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Johnny Reid at Rexall Place
Johnny Reid played to a full house at Rexall Place on April 19th. Opening for Johnny were Carolym Dawn Johnson and The Stellas. Carolyn Dawn Johnson The Stellas Johnny...
Calvin Vollrath Fiddle Gala weekend
Calvin Vollrath held his annual CD release concert and fiddle gala from April 20th to 22nd at the Morinville Recreation Centre. The weekend kicked off with a Friday night dance and followed with concerts Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. ...
Crystal Shawanda at Festival Place
Crystal Shawanda gave a concert at Festival Place on April 21st to promote her new album, Just Like You..
Crystal with husband Dewayne Strobel
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Carroll Baker at the Century Casino
The wasn't a single seat left anywhere when CCMA Country Music Hall of Fame member Carroll Baker performed at the Century Casino on April 22nd. Her legion of fans were eager to once again hear the lady who had a dozen consecutive number 1 hits between 1974 and 1978, won 5 Juno awards, was the CCMA ...
CISN 30th Birthday Party at Cook County Saloon
CISN celebrated its' 30th anniversary of providing country music to Edmonton listeners with a special concert featuring Dean Brody at Cook County Saloon. Dean has been keeping a hectic schedule on a cross-Canada tour promoting his new album, Dirt, and his hit single, Canadian Girls. Copyright Bi...
BVJ - Small Town Saturday Night - Legal
The Town of Legal beat out 53 other entries to win the first ever Small Town Saturday Night contest , sponsored by Big Valley Jamboree and Travel Alberta. Among other activities, the all day event featured a free songwriters showcase in the afternoon featuring Shane Chisholm, Aaron Lines, Tim Hus, S...
Benefit Concert for Fred Larose
Friends of long time musician Fred Larose gathered at the Century Casino in Edmonton on April 30th for a benefit concert to help him out while he was undergoing cancer treatment. The ten hour sold-out event featured both country and blues artists who Fred has played with during his many years in the...
Corb Lund Television Taping
Corb Lund, backed by the Hurtin' Albertans, performed before a full house at the Arden Theatre in St Albert on May 1st. The concert, which showcased new songs from his upcoming album, Cabin Fever, was taped by CBC and will be broadcast later this summer. Corb introduce...
Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis at the River Cree Casino
Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis shared the stage at the River Cree Casino on May 5th. Backed by a common band, comprised of members of each of their individual bands, the two artists traded hits, plus performed several duets. Pam Tillis ...
Alberta's Men & Women of Country Music
The Alberta's Men & Women of Country Music festival was originally started by Dianne Brandson close to a dozen years ago. It was designed to showcase undiscovered Alberta talent, past, present and future. Sadly Dianne is no longer with us, but before her passing, Dianne had mentored and turned the e...
CFCW Listener Appreciation Concert
CFCW hosted their annual Listener Appreciation Concert at the Jubilee Auditorium on May 15th, with performances by Tiffany Dowhan, Duane Steele, and the legendary Nashville artist Gene Watson.. Tiffany Dowhan Duane ...
The Orchard at the Early Stage Saloon
John and Carmen Lindsay feature live country or roots entertainment every Friday and Saturday night at their Early Stage Saloon in Stony Plain. On May 18th and 19th, The Orchard, Kasha Anne and Mitch Smith, showcased many of the original songs from their upcoming Royalty Records album. ...
Bashaw Festival of Stars
The annual Bashaw Festival of Stars is a 3 day traditional country festival that takes place from Friday to Sunday of the Victoria Day weekend. Festival organizers, Ron & Penny Shantz, hand pick the all ages, all Alberta, talent. Forty five different acts performed before full houses at this year's...
Scott Woods at Kirk United Church
Multi-award winning Canadian fiddler, Scott Woods, tours North America each year, raising funds for local charities. On May 23rd he brought his show to a sold out Kirk United Church in Edmonton. Each year the theme of the show changes. This year's theme was "Canadian Fiddle Legends" and featured the...
Deana Carter at the River Cree Casino
The "Strawberry Wine" girl, Deana Carter, performed at The Venue at the River Cree Casino on May 25th.
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St Albert Rainmaker Rodeo
It was country night at the St Albert Rainmaker Rodeo on May 26th, and it didn't rain. In fact after they moved their outdoor concert under a large tent last year, the weather has been just about perfect. This year's all Canadian cast drew a large enthusiastic crowd who came to see The Orchard, Kati...
Tribute to the late Hank Rogers
Family and friends gathered at the Yellowhead Inn for a musical jam on May 27th to celebrate the life of the late Hank Rogers, who spent most of his career in the Edmonton area and passed away on the west coast in March. Hank's musical career spanned more than 50 years. With his brother, Frankie, wh...
