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In The News (December 2018)

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. If you would like to have something included in the newsletter, please send us a short synopsis, a photo or graphic and the hotlink that can be included in the news listing. Submissions can be sent to Please make sure the Subject Line reads “For inclusion in the CMAOntario Newsletter”. The deadline for submissions is the 20th of each month.

The Reklaws Announce First Headlining Tour

Award-winning country duo The Reklaws has announced their first headlining tour, Winter’s A Beach. Beginning in London, ON, on Feb. 25, it features eight dates in Ontario and Quebec, and features Jade Eagleson and East Adelaide as support acts. Tix on sale today (Dec. 7). It has been a big year for the sibling duo. The Reklaws won the SiriusXM Rising Star at the CCMAs, and their single “Long Live The Night” achieved Gold certification and was selected as the theme song for Thursday Night Football on TSN.

(Source: FYI Music News)

ole Signs Singer-Songwriter Eric Ethridge to Worldwide Recording and Publishing Deal

ole, the world’s premier independent music publishing and rights management company, is pleased to announce that it has concluded a worldwide 360 deal to sign singer-songwriter, Eric Ethridge, to its red dot label. The deal includes exclusive publishing and recording rights, administration of all properties on YouTube, and includes the acquisition of Ethridge’s self-titled debut EP which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country charts and was streamed over 3 million times in the first 6 weeks of its release.

“Eric is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter and we are very excited to have him on our label,” commented ole’s CEO, Helen Murphy.

“After a lot of years of hard work, I could not be more excited and grateful to be the newest artist to join the ole family. I’m honoured to work with a group of such highly regarded people to help take my career to the next level,” said Eric Ethridge.

In early 2016, Eric Ethridge was selected as one of 6 finalists into the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) Discovery Program and went on to win the CCMA Discovery Award. The following year, Ethridge teamed up with JUNO Award-Winning producer–songwriter, Brian Howes, (Chris Daughtry, Keith Urban) to produce his self-titled debut EP. The EP’s first single, “Liquor’s Callin’ the Shots”, climbed to Top 30 at Canadian Country Radio creating an incredible first impression as a new artist. His most recent single, “California”, spent time as the Most Streamed Canadian Country Song in Canada. Ethridge was also named the Grand Prize winner in the Unsigned Only competition for his song “Girl on Fire”, selected from over 6,000 applicants from 95 different countries across all genres.

(Source: Press Release)

Lennon Stella Announces First North American Headline Tour

Canadian pop artist Lennon Stella has announced her first headline tour across North America this spring. The 13-date run kicks off March 20 and includes shows at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, New York’s Irving Plaza, Los Angeles’ The Fonda Theatre, and more. Full itinerary here. Stella first made a splash as one half of country sibling duo Lennon & Maisy, regularly featured on hit TV series Nashville. Last month Lennon Stella released her debut EP Love, me via Records LLC/ Columbia Records. It debuted in the top 5 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album chart in the US.

(Source: FYI Music News)

Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards Now Accepting Submissions

The Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards (NOMFA) is now accepting submissions of film, TV, and music projects that have been released commercially between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2018. The deadline is Jan. 11, and NOMFA will be held in Sudbury, ON from May 23 – May 25. Music submissions here

(Source: FYI Music News)

Steve Rivers Releases New Music Video

Steve Rivers’ new music video for “Ol’ Small Town” is now up on YouTube.

(Source: Member Submission)

Johnny Reid’s New album REVIVAL LIVE Available Now

Relive your favourite moments from the Revival Live tour with Johnny Reid’s first-ever live album, Revival Live!

Recorded over the course of the 47-date national Revival tour earlier this year, the album features 13 dynamic performances by Johnny Reid and the Soul Providers of “Whiskey Kisses” (feat. Jessica Mitchell), “Soul Train,” “Darlin’,” “A Woman Like You,” “Fire It Up” and more.

Get Revival Live now in stores or online!

(Source: Member Submission)

CIMA’S Road Gold Certification

Have you been on tour? You may be eligible for Road Gold certification.

CIMA’s Road Gold certification is an acknowledgment of the dedication and drive artists must have to achieve success, broaden their fan base and express their artistry through strong public performances.

Who is eligible?

Canadian artists who have sold 25k or more tickets in Canada over any 12 month period on the road.Why

When can I apply?

Anytime. You can apply for Road Gold Certification for tickets sold within a 12-month period whenever you hit that milestone. Eligible ticket sales can date as far back as January 1st, 2014.

Where can I apply?

Click here to fill out the application form and submit your supporting documentation. A $50 submission fee is required.

Past Recipients: 

Big Sugar, Big Wreck, Colin James, Dean Brody, Dean Brody, Jesse Cook, Johnny Reid, Made Them Lions, Marianas Trench, Matt Andersen, Natalie McMaster & Donnell Leahy, Paul Brandt, Terra Lightfoot, The Dead South, The Sheepdogs, The Trews, Tim Hicks, USS

Apply Here

(Source: CIMA)


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