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REVIEW: CMT Hitlist Tour


Last night (03/20), the CMT Hitlist Tour rolled through Ottawa, Canada. The Algonquin Commons Theatre was one of fourteen stops the tour will see by the end of its run. This one-of-a-kind concert experience showcases and celebrates the talented country artists within the nation. With such a great lineup, it would have been hard to disappoint. And that they did not.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Emerson Drive


Emerson Drive is undoubtedly one of Canada’s most prized possessions. This five-piece band, hailing from Prairies, has made its mark on both Canadian and American country music over the span of almost two decades with several hits, nominations, and awards to be proud of. They are well known for songs including “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Fall Into Me,” “A Good Man,” and their chart topper, “Moments.” The band has picked up the award for Group or Duo of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards multiple times and are currently nominated for Country Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards.

Roll, the band’s latest album, was released late last year and yet the first single, “She’s My Kind of Crazy,” has already been certified gold in Canada. The album features songs written almost entirely by the boys, all of which represent the lyrical, vocal, and instrumental talent that is Emerson Drive.

The band is currently in the middle of the CMT Hitlist Tour, which has seen stops in cities all across the country with fellow Canadians Doc Walker and Aaron Pritchett. We were lucky enough to sit down with lead singer Brad Mates after a terribly long bus ride from Winnipeg to Ottawa. That didn’t seem to matter, however, when we began to chat and Brad’s charming and caring personality shone through.

Recap of the Canadian Country Music Association Awards


The Canadian Country Music Association Awards was definitely enough to remind Canadians of the amazing talent that represents us in the country music industry. Tonight (09/09), we saw some of the best of the best rock the stage in Saskatoon and accept awards that they were most deserving of.

Dean Brody opened the show with his hit “Canadian Girls,” kicking off a show that would see him win two awards: Best Male Artist and Album of the Year.

Other country faves taking home hardware at this year’s show included Carolyn Dawn Johnson, who won Female Artist of the Year and Hey Romeo, this year’s Group or Duo of the Year. Ottawa’s sweetest and brightest new talent, Kira Isabella, took home the Rising Star award. The Stellas, who have been out on the road with Johnny Reid, took home the award for CMT Video of the Year for their song “In This House.” Johnny, who had a whopping eight nominations tonight, was the recipient of the Fans’ Choice award.

CCMA Nominees Announced


Canadians can’t wait for the nation’s biggest night in country music! The countdown has begun for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards which will be held in Saskatoon, SK on September 9 at 8PM. Fans can tune in to CBC to catch the awards as they air LIVE.

“All of today’s nominees deserve ample recognition for their excellence as well as their tremendous contribution to Canadian country music,” said Don Green, Executive Director, CCMA. “This year’s nominees reflect the depth of musical talent in Canada, and we’re so proud to be able to recognize those artists – both established and emerging – who have impacted Canadians with their music.”

A personal fave, Johnny Reid, leads the nominations with a total of eight. Country cutie Dean Brody follows close behind with seven of his own.

Performers expected to light up the stage at the Awards include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Eric Church, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, George Canyon, Johnny Reid, Deric Ruttan, Gord Bamford, Terri Clark, Chad Brownlee and High Valley.

Check out the list of nominees below!

UPDATE: The JUNO Awards Take Over Ottawa


Right now, being in Ottawa is electrifying.

As the nation’s capital is about to welcome The JUNOS this Sunday (April 1), both the city and the fans are starting to get into the swing of things in anticipation of the show.

There are several events set up in advance of the show featuring some of the music industry’s best, including Canada’s talented country singers.

The JUNO Cup, taking place on Friday, March 30th, will feature a collaboration of both NHL greats and musical talents on the ice, including Brad and Curtis Rempel of High Valley and Jim Cuddy.

Another popular event, the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, will include Canada’s talented Terri Clark, among others, as they share both songs and stories on stage.

Of course, all eyes are on the actual show, taking place at the Scotiabank on Sunday night. Nominees for Country Album of the Year are:

Doc Walker16 & 1
High Valley – High Valley
Jason McCoyEverything
Jimmy RankinForget About the World
Terri Clark – Roots and Wings

In addition, Jim Cuddy will be up against some other great contenders for the Songwriter of the Year award. A favourite here at Keepin’ It Country, Johnny Reid, is also nominated for Single of the Year for his hit “Let’s Go Higher”; his fellow nominees include Canadian talents like Hedley, City and Colour, Nickelback, and The Sheepdogs.

Not only will Blue Rodeo be performing, but The JUNOS will  honour them for being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

The JUNOs will be hosting a LIVE CHAT with Bell Media personalities during the show at Facebook.com/CTV, JUNOS.CTV.ca and on the CTV iPad App Social Screen. Also, check out the ongoing JUNOS Fantasy Poll on Facebook – you can select YOUR picks for some of the biggest categories of the show!

