Photo credit: Nicole Wolfe
Its hard to believe that Boots and Hearts is less than a week away! We are in full preparation mode at Canadian Beats and can’t wait to get on the grounds at Burls Creek in Oro-Medonte, Ontario to capture all that this amazing 4-day festival has to offer. Leading up to the festival, we have had the chance to sit down with a few of the Canadian artists gracing the stage this year to chat about Boots and Hearts and to give you the chance to learn a little bit about them before they hit the stage. Today we are pleased to introduce to you, Kelsi Mayne.
Introduce yourself to our readers.
I’m Kelsi Mayne and I’m currently one of three finalists in Canada for Sirius XM’s “Top of the Country”.
What part of Canada are you from/do you currently reside in?
I’m born and raised in Windsor, ON but the last six years I’ve been living in Toronto and commuting to Nashville.
Describe your preparations for a big festival like Boots and Hearts.
Squats and shots 😛 (our pre-show ritual haha!).
This year’s prep is a lot different than last year playing the main stage. This year we’re playing an intimate performance in the VIP Sirius XM barn so we’re turning a few of our popular tunes into acoustic versions— which is always pretty cool and keeps things interesting.
There are so many talented artists who are taking part in this festival. Who are you excited to check out?
Miranda has always been a huge influence of mine as both an artist and songwriter, in fact, she’s one of the reasons why I’m in the biz! I’ve gotten the chance to meet her and have some beers with her band after one of their shows so it would be awesome to see them again.
Are you performing at any other music festivals this summer that you would like to tell us about?
Yes! Too many to mention them all (all are listed at www.kelsimayne.com/dates) but we’re playing mainstages in Alberta at Boots N’ Brews in Fort McMurray, and the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, the Havelock Jamboree back in Ontario, Rock’s Rally in London, ON, CCMAs in Calgary, and a couple hometown charity festivals including the McGregor Mug Run and the 1st annual Fort City Music Festival. Can’t wait!!!
What does the rest of 2019 look like for you?
I’m Nicole, a biology teacher by day, but my life revolves around music. I’m that girl that you will always find with the concert t-shirt on and ear buds in. It is rare that you find me without some type of music playing in the background. I connect all of my life experiences to music. It truly has its own language in my heart. There is nothing more exciting than taking in all that a concert has to offer. I love to support local Canadian acts and attend as many shows that I can.