Boots and Hearts Music Festival brings homegrown talent to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Emerging Artist Showcase Finalists will take the stage at The Royal

TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and Boots and Hearts Music Festival have partnered to bring up-and-coming Canadian country music stars to the Fair this year. The winner, along with two finalists of the 2016 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, will perform live at The Royal on Saturday, November 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This past August, seven artists from across the country took the stage at the Boots and Hearts Music Festival in Oro-Medonte to compete in the Emerging Artist Showcase. Oakville, Ontario's Vanessa Marie Carter took the top spot and before heading into the recording studio, she will step up to the mic during this year's Royal Agricultural Winter Fair alongside fellow artists Jesse Gold and Robyn Ottolini.

"Country music and The Royal go hand-in-hand and we are incredibly proud to feature these three very talented Canadian artists," said Charlie Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. "Our partnership with Boots and Hearts Music Festival, will give Fair-goers the opportunity to celebrate the future of Canadian country music."

Space will be limited so, the first 500 people to line up at the Royal Paddock located, in Heritage Court, on the day of the event will receive a special wristband that gets them into the Boots and Hearts Rising Stars show. The performance will be free with the cost of general admission to The Royal.

"The Royal has a long rich history and we are excited to be partnering with them to provide a platform for these artists from our Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase," said Laura Kennedy, Vice President, PR and Marketing, Republic Live. "We're encouraging all country music fans to come down to The Royal to enjoy the event and take in what is sure to be spectacular performances from these talented musicians."

About the three featured artists:

Vanessa Marie Carter
Winner, Emerging Artist Showcase

Raised in Oakville, ON, Vanessa's musical influences come from her family of established musicians. She signed a recording contract as a country artist with an independent, Toronto-based record label in 2012. Highlights of her musical career include opening for Kira Isabella, Brett Kissel, and for The Band Perry at Lucknow's Music in the Fields, where she won the Sepoy Saloon Showdown. She has written several songs with co-writers in Nashville, and her first album came out last year.

Jesse Gold
Runner-up, Emerging Artist Showcase 

Torontonian Jesse Gold is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. After studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he came back to Toronto to pursue his many musical endeavors – including recording his sophomore EP, collaborating with other musicians and performing as much as possible.

With the help of creative partner, drummer, and producer Jack Emblem, Jesse's music is a brilliant display of passion and commitment to his craft. Jesse's live show is one not to be missed. It is easily recognized that Jesse has a true passion for performing.

Robyn Ottolini
Second runner-up, Emerging Artist Showcase

Robyn Ottolini is a singer-songwriter hailing from Uxbridge. She began songwriting at the age of 14, and at the age of 18 she really started to hone her skills. Writing about her life, Robyn has an understanding and appreciation for the art of songwriting in more ways than just a hobby.

Look for more details on this Fall.

About The Royal:
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show. This year, The 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs November, 4-13, 2016 at Exhibition Place, Toronto. For more information, please visit

About Boots and Hearts:
Boots and Hearts is an annual country music festival event run by Republic Live, and will take place at Burl's Creek Event Grounds, in Oro-Medonte Ontario August 10th - 13th in 2017. Boots and Hearts recently won the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Festival of the Year Award for the third consecutive year and Canadian Music Week 2015 Festival of the Year. For more information visit

SOURCE Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Image with caption: "Vanessa Marie Carter Winner, Emerging Artist Showcase (CNW Group/Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Robyn Ottolini Second runner-up, Emerging Artist Showcase (CNW Group/Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Jesse Gold Runner-up, Emerging Artist Showcase (CNW Group/Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)". Image available at:

For further information: Ginger Shewell, Media Profile, / 416-342-1802; Tyanne Worobess, Republic Live, / 416-583-2629


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