Another year, another successful Boots and Hearts. Nearly 40,000 people gathered at the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte to watch some of their favourite country music artists perform and to enjoy the final weeks of summer together.

Luke Bryan performs @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Brantely Gilbert performs @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

According to Sunday night’s headliner Luke Bryan, Rain is A Good Thing and well it certainly wasn’t ideal for Friday nights festivities, it didn’t stop the party for too long.  Friday evening saw a fairly well executed and organized evacuation of the event grounds due to a storm but the party continued on after a 2 hour halt and featured Keith Urban on the main stage with Dan + Shay performing after on the more intimate Front Porch Stage.

Jessica Mitchell performs @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Drake White performs @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Though the headliners were quite strong, I found myself drawn to some of the other acts throughout the weekend. Cold Creek County, Leaving Thomas, Jessica Mitchell, Drake White, Tomi Swick, Kelly Prescott, Midland and The Redhill Valleys were among some of the earlier performers who happened to be some of my favourites.

Leaving Thomas performs @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Tomi Swick performs @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Some of the Emerging Artists like Kentucky Rails and Josh Ross. The Emerging Artist showcase featured 8 extremely talented finalists but was narrowed down to The Redhill Valleys and this years victor, Jade Daniel Eagleson.

Redhill Valleys perform @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Jade Eagleson performs @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Kentucky Rails perform @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Huge round of applause to the Republic Live crew for maintaining happy attitudes and creating a very fun work environment over the course of a long weekend! Overall, there was no shortage of talent, good times or beer at Boots and Hearts 2017.
Review – Bianca B.
Photos – Mike Highfield

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Doc Walker perform @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Anderw Hyatt performs @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Love & Theft perform @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

JJ Shiplett performs @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Midland perform @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Brett Eldrdge performs @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

Kelly Prescott performs @ Boots & Hearts 2017 – Photo: Mike Highfield

 

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