Jess Moskaluke

Past The Past: Jess Moskaluke Live at Toronto’s YouTube Space

Jess Moskaluke wanted to do something different to celebrate and promote the release of her brand new album, Past The Past. So, the Juno and Canadian Country Music Association award winner came to Toronto, teamed up with YouTube, and live streamed an acoustic release party for the world to see.

It was a full circle type of project for the Saskatchewan native who started her career and fanbase on YouTube more than six years ago.

We’ve had the chance to talk to Jess about YouTube and the internet about how important it has been and continues to be for her career, and she acknowledges, accepts, and embraces it. As she’s told us, she doesn’t know any other way really, this is how it works for her.

On Friday night in Toronto, fans gathered around as Moskaluke and her band played songs from the new album, and some fan favourites. Some of those fans were contest winners that we were happy to send to the event – thanks to Jess’s team for helping us make that happen.

We also want to shout out Paul McGuire, who we all love, for doing a great job hosting the live stream at the Toronto YouTube space. Yes, we all miss seeing Paul on CMT Canada… but if you love country music, keep your eyes open, because he’s still going to be around and you’ll have lots of chances to see him. Stay tuned.

If you haven’t taken the chance to listen to Past The Past yet, we highly recommend that you do. And, when Jess announces tour dates and live shows in 2018 (they’re coming, we’ll tell you when we know more), we suggest that you get a ticket to see her perform.

Now, check out the recording of the live stream YouTube video, some more photos from the evening, and listen to the full album. Enjoy!

If you want to listen to the live acoustic performances of Jess singing… you can jump from song to song at times listed here.

Jess Moskaluke, Past The Past Album Release Setlist, YouTube Live Toronto

📹 Drive Me Away (14:25)
📹 Kiss Me Quiet (18:10)
📹 Kill Your Love(28:45)
📹 Camouflage (32:55)
📹 Right When Ya Left (44:55)
📹 Save Some Of That Whiskey (49:00)
📹 Take Me Home (58:08)
📹 Past The Past (1:02:45)
📹 Cheap Wine And Cigarettes (1:15:50)

And if you want to sit back and enjoy the music, the stories, some laughs and more – start the show, and enjoy!

Jess Moskaluke at YouTube in Toronto

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Past The Past: Jess Moskaluke Album Review and Contest

Three-time Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year, Jess Moskaluke is back with a collection of seven songs on her third album, Past The Past.

The Saskatchewan native has already seen success with single releases of, Drive Me Away and Kill Your Love and looks to continue that trajectory with the rest of the album.

Note: Use the widget at the bottom of the post to earn up to 7 entries for your chance to win 1 of 5 CD copies of Past The Past.

Past The Past showcases a more grown-up Jess Moskaluke, singing about relationships in a way leans to the saddest parts. This is a collection of songs that could very well find itself in high rotation for many post-breakup women (and men) over the next few years. Paired with red wine or whiskey and the lights down low, this album is the companion to heartbreak, and the moving on that comes next.

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We were in Toronto with Moskaluke as she played some of the tracks from her new album at CBC Music’s First Play Live, and the country singer told the small crowd and cameras that there is definitely a theme of breakups and moving on through this album.

BUT, that isn’t to say that she’s going through these things. In fact, Jess Moskaluke is quite content in her relationship, and very recently got engaged to her fiancé, Clay. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Related: Jess Moskaluke Green Room Interview, Toronto

Note: Drive Me Away (the lead single, and first track on the album) is an upbeat song that will you want to pack a bag and hit the road with your lover in all the best ways. Whether they’re the one you’ve been with forever or the one that just started giving you butterflies after leaving another, put it on and dance in the living room, or start the car.

When we were talking to Jess in Toronto she told us that she had a first time co-write with The Cadillac Three’s Neil Mason as she worked on these new songs, and the result ended up being Right When Ya Left, the third song on Past The Past. The track isn’t a downer like some other breakup songs but does include the themes of second-guessing and doubt – as well as the realization that you’ll be alright, sometimes even right away.

