Cover, Aug 5, 2011

Don’t Miss It !!!!!

By Don Graham

Usually the end of August brings mixed feelings, especially in Canada. Labour Day is a week away, summer is winding down and it won’t be long until parkas, toques, scarves and boots are reappearing to face the winter. This year, 2011, however, the end of August has a bright light shining on it and an event that will make this time of year something we will look forward to for years to come! The 1st Annual CMT Music Festival begins on August 26th and runs through Sunday, August 28th.

Finally a large scale country music festival within easy driving distance of the Greater Toronto Area, just up the 400 Highway, minutes from Barrie, Ontario, in Burl’s Creek Park in Oro Station. And what a festival it will be. The artist-line up reads like a who’s who and a who’s hot in country music today. The two headlining acts, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum are currently riding a wave of success around the globe. The so called supporting acts , Ronnie Dunn, Blake Shelton, Sara Evans , Corb Lund ad George Canyon are headliners in their own right!

The Friday show starts with the Corb Lund and Blake Shelton opening for the evening headliner, Lady Antebellum.

Corb Lund is a great Canadian act who’s latest effort ‘Losin’ Lately Gambler’ marks his American debut, produced by Nashville’s Harry Stinson of Marty Stuarts Fabulous Superlatives is the lanky Albertan’s 6th album but his first New West release.

Blake Shelton is definitely at the peak of his career with his current big hit ‘Honey Bee’ and his appearance on NBC’S The Voice as a judge, not to mention his marriage to country star Miranda Lambert.

The big finale act for Friday night is multi-award winning act Lady Antebellum, who’s monster hit ‘I Need You Now’ catapulted them to fame last year.

Saturday, Canadian country cutie Tara Oram starts off the day followed by country/rap artist Colt Ford, cowriter of Jason Aldean’s big hit  ‘Dirt Road Anthem’. Reached at his home in Georgia Ford said “I’m real excited to be playing up in Canada. I played a lot of golf up there and love the Canadian people! I think people will love my band we kick it and play all out and just have a great time every night! Looking forward to it.”

Also on Saturday is Canada’s up and coming young star Dean Brody singing his big hit “Trail in Life”.

Sara Evans, multi platinum selling Nashville songbird riding her hit , “A Little Stronger” hits the stage just before Ronnie Dunn, takes to the stage to unveil his solo talents . Mr.  Boot Scootin’ Boogie has hit the charts as a single act with his current album, self titled ‘Ronnie Dunn’ that contains the new hit single, ‘Bleed Red’.

Saturday night’s big closing act is Rascal Flatts, The band’s studio albums have accounted for twenty-six single releases. All of these have charted within the top 20 or higher, all but one has made the top ten, and eleven have made #1. A spectacular end to the day is insured by this amazing act.

Sunday sees Canadian stalwart George Canyon hitting the stage with his top selling single ‘Surrender’ as well as a string of unforgettable tunes that have made George the star he is today.

Some other top Canadian acts will be rounding out the Sunday lineup including Toronto’s own country rock band The Treasures. This five piece group will rock out with a sound reminiscent of the Burrito Brothers meets Eagles with a little rock ‘n’ roll thrown in. Speaking from Toronto they said “ We are really looking forward to this show, this going to be a lot of fun, country music is alive and well in Toronto!”

Ryan Laird will be performing his hit I’m Your Man and the Good Family and The Sadies, featuring members of eight time Juno winners The Good Brothers and some of their off spring will filling the air with hot bluegrass and country tunes. Bruce Good had this to say, “We are so excited to be part of this great inaugral event that celebrates country music in Canada. The Good Family, that includes sons, cousins, wives of The Good Brothers and The Sadies take to the Gospel stage to give a real ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ feel.

Teenager Naomi Bristow The Yodelin’ Cowgirl will be lighting up the stage as well on this Sunday Showcase. We reached Naomi in her home and she was bubbly and exciting to be part of this celebration of Canadian country music. ‘I am thrilled to be doing this show with such great legends of country. This is a huge honour for me to do this and perform with such great names. I always say why sing when you can yodel!”.

Friday, August 26th

2:30 p.m. Blind River
5:15 p.m. The Heartbroken
6:30 p.m. Corb Lund
8 p.m. Blake Shelton
9:45 p.m. Lady Antebellum


Noon Hank
1:15 p.m. Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold
3:45 p.m. Dry County

Saturday, August 27th

1:45 p.m. Colt Ford
3:15 p.m. Ronnie Dunn
6:45 p.m. Dean Brody
8:15 p.m. Sara Evans
10 p.m. Rascal Flatts


Noon Tara Oram
1 p.m. Bush Hawg
5:45 p.m. The Treasures

Best Buy Kids Zone

This area will include inflatables, arts and crafts activities, face painting, clowns, jugglers, magicians, an infant play area, a tumbling area and petting zoo.

1 p.m. Best Buy Kids Talent Show

*Registration will take place on Saturday.

TBD Naomi Bristow

Sunday, August 28th

10:30 a.m. The Good Family with members of The Good Brothers and The Sadies: “The Gospel Bluegrass Brunch”
1p.m. Ryan Laird
2 p.m George Canyon

The three-day country music festival is presented by 13Thirteen Entertainment in association with Corus Entertainment's CMT (Canada).

All in all this is a great way to cap off your summer by attending the historic first annual CMT Music Festival!! 13Entertainment and Kit Andrew, company president want to invite you all to share in the festivities!!!

If you love country music and live in the Toronto area don’t miss the opportunity to see some of your favourite artists “up close and personal” on the August weekend. Show your support for country music in Ontario!!! See y’all there!!!!!

Tickets are on sale now (kids under 12 are free) and you can get  more information by visiting: