Bill Borgwardt Performance Photography

Bio


One of the first graduates of the Photographic Technology course at NAIT, Bill Borgwardt has been involved with the media and employed in the photographic industry since 1966, including the motion picture and television industry. Originally starting out as a freelance television news photographer for CBC, and then spending several years directly employed with ITV (now Global Television), before undertaking various other photography related ventures.

As a child, Bill’s weekends were spent at the Horse Hill community hall just north east of Edmonton, listening to country bands. His dad was the president of the local community association and as such oversaw the weekly country dances.

Bill became seriously involved in the Canadian country music industry in the early 90s. He began volunteering his photographic and organizational skills to Global Country Canada in 1996, and has worked with them since that time, helping to organize and promote various Global Country programs, concerts, and events, including the annual tour of Nashville for winners of the Global Country Star Search.

In 1999 he began doing photography and writing for Country Music News, becoming the principal photographer and Edmonton columnist from 2000 until the publication folded in March of 2012.

In 2006 Bill was presented with a Canadian Platinum album award by Charley Pride, for his photographic work on the DVD packaging, "Charley Pride - Live In Canada".

Also in 2006 he produced the very successful Alberta Rock ‘N Roll Reunion for Global Country. The show, held in Edmonton’s Winspear Centre, in front of over 1600 people, brought together nearly 50 Alberta artists who recorded in the 1950’s and 1960’s and were instrumental in developing the rock and roll genre of music. From this show he produced the Alberta Rock ‘N Roll Reunion documentary DVD, the only comprehensive record of the contributions of Alberta artists to this form of music. A copy of the DVD was requested by the National Archives of Canada for their archives.

In 2011 he was presented with the Bev Munro Award by the Association of Canadian Country Music Legends for his support of country music in Alberta and across Canada.

In addition to maintaining a news blog on the Association of Country Music in Alberta website since May of 2012, Bill is the official photographer for CFCW, a photo contributor to the National Music Centre in Calgary (Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame), and a feature contributor to Canadian Cowboy Country. Each year he covers well over a hundred different country music events and has covered CCMA Country Music Week since 1999, and Big Valley Jamboree since its inception in 1993. He also produces country music videos for YouTube.

In 2014 Bill had the honour of having two of his photographs of Tommy Hunter used by Canada Post on the First Day Cover and booklet packaging of the Tommy Hunter commemorative postage stamp.

In January of 2015, Bill was voted the 2014 Industry Person of the Year by the members of the ACMA.

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Apr-19-2012
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...
Apr-20-2012
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.                                                        ...
Apr-21-2012
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 Shawanda

           
                                                                                                    
         
                                       Crystal with husband Dewayne Strobel

  Copyright Bill Borgwardt 2012
Apr-22-2012
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 ...
Apr-25-2012
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...
Apr-28-2012
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...
Apr-29-2012
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...
May-01-2012
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...
May-05-2012
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          ...
May-12-2012
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...
May-15-2012
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 ...
May-18-2012
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.            ...
May-18-2012
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...
May-23-2012
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...
May-25-2012
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. 

          
                                              Deana Carter

Copyright Bill Borgwardt 2012
May-26-2012
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...
May-27-2012
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...
May-31-2012
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...
Jun-02-2012
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...
Jun-11-2012
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 ...
Jun-13-2012
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...
Jun-16-2012
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...
Jun-21-2012
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                                                             ...
Jun-22-2012
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 ...
Jun-23-2012
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, ...
Jun-24-2012
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      ...
Jun-25-2012
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...
Jun-30-2012
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...
Jul-05-2012
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 ...
Jul-14-2012
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.         ...
Jul-19-2012
Capital Ex

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...
Jul-21-2012
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 ...
Jul-22-2012
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...
Jul-24-2012
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...
Jul-28-2012
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,...
Aug-02-2012
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...
Aug-07-2012
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                  ...
Aug-09-2012
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 ...
Aug-10-2012
Annual Darwell Barnburner Festival

