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The Darcys + Leah Fay at 102.1 The Edge: Sugar Beach Session

Watching The Darcys + Leah Fay at 102.1 The Edge’s Sugar Beach Session was the perfect end to my day. Nothing beats a little live music to take you away. Add a sweet lake breeze, and you’re all set.

The Darcys + Leah Fay at The Edge Sugar Beach Session

In case you haven’t heard The Darcys, and Leah Fay have a brand new single out. Just Here With My Friends was released on June 22nd. It’s an upbeat song that challenges you to sit still in your seat. The Darcys’ fans have been waiting two years for new music, and this fun collaboration with Leah Fay of July Talk was worth the wait.

The song breaks away from your typical boy meets girl narrative. Instead of meeting and dancing the night away together, the song’s characters opt to stay and dance with their friends. It’s a nice change from the typical predatory boy tries to convince girl story and gives credit to both sides of the interaction. I’m a fan.

The Darcys + Leah Fay at The Edge Sugar Beach Session

Starting the set sans Fay, Jason Couse and Wes Marskell got the crowd warmed up. Leah quickly joined the pair, and we were treated to a beautiful rendition of Don Henley’s The Boys of Summer. When they got to the part where the guitar does its sweet wail, Leah sang along with the wail, and it was amazing!

It was a scorching afternoon. In the middle of the set, Fay grabbed a basket full of bottled water.  She made her way to the front of the crowd. She passed out bottles to thirsty fans with a smile on her face. It’s important that everyone stays hydrated. It was sweet and very much appreciated.

The Darcys + Leah Fay at The Edge Sugar Beach Session

They finished out the set with Just Here With My Friends. It was no surprise to me to see people singing along. The song is all over radio and climbing, currently sitting at #14 on The Edge Top 30. If you missed the Sugar Beach Session, you can still catch The Darcys (and we’re pretty sure Leah Fay) at The Bentway on August 25th. The Darcys will be hitting the stage at this unique new space along with Brave Shores, MONOWHALES, and Myles Castello. Watch this link for ticket details!

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2018 iHeartRadio MMVA Nominees

The iHeartRadio MMVAs are coming – and with the announcement of the 2018 nominees, it’s time to get a little bit more excited.

This year’s nominees come from all genres, all over the world, and represent popular music in the long tradition of the MMVAs. And while it’s great to see representation from all over… it’s awesome to see Shawn Mendes leading the way with 7 nominations (plus a nomination for director Jay Martin for the In My Blood music video). High fives also go to Canadians Alessia Cara and Drake for their five nominations.

The 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs will be hosted by Awkawfina on Sunday, August 26, live on CTV. Fans on location in Toronto and watching on TV will see performances by Mendes, Alessia Cara, Meghan Trainor, Halsey, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Kris Wu, and Marshmello ft. Anne-Marie.

With that list of talent on stage, plus the nominees and presenters in attendance, the 2018 MMVAs are going to be hot.

Check out the full list of nominees, vote your favourites in the Fan Favourite categories, and get ready for the big show!

2018 MMVA Awkwafina

2018 iHeartRadio MMVA Nominees

Video of the Year

Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
Halsey – Bad At Love
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – 1.800.273.8255
Drake – God’s Plan
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry

Best EDM/Dance Artist or Group

Sofi Tukker
Loud Luxury
Calvin Harris
Marshmello
Zedd
Kygo

Best Director

Jay Martin – In My Blood (Shawn Mendes)
Karena Evans – God’s Plan (Drake)
Karena Evans – Nice For What (Drake)
Hiro Murai – This Is America (Childish Gambino)
Arturo Perez Jr. – Say Something (Justin Timberlake)
Didier Charette – APES**T (The Carters)

Best Pop Artist or Group

Meghan Trainor
Shawn Mendes
Halsey
Alessia Cara
Ed Sheeran
Camila Cabello

Best Rock/Alternative Artist or Group

CHVRCHES
Imagine Dragons
Portugal. The Man
Foo Fighters
Arcade Fire
Arkells

 

Best Hip Hop Artist or Group

The Carters
Drake
Post Malone
Cardi B
Kendrick Lamar
Childish Gambino

Best New Canadian Artist

Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
The Beaches
New City
Bulow
Ralph
Johnny Orlando

Artist of the Year

Drake
Camila Cabello
Ed Sheeran
Cardi B
Shawn Mendes
Post Malone

Song of the Summer

Drake – Nice For What
Loud Luxury – Body
Marshmello ft. Anne-Marie – FRIENDS
Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It
Zedd ft. Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle

Best Collaboration

Shawn Mendes + Khalid – Youth
Bebe Rexha + Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
The Weeknd + Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me
Kendrick Lamar + SZA – All The Stars
Zedd + Maren Morris + Grey – The Middle
Marshmello + Anne-Marie – FRIENDS

2018 MMVA Shawn Mendes

Fan Favourite Categories – VOTE NOW!

