Kelly Prescott

Hillbilly Jewels: Kelly Prescott at Boots & Hearts 2017

Kelly Prescott took a break from her run on the CP Canada 150 Train with Dean Brody to hit the Front Porch Stage at Boots & Hearts 2017 to give the assembled country music fans a little taste of what she brings to the table.

The Ottawa Valley native and her band gave it all they had in the Sunday afternoon sun, playing songs from Prescott’s Hillbilly Jewels EP and then some. From start to finish, the sound was great, Kelly was her regular funny and charming self on stage, and the fans at the Front Porch were able to groove along with her while she played and sang.

Kelly Prescott Boots and Hearts 2017

There’s a truth and cleverness that mixes so well in Kelly Prescott’s voice and music. She can take you from a serious story that bleeds country, to a silly ditty like Heels Over Head (bound to become a live show fan favourite) in an instant.

If you don’t know Kelly Prescott and songs like Hillbilly Jewels, Coming Home To You, Grin And Wear It, and Losing My Hometown, you owe it to yourself to hit play on her EP here and give it a go.

And then go see Kelly Prescott live the next time you get the chance!

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Road to Boots: JJ Shiplett and Kelly Prescott

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 small room at Burdock on Bloor Street West was filled with music lovers, eager to participate in both banter and sing alongs. And they were treated to both throughout the evening – a testament to both Kelly and JJ, and how they were able to give the Toronto audience exactly what they were looking for on a wintery mid-week night out.

First to take the stage was Kelly Prescott. Accompanied by Chad Murphy on guitar, and Linsey Beckett on fiddle, Prescott played well with the crowd in her opening set, cracking jokes and playing with the people before and between and every step of the way.

The set was sweet, and funny. Prescott’s voice was smooth and calm, but with just enough edge to make you want more of it and wonder if it was coming around every corner. She also summoned the feels as she worked through her set. Telling tales of love, loss, and family in her stories and lyrics.

We don’t know which day or stage we’ll be seeing Kelly Prescott play at Boots & Hearts 2017, but we know that we’ll have listened to her 2016 EP, Hillbilly Jewels (click here to listen on Spotify) enough to be able to sing along from the crowd.

Following Ms. Prescott, and headlining the night, was Calgary’s JJ Shiplett. Riding high on the January release of his new LP, Something To Believe In, Shiplett took to the Burdock stage solo with his trusty acoustic guitar to take on the crowd.

Form the first line of the first song, Darling, Let’s Go Out Tonight, the Toronto audience was ready to sing along with JJ Shiplett. And it was clear from his reaction that he was both pleased to hear it, and a little surprised. With just two weeks separating the album’s release date and the Road to Boots show, I’m not sure he expected the lyrical awareness to be there from the crowd. But it was.

That sing along atmosphere was amplified by JJ’s encouragement and constant calls for more voices, bigger and louder with every song as the set went on. In fact, to make sure that everyone had a chance to sing along, even if they didn’t yet know his own songs, Shiplett slipped in an acoustic version of Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World – inviting everyone to sing from the first note to the last.

As much as the night was about JJ, and almost acted as a Toronto celebration of Something To Believe In, he did his best to make it about the folks gathered with him.

JJ Shiplett worked through nine songs and an encore on Wednesday night. And through it all he was raw, unfiltered and real… three qualities that his voice and his music exemplify and should be celebrated for. And his enthusiasm on this night was noted by all in attendance.

Before the set was over JJ remarked that he’s been told the 2017 Boots & Hearts crowd will be the largest he’s ever played for… and it will. And he joked that he’d appreciate all of us that were there to be in the front row in August forming a support group atmosphere.

We’ve got a feeling, that as nice an idea as that is, he’s not going to need it.

If you haven’t yet, listen to the album (click here to listen on Spotify) and get ready for JJ Shiplett at B&H this summer.

Road to Boots, JJ Shiplett Set List

✪ Darling, Let’s Go Out Tonight
✪ Am I Dear?
✪ Seeking Shelter
✪ Waters
✪ Oh No Girl
✪ What A Wonderful World (L. Armstrong)
✪ Always For You
✪ Higher Ground
✪ Something To Believe In
✪ Loaded Like A Freight Train/I’m On Fire
✪ 4am (Our Lady Peace)

More photos of Kelly Prescott at Road to Boots Toronto. Feb 8, 2017

Chad Murphy & Linsey Beckett

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!

