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Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Carly Pearce and Special Guests Take Over Toronto

On a summer Thursday night down by the lake, Toronto embraced Canadian country music at the biggest homegrown show in our memory. Dean Brody & Tim Hicks put their Canadian names on the tickets, with U.S. rising star Carly Pearce as their opener, and special guests promised – and everyone, from the start to the finish – delivered a night that thousands of fans are glad they were a part of.

Before the show on the big stage got started, Leah Daniels hit the River Bar for a pre-show set as the gates opened. We talked to Leah for a minute and she told us that there are some exciting things coming soon. So stay tuned for more news from the Canadian country singer.

The Budweiser Stage show started with Kentucky native, former Dollywood performer, and Top 20 charting, Carly Pearce. The Big Machine artist, preparing to drop her debut full length album this fall (October 13, 2017) made her first Canadian performance count, wowing the crowd from start to finish.

With songs including her single, (and the title track to her upcoming album) Every Little Thing, and songs that we’ll hear on the new record including, Careless, Doin’ It Right, and If My Name Was Whiskey, Pearce showed that she’s ready for that release.

The tracks offered an opportunity for Carly to showcase her voice, and it’s impressive. The notes, inflection, and emotion that she’s able to share through the words in her songs are strong, and those qualities are exactly why there’s hype from outlets like Rolling Stone for her young career.

Be ready to hear a lot more about Carly Pearce here and everywhere.

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After Carly Pearce finished her Canadian debut, the true north country show started with Tim Hicks and his band hitting the Budweiser Stage… hard. The moment Hicks and the boys hit the stage, it got loud. The Toronto country fans love this dude, accepting him as one of their own over the last few years as he’s put out hit after hit.

Hicks made a point of telling everyone in the crowd how special this show was to him. Making the journey in his career from fronting the house band at Grace O’Malley’s to playing the amphitheatre by the lake is big for him, as it would be for anybody.

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Note: Many thanks to Tim for hanging out with us for a little chat and catch up session before the show. It’s always a good time.

Hicks also made an announcement at the end of the set, just before playing his last song, that the track, Forever Rebels, will be released as his next radio single. And, having listened to the track, and having seen the reaction of the fans to it, we’re pretty comfortable telling you that we think Tim Hicks has another Canadian Top 10 on his hands.

We should also tell you this… Tim Hicks had the second loudest singalong we’ve ever heard at the Budweiser Stage. When Stronger Beer was being belted out by thousands of voices we could feel it just as much as we could hear it. It was special. It truly was. And the only time we’ve heard it louder was when Florida Georgia Line stripped it down to perform H.O.L.Y in 2016.

Even though it’s only a 15 minute drive, Tim Hicks has come a long way from playing covers in downtown Toronto. And every stop along the way has been a hell raisin’ good time.

Tim Hicks Setlist Budweiser Stage, Toronto

🍻 Shake These Walls
🍻 Burn
🍻 Hell Raisin’ Good Time
🍻 Slide Over
🍻 She Don’t Drink Whiskey
🍻 I Got A Feelin’
🍻 Stompin’ Ground
🍻 Get By
🍻 Stronger Beer
🍻 Forever Rebels

Dean Brody headlined the Thursday night concert in every sense of the word. With a boatload of energy, and more special guests than we could have predicted, the B.C. native took over the Toronto stage and showed everyone what he’s got.

It was immediately clear, from the moment he walked on stage and started playing Bush Party with the band, that the crowd was in love with him. They were loud, attentive, out of their seats, singing and dancing at every opportunity. And that was before the surprises started popping out onto the stage.

Note: Dean told the crowd that he’s a Toronto resident now, so if you see him walking around reenacting the Mountain Man video, say hi.

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Six songs into the show the first special guest came out to play – and Toronto got loud for Dallas Smith as he partnered with Brody on Undone, and then borrowed the band to play Somebody Somewhere. Then, just a new moments later, Madeline Merlo (fresh off the bandshell stage at the Canadian National Exhibition) came out to sing Lindi Ortega’s part on Bounty. Next, after Dean pulled on our heartstrings with acoustic versions of Time and Brothers, his duet partner, Shevy Price, came out to hammer home a high energy performance of Beautiful Freakshow.

