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Buckle Up London! The CMAOntario RoundUp Is Coming To Town

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is excited to announce details of the CMAOntario RoundUp taking place throughout London, Ontario next month. A variety of events are scheduled from June 8-11, 2017, bringing the Ontario country music industry together with local communities in celebration of the province’s rich musical talent and heritage.

CMAOntario RoundUp festivities kick off on Thursday, June 8 with a legacy concert at Purple Hill Country Hall featuring a number of pioneering musicians that have paved the way for so many of today’s country artists.

On Friday, June 9 members of London media and a bevy of country music celebrities will take to the diamond to showcase their skills in a Charity Softball Game at Labatt Memorial Park, followed by a concert in centre field by a series of Ontario artists. Entry is ‘pay what you can’ at the door with a portion of proceeds benefitting Unison Benevolent Fund along with a local charity.

Saturday and Sunday will see the fourth edition of CMAOntario‘s R2I Spring TuneUp Conference move in to the Delta London Armouries by Marriott for a two-day program of learning, networking and mentoring with trailblazers in the country music industry. Programming will cover artist development, navigating Nashville, songwriting, digital marketing, promotion, funding and more. Attendees will hear first-hand the stories that inspired some of today’s top hits during the perennial favourite Songwriters In The Round session. Registrants will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with industry personnel during the Mentor’s Breakfast on Saturday and the networking lunch on Sunday.

The entertainment continues on Saturday night with a free concert at Market Square featuring an emerging line-up of Ontario artists as part of the New Faces Showcase, followed by a headline performance by River Town Saints and Eric Ethridge.

The RoundUp culminates with the CMAOntario Awards at Centennial Hall on Sunday, June 11, where honours will be bestowed to the best of Ontario’s country music industry and celebrated with an all-star cast of performers.

See the full schedule below for dates, times and ticket information.

Thursday June 8, 2017

The Legacy Show
Purple Hill Country Hall (20903 Purple Hill Rd., Thorndale, ON)
Presented by: Country 107.3 (CJDL)
Doors: 6:00pm
Show: 7:00pm

Tickets: $40 available for purchase via phone 519.461.0538 or email purplehillcountryhall@gmail.com

Performances by:
Charlie Major
Genevieve Fisher
Kiley Joe Masson
Marie Bottrell
The Good Brothers
Wendell Ferguson

Friday June 9, 2017

Charity Softball Game – Ontario Country Artists vs. London Media
Labatt Memorial Park (25 Wilson Ave, London, ON)
Presented by: Slaight Music, OMDC
Doors: 6:00pm
Game Time: 7:00pm
Post Game Concert: 9:00pm
Tickets: Donation at the door

National Anthem:
The Small Town Girls 

Performances by:
Genevieve Fisher
Leah Daniels
The Abrams 

Artists Participating:
Dani Strong
Gavin Slate
Genevieve Fisher
James Barker Band
Jason Blaine
Jason McCoy
Leah Daniels
River Town Saints
The Abrams

Saturday June 10, 2017 – Sunday June 11, 2017

R2I (Road to Independence) TuneUp Conference
Delta London Armouries by Marriott (325 Dundas St, London, ON)
Presented by: Slaight Music, OMDC
Registration: 8:00am
Saturday Programming: 9:00am – 5:15pm
Sunday Programming: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Tickets: $85 (plus taxes) 2-Day Delegate Passes available for purchase online at www.cmaontario.ca
Price includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday and Sunday

Saturday June 10, 2017

New Faces Showcase & Concert
Market Square (Dundas St. & Market Lane, London, ON)
Presented by: Slaight Music, OMDC
Showcases: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Concert: 9:00pm – 10:30pm
Tickets: Free event

Showcase performances by:

Concert performances by:
River Town Saints
Eric Ethridge

Sunday June 11, 2017

CMAOntario Awards
Centennial Hall (550 Wellington St., London, ON)
Presented by: Slaight Music, OMDC
Doors: 6:00pm
Show: 7:00pm
Tickets: $59.95 (plus taxes & service fees) for regular reserved seating / $250.00 (plus taxes & service fees) for fan VIP packages available for purchase online at www.centennialhall.london.ca

Host: Jason McCoy

House Band: The Western Swing Authority

Featuring performances by:
Cold Creek County
Deric Ruttan
Genevieve Fisher
James Barker Band
Jason Blaine
The Abrams
Jessica Mitchell
Meghan Patrick
River Town Saints
Tim Hicks

For additional details and announcements, stay tuned to the CMAOntario website and social media platforms.

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