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Aurouran Newspaper Article – The Hoedown Showdown Is Back!

July 25th, 2013 by Kirsten Jones

In 2006, I walked in to a bar in Aurora, ON to participate in a singing and songwriting contest.  I didn’t really know what I was getting into, but I had entered because I wanted to win the advertised Gibson guitar.  (The $1000 cash, studio time, and Magna Hoedown performance slot in front of 5000 people wasn’t bad either).  When I found out the judges were the legendary Sylvia Tyson of Ian and Sylvia, Scottish/Canadian Tenor extraordinaire John McDermott, Heather Ostertag (then the head of the Canadian Country Music Awards) and the mayor, I was quaking in my boots.  But after three weeks of competition, and after playing seven original songs for the judges and a packed bar, I was awarded the Hoedown Showdown first place and my beloved guitar. I still play that guitar to this day, and the competition helped to bolster my confidence and my career.  I am thrilled to say they are reviving the contest, and I get to announce the winner!  So fun.  Here’s an article in the Auroran, as well as a link to the contest.   You have until July 31st to enter – go to it!


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The Mad Mile debuts on the AMA charts in the U.S.!

August 5th, 2011 by Kirsten Jones

In its’ first week out at radio in the U.S. to all the Americana Music Association reporting stations, The Mad Mile debuted on the chart at #207! Special thanks to the following 8 stations who have officially ADDED the album to their rotation right out of the gate:
Country Bear Radio Lake Placid, Florida
Indie SF Fort Collins, Colorado
KBCS Bellevue, Washington
KVNF Paonia, Colorado
Radio Free Americana Verona, Virginia
WETS Johnson City, Tennesee
WHAY Whitley City, Kentucky
WNCW Spindale, North Carolina

And a “cheers” to these stations, who have featured a song:
KDNK Carbondale, Colorado
KRBC Santa Rosa, California
KRFC Ft Collins, Colorado
WDVX Knoxville, Tennesee
WERU East Orland, Maine

Stay tuned for weekly AMA updates!

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CCMA Nomination – Roots Artist of the Year!!

July 28th, 2011 by Kirsten Jones

I’m very excited to share this latest development – the Canadian Country Music Awards voters have selected me as one of the five nominees for Roots Artist of the Year! It is a dream come true, and if you’re reading this, I probably have YOU to thank in some way. Thanks so much for your love and for your support. This award means so much to me because it represents one of the only ways in which Americana/Alt Country gets recognized on the national stage in Canada. It is a very rich genre of music in this country, as evidenced not only by the other nominees (Corb Lund, Shane Chisolm, Ridley Bent, and Jimmy Rankin) but by the 100 or so other Canadians I know and love who could also be nominated in this category! For all my independent friends out there pounding the pavement in this industry, every step forward for one of us is a step forward for all of us!

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Tour of Eastern Canada starts July 5th – Send your friends in NB, NS and PEI!!!

June 29th, 2011 by Kirsten Jones

OK guys – send out all your friends in….

July 5, 2011 @ 8:00 pm {Brutopia / Montreal, QC }
July 7, 2011 @ 8:00 pm { Bourbon Quarter / Saint John, NB }
July 8, 2011 @ 8:00 pm { F Studio / Fredericton, NB }
…July 9, 2011 @ 5:00 pm { The Alibi / Charlottetown, PEI }
July 9, 2011 @ 9:00 pm { Red’s Corner / Montague, PEI }
July 11, 2011 @ 9:00 pm { Plan B | Moncton, NB }
July 12, 2011 @ 6:00 pm { Mason Jar / Sussex, NB }
July 13, 2011 @ 9:00 pm { Tribeca / Halifax, NS }
July 14, 2011 @ 7:30 pm { The Octopus’ Garden / Alma, NB }
July 15, 2011 @ 8:00 pm { Red Herring Pub / Saint Andrews, NB }
July 16, 2011 @ 8:00 pm { Red Herring Pub / Saint Andrews, NB }
July 20, 2011 @ 8:00 am { Vintage Bistro / Hampton, NB }
July 21, 2011 @ 6:30 pm { Reeds Point Pub & Grill / Kingston, NB }
July 22, 2011 @ 8:00 pm { Tribeca / Halifax, NS }
August 6, 2011 @ 6:00 pm { Private House Concert / Toronto, ON }

