March 9, 2017

Don’t Miss the CMAOntario RoadShow in Ottawa this Month

CMAONTARIO ROADSHOW: LEARNING EXCHANGE & SHOWCASE IN OTTAWA Saturday, March 18, 2017 The Observatory at Algonquin College 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, ON The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is pleased to announce the CMAOntario RoadShow: Learning Exchange and Showcase to be held at The Observatory at Algonquin College, on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The event will consist of a daylong program of educational seminars for aspiring industry professionals, artists and songwriters, featuring a truckload of experts, like: Legendary Canadian chart-topping artist and songwriter, Charlie Major Doug Oliver from the award-winning group, Cold Creek County UTA’s ace agent Stefanie Purificati, whose roster includes Alan Doyle, Paul Brandt, Bruce Cockburn and Sam Roberts Award-winning songwriter Tyler Wilkinson (Small Town Pistols, The Wilkinsons) Celebrated singer/songwriter Jeremy Fisher Award-winning songwriter and producer Brian Allen […]
March 9, 2017


The Country Music Association of Ontario is thrilled to reveal Jason Blaine and Cold Creek County as performers for the 2017 CMAOntario Awards. Hosted by renowned musician, entertainer and now radio broadcaster Jason McCoy, the awards show will take place at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario on Sunday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. Jason Blaine is a multiple CMAOntario Awards winner as well as the recipient of three SOCAN Airplay Awards and a CCMA award. He’s had a string of radio hits including “Back To You” and “Country Side” from his latest album of the same name. Blaine recently completed a stint on the road with Tim Hicks on the Shake These Walls Tour throughout Ontario. Cold Creek County burst onto the scene with the […]
February 9, 2017

Artist of the Month: Alessia Cohle

Mississauga’s Alessia Cohle has been putting in work – and it’s paying off! The country songstress released her Talk To Me album in November 2016 and launched an East Coast tour on the strength of the first single, How Bad (track 1 on the album), before releasing the title track to radio in January 2017. Cohle helps to reinforce the city-girls-singing-country world that we live in. Even though she’s not a farm girl, her voice sounds as country as you could hope for – or would expect to hear on country radio – and the songs that she’s putting together could just as easily have come from a girl that lived in a one-stoplight town. There’s a pop influence, but the twang that comes from […]
February 2, 2017

Submissions for 2017 CMAOntario Awards Now Open

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH Nominate your favourite Ontario artists, releases, radio stations and industry personnel for the opportunity to be recognized at the 2017 CMAOntario Awards. Submissions are open to CMAOntario members in good standing only. To submit your nominations, click here – – to access the submission site and enter your Member user name and password. Once you’ve logged in, select “Add a Nomination” and begin your submissions for the awards. All nominations must be submitted by February 16th in order to be considered. Important dates to remember for the 2017 CMAOntario Awards voting process: SUBMISSION BALLOT Thurs. February 2nd – Submissions Open Thurs. February 16th – Submissions Close FIRST BALLOT Wed. March 8th – First Ballot Opens for Voting Wed. March 22nd – First Ballot […]
January 30, 2017

Submit to Showcase at the CMAO Ottawa RoadShow

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 10, 2017* The CMAO presents CMAO artist members with the opportunity to perform at Algonquin College’s Observatory as part of this annual regional event. Up to 4 acts will be selected by committee to showcase on Saturday, March 18th, as part of the CMAO RoadShow. Successful applicants will perform acoustically. To be eligible for consideration for this Showcase opportunity, you need to be a CMAO member in good standing and submit one link to a video of a live performance (please do not attach videos), one MP3, your social media links, a photo and a bio (maximum 50 words). Submit to and include “CMAO RoadShow Showcase” in the subject heading. Remember, the deadline for submissions is FEBRUARY 10, 2017*. *New deadline
January 30, 2017

CMAO RoadShow in Ottawa – Saturday, March 18th

As part of our popular Road to Independence (R2I) series, CMAO presents a daylong program of educational seminars for aspiring artists and songwriters. Hear expert panelists’ advice on how to develop an artist’s support team, imaging, marketing and branding tools to help you cut through the noise. You will also hear from experts in performance technique and songwriters who have written real hit songs. Watch your inbox – we’ll announce their names in the coming weeks. Registration for the CMAO RoadShow is $25.00 for CMAO members and $30.00 for non-members – THIS INCLUDES LUNCH! To register for the seminars, please email with CMAO R2I Ottawa in the subject heading.
January 28, 2017


“Country is what I grew up listening to and I’ve always had a soft spot for it in my heart,” Shae Dupuy says. “What I love most is the storytelling aspect to the songwriting that goes hand-in-hand with country music. There’s a little more depth to the songs you’re hearing on country radio than what you’re typically hearing in the pop genre. Although I love writing catchy songs, I don’t think my heart would ever be fully into writing songs with no real meaning.” Along with 5 new tracks written in Nashville, her new EP Brave includes Shae’s previous singles “Drink About It” and “Tin Man,” which have earned her two nominations at the 2016 Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards in the Rising Artist […]
January 28, 2017


Born and raised in Bowmanville, Ontario, Meghan Patrick has dedicated her entire life to music, always wanting it to be more than just a passion. “I was drawn to playing guitar so I could start writing music to go along with the words I was writing. I wanted to be self-sufficient as a creative artist.” Prior to setting out as a solo artist, Meghan was the lead singer of the popular roots act The Stone Sparrows. A newgrass / bluegrass band, The Stone Sparrows released an EP and a full-length album before the members parted ways amicably in 2013 after playing their second Boots and Hearts Festival. Meghan has quickly made a name for herself since signing to Warner Music Canada. She has recently signed a  publishing […]
January 28, 2017


Their beginnings may be rooted in small towns surrounding the Ottawa River, but there is nothing small about River Town Saints. A 5-piece, harmony-driven group with rock n’ roll roots and life-long friends, Chris Labelle, Chris McComb, Jeremy Bortot, Jordan Potvin and Daniel DiGiacomo, have every intention of proving that a little heart (and a lot of work) does, in fact, go a long way. Led by the strong vocals of Chris Labelle, River Town Saint’s unbeatable energy has already landed them on stage with Tim Hicks and the front page of the Hamilton Spectator. Since signing with Open Road Recordings, the band has shared the stage with The Road Hammers and opened for  Tim Hicks. This summer will see the group on the festival […]