Artist of the Month

April 27, 2020

Artist of the Month: River Town Saints

A lot of bands would not have made it through the changes and tragedy that River Town Saints have experienced, but the Arnprior-based country quintet has pushed forward. With new lead singer Chase Kasner and bass player Joe Patrois joining the band for this chapter of their career, River Town Saints is ready for action, and they’ve made a strong start with their new single Slow Kiss. The challenge of replacing a lead singer as well as dealing with the loss of bass player and dear friend, Dan Di Giacomo, is a lot to overcome. The fact that Jeremy, Jordan and Chris made the decision to keep the band together, rebuild and come back with more music to share with fans is a success story […]
March 31, 2020

Artist of the Month: Bree Taylor

With her most recent single, Cry, Mississauga’s Bree Taylor continues her evolution from pop singer to emerging country music artist. The singer-songwriter’s move to the genre came in 2019 with the release of her singles, Turn It Up and Drive and as she moves forward, fans are taking notice. With more than 70,000 views on the official music video for Drive, and another 55,000+ on the video for Cry (since its release in late February), Bree Taylor is earning the kind of early attention and appreciation that helps build a fanbase and set the stage for things to come. “Things to come” includes her debut country EP, which Bree has been recording and preparing for a release in the near future. The industry has started […]
February 29, 2020

Artist of the Month: Dustin Bird

Stirling, ON, native Dustin Bird has built his road into the Canadian country music scene with hard work, great appearances, and solid songs. We first saw Dustin at the Boots & Hearts festival in 2018, when he earned his spot as a finalist in the Emerging Artist Showcase competition. It was a fantastic introduction to the young artist and one that put him on a lot of fans’ radars moving forward. Since then, Dustin Bird has released four singles: She Likes My Guitar, Wake Up, People, and his most recent release, Unscripted. Wake Up leads the way for Bird, piling up more than 125,000 Spotify streams. It’s a breakout achievement for the emerging artist and should be acknowledged and celebrated. The four songs have amassed […]
January 29, 2020

Artist of the Month: Karli June

Karli June introduced herself to the Canadian country music scene in 2016 when her singles, Black & White and Setting Me on Fire, were both distributed to radio. Now, she’s ready to kick off 2020 with the release of her newest song, Say Too Much, on January 24. Over the last five years, the Listowel, ON native has been putting in work playing shows with artists like Dierks Bentley, Jason Blaine, Brett Kissel and Terri Clark. But she was a performer even before that. Like many other artists, Karli started singing in the church choir and then moved on to local fairs and signing competitions. By the time she was a teenager, she was taking piano, taught herself how to play the guitar, and started […]
December 29, 2019

Artist of the Month: Ryan Langdon

Ryan Langdon is a big dude with a big voice and a big dream. The Niagara Falls, ON, native has been singing since he was a kid, and now he’s making waves with a smash single and recognition that includes a 2019 nomination for the Country Music Association of Ontario Rising Star Award. Released in June, Lit In The Sticks became Langdon’s biggest calling card of the year. Country fans started searching and connecting with the Ontario country singer’s breakout single, with nearly 1 million streams on Spotify and another 22,000+ on YouTube. That song was the driver behind all the streams Ryan Langdon picked up in 2019. And he shared those numbers on Facebook via Spotify: Almost 235,000 unique listeners across Canada and 75 […]
November 30, 2019

Artist of the Month: Chris Labelle

Y’all know Chris Labelle. The former lead singer of CCMA-nominated and CMAOntario award-winning River Town Saints has started a new chapter in his career as a solo artist on the Canadian country music scene. And he’s ready to get you moving. Labelle’s lead single on his new project, Say Yeah, was released in August, 2019 and has racked up more than 79,000 plays on Spotify to go with another 85,000 combined views on YouTube. And fans who like Say Yeah should get ready, because there’s more to come. Posted information on Labelle’s Facebook page tells us that Fight Like A Girl and I Like What I Hear are coming as the next two singles and there’s a new album coming too. That’s exciting news, because […]
October 31, 2019

Artist of the Month: Mackenzie Leigh Meyer

Hamilton, ON, native Mackenzie Leigh Meyer is motivated to succeed in Canadian country music – propelled by hard work, talent and a desire to do more. Mackenzie’s debut EP was released in mid-2018 and the title Dive Bar Diva has become somewhat of an identifier for the Ontario artist; so much so that it is her handle on both Twitter and Instagram. The four-song EP was a great introduction to country fans, and she hasn’t slowed down a bit since the release. A quick look at Meyer’s tour schedule and social media posts show that she is always working. She’s either on stage, writing, or working on new music to release in the (hopefully near) future. She’s a busy woman. In 2019, Mackenzie had some […]
September 25, 2019

Artist of the Month: Robyn Ottolini

Robyn Ottolini has been writing, playing, and sharing her music for audiences at festivals, songwriters circles, open mics, and more. And she’s just getting started. With her six-song EP, Classic (released in February 2019), Robyn introduced more of her music to fans across Canada and beyond. She’s seen Him Problem cross the 100,000 stream mark on Spotify and has some amazing merch to go with the song. She filmed a great summer-time music video for Where We’re At with director Tim Deegan. And if we were to make a guess, we’d say there’s a lot more coming from the Uxbridge, Ontario country music singer-songwriter. With a peer group and support system that includes fellow artists like Leah Daniels, Julien Kelland, Ben Hudson, Kris Barclay, and […]
July 29, 2019

Artist of the Month: David Boyd Janes

A lot of people look forward to the summer months for many reasons, but in 2019 David Boyd Janes has his own reasons… and they’re big ones! The emerging country artist from big-city Toronto has a lot on the go this summer, with a busy tour schedule, new opportunities, and a chance to grow into a new stage of his career – highlighted by the Boothill Jamboree, Canadian National Exhibition’s Northern Comfort Saloon, the Havelock Jamboree, and the Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase. Those venues alone will put David in front of thousands of country fans. But before he gets to those stages, he has some celebrating to do. In Cobourg, ON at the Country Wild Music Festival, David Boyd Janes was named the […]