Let’s Go To The Ex – Day 18 – Marshall Dane at The Northern Comfort Saloon


On the final day, day 18 of The CNE I managed to squeeze in one more country act. Walking up to the Northern Comfort Saloon I could hear that Marshall Dane was on stage. I knew his voice and was drawn to the saloon. It was packed. Today’s crowd was definitely the biggest of the year for The Ex and the saloon was no exception. It was a standing room only kinda day for Marshall’s performance.

I’ve been following Marshall’s path since last year when I saw him at The Midway Stage and I’ve written about him a couple of times. He’s engaging and he’s charming. He can also sing. Highlights for me today were his cover of Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You” and Marshall’s very own “Alcohol Abuse”. To say Marshall’s performance was hot wouldn’t be an exaggeration. It was hot and sweaty in the Saloon today. To quote the singer “My shirt hasn’t been this wet all week. This is exceptional.” I’m going to say today’s performance was exceptional. He’s got some local shows coming up, check out the schedule here.

Side note – I love a performer who plays for the camera. Thanks for the great shot Marhsall.

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Let’s Go To The Ex – Day 15 Tim Hicks, Kira Isabella and The Abrams Brothers


Tonight was a wonderful night. It started with a quick interview with Tim Hicks at The CNE.  If you’re wondering… yeah he’s really that guy. Sweet, funny, sincere, grateful, oh, and don’t let me forget talented. Did I mention very humble and gracious. He also did a great job of ignoring me while I shot him and paid attention to the questions Joshua asked him. Tim’s got a new album out, 5:01 – go check it out!

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Are you wondering what Tim’s thinking? You can find out if you click on thereviewsarein.com link. The full interview – questions and answers. There are some really good ones including who he thinks might win the CCMA Best Female Artist Award.

Because of our interview with Tim we had no time to shoot The Abrams Brothers. I could hear them and I did manage to catch a shot from the crowd before they left the stage.

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Next up was Kira Isabella. I was stoked that she was part of the bill. She was the one act last year at Boots and Hearts that I was kicking myself over having missed. I just couldn’t do it. It was one of those moments where I just felt like I couldn’t make it there in time and I was tired and needed a rest. Boots and Hearts is great but its a long, exhausting weekend. Fun but don’t forget… it’s work for us. She played all of my favourite songs and I was singing along just like the rest of the crowd. She looked beautiful and sang like an angel.

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And then there was Tim. He hit the stage with his usual energy. There was running and jumping. He got us all up on our feet with our hands in the air. He sang all of my favourites including the songs from the new album. There was crazy white smoke and before it was over there was confetti everywhere. It was spectacular and I had a wonderful, wonderful time.

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More to come visit thereviewsarein.com for set details and our exclusive interview!

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Float Toronto – Sensory Deprivation Tanks have arrived in West Queen West


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I’ve been waiting. Maybe you’ve been waiting too. Sensory Deprivation tanks, the ultimate way to turn off the world. On Monday Float Toronto opened their doors in the West Queen West neighbourhood. I booked my first float for opening day and when I left I felt amazing. I was also full of questions so I sent a them a DM asking if they’d have time to do an interview. They agreed and we set up a time. I wanted to make sure you got an unbiased viewpoint so I got in touch with Joshua from thereviewsarein.com and asked him to go with me to the meeting.

I am completely sold on this and as I said tonight to Jesse from Float Toronto, I can’t imagine the rest of my life without this. I’m totally in.

I had lots of questions and Jesse had answers for us. I’m really glad they’ve set up shop so close to home. I think I’m going to be spending a lot of time there.

To see all the questions and answers visit thereviewsarein.com for the interview.

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Side note – I think they’re doing a really good job with their social media. Quick to respond and bringing us interesting information.

They’re on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FloatToronto

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/float_toronto

Instragram: http://www.instagram.com/float_toronto

 

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Let’s Go To The Ex – Day 9 – Gord Bamford


As promised here are some shots from Gord Bamford’s set at the CNE on Saturday. It was an amazing performance. Yeah, he may have made me cry, just a little bit.

Full review coming up on thereviewsarein.com

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Let’s Go To The Ex – Day 9 – Tebey


I almost didn’t make it to The CNE for this… traffic was crazy. So glad I didn’t miss the start of Tebey’s set. Review is up on thereviewsarein.com.

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Runaway Angel in the Juction – Posted on thereviewsare.com – full interview


Runaway Angel in The Junction – Posted on thereviewsare.com

On Sunday I interviewed the ladies of Runaway Angel. Want to know all the details? Follow the link!

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Country Artists Runaway Angel


On Sunday I spent a little time in The Junction chatting with the ladies of Runaway Angel. I first heard them at Boots and Hearts during the SiriusXM Emerging Artist Showcase and I was happy to be able to meet up with the band to chat one on one (ok one on three).

Thanks ladies, it was a pleasure.

Full review and interview now up on thereveiwsarein.com

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