TOM COCHRANE is a Canadian music icon. With early beginnings as a folk-based singer/songwriter playing in Toronto coffeehouses in the early ‘70s, Tom became the driving force with the adventurous rockers, Red Rider, prior to achieving massive international success (over 3 million units world wide and a rare diamond-sales status at home!) with the breakthrough 1991 album Mad Mad World and its anthemic hit, “Life is a Highway,” which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!
With his other recordings combined he has sold over 6 million world wide. Over the course of this long and illustrious career, Cochrane has cemented his place in the hearts of Canadians through passionate crowd-pleasing performances from coast to coast, and his unwavering work on behalf of humanitarian causes and organizations. An Officer of the Order of Canada recipient and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Cochrane has won eight Juno awards and numerous other industry honors, including the 2013 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award and a Grammy nomination.
James Barker Band Performances By
Ontario-crafted country outfit James Barker Band formed in 2013. As winners of the 2015 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, they were awarded a release with Universal Music Canada and an all-inclusive trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The band was also given the opportunity to open for Thomas Rhett on the Boots and Hearts main stage in front of 40,000 of country music’s biggest fans and returned to play the mainstage at the festival in 2016.
Their first single, “Lawn Chair Lazy,” became the highest charting debut single ever from a Canadian artist at Country Radio. Their video for the song also spent two weeks at #1 on the CMT Canada’s Chevy Top 20 Countdown. The band’s follow-up single, “Just Sayin’,” received mass praise from the industry and fans and just like the first, went Top 10 at country radio. The third, single “Chills” also received a number one from CMT Chevy Top 20 Countdown, but also a number one at Canadian country radio, making them the first band to have a number one at radio off a debut album.
Dani Strong Performances By
Dani Strong is a singer, songwriter, and a powerful vocalist with dynamic stage presence. Her debut album, Time To Breathe has already hit #1 on the iTunes country charts and #2 over all genres at iTunes! Dani is blazing her trail as an independent artist in both Canada and south of the border. Originally hailing from Aurora, Dani is no stranger to the Hoedown and is excited to be back on the main stage again!