Charley Pride at the Jubilee Auditorium
The fans of the "Pride of Country Music", Charlie Pride, were treated to a return engagement at the Jubilee Auditorium on May 31st. Opering for Charlie was the 1986 and 1987 Canadian Female Artist of the Year, Anita Perras. Charley's DVD "Live In Canada" filmed at one of his Canadian concerts has go...
Restless Heart at Century Casino
Twenty eight years after they first got together,the reunited members of Restless Heart played Edmonton's Century Casino. Garnering the opening spot were Mitchell Smith and Kasha Anne, The Orchard. Kasha Anne & Mitchell Smith - The Orchard Larry Stew...
14th Annual Global Country Concert
The 14th annual Global Country concert took place at the Arden Theatre on June 11th. The concert featured last year's Country Star Search winner, Andrew Scott, and runner-up, Stephanie Roinier, who both went on to compete in the North American Country Music Association's International competitions ...
Hey Romeo CD release party
The 2011 CCMA Group Of The Year, Hey Romeo, introduced their new album, Twist of Fate, at a special private party for CFCW contest winners at Giovanni's Music on June 13th. Hey Romeo Darren Gusnowsky Staci...
LB's Pub in St Albert - 25th Anniversary
For 25 years Linda & Pat Beire have hosted live music at LB's Pub in St Albert. Everyone from Nashville legends, who have stopped in on an off day when touring the area, to Canadian Hall of Famers, to budding singers and songwriters making their first stage appearance at one of the weekly jam sessio...
Small Town Pistols radio tour
Brother and sister, Tyler and Amanda Wilkinson, well known as the Wilkinsons with their dad, Steve, have formed a new group, The Small Town Pistols. Tyler & Amanda Wilkinson - Small Town Pistols ...
Gord Bamford at the River Cree Casino
Gord Bamford fans were thrilled when the Sony Music Canada artist brought his "Is It Friday Yet" tour to The Venue at the River Cree Casino on June 22nd, to showcase the songs from his new album by the same name. Robin Pelletier & Ryan Davidson Copyright ...
Dick Damron CD release party at the Monkeytop Saloon
After his annual winter sojourn in Mexico, Dick Damron returned to his home town of Bentley, AB, and his favourite haunt, the Monkeytop Saloon. The old saloon was packed to the rafters on June 23rd when Dick held a CD release party to celebrate his two new compilation albums on Bear Family Records, ...
National Aboriginal Day in St Albert
The Metis Association celebrated National Aboriginal Day in St Albert on June 24th with lots of country music from Metis artists and friends, Colten Bear Clarence Patenaude Digger Dave Fran Sinclair ...
Ronnie Dunn at the Jubilee Auditorium
Ronnie Dunn former partner of the award winning duo, Brooks and Dunn, performed at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton on June 25, Besides performing songs from his debut solo album, Ronnie also did many of the songs that won his duo a whole room full of awards. Opening for Ronnie was Alberta female...
Magnificent River Rats Festival in Athabasca
The annual Magnificent River Rats Festival took place in beautiful Riverside Park in Athabasca on June 30th and July 1st. Among the artists who performed on the weekend were country acts The Orchard, Jessie Tyler Williams, Shane Chisholm, and Johnny Cash tribute artist, David James (Almost Johnny Ca...
National Music Centre Calgary Stampede Float
The National Music Centre, which will be built in Calgary, had a float in the Calgary Stampede Parade depicting the historic King Edward Hotel, which will be the cornerstone of the new home to music in Canada. The NMC has the collection af artifacts from the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and ...
Horse Hill ROPE jam
From July 13th to 15th, songwriter Roy Powell held his annual Horse Hill ROPE Jam (Reunion of Professional Entertainers) on his acreage in north east Edmonton. A variety of veteran country singers and musicians showed up over the weekend to visit, entertain, and jam at the private party. ...
The theme of this year's Capital Ex in Edmonton is cranked up music, pumped up fun. At the Atco Gas breakfast, Candice Ryan, this year's over 18 winner of the Global Country Star Search competition, and Olivia Wik, the junior winner, kicked things off in country style, keeping the breakfast crowd en...
Vilna Cowboy Fest
There was lots of traditional country music, along with story telling, and perhaps a bit of truth stretching, at the 2nd annual Vilna Cowboy Fest, which took place in Vilna, AB, from July 20th to 22nd. A special feature of the event was when Calvin Vollrath and several of Canada's top fiddlers, who ...
Live Country at Capital Ex
Deric Ruttan burned up the Telus Stage at Capital Ex on June 22nd. Even the fireworks didn't draw away the crowd or slow down his high energy performance, as he performed most of his own self penned hits, plus many of the top songs he wrote for other artists. Opening the show were the Small Town Pis...