And just when we thought that had to be it, Alan Doyle, a repeat partner in Dean Brody’s career, came out on stage to collaborate on both Soggy Bottom Summer and It’s Friday, before borrowing the Brodeo for Great Big Sea’s classic, Ordinary Day.

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It was highlight after highlight. But don’t be fooled into thinking that the special guests were the only high spots. Dean Brody worked the stage, commanded the crowd, danced, smiled, and rolled through his biggest hits for the Toronto crowd. He headlined the hell out of that concert, proving that he was more than ready for that big city spotlight on the Budweiser Stage.

Dean Brody is a stud and a homegrown star. And he showed that Canadian talent can not only compete, but can put thousands of butts in seats, get them back out of those seats to sing and dance, and headline shows for country music fans.

We’re glad we were there to see it. And we can’t wait to see Dean, and a whole crop of Canadian artists follow in those footsteps.

Dean Brody and Special Guests Setlist, Toronto

🍻 Bush Party
🍻 Dirt Road Scholar
🍻 Upside Down
🍻 People Know You By Your First Name
🍻 Roll That Barrel Out
🍻 Monterey
🍻 Undone (with Dallas Smith)
🍻 Somebody Somewhere (Dallas Smith)
🍻 Love Would Be Enough
🍻 Bounty (with Madeline Merlo)
🍻 Time
🍻 Brothers
🍻 Beautiful Freakshow (with Shevy Price)
🍻 Soggy Bottom Summer (with Alan Doyle)
🍻 It’s Friday (with Alan Doyle)
🍻 Ordinary Day (Alan Doyle)
🍻 Canadian Girls
🍻 Mountain Man
🍻 Bring Down The House

More Photos of Dean Brody at Budweiser Stage, Toronto

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More Photos of Carly Pearce at Budweiser Stage, Toronto

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Dean Brody: Beautiful Freakshow Q&A, Review and Contest!

With his sixth studio album Dean Brody is doing something familiar… making changes. The Canadian star, fresh off of wins at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards for Single, Songwriter, Video, and Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year, Brody isn’t content to rest on his success or the status quo of his sound.

dean-brody-beautiful-freakshowBeautiful Freakshow (release date: October 21, 2016) is a new evolution in the BC native’s songwriting career, and it’s one that should both intrigue and excite his fans from coast to coast. Already fans have embraced Bush Party, pushing it to #12 on the country charts this summer. And the reaction to Time, which Brody performed at the 2016 CCMA awards show, has been as positive as we expected from the moment we heard it.

Note: We’ve got a Q&A in this post… and Dean told us about taking chances, his songwriting, and the Canadian musician he’d most like to work with next. And if we gave you 10 guesses, we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t get it!

If you’ve seen Dean Brody live, watched or read an interview with him, or even just listened to his songs on the radio, you’ve got some sense of what he brings to the table. He’s a songwriter first, never thinking at the start of his career that he’d be singing his songs on his own records. He’s a humble, giving, thoughtful man, embodying all the good things we think of when we imagine a Canadian. And he’s the kind of performer that you can’t wait to see again, even moments after he’s left the stage.

We’ve been fortunate enough to speak with Dean in the past, to see him live, and to preview Beautiful Freakshow before its release to the world. And as we said, it’s a record that takes chances. The title track features a rap vocal from Halifax native Shevy Price, and while it may cause some fans to hop on their “that’s not country” horse, we have a feeling it’s going to do a lot more of the opposite. Fans of Dean (and country radio) are going to have an opportunity to embrace the song, and if that means they have to look themselves in the mirror and embrace someone like Sam Hunt when maybe they haven’t before – all the better in our opinion!

Pre-order Beautiful Freakshow on iTunes now!

Here’s the deal… this is a solid album. A fun album. An album that we’ve listened to more than a couple times over the last few days, and will be listening to again and again. All 10 tracks offer something to fans that they can sink their teeth into, tap their toes to, and sing along to. We know that Dean pours himself into his music, and we also know that he loves what he does. And being able to see that shine through again on another record is pretty damn cool.

In fact, we like the album so much (really, truly) that we’ve partnered with Open Road Recordings to give away 3 CD copies of Dean Brody’s Beautiful Freakshow!


That’s right… right after you finish reading this Q&A you can use the widget to earn up to 7 entries for your chance to be a winner. Remember to read the directions and make sure your entries are being received!

NOW, check out Dean’s answers to our questions… and feel free to tweet @DeanBrody if you have any followup questions to ask.

