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“With 20 years of touring through Europe, South Mountain is a world renowned country band, and has won various awards including Best Live show and International Band of the Year.”
Shortly after their debut record release, South Mountain had created sufficient impact to capture theCanadian Country Music Association's coveted "Vista Rising Star Award" honors as top new artist of 1991. The industry buzz, coupled with the group's instant success at radio, would indicate that the win was no surprise. In 2000 and 2004 South Mountain took the title of "International Band Of The Year" in Europe beating out The Dixie Chick's, The Maverick's & Alabama. In 2005 South Mountain won the best "Live Show" beating out the likes of Shania Twain!
“Eric Ethridge is one of the top 8 finalists for the Boots and Hearts 2015 Emerging Artist Showcase!”
Hailing from the outskirts of a blue-collar border town in Canada, Eric Ethridge’s journey to country music is one that could be reflected in a country song. He began to play guitar at a young age and started penning lyrics while in high school. Around the same time, he was the captain of his high school football team, which led him to pursue varsity football at Western University. While at school in London, ON, he was a regular feature at many clubs and bars, constantly honing his craft and growing his name amongst the local crowd During his time away at school Ethridge never lost touch with his down home roots. As he says in his song ‘With You’, “I may be broke, but I’m rich in many ways.” This is a saying that Ethridge often heard from his father while growing up, and it’s a perspective that he takes to heart.
“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! ”
What’s in a name? For Jenna and Stuart Walker, a lifetime of music and harmonies. And when you flip that name over, it spells “reklaw”. The Reklaws are the amazing brother/sister duo Jenna and Stuart Walker, and they’ve been entertaining audiences since they were 11 and 9 on their family farm in Ontario. But you might have heard them when they were selected as CCMA Discovery Artists in 2012. Or you might know all the words to their Top 40 hit “Kiss Kiss”. Perhaps you were there when they were voted the winners of the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase in 2013. Or you heard the hit single and video that followed, “Seeing Stars”.
“The Lovelocks are album of the year nominees for the 2015 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards, and are performing 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, this female alt-country duo comprised of Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman is celebrated by RocketHub as "crowdfunding pioneers in the world of country music in Canada".
The Lovelocks are currently nominated for two 2015 Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards including Roots Artist or Group of the Year and Album of the Year.
“Husband and wife team The Rizdales have been playing hardcore honkey tonk out of London, Ontario since 2003.”
"In case you didn't get the memo, they're the best country band in North America" said Eye magazine about the Rizdales. Lead by husband and wife songwriting team Tom and Tara Dunphy, the Rizdales are a hardcore honky tonk band from London, Ontario. Their sound however, comes from deep in the heart of the American south. Heavily influenced by the classic country greats, such as Ray Price, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, The Rizdales sing about love, loss and reality without ever taking themselves too seriously.
“Ally Howatt has shared the stage with top artists like Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, and Tim McGraw.”
There is no doubt that Ally Howatt grew up country. She loves the music and honours it with every show she plays. Her passion to share country music with every audience is evident as she sings from the heart and draws a crowd on the dance floor. "I want the fans to enjoy the music as much as I love playing it." The crowd finds her inspiring, just as she finds inspiration in the songs that she plays.
“An experienced singer/songwriter and performer, Brad Battle had the opportunity to share the stage with many of Canada’s finest acts including Blue Rodeo, Crash Test Dummies, and Wide Mouth Mason.”
Brad Battle writes and sings from the heart. His sincerity and honesty translates into everyone being able to relate to his music. Brad recently was in Nashville where he had the opportunity to play the world famous "BlueBird Cafe". He is working hard on his debut EP as well as collaborating with other notable artists like Rod Black (Keep On Keepin' On). With a release date set for this summer, 2015 will undoubtedly be the year everyone will be talking and singing about Brad Battle.
“Hailing all the way from the West Coast, British Columbia based country band, Me and Mae were nominees for the Top Country Best New Artist award in 2014, and won the Ray McAuley Horizon Award at the 2014 BC Country Music Awards.”
Shawn Meehan, Jacky Mae, Kim Gryba, Adam Reid and Ben Parker, together under the moniker Me and Mae, forged a reputation as the band to watch on the Canadian Country music scene. It all started with the single, “Love Me Leave Me Lonely,” which Meehan co-wrote with Carly Rae Jepsen, who at the time was his guitar student. The release of the band’s debut album Off the Rails (Cordova Bay Records) on May 13th, 2014 was quickly followed by a Nashville tour and a nomination for Top Country Best new Artist (2014) and winning the BC Country Music Awards – Ray McAuley Horizon Award (2014)!
With new singer Colette Trudeau, and incredible band gets even better. Colette is famous for her work as the lead singer of the all-female rock group LiveOnRelease, where she co-wrote their hit single “I’m afraid of Britney Spears”, which appeared in the movie and soundtrack for Dude, Where’s My Car? As a solo artist, her first single, “I Don’t Wanna Know”, aired on multiple Top 20 charts and her self-titled CD received nominations for Best Rock CD at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (2011) and Aboriginal Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards (2011).
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