Fan Fave Video

Drake – God’s Plan
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
Childish Gambino – This Is America
The Carters – APES**T
Alessia Cara – Growing Pains
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – 1.800.273.8255

Fan Fave Artist

Ed Sheeran
Shawn Mendes
Camila Cabello
Halsey
Alessia Cara
Taylor Swift

Fan Fave Duo or Group

Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
The Chainsmokers
5 Seconds Of Summer
BTS
Sofi Tukker

Fan Fave Single

Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – Rockstar
Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
Selena Gomez ft. Marshmello – Wolves
Camila Cabello – Havana
Ed Sheeran – Perfect

Fan Fave New Artist

Kris Wu
Cardi B
Billie Eilish
Why Don’t We
Hayley Kiyoko
Dua Lipa

Fan Fave Much Creator

The Mike On Much Podcast – Mike Veerman, Max Kerman & Shane Cunningham
SneakerTalk – Christian Cantelon
Jaclyn Forbes
Candace Leca
The Baker Twins – Shannon Baker & Shauna Baker
TheDanocracy – Dan Rodo

New Music Spotlight with Metric, Livy Jeanne and More

New Music from Metric, Livy Jeanne, Halestorm, Kadooh, and Tenille Arts

It’s time for another edition of the New Music Spotlight, this week with selections from the worlds of pop, rock, and country. We’ve got six new songs to share with you, so get ready to hit play, dance in your chair, and discover a new favourite for your playlists.

Leave a comment when you’re done listening to tell us which of these new songs you’ll be playing on repeat!

Ready? Let’s go!

Artist: Metric
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Genre: Rock / Pop
Related: Stars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tegan and Sara
Song: Dressed To Suppress
Notes: Dressed To Suppress is Metric giving us exactly what we wanted to hear when we hit play. The new single a rock/pop mix that features another strong delivery from Emily Haines. There’s a new album coming this fall from the Toronto band, and we can safely say that we’re excited for it.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Livy Jeanne
Hometown: Edmonton, AB // Nashville, TN
Genre: Pop / Country
Related: The Lovelocks, MacKenzie Porter, Amy Metcalfe
Song: Easy On You
Song: Wrong For You
Notes: Livy Jeanne is back with new music for the first time in… a while, and we like it. With two songs, Easy On You and Wrong For You, the Edmonton-to-Nashville singer/songwriter shows more of her pop side, with her country roots hidden just under the surface.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Halestorm
Hometown: Red Lion, PA
Genre: Rock
Related: Shinedown, Theory Of A Deadman, Sick Puppies
Song: Buzz
Notes: Step 1) Turn up the volume. Step 2) Let the rock and roll wash over you. Halestorm’s Buzz is another in a long line of bangers that make us want to move and shout and push into a crowd at the front of the stage at a loud rock show. The new album from Halestorm, Vicious, is available now, and you best believe we’ll be listening!

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Kadooh
Hometown: Vancouver, BC via Hanna, AB
Genre: Country
Related: Andrew Hyatt, Shawn Austin, Brad Saunders
Song: 24 Reasons
Notes: The debut country single from Kadooh is a smooth, easy ride – perfectly fit for summer… and dealing with a breakup. 24 Reasons is a strong hello to Canadian country music from music industry vet (State Of Shock) and we’ll have this one on playlists while we wait to hear what comes next.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Tenille Arts
Hometown: Weyburn, SK
Genre: Country
Related: Madeline Merlo, Alee, Kalie Shorr
Song: I Hate This
Notes: Set to become Tenille Arts’ first single to US country radio, I Hate This is a sweet song that shows off her country voice and legitimate sound. If this is the start of new music from Arts in a follow up to 2017’s Rebel Child, we’re here for it!

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

New Music Spotlight with Eric Church, Dallas Smith and More

New Music From Eric Church, Dallas Smith, In My Coma, Leaving Thomas, and The Trews

This edition of the New Music Spotlight is a country and rock combo. We’ve got lead singles from new albums, new songs from long-time favourites, and all of it adds up to make a great selection of music for a New Music Friday.

