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November 6th, 2015




November 6, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – Ready to prove that a little bit of heart truly does go a long way, Ottawa’s own River Town Saints are set to take the Canadian country scene by storm. Writing music and performing together in hometown bars since early 2015, this five-piece harmony-driven group has had their dreams come true all year. Stepping out onto the national stage as the newest signing to Open Road Recordings, River Town Saints are celebrating the release of their debut single ‘A Little Bit GoesA Long Way.’ Available for download today, the track is slated to be a fast fan-favourite at country radio stations across Canada.

Brought together by their respect for songwriting and performance, the band is home to life-long friends Chris Labelle, Chris McComb, Jeremy Bortot, Jordan Potvin and Daniel DiGiacomo. Enamoured with their early hometown success, the band quickly set their sights for Nashville, with dreams of tours and full-length albums as their driving force. This eventually led to Open Road Recordings founder, Ron Kitchener inviting them to Nashville, where a showcase for the ORR/RGK team proved that they were not a group to pass up.

“Signing with RGK/Open Road is a dream come true,” explains Chris Labelle. “I’d been trying to get Ron Kitchener’s attention for years so I’ll never forget the day I got the call.” The chemistry between the band and Open Road was apparent as soon as it came time to select the first single. “After listening to and writing songs for the past year, it was a no brainer when the label came to us and presented ‘A Little Bit Goes A Long Way’. Hearing the first hook, I knew that this song was what River Town Saints is all about.”

Earning attention from key online media outlets, rave reviews of their performances alongside Tim Hicks on his College Throwdown Tour and solo performances in Bala, ON, and the 2015 CCMA Awards in Halifax, River Town Saints will continue to introduce themselves to Canada’s country music fans throughout the fall. Along with upcoming shows in Hamilton (November 24th) and Kitchener (November 25th), the band is currently on a national radio tour in promotion of their debut track.

To follow the band through their first cross-country journey, be sure to keep a close eye on all of River Town Saints’ social platforms and join the conversation using #ALittleBitGoesALongWay.

Facebook: | Instagram/Twitter: @RiverTownSaints

New single from The Road Hammers ft. Tim Hicks ‘One Horse Town’ available now

November 6th, 2015


Exciting day for Hammer Heads!!! The Road Hammers have released a brand new, rockin’ single ‘One Horse Town’ featuring Tim Hicks! Fans will be able to enjoy the video AND request it at their favourite radio station starting on November 19th.

If that’s not enough good news for fans, they can also watch the premiere of the Coors Banquet One Horse Town special tonight at 7pm ET/4PT on CMT! More details here:

Get ‘One Horse Town’ here (we’ve had it on repeat all morning): BUY NOW

See you tonight at the Toronto Argos game boys!

Coors Banquet Canada’s One Horse Town – TV special airs tonight on CMT Canada

November 6th, 2015

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TONIGHT: Don’t miss @timhicksmusic & @theroadhammers in the premiere of Coors Banquet #OneHorseTown at 7pm ET/4PT!

Watch Teaser

Dean Brody kicks off CFL Grey Cup game day entertainment

November 3rd, 2015


The Sirius XM Kickoff Show will feature 2014 Juno Award and 10-time CCMA Award winning artist Dean Brody. Brody’s most recent album Gypsy Road has earned him his second PLATINUM single, “Bring Down The House.” Recently wrapping a 22-city, 7000 km national tour, Brody will head to Nashville in early 2016 to perform at The Grand Ole Opry.

“I always have a great time in Winnipeg but playing at the Grey Cup – Canada’s greatest sporting party is going to be awesome,” Brody stated. “As a kid, nothing was bigger than my dream to be a punter in the CFL. I won’t get to punt on November 29 but I will get to play music and that’s definitely cool. The guys and I can’t wait!”

This year, the Canadian national anthem will be performed by Quebec singer-songwriter Bobby Bazini. The two-time Juno Award nominee will perform the anthems in both French and English prior to kickoff. Bobby Bazini’s 2014 album Where I Belong was one of the best-selling albums in Canada.

Nissan, the official automotive partner of the CFL, is gearing up for the 103rd Grey Cup by supporting several fan-focused events. The Nissan Titan Street Festival will take over the University of Winnipeg in downtown Winnipeg, and will feature the MacDon Fan Experience and Family Zone full of fun, educational, and interactive activities for all ages. It will also feature free live entertainment by local and national artists at both the Nissan Titan Street Festival Main Stage and Nissan Titan Street Festival Promenade Tent, giveaways, mascots and more.

