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2018 Country Music Association of Ontario Award Nominees

The 2018 final nominees for the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards have been announced!

The awards will be handed out on Sunday, June 3 in London, ON at Centennial Hall, hosted by Jason McCoy. And along with the 15 awards up for grabs, Michelle Wright will be honoured with the Impact Award sponsored by Canadian Music Week.

Wright’s career has given country music fans great hits, longtime favourites, and has earned her a spot in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Her recognition with the 2018 Impact Award is well deserved, and we’re happy to see it.

Along with her award, Michelle Wright has been announced as a performer at the CMAO Award show, along with some other great Ontario talent. Meghan Patrick, Tim Hicks, Tebey, Cold Creek County, The Western Swing Authority, and host Jason McCoy are also scheduled to take the stage, turning the award show into a great night of live country music as well.

While opinions may vary from category to category, one thing that all Ontario country music fans should be able to agree on when they look at this list, is that there’s a lot of talent in our province.

Meghan Patrick (Single, Songwriter, Female Artist, Music Video, Fans Choice) and James Barker Band (Single, Album, Group, Video, Fans Choice) lead the way with five nominations each in 2018. Although, JBB does take a slight edge if you include James’s Songwriter of the Year nomination as part of the group that penned Chills.

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Tim Hicks leads the male performers with four nominations of his own this year. And, a solid list of country music artists come into the CMAOntario Awards with three nominations including Jason Blaine, Jessica Mitchell, The Road Hammers, Cold Creek Country, and Andrew Hyatt.

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As fans, and voting members of the association, it’s important to us to celebrate these nominations. We know how hard these artists, writers, producers, and their teams have worked to make the music that we sing along to.

And while they’ll all tell us that they don’t do it for awards – we know that it feels good to be recognized for the great work that you’ve done.

So, check out the complete list of CMAOntario Awards Final Nominees, and stay tuned because we’ve got more coverage coming – including the chance to win your way into the award show in London, ON on June 3, 2018!

SINGLE OF THE YEAR sponsored by KICX 106

• Born To Love – Jason Blaine
• Chills – James Barker Band
• Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
• Slide Over – Tim Hicks
• You Me We – Genevieve Fisher

ALBUM OF THE YEAR sponsored by Freedom Music & Creative

• Game On – James Barker Band
• Homemade – Cold Creek County
• Iron and Ashes – Andrew Hyatt
• River Town Saints – River Town Saints
• The Squeeze – The Road Hammers

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR sponsored by SOCAN

• Clayton Bellamy, Chris Byrne, Jason McCoy – Crazy About You, Recorded by The Road Hammers
• Dan Isbell, Meghan Patrick, Jeremy Stover – Country Music Made Me Do It, Recorded by Meghan Patrick
• James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Donovan Woods – Chills, Recorded by James Barker Band
• Jessica Mitchell, Matthew Tishler – Don’t Love Me, Recorded by Jessica Mitchell
• Kelly Archer, Adam Hambrick, Tebey Ottoh – Somebody Else Will, Recorded by Justin Moore

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Spring Tree Farm

• Dani Strong
• Genevieve Fisher
• Jessica Mitchell
• Meghan Patrick
• Tianna Woods

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by ECAO/IBEW

• Andrew Hyatt
• Anthony Tullo
• Jason Blaine
• Tebey
• Tim Hicks

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Country 103

• Blue Rodeo
• Cold Creek County
• James Barker Band
• Runaway Angel
• The Lovelocks
• The Reklaws

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines

• Jessica Mitchell
• Lindi Ortega
• The Abrams
• The Lovelocks
• The Western Swing Authority

RISING STAR sponsored by Slaight Music

• Andrew Hyatt
• Eric Ethridge
• Nicole Rayy
• Shae Dupuy
• The Reklaws

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

• Chills – James Barker Band
• Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
• Haulin’ Ass – The Road Hammers
• Homemade – Cold Creek County
• Slide Over – Tim Hicks
• Woke Up Like This – River Town Saints

FANS’ CHOICE sponsored by OMDC

• James Barker Band
• Tim Hicks
• Meghan Patrick
• River Town Saints
• The Road Hammers

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR

• David “Dwave” Thomson, Jason Blaine – Jason Blaine, Born to Love
• Jason Barry – Runaway Angel, Zero; Western Swing Authority, I’m Sending You My Heart This Christmas; Dean Brody, Beautiful Freakshow
• Jeff Dalziel – The Washboard Union, Shine; Dan Davidson, Barn Burner; River Town Saints
• Karen Kosowski – Jessica Mitchell, Don’t Love Me; Madeline Merlo, Motel Flamingo
• Scott Cooke, Doug Oliver – Cold Creek County, Homemade
• The Agenda – Justine Chantale, Fly

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Seeds & Co.

