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Christmas Q&A with Bobby Wills, The Lovelocks, and Tim Chaisson!

Christmas is so close we can taste the turkey!

Sure, there’s no snow on the ground here, but we’re in the spirit. And we’re not alone! Are you ready?

This year we’re celebrating with some Q&A fun thanks to some of our favourites in Canadian country music. We tried it last year and had a ton of fun with Tim Hicks, Kira Isabella, Runaway Angel, Meghan Patrick, and Riki Knox… and in part 1 of this year’s Q&A we talked to High Valley, Cory Marquardt, and Livy Jeanne!

So, here’s part 2 of our Canadian Country Music Christmas Q&A with Bobby Wills, Ali & Zoe of The Lovelocks, and Tim Chaisson!

Let’s start with an easy one… do you have a favourite Christmas Carol or hymn?
When The Lights Go Down Toronto Bobby Wills-8043Bobby: Silent Night. The lyric and melody are the perfect match, it is a powerful song.

Ali: I do love that Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas” song, which seems to officially kick off the Christmas season for me every year. I also love some of the older gems, who drum up a little more nostalgia from my childhood Christmases, like Bing Crosby.

Zoe: It’s honestly impossible to pick just one! I am still in love with Jewel’s whole Christmas album!  Nothing compares!

Tim: I always loved O Holy Night, especially when there’s some nice 3 part harmonies going on in that chorus.

Food is a big part of the holiday process, will you tell us what your favourite part of Christmas dinner is?
Tim Chaisson February 2015Tim: My mother’s stuffing! It’s to die for.

Bobby: We have a weird tradition of doing Lasagna on Christmas Eve, not sure exactly how or when it got started….

Ali: I gotta go with the classic turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. But I also love forcing everyone to wear their tacky paper crowns and taking embarrassing photos. 😉

Zoe: Dessert. For sure.

Let’s take it back a little with this one. What was your #1 present when you were a kid?
The Lovelocks Boots and Hearts 2015Zoe: I remember getting a pogo ball. Best. Gift. Ever.

Tim: The GT! We went bonkers for those every year.

Bobby: I have a strong memory of a remote control motorcycle with a Jump….

Ali: We were surprised with a trip to Disney World one year. That was super memorable, and such a dream come true for a kid!

Maybe this one will take us back too… do you have a favourite Christmas movie or TV special?
The Lovelocks Boots and Hearts 2015Ali: It’s either “The Holiday” or “Home Alone”. Both just put me in such a festive mood!

Zoe: White Christmas – I watch it every Christmas Eve!

Tim: The Grinch was something we always watched as kids, but Elf is a more recent tradition. Quickly becoming a classic!

Bobby: Christmas Vacation – gets funnier every year!

Last one, and we think we’ve saved the best. What is your favourite celebratory drink when you’re celebrating during the holiday season?
EggnogBobby: I don’t really have a favourite. My kids all LOVE Eggnog but I can’t even be in the same room with it…  

Ali: I don’t like egg nog either. Bring on the mulled wine! 😉

Zoe: Definitely not egg nog. Definitely spiked hot chocolate 🙂

Tim: Spiced Rum and Egg Nog! Yum.

Big thank you to Bobby, Ali, Zoe, and Tim for playing along… we wish them all a Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you. Be Awesome!

2 years ago

Burn The Plan: Good Lovelies and Tim Chaisson at the Winter Garden Theatre

On a chilly fall Friday in Toronto, a touch of the east coast and a boat load of harmonies came to the Winter Garden Theatre on Yonge Street.

Good-Lovelies-header2-The-Winter-Garden-Theatre-TorontoJuno award winners the Good Lovelies headlined the show, a celebration of their latest release Burn The Plan (May 2015) and a realization of a dream to play the gorgeous theatre in Ontario’s capital. And as beautiful as the theatre is (and it is, as remarked by many people in the audience and opener Tim Chaisson), the sounds of Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore, and Caroline Brooks were equally as impressive. In all honesty, the harmonies when the girls hum together matches the best that many acts can provide.

The 12 song set the Good Lovelies played Friday offered a mix of tracks from Burn The Plan and their earlier releases, with an Alison Krauss/Robert Plant cover thrown in for good measure.

Tim Chaisson The Winter Garden Theatre TorontoNote: Before we get any deeper, let’s not forget that Tim Chaisson was charming and witty and talented in his own right as the show’s opening act. The PEI native is also celebrating a 2015 release, Lost In Light, and did a great job with the help of his cousin Koady of sharing some of those new tracks. The guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo performance was a stripped down and a great way to hear songs like Animal, Miss Saying Goodbye, Bad On Me, Goodbye July, and Cajun Moon, which comes with a brief history lesson of the Acadian of the mid-1700’s.

