Last month the CMAO launched a contest in conjunction with Brett Kissel and Invictus Entertainment that would give a number of lucky Ontario musicians the opportunity to open for Brett on his upcoming ‘Ice, Snow and 30 Below Tour’.  There were easily hundreds, if not thousands of entries from prospective artists itching for the opportunity to perform with Brett. Now we know who it will be….

Each performer will have a 20 minute opening slot during which they will perform an acoustic solo, duo or trio.

The lucky winners are…

Kansas Stone

January 12, 2017 Kiwanis Community Theatre Sault St Marie, ON – Kansas Stone

Cory Marquardt photo by Sean Sisk for Sound Check Entertainment

Cory Marquardt photo by Sean Sisk for Sound Check Entertainment

January 13, 2017 Fraser Auditorium Sudbury, ON – Cory Marquardt

The Abrams (provided photo)

Ashlynne Vince

January 14, 2017 Dofasco Centre for the Arts Hamilton, ON – The Abrams & Ashlynne Vince

Kris Barclay

Sacha photo by Anita Bell Photography

January 16, 2017 Rose Theatre Brampton, ON – Kris Barclay and Sacha Visagie

Buck Twenty

January 17, 2017 Chrysler Theatre Windsor, ON – Buck Twenty

Ben Hudson plays CMT Music Fest in Kitchener, Ontario – Photo: Bill Woodcock for Sound Check Entertainment

Alessia Cohle photo by Jeff Shaw

January 18, 2017 River Run Centre Guelph, ON – Ben Hudson and Alessia Cohle

Marshall Dane

January 20, 2017 Georgian Theatre Barrie, ON – Marshall Dane and The Small Town Girls

Runaway Angel perform at Boots & Bourbon in Toronto during their CD Release Party – Photo: Mike Highfield for Sound Check Entertainment

January 21, 2017 Empire Theatre Belleville, ON – Runaway Angel

The Abrams (provided photo)

January 22, 2017 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON – The Abrams

Abby Stewart Photo: Sean Sisk for Sound Check Entertainment

Beamer Wigley performs during the Invictus Party during CCMA Week in London – Photo: James Bennett for Sound Check Entertainment

January 23, 2017 Algonquin Theatre Ottawa, ON – Abby Stewart and Beamer Wigley

There you have it, a reason to go and see every Brett Kissel show in Ontario. Hats off to Brett and his team for giving these amazing emerging artists an opportunity to showcase themselves. You will NOT want to miss this tour so make sure you get your tickets ASAP!!! Did I mention they make amazing stocking stuffers? Visit for tickets and more info.  Details on East Coast openers coming soon!