• Amanda Kingsland, Country 101.1
• Anya Wilson, Anya Wilson Promotion & Publicity
• Mike Denney, MDM Recordings
• Ron Kitchener, RGK Entertainment
• Steve Coady, Warner Music Canada

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)

• CHKX KX 94.7, Hamilton
• CJBX BX 93, London
• CJKX KX96, Oshawa
• CKBY Country 101.1, Ottawa
• CKDK NEW Country 104, Woodstock

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM MARKET) sponsored by Lucknow’s Music in the Fields

• CFCO Country 92.9, Chatham
• CHCQ-FM Cool 100.1 FM, Belleville
• CICS KICX 91.7, Sudbury
• CKQM Country 105, Peterborough
• CKXC Country 93.5, Kingston

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SMALL MARKET)

• CHAW Country 103, Little Current
• CICX KICX 106, Orillia
• CJDL-FM Country 107.3, Tillsonburg
• CKAT, Country 600, North Bay
• CKYC Country 93, Owen Sound
• CKYY Country 89, Welland

Sound of Music Festival Announces 2018 Country Lineup

Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival has grown into Canada’s Largest Free Music Festival, and in 2018, they look to continue the tradition they’ve started.

UPDATE, April 3, 2018: Kip Moore has been officially announced as the Sunday, June 10 co-headliner! 

As a multi-genre festival, Sound of Music has been known to include everything from rock and roll to blues, jazz, folk, and more. They also have a strong reputation for supporting and presenting country music on stage at Burlington’s beautiful waterfront.

The 2018 festival lineup is starting to take shape with more artist announcements having been released. And the country music lineup for Sunday, June 10, has been released for fans to take in and start planning for their trip to Burlington.

So far six names have been announced for country day with the potential mystery of a big name headliner to be added based on the row of question marks on the image shared on Thursday.

Note: Other artists already announced for the festival include Simple Plan, The All-American Rejects, Everclear, Eve 6, Sublime with Rome who will perform on Saturday, June 9.

The lineup for Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival will continue to grow, with tons of artists still to come. So, check out the country names we’ve got so far, and be ready for more announcements as we get closer to the June 9 to 17 festival.

2018 Sound of Music Festival Country Artists

Kip Moore

Coming off of a Canadian tour that has wrapped in Ontario, and moves west to Manitoba, Alberta, and BC in May, Moore will be ready to light it up in Burlington. We saw one of the Toronto shows on the Plead The Fifth Tour, and can tell you that if Kip Moore and his band put on the kind of show we saw at The Danforth Music Hall, a lot of country music fans are going to have a great night.

Related: Kip Moore with Drake White – Live in Toronto

Lee Brice

Brice is a country star with big hits and party jams. His setlist will likely include Parking Lot Party, Drinking Class, and Hard To Love to get the crowd fired up. Be ready to drink a beer and sing along.

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Chad Brownlee

Brownlee has been one of Canadian country music’s biggest names over the last few years with nine Top 10 singles since 2010. He’s a fan favourite when he stands on stage, often bringing a combination of his hits and great covers to his set.

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Emerson Drive

Emerson Drive have put 16 singles into the Top 10 since 2006. Their high energy show is always a hit with their fans, and their collection of hits and fan favourites from 2001’s I Should Be Sleeping to 2017’s Just Got Paid will keep fans entertained from start to finish.

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Madeline Merlo

Merlo continues to be a rising star in Canadian country music, taking 2017’s Motel Flamingo to #8 on the charts. The BC singer keeps getting better and better on stage as her career progresses, and we expect her to wow the crowd at the Sound of Music Festival.

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Cold Creek County

When the six members of Cold Creek County take the stage together, they start a party. They bring all kinds of musicianship to go with catchy hits like Homemade and Our Town, and they never fail to entertain.

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Leaving Thomas

With every show and single release, Leaving Thomas proves to be one of the hottest new country acts in Canada. And with increased exposure in the United States via SiriusXM The Highway and CMT, tracks like Waiting Kind Of Girl and Blame It On The Neon are helping the band become future stars.

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Calgary Stampede 2017: Cold Creek County Photo Review

The Nashville North Stage was home to a lot of great country music during the 2017 Calgary Stampede, including a fired up set from Ontario hit makers, Cold Creek County.

The boys were at their best in front of the country music fans on hand, and you can tell they were loving it from the looks on their faces. Have a look at the pics and see them live the next time you have a chance!

