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Country Closet Cleanout Contest

To celebrate the launch of our brand new website design and features, we’re cleaning out our country music prize closet with a monster giveaway of CDs, clothes, and merch.

This prize package has 15 pieces that will all go to 1 lucky winner. They’re perfect to keep for yourself, perfect to share with friends and family… and absolutely perfect to wrap up and give out as gifts.

You can do anything you want with this prize – we just want to give it to you!

Entering is easy. We promise!

Now, without any further ado, here’s the list of country music swag included…

Clothing:
Dolly Parton Baseball Tee – Womens (Large)
Rock N Horse Saloon T-Shirt – Womens (Medium)
Rock N Horse Saloon T-Shirt – Mens (X-Large)
Music:
Meghan Patrick CD – Grace & Grit
Madeline Merlo CD – Free Soul
Blake Shelton CD – If I’m Honest
Aaron Pritchett CD – Body Of Work
The Lovelocks CD – Born To Love
Johnson Crook CD – The EP
Lindi Ortega CD – Faded Gloryville
Cory Marquardt CD – This Man
Merch:
Cavendish Beach Music Festival Bandana
Calgary Stampede Bandana
Boots and Hearts Sunglasses
Boots and Hearts Beer Koozie

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If you’re counting, there are 8 country artists’ CDs on that list, merch from 3 festivals, and t-shirts from one of our favourite spots in Toronto AND the legendary Miss Dolly Parton herself.

Like we said, entering is easy. All you have to do is use the widget here in the post to earn up to 7 entries for your chance to be the big winner.

Note: Please pay attention to the details in the comment entry. We need you to use the comment section at the bottom of the post to leave your comment – and then click the button on the widget to say you did it. Got it? Good!

Good luck to everyone. We can’t wait to name a winner and ship off this monster prize!

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Have Your Say: 2017 Canadian Country Music Association Awards Nominees!

The Canadian Country Music Association has announced the full list of 2017 CCMA Awards nominees… and it’s an impressive list of Canadian country talent!

We are lucky and privileged to have covered, met, and seen these artists put on amazing lives shows, record fantastic music, and grow into their careers.

But now, because we know you have an opinion, we want to know who you think should win at the 2017 CCMA Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 10th. Use the polls to vote and support your favourite artists, and use the link at the bottom of the list to cast your official vote for the Fans’ Choice Award!

Have fun – and congratulations to all of the nominees in 2017, you should all be proud of your accomplishments, we can’t wait to hear what you’ve got coming for us next.

Click Here to submit your official vote for the Fans’ Choice Award!

And Click Here to see the full list of nominees in all 2017 Canadian Country Music Association categories! 

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2017 Canadian National Exhibition Bandshell Stage Lineup and Schedule

Every Toronto summer ends the same way, with the Canadian National Exhibition and its rides, food, and entertainment.

And now, still a month and a half away from opening day, we have a schedule and lineup for the legendary CNE Bandshell stage.

As always, all concerts are included with the price of CNE admission, making these some of the best value buys of the summer concert season for all music lovers.

Note: Monday to Thursday (excluding the Labour Day holiday) the CNE will offer an $8 a
After 5pm admission deal. We recommend taking advantage of it!

 

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The 2017 schedule is packed with some awesome talent across genres. Canadian rock and roll veterans, Sam Roberts Band are an early must-see, joined by local favourites, USS and Dear Rouge, and former Rolling Stone cover boys, The Sheepdogs. And on the country music side, Chad Brownlee, Aaron Pritchett, and Canadian actor/singer/songwriter Kiefer Sutherland will all headline the Bandshell stage.

We would also encourage you to check out the opening acts on this year’s schedule.

Madeline Merlo, The Zolas, Leaving Thomas, Jane’s Party, and Ascot Royals will all be worth being at the stage early for… trust us.

Note: There may be more opening acts added as we get closer to the Exhibition, there are some spaces open. And remember, all of these acts and dates are subject to change.

Now, get your calendar out, look at the schedule and make your plans for the CNE.

