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

Pick Me Up: Brett Kissel at the 2015 CNE!

Brett Kissel CNE 2015Brett Kissel is a busy man.

He’s got a brand new album (Pick Me Up) coming to the world on September 11, 2015 – he’s got baby #1 on the way with his wife Cecilia – he’s up for 4 awards at the upcoming CCMAs (Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year: 3, 2, 1, Video of the Year: Tough People Do, Interactive Artist of the Year) – and judging by his performance at the CNE on Wednesday night, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

It’s been a bit since we saw Brett up on stage last (Boots & Hearts 2014) so to say that we were excited for the chance to see him get up and do it all again would be an understatement.

And we weren’t disappointed.

Yoan CNE 2015In the middle of the week Brett took over the bandshell stage and banged out a 20 song set with a pile of enthusiasm and energy – and a couple of surprises along the way.

His first special guest won season 2 of TV’s La Voix had been on the stage earlier in the evening. Yoan did a great job opening the show with his blend of original songs (Goodbye Mother) and classic covers (Waylon Jennings, CCR) that featured his super deep voice and increasing grasp of English. And on stage with Brett he did the same as the pair dueted on Waylon’s Good Hearted Woman.

After Yoan, the set turned back to Brett and the band as they peeled off covers of Garth Brooks, Alabama, John Denver, and Andy Grammer to go along with 2 tracks from that upcoming album (Pick Me Up & Airwaves) and one of his biggest hits to date, 3, 2, 1 before we got surprise #2.

Brett Kissel Randy Bachman CNE 2015And after those half a dozen songs,  Kissel introduced Canadian Music Hall of Famer, legend and The Guess Who and Bachman – Turner Overdrive alumni, Randy Bachman and welcoming him to the stage for a fantastic rendition of BTO’s classic Takin’ Care Of Business. Bachman was fantastic with his guitar and on the mic, turning back the clock and leading the band and crowd through the 1974 hit. And for the first time (but hopefully not the last) we got to hear a fiddle solo in the middle of the song.  

Note: Takin’ Care Of Business was great, but our favourite cover of the night was Walk The Moon’s Shut Up And Dance!

While the surprises were great – this was definently a Brett Kissel concert. From opening the show with Girl In A Cowboy Hat to unveiling a new t-shirt during Canadian Kid (we love the shirts tagline… 5% Beer & Canadian Girls) to ending the set with Started With A Song – Brett was 100% on.

And while he smiled and sweat and worked the crowd, they cheered and sang and clapped along. The only thing we aren’t sure about was Kissel’s declaration that the Toronto Maple Leafs would make the playoffs this season. But good on him for giving the local fans something extra to cheer about.

Brett Kissel CNE 2015Note: Our favourite thing Brett said came mid-way through the show when he invited everyone to get their phones out to take pictures and videos and snapchats. It went something like this…

You know when you look at a ticket stub from a concert and it says no cameras, no videos, no flash photography? That’s bullshit. I hate that. Take as many pictures and videos as you want!

As the set finished and Brett said goodnight, he invited everyone to the merch table where he promised to take selfies all night… but then, he came back for an encore and told the crowd that they’d put him in a rock and roll mood so they were going to play a rock and roll song. And they did. And we all sang along to Livin’ On A Prayer!

Big love to Brett who continues to grow as an entertainer. We can’t wait for the new album (and the Hunter Hayes duet on I Can Play Guitar) and to see where his career goes next.

Check out the set list, more pics and stay tuned because we’re working on some special ideas for the pretty near future!


Brett Kissel CNE Set List

 Girl In A Cowboy Hat
 I Can Play Guitar
 Canadian Kid
 Something You Just Don’t Forget
 Tough Times Don’t Last
 Check Yes Or No
 Cool With That
 Good Hearted Woman (with Yoan)
 Callin’ Baton Rouge
 I’m In A Hurry
 Pick Me Up
 3, 2, 1
 Thank God I’m A Country Boy/ Honey I’m Good
 Takin’ Care Of Business (with Randy Bachman)
 Shut Up And Dance
 Raise Your Glass/ Pour Some Sugar On Me
 We Will Rock You
 Started With A Song
 Livin’ On A Prayer

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