Vanessa Marie Carter

5 Quick Questions with Vanessa Marie Carter: Holiday Edition and Mom’s Shortbread Recipe

Vanessa Marie Carter has had a lot of excitement in 2017 – and now Christmas is coming to put a bow on things!

In late October, VMC released Bless My Heart, her debut single with Universal Music, and a preview of what we hope is coming in 2018. We also saw Vanessa this summer on stage at Boots & Hearts, playing new songs, covers, and revving up the country music fans for a party!

Related: Vanessa Marie Carter at Boots & Hearts 2017

But now it’s time for Christmas and cookies! Thank you to Vanessa for playing around with our holiday edition of 5 Quick Questions. Have a look to see what Christmas music she’s always loved, what drink she wants in her holiday glass, and get a recipe that you’ll want to try tonight!

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Vanessa Marie Carter

Q) Did you have a favourite Christmas songs when you were a kid?

VMC) I always really liked the good Christmas classics, Bing Crosby for the win!! But when I was a kid (and still now) Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by NSYNC was always a fave.

Q) Do you have a favourite Christmas song to play?

VMC) I really love doing Blue Christmas, or Silent Night 🙂

Q) If you could partner up with any artist for a collaboration on a Christmas song, who would you choose?

VMC) I was pretty jealous when I heard the Meghan Trainor & Brett Eldredge collab for Baby It’s Cold Outside. So probably that!

Q) What is your favourite beverage for a holiday party?

VMC) I’ve never been a big sweet drink person, but I do love a good festive red wine sangria

Q) If you could only have 1 dessert after Christmas dinner, what would you choose?

VMC) My Grandma’s Brandy Snaps… I think she purposely never makes enough so she can see us all fight for them!

We also asked Vanessa if she had a favourite recipe to share and she said, “I have so many favourites!! But my Mom makes a mean shortbread that I look forward to every year.”

And here’s the recipe!

Mom’s Shortbread


1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temp


1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, adding the butter last.
2. Mix ingredients until well combined.
3. Roll into bite size balls and flatten with a cookie press.
4. Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes

Xo V

Vanessa Marie Carter Bless My Heart Cover with Santa Hat

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New Music Spotlight: Gord Downie, Meghan Patrick, Foo Fighters, Vanessa Marie Carter, Andrew Hyatt

The chance to listen to and share new music is something that we don’t take for granted and that we love to do. So, here we are, back again with another edition of the New Music Spotlight.

This time through we’ve got a poet and rock & roll legend that left us too soon, one of the biggest bands in the world, and three Ontario country artists working their ways to the top.


Artist: Gord Downie
Hometown: Kingston, ON
Genre: Rock
Related Artists: Sam Roberts, Matt Good, The Tragically Hip
Single: Introduce Yerself
Notes: This is the title track of the new 23 song album from the late, great poet, Gord Downie. We highly recommend listening to this offering, remembering Gord, and remembering everything he stood for. It may be heavy. It may be an emotional journey. But we recommend it.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / InstagramSpotify / Apple

Artist: Meghan Patrick
Hometown: Bowmanville, ON
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Jess Moskaluke, Madeline Merlo, Miranda Lambert
Single: Country Music Made Me Do It
Notes: After the success of her debut album, Grace & Grit, Meghan Patrick is back with new music with this single release. Country Music Made Me Do It is a solid follow-up to her previous work. The lyrics paint a country music story from start to finish, and we expect to hear this one a lot on Canadian country radio.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Foo Fighters
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Genre: Rock
Related Artists: Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana
Single: Soldier
Notes: Released as part of a 33 track set in support of Planned Parenthood. The track was a little unexpected after the recent release of the Concrete and Gold album. However, this 5 minute and 11 second track is an excellent surprise and with a worthy cause at the root of its release, we’re all in.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Vanessa Marie Carter
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Genre: Country
Related Artists: The Reklaws, Madeline Merlo, Meghan Patrick
Single: Bless My Heart
Notes: The first time we heard Bless My Heart, Vanessa Marie Carter was singing it on the Boots & Hearts stage this summer. And now, with the single out to radio, and the video live for the world, new folks are going to be able to hear it too. The track is a big step for VMC as she moves into her major label career… be ready, there’s more coming.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Andrew Hyatt
Hometown: Sudbury, ON
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Dallas Smith, James Barker Band, Jojo Mason
Single: Do It With You
Notes: Much like the Foo Fighters, this single from Andrew Hyatt is a bit of a surprise. His album, Iron & Ashes is one of our 2017 favourites, and now we have a new track to add to our playlists. Do It With You is a sweet song that’s going to have people looking in their lovers’ eyes and singing along. So listen now and start learning the words.

