Country sensation Jess Moskaluke returns to Vancouver Island this week as she headlines her own cross-Canada tour.
“The fact that it’s my own tour this time kind of makes everything feel different. Even though it’s not the first time I’m playing there, it’ll have a totally new element,” said Moskaluke. “For me, and also even for the fans, that we can come and put on a full show, and we’re not just passing through with another artist, that’s a different aspect of it and it makes it feel special.”
Moskaluke will be close to wrapping up her Mapdot Tour that started late October in Montreal when she performs in Sidney, Nanaimo and Cumberland, from Nov. 24-26, respectively.
In the month-long venture, the award-winning country star has seen 23 stops through Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and B.C., accompanied by Surrey’s own country singer-songwriter Tyler Joe Miller.
“It’s been overwhelming in the best way. The response has been incredible … We’re super happy that people are excited about the show coming to their town,” Moskaluke said.
Along with a slew of other notable awards, she won the Canadian Country Music Association’s Female Artist of the Year Award for three consecutive years from 2014-16. In 2017, she won the Juno Award for Country Album of the Year, followed by the CCMA’s award for Album of the Year in 2018.
More than 80,000 people have downloaded or purchased her 2014 single ‘Cheap Wine and Cigarettes,’ making her the first female solo country artist from Saskatchewan to have certified-platinum status.
Winning awards and contests is nowhere near a new experience for the country star, since she’s said she’s participated in musical competitions and radio singing contests since she was a teenager, which soon after, led to her snowballing career.
To get ready for the Mapdot Tour, Moskaluke joked that she’s been “upping her cardio routine” to ensure she still brings the same high energy her fans have come to expect. She said there’s something for everyone at her shows.
“My own style is on the pop country side of things, but we love to make sure that everybody, whether they’re a rock fan or if they like a lot of bass, they’re taken care of. Or, if they’re more of a traditional country fan, they’ve got something in there for them too … We work really hard to craft a show that flows really well,” she said.
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