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Giddy Up: Budweiser County Fair Toronto!

In the heart of the city, country took over. The Budweiser County Fair brought country music, BBQ, beer and more to King Street West, and country fans were there to soak it all in while they soaked up the sun.

The two day festival featured a list of rising stars on stage, and paired with the food, drinks, games, line dancing, pie eating, bull riding, and general good times, we’re calling it a win for Toronto and the live music scene in the city.

We were at the County Fair on Saturday, and to say there was a lot going on would be an understatement…

Line dancing lessons popped up between sets all day, with beginner, and more advanced dances being taught to the crowd. It was awesome to see the combination of men and women, in everything from flip-flops to broken in cowboy boots.

The mechanical bull was a hot spot all day, with some entertaining rides – and a contest that saw male and female winners take home tickets to Boots & Hearts 2017.

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The pie eating contest was a hot mess of cherry pie filling and crust all over contestants, the table, and the ground… but it was also awesome.

There were well deserved lineups for food, including the pig roast by Chef Kevin Castonguay and the hot dogs from Chef Stephen Payne.

And the live music from MacArthur Clark, Kaitlin Kozell, Jesse Gold, The Reklaws, and Emily Reid was on point!

MacArthur Clark took the stage first with a stripped down set of tunes that showed off his rich voice. With sweet, sad, true, and real notes that come from good singer/songwriter music.

The Peterborough, ON native is strong on stage, and songs like Blinded rang through the early afternoon crowd with the kind of soul that MacArthur Clark is known for to their fans. And, the cover of Cash’s Ring Of Fire was an excellent end to the set, offering a personal take on the classic song, and a dedication to Travis Berlenbach’s dad made it extra special.

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Kaitlin Kozell took the stage after a break for line dancing and festival fun. And along with her band, they filled the King Street West space with the country sound we’ve heard from her at events like Boots & Hearts and Steak Stock in the past.

Songs like Highway 28 and Right As Rain gave the crowd a taste of who the singer is and what she does. Kaitlin’s crowd work was also great, with a great highlight leading into Incognito. Her request for a little help from the crowd if the form of a baseball cap lead to one dude tossing her his Detroit Tigers lid, which probably looked better on her than it did on him.

Kaitlin Kozell is one to keep your eye on… trust us.

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After another break for line dancing, food, games, and the search for shade, Natasha Zimbaro hit the County Fair stage, accompanied by her band and some awesome silver balloons displaying her initials.

Natasha’s energy was a perfect fit for the late afternoon crowd, with some pep in her step, and her songs, she let her strong voice and solid performing chops show everyone what she has to offer.

Tracks like Cardboard Box (now available at CMT Canada) and Obvious, as well as her covers of Rascal Flatts’ Riot and Mötley Crue’s Home Sweet Home, rang across the space, and made new fans out of the Toronto country fans.

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As afternoon turned to evening, Jesse Gold took the County Fair stage, and the combination of his guitar picking + his accompanying guitar picking + and the songs he brings to the stage, he put on a show worth seeing.

The vibe reminds us of a Jack Johnson or Ed Sheeran – acoustic picking, sweet words, and the kind of music that you’re very comfortable listening to. The Electric/Acoustic hybrid on the stripped down set brought an interesting and appreciated feel, and songs like Lake Girl, and Chris Stapleton’s I Was Wrong were the hook Gold needed to grab our attention and make us take note that we’ll be seeing more of him in the future.

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As the dinner hour passed, the beers continued to flow, and the pie eating and bull riding contests were wrapped – The Reklaws prepared for their turn on the stage.

The Hometown Kids, duo had been seen at the County Fair all day in their position as hosts, but in new outfits, with amped up energy, and their entertaining vibes turned up to 11, Jenna and Stuart hit the stage with their band, and put on the kind of show that we were hoping for.

The downtown Toronto crowd was given everything they hoped for as the brother/sister act rang through their set of originals and covers, allowing even the most casual of country fans to get in on the action.

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We got to hear The Reklaws jam out to originals, Wish You Were Beer, Boys Don’t Cry, Last Call, and their current single, Hometown Kids – and they sounded great doing it. And when they dipped into their bag of tricks for covers of Shaggy’s Angel, The Steve Miller Band’s The Joker, Rihanna’s Four Five Seconds, Sum 41’s In Too Deep, and Kip Moore’s Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck – there were jumps and sways and singing along all throughout the County Fair.

