September 2018

September 19, 2018

Congratulations to All Ontario CCMA Awards Winners

A huge congratulations to all Ontario artists, bands, musicians, companies, and industry members who walked away with the hardware at the 2018 CCMA Awards. Amanda Kingsland – CKBY-FM – Ottawa, ON Antoine Moonen CHCQ-FM – Belleville, ON James Barker Band Jason, Jack & Carey Morning Show – CICX-FM – Orillia, ON Jeff Dalziel KX Morning Ride with Ellis & Archer – CJKX-FM – Oshawa, ON Mediavandals Meghan Patrick ole Paul Ferguson – CHCQ-FM – Belleville, ON Shane Guse – Mandolin Shania Twain Stephano Barberis Steve Coady, Warner Music Canada The Feldman Agency The Reklaws Warner Music Canada
September 19, 2018

Artist of the Month: Tim Hicks

Tim Hicks is one of Ontario country music’s biggest stars – and he’s still crossing things off of his to-do list. The Niagara-area native has been burning up the Canadian country charts since his debut release in 2012. In the years since, he’s landed 11 singles in the Top 10, he’s toured extensively, and he’s taken home some big awards. Tim Hicks is a 3-time Male Artist of the Year Award winner from the Country Music Association of Ontario (2014, 2015, 2017); he won the Rising Star Award from the Canadian Country Music Association in 2014, along with more than a dozen other nominations; and he has been nominated for Juno Awards as well. The recognition is well deserved and we’re sure there’s more to […]
September 19, 2018

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Frank Jones

Born: March 4, 1928 – Toronto, Ontario Died: February 3, 2005 – Nashville, Tennessee (by Larry Delaney)   Frank Jones’ contributions to the world of country music are massive, and unmatched for a Canadian-born individual. His credits cover everything from being a performer and recording artist to concert promoter, radio personality, major artist record producer, A&R Director for various major labels, and even Chairman of the Board of the Country Music Foundation in Nashville. Toronto-born Frank Jones entered the entertainment world while in his late teens, performing in Fiddler’s Fling, a Barn Dance Show in Ottawa. He then moved into promoting Wilf Carter’s national tours across Canada, and then entering the radio world, working at stations in Chatham, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Then Frank joined […]
September 19, 2018

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Jamie Warren

Jamie Warren called in to the show recently to chat with me about his new radio single “What’s The Worst” featuring Beverley Mahood. As always, Jamie also shares great insight on the subject of songwriting & much more.   Dave Woods is a monthly columnist for the CMAOntario Newsletter and has been hosting the popular online radio show In The Country with Dave Woods for over 9 years! To hear episodes, please visit, and iTunes.
September 19, 2018

Patrice’s Pick: The Ashley Sisters

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music singer-songwriter duo, The Ashley Sisters! The Ontario natives, Lauren and Marlo Ashley, talk about their new single, Reckless. The sister duo talk about their start in music, and the transition from being DJs opening for The Chainsmokers, to now country music artists! The Ashley Sisters talk about their unique sound, and what fans can expect from their upcoming album. Check out The Ashley Sisters’ website, here: For more on Country Music Junkies, visit Listen to the exclusive interview with The Ashley Sisters below: About Patrice: To Patrice Whiffen, country music is a lifestyle. As the appropriately deemed, “Country Music Junkie,” she strives to share her passion for country music with […]
September 19, 2018

In The News (September 2018)

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 CMAOntario nor do their contents reflect the views or opinions of the CMAOntario. If you would like to have something included in the newsletter, please send us a short synopsis, a photo or graphic and the hotlink that can be included in the news listing. Submissions can be sent to Please make sure the Subject Line reads “For inclusion in the CMAOntario Newsletter”. […]


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