While the themes and tone of the songs on this new album may be different from Kiss Me Quiet and Light Up The Night, one thing remains the same… Jess Moskaluke sings the hell out of the songs she’s preparing to release to the world. The CCMA, country radio and fans from coast-to-coast aren’t wrong when they heap praise on the talent that Jess brings to the table. She’s got it, and with releases like Past The Past, she’s once again confirming that she belongs in the upper echelon of female country singers in Canada. Strike that, she belongs in the upper echelon of Canadian country music talent, period. No qualifiers required.

Jess Moskaluke knows what she’s doing at this point, and as an artist, as she continues to evolve and find herself, we’re sure we will continue to hear new songs, new sounds, and explore new themes with her along the way.

Past The Past drops on Friday, November 3, 2017 – with Jess Moskaluke planning a special YouTube Live album release event at 7:30 pm EST. Find her online (website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) to learn more.

Be ready to put this album on repeat… even if you don’t have a broken heart.

Jess Moskaluke, Past The Past Tracklist

1) Drive Me Away
2) Camouflage
3) Right When Ya Left
4) Gotta Start Somewhere
5) Kill Your Love
6) Save Some Of That Whiskey
7) Past The Past

Click here to listen to Past The Past!

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Past The Past: Jess Moskaluke Album Release Contest, Toronto

3-time Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Jess Moskaluke is getting ready to celebrate the release of her brand new album, Past The Past… and we want you to celebrate with her in Toronto!

Jess will be performing at an exclusive event at YouTube Headquarters in Toronto, and we have five (5) pairs of tickets to giveaway to her fans to be there with her.

Entering is easy, just use the widget in the post to earn up to nine (9) entries for your chance to be a winner.

All winners will be contacted by email – using the email address you enter with, on Monday, October 30 – and must confirm their win, name, and email address so we can submit your name to the guest list.

If you love Jess Moskaluke, this is a contest that you want to win… we saw her perform some of the songs from this album at her CBC Music First Play appearance in Toronto, and it was fantastic. And we’re pretty darn sure that November 3 in Toronto is going to be awesome too!

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Kill Your Love: Jess Moskaluke Green Room Interview, Toronto

Jess Moskaluke, three time Canadian Country Music Association award winner for Female Artist of the Year, Juno winner for Country Album of the Year (2017, Kiss Me Quiet), and one of Canada’s biggest country stars, has new music to share with the world, and is making the rounds to tell her stories.

We caught up with Jess in Toronto, in the green room before her CBC Music First Play performance, to talk about her new EP, writing with new collaborators, awesome feelings on stage, and more.

The new album, Past The Past, is scheduled to be released on November 3, and it seems like it can’t come soon enough for the Saskatchewan native. She told us that it feels like the music has been done forever, and that she’s excited to share it with country music fans. She also told us that it’s been nice to start folding in new songs on stage, allowing her and the band to freshen up the setlist and have some new fun in the show.

While we had Jess for a few minutes we also jumped into a quick round of 5 Quick Questions. Hit play and find out what album she is listening to on repeat, her favourite Shania jam, her late night fast food go to, and more…

We asked Jess about writing with new people on this album, and as we talked she realized that there were more and more new minds on this set of songs. She told us that there’s a comfort that grows between collaborators, and that adding new people to that process of creativity and creation can be both exciting and sometimes can make her a little nervous.

On Past The Past she had a little of that when she wrote with Neil Mason from The Cadillac Three. Neil’s reputation and success are well known in the industry, and when you hear Right When Ya Left, you’ll see how that session turned out.

Spoiler: It went well.

Before we were done chatting with Jess Moskaluke we asked about the feeling that she gets when she’s on stage and the fans are singing along and singing back to her. It was hard for her to put into words what it is. She told us that it’s one of those things that you really only know after you’ve felt it for yourself.

When we asked if she remembers the first time it happened she wasn’t able to pinpoint it, but she remembers when Cheap Wine And Cigarettes became that songs and she could see people in the crowd at shows singing along with her.

We’ve asked other artists this exact question before, and Jess’s answer lines up with theirs. And we’re sure she’d agree with Chad Brownlee, who told us that when he stops getting that awesome feeling when everyone sings with and to him, it’ll be time to hang ‘em up.

Big thanks to Jess Moskaluke for hanging out with us pre-show, and for letting us invite some contest winners to see her perform at the CBC.