Andrew Hyatt - Northern Comfort Saloon - CNE 2017

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Bless My Heart: Vanessa Marie Carter at Boots & Hearts 2017

2016 Boots & Hearts, Emerging Artist Showcase winner, Vanessa Marie Carter hit the main stage on Thursday as part of the Coors Banquet Kick Off Party – and reminded thousands of country music fans why she took home that title, and what she brings to a party.

VMC rolled through a 10 song set on the big stage that she first got a taste of last summer, giving fans something to dance, sing, and cheer about. Covers of Shania’s Honey I’m Home, Cam’s Untamed, and Carrie Underwood’s Smoke Break all showed off her voice and brought the fans into sing along and dance break moods. While originals Criminal (a duet written with Chad Brownlee, and performed at B&H 2017 with Al Rowe), Everything Fades, and her upcoming single, Bless My Heart gave evidence to the growth, potential, and talent that Vanessa Marie Carter carries with her right now.

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Note: One of our favourite moments came when Vanessa Marie covered Sam Hunt’s House Party. It may have taken just a second for everyone to get into it – but that song is a jam, and it was a good time hearing a female lead spin on it!

Related: Vanessa Marie Carter Live at The Ranch!

From start to finish, the sound on stage was tight, with the band pulling their weight and then some. And to see Vanessa Marie working the crowd, walking the catwalk, and looking strong and comfortable on the stage was fantastic. The work that she has put in over the last year to move forward in her career is clearly visible – and it’s paying off.

This is an artist on the rise, one to watch, and a woman that we are sure we’ll see again on the Boots & Hearts stage.

Vanessa Marie Carter, Boots & Hearts 2017 Setlist

❤ Flames
❤ Trouble Like You
❤ Honey I’m Home (Shania Twain)
❤ Untamed (Cam)
❤ Everything Fades
❤ Drink You Up
❤ Smoke Break (Carrie Underwood)
❤ House Party (Sam Hunt)
❤ Criminal
❤ Bless My Heart

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Cowboy Up: Budweiser County Fair is Coming to Toronto

For the last few years we’ve been talking about Toronto’s emergence as a country music hot spot. And now, the city is getting their own country music festival when the Budweiser County Fair comes to 525 King Street West, July 14 and 15, 2017.

The County Fair is offering a full experience, including:

Carnival Games And Prizes
Succulent BBQ Eats From 6 Of Toronto’s Hottest Chefs
The County Fair Mechanical Bull Championships
Carnival Food Classics
Drink Samplings
Tomorrow’s Stars Of Country Music
Line Dancing Lessons And Coyote Ugly Dancers

Don’t have your tickets for the fair yet? Stop wasting time and get them now: Budweiser County Fair Tickets!

2017 Budweiser County Fair Lineup and Schedule

Friday, July 14th

6:00pm – Jade Eagleson
7:00pm – Vanessa Marie Carter

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8:30pm – Johnson Crook

Johnson Crook at The Dakota Tavern

10:00pm – Andrew Hyatt

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Saturday, July 15th

2:00pm – MacArthur Clark
3:30pm – Kaitlin Kozell

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5:00pm – Natasha Zimbaro
6:30pm – Jesse Gold
8:30pm – The Reklaws

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10:00pm – Emily Reid

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Do you remember that line about Succulent BBQ Eats From 6 Of Toronto’s Hottest Chefs? Well, it’s legit.