And with an awesome little acoustic medley that had everyone singing along, the Budweiser County Fair got to hear Stuart and Jenna slip together clips of Snapback (Old Dominion), Better Man (Little Big Town), Body Like A Back Road (Sam Hunt), My Church (Maren Morris), and H.O.L.Y. (Florida Georgia Line). We love a good medley, we love country music, and we loved this little addition to the set.

We know we’re going to see The Reklaws again soon, you will too.

And we’re already looking forward to next year when the Budweiser County Fair comes back to Toronto. See you there.

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Cowboy Up: Budweiser County Fair is Coming to Toronto

For the last few years we’ve been talking about Toronto’s emergence as a country music hot spot. And now, the city is getting their own country music festival when the Budweiser County Fair comes to 525 King Street West, July 14 and 15, 2017.

The County Fair is offering a full experience, including:

Carnival Games And Prizes
Succulent BBQ Eats From 6 Of Toronto’s Hottest Chefs
The County Fair Mechanical Bull Championships
Carnival Food Classics
Drink Samplings
Tomorrow’s Stars Of Country Music
Line Dancing Lessons And Coyote Ugly Dancers

Don’t have your tickets for the fair yet? Stop wasting time and get them now: Budweiser County Fair Tickets!

2017 Budweiser County Fair Lineup and Schedule

Friday, July 14th

6:00pm – Jade Eagleson
7:00pm – Vanessa Marie Carter

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8:30pm – Johnson Crook

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10:00pm – Andrew Hyatt

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Saturday, July 15th

2:00pm – MacArthur Clark
3:30pm – Kaitlin Kozell

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5:00pm – Natasha Zimbaro
6:30pm – Jesse Gold
8:30pm – The Reklaws

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10:00pm – Emily Reid

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Do you remember that line about Succulent BBQ Eats From 6 Of Toronto’s Hottest Chefs? Well, it’s legit.

Via thecountyfair.ca, The Budweiser County Fair has rounded up 6 of the city’s well renowned chefs to showcase their unique style in a fire fuelled BBQ experience. Satisfy your cravings and indulge in some succulent BBQ eats and local fare. From heat to sweet, this is one tasty experience you don’t want to miss out on!

Steve Gonzalez
Executive Chef, Baro Restaurant
Kevin Castonguay
Executive Chef & Founder, Provisions
Elisa Corrigan
Executive Chef & Owner, The Green Wood Restaurant
Matt Blondin
Chef & Owner, OMAW Restaurant
Stephen Payne
Executive Chef & Owner, Kung Fu Dawg
Nate Middleton
Executive Chef, Home of the Brave

We don’t know exactly what’s going to be on the menu(s), but given the pedigree of the chefs coming to party… we’re damn sure that things are going to get tasty!

Note: Please remember to grab a napkin, good BBQ gets messy, and this should be good.

All in all, this 2-day country party in the heart of downtown looks like it’s going to be a blast. From the afterwork excitement of Friday night, to the all-day festivities of Saturday, there will be feet stompin’, drinks pourin’, and good country singin’.

Check out the promo video, get your plaid and boots ready, and we’ll see you at the Budweiser County Fair in downtown Toronto!

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Enter Now: Boots & Hearts 2017 Emerging Artist Showcase

Presented by Chevrolet (new in 2017), the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase has helped to launch the careers of Tebey and Tim Hicks (2012), The Reklaws (2013), Ty Baynton, Runaway Angel, Trinity Bradshaw (2014), Johnson Crook, Kris Barclay, James Barker Band, (2015), Jesse Gold and Vanessa Marie Carter (2016) and more!If you think you’ve got what it takes, the process starts with the applications. Country artists, ages 12 and over, can submit a video for a chance to compete at Burl’s Creek Event Park this summer. Visit bootsandhearts.com/showcase to submit your video.

After all of the videos have been submitted (end date: July 2. 11:59 PM EST), 8 finalists will be hand-picked by the judges, who are respected industry professionals, to play live at Boots & Hearts 2017.