Kory Wlos                                           Robin Pelletier                              Allison Granger            Big Mike Callan & Kixxsin                            Ron                                             Neil Waters                                                            ...
Aug-17-2012
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...
Aug-18-2012
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...
Aug-26-2012
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...
Aug-29-2012
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...
Sep-01-2012
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...
Sep-06-2012
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                                           ...
Sep-23-2012
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...
Sep-29-2012
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...
Oct-06-2012
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...
Oct-13-2012
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                 ...
Oct-19-2012
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 "...
Oct-19-2012
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...
Oct-20-2012
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...
Oct-20-2012
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...
Oct-24-2012
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...
Oct-25-2012
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...
Oct-25-2012
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...
Oct-27-2012
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...
Nov-01-2012
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...
Nov-02-2012
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...
Nov-02-2012
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...
Nov-03-2012
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                                  ...
Nov-03-2012
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...
Nov-07-2012
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 ...
Nov-16-2012
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...
Nov-18-2012
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...
Nov-22-2012
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, and a free concert on the CFCW stage at West Edmonton Mall in the afternoon and a full blown concert at The Ranch that night, w...
Nov-23-2012
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...
Nov-30-2012
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...
Nov-30-2012
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 ...
Dec-04-2012
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 ...
Dec-06-2012
Lori Kole at Fandangos

Calgary's Lori Kole and her band performed at Fandango's from December 6th to 8th.

       
                                                  Lori Kole
 
     
              Barry Driedger


        Daniel Hagen                     Sean Watts
 Copyright Bill Borgwardt 2012
 cdncountry@shaw.ca

Dec-06-2012
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...
Dec-07-2012
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...
Dec-09-2012
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...
Dec-09-2012
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 ...
Dec-14-2012
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...
Dec-14-2012
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...
Dec-15-2012
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...
Dec-17-2012
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 ...
Dec-31-2012
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...
Dec-31-2012
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           ...
Jan-03-2013
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 ...
Jan-09-2013
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...
Jan-11-2013
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...
Jan-11-2013
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 ...
Jan-11-2013
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...
Jan-17-2013
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...
Jan-18-2013
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 ...
Jan-18-2013
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...
Jan-18-2013
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...
Jan-19-2013
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...
Jan-23-2013
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 ...
Jan-27-2013
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...
Jan-31-2013
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...
Jan-31-2013
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...
Feb-01-2013
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          ...
Feb-02-2013
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                                  ...
Feb-05-2013
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,                                                                     ...
Feb-05-2013
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...
Feb-08-2013
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...
Feb-14-2013
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...
Feb-14-2013
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...
Feb-16-2013
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...
Feb-16-2013
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 ...
Feb-21-2013
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.         ...
Feb-22-2013
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 ...
Feb-22-2013
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...
Mar-01-2013
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...
Mar-02-2013
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...
Mar-06-2013
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...
Mar-10-2013
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...
Mar-22-2013
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...
Mar-26-2013
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...
Apr-11-2013
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...
Apr-16-2013
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...
Apr-16-2013
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...
Apr-21-2013
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...
Apr-25-2013
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...
Apr-26-2013
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...
Apr-26-2013
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 ...
Apr-27-2013
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...
May-03-2013
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...
May-03-2013
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 ...
May-04-2013
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...
May-06-2013
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...
May-10-2013
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...
May-11-2013
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...
May-11-2013
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...
May-16-2013
The Orchard Songwriter's Showcase at LB's Pub

On May 16th The Orchard were the featured performers at the Thursday night Songwriter's Showcase at LB's Pub in St Albert. Mitch Smith and Kasha Anne, who form the Royalty Records duo, performed songs from their debut album, Southern Ground, as well as some of the new material they have written. Fol...
May-18-2013
Joyce Smith & Rodeo Wind at the New West Hotel

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member, Joyce Smith, and her band, Rodeo Wind, played the New West Hotel from May 13th to 18th. Joyce, along with at least 6 other Hall of Famers, will perform at the CCMA Legends Show on September 6th during Country Music Week in Edmonton, and Rodeo Wind has been...
May-19-2013
Bashaw Festival of Stars

For 10 years the Bashaw Festival of Stars Committee, spearheaded by Ron & Penny Shantz, has scoured the province to find undiscovered country talent of all ages. Each May long weekend they bring them all together for a 3 day festival known as the Bashaw Festival of Stars. This year's event took plac...
May-21-2013
23rd Annual CFCW Listener Appreciation Concert

CFCW held their 23rd annual Listener Appreciation Concert at the Jubilee Auditorium on May 25th. Morning show hosts, Sharon Mallon and Danny Hooper kicked off the show in what can only be described as an undescribable dance routine, before special guest Mark Chesnutt, who sang many of the hits that ...
May-22-2013
Fiddle Champion Scott Woods at Kirk United Church

Canadian Open Fiddle Champion Scott Woods brought his annual cross-Canada tour back to Kirk United Church on May 22nd. Each year Woods takes his show to local community centres and churches across the country as a fund raiser for the local organizations. Every year the show has a new theme. This yea...
May-23-2013
Paul Brandt at ChristCity

