18 Ends: Petric EP Review

Petric’s brand new EP, 18 Ends, will be released on November 17th. We’ve had the pleasure of listening to it this week, what can we tell you? Simply that we love it and we think you will too.

We’ve been fans of the SteelHead Music band from day one and we’re going to break it down and let you know what to expect from this EP and we’re also going to include all the links including the pre-order link at the bottom.

Transcona, Manitoba brothers, Tom and Jason Petric have been in and out of the studio for most the past year and their six-track EP gets a top grade in our books.

There are a couple of familiar tracks including Play It Safe which was released as a single on April 17th, 2017 and the title track, 18 Ends, which was released on September 13th, 2017. Both tracks are terrific indicators of what to expect from the rest of the EP. We’ll tell you, that you can expect great stories, catchy choruses, beautiful harmonies, and amazing musicianship.

Let’s get to it and talk about the four brand-spanking new tracks!

Sometimes we see things differently and everything isn’t always obvious. On track two, Love And Rust gives us some great examples of this like, “Maybe you see a dashboard full of dust, I see love and rust”. This song has a great beat and helps me to think things from someone else’s point of view. I have to say, I hope we get a video for this track, I’m picturing a very old truck and a pretty girl riding shotgun.

Slowing things down with track three, It Should Be Me, the guys show us their tender side. This story is one we all know, falling for someone who isn’t yours, someone you can’t have, trying to get them out of your head and failing miserably. It’s completely relatable and we really like this one.

Track five, Never Met You, tells the story of randomness, serendipity, destiny or fate and it tells it in a sweet way that makes us think about meeting that special person and all the things that go into making that happen. It left me feeling hopeful and positive.

The last track on the EP is Can’t Say No, and it does a great job convincing me that the guys have found some pretty special love in their lives and that we’re all benefiting from awesome songs like this one.

Note: Congratulations to Petric on their recent MCMA Award win for Group or Duo of the Year and to go along with that, they’ve also passed the 3 million impressions mark on Spotify!

If you’ve ever had the chance to meet Jason and Tom you’ll know that they’re the nicest, kindest, most polite country boys you could hope for. They’re super active on social media and they truly appreciate their fans. Got something to ask or something nice to say, send them a message!

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Petric, 18 Ends Tracklist

1. 18 Ends
2. Love and Rust
3. It Should Be Me
4. Play It Safe
5. Never Met You
6. Can’t Say No

You can pre-order on iTunes today using this link!

CCMA 2016: Jack Daniels Kick Off Party w/ Tim Hicks, Aaron Pritchett, Cold Creek County, Jojo Mason, Meghan Patrick, Petric, James Barker Band & Amy Nelson

We’re live in London, Ontario for the CCMA Country Music Week – and while the big awards won’t be handed out until Sunday night, the festivities have already started with a bang!

Thursday night we hit up the Jack Daniels Kick Off Party and caught 8 Canadian country acts up on stage with an awesome crowd of fans on the street cheering them on and singing along… and drinking. It was exactly what we thought it was going to be, in all the best ways.

The CCMA Kick Off Party gave us…

Amy Nelson
The James Barker Band
Meghan Patrick
Jojo Mason
Cold Creek County
Aaron Pritchett
Tim Hicks

All of those acts. All on one stage. All in one night.

Amy Nelson kicked off the official party with a full band behind her, and she was ready to go. As the early crowd started to fill the closed down street, Nelson dished out a heap of energy as she sang, giving everyone a taste of the talent that won her the CCMA 2016 Spotlight Performance Contest.

Be sure to check the Regina native out on her social media channels, and stay tuned because it looks like new music is coming soon!


Next on stage, and familiar to our eyes and ears, was the James Barker Band from Woodville, Ontario. If you’ve listened to country radio at all this summer, you’ve heard these boys… Lawn Chair Lazy climbed all the way to #3, not a bad result for a debut single.