Check out all five of the songs now and leave a comment to tell us which of them you’ll be playing on repeat!

Ready? Let’s Do This!

Artist: Eric Church
Hometown: Granite Falls, NC
Genre: Country
Related: Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Chris Young
Song: Desperate Man
Notes: The first single from Church’s much-anticipated album of the same name is vintage Chief. The Desperate Man video is a nod to Eric Church’s anti-establishment self, and the song gives fans exactly what they wanted – more of what they love from one of country’s biggest stars.

Links: Web / FacebookTwitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Dallas Smith
Hometown: Langley, BC
Genre: Country
Related: Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Florida Georgia Line, Andrew Hyatt
Song: Make ‘Em Like You
Notes: Dallas Smith teased Make ‘Em Like You on social media this week as the start of a new project. The single will head up the follow-up disc to 2016’s Side Effects, and if the rest of the album is as fun to listen to, and shows off Smith’s talents like Make ‘Em Like You does, fans are going to eat it up.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: In My Coma
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Genre: Rock
Related: In Confesso, Memory Of A Melody, Down Theory
Song: We Are One
Notes: Reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s iconic Black Or White video, We Are One shares a message of unity that is welcome in our current climate. 40 people make an appearance in the video as In My Coma roll through the new single. We’re looking forward to hearing this one live at the CNE later this summer.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Leaving Thomas
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Genre: Country
Related: The Washboard Union, Alee, Dan Davidson
Song: Kiss About It
Notes: Originally shared as Leaving Thomas’s entry in the SiriusXM Top Of The Country contest, Kiss About It has been released as the newest single from the Alberta country duo. Their pop influences can be heard on the track, with their countrified voices shining through as the track bops and grooves from start to finish.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: The Trews
Hometown: Antigonish, NS
Genre: Rock
Related: Matthew Good Band, Moist, Sam Roberts Band
Song: Bar Star
Notes: Veteran Canadian rockers, The Trews are back with Bar Star, and we like it. The song is everything we know and love from the band. There’s nothing complicated, and nothing outlandish. It’s a rock and roll song that we can sing along to and we can already picture the boys playing this track live along with all of our favourites.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Sheryl Crow at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

Sheryl Crow is a hit-maker, a future hall-of-famer, and an influence to many artists over the last 25 years. And on Wednesday night, the nine-time Grammy Award winner took over the Coca-Cola Stage at the 2018 Calgary Stampede!

You can see in the photos that the crowd was packed in at the stage to see the If It Makes You Happy singer perform with her band. Hands were in the air clapping along, and the voices in the Calgary crowd kept their enthusiasm up from start to finish.

With an 18-song set, many fans in the crowd got to hear their favourite Sheryl Crow cuts (scroll down to see the full setlist) including All I Wanna Do, Soak Up The Sun and Steve McQueen.

Seeing Sheryl Crow live gives you a chance to enjoy everything about the performance in the moment. Her talent and charm and ability to do what she does pairs with the excellence and experience of the band to create a well-crafted, can’t miss show. It also gives you a chance to let nostalgia take over. If you’ve got memories of moments in your life that Sheryl Crow’s music triggers, you can feel them, right there in the crowd.

Check out the photos and setlist from Sheryl Crow’s show – and stay tuned because we’ve got a whole lot more coming between now and the wrap of the 2018 Calgary Stampede!

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Sheryl Crow – Calgary Stampede 2018 Setlist

📀 All I Wanna Do
📀 A Change Would Do You Good
📀 My Favorite Mistake
📀 Leaving Las Vegas
📀 Can’t Cry Anymore
📀 The First Cut Is the Deepest
📀 The Na-Na Song
📀 Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You
📀 There Goes the Neighborhood
📀 Home
📀 Strong Enough
📀 Good Is Good
📀 Everyday Is a Winding Road
📀 Best of Times
📀 If It Makes You Happy
📀 Soak Up the Sun
Encore:
📀 Steve McQueen
📀 I Shall Believe

4 weeks ago

New Music Spotlight The Royal Foundry, Mike Plume Band and more

New Music from The Royal Foundry, Mike Plume Band, Billie Eilish, Tash Sultana, and Squid Cult

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to put together a New Music Spotlight for you. This past week has brought some interesting stuff to my inbox and I’m happy to share it with you.

Please watch the videos, and if you find something you like, give them some love on their socials.

Let’s do this!