Remax Stage - Taste of Edmonton
The Remax stage at the Taste of Edmonton featured 12 hours of live entertainment daily from July 19th to 28th. On July 24th, Hey Romeo, the 2011 CCMA Group of the Year, highlighted the day. Between the group and the individual members, they have a total of 7 CCMA nominations for 2012. Hey...
Gary Fjellgaard at Leduc West
Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member, Gary Fjellgaard, performed before a very appreciative audience at the Leduc West Antique Society on July 28th. Based out of Gabriola Island on the west coast, the Canadian troubador has been criss crossing the prairies, performing in small towns and large,...
20th Annual Big Valley Jamboree
For the first time in the 20 year history of the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, AB, the event completely sold out. Besides the main stage acts, the jamboree also featured live entertainment in the Molson Canadian Saloon beer gardens after the main stage finished, plus a two daily Axe Music Songwrit...
Gatlin Brothers at the Century Casino
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers performed before a packed house at the Century Casino on Aug 7th. Opening for them was Lee Dinwoodie, who was originally from Alberta, but has resided in BC for many years. Lee Dinwoodie ...
Country Artists at Edmonton Folk Fest
The sold-out 33rd annual Edmonton Folk Music Festival, which ran from Aug 9th to 12th, definitely had a country flavour this year with many acts who have been associated with country or bluegrass music. Being held in Gallagher Park in Edmonton's river valley, the hillside assures that every seat on ...
Annual Darwell Barnburner Festival
Kory Wlos Robin Pelletier Allison Granger Big Mike Callan & Kixxsin Ron Neil Waters ...
Dick Damron & George Hamilton IV at Century Casino
Two legendary country artists, Alberta's Dick Damron and the Grand Ol Opry's George Hamilton IV, got together at the Century Casino on Aug 17th, to present some of the songs that defined their respective careers, which have both lasted for more than 50 years each. Special Master of Ceremonies for th...
20th Anniversary Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering
The 20th annual Stony Plain Cowboy Music, Poetry, & Art Gathering took place from Aug 17th to the 19th at the Stony Plain & Parkland Pioneer Museum. The festival featured top rated cowboy singers and poets from across western Canada. The Friday night feature was The Gift "A Tribute To Ian Tyson", a...
5th Annual Stollery Fund Raiser - New West Hotel
Organized by country music veteran Jo MacDonald and his wife Tammy, their 5th annual Stollery Children's Hospital fund raiser was held at the New West Hotel on Aug 26th. Many of the artists who frequent or play at the New West, donated their time to support the worthy cause. The New West Hotel is th...
RIP Jan Patterson-Levi
Alberta country music lost a dear friend with the passing of Jan Patterson-Levi, from a massive heart attack, on the morning of August 29th. Jan volunteered her services as the Calgary reporter for Country Music News, writing a monthly column for 24 years, and was a staunch supporter and friend of C...
Summer Sendoff Festival - Ponoka
The 2nd annual Summer Sendoff Festival in Ponoka took place from Aug 31st to Sept 2nd. It kicked off Friday night withJulian Austin in the beer garden and ran Saturday and Sunday with both main stage and secondary stage entertainment. Greg Shannon T...
CCMA Country Music Week - Saskatoon
The annual CCMA Country Music Week activities took place in Saskatoon from Sept 6th to 9th, culminating in the televised awards show. AWARDS Carolyn Dawn Johnson ...
Jam For Jan - A Memorial for Jan Patterson-Levi
Family and friends and many members of the Calgary country music communtiy came together at Big Al's Bar & Grill to celebrate the life of a great friend to Canadian country music, Jan Patterson-Levi. Jan volunteered her services as a reporter for Country Music News for close to 25 years, telling the...
Jean Shepard and Alberta Country Music Legends at Century Casino
It was another sold out house at the Century Casino, when the longest running member (57 years) of the Grand Ole Opry, Jean Shepard performed in Edmonton with the Alberta Country Music Legends. Jean Shepard Jean Shepard and husban...
Outlaw's 1st Anniversary - Curtis Grambo
Outlaws country nightclub in Edmonton celebrated their first anniversary on Oct 6th with Curtis Grambo rocking the house. Curtis Grambo Curtis Grambo & Steve Farrell Mark Branconnier Matt...
Kira Isabella performs at Lammle's in West Edmonton Mall
CISN Country 103.9 presented Sony country recording artist Kira Isabella, who gave a live performance and signed autographs for a long line of fans at Lammles in West Edmonton Mall to promote her debut album, Love me Like That. CMA 2012 Rising Star winner - Kira Isabella ...
Songwriter Dan Hill at Festival Place
Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Hill appeared at Festival Place on October 19th where he gave an intimate glimpse into his life, as he introduced his newly released memoir, "I Am My Father's Son". Interviewed by Holgar Petersen, Dan talked about his career and how he came to write such huge hits as "...