Cold Creek County at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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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! 

2017 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards Winner Recap!

On a hot Sunday night in London, the Ontario country music community came together to recognize greatness in the genre over the last 12 months, and it was a party for everyone involved.

The Country Music Association of Ontario awards were handed out at Centennial Hall, with host Jason McCoy (The Road Hammers) keeping the audience entertained and the show moving forward as planned. And as it moved forward it became clear that the 2017 Awards were a coming out party for one small town Ontario singer in particular.

Bowmanville’s Meghan Patrick was the big winner of the evening, taking home trophies for Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Rising Star, and Music Video of the Year. With hits and crowd favourites Bow Chicka Wow Wow, Grace & Grit, Still Loving You, and the new single, Be Country With Me, it should be no real surprise to see Patrick recognized to this degree by her peers and industry professionals. And while she may be living in Nashville right now, we know that Meghan Patrick still holds a soft spot and a lot of love for her Ontario hometown.

Meghan Patrick, via CMAO

Other big winners on the night included Tim Hicks (Male Artist of the Year), whose Live album is definitely worth a listen if you haven’t checked that out yet, Cold Creek County (Group or Duo of the Year), who have a busy summer coming up, James Barker Band (Fans’ Choice), who are on fire right now after their tour with Dean Brody, and River Town Saints (Single of the Year), who have a brand new single, Woke Up Like This, and self titled album available now.

It’s a great thing to see the Ontario country music community come together with their peers and fans for a night like this, and it’s amazing to see the smiles and looks of love in the eyes of the winners, their families, and their devoted fans.

Check out the full list of artist award winners, as well as some of our favourite photos of the 2017 CMAO Award winners live in action over the last few years!

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Meghan Patrick

RISING STAR AWARD

(sponsored by Slaight Music)
Meghan Patrick

Meghan Patrick Peller Estate

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

(sponsored by Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario & International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)
Grace and Grit – Meghan Patrick

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

(sponsored by Long & McQuade)
Bow Chicka Wow Wow – Meghan Patrick

Meghan Patrick-CMT MusicFest

FANS’ CHOICE

(sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation)
James Barker Band

James Barker Band SiriusXM Fan Stage BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(sponsored by Havelock Country Jamboree)
Tim Hicks

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

(sponsored by The Remington Group)
Cold Creek County

Cold Creek County CMT Music Fest

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

(sponsored by KICX 106)
Cherry Bomb – River Town Saints

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ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

(sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines)
The Abrams

The Abrams, via CMAO

SONGWRITER (S) OF THE YEAR

(sponsored by SOCAN)
Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman – Came Here to Forget, performed by Blake Shelton

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR

Jason Barry (Dean Brody, Genevieve Fisher, The Western Swing Authority, Tianna Woods)

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CMAO 2017 Awards Show and Conference Contest!

The 2017 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards are coming, and London, ON is going to do a great job hosting.

We know this because we just experienced a hell of a good time with the country music family during Canadian Country Music Week 2016… ask around and people will tell you the same thing.

Now, because we know this weekend is going to be amazing, we want to send you to experience it!

Yup, we want you to go check out the panels at the CMAO R2I (Road to Independence) TuneUp Conference and the CMAO Awards show on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11.

It’s going to be a great time. It’s going to be filled with country music’s brightest stars from Ontario. It’s going to be a weekend that you won’t soon forget. Memorable moments will happen. Selfies will be taken. Stories will be told. And you could be there.

If you haven’t been to the awards show in the past, you should know that it’s going to have some amazing musical performances… Your host, Jason McCoy, is sure to sing you a line or two, and backed by house band, The Western Swing Authority, you will see no fewer than 11 artists live on stage.

2017 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards Show Performers

♫ Aaron Pritchett
♫ Cold Creek County
♫ Deric Ruttan
♫ Genevieve Fisher
♫ James Barker Band
♫ Jason Blaine
♫ The Abrams
♫ Jessica Mitchell
♫ Meghan Patrick
♫ River Town Saints
♫ Tim Hicks

At the bottom of this post there’s a widget that you can use to earn up to 7 entries for your chance to win 1 pair (2) of tickets to the R2I (Road to Independence) TuneUp Conference and 1 pair (2) of tickets to the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards Show!

But before we get to that, let’s have some fun. As members of the CMAO, we’ve already cast our votes for the 2017 awards – and now we want to see who you think should win. We’ve picked out six categories featuring some of our favourite, and your favourite, Ontario country artists. Vote for the artist you think should win, then use the widget and enter for your chance to be a winner!