Artist: The Royal Foundry
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Genre: Electro-Alt-Pop
Related: Attica Riots, Shred Kelly, Dear Rouge
Song: Lost in Your Head
Notes: The newish synthy sounds of The Royal Foundry come to life in this live video for Lost in Your Head. The band is fresh off their win for pop single of the year at the Edmonton Music Awards (All We Have) and they’ve just signed a new distribution deal with UMG who are owned by INgrooves Music Group, under a deal with the US-based indie label and publisher Luna Music Group. The Royal Foundry are headed out on tour across Canada in the fall but they’ve got some summer shows coming up too. You can check out tour dates here.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Mike Plume
Hometown: Moncton, NB
Genre: Country, Rock, Alt Folk
Related Artists: Corb Lund, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Blue Rodeo
Song: My Old Friend
Notes: Mike Plume has been making music for over 25 years. He’s shared the stage with some of the best-known names in Canadian music including Blue Rodeo, Corb Lund, Steve Earle, The Mavericks and more. Plume has released 12 studio albums and Born by the Radio‘s 9 tracks are rich with stories and Mike thinks he’s done something very right with this album. The video is straight-forward lyric video and it allows the song speak for itself.

Links: Web /Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Billie Eilish
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Electropop, alternative
Related Artists: Lorde, Allie X, Halsey
Song: Hostage
Notes: Filmed in Toronto, Billie Eilish’s latest video release is a powerful background for her haunting song Hostage. The video is the product of director Henry Scholfield (Dua Lipa: New Rules, Stromae: Tous Les Memes), and it’s a collaboration and brainchild between Mosaert aka Stromae and Luc Junior Tam, Scholfield and Billie Eilish. The beautiful contemporary dance piece, layered with Billie’s message is a powerful combination.

Links: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Tash Sultana
Hometown: Melbourne, AUS
Genre: Alternative
Related Artists: Methyl Ethel, Holy Holy, Vera Blue
Song: Harvest Love
Notes: Harvest Love is a beautiful video from Tash Sultana’s debut album Flow State which is due out on August 31st on Mom + Pop Music. The video delivers a vulnerable side of Tash that we’re not used to seeing. Artful in it’s black and white delivery, it allows us to focus on Tash, her guitar, and the message. Listen for her falsetto, some vocal runs, and a little bit of growling.

Links: Web / Facebook /Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Squid Cult
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Rock
Related Artists:
Song: Rattlesnake
Notes: Put together in a single day, the video for Rattlesnake is the result of original plans falling through.

“We had a big, elaborate vision for this video. And then everything fell through. We had exactly one day to put something together, so we rented a 1974 Volkswagen The Thing, asked our friends to star, and ran out to Joshua Tree. The resulting romp through human sacrifice, slime, and shaving cream was completely improvised in 20-degree weather. Along the way, we ran out of gas in the middle of the desert, lost a wallet, and probably all caught colds. But the resulting video is something we are all extremely proud of. Luckily, we the best team in the world!”

It’s fun, it’s interesting and I love the way it meshes with the music.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

4 weeks ago

BANNERS at The 2018 Calgary Stampede

BANNERS, the talented, blue-eyed UK import, hit up the Coca-Cola Stage on Friday night for the 2018 Calgary Stampede!

Michael Nelson is a Canadian favourite and his performance was energetic and well received. Let Go is the newest single and you can check it out here.

Related: BANNERS at the 2016 CASBY Awards

Following Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine on stage is no small feat but they were up to the challenge.

Battling the record-breaking heat didn’t seem to bother fans. They crowded in to get as close as they could as Calgary hit a blistering 42 celsius on Friday. Michael chatted back and forth with the audience about the boomerang ride and the zip line and even commented on a passing helicopter flying a Canadian flag. Michael and his crew are welcome in Canada anytime!

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BANNERS at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

1 month ago

Alexisonfire and The Dirty Nil at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

The 2018 Calgary Stampede‘s live music lineup got started on Thursday night when Alexisonfire and The Dirty Nil hit the Coca-Cola Stage for night of loud Canadian rocking out.

Sydney was there with her camera taking photos from the pit, soaking in the sound, and being amazed at both the music on stage and the crowd.

Related: The Dirty Nil at WayHome 2017

Direct quote from the pit…

This crowd was absolutely insane 🤘🏻

There’s always something special about live rock and roll, with loud guitars, big performances, and a healthy disregard for normality. What better way to start an 11-day run of shows than with these two bands?