Keep your eyes out for video from the night. And stay tuned for a Past The Past album review and your chance to listen, coming soon!

Jess Moskaluke, CBC Music First Play Setlist

Drive Me Away*
Used
Night We Won’t Forget
Good Lovin’
Kiss Me Quiet
Good For You
Kill Your Love*
Camouflage*
Right When Ya Left*
Strong As I’ve Ever Been
Past The Past*
Parachute (Chris Stapleton cover)
Save Some Of That Whiskey*
Take Me Home
Elevator
Cheap Wine And Cigarettes

*songs from Past The Past

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Past The Past: Jess Moskaluke CBC Music First Play Contest

Since Jess Moskaluke first hit our radar in early 2014 we’ve been all in on the Saskatchewan singer. And now that she’s prepping to release a new EP, Past The Past, we’re as excited as ever for what’s next in her career.

Related: Jess Moskaluke Boots & Hearts Preview Interview, 2014

As an early celebration of the November 3, 2017 release of Mosakluke’s new music, the CCMA and Juno award winning country star will be performing a selection of songs live and in person at the CBC in Toronto on Monday, October 16, 2017 – and we’re hooking fans up with tickets!

Note: As an extra bonus, Jess will have a Q&A session at the event, so if you win you could have the chance to ask your best question!

That’s right, we have five (5) pairs of tickets to give away to Jess Moskaluke fans in the Toronto area to be part of this exclusive CBC Music First Play event. The crowd will be small, the music will be new, the energy will be amazing. And the winners of this contest will be able to count themselves as lucky to be in the room!

Use the widget in this post to earn up to 10 entries for your chance to be a winner. Keep these points in mind…

1) Follow the instructions for each entry type to make sure that your entries count.
2) Pay special attention to the instructions for the Leave A Comment entry.
3) Email signups are worth two (2) entries… don’t miss that bonus opportunity.
4) Make sure you enter with an email that you check often – because that’s how you’ll be contacted if you win!

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10 More Awesome Country Covers: Part 5

I love country covers of pop songs. It’s proof of the quality and versatility of the song, it’s fun as hell to sing along to, and when it’s live and the crowd is into it – it can be a big highlight on the night.

So, here we are with the fifth edition of 10 more awesome country covers, featuring some of our favourite new covers, and some that we’ve pulled from a few years ago.

This list also includes a country cover of a pop song… by the artist that recorded the pop song. AND, a pop cover of a country song that we love.

So, check ’em out one by one, sing along, and stay tuned for more awesome country covers part 6.

Listen to the tracks, enjoy, and leave a comment telling us which country cover you like best.

10 More Awesome Country Covers

10 More Awesome Country Covers: Part 2

10 More Awesome Country Covers: Part 3

10 More Awesome Country Covers: Part 4

Brett Young – Hallelujah

Thomas Rhett – Cold Water

Kira Isabella – Missing You

Dylan Scott – Closer

Cam – Uptown Funk

Johnson Crook – Listen to the Music

Leaving Thomas – Dance With Somebody

The Lovelocks – Time After Time

Jess Moskaluke – Starships

Miley Cyrus – See You Again

Bonus Pop Cover of a Country Song: Haim – That Don’t Impress Me Much

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Kill Your Love: Jess Mosklaluke at Boots & Hearts 2017

In the late afternoon sun, on the Boots & Hearts Front Porch Stage, Jess Moskaluke wowed the crowd with her voice, hits, and new music. The 2014, 2015, and 2016 Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year was on fire from the jump.

The Saskatchewan star had a pumped up crowd at the stage in the trees, and she didn’t let them down, as she kept the energy high and the good vibes flowing. It was a love fest from Drive Me Away all the way to Cheap Wine And Cigarettes, with sing alongs, dancing, and a whole lot of appreciation for the Canadian singer.

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One of our favourite cheers of the set came when Moskaluke announced that she’ll have a new album in November of this year – which means fans will have new songs to learn and sing along to the next time they see her up on stage. One of those new songs, Kill Your Love, is already becoming a fan favourite on country radio and during the live show, and another, Save Some Of That Whiskey, has been tapped as the next radio single from the upcoming album.

