Kiefer Sutherland

Happy 70th Birthday Horseshoe Tavern!

Photos by Trish Cassling

As Toronto’s historic and legendary Horseshoe Tavern celebrates its 70th birthday with a series of concerts this December, we’re looking back at some of our favourite shows over the last few years.

We’ve been fortunate to see big names and up-and-comers take the stage at Queen Street West’s most iconic music venue, and we’re proud to have captured and shared the memories of those days and nights.

Look back with us at some of our favourite photos from The Horseshoe Tavern, and stay tuned for more coverage in the future as artists and fans continue to visit those checkerboard floors.

Whitney Rose

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The Lazys

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The Dead Love

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Silver Love Club/ Mabel

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One Bad Son

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Johnson Crook

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Tommy Stinson

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Kiefer Sutherland

Jessica Mitchell

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Birds of Bellwoods

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Midnight Shine

The Julian Taylor Band

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The Dead South

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The Anti-Queens

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Crown Lands

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Can’t Stay Away: Kiefer Sutherland at Boots & Hearts 2017

Kiefer Sutherland (yes, that Kiefer Sutherland) hit Boots & Hearts 2017 on Friday afternoon with a big hat, big sound, and country music that made people stop and take notice.

Sutherland released his debut album, Down In A Hole, in 2016, and since then has been touring and playing the tracks, and new ones from the upcoming 2nd album, to country music fans all over. We caught him at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern last year, and to see him again this summer was an even more impressive sight.

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It’s clear that Kiefer has a passion for his music, and he has put in the work to make himself a performer. The fans, they’ve noticed, and the crowd that gathered around the Front Porch stage to see his set sang along to singles, Can’t Stay Away and Not Enough Whiskey, as well as a cover of Dylan’s Knockin On Heaven’s Door.

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Note: I have always loved the movie, The Cowboy Way with Kiefer Sutherland and Woody Harrelson, so to see Kiefer playing cowboy music now is kind of doubly awesome.

The more this singing, acting Canadian cowboy plays, the more people will listen. And with his follow up album already in the works, including a track called Saskatchewan, we know we’ll be hearing more from Kiefer Sutherland soon.

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2017 Canadian National Exhibition Bandshell Stage Lineup and Schedule

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

2017 Canadian National Exhibition Bandshell Schedule

Saturday, August 19
Jane’s Party
Sam Roberts Band

Sunday, August 20
Meghan Patrick
Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland Band at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016

Monday, August 21
The Box
Michel Pagliaro

Tuesday, August 22
Port Cities
Colin James

Wednesday, August 23
Jay Douglas
Marcia Griffiths

Thursday, August 24
Madeline Merlo
Aaron Pritchett

Friday, August 25
I Mother Earth
The Watchmen

Saturday, August 26
Leaving Thomas
Chad Brownlee

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Sunday, August 27
Ascot Royals
John Kay & Steppenwolf

Monday, August 28

Tuesday, August 29
The Sheepdogs

Wednesday, August 30
Virginia to Vegas
Shawn Hook

Thursday, August 31
The Zolas
Dear Rouge

Dear Rouge

Friday, September 1
Beamer Wigley & Abby Stewart 
Brett Kissel

Saturday, September 2

USS GreaterTorontoDay

Sunday, September 3
Desi Sub Culture
A Tribe Called Red

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Moments: Jessica Mitchell, the Feature

Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, Jessica Mitchell knows that, she told us that. But in those moments when it seems darkest, inspiration is abundant, and art is made.

One year ago Mitchell’s life presented two bright moments that changed the course of her career, and thrust her into a spotlight that she didn’t expect to find. But do not let yourself believe that she is some sort of overnight success, or that Workin’ On Whiskey was anything less than the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and talent.

But before we relive those two moments, we have to go back to other moments that helped shape Jessica Mitchell’s life, music, and direction.

In all of our lives, no matter what our careers or talents may be, there are moments that change us, open us up, and influence the rest of our lives. Some are obvious, some more subtle. Sometimes you know right away that a moment is going to change your life, and sometimes you look back years later and see the impact that it’s had. For Jessica Mitchell, three moments have helped direct her to where she is today. Two she looks back at fondly, and one would break even the strongest of hearts.