Check out the photos from Thursday night’s show – and stay tuned because we’ve got a whole lot more coming between now and the wrap of the 2018 Calgary Stampede!

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Alexisonfire at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

The Dirty Nil at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

1 month ago

New Music Spotlight with Justin Timberlake, Wes Mack And More

New Music From Justin Timberlake, Wes Mack, MxPx, Living With Lions, and The Moffatts

The New Music Spotlight is here with new songs from current stars and old favourites. Check out the pop, country, and punk selections we’ve put together and leave a comment telling us which of these new songs you love!

Ready? Let’s Go!

Artist: Justin Timberlake
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Genre: Pop
Related: *NSYNC, Britney Spears, Pharell Williams
Song: SoulMate
Notes: JT is back for the summer with a brand new single to get bodies moving and drinks flowing in the hot sun. SoulMate sounds like a Timberlake jam from his voice to the beat to the flow of the track from start to finish. As a pop star, he’s still got everything summer needs.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Wes Mack
Hometown: Calgary, AB / Vancouver, BC
Genre: Country
Related: Jojo Mason, Andrew Hyatt, Shawn Austin
Song: Pbr State Of Mind
Notes: Wes Mack follows up the success of House On Fire with his brand new summer single, Pbr State Of Mind. The song is a perfect fit on your fun summer playlists and is going to be a blast for Wes to play live this festival season. And, as per usual, Wes Mack has a super fun video to go with the song. Love it!

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: MxPx
Hometown: Bremerton, WA
Genre: Pop-Punk
Related: Goldfinger, Millencolin, No Use For A Name
Song: Rolling Strong
Notes: My late 90s/early 2000s heart is happy to hear the rapid drum beats and quick pace of MxPx back with Rolling Strong. It’s fun, it’s fast, it’s everything I ever wanted from the band when I saw them on Warped Tour at Molson Park in Barrie, ON back in the day.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Living With Lions
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Genre: Emo Punk-Rock
Related: This Time Next Year, Such Gold, Man Overboard
Song: Tidal Wave
Notes: Some songs were meant to be, and that’s exactly how the band feels about Tidal Wave. Guitar/Vocalist Chase Brenneman says it came together quickly and immediately felt like it should be the first single from their upcoming album, Island.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: The Moffatts
Hometown: Tumbler Ridge, BC
Genre: Pop
Related: Hanson, 98°, O-Town
Song: Secrets
Notes: The sound on Secrets is updated from their earlier work, but this feels like The Moffatts. The voices of the four brothers still work together seamlessly, and there is little doubt that they belong together in the studio making music.

Related: The Moffatts Reunion Q&A

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

1 month ago

Sam Roberts and Wonder Gadot at the 2018 Queen’s Plate Saturday

Queen's Plate 2018 Woodbine Logo Banner

The 159th Queen’s Plate drew a big crowd to Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday, and those who were able to handle the heat were in for a treat.

The sun beat down at Woodbine all day long as well-dressed fans of horse racing and music gathered to celebrate the day’s festivities. Inside and out, folks milled about with their attention on live music, the Hats & Horseshoes party, live racing and all that was available to them. You could see the excitement on the faces of people holding winning bets, and you could see that excitement again in the evening when Sam Roberts Band and Born Ruffians took the stage for the Queen’s Plate Festival Saturday concert.

Sam Roberts Band at Woodbine Queen's Plate Festival Day 2

Before we go any further, we have to give our congratulations to Wonder Gadot, her owner Gary Barber, trainer Mark Casse, and her Queen’s Plate jockey John Velazquez. It was a great race, full of excitement that had the crowd roaring as Wonder Gadot pulled away to win the $1,000,000 race by 4 3/4-lengths.

We also want to give a nod to Aheadbyacentury, a sentimental favourite in name, who finished second at the 159th Queen’s Plate.

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After the big race, the crowd moved back outside to the Hats & Horseshoes area to get ready for some Canadian rock and roll.

The sun wasn’t yet down when Midland, ON’s Born Ruffians took the stage for their set. But as the trio of rockers moved through their set, it was clear that they were ready for both the weather and the show. Luke, Mitch, and Steve worked through songs including Don’t Live Up and Oceans Deep while also working the crowd with light-hearted back-and-forth and some playful jokes.

ps. If the boys are reading this, and that truly was their 10th show on a stage beside a Ferris wheel, we’d like to suggest that their 11th be performed while actually riding on a Ferris wheel.