Note: Jess Moskaluke pulled double duty on Sunday, stopping in to perform on the SiriusXM popup stage in the VIP. And the hundred or so lucky fans that got to see the performance got a stripped down sound that shows off her chops in a different, but just as amazing way as she did on the Front Porch stage. We were lucky to be there, it was awesome.

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If you’ve seen a live Jess Moskaluke show before, you know a few things…

1) There are going to be some covers. And at Boots & Hearts we got to hear Chris Stapleton’s Parachute, Maren Morris’ 80’s Mercedes, Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You, and TLC’s 90s classic, No Scrubs.

2) There are strong and awesome bromances on stage. Check the pics below for a little proof.

3) Jess Moskaluke continues to get better. Show after show and year after year, this is a performer who grows and gets stronger. It’s pretty awesome to see.

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So, get yourself ready for new Jess Moskaluke music soon. Stay tuned to see if she will win her fourth consecutive CCMA Award for Female Artist of the Year at the 2017 awards show on September 10 in Saskatoon. And keep singing along when you hear her hits on the radio!

Jess Moskaluke, Boots & Hearts 2017 Setlist

Drive Me Away
Night We Won’t Forget
Used
Good Lovin’
Kiss Me Quiet
Good For You
Kill Your Love
Camouflage
Right When Ya Left
Parachute (Chris Stapleton)
80s Mercedes (Maren Morris)
Shape Of You (Ed Sheeran)
No Scrubs (TLC)
Save Some Of That Whiskey
Take Me Home
Elevator
Cheap Wine And Cigarettes

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Boots & Hearts 2017 Preview: Day-to-Day Schedule and Stage Lineup

Boots & Hearts 2017 is coming, and we’re getting ready for all of the live music action that we can handle. And now we know which day, stage, and time we’ll be catching our favourite country music artists from August 10 to 13th in Oro-Medonte, ON.

Now, we know that there are going to be some overlaps in artists you want to see, so it’s important that you start planning now for your busy days at the festival. Don’t be afraid to run from one to stage to the other so you get the chance to see as many of these acts as possible.

And, when there’s a time slot that doesn’t have an artist you know, we highly recommend taking that chance to discover some new music – you might just fall in love with what you hear.

So, without any further ado, here is the 2017 Boots & Hearts day-to-day stage schedule…

Thursday, August 10

Front Porch Stage

Emerging Artist Showcase
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Vanessa Marie Carter
7:25pm – 8:05pm
Love and Theft
8:30pm – 9:15pm
Doc Walker
9:40pm – 11:10pm
KICX Late Night Dance Party
11:30pm – 1:00am

Doc Walker Boots and Hearts

Friday, August 11

Main Stage

Leaving Thomas
2:15pm – 2:45pm
Endless Summer
3:15pm – 3:45pm
Brooke Eden
4:15pm – 5:00pm
Frankie Ballard
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Dan + Shay
7:15pm – 8:30pm
Keith Urban
9:15pm – 10:45pm

Dan + Shay Boots and Hearts

Front Porch Stage

Sykamore
2:00pm – 2:25pm
Andrew Hyatt
2:45pm – 3:15pm
Jessica Mitchell
3:35pm – 4:20pm
Drake White and the Big Fire
4:45pm – 5:45pm
Kiefer Sutherland
6:15pm – 7:15pm
KX Country Late Night Dance Party
11:00pm – 1:00am

CMT Music Fest - Drake White & The Big Fire

SiriusXM House

Music Row Happy Hour with Buzz Brainard
4:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, August 12

Main Stage

The Abrams
2:30pm – 3:00pm
JJ Shiplett
3:30pm – 4:00pm
Aubrie Sellers
4:30pm – 5:15pm
Chad Brownlee
5:45pm – 6:45pm
Eli Young Band
7:30pm – 8:45pm
Brantley Gilbert
9:30pm – 11:00pm

Chad Brownlee Boots and Hearts 2015

Front Porch Stage

Patrick Dorie
2:00pm – 2:30pm
Nice Horse
3:00pm – 3:30pm
Jesse Gold
4:00pm – 4:30pm
Lindi Ortega
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Tucker Beathard
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Country 105 Late Night Dance Party
11:00pm – 1:00am