Good luck!













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Note: This prize does not include travel or accommodations. Please keep that in mind when entering and hoping to win!

Coming Soon: JUNOFEST 2017 – Ottawa, ON

The JUNOS are coming! The JUNOS are coming! But, before we get to the JUNOS, we’ve got JUNO Week and JUNO Fest.

JUNO Week starts March 30th with the JUNO Cup Jam.2017 JUNO Cup Jam poster Featuring performances at The Bourbon Room with Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Amanda Rheaume, Barney Bentall (High Bar Gang), Cosmo Ferraro (Ferraro), Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Devin Cuddy Band, Doug Oliver (Cold Creek County), Gord Bamford, Jay Bodner (Eagle & Hawk), Jim Bowskill (Blue Rodeo/Sheepdogs), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), JJ Shiplett, Jon Gallant (Billy Talent), Jonathan Roy, Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk), Matthew Barber, Menno Versteeg (Hollerado), Peter Kesper (NQ Arbuckle), Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk), Beard Guy (Walk Off the Earth), Tim D’eon (Wintersleep) and Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk/Indian City). I’m overwhelmed at the talent in that list and you’ll be overwhelmed by their performances. Tickets are just $25 and they’re on sale now.

One of my favourite highlights of the week happens next. On March 31st, the JUNO Cup pits NHL Legends against Canadian musical greats. This game is always a hoot and the lineup this year is stacked! Watch as Brad Dalgarno (New York Islanders), Brendan Bell (Ottawa Senators), Chris Phillips (Ottawa Senators), Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators), Gary Roberts (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jim Kyte (Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators), Luke Richardson (Ottawa Senators), Mark Napier (Montréal Canadiens,Juno Cup Edmonton Oilers), Paul Coffey (Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins) and Troy Crowder (New Jersey Devils) coached by Grey Cup Champion Henry Burris from the Ottawa Redblacks vs. Aaron Pritchett, Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Amanda Rheaume, Barney Bentall, Beard Guy (Walk Off The Earth), Chad Brownlee, Cosmo Ferraro (Ferraro), Dallas Smith, Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Devin Cuddy , Doug Oliver (Cold Creek County), Gord Bamford, Jay Bodner (Eagle & Hawk), Jim Bowskill (Blue Rodeo/The Sheepdogs), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Jon Gallant (Billy Talent), Jonathan Roy, Kathleen Edwards, Matthew Barber, Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk), Sam Roberts, Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk) and Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk) with Legendary Ottawa 67’s bench boss, Brian “Killer” Kilrea coaching The Rockers.

Watch for more names to be added to these lists! And yes, tickets are $20 and on sale now, you can get one here!

Friday, March 31
and Saturday, April 1 we get JUNOfest, over two nights, the music2017 JUNOfestfestival features more than 100 artists playing on stages in more than 15 venues across Ottawa and it’s an integral part of the 2017 JUNO Week. You can see Kelly Prescott, Caveboy, Repartee, The Dirty Nil, Dilly Dally, Bleecker, The Julian Taylor Band, Sykamore, The Abrams, Cold Creek County, Common Deer, The Strumbellas, Stuck on Planet Earth, The Honest Heart Collective, Colin Linden, The Balconies and so many more acts!

Wristbands are only $30, they’ll get you into all of the venues and you can get them here. You can check out the schedule and plan your weekend by following this link. 

On April 2nd we get to the big show, the JUNOS. This year’s lineup features more than 35 JUNO nominees, including Shawn Mendes, Arkells, The Strumbellas, The Weeknd, Monster Truck, Alessia Cara, The Tragically Hip, Chad Brownlee, Coleman Hell, Marians Trench, The Dirty Nil, Whitehorse, Tasha The Amazon, Holy Fuck, Cold Creek County, and more! For the full list of nominees check out the official JUNOS page.

There are so many of our favourites are in the lists above and we can hardly wait!

1 year ago

Boots & Hearts 2017 Lineup Announcement: Chad Brownlee, Jess Moskaluke, Eli Young Band, and more!

Boots & Hearts is back with a big announcement today… with 20 new names added to the 2017 festival lineup.

Some of these artists we’ve seen a bunch, some we’ve never seen at all, and that makes us pretty freakin’ excited for August 10-13, 2017.

Get yourself ready, this is getting big.

Today’s Announcement Includes…

Chad Brownlee
We are happy campers to see this Canadian headliner added to the Boots & Hearts lineup. Chad isn’t new to the festival, but he has new music to share since the last time he hit the B&H stage.

We can’t wait to see Chad up there, with the entire crowd singing along to his radio hits!

