Bowmanville, Ontario’s Boots and Hearts is the largest country music festival of its kind ever to be hosted on Canadian soil. It is a three-day celebration of music and art where music lovers of all genres can escape from the rigors of daily life, band together with thousands of other country music fans and experience a once-in-a-lifetime event that they will never forget. Here are 5 reasons why Boots and Hearts might be the one festival to catch this year.
There are more festivals in Canadian than ever hitting the calendar this year, but having one genre of music makes you feels like home. Country music also a place that takes you back to a simpler era in music, without the machines and auto-tune doing the work for artists. With old-school country fans who remember Johnny Cash the first time mingling with an audience not born when Garth Brooks became Chris Gaines, they’re all unified in their love for the music.
Lets’ take a look at the charts: Jason Alden has 9 #1’s to his name, Rascal Flatts has released 26 singles, and all of these have charted within the top 20 or higher on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 12 which reached #1. Miranda Lambert is no slouch – not only is she married to Blake Shelton, she has been honored by the Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Country Music Association Awards. Out of The Band Perry’s first 7 singles, 3 have reached #1. Dierks Bently’s studio albums have accounted for 18 singles on the country singles charts, of which ten have reached #1. 2012 saw Jason Blaine win the CCMA Single of Year for his top ten hit They Don’t Make Em Like That Anymore, followed by Cool, the most played Canadian song at country radio.
A perfectly hybrid of established artists and up-and-comers, Boots and Hearts is also the festival where you’ll likely be talking about new artists like Melissa Payne, CCMA nominated-Tebey, and Mackenzie Porter. Forget for a moment they’re all country artists – these three alone are Canada’s brightest musical talents.
The Food and Merchants
The set times are perfect for the artists play the hits, and a few new songs, too. The time in-between give you enough time to check out the food, merchant and craft vendors. Anyone searching for local flavor and modern items to take home with you can do no wrong taking a walk around. All at reasonable prices, too. Say hello to them, even though you might not be buying during the weekend. You’ll want to come back to Bowmanville and never know when you might run into them next.
All current campers that have purchased sites at the Range will now be located on the original grounds at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. If you’ll be coming to Boots and Hearts and roughing it (that means camping, not leaving your phone at home), here are a few tips to make your festival experience better for you, and the environment: Bring 3 trash bags to keep your recyclables and compost separate from your trash. Bring a reusable water bottle – stainless steel is the best. And bring a tennis ball. When you come back to the hundreds of tents all looking the same, you’ll be glad you stuck one on top of your tent for finding it easily.
With over 35 bands, you can expect to pay around $2,500 if you wanted to see them all separately. With weekend passes starting at $169.00 and kids under 12 getting in free, this might be the best value of any music festival – anywhere. Boots and Hearts offers a limited number of day passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.