Once the top 8 have been selected, fans will then have the opportunity to vote on their favourite artist. Fan votes will determine the time slots for the finalists. Keep in mind that getting the most votes will have you playing last, and historically this is when the crowds are bigger!

The top two will as perform in a sing-off on the main stage at Boots and Hearts 2017. The winner will have the honour of performing on before Brett Eldredge takes the stage, there will be a big crowd watching!

Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase 2017 Grand Prize!

The winner of the 2017 Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase will have a chance to…

1. Play the main stage before Brett Eldredge on Sunday.

2. Record and release a single on the Universal Music Canada label.

3. Travel to Nashville, the prize includes flight, hotel accommodations for a week, $500 spending money, professional photo shoot, media training and a beautiful new Gibson guitar.
This could be a life-changing experience for all involved and while winning the contest is definitely the carrot at the end of the stick, remember, Tim Hicks was runner-up in 2012. This is going to be a great opportunity for eight new country acts and for 1 of them, it could change their life!

Find out everything you need to know about the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase by visiting bootsandhearts.com/showcase.Do you know someone that you think should be up on the big stage? Of course, you do, send them this link. Or if you’re a country artist hoping for the next big break we wish you luck. Go enter and tell your friends!

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Boots & Hearts 2017 Lineup Announcement: Chad Brownlee, Jess Moskaluke, Eli Young Band, and more!

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…

Chad Brownlee
We are happy campers to see this Canadian headliner added to the Boots & Hearts lineup. Chad isn’t new to the festival, but he has new music to share since the last time he hit the B&H stage.

We can’t wait to see Chad up there, with the entire crowd singing along to his radio hits!

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Eli Young Band
If you were looking for a name you knew, this should be it! The Eli Young Band are sure to bring a bunch of energy, talent, and smooth sounding songs to the Boots & Hearts stage when they play their set.

We don’t know which day we’ll see them, but it really doesn’t matter. It’s gonna be good.

Frankie Ballard
Frankie’s back! Mr. Ballard played Boots & Hearts in 2015, and now he’s coming back to do it again. We expect the crowd to be bigger and louder, and we expect that Frankie Ballard will be ready for it.

Get ready to sing loud when he plays Cigarette and Sunshine & Whiskey.

 

Jess Moskaluke
YES! Ms. Moskaluke is still the top of the heap when it comes to Canadian women in country music. Her third consecutive CCMA win for Female Artist of the Year should tell you that.

Jess has been on the small stage twice in her Boots & Hearts career – the last time playing the kick-off party. This year we’re expecting to see her on the main stage, playing for some very excited country music fans.

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Kiefer Sutherland
Yes, that Kiefer Sutherland. If you haven’t listened to Kiefer’s 2016 album, Down In A Hole, give it a listen now (click here to listen on Spotify) and get ready for his stage performance.

This isn’t the first Hollywood star to play the festival… year 1 attendees will remember Kevin Costner getting it done.

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Tucker Beathard
We saw Tucker last year at a small showcase in Toronto… and after seeing him sit with his guitar and sing, we can’t wait to see the full show when he’s plugged in with the band.

His star is rising, you’ve probably heard Rock On, and you should go listen to Momma and Jesus to get yourself ready.

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Drake White and the Big Fire
We saw Drake White last summer… and the dude is a lot of fun on stage. He sounds great and he brings a love for doing what he does when he’s up there. And he’s got a great hat.

This will be a sing and drink and dance along set.

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Brooke Eden
This Florida powerhouse has been on a ton of “ones to watch” lists in the last 2 years, and now we’re going to get to hear in person why she’s landed on all of them.

Boots & Hearts is bringing girl power to the stage. And we’re into it.

Cold Creek County
Canadian country fans already know these boys… but if you haven’t seen them yet, this is a great opportunity. They bring as much energy as anyone in the game when they step on stage. And they fill the stage with dudes and sound when they get to playing.

Be ready, this one is going to get loud.

Aubrie Sellers
They call her a Texas/Nashville hybrid… and we can get behind that. Sellers will be making her Boots & Hearts debut – which means a whole lot of fans to grab. And we’re sure she’ll be up to it.

Get ready for this 20something to show you what she’s got.

