The Dead South

Sold Out: The Dead South with Johnson Crook at Lee’s Palace

On a cold winter night in Toronto, with snow on the ground and a feeling of pre-holiday energy in the air, a sold out crowd packed Lee’s Palace to see The Dead South bring their energy to the stage.

The Regina, Saskatchewan band were on their second of back-to-back sold out nights in Toronto, but showed no signs of fatigue in their set. And as the music played, the crowd reacted, loving every minute of it.

The show started with Toronto’s own Johnson Crook – warming up the stage and the crowd, and playing songs from their 2017 debut record, The Album.

Johnson Crook at Lee's Palace in Toronto on December 14 2017-

We’re no strangers to Johnson Crook and their music, we’ve seen the live show, but this was the first time we’d seen them on the Lee’s Palace stage, looking out over a sold out crowd, and playing their hearts out.

The set was their last of the year, and it was clear that they weren’t holding anything back as they rolled through tracks like Mr. Nobody, Call Me Home, Feel Some Love, and Mining For Freedom. They were tight, showed off some big smiles that confirmed to us that they were having a good time up on stage, and we’re pretty sure they earned some new fans in The Dead South’s crowd.

Johnson Crook at Lee's Palace in Toronto on December 14 2017

Twice in the set Johnson Crook gave a little mash-up/ throwback love, putting together Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls with their own Down The River as well as Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock And Roll with their own Old School Rock & Roll. The crowd got into it, and it was a nice touch by the band, showing love to music that everyone reveres and connecting it with their own.

The set ended with Johnson Crook’s first single, Minnedosa – and a big cheer from the Lee’s Palace crowd. It was a hot open to a show on a cold night in the city… and the night kept going.

The Dead South at Lee's Palace in Toronto on December 14 2017

By the time The Dead South took the stage, Lee’s Palace was packed from front to back. Drinks were in the air, cheers were already ringing through the room, and the music was just getting ready to start.

The punk influenced bluegrassers were tight and dirty (just the way we like them) from the very start, pumping volume through the speakers, and supplying all of the energy that a Thursday night ast Lee’s could handle.

With tracks like Deadman’s Isle, Boots, and The Good Lord ripping through the air, the four piece band from the Prairies reminded us just how much fun they are live. It’s been just over two years since we saw and interviewed the band at The Horseshoe Tavern, and in that time they’ve only become more confident, polished, and ready to put on a show that people aren’t soon to forget.

Related: Good Company, The Dead South Lands in Toronto

The Dead South at Lee's Palace in Toronto on December 14 2017

The band played on into Thursday evening, with Miss Mary, Massacre Of El Kuroke, and Time For Crawlin, all from their 2016 album, Illusion & Doubt. And during Time For Crawlin they gave us our favourite moment of the night as Nate, Scott, Eliza Mary, and Danny took turns pulling on a bottle of Jameson in the middle of the song. It’s the kind of thing that works, it’s fun, and I’ll never begrudge anyone who wants to take a shot of good whiskey.

The grassroots fanbase of these bluegrass pickers is something to behold. Having sold out The Horseshoe on Wednesday, Lee’s Palace on Thursday, and regularly killin’ it in Europe, The Dead South are making a name for themselves in the world of live music. They are entertaining as hell, and when it comes to the technical side of things – they can pick it. You go find an old bluegrass fan and let them listen to the banjo, mandolin, and bass on these songs, and they’ll tell you it’s legit.

The show was fun from start to finish, also included two of our favourite songs from the band’s 2014 album, Good Company. And we aren’t the only ones that were excited when they started into both In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company, and Banjo Odyssey. The room loved it. They loved all of it.

And they’ll be back again to love The Dead South when they hit a Toronto stage again.

We’d bet on that!

More Photos of the Dead South at Lee’s Palace, Toronto

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More Photos of Johnson Crook at Lee’s Palace, Toronto

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Happy 70th Birthday Horseshoe Tavern!