Paul Brandt brought his "Just As I Am Tour" to Christcity Church on May 23rd. Besides performing a number of gospel songs, including some from his new album, Just As I Am, Paul also featured some of his most popular past hits, such as Convoy, My Heart Has A History, I Do, Give It Away, and Alberta B...
May-24-2013
Alex Vissia CD release party

Alex Vissia held a CD release concert for her new 6 song EP, Young Love, at Fiddlers Roost on May 24th. Alex started her music career in her pre-teens when you sang and recorded with her two sisters as the country bluegrass trio, The Vissia Sisters. Alex has continued to pursue her musical career as...
May-25-2013
St Albert Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo Country Concert

The annual Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo country concert took place on May 25th. Despite rain threats, the skies held their water and didn't drop it on the country crowd. Besides, the concert was held under a large tent, just as a precaution. Opening the party was Craig Moritz, followed by Curtis Grambo, ...
May-26-2013
Calvin Vollrath CD Release and Fiddle Gala

Calvin Vollrath held his annual Fiddle Gala weekend at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre from May 24th to 26. The Friday night featured a dance with an 11 piece band of amazing veteran players, joined by east coast fiddle champion, Natalie McMaster. Saturday saw a whole host of champion fiddl...
May-30-2013
Songwriters Showcase at LB's Pub with Alex Vissia

In a busy week following the official release of her new CD, "Young Love", Alex Vissia performed at the weekly Thursday night Songwriter's Showcase at LB's Pub on May 30th. After her solo performance, the jam band, Shaved Posse, joined her for a few tunes, and then an old friend from their younger d...
May-31-2013
Country Girls at Stony Plain Farmers Days

Stony Plain celebrated Farmers Days with a big outdoor party on May 31st, and what could be more appropriate than performances by 3 country girls, Erin Haley, Mandy McMillan, and Amber Haydey. Erin and Amber had just returned from a visit to Nashville, and Mandy, who now lives in Nashville, and work...
Jun-01-2013
Sidekick at Fandangos

On June 1st the band Sidekick performed at Fandango's.

    


    
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Jun-01-2013
Lisa Hewitt at Apex Casino

Lisa Hewitt took a bit of a break from the glitz and glamour that is her Little Ole Opry show, to play a classic country set with her band at the Apex Casino in St Albert on May 31st and June 1st.                                                                  Lisa Hewitt Copyright Bill Borgwar...
Jun-02-2013
Gary Fjellgaard & The Great Plains at St Albert United Church

Those wandering troubadors, Gary Fjellgaard and Saskia & Darrel, who perform as The Great Plains, were once again touring around Alberta in early June. On the 2nd they dropped in to the St Albert United Church for a fund raising concert.                                                             ...
Jun-05-2013
ACMA Songwriters & Drew Gregory CD Release at Fandangos

Drew Gregory held a CD release party for his new album, The Way I Was Raised, at Fandangos on June 5th. Prior to Drew hitting the stage, the ACMA presented a songwriters showcase featuring Frank Eagle, Shelly Dubois, Emily Seal, and Greg Wood. Hosting the evening was Cal Gratton of XM105 Whitecourt ...
Jun-06-2013
Brett Kissel Radio Tour

Newly signed Warner Music Canada recording artist, Brett Kissel, stopped at country radio stations in Edmonton on June 6th as part of a cross Canada tour that will see him make 180 media stops, including visiting close to 90 radio stations, in 55 days.  The tour is to introduce him to radio and medi...
Jun-17-2013
Brett Kissel single release reception

Brett Kissel held a private reception at the Rose & Crown Pub in Edmonton on June 17th to celebrate the release of his first Canadian single with Warner Music Canada, Started With A Song. Among those attending were his former manager and life coach, Dr Bob Steadward, Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel, t...
Jun-23-2013
15th Annual Global Country Concert - The Final Curtain

Global Country has culminated 15 years of country concerts, where rising young stars had the opportunity to perform on stage with a live band and share that stage with seasoned professionals. Sadly the June 23rd show, The Final Curtain, marked the end of that era. Backed by Lisa Hewitt’s band, The T...
Jun-26-2013
CCMA Pep Rally for Country Music Week Volunteers

The Canadian Country Music Association held a pep rally at The Ranch for volunteers who will be helping during Country Music Week, Sept   to    in Edmonton. After registering and getting sized for their volunteer vests, participants had the opportunity to try their hand at roping and line dancing. A...
Jun-26-2013
Jo Macdonald at the New West Hotel

From June 24th to 29th, Jo Macdonald and his band entertained at the New West Hotel. Jo is the man behind the 6th Annual Grandparents Helping Sick Kids Benefit for the Stollery Children’s Hospital, which will be held at the New West on August 11th.                                                ...
Jun-28-2013
Kayla Hotte and Her Rodeo Pals at Churchill Square

