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November 30, 2019

Artist of the Month: Chris Labelle

Y’all know Chris Labelle. The former lead singer of CCMA-nominated and CMAOntario award-winning River Town Saints has started a new chapter in his career as a solo artist on the Canadian country music scene. And he’s ready to get you moving. Labelle’s lead single on his new project, Say Yeah, was released in August, 2019 and has racked up more than 79,000 plays on Spotify to go with another 85,000 combined views on YouTube. And fans who like Say Yeah should get ready, because there’s more to come. Posted information on Labelle’s Facebook page tells us that Fight Like A Girl and I Like What I Hear are coming as the next two singles and there’s a new album coming too. That’s exciting news, because […]
November 30, 2019

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Ralph Carlson

Born: November 6, 1940 – Montreal, Quebec Died: October 10, 2002 – Ottawa, Ontario (by Larry Delaney) Ralph Carlson is widely recognized as a country singer-songwriter, recording artist, bluegrass music performer and radio show host. Born in Montreal, he spent his early childhood years in Shediac Cape, New Brunswick, and by his pre-teens, the family had permanently relocated to Ottawa. While in high school, Ralph formed his first band, The Jive Rockets; a country/rockabilly group that also featured such notables as Vern Craig, Bob Anka (Paul’s cousin) and Dewey Midkiff, who later went on to fame as Dewey Martin with the country/rock group Buffalo Springfield. After the demise of the band, Ralph began to direct his musical interests to traditional country, making guest appearances with […]
November 30, 2019

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Jordy Jackson

Dave Woods recently caught up with Jordy Jackson about his latest single “Where We Are” written & produced by fellow artist Dustin Bird.   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.
November 30, 2019

Patrice’s Pick: Danielle Todd

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music artist, Danielle Todd! Danielle talks about her brand new tune, “Back Burner,” including the story behind the song! She also talks about her cross-Canada tour, moving to Nashville, and so much more! For more information about Country Music Junkies, visit www.countrymusicjunkies.com. Listen to the exclusive interview with Danielle below: About Patrice: To Patrice Whiffen, country music is a lifestyle. As the appropriately deemed, “Country Music Junkie,” she strives to share her passion for country music with the world. As a radio broadcaster with an inside view of the world of country music, Patrice currently works with radio stations across Ontario to bring listeners the newest of new country music. You can find […]
November 30, 2019

In The News (November 2019)

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”. […]
October 31, 2019

Artist of the Month: Mackenzie Leigh Meyer

Hamilton, ON, native Mackenzie Leigh Meyer is motivated to succeed in Canadian country music – propelled by hard work, talent and a desire to do more. Mackenzie’s debut EP was released in mid-2018 and the title Dive Bar Diva has become somewhat of an identifier for the Ontario artist; so much so that it is her handle on both Twitter and Instagram. The four-song EP was a great introduction to country fans, and she hasn’t slowed down a bit since the release. A quick look at Meyer’s tour schedule and social media posts show that she is always working. She’s either on stage, writing, or working on new music to release in the (hopefully near) future. She’s a busy woman. In 2019, Mackenzie had some […]
October 31, 2019

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Ross Allen

Born: Feb 27, 1937 – Toronto, ON Home: Cambridge, ON (by Larry Delaney)   Ross Allen was once described as a “music making machine”; an accurate statement, considering his career accomplishments as a singer, songwriter, entertainer, recording artist, producer, music publisher and record label founder/executive. Born in Toronto, Ross James Allen first worked the local cafe and cabaret music scene in a duo act for some ten years with musician Bill Gibbs. Their album “A Few Selections Of ???” lived up to its title by covering a variety of material – country, folk and pop; all recorded live from The Rivalda Club in Toronto. The duo worked dance halls throughout Southwest Ontario and Ross would eventually lean more towards the “country” side of things, including […]
October 31, 2019

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Danielle Todd

Dave caught up recently to chat with Danielle Todd about her current single “Back Burner” which is the follow up to her debut single at country radio called “Crazy”.   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.
October 31, 2019

Patrice’s Pick: Jamie Warren

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music artist, Jamie Warren! Jamie talks about his brand new album “All Of The Above.” He talks about his upcoming music, and so much more! For more information about Country Music Junkies, visit www.countrymusicjunkies.com. Listen to the exclusive interview with Jamie below: About Patrice: To Patrice Whiffen, country music is a lifestyle. As the appropriately deemed, “Country Music Junkie,” she strives to share her passion for country music with the world. As a radio broadcaster with an inside view of the world of country music, Patrice currently works with radio stations across Ontario to bring listeners the newest of new country music. You can find out more about Patrice and check out […]