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Third Year’s a Charm for Canada’s Largest Country Music Festival

Boots & Hearts 2014
Boots & Hearts 2014
Republic Live

Boots & Hearts Music Festival Rocks Again.

Republic Live has enjoyed unprecedented growth for the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, in just three short years it has become Canada’s largest camping and country music festival, as well as one of the largest on-line country music resources in Canada. This past weekend a record number of country fans from across Canada, the US and around the world, who had been anticipating the festival since full event tickets sold out in December, got to experience Boots and Hearts first hand with headliners Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, Paul Brandt, and many more.

“We want to thank the artists, management, labels, sponsors, partners, media and the craziest fans in the world,” said Shannon McNevan, Executive Director, Republic Live. “We are humbled and honoured to be receiving that kind of support and cannot wait to get things rolling for 2015. To sell out of full event tickets in December, with only two artists announced, speaks to the dedication of our fans and we are so grateful for their continued support. The performances from all of the artists, particularly our headliners Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, Paul Brandt were electrifying and to see our fans connect with each one of them in this incredible outdoor setting continued to blow us away with every show.”

Brand partnerships continued to grow steadily in the third year which now include SiriusXM Canada, Coors Banquet, Chevrolet, Palm Bay, Somersby Cider, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson, Rockstar Energy, McCafé, HMV, Gibson Brands, Jose Cuervo, Pizza Pizza, Durango, Toronto Argonauts, Lone Star Texas Grill, OLG Slots at Ajax, LUG, World Vision, MusiCounts, Royal Service Real Estate, Sony Music, Big Machine Label Group, Open Road Recordings and SunMedia. The festival continued to grow sponsor-driven entertainment and amenity offerings, including unique programming, surprise acoustic performances, artist meet and greets, on-site contesting and much more. Through the festival’s charitable partnerships over $100,000 was raised this year supporting a number of local charities as well as official charitable partners, World Vision and MusiCounts.

Preliminary estimates utilizing Ontario's Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model indicate that Boots and Hearts' economic impact for the Durham region was in excess of $17 million for 2014. Ticket holders represented every province of Canada, 23 US states, 4 foreign countries and 55% of fans travelled more than 100 kilometres to attend the event.

Boots and Hearts is an annual country music festival event run by Republic Live, which takes place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. The 2014 headliners included Toby Keith, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, along with Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, Paul Brandt, Gord Bamford, The Road Hammers, Tim Hicks, Dallas Smith, Neal McCoy, Tyler Farr, Danielle Bradbery, Deric Ruttan, Sawyer Brown, Dan + Shay, David Lee Murphy, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Brett Kissel, Natalie Stovall and The Drive, Jess Moskaluke, Jordan McIntosh, Marshall Dane, Clare Dunn, One More Girl, The Stables, The Abram Brothers, Alyssa Morrissey, Genevieve Fisher, Open Sky, 2 AM and The Reklaws. Boots and Hearts has again been nominated for the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Festival of the Year Award and continue to receive accolades from Canadian Music Week. Save the date next year for Boots and Hearts from August 6th – 9th, 2015. For more information visit

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