October 13, 2021

Artist of the Month: New Moon Junction

What happens when three experienced country music voices come together to try a new vibe and sound? New Moon Junction happens. Barb Doran, Tamara Maddalen and Matt Rogers came together to create the new country music trio, offering something new to fans and listeners who may have already known them on their own. And that was intentional.  “That was the idea right from the start. Typically, my music is quite serious – even depressing at times – but the great thing about the three of us together is that we very much focus on being positive and upbeat.” said Doran about the group’s sound and mission statement. In 2021 (so far) the trio has released their first 2 singles. Real Good Kinda Thing came first […]
October 13, 2021

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Wayne Rostad

// by Larry Delaney // (Born: October 28, 1947 – Ottawa, Ontario) (#56 in the Ontario Pioneers Series) Wayne Rostad has long been one of Canada’s most visible country music entertainers, thanks to his long-running TV series “On The Road Again” – a homespun weekly show that featured vignettes on everyday people and places from all corners of the country. In fact, the TV series was so popular that it interrupted Wayne’s career as a country music recording artist and songwriter. Born October 28, 1947, in Ottawa, Wayne Rostad paid his dues in Canadian country music as a radio DJ at stations in Smiths Falls, Ottawa, and Kingston, Ontario and in Grand Falls, NL. During the 1970s, while in Ontario, Wayne was also the front-man […]
October 13, 2021

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Aaron Allen

 CMAOntario Male Artist Of The Year Aaron Allen – who also won Album Of The Year for Highway Mile –  joins me on the latest In The Country episode to chat about his big wins, his music career. writing songs from the heart, recording music with his wife Aimee (current release “Just Getting By”) & much more!  
October 13, 2021

Patrice’s Pick: Jessica Sole

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music singer/songwriter, Jessica Sole! Jessica talks about staying busy during the pandemic, her fresh new sound, her brand new tune, “Think Of Us,” and turning up the ‘yeehaw instruments’! For more information about Country Music Junkies, visit www.countrymusicjunkies.com.
October 13, 2021

Canadian Country Artist Discovery: Aaron Allen (ON)

Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario and now based in London, 3-time CMAOntario winner Aaron Allen is deeply rooted in the singer-songwriter atmosphere once created by greats like, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen. Allen’s EP Highway Mile, featuring singles “Where Music Comes From”, “Good Tattoo”, and “Can We Go Back”, has amassed over 4 million streams to date and if you ask Allen, he will credit his partnership with Producer Jeff Dalziel as the defining turning point in his career. Together they have created a sound easily recognizable to the listener – an honest, timeless approach that proves there’s no denying 3 chords and the truth is still alive and kicking. Later this fall, Aaron is joining the CCMA Virtual School Visits for both […]
October 13, 2021

In The News (October 2021)

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”. […]


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