Kayla Hotte and her Rodeo Pals, introduced the audience to western swing and classic country music, when they played the Churchill Square stage during The Works Art & Design Festival on June 28th.                                                                          Kayla Hotte               ...
Jul-05-2013
Kira Isabella at The Ranch

On July 5th, Kira Isabella and her band performed at The Ranch. Kira is currently enjoying radio and CMT success with her latest single, Little White Church, from her album, Love Me Like That.                                                                  Kira Isabella                    Andy ...
Jul-05-2013
Aaron Pritchett at Cook County Saloon

Aaron Pritchett had the girls pressed against the stage when he performed at Cook County Saloon on July 5th.                                                                    Aaron Pritchett                                                      Mike Bourque                         Jason Brinkwor...
Jul-06-2013
Southern Reserves Flood Relief Concert at Fandango's

A fund raiser was held at Fandango's on July 6th to raise money in support of the southern Alberta reserves that were devastated by June floods. Hundreds of homes were submerged in muddy water, leaving thousands homeless.                   Councilor Karen Leibovici                                ...
Jul-06-2013
David Jukebox Leigh at Woodcroft Community Hall

Parents, grandparents, and young children all came out to the Woodcroft community hall when David Jukebox Leigh and his band played there on July 6th. With all ages out on the dance floor having a great time, the event took on the atmosphere of a country dance from a half century ago. It's great to ...
Jul-09-2013
Darrell Barr Introduces New Tuesday Open Stage at LB's in St. Albert

On July 9th, Darrell Barr introduced the new open stage format at LB's in St Albert. Open to all genres of music, the stage is open from 7:30 to 11:30 PM for any artist who would like to showcase their talents, either with band members or solo. This marks the beginning of the 27th year of LB's suppo...
Jul-11-2013
Bill Anderson at Century Casino

Grand Ole Opry legend Bill Anderson played to a full house at the Century Casino on July 11th. Anderson has been a member of the Opry for 52 years. Besides being known as an entertainer, Anderson is also a prolific songwriter who has had many of his own hits that he has written, and also several hit...
Jul-18-2013
Alee - 21st Birthday Bash & CD Release Concert at Cook County Saloon

Alee (aka Alexandra Adamoski) packed Cook County Saloon with friends, family, and music industry people, on July 18th when she held a  concert there to celebrate her 21st birthday, the release of her debut full album, This Road Goes Everywhere, and the radio release of the new single off the album, ...
Jul-20-2013
Third Annual Vilna Cowboy Fest

The 3rd annual Vilna Cowboy Fest, sponsored by the Vilna Agricultural Society, took place from July 19th to 21st. With a mixture of story telling through rhyme (some of them may have even been true), and lots of western cowboy pickin' and music, everyone was treated to a good time as they celebrated...
Jul-21-2013
Country at K-Days

July 21st was the only country day on the Koodonation Stage at K-Days, with Lisa Hewitt and The Trads, Chad Brownlee, and Dallas Smith performing.                                                                       Lisa Hewitt             Greg McEachern                           Gary Okrainuk ...
Jul-22-2013
Taste of Edmonton Stage

The Taste of Edmonton Stage in Churchill Square during K-Days featured Aboriginal acts, CC & High Rider, Dallas Arcand, and Crystal Shawanda on July 22nd and Country Roots artists, Andrew Scott, Shane Chisholm, and Tim Hus on June 23rd.                                                     CC & High...
Jul-26-2013
Leduc County 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Leduc County celebrated its' 50th anniversary with a free concert at the Leduc West Antique Society grounds on July 26th. Hosted by Danny Hooper, the event featured entertainment by Brendan Guy, Joanne Janzen, Tiffany Dowhan and Duane Steele.                    Danny Hooper emcee                  ...
Jul-27-2013
Jake Mathews House Concert at Dog Rump Creek Tavern

When Jake Mathews played the Dog Rump Creek Tavern on July 27th, the crowd was so large they spilled out of the venue (better known as the garage of Jazz & Tanis Mathews) right out to the sidewalk. Jake didn't disappoint them as he talked about and sang many of his hits, including the title track fr...
Jul-29-2013
Rest In Peace - Fred Larose

Fred Larose, well known bass player, and a well respected musician and friend of the entire music community, passed away after an extensive battle with cancer on June 29th. Fred, a tireless live music promoter, played with such country artists as Danny Hooper, Laura Vinson, Crystal Plamondon, Lisa H...
Aug-01-2013
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