Willie Mack House Concert at Dog Rump Creek Tavern
Alberta adopted Texas country singer/songwriter, Willie Mack, gave an intimate house concert on October 19th at the Dog Rump Creek Tavern, better known as the garage of Jazz and Tannis Matthews in Stony Plain. Willie has written with many Canadian songwriters in Nashville, including Jason McCoy, Cl...
Mandy McMillan at the Beer Hunter in Spruce Grove
Mandy McMillan returned to her home turf from Nashville to perform at the new Beer Hunter pub in Spruce Grove on October 20th. Mandy has been living in Nashville for the last year where she has been writing and performing in a female duo, Bullet County", while working with Danick Dupelle, of Emerson...
Crystal Shawanda at McLab Theatre
Alberta's soon to be newest FM country radio station, 93.1, The One, located in Leduc, presented Crystal Shawanda, the first female Aboriginal artist to have her own record label, New Sun Records, at the McLab Theatre on October 20th. Crystal is one of only two female artists who were ever given a p...
Bill Anderson at Festival Place
Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson performed at Festival Place on October 24th. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for 51 years, Bill Anderson is not only a performer, but also a hit songwriter. From early songs like "Tips Of My Fingers" and "Still", to recent hits like "Whiskey Lullaby" an...
Tenille - Play It Forward School Tour
The ACMA Female Artist of the Year and winner of the CCMA's 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, Tenille, has been on the road visiting schools in Alberta urging students to play it forward. On October 25th her tour bus rolled into the parking lot of Elmer S Gish school in St Albert. Tenille perfo...
Prairie Oyster at Dow Centennial Centre
There wasn't an empty seat in the house when Prairie Oyster played in the Shell Theatre at the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan on October 25th. The multi CCMA and JUNO awarding winning group has been playing and recording their distinctive style of music for over 3 decades. Much to the de...
Carli & Julie Kennedy at the Blue Chair Cafe
Twin sisters from Victoria, Carli and Julie Kennedy, toured the prairies in late October and ended up at the Blue Chair Cafe in Edmonton on October 27th, playing to a sold out house. I'd have to describe their unique high energy show as "classical country", a fusion of classical music and country mu...
Wendel & Wheat House Concert
Wendell Ferguson, one of Canada's top guitar pickers, and folk artist Katherine Wheatley, played a private house concert on November 1st in Edmonton. Besides having amazing guitar skills, Wendell has one of the sharpest wits in the business and is noted for his zany off-the-wall compositions. Thankf...
Troubadours at Festival Place
Duane Steele, Jake Mathews, Lisa Brokop, Paul Jefferson, and Texas native Wyatt Easterling, all established songwriters, have been touring the country as The Troubadours, sharing the stage in an acoustic songwriter's showcase. On November 2nd the gave the audience at Festival Place an insight into h...
Sweet Tequila at Fandango's
Edmonton's newest country music night club, Fandango's Live Entertainment Saloon, officially opened for business on November 1st. The first act to play the newly renovated club, on the location of the former Wild West Saloon, was Sweet Tequila. Sweet Teq...
River City Round Up in Churchill Square
The River City Round Up, the kick off festival celebrating the Canadian Finals Rodeo, filled Churchill Square with entertainment and activities on November 2nd and 3rd. Karen Claypool Karen Claypool, Shawna Lynn, Dahlia Wakefield ...
Diamond Rio at River Cree Casino
Diamond Rio played The Venue at the River Cree Casino on November 3rd. Formed in 1984, Diamond Rio features lead vocalist Marty Roe, Jimmy Olander on guitars, drummer Brian Prout, keyboardist Dan Truman, bassist Dana Williams and Gene Johnson on mandolin, guitar and fiddle. All of the original membe...
Canadian Finals Rodeo week
With the Canadian Finals Rodeo taking place in Edmonton from November 7th to 11th, country music was at the forefront in many venues. SUPER JAM AT COOK COUNTY SALOON - NOV 7 Emcee - Danny Hooper Shane Chisholm ...
Jason Blaine - Radio visit and Bar None
Jason Blaine hit Edmonton and packed the Shaw Conference Centre for the 66th annual Bar None party presented by the U of A Ag Society on Nov 17th. Opening for him at the big bust out was chick guitar slinger Hayley McLean. The day prior, Jason visited area radio stations, including CFCW, where he co...
Terri Clark at West Edmonton Mall
Terri Clark released her newest album, Classic, on Nov 13th. In support of the new album, which features her covers of some of the all time great country tunes, Terri did a cross country radio tour, ending up in Edmonton on Nov 18th, where she appeared live on CFCW and then presented lucky fans at W...
