In The News (April)

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In The News (April)

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 CMAOntario nor do their contents reflect the views or opinions of the CMAOntario.


Lineup Announced For 2017 Music In The Fields In Lucknow

The Lucknow and District Kinsmen have announced the line-up for the ninth annual Music in the Fields festival, August 24 to 26 in Lucknow.

Headlining the Saturday stage will be international recording star Jake Owen. An ACM winner with six albums to his name, all of which reached the Top 10 on the country charts, Jake Owen will bring incredible energy with #1 songs such as “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”, “Alone with You”, “Beachin’”, “The One that Got Away”, “Anywhere with You”, and “American Country Love Song”.

The Saturday line-up will be rounded out with Canadian icon and multi Juno Award winner Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, and country artists The Washboard Union, River Town Saints and rising star Alee.

Friday, August 25 will feature Platinum-selling Canadian superstar Tim Hicks as the headliner. A two-time JUNO Awards nominee and CCMA Award winner who is known for his compelling stage presence, Hicks has released three albums, multiple Top 10 hits and already has five GOLD certified singles to go with the Platinum-certified breakout track “Get By”.

Joining Hicks on Friday will be Cold Creek County, performing hits, such as “Beer Weather”, “Till the Wheels Come Off” and London Ontario’s Genevieve Fisher.

Full Story: Blackburn News

New Single “Country Way Of Life” by Donny Lee Released to Radio March 20


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A Message from Larry Mercey…

Dear Relatives, Friends, and Associates,

This past month, I was fortunate to make a video of the song “I Love You Canada”, that was written by Brett McNaueal, Steve Wilkinson and myself. With 2017 being Canada’s 150th Birthday, I thought it was the right time.

After you have viewed the video, and if you like it, please share it with your friends on your contact list.

If possible, send it on to your Member of Parliament in your area. I will certainly appreciate your help in getting the video out to Canadians across the country.

To view the video, just click onto the URL below.

Thank you for watching!


Larry Mercey


Good Brothers Still Going Strong

If you were playing name that band, it would take you about three seconds to identify the Good Brothers when listening to the first track of their brand new album ‘Wide Awake Dreamin’.’ That song, ‘No Help Wanted’, starts off with a catchy acoustic guitar riff, followed by some banjo and mandolin, and the familiar high and pure vocals that have become the band’s trademark over the years.   Based on the freshness of the sound you would hardly think that the Goods have been at it for over 40 years or that the song itself is even older than that, although the scratchy 78 record effect at the beginning kind of gives it away.

“Yeah, you might say that it’s low fidelity,” Bruce Good laughs over the phone.  “That song was written by another family group called The Carlisles back in the early fifties. Bill Carlisle wrote it and he and his son and daughter would perform it. It was part of our mother’s record collection and it was on an old 78 that she had. It was from her collection that I remember the song and when we recorded it we added that effect to reflect where the inspiration came from.”

No Help Wanted is one of the few songs on the album not written by Bruce and identical twin brother Brian. Younger brother Larry rounds out the original threesome whose debut album ‘The Good Brothers’ was released in 1975.  If the sound has stayed consistent over the years, that’s exactly how the Goods want it is as they wish to stay loyal to the fan base that has supported them throughout. Bruce and Brian have developed a song writing formula that works for the band, even if they don’t always know what direction a song will take when they start the process.

Full Story: The Music Express

2017 CCMA Discovery Program Finalists Announced

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is pleased to announce the top six finalists of the 2017 CCMA Discovery Program. The finalists are: Danielle Bourjeaurd (Ontario), Jesse Gold (Ontario), Kalsey Kulyk (Alberta), Steph La Rochelle (Ontario), Shylo Sharity (British Columbia) and Sons of Daughters (British Columbia). Now in its fifth year, this national initiative of the CCMA was created to educate and support Canadian country music artists and acts in their pursuit of a career in the music industry. 
The 2017 CCMA Discovery Program finalists will come together in Toronto for Music Industry Discovery Week, May 7-12. During this intensive week the finalists will learn about the music business and artist development through industry-led panels and seminars, live performance and vocal training, media coaching and new this year – Canada’s Music IncubatorCoalition Music, will also lead some of the finalists’ development. The week culminates with an exclusive industry-only showcase.
Each finalist will also be paired with an established Canadian country artist for a mentorship program which will take place during the summer months. Finally, during PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017 in Saskatoon, taking place from September 7-10, the finalists will perform at a public CCMA Discovery Showcase on Thursday, September 7 (tickets on sale soon). An industry-led jury will help to select the winner of the 2017 CCMA Discovery Award as part of the event.

Full Release: CCMA Website

Tebey Golf Classic to Raise Funds for Mental Health

GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation recently announced that country music star Tebey will be hosting a charity golf classic on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at The Quarry Golf Club to raise funds for a new Youth Mental Health initiative from the Peterborough Family Health Team.  Spaces are limited and anyone wishing to join Tebey on the green for a best ball tournament are encouraged to register their foursome, for a cost of $600 at  which includes a tex mex lunch buffet, afternoon of golfing, special activities throughout the day, Coors Banquet Reception, dinner and acoustic performance from Tebey.  All golfers will automatically be entered to win a Country Music Fan Experience valued at $1500 from Hosts Country 105 and travel partners Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

“I can’t wait to get out on the course in a few weeks and play some golf here in Peterborough for a great cause,” said Tebey.  “It’s going to be an amazing day of golf, food, drink and music and we have a few surprises up our sleeves as well.  All funds raised are going to Your Family Health Team Foundation for a new drop in clinic initiative which will provide mental health services for adolescents and I am very proud to be able to support this.”

Foursomes are currently available for $600 and if you are a single player you can also register and be placed with a team.  Event sponsorships as well as hole sponsorships are currently available with more information at Raise a club with Tebey to support Youth Mental Health and enjoy a day of golfing, dining and a special a private acoustic performance from one of Canada’s top country music stars. To register a foursome or for more information visit

Full Story: GPHSF Website

The Lovelocks Announce 2017 Living Room Concert Series

We are excited to share our new music with you – our loyal fans – right before we head back into the studio, as part of our 2017 Living Room Concert Series! This year, in homes across Canada, we will be sharing our music and the story behind the songs, and would love to invite you to join in the fun.

If you are interested in hosting an event like this and would like to hear our new music FIRST, we would love to come and play for you and a minimum of 20 friends and family! All you need is a small deposit (returned to you the day of the show) to confirm the booking, a minimum of 20 adult guests at a ticket price of $20 per person, and a living room.

Let us know potential dates you are interested in hosting, what city/town you are located in, and we will send more information to you directly!

Contact: The Lovelocks –


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