In The News

Nominees and Winners at the 2014 CMAO Awards
June 4, 2014
June 4, 2014

In The News

This section of the newsletter is comprised of news stories, press releases and links to Internet articles that are sent in by our members who believe they will be of general interest to the membership. We include them as a courtesy to our members but do not verify or edit their content. Their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by the CMAO nor do their contents reflect the views or opinions of the CMAO.

Matt Williams duets with Alyssa Morrissey

Item 7 Photo AMTS Management Group and Matt Williams are happy to announce the world premiere of Matt’s new music video for his debut solo single, “Make Love Tonight.” The track is a duet with fellow Canadian country artist, Alyssa Morrissey. The video made its debut earlier today, Monday, May 26th at 2pm ET on the Matt Williams Youtube Channel, Watch the video at

The video for “Make Love Tonight” was filmed under the direction of Chris Vandenberg. Additional production members include Assistant Producer, Jennifer Gillespie; Brian Keith, Mitchell Stewart and Luke Ansley. The video tells the story of a couple (played by Matt and Alyssa) gone their separate ways, who reunite years later, on stage at a live concert event.

“Make Love Tonight” was written by Matt Williams, Alyssa Morrisey, Doug Folkins, and Adam Newcomb. It was recorded at Newcomb Studios in Cobourg, Ontario, with Newcomb producing and mixing, and playing bass and piano. Additional musicians include Newcomb and Williams on guitar, Matt Newcomb on drums and Andy Schick on pedal steel. The single was released on May 12, 2014, on MTS Records.

Matt Williams is from Cobourg, Ontario. He plays guitar and sings, as one-third of the country-pop trio, Western Avenue. WA is a Nashville Universe Award winner, twice-nominated International Music and Entertainment Award nominee, Independent Country Music Association Award nominee, and a Country Music Association of Ontario Award nominee. Their self-titled debut album, released in 2013, included the Top 75 Music Row chart and #1 New Music Weekly chart single, “Wherever You Are.”

Alyssa Morrissey hails from Peterborough, Ontario. Discovered by songwriter, Cyril Rawson (Reba McEntire, Gretchen Wilson, Lorrie Morgan) Alyssa’s first CD, Let’s Not Call It Love received international airplay and charted in her home country. Her 2nd release, Way To Go was released in 2013. Alyssa is a 2014 Wire Awards winner.

Matt and Alyssa will both be signing and performing at CMA Fest, beginning on June 5th, at the MTS Management Group Showcase Event, being held at 6pm at the Millennium Hotel, Maxwell’s on Rosa Parks Blvd in Nashville. For more information, visit
For an online look at the article go here:

Businesses Using Music Licensed to Play with SOCAN Program

Item 7 Logo B SOCAN_Tag_H_Eng_4CImagine a restaurant or bar that actually chooses not to play music. Now you’ll have to imagine that same bar or restaurant with a lot less customers. That’s how important music can be in drawing consumers in to any type of business…and keeping them there.

Research shows that approximately 75 percent of Canadian business owners confirm that playing music is important to their customers’ overall experience, and more than half of them know that the music they play gives their business an advantage.

More than 30,000 SOCAN licensed bars and restaurants — and various other retail establishments across Canada — are demonstrating their support for songwriters and music publishers by displaying SOCAN’s “Licensed to Play” sticker on the window or door of their establishment.

SOCAN encourages all the businesses that have a music license to show their support for music creators by displaying the Licensed to Play graphic on the door and window of their establishment(s).

By keeping up-to-date with a license to play music, businesses help to ensure that Canada’s songwriters, composers and music publishers are fairly compensated for their hard work and extraordinary talent.

To learn more and become Licensed to Play, visit here.

Interested in hearing more from us? Visit for news and updates about SOCAN licensees, members and the music industry. Be sure to “Like us” on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@SOCANmusic).

MusiCounts TD Community Music Grants Program Announced

Item 7 C Logo C logo_musicounts_enMusiCounts and TD Bank Group are proud to announce the MusiCounts TD Community Music Grants program.

MusiCounts has joined together with TD to expand programming designed specifically to create opportunities for youth in underserved communities across Canada. MusiCounts TD Community Music Grants will provide musical instruments and equipment to community centres, after-school programs and other community non-profit organizations serving local communities that have great potential yet are in need of funding to ensure their sustained growth.

These grants have the potential to be transformational and impact thousands of young Canadians and support diverse music programs in communities from coast to coast.

To review the application, click here.

For more information, go here.