Chad Brownlee & Dallas Smith - Boys of Fall Tour
Chad Brownlee and Dallas Smith joined forces to tour the country with their Boys of Fall tour. On Nov 22nd they rolled their tour bus into Edmonton, doing radio interviews,
a free concert on the CFCW/HMV st
Brett Kissel at Morinville Recreational Centre
Brett Kissel had them tapping their toes when he played the Morinville Rec Centre on Nov 23rd. Brett's set list featured some fine traditional country tunes, interspaced with some new material he recently wrote in Nashville, including a new song he had just completed, Hockey, Please Come Back, which...
Jason McCoy Christmas Show at Festival Place
On November 30th, Jason McCoy brought his totally sold out one man Christmas show to Festival Place. In fact the show was so sold out that Jason invited two fans who couldn't find seating, to sit on chairs on stage. Jason was also joined, through the magic of big screen video technology, by Amanda W...
Tacoma at Fandango's
The band Tacoma rocked the house at Fandango's from November 29th to December 1st. Tacoma John Thiel Ronnie Kerr Sammy Taylor Steve Farrell Copyright Bill ...
CCMA Press Conference regarding Country Music Week in Edmonton
The CCMA held a press conference at the Citadel Theatre on December 4th to announce that Edmonton would host Country Music Week in both 2013 and 2014, and that the CCMA awards show would take place at Rexall Place on Sunday, September 8th, 2013. Tickets went on sale December 7th. Co-chairmen of the ...
Lori Kole at Fandangos
Calgary's Lori Kole and her band performed at Fandango's from December 6th to 8th.
Jimmy Rankin at Festival Place
Jimmy Rankin brought his Christmas show to Festival Place on Dec 6th, and needless to say the place was packed with ex-Maritimers, along with his many other fans. The 2012 CCMA Roots Artist of the Year has just released a new Christmas album, Tinsel Town, and of course he introduced several of the s...
Corb Lund at Northlands
Corb Lund ended his cross-Canada "Cabin Fever" tour in front of his hometown fans when he gave a cabaret style concert at Northlands Expo Centre on December 7th. Beside performing songs from his new highly aclaimed album, Cabin Fever, the fastest selling one in his recording history, Corb also playe...
Blush Christmas show at the Winspear Centre
A ten year Christmas tradition came to an end on December 9th when the Blush Girls: Krysta Scoggins, Melanie Switzer, and Stacie Roper, presented their final Christmas show, in support of the Children's Wish Foundation, at the Winspear Centre. Joining the girls were special guests Patricia Conroy an...
Huron Carole at the Jubilee Auditorium
The Huron Carole,Tom Jackson's cross-Canada tour to raise awareness and funds to help feed the hungry, visited the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton on December 9th.The concert tour had run for many years until 2004, when Tom scaled it back in favor of the Singing For Supper tour, which played smaller ...
Brett Kissel - Dog Rump Creek Tavern House Concert
When Jazz & Tannis Matthews announced that Brett Kissel would be playing an intimate house concert at the Dog Rump Creek Tavern, the fancy name for their garage in Stony Plain, on December 13th, the demand was so great that they had to schedule a second concert on December 14th. The YouTube sensatio...
Darlene Olson at Early Stage Saloon - Stony Plain
Darlene Olson and her band performed at the Early Stage Saloon in Stony Plain on December 14th. Darlene has recently written and released a Christmas song in Cree, Ni-whintow Wapamaw Santa Claus, which is receiving airplay on not only Aboriginal stations across the country, but also some other count...
Drew Gregory at the Beer Hunter - St Albert
Drew Gregory, who hails from Standard, AB, and his band, The Hired Guns, had the place rockin' at the Beer Hunter in St Albert on December 15th. At the show Drew was presented with a guitar that was custom painted by James McKay of Out There Art & Design. Drew has been working on a new album which...
Rita MacNeil & Frank Mills at Jubilee Auditorium
Cape Breton's lady of song, and the queen of her teahouse, Rita MacNeil, and Canada's original piano man, Frank Mills, Mr Music Box Dancer, celebrated Christmas with a large group of fans at the Jubilee Auditorium on December 17th. Frank Mills & Rita MacNeil ...
Codie Prevost - New Year's At Cook County Saloon
Codie Prevost and his band brought in 2013 in style at Cook County Saloon. Codie Prevost Al Leblanc Jason Graham Hal Schrenk Allison Tymiak Hal Schrenk, Codie Prevost, Allison T...
Ringing In 2013
Thousands of people flocked to downtown Edmonton on New Year's Eve to catch the entertainment in City Hall and outdoors in Churchill Square and ring in 2013. CITY HALL Sean Sonego Payton Klassen ...
Aaron Jake Goodvin at Sherlock Holmes Pub
Aaron Jake Goodvin returned home from Nashville for the Christmas season and spent several nights performing at the Sherlock Holmes Pubs in either West Edmonton Mall or on Rice Howard Way. Aaron has been busy writing in Nashville and working with several Canadians who have traveled there for either ...