We’ve had the chance to see the James Barker Band play a few times now in the last couple years, and Thursday night’s set at the CCMA street party was more of what people have come to now and love from the guys. They were fun and energetic and sounded great (all things on our checklist) and they even gave us a listen to what could be their next single… Just Sayin’. Keep your ears open for it on country radio in the near future.


Two of our favourite Manitoba boys were next to take the stage, and they kept the good times rollin’. Petric are one of those acts that we wish we saw a little more often, because it’s never a bad time for us. And it was pretty cool to see them in front of the London, ON fans that may not have seen them before.

Tom and Jason did a great job getting the sing along voices going as more people came into the party, and when they added an acoustic version of I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing to a set that included Here Goes Everything, It Girl, and All She Wrote, we got the loudest street party choir we’d heard so far in the night. Here’s hoping we all get to see more of Petric again soon.


In quick order we got the next act up on stage… and to nobody’s surprise Meghan Patrick hopped right up, showed everyone what’s she’s got in her bag of tricks, and put everybody in the mood for more volume, more drinking, and more country music.

The cheers had started to get louder as more people filled in to kick off the CCMA’s with a party – and when Meghan played her cover of Jolene and her breakout radio hit, Bow Chicka Wow Wow, they got pretty damn loud for her. And we loved it!


Next we got to see maybe the most enthusiastic and excited dude in Canadian country music. If you don’t know Jojo Mason yet, you’re missing out. This guy has more energy than we know what to do with, and he’s kind and happy and just bubbles over with joy on stage. And on Thursday night he showed us again that he’s able to transfer those good time feelings onto the crowd, who were having a great time.

There was singing and dancing in the street for Red Dress, Good Kinda Love, It’s All Good, and an awesome cover of Tom Petty’s classic, Free Fallin’ – Jojo did what he does – got ‘em all going. And we’re sure he’ll do it again next time we see him!


After Jojo we got blast of excitement when Cold Creek County took their turn and filled the stage with bodies and instruments and sound and songs. It always seems to be a party when you put these guys up, and that makes sense, because they’re a full guest list all to themselves… but they graciously shared the festivitities with the even louder crowd getting later into Thursday night.

It was a quick set (they all were) but long enough to get everyone revved up even higher with Our Town, Til The Wheels Come Off, Beer Weather, and Flo Rida’s Welcome To My House. Big ups to the guys for packing a big punch in their short time. Everyone was all in!


CCC hopped off stage and it wasn’t long before Aaron Pritchett got on, and things got louder again!

The Canadian country music vet has been pumping out radio tunes for a long time now, so Thursday night he gave us 2 we’ve known for years, and 2 that country radio has done a great job of supporting lately. It was awesome to see and hear people get into Out Of The Blue and Dirt Road In ‘Em, and it was even cooler to slip into memory mode and hear the singing along to Big Wheel and Hold My Beer! Nailed it!


Tim Hicks wrapped the show, and was the one everyone was waiting for. The St. Catherine’s boy knows how to amp up a show, knows how to work a crowd, and knows that Canadian country music fans are in on what he’s doing!

Hicks’ new album, Shake These Walls dropped Friday morning, and he was ready to share some of that new music in his set. The fans got to hear the title track along with Stompin’ Ground, Slow Burn, and Let’s Just Drink from the record PLUS fan favourites Get By and Stronger Beer. And for all we’ve talked about the crowd being loud, it was never louder than when Tim Hicks invited the crowd to sing Stronger Beer with him!

Final verdict: Great party and great way to kick off Canadian Country Music Week in London, ON!

Stay tuned for more!


1 year ago

Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2016 Q&A with Petric, Cold Creek County and Bobby Wills

With the Canada Day long weekend behind we’re looking forward to next weekend and Cavendish Beach Music Festival!

July 8th, 9th and 10th we’re going to see some of the biggest names in country music including The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton. CBMF is bringing us 36 major acts over the three days and that doesn’t include the Emerging Artists who will be rocking the RBC Emerging Artist stage all weekend.

On top of the headliners, you’ll see The Road Hammer, Tebey, Dean Brody, Bobby Wills, Meghan Patrick, Washboard Union, River Town Saints, Petric, and Cold Creek County.

