Group of the Year

Chris Buck Band Nominated for 7 BCCMA Awards


ANNOUNCED: Friday September 22nd, 2017 – Vancouver, BC

The 41st Annual BC Awards nominees, includes Chris Buck Band who ties with fellow Sakamoto Agency mates,  The Washboard Union for the most nominations this year with 7 each, in artist award categories.

Chris Buck Band have been nominated for Album of the YearGroup or Duo of the YearEntertainer of the YearFans’ ChoiceSingle of the YearThat’s When You KnowSocan Songwriter of the YearThat’s When You Know (Jeff Johnson, Chris Buck) and Video of the YearThat’s When You Know.

Band members Taylor Allum (Drums), Phil Puxley (Banjo) & Ryan Stead (Guitar), Producer – Jeff Johnson and Video Director – David MacDonald are also amongst those nominated this year.

The award show & winners will be revealed on Sunday October 22nd, 2017 at the Molson Canadian Theatre (formally Red Robinson Theatre) – Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, BC.

For more details, click here.




June 16th, 2016 (Edmonton, AB)

Royalty Records announces Chris Buck Band, as the newest singing and act to join the labels roster.

In the past year Chris Buck and the band have had an incredible level of success as independent Canadian country artists – writing their own music, booking their own shows, while putting every drop of their collective energy into their live performances.

“Royalty Records is pleased to add The Chris Buck Band to the label’s current roster, as we’ve been watching them closely over the last few months and are impressed with what they’ve been able to achieve on their own. They’ve proven to have an immense work ethic and the music has proven itself. We welcome them to the Royalty family with open arms.”  – Rob Smith

Their debut 2015 single, “Leave Your Light On”, was received very positively and hit Top 40 on Canadian Country Radio Billboards (BDS Charts). Their follow up single, “Giddy Up”, peaked at #34 on Canadian Country Radio Charts, was Top 10 on Itunes (Country) for 4 weeks straight and their music video was added to CMT Canada.

“The boys and I, are so excited to announce our first signing with Royalty/Sony Records. After several meetings with Rob we knew it was the best fit for us to be moving forward and give us the best chance to reach our new goals. Having this team in place and with having the Sakamoto Agency on board we feel we can now compete with the best in the business. Looking forward to this great new chapter”. – Chris Buck Band

The BC Country Music Association (BCCMA) 2014/ 2015 Country Club Act of the Year and 2015 Group/Duo of the year. Chris Buck Band has performed over 100 live shows this past year. They are quickly becoming known as one of the busiest country performers on the west coast of Canada and have also had the opportunity to open for such artist’s as Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to name a few. Their live show is fun, energetic and it will be hard to sit still during their live set!



For more information and media inquires, please contact: 

Kathryn Hummel
Royalty Records
(416) 712-9375




For Immediate Release:

Alberta-based, CCMA Award winning Country band Hey Romeo

set to release Ride With Me EP September 25th



(Toronto, On –September 21st) – Hey Romeo’s records always reflect their commitment to their craft, their fans and each other, and Ride With Me (Royalty Records/Sony Music Canada) is no exception.

On Ride With Me, vocalist Stacie Roper, guitarist Darren Gusnowsky and keyboardist Rob Shapiro offer up their signature blend of harmonies, but also display a deeper, more fluent dialogue as players and songwriters than ever before.

Preoccupied with beginnings and endings, the 7-song EP dwells equally on the hope new relationships inspire and the places where love went wrong, treading the line between heartbreak and happiness and on songs like the tongue in cheek lead single, ‘Pushing Up Daisies,’ and rockers like ‘If That Sounds Like You’ and ‘Don’t Cry To Me’ – a track that finds Hey Romeo stretching out to create a unique style of modern country with echoes of 80’s New Wave haunting the edges.

Ride With Me’s title track finds Gusnowsky stepping up to take on lead vocals for the first time since  Hey Romeo’s self-titled debut, adding substantial depth to the record and displaying just how much talent the trio possess, individually and collectively.

Ride With Me features an aggressive, more modern sound for the band, a seamless blend of country, roots and straight ahead rock and roll that’s a product of Shapiro and Gusnowsky’s insistence on producing the EP themselves, capturing Hey Romeo’s live sound on record and, Shapiro says, “Owning the album from the bottom up.”

Put bluntly, Hey Romeo have put in their 10,000 hours and then some, and that shows on Ride With Me; a set of songs so true to life, listeners will hear their own lives reflected in them on the very first listen.

About Hey Romeo: Over the years Hey Romeo have toured extensively, playing countless shows on their own and with artists including Sugarland, Darius Rucker, Gord Bamford, Johnny Reid, Alan Jackson, Terri Clark and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

In that time Hey Romeo have been awarded multiple CCMA Awards beginning with Top New Talent of the Year (2008), and Group or Duo of the Year two years running in 2011 and 2012. In 2014 their single, ‘Hello Patio,’ from the I Got This EP garnered the band the Alberta Country Music Award (ACMA) for Song of the Year.