As the music played more fans came to the stage, and by the time Born Ruffians finished their set they had the attention of the assembled revellers at Woodbine.

The headliners on Saturday night, perfect for a Canada Day long weekend, was Montreal’s Sam Roberts Band. The veteran rockers took the stage with all of the enthusiasm that we’re used to seeing from them. And they sounded great too.

With songs like Rogue Empire, Shapeshifters setting the tone early, Sam and the band had everyone all-in. And when they broke into Where Have All The Good People Gone?, the crowd took things to another level. The singing got louder, the energy hit a new high, and Saturday was in full effect.

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The long weekend heatwave may have sent some people home early from the Queen’s Plate Festival, but those that stayed were treated to good Canadian rock and roll.

Note: We saw Sam earlier in the afternoon as the racing was in full swing. And while he told the crowd that he lost a bunch of money… we hope he had a good day anyway.

The Sam Roberts Band have been Canadian rock and roll mainstays since 2002. And on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack, they proved once again that they are great on stage, putting on a really fun show, and playing good rock and roll. The singing, dancing, laughing, and enthusiasm in the crowd was proof of that.

Many thanks to Woodbine Entertainment for having us, we can’t wait for the 160th Queen’s Plate in 2019!

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1 month ago

New Music Spotlight with Alee, DILLY DALLY, and More

New Music From Alee, DILLY DALLY, cleopatrick, The Hope State, Kansas Stone, and Midland

This week the New Music Spotlight has brand new tracks to get you long weekend ready!

Check out the country and rock selections, plus a great country cover of a rock legend!

Ready? Let’s Go!

Artist: Alee
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Genre: Country
Related: Meghan Patrick, Madeline Merlo, Jess Moskaluke
Song: Don’t Make Me Miss You
Notes: Alee is back with a fresh summer song for our playlists. Don’t Make Me Miss You is a jam and we’re into it. Alee’s voice is smooth and the vibe of the track gives us everything we want from the 2017 CCMA Female Artist of the Year nominee.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: DILLY DALLY
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Genre: Rock
Related: Summer Cannibals, Bully, Chastity Belt
Song: I Feel Free
Notes: I Feel Free is a little dark with a 90s alt-rock vibe in the vocals, driving drums and ringing guitars. It’s a song that will grab your attention, and hold it until the last note fades…

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

WayHome - Dilly Dally

Artist: cleopatrick
Hometown: Cobourg, ON
Genre: Rock
Related: Bleeker, Big Spring, Twin Wild
Song: youth
Notes: New rock duo, cleopatrick are back with youth to kick off summer 2018. The song looks back to nights spent playing the guitar in the basement instead of hitting up small town parties packed with chest puffing and toxic masculinity. Turn this one up and let it howl.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: The Hope State
Hometown: Toronto, ON / Los Angeles, CA / Saskatoon, SK
Genre: Pop/Rock/Country
Related: Jimmy Eat World, Saint Alvia
Song: Just Survive
Notes: Just Survive combines earnest and honest lyrics over a beat that wouldn’t make you guess that’s where it was going. Listen to the lyrics and be ready to feel all the feels while your toes tap without even thinking about it.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Kansas Stone
Hometown: Barrie, ON
Genre: Country
Related: Jason Blaine, River Town Saints, Cold Creek County
Song: Blaze Of Nothing
Notes: Kansas Stone set the tone for a laid-back and lazy summer with Blaze Of Nothing. The new track from the Barrie boys has a sun daze feel and would go perfectly with an afternoon on the dock with a cold beer or three.

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Artist: Midland
Hometown: Dripping Springs, TX
Genre: Country
Related: Brothers Osborne, Drake White, The Cadillac Three
Song: Tougher Than The Rest
Notes: Midland do great country justice to Springsteen’s 1987 Tougher Than The Rest in their new Spotify singles release. The harmonies that the trio has become known for shine and the song stands as a classic through the new version from Mark, Cameron, and Jess.

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Boots and Hearts 2017 - Midland

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New Music Spotlight with Paul McCartney, Joey Landreth and More

New Music From Paul McCartney, Joey Landreth, The Darcys feat. Leah Fay, Halestorm, and Blackjack Billy

This edition of the New Music Spotlight has a legend leading off, and great music all the way through. We go from the UK to Canada and the US and from pop to roots to rock to country. Enjoy!

Ready? Let’s Go!

