2017 Year In Review
As we get ready to turn the page on 2017, the crew at The Bus look back on a year that was. We had an incredible first full year as an online publication, and you can bet we’re not done yet.
Travelling Far & Wide
In the end, 2017 was such an amazing year for us here at The Bus. We travelled across Canada and the U.S. to bring you coverage of some really incredible artists. It was a busy year and begs the question — Where do we start our 2017 Year in Review? Well, take a look at these lists.
How about the more than 100 concerts we photographed and reviewed? Or maybe the 12 music festivals we hit at home and over the border? Then there were the music awards shows we attended . . . Oh, and the contests! We gave away dozens of concert tickets, CDs, meet and greet packages, Tour Bus swag and more. Didn’t win anything? Stay tuned because we’ll have a lot more in 2018.
Album Reviews, Interviews, Mason Jar Sessions
We also reviewed scores of albums and videos, conducted dozens of interviews (including the time we were invited by the Headstones into the recording studio for a chat while they recorded Little Army) and produced a ton of Mason Jar Sessions. Yeah, we were pretty damn busy.
We started the year writing, photographing and reporting on a multi-genre format.
Our team made it out to see some amazing rock acts this year. Bands like Mariana’s Trench, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arkells, Colin James, KISS, Scorpions, Megadeth, Peter Frampton, Steve Miller, Headstones, Green Day, Billy Talent and many, many more.
One particular highlight was when we flew down to the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado for Devin Townsend, Gojira and Opeth — a standout venue for sure.
And then there were the festivals! From Canadian Music Week and Burlington’s Sound Of Music Festival, to a slew of others, including London’s Trackside Music Festival and Rock the Park, Boots & Hearts, Cavendish Beach Music Fest in PEI, RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, Hagersville Rocks, Wayhome Festival, City Folk in Ottawa, and The Big Feastival. We’re pretty sure it would’ve been impossible to squeeze another festival into our schedule if we tried.
We Rolled To Nashville!
We’ve mentioned the awards shows, and we were so happy to bring you the coverage. The biggest of bunch was the CMA Awards in Nashville where Tour Bus Entertainment was one of only a handful of Canadian media outlets on the red carpet and backstage in the winner’s circle. It was quite an honour, and one we didn’t take lightly.
In addition, we also had a great time locally, covering the CMAOntario Awards here in Canada.
Turning to our Country Side
On Nov. 1st we took a huge step with a slight refocus in the direction of The Bus, becoming 100 percent dedicated to country music — and man did we cover the country last year.
Do you remember the Sam Hunt 15 In A 30 Tour? That was a night, and Sam was amazing!
Or the two times we were fortunate enough to bring you coverage of the incredible Zac Brown Band:
Dallas Smith took his Side Effects Tour across Canada, and blew us away. His best tour yet, and one that raised the bar for Canadian artists.
We were also there for Jason Aldean, Brett Kissel, The Cadillac Three, Midland, Dean Brody, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, High Valley and so many more. So, as you can see, it was definitely a huge year for us and one we look back on fondly.
We also grew up a little, celebrating our first birthday! Looking back, we really crammed a lot into our first spin around the sun. We plan to pack even more into 2018, and hope you come along for the ride on The Bus. We can’t wait to share it all with you.
Thank You To Our Readers
The entire Tour Bus Entertainment team wishes to thank all our readers for your amazing support. This is why we do what we do — this is our passion. So, thank you all for all your LIKES and SHARES, and for hanging with us everyday, every week.
We also want to thank all the amazing artists who worked with us this past year, as well as all our great friends at the record labels, in PR, radio, and artist management. We couldn’t have done this without you.
And finally, thank you for taking a trip through our 2017 Year In Review. We invite you to scroll through our website and reminisce with us. These are the stories and images we produced throughout the year, and had a blast sharing them with you. We look forward to bringing you even more music news, reviews, interviews and Mason Jar Sessions in 2018.
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2017 Year In Review