Q) You’ve said in the past that songwriting is very important to you. Do you feel like you’ve grown with your songwriting on this record, and was it a conscious decision to push yourself into new territory?

A) I think I’m evolving as a songwriter, I’m not sure if that is growth or just change. I’ve always had trouble sitting in one place for too long, creatively speaking. I do love experimenting with sounds and vibes. So Beautiful Freakshow naturally runs a wide spectrum musically. Lyrically, I still try and tell the country story and celebrate the rural way of living.

Q) You’re no stranger to taking chances on your records now. Do you feel more comfortable with the things you tried on Beautiful Freakshow, or is it still a “hope for the best” feeling?

A) I’m very comfortable taking chances these days. In the past it freaked me out a little but hindsight is a great thing. My biggest risks have turned out to be some of my fans favourite tunes.

Q) Bush Party has been a strong start, and Time is starting to make its way to fans now, how do you feel the reception to the new music has been so far?

A) It’s been awesome! I think all artists feel somewhat self-conscious and vulnerable when they put their music it there, especially if you’ve written stuff alone. So when our fans receive it and love it- it’s SO encouraging. Like a sigh of relief!

Q) You brought Alan Doyle (who everyone loves) back to work on another song with Soggy Bottom Summer for this record. Is there anything specific you enjoy about working with Alan?

A) I think what I appreciate the most about Alan is his love of music and his openness to sharing his gift with others. I think the politics of music, for him, are a non-issue. And he’s just a really cool dude. Down to earth. Authentic. It’s why he’s so beloved by Canadians. And his latest album is just brilliant. Have to throw that in there. You have to hear it.

CCMA Awards 2016 Dean Brody Green Carpet

Q) You’ve also got Shevy Price and Sarah Blackwood on new songs… is there anyone in Canadian music that you’d love to tag to work on the next album?

A) This won’t be popular with a lot of folks but the melodies and shit that come out of Justin Bieber is something any musician can respect. I think it’d be interesting to get inside another chaotic artist’s mind for a song. There, I said it. Musically, he’s an interesting cat.

Q) What do you hope country music fans take away from the experience of listening to Beautiful Freakshow?

A) I hope the album inspires fun, a thoughtful moment or two, and just something people can listen to as they go about their lives. I hope I can connect with them. I love sharing music, that’s what the musical experience is all about for me – sharing a moment in time together.

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1 year ago

1, 2, 3, 4: Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies at Boots & Hearts 2016!

Sometimes all you really need is a party, and if you’re ever looking for someone to host or inspire or attend your party, we would highly recommend Alan Doyle!

The Canadian legend, and proud Newfoundlander, burst onto the Boots & Hearts main stage with The Beautiful Gypsies on Saturday afternoon and had the joint jumping. The infectious energy and love from the stage spread through the fans (both sitting and standing) and had smiles growing all over the field.

As Doyle and the band took the stage to start the set, he looked out into the crowd, grabbed his microphone and said six words that set the tone for the next hour… “Let’s get a kitchen party going.”

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Note: Seeing Alan Doyle up on stage and hearing him sing When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down) and Ordinary Day was super nostalgic for me. One of my first concerts ever was Great Big Sea in Peterborough, ON in the mid 90s. It was great to remember that while enjoying Saturday’s show.

When Alan started playing When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down) there was a roar through the crowd. As the music played and the song grew, the fans got louder and more excited and sang every word. And the crowd was left to sing by themselves I had a goosebump moment as a few thousand people let go and lived their happiest moments with a song they’ve loved since 1997.

Alan Doyle BH5-4563In the crowd we could see flags representing Newfoundland and Labrador waving proudly and excitedly. The excitement of seeing one of their own up on the big stage at Boots & Hearts giving them a little extra pride – and deservedly so. And the rest of us, the mainlanders, we all had an hour in the sun to let the music pull us in and pretend that we were on the rock, and this was a giant kitchen party, and we were all in this thing together!

I can’t make any promises or guarantees about his availability, but if you ever are looking for someone to have a party with, especially a down home, good time kitchen party… our whole team is recommending Alan Doyle.

Check out more pics and the set list now!

Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies Set List, Boots & Hearts 2016

I Can’t Dance Without You
When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down)
Come Out With Me
My Day
Sea Of No Cares
The Night Loves Us
I’ve Seen A Little
Laying Down To Perish
Paper In Fire
1, 2, 3, 4
Ordinary Day

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1 year ago

Bush Party: Dean Brody at Boots & Hearts 2016!

If Canadians have a fault, it may be that we don’t think highly enough of ourselves when it comes to competing with big U.S. stars… but on Saturday evening, as the sun got ready to set in the west and the crowd poured in to the Boots and Hearts main stage area, it was clear that we had every right to think highly of Dean Brody and the show he was putting on!

Dean came out to the stage in his best Canadian plaid, and as that late day crowd came down the hill he started the set with Bounty and a big cheer. And the cheers really didn’t let up… throughout the set, as people sang and danced and showed love to one of their own, the party found its legs and rolled forward right into Blake Shelton’s set to headline the night.

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Note: We should have seen this one coming… Alan Doyle (who put on a great set earlier in the day) popped out on stage to sing It’s Friday with Dean and the crowd went nuts. The duet is one the fans don’t get to see live very often, and the #BH5 loved it!

In 2012 Dean was a surprise guest at the 1st edition of Boots & Hearts, then in 2013 he played a full set on the main stage ahead of Jason Aldean… but this year was bigger, it was louder, there were more fans, there were more songs, and there was more love thrown back to Dean on stage than we’ve ever had the chance to see live before.

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Check out the set list, our pics and a little video treat – and be sure to see Dean Brody when he comes to a venue near you. The sooner the better!

Dean Brody Set List, Boots & Hearts 2016

People Know You By Your First Name
Dirt Road Scholar
Love Would Be Enough
Little Yellow Blanket
Wild Flower
Roll That Barrel Out
Bob Marley
One Love/ Three Little Birds
Mountain Man
Bush Party
Upside Down
It’s Friday w/ Alan Doyle
Bring Down The House
Canadian Girls

BOUNTY!!! @deanbrody is on fire at the @bootsandhearts main stage! #livemusic #countrymusic #bootslife #bootsandhearts #BH5

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1 year ago

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!

2 years ago

Country Music All-Star Hockey Fantasy Draft

With the NHL All-Star Game coming up in Nashville on January 31, we decided to have a little fun with some hockey loving country music stars and hold a fantasy draft of our own.

2016 NHL All Star Game LogoThere are 14 players on the board, 12 skaters and 2 goalies… all picked because of their experience on the ice and/or love of the game.

There are a couple rules… and then we’ll get to the draft!

How It Works…

1. Trish and I will take turns making our picks from the list of country artists below until we each have a team of 7 players.

2. Each team must consist of 1 goalie and 1 woman skater.

3. All other players are up for grabs in any order.

4. Jason & Tom Petric and Brad & Curtis Rempel may be picked individually or as a combo, but if drafted as a pair the next drafter’s turn will have 2 picks to even things up.

The Players

Alan Doyle (Juno Cup goalie)
Brett Kissel (Family Tournament goalie, 2015)
Carrie Underwood (wife of NHL player Mike Fisher, Predators fan)
Jess Moskaluke (Floor Hockey Experience on tour with Chad Brownlee)
Chad Brownlee (former Vancouver Canucks Draft Pick)
Theo Fleury(Former NHL player)
 Cory Marquardt (Former Junior player)
 Bobby Wills (floor hockey experience on tour with Chad Brownlee)
 Tom Petric (High School player)
Jason Petric (High School player)
Brad Rempel (Juno Cup player)
Curtis Rempel (Juno Cup player)
Jim Cuddy (Juno Cup captain)
Dierks Bentley (Nashville Rec. League player)

Trish won a coin toss, so she’s got the 1st pick… here we go!

Round 1

Chad Brownlee Boots and Hearts 2015Trish: Chad Brownlee
Not a big surprise to my readers that Chad was my first choice. I watched him work his magic at The Mod Club and I have faith. His NHL career was cut short by injury but I think. at 6’2” in this field, he’s my star defenceman.

Josh: Theo Fleury
Theo Fleury spent a bunch years playing NHL hockey, played in 7 All-Star games, and won a gold medal with Team Canada in 2002… and he’s got a country album that he released in fall 2015. I’m happy with this pick!