We’re getting into the meat of the summer music festival and we wanted to know what some of our favourite artists are thinking. We’ve asked Petric, Cold Creek County, and Bobby Wills, three questions about festival season, CCC’s Trevor MacLeod and Petric brother, Jason answered for us.

Here we go!

Q. In 50 words or less, is there one thing you’re most looking forward to about playing Cavendish Beach Music Festival?

Petric Cavendish Social 300Petric: We’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this festival. We’ve heard the music fans out there are the best, so that gets us really excited!

Cold Creek County: 
One thing we are looking forward to about playing Cavendish is the amazing vibe! Sharing the stage with The Band Perry, The Road Hammers, Black Jack Billy, The Washboard Union and Olivia Lane. That mixed with an awesome turnout of music fans, makes the experience one of a million.

Bobby Wills: The East Coast is always special and I expect Cavendish to take that to the next level! All the musicians and artists I have spoken to about the event talk so highly of the whole event! I can’t wait.

Cold Creek County Social Media 300Q. Who are you most excited to see?

Neither of us have ever seen Blake Shelton, so that will be a pretty cool experience!

Cold Creek County: 
The Band Perry, their show is unbelievable.

Bobby Wills: I have never seen Kenny Chesney and hear he is one of the best in the business.

Q. What’s your favourite thing about festival season?

Bobby Wills CavendishPetric: The vibe at a country music festival is one of a kind. Great music—and hopefully great weather—it always ends up being a lot of fun! We’ve dreamed of getting to play at these shows for years. It’s really cool to now get this opportunity.

Cold Creek County: 
All the people having a good time, and how they project their energy outward to the music.

Bobby Wills: The fans! The atmosphere and fan interaction at festivals is totally a unique experience.  Nothing like it!

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2 years ago

CMW 2016: Country Music Friday with Cold Creek County, Chris Lane, River Town Saints, Petric & Domino

If you judge a party by how hot and sweaty and packed and fun… then Friday night at Boots & Bourbon was a banger.

If you judge a concert by a talented lineup and tight musicianship and engagement and great music… then Friday night at Boots & Bourbon was top notch.

As Canadian Music Week 2016 moved into the weekend we headed to Queen Street East for a country music showcase that featured some sweet tunes from Canadian artists + a special performance by an up and coming American that the crowd was certainly happy to see up on the stage.

We were there, in the hot, sweaty, awesome, party… so let’s get to it!

Boots & Bourbon CMW 2016 Lineup, Friday May, 6

✮ Petric
✮ Domino
✮ River Town Saints
✮ Chris Lane
✮ Cold Creek County

Let’s start at the start… Petric had the “open the show and start the party” slot on Friday, and they didn’t shy away from it. The brothers from Winnipeg were playing their first true Toronto show, and they invited the crowd to come up and enjoy it right from the front of the stage.

With an extra guitar playing with them, Petric treated the early party goers to an acoustic set that included Band of Brothers, It Girl, Let The World Roll By, Payphone (Maroon 5), If I Was Your Man, Somebody Somewhere (Dallas Smith), and Here Goes Everything… and more.

The set was a great way to start the night, and as a quick point – the way Jason and Tom Petric sing together is enough to make anyone think maybe they should sing more with their siblings… until we remember that we don’t sound that good at all.

Check out It Girl from Friday night and more photos at the bottom of the post.

2nd on the Boots & Bourbon stage was Domino, the 2015 Alberta Country Music Association’s Group of the Year and Fan’s Choice Award Winners.

The quartet started their set with a pretty awesome rendition of Alabama’s Mountain Music, and that was all the crowd needed to get up to the stage and into the show. Domino continued their set with sweet harmonies, tight play, and some really good country music. It’s easy to see why they’re so loved back home!

Tracks like One More Kiss, We Were Right (at country radio now), Big Blue Sky, and even a cover of Little Big Town’s Day Drinkin’ were a fantastic way to keep the party going as the sun went down outside on a Friday night in Toronto.

Well done y’all!