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Radio stations on board across Canada – “I Don’t Wanna Live Like This” gets a great start

May 15th, 2011 by Kirsten Jones

This is our first journey into the land of Canadian Country Radio, and it’s been an amazing trip so far!. See below for the stations who jumped on board. “ADDED” means that the station is playing the song – you can tune into their station and hear “I Don’t Wanna Live Like This”.

ADDED at Mediabase Reporter Country 103 (Kamloops BC)
ADDED at GX 94 (Yorkton, SK)
ADDED at 800 CKLQ (Brandon, MB)
ADDED at 100.1 MOOSE FM (Fort St. John)
ADDED at CVUE (Sechelt, BC)

And, these stations were kind enough to feature the song – we even did a live performance on CHAM – thanks Becky!

FEATURED & INTERVIEW at BDS reporter 820 CHAM (Hamilton. ON)
FEATURE at Country 93.7 (Owen Sound. ON)

Thank you to Country 103, GX94, 800 CKLQ, 100.1 MOOSE FM, and CVUE for taking a chance on us! And a very special thanks to Adrian at Pitbull Promotions who is really working hard to get stations to listen to this song. More to come in the next few weeks – stay tuned!

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ISC Winner! Kirsten (and Gary Louris!) win third place in the International Songwriting Competition (Americana Category)

May 12th, 2011 by Kirsten Jones

To quote ISC Founder/Director Candace Avery’s letter…

the song “I Don’t Wanna Live Like This ” has won Third Place in the Americana category in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition. With over 15,000 entries from 115 countries, this is a remarkable achievement, and ISC and its judges applaud the skill and dedication to the craft of songwriting that this win has proven.

Kirsten is thrilled to be in the company of two of her favourite artists in the winners circle – Kasey Chambers (Australia) and Carrie Rodriguez (US). Not to mention Gary Louris of course!

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CHAM 820 interview and performance

May 7th, 2011 by Kirsten Jones

Kirsten stopped by the CHAM studio in Hamilton, ON this past Friday and did an interview and performance with Becky Coles. She and guitarist Kevin Zarnett had a great time, and performed “Bittersweet Grand Canyon” from The Mad Mile.

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“I Don’t Wanna Live Like This” goes nationwide to Country Radio

April 25th, 2011 by Kirsten Jones

Thanks to Adrian and the wonderful team at Pitbull Promotions, Kirsten’s single “I Don’t Wanna Live Like This” is now a single at country radio. Please call your local radio station to request the track! It’s from her latest album, The Mad Mile, and is currently in the finals of the International Songwriting Competition.

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International Songwriting Competition Finalist – third year in a row!

April 9th, 2011 by Kirsten Jones

It’s that time of year again, and for the third year in a row, one of Kirsten’s songs from The Mad Mile has been nominated in the International Songwriting Competition out of 15,000 entries worldwide. She is very grateful to be nominated again, and is especially excited to be in a category that includes such Americana stars as Australia’s Kasey Chambers and Austin’s Carrie Rodriguez. This year, she was nominated for “I Don’t Wanna Live Like This”, a co-write with the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris. Previous years have seen nominations for “You Ain’t Comin’ By” and “Bittersweet Grand Canyon”.

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Juno Nomination for the Mad Mile’s Denis Tougas!

March 15th, 2010 by Kirsten Jones

Thanks to an early Canadian iTunes release, my NEW album has a Juno nomination! My good (and very talented) friend Denis Tougas has been nominated for Engineer of the Year at the 2010 awards for The Mad Mile, which will take place on April 18th in St. John’s, Newfoundland. And thanks to the May 11th release date that is still coming, the album is still eligible for next year’s awards. For now, I just want to say how incredibly hard Denis worked on this album, and I am so thrilled that he is being recognized by his peers (for the third time, I might add).

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