Saturday night at Canadian Music Week is a big one. Big shows, big crowds, and the unofficial end to a week jam-packed full of music. So it should come as no surprise that the country music show at The Great Hall was busy, loud, and pumping out fantastic music that everyone in the room was … Continue reading CMW 2017: SiriusXM House w/ High Valley, Jess Moskaluke & Madeline Merlo
The schedule is crazy. There are bands all over the city from all over the world. So here we are to try and give you some guidance. Even if you can’t make it to every concert and showcase, you can start finding new music, and singing along to the tracks you know, with these 19 … Continue reading CMW Preview: 19 Songs You Need to Hear at Canadian Music Week 2017!
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!
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
In late November 2016, Leaving Thomas (Annika Odegard and Bryton Udy) took a big step towards their country music goals when they signed with MDM Recordings. In the month since their signing they’ve worked to release their debut single, Waiting Kind Of Girl, to Canadian country radio and film a music video to go along with … Continue reading Waiting Kind Of Girl: Introducing Leaving Thomas [Q&A]
2016 was a long, hard year for many of us. Personally, and in the music industry, we experienced loss and heartbreak – BUT, in the midst of all of that, we also had some great moments and we have to remember that! So, to celebrate what was good about the year, here are 5 of my best … Continue reading Joshua’s Highlights and Top Memories of 2016!
It had been a full year since we last hung out with Jess Moskaluke at Boots & Hearts 2015, but on Sunday night in Toronto at the CNE we caught up with the Kiss Me Quiet singer for a quick pre-show chat… and then watched her leave it all out on the stage during her … Continue reading Take Me Home: Jess Moskaluke at the CNE 2016
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!
There may have been some weather ups and downs but that didn’t dampen our spirits for the first edition of Trackside Music Fest. We pretty much kept to the main stage and watched some of our all time favourites, and some heavy hitters, knock it out of the park. Check out our photos and stay … Continue reading Trackside Music Festival: Day 1 Photo Review
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!
Updated with new acts added since original publishing date (June 21, 2016) Yes, we know that Toronto is still waiting for Spring to really start (enough with the cold and the snow already), and we know that the CNE signals the end of Summer every year… and we’re not trying to get ahead of ourselves … Continue reading 2016 Canadian National Exhibition CNE Bandshell Concert Schedule
Bobby Wills is back! Not that he ever left really, but every time an artist releases new music it feels like we’re getting them back after they’ve gone away for a little while. For the Calgary country singer it’s been nearly 2 years since his last album, Crazy Enough was released to the world, and … Continue reading Tougher Than Love: Bobby Wills EP Review and Q&A
A new month is here… and we’re ready to fall in love with new music. And If you’re looking for some new tracks to learn and love in February, we’re here to help. Check out our February 2016 playlist for some emerging talent, huge stars, and personal favourites. If there are songs you think we … Continue reading thereviewsarein.com February 2016 Playlist!
Music, like all things in life, goes through phases. We embrace the things and people we love and hold onto them for years at a time, sometimes overlooking what and who comes next because of our tunnel vision. But right now we are knee deep in a country music youth movement that is turning over … Continue reading Welcome to the Country Music Youth Movement
With the NHL All-Star Game coming up in Nashville on January 31, we decided to have a little fun with some hockey loving country music stars and hold a fantasy draft of our own. There are 14 players on the board, 12 skaters and 2 goalies… all picked because of their experience on the ice … Continue reading Country Music All-Star Hockey Fantasy Draft