Photos by Trish Cassling

As Toronto’s historic and legendary Horseshoe Tavern celebrates its 70th birthday with a series of concerts this December, we’re looking back at some of our favourite shows over the last few years.

We’ve been fortunate to see big names and up-and-comers take the stage at Queen Street West’s most iconic music venue, and we’re proud to have captured and shared the memories of those days and nights.

Look back with us at some of our favourite photos from The Horseshoe Tavern, and stay tuned for more coverage in the future as artists and fans continue to visit those checkerboard floors.

Whitney Rose

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The Lazys

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The Dead Love

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Silver Love Club/ Mabel

Mabel at The Horseshoe Aussie BBQ CMW 2016

One Bad Son

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Johnson Crook

Johnson Crook The Horseshoe 2016

Tommy Stinson

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Kiefer Sutherland

Jessica Mitchell

Jessica MItchell at The Horseshoe Tavern

Birds of Bellwoods

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Midnight Shine

The Julian Taylor Band

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The Dead South

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The Anti-Queens

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Crown Lands

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105 Years Strong: 2017 Calgary Stampede Preview

Words cannot explain how excited I am to be a part of the Calgary Stampede again this year! And if you’ve been following the weather forecast, like myself, you already know it’s going to be a lot better than last year! But don’t worry about the 30+ temperatures the next two weeks, there’s tons of amazing food trucks with cold treats that will keep you cool throughout your stay!

I don’t even know where to start with all the jaw dropping, mouthwatering flavours that the midway has to offer. I am most excited to try the Double Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Dog, Clam Chowder Poutine, Deep Fried Jell-O, Maple Walnut Cotton Candy, Unicorn White Hot Chocolate and The Chili Lime Popcorn Shrimp Perogies! It’s a good thing there’s so much to do at The Stampede because I’m going to have to walk off all the taste testing i’ll be doing.

Since its Canada’s 150th birthday this year The Stampede has added even more musical acts to the powerful lineup! The Coca Cola stage, I believe, will be the biggest crowd pleaser of them all. Over 30 insanely talented bands/solo artists will be taking over the stage through the two weeks.

My top ten acts who I can’t wait to see are…

Ria Mae
Nelly Furtado
Marianas Trench
Alessia Cara
July Talk
Michela Sheedy
Jonathan Roy
USS
Theory of a Deadman
Sabrina Carpenter

All of these performs are so different one another, their style, sound and stage presence, I cannot wait to capture it.

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Another stage that I absolutely loved last year was The Nashville North Tent. This tent is full of cold drinks and two stepping until the early morning! Over 40 entertaining acts will keep you dancing the night away, such as; The Dungarees, The Cadillac Three, Endless Summer, Cam, Doc Walker, Jess Moskaluke, The Dead South, Cold Creek County, Tristan Horncastle, Jojo Mason, Chris Buck Band and Meaghan Patrick just to name a few. One act I am particularly excited to see is Cam, I remember hearing her first song on the radio Burning House and automatically falling in love with her soft effortless voice, since then I have become a huge fan! And have you seen her hair? She has to have the most beautiful hair in all of country music.

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One thing I love so much about the lineup this year is the diverse music varieties. Whether you like rock, pop, alternative, folk, country, soul, acoustic or EDM, there is something for everyone.

I have to say this year after viewing The Saddledome’s lineup I might have screamed like a little girl. After scrolling through the lineup list my heart dropped into my stomach when I saw Usher was coming as one of the main headliners. I couldn’t believe it! I remember forcing my poor father to constantly play his cds in the car when I was younger and now I finally get to see him live and singing every song… sadly dad won’t be joining. I can’t wait to see what Usher brings to the stage, I truly believe he’s going to put on a show that we won’t forget.