Travel Alberta & Big Valley Jamboree Small Town Saturday Night press conference
The Minister of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, The Honourable Christine Cusanelli, Travel Alberta, and Big Valley Jamboree held a press conference at the Ranch Roadhouse on January 9th to announce the official launch of Small Town Saturday Night 2013. Continuing to build on the success of la...
Trace Jordan at Fandango's
Former BC resident, but now living in Alberta, Trace Jordan and his country rock band performed at Fandango's on January 11th & 12th. Trace's music history goes back to the early 90's when he played with Canadian country artist Lyndia Scott in Vancouver. Tra...
Jo Macdonald CD release show at the Drake Hotel
Traditional country artist Jo Macdonald, backed by his band, the Tumbleweed Connection, hosted a CD release show for his new album of original songs, Dreams and Memories, at the Drake Hotel on January 11th. Jo Macdonald Digger Dave ...
Quinn Brady memorial fund raiser at Cook County Saloon
Three former CISN announcers, Mike McGuire, Sean Burke and Dave Rolfson, organized a memorial fundraiser on January 11th for another former CISN employee, Quinn Brady. Quinn was just ready to start a new career in radio as a morning show host when he passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Dec 2...
Joyce Smith & Rodeo Wind at New West Hotel
It's not too often that you can catch a Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer for free, and grab a glass of beer for $1.40, but you could the week of January 14th to 19th at the New West Hotel, when Joyce Smith and Rodeo Wind played there. To make things even better, on Thursday, January 17th, you co...
Cindy Church at Festival Place
Cindy Church, backed by Steve Briggs on guitar, played Festival Place on January 18th in support of her latest album, Sad Songs Make Me Happy, her personal covers of some of her favorite songs from the past several decades. Although Cindy first began performing in Alberta in the 80's and has perform...
Shila Marie at Fandango's
Shila Marie, along with Real Fagnan and the rest of her band, performed at Fandango's on January 18th and 19th. Shila Marie Real Fagnan Ben Oswell Steve Thorne ...
Polka King Walter Ostanek at Century Casino
Canada's Polka King, Walter Ostenak, star of the hit television series, PolkaRama, did two shows at the Century Casino on January 18th and 19th, backed by Bryan Sklar and the Western Senators. Ostenak holds the Canadian record for Grammy nominations in a single category (22) and for consecutive wi...
Emily Seal CD release at LB's Pub
Emily Seal hosted a show at LB's Country Pub in St Albert on January 19th to celebrate the release of her 5 song EP, If You Keep This Up. Emcee for the event was Joanne Janzen, who also sang a couple of numbers, along with special guests Sean Sonego and Asim Chin, all backed by the newly formed grou...
Autumn Hill Edmonton Radio Tour
Universal Music's newest Canadian country duo, Autumn Hill, did a local Edmonton media tour on January 23rd, including dropping in at CFCW where they performed in front of staff members in their lunch room before appearing live on air with Stella Stevens. Autumn Hill consists of Mike Robins who is ...
2nd Annual ACMA Award Show
The 2nd Annual ACMA Awards Show was held in Red Deer on January 27th. Following the annual banquet, hosts Greg Shannon, Tera Lee, and Abbey White, of KG Country, introduced featured performances by several Alberta artists, plus presided over the presentation of the 2013 Awards. Following the present...
Dean Brody with the Small Town Pistols at Winspear Centre
Dean Brody sold out the house at the Winspear Centre on January 31st as part of his cross Canada "Dirt Tour", named after his latest album, "Dirt", which saw him perform 26 shows in January and February from Victoria to Halifax. Dean consistantly has been hitting the top of the charts with releases...
Jimmy Wiffen at LB's Country Pub
Former Maritime singer/songwriter Jimmy Wiffen, who has made Edmonton his home for many years, appeared at the Songwriter's Showcase at LB's Country Pub on January 31st. Jimmy released "Bad Guy", a 5 song EP in 2011. Besides playing in clubs in Northern Alberta, Jimmy has been keeping busy writing...
Marshall at Fandango's
Calgary based band, Marshall, consisting of Joe Marshall, Abbey Powell and Brent Gerlitz rocked the house at Fandangos on February 1st and 2nd. Joe Marshall & Abbey Powell Joe Marshall ...
Alberta Agricultural Societies Showcases
When the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies held their annual conference in Edmonton, several artists and groups performed before the people who book erntertainment in their own small towns throughout the province. Candice Ryan ...
Eric Church At Rexall Place
When Eric Church first appeared in Edmonton in January 2007, he was an opening act playing to a partially filled Rexall Place. When he returned on February 5th, 2013, he was a full blown headline act who totally sold Rexall out, ...
