CMAO Holds Another Seminar & Demo-rama, this time in Ottawa!
Want to kick start your career in the country music business? If you’re a singer, a songwriter, a performer, a musician or involved in making and marketing music this event will be of interest of you.
On Sunday November 25th the CMAO (Country Music Association of Ontario) along with Y101 and The University of Ottawa, School of Music are presenting a 3 part Seminar/Demo-rama.
Our previous seminar panel discussions have covered, “Getting Your Foot In the Music Industry Door, Building Your Career Independently, Getting Noticed, Playing in the Big Sandbox” and More!
Our full list of speakers is below, and the panel topics are: How To Turn On The Radio! starting at 10:00AM followed by, Getting Your Career Off the Ground! at 11:45AM.
Each panel features a question period where you can ask the pros what you need to know, and after lunch you can bring in your song on a CD with 4 copies of the lyrics and have it critiqued by a panel of industry professionals. The Demo-rama will commence after lunch at 2:15. Due to time constraints and the number of participants already attending we cannot guarantee we’ll get to review each song submitted, but we will try.
Cost is only $10 members and students of U of O and for $15 non-members.
Registration begins at 9:30AM at the University of Ottawa’s School of Music in Room 221 of the Perez Building, 610 Cumberland Street. The Seminars will begin at 10am Sharp. The event will end at 4:00PM. To register online just visit the CMAO web-site at: https://cmaontario.ca
Our Panelists include:
Joël Lamoureux (Music Director Y101)
Joël has worked in radio for almost 25 years in many markets from Vancouver Island to Ottawa. As an on-air performer, Music Director and Program Director he has experienced both the front line of radio and entertainment and the back room of what it takes to get music on the radio. Joël is also a musician and understands what it takes to achieve radio airplay and more importantly a career in the music business. Beyond his radio experience his background also includes marketing expertise, booking, performing, production and more. Joël is excited to share the tangible things that artists can do to grow their talents and achieve a successful and fulfilling musical life and career.
Charlie Major (Canadian Country Singer/Songwriter)
He’s more Mellencamp then Merle. His lyrics champion the ‘Blue Collar Hero’ in a manner that resonates of Springsteen and other roots rock legends, but it is in the country music format that Charlie Major finds his home.
Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Charlie had a heyday at radio as he became the first Canadian artist in history to score six BDS #1 hits off of his debut album. Nine more chart topping hits would follow, and Charlie would crisscross the world headlining tours and connecting with his fans at fairs and festivals.
But as the old saying goes “fame comes with a cost” and it wasn’t long before a major US label signed Charlie, moved him and his family to Nashville. The head of the label told Charlie his sound needed to change and become “more country.” The marketing department thought his records might sell better in the US if he appeared on the album cover in a Stetson, and added more fiddles and steel guitars to his edgy songs. What the label did not know was that even though Major might sell out concerts, he was not the type of guy who ‘sells out’ his career. Charlie’s integrity to remain true to his fans, himself and his music was immovable and so he relinquished the dream of the big US record deal and returned to his homeland where he continues to be embraced.
Over a decade later Charlie is as successful as ever, he headlines his own tours and pairs up with the likes of ZZ Top to rock arenas full of fans from coast to coast. He has sold nearly half a million records in Canada alone and won 3 Juno Awards and 7 CCMA’s, but you wouldn’t know it to meet him, and he would not tell you. He wears the cloak of humility, just like the hardworking folks that he represents in his music.
Truly a Canadian legend and one of the accomplished ‘nice guys’ in the game, Charlie would not have it any other way.
KT Timmermans (100.7 The Island/ Manitoulin Country Fest)
KT wears several hats at CFRM (100.7 The Island) on Manitoulin Island! She is co-owner, morning show host and Music Director of the station. She is also co-owner and brainchild behind Manitoulin Country Fest, a 4-day ALL CANADIAN country music festival. KT was recently re-elected for her second term as a Director of the Canadian Country Music Association.
Steve Parker (Canadian Country Spotlight)
Steve is currently the President of Media BemBem Inc. a radio content production and radio consulting company. Steve is also the executive producer of Canadian Country Spotlight, currently Canada’s #1 Canadian produced and nationally syndicated Canadian country music program. The Spotlight is broadcast weekly on 28 stations coast to coast in Canada and growing. Over his 40 year career in Canadian music and radio, Steve has worked a professional musician and songwriter, obtained a degree in Jazz Arranging and Composition, ran in independent Country label and radio content production company in the early 1980′s and spent 24 years with the CRTC as a senior radio operations and policy analyst, most notably as the CRTC Cancon guy before leaving to start Media BemBem Inc.
Robert Wilson (Manager and Booking Agent)
Robert Wilson, is a personal manager and booking agent in Ottawa. His clients include Murray McLauchlan, Valdy, Lynn Miles and others. He has also worked extensively as a radio & TV producer and as a journalist. His radio credits include CBC Metro Morning, Radio Noon, Morning North, The Dini Petty Radio Show and CBC’s National Content Unit; and his television credits include CTV’s The Shirley Show, Canada AM and The Dini Petty Show; Life Channel’s MoneySense Television and, Michael Coren Live.
