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April 2, 2014

Patrice's Pick by Patrice Whiffen

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music artist, Elyse Saunders! Elyse is a singer/songwriter with great ambition and many accomplishments under her belt to prove it. Industry supported successes include a FACTOR Demo Award and most recently Elyse earned a much deserved Juried Factor Sound Recording Grant. Elyse is writing and recording her sophomore album and co-wrote the title track, “I’m On My Way, “ with Darryl Burgess (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Alanis Morrisette) in Nashville. Watch out for the first single in early spring, 2014! Check out the exclusive video interview, here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBfo9D9CTk4 About Patrice: To Patrice Whiffen, country music is a lifestyle. As the appropriately deemed, “Country Music Junkie,” she strives to share her […]
April 2, 2014

Corporate Membership Benefits

This is where we would like to thank our corporate members by posting their business logo in the newsletter. This month we’d again like to call your attention to Gearhead Country. CMAO member Ian Rome combined his love of vintage automobiles and country music and has been pursuing an internet-radio based venture called Gearhead Country. Ian hosts and produces the show and is currently syndicated on C93 (Country93.ca) and you can visit his online ‘Gearhead Country Garage’ at: http://gearheadcountry.com If you have a corporate membership and would like to be included in this feature in future months, please contact us at info@cmaontario.ca
April 2, 2014

More ‘DemoRama Live’s Coming This Month!

DemoRama LIVE has been a wonderfully entertaining series, showcasing Ontario’s talent over the past 8 months. We are down to the last opportunities (in Peterborough with special guest Tebey and Belleville with special guest Colin Amey) to show off your talent before the CMAO presents the grand finale. The next DemoRama LIVE is coming to Belleville with host radio station Cool 100. Our special guest performer & expert panelist, Colin Amey, is a CCMA & CMAO Award-nominated country artist with hit singles like “Go For A Soda” at national country radio. Other panelists include CMAO Past President and Canadian Country Hall-of-Famer, Barry Haugen, Cool 100’s Program Director Paul Fergusen, and the event’s host, CMAO Director Peter Linseman (Music Mentor Productions). The winners to date include: […]
April 2, 2014

Street Team members needed from all major-markets across Ontario

The Country Music Association of Ontario is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, passionate, fun, energetic, dedicated and personable individuals to join our Summer Street Team this year! If you love music, being involved and gaining hands-on marketing and promotions experience, this is the position for you! Job Description: As a member of our CMAO Street Team, you will be responsible for spreading the word about upcoming CMAO events by interacting with fans at local events in your community. Using the promotional training and tools provided by the CMAO, Street Team members are responsible for acting as brand ambassadors by sharing association information. Duties may include, but are not limited to, interacting with fans, handing out promotional items, taking photos, administering surveys, and developing content for our […]
March 6, 2014

A Message From the President

Dear Members: As many of you already know, the first ballots for the 2014 CMAO awards have been mailed. I want to thank all of the artists that sent in their submissions. It’s really impressive to see the amount of talent we have here in Ontario. I want to thank the nomination committee for all the hard work and volunteer hours they committed to get the first ballot ready for the members. The CMAO has agreed to partner with the Unison Benevolent Fund – $2 from every 2014 CMAO Awards Show ticket sold will be donated to this worthy cause. The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face […]
March 6, 2014

Artists Beware: Crowdfunding Could Be Taxable!

by Sam Arraj If this is the first time you hear the term Crowdfunding, visit the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada’s website at http://ncfacanada.org/crowdfunding/ to get familiar with the term. You are an artist at the early stage of your career and have been looking for money to finally put together that special project that will allow you to pursue your passion. You start your Crowdfunding campaign on any of one of the many Crowdfunding platforms. After a few months of social media awareness campaigns your raise a few thousand dollars. Excellent, right? No so fast – the tax man wants a piece of the action. This is not so bad if you raise a few thousand, but what if you raise tens of thousands? […]
March 6, 2014

The Golden Goal: How to get radio airplay

  You may be using social media, the web, word-of-mouth, performances, media and other avenues to get your music out to listeners, but the fact of the matter is that radio, especially for Ontario country music, remains an ever-important way for artists to get their songs heard. However, navigating the radio industry as a young or emerging artist can be complex and challenging. So, where do you start? Having a high-quality recording that you’re proud of is a first step, as this is one of the first things a music director will see and listen to. They will also check out your presence on the industry-standard portal DMDS (Digital Media Distribution System), where it’s necessary to have a complete information package that’s succinct but informative. […]
March 6, 2014

In The Country with Dave Woods

In The Country Celebrates 5 Years by Dave Woods Back in March of 2009, In The Country aired its first online episode. That adds up to 5 years and hundreds of interviews. I’ve been a country fan my whole life and had worked in radio for many years. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine my love of country music with my passion for talk shows. I wanted to create a program that had enough time to go deeper in the artist’s world and allow for conversations on a range of topics related to music. My hope is that listeners can sit back, relax and enjoy a conversation along with some of the best music around. It’s exciting to interview the bigger names like […]
March 6, 2014

Tribute to Garth Bourne

by Rob MacArthur and Howard Ross Editor’s note: Ontario lost another seasoned, professional musician/artist recently: Canadian Zepher’s Garth Bourne. Two of his friends and former band-mates wanted to pay tribute to his passing. I met Garth Bourne at a Durham Music Society function. I was playing in a band with my wife, Lorraine Davies, called the Too Drunk to Fish Band. Garth was one of the founders and coordinators for the Durham Music Society event. Garth was a great person, greeting everyone with a smile and a good word. Some time later, we needed to replace a bass player. I had heard that Garth played Bass, so I did some checking on him. To my amazement he was quite a renowned Bass player in his […]