January

January 29, 2020

Artist of the Month: Karli June

Karli June introduced herself to the Canadian country music scene in 2016 when her singles, Black & White and Setting Me on Fire, were both distributed to radio. Now, she’s ready to kick off 2020 with the release of her newest song, Say Too Much, on January 24. Over the last five years, the Listowel, ON native has been putting in work playing shows with artists like Dierks Bentley, Jason Blaine, Brett Kissel and Terri Clark. But she was a performer even before that. Like many other artists, Karli started singing in the church choir and then moved on to local fairs and signing competitions. By the time she was a teenager, she was taking piano, taught herself how to play the guitar, and started […]
January 29, 2020

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Julie Lynn

Born: 1947 – Gaspe, Quebec Hometown: Mattawa, Ontario (by Larry Delaney) Country singer Julie Lynn was born Julia Catherine FLYNN, of Irish heritage, in the Gaspe region of Quebec. She later relocated to Fort Coulonge in Western Quebec, and by her late teens was making her home in Mattawa, Ontario, where she began pursuing her career in music; first, as a member of the group Pauline Noland & Her Jamboree Pals, and later (1966) forming her own Julie Lynn Showband. The group featured Julie, her brother Bobby Flynn, Pete McCormick and Gary Spicer; the latter going on to become a member of the award-winning Family Brown group. Julie began her recording career in 1970, with the release of her album “The Nickel Song” on the […]
January 29, 2020

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Gil Grand

Dave catches up with Sudbury’s Gil Grand to chat about Gil’s new venture Gil Grand Country Music Tours, his 1997 debut single “famous First Words” & 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 since 2009! To hear episodes, please visit www.inthecountryinterviews.com, www.soundcloud.com/dave-woods-3 and iTunes.
January 29, 2020

Patrice’s Pick: Jessica Sevier

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music artist, Jessica Sevier! This eighteen-year-old Ontario native has penned over 50 songs, and is impressing audiences across the province with her strong vocal talent, and her ability to tell stories in musical form. Her rock-country vibe provides listeners with a refreshing new spin on traditional country music, and this is particularly evident in her new tune, “Jani.” In our interview with Jessica, she fills us in on the stories behind her songs, and what’s next for this rising star! For more information about Country Music Junkies, visit www.countrymusicjunkies.com. Listen to the exclusive interview with Jessica below:  About Patrice: To Patrice Whiffen, country music is a lifestyle. As the appropriately deemed, “Country […]
January 29, 2020

In The News (January 2020)

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 verle@cmaontario.ca. Please make sure the Subject Line reads “For inclusion in the CMAOntario Newsletter”. […]