Moment #1

When Jessica was 14 years old, living her teenage years in London, Ontario, she was in a neighbour’s basement with friends. The room was dark, black lights were on, states were altered, the stereo was turned up to maximum volume, and Nine Inch Nail’s Hurt blasted through the speakers. The song, the experience, and the moment opened her up to a whole new musical world. She jokes now that people would be surprised if they could see her playlists and what she listens to. The woman that country music fans have embraced, nominated for Ontario and Canadian Country Music Association awards, listening to music so vastly different than the songs she performs with a guitar or piano. And while the music may not be country, it inspires her, influences her, and helps her create her own songs and sound.

Moment #2

Years later, in Manchester, Tennessee, Mitchell stood in awe as Radiohead, her longtime favourite band, put on what is looked at now as a legendary performance. “It felt like I couldn’t breathe for two hours” she says, describing what it was like to see the band on stage. As a fan, those experiences are universal, but individually, we all take away something different from them. Jessica Mitchell, 11 years ago this June, walked away from that show with an awareness of greatness.

Those two moments would be easy for anyone to look back on and smile. The memories of music washing over us and taking us back to a pure and happy time. The third milestone moment, well it puts us back in the dark.

Moment #3

To accurately describe the pain and loneliness that anyone experiences when they lose a parent is impossible. Any of us that have been unlucky enough to go through it know that it’s a confusing mess of feelings and memories and whatever else may come along with it.

Jessica Mitchell’s experience when she lost her mother to a decade long battle with cancer is her own story to tell, not ours, but what she tells us now is that the experience gave her a feeling of freedom to fully and completely pursue her dreams of a career in music. And while she doesn’t speak of her mother often in her public life, we have seen her invoke her memory when partnering with The Lady Ball in Toronto.

That career, the work that she does, and the life that she lives, wasn’t a choice Mitchell told us. “I didn’t choose this. This got chosen for me.” And while we 100% believe her when she says this, and 100% believe that she believes it, her story isn’t that simple. Some artists stories are those of a non-stop, never ending pursuit of music, but Jessica Mitchell’s isn’t. She tried to quit music, she tried to walk away and leave it all behind to live a normal life. But it didn’t work, that wasn’t her path, and now she’s here, doing what she truly believes she was meant to do.

One year ago Jessica Mitchell stood on stage at the Country Music Association of Ontario awards show in Markham, Ontario and performed Workin’ On Whiskey. She stood on that stage alone, guitar in hand, microphone in front of her, and sang the song with all of the emotion and depth that lives in its lyrics. It was a performance so powerful and, quite honestly, unexpected, that it received a standing ovation from the artists, industry professionals, and fans in the audience. At the time the song hadn’t been recorded, released to radio, or streamed online. That changed quickly.

Soon after the CMAO awards show, Mitchell recorded Workin’ On Whiskey with her label, Open Road Recordings, and released the song to radio. And then June 23, 2016 happened.

In a video that’s been watched over 70,000 times on her Facebook page, was featured by Global News and multiple online outlets, Jessica Mitchell cried tears of happiness, disbelief, gratitude and more as she sat in her car and listened to the radio. On her way to Stratford to open for Kiefer Sutherland, Mitchell was shouted out by Country 104’s Matt Weaver as he introed her new single. Nearly a year removed from the video and the response, we asked Mitchell to look back at the moment and tell us what it felt like and meant to her.

More than anything, Jessica saw that moment as validation for all of the work and time and tears that she had put into that song and her career and life in music leading up to that day. She also took away encouragement, a push to keep moving forward with her music, to create more, and to keep doing the thing that the universe decided she should do.

“Jessica is one of those talents that’s undeniable the first moment you lay ears on her. A genuine blue eyed soul singer well beyond her time. It’s like she’s lived many lifetimes and all that experience pours out of her in her songwriting and singing. She’s a rare gem. Whenever I’m around her I feel the need to pull my socks up as a singer and a writer.”  – Amanda Wilkinson, country singer/songwriter, and friend of Jessica Mitchell

The months that followed the release of that landmark single have been busy for the Ontario songstress. Tours with Kiefer Sutherland, Royal Wood, and Ron Sexsmith have put her on a number of stages across the country, playing for new faces as she travelled. The summer of 2016 also saw her stop at Boots & Hearts, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Niagara Wine Festival, Manitoulin Country Fest, the Canadian National Exhibition and more stages that introduced her to more country music fans, and showed them all the face and smile and charm that brought them the solemn song they all knew.

