Gearing Up For Boots & Hearts – Tour Info & Survival Guide

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The ever-growing country music scene makes it very interesting as the Boots and Hearts Music Festival caters to a crowd predominantly made up of people between the ages of 18 and 30. Many of them will be there to see the “Country Royalty” such as this year’s line up of Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert,  Kip Moore, Kane Brown and Maren Morris. 

Organizers are always looking for diversity in the lineup, and the fans have an influence on the final roster. Our country scene of the 1960s and radio play list,  was music of the Byrds, Poco, and other US groups, and in Canada the likes of Ian and Sylvia’s Great Speckled Bird, The Good Brothers, Ronnie Hawkins,  Murray McLauchlan, Sue Medley, Matt Minglewood, Prairie Oyster, Rock ‘n’ Horse, and Jesse Winchester, for some or all of their careers.

What makes country music so important to Canada and especially Ontario? After all, no one can better describe what it means to us Canadians than those who listen to it, and those who make it. “Country music is like a personal journal if it were to be sung. Country music outlines every tragic, rewarding, magical, and loving moment in peoples’ lives. It seems truly genuine compared to more mainstream top-40 hits. Country musicians do music for the fans, rather than solely for the money, so I feel like the quality of music is far beyond that of what comes from Hollywood.”

“The country music I tend to listen to I always associate with this sense of feeling free or a certain desire to take on challenges. A song that comes to mind is ‘The Long Way Around’ by the Dixie Chicks. It’s an amazing song that touches on friendship, challenges, and the journeys we face in life. Whenever I listen to that song, I just want to roll the windows down and keep on driving through whatever barriers stand in my way.”

Boots and Hearts has hosted world-renowned artists since it’s inception in 2012 such as :Alan JacksonCarrie UnderwoodLuke BryanBlake SheltonToby KeithJason AldeanMiranda LambertTim McGrawRascal FlattsBrad PaisleyEric ChurchFlorida Georgia Line, Kid Rock and many other country music stars.

The organizers know the country audience and this year’s line up doesn’t disappoint with the following headliners:

Day One – Thurs, Aug. 8th – Chase Rice
Day Two – Fri, Aug. 9th – Cole Swindell and Maren Morris
Day Three – Sat, Aug 10th – Miranda Lambert and Kip Moore
Day Four – Sun, Aug. 11th – Jason Aldean and Kane Brown.

With the Boots & Hearts Music Festival that brings music and camping together, the Scouts motto, “Always be prepared” has never been more important. This Survival Guide can help to make your experience safe, trouble free, allowing your mind to concentrate on the enjoyment of the music.

  • Tent and sleeping bag
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Air mattresses (power pump helps for this)
  • Portable chairs
  • Bath Towels for each person and extra
  • Toilet paper (no such thing as too much)
  • Flash Lights and lots of batteries
  • Portable chargers for phones
  • Jumper cables (don’t get stranded and help a fellow camper)
  • Camping stove, pans and cooking utensils
  • Plates, cups, utensils, napkins
  • Trash bags (be kind to the environment)
  • Sunscreen and lotion
  • Vitamins & medicine (better safe than sorry)
  • Change of clothes
  • Two coolers, one for the drinks (water, pop, beer) and one for ice
  • FOOD… prepare your own custom buffet and speaking of food & those who don’t like cooking or would rather enjoy some scrumptious delicious delicacies, see below for a list of some vendors at Boots and Hearts this year:

Anthony Rose,  the acclaimed chef behind Toronto’s Rose and Sons, Fat Pasha, Schmaltz Appetizing and Big Crow, will be taking over this year’s VIP catering. Last year, he worked with Boots and Hearts in the artist’s section, so this is a very exciting opportunity for Boots guests to “feast like an artist”.