The Honest Heart Collective

CMW 2017 Interview: The Honest Heart Collective

Early in the week, we had a chance to chat with The Honest Heart Collective before their Canadian Music Week opening night showcase. Thanks to Kevin Heerema and Ryan MacDonald for taking time between sound checks and all that other stuff bands do before a show, to talk to us.

It was a busy time and we were briefly and happily interrupted by the arrival of 3/4 of Silver Love Club, hugs and hand shaking commenced. Next, sound check proved too loud for us to hear over so we headed outside into the sunshine to continue. Let me just say, I love this stuff.
The Honest Heart Collective - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017We started out with an icebreaker question, pulled straight from their bio which claims they guys have an affinity for Irish Whiskey. Let’s get started!

Q1: What’s your favourite whiskey?

KH: Highland Park
RM: Select Reserve Jameson

Q2: What artist/band would you most love to have on a dream bill with you?

RM: Silver Love Club
KH: Catfish and the Bottleman
RM: The Killers
KH: Against Me, this almost happened, and City and Colour.

There are definitely some great choices here. And the guys kinda gushed about Silver Love Club. We get it, we love them too. We’re definitely going to have to follow up on this, almost happened, story!

At this point, the conversation went totally off the rails and the guys went to …Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, of course. 

Q3: What’s your favourite thing about CMW?

RM: 4:00 am last call and Sneaky Dee’s after the show.

What’s not to love about late night Sneaky Dee’s nachos?

Q4: What are you listening to right now?

KH: The Maine‘s New Record
RM: The New Flatliners

We talked about finding new music and playing it on repeat. These albums fit in this category. You can check out Lovely Little Lonely by The Maines and Inviting Light by The Flatliners by following the links.The Honest Heart Collective - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017Q5: What Artist/band do you think we should be paying more attention to?

RM: Texas King
KH: I was just going to say
RM: Someone local, Emily Kohne . “She has a great voice, she’s a great songwriter, and she plays better guitar than me.”

Texas King has been on our radar for about a year and we have to agree that they’re one you should pay attention to. Emily Kohne is new to us so we looked her up, listened to some songs, and we love her voice and her guitar skills.

Q6: Have you had one of those breakthrough or aha moments?

RM: No
KH: Not Yet

The long answer, they’ve had a few things happen where it’s starting to feel like something. A show last year at Rivoli sprang to mind but they’re still waiting for that big “moment” to happen. They talked about how hard and convoluted the process is for bands.

They talked about how hard and convoluted the process is for bands. “There’s so many bands out there trying to do this. You have to work really hard. I kinda feel like us being from Thunder Bay means we have to work harder. I mean we live 17 hours away from here. We haven’t had an aha moment but we’ve been grinding the whole time.”

Q7: What’s the first concert you remember going to?

RH: “Great Big Sea, they played at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. My dad took me and it was, it pretty much changed my life. It was sold out, there were 1,500 people singing along. But that wasn’t the one that changed my life. It was the second concert I ever went to. It was Colin James and watching that guy play guitar, made me wanna play guitar. I mean, I Just Came Back to Say Goodbye.”

Kevin prefaced his answer with a “My answer sucks.” We disagree, we think his answer is awesome!

KH: “My first actual, big production concert was N’Sync. It sucked! I got dragged at 7 years old. I was already into punk and rock music and everything but I had to. And then the next shows, I got my mom to take me to Sam Roberts. I was probably like 10. He played on my birthday. That really got me into, that looks really cool up there, that would be fun. And my very first show at a bar in the music scene, listening to hardcore punk was Protest The Hero and a couple of other metal bands and that got me thinking, this is where I want to be.”The Honest Heart Collective - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017Q8: What’s up next for the rest of 2017?

They’re working on a new record. There’s no working title, that they can tell us yet. They’re in the demo stage, with two more demos to cut and then they’re ready to move forward. The guys are hoping to get into the studio in the early summer and get a new release out by fall.

Additionally, they’ll be finishing up this tour, then it’s home to work on the album. There will be lots of time tracking in the studio. They’ve also got some smaller festival shows coming up. So watch for those!

Thanks to Kevin and Ryan for the chat. We’re anticipating that “aha moment” is coming soon!

Find the Honest Heart Collective online at the following locations!

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CMW 2017: The Honest Heart Collective Showcase

Canadian Music Week opening night, finally! On Tuesday night we headed to Adelaide Hall a little early to interview tonight’s headliners, The Honest Heart Collective. We’ll have that interview up shortly. But let’s talk about tonight’s lineup.

