FEATURED CMAO EVENTS AND PARTNER EVENTS

London, Ontario

Thursday June 8, 2017
The Legacy Show

Purple Hill
Doors: 6:00pm
Show: 7:00pm
CMAOntario’s first Legacy Show takes place at Purple Hill, featuring some of Ontario’s treasured pioneers along with special guests to celebrate the music that paved the way for so many of today’s country artists.

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

Friday June 9, 2017
Charity Softball Game – Ontario Country Artists vs. London Media

Labatt Memorial Park
Gates Open at 6:00pm
Game Time: 7:00pm
CMAOntario will host an official kick off event to launch the weekend of activities in London. The event will see an entourage of music industry professionals and country music celebrities take to the diamond to showcase their skills in a game of celebrity softball, followed by a concert in centre field by a series of Ontario artists.
CMAOntario will charge a nominal entry fee based on a donation at the door. A fun, family affair, the event offers a one of a kind experience for all attendees. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Unison Benevolent Fund and Kidsport London.

National Anthem:
The Small Town Girls

7th Inning Stretch:
Wendell Ferguson

Post Game Concert: 9:00pm
Performances by:
Genevieve Fisher
Leah Daniels
The Abrams

Team Country Roster:
James Barker Band
Gavin Slate
Leah Daniels
Genevieve Fisher
Dani Strong
River Town Saints
The Abrams
Eric Ethridge
Andrew Hyatt

Saturday June 10, 2017 – Sunday June 11, 2017
R2I (Road to Independence) Conference

Delta Amouries Hotel
9:00am – 5:00pm
The fourth edition of the CMAOntario R2I Spring Tune Up Conference will feature a two-day program of learning, networking and showcasing on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Delta London Armouries by Marriott in London, Ontario.

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 have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with industry personnel during the Mentor’s Breakfast on Saturday and the networking lunch on Sunday.

Saturday June 10, 2017
New Faces Showcase
sponsored by Country 107-3

Market Square
7:00pm – 9:20pm
The CMAO’s New Faces Showcase & Concert will give a platform to four emerging Ontario artists to perform in front of industry delegates and the general public at large in London, Ontario. The New Faces Showcase & Concert will be a free event, open to all residents in the community.

7:00pm – 7:20pm         Brea Lawrenson
7:30pm – 7:50pm         Steve Rivers
8:00pm – 8:20pm         Amanda Jordan
8:30pm – 8:50pm         Ben Hudson
9:00pm – 9:20pm         Sacha

Special Concert 9:30pm – 10:50pm
Featuring performances by:
Eric Ethridge
River Town Saints

Sunday June 11, 2017
CMAOntario Awards

Centennial Hall
7:00pm – 10:30pm
The CMAOntario Awards acknowledge, promote and honour the achievements of Ontario’s country artists. The event features appearances and performances by some of the province’s most talented artists. Awards are presented in 16 categories, with winners in 14 of the categories determined by industry voting. The Fans’ Choice Award is the only award open to public voting, with the winner determined by the fans.  The Impact Award will be presented to Blue Rodeo.

Host: Jason McCoy
House Band: The Western Swing Authority

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