Domino Boots and Bourbon CMW 2016

The middle slot in the night went to a Boots & Bourbon CMW repeat performer. We saw River Town Saints play B&B last May with Kira Isabella, and we were pretty darn happy to see them back again this year.

The 5 dudes from RTS took the stage and brought the crowd even closer to the stage (this is when it started to get real hot and sweaty and amped up) for their set. They kicked things off with huge energy for Don’t Stop and didn’t let down for a minute til they left the stage.

Note: Our new photographer Ray Williams sent me a text confirming that this was the best set he’s ever seen River Town Saints play.

The rest of the set was a ton of fun with performances of I Like It Like That, Cherry Bomb (new single at radio now), A Little Bit Goes A Long Way, Hungover It, a cover of Eric Church’s Drink In My Hand, and a killer medley that included Dust On The Bottle, Sun Daze, The Lazy Song, Party Up (Up In Here), Thrift Shop, and Pour Some Sugar On Me… it was awesome, got a HUGE pop from the crowd, and they deserved it.

Atta be boys!


In the 11pm slot, all the way from Kernsville, North Carolina was Chris Lane!

The American singer took the stage to a great crowd response and dove into a set that kept the party turned all the way up, and the temperature rising. Things started with Broken Windshield View and was on fire from there…

The band brought a ton of sound to the room, and had feet moving, heads nodding, voices screaming, and the energy level all the way to the top!

Lane also gave us a sweet medley that included Use Your Love, Locked Out Of Heaven, Don’t Stop Believin’, Rock and Roll All Nite, Firework & Wrecking Ball… and then added his own tracks like Her Own Kind Of Beautiful, Let Me Love You, For Her, and his track currently featured in Toronto Blue Jays TV ads, Fix.

This is a dude with a big future ahead of him, and in my opinion, he’s a guy that would look good on a tour with Thomas Rhett.

Keep an eye on Chris Lane!
Chris Lane CMW 2016 Boots and Bourbon

Last in our night of awesome country music for Canadian Music Week at Boots & Bourbon was Cold Creek County!

It was easy to see that a lot of fans were in the building for the breakthrough group of small town Ontario boys, and it was even easier to see that their goal from the very start of the set was to give them everything they had to give.

Cold Creek County fills the stage with musicians, and fills the venue with sound, and nobody complains when they do it. With tracks like Our Town, Till The Wheels Come Off, and summer anthem (book it, you’re going to hear this one a lot) Beer Weather… plus a sweet cover of Fat Bottomed Girls and more, these 6 dudes came to party, and that mission was accomplished.

Not a fan in front of the stage was dry or standing still as CCC worked through their set and showed everyone why they won Best New Country Group or Solo Act at the Canadian Radio Music Awards earlier in the day.

Congratulations boys, you earned it!


More photos from CMW Friday at Boots & Bourbon

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River Town Saints


Chris Lane

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Cold Creek County

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2 years ago

CMW 2016 Preview – Trish’s Top 5 Must-Sees

Canadian Music Week is just around the corner, and I’m in love.

I was a CMW attendee long before I started writing about and shooting shows. I love this festival so much, I’d book vacation time so I could take in as many bands as possible. I love the way it makes our city feel, filling the streets and clubs with musicians, and I love covering this festival. My only regret is that there’s no possible way to see all of the bands that I’d really like to see. It’s just not possible!

CMW 2016 will feature over 800 bands, appearing in 58 venues, over 7 days, with the lion’s share happening Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Trust me, you’ve gotta plan and pace yourself kids!

If you’re a regular reader you won’t find anyone absolutely new on my list, all of my picks are bands I’ve written about before. I’ve either seen them before or I’ve interviewed them, and I can’t wait to see them live. In chronological order, here are my top 5 picks.