Chad Brownlee Boots and Hearts 2015

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.

Jess Moskaluke Trackside Fest 2016

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.

Kiefer Sutherland Band at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016

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.

Tucker Beathard - The Rivoli

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.

CMT Music Fest - Drake White & The Big Fire


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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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.

CMT Music Fest - Andrew Hyatt

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.

Triumph Motorcycles Brings The Road Hammers to Toronto!

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 been working with Triumph Motorcycles for years. Either way, it was a whole lot of fun.

The night began with a good crowd gathered at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. Propped up throughout the venue were no fewer than 6 bikes, looking shiny and impressive, and pretty much begging us all to hop on and go for a cruise. And that makes sense, because Triumph was celebrating the launch of their 2017 Bonneville Bobber on the Brutal Beauty Tour.

We saw riders walking around with helmets in hand, we saw enthusiasts check tires and tanks and gauges and grips. And we saw a whole lot of people climbing on – just to see how it felt.

And then we saw The Road Hammers!

Jason McCoy, Clayton Bellamy, and Chris Byrne have earned their reputation as modern legends in Canadian music – and on a Wednesday night, even with motorcycles in the spotlight, they brought all of the energy and fun that you’d expect from these three country rockers.

The boys played more than a dozen songs on the Phoenix stage, including fan favourites like Eastbound And Down, Mud, Girl On The Billboard, Hillbilly Highway and I’m A Road Hammer – and some great covers that included Mary Jane’s Last Dance and Honky Tonk Woman (featuring a special appearance by Kelly Prescott) that were a lot of fun for those of us in the crowd.

We know that there’s new music coming from The Road Hammers – and there were whispers that we may see a spring/summer tour from the guys. And if both of those things come, it won’t be soon enough for us!

2016 Canadian National Exhibition: Northern Comfort Saloon Schedule & Set Times

Ever year, as summer winds down and we prepare for fall, we make our way to Exhibition Station and the Canadian National Exhibition… and when we’re there we’re sure to stop in at the Northern Comfort Saloon.

As part of Toronto’s growing country music landscape, the Saloon brings some great emerging talent to the city and gives artists a chance to perform for fans as the walk the aisles of the fair, or sit down to enjoy a cold drink and grab a bite to eat.

Note: There’s lots of room to dance in front of the stage, so if you know how to line dance or two-step, you’re more than welcome to get up on your feet and show everyone what you’ve got!

Cory-Marquardt-CNE-2015 Northen Comfort SaloonIn the past we’ve had a chance to watch and catch up with Leah Daniels, Cory Marquardt, Livy Jeanne, Marshall Dane, and more at the Northern Comfort Saloon stage, and we’re sure that this year’s lineup (including Dane) is going to be ready to continue that tradition.

All Kinds of Crazy: Livy Jeanne live at the 2015 CNE!

This Man: Cory Marquardt at the 2015 CNE!

Leah Daniels at the 2014 CNE Northern Comfort Saloon

The sets are long, which means you’re going to get a mix of originals and covers. You’re going to get a chance to pop in and out as desired. And you’re going to get a chance to see everything that these artists have to offer.

Leave a comment to tell us which day you’re coming to the CNE this summer, and hopefully we’ll see you there!

2016 Canadian National Exhibition, Northern Comfort Saloon Lineup

Buck Twenty

August 19 – 21
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Eric Ethridge

August 19 – 21
7:30pm – 11:00pm
August 22 – 24
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Marshall Dane

August 22 – 24
7:30pm – 11:00pm

Kelly Prescott

August 25 – 27
3:00pm – 6:00pm
August 28 – August 30
7:30pm – 11:00pm

Tristan Horncastle

August 25 – 27
7:30pm – 11:00pm
August 28 – August 30
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Ginger St. James

August 31 – September 2
3:00pm – 6:00pm
September 3 – September 4
7:30pm – 11:00pm

The Washboard Union

August 31 – September 2
7:30pm – 11:00pm
September 3 – 5
3:00pm – 6:00pm (7:00pm on September 5)

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