Dean Brody & Paul Brandt Road Trip Tour Wraps in Halifax

October 27th, 2015






After travelling more than 7000 km from coast to coast, JUNO and CCMA Award winners Dean Brody and Paul Brandt have packed up and headed home. Wrapping up what will go down in history as Canada’s largest co-headlining country tour, Brody and Brandt’s Road Trip Tour delivered encore-worthy performances to more than 71,000 fans in 22 Canadian cities, making it 2015’s biggest country success.

Kicking off in Victoria late last month, the Road Trip Tour was brought to life not only by the electric performances delivered by Brody and Brandt. Fuelled by Ford Canada, this tour provided fans with the unique opportunity to take part in an epic scavenger hunt with winners earning the opportunity to attend a meet and greet event with two of Canada’s most celebrated musicians.

“I’ve always said that touring is the best way to celebrate our amazing country,” said Brody. “This tour allowed us to do even more than that. Working with Ford we were able to celebrate our fans – the people who continue to support us and allow us to do what we love. I am so thankful we had the opportunity to do that night after night after night.”

With media singing the praises of the live show – “Overall … Brody hit all the bases. [He] and his hard-working five-piece band were a cut above the usual hats.” (Edmonton Sun) – it was the fans who captured the excitement and shared via social media, creating more than 2 million social impressions:

“Thank you all SO much for putting on a mind blowing show!”
– @acker_mandy

“@deanbrody @paulbrandt in Halifax was the best concert I’ve ever been to amazing show!”
– @seanbently14

“We couldn’t have completed this tour without Ford Canada and we are so thankful for their support,” explained Brandt. “An event of this magnitude does not happen without the help of many and both Dean and I are incredibly grateful to everyone – fans, crew, management – who worked diligently to help us deliver shows that our audiences will remember for a lifetime.”

While Brody and Brandt will enjoy some much deserved down time for the remainder of October, both will be back with exciting announcements later in the fall. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned via Twitter/Facebok/Instagram for full updates.

New single at radio: Dean Brody ‘Love Would Be Enough’

October 23rd, 2015


‘Love Would Be Enough,’ the new single at radio now from Dean Brody Gypsy Road. Request it at your favourite Canadian country radio station now!

Tim Hicks ‘This is for the Underdog’ Trilogy Radio Station Premiere

October 23rd, 2015


The brand new 3 track short film ‘Tim Hicks – This is for the Underdog (Keep on Swinging & Shock the World) Trilogy’ premieres on your favourite radio stations websites today! ( Friday, October 23rd)

Time to take a break and watch the premiere of Tim Hicks’ ‘This Is For The Underdog’ (Keep on Swinging & Shock the World) Trilogy from the comfort of your fave radio station’s website!

You can find the full video on each of the below websites… Pick your favourite and enjoy!

XL Country 96.9 (Moncton)
Country 101.1 (Ottawa)
Country 105 (Peterborough)
KX96 (Oshawa)
KX 94.7 (Hamilton)
Country 93.5 (Kingston)
KICX 106 (Barrie)
KICX 91.7 (Sudbury)
Today’s Country BX93 (London)
Country 106.7 (Kitchener)
Country 89 (Welland)
103.9 CISN Country (Edmonton)
Country 105 (Calgary)
Today’s Country, QX 104 (Winnipeg)
Today’s Hot Country 93.7 JRfm (Vancouver)

Video Premiere: High Valley – Come On Down

October 23rd, 2015


October 9th, 2015


October 9, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – After three extremely successful albums on Open Road Recordings, the entire ORR team is proud to celebrate brother duo High Valley hitting the milestone sought by every Canadian artist – signing a major U.S. deal. It was announced yesterday that High Valley has signed with Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville.

This does not mark the end of the relationship between Open Road and the Rempel brothers. With the recent release of High Valley’s brand new single ‘Come On Down,’ the duo will continue to work with Canada’s #1 country music label for the duration of their most successful album to date, County Line. With three 2015 CCMA Award nominations for the album, resulting in a win for 2015 Group or Duo of the Year, this record has produced four Top Ten singles, including a Top Five hit and two back to back #1 videos on CMT for their radio hits ‘Make You Mine’ and ‘She’s With Me’.

“I’m very proud of Brad and Curtis for gaining the attention in the US that all determined acts strive for,” said ORR President Ron Kitchener. “We look forward to continuing to push the fantastic County Line album and their catalogue, and will enjoy watching them take over America!“

Throughout their time on Open Road, High Valley has grown to see skyrocketing success. In addition to a JUNO Award nomination, the group has seen nine CCMA Award nominations and two CCMA Award wins (2013 Interactive Artist of the Year and 2015 Group or Duo of the Year). From humble beginnings to top charting singles, Open Road Recordings is proud to have played a role in the duo’s incredible growth and is looking forward to continuing the momentum with County Line.