Jerry Sereda at Cook County Saloon
Jerry Sereda played to a packed house at the Eric Church After Party at Cook County Saloon on February 5th. Jerry has recorded a song written by Eric Church on his latest album, "Turn The Country On". Jerry Sereda R...
Tim Hus Returns To The Early Stage Saloon
John and Carmen Lindsay had to turn them away at the door on February 8th when Tim Hus filled their Early Stage Saloon in Stony Plain to capacity. With Riley Tubbs keeping the beat on the upright bass, Jeff Bradshaw joined Tim for the first time on steel and fender guitar. The Canadiana cowboy has b...
Jaida Dreyer at CFWE Radio
Nashville songwriter and recording artist, Jaida Dreyer visited with Jeremy Harpe at CFWE on February 14th as part of a radio tour through BC and Alberta promoting her new single, Half Broke Horses, which will be released to radio in the US and Canada on February 18th, and her debut album, I Am Jaid...
Valentines Sweetheart Show at LB's Pub in St. Albert
It was a Valentines Sweetheart show that packed the house at LB's Country Pub in St Albert on February 14, the night of their normal Thursday night jam. Joanne & Haley Myrol, Dana Wylie, and Samantha King joined forces for the special evening of music. Backing the ladies was Fred Larose on bass, Bil...
Uptown Folk Club presents Winterfest at Expressionz Cafe
The Uptown Folk Club presented their 5th annual Winterfest, a 3 day celebration of music, from February 15th to 17th, at the Expressionz Cafe. Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening saw a wide spectrum of different musical styles, mostly in the folk or country genre, while Saturday and Su...
Duane Steele - Dog Rump Creek Tavern House Concert
Duane Steele gave an intimate private concert for fans who gathered in Tanis and Jazz Mathews' garage in Stony Plain, commonly known as the Dog Rump Creek Tavern, on February 15th. Duane played acoustic versions and gave behind the scenes glimpses of the creative process involved in writing many of ...
ACMA Songwriters and Charlie Major at Fandango's
There was a large crowd at Fandango's on February 21st when 9 ACMA songwriters performed prior to Charlie Major's show. Hosted by Leigh Friesen, the artists shared their songs in two sessions, followed by Charlie Major. who showed the audience just how many hits he has had in his career. ...
Corb Lund - Artist In Residence display at Glenbow Museum
When Corb Lund was honoured to be asked to be the Artist-In-Residence at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, he was given the opportunity to search through the museum's storage areas to pick items and images that would compliment the mental pictures inspired by nine of his songs. Coupled with items from ...
Matt Masters at National Music Centre Sod Turning Celebration
On February 22nd a sod turning ceremony was held to officially announce the beginning of construction of the National Music Centre in the East Village area of Calgary.The 160,000 square foot, $150 million facility, scheduled for completion in 2015, will house the Centre's world class collection of m...
Amy Nelson & Hey Romeo at Edmonton Garrison
Regina's Amy Nelson, and the CCMA's reigning two-time Group Of The Year, Hey Romeo, played a private function for Canadian Armed Forces members at the Lamplighter Lounge, in the Junior Ranks Mess at Edmonton Garrison on March 1st. Many of the young soldiers are facing deployment to Afghanistan in Ju...
Sean Hogan - Dog Rump Creek House Concert
Despite a heavy snowfall, Sean Hogan played an intimate concert for hearty souls who made it out to the garage of Jazz and Tannis Matthews, better known as the Dog Rump Creek Tavern, in Stony Plain on March 2nd. Sean played and told behind the scenes stories about several songs from his latest album...
R.I.P. Stompin' Tom Connors
STOMPIN' TOM CONNORS DIES AT THE AGE OF 77: Peterborough, ON (March 6, 2013) Today Canada lost one of its' true musical icons with the passing of Stompin’ Tom Connors O.C.,LL.D.,Litt.D. Connors died of natural causes at his home in Ontario. He was 77 years of age. (A personal message from...
Global Country Nashville Adventures
From March 10th to 19th, the 2012 Global Country Star Search winners and runners up traveled to Nashville to see the sights and sounds of Music City, and then on to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where they competed in the North American Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) competitions. Maki...
Ian Tyson at Festival Place
After very successful vocal cord surgery, which restored his voice to its old self, Ian Tyson is back on the road performing. Sounding great, Ian entertained a sold out audience at Festival Place on March 22nd, giving them a straight 90 minute set and then another 15 minute encore. Joining him for a...
Gord Bamford & Danny Hooper BFF tour at Horizon Stage
Gord Bamford and Danny Hooper toured together and played several Alberta shows in mid March, including one at the Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove on March 26th. Trading songs and wits, the two artists played many of their original songs and told many humorous road stories that keep the sold out audien...
Andrew Scott at LB's Songwriters Showcase
Singer/songwriter Andrew Scott took over the stage at LB's Pub in St Albert on April 11th for the Thursday night Songwriters Showcase. After Andrew displayed his incredible vocal range and strong songwriting abilities, the regular open stage followed. On March 28, LB's celebrated the ten year annive...
R.I.P. Rita MacNeil
Sydney, NS (April 17, 2013) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cape Breton’s first lady of song, Rita MacNeil. Rita died last evening (April 16th) from complications following surgery, at the age of 68. A gentle soul with a heart of gold and the voice of an angel, Rita’s...
The One 93.1 - Leduc's New Country Radio Station Launches
The Edmonton area has a new country radio station, CJLD in Leduc. Using the call name 93.1 The One, the station launched at 9:31 AM on April 16th. The launch was the culmination of a dream for station owner Mark Tamagi, who has worked for 7 years to make his station a reality. Well known Edmonton ra...
Danielle Lowe CD Release party
Danielle Lowe held a CD release party for her sophomore album, "Patience" at Roast Coffeehouse & Wine Bar on April 21st. Warming up the audience for Danielle's performance was her friend Asim Chin. Besides highlighting songs from the new album, Danielle also debuted a new song she and her mother, Vi...
Gary Fjellgaard & Great Plains at Stony Plain United Church
That rambling troubadour, Gary Fjellgaard, along with The Great Plains, otherwise known as Saskia and Derrel DelaRonde, performed to a full house at the Stony Plain United Church on April 25th. This was part of a tour that saw them performing either together or separately all over Alberta and Saskat...
Samantha King at LB's
Samantha King rocked the house at LB's in St Albert on April 26th. Backed by Gerard Gannon on percussion, Fred Larose on bass, and the smoking lead guitar of Real Fagnan, and with Joanne and Haley Myrol providing backup harmonies, the lady who has been blowing off the roof at Rexall Place as the off...
Celebrity Impersonator Bonnie Kilroe's Country Queens at Century Casino
A whole cast of country music's greatest ladies graced the stage at the Century Casino when Vancouver celebrity impersonator, Bonnie Kilroe, presented Country Queens on April 26th and 27th. The one woman show featured Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Reba MacEntire, Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker, and many ...
Small Town Saturday Night - Bashaw
The town of Bashaw was the big winner of this year's Travel Alberta and Big Valley Jamboree sponsored event, Small Town Saturday Night. Their video presentation garnered nearly 17,000 votes, which earned them the right to host the event to raise funds to help support the arts in their community. Whe...
Suzy Boggus with Colleen Rae at Century Casino
Colleen Rae opened for Suzy Boggus at the Century Casino on May 3rd. Accompanying herself on either guitar or piano, along with her guitar player, Chris Talbert, Colleen performed all original songs that she had a hand in writing. She is planning on recording a new album of nothing but her own mater...
Adam Gregory House Concert
Adam Gregory gave an intimate house concert at the Dog Rump Creek Tavern in the garage of Jazz and Tanis Mathews on May 4th. Adam performed most of his hits from his 15 year career, including a couple of songs from his latest mini album, "Different Places". Opening the show for Adam was 18 year old ...
Global Country Star Search Competition
Global Country Star Search took place at the Naked Cybercafe & Expresso Bar on May 4th. Competitors came in from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and of course Alberta. Jess Mast from Salmon Arm, BC, was the youth winner, and Cassidy Zahar from Vilna was the runner up. Dahlia Wa...
Charley Pride at Jubilee Auditorium
Charley Pride returned to a full house in Edmonton for the 10th year in a row when he played at the Jubilee Auditorium on May 6th. Charley has had so many hits that he had to do several medleys to fit in as many as he could. Opening his show was Bobby Wright. Unfortunately Bobby lost his voice for t...
Jimmy Wiffen CD Release Party
It was like a night in Newfoundland, or maybe Fort McMurray, when former Newfoundlander Jimmy Wiffen sold out the Irish Sports and Social Society for the introduction of his new album, "It's A Livin' It Ain't No Life". Joining Jimmy were his friends, Joanne Janzen, who acted as emcee, and Emily Seal...
New Horizon & Shannon Smith at Fandango's
It was a double bill at Fandango's on May 10th and 11th when New Horizon, from Buffalo Narrows, SK, and Calgary's Shannon Smith alternated on stage. Shannon has a new radio single, "Wreck On The Highway", and will soon be releasing a new album. New Hori...
Alberta's Men & Women of Country Music - Hoadley
The annual Alberta's Men & Women of Country Music took place at Hoadley Hall on May 11th. Originally conceived more than a dozen years ago by the late Dianne Brandson as a showcase for young and veteran undiscovered Alberta talent, the event features an equal number of men and women performers. It i...
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