I like to call this one, the night of rock bands and their fabulous frontmen. First on stage were Bad River. There isn’t a lot online about this band, except for the bandcamp page. I listened, I liked them and they put on a great set live.
Bad River - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017The second band of the night was Silver Love Club. It’s been a year since I’ve seen this band live and for the record, that’s too long. Their set was almost exclusively new material with my favourite song thrown in for fun. Amazing energy, fun, and they’re technically so tight. They’re playing all over this festival and you should go see them!
Silver Love Club - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017 My surprise for the evening came in the form of The Danger Bees. Frontman David Macmichael is quirky and fun. He commands your attention and the band backs him up with precision. There were moments of “hey that’s very Weezeresque” but just hints of it. They’re pretty unique and I enjoyed their set immensely. Last thought, I was left wondering is that Run DMC tee meant ironically? I don’t think so.
Danger Bees - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017Our fourth band of the night was Le Trouble. This Montreal-based band fit perfectly on the bill. High energy, fun entertaining front man and really great musicianship. Montreal isn’t far and I hope they visit often.
Le Trouble - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017Getting the spot before the headliner is kind of a big deal. Texas King took this responsibility seriously and brought their A game. It’s been a year since I saw the band last and they’ve got a lot of new material. Jordan Macdonald and his band turned up the volume and the crowd responded by singing along.
Texas King - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017When The Honest Heart Collective hit the stage it was after midnight and Adelaide Hall was packed. Not bad for a Tuesday night! I love this band. I love how rich their sound is. They’ve got new music to play and rumour has it they’re recording an album later this year. Okay, it’s not a rumour Ryan told me himself. Our full interview with the band will be up shortly. Watch this space.

This band fills up the room, fills up the stage and fills up my heart. Touching lyrics, great harmonies, if you haven’t listened yet, you should.
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CMW 2017: Trish’s 3 Don’t Miss Shows ft. The Honest Heart Collective, Aussie Night Out, UTA Showcase ft Julian Taylor Band

It’s almost here! Canadian Music Week is so close I can taste it.

There are so many choices and to help you with your planning, I’ve picked three shows that I think you shouldn’t miss during CMW 2017.

The Honest Heart Collective – Adelaide Hall

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Honest Heart Collective / Texas King / Le Trouble / The Danger Bees / Silver Love Club / Bad River

This show is also on Joshua’s list and that’s because we both know a great thing when we see one. It’s an amazing opening night lineup. Some of these bands are brand new to me but some of them are favourites and I’m happy we’ve got this show to get the week started.

Aussie Night Out – The Hideout

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Aeora / Alice Ivy / Quivers / Eliza & The Delusionals / Bad Pony / Silver Love Club / Letters to Lions / Heart Beach / The Dead Love / Pretty City

I’ve written in detail about this showcase and you can read everything you need to know about all of the bands here but let me remind you that while all of the acts are Aussie based there’s a little bit of everything genre-wise for everyone. Stop by, say hello and check out some amazing talent from Australia.

UTA Showcase – The Horseshoe Tavern 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Dead Projectionists / The Treble / One Bad Son / Adam Baldwin / Julian Taylor Band / Birds of Bellwoods / Towers / Radio Caroline

Saturday is going to be a late one but with this lineup, we’re pretty sure you’ll be sticking around until the end. Indie rock, alternative rock, hard rock, Rock ‘n’ Roll, with some funk and soul thrown in for good measure. It’s going to be a high energy show and I’m thrilled to see some of my favourite Toronto bands and I’m always excited to see acts that are new to me. new music… is there anything better?

And now I’m going to cheat and add a couple more bands to my list. I’ve said it before if you haven’t seen Crown Lands live yet, put them on your “must see” list. They’ll be playing both Friday the 21st at Hard Luck Bar and Saturday 22nd at The Bovine.  Second on the cheat list is Andrew Hyatt. He’s been around a little while but Andrew just keeps getting better and better. If you haven’t seen him yet, now is the time to get on board. His latest release She Ain’t You reaches into your heart and says what we’re all thinking. Andrew’s playing the KX Country’s Hot Shots Showcase on Tuesday, April 18th.

Kevin Comeau – Crown Lands

Cody Bowles – Crown Lands

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CMW Preview: 19 Songs You Need to Hear at Canadian Music Week 2017!

The schedule is crazy. There are bands all over the city from all over the world. So here we are to try and give you some guidance.

Even if you can’t make it to every concert and showcase, you can start finding new music, and singing along to the tracks you know, with these 19 songs. Click any of the song titles to watch a video… or press play on the playlist at the bottom of the post and get your groove on!