Via, The Budweiser County Fair has rounded up 6 of the city’s well renowned chefs to showcase their unique style in a fire fuelled BBQ experience. Satisfy your cravings and indulge in some succulent BBQ eats and local fare. From heat to sweet, this is one tasty experience you don’t want to miss out on!

Steve Gonzalez
Executive Chef, Baro Restaurant
Kevin Castonguay
Executive Chef & Founder, Provisions
Elisa Corrigan
Executive Chef & Owner, The Green Wood Restaurant
Matt Blondin
Chef & Owner, OMAW Restaurant
Stephen Payne
Executive Chef & Owner, Kung Fu Dawg
Nate Middleton
Executive Chef, Home of the Brave

We don’t know exactly what’s going to be on the menu(s), but given the pedigree of the chefs coming to party… we’re damn sure that things are going to get tasty!

Note: Please remember to grab a napkin, good BBQ gets messy, and this should be good.

All in all, this 2-day country party in the heart of downtown looks like it’s going to be a blast. From the afterwork excitement of Friday night, to the all-day festivities of Saturday, there will be feet stompin’, drinks pourin’, and good country singin’.

Check out the promo video, get your plaid and boots ready, and we’ll see you at the Budweiser County Fair in downtown Toronto!

Enter Now: Boots & Hearts 2017 Emerging Artist Showcase

Presented by Chevrolet (new in 2017), the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase has helped to launch the careers of Tebey and Tim Hicks (2012), The Reklaws (2013), Ty Baynton, Runaway Angel, Trinity Bradshaw (2014), Johnson Crook, Kris Barclay, James Barker Band, (2015), Jesse Gold and Vanessa Marie Carter (2016) and more!If you think you’ve got what it takes, the process starts with the applications. Country artists, ages 12 and over, can submit a video for a chance to compete at Burl’s Creek Event Park this summer. Visit to submit your video.

After all of the videos have been submitted (end date: July 2. 11:59 PM EST), 8 finalists will be hand-picked by the judges, who are respected industry professionals, to play live at Boots & Hearts 2017.

Once the top 8 have been selected, fans will then have the opportunity to vote on their favourite artist. Fan votes will determine the time slots for the finalists. Keep in mind that getting the most votes will have you playing last, and historically this is when the crowds are bigger!

The top two will as perform in a sing-off on the main stage at Boots and Hearts 2017. The winner will have the honour of performing on before Brett Eldredge takes the stage, there will be a big crowd watching!

Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase 2017 Grand Prize!

The winner of the 2017 Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase will have a chance to…

1. Play the main stage before Brett Eldredge on Sunday.

2. Record and release a single on the Universal Music Canada label.

3. Travel to Nashville, the prize includes flight, hotel accommodations for a week, $500 spending money, professional photo shoot, media training and a beautiful new Gibson guitar.
This could be a life-changing experience for all involved and while winning the contest is definitely the carrot at the end of the stick, remember, Tim Hicks was runner-up in 2012. This is going to be a great opportunity for eight new country acts and for 1 of them, it could change their life!

Find out everything you need to know about the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase by visiting you know someone that you think should be up on the big stage? Of course, you do, send them this link. Or if you’re a country artist hoping for the next big break we wish you luck. Go enter and tell your friends!

Boots & Hearts 2017 Day-to-Day Lineup Announcement!

We’re closing in on 3 months away from Boots & Hearts 2017 at Burl’s Creek Event Park… and with seven new names added to the lineup this morning, it feels like we’re nearing the full list of performers.

And adding to that is the announcement of the day-to-day lineups for this year’s festival!

Yes, we now know who we’re going to see on which day. And yes, there are more details to come, telling us who will play on the main stage, who will be on the front porch stage, and what time we’ll be seeing everyone… but this is a huge start to the planning process, and amps up the excitement for each day of August 10 through 13.