Meghan Patrick at Phoenix Concert Theatre on May 3rd – 10:00 PM
The Hot Shots CMW Showcase
Presented by: KX Country and Boots & Hearts

Meghan Patrick CMW 2016I have a special spot for Meghan Patrick in my heart. She was the lead singer in the first band I ever shot. Let me just say, she set the bar very, very high and she continues to raise that bar every single time I see her. She’s warm, sweet, charming and real when you talk to her, and then there’s her talent. When she sings soft and low it gives me goosebumps and when she lets it rip, her voice is rich and strong. In three short years she’s come a long way, and I like to say I knew from the second she opened her mouth that she was destined for big things. Meghan is an absolute must-see!

Poor Young Things at Lee’s Palace on May 4th – 10:00 PM
The Julian Taylor Band Showcase
Presented by: 94.9 The Rock

Poor Young Things CMW 2016Originally from Thunder Bay, Poor Young Things now call Toronto home. The five-piece rock band is made up of lead singer and guitarist Matt Fratpietro, Michael Kondakow on guitar and vocals, Dave Grant on guitar and vocals, Scott Burke on bass and Konrad Commisso on drums. You can expect great musicianship, intense energy, amazing harmonies, laughs, and feeling the need to jump up and down, seriously!

I’m sneaking this one in here, I’ll definitely be sticking around to check out The Julian Taylor Band!

Ivory Hours at The Horseshoe on May 5th – 1:30 AM
Tommy Stinson w/ Special Guests Showcase

Ivory Hours

The London-based band features Luke Roes on vocals and guitar, Chris Levesque on bass, and Thomas Perquin on drums. I’ve fallen hard and fast for this band. Their version of pop-rock is catchy, sassy, with lyrics that make you think. I love the tone of Luke’s voice, and I can’t wait to see them live. Ivory Hours have lots of great videos on their YouTube channel, you should check it out and maybe I’ll see you at The Shoe.

Petric at Boots and Bourbon on May 6th – 8:00 PM
Cold Creek County w/ Special Guests Showcase
Presented by: KX Country

PetricJason and Tom Petric hail from Transcona, just outside of Winnipeg, and this handsome country duo are steaming up Canadian country radio. Their current single All She Wrote is full of sweet guitar and banjo, seamless harmonies, and a great story. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason and Tom and they’re smart, funny, talented and super likable. I’ll be riding east to Boots and Bourbon to see Petric, and I’m sure they’ll be worth the trip.

The Lazys at The Cameron House (back room) on May 6th – Midnight

The Lazys CMWThe Lazys will be performing an acoustic set at The Cameron House in the back room Friday, May 6th. They’ll be hitting the stage at midnight. When they were here last they blew up The Horseshoe with their balls out, no holds barred, ridiculously energetic rock and roll show. The Lazys have come all the way from New South Wales, Australia for this showcase and while I’m not quite sure what an acoustic set from this band will sound like, I can’t wait. The Lazys are Leon Harrison on vocals, Matty Morris on guitar, Glenn Williams on bass, Liam Shearer on guitar, and Andy Neilsen on drums.

It was a real challenge narrowing my must-see list down to  5 bands. I have to mention that my CMW schedule also includes spending my Saturday afternoon at the Aussie BBQ. There’s nothing like live music on a Saturday afternoon!

Get your CMW 2016 wristbands here, and start building your must-see list.

We’ll have coverage throughout the festival. Stay tuned!

2 years ago

2016 Cavendish Beach Music Festival Main Stage Artist Announcement!

Back in November we learned that Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, and Old Dominion would be headed to Cavendish Beach to headline the 2016 country music festival…

And today we’ve learned that 11 more country artists will join them on the main stage in beautiful PEI this July to start filling out the bill and turn this thing into a full blown party for country music fans on the east coast!

With a list that now include 15 acts, we know that fans are going to start getting excited… and we understand – so we want you to share this information with your music loving friends down east, because there’s a chance (there’s always a chance) that we might be able to hook someone up with a little something special for someone this summer!

Get Cavendish Beach Music Festival tickets for you and all of your country friends right now… you don’t wanna miss this!

Now, without any more dilly dallying, let’s look at this list!

