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2023 CMAOntario Festival & Awards: Full Lineup Announced!

The Country Music Association of Ontario
Performers for CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend

Jade Eagleson Added to CMAOntario Awards Lineup

Robyn Ottolini, Owen Riegling, The Redhill Valleys, Buck Twenty Play Free Shows and More!


May 9, 2023 (TORONTO)

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is proud to announce the full list of performers for the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend, taking place June 2-4, 2023 in Hamilton. This annual celebration of country music across the province will feature free concerts, family activities, and an artisan market. 

The CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend kicks off with Songs & Stories: Songwriters in the Round on June 2 at Mills Hardware. Hosted by Dave Woods, Songs & Stories will feature Dave (Dwave) Thomson, Jim Witter, Reney Ray, and Roslyn Witter sharing the histories behind their hit songs.  

The CMAOntario Festival continues on June 3 & 4 at Pier 4 Park with artisan vendors, Kidzone activities and a Kids Stage, followed by a FREE concert with stars from the CMAOntario Awards show each night.

On June 3, the CMAOntario Bonfire will give fans a chance to take in Ontario’s hottest new music and up-and-coming talent with concert performances by Robyn Ottolini, Owen Riegling, Dayna Reid, Graham Scott Fleming, Elyse Saunders, and David Boyd Janes. 

On June 4, fans can celebrate the CMAOntario Awards with the pre-show Tailgate party. This free concert features entertainment from nominees and rising new artists such as Buck Twenty, Nicole Rayy, Kristine St-Pierre, and The Redhill Valleys. 

The CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend also includes the annual R2i TuneUp Conference with panels and networking opportunities on June 3 and 4 at the Hamilton Public Library.

The weekend will close with the 11th Annual CMAOntario Awards Show, presented by Slaight Music. Multi-platinum artist Jade Eagleson, nominated for two CMAOntario 2023 Awards, joins the stacked lineup of performers announced previously, including Robyn Ottolini, Nate Haller, Karli June, Graham Scott Fleming, Sacha, Elyse Saunders, Vincent Bishop, Jason Blaine, Genevieve Fisher, Andrew Hyatt, Ryan Langdon, Owen Riegling, The Western Swing Authority and Julian Taylor. Hosted by Jason McCoy and Shannon Ella, the Award Show will feature award presentations across 19 categories, including the Impact Award to 2023 recipients, The Family Brown. 

Songs & Stories: Songwriters in the Round
Friday, June 2 at 9:30pm
Mills Hardware
95 King Street East, Hamilton
Tickets are $25  

R2i TuneUp Conference
Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4
Hamilton Public Library
55 York Boulevard, Hamilton
Registration begins at $85 

 Kidzone Activities and Stage
Saturday, June 3 from 11am-6pm
Pier 4 Park, 64 Leander Drive  

Bonfire Concert
Saturday, June 3 from 7-10:30pm
Pier 4 Park, 64 Leander Drive  

Tailgate Concert
Sunday, June 4 from 12:30-3pm
Pier 4 Park, 64 Leander Drive

CMAOntario Awards Show
Sunday, June 4 at 7pm
Theatre Aquarius
190 King William St, Hamilton, ON
Tickets are $69-$260
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram: @theCMAOntario

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Media Contact: Damien Nelson,

About CMAOntario:
In 2007, Rob MacArthur and founding patron Linda Wright together with a number of key industry professionals founded the Country Music Association of Ontario. The Association’s mandate is to foster the growth and development of Ontario’s country music and its industry, provincially, nationally and internationally. The CMAOntario has hosted ten annual Awards Shows and seven two-day Road to Independence educational conferences with the generous assistance of presenting sponsor Slaight Music and support of Ontario Creates.

About Slaight Music:
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. We work with artists from across the country and across the musical spectrum, helping to further careers and get great music heard. We’re also invested in the technology sphere, helping Canadian music entrepreneurs develop the next generation of digital platforms and services. And, we support a variety of music-related events, causes and charities.


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