Tucker Beathard - The Rivoli

Sunday, August 13

Main Stage

Alee
2:00pm – 2:25pm
Dani Strong
2:45pm – 3:15pm
Delta Rae
3:40pm – 4:40pm
Cold Creek County
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Brett Eldredge
7:15pm – 8:30pm
Luke Bryan
9:15pm – 11:00pm

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Front Porch Stage

Tomi Swick*
2:25pm – 2:55pm
Kelly Prescott
3:15pm – 3:45pm
Midland
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Jess Moskaluke
6:15pm – 7:15pm
Country 101.1, 93.5, 106.7 Late Night Dance Party
11:00pm – 1:00am

Jess Moskaluke Trackside Fest 2016

*Tomi Swick replaces Colt Walker on the B&H schedule.

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Calgary Stampede 2017: Jess Moskaluke Photo Review

Jess Moskaluke is a Canadian country superstar. With three consecutive Female Artist of the Year wins at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, she’s proved it. And on Tuesday, July 11, she hit the Nashville North Stage at the Calgary Stampede to show it in person.

I remember seeing her years ago in a small theatre in Ottawa, Ontario – and seeing how much she’s grown and achieved since then is insane!

Jess Moskaluke 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! 

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Boots & Hearts Preview: Chad Brownlee & Jess Moskaluke Q&A and Contest!

We’re getting ready for Boots & Hearts 2017 and all of the awesome live country music we’re going to see at this year’s festival… including the sets from Chad Brownlee and Jess Moskaluke.

And, to get us all ready to see these Canadian country stars on stage, we’ve got a Q&A featuring both artists, AND 2 prize pack contests for you to enter.

Check out Jess and Chad’s answers, pay attention to their festival tips, and use the contest widgets below to earn up to 7 entries in each of the contests.

Thanks to both of the MDM Recordings artists for their answers – and good luck to you!

Q: What three words would you use to describe the feeling of getting up on a big stage in front of a bunch of rowdy country music fans?

Jess: Exhilarating, energetic, and sweaty.

Chad: Surreal, Rush, and blessed

Q: If you could sing a duet with any of the other Boots & Hearts 2017 artists, who would be at the top of your list?

Jess: Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, or Frankie Ballard in a heartbeat.

Chad: Jess Moskaluke

Chad Brownlee Boots and Hearts 2015

Q: What is your favourite thing about the country music fans across Canada?

Jess: Their loyalty to country music. They’ll drive for HOURS to make sure they don’t miss a show!

Chad: Without their continued support of my music and spending their hard earned money to come watch our show, I wouldn’t have a career

Q: Can you tell us something about you that we wouldn’t find in a Google search?

Jess: When I was a kid I actually WANTED braces. And never got them haha. Not sure why, or why that’s what I chose to tell you, but there you have it.

Chad: Yes…and I’d like to keep it that way.

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Q: What is your number #1 festival tip for the fans?

Jess: Mix in a water! You’ll thank me tomorrow.

Chad: Make sure to take in the show outside of your phone screen.

Catch both of these homegrown Canadian talents at Boots & Hearts 2017… and if you don’t have tickets yet, what are you waiting for? Click Here! 

Jess Moskaluke Prize Pack Contest

Chad Brownlee Prize Pack Contest

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105 Years Strong: 2017 Calgary Stampede Preview

Words cannot explain how excited I am to be a part of the Calgary Stampede again this year! And if you’ve been following the weather forecast, like myself, you already know it’s going to be a lot better than last year! But don’t worry about the 30+ temperatures the next two weeks, there’s tons of amazing food trucks with cold treats that will keep you cool throughout your stay!

I don’t even know where to start with all the jaw dropping, mouthwatering flavours that the midway has to offer. I am most excited to try the Double Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Dog, Clam Chowder Poutine, Deep Fried Jell-O, Maple Walnut Cotton Candy, Unicorn White Hot Chocolate and The Chili Lime Popcorn Shrimp Perogies! It’s a good thing there’s so much to do at The Stampede because I’m going to have to walk off all the taste testing i’ll be doing.