We asked Jessica about her 2017 tour with Ron Sexsmith, and she glowed. The combination of being able to share the stage with the accomplished artist night after night (the show ran 11 dates in 13 days), and driving solo through the Rocky Mountains and beautiful scenery that Western Canada provides was something that she sees as priceless. From a purely personal and perspective driven point of view, Jessica Mitchell highly recommended that we, and everyone else, make that drive, alone, at least once in our lives.

She explained the feeling of independence that she felt, even after experiencing enough of life in her adult years to feel independent, as incredible. And she pointed out, in a very wise and Zen master kind of way, that it becomes very easy to see how small you really are when you’re standing next to a 3,000 foot tall mountain.

And while the last year has been the sort of whirlwind experience that can make things as hectic as you can imagine, Jessica tells us that she has found her calm. In the last six months specifically she feels as though she has found her centre, and is better equipped and able to handle everything new that comes her way.

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As spring 2017 approached, and nearly a year had passed since Whiskey was released to the world, it was time for Jessica Mitchell to release new music to the masses. And while a full album wasn’t yet ready, there were songs to play. So on May 12, 2017, two new songs, Don’t Love Me, and Tear It Down, were released to the internet of things, and links were shared and play buttons were pressed.

We asked if there were any feelings of pressure as she endeavoured to follow the success and experience of Workin’ On Whiskey, and honestly, were shocked when she said no. However, she did tell us that there were other factors. Chief among them, fear. Fear that the songs wouldn’t have the same reception, or the same emotional connection to listeners and fans. She says that she has that same feeling with every release, and that these two songs weren’t an exception, but followed the rule.

To sit and listen to these songs is to take a journey, fall into memories, insecurities, love, loss, heartbreak, and loneliness. But they also serve as a reminder that nobody who feels those things is alone. There are many right there with you. And Mitchell has provided the proof.

Don’t Love Me and Tear It Down also offer hope. Hope that a full album is on the way before the end of 2017 (we are lead to believe it will be). Hope that we’ll continue to hear Jessica’s heart and soul through her music. And hope that people will listen and her music can affect them the way it affects us.

That hope that we’ll continue to hear her heart and soul is as close to a sure thing as you can get. Mitchell knows, and told us that her life will continue to influence her songwriting. And that allowing herself time to live that life is essential to the creative process. To make that happen, balance is key. Balance between work and relaxing. Between home and the road. And between being alone and with a crowd.

Related: Workin’ On Whiskey: Jessica Mitchell at Boots & Hearts 2016!

Related: Dean Brody with Jessica Mitchell at The CNE 2016

She also pointed out that she writes songs for people. She wants her songs to connect and be able to mean something to the people that open themselves to their messages. She does not want to simply write about personal experiences for the sake of getting them out of her system, although she does admit that having this outlet is an important part of her emotion balance and being able to keep moving forward in life with a smile and positivity as often as possible.

Jessica places a premium on her alone time. And gave us half a laugh when she told us how much she loves to just curl up on her couch and watch Netflix while cuddling her cat.

But when she’s not at home, binging House Of Cards, or watching movies, you’ll find Mitchell all over the country, smiling on stage, and showing the love she has for what she does. And one of her favourite things is connecting with her fans. She loves receiving messages through her Facebook page that tell her stories about life and loss and love, and how her songs fit or feel to strangers who have opened themselves up to her.

She also loves meeting fans, and can often be seen giving out hugs and smiles and being caught off guard by compliments and the sincere love for her that pours out of people. We’ve seen it, we’ve experienced it. Jessica Mitchell can be a hard person to give a compliment to.

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We asked if there were any special stories she could share from the road and meeting fans, and two memories came to mind pretty quickly.

1) While on tour with Terri Clark, a woman named Dee came to three meet and greet sessions, bringing with her a bottle of booze as a gift each time. Jessica laughed about it, but was clearly fond of the memory and connection she felt to Dee.

2) She was once given the gift of hand drawn pictures that a young fan had put the time into creating specifically for the purpose of getting them to her. It melted her heart, and we’re willing to bet that it’s a memory that she will carry with her for a long time.