Let’s start at the start, with the Thursday night Coors Banquet Kick Off Party, and go through the weekend!

And, for each day we’ll key in on a couple of names (headliners not included) that we think you should be ready to watch… and enjoy!


Thursday, August 10 – Coors Banquet Kick Off Party

Doc Walker
Vanessa Marie Carter
and more…

This one is easy… both Doc Walker and Vanessa Marie Carter are going to be awesome. But after seeing 5 acts on stage last year during the kick off party, we’re waiting to see who else gets added here!

Friday, August 11

Keith Urban
Dan + Shay
Frankie Ballard
Kiefer Sutherland
Drake White & The Big Fire
Brooke Eden
Endless Summer
Jessica Mitchell
Andrew Hyatt
Leaving Thomas

Ugh, so this is not as easy… Drake White & The Big Fire are awesome, if you haven’t seen them before, you need to make your way to the stage for them. And if we’re going to pick more, which we have to do, we’re highlighting Jessica Mitchell, Andrew Hyatt, and upstart duo Leaving Thomas.

Saturday, August 12

Brantley Gilbert
Eli Young Band
Chad Brownlee
Tucker Beathard
Aubrie Sellers
Lindi Ortega
JJ Shiplett
The Abrams
Jesse Gold
Nice Horse

We all know how great Chad Brownlee is, so let’s skip him and move to JJ Shiplett and The Abrams. We’re looking forward to both of these sets, and can’t wait for more country music fans to hear their music.

Sunday, August 13

Luke Bryan
Brett Eldridge
Jess Moskaluke
Cold Creek County
Delta Rae
Dani Strong
Kelly Prescott
Colt Walker

Last day, and it’s still not easy. If you haven’t seen Alee yet, go listen to her brand new record and then get ready to see her on stage… and you are not going to want to miss Midland. Those Texas boys are good, and funny, and we’re willing to bet that they’re going to kill it on the big stage.

So there you go… this is who we’ll see each day at Boots & Hearts 2017. Now, get ready to be even more excited every day as we get closer.

And stay tuned for contests, interviews, previews and more!

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Boots & Hearts Lineup Additions, News & Contest!

Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly get more excited about Boots & Hearts 2017, they go and give us more to smile about!

Seven new names have been added to the 4 day festival lineup… and we’ve finally be told who we’re going to see headlining the Thursday night, Coors Banquet Kick Off Party.


Boots & Hearts Lineup Additions

Leaving Thomas
Delta Rae
Vanessa Marie Carter
Nice Horse
Colt Walker
Doc Walker

And… Doc Walker, Canadian legends, and makers of the new record, Weathervane, will be front and centre on Thursday night, headlining and running the kick off party!

We have been super happy to have Doc Walker back on the Canadian country scene, and this is just another chance to celebrate.

Just as happy as that makes us though, seeing the young talent added to the festival is awesome. AND we LOVE the fact that we’re adding more women to the stages with Alee, Delta Rae, Vanessa Marie Carter, Leaving Thomas, and Nice Horse bringing amazing female talent to the B&H crowds.

Now, to change gears for a minute, we want to fill you in on some things we learned about the 2017 Boots & Hearts festival during a chat with Ryan Howes…

★ There are changes coming to the stages – with brand new stages coming to the grounds for both the main and front porch performances.

★ And, the front porch stage will be moving, closer to the main stage, in an awesome wooded area that we’ve hung out in during WayHome. It’s going to be awesome for daytime and late night partying.

★ We’re getting a beach. Yup. A beach.

★ VIP ticket holders will experience more cool features and bonuses in 2017.

★ The camping experience is getting an update and upgrade. Look for new layouts, a 24 hour general store, and upgraded market area that will offer all kinds of awesome stuff.

★ And while it’s not new, we have been told that Buzz Brainard will be back with SiriusXM on a new stage, in a new spot, and with awesome programming.