Since its Canada’s 150th birthday this year The Stampede has added even more musical acts to the powerful lineup! The Coca Cola stage, I believe, will be the biggest crowd pleaser of them all. Over 30 insanely talented bands/solo artists will be taking over the stage through the two weeks.

My top ten acts who I can’t wait to see are…

Ria Mae
Nelly Furtado
Marianas Trench
Alessia Cara
July Talk
Michela Sheedy
Jonathan Roy
USS
Theory of a Deadman
Sabrina Carpenter

All of these performs are so different one another, their style, sound and stage presence, I cannot wait to capture it.

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Another stage that I absolutely loved last year was The Nashville North Tent. This tent is full of cold drinks and two stepping until the early morning! Over 40 entertaining acts will keep you dancing the night away, such as; The Dungarees, The Cadillac Three, Endless Summer, Cam, Doc Walker, Jess Moskaluke, The Dead South, Cold Creek County, Tristan Horncastle, Jojo Mason, Chris Buck Band and Meaghan Patrick just to name a few. One act I am particularly excited to see is Cam, I remember hearing her first song on the radio Burning House and automatically falling in love with her soft effortless voice, since then I have become a huge fan! And have you seen her hair? She has to have the most beautiful hair in all of country music.

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One thing I love so much about the lineup this year is the diverse music varieties. Whether you like rock, pop, alternative, folk, country, soul, acoustic or EDM, there is something for everyone.

I have to say this year after viewing The Saddledome’s lineup I might have screamed like a little girl. After scrolling through the lineup list my heart dropped into my stomach when I saw Usher was coming as one of the main headliners. I couldn’t believe it! I remember forcing my poor father to constantly play his cds in the car when I was younger and now I finally get to see him live and singing every song… sadly dad won’t be joining. I can’t wait to see what Usher brings to the stage, I truly believe he’s going to put on a show that we won’t forget.

A couple of other events I am extremely excited to see this year are the chuckwagon races, bull riding and the incredible Transalta Grandstand show that ends the evening with fireworks lighting up the whole sky! If you enjoy fireworks, you need to make sure this is on your “must do” list because I have never seen such a spectacular light show in my life. I am filled with so much excitement and adrenaline I don’t know if i’ll be able to sleep before the kick off Stampede parade. I encourage those looking for a new experience or wanting a fun adventure to remember forever, to come on down to Calgary and experience these lifetime memories The Stampede has to offer! This city is incredible and I can’t wait to show everyone all the photographs and memories we make this year!

Photo Credit: Chris Bolin/ Calgary Stampede

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Paul Brandt: Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Top 10

After more than 20 years, 10 studio albums (including 2 holiday albums), one live record, 13 top 10 singles, six number 1 hits, eight Juno Awards, and 13 Canadian Country Music Awards… Paul Brandt will take his rightful place in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame!

From his very first single, My Heart Has A History, Canadian country music fans have loved Paul Brandt and the depth and richness that his voice has been bringing to our speakers since 1996. We’ve sung along, danced slow, cried, and swelled with Canadian patriotism as the Airdrie, Alberta moved through his career with quiet dignity, grace, and charity.

If you’ve ever heard the stories of Paul’s spirit and generosity, you know that this is a man who is a true role model. He is grounded, and giving, working with various charities dedicated to sick children, and it shouldn’t be forgotten or overlooked that Paul Brandt worked as a pediatric nurse at Alberta Children’s Hospital before we all knew him on the radio.

Paul Brandt at Boots & Hearts, 2014

Take a step back to look back at those numbers in the first paragraph. When you think about Paul Brand and your favourite songs, there’s a strong chance that one or more of Small Towns And Big Dreams, When You Call My Name or I’m Gonna Fly are on the list. BUT, not a single one those songs from the live, Small Towns & Big Dreams album charted. In fact, Canadian Man was the only track to hit the charts from the album.

That’s how good Paul Brandt’s career has been. Some of your very favourite songs in his catalogue never, ever, charted.