Artist: Paul McCartney
Hometown: Liverpool, UK
Genre: Rock/Pop
Related: The Beatles, John Lennon, Wings
Song: Come On To Me
Notes: Sir Paul McCartney has a brand new album coming (Egypt Station) and if the entire album is going to make us as happy as Come On To Me, we’ll be ecstatic. The track is more pop than rock, and the vocals and musicianship are both great. But more than anything, it’s a reminder that at 76 years old, McCartney is still amazing.

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Bonus: Don’t miss Paul McCartney in the BEST carpool karaoke episode yet!

Artist: Joey Landreth
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Genre: Roots Rock
Related: The Bros. Landreth, Johnson Crook, JJ Shiplett
Song: Forgiveness
Notes: Forgiveness is the lead single from an upcoming album from Joey Landreth… and already we can hear the guitar work that we’ve always loved from the Winnipeg player. Don’t sleep on the songwriting that Landreth shows off here, there’s depth and strength and vulnerability in an equation that he knows well.

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Artist: The Darcys feat. Leah Fay
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Genre: Pop
Related: July Talk, MONOWHALES, Said The Whale
Song: Just Here With My Friends
Notes: The Darcys recruited a pal for their new song, Just Here With My Friends, and it worked perfectly. July Talk’s Leah Fay is a great match with the boys, and together they’ve put together a fun track that makes us wanna get up and move with our friends. Nailed it.

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Artist: Halestorm
Hometown: Red Lion, PA
Genre: Rock
Related: My Darkest Days, Sick Puppies, Adelitas Way
Song: Black Vultures
Notes: If you want the heavy, intense, in your face action that Halestorm brings, Black Vultures is here for you. Lzzy Hale is in fine form, delivering a strong performance to the song and making us feel every word of it. Add the driving instrumental behind her, and this is a “turn it up and scream along” song.

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Artist: Blackjack Billy
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Genre: Country
Related: Tim Hicks, River Town Saints, Chris Janson
Song: Straight Line Sober
Notes: Blackjack Billy is back to do what they do with a good time party song. The boys let it all hang out on Straight Line Sober, putting their amped-up vibe on a song about a girl, and we like it. Here’s hoping they play it live at Boots & Hearts this summer!

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Our Lady Peace Top 10 – Calgary Stampede Preview

Since the release of Naveed in 1994, Our Lady Peace has been in the Canadian consciousness whenever 20th-century rock and roll is discussed. Their early success continued into the 2000s, and 23 years after Starseed became their first charting single, OLP remains a fan favourite, especially of the Big Shiny Tunes generation.

This summer, Raine Maida and the band will hit the Coca-Cola Stage at the Calgary Stampede (Tuesday, July 10) to play their hits and fan favourites for the festival crowd.

The show is part of a multi-genre lineup that will bring artists including Alexisonfire, Lights, Walk off the Earth, Sheryl Crow, Daniel Caesar, and more to Calgary between July 5 and 15. Check out the full Coca-Cola stage lineup, with headliners and openers + the Nashville North and Virgin Mobile Concert Series lineups HERE! 

To get everyone ready for the Our Lady Peace show, right in the middle of the Stampede calendar, we’ve put together a Top 10 list of OLP songs and added a couple bonuses from their more recent releases.

With so many fan favourites and chart hits, it wasn’t easy to choose just 10 songs, but we did. And if we missed one of your favourites from the Our Lady Peace library, leave a comment to tell us!

Ready? Enjoy!

Our Lady Peace Top 10

4am

Automatic Flowers

Clumsy

Innocent

Is Anybody Home?

Naveed

One Man Army

Somewhere Out There

Starseed

Superman’s Dead

Bonus: As Fast As You Can

Bonus: Drop Me In The Water

Sam Roberts Top 10 and Queen’s Plate Festival Preview – Presented by Woodbine Entertainment

Presented by Woodbine Entertainment
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In 2003, Sam Roberts Brother Down hit the Canadian airwaves and won over the music scene. The video won Best Video and was nominated for Best Pop Video, Best Indie Video, Single of the Year and Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards. It was the start of a very long run of success for the Sam Roberts Band. Along with his band, the Montreal native has recorded and released six studio albums, and four EPS. They’ve won six Junos and five Much Music Video Awards, and they continue to release new music and work on collaborations.

On Saturday, June 30 at Woodbine Racetrack, Sam Roberts will welcome music fans at the 159th Queen’s Plate Festival!

Single day tickets for the festival start at just $30, with two-day tickets starting at $45.