A couple of other events I am extremely excited to see this year are the chuckwagon races, bull riding and the incredible Transalta Grandstand show that ends the evening with fireworks lighting up the whole sky! If you enjoy fireworks, you need to make sure this is on your “must do” list because I have never seen such a spectacular light show in my life. I am filled with so much excitement and adrenaline I don’t know if i’ll be able to sleep before the kick off Stampede parade. I encourage those looking for a new experience or wanting a fun adventure to remember forever, to come on down to Calgary and experience these lifetime memories The Stampede has to offer! This city is incredible and I can’t wait to show everyone all the photographs and memories we make this year!

Photo Credit: Chris Bolin/ Calgary Stampede

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from thereviewsarein.com and Friends!

This year, to celebrate the holiday season, we asked some of our musician friends to send us pics and videos sharing their best wishes to you!

We would like to thank everyone that helped us out with this project, the artists and their teams, and we would like to thank all of you for enjoying the messages when you’ve seen them on social media.

Now, in case you missed any of them, here are a heap of wishes that we would love to pass on to you!

And from our team at thereviewsarein.com, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a safe and awesome New Year!

Dean Brody

Jessica Mitchell

Chad Brownlee

Madeline Merlo

Panicland

Mabel

Leah Daniels

Kansas Stone

The Lovelocks

River Town Saints

The Dead Love

The Hunter Brothers

Leaving Thomas

The Dead South

Andrew Hyatt

The Katherines

Mike Robins of Autumn Hill

Andrew Allen

Shae Dupuy

Alee

Trish’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2016

When Joshua posted his 10 most listened to albums of 2016 post, I wondered out loud if it was too soon to be writing such a post. Joshua and I chatted briefly about it and his conclusion was that there wasn’t an album that could be released now that could top his list of 10 based on how much he’d already listened to said albums.

I thought, hmm let me start putting together my list and see if this is true for me. Turns out, yep it is. While I’m always open to new music and I’m hoping amazing albums come out between now and the end of the year, my list is pretty much set too.

So here, in the order that they came into my head, is my list of the 10 Most Listened to albums of 2016

aussie-flag Mabel: Rachel (2015)

Most played track: My Way

We first caught up with the boys from Mabel during Canadian Music Week. They were so much fun to chat with and their set was energetic and fresh. I love their sound which reminds me of late 50’s rock with catchy lyrics and when Mikey roars, oh, be still my heart.

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aussie-flag Paul Cowderoy: Wet Hessian Bag (2015)

Most played track: Gimme That

If fate had a different plan I would have met Paul Cowderoy this summer. There was  a plan for the Australian country singer to do a club tour here in Canada and Toronto was on his list. There were other things in the cards for Paul. A car accident put this guy on pause for a time. But he’s back putting out new music and I’m hoping he’ll be coming to Canada soon. This album was in my car for the first six months of the year and I made everyone who got into the car listen to it.

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american-flag-emoji Chris Lane : Girl Problems (2016)

Most played track: Maybe

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Chris Lane this summer and one of the things we do going into interviews is our research. I was happy to listen to Chris Lane’s Girl Problems over and over. There are hints of R&B, dance beats, with hints of pop, amazing rock guitar, energetic banjo, and Chris’ mean falsetto, it all comes together perfectly, if you haven’t listened yet, you should.

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canadian-flag-emojiArkells: Morning Report (2016)

Most played track: A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)

This is the only album that appears on both of our lists. I love this album. It makes me want to sing and dance, it makes me feel happy. That’s a winner in my book, every day. I had the pleasure of seeing Arkells perform at both WayHome and at an awesome The Edge Sugar Beach Session.  These guys really know how to entertain a crowd.arkells-morning-report-album-cover
canadian-flag-emoji Shawn Mendes – Illuminate (2016)
Most played track: Mercy

This might surprise you but I love Shawn Mendes. True story. I first saw Shawn Mendes when he opened for Taylor Swift on the 1989 Tour. This young Canadian singer/songwriter has blown up and I’m not surprised. I’m pretty sure I’ve played this album every day since it came out. 
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canadian-flag-emojiJuly Talk – Touch (2016)