2017 Canadian National Exhibition Bandshell Schedule

Saturday, August 19
Jane’s Party
Sam Roberts Band

Sunday, August 20
Meghan Patrick
Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland Band at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016

Monday, August 21
The Box
Michel Pagliaro

Tuesday, August 22
Port Cities
Colin James

Wednesday, August 23
Jay Douglas
Marcia Griffiths

Thursday, August 24
Madeline Merlo
Aaron Pritchett

Friday, August 25
I Mother Earth
The Watchmen

Saturday, August 26
Leaving Thomas
Chad Brownlee

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Sunday, August 27
Ascot Royals
John Kay & Steppenwolf

Monday, August 28
Pavlo

Tuesday, August 29
The Sheepdogs

Wednesday, August 30
Virginia to Vegas
Shawn Hook

Thursday, August 31
The Zolas
Dear Rouge

Dear Rouge

Friday, September 1
Beamer Wigley & Abby Stewart 
Brett Kissel

Saturday, September 2
USS

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Sunday, September 3
Desi Sub Culture
A Tribe Called Red

A Tribe Called Red OMDC Mod Club 2016

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CCMA 2016: Jack Daniels Kick Off Party w/ Tim Hicks, Aaron Pritchett, Cold Creek County, Jojo Mason, Meghan Patrick, Petric, James Barker Band & Amy Nelson

We’re live in London, Ontario for the CCMA Country Music Week – and while the big awards won’t be handed out until Sunday night, the festivities have already started with a bang!

Thursday night we hit up the Jack Daniels Kick Off Party and caught 8 Canadian country acts up on stage with an awesome crowd of fans on the street cheering them on and singing along… and drinking. It was exactly what we thought it was going to be, in all the best ways.

The CCMA Kick Off Party gave us…

Amy Nelson
The James Barker Band
Petric
Meghan Patrick
Jojo Mason
Cold Creek County
Aaron Pritchett
Tim Hicks

All of those acts. All on one stage. All in one night.

Amy Nelson kicked off the official party with a full band behind her, and she was ready to go. As the early crowd started to fill the closed down street, Nelson dished out a heap of energy as she sang, giving everyone a taste of the talent that won her the CCMA 2016 Spotlight Performance Contest.

Be sure to check the Regina native out on her social media channels, and stay tuned because it looks like new music is coming soon!

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Next on stage, and familiar to our eyes and ears, was the James Barker Band from Woodville, Ontario. If you’ve listened to country radio at all this summer, you’ve heard these boys… Lawn Chair Lazy climbed all the way to #3, not a bad result for a debut single.

We’ve had the chance to see the James Barker Band play a few times now in the last couple years, and Thursday night’s set at the CCMA street party was more of what people have come to now and love from the guys. They were fun and energetic and sounded great (all things on our checklist) and they even gave us a listen to what could be their next single… Just Sayin’. Keep your ears open for it on country radio in the near future.

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Two of our favourite Manitoba boys were next to take the stage, and they kept the good times rollin’. Petric are one of those acts that we wish we saw a little more often, because it’s never a bad time for us. And it was pretty cool to see them in front of the London, ON fans that may not have seen them before.

Tom and Jason did a great job getting the sing along voices going as more people came into the party, and when they added an acoustic version of I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing to a set that included Here Goes Everything, It Girl, and All She Wrote, we got the loudest street party choir we’d heard so far in the night. Here’s hoping we all get to see more of Petric again soon.

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In quick order we got the next act up on stage… and to nobody’s surprise Meghan Patrick hopped right up, showed everyone what’s she’s got in her bag of tricks, and put everybody in the mood for more volume, more drinking, and more country music.

The cheers had started to get louder as more people filled in to kick off the CCMA’s with a party – and when Meghan played her cover of Jolene and her breakout radio hit, Bow Chicka Wow Wow, they got pretty damn loud for her. And we loved it!

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Next we got to see maybe the most enthusiastic and excited dude in Canadian country music. If you don’t know Jojo Mason yet, you’re missing out. This guy has more energy than we know what to do with, and he’s kind and happy and just bubbles over with joy on stage. And on Thursday night he showed us again that he’s able to transfer those good time feelings onto the crowd, who were having a great time.