The Juno Award Winner mixes rock with folk in a way that opens the music up to a broader audience. His lyrics are astute and resonate on topics like politics, love and the Canadian way. On stage, Sam Roberts is an artist. He makes you feel like he’s singing directly to you. He reaches out and captures your heart, and if you’ve never seen him live, this is your chance.

I’ve seen the Sam Roberts Band many times, and I can hardly wait to see him light up the stage again at the 2018 Queen’s Plate Festival.

Sam Roberts at Massey Hall in Toronto

To help get you in the mood to see Sam Roberts, live at Woodbine, we’ve compiled a Top 10 list of Sam Roberts hits for you. We think we’ve got all of your favourites, but if we missed your favourite, let us know.

NOW, are you interested in winning your way into the 159th Queen’s Plate Festival? We’re giving away two (2) Premium Festival Passes. These have a value of $700, and the pair of tickets will give the winner VIP access to the premium hospitality tent to see Brad Paisley in concert on Friday, as well as access to the pre-party starting at 3:00 PM. The pre-party has limited space available on a first come, first served basis, so come early!

The passes also give you access to Friday’s Queen’s Plate event. The Premium Festival Passes provide exclusive access to the premium hospitality tent, which includes gourmet food & drinks, valet parking and dedicated wagering terminals & washrooms for the racing and the Brad Paisley concert. AND they also get you in on July 1st for the 159th running of the Queen’s Plate. If you’ve never seen live thoroughbred racing, you’re in for a special treat! We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Click here to check out the post and then use the widget to earn up to 10 entries for your chance to be the big winner!

Here in alphabetical order are the top 10 Sam Roberts songs, we’re hoping he’ll sing all of them when he hits the stage on Saturday, June 30!

Sam Roberts Top 10

Bridge To Nowhere

Brother Down

Don’t Walk Away Eileen

Hard Road

I Feel You

If You Want It

Shapeshifters

Them Kids

We’re All In This Together

Where Have All The Good People Gone

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Monster Truck with Crown Lands at The Phoenix for CMW 2018

Friday night during Canadian Music Week is a big deal, and Crown Lands and Monster Truck fans were up for the challenge.

The fans packed the venue early on and when the 9:00 PM start time came and went, the energy began to feel a little restless. But, from the moment Rush’s Closer to the Heart started they became laser-focused on the music.

Cody Bowles and Kevin Comeau have been on a steady climb, recording and releasing music, practicing and playing shows, and last night they proved they’re more than ready to play with the big boys. The guys played songs from their debut EP Mantra, their latest release, Rise Over Run and some classic covers. Looking slick and sounding as tight as we’ve ever heard them, they seem like they were born to do this. I counted ten songs in their opening set including Misery, Mountain, Scott Fitzgerald, When the Levee Breaks and more. Crown Lands ended their set with Cody’s signature drum solo, a little smoke and one of our favourites, Rush’s Working Man.

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There was a bit of a wait for the switch over to happen, and the venue just continued to get fuller and fuller. The atmosphere was excited, pumped up and ready for Monster Truck.

It’s been over a year since Monster Truck has played a show in Toronto and it looked like everyone who missed them showed up at The Phoenix on Friday night to catch up. The Hamilton-based band hit the stage and let it rip. With a full out, driving presence, they proceeded to tear through their set stopping occasionally to check in with the fans. Jon reassured the audience that the record they’ve been promising is done, and it’s coming, soon.

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And it seemed like Monster Truck missed Toronto as much as Toronto missed Monster Truck. With a “god damn it feels good to play Toronto” and a nod to superfan James, Jon told us a bit about James. An avid fan, James has lost 150 lbs and was invited up on stage to play She’s A Witch on guitar. James didn’t miss a note!

We were treated to lots of new music and of course, the fan favourites like The Enforcer, Seven Seas Blues, and For The Sun, and when Jon asked if Toronto was having a good time, the crowd came back with a resounding yes!

It was great to have Monster Truck in Toronto, and we hope we don’t have to wait another year for the next show.

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Jon Harvey - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

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Jon Harvey and Brandon Bliss - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Brandon Bliss - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Jon Harvey and Steve Kiely - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Jeremy Widerman getting the audience riled up - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Jon Harvey - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Jon Harvey - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Jon Harvey and Jeremy Widerman - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Jeremy Widerman - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Jon Harvey and Jeremy Widerman - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Jeremy Widerman - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

Jeremy Widerman - Monster Truck at The Phoenix in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2018

 

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