Most played track: Picturing Love

I come to the July Talk party a little late. I didn’t know! I caught the band at one of The Edge’s Sugar Beach Sessions and was blown away. This is an album that I put on and play front to back, no skips. It’s moody, it’s fun, it’s playful and it feels kinda dangerous. I love this album.
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american-flag-emoji Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered (2016)

Most played song: untitled 08 | 09.06.2014

I wasn’t expecting this and was thrilled when it came out. After seeing Kendrick Lamar at WayHome in 2015 I started listening to everything Kendrick. The music, the lyrics, it sucks me in and it’s perfect.kendrick-lamar-untitled-unmastered-cover-art

canadian-flag-emoji Jessica Mitchell: Hold Onto The Light

Most played song: Grown Up Things

I’ve been to quite a few of Jessica Mitchell‘s shows and she never disappoints. This is another album that I listen to every day. The timbre of Jessica’s voice is exquisite, I feel everything she sings, I believe her and I feel like we’re kindred spirits. 
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aussie-flag The Lazys: The Lazys (2015)

Most played song: Shake It Like You Mean It

The Lazys, in three words energetic, enthusiastic, and enchanting. This amazing band from Australia has put together the perfect storm of rock and roll and luckily for us they love Canada. The boys tour and record here regularly and I’d be lying if we said we weren’t hoping for a move to Canada.

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aussie-flag The Dead Love: So Whatever (2016)

Most played song: Wastelands

I first met The Dead Love during Canadian Music Week‘s  Aussie BBQ. They have a great energy, it’s rock and roll, it’s alternative and punky, it’s grungy, and they can slow things down and keep your attention. They bring together technically great musicianship and compelling vocals. They sing about love but not the sweet kind, summer and living in a wasteland. Check it out!
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With the amount of music I listen to, ten is a tough number. I’m going to cheat a little, I’ve added an additional five here as honourable mentions. Four out of five are Canadian.

canadian-flag-emojiThe Dead South: Good Company
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Birds of Bellwoods: The Fifth
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canadian-flag-emojiThe Tragically Hip: Fully Completely

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1 year ago

Big Valley Jamboree 2016 Lineup Announcement!

We talk an awful lot about how proud we are to see country music making an impact in Ontario… but let’s not forget just how HUGE county has been in Alberta for a long, long time!

Part of that country music tradition is the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta for more than 20 freaking years. It’s an impressive stretch that has seen some of the biggest and best in country music make the trip out to entertain fans over a full weekend every summer.

Lindsay Broughton at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015This morning the good folks at BVJ announced new additions to the 2016 lineup, spreading out 7 new acts over the 4 festival days. We can only imagine how happy Doc Walker, The Doll Sisters, Lindsay Broughton, Clare Bowen & Charles Esten (ABC’s Nashville), Alee, Lindi Ortega, and The Dead South.

You add those names to headliners Randy Houser, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood – and impressive lineup to say the least, and it makes us wish we were taking a road trip west this summer. Heck, maybe we will.

Here’s a look at the BVJ lineup so far (more names are coming!) on March 15, 2016.

Big Valley Jamboree 2016 Lineup

Thursday

✨ Randy Houser
✨ Doc Walker
✨ The Doll Sisters

Friday

✨ Dierks Bentley
✨ Jo Dee Messina
✨ Collin Raye
✨ Aaron Goodvin
✨ Lindsay Broughton

Saturday

✨ Blake Shelton
✨ Gary Allan
✨ Autumn Hill
✨ Clare Bowen & Charles Eston
✨ Alee

Sunday

✨ Carrie Underwood
✨ Sam Hunt
✨ High Valley
✨ John Michael Montgomery
✨ Lindi Ortega
✨ The Dead South

Stay tuned for more names, more excitement, and more news from the Big Valley Jamboree!

Be Awesome!

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2 years ago

Good Company: The Dead South Lands in Toronto

Fresh off a flight over the Atlantic Ocean, from Germany to Toronto, The Dead South barely had time to catch their breath before playing back-to-back nights in Hogtown.

