LASSO Montréal

LASSO Montréal is back after a hugely successful first run in 2022. Last year’s inaugural edition of the country music fest surpassed all expectations, creating a massive buzz in the city, and proving that Montrey’all is a country music Mecca! Right out of the gate, LASSO Montréal has proven to be a bonafide phenomenon, offering a state of the art festival experience with all the country fixins you’d expect, on a beautiful island in the St Lawrence River, overlooking the stunning Montreal skyline, and with all that momentum from last year’s kickoff edition, the 2023 edition is shaping up to be incredible! Hanging out with friends and family, eating and drinking to your hearts’ content, while being serenaded by that golden country twang – that is the raison d’être of LASSO!

On August 18-19, Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau, one of the most picturesque festival sites in North America, will once again be home to a massive get together to celebrate the power of live music! The festival’s second edition will feature some of the hottest acts from the US, as well as incredible talent from our own huge Canadian and Québec backyard! Joining headliners Chris Stapleton and Kane Brown are a variety of exciting acts, carefully curated by the LASSO team to maximize your good time country vibes.

Last year, Montreal’s Brittany Kennell was a revelation for fans attending the festival, and this year LASSO Montréal is pleased to introduce her as the official ambassador for its 2023 edition. The Montreal-based artist has already made a name for herself in Quebec, Canada, and the States with her vintage yet modern country music style.

Here are some highlights to look forward to for the 2023 edition!

Big Loud recording artist, Jake Owen, has been dominating the charts since he burst onto the scene in 2006. The Florida-born singer has ten #1 singles to his name, and his honky tonk baritone has been streamed over 2.5 BILLION times in the US! The multiple-award-winner’s laid back style makes for an amazing live show that has fans singing along in droves, as witnessed last year when he headlined several high profile festivals.

Brothers Osbourne are the real deal when it comes to rockin’ country! The duo, consisting of brothers T.J. Osborne and John Osborne hail from Maryland, where they learned how to light up the sky with country fire whenever they hit the stage. With 6 Grammy nominations under their belts, four CMA Awards, five ACM trophies, and a collection of some of the most infectious country hits to chart in the past decade, the bros are sure to have the crowd swaying back and forth to their high energy hoedown!

Pennsylvania-born Gabby Barrett is widely  considered the face of Gen-Z country, having been named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2020, an Amazon Music Breakthrough artist, included in Variety’s 2020 Young Hollywood Impact Report, and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Music. In her meteoric rise to the top, she has amassed nearly 2 BILLION global streams and her debut, I Hope, was the most-streamed country song of 2020, highlighted as one of the Best Songs of the year by the Associated Press and Billboard, and won CMT’s 2020 Breakthrough Video of the Year award, simultaneously cracking the Top 3 on Billboard’s all genre Hot 100 chart – in fact, Gabby is, to date, the youngest artist with a #1 debut at country radio in over two decades.

Elle King is an absolute phenomenon – the young singer songwriter is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider, but there is nothing funny about her career in music – the four-time Grammy Award nominee, received high honors from the Country Music Association Awards as well as the Academy of Country Music Awards. The singer cites a varied list of musical influences, including Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Otis Redding, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and AC/DC, making for a very old school sound. In fact, The Guardian describes her sound as “steeped in every genre of vintage Americana – sassy rock’n’roll, vampy R&B, country sadness and a little blues.” Elle has been touring with LASSO headliner Chris Stapleton to massive acclaim, and it will be great to see her do her thing in Montreal.

A true icon, multi-platinum Canadian artist Dean Brody has just come off arguably the single biggest year of his career, headlining multiple festival stages across the country. The popular singer/songwriter has collected an unprecedented 34 Top-10 singles; 18 CCMA Awards; 2 JUNO awards, and his music has garnered over 425+ million streams around the globe. Only Shania Twain has more Canadian streams when considering Canadian country artists’ “lifetime” results.

Quebec’s own, Francis Degrandpré, discovered by the public on the wildly popular TV show, La Voix in 2020 (on Marc Dupré’s team), sold out his March show at Corona Theatre in Montreal and released his debut album Soir de quai in May. Performing on stage is where Francis feels most comfortable, and he’s sure to have the crowd enraptured by his strong vocals when he takes the stage at LASSO.

