September's Countrified Picks
Welcome to September’s Countrified Picks —you guessed it—our favourite Countrified Canada picks from this past month!
1. Prairie Couture
A new kind of retail experience has arrived in Alberta! This Gypsy Soul is on the road to bring you feminine fashion, jewelry, footwear.
2. Fringe & Feather
One of a kind Canadian fibre art piecesand collection of jewelry and accessories.
3. Andie Duquette "Here We Are"
Few artists under 30 circuiting today bring to the stage that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ of spark, sincerity, and storytelling like Andie does. This Montreal-based songstress harnesses a road-tested, deeply ingrained confidence in her time-tested tales, calling on inspirations from Joan Jett to Shania Twain, before landing somewhere completely and uniquely on her own — as it should be!
Her new single — ‘Nothin’ On Me’ — reinforces just that, and then some. A positive appeal to ending Internet bullying plaguing modern day, as well as highlighting the inherent freedoms of just living your life, the choral line “you be you, and I’ll be me” is at the very root of Andie’s entire ethos.
4. Matt Patershuk
Matt Patershuk and his new album, ‘Same As I Ever Have Been’ is out via Black Hen Music.
It’s honky-tonk. It’s blues. It’s even got some celtic and folk folded in for good n’ steady measure. ’Same As I Ever Have Been’ is this bridge builder and horse farmer’s most organic and confident collection of songs yet.
Catch Matt at the following upcoming dates:
September 29th @ CKUA Performance Space — Edmonton, AB
October 6th @ Grande Prairie Regional College — Grande Prairie, AB
October 13th @ Wide Cut Weekend — Calgary, AB
October 14th @ Wide Cut Weekend — Calgary, AB
October 25th @ The Slice — Lethbridge, AB
October 26th @ The Bassment — Saskatoon, SK
October 27th @ High & Lonesome Club — Winnipeg, MB
November 24th @ Oak Bay Rec Centre — Oak Bay, BC
November 25th @ The Heatley — Vancouver, BC
5. Paul Brandt - The Journey Video & Single
6. Gord Bamford Foundation $100,000 donation to MusicCounts
Canada's leading music education charity MusiCounts, celebrated the start of this year’s Country Music Week, with an announcement that the Gord Bamford Foundation is renewing its commitment to MusiCounts with a $100,000 donation. The Gord Bamford Foundation had previously made a generous donation of $100,000 in 2014. A non-profit organization, the Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth and through the ongoing partnership, MusiCounts will be able to provide musical instruments to children who need them most for years to come.
"I believe that keeping music education alive in schools is important on so many levels. As an activity it builds confidence and can often spark a lifelong passion for a child to pursue. A natural fit for the Gord Bamford Foundation, I'm so very proud to announce this donation today," said Gord Bamford.
"Thanks to the renewed and amazing support from the Gord Bamford Foundation, MusiCounts is able to give more Canadian youth access to the transformational power of music," said Kristy Fletcher, Director of MusiCounts. "We are honoured to have the continued support of the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and the country music community.”
Three-time CCMA Award-winner Jess Moskaluke spook on behalf of MusiCounts during the CCMA Awards broadcast on September 10. Moskaluke was also on hand to kick off the opening of the 2017-2018 MusiCounts Band Aid Program applications on September 8, with a special celebration at École canadienne-française in Saskatoon.
7. Maddison Krebbs "Live For Love"
Okotoks, Alberta Country artist Maddison Krebs released her latest single “Live for Love” available on September 8th on iTunes and Spotify.
Co-written by Jeff Trot (Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks) and Tony Martin (Tim McGraw, Keith Urban), “Live for Love” showcases Maddison’s growth as a country artist and songwriter, blending her sultry vocals and classic country roots to create a mature sound. The song encapsulates the notion that when life is out of your control the only way to manage that is through kindness.
In 2016 Krebs was named the winner of the of the second annual ole “On The Spot” Competition during that year’s Canadian Country Music Awards festivities, which earned her a spot in ole’s Red Dot artist development program. Prior to that, Krebs’ notable achievements included her 2014 full-length debut Your True Love being nominated Album of the Year by the Alberta Country Music Association, performing for over 200,000 people during the 2012 Calgary Stampede, and landing slots at major festivals such as the Big Valley Jamboree, Canadian Music Week and Folk Alliance International.