March 20, 2019

The Country Music Association of Ontario Announces 2019 CMAOntario Award Show Performers Tim Hicks, Tebey, Kira Isabella, and The Western Swing Authority

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is thrilled to announce the second wave of performers for the 7th Annual CMAOntario Award Show on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The CMAOntario Award Show will close out the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend in Ottawa June 14 – 16, 2019.   Hosted by CCMA Award winner Jason McCoy, the CMAOntario Award Show will include live performances by: Five time CMAOntario Award winner Tim Hicks, who was recently nominated for Country Album of the Year at the 2019 Juno Awards. With two Platinum and six Gold certified singles in addition to a Gold album and twelve Top 10 radio hits, Tim Hicks was the first recipient of the Nielsen Compass Award […]
March 12, 2019

Artist of the Month: Danielle Todd

With a new single, a thirst for success, and a passion for country music, Danielle Todd is putting together the start of a big year in 2019. The Guelph, ON, native’s first single, Crazy, has been picking up love and support from radio, online outlets and fans since its late January release. On Spotify and YouTube, the streaming numbers are climbing, and 50,000 plays is just around the corner. And with one listen, it’s clear that we want more from Danielle Todd. Crazy is a catchy track that shows off her voice and has some fun with that helpless feeling of falling in love that we know so well in country songs. And to top it all off, it’s the kind of song that you […]
March 12, 2019

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Don Cochrane

Born: April 23, 1944 – Kingston, Ontario (by Larry Delaney) Don Cochrane first performed his music at high school dances and family gatherings. He later joined the Kingston-based group, The Fred Paquin Orchestra; and after meeting fellow songwriter Doug Ballard, formed the Murney Tower Singers, and eventually headed up his own country band, The Gamblers. A debut single, Don’t Count On Me, backed with Water To Wine, was released on the Canuck Records label, attracting local radio airplay. In 1971, Don became a member of the nationally-touring band, Ralph Carlson & Country Mile. By the mid-1970’s, Don Cochrane ventured out as a solo recording / performing artist, supported by his back-up band, Sweet Clover. Don toured extensively with his band and made appearances on many […]
March 12, 2019

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

Dave Woods chats with Jamie Warren about his new album All Of The Above featuring the latest single “My Kinda Pretty”!  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 since 2009! To hear episodes, please visit, and iTunes.
March 12, 2019

Patrice’s Pick: Doc Yates

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music artist, Doc Yates! Doc Yates talks about his unique sound that he dubs ‘Canadian Soul Country.’ He shares the story behind his single, Home To The Country, along with some of the inspirations behind previous singles. Check out Doc Yates’ website here: For more on Country Music Junkies, visit  Listen to the exclusive interview with Doc Yates 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 the world. As a radio broadcaster with an inside view of the world of country music, Patrice currently works with radio stations across Ontario to […]
March 12, 2019

In The News (March 2019)

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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