Ontario’s Jade Eagleson is one of Canada’s top country talents, with several # 1 hits to his name, including singles like “Lucky”, “All Night to Figure It Out“, “More Drinkin’ Than Fishin’“ and “She Don’t Know“. Eagleson kicked off LASSO in the City last year to much fanfare, and his 99+ million views on YouTube speaks for itself – Jade’s Honky Tonk revival is one not to miss! He’ll be taking the stage on the Friday evening.

Raleigh, North Carolina’s Priscilla Block is among country music’s most exciting new artists, with an authentic voice that has made her into a real deal social media darling! The new TikTok star describes her sound as “a little sass, a little trash and a little sad”. Representing a new generation of future country stars, Priscilla is sure to get toes tappin’ when she hits the stage at LASSO this summer.

Acadian trio Les Hay Babies are one of Canada’s and Quebec’s most beloved groups, and a perfect fit for LASSO! Their infectious indie-folk-country sound has been celebrated from coast to coast – the trio won Les Francouvertes in 2013 as well as being elected “Francophone Songwriter of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2015, My Homesick Heart was crowned “Francophone Album of the Year” at the East Coast Music Awards, as well, and with Boîte aux lettres, their 3rd album, they have gone back to basics for a sound that will pierce through the noise and have fans feeling really good again!

Madeline Edwards is one of America’s most exciting new country artists. In the last year, she has earned non-stop accolades as a Spotify “Hot Country Artist to Watch”, an Apple Music “Country Riser”, and a CMT “Next Women of Country”, as well as from NPR, who named her a Top 20 Breaker artist. Madeline’s 13 million streams to date is a sign of what’s to come, and with her debut at the Grand Ole Opry in the rearview mirror, the sky’s the limit!

Cheat Codes is a trio of electro DJs from the States consisting of Trevor Dahl, Kevin Ford, and Matthew Russell, who have all gone country!  Based in Los Angeles, the three friends have fully embraced their love of all things country, releasing “One Night in Nashville”, their 15-song, remixed love letter to the timeless soundtrack of Tennessee, including a collaboration with the queen herself, Dolly Parton.

Hailing from a small village on Montreal’s South Shore, Lendemain de veille is a group of four exceptional musicians who have been burning up the stage for over 12 years – they were recently nominated for Group of the Year and People’s Choice at the Gala Country 2020, and won the ADISQ award for Country Album of the Year for 2022, plus hockey fans may know them for the song “Go les Canadiens” which is often played on CKOI.

Waterloo, Ontario’s Nate Haller is one of Canada’s brightest new country stars, with more than 13 million global streams of his music. Haller was named iHeart Radio’s Future Star; he was a semi-finalist in the 2021 SiriusXM Top of The Country; he scored a 2022 CCMA Awards Rising Star nomination, won his first CMA Ontario Award for Rising Star, and was named Amazon Music’s Breakthrough Artist of the Month.

Trudy is a Montreal-based singer-songwriter with an impressive artistic resume. Already well-known to millions across the province, Trudy was a breakout star on the hit show Occupation Double where she won the hearts of fans with her music (the future star was declared the winner of the season in South Africa in 2020). After signing contracts with Siena Records and Mercury International France (where she is already known for her run as a contestant on The Voice France), she finally launched her first country folk album Go Solo in the spring of 2023 to critical and popular acclaim.

From the town of Beauharnois, Quebec, just outside Montreal, Andie Therio has been passionate about music since a very young age, and she is excited to share it with the world. A self-taught singer-songwriter, she has participated in numerous competitions & shows over the past few years. Influenced by country, pop-rock & folk, Andie writes from the heart and finds inspiration in her own life experiences.

In addition, the SiriusXM Top of the Country finalists will be joining the lineup, so fans will have a chance to experience the future of Canadian country music with red hot performances by St. Albert, Alberta’s Hailey Benedict, who was recognized as the 2022 CCMA Interactive Artist of the Year, and 2022 Country Music Alberta Horizon Female Artist Of The Year; Winnipeg’s Noah Derksen is the Canadian Folk Music’s 2021 Emerging Artist of the Year;  and Teigen Gayse, from Kelowna, B.C., a small-town girl of Metis descent with a big voice and an even bigger message. Her highly anticipated new single “If You Show Me Yours” produced and co-written with Chad Kroeger was released to radio on March 24, 2023. It has quickly amassed over 250,000 streams and she was on the cover of Apple Music’s Canada’s Country.

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