We sat down with Nate, Scott, and Colton before their set at The Horseshoe to talk about Europe, Road Gold, their music, Bluegrass, and hanging out in basements. Big thanks to them for sharing a drink and hanging out.

The Dead South Toronto Southern Accent-6296Rewind 24 hours from our sit down and The Dead South were hanging out at Southern Accent on Markham Street, playing songs and shaking hands and celebrating their Good Company album. The band got off a plane, grabbed their suitcases, and within hours were on stage. It was tight quarters, but they made it work. And while they were elbow to elbow most of the night, the boys told us that they don’t mind – it’s fun once in a while.

Note: There was a Canadian legend in the room on Monday night as Tom Cochrane hung out and listened to some music. It’s always cool to see a dude with that track record checking out new acts.

We asked the boys in the band about their time in Europe, specifically Germany, where they’re enjoying some awesome success, and they told us that it’s awesome to see the fans showing up and loving what they do. They also told us that the crowds are a little different, with the fans standing silently, watching attentively, and then, when the songs ends, they applaud. It isn’t like N.A. crowds with milling about and chats, during the set. And while it took some getting used to, The Dead South loves those crowds just like the ones at home in Saskachewan.

The Dead South Toronto Horseshoe Tavern-6332One of our favourite things to do is hang out and talk music with musicians, and when we asked Nate, Scott, and Colton about music, we learned some interesting things…

1) We asked what music made the boys want to start playing music themselves.
Nate: The Doors
Scott: Led Zepplin
Colton: Red Hot Chili Peppers

2) We asked about the music the band is listening to right now.
And we found out that there’s a lot of metal on the playlists, which isn’t exactly what we expected.

3) We asked about how the band got into bluegrass.
Their answer, awesome… Colton and Nate told us that they started to jam together with Colton on banjo and Nate on guitar with the intention of playing bluegrass, but they weren’t good enough. So what they’ve adopted and adapted is their own brand. It’s gritty and hits hard, but lets up when it needs to and speeds up and slows down when the time is right.

The Dead South Toronto Horseshoe Tavern-6509We like it. And if it isn’t bluegrass the way they thought it would be, who cares.

The Dead South has some more tour to finish up in the western half of the country before they head home for the holidays, which includes a night on stage in Regina at the 4th Annual McMorris & McMorris Gala. That show also happens to include our pal Jess Moskaluke, which means we’re doubly jealous of everyone who will be at the Conexas Art Centre on December 22.

Also when they get home they’ll be able to get reviews of their Honey You video which has hit the internet and CMT. Check it out at the bottom of the post.

The Dead South have spent a lot of time on stage this year in Canada, the US, and Europe. On Monday night they received CIMA Road Gold certification for selling 25,000 tickets on tour in Canada in 2015.

The Dead South Toronto Horseshoe Tavern-6479And on Tuesday night they tore up the stage again. The Dead South brought energy and tight musicianship and even a little dancing to the crowd who stood and sat and tapped their feet and do-si-do’d in front of the stage while the music beat out of the cello, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. It’s all added up to a well deserved break.

If you’re west of Manitoba, check the tour dates and see for yourself how good these guys are before the year ends… and if you’re not out west, keep an eye on 2016 dates, because these boys will be on the road again for sure.

Here’s hoping they all take some time to relax, and then hang out in a basement with their instruments and some drinks and jam until they either have new songs or are tired from having a good time simply enjoying the music.

The Dead South: Honey You


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2 years ago

CMW 2015 Friday Night ft. The Dead South, Shore Thing & Midday Swim

Friday night, on the west side of town, we mixed things up with a little indie pop rock, some folk indie soul and a side of Americana folk roots.

CMW Friday Indie Lineup

Midday Swim
Shore Thing
The Dead South

Midday Swim

First we hit The Mod Club for a little Midday Swim. We’d had someone recommend that we check out this band and the timing and location were just right. There was a good sized crowd for an 8:00pm show and the energy was positive. The band formed less than a year ago were tight and professional.