Lindi Ortega
Lindi Ortega is an underrated add to this list. With all kinds of critical acclaim, and fans who absolutely love her, Ortega is going to be great at Boots & Hearts.

Her signature sound and style are going to present some awesome “wow” moments for new fans this summer.

Endless Summer
Clint and Bob Moffat may never have been names that country fans thought they’d see on a festival lineup… but here they are. Endless Summer has been putting in work to show their country chops and build their fanbase. And, they’re super nice guys who can truly play and sing.

The boys announced online that they will be handling some hosting duties on the weekend as well – so be ready to see them on stage more than once.

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Midland
They hype is legit when it comes to Midland. You may have seen other country artists talking about how much they’re into what these guys are bringing… and if you haven’t, we can tell you that we trust their judgement.

We don’t know where these new comers will land on the schedule, but we’ll be there to listen.

JJ Shiplett
We had a feeling that JJ would be making the trip to Boots & Hearts this summer to share the new music from Something To Believe In, and we’re very happy that he’s going to have that chance.

Be ready for a sing along and grab a beer, this is gonna be good.

The Abrams
The Abrams have been rising stars for the last little while… and their single, Champion, has been heard by a lot of people. The boys opened for Brett Kissel on the Ice, Snow & 30 Below tour – and got a shout out to us from Brett during Canadian Country Music Week 2016.

We’re expecting some energy with this one – to go along with a great sound.

Jessica Mitchell
Thank Goodness! We love this talented young woman, and the small taste of her that Boots & Hearts fans got on the SiriusXM stage just wasn’t enough. If you only know Workin’ On Whiskey, please go listen to her EP (click here to listen on Spotify) and get ready.

Prepare for jokes, songs, and feelings when Jessica Mitchell gets on stage at B&H.

Jessica Mitchell at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016

Dani Strong
Dani is a hard working, talented country artist – and we’re happy that she’s going to get this chance to play at Boots & Hearts. We’ve had the chance to see her play on a couple of stages over the last 2 years, and we’re sure she’ll bring the same love to the stage this summer.

Be ready for a good time, it’s gonna happen.

Kelly Prescott
Kelly is on the rise. Featured as December 2016’s CMAO artist of the month, she’s been working hard, playing hard, and showing a whole lot of people that she’s got what it takes to play with the big kids.

We’re looking for energy, great songs, and Kelly Prescott working hard again to show new listeners that she’s one to watch.

Andrew Hyatt
We like Andrew a lot. Can’t lie. He’s a good dude who plays good music, builds all kinds of woodshop projects when he’s got the time – and sent us a hilarious Christmas wish to share last year.

You might not think you know Andrew Hyatt, but be ready to sing along to MGR (Me And A Girl And A Radio) when he plays it loud.

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Jesse Gold
Another up and comer, Jesse will be looking to show the country fans at Boots & Hearts that he belongs and that they should be listening. And we think he will. Be ready for all kinds of effort and passion for the music when he’s playing.

You won’t be disappointed.

and more…

Stay tuned for more from Boots & Hearts 2017 – we can’t wait to hear what the next news is going to be… but we know we’re going to have contests, fun info, and more to share.

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2016 Boots & Hearts Preview: Emerging Artists Q&A

Boots & Hearts has picked its finalists for the Emerging Artist Competition, but they still need your help! When you’re done reading and watching, come back and vote here!

To help you with the decision making, we did a Q&A with the finalists to help you get to know them a little better. We asked them about who they’re listening to, what they were doing when they heard they’d made the finals, what we can expect from them, and more.

Thanks to Vanessa Marie Carter, Jess and Tay, Ryan Langdon, Shylo Sharity, Kelsi MayneRobyn Ottolini, and Jesse Gold for playing along, and we can’t wait to meet you!

Vanessa Marie CarterQ. How did you find out about the contest?

Vanessa Marie Carter: I heard about the Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist contest a few years ago. The Canadian Country music scene is a really tight community, especially within Ontario. With Boots & Hearts being the king of Canadian Country festivals, it’s a hard one not to hear about! I’m so happy that I have the chance to be there this summer.

Jess and Tay: We found out about the Emerging Artist Showcase through Twitter and we knew we had to enter.