Now, let’s jump back to the present and the announcement of Brandt’s Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame induction. I dare you to find anyone in the Canadian country music industry that doesn’t agree with this decision. I dare you to find anyone in the industry that believes Paul Brandt has more to prove before he receives this honour. And I dare you to find anyone that thinks that at 45 years old, Paul Brandt will be too young for this recognition given the amazing accomplishments of his career.

And now, to celebrate this wonderful and well deserved achievement, we have sifted and sorted through the Paul Brandt catalogue to share our Top 10 tracks from 1996 to 2017.

However, with more than 40 singles, we know there’s a strong chance we have missed some of your favourite Paul Brandt songs. Please leave a comment telling us which songs we’ve missed so we can go back and listen to them and love them like you do!

Enjoy!

Paul Brandt Top 10

My Heart Has A History

I Do

I Meant To Do That

That’s The Truth

Convoy

Alberta Bound

Canadian Man

I’m An Open Road ft. Jess Moskaluke

Small Towns And Big Dreams

Get A Bed

Bonus: When You Call My Name

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Boots & Hearts 2017 Day-to-Day Lineup Announcement!

We’re closing in on 3 months away from Boots & Hearts 2017 at Burl’s Creek Event Park… and with seven new names added to the lineup this morning, it feels like we’re nearing the full list of performers.

And adding to that is the announcement of the day-to-day lineups for this year’s festival!

Yes, we now know who we’re going to see on which day. And yes, there are more details to come, telling us who will play on the main stage, who will be on the front porch stage, and what time we’ll be seeing everyone… but this is a huge start to the planning process, and amps up the excitement for each day of August 10 through 13.

Let’s start at the start, with the Thursday night Coors Banquet Kick Off Party, and go through the weekend!

And, for each day we’ll key in on a couple of names (headliners not included) that we think you should be ready to watch… and enjoy!

Ready?

Thursday, August 10 – Coors Banquet Kick Off Party


Doc Walker
Vanessa Marie Carter
and more…

This one is easy… both Doc Walker and Vanessa Marie Carter are going to be awesome. But after seeing 5 acts on stage last year during the kick off party, we’re waiting to see who else gets added here!

Friday, August 11


Keith Urban
Dan + Shay
Frankie Ballard
Kiefer Sutherland
Drake White & The Big Fire
Brooke Eden
Endless Summer
Jessica Mitchell
Andrew Hyatt
Leaving Thomas
Sykamore

Ugh, so this is not as easy… Drake White & The Big Fire are awesome, if you haven’t seen them before, you need to make your way to the stage for them. And if we’re going to pick more, which we have to do, we’re highlighting Jessica Mitchell, Andrew Hyatt, and upstart duo Leaving Thomas.

Saturday, August 12


Brantley Gilbert
Eli Young Band
Chad Brownlee
Tucker Beathard
Aubrie Sellers
Lindi Ortega
JJ Shiplett
The Abrams
Jesse Gold
Nice Horse

We all know how great Chad Brownlee is, so let’s skip him and move to JJ Shiplett and The Abrams. We’re looking forward to both of these sets, and can’t wait for more country music fans to hear their music.

Sunday, August 13


Luke Bryan
Brett Eldridge
Jess Moskaluke
Cold Creek County
Midland
Delta Rae
Dani Strong
Alee
Kelly Prescott
Colt Walker

Last day, and it’s still not easy. If you haven’t seen Alee yet, go listen to her brand new record and then get ready to see her on stage… and you are not going to want to miss Midland. Those Texas boys are good, and funny, and we’re willing to bet that they’re going to kill it on the big stage.

So there you go… this is who we’ll see each day at Boots & Hearts 2017. Now, get ready to be even more excited every day as we get closer.

And stay tuned for contests, interviews, previews and more!

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CMW 2017: SiriusXM House w/ High Valley, Jess Moskaluke & Madeline Merlo

Saturday night at Canadian Music Week is a big one. Big shows, big crowds, and the unofficial end to a week jam-packed full of music. So it should come as no surprise that the country music show at The Great Hall was busy, loud, and pumping out fantastic music that everyone in the room was into.

The SiriusXM House lineup of Madeline Merlo, Jess Moskaluke, and High Valley brought a heap of hits, energy, and star power to the stage. Canadian country fans know their music, buy their albums, and see them on tour whenever they come through town. So it was no surprise to hear cheers and sing-alongs through the night.

