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August 26, 2013

Steve Rivers & Band Win Michigan State Final in the 2013 Texaco Country Showdown!

Campbellville, Ontario’s Steve Rivers and his band took home $1000 and the MICHIGAN STATE TITLE on Friday, August 9th in Bay City, MI in the second round of the 2013 Texaco Country Showdown, America’s largest Country music talent show. Rivers and his band beat out 8 contestants from across Michigan and will now represent that State in Walker, Minnesota on October 12th at the Northern Lights Casino as they compete in the National-Regional competition against 10 others. With 5 National-Regional competitions across the US, winners of each will advance to the championship in Nashville, Tennessee in January 2014 to perform at the Ryman Auditorium and compete for $100,000 and the Texaco Country Showdown National Title, “Best New Act in Country Music.” “This is amazing,” said […]
August 26, 2013

The Jiffy Lube CCMA Fanfest Competition Results

Many of our CMAO members submitted musical and promotional material hoping to be the lucky one who got to go to CCMA week in Edmonton this September by winning a spot performing alongside all the big stars at FanFest. After an independent jury went over the numerous entries, Brooklin’s Lindsay Broughton was chosen to be Ontario’s representative. She was entered in an online facebook competition along with the 9 other provincial country music associations’ chosen representatives. Sadly, Lindsay didn’t win this competition, as we know she would have done us proud. But that won’t hold back her career. She’s full speed ahead as usual. And the CMAO would like to offer congratulations to the contest winner, Edmonton’s Alee. Good luck in Edmonton, Alee!
August 26, 2013

Perspective Excerpt #1 from “Winning The Music Game”

by Brian Allen One of the most obvious characteristics separating the successful and the unsuccessful is perspective – how they see the world and their place in it. I have been very fortunate throughout my career to observe success and failure at close range. The majority of successful artists seem to be very aware of their contextual place in the industry, respect how much effort it took to achieve their level and are very mindful of the effort it will take to stay there. They constantly audit themselves and are very diligent with reality checks, using an ambitiously high set of standards to measure themselves. You won’t hear many of the most successful artists say “that’s good enough”. A surprising contingent of high achievers is […]
August 26, 2013

Recognition for The Reklaws: Sole Ontario band in CCMA Discovery Showcase has a lot on the horizon

By Stephanie Brooks For a sibling duo from farm country Ontario, performing for industry experts and hundreds of fans at Canada’s biggest country music awards show week was merely a dream a year ago. But Jenna and Stuart Walker have quickly grabbed the nation’s attention and proven hard work, great talent and a humble attitude go a long way. They’re The Reklaws, and they’re here to stay. Two months ago, the brother-sister team was one of six jury-selected acts chosen to participate in this year’s inaugural Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Discovery Program. The initiative provides education, resources and support to Canadian country artists, including an opportunity to perform in Edmonton at the Country Music Week Discovery Showcase and the prospect of winning the CCMA […]
August 26, 2013

CMAO DemoRama LIVE (DemoRama / Open Mic)

The CMAO DemoRama LIVE is a “must attend” open mic that is different from the rest which includes open mic, song critique (optional), “Best of” competition (optional) , “Best of ”Showcase, panel of experts, featured artists, sponsor prizes, etc. The CMAO DemoRama LIVE event will travel through Ontario each month with a Best of CMAO DemoRama LIVE showcase(s) at The Free Times Café in Toronto (or larger venue TBD) in the spring of 2014. The winner of the Best of CMAO DemoRama LIVE will receive a pair of VIP tickets to the 2014 CMAO Award Show, VIP reception passes, sponsor prizes TBD as well as the winner announced during the 2014 CMAO Award Show. CMAO DemoRama LIVE (DemoRama/Open Mic): Open mic – 1 song live […]
August 26, 2013

CMAO Associate Recordings Studios

LARGE FORMAT STUDIOS (over 250 sq. ft. live floor) BLUE BEAR SOUND www.bluebearsound.com Contact: Bruce Valeriani / studio@bluebearsound.com / 613.822.0726 CEDARTREE RECORDINGS STUDIO Contact: J Richard (Rick) Hutt / jrhutt@bellnet.ca / 519.748.5810 EMAC RECORDING STUDIOS www.emacstudios.com Contact: Rob Nation / info@emacstudios.com / 519.667.3622 HOWL STUDIO www.howlstudio.com Contact: David Falco / info@howlstudio.com / 905.257.2424 / 905.891.0336 VELVET SOUND STUDIOS www.velvetsoundstudios.com Contact: Mark McLay / worldrockschool@gmail.com / K.G. RECORDS www.kgrecords.com Contact: Kevin Gorman / Kevin@kgrecords.com / 519.709.5384 SMALL FORMAT STUDIOS (under 250 sq. ft. live floor) STUDIO NOWHERE www.makeahitsong.com Contact: Glenn Talsky / glenn@makeahitsong.com / 416.266.3079
July 16, 2013

Message from the President

Dear members: First, I want to say that our prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in Alberta and Quebec. They are all tough people and I’m sure they’ll come out of this stronger, but as fellow Canadians, we should all come together and support them. As many of you know, the CMAO Annual General Meeting will be taking place on July 29, 2013, to be held at: Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Dr., Richmond Hill. Please come out and exercise your vote. Now that the summer is here and the music festivals will be kicking off, keep an eye out for us at some of those events. As many of our artist members know, the CMAO Ontario heat for the CCMA 2013 Jiffy […]
July 16, 2013

On the rise and continuing to shine: Q & A with Lindsay Broughton

By: Stephanie Brooks It was not that long ago that Brooklin, Ontario native Lindsay Broughton was playing in her high school jazz band and singing in choirs. Since being discovered at age 19 from a song she posted on MySpace, the down-to-earth, charming country talent has sung at notable venues like Boots & Hearts, the Canadian Country Music Awards “New Artist” showcase and the Billy Block Show in Nashville. She has performed alongside acts like Chad Brownlee, Gord Bamford and Emerson Drive and continues to work tirelessly to hone her talent. The CMAO’s Stephanie Brooks chatted with the star about recognition, writing and realizing no dream is too big to follow. Stephanie Brooks (SB): Congratulations on your CMAO Rising Star award! What went through your […]
July 16, 2013

Ontario Country Festivals

There’s lots of country music happening all over our province this summer. Get out and hear some at a festival near you. We’ve listed many festivals here, some specifically country, others with some country music artists. In all cases the artists listed are from Ontario. Holstein Rodeo Holstein (ON.) July 11-14 http://www.holsteinrodeo.com/ Featuring Jason Blaine, Colin Amey, Megan Morrison and more. Country In the Woods (Parry Sound ON.) July 26-28 http://www.countryinthewoods.com/ Artists include, Jason McCoy, Gil Grand, Marshall Dane, The Reklaws, Billy J. White, Tonya Kennedy, Tim Hicks and many more. CMAO members receive a 50% discount in tickets for Country in the Woods. Just visit their website and use the codeword, CMAO. Stewart Park Festival (Perth ON.) July 19-21 http://www.stewartparkfestival.com/ Not really a ‘country’ […]