Chad Brownlee Boots and Hearts 2015

Eli Young Band
If you were looking for a name you knew, this should be it! The Eli Young Band are sure to bring a bunch of energy, talent, and smooth sounding songs to the Boots & Hearts stage when they play their set.

We don’t know which day we’ll see them, but it really doesn’t matter. It’s gonna be good.

Frankie Ballard
Frankie’s back! Mr. Ballard played Boots & Hearts in 2015, and now he’s coming back to do it again. We expect the crowd to be bigger and louder, and we expect that Frankie Ballard will be ready for it.

Get ready to sing loud when he plays Cigarette and Sunshine & Whiskey.

 

Jess Moskaluke
YES! Ms. Moskaluke is still the top of the heap when it comes to Canadian women in country music. Her third consecutive CCMA win for Female Artist of the Year should tell you that.

Jess has been on the small stage twice in her Boots & Hearts career – the last time playing the kick-off party. This year we’re expecting to see her on the main stage, playing for some very excited country music fans.

Jess Moskaluke Trackside Fest 2016

Kiefer Sutherland
Yes, that Kiefer Sutherland. If you haven’t listened to Kiefer’s 2016 album, Down In A Hole, give it a listen now (click here to listen on Spotify) and get ready for his stage performance.

This isn’t the first Hollywood star to play the festival… year 1 attendees will remember Kevin Costner getting it done.

Kiefer Sutherland Band at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016

Tucker Beathard
We saw Tucker last year at a small showcase in Toronto… and after seeing him sit with his guitar and sing, we can’t wait to see the full show when he’s plugged in with the band.

His star is rising, you’ve probably heard Rock On, and you should go listen to Momma and Jesus to get yourself ready.

Tucker Beathard - The Rivoli

Drake White and the Big Fire
We saw Drake White last summer… and the dude is a lot of fun on stage. He sounds great and he brings a love for doing what he does when he’s up there. And he’s got a great hat.

This will be a sing and drink and dance along set.

CMT Music Fest - Drake White & The Big Fire

 

Brooke Eden
This Florida powerhouse has been on a ton of “ones to watch” lists in the last 2 years, and now we’re going to get to hear in person why she’s landed on all of them.

Boots & Hearts is bringing girl power to the stage. And we’re into it.

Cold Creek County
Canadian country fans already know these boys… but if you haven’t seen them yet, this is a great opportunity. They bring as much energy as anyone in the game when they step on stage. And they fill the stage with dudes and sound when they get to playing.

Be ready, this one is going to get loud.

Aubrie Sellers
They call her a Texas/Nashville hybrid… and we can get behind that. Sellers will be making her Boots & Hearts debut – which means a whole lot of fans to grab. And we’re sure she’ll be up to it.

Get ready for this 20something to show you what she’s got.

Lindi Ortega
Lindi Ortega is an underrated add to this list. With all kinds of critical acclaim, and fans who absolutely love her, Ortega is going to be great at Boots & Hearts.

Her signature sound and style are going to present some awesome “wow” moments for new fans this summer.

Endless Summer
Clint and Bob Moffat may never have been names that country fans thought they’d see on a festival lineup… but here they are. Endless Summer has been putting in work to show their country chops and build their fanbase. And, they’re super nice guys who can truly play and sing.

The boys announced online that they will be handling some hosting duties on the weekend as well – so be ready to see them on stage more than once.

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Midland
They hype is legit when it comes to Midland. You may have seen other country artists talking about how much they’re into what these guys are bringing… and if you haven’t, we can tell you that we trust their judgement.

We don’t know where these new comers will land on the schedule, but we’ll be there to listen.

JJ Shiplett
We had a feeling that JJ would be making the trip to Boots & Hearts this summer to share the new music from Something To Believe In, and we’re very happy that he’s going to have that chance.

Be ready for a sing along and grab a beer, this is gonna be good.

The Abrams
The Abrams have been rising stars for the last little while… and their single, Champion, has been heard by a lot of people. The boys opened for Brett Kissel on the Ice, Snow & 30 Below tour – and got a shout out to us from Brett during Canadian Country Music Week 2016.

We’re expecting some energy with this one – to go along with a great sound.

Jessica Mitchell
Thank Goodness! We love this talented young woman, and the small taste of her that Boots & Hearts fans got on the SiriusXM stage just wasn’t enough. If you only know Workin’ On Whiskey, please go listen to her EP (click here to listen on Spotify) and get ready.

Prepare for jokes, songs, and feelings when Jessica Mitchell gets on stage at B&H.