Much love to Tim for being friendly and awesome. He’s a good Maritimer and hockey fan who just played along with our NHL season preview. We can’t wait to catch up again soon.

Back to the ladies. With their own mix of story-telling (loved the Fred Penner shout outs) and witty exchanges with each other and their bass player (hi Steve), the Good Lovelies held the audience in their hands as they moved from song to song and showed off their well oiled machine of a show.

The Good Lovelies Winter Garden Theatre Set List

Don’t Hold Back – Sleepwalkin’ – Last Night – Into The Dark – Four O’Clock – Waiting For You – The Doe – In The Morning – Your Long Journey – Old Fashioned Love – Crab Bucket – Lie Down

Good Lovelies The Winter Garden Theatre TorontoIt was a special treat to see these talented women share their voices and songs with a room full of people excited to hear them. It’s quite easy to see that the last 9 years have been well spent, and we’re very much hoping that the next 9 years are just as successful and bring just as many new fans.

Have a look at this great video of the Good Lovelies performing In The Morning for the CBC, and below that see Tim Chaisson’s brand new video for Miss Saying Goodbye along with more photos from the show…

In The Morning

Miss Saying Goodbye

Good Lovelies at the Winter Garden Theatre

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Tim Chaisson at the Winter Garden Theatre

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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

5 Tips for Finding More New Music

We wish you guys could hear it all…

Laptop and Headphones New MusicThere is so much music being made right now. We’re lucky enough to be sent links and streams from local artists in Toronto, the rest of Canada, across the United States, and Europe. There’s just not enough time in the day to write about it all or see all of the shows or tell you about the great new stuff we’ve discovered.

But trust this, there is no shortage of talent or passion or dedication when it comes to the music scene right now.

For every record or single released by an artist/band you already know and love, there are dozens of others that you may never hear. And while that’s sucky, it’s the reality.

So how can we all discover more music to love?

Keep your eyes out for links…

All of these hungry new acts are using social media to get the word out about their music. If you see a band name you don’t recognize in your Twitter stream or on Facebook, click through and see if you like it.

Go to more local live shows…

CMW 2015 Aussie BBQ The HorseshoeI know I just said at the top that there isn’t enough time to go to every show, and there isn’t. But if you can get to 1 show a week or 1 show a month or every 2 months, whatever, you will see new acts you just might fall in love with. Pay the $10 cover and see 3 or 4 new bands plus the 1 you already know in the lineup. Have a drink or three and enjoy the night.

Note: if you have a chance to hit a festival like Boots & Hearts or WayHome or TURF, etc. hit the side stages to see new music. Even the main stage is a great place to check out early in the day before the headliners start to put on their bigger sets.

Spotify and Apple Music…

Yes there are more options for streaming music, but right now we’re using both Spotify and Apple Music to listen to music from artists we know and love, as well as new acts that we’re auditioning for future playlists. Take a chance and listen to a new releases playlist. It could be very worth it.

Share with friends…

If you start sharing new music that you find with your friends you may just find that they have all kinds of recommendations for you as well. It’s just as impossible for you as it is for us to know every new band… but if we pool our resources and experiences and new favourites, we can all be winners and have new music to love!

Follow thereviewsarein.com…

When The Lights Go Down Toronto Jess-8076We will continue to try and balance our coverage between established acts and new and emerging artists. We love watching artists like Jess Moskaluke and Dylan Scott blow up after we’ve already fallen in love with them. And we know that some of the other new acts we love are going to find love in the world of listeners as well.

Keep your ears open for Trinity Bradshaw, The Reklaws, Johnson Crook, Mieke, Birds of Bellwoods, Lindsay Broughton, Whitney Rose, Tim Chaisson, Runaway Angel, Livy Jeanne, Cory Marquardt, The Luke Austin Band, Meghan Patrick, and more and more and more – the talent is out there. And they aren’t going away, they’re only getting stronger.

We love music. That’s why we do this. And discovering new music is a huge part of the whole experience. Don’t miss out on that part.
You’ll regret it.

2 years ago

CMW 2015 Spotlight: Demi Louise

It’s been a busy 2015 for Australian folk/pop singer-songwriter Demi Louise – and it’s not even half over yet.

Demi Louise CMW 2015 Profile PicWith stops at Folk Alliance International in Kansas, the world famous South by Southwest in Austin, and now Toronto’s Canadian Music Week, Demi has been making a name for herself far away from home in hopes that it will raise her profile and help her move further along in her career.

