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Country Music Association of Ontario Awards – Another Meghan Steals The Spotlight

Country Music Association of Ontario Awards – Another Meghan Steals The Spotlight
                          The Country Music Association of Ontario Awards (CMAO’s) were held on June 3 at London’s Centennial Hall and once again a great time was had by all. This was largely due to the fact that the event was again hosted by the charismatic lead singer of the Road Hammers, Jason McCoy. Ever-engaging and entertaining, McCoy, a two-time CCMA... Read More

The Washboard Union – Playing For The People

The Washboard Union – Playing For The People
Over the years there have been a lot of artists known to make music for the masses. In the 50’s Hank Williams Sr. sang about the trials and tribulations of the common man in songs like ‘Honky Tonkin’ and ‘Lost Highway’.  Thirty years later Bruce Springsteen connected with the blue collar crowd through reflective numbers like ‘My Hometown’ and ‘Badlands’,... Read More

Lisa Nicole – Come Find Her

Lisa Nicole – Come Find Her
by Roman Mitz for Open Spaces Open Spaces had the good fortune of recently catching a set in Toronto by Castlegar B.C. native Lisa Nicole. Lisa has a strong set of pipes which she aptly demonstrated on songs from her recent CD ‘Come Find Me’, and on well-chosen covers like Martina McBride’s ‘When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues and the... Read More

Brett Kissel – Sir Mix-A-Lot

Brett Kissel – Sir Mix-A-Lot
by Roman Mitz for Open Spaces How often do you find a country record that features guest performances by legendary Grand Ole Opry star Charley Pride and Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine? That would be a pretty rare bird indeed but Brett Kissel, the winner of four 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA’s) including Best Male Artist, likes mixing things up... Read More

2017 – That’s a Wrap!

2017 – That’s a Wrap!
by Roman Mitz, Open Spaces This has been quite a year for fans of Canadian Country Music. Veteran performers like Dean Brody and transplanted Scot Johnny Reid continued to make their mark, with Brody taking the 2017 Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) Fan Choice Award while Reid released a fine new soulful album called Revival. While it’s great to see... Read More

Carly Pearce – Breaking All The Rules

Carly Pearce – Breaking All The Rules
Kentucky singer/songwriter Carly Pearce is still in a state of semi-shock. The previous evening she performed songs from her week-old debut album ‘Every Little Thing’ at a listening party in a downtown Toronto club. Accompanied by only her tour guitarist Nick Scallorn, Carly tore things up with unplugged versions of the hit title track plus four or five other nuggets... Read More

Havelock Country Jamboree – The Grand Old Lady Still Going Strong

Havelock Country Jamboree – The Grand Old Lady Still Going Strong
    by Roman Mitz, Open Spaces                     Country artists come and go, and honky tonk venues open and close with some regularity, but one thing in the industry has remained constant for three decades; the Havelock Country Jamboree.  This year’s Jamboree is a real mixed bag that offers something for everyone. There are Canadian mainstays such as George Canyon and... Read More

Cold Creek County – Retools For New Release

Cold Creek County – Retools For New Release
By Roman Mitz, Open Spaces Cold Creek County drummer Doug Oliver is busy doing some hardwood flooring in his Toronto home when he takes five to talk about the band’s new album ‘Homemade’.  The group underwent its own renovations of sort, replacing lead vocalist Brandon Scott with new front man Ches Anthony, and making banjo/vocalist Jordan Honsinger a full-fledged member... Read More