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“The Lovelocks were album of the year nominees for the 2015 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards, and have performed at the Boots & Hearts festival amongst some of country’s greatest artists, including Brad Paisley and Eric Church.”
Mixing soaring vocals, sweet harmonies and sultry strings, complemented with an infectiously high-energy stage presence, The Lovelocks are a female alt-country duo comprised of Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman. The 2014 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA®) Discovery Series winners were nominated for two 2015 Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards, including Roots Artist or Group of the Year and Album of the Year.
“Cape Breton, Nova Scotia has a well-known reputation for creating great musical talent such as folk & bluegrass group, Pretty Archie.”
Longtime friends Brian Cathcart (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Matt McNeil (Lead Guitar, Mandolin), Colin Gillis (Harmonica, Bass, Vocals) and Redmond MacDougall (Banjo, Percussion, Vocals) make up this quartet. The band’s debut LP ‘Steel City’ was nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s 2013 Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year. Pretty Archie’s honest, fun loving and at times heartbreaking music finds common ground in the blurred genres of Country, Folk, Bluegrass and Blues. Pretty Archie is known for their entertaining, high energy, foot stomping shows.
“They graced the Boots and Hearts stage in 2013 as emerging artists and were back the following summer as part of the line-up. See them at RBG before their performance at Boots and Hearts this year! ”
The Reklaws are the amazing brother/sister duo of Jenna and Stuart Walker, who have been entertaining audiences since the ages of 11 and 9. They were selected as CCMA Discovery Artists in 2012 and scored a Top 40 hit with their song “Kiss Kiss”. The duo was voted the winners of the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase in 2013 and performed at both the 2014 and 2015 Boots and Hearts Festival along with Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and more.
“Juno nominated, Canadian Folk Music Award winning folk-pop duo made up of singer/pianist/accordion player Catherine Allan and singer/guitarist Andrew James O’Brien– endearing audiences with wide-eyed energy, pragmatic optimism, and an earnest mission for connection”
Andrew and Catherine grew up on opposite sides of the island of Newfoundland; it was in St. John’s where the pair met and began to sing together. Their name reflects shared experience with audiences: connecting people of all kinds, making strangers friends, eliciting feelings of joy, hope, sadness, and contemplation as well as the spirit that we are all in this together. Their album Bliss was released on a JUNO award winning record label and nominated for the 2016 Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year.
“The Bareback Riders play all across Ontario at many popular bars and festivals.”
Hold on to your horses, The Bareback Riders are in town. You will be sure to enjoy this 5 piece new country band that cover artists from Merle Haggard and George Jones to new country artists like Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan. Four singers with incredible harmonies and a drummer who can't sit still, this guitar-driven band will be sure to get you on your feet.
“The Redhill Valleys’ collaborative influences bring forth a catchy country choruses, folk, roots and rock inspired sound.”
The Redhill Valleys are an original 3-piece Folk/Rock group from Hamilton, Ontario. Rooted by their influences in southern rock, acoustic Americana and soul, the newly formed trio are forging a musical path all their own. The collaboration of guitarist Danielle Beaudin, bassist Chelsea McWilliams and drummer Tim Allard is built upon a common dedication to the craft of songwriting, unifying the poetic ease of their lyrics with unforgettable melodies, harmonies and guitar riffs.
“A combination of bluegrass, country and folk-rock, The Abrams are the fourth generation of professional musicians in their family.”
Only in their twenties, The Abrams have been touring for over 15 years to devoted audiences worldwide. The Abrams have since taken the "family business" to a whole new level with their recent signing to Warner Music Canada and self-titled major label EP. "The Abrams" EP was produced by Juno award winning producer Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, The Tragically Hip, Lady Gaga), and the album's first single, "Fine," debuted on the Canadian Country charts in May 2016, with the music video premiering on CMT's Chevy Top 20 Countdown.
“A genuinely engaging performer and world-class songwriter, Dave Gunning has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories, humorous lyrics and stunning musical arrangements. ”
With a career spanning 20 years and 11 albums, folk-roots based singer-songwriter Dave Gunning has earned multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Juno nomination and eight East Coast Music Awards for his well-crafted work. His new album, Lift offers an honest acoustic sound that proves to be the perfect vehicle for his neatly-crafted and poetic material and gently expressive vocals. Give yourself a Lift and check out the work of an authentic artist at his creative peak.
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