There was singing and dancing in the street for Red Dress, Good Kinda Love, It’s All Good, and an awesome cover of Tom Petty’s classic, Free Fallin’ – Jojo did what he does – got ‘em all going. And we’re sure he’ll do it again next time we see him!

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After Jojo we got blast of excitement when Cold Creek County took their turn and filled the stage with bodies and instruments and sound and songs. It always seems to be a party when you put these guys up, and that makes sense, because they’re a full guest list all to themselves… but they graciously shared the festivitities with the even louder crowd getting later into Thursday night.

It was a quick set (they all were) but long enough to get everyone revved up even higher with Our Town, Til The Wheels Come Off, Beer Weather, and Flo Rida’s Welcome To My House. Big ups to the guys for packing a big punch in their short time. Everyone was all in!

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CCC hopped off stage and it wasn’t long before Aaron Pritchett got on, and things got louder again!

The Canadian country music vet has been pumping out radio tunes for a long time now, so Thursday night he gave us 2 we’ve known for years, and 2 that country radio has done a great job of supporting lately. It was awesome to see and hear people get into Out Of The Blue and Dirt Road In ‘Em, and it was even cooler to slip into memory mode and hear the singing along to Big Wheel and Hold My Beer! Nailed it!

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Tim Hicks wrapped the show, and was the one everyone was waiting for. The St. Catherine’s boy knows how to amp up a show, knows how to work a crowd, and knows that Canadian country music fans are in on what he’s doing!

Hicks’ new album, Shake These Walls dropped Friday morning, and he was ready to share some of that new music in his set. The fans got to hear the title track along with Stompin’ Ground, Slow Burn, and Let’s Just Drink from the record PLUS fan favourites Get By and Stronger Beer. And for all we’ve talked about the crowd being loud, it was never louder than when Tim Hicks invited the crowd to sing Stronger Beer with him!

Final verdict: Great party and great way to kick off Canadian Country Music Week in London, ON!

Stay tuned for more!

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Boots & Hearts 2016 Photo Review: Aaron Pritchett, The Reklaws & Kaitlin Kozell

Boots & Hearts was full of amazing country talent in 2016… some of it well known to Canadian audiences, some of it well known to the B&H crowd, and some of it on the cusp of breaking through.

And we put together three artists that check off those tiers in one photo review right here!

Check out the photos of Aaron Pritchett, The Reklaws, and Kaitlin Kozell – three artists who hit the Boots and Hearts stage and showed the country music fans assembled in the summer heat that they know how to work a stage, and can sing their boots off!

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The Reklaws

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Kaitlin Kozell

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Boots and Hearts 2016 Playlist

We’ve put together our Boots and Hearts 2016 Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure.

With over thirty artists on the #BH5 lineup (we’ve included the emerging artists who were on Spotify), we’ve got you covered for just over six hours!

There are a couple of artists who, are not on Spotify, we’ve listed them separately and we’re sure you’re going to like them, so make sure you scroll through the post.

*EDIT* Johnson Crook’s first single, Minnedosa  is now up on Spotify. We’ve updated our playlist to include it!

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, here’s the link and we’ll see you there!

Did we miss your favourite track? Let us know and we’ll add it!

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This Man: Cory Marquardt Feature 2015! [Interview]

Cory Marquardt via Instagram @corymarquardt

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Born in North Bay, Cory Marquardt grew up with a hockey stick in his hands… and he kept it there through his teenage years playing junior in northern Ontario. But now, things have changed. You’re far more likely to find Cory with a guitar in his hands, amped up to get on stage and put on a show.

With his current single, Smartphone making waves on CMT.ca and with country music fans across the country, it’s time for Cory to hit the road and put on those shows he loves. This time out fans in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will have a chance to see Marquardt with Aaron Pritchett and King & Cash on the Outlaws & Outsiders tour.

In total the boys will play 18 dates (see them here) on the tour between January 15 and February 5 – and then it’s on to the rest of 2015!

Before Cory hit the road for the tour we caught up with him by email to answer some questions and get us all as excited as he is for the release of This Man later in the year.

