Top Country Moments of 2017: From Dean Brody to Dallas Smith
2017 was one for the books for your favourite Canadian country artists. From Dean Brody headlining Budweiser Stage to Dallas Smith earning his third consecutive #1 single, here are all the Top Country Moments of 2017!
Dean Brody headlined the iconic Budweiser Stage on August 24, 2017. The country star is only the third Canadian country artist to do so. Tim Hicks and Carly Pearce kicked off the unforgettable night which featured many surprise guests, including Dallas Smith.
In September of 2017, Shania Twain released her first full length studio album in over 15 years. It shot to the top of the Billboard 200 in the United States. “Now” also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Scotland, and the United Kingdom.
Dallas Smith earned his third consecutive number one single off of his album “Side Effects”. The #1 songs are “Autograph”, “Side Effects” and “Sky Stays This Blue”. He also won the CCMA Award for Album of the Year.
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Jess Moskaluke won a JUNO for Country Album of the Year for her second studio album, “Kiss Me Quiet”. It was the first Juno win of her young career and definitely won’t be the last!
Women, Whiskey and Music Fundraiser
The Women, Whiskey and Music Fundraiser in Toronto featured Madeline Merlo, Jessica Mitchell, Jenna Walker (of the Reklaws) and The Lovelocks performing to raise money for the tragic shooting in Las Vegas this past fall. The extremely talented Canadian women put on an excellent show for a great cause.
Madeline Merlo landed on many Best Dressed Lists across North America for her red carpet appearance at the CMA awards. She was only one of the few Canadians to do so, as she looked stunning in her pink velvet outfit.
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Brett Kissel sung the Canadian and American national anthems for Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference Semifinals in Edmonton. During the performance, the audio failed and the sold out crowd assisted in finishing the American anthem. The moment made many Canadians proud!
Keith Urban surprised many Canadian country fans at the Stars and Thunder Music Festival by bringing out Meghan Patrick for a song during his set. They performed a duet rendition of “We Were Us” in front of a crowd of 25,000.
Lindsay Ell’s third studio album, “The Project” reached number one on the US Indie Chart. It also debuted at number one on the Nielsen Soundscan US Current Country Albums chart, marking an incredibly successful year for the singer/guitarist from Calgary.
The Hunter Brothers had one more field left to seed in May of 2017 and they ended up getting their tractor stuck! What did they end up doing? Making a parody video of course! The farmers parodied Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire” and went viral in the process. Close to 1.5 million views later, the Hunter Brothers continue to make us smile.
Tim Hicks was presented with two gold records by none other than Ron Maclean during a Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast in his hometown of Niagara Falls. It was an unforgettable day for the singer.
For Neil Young’s induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jessica Mitchell performed a beautiful rendition of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” at the iconic Massey Hall.
The two Canadian music icons, Gord Bamford and Jim Cuddy, had a memorable performance of their duet “Ain’t It Grand” at the CCMA awards in Saskatoon.
The legendary singer further cemented his legacy after being inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame at the 2017 CCMA awards. The honor was presented by Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada.