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Calgary Hearts Live: iHeartRadio WestFest Review

On Saturday, July 8, 2017, Calgary hosted one of the biggest and hottest parties of the summer; Virgin Radio and The Source presented Calgary’s first ever iHeart Radio WestFest at Shaw Millennium Park!

Featuring performances by Scott Helman, Ria Mae, Hedley, Fifth Harmony, Iggy Azalea, Massari, Midland, Ruth B, Noah Cyrus, Virginia to Vegas and so much more, this was the place to be!

I have to say, we have been super lucky with the beautiful weather for Calgary’s festival season this summer, Saturday’s temperatures stayed between 30-33 all day/night. The hot temperatures though didn’t stop the crowd from dancing and enjoying all the acts throughout the day.

Note: See photos of Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Hedley, Ria Mae, Scott Helman, and Noah Cyrus at the bottom of this post!

Everyone loved the cold drinks, treats, complimentary merchandise and blasting of water into the crowd during artist changes. iHeart had many activities going on during set breaks to keep everyone of all ages entertained and hydrated.

I don’t even know where to start with the incredible lineup, speaking to a bunch of fans throughout the day the most anticipated acts were Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony and Hedley. For myself I couldn’t wait for those three acts as well.

Iggy had the crowd screaming and cheering from start to finish, she had everyone on their feet dancing and singing the whole time, I even caught myself dancing a little bit! She has constantly peaked among the top five of several worldwide charts and continuously climbing and collaborating with the best in the industry.

Related: iHeartRadio WestFest: Iggy Azalea Full Photo Review

Up next was one of the most popular female groups who placed third in the second season of the American televised singing competition X Factor, Fifth Harmony. These ladies are full of girl power! They have achieved triple platinum certification and reached the top ten in thirteen countries with their hit songs Boss, Sledgehammer and Worth It. All four of their voices are very unique and powerful; they all compliment one another so well in singing/performing on stage. The energy these ladies brought to stage will forever be unforgettable, from the choreography and atmosphere they definitely grabbed the attention from everyone.

Related: iHeartRadio WestFest: Fifth Harmony Full Photo Review

One of my favourite artists, Hedley never fails to entertain; I wish I could have the energy that Jacob has when he performs. Saturday night I was especially excited to see Hedley perform, as it was the 10th time I’ve photographed them. What I love so much about Hedley is how happy and positive everyone is. The amount of strangers I saw hugging, dancing and laughing together is the biggest reason why I love concert photography so much. Whether it was a sad song or a happy uplifting song everyone was appreciating the meanings behind Hedley’s songs and connecting with one another!

Related: iHeartRadio WestFest: Hedley Full Photo Review

I cannot wait for more festivals this summer and seeing the crowd unite with one another, this is going to be a summer full of unforgettable memories!!

Thank you iHeart Radio for creating a wonderful festival!

Iggy Azalea at iHeartRadio WestFest

Ria Mae at iHeartRadio WestFest

Fifth Harmony at iHeartRadio WestFest

Scott Helman at iHeartRadio WestFest

Hedley at iHeartRadio WestFest

Noah Cyrus at iHeartRadio WestFest

2016 Canadian National Exhibition CNE Bandshell Concert Schedule

Updated with new acts added since original publishing date (June 21, 2016)

Yes, we know that Toronto is still waiting for Spring to really start (enough with the cold and the snow already), and we know that the CNE signals the end of Summer every year… and we’re not trying to get ahead of ourselves or anything, but we just couldn’t resist sharing this news.

CNE 2013 day 4 ferris wheel night-6580The Canadian National Exhibition has released 30 acts for 16 dates on the legendary bandshell stage in 2016… and we know there are more names, and maybe more dates to come.

As always, the CNE will feature a healthy mix of established acts, vintage returns, and young talent – all in town to entertain the crowd and enjoy the fair atmosphere in the city. Acts like Randy Bachman and Alan Frew will excite rock and roll fans of the past, and we guarantee that Juno nominated Scott Helman is going to draw a young crowd that will include some screaming teenage fans.

We’re also excited to see back-to-back-to-back country days on the schedule with George Canyon, Dean Brody, High Valley, and Jess Moskaluke already announced for a Friday through Sunday, weekend run. The question now needs to focus on the openers for Canyon on Friday and Brody on Saturday… we dont’ have any info at all, but we wouldn’t be surprised to have a River Town Saints sighting on one of those nights.

After looking at the calendar there seem to be more dates to be added, but for now we can tell you about these 10… mark them on your calendar!

2016 Canadian National Exhibition CNE Bandshell Concert Schedule

Brett Kissel Randy Bachman CNE 2015

Randy Bachman with Brett Kissel, CNE 2015

August 19
The Harpoonish & The Axe Murderer

Randy Bachman

August 20
Jane’s Party
Jefferson Starship
Live Broadcast of The Tragically Hip in Kingston, ON via CBC

August 21
Poor Young Things

August 22
Aloha Elvis

August 23
The Heartbroken

Ricky Nelson Remembered

August 24
Jay Douglas


August 25
The Spoons

Alan Frew

August 26
Jordan McIntosh

George Canyon

Dean Brody-7163

Dean Brody 2015

August 27
Jessica Mitchell

Dean Brody

August 28
High Valley
Jess Moskaluke

August 29
Steve Hill

The Legendary Downchild Blues

August 30
Dan Talevski

Scott Helman
Tyler Shaw



August 31
A Great Big World

September 2

September 3
The Lazys

The Trews

September 4
The Beaches
Walk Off The Earth

High Valley Boots and Hearts 2015

High Valley

Jess Moskaluke Bright Lights Big City Toronto The Phoenix

Jess Moskaluke

Scott Helman via Facebook

Scott Helman via Facebook

Walk Off The Earth ACC

Walk Off The Earth

The Lazys Toronto Horseshoe Tavern

The Lazys

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