Track List:

If That Sounds Like You

Pushing Up Daisies

After All This Time

Ride With Me

Don’t Cry To Me

Something I Could Get Used To

Half Your Love




Sept 24 – Leduc, AB (Special acoustic appearance – The One radio station) Stage 1, Jonathans Lounge, Denim Inn and Suites

Sept 25 – Red Deer, AB (performing on KG Sessions)

Oct 16 – Edmonton, AB (CFCW Listener Appreciation Party) The Venue-Rivercree Casino

Oct 17 – Grande Prairie, AB (Corporate Event)

Oct 24 – Edmonton, AB (STARS 5th Building Magic in the Air Gala) Chateau Lacombe

Dec 3 – Fort McMurray, AB (Corporate Event) Sawridge Inn

Dec 10 – Fort McMurray, AB (Corporate Event) Sawridge Inn

2016 Canadian Co-headline Tour – Dates TBA






Country music fans will be in sensory overload with the stellar line up at this year’s Jiffy Lube FanFest at Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta.


Proudly presented by Jiffy Lube and event sponsors CMT and HMV, along with media partners CFCW, CISN and the Edmonton Journal, this FREE larger than life festival will be held on Saturday, September 7th from 11am-4pm in Halls ABC at the Shaw Conference Centre. Every level of country fan, from the die-hard album-wielding devotee to the entry-level music lover, will be entertained!!
This year’s amazing line-up will feature performances and meet-and-greets with each of the following acts: Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, Hey Romeo, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Kira Isabella, Charlie Major, Aaron Pritchett, Deric Ruttan, Small Town Pistols, Dallas Smith, Bobby Wills and Michelle Wright.
Also performing will be Edmonton’s own, Alee, who earlier this summer was selected to represent the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) in a fan-voted Jiffy Lube FanFest national contest hosted on Facebook by the CCMA.
Come and be a part of the excitement as Canada’s biggest and brightest country music stars give back to the fans who support them all year round.
Jiffy Lube FanFest is not to be missed!


Hey Romeo’s “Maybe You Remember Me Now” Canadian country radio and CMT!

Hey Romeo’s newly released single “Maybe You Remember Me Now” to country radio, follows up with this music video exclusively available to view on CMT.ca. The #1 track on the band’s latest album “Twist of Fate” was co-written and produced by Nashville’s, Byron Hill.




Alberta-based country trio Hey Romeo are back-to-back winners Royalty Record’s celebrated country trio Hey Romeo claimed the coveted award for Group of the Year at the 2012 CCMA Awards on Sunday, September 9. With member Rob Shapiro picking up a CCMA All-Star Band award for keyboards and the band winning Group of the Year in 2011, Hey Romeo is clearly a group that shows no sign of slowing down.


“We feel so honoured and blessed to be receiving this award for the second year in a row. It’s humbling to be a part of such an amazing event and to be nominated amongst the four other incredibly talented groups in our category,” said Stacie Roper, Hey Romeo’s lead singer. “We would like to sincerely thank all of the people who voted for us this year – we’ve worked so hard to get to where we are, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our fans, friends, and family.”

Hey Romeo’s third and most recent album, Twist of Fate, showcases their knack for blending traditional and modern country music. Its success has been a large part of the biggest year the group has seen to date. With this new album, increased recognition due to numerous CCMA Award wins and an incredible fan base that continues to grow, Hey Romeo has proven that they are definitely a band on the rise.

Home to some of Canada’s greatest country acts, Hey Romeo’s hometown of Edmonton will continue to celebrate the success of the group along with countless other talented Albertans as it hosts the 2013 CCMA Awards in September.

About Hey Romeo

Hey Romeo, a Canadian country-music trio from Edmonton, Alberta has become a national sensation since forming in 2002. The band’s members, Stacie Roper (vocals), Darren Gusnowsky (guitar) and Rob Shapiro (keyboard) have shared the stage with artists such as Sugarland, Darius Rucker, Gord Bamford and Johnny Reid over the past decade.


Vote Hey Romeo for Canadian Country Music Awards 2012 Fans’ Choice Award

Hey Romeo has been nominated for Fan’s Choice Award and our happy to announce our fans can vote!

The Canadian Country Music Association wants you to be the one to present your favourite Canadian country star with the 2012 CCMA Fans’ Choice Award.

CLICK HERE to fill in your information to be entered into the ‘Ultimate Fan Contest’ to win a trip to the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Then cast your vote for this year’s Fans’ Choice Award!

