We are pleased to present the CMAO board of Directors, and as always wish to acknowledge the Founding President Rob MacArthur and Founding Patron Linda Wright for their definitive roles in the Country Music Association of Ontario. As well we would like to thank Past Presidents Heather Ostertag, Barry Haugen and Sam Arraj for their dedicated contributions towards building this organization, and all of our past directors.
After receiving gold records and garnering 8 Juno awards and Big Country awards (predecessor of the CCMA) for best country group, Bruce became manager/agent for the Good Brothers and did so for 23 years. He received a Canadian Country Music Association award for instrumentalist of the year for special instrument, (autoharp) and in 2004 The Good Brothers were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. This spring will mark their 37th tour of Europe.
Bruce has been on the balloting committee for the CCMA for the past four years and is presently President of the Country Music Association of Ontario. Bruce feels his strongest asset is the artist’s perception that he brings to the board.
Soon thereafter, Catherine created CFE Inc. expanding her entertainment services to include production services for many corporate and live events. It was not long before Casino Rama and Fallsview Casino became clients and special events and labour requests allowed the company to grow, now employing more than 100 people Catherine has continued to stay connected in the Canadian Country music business, serving on the Awards and Balloting committee, attending Country Music Week annually and, has been the CMAO Awards Chair for the last two years.
The former President of the Country Music Association of Ontario and an on-going music fan believes in giving back to the community, which is why he has served on the CMAO board since 2011. In addition, Sam publishes a blog focused on the music industry called Music Biz Finance (www.musicbizfinance.com).
Brian has earned 25 gold, platinum and special achievement awards as an artist, producer and songwriter. He is a member of CCMA, CMAO, SOCAN, CMRRA, SAC, and CFM. He has served on committees for CIRPA (now CIMA), CCMA, CARAS and chaired the Music Advisory Committee at Humber College.
Brian taught music business courses at Metalworks Institute, and is frequently a guest lecturer and panelist. Brian currently heads Amplus Productions and is actively writing, recording and consulting. Recent productions include Marshall Dane’s “Running Stop Signs” (Country Music News # 11 album of 2011), Mike Lynch’s “Road Map” (Country Music News # 5 album of 2011), Darrelle London (via EMI) and Roveena’s EP “Perfect World.”
n one decade, Hummel’s focus within her own company includes artist management, various facets of grant writing and developing social media platforms for clients.