Enjoy – and leave a comment telling us which songs you already loved, and which ones you’re happy you found…

Bleeker – Highway
Canada/Rock
Bleecker Julian Taylor Showcase CMW 2016

High Valley – She’s With Me
Canada/Country

Silver Love Club – Rachel
Australia/Rock
Mabel The Nightowl CMW 2016

Jess Moskaluke – Drive Me Away
Canada/Country
Jess Moskaluke Bright Lights Big City Toronto The Phoenix

The Dead Love – Summer
Australia/Rock
The Dead Love CMW 2016 Horseshoe

Madeline Merlo – Whatcha Wanna Do About It
Canada/Country
Madeline Merlo BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

The New Electric – T-Shirt
Canada/Pop

Alee – Moonshine
Canada/Country

The Beaches – Give It Up
Canada/Rock

Drake White – Livin’ The Dream
United States/Country
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The Honest Heart Collective – Liar’s Club
Canada/Rock

James Barker Band – Chills
Canada/Country
James Barker Band SiriusXM Fan Stage BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

Texas King – Come Find Me
Canada/Rock
Texas King Adelaide Hall 2016

Andrew Hyatt – MGR (Me And A Girl And A Radio)
Canada/Country
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Courage My Love – Stereo
Canada/Rock

Dani Strong – Wild One
Canada/Country
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Melissa Etheridge – I’m The Only One
United States/Rock

The Rifle & The Writer – Gig & Colour
Canada/Country

Repartee – Dukes
Canada/Pop
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CMW 2017: Joshua’s 3 Don’t Miss Shows ft. The Honest Heart Collective, The Beaches, High Valley

Canadian Music Week 2017 is coming faster than you might be ready for… and that’s freaking exciting. It means there’s a week of music coming that will mix what you know, what you don’t know, what you already love and what you’re going to fall in love with.

And to get you started with your planning, I’ve picked three shows that you shouldn’t miss during CMW 2017!

The Honest Heart Collective – Adelaide Hall

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Honest Heart Collective / Texas King / Bad River – all on stage to put on a show… and if the Facebook event is to be believed, The Danger Bees and our Aussie boys, Silver Love Club (formerly Mabel) will be there too!

If there ever was a time to go out and see live music on a Tuesday night, it’s during CMW… and if you’re looking for the show you want to be at – this is the one.

Last year Trish hooked up with The Honest Heart Collective for a CMW preview which was awesome, and we’ve seen Texas King on the Adelaide Hall stage before – add together all of the previous experience and I’m sure that this is a Tuesday night concert that you do not want to miss out on.

Get ready to have some fun and kick off your week.

The Beaches – The Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Beaches / The Brains / shy kids / The Dead Love

1) Who doesn’t want to hang at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on a Friday night?
2) You should want to see The Beaches be the bad ass women they are on stage during CMW!
3) Aussie rockers, The Dead Love are on the bill – and we certainly don’t want to miss that!

For real, this is going to be a Friday night concert that goes loud and hard and punches you right in the face – in the best way.

We’ve seen and hung out a little bit with The Dead Love, and we can’t wait to do that again. AND we saw The Beaches in all of their GRL BAND glory at the WayHome Xmas party in 2016… and we liked it a lot. Add in some new to us music from The Brains and shy kids and this is going to be a Friday night worth talking about on Saturday morning.

SiriusXM House w/ High Valley – The Great Hall

Saturday, April 22, 2017

High Valley / Madeline Merlo/ Jess Moskaluke

As far as country music shows go, this is going to be a good one! With three Canadian acts lined up to take over The Great Hall stage, we know what we’re going to get. Or at least we think we do.

UPDATE: 3-Time CCMA Female Artist of the Year and 2017 Juno winner for Country Album of the Year, Jess Moskaluke has been added to this show!

We’ve seen all of these performers more than once, and have had the chance to talk to each of them as well. They’re all doing what they love. They’re all good at what they do. And they’re all good to their fans.

There may be a few surprises on this Saturday night full of music… and that’s fine with us. We’ll be ready!

Now… check out some pics of the acts we’ve seen before, and get ready for more this April during Canadian Music Week 2017!

Texas King

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Silver Love Club

Mabel The Nightowl CMW 2016

The Beaches

The Dead Love

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High Valley

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Madeline Merlo

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River Town Saints

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CMW 2016 Preview: The Honest Heart Collective

The Honest Heart Collective is a six-piece Thunder Bay band getting ready to take Canadian Music Week by storm.