Tickets for the show can still be purchased HERE, as well as tickets for events around the city preceding the show that any of our Ottawa readers would like to attend!

The JUNOs will air LIVE on Sunday, April 1st at 8PM EST on CTV.

Nominees for the 2012 Juno Awards Announced


Today, nominees for the 2012 Juno Awards were announced. The show will take place in Ottawa, Ontario on April 1st at Scotiabank Place – it will also be broadcast on CTV. In addition, it was unveiled that William Shatner will be the host of the event.

Among the nominees are some of our favourite Canadian country artists!

Single of the Year
Fragile Bird - City and Colour
Invincible - Hedley
Let’s Go Higher - Johnny Reid
When We Stand Together - Nickelback
I Don’t Know - The Sheepdogs.

Songwriter of the Year
Dallas Green
Dan Mangan
Jim Cuddy
Ron Sexsmith.

Country Album of the Year
16 & 1 - Doc Walker
High Valley -High Valley
Everything – Jason McCoy
Forget About the World – Jimmy Rankin
Roots and Wings – Terri Clark.

The award show will also feature Blue Rodeo being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.


We Have The Winners For The 2011 CCMA Awards

Canadian Country Music Awards

It was a hot night in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada last night as they were the ones to host the 2011 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. The award show aired live from Copps Coliseum on CBC Television. The event marked the end of Canadian Country Music Week in the city, which took place between September 9th and September 12th. The CCMA week included street performances, autograph signings and activities for Canadian country music fans.

Johnny Reid was the big winner of the night, taking home three awards including “Fan’s Choice Award,” “CMT Video Of The Year,” and “Male Artist Of The Year.” Dean Brody won the second most and took home two for “Single Of The Year” for “Trail In Life,” and “Album Of The Year.” Terri Clark took home “Female Artist Of The Year,” and the trio Hey Romeo took home “Group Or Duo Of The Year.” Chad Bromlee, last year’s “New Artist Showcase” winner, took home the “Rising Star” award last night. For a full list of winners click the “read more” button.

The night was highlighted with performances from Ronnie Dunn, Doc Walker, Luke Bryan, Michelle Wright, Deric Ruttan, Ron James, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough.

Next year’s CCMAs will be hosted in Saskatoon, Sasketchewan on September 9th live from the Credit Union Centre. The 2012 Canadian Country Music Week will take place from September 6th through to the 9th.

No Shirt, No Problem at Day One of the Capital Hoedown

Kenny Chesney.

With the rain threat passing the Capital Hoedown right by, it was a perfect night to kick-off Canada’s biggest country music festival last night. With crowds lining up two hours before gates opening, Ottawa was just as eager as everyone else to get the show going. Fans ran across Lebreton Flatts field to get as close as possible to the stage for the great first-day lineup: Mackenzie Porter, Tara Oram, Doc Walker and Kenny Chesney.

Doc Walker Wants to see YOU at the Capital Hoedown!


Canadian country music group Doc Walker are counting down the days until the Capital Hoedown country music festival this week in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They released a short video asking fans to come to the nation’s capital to see them perform live at the biggest country music festival in Canada. The Hoedown includes headliners Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts as well as performances by Miranda Lambert, Sara Evans, Billy Currington, Justin Moore and Canadian group Doc Walker. It’s going to be huge!

Are you going to the Capital Hoedown? We’ll be there and we’ll be putting up live performance pictures of your favorite artists in our exclusive gallery. Who are you most excited for?

Doc Walker Wants to Give You Two 3-Day Capital Hoedown Tickets

photo credit: Open Road Recordings

We’re heading the Capital Hoedown country music festival in Ottawa, Canada next week and we’d love to have you join us! Canadian trio Doc Walker is giving fans the chance to win two full three-day passes to the festival just by entering your e-mail address on their Facebook fan page. Fans can enter HERE. The winner will be selected randomly from the list of entries received, and will have to pick up their general admission tickets at will call with a valid photo I.D.

The Capital Hoedown is set to be the largest country music party in Canada next week, with Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans and Billy Currington just some of the acts taking over the nation’s capital from August 11th to the 13th. The site is ready to comfortably fit 45,000 fans located just outside Ottawa’s downtown area.

Stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country next week as we gear up for the Capital Hoedown music festival in Ottawa, Ontario. We will have live Tweeting & Facebook statuses during the performances, so make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook! We’ll also have pictures of the performances as well as videos. We’re your go-to source for all things country music in Canada’s capital.

Are you going? What act are you most excited to see?

Watch the music video for Doc Walker’s “Beautiful Life” under the “read more” button.