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Shore Thing

We moved to the Smiling Buddha and Shore Thing was setting up just as we arrived. The four piece from Ontario were charming and told us the story of having their van towed during load in, sorry guys. Great lyrics, nice sound, we’d go see them again.

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The Dead South

Next up was The Dead South. They were the reason we were here. We’d seen them before at the eOne/Gibson Juno Party and they’d made an impression. It was great to see them in such an intimate venue. They didn’t disappoint. They played a fairly long set and finished up with one of our favourites, “Honey You“.

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From the moment they started playing, the crowd moved forward. Feet started tapping and then started stomping. The four member band dress alike, move together, their voices blend beautifully together.  If you get a chance to see them, take it!

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3 years ago

eOne/Gibson All Star 2015 JUNO EXTRAVAGANZA

And just as the title implies the eOne/Gibson All Star 2015 JUNO EXTRAVAGANZA was spectacular!

Where do I even start? How about at the hotel where I picked up our VIP laminates. The hotel was full of musicians and music industry people doing the same things any of us would be doing, in a hotel. Hanging out, having tea, talking to each other, socializing and getting ready for the next event. It was pretty cool and that was just the warm up.

Gibson Bus in front of Liuna Station Junos 2015

Doors were at 9:00 and we were ready and waiting! What you don’t know is that we arrived at the party not knowing who was going to be appearing. We’d been told “It’s all a surprise. But they’re all JUNO winners/noms past and present.” . That’s a little disconcerting to someone who likes to do their research!

Ok. I may have had a little tip the night before from a certain someone’s mom (true story). I knew who one of the performers would be. You’ll find out!

Let’s get started, there’s quite a list to get through! To pull off something like this you can’t possibly be swapping out all the equipment between acts. No chance. So we had the pleasure of a house band, The Julian Taylor Band. Julian was engaging and the band had the challenge of learning songs for almost everyone. We posted an Instagram video and you can see it here – VIDEO!!!

Julian Taylor Band at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

First up was Dallas Smith, hot off his Juno win for Best Country Album of the year. He played Wasting Gas and took a bow. He’s been working very hard!

Dallas Smith at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

Next up was the one artist I knew was going to be there, Meghan Patrick. Currently unsigned, but not for long, Meghan killed the performance. We’ve been singing her praises, we think she’s talented and genuine and we think she’s going to be a big star. She sang Shake, Rattle and Roll, Son of a Preacherman, and a recently recorded track. We hope it’s released soon?

Next up was The Once. They were fun and quirky and I really liked them.

The Once at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

Alysha Brilla, nominated for Adult Contemporary Album. Alysha was new to me. I really liked her.

Alysha Brilla at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

Nominated for Roots and Traditional album was Amelia Curran, she was joined on the stage by Harlan Pepper. They had five guitars! It was spectacular.

Amelia Curran and Harlan Pepper at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

They cleared the stage and a DJ set up and Kardinal Offishall came on. It was loud, really loud, and I needed to drink so I wandered into the lobby at this point. Sorry, no Kardinal photo.

Tom Wilson, Matt Anderson, Steve Strongman, Colin Linden. It was so good! I’m sure I’ve missed someone.

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2014 Juno nominee Amanda Rheaume put on a compelling performance.

Amanda Rheaume at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

The Dead South, I loved this band! I’d never heard of them, and I’m not sure why, but I’ve been listening to them all day and I may have a little crush on their banjo player.
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It was getting late, but we weren’t done yet. Up next was Lindsay Broughton. She was another crowd pleaser. Her rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams may not have been perfect but it was lovely.

Lindsay Broughton at Liuna Station Gibson at the Junos 2015

And the last act I saw was The Wild! It takes a special kind of band to get the crowd going past 2:00am! The Wild! is that kind of band. Wow! Loved them!

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It was an amazing evening, with amazing performances. Liuna Station is a beautiful building, the staff were friendly and accommodating. It was a great choice for this event and we’re glad we were a part of it.

3 years ago
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