March

March 19, 2013

Country From the Hart by Bill Hart

I will not sugar-coat this! I never owned a Stompin’ Tom Connors album; I never saw him in concert; but I have sung along to ‘The Hockey Song’ at a Maple Leafs game. I can’t sit here claiming to be a fan knowing that real Canadians are out there, facing the scorn of their young ones as the needle reaches the end of the record and they have to put their phone down to put it back to the beginning of side 2 or else Grandpa will lose his mind. No, I’m not die-hard fan, but when I heard he passed away, a part of me went with him. You see, growing up in a small town got boring for a teenager hell-bent on looking for […]
March 19, 2013

Message from the President

Dear Members: I want to thank all who submitted nominations and congratulate all those who made it to the first ballot; the response has been spectacular. Please note that the balloting committee worked hard to sort through hundreds of nominations and put in many hours to verify and compile the list. The first ballot returns were due by March 18, 2013. For all of you who made the first ballot and did not garner enough votes to make the second ballot, please take pride in your accomplishments and keep following your hearts. There are going to be some disappointed members, but do understand that we have maintained an independent and fair process in all of this; I recommend that all of the artists who were […]
March 19, 2013

CMAO Awards! More Performers Confirmed!

The CMAO are proud and honoured to welcome Slaight Communication Inc. aboard as the presenting sponsor of the inaugural CMAO Awards Show! https://cmaontario.ca/ In addition to Charlie Major and The Western Swing Authority, the CMAO are pleased to announce confirmed performances by Kira Isabella and The Heartbroken for the Awards Show. The event will take place at The Markham Theatre, in Markham, Ontario on Monday, May 27th. Tickets are now available online at www.ticketbreak.com or by phone at 1-866 943 8849. More performances to be announced.
March 19, 2013

Loud Cheers for Blood, Sweat and Beers: The Chief Rocks Ottawa – By Stephanie Brooks

What better way to warm up a frostbitten city in the dead of winter than with some steel guitars, bursts of flames, gunshots and 20,000 screaming fans? The Eric Church Blood, Sweat and Beers tour, celebrating his most recent album, Chief, delivered all that and more to Ottawa’s country-rock fans at Scotiabank Place on Saturday, February 16. Known for his bad-boy attitude and badass vibe, Church brought in a rowdy crowd of fans of all ages, but a more mature fan base (at least age-wise) than many other touring country shows these days. In what appeared to be a sold-out stadium, the three-hour show started with former professional golfer from Athens, Georgia, Colt Ford. Ford set the stage for the concert with his patriotic lyrics […]
March 19, 2013

Artist of the Month: Amy Rose – by Cadence Grace

It is easy to get caught up in this world of music. For many of us working deep in the business, the pursuit of our passions often causes us to miss opportunities to experience other, more personal avenues in life. In this fast paced industry, the thought of taking a hiatus – even a brief one – is as alluring as it is frightening. For some, it is the beginning of the eventual end of their pursuits. For others, it is only the beginning. For Amy Rose, her several year hiatus was a well timed, well executed period of growth that allowed her to maintain her promise to become a rounded, multi-talented artist. Hailing from Barrie, Ontario, Amy Rose kicked off her career early and […]
March 19, 2013

Maddy Rodriguez to play the Bluebird

Maddy Rodriguez is thrilled that she’s going to be gracing the stage of the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville this May 9th. This famed venue has become a Mecca for songwriters, and hosts early and late rounds almost every night of the week. Definitely a feather in young Maddy’s cap. Maddy received an honourable mention in the USA Songwriting Competition for her tune, “Falling Up”. Along with the other winners, she will be sharing the Bluebird stage with another Canadian, Edmonton’s Ben Sures, who also received an honourable mention. “Falling Up” is coincidentally also the title of a Shel Silverstein book. (Shel was an author/songwriter who wrote “Cover of the Rolling Stone”, A Boy Named Sue”, “Wasn’t That a Party” and “The Unicorn” among many others.) […]