Jessica Mitchell at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016

Dani Strong
Dani is a hard working, talented country artist – and we’re happy that she’s going to get this chance to play at Boots & Hearts. We’ve had the chance to see her play on a couple of stages over the last 2 years, and we’re sure she’ll bring the same love to the stage this summer.

Be ready for a good time, it’s gonna happen.

Kelly Prescott
Kelly is on the rise. Featured as December 2016’s CMAO artist of the month, she’s been working hard, playing hard, and showing a whole lot of people that she’s got what it takes to play with the big kids.

We’re looking for energy, great songs, and Kelly Prescott working hard again to show new listeners that she’s one to watch.

Andrew Hyatt
We like Andrew a lot. Can’t lie. He’s a good dude who plays good music, builds all kinds of woodshop projects when he’s got the time – and sent us a hilarious Christmas wish to share last year.

You might not think you know Andrew Hyatt, but be ready to sing along to MGR (Me And A Girl And A Radio) when he plays it loud.

CMT Music Fest - Andrew Hyatt

Jesse Gold
Another up and comer, Jesse will be looking to show the country fans at Boots & Hearts that he belongs and that they should be listening. And we think he will. Be ready for all kinds of effort and passion for the music when he’s playing.

You won’t be disappointed.

and more…

Stay tuned for more from Boots & Hearts 2017 – we can’t wait to hear what the next news is going to be… but we know we’re going to have contests, fun info, and more to share.

1 year ago

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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2 years ago

Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2016 Photo Review!

Sadly we weren’t able to get down to PEI this summer for the Cavendish Beach Music Festival. BUT, with the help of our friends, we do have some awesome photos to share with you.

We heard it got a little chilly, but more than anything else we heard that it was a great time with great music – and some awesome fans! We can’t wait to check it out live and in person next summer…

Check out the big name headliners, the up-and-comers, and country music favourites from Cavendish, PEI 2016!

Kenny Chesney

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Blake Shelton

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The Band Perry

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Dean Brody

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Meghan Patrick

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The Washboard Union

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Blackjack Billy

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Cold Creek County

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Old Dominion

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2 years ago

CMT Music Fest 2016: Cold Creek County and Them Dang Rattlers on the Maple Leaf Stage!

Day 2 of CMT Music Fest had a full lineup of ridiculous talent on display. And in the afternoon sun, 2 acts took their turns on the Maple Leaf stage and showed everyone what they had to offer.

Check out the pics and highlights from Cold Creek County and Them Dang Rattlers!

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Cold Creek County is one of the hottest bands in Canadian country music right now. They owned the recent Country Music Association of Ontario Awards, and they’re radio play numbers are going up, up, up.

And all of that is because the fans are taking notice and taking control. From official merch to homemade t-shirts, the Cold Creek County faithful were visibly on display as the boys took the stage, turned up the volume and played their beating hearts out.

Note: When you scroll through these photos and see the adorable little girl in the pink hat and sweet shades, stop for a second. She just might be CCC’s biggest small fan, and on her birthday she got a special meet & greet with the boys. Best birthday ever!

We were able to see a few of the guys later in the day, and the smiles on their faces proved what we guessed – they had a lot of fun up on the Maple Leaf stage, even after the long drive in from Cavendish Beach the day before.

Atta be boys, thanks for bringing the Beer Weather!

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Them Dang Rattlers

From just down the road in London, ON – Them Dang Rattlers came to CMT Music Fest on a mission.

And with as much energy as we’ve ever seen from them, they showed that they’re ready to push hard and fast to entertain country music fans and earn themselves a heap of new fans.

You may not know them yet, but remember the faces in these photos because Them Dang Rattlers aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they’re just getting started.

If you see their name on a concert listing near you, grab a ticket – and get ready to party!
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2 years ago

Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2016 Q&A with Petric, Cold Creek County and Bobby Wills

With the Canada Day long weekend behind we’re looking forward to next weekend and Cavendish Beach Music Festival!

July 8th, 9th and 10th we’re going to see some of the biggest names in country music including The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton. CBMF is bringing us 36 major acts over the three days and that doesn’t include the Emerging Artists who will be rocking the RBC Emerging Artist stage all weekend.

On top of the headliners, you’ll see The Road Hammer, Tebey, Dean Brody, Bobby Wills, Meghan Patrick, Washboard Union, River Town Saints, Petric, and Cold Creek County.

We’re getting into the meat of the summer music festival and we wanted to know what some of our favourite artists are thinking. We’ve asked Petric, Cold Creek County, and Bobby Wills, three questions about festival season, CCC’s Trevor MacLeod and Petric brother, Jason answered for us.

