September 18, 2014

Jason Blaine – 'What the CMAO Means to me'

September 3, 2014

Behind the Board – Wendell Ferguson goes head to head with Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson here. For the last 3 years, I’ve been editing the CMAO newsletter and every month we do a column called Behind The Board that features the background bio and some Q & A with one of our Board members. Look for columns on new Board members Brian Hetherman and Samantha Pickard in the coming months. But since I’ve been selected to enter the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame this year (along with builder Ron Sakamoto) I thought it might be interesting if I interviewed myself. Self-indulgent, perhaps… but how often do you get to speak to yourself? WF– So how do you feel about all this Hall of Fame stuff? WF- Very humbled, very honoured and to be truthful, a little undeserving. […]
September 3, 2014

Artist of the Month: Jordan McIntosh

As a deep and moving tone that is typically produced by years of age and experience, you’ll barely believe it when you hear it coming out of Jordan McIntosh’s young and infinitely adorable mouth. Matched with a comfortable sureness and an outgoing personality, McIntosh packs the perfect mix for a star on the rise. If the frequent trail of swooning teen girls behind him isn’t enough of a clue that he’s Canada’s newest musical heart-throb, the nearly one million views on his YouTube account is a clear indication that this young man is on the verge of a breakthrough. He’s a digital social butterfly, often tweeting his fans and sharing pictures of his exciting journey to hundreds of likes and comments. His lyrics are believable […]
September 3, 2014

In The Country with Small Town Pistols

Artist Spotlight: Big Time For The Small Town Pistols Amanda & Tyler Wilkinson – with years of success in country music as The Wilkinsons, along with their dad Steve – have managed to keep the magic going with the country duo they formed called Small Town Pistols. Radio, CMT & Country fans have fallen in love with their new songs: Living On The Outside, Colour Blind, Blame It On The Radio, Anthem Of A Runaway, and their new single, I Only Smoke When I Drink. Small Town Pistols won Album of the Year at the CMAO awards in May 2014. They have been nominated for best group or duo at the CCMAs in September. You transitioned from The Wilkinsons to Small Town Pistols – the […]
September 3, 2014

To Incorporate or to Not Incorporate?

By Sam Arraj, CPA, CA At least a few times a month, I’ll get an eager self-employed person who will call me up with enthusiasm requesting to incorporate their business – whether it’s an arts business, as a contractor or any other business. I’ll ask them why they want to incorporate and they’ll usually respond that their friend incorporated their business and now they are saving so much tax. This is not necessarily correct, which is why I’m writing this article to provide you with more insight on this subject. This is a complicated subject, so bear with me. I’m not going to cover every angle, as I’m going to try and give you more of a high level understanding. First and foremost, what is […]
September 3, 2014

Boots and Hearts again proves Ontario a hotbed for country music

By Stephanie Brooks The fun, the fans, the friends and the famous. All were out in full force July 31st-August 3rd at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, for the third annual Boots and Hearts music festival. Tens of thousands piled into the 750-acre racing facility with their trailers and tents in tow to see Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Lee Brice and Hunter Hayes as well as a great cohort of Ontario artists like Jordan McIntosh, Tim Hicks, The Reklaws, Marshall Dane, Genevieve Fisher, Deric Ruttan, The Roadhammers, The Abrams Brothers, Open Sky and Northern Roads. Thirty-four per cent of the weekend’s performers this year were from Ontario, let alone the throngs of fans. “Ontario is such a strong country market,” says […]
September 3, 2014

In The News

This section of the newsletter is comprised of news stories, press releases and links to Internet articles that are sent in by our members who believe they will be of general interest to the membership. We include them as a courtesy to our members but do not verify or edit their content. Their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by the CMAO nor do their contents reflect the views or opinions of the CMAO. Lindsay Broughton featured in TIFF Event Press Release (08/19/2014) Toronto, Ontario – The 4th Annual Film + Music Social (FMS14) is pleased to announce rising country star Lindsay Broughton as a featured artist for this year’s event. FMS14 was created by Skylar Entertainment, a Canadian PR agency who will also […]
September 3, 2014

Sudbury Country Artists Help Raise Funds for Local Radio Station Charity

By: Linda Heldman Saturday July 26th, 2014, Monte Vista Golf Club in Val Caron, ON (part of the Greater City of Sudbury) was home to the Larry Berrio KICX for Kids Golf Tournament. The day was perfect for participants to enjoy a round of golf, all for a worthwhile cause. Larry Berrio has a long-standing relationship with KICX 91.7 FM and this tournament was an excellent opportunity to assist the station’s Phase 2 project to raise $250,000 towards the complete renovation and expansion of the existing Treatment Room in the Pediatric Unit at Health Sciences North. KICX states “The new Treatment Room will be a kid-friendly space, with a “clubhouse” feel. This will include a seating area for family members, child-friendly furniture and art/murals, electronic […]