August 11, 2012

And the Winners Are????

NO one will know until we have the nomination process completed and people have cast their votes.  However, I am pleased to announce the eligibility criteria for the inaugural CMA Ontario awards are as follows: The overall eligibility criteria for an artist/group or company for ALL categories is: 1.      The artist must be a member in good standing with the CMA Ontario.  For a group or duo at least 50% of the members must meet the Ontario residency requirement. 2.      Must be a business that is operating in the province of Ontario. 3.      To be considered an Ontario resident by the CMA Ontario, the artist must have been born in the province of Ontario; OR maintained a permanent resident in the province of Ontario for […]
August 11, 2012

Its AGM Time Again!!!

Yes, another year is almost completed and I am pleased to announce that we have set the date for the AGM which is to be held on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 42 Lingarde Drive in Scarborough, Ontario.  Yes as members you need to come out and vote or assign your proxy.  The CMA Ontario will be seeing some changes to the Board this year and there is room for new people to get involved as Directors. I wish to take this opportunity to thank Jeff Sheppard and Sandy Graham for the work they did on the Board this past year.  They are not standing for election this year.  As well, I will not be either.  However, there is an exciting number of new people […]
August 11, 2012

Behind the Board- Anya Wilson

What do the Kinks, David Bowie, T. Rex, Gypsies, Jack the Ripper and Scrabble all have in common? In two words,… Anya Wilson. Born on the northeast coast if England in Grimsby (a town populated by sailors and gypsies), Anya grew up at a time when music was really influencing England. The Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks were all the rage and one young girl had had enough of parochial school, secondary school and private school. She dreamt of being a dancer on ‘Ready, Steady, Go’ or ‘Top of the Pops’, but instead she worked in Grimsby for a timber importer, a secretary at an aerosol company and a sniffer for a fragrance manufacturer. To make ends meet, she also worked 3 nights a week […]
August 11, 2012

Ontario Country Stars Appear at Alberta Fund-raiser!

Gord Bamford is not only a chart topping country singer and songwriter. Him and his team are also nominated for 16 CCMA Awards this fall. Impressive….? Yes. But this country boy gives as good as he gets. On July 31 and August 1 he hosted his 5th Annual Golf Classic in Lacombe Alberta. The event raised over $270,000 for the Bamford Foundation. That brings the grand total from 5 years to over $1,000,000! The foundation distributes the monies to various children’s charities including, the Make a Wish Foundation, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and other children based charities There were 16 country artists performing on the show including many of our members. Beverly Mahood, Jason Blaine, Kira Isabella, Jake Matthews and Wendell Ferguson performed and hosted. […]
August 11, 2012

Get the inside scoop on the country music industry.

Attend the Country Music Association of Ontario’s upcoming Seminar and Demorama. Learn how to record, fund and promote your music project. Have your songs/recordings listened to by leaders of the industry. Saturday September 15th 10:00AM at Trebas Institute, 2340 Dundas Street West in Toronto. If you sing, play music or write songs, do not miss this great opportunity to talk to industry experts. There’s limited seating so get your tickets today. Only $15 each, available online at
August 11, 2012


ArtsCan Circle is a charity that sends artists and musicians to work with at-risk indigenous youth in Canada’s North. ArtsCan’s programs depend on funding for art supplies and instruments, as well as transportation to the remote communities they visit.  Friends and supporters make this happen by direct donations and by organizing fund-raising concerts and activities. This summer and fall, they are organizing raffle and hope to count on your help. And you could win some great prizes. The raffle prizes include: • $1000 Gift Certificate for the 12th Fret Music Store in Toronto • A Paul Reed Smith Electric Guitar – value $700 • A Gibson Dobro – Hound Dog Model – value $500 • A solid mahogany soprano ukulele – value $300 • A […]
August 11, 2012

Reminder for CMA Ontario Members

We at CMA Ontario are starting a new program featuring CMA Ontario members on our  website. If you’re a member in good standing, please send us a picture and brief Bio at:
August 11, 2012

CMAO Associate Recordings Studios

LARGE FORMAT STUDIOS (over 250 sq. ft. live floor) BLUE BEAR SOUND Contact: Bruce Valeriani / / 613.822.0726 CEDARTREE RECORDINGS STUDIO Contact: J Richard (Rick) Hutt / / 519.748.5810 EMAC RECORDING STUDIOS Contact: Rob Nation / / 519.667.3622 HOWL STUDIO Contact: David Falco / / 905.257.2424 / 905.891.0336 VELVET SOUND STUDIOS Contact: Mark McLay / / K.G. RECORDS HYPERLINK “ Contact: Kevin Gorman / HYPERLINK” / 519.709.5384 SMALL FORMAT STUDIOS (under 250 sq. ft. live floor) STUDIO NOWHERE Contact: Glenn Talsky / / 416.266.3079
July 11, 2012

A Message From The President

And The Award Goes To…….. Yes, the Board of Directors has been working diligently toward putting your inaugural awards show together for you.  It has been a long and difficult process to determine which awards we should give out in the first year.  We recognize that there are many additional awards to be considered for future years, but for our first show, we want the focus to be on providing as many performance opportunities as possible. I am pleased to announce that the following awards will be given out at the inaugural CMAO Awards (yet to be given an official name) at The Markham Theatre on May 28, 2013 are: Female Vocalist Male Vocalist Group or Duo Rising Star Single of the Year Songwriter of […]