Round 2

dierks-bentley-at-boots-and-hearts-2013Trish: Dierks Bentley
Dierks’ spends his spare time playing with the Nashville IceHoles and from what I’ve heard, he can’t get enough hockey. He carries his hockey gear with him while on tour just in case he can get in some ice time. That’s the kind of dedication I want on my team!

Josh: Cory Marquardt
The former junior player has a lot of high energy, and I’m betting his hands are just soft enough on the ice to make some plays.

Round 3

Brett Kissel CNE 2015Trish: Tom Petric
I’ll be counting on Tom as a forward and I’m thinking I’ll put him on a line with his brother.

Josh: Brett Kissel
Brett’s a big hockey fan who strapped on the pads last Christmas to play back home. We’re playing 3 on 3, so I’m not hoping for miracles here, just someone to stop some pucks.

Round 4

Petric 2015Trish: Jason Petric (picked in combo with Tom)
Jason may have spent a little time in the penalty box  during his hockey career. I’m happy to have him as muscle on my team.

Josh: Jim Cuddy
Cuddy’s a vet who knows what he’s doing on the ice. I need a captain, and his experience being the man in charge at the Juno Cup works for me!

Round 5

Jess Moskaluke Bright Lights Big City Toronto The PhoenixTrish: Carrie Underwood
Married to Mike Fisher, Carrie knows hockey. Can she shoot and skate? I hope she’s been practicing since the Oprah video in 2012. She brings a great energy and I’m glad to have her.

Josh: Jess Moskaluke
Jess is a sweetheart, but we’ve seen her amp up the energy on stage, and she spent the When The Lights Go Down tour with a floor hockey stick in her hands. Sign her up!

Round 6

High Valley Boots and Hearts 2015Trish: Curtis Rempel
Curtis grew up playing hockey and with a Juno Cup under his belt I’m sure he’ll be an asset to my team.

Josh: Brad Rempel
I’ll take the other half of High Valley, if nothing else we should create a little healthy rivalry between the brothers Rempel!

Round 7

Bobby Wills When The Lights Go Down Toronto-8020Trish: Alan Doyle
The most mature member of my team, and a lifetime lover of the game, Alan’s proven his worth in the net.

Josh: Bobby Wills
Bobby is another When The Lights Go Down alumni, and I’ll take him to skate with Jess, there’s got to be some chemistry there!


1: Chad Brownlee, Tom Petric, Jason Petric
2: Dierks Bentley, Curtis Rempel, Carrie Underwood
Goalie: Alan Doyle

1: Theo Fleury, Cory Marquardt, Brad Rempel
2: Jess Moskaluke, Bobby Wills, Jim Cuddy
Goalie: Brett Kissel

Results and Evaluation!

Trish: I’m happy with my picks and can’t help but think how awesome their team photo would look. Now if only we could make this game happen!

Josh: Trish has a great team, but I’m pretty happy with my 7 players… and I’d be happy to send ‘em out on the ice for a Country Music All-Star Hockey game any day of the week!

Now tell us whose team you think would win by voting in the poll!


2 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2016 Lineup Announcement #2 – Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt, Cam, and More!

It’s a big morning for Boots and Hearts fans. And that’s an understatement.

13 acts have been added to the B&H lineup which brings us to a total of 16 including the previous announcement of Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley, plus the 2015 Sirius XM Emerging Artist Showcase winners, The James Barker Band.

The list of 13 is littered with returning performers, favourite Canadian acts, and 3 artists from Joshua’s One to Watch in 2016 list.

Here they are…

❤️ Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton On Stage Boots and Hearts 2014Y’all already know about Blake. He’s the winningest coach on NBC’s The Voice. He’s a 4 time ACM and 9 time CMA Award winner. He’s got more hit singles than we can even think of off the top of our heads – and he did a killer job headlining at Boots & Hearts in 2014 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. We can’t wait to see him up on the big stage again with a drink in one hand the microphone in the other!

❤️ Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt Wheels Up Tour Toronto June 2015We LOVE Sam Hunt. That’s no secret. He’s on Joshua’s Ones to Watch in 2016 list as we wait for the follow up to Montevallo. He was awesome on tour with Lady Antebellum in 2015, AND he walked away from the American Music Awards with the New Artist of the Year trophy in his hands. This former QB is running his own show, and after a rain shortened set on the small stage in 2014, he’s coming back for more at Burl’s Creek!

