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!
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!
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!
(sponsored by Slaight Music) Meghan Patrick
(sponsored by Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario & International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Grace and Grit – Meghan Patrick
(sponsored by Long & McQuade) Bow Chicka Wow Wow – Meghan Patrick
(sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation) James Barker Band
(sponsored by Havelock Country Jamboree) Tim Hicks
(sponsored by The Remington Group) Cold Creek County
(sponsored by KICX 106) Cherry Bomb – River Town Saints
(sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines) The Abrams
The Abrams, via CMAO
(sponsored by SOCAN) Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman – Came Here to Forget, performed by Blake Shelton
Jason Barry (Dean Brody, Genevieve Fisher, The Western Swing Authority, Tianna Woods)
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.
♫ 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!
Note: This prize does not include travel or accommodations. Please keep that in mind when entering and hoping to win!
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. 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, 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 musicfestival 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
photos by Patrick Callbeck
photos by Jimmy Bennett
photos by Eric Creed
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!
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!
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!
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: 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.
Q. 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?
Petric: 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!
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.
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!
✮ 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Autumn Hill at the 2015 CMAO Awards.
⁂ Autumn Hill ⁂ 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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Over the last few years it’s been clear to see that Ontario is becoming a country music hotbed. Artists like Tim Hicks, Tebey, Small Town Pistols, Autumn Hill, and Kira Isabella have lit up country radio + stages all over the province, and across Canada… and it’s been awesome to watch.
2016 looks like it’s going to be another big year, and today we’re happy to help announce the Country Music Association of Ontario award nominees. All of the CMAO Awards categories are packed with talent, which makes things both exciting and difficult.
As voting members of the CMAO we won’t be sharing any predictions or votes in this post, but we can tell you that these categories are so hard to choose winners in that we have not agreed on more than a couple of our choices. Really, it’s not easy!
Tebey at the 2015 CMAO Awards.
The CMAO Awards will be handed out on Monday, May 30 at the Flato Markham Theatre… and you could be there. Very soon we will 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). Plus you should stay tuned to our Twitter over the next few weeks because we’ll have more prizes to give away as well!
Now, the big news… if you’re ready!
“Blame” – Autumn Hill “Bring Your Own Sunshine” – Tianna Woods “Country Side” – Jason Blaine “Go Back” – Leah Daniels “My Someday” – Runaway Angel “Our Town” – Cold Creek County “When the Buzz Wears Off” – Tebey
5:01+ – Tim Hicks Anchor – Autumn Hill Pistology – Small Town Pistols Tianna Woods – Tianna Woods What It Feels Like – Leah Daniels What Love Is All About – Johnny Reid
Deric Ruttan, Jonathan Singleton – “Don’t It Feel Good” performed by Deric Ruttan Jason Blaine, Deric Ruttan – “Country Side” performed by Jason Blaine Leah Daniels, Beverley Mahood, Patricia Conroy – “Dream Without You” performed by Leah Daniels Shane Guse, Larry Wayne Clark – “Sweet Harriet” performed by The Western Swing Authority Stacey Zegers, Cadence Grace, Ann Chaplin, Dave Thomson – “My Someday” performed by Runaway Angel Tebey – “When The Buzz Wears Off” performed by Tebey
Genevieve Fisher Jessica Mitchell Kira Isabella Leah Daniels Lindsay Broughton Tianna Woods
Deric Ruttan Jason Blaine Johnny Reid Marshall Dane Tebey Tim Hicks
Autumn Hill Blackwell Cold Creek County Runaway Angel Small Town Pistols The Western Swing Authority
Heather Ballentine Lindi Ortega The Good Family The Lovelocks The Western Swing Authority Whitney Rose
Ben Hudson Brooklyn Roebuck Cold Creek County Cory Marquardt Heather Ballentine Jessica Mitchell
“A Picture of You” – Johnny Reid “Country Side” – Jason Blaine “My Someday” – Runaway Angel “Old Piano” – Leah Daniels “One Horse Town” – The Road Hammers Feat. Tim Hicks “When The Buzz Wears Off” – Tebey
Dave “Dwave” Thomson – Old Piano by Leah Daniels Jason Barry – Run Angel Run by Runaway Angel; Now Playing and Sweet Harriet by The Western Swing Authority; Boomerang by Genevieve Fisher; Toes by Scotty James Jason Blaine & Deric Ruttan – Country Side by Jason Blaine Rick Hutt – Bring Your Own Sunshine by Tianna Woods Scott Cooke – Our Town by Cold Creek County Tebey & Danick Dupelle – When The Buzz Wears Off/Jealous Of The Sun by Tebey
CHCQ-FM (Cool 100.1 FM), Belleville CHKX-FM (KX 94.7), Hamilton CICX-FM (KICX 106), Orillia CJKX-FM 95.9 (KX 96), Oshawa CKBY-FM (Country 101.1), Ottawa CKDK-FM 103.9 (Country 104), Woodstock CKKL-FM (New Country 94), Ottawa
CFCO-FM 92.9 (Country 929), Chatham CFRM-FM (Country 103), Little Current CHVR-FM 96.7 (Star 96FM), Pembroke CJDL-FM (Country 107.3), Tillsonburg CJQM-FM 104 (Country 104.3), Sault Ste Marie CKYC-FM 93.7 (Country 93), Owen Sound
Autumn Hill Cold Creek County Jason Blaine Steven Lee Olsen Tebey Tim Hicks
Congratulations to all of the nominees – including Jason Blaine, Leah Daniels and Tebey, who lead the way with five nominations apiece!
Small Town Pistols
An already impressive year 1 lineup at CMT Music Fest just got bigger with the addition of Kip Moore, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Drake White and the Big Fire and Brothers Osborne to the July 8 & 9 festival.
With major headliners already in place, these additions do a great job of bringing more music to the weekend from acts that have fans happy, happy to have the chance to see them!
Related: Are Y’all Ready? CMT Music Fest 2016 Announced!
We’re already pumped for this one, we have been since February 1st when the festival was announced. And while some people may think that there are too many festivals, or that things are getting out of hand – we say this…
If you want to put on a festival with awesome music, we’ll be excited about it – and we hope you’re successful and do it again next year. Bonne chance!
Let’s take a look at the full list of CMT Music Fest performers… so far.
✩ Eric Church ✩ Zac Brown Band ✩ Kip Moore ✩ Tom Cochrane with Red Rider ✩ Brothers Osborne ✩ The Road Hammers ✩ Kira Isabella ✩ Cold Creek County ✩ The Washboard Union ✩ Lindi Ortega ✩ Leah Daniels ✩ Drake White and the Big Fire ✩ Meghan Patrick ✩ Andrew Hyatt
That’s 14 acts ready to take the stage at Bingemans in Kitchener, Ontario.
14 acts ready to give you everything they’ve got.
14 acts that we can’t wait to see in the hot summer sun.
And 14 acts that you can see too – just get yourself a ticket and meet us there!
In all seriousness, we’re pretty pumped about this one. Add it to a busy, busy summer of music coming our way, and it would be easy to say that things are going to be pretty awesome for country music fans, and music fans of all genres in the summer of 2016. Stay tuned for more… we have a feeling CMT Music Fest might have something else coming.
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