2016 Cavendish Beach Music Festival Lineup!

  • Kenny Chesney
  • Blake Shelton
  • The Band Perry
  • Old Dominion
  • Dean Brody
  • Emerson Drive
  • The Road Hammers
  • Tebey
  • Blackjack Billy
  • Cold Creek County
  • Bobby Wills
  • Jason Benoit
  • Petric
  • Jojo Mason
  • The Washboard Union

Cavendish Beach 2016 Main Stage Artists

2 years ago

Country Music All-Star Hockey Fantasy Draft

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.

2016 NHL All Star Game LogoThere are 14 players on the board, 12 skaters and 2 goalies… all picked because of their experience on the ice and/or love of the game.

There are a couple rules… and then we’ll get to the draft!

How It Works…

1. Trish and I will take turns making our picks from the list of country artists below until we each have a team of 7 players.

2. Each team must consist of 1 goalie and 1 woman skater.

3. All other players are up for grabs in any order.

4. Jason & Tom Petric and Brad & Curtis Rempel may be picked individually or as a combo, but if drafted as a pair the next drafter’s turn will have 2 picks to even things up.

The Players

Alan Doyle (Juno Cup goalie)
Brett Kissel (Family Tournament goalie, 2015)
Carrie Underwood (wife of NHL player Mike Fisher, Predators fan)
Jess Moskaluke (Floor Hockey Experience on tour with Chad Brownlee)
Chad Brownlee (former Vancouver Canucks Draft Pick)
Theo Fleury(Former NHL player)
 Cory Marquardt (Former Junior player)
 Bobby Wills (floor hockey experience on tour with Chad Brownlee)
 Tom Petric (High School player)
Jason Petric (High School player)
Brad Rempel (Juno Cup player)
Curtis Rempel (Juno Cup player)
Jim Cuddy (Juno Cup captain)
Dierks Bentley (Nashville Rec. League player)

Trish won a coin toss, so she’s got the 1st pick… here we go!

Round 1

Chad Brownlee Boots and Hearts 2015Trish: Chad Brownlee
Not a big surprise to my readers that Chad was my first choice. I watched him work his magic at The Mod Club and I have faith. His NHL career was cut short by injury but I think. at 6’2” in this field, he’s my star defenceman.

Josh: Theo Fleury
Theo Fleury spent a bunch years playing NHL hockey, played in 7 All-Star games, and won a gold medal with Team Canada in 2002… and he’s got a country album that he released in fall 2015. I’m happy with this pick!

Round 2

dierks-bentley-at-boots-and-hearts-2013Trish: Dierks Bentley
Dierks’ spends his spare time playing with the Nashville IceHoles and from what I’ve heard, he can’t get enough hockey. He carries his hockey gear with him while on tour just in case he can get in some ice time. That’s the kind of dedication I want on my team!

Josh: Cory Marquardt
The former junior player has a lot of high energy, and I’m betting his hands are just soft enough on the ice to make some plays.

Round 3

Brett Kissel CNE 2015Trish: Tom Petric
I’ll be counting on Tom as a forward and I’m thinking I’ll put him on a line with his brother.

Josh: Brett Kissel
Brett’s a big hockey fan who strapped on the pads last Christmas to play back home. We’re playing 3 on 3, so I’m not hoping for miracles here, just someone to stop some pucks.

Round 4

Petric 2015Trish: Jason Petric (picked in combo with Tom)
Jason may have spent a little time in the penalty box  during his hockey career. I’m happy to have him as muscle on my team.

Josh: Jim Cuddy
Cuddy’s a vet who knows what he’s doing on the ice. I need a captain, and his experience being the man in charge at the Juno Cup works for me!

Round 5

Jess Moskaluke Bright Lights Big City Toronto The PhoenixTrish: Carrie Underwood
Married to Mike Fisher, Carrie knows hockey. Can she shoot and skate? I hope she’s been practicing since the Oprah video in 2012. She brings a great energy and I’m glad to have her.

Josh: Jess Moskaluke
Jess is a sweetheart, but we’ve seen her amp up the energy on stage, and she spent the When The Lights Go Down tour with a floor hockey stick in her hands. Sign her up!