Ryan Langdon:
 I’ve heard about the contest for the past couple of years now. Something came up online and I decided to enter.

Shylo Sharity: I was told I should enter by a friend.

Kelsi Mayne: I found out about B&H 3 years ago when I moved to Toronto and had a huge billboard right outside my window with Miranda Lambert (my idol) on it. Naturally, I looked into it which lead me to learn about the Emerging Artist Showcase. It’s been a dream of mine ever since!

Robyn Ottolini: I watched it last year at Boots and Hearts!

Jesse Gold: An incredible band and dear friends of mine, Birds Of Bellwoods, were one of the emerging artist bands in 2015. After watching them kill it and have an amazing time I decided I had to apply for 2016!

Q
. Tell us what you were doing when you received the news you’d been chosen?

Vanessa Marie Carter: I was at work when I received the news that I’d been chosen for the showcase! I read and re-read the e-mail about three times to make sure I hadn’t mistaken something. As an up and coming artist, that really was THE best news to receive.

Jess and TayJess and Tay: We had just woken up and Jess was heading to an exam when I (Tay) was just about to go back to sleep when I heard the email notification. I saw “Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase” as the description and immediately showed Jess and we were ecstatic to find out that we had been chosen.

Ryan Langdon: I was actually at the gym working out when I found out the news.

Shylo Sharity: I was at home when I received an email informing me I was one of the finalists. It is hard to describe how I felt but let me try. Elated, amazed, joyous, and incredibly happy!

Kelsi Mayne: I was in the middle of the Apple store getting help when I hopped on their wifi and saw an email titled “Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist TOP 8 FINALIST”. I had to read it three times over until I truly believed they were speaking about me. Then I did my best not to scream and bear hug the Apple genius next to me!

Robyn Ottolini: I was just lying in bed checking my emails when it popped up and I just started shaking I couldn’t believe it!!

Jesse Gold: I was actually in the middle of recording and I had forgotten to turn my phone on silent. In the middle of a perfect take, my phone made that little email “ding” sound. I screamed some profanities and then checked my phone to find that it was the incredible news from Boots & Hearts. I was not upset about the ruined take!

Q. If you were creating a playlist, what are the top three tunes?
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Vanessa Marie Carter: This is such a difficult question!! Currently, my top 3 recently played are T-Shirt by Thomas Rhett, Mind Reader by Dustin Lynch and Fire Away by Chris Stapleton.

Jess and Tay:
1) House Party – Sam Hunt
2) I Know What You Did Last Summer – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
3) Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson

Ryan Langdon:
1) Chris Young – The Man I Want To Be
2) George Strait – Troubadour
3) Prince – I Would Die For You

Shylo SharityShylo Sharity:
Chris Stapelton – Tennessee Whiskey
Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits
Lana Del Rey – National Anthem

Kelsi Mayne: My top 3 favourite songs at the moment are: Blame it On Me- Chris Stapleton, Drink You Away- Justin Timberlake, and Die a Happy Man- Thomas Rhett

Robyn Ottolini: Beer Can in a Truck Bed- Old Dominion, Rich- Maren Morris and What the Hell Did I Say?- Dierks Bentley

Jesse Gold: I create playlists for different moods. But for a summer sun, country lovin’, good ol’ time, playlist… these would be the three top songs on it now:

Waves – Miguel feat. Kacey Musgraves
I Want Crazy – Hunter Hayes
Traveller – Chris Stapleton

Q. Who are you most excited to see at Boots and Hearts?
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Vanessa Marie Carter: Cam and Chase Rice are two I haven’t seen before who I’m really looking forward to watching! Along with all of the headliners, I have so many friends who are playing the festival as well who I can’t wait to see. It’s going to be an awesome three days!

Jess and Tay: We are super excited to see everyone performing at Boots and Hearts this year, but we’d have to say that we are most excited to see Sam Hunt play because it will be the first time either of us is seeing him perform live.

Ryan Langdon: I’m really excited to see Tim McGraw. He’s a legend. One of my biggest influences in Country Music.

Shylo Sharity: I’m most excited to see Blake Shelton and Jake Owen!

