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"George Canyon performs new single "Just Like You" on CBC television drama series Heartland"



Monday, October 6 2008 (Toronto, ON) - Juno Award-winning George Canyon made his debut on the CBC Television drama series Heartland last night, performing the new single “Just Like You” from his forthcoming album What I Do.

What I Do (Universal Music Canada), which features writing and production credits from Chad Kroeger and Richard Marx, will release on Tuesday, November 11. “Just Like You” has just been serviced to country radio and is now available at iTunes.

Canyon joins the cast of Heartland for several episodes this season as Charlie Wells, father of overly friendly neighbour Mallory (Jessica Amlee).

Canyon was recently honoured with the Humanitarian Award at the 2008 Canadian Country Music Awards for his contribution to the community and work with Canadian troops.

For more information contact:
Sara Milne -Manager, National Media & Artist Relations
416 718 4073 or
- "Just Like You" Press Release

"Canyon made fans Smile"

Canyon made fans Smile
Concert a homecoming for Maritimer on the rise

Peter North, Freelance
Tuesday, October 03, 2006

It's a homecoming of sorts when a transplanted Maritimer who cut his professional teeth in this province and a boy from Lacombe take over the Jubilee Auditorium for a night.

George Canyon, whose roots are still deep in East Coast bedrock, but who calls southern Alberta home, and his special guest Gord Bamford of Lacombe, made it a night of regional stars with national hits as more than 1,700 country music fans made it to the Jube last night.

With Canyon's star still rising since it was propelled by TV's Nashville Star three years ago, it was a pretty safe bet for the promotion team of House of Blues and Gold and Gold to give the ruggedly handsome and character individual his first crack at headlining a major venue.

Working on the road with an extremely talented six-piece backing band, Canyon strode to centre stage, tipped his hat to the fans and started in early on a string of tunes lifted from his latest album release Somebody Wrote Love.

Framed by triangular beams of light coming at the stage from a variety of angles, Canyon, who was apparently slightly under the weather, showed he has developed into a smooth operator and those high-pressure performances on network television and pulling opening slots for acts like Tim McGraw have paid off.

The man's a natural when it comes to communicating with a crowd, whether it's relating an anecdote about his wife adding new horses to the family stable or talking about songwriters who have slipped him some great material over the last two years, Gordie Sampson being one of them.

While we first were introduced to Canyon with some smooth country ballads on his first few releases, the tempos and sonic sheens are becoming more varied with every recording.

It's a catchy chorus that pulls just ever so much in the direction of pop that makes Your Smile work and it's just plain old heartfelt sentiment wrapped around a strong melody that has made Somebody Wrote Love a winner.

The doubling up of Happy Man and Ladders to Climb built a bridge between honky-tonk heaven and southern rock stomp as band members were given no shortage of space to slap mandolin, fiddle, keyboard and guitar solos into the mix.

Canyon and company even took time to make a special alteration to this particular show, with so many members of the Edmonton-area Armed Forces in attendance. An instrumental fiddle interpretation of Danny Boy was the lead into I Want You to Live which is also from the latest disc.

Bamford shone in his half-hour acoustic set that confirmed once again he's hardcore country act that is deservedly drawing attention stateside for his writing. Highlights of his set included Stubborn Blood, We Were All Heroes and Little Guy.

- Peter North, Freelance

"Times & Transcript (Moncton)"

Times & Transcript (Moncton)
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Eric Lewis Music Reviews

Eric Lewis rates his music reviews on a scale of one to five, with (*) equivalent to a poor rating, (**) fair, (***) good, (****) very good and (*****) excellent.

George Canyon - Somebody Wrote Love, Universal

(*** 1/2)

A solid country album from the Maritimes' own George Canyon. Canyon's deep, resounding voice carries his tunes of life and love well. Canyon is a family man, and if you haven't figured that out by now, you will after hearing this.

The album kicks off with fun country rocker "Time For Goodbye," followed by the title track and the sombre "Coming From You." "Your Smile" is a sweet ballad, and "Drinkin' Thinkin'" is a funny toe-tapper, likely to be played just as many times a night at your favourite country bar as Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar." "Madi's Song (The Man She Thinks I Am)" is a sweet tune written for George's daughter.

It's a mix of fun, upbeat tunes and sombre ballads. If you're a fan of the current country scene, you'll love this.