To follow the band on this exciting journey, fans are encouraged to download the official High Valley app at


September 15th, 2015


September 15, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Recognized as Canada’s most respected country label and management company, Open Road Recordings and RGK are celebrating today as roster members Dean Brody, High Valley and Madeline Merlo take home three 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. With wins in Video of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year and Rising Star categories, Open Road earned the most broadcast award wins, demonstrating its incredible ability to foster the outstanding talent found in Canada.

Performing his GOLD single ‘Bring Down The House’ in front of 11,000 of his fellow Nova Scotians at the Scotiabank Centre last night, Dean Brody is no stranger to the Canadian country music industry. In fact, some may say that with the release of his latest album, Gypsy Road, he is the genre’s leading man. His win for Video of the Year marked his 14th CCMA Award and kicks off the extensive Road Trip Tour, which sees him making stops in 22 cities across the country alongside Paul Brandt as of September 24.

Earning two #1 spots on CMT with singles ‘Make You Mine’ and ‘She’s With Me,’ High Valley has quickly become country music’s most successful sibling duo. Performing on last night’s broadcast, their win for Group or Duo of the Year marks the Rempel brothers’ second. Fans will have the ability to catch up with these award-winning brothers this October as they head out on tour in support of their recently released full-length album, County Line.

Becoming an immediate fan favourite with her heartfelt acceptance speech, Madeline Merlo rounded out the roster’s wins when she took home the award for Rising Star. Definitely deserved, this recognition will see the B.C. native heading into a fall of incredible projects – a role in her first full-length feature film alongside Sophie Simmons (Country Crush), the release of her new single ‘Honey Jack’ and a fall tour with label mate Dean Brody. It is without question that Canada has not seen the last of Madeline Merlo – in fact, it is very safe to say that this is just the beginning.

ORR and RGK are proud to extend congratulations to each of their 2015 CCMA Award winners. Together they also celebrated alongside Tim Hicks who was presented an award for his 4th GOLD single ‘Here Comes The Thunder’ live on stage at Fanfest the day before performing his new single ‘Young, Alive and in Love’ on the CCMA Awards stage.

Fans of ORR artists are encouraged to stay tuned via social media for roster announcements throughout the fall.



Coors Banquet One Horse Town ft. Tim Hicks and The Road Hammers this weekend in Lacombe, AB!

September 13th, 2015



Hey, Lacombe, Alberta!

We can tell you love your country music! General Admission tickets for the big show are sold out. Tim Hicks and The Road Hammers can’t wait to take the stage Friday, September 18, 2015! Special thanks to Coors Banquet!

Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT! Visit

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Tim Hicks ‘Young, Alive & In Love’ Official Video Premiere

September 8th, 2015


Tim Hicks ‘5:01+’ Available Now! CMT Premiere of ‘Young, Alive & In Love’ Today

September 4th, 2015


Spending your Friday with 5:01+?! Download your copy of ‘5:01+’ now on iTunes. 5:01+, a special edition of Hicks’ 2014 critically acclaimed album 5:01, boasts four brand new tracks including the recent radio hit “Young, Alive and In Love” (#YAIL) and features “Here Comes The Thunder” – Hicks’ fan fueled party anthem and fourth GOLD certified single.


August 31st, 2015



Special Edition Of Award Winning Album 5:01 Available September 4th

Fan Pre-Sale For All Shows Begins September 8 @ 10:00 a.m. (Local Time) Sign-up to the Tim Hicks Throw Down Crew to get Pr-sale information on September 8, 2015 – Join Here

Toronto, ON (August 31, 2015) – JUNO Award nominee and CCMA Award winner, Tim Hicks announced today that he will headline the 2015 GET A LITTLE CRAZY TOUR beginning November 1 in Sault Ste Marie, ON and continuing across Canada through the end of the month with friends Jason Benoit and Cold Creek County stacking the lineup. The highly praised and top ranked Canadian artist, who built one of country music’s most loyal audiences show by show, and song by song, confirmed that he will hit major markets including Winnipeg, Calgary, London and Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom, with multiple sold out dates expected.

“My favourite part of this crazy life I have is playing live,” said Hicks. “I’m looking forward to some of the best nights of my life out on the road and can guarantee that nobody is going to have more fun than us this fall.”