The band is made up of  Ryan MacDonald on vocals and guitar, Nic MacDonald on bass and vocals, Jay Savage on drums, Kevin Heerema on guitar,  Conner Harris on keyboards and vocals, and Keenan Kosolowski on guitar.

We caught up with Nic from The Honest Heart Collective to ask some questions about the band, CMW and more.

Let’s dive into the questions!

The Honest Hearts Collective

photo credit The Trenches Media

Q. Can you tell us how the band came together?

A. I wish there was an easier way to explain the conception of The Honest Heart Collective but there really isn’t – I’ll try to keep this as short and sweet as possible. The band started out as my brother Ryan’s solo project while he was living in Ottawa. The original name of the band was actually RM & The Honest Heart Collective, the idea was that he would write all of the music and then enlist myself, along with a revolving door of friends and musicians to back us once he moved home to Thunder Bay. The only problem was that the “friends and musicians” Ryan recruited had no intention of ever leaving. These people were all of our best friends, we’d been in bands with them before and they were willing to drop everything to dive headfirst into this band. Their commitment was palpable. For that reason, we collectively decided to drop the “RM &” from the beginning of our name upon the release our debut album Liar’s Club. Unfortunately, since then a few members have come and gone but the inspiration behind the band has stayed the same.

Q. You describe your music as “Folk-infused rock with a punk mentality”, can you elaborate a little for us?

A. We chose the words “Folk-infused rock” because way before there were six guys in this band, there was only one, one guy with an acoustic guitar writing folk songs. As the band grew our sound evolved. It became mainly comprised of guitar driven rock but we like to think that it’s still backed by the same honest, sentimental lyrics and songwriting that make good folk music. But we all grew up listening to punk and hardcore bands and they have majorly influenced the way we play our instruments. If you come out and see our live shows it will all make perfect sense.

Q. Was there a “moment” where you knew music was your future?

A. Was there a “moment”? I can’t say that it’s happened quite yet. I remember getting my first guitar when I was ten years old and thinking that it would be a miracle if I could make a future for myself by playing it. A few years later I attempted to start my first band with my best friend Kevin (who now plays guitar in The Honest Heart Collective) – that never even got off the ground. There were a few more bands throughout the years but none ever went anywhere. I guess you could say that the guys in The Collective have been breaking our backs our whole lives trying to earn that “moment”. In truth, I’m still not one hundred percent sure that music is my future, but I’ll never stop trying my hardest to make sure that it’s always a major part of it.

The Honest Heart Collective

photo credit Dave Jansen

Q. We love CMW for a lot of reasons, what’s your favourite thing about this festival?

A. My favourite thing about CMW would have to be the 4am last call! Not because of the booze (maybe a little because of the booze), but because of the music! The extension keeps the music going well into the night and makes for some pretty excellent late night finds. You never know who you’ll find playing at 2:35AM on a Saturday night at the Rivoli or any other bar for that matter. Could be your new favourite band. I love CMW.

Q. Do you have any advice for bands just getting started?

A. That’s a tough question for me to answer since I myself consider The Honest Heart Collective a band that’s “just getting started”. However, we have had a few small successes in the short time that we’ve been a band. All I can say is never stop having fun with it, or at least trying to have fun with it. I know it can be disheartening to show up to a city you’ve never been to before and play to no one but the sound guy and two drunken idiots who spray beer all over your band (true story). But who knows? Maybe those drunken idiots will try to fistfight a bunch of cops on the sidewalk during your load out (also true). I guess what I’m trying to say is enjoy yourself, enjoy your band and enjoy every show to the fullest. Or else what’s the point?

Q. If we got a peek at your playlists right now, what artists would we find?

A. Oh dear *laughs*. My musical taste is everywhere. In any given playlist you’ll find songs from bands like Arkells and The Gaslight Anthem all the way to Counterparts and Every Time I Die. Right now I’m absolutely hooked on this band called Have Mercy, it’s just really good indie rock with semblances of the emo/post-hardcore music that I loved when I was a little kid. They’re seriously cool in my books.

Q. In 50 words or less, can you describe for our readers what to expect from a The Honest Heart Collective live show?

A. Energy. (I just saved you 49 words)  See us live during Canadian Music Week, check out our schedule here!

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Find the Honest Heart Collective online at the following locations!

The Honest Heart Collective
Twitter || Facebook || Instagram || YouTube
Bandcamp || iTunes || SoundCloud

Thanks to Nic for taking the time to answer our questions and don’t forget to add these guys to your CMW schedule!

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