- Eric Lewis is a reporter for Life & Times. His reviews appear Wednesdays.
- Eric Lewis Music Reviews


What I Do - 2008

Classics - 2007 Ft. "Ring Of Fire"

Somebody Wrote Love - 2006
**Winner of the 2007 Juno for Country Recording of the Year**
**ECMA 2007 Video of the Year (Drinkin' Thinkin') **
**ECMA 2007 Country Recording of the Year**
**ECMA 2007 Entertainer of the Year**
Ft. "I Want You To Live" & "Drinkin' Thinkin'"

One Good Friend - 2004
**Winner of the 2005 Juno for Country Recording of the Year**
Ft. "My Name" & "I'll Never Do Better Than You"

Home For Christmas - 2005



Since May of 2004 George Canyon has been making a splash on the country music scene with a number of awards, releases and chart-toppers. It was an overnight success 14 years in the making, and he has caught country music fans up in his whirlwind. On October 9th, 2007 Canyon releases his third album, Classics, through Universal Music Canada. The first single from the album, a cover of Johnny Cash’s classic song, “Ring of Fire,” is already climbing the charts at country radio.

Having been thrust into the spotlight by the USA Network/CMT Canada television show Nashville Star, Canyon’s major label debut, One Good Friend (produced by Tim Dubois and Tony Brown and released September 2004), shot to #1 on the Canadian Country Soundscan charts its first week out. He followed that up with the top 5 singles, “I’ll Never Do Better Than You,” “My Name,” “Who Would You Be” and “One Good Friend.”

With the release of his second major label album, Somebody Wrote Love, on July 4th, 2006 through Universal Canada, Canyon continued to re-establish his hold on country fans. The debut single of the same name flew up the Canadian country charts, moving from #102 to #25 in just its second week of release and became his latest in a string of hits. That was quickly followed by “Drinkin’ Thinkin’” and “I Want You to Live,” both of which where top 10 hits at country radio. The video for “I Want You to Live” hit #1 on CMT Canada’s Chevy Top 20.

In 2005, Canyon won the Juno for Country Recording of the Year for One Good Friend, which started off an amazing run of awards for the artist. He went on to win a second Juno in 2007 for Somebody Wrote Love in the same category. He is a three-time, fan’s choice for Entertainer of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards and the fan-voted awards also extended to the 2005 Canadian Country Music Awards, where he was voted Cheez Whiz Fan’s Choice. He brought home three other CCMAs that year and won an additional two in 2006. In 2005 Canyon hosted the East Coast Music Awards, which aired live across Canada on CBC television – he walked away that year with three awards and added three more ECMAs to his mantle in 2007.

In the spring of 2006, Canyon had the opportunity to accompany Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter MacKay, on a trip to Kandahar in Afghanistan where he was able to meet with and perform for Canadian troops. This was one of the high points in Canyon’s career, as he has always had a great deal of respect and admiration for the men and women of the Canadian Forces, as evidenced in his song, “Letting Go.” The experience touched him deeply and he hopes to have the opportunity to entertain the troops again in the near future.

Following the trip, Canyon began performing the track “I Want You to Live” on his tour as a tribute to the sacrifice made by the troops. This touching moment within the show led to the concept for the song’s video, which was made with the full support of the Canadian Forces. Directed by Warren P. Sonoda, “I Want You to Live,” included members of the Canadian Forces and was filmed at their base in Trenton, ON. Its touching concept has been warmly received by fans and military families and was nominated for CCMAs in 2007 for Video of the Year and Video Director of the Year.

This is not the first time that one of Canyon’s singles has dealt with an emotional subject. His 2005 video for the single, “My Name,” went to #1 on CMT Canada and the song has touched many lives since its release. Written by Canyon and songwriter Gordie Sampson to express understanding and hope for friends who had suffered a miscarriage, the song was never meant to be a single. The response from people who heard “My Name” was so great that the decision was made to release the song as a single and the reaction was overwhelming. Canyon has gone on to be an active supporter of those who have suffered child loss and “My Name” has become a song of comfort for many families. The song went on to be the SOCAN Song of the year at the 2005 Canadian Country Music Awards.

Canyon has also been extremely active with charitable organizations dealing with diabetes and juvenile diabetes. Diagnosed with the disease when he was 14, Canyon had to give up his life-long dream of becoming a pilot after learning the news, as diabetics could not pilot airplanes at that time. Disappointed, he decided on a career in medicine, before leaving college to pursue his music career. His work with the charities allows him to give children the message that diabetes does not have to stop dreams from coming true.

Growing up in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canyon was surrounded by Celtic, country and rock music. He started singing at age four, but it wasn’t until he was in college that he started to think about a career in music. Even after a few years of life on the road with a country rock band, Canyon still wasn’t sure, choosing to support his family with jobs that included law enforcement officer, slaught