make the Vancouver Canucks and play at least 27 games in the regular season.
  18. Alex Ovechkin will be asked about the distraction of his new engagement after not scoring in the first 2 games of the season.
  19. Ryan Miller wins the Vezina with a 2.15 GAA and 7 shutouts.
  20. Montreal will beat the Islanders at home on my birthday, February 21st.


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