Round 6

High Valley Boots and Hearts 2015Trish: Curtis Rempel
Curtis grew up playing hockey and with a Juno Cup under his belt I’m sure he’ll be an asset to my team.

Josh: Brad Rempel
I’ll take the other half of High Valley, if nothing else we should create a little healthy rivalry between the brothers Rempel!

Round 7

Bobby Wills When The Lights Go Down Toronto-8020Trish: Alan Doyle
The most mature member of my team, and a lifetime lover of the game, Alan’s proven his worth in the net.

Josh: Bobby Wills
Bobby is another When The Lights Go Down alumni, and I’ll take him to skate with Jess, there’s got to be some chemistry there!


1: Chad Brownlee, Tom Petric, Jason Petric
2: Dierks Bentley, Curtis Rempel, Carrie Underwood
Goalie: Alan Doyle

1: Theo Fleury, Cory Marquardt, Brad Rempel
2: Jess Moskaluke, Bobby Wills, Jim Cuddy
Goalie: Brett Kissel

Results and Evaluation!

Trish: I’m happy with my picks and can’t help but think how awesome their team photo would look. Now if only we could make this game happen!

Josh: Trish has a great team, but I’m pretty happy with my 7 players… and I’d be happy to send ‘em out on the ice for a Country Music All-Star Hockey game any day of the week!

Now tell us whose team you think would win by voting in the poll!


2 years ago

It Girl: Petric Arrives with New EP

Manitoba brothers Jason and Tom Petric have been on a pretty wild ride for the last few months. Their debut single Here Goes Everything announced their arrival to Canadian country music fans, and now they’re making themselves even more known with the release of their new EP, It Girl.

Petric It Girl EP CoverThe boys spent a couple days in Toronto this week to celebrate the release, visit with radio stations, CMT, and other media outlets – and we had a chance to catch up with them down at Sugar Beach to ask some questions and see how things are going for this lifelong duo on the rise.

We asked about Steelhead Music and their support of the release of It Girl and the guys were quick to shout out the team behind them. Dallas (Smith, you know the guy that sings all of those hits on country radio) and Charlotte (PR pro and all around great person) got special billing, but it’s easy to see that there’s a great support system for this music – and that has to be a great help for the boys.

Back in June we did a little email Q&A with Jason and Tom and they told us they were in the studio finishing the music that has turned into this EP. We asked how it feels to have it out and available to the world.

Petric-4265It’s a cool feeling, we learned. To see all of their hard work in the studio realized with the release of these 6 songs. It’s just the tip of the iceberg, the start of achieving everything they’ve been working for.

We also asked the boys about social media and how important it is to them. They told us that they were responsible for nearly everything that goes public, and that Jason runs that ship. In his words… “It’s fun it’s always changing. I love watching how it evolves for us and for others at the same time. It’s great to get everything that we’re doing out there, for people to share, to like. This past year has been really good to see that grow for us.” They have a great team behind them helping. It helps them stay connected to their fans.

In June we learned that Jason and Tom both played hockey growing up, and they helped us out with our NHL preview post – so we had to ask if they’ve caught any Jets games at the MTS Centre this season. The answer, not yet. But we have a feeling they’ll be able to make that happen before the end of the season.

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We also asked about the Blue Jays, and while the brothers told us that they aren’t huge fans (they admitted to being likely to have hockey highlights on during the game) they are excited for Torontonians. AND while we were sitting with them they did buy a pair of tickets to see their first ever Blue Jays game. Yup, ALCS game 5 at the Rogers Centre. Not bad.

Side note: As the Petric boys travel the country playing and writing and recording, it’s still a family affair. Mama Petric handles the hotel room booking while her sons are on the road. And we think that’s pretty cool. Good job mom!

The duo also told us how grateful they are to be able to get up on stage and play their music for fans. They can clearly remember nights when the seats were empty, and those memories help to remind them not to take an audience for granted. Big or small, they’ll play for them all… and we’re pretty sure they’re not going to have to worry about small too much moving forward.