Fan pre-sale for all shows will begin on Tuesday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. local time, followed by tickets on sale to the general public on Friday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. local time. A limited number of VIP ticket packages are available for each date and include a meet and greet and photo with Hicks, access to a pre-show acoustic performance, an autographed set list, commemorative VIP laminate and more. Visit for full details.

The “Stronger Beer” hit maker will embark on the Get A Little Crazy Tour in support of 5:01+, set for release on September 4th via Open Road Recordings/Universal Music Canada. 5:01+, a special edition of Hicks’ 2014 critically acclaimed album 5:01, boasts four brand new tracks including the recent radio hit “Young, Alive and In Love” (#YAIL) and features “Here Comes The Thunder” – Hicks’ fan fueled party anthem and fourth GOLD certified single.

With much to celebrate following an electric summer filled with capacity crowds during Hicks’ festival and feature appearances, the 4x GOLD certified artist will perform live on the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Awards September 13, and will headline the Coors Banquet Kitchen Party during Country Music Week in Halifax on September 11. Garnering three CCMA Award artist nominations (Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year) and two industry nominations for his most recent album, 5:01 (Album Design of the Year – Mitch Nevins and Producer of the Year – Jeff Coplan), Hicks continues to cement his place as one of country music’s most dynamic breakout artists of the decade.

Hicks’ status as one of country music’s elite is undeniable with a 2015 SOCAN Award for the high-energy hit “Got A Feeling”, a 2014 CCMA award for Rising Star and two JUNO Award nominations for debut album “Throw Down”. Critics’ opinion parallels fan enthusiasm in Hicks’ world where he boasts seven top 10 singles, over 5 million YouTube hits and a #1 debut on the SoundScan Country Album sales chart with the August 2014 release of “5:01”. Earlier this month, Hicks announced that he’ll take his high octane show to Australia for the first time in March (2016) joining Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and more for two shows at the CMC Rocks QLD Festival in Queensland.

For more information regarding the Get A Little Crazy Tour, please visit

All dates, venues, cities subject to change. Tickets go on sale September 11th at 10 a.m. local time.

1 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Mill Square / The Machine Shop
2 – Thunder Bay, ON – Community Auditorium
4 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts
5 – Regina, SK – Canadian Western Agribition Building
6 – Calgary, AB – Flames Central
7 – St. Albert, AB – Go Auto Arena, Servus Credit Union Place
9 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brians Events Centre
10 – Medicine Hat, AB – Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
12 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place
13 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
20 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
21 – London, ON – London Music Hall
27 – Niagara, ON – Scotiabank Convention Centre
28 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre

Dean Brody to Perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show

August 26th, 2015


August 25, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) has revealed the final list for the 2015 CCMA Awards Show. Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Kira Isabella, Wes Mack, Steven Lee Olsen, MacKenzie Porter and Johnny Reid will all take to the stage at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Sunday, September 13. The 2015 CCMA Awards Show will air on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

One of few Canadian country acts able to boast four certified Gold and one Platinum single(s), JUNO and CCMA Award winner, Dean Brody, is having an incredible year. Not only did he and his fifth studio album accumulate seven 2015 CCMA Award nominations, but after just eight weeks of charting at country radio, Brody’s “Bring Down The House” has become the summer anthem of 2015, earning both Gold status and the title of #1 selling current Canadian country single. Following his performance on the CCMA Awards Show, Brody will wrap up the fall with an extensive national tour – aptly titled The Road Trip Tour – alongside fellow nominee, Paul Brandt.

Eight CCMA Awards will be presented on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, hosted by Jessi Cruickshank. Previously announced performers on the show include: Autumn Hill, Paul Brandt, Florida Georgia Line, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Brett Kissel, Jess Moskaluke, Thomas Rhett and Dallas Smith. This year’s show is being produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. There are still tickets available at all Ticket Atlantic locations, by phone at 1-877-451-1221 or online at, with prices ranging from $60.00 to $106.00, plus service charges and fees.


August 18th, 2015

#roadtriptour tour dates and fan ticket giveaway, powered by Ford of Canada

TORONTO (August 18, 2015) – Country music superstars Paul Brandt and Dean Brody are thrilled to announce Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. (Ford of Canada) as the official sponsor of their co-headline tour, #roadtriptour. The tour will begin this fall in Victoria, British Columbia, making a total of 22 stops across the country with the final show wrapping up in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

On the heels of Ford of Canada’s partnership with the tour, dubbed #TourwithFord, also comes the revelation of an exciting nationwide ticket giveaway. Kicking off this September, the contest will give country music fans the unique chance to win premium #roadtriptour concert tickets and meet and greet opportunities with both Brody and Brandt. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned via social media (@PaulBrandt, @DeanBrody @FordCanada) for further contest details.