And we can fully imagine that there are more memories and stories like this to come in the future. More heartfelt stories shared through messages and meetings, more drawings from young fans finding their own artistic identities, and more booze, because why not?

Jessica Mitchell is just getting started, the work that she’s done has brought her to where we have all gotten to know her now, and the work that is happening now, and will continue to happen in the future will take her as far as she wants to go. We fully believe that.

You should too.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

Workin’ On Whiskey: Jessica Mitchell at Boots & Hearts 2016!

Sometimes you catch an artist during an upward swing in their career and smile as you watch them shoot forward into new opportunities and successes… that’s exactly what’s happening right now with Jessica Mitchell.

The country singer/songwriter has had a hectic summer, starting with that video (you know the one), continuing with an opening slot on Kiefer Sutherland’s tour (more on that in a bit), and wrapping up with full band gigs, plus a stripped down performance and a special guest appearance at Boots & Hearts on Sunday.

At 1pm on the fourth day of Boots & Hearts 2016 we saw Jessica hit the SiriusXM fan stage for a short performance with her guitar player Joel (he’s really, really good) and though it was early, and the stage was small, it was pretty damn cool to watch. The stage in the woods was the perfect spot to listen to Jessica’s strong voice carry and her songs connect with the country music fans at the stage.

In her short set we got to hear Jessica play 5 songs: Workin’ On Whiskey, That Record Saved My Life, Quit Askin’ Me, Scars, A Place Called Gone, and Grown Up Things and every one of them dripped with the same commitment and connection and emotion that we’ve come to know by hearing Workin’ On Whiskey and getting to know her, even just a little bit.

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We also sat down with Jessica Mitchell a little later in the afternoon, and got to talk for a few minutes about the summer she’s had, what’s coming up, and how her set felt… here are the highlights.

• Her Canadian Country Music Association award nomination for Roots Artist of the Year feels awesome. And we could tell by the smile on her face when she talked about it that she means it 100%.

• She’s gearing up for a really busy CCMA week in her hometown of London, Ontario. There will be shows and events and parties and the awards show… but we agreed that there probably won’t be very much sleep!

• Her recent shows with the full band have been really great. While many people saw Jessica this summer with a more stripped down sound, or have seen her strumming her guitar solo online, the full band shows bring a bigger, fuller feel and she’s excited about that. And we’re excited that we’re going to see her with the whole supporting cast at the CNE in a couple weeks.

Jessica Mitchell BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016-• Speaking of the CNE, Jessica will be opening for Dean Brody on Saturday, August 27th – and that show is free with the purchase of your regular entrance ticket for The Ex. So come on down to the grounds, wander around for the afternoon, try some weird food and then head over to the bandshell at 7:30pm to see the show!

• We asked about Kiefer Sutherland and touring with him and there were nothing but happy thoughts to share from Jessica. First she mentioned how great everyone was during the tour, making it fun and easy to be part of the group and play the shows. Second she pointed out just how great Keifer is… from his talent (what can’t he do?!) to his kindness, she gave all kinds of love to the Not Enough Whiskey singer.

• We also pointed out to her that we could see people singing along to her songs when she was on the SiriusXM stage, and she told us that she sees it too. And every time it kind of makes her pause and catch her breath… we know we’ll never know that feeling, but her description makes as much sense to us as any.

• There’s a video coming soon for her breakout single, Workin’ On Whiskey. We don’t know exactly when, but plans are being made and ideas are being sorted and then we’ll be seeing it all over CMT and the internet we’re sure.

• The last thing she told us before the hugs and goodbyes was to keep an eye on Lindsay Ell’s set, because there was a special surprise coming – and it was her. And we’re glad we knew because Jessica came out to sing Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey (there’s a lot of whiskey in this post) with Ell, and they were awesome on the main stage.

Here’s what we can tell you about watching and listening to Jessica Mitchell… she’s easy to fall for. The emotion we talked about earlier, you can feel it. The lyrics and the feeling and the way she cares and embodies the words that she sings adds something more to the music. Something more than just hearing a song that you sing along to in the car without thinking about it.

And the longer her EP, Hold Onto The Light is around and people are picking it up, the more people are going to be feeling those words and songs when they’re singing along in the car and at her shows.

It’s been a wild summer for Jessica, but we have the feeling it’s just the beginning of bigger and busier things coming soon. Stay tuned!