Petric Sugar Beach wm-Before we let the boys get on with their day – and to the ballpark, we asked what the 6 songs on It Girl meant to them as artists and performers.

They told us that they are proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish so far as a duo. That it represents a lot of hard work, and this chapter in each of their lives.

And, they hope that everyone has a chance to listen and to enjoy it as much as they enjoyed making it!

Big thanks again to Jason and Tom for hanging out. These guys are awesome.

And if you want to learn more about them, check out these fine online locations…

Facebook: petricmusic
Twitter: @petricmusic
Instagram: @petricmusic
YouTube: Petric Music
iTunes: Petric

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Petric: Here Goes Everything

2 years 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

Here Goes Everything: Get to Know Petric! [Interview]

Jason and Tom Petric are ready to make waves in the country music scene. With the Here Goes Everything single already making the rounds, and support from their new label, Steelhead Music (Dallas Smith owned), these Manitoba boys are off to a good start.

Petric Studio SelfieThe brothers have previously talked about being inspired by artists like Keith Urban and Nickelback, and that’s apparent in their look and sound (check out the acoustic video for Here Goes Everything at the bottom of this post) as they introduce themselves to country music fans. We’re pretty confident that this is just the start of big things for Petric… and we know we’re not alone.

And here’s something awesome: Petric have been selected as the 2015 CCMA Spotlight Performance finalist for Manitoba. A win means that Jason and Tom would have the chance to perform in Halifax during Country Music Week. Wanna vote? Here’s the link: 2015 CCMA Spotlight Performance Poll

We caught up with the boys via email to ask some questions about themselves, what they love about what they do, and what’s coming next.

Have a look!

Petric Here Goes EverythingQ. People are just getting to know you guys, so let’s give them something. Tell us something about each of you that fans probably wouldn’t find in a normal internet search.

We both played 3 years of High School hockey for the Transcona Collegiate Titans and both won city championships. Jason was the captain in the senior year, while Tom was an assistant-captain all 3 of his years.

Also… We both worked in our Dads cabinet making shop for many years. Our Dad and Papa (Grandpa) had the shop for over 30 years.

Q. Now in your own words, can you describe your music and give everyone a sense of what Petric is all about?

We feel our music has a very fresh sound. We’ve always been fans of bands and artists whose song were very upbeat and melodic, and that’s what we enjoy singing, performing and writing. PETRIC, is a chance for the two of us to partner up and be the best we can be musically. We both have strengths and weaknesses, but we really do compliment each other quite well on and off stage.

Q. We’ve talked to a few sibling acts before, and they all seem to have their own special dynamic. What is it about you guys that you think works best in the music business?

Like I said in the question above, we compliment each other very well. When one of us is going really hard at something, maybe too hard, the other one is usually there to calm the storm and balance it out. Vice versa, when one of us isn’t on the ball, the other usually is. And in the business end of things, we make a really good team.

Petric Live in StudioQ. Do us a favour, rank these 5 things we know are part of your life as a band.

Performing – 1
Recording – 2
Writing – 3
After Party – 4
Travel – 5

Q. How great is it to have someone like Dallas behind you knowing that he brings a bunch of experience from the music industry?

We are soooo lucky to have Dallas, and the Steelhead team behind us. Dallas, Scott Cooke, and Alex Seif, are all the best at what they do. We are always learning something new each time we get to work with them, or even just talk and hang out with them. Its great to get in with a group of guy like this at our age.

Q. Let’s wrap this up… tell country music fans what’s coming up for Petric and why you’re excited for it!

MORE MUSIC!!!! We’ve been hammering it out in the studio. We’re pretty confident we’ll have an album out before the end of the year, which will lead to more shows, and singles, and all sorts of fun stuff!!!

Thanks to Jason and Tom for playing along. Hit play and listen to Here Goes Everything now, and find Petric online at these fine locations…

Facebook: Petric Music 
Twitter: @petricmusic
Instagram: @petricmusic
YouTube: Petric Music
iTunes: Petric


Petric Here Goes Everything Live in Studio

3 years ago
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