January

January 15, 2013

Message from the President, January 2013

The CMAO is happy and excited to present our nomination process (see the nomination process article). We hope all members and non-members will get the word out and help stimulate the nominations. Any member or non-member could submit a nomination, but the ultimate selection of the finalists will be in the hands of all voting CMAO members (those who are in good standing). Make sure your dues are up to date or join our organization to be eligible to be part of making history! If there are any questions related to the nomination process, please submit them to info@cmaontario.ca and someone will respond to your email. I would like to welcome Stephanie Brooks aboard the newsletter team. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from […]
January 15, 2013

1st Annual CMAO Awards – The Nomination Process

The CMAO is pleased to present the information and criteria for our nomination process. Please be advised that the deadline for all nominations is February 28, 2013. Who can nominate an artist, group or company? Anyone, including non-CMAO members, can nominate an artist, group or company as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. Ultimately, only CMAO members in good standing will have the ability to vote on the finalists through a balloting process. Does the artist, group or company have to be a member of the CMAO to get nominated? They don’t have to be a member to be nominated, but they need to be a member to be acknowledged as a finalist or to receive their award. How do I submit a nomination? […]
January 15, 2013

Behind The Board -Peter Linseman

Over 4 years ago, back when the Country Music Association of Ontario was first forming, one of its founding directors was Peter Linseman. He served two years on the board and then decided to step down due to health reasons. Not his own, but to help a loved one. That kind of dedication and caring is one of the reasons we’re so pleased that he decided to run for the board again and was elected at the September 2012 AGM. We would like to welcome Peter Linseman back as a director of the CMAO. Spending over a decade as the owner of Music Mentor Productions, a CCMA nominated recording studio & Independent Record Label, Peter has worn every hat imaginable in the music industry. On […]
January 15, 2013

Why 2013 Is Country Music’s Year to Shine

A new year often brings with it a host of new things. For some, it’s a fresh start. For others, it’s about minor changes to habits, mannerisms, or goals for work, love, and career. And to make these changes a reality, sometimes we find ourselves pausing to reflect on the year that just passed – the mistakes, achievements, trials and tribulations we endured – in order to move onward and upward. And when it comes to country music, the case is no different. From Ontario to across North America and around the world, 2012 saw a surge of country music talent – both new and old – lighting up studios, bars, radio stations, arenas, the media and popular culture. And if I can put forward […]
January 15, 2013

Country From The Hart January, 2013

Happy New Year! Got to say I’ve got a good feeling about 2013. NHL hockey is back, the Blue Jays are an early World Series favourite, and some big things are brewing on the stove of your CMAO! It’s also a time where many of you are planning to take that step on the ladder of success. In a world of tight budgets and financial responsibility you will find yourself asking a ton of questions like: Should I make the drive to Sudbury to visit the radio station’s Music Director? Gas isn’t cheap and is it really worth it to make the trip only to have your record stay on the shelf? We’ve never said ‘no’ to anyone wanting to drop by, but we have […]
January 15, 2013

CMAO Featured Artist of the Month: Ann Chaplin

Every once in a while, life produces an artist born out of the combination of the perfect circumstances; with a lot of drive, a little luck, and a dash of true magic. Ann Chaplin is one of those people. Her ethereal voice and lack of concern for the image-important focus of the music industry is a breath of fresh air. Ann grew up in Deep River, Ontario, which left her plenty of opportunities to take part in all of the greatest things a small town has to offer. Before she could even reach the keys on her family piano, she was writing music and had joined every choir or band she could. In high school, Ann continued down an artistic path, later playing Viola in […]