❤️ Chase Rice
Chase Rice Live in ConcertChase Rice is on the rise. After supporting Kenny Chesney on the Big Revival tour he set out with The Cadillac Three on the Jack Daniels and Jesus Tour to show that he’s headlining material on his own. His reputation for putting on a great show precedes him, and if he brings that to Burl’s Creek in August 2016, we should all be happy with the results!

❤️ Tim Hicks
Tim Hicks -77692015 was the 1st year that Tim Hicks wasn’t at Boots & Hearts – and we missed him. He told us at the 2014 CNE that he knew he’d have to take a year off at some point, and we’re glad it was just 1 year, and now we get him back. We’ve seen Tim live more than a couple of times now, and if any Canadian artist can step up in 2016 and put on the kind of show that Dallas Smith did in 2015, it’s going to be him. Get your Stronger Beer ready!

❤️ Emerson Drive
Emerson Drive Boots and Hearts 2015 FeatureWhat can we say about Emerson Drive that everyone doesn’t know already? These Canadian boys have been tearing up country music stages for 20 years, and they show no signs of slowing down. They’ve played the big stage and the small stage at B&H, and in 2016 they’re coming back again to show us that they’ve still got it!

❤️ Jason Blaine
jason-blaine-at-boots-and-hearts-2013Another good Canadian boy! Jason is one of the nicest people in country (according to those in country) and as we come up to the 13th anniversary of his 1st single, it still feels like he’s getting better and better and better. We saw him in the sunshine at Boots and Hearts in 2013, here’s hoping it’s the same weather and another great show in 2016!

❤️ Cam
Cam Untamed Feature BannerOh Cam… It’s no secret that I have a crush on Cam. Her voice, her lyrics, her smile, her hair – it’s a total package that is taking country music by storm. And with her debut full-length album Untamed, set to come out on December 11, 2015, we’ll all have plenty of time to learn her tracks so we can sing along at Boots and Hearts. So excited for this performance!

❤️ Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies
Alan Doyle TrishcaAlan Doyle is a Canadian music legend. His career (both solo and with Great Big Sea) has earned him tons of fans and love from coast to coast, and has turned more than 1 venue into a good old fashioned Petty Harbour, Newfoundland kitchen party. And if anyone was taking bets right now, we’d have money on him doing it again at Burl’s Creek. Be ready to dance!

❤️ Autumn Hill
Autumn Hill -8822Young, talented, hot, energetic… there are a lot of adjectives that we can use to describe Autumn Hill, and we’re sure that they’re going to add more to the list as they continue their career. In 2015 the duo cracked the Top 5 on Canadian Country Radio with Blame, and in 2016 they’ll be looking to follow that up with more shows, singles, fans, and love – and by the time August comes we’ll be itching to see what they year has brought them!

❤️ Jojo Mason
Jojo MasonThis mid-20’s Regina native is coming to Boots and Hearts for the first time in 2016, and he’ll be looking to make an impression. His debut single, It’s All Good is available now, and people are taking notice. August might feel like a long time away to some, and really close to others, but either way these 6 months are going to give Jojo Mason a chance to give us all something more to sing along with at Boots and Hearts!

❤️ Jason Benoit
Jason BenoitHe’s a hard working man, you can tell that by the tour dates he’s crammed into his schedule. And he loves to play, you can tell that by the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the stage. Fresh off of tour with Tim Hicks, Benoit will be heading to Boots and Hearts with new fans to make and (hopefully) some new songs for us all to sing. Can’t wait to see what this Newfoundlander brings to the Boots and Hearts festivities!

❤️ Jordan McIntosh 
jordan-mcintosh-boots-and-hearts-2014-wm-0994Jordan is an up and comer. Brett Kissel took him out on tour in 2015 and by his words, loved having him become a brother. Jordan has been at Boots and Hearts before, so he knows what he’s getting into (the screams from the girls that love him) when he takes the stage. We can’t wait to talk to him and watch him do his thing… maybe he’ll share some stories about Livy Jeanne!

❤️ Cory Marquardt 
Cory Marquardt CNE 2015This is exactly what Joshua wrote about Cory for the Ones to Watch in 2016 list, “He parties hard and works harder, and that’s going to result in more and more opportunity and face time for this former hockey player. We know there’s a new video (with a cameo by his dog Emma) and single on the way, and with any luck that’ll be the start of a big year.” We can’t wait to see him at Boots add Hearts to his 2016!

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