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1 year ago

Not Enough Whiskey: Kiefer Sutherland at The Horseshoe Tavern

It was a dark, hot, sweaty Monday night as the Toronto Jazz Festival came to The Horseshoe Tavern… and we loved it.

Opening the show was Toronto’s very own Jessica Mitchell. One of our personal favourites, Jessica has been doing some great things including lots of touring. Look for her at upcoming summer dates including Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Algonquin Theatre, Manitoulin Country Fest, multiple performances at Boots & Hearts, and the CNE where she’ll be playing with Dean Brody.Jessica Mitchell at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016Before she came on stage there were murmurs in the crowd and it seemed not everyone knew who she was. Let me state very clearly, I don’t think that’s going to be happening for very long. Between her touring schedule and her new song Workin’ On Whiskey getting lots of radio play, she’s set to become a household name.

While her set wasn’t long, it was full of impact. With her amazing tone and relatable lyrics, Jessica proved she’s got the pipes to play with the big boys. And man can that girl hold a note! She finished up her set by bringing out Kiefer’s band to play Workin’ On Whiskey for us all, and we ate it up.Jessica Mitchell at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016After a very short break, Kiefer took to the stage with a smile on his face and some stories to tell. He was fully committed and at home on the stage. Backed by a very talented group of musicians his raspy voice delivered just what the sold out crowd was looking for.

There was a lot of banter with the audience… he talked about The Horseshoe and sneaking in at 15, and then being asked politely to leave in his 20’s. But nobody was asking him to leave on Monday night.
Kiefer Sutherland Band at The Horseshoe Toronto Jazz Festival 2016Most of the set was originals from his album Down in a Hole with a handful of covers thrown in. Did it feel like he was acting like a singer/songwriter? No, it definitely didn’t.

Kiefer Sutherland Set List: June 27, 2016 The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto

Can’t Stay Away
I’ll Do Anything
Calling Out Your Name
Truth in Your Eyes
Not Enough Whiskey
Going Home
My Best Friend
Ways To Be Wicked
Honey Bee (Tom Petty Cover)
Shirley Jean
All She Wrote
Down in a Hole
The Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard Cover)
Gonna Die
Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot Cover)
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan Cover)

Leaving The Horseshoe Tavern I had two questions. 1) What kind of whiskey was Kiefer Sutherland drinking?  2) Were the patches on his jeans decorative or did he earn them?
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Not Enough Whiskey: Kiefer Sutherland Goes Country!

It’s a story we’ve heard before… Actor loves music and decides to give it a go. Some have made it work, some haven’t.

The latest to make the move is Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland, and he’s getting set to release his debut album in the country music world, and has started with the single, Not Enough Whiskey.

Kiefer Sutherland The Cowboy WayI’ll be honest, when I first saw that Sutherland had released the track and had the album, Down In A Hole, coming I immediately thought of Young Guns, Young Guns II, and The Cowboy Way, and I had myself a little laugh. But then I listened to the track.

It’s a classic country tune about, broken hearts and booze – a woman gone (long gone), a man broken – a tale as old as time. And it sounds like classic country too. You can hear and appreciate the guitar work, you can follow the story, you can listen to the one voice croon it’s way though 3 minutes and 53 seconds of song.

photo by Beth Elliott

photo by Beth Elliott

I can’t and won’t guarantee that Not Enough Whiskey is going to be a radio hit… it’s on the same plane as Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey (not at the same level, but in the same ballpark) which needed a big push from industry and award season to get to where it is on country radio. But, maybe the name recognition Sutherland brings to the table will get him some spins… and it should definitely get him some downloads.

It might also sell him some concert tickets, which would be good because Kiefer Sutherland has 26 tour dates lined up in a 45 day stretch between April 14th in Milwaukee and in Amagansett, NY. Tickets are available for most dates, check the website for dates and details.

And while there are no Canadian dates scheduled in that run, we do expect that Kiefer and his guitar will make a trip north of the border sometime in 2016.

If you’re a fan of Americana/country music, or if you’re a fan of Kiefer Sutherland, you should take the 4 minutes out of your day to check out the video (1st released by Rolling Stone Country) for Not Enough Whiskey… and then if you like it, you should get ready for the release (no date yet) of Down In A Hole!


Be Awesome!

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photo by Beth Elliott

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