Check it out…

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Q. We’ve heard the story about the bar in Kingston (click here to read the story) and you getting up on stage… in a few words, can you look back and tell it from your perspective now?

CM: Well it really was what started it all. I had never sang by myself on stage before. Thanks to a loud rowdy crowd and a little liquid courage I got my ass up there and sang a couple originals and a few covers. After my set people at the bar where asking if I played anywhere else, If I had CD’s available. I was truly surprised with their reaction to my 5 songs and that being my first time…I caught the bug from there I guess and had a feeling that this is what I was meant to do. Write, Perform, Sing and hopefully be on the BIG stage.

Q. As a good Canadian boy from North Bay, Ontario you grew up playing hockey and did pretty well for yourself on the ice – are their any comparisons you can make between being on stage for a big show and playing in a big game?

CM: I think hockey has really helped with what I do today. Especially Junior hockey. Travelling, working hard, on a schedule, meeting people and fans. Most shows are in hockey arenas especially here in Canada! The green rooms are dressing rooms where we all get ready and rowdy for the big game/show. The two are pretty similar in that matter. There’s a rule that comes with hockey and I take it on stage with me every night. No matter the game or the situation. Do your best, work hard and most of all HAVE FUN!

Q. The “New Outlaw” movement has started in country music with Eric Church, Kasey Musgraves and others. What does it feel like to be walking that same line and putting yourself in their company?

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CM: First off, I’m a huge fan of Eric Church and very happy with what he is doing in country music. I still have some boot left to fill but I’m making my way and plan on doing that. Like me, he has a solid rock background mixed with some traditional country which is included especially in our live show. The lyrics, music and stories are true and to me that’s what country music is all about. I plan on making my own wave like that with a 90’s country/ 80’s rock sound. I’m honoured to be in their company and to be in that “brand”.

Q. Time to dream! If we asked you to put together the tour of your choice, what 2 country music artists would you want to share the stage with for a couple months? (that you haven’t already)

CM: If I could pick 2 artists to tour with right now off the top of my head I’d say seeing (Cory Marquardt, Erich Church and Merle Haggard) all on one bill would be a true honour and a dream come true! I think that would be one hell of tour and a great time.

Q. We love good beer, and it seems like you do too. Tell us how your relationship with the River Dog Brewing Co. came to be.

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CM: River Dog has been supporting me for well over a year now through social media and their pages like Facebook and Twitter. The cool thing about RD is that they are family. The founders of the company are on my dad’s side of the family which is really cool and I’m truly blessed to have them sponsoring me on the Outlaws and Outsiders Tour coming up. They have my back and believe in what I do. Big shout out to Dawna and the whole staff out there in South Carolina at River Dog Brewing Co! THANK YOU.

Q. If we snuck a look at your iTunes right now, what 3 artists would be find on your most played list?

CM: I listen to so many different genres of music I guess it all depends on the day. Some days it’s Church and Haggard, The next Pantera and Iron Maiden, Rush, Deep Purple and another day could be John Mayer or Lamb Of God If it’s good… it’s good!

Cory Marquardt Logo 2015Q. In 50 words or less, tell us what country music fans can expect from your new album, This Man in 2015?

CM: The songs on my new album come from my very first writing trip in Nashville (Fall 2012) to my most recent one in November 2014. You can expect some party anthems, sing alongs and power ballads even a little rock/metal in there on a track called ” Burning up the black top”, one I wrote with a good friend of mine James Dean Hicks. I’m excited to release this monster. Like I said earlier I’m staying away from the “pop” side of things and keeping the country real and a little rocking with a 90’s country/80’s rock sound. Can’t wait to have it out there for y’all to hear!

note: We’ll happily forgive the length on that last answer – we know how excited Cory is to get this album released and out to the world.

Check out Cory Marquardt online…
Facebook.com: Cory Marquardt Music
Instagram: @CoryMarquardt
Twitter: @CoryMarquardt
YouTube: Cory Marquardt

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the video for Smartphone!

And as per Cory’s Facebook…

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