“We’re definitely excited to be packing our bags alongside Ford of Canada for this tour,” said Dean Brody. “I’m incredibly thankful for Ford’s support on the tour and both Paul and I are excited to be offering our fans a chance to win an awesome experience they deserve for supporting us for much of the last decade.”

“This is our first national sponsorship with Paul Brandt and Dean Brody,” said Mike McGarrell, Truck Communications Manager, Ford of Canada. “We are excited to be a part of their cross-Canada tour and to share this experience with fans.”

Bringing together the best in Canadian country music, #roadtriptour will hit the road with Ford of Canada on September 24. Brody and Brandt will be joined on tour by four unique female artists – each opening in different markets: Whitney Rose, CCMA Award Winner Jess Moskaluke, and CCMA Award Nominees Lindi Ortega and Madeline Merlo.

“I’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with Ford of Canada for many years, and am so pleased to be working alongside them on this tour. I can’t imagine taking a road trip with anyone else, but Ford,” said Paul Brandt.

For ticketing information, please visit: Please note there is a limited quantity of VIP ticket packages available in each market.

High Valley to Perform at the 2015 CCMA Awards Show

August 18th, 2015

August 18, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced this morning that Autumn Hill, Paul Brandt, High Valley, Jess Moskaluke and special guest Thomas Rhett will perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show. Being broadcast from Halifax, Nova Scotia on Sunday, September 13, the 2015 CCMA Awards Show will air on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, and will feature performances by Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, Dallas Smith, and Florida Georgia Line, as previously announced.

Nominated for three 2015 CCMA Awards, the remote hometown and unique upbringing seems a magic combination for the music of La Crete, AB brothers, High Valley. Producing four Top 10 singles, including a Top 5 hit, and two #1 videos on CMT for their summer smashes, “Make You Mine” and “She’s With Me”, the duo’s latest album, County Line, has Brad and Curtis Rempel taking over the country scene with their addictive “pop-grass” sound. High Valley has performed on some of the industry’s most coveted stages this summer, including The Grand Ole Opry, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and Boots and Hearts.

Dean Brody – Bring Down the House – #1 Single

August 18th, 2015

Buy single on iTunes | Amazon | Google Play | Spotify | Rdio

Dean Brody Celebrates Gold on His 40th Birthday

August 13th, 2015


Dean Brody’s latest single, Bring Down The House, has already been certified gold status after hitting the charts eight weeks ago. Now that’s quite the way to celebrate his 40th birthday today (August 12)!

The summer anthem is off Brody’s fifth studio album, Gypsy Road, which garnered the most 2015 CCMA Award nominations than any other artist.

This September, Brody joins Paul Brandt for an epic 22-city tour for the Road Trip Tour.

High Valley Takes over the CMT Chevy Top 20!

August 12th, 2015


Tim Hicks – Young, Alive & In Love – Lyric Video

August 4th, 2015

Tim Hicks to Perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show

July 18th, 2015


The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) unveiled today that Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, and Dallas Smith will perform on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, as will special international guests, Florida Georgia Line. These are the first acts announced to take the stage as part of the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, which will broadcast on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Sunday, September 13.

Taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the first time in over 30 years, the CCMA is thrilled to be bringing both Country Music Week and the 2015 CCMA Awards Show to Atlantic Canada this fall. “This year’s CCMA Awards Show will have a whole new look and feel compared to years passed,” said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “Awards shows, just like country music, are constantly evolving. We think country music fans new and old, and viewers both at home and in the stands will all take memorable moments away from this year’s big event. For fans who plan on attending the 2015 CCMA Awards Show in-person: get your tickets now! We anticipate a sold-out crowd for this unforgettable event.”

Two time JUNO Award nominee and 2014 CCMA Award winner for Rising Star, Tim Hicks has cemented his status as one of the biggest breakout Canadian country music acts seen this decade. Hicks boasts five Top 10 singles, nearly 4 million YouTube hits, two JUNO Award nominations, and a fourth Gold-certified single fueled by the anthem, “Here Comes The Thunder”. In 2013, Hicks became the highest selling digital Canadian Country Artist of the Year for his debut album Throw Down, as well as the Most Played Debut Artist overall at Country radio. Hicks’ sophomore album, 5:01, debuted at #1 on the SoundScan Country Album sales chart last August (2014), making this his first #1 country album and paving the way for an undeniably huge year in 2015.

Congratulations to our 2015 CCMA Award Nominees

July 17th, 2015


Brand new single from Tim Hicks “Young, Alive & In Love” Available Now

July 10th, 2015

Download now on iTunes