And then this morning it came.
11 new names were added to the 2014 Boots & Hearts lineup which brings us to a total of 20 acts + The Reklaws who won the 2013 Sirius XM Emerging Artist contest.
2013′s lineup had 33 artists listed, which means that we will probably get 1 more major announcement before the final list of names is available for July 31 to August 3 in Bowmanville, ON.
Here are today’s 11 new additions in alphabetical order:
The announcement was made with this video, introducing all of the acts, 1 at a time, along with the 9 previously announced acts… again in alphabetical order:
Have a look.
We’re still 5 months away from congregating out in the sticks to listen to country music for 4 days, but the excitement was started.
Stay tuned for pre-festival features on artists we’ll be seeing and other country acts that we could be seeing on the Boots & Hearts stages.
Work Hard, Play Harder, Be Awesome.
This Fall the CW will give us the next in their line of superhero television series with The Flash. Following the success of Arrow, it’s a no-brainer that they bring Barry Allen to the small screen once a week for the world to see.
Arrow fans have already met Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in his 2 episode arc this season. And we have seen the “accident” that brings The Flash to Central City. We also know that he has a big crush on Felicity, and that she returns those same feelings for the crime scene tech and soon to be speedy hero.
But what we don’t know yet is if Felicity will jump ship to join Barry in his new pursuit of justice in the red suit and lightning bolt.
And even though they would make a cute couple, my gut feeling is no. At least not on a permanent basis. For 2 reasons:
2) Ira West.
Ira West (Candice Patton) is described as Barry’s childhood friend and lifelong crush, which gives The Flash the awkward romantic storyline that it needs to get season 1 going. If we see Felicity I imagine it will be in the first few episodes only and she’ll go home when she realizes that Barry loves Ira in a way that he doesn’t love her. The Barry/Ira relationship could take a while to play out, and I have a gut feeling that unlike Oliver/Laurel, there will be a reveal of The Flash’s real identity. Whether they get together or not, this is going to be the first relationship that needs to play out long form in the series.
We also know that Barry will have a potential ally (or enemy) on the police force in the form of Ira’s father, Detective West (Jesse L. Martin) who has been as close to a father as Barry has had since his own was accused of and convicted for murdering his mother. But because we know that secret identities can not be revealed to the police right away, there could be some weird friction between these two. We also already know that Martin is good at playing a cop from his days on Law & Order, so this casting could be the most perfect in the whole series.
My best guess for first person to know Barry Allen’s secret is Harison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), the S.T.A.R. Labs physicist responsible for creating the particle accelerator that blew up and gave Barry his speed. I am a big fan of Cavanagh as an actor, and can’t wait to see how this all plays out. It makes sense that Barry will look for someone to try to explain what has happened to him, and who better than a top notch physicist to help him figure it all out. I expect to see a lot of lab time with these 2 characters running tests and discovering just what The Flash is able to do with his new super power.
I will fully admit that I am not as excited for The Flash as I was for Arrow, but I am excited. Any new DC stories that make it to the screen and are done well are alright by me. I know that I’ll be tuning in to watch, and I hope that I am not disappointed when I start to see flashes of red across my screen as Barry Allen starts saving the day and building his rogues gallery. This show could be a whole lot of fun, so be prepared to buckle up and enjoy the ride!
And while the fans didn’t get most of the changes that we wanted (starting pitching, I’m looking at you), we do get a whole new season with enough reasons to be excited for the 2014 baseball season.
1) Spring Training games on SportsNet!
2) Jose Reyes is Healthy!
When Reyes was lost to that gross ankle injury in Kansas City last year we all knew it was bad, but we didn’t know that it would essentially rob us of an entire season of what Jose Reyes is really capable of. With his wheels ready to go, the top of the Blue Jays lineup just got a whole lot more effective.
2 b) So is Brett Lawrie!
I’ve ripped on Brett before, but he is a big part of what the lineup needs and with him healthy on the left side of the infield with Reyes, the pitchers are going to be in good hands. If Brett can be patient at the plate and hit the way he is capable, he’s in for a good season. And we would all like that.
3) Munenori Kawasaki Will Only be a Short Drive Away in Buffalo!
4) Adam Lind’s Beard!
5) Melky Cabrera is in Shape!