What was an awesome surprise was hearing brand new, unreleased music from both Madeline and Jess. We’ve been lucky, as fans, to hear everything these two women have released to date, and all of their fans are going to be lucky to hear these new songs… because they were good, and a lot of fun.

And while it was no surprise at all, High Valley was awesome. But more on that coming up.

The first on stage, and very clearly ready to put on a show and get the Saturday party started, was Madeline Merlo.

With her energy up, a big smile on her face, and the band ready to go, Madeline started with Honey Jack, which is always a good choice for her. The crowd, full of energy, just as much as Madeline on stage, sang along to the radio hit and set the tone for what was to come.

And what came, was awesome. Brand new music, including Fresh Out and Flamingo Motel, which will be her next radio single, was awesome to hear. The upbeat track is a lot of fun, and got feet moving and heads nodding and people excited for what’s next from the Maple Ridge, BC artist.

We already knew that Madeline was good, Canadian country fans already knew, but the strength in her voice and performance on Saturday night at CMW was as much confirmation as we’d ever hope to see. She killed it and proved that her name belongs in the conversation with any of the top female artists that anyone can think of or name or want to see and hear.

Job well done!

Madeline Merlo, CMW 2017 Set List

✰ Honey Jack
✰ Whatcha Wanna Do About It
✰ Motel Flamingo
✰ Over And Over
✰ Fresh Out
✰ Sinking Like A Stone
✰ Summer Made Me Do It
✰ Neon Love
✰ War Paint

Jess Moskaluke, the 2014, 2015, and 2016 CCMA Female Artist of the Year and 2017 Juno Winner for Country Album of the Year hit the stage in the middle of the show.

Adored by the crowd, and her fans from coast-to-coast, Moskaluke hit the stage and got a full buy in from the Toronto audience at The Great Hall. They loved her. Loved her voice. Loved her band. Loved her energy and willingness to give everything she had in her show.

And her voice… in top shape, and impressing the hell out of everyone, was sweet and powerful and exactly we could have hoped to hear. But the best thing we heard from her was that there will be a new album in 2017.

That’s right, Jess Moskaluke will release a new album, full of new music, in 2017!

To see where Jess is now, from where she started and where she was when we first met and featured her with a Q&A. She’s amazing. She’s talented. And she deserves every single bit of success that finds its way to her.

High fives and hugs.

Jess Moskaluke, CMW 2017 Set List

✰ Night We Won’t Forget
✰ Used
✰ Save Some Of That Whiskey
✰ Kiss Me Quiet
✰ Good For You
✰ Kill Your Love
✰ Take Me Home
✰ Elevator
✰ Lightning Bolt
✰ Drive Me Away
✰ Cheap Wine & Cigarettes

Brad and Curtis Rempel, the farm boy brothers from Alberta that are High Valley, closed the show and were the main event headliners that we knew they were.

These guys are the real deal, earning a reputation for themselves in the United States the way they have in Canada since we first heard songs like On The Combine and I Will Stand By You.

On stage on Saturday night, High Valley hit the ground running. They were there for the Toronto crowd, and were clearly prepared for a big night. The crowd was prepared too, they were loud (like really loud), and they sang along (like really loud), and it was easy to see that these brothers were loved.

And even early in the set, before they’d had a chance to get to some of their biggest hits, there was an energy spike when they turned County Line into Fishin’ In The Dark, just for a minute.

We’ve seen High Valley a few times over the last few years, and we will continue to see them whenever we have the chance. They are that fun to watch. They are that good on stage. And album by album, they continue to put out music that we can get into – and that country fans in Canada, the United States and beyond can get into as well.

High Valley, CMW 2017 Set List

✰ Dear Life
✰ Come On Down
✰ Rescue You
✰ County Line
✰ Be My Baby Tonight
✰ Young Forever
✰ Every Week’s Got A Friday
✰ Roads We’ve Never Taken
✰ Father’s Love
✰ I’ll Fly Away
✰ Love You For A Long Time
✰ She’s With Me
✰ Make You Mine
✰ I Be U Be

More photos from SiriusXM House, Canadian Music Week 2017!

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