One vote/contest entry per email address will be accepted. Contest entrants must be age of majority in the province in which they reside. The Ultimate Fan contest closes 11:59 AM, EST on Friday, August 24, 2012. Voting for the 2012 Fans’ Choice Award closes 5:00 PM, EST on Friday, September 7, 2012.

Click here for the rules and regulations.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ccma@adbeast.com

Hey Romeo’s New Album “Twist of Fate” NOW In Stores & Available Online!




Toronto, ON – 2011 Group of the Year (CCMA) winners Hey Romeo are set to release their third studio album, Twist of Fate (Royalty Records) on Tuesday June 26, 2012. Hey Romeo consists of Stacie Roper (vocals), Rob Shapiro (keyboard / vocals) and Darren Gusnowsky (guitar / vocals). Largely recorded at Calgary’s MCC Studios, the new record features 12 songs including the first single, “Jump Back In,” that was serviced to radio on May 3. The accompanying video premiered on CMT on June 12th, 2012. Full track listing below.

“We are really excited about the release of our new album, Twist of Fate,” says Stacie Roper. “We have worked really hard to give our friends, family and fans something that showcases what we as a band are all about. We wrote the songs for this album with some of our favorite writers such as Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Victoria Banks, Roger Brown and of course Byron Hill. We are looking forward to crossing Canada once again to play our new music for our fans. Thank you to everyone who is a country music listener. We couldn’t do this without you!”

Written over the course of 2011 while the band toured across Canada, Twist of Fate was influenced by a variety of musical styles including country, folk and rock. The album was co-produced by Hey Romeo and Byron Hill (Gary Allan, Gord Bamford) and includes performances by A-list session players Jimmy Carter (bass – Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley), Paul Scholten (drums – Brooks and Dunn, Randy Travis), Mike Johnson (pedal steel player – Faith Hill, Brad Paisley) and Glenn Duncan (multi-instrumentalist – Waylon Jennings, George Jones, The Chieftains).Over the span of their career, Hey Romeo have performed alongside legendary country acts including Sugarland and Johnny Reid, making a name for themselves within the Canadian country music industry.

Most recently, they joined country icon Gord Bamford on select dates during his cross-Canada tour and hosted the first annual Alberta Country Music Awards at Westerner Park in Red Deer. 2011 was particularly memorable for the band, garnering the win for Group of the Year at the 2011 CCMA Awards and keyboardist Rob Shapiro received an All-Star Band Award for Keyboard Player of the Year for the third year running.

Hey Romeo’s 2010 sophomore album, That’s What I Am, sparked five hit singles including “Searchin’ For You,” which went Top 20 on both the Mediabase and BDS charts, and “That’s What I Am” peaking at #13 on the Billboard Canada Emerging Artist chart. A year after the release of their debut album, the band took home a 2008 CCMA Award for Top New Group of the Year.

This summer Hey Romeo will support the release by playing various dates across the country.


For more information please contact:

Strut Entertainment
Liz Reid

Twist of Fate Track Listing:

  1. Maybe You Remember Me Now
  2. Jump Back In
  3. If I could Fly
  4. Outlove You
  5. One Sweet Thing
  6. Night Out With The Girls
  7. Twist of Fate
  8. Here I Go Again
  9. I Just Need You
  10. It’s A House
  11. That Would Be Alright With Me
  12. You Are So Not The Guy


Hey Romeo – Canadian Summer Performance Dates:

June 28, 2012       The Ranch                                                           Edmonton, AB
July 1, 2012           “Canada Day” Celebration                                Strathcona, AB
July 6, 2012          Carlton Trail Jamboree                                     Rabbit Lake, SK
July 7, 2012           Nashville North                                                  Calgary, AB
July 8, 2012          Cavendish Beach Music Festival                     Cavendish, PEI
July 20, 2012        Billy Barker Days                                                Quesnel, BC
July 24, 2012        The Taste of Edmonton                                     Edmonton, AB
July 28, 2012        8th Annual Gateway Festival!                          Bengough, SK
Aug 02, 2012       Combines for Cures Country Concert 2012   Strathmore, AB
Aug 05, 2012         Boot Hill Country Jamboree                            Bothwell, ON
Aug 25, 2012         Raise The Roof Fundraiser                               Hardisty, AB
Sept 6-10, 2012     CCMA’s                                                                 Saskatoon, SK
Sept 15, 2012         STARS Bling and Boots Fundraiser                Edmonton, AB







“CCMA Group of the Year” – our congrats to Hey Romeo on winning this award. In what might be considered an upset win, it also serves as a testament to the work ethic, career path chosen, and the relationships the band has developed over their ten year career. “We are all just so shocked and excited by this amazing win and to have been in the same category alongside such talented artists was such an honour.” Group member Rob Shapiro said.