Friday May 31, 2024

Songs & Stories: Songwriters in the Round The Rec Room

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Creating music means different things to different people. And each musical genre presents its own unique challenges and opportunities, but this group of songwriters all have one thing in common – they continue to write hit after hit. Although different musical styles demand different approaches to performing and recording, a well-written song is a well-written song, whether it’s a country rave-up, an infectious pop standard or a rock anthem. Come hear the songs and stories behind the hits.

Official Kick Off

9:00pm – 11:00pm The Rec Room


Saturday June 1, 2024

R2i TuneUp Conference Mississauga Room, 2nd Floor, Living Arts Centre

9:00am – 5:00pm

Building a business in music requires a realistic understanding of the industry and a strong work ethic. It’s important to be brutally honest with yourself about why you want to pursue a career in music. If you’re looking for quick    success or stability, it may be better to choose a different career path.

However, there are ways to approach the music business in a healthy and financially stable manner, aiming for true and lasting success. The business model for music does not rely on getting discovered, going viral, or landing huge     deals. While these things can happen along the way, it’s not wise to rely solely on luck for success. Instead, focus on the things you can control and take proactive steps to shape your future. This will require strategy, determination, and a desire to take control of your own destiny.

By approaching music as a business, you can increase your chances of achieving financial stability and personal wellbeing. It may not be the easiest path, but with hard work and dedication, it is possible to build a successful and fulfilling career in music.

Street Fair Celebration Square

2:00pm – 11:00pm

We’ve got everything you need to kick off summer at the CMAOntario Street Fair with 2 days filled with endless fun, laughter, and good vibes!

Local artisan vendors will be showcasing their incredible creations, so get ready to discover unique treasures and support our talented community. And let’s not forget about the mouthwatering treats from a variety of food vendors that will satisfy every craving.

Bring the little ones along because we’ve got kid’s entertainment that will keep them smiling all day long! From face painting to exciting games, they’ll have a blast while you enjoy the festivities.

For all the adults out there, our licensed beer garden is the perfect spot to relax, sip on your favorite brew, and taking in amazing entertainment from some of Ontario’s incredible country artists. Don’t miss an epic day filled with great food, great music, and great friends!


Tailgate Party Celebration Square

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Immerse yourself in the infectious energy of country music as we showcase the incredible talent of the 2022 CMAOntario Awards nominees and rising new artists. From toe-tapping tunes to soulful melodies, this concert promises to be a celebration of the very best that Ontario’s country music scene has to offer.

Mark your calendars and get ready to crank up the country at CMAOntario’s Pre-Show Tailgate Party. This is an event you won’t want to miss, so make sure to secure your spot and be a part of this unforgettable celebration of Ontario’s country artists.

Bonfire Celebration Square

7:30pm – 11:00pm

CMAOntario’s Bonfire: A Night of Unforgettable Performances!
Get ready to witness the blazing talent of some of Ontario’s rising artists as they take center stage at Celebration Square in Mississauga. This showcase will provide a platform for these rising stars to captivate fans and industry professionals alike.  Don’t miss your chance to witness the birth of greatness as these emerging artists take to the stage.

Sunday June 2, 2024

Street Fair Celebration Square

The fun continues with day two of the CMAOntario Street Fair.

Sauga Sunday

11:00am – 3:00pm


On Sunday, June 2 at Celebration Square, the City of Mississauga’s music office will present Sauga Sunday. This free, family-friendly afternoon concert will show why Mississauga was named Canadian “Music City of the Year” with an all-women lineup of the city’s top country talent featuring Elyse Saunders, Nicole Rayy, Bree Taylor, Alessia Cohle, Kendra Gabrielle and Jade Hilton.

CMAOntario Awards Hammerson Hall (Living Arts Centre)

7:00pm – 9:00pm















The CMAOntario Awards is a one-of-a-kind event that celebrates the incredible talent and achievements of rising stars in the country music scene in Ontario.Join us for a night filled with unforgettable live performances and captivating moments as we shine a spotlight on the brilliance of Ontario’s country artists. From heartwarming ballads to foot-stomping anthems, here is where you’ll witness the rise of Ontario’s next generation of stars.


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