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Its hard to believe that Boots and Hearts begins tomorrow! 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, Owen Barney.
Introduce yourself to our readers.
I’m 18 years old and I have been playing guitar since I was about 7 years old. I picked up singing a few years later and I fell in love with performing immediately after my first time on stage at about 12.
What part of Canada are you from/do you currently reside in?
I’m from Toronto and I’ve lived here my whole life.
Describe your preparations for a big festival like Boots and Hearts.
My band and I rehearse several times a week to make sure we’re super prepared. Also, I’ve been doing as many shows as I possibly can – it helps me get better at engaging a crowd.
There are so many talented artists who are taking part in this festival. Who are you excited to check out?
I’m really looking forward to checking out Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Kane Brown. They would definitely be my top three.
Are you performing at any other music festivals this summer that you would like to tell us about?
I just played a couple shows this weekend and one of the festivals I did was Country Wild Fest. I went in expecting it to be outside, but they actually moved it indoors to a hockey arena, which was an awesome experience because I had never played in a venue like that before.
What does the rest of 2019 look like for you?
I will be releasing music very soon and just doing my best to keep improving my live show.
What is your favourite festival food?
I’m a fan of the corn dogs if I can get my hands on one.
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.