November 10, 2016

Save on Indie Week Wristbands with Promo Code IWCMAO2016

Indie Week is offering all CMAO members the opportunity to purchase Indie Week wristbands at the reduced price of $50 per wristband. Visit and use the promo code IWCMAO2016 to access the discount and save on your pass. And don’t miss the Indie Week Emerging Artist Country Showcase – Thursday November 17th at Adelaide Hall – featuring performances by Krista Earle, Alessia Cohle, Brittany Brodie, Ben Hudson, Dani Strong, and Kansas Stone.
November 10, 2016

Kick It With Kissel Contest

Want to open for Brett Kissel on his “Ice, Snow & 30 Below Tour” Ontario dates? Here’s your chance! Submit a video of you performing an original song to win an opportunity to open for Brett Kissel on his “Ice, Snow & 30 Below Tour”. Simply upload your video to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook by November 27th. Tag @theCMAO and use the hashtag “#KickItWithKissel” along with why you want to open for Brett. Winner will be announced on December 3rd. Contest open to current CMAO members only.  Brought to you by the Country Music Association of Ontario, Invictus Entertainment, and BK himself. Contest Rules: 1) Winner will be selected by BAK 2 BAK Entertainment. 2) Winner will receive a $200 honourarium per show from the CMAO. 3) […]
November 9, 2016

CMAO Membership Survey – Fall 2016 Results

Over the summer period, the Membership Committee decided it was time to look out the window at our neighbourhood and get to know the neighbours a little better. We wanted to encourage a good response rate, so our first-ever Membership Survey was designed to be short and sweet, but allow us to collect some key information. Many might think that 51 respondents is a bit light, but recognizing that our current membership is just north of 500, simple math makes this a 10% response rate. Sure, we wish it was more, but the direct marketing companies would be popping champagne over a 10% response – they’re used to 4%! Here’s what we learned: The gender split is 52% male / 48% female. The age group […]
November 9, 2016

Artist of the Month: Shae Dupuy

A southern Ontario girl since she was 6 years old, Shae Dupuy has been singing, writing and performing music for nearly her entire life. And now, the St. Catharines artist is releasing new music from her more current life to the country music world. Her new EP, Brave (Oct. 28, 2016), comes more than 2 years after the 2014 release of her debut EP, Breakdown, and offers a deeper perspective on Dupuy’s view of the world, understanding of herself, and ability to create the music she wants to make and share. Shae has taken the influence of modern stars like Shania Twain, Taylor Swift and The Dixie Chicks and used it to craft her own style and sound. And in that sound, and her songs, […]
October 6, 2016

Artist of the Month: Doc Yates

  Raised in the country outside of Woodstock, ON, Doc Yates grew up living the life that we hear about in our favourite songs. And that life is reflected in his own music as Yates paves his way in the industry. Now in Ottawa, and having developed his own sound – labeled Soul Country, Yates and the Kings Evil are dedicated to making their music the way they want to and the results are a whole lot of fun. Tracks like Four Fingers Of Whiskey and All That I Needed are great listens (find them on his website now), combining lyrics and musicianship to make toe-tapping songs that will make you want more. And more is coming… Doc Yates is working on his first full […]
October 5, 2016

Ontario CCMA Awards Winners

Congratulations to all Ontario CCMA Awards 2016 winners! Ontario had a strong showing at Country Music Week in London last month, and the CCMA Awards were no exception. Congratulations to everyone who walked away with an award. 2016 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ARTIST INDUCTEE Murray McLauchlan 2016 SLAIGHT MUSIC HUMANITARIAN AWARD Mike Stevens CCMA DISCOVERY AWARD  Eric Ethridge FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Shane Guse GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jason Barry SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Shane Guse – Mandolin STEEL GUITER PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ed “Pee Wee Charles” Ringwald MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET) Amanda Kingsland – CKBY FM – Ottawa, ON MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET) Paul Ferguson – CHCQ FM – […]
October 5, 2016

CCMA 2016 Showcase at Bull & Barrel in London

Photo credits: Barry Roden
September 29, 2016

Artist of the Month: Karli June

From small town Listowel, Ontario, all the way to the 2016 Canadian Country Music Association Diamonds in the Rough Showcase, Karli June has come a long way! The familiar story of singing at church took a turn for Karli, with a win at the Ontario Open Country Singing Contest and a Top 10 finish at the Ontario Youth Talent Search, adding fuel to the fire that started when she was just a little girl, and pushing her toward a career in country music. Since then, Karli June has worked with some of the brightest and most talented people in Canadian country, including CMAO and CCMA award winner, Jason Barry. Barry worked with Karli to produce her debut single, Black & White, which hit Canadian radio […]
August 30, 2016

London to Host the 2017 CMAO Awards

The Country Music Assocation of Ontario (CMAO) is excited to announce London, Ontario as the host city for the 2017 CMAO Awards. Set to take place Sunday, June 11, 2017, the 5th Annual edition makes its first move outside of the Toronto area in an effort to bring the Country music celebration to a wider community throughout Ontario, motivated by 4 consecutive sold-out years. “The Country Music Association of Ontario was created to nurture new talent and celebrate our established community throughout this province,” said Bruce Good, President, Country Music Association of Ontario. “To do so effectively, the Board of Directors felt it was time to move our awards show to another venue in another city. After much deliberation and a partnership with Tourism London, […]