2018 LINE UP

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JESS MOSKALUKE

An internationally celebrated artist, Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) continues to dazzle the country music world with her infectious love of country music.  Acclaimed as the first Canadian female country artist to have a song in the Top 5 since 2008 (Drive Me Away – #3), and the first female Canadian country artist since [her childhood idol] Shania Twain to achieve PLATINUM single status (with “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”),she has achieved not one, but three Top 10 hits with her respective singles, “Kiss Me Quiet”“Take Me Home” and “Drive Me Away”.  A multiple 2015 JUNO Award nominee and 2017 JUNO Award winner for Country Album of the Year, Moskaluke is a 2017 SOCAN Award winner and the reigning three-time consecutive CCMA Award winner for Female Artist of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016) – the first resident of Saskatchewan in the history of the awards to achieve this title.  A proud small town girl, when she first posted her music online, no one could have anticipated the bright future that lay ahead.  Many years later with her growing fan base, she now has over 32 million views on YouTube to date.  In 2016, Moskaluke had the #1 Most Played Song (“Take Me Home”) at Canadian Country Radio and was the top spun Canadian female artist for the second year in a row.

Nominated for two 2017 CCMA Awards (Single of the Year and Female Artist of the Year) and performing on the show, Moskaluke is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on a brand new album slated for release this fall.

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MARSHALL DANE

Born in St. Catharines, Marshall grazed on a rich fix of music, from the country sounds of his preacher Dad who taught him to play “The Farmer’s Song” on guitar to his Mom, who played piano in the evenings for his family of four sisters and two brothers. Marshall admits that his parents’ spiritual upbringing permeates his songs with themes of love, home and kindness.

Similar to Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind”, you will find that kindred message within his songs, his day to day life and the relationships he has with his many fans.

These values drove his 7 trips with Adventure Canada, travelling to the Arctic thru the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Labrador; while performing for some very esteemed guests: David Suzuki, film maker John Huston, Stuart McLean, Alex Trebek and key members of the Canadian Geographical Society, to name a few. Yet, Marshall will tell you that some of his more memorable Arctic memories were made while playing for the citizens of small Inuit communities.

For five years in a row, Marshall has been nominated for Male Artist of the Year at the CMAO Awards, alongside artists who have major label backing and riding recent hit singles. Why? Sheer fan power it is Marshall’s fans who have consistently voted him into the top level. The fans don’t need a chart number to influence their loyalty he’s a star to them, and that’s the real end game. They hear it. They feel it.

Whether it’s a large scale festival stage, the CNE, one of the many CCMA Country Music Week performances or an intimate club, Marshall’s live show is second to none. He is an artist that always connects with his audience and his energy and passion for performing makes his shows impossible to forget. “I love to write songs and I love recording them, but when I step out on a stage in front of a packed house, that’s where the fire starts for me.”

If you haven’t already, discover why his fans will tell you that Marshall Dane is a “must see” and most importantly, “must hear.”

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GENTLEMEN HUSBANDS

Signed to Universal - Cobourg’s own Gentleman Husbands continue to draw huge crowds having toured the country and having shared the stage with legendary Canadian artists such as The Tragically Hip, Matthew Good, The Sheepdogs, and more.

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KANSAS STONE

Kansas Stone is a high energy Country band that fuels off of many different styles. Signed to Wax Records & hailing from Ontario, Canada they deliver a sound that ranges from old/new country, blues, rock, and more.

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BEN HUDSON

Ben Hudson is a country singer-songwriter from Uxbridge, Ontario. His self-titled EP was released in early 2016, gaining the attention of CMT Canada who made him their “Fresh Face” artist and also earned him a nomination at the 2016 CMAO Awards for “Rising Star.” In June of 2016 he released his first single “Redneck Summer” to country radio. In its first week, the single was in the top 5 DMDS downloads and added into rotation at many major market stations across Canada. This strong debut helped secured a spot at the inaugural CMT Music Fest. Topcountry.ca named him one of their top artists to watch in 2017 and the Country Music Association of Ontario selected him as their January 2017 “Artist of the Month.” Ben recently opened for Juno Award Winner Brett Kissel on his “Ice, Snow & 30 Below Tour. He is currently in studio working on his debut full length album set for release in early 2018.

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ALYSSA MORRISSEY

Noted Nashville songwriter Cyril Rawson discovered Alyssa singing at Snofest in Peterborough ad wisked her away to the country music capitol. The resulting collection of songs was released as her debut CD “Use It or Lose It”. The first single “Let’s Not Call It Love” worked its way upthe Canadian Country Music charts and was played in several other countries. Not bad for the first time out!

Grammy Award winner Glen Duncan has worked with the likes of Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Johnny Cash. After meeting and working with Alyssa in Nashville he described her as “a rare talent indeed. She has a very original style, a clear identity as a singer; and has that unique combination of soulful delivery and tasteful interpretation of a song”.

With several songs already for her next CD, some she has co-written, Alyssa is ready to follow in the footsteps of some of her favorite influences. Such as, Shania, Reba, Jennifer Nettles, Martina, Carrie and Taylor.

 

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JESSE SLACK

Jesse Slack is a talented artist with a passion for modern country music, rock and pop. Hailing from Ontario, this charismatic singer and songwriter managed to combine stunning melodies with meaningful lyrics and outstanding hooks, in order to create a catchy, yet direct and edgy sound.

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SAWMILL ROAD

Based out of Northumberland county, Sawmill Road's founding members Rob Hood & Duane Eddy had been friends for almost their entire lives before forming Sawmill Road in 2006.

After performing only a handful of shows on their own the band was hired by Canadian country music star John Landry to perform as his stage band. Sawmill Road has since shared the stage with big name Canadian acts such as The Corb Lund Band, Amanda Wilkinson, Tara Lynn Hart, Tommy Cash, and Julian Austin.

In 2012 band members Duane Eddy and Rob Hood took their songwriting to a new level writing in Nashville with some top hit songwriters. Songs written by the duo were under consideration for projects from top country artists such as Tim McGraw and Toby Keith & Darius Rucker.

From Country to Rock Sawmill Road can please a crowd of 10 or 10,000. With their trademark harmony vocals and dynamic stage presence they will have em' all up on their feet

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REBEKAH STEVENS

Rebekah is a country singer-songwriter currently residing in Kitchener, Ontario. Coming from a musical family, music has always been in her blood & a passion she pursued from an early age. After posting videos of herself on YouTube for several years, singing a variety of both covers & original songs, Rebekah was discovered by an LA producer wishing to work with her.

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ROBYN OTTOLINI

Singer-songwriter but actually, just a waitress. Robyn Ottolini comes from a small town in Ontario where she busses tables and gladly writes songs about it. So far Robyn has tackled the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, Diamonds in the Rough Showcase at the CCMAs, Aurora Magna Hoedown and hopes to continue playing her stories. Raised on country music and good beer, Robyn is sure to connect with many people from all over.