Here we go!

Q. In 50 words or less, is there one thing you’re most looking forward to about playing Cavendish Beach Music Festival?

Petric Cavendish Social 300Petric: We’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this festival. We’ve heard the music fans out there are the best, so that gets us really excited!

Cold Creek County: 
One thing we are looking forward to about playing Cavendish is the amazing vibe! Sharing the stage with The Band Perry, The Road Hammers, Black Jack Billy, The Washboard Union and Olivia Lane. That mixed with an awesome turnout of music fans, makes the experience one of a million.

Bobby Wills: The East Coast is always special and I expect Cavendish to take that to the next level! All the musicians and artists I have spoken to about the event talk so highly of the whole event! I can’t wait.

Cold Creek County Social Media 300Q. Who are you most excited to see?

Petric:
Neither of us have ever seen Blake Shelton, so that will be a pretty cool experience!

Cold Creek County: 
The Band Perry, their show is unbelievable.

Bobby Wills: I have never seen Kenny Chesney and hear he is one of the best in the business.

Q. What’s your favourite thing about festival season?

Bobby Wills CavendishPetric: The vibe at a country music festival is one of a kind. Great music—and hopefully great weather—it always ends up being a lot of fun! We’ve dreamed of getting to play at these shows for years. It’s really cool to now get this opportunity.

Cold Creek County: 
All the people having a good time, and how they project their energy outward to the music.

Bobby Wills: The fans! The atmosphere and fan interaction at festivals is totally a unique experience.  Nothing like it!

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2 years ago

2016 CMAO Awards Red Carpet & Green Room Photo Review!

The Country Music Association of Ontario Awards were full of super talented, and pretty good looking people… and we have the photos to prove it!

Check out some of the looks from the red carpet first (and leave a comment telling us who you think looked the best) and then have a look at some photos from the green room that Ray was able to snap as award winners and other fine Ontario country artists came through during the show.

Enjoy!

The 2016 CMAO Awards Red Carpet

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Jason Blaine
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Leah DanielsCMAO Awards 2016 Leah Daniels Red Carpet-23

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TebeyCMAO Awards 2016 Tebey Red Carpet-8

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Jessica MitchellCMAO Awards 2016 Jessica Mitchell Red Carpet-20

Andrew HyattCMAO Awards 2016 Andrew Hyatt Red Carpet-2

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The 2016 CMAO Awards Green Room

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TebeyCMAO Awards 2016 Tebey Winner-36

Cold Creek County
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2 years ago

CMW 2016: Country Music Friday with Cold Creek County, Chris Lane, River Town Saints, Petric & Domino

If you judge a party by how hot and sweaty and packed and fun… then Friday night at Boots & Bourbon was a banger.

If you judge a concert by a talented lineup and tight musicianship and engagement and great music… then Friday night at Boots & Bourbon was top notch.

As Canadian Music Week 2016 moved into the weekend we headed to Queen Street East for a country music showcase that featured some sweet tunes from Canadian artists + a special performance by an up and coming American that the crowd was certainly happy to see up on the stage.

We were there, in the hot, sweaty, awesome, party… so let’s get to it!

Boots & Bourbon CMW 2016 Lineup, Friday May, 6

✮ Petric
✮ Domino
✮ River Town Saints
✮ Chris Lane
✮ Cold Creek County

Let’s start at the start… Petric had the “open the show and start the party” slot on Friday, and they didn’t shy away from it. The brothers from Winnipeg were playing their first true Toronto show, and they invited the crowd to come up and enjoy it right from the front of the stage.

With an extra guitar playing with them, Petric treated the early party goers to an acoustic set that included Band of Brothers, It Girl, Let The World Roll By, Payphone (Maroon 5), If I Was Your Man, Somebody Somewhere (Dallas Smith), and Here Goes Everything… and more.

The set was a great way to start the night, and as a quick point – the way Jason and Tom Petric sing together is enough to make anyone think maybe they should sing more with their siblings… until we remember that we don’t sound that good at all.

Check out It Girl from Friday night and more photos at the bottom of the post.

2nd on the Boots & Bourbon stage was Domino, the 2015 Alberta Country Music Association’s Group of the Year and Fan’s Choice Award Winners.

The quartet started their set with a pretty awesome rendition of Alabama’s Mountain Music, and that was all the crowd needed to get up to the stage and into the show. Domino continued their set with sweet harmonies, tight play, and some really good country music. It’s easy to see why they’re so loved back home!