We’ve got Melky for 1 more year, and after the spinal tumor was removed, he seems healthy and in shape and ready for action. And he looks like it too. Here’s hoping those legs have some spring and his bat is ready to show us all why AA signed him in the first place?
6) RA Dickey is Pitching Opening Day!
Again, healthier than the start of last season, and with good numbers in Tampa, I like the choice of the knuckleballer to start the real season for the Toronto 9. R.A. has a great opportunity to turn things around in 2014. His 2013 2nd half was a success when you look at the numbers, and I am very much hoping that we see that guy all season long.
7) Jose Bautista’s Bats!
And what he’s going to do with them. I can not wait to see Joey Bats hit the ball hard, on a line, into the 2nd deck. Often. Jose needs to anchor this lineup with Edwin at the 3-4 spots. 43 home runs, 112 rbi and a bunch of walks from Jose Bautista would make me a happy Blue Jays fan.
So… 7 reasons down and 162 regular season games to come.
Fingers crossed that we get the season we were all hoping for in 2013.
It could happen.
Go Jays Go!
Now that the NHL is on Olympic break and the roster freezes have set in, it seems like a great time to start looking hard at the NHL rumours that are bound to come up as we come out of the break and move closer to the March 5th.
I’ve put together 7 rumours that could be completely ridiculous… but they could also not be so ridiculous depending on how desperate or charming certain General Managers can be on the phone in the next month.
Toronto Maple Leafs get: Nail Yakupov – Edmonton Oilers get: Nazem Kadri
Calm down Leaf fans. I know you love Nazem, and I don’t blame you. But there have been frustrations and who knows what’s coming in the next contract talks – and the truth is that Coach, Randolph Robert Carlyle isn’t a huge fan of the young man. And in Edmonton, Yakupov’s troubles have been well documented. That team is stacked with young talent that needs to put it together. Maybe both of these players just need to be transplanted for their own good, and the good of their current teams.
Buffalo Sabres get: 3 draft picks, Michal Neuvirth & Brandon Segal – Washington Capitals get: Ryan Miller
Fact: Miller is 99% out the door in Buffalo. Fact: New GM Tim Murray doesn’t want to lose him for nothing. Fact: Washington could improve their team with a veteran goaltender with Ryan Miller’s skill set and ability. This deal would see Buffalo retool and Washington prepare for a playoff push. Win/win?
New York Islanders get: 2 draft picks, Mika Zibanejad, Shane Prince and a Beavertail – Ottawa Senators get: Thomas Vanek
Almost every hockey expert in the world says that Vanek wants to land in Minnesota to start next season. But the Islanders want to move him now. So why not Ottawa? They could use some more goals. And Jason Spezza would love another sniper to try and gel with.
Buffalo Sabres get: 2 draft picks & Curtis McKenzie - Dallas Stars get: Matt Moulson
Much like Vanek, Moulson needs to be moved. It was probably the plan all along when Buffalo brought him in. Dallas needs a push to get into the playoffs… they don’t want to stay in the current tie for 8th. Moulson is a good player and this deal would see Buffalo add a 23 year old winger and 2 more draft picks.
Calgary Flames get: 1 draft pick & Colton Sissons – Nashville Predators get: Mike Cammalleri
The Flames are a mess, this we know. And Cammalleri needs to be somewhere else, sooner rather than later. Nashville doesn’t score much and maybe the plucky forward would fit in well in the Country Music Capitol. The Flames can’t expect to get much back in this deal – I think a pick and an AHL player might be as good as it gets.
Winnipeg Jets get: 2 draft picks, Douglas Murray, Christian Thomas – Montreal Canadiens get: Evander Kane
Rumour has it that Kane is available. Rumour also has it that Montreal is looking for a top six forward that can put the puck in the net. It seems like a perfect match to me. Maybe Douglas Murray isn’t the guy they want to take, but Thomas could turn into something and draft picks are always available on trade deadline day.
Side note: As a Habs fan I would welcome Evander Kane with open arms.
Montreal Canadiens get: a bag of pucks & a 3rd-5th round draft pick – Any team in the NHL gets: Rene Bourque
Honestly, someone make an offer. Please.
We all know that more rumours are coming. Hell, SportsNet has been running the trade tracker for what seems like 2 months… and there’s nothing happening yet.
The best thing that we can do is keep our eyes and ears open and hope that our favourite teams make the best moves possible for now and the future.
The countdown is on!