Kelsi Mayne: This question is impossible… Obviously Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw (I would die to have them mentor me), Cam- because I covered her song “Burning House” and used it in my audition tape, Sam Hunt- because he is such a unique innovator; But also my friends River Town Saints, and other amazing Canadian talent!

Robyn Ottolini: OMG, Sam Hunt and Cam. <3

Jesse Gold: I am most excited to see Blake. His new record is fiiiiire.

Q. In 50 words or less, can you tell us and the fans what we can expect to see when you hit the Front Porch Stage at Boots & Hearts?
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Vanessa Marie Carter: The most common compliment I hear from fans while I’m on stage is that it looks like I’m having a lot of fun. I hope that everyone who catches my set is ready to let loose and have a good time with us. Performing is something that I love and I won’t be taking this opportunity for granted! I invite everyone who’s there watching to come over and meet me after; I have so many friends that I’ve made at festivals and shows and I’d love to make a lot more. I can’t wait to see you all and party with you at Boots & Hearts this summer!

Jess and Tay: Everyone can expect to see a super energetic and lively performance. We just want to go up there, give it our best shot, and have as much fun as possible doing what we love. We’re extremely excited to be able to play at the festival this year, it’s a dream come true for the both of us, and we’re so excited to share this memory together and with all of you! Thank you to thereviewsarein for taking their time to get to know us and to everyone at Boots and Hearts and Sirius XM for this amazing opportunity!

Ryan Langdon: What they can expect is high energy, smooth vocals and somebody who is having a great time doing it. On stage, I provide new and old school concepts of Country Music, mixed with originality. Some comparisons I have received is being the “Ed Sheeran of Country Music”.

Shylo Sharity: You will see a very energetic entertainer performing classic, new country, revamped rock and roll to my own country style and some of my own originals.

Kelsi Mayne: FIRE. *Drop mic here* 😉

Robyn Ottolini: You can expect a small town girl having way too much playing her favourite tunes and straight up having a good time.

Jesse GoldJesse Gold: Performing is my all time favourite thing to do. There is nowhere I feel more comfortable than on a stage. I can’t wait to show Boots & Hearts the energy that my band and I will bring. We have some special moments planned, maybe a surprise cover, and a seriously killer band. It’s going to be absolutely wicked. Get ready!!

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Boots & Hearts + SiriusXM 2016 Emerging Artist Finalists Announced!

It’s become a big part of Boots and Hearts, and The Emerging Artist Showcase, presented by SiriusXM, is now ready for your votes! Boots and Hearts put out the call in March and many talented artists answered. And now, the powers that be have narrowed your choices down to 8 talented acts and they’re all vying for the amazing first place prize.

What’s up for grabs? The winning act will play the main stage on the final day of the festival (opening for Chase Rice), they’ll be awarded a single release from Universal Music Canada, a week in Nashville (including flight, hotel, professional photo shoot, and media training), a Gibson guitar, $500 spending cash, and they’ll get a new custom designed website from Puncture Design.

In random order here are your finalists!

Jess and Tay
Jessie Bower and Taylor Adams make up the Toronto-based duo and they’ve got harmonies on their side.

Kelsi Mayne
Kelsi calls Windsor home and you may have seen her before if you’re an Eric Ethridge fan. The two have covered Home Alone Tonight by Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild. Kelsi’s cover of Burning House is also right on the money.

Robyn Ottolini
An Uxbridge girl, Robyn lists Kacey Musgraves and Lennon & Maisy as influences. Picking Thomas Rhett’s Die A Happy Man may not have been a predictable choice, but it’s working for us!

Ryan Langdon
Singer/songwriter, Ryan Langdon is from Niagara Falls and his entry song The Morning, is an original.

Jesse Gold
Jesse calls Toronto home and in addition to having a great voice, he’s a pretty great guitar player too!

Shylo Sharity
From Vancouver, Shylo’s been performing since the age of 5 and her submission of Brandi Carlile’s The Story helped win her a spot in the top 8.

Vanessa Marie Carter
Last but certainly not least is Oakville’s Vanessa Marie Carter. We recently saw her perform at The Stampede Ranch and we like her odds.

The competition is open and they’ll need your votes to win the prize of their dreams. Listen to the entries and then VOTE!

VOTE HERE!!!

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