The top 3 will get to play a set at the MDM party on September 8th!. You can vote once per day until September 1st at 11:59pm. Scroll down below to learn a little about each artist and hear their songs!
Aces Wyld is a new face to country music, and are making their sound known to Western Canada. Based out of Saskatoon, the trio is very proud of their small town roots. With influences from bluegrass, all the way to hard rock, a diversity can be heard in the bands original material. Between their fun, accessible, memorable songs, and their high energy, entertaining live shows, Aces Wyld is a band that you would not only love to listen and dance to, but also sit down and share a few beers and a few laughs.
This is a band comprised of music fans, first and foremost, who share their love for engaging, raucous and authentically effervescent country music. The talented trio's first single, Roll Like a Banjo, highlights Aces Wyld's ability to craft songs that go beyond genre; songs that are accessible to anyone who loves music that evokes good times, good memories and good friends.
The band is still quite new but has already carved out a reputation in Saskatoon and surrounding communities as one of the burgeoning music scene's 'must see' acts.
In the past 12 months Aces Wyld has recorded and completed their debut album along with producer Bart McKay. They completed a successful release of their first single and have just released their new single "Like A Country Song" to National radio.
After being raised on several on my families farms, I came back to the city and started writing my own music at the age of 15. I've played many shows here in Saskatoon and preformed on the latest Telemiracle. Most times I play by myself acoustically and you can generally find me outside of a bar or opening at an open mic. Currently I'm following up on my solo material with my own personal band and working with a dj producing new dubstep.
Lexie T has been singing virtually since she learned to talk. Now 20 years old, she has taken her talents to large audiences across the Prairie Provinces and into the United States. She began performing at the age of 7, booked to open for Brad Johner for his Centennial tour in 2005. Since then, the whirlwind of shows and appearances have become the norm. She has won numerous talent competitions in Canada and United States and has had the opportunity to perform at some of the largest venues in Canada and the USA such as Craven Country Jamboree; Casino Regina; Country Radio Seminar week and Fan Fest in Nashville, TN; Canadian Music Week in Toronto, ON with EMI Canada (she was named top 5 in Canada for their online competition); and a finalist on the TV show "Next Star" in Toronto, ON with YTV/Chorus Entertainment. She is a frequent nominee at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards the, being nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year. Lexie is making great strides in her music career and is poised to make her mark in the music industry.
2017 Guitarist of the year. Topher Mils has been performing for well over a decade, and has toured most of Western Canada with different bands. It's been a long time coming, Topher finally finished his debut EP and it's to be released later this year, with his first single "Right Place Right Time" now available across Canadian Country Radio.
20 year old singer/songwriter Shantaia Poulin is one powerhouse to watch out for. With many years of experience, lately she has truly been making her mark. Releasing 2 singles to country radio in 2016 that each peaked at 100 on the charts, has lead to showcasing at London's CCMA's, opening for artists such as Charlie Major and US star on the rise, Kane Brown, and even meetings with record label/industry people from all over the United States and Canada. Having just returned from Nashville on an amazing songwriting trip in April, Shantaia is ecstatic to announce her production/management/development deal with drummer, co-manager, and co-producer of successful Canadian country band Cold Creek County, Doug Oliver. While hitting some big festivals this summer including Country Thunder Saskatchewan, Shantaia and her new team have major plans for the rest of 2017 and the start of 2018, with exciting new music on the way.
At the young age of 13 Sabrina Laine Demyen started singing and writing music. Performing in open mics and coffee shops, she later graduated to singing competitions and music festivals, eventually opening up for well-known Canadian acts like Doc Walker, Adam Gregory and Cold Creek County. 2017 has been a successful year for Sabrina, as she was crowned 620 CKRMs 2017 Saskatchewan Showcase Winner at Casino Regina, as well as winning the Spirit of Saskatchewan Song writing Award. Now as a 26-year-old single mother and university student, Sabrina is more motivated than ever to showcase her musical abilities with her biggest inspiration being her daughter.
Following her "Song of the Year", and "Video of the Year" wins at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards for her single "Lights of a Combine", Kelsey was chosen to represent Saskatchewan as a finalist in the Canadian Country Music Associations Spotlight Performance Contest. She then released an online video series, in summer 2017, showcasing new songs, as well as the stories behind them. This up and coming artist and songwriter, is continuing to create "the kind of country music that should be on music row", not just for her own projects, but other artists as well. With her hard work, dedication, and song writing ability "well beyond her years", this rising star's name will not be one to forget.
Born and raised in Abbotsford, BC Arron moved to Saskatoon, SK in the spring of 2012 where he quickly planted his roots and built a firm foundation in the country music scene; he is now the President on the board of directors for the Saskatchewan Country Music Association.
Arron's modern country sound is sprinkled with classic country and good ol' rock n' roll. His influence range from Willy Nelson and George Strait to Dierks Bentley and Dustin Lynch and has an affection for down home country music and party anthems. Arron's Lyrical creativity and depth is the backbone of his music, where he says, "Having quality lyrics is very important to me and I have always looked at music through a lyrical lens". Arron has written with some of the top artists in Saskatchewan.
Before moving to Saskatoon Arron was in a pop rock band where his most requested cover was "Hit Me Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears… Yes you read that right!
Keep an eye on this emerging artist and for his debut album set to be released in 2017.