Tracks like One More Kiss, We Were Right (at country radio now), Big Blue Sky, and even a cover of Little Big Town’s Day Drinkin’ were a fantastic way to keep the party going as the sun went down outside on a Friday night in Toronto.

Well done y’all!

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The middle slot in the night went to a Boots & Bourbon CMW repeat performer. We saw River Town Saints play B&B last May with Kira Isabella, and we were pretty darn happy to see them back again this year.

The 5 dudes from RTS took the stage and brought the crowd even closer to the stage (this is when it started to get real hot and sweaty and amped up) for their set. They kicked things off with huge energy for Don’t Stop and didn’t let down for a minute til they left the stage.

Note: Our new photographer Ray Williams sent me a text confirming that this was the best set he’s ever seen River Town Saints play.

The rest of the set was a ton of fun with performances of I Like It Like That, Cherry Bomb (new single at radio now), A Little Bit Goes A Long Way, Hungover It, a cover of Eric Church’s Drink In My Hand, and a killer medley that included Dust On The Bottle, Sun Daze, The Lazy Song, Party Up (Up In Here), Thrift Shop, and Pour Some Sugar On Me… it was awesome, got a HUGE pop from the crowd, and they deserved it.

Atta be boys!

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In the 11pm slot, all the way from Kernsville, North Carolina was Chris Lane!

The American singer took the stage to a great crowd response and dove into a set that kept the party turned all the way up, and the temperature rising. Things started with Broken Windshield View and was on fire from there…

The band brought a ton of sound to the room, and had feet moving, heads nodding, voices screaming, and the energy level all the way to the top!

Lane also gave us a sweet medley that included Use Your Love, Locked Out Of Heaven, Don’t Stop Believin’, Rock and Roll All Nite, Firework & Wrecking Ball… and then added his own tracks like Her Own Kind Of Beautiful, Let Me Love You, For Her, and his track currently featured in Toronto Blue Jays TV ads, Fix.

This is a dude with a big future ahead of him, and in my opinion, he’s a guy that would look good on a tour with Thomas Rhett.

Keep an eye on Chris Lane!
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Last in our night of awesome country music for Canadian Music Week at Boots & Bourbon was Cold Creek County!

It was easy to see that a lot of fans were in the building for the breakthrough group of small town Ontario boys, and it was even easier to see that their goal from the very start of the set was to give them everything they had to give.

Cold Creek County fills the stage with musicians, and fills the venue with sound, and nobody complains when they do it. With tracks like Our Town, Till The Wheels Come Off, and summer anthem (book it, you’re going to hear this one a lot) Beer Weather… plus a sweet cover of Fat Bottomed Girls and more, these 6 dudes came to party, and that mission was accomplished.

Not a fan in front of the stage was dry or standing still as CCC worked through their set and showed everyone why they won Best New Country Group or Solo Act at the Canadian Radio Music Awards earlier in the day.

Congratulations boys, you earned it!

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More photos from CMW Friday at Boots & Bourbon

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Domino

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River Town Saints

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Chris Lane

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Cold Creek County

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2 years ago

2016 CMAO Performer Announcement & Contest!

Exciting news for Ontario country music fans dropped this morning when the County Music Association of Ontario announced the live performers at this year’s awards show.

Earlier in April we found out who’s been nominated for the awards, with Tebey, Jason Blaine, and Leah Daniels leading the way… and on May 30 in Markham, we’ll find out who the winners are in all 14 categories, and get to see live performances from some of our favourite starts, and artists in the middle of breaking out right now.

Let’s get to that now actually. The performers for the CMAO Awards at the Flato Markham Theatre are all good choices that will make for a really entertaining show… we can’t wait!

2016 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards Show Performers

Autumn Hill at the 2015 CMAO Awards.

Autumn Hill at the 2015 CMAO Awards.

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Cold Creek County
Genevieve Fisher
Jason Blaine
Jessica Mitchell
Leah Daniels
Meghan Patrick
River Town Saints
Runaway Angel
Tebey
Tianna Woods
The Western Swing Authority

PLUS, Jason McCoy (with The Road Hammers) will team up with Tim Hicks for a special live collaboration!

As country music fans, it’s awesome to see a list of talent like this and know that all of these artists are from Ontario. For years Canadian country was thought to be from other places, but now we’re seeing the recognition of our homegrown talent, and we’re happy to celebrate that, and all of the Canadian talent that is making a mark with fans.

Now, because we love you guys… we welcome all Ontario country music fans to enter for your chance to win 2 tickets to both the Country Music Association of Ontario Award Show and the CMAO R2I Spring Tune-Up Conference in Markham (May 28 & 29). Follow the instructions in the widget to enter…

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