All in all, Boots & Hearts 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty fantastic time. Headliners Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, and Brantley Gilbert will put on kick ass shows. Canadian stars like Chad Brownlee, Jess Moskaluke, and Cold Creek County will shine and make us proud. And there is so much emerging talent that you are going to fall in love with, if you haven’t already.

Remember, you’re going to see and sing along to JJ Shiplett, Jessica Mitchell, Andrew Hyatt, Aubrie Sellers, Endless Summer, Kelly Prescott, Midland and more.

If you love country music, you’re going to be happy.

And if you like being happy – enter this contest right now for your chance to win some B&H swag. We’ve got a prize pack of one (1) pair of Boots & Hearts sunglasses, and two (2) Boots & Hearts drink coozies that are going to be perfect for summer and the festival.
Use the widget below to earn up to 7 entries, and if you’re the winner, we’ll mail you the prize!

Stay tuned for more news, interviews, previews, and other awesome stuff as we get closer and closer to Boots & Hearts 2017!

2016 Boots & Hearts Preview: Emerging Artists Q&A

Boots & Hearts has picked its finalists for the Emerging Artist Competition, but they still need your help! When you’re done reading and watching, come back and vote here!

To help you with the decision making, we did a Q&A with the finalists to help you get to know them a little better. We asked them about who they’re listening to, what they were doing when they heard they’d made the finals, what we can expect from them, and more.

Thanks to Vanessa Marie Carter, Jess and Tay, Ryan Langdon, Shylo Sharity, Kelsi MayneRobyn Ottolini, and Jesse Gold for playing along, and we can’t wait to meet you!

Vanessa Marie CarterQ. How did you find out about the contest?

Vanessa Marie Carter: I heard about the Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist contest a few years ago. The Canadian Country music scene is a really tight community, especially within Ontario. With Boots & Hearts being the king of Canadian Country festivals, it’s a hard one not to hear about! I’m so happy that I have the chance to be there this summer.

Jess and Tay: We found out about the Emerging Artist Showcase through Twitter and we knew we had to enter.

Ryan Langdon:
 I’ve heard about the contest for the past couple of years now. Something came up online and I decided to enter.

Shylo Sharity: I was told I should enter by a friend.

Kelsi Mayne: I found out about B&H 3 years ago when I moved to Toronto and had a huge billboard right outside my window with Miranda Lambert (my idol) on it. Naturally, I looked into it which lead me to learn about the Emerging Artist Showcase. It’s been a dream of mine ever since!

Robyn Ottolini: I watched it last year at Boots and Hearts!

Jesse Gold: An incredible band and dear friends of mine, Birds Of Bellwoods, were one of the emerging artist bands in 2015. After watching them kill it and have an amazing time I decided I had to apply for 2016!

. Tell us what you were doing when you received the news you’d been chosen?

Vanessa Marie Carter: I was at work when I received the news that I’d been chosen for the showcase! I read and re-read the e-mail about three times to make sure I hadn’t mistaken something. As an up and coming artist, that really was THE best news to receive.

Jess and TayJess and Tay: We had just woken up and Jess was heading to an exam when I (Tay) was just about to go back to sleep when I heard the email notification. I saw “Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase” as the description and immediately showed Jess and we were ecstatic to find out that we had been chosen.

Ryan Langdon: I was actually at the gym working out when I found out the news.

Shylo Sharity: I was at home when I received an email informing me I was one of the finalists. It is hard to describe how I felt but let me try. Elated, amazed, joyous, and incredibly happy!

Kelsi Mayne: I was in the middle of the Apple store getting help when I hopped on their wifi and saw an email titled “Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist TOP 8 FINALIST”. I had to read it three times over until I truly believed they were speaking about me. Then I did my best not to scream and bear hug the Apple genius next to me!

Robyn Ottolini: I was just lying in bed checking my emails when it popped up and I just started shaking I couldn’t believe it!!

Jesse Gold: I was actually in the middle of recording and I had forgotten to turn my phone on silent. In the middle of a perfect take, my phone made that little email “ding” sound. I screamed some profanities and then checked my phone to find that it was the incredible news from Boots & Hearts. I was not upset about the ruined take!