The unsigned songstress has an honest, strong and smooth voice that seems almost effortless when she performs, and her lyrics and gentle guitar playing fit in perfectly to complete her sound. All alone on the Cameron House stage, Demi had the largest 7pm crowd we saw all week, with a mix of Aussies and Canadians sitting, standing and swaying during the showcase set.

With original songs like Ruins (check the bottom of the post for the official video), Realise (for which there’s an awesome Hotel Jams live video featuring one of our current favs, Canadian Tim Chaisson, check the bottom of the post to see it), Restless (which will be her next single), Taxi Driver (written last week during CMW songwriting sessions), and the 2014 Australian Pop Song of the Year as voted by the Australian Songwriters Association – Rivers Run to Red (also recorded by winner of The Voice, Germany: Charley Ann), added to a great cover of Kodaline’s All I Want (from The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack), Demi Louise was all kinds of entertaining and engaging.

note: It was pretty damn adorable to hear her say thank you at the end of each song and then “thanks guys” after the audience clapped and cheered, as if she was genuinely surprised that it kept happening.

Demi Louise EP Songs From My BedroomWith a 5 song EP, Songs From My Bedroom, released in 2013, Demi is still looking for the support and push from a label to help propel her forward. And we hope she gets it.

She’s got a look that would place her perfectly on Queen West in Toronto, a voice that carries, and music that plays, there’s no reason for her not to get a chance. Demi Louise could definitely hang with the likes of Tim Chaisson, The Lovelocks, Good Lovelies and other Canadian roots/folk/singer-songwriter types.

Check a couple videos here to see what Demi’s bringing to the table and make that call for yourself. And if you want to know more, you can find Demi Louise online at these fine locations…

Website: www.demilouise.com
Facebook: demilouisemusic
Twitter: @demilouisemusic
Instagram: @demilouisemusic
YouTube: demilouisemusic
iTunes: demi louise music

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3 years ago

Lost in Light: Tim Chaisson Debuts New Album in Toronto

Tim Chaisson Lost in the Light Australian Album CoverTim Chaisson’s newest album (his 7th since 2002) Lost in Light, was released Tuesday and immediately made an impact.

Without a single, video, or any hardcore promotion, the album rushed its way to #1 on the Canadian Country Music sales chart on iTunes, knocking Sam Hunt’s Montevallo out of the spot late Tuesday night and into Wednesday. It was a happy moment for Chaisson and MDM Recordings that made for a fun night Wednesday when everyone showed up at The Rivoli for a little album release party.

At just after 7pm the Prince Edward Island native and his band took the stage to play tracks from the new album for fans, crowdfunding supporters, and industry folk who enjoyed a little mid-week entertainment.

Here’s how the set played out…

Tim Chaisson Lost in the Light Release Party Show★ Crushed
★ Cajun Moon
★ Miss Saying Goodbye
★ Bad On Me
★ Life After The War
★ I Can’t Live Without You
★ Animal
★ Loses Its Shine
★ Goodbye July
★ All Those Words
★ Beat This Heart (from his The Other Side album)

Since there hasn’t been a single released to radio yet, we can only guess… so here it goes – our picks for Tim Chaisson’s lead single from Lost in Light are Crushed or I Can’t Live Without You.

Tim Chaisson Lost in the Light The Rivoli TorontoIf you’re unfamiliar with Tim, or you’ve never had a chance to see him live, let me tell you this – he’s adorable and endearing and brings some good old fashioned east coast hospitality to the stage. Add those qualities to his talent as a songwriter, musician and singer and you end up with a package that will continue to win him new fans as he crosses the country, and oceans, to tour.

We were able to chat with Tim for a quick minute after the set and he told us that he’ll be back in Toronto at The Great Hall this spring while touring Lost in Light, and he seems excited about it. As well he should. It’s a fun record with some great storytelling songs that mix country music and east coast sounds that will have feet tapping and fans singing along.

If there was 1 true takeaway from Wednesday night’s album release party, it was this… Tim Chaisson is a talented performer who loves his new record and has some really fun songs to share with the world.

Pick up Lost in Light on iTunes today and find Tim online at these fine locations…
Official website: timchaisson.com
Facebook: Tim Chaisson Music
Twitter: @timchaisson
Instagram: @timchaisson
YouTube: Tim Chaisson Music

Tim Chaisson February 2015Tim Chaisson The Rivoli TorontoTim Chaisson TorontoTim Chaisson Lost in the LightClick to check out more of the pics Trish snapped at the show… 


3 years ago
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