Anya Wilson (Anya Wilson Publicity)
Anya is the founder and President of Anya Wilson Promotion & Publicity, one of Canada’s leading radio promotions and marketing agencies.
Over the years, Anya has represented such artists as David Bowie and Paul McCartney, T.Rex, Yes and Bryan Adams in the UK. In Canada, George Canyon, Hey Romeo. Jo Hikk, Julian Austin, Deric Ruttan, Shari Lynn, John McDermott, Kenny Rogers, Patricia Conroy, Jimmy Buffett and Michelle Wright as well as TNN/CMT in the U.S.
Prior to forming her own company in Canada, Anya handled national media campaigns for Nana Mouskouri and Johnny Cash.
Brian Allen (Amplus Productions)
A veteran of the music business, Brian’s first successful venture was as a member and principal songwriter for the band Toronto in the ‘80s, logging 4 platinum albums. Following the band’s breakup, Brian saw success as a co-writer of “What About Love” which propelled Heart to a 10 million seller. Attic Records then recruited Brian as head of A&R, a post he held for 15 years. During his A&R tenure, Brian doubled as producer for a select number of artists on the Attic roster, which yielded 2 double platinum sellers each for Lee Aaron and Haywire. Brian worked with a wide array of artists while at Attic, including Jennifer Warnes, Paul Janz, Rita Coolidge, The Nylons, Michael Burgess, Grapes of Wrath, Raggadeath and Creed. Brian was promoted to Vice President, A&R and Music Publishing and attended 15 MIDEM events in France where he conducted business with labels and publishers from around the world.
Following Attic’s acquisition by the Song Corporation, Brian spent a couple of calendars as Manager of the International Department at SOCAN where he oversaw the processing of SOCAN members’ royalties from 52 foreign countries. In 2002 Brian founded AMPLUS Productions, a recording production company, working with independent artists to bring them his production and music industry expertise at indie-friendly rates. In addition to his many production and songwriting ventures, Brian taught music business courses at Metalworks Institute, and frequently appears as a guest lecturer and panelist.
Brian’s latest 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”. As of Fall 2012, Brian is contributing extra arrangements, editing and mixing for Robert Michaels’ forthcoming album Via Italia. On the writing side, “What About Love” has been used in multiple TV ads, “Looking For Trouble” was featured in the film “Shania”, and two of Brian’s songs are included on the August 2012-released All About Maggie album “Now Hear Me Out” on Linus / True North Records via Universal.
Brian has earned 25 gold, platinum and special achievement awards as an artist, producer, songwriter and for his A&R accomplishments. He is a Board member of the CMAO and a member of CCMA, SOCAN, CMRRA, SAC, and the CFM. He has served on committees for CIRPA (now CIMA), CCMA, CMAO, CARAS and chaired the Music Advisory Committee at Humber College. FACTOR has recruited Brian multiple times as a juror.
Heather Ostertag (Heather Ostertag and Associates)
For almost 30 years Heather has been the Executive Director of FACTOR (The Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Records). She’s had a hand in overseeing the funding of just about every artist on the Canadian music scene. In all genres. But she’s always had a warm spot in her heart for country music and the people who work in that industry. Which led her to serving on the Board of Directors for the CCMA for many years and being elected Chair of the association for 2 consecutive terms. She’s also won an Order of Canada for her work and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was recently bestowed on her for all the things she’s done to further the careers of so many artists. After leaving FACTOR she started her own consulting firm, Heather Ostertag and Associates and she takes on and guides the careers of artists that she feels strongly about, using her years of experience and contacts in the industry to open doors and get things happening for them. She’s assembled an entire team of industry pros making this company a one-stop-shop for people entering the music business. She was also one of the founding directors of the CMAO and has served as it’s President. She’s here today to share her expertise on everything to do with funding your project. On top of all that, she’s a mean cook and can whip up a gourmet dinner for dozens of people in an instant.
Wendell started playing guitar at 7 years old. As he says, “It’s taken me over 40 years to become a child prodigy.” He’s played and recorded with some major names in the business, straddling several genres: Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks, Gordon Lightfoot, Sylvia Tyson, Keith Urban, Jane Siberry, Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Quartette, Terri Clark, Tommy Emmanuel, Paul Brandt, Bob Snider, Suzie Vinnick, Lynn Miles, Prairie Oyster… the list is endless. He’s won the CCMA Guitar Player of the Year 6 times (1995 to 2001). He’s had over 25 cuts by many artists and has had 9 single song publishing deals in Nashville,
He received a Juno nomination for his band Coda the West. Plus his live CD “The $#!T Hits The Fans” was nominated for the Album of the Year (2006 CCMAs). “Menage A Moi”, his first all instrumental CD, won the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Best Instrumental Album”.