Q. If you were creating a playlist, what are the top three tunes?
Ryan Langdon

Vanessa Marie Carter: This is such a difficult question!! Currently, my top 3 recently played are T-Shirt by Thomas Rhett, Mind Reader by Dustin Lynch and Fire Away by Chris Stapleton.

Jess and Tay:
1) House Party – Sam Hunt
2) I Know What You Did Last Summer – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
3) Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson

Ryan Langdon:
1) Chris Young – The Man I Want To Be
2) George Strait – Troubadour
3) Prince – I Would Die For You

Shylo SharityShylo Sharity:
Chris Stapelton – Tennessee Whiskey
Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits
Lana Del Rey – National Anthem

Kelsi Mayne: My top 3 favourite songs at the moment are: Blame it On Me- Chris Stapleton, Drink You Away- Justin Timberlake, and Die a Happy Man- Thomas Rhett

Robyn Ottolini: Beer Can in a Truck Bed- Old Dominion, Rich- Maren Morris and What the Hell Did I Say?- Dierks Bentley

Jesse Gold: I create playlists for different moods. But for a summer sun, country lovin’, good ol’ time, playlist… these would be the three top songs on it now:

Waves – Miguel feat. Kacey Musgraves
I Want Crazy – Hunter Hayes
Traveller – Chris Stapleton

Q. Who are you most excited to see at Boots and Hearts?
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Vanessa Marie Carter: Cam and Chase Rice are two I haven’t seen before who I’m really looking forward to watching! Along with all of the headliners, I have so many friends who are playing the festival as well who I can’t wait to see. It’s going to be an awesome three days!

Jess and Tay: We are super excited to see everyone performing at Boots and Hearts this year, but we’d have to say that we are most excited to see Sam Hunt play because it will be the first time either of us is seeing him perform live.

Ryan Langdon: I’m really excited to see Tim McGraw. He’s a legend. One of my biggest influences in Country Music.

Shylo Sharity: I’m most excited to see Blake Shelton and Jake Owen!

Kelsi Mayne: This question is impossible… Obviously Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw (I would die to have them mentor me), Cam- because I covered her song “Burning House” and used it in my audition tape, Sam Hunt- because he is such a unique innovator; But also my friends River Town Saints, and other amazing Canadian talent!

Robyn Ottolini: OMG, Sam Hunt and Cam. <3

Jesse Gold: I am most excited to see Blake. His new record is fiiiiire.

Q. In 50 words or less, can you tell us and the fans what we can expect to see when you hit the Front Porch Stage at Boots & Hearts?
Robyn Ottolini

Vanessa Marie Carter: The most common compliment I hear from fans while I’m on stage is that it looks like I’m having a lot of fun. I hope that everyone who catches my set is ready to let loose and have a good time with us. Performing is something that I love and I won’t be taking this opportunity for granted! I invite everyone who’s there watching to come over and meet me after; I have so many friends that I’ve made at festivals and shows and I’d love to make a lot more. I can’t wait to see you all and party with you at Boots & Hearts this summer!

Jess and Tay: Everyone can expect to see a super energetic and lively performance. We just want to go up there, give it our best shot, and have as much fun as possible doing what we love. We’re extremely excited to be able to play at the festival this year, it’s a dream come true for the both of us, and we’re so excited to share this memory together and with all of you! Thank you to thereviewsarein for taking their time to get to know us and to everyone at Boots and Hearts and Sirius XM for this amazing opportunity!

Ryan Langdon: What they can expect is high energy, smooth vocals and somebody who is having a great time doing it. On stage, I provide new and old school concepts of Country Music, mixed with originality. Some comparisons I have received is being the “Ed Sheeran of Country Music”.

Shylo Sharity: You will see a very energetic entertainer performing classic, new country, revamped rock and roll to my own country style and some of my own originals.

Kelsi Mayne: FIRE. *Drop mic here* 😉

Robyn Ottolini: You can expect a small town girl having way too much playing her favourite tunes and straight up having a good time.

Jesse GoldJesse Gold: Performing is my all time favourite thing to do. There is nowhere I feel more comfortable than on a stage. I can’t wait to show Boots & Hearts the energy that my band and I will bring. We have some special moments planned, maybe a surprise cover, and a seriously killer band. It’s going to be absolutely wicked. Get ready!!

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2 years ago

Boots & Hearts + SiriusXM 2016 Emerging Artist Finalists Announced!

It’s become a big part of Boots and Hearts, and The Emerging Artist Showcase, presented by SiriusXM, is now ready for your votes! Boots and Hearts put out the call in March and many talented artists answered. And now, the powers that be have narrowed your choices down to 8 talented acts and they’re all vying for the amazing first place prize.

What’s up for grabs? The winning act will play the main stage on the final day of the festival (opening for Chase Rice), they’ll be awarded a single release from Universal Music Canada, a week in Nashville (including flight, hotel, professional photo shoot, and media training), a Gibson guitar, $500 spending cash, and they’ll get a new custom designed website from Puncture Design.

In random order here are your finalists!

Jess and Tay
Jessie Bower and Taylor Adams make up the Toronto-based duo and they’ve got harmonies on their side.

Kelsi Mayne
Kelsi calls Windsor home and you may have seen her before if you’re an Eric Ethridge fan. The two have covered Home Alone Tonight by Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild. Kelsi’s cover of Burning House is also right on the money.

Robyn Ottolini
An Uxbridge girl, Robyn lists Kacey Musgraves and Lennon & Maisy as influences. Picking Thomas Rhett’s Die A Happy Man may not have been a predictable choice, but it’s working for us!

Ryan Langdon
Singer/songwriter, Ryan Langdon is from Niagara Falls and his entry song The Morning, is an original.

Jesse Gold
Jesse calls Toronto home and in addition to having a great voice, he’s a pretty great guitar player too!

Shylo Sharity
From Vancouver, Shylo’s been performing since the age of 5 and her submission of Brandi Carlile’s The Story helped win her a spot in the top 8.

Vanessa Marie Carter
Last but certainly not least is Oakville’s Vanessa Marie Carter. We recently saw her perform at The Stampede Ranch and we like her odds.

The competition is open and they’ll need your votes to win the prize of their dreams. Listen to the entries and then VOTE!


2 years ago

It Don’t Work Like That: Vanessa Marie Carter Live at The Ranch!

A few weeks back I saw a young, talented artist named Vanessa Marie Carter when she was one of the opening acts for Canadian country giant, George Canyon.

Vanessa played a few songs and sounded good, but I wanted to see for myself what she could do with more than just a few songs. And what better place than The Stampede Ranch in Guelph, where you have 3-4 sets in a few hours instead of a few songs in just a few minutes as an opening act.

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

If you’ve ever been to the Ranch, you know that it’s rare to see anyone on the floor for the first set. But this time, back in the corner, the dancing started early. No one ever wants to be the first on the floor… but then there’s always one song that gets the crowd up. And for Vanessa and her crowd it was That Don’t impress Me Much by none other than Canada’s very own Shania Twain!

I’ll be honest, I would have liked to hear more of Vanessa’s own music that she co-wrote with some Nashville writers. But on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at the bar you always hear a lot of covers. What I found very impressive was that Vanessa’s stage presence. She was up dancing and interacting with the crowd, something you don’t usually see this early in an artist’s career.

Vanessa opened for Kira Isabella in 2014, in 2015 it was Brett Kissel and the Band Perry, and so far in 2016, she’s already been on stage supporting George Canyon. So now we have to ask ourselves who this Oakville native will open for next?!

For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Vanessa does have some tour dates coming up in Toronto and Kitchener… so if you’re in the area – check her out!

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

Vanessa Marie Carter The Ranch

Photo by Ray Williams

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