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In The News (September 2022)

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.

Alli Walker Releases “Red Wine or Whiskey”

Breakout Canadian singer-songwriter and 2022 CMAOntario Rising Star nominee Alli Walker has released the fourth single off her upcoming sophomore album on August 19th called ‘Red Wine or Whiskey.’ Written by Walker, Aaron Pollock, Zack Ouimet and Craig Brooks and produced by longtime partner and Grammy-nominee, Danick Dupelle the new track is full of tongue-in-cheek metaphors that turn Walker’s two favourite drinks – red wine and whiskey – into different speeds of her personality.
Boasting over 1M+ streams, Walker has landed spots on some of Canada’s top playlists including covers on both Apple Music’s ‘Canada’s Country’ and Amazon Music’s ‘Breakthrough Country.’ Continuing the momentum from the release of her first track to Canadian country radio with ‘Maybe I’m Still Drunk’, and her recent music video for ‘Home Town Home’ featured on The Nash News, Walker will continue to release new music to her 250K+ social media fans eagerly awaiting her sophomore album release in early 2023.


(Source: Member Submission)

Augusta Ray Releases “Waste of Lime”

Since walking onto the Canadian Country music scene as a teenager, Augusta Ray has grown up in front of the eyes of not only the industry but her audiences as well. The thing about ‘Gus,’ is that ever since the start of her career, she has not once been afraid of being vulnerable and genuine with her listeners; on stage and off. As she’s grown as a person, so has the subject matter of her material. From travelling the world playing music over the last few years and meeting new people every single day in the process, it would be impossible for no inspiration to come about. For Augusta Ray, life altering songs are written by going through life altering experiences, and those experiences are exactly what is behind her new single ‘WASTE OF LIME.’

“This song is a special one for me,” says Ray. It was a solo-write that I never intended on letting anyone aside from my closest friends hear, and I definitely didn’t intend on releasing something so oddly specific. I wrote it because I felt like I had to. For me. It’s kind of my ode to Mexico and how I fell out of love at the same place I fell in love some time earlier.” Augusta commented on how for her, this is the one song she has written that has taken her the longest to actually sit down and write. “It’s funny,” she says. “I don’t mean that the song took me a long time to complete; what I mean is that it took me at least a few months to work up the being able to sit down in my studio and actually knowing what to say, without my words being angry and over the top passive-aggressive, and not to mention sick to my stomach while writing it.”

While Augusta says this might be an ‘oddly specific song’ of hers to some people, the concept of heartbreak and betrayal definitely isn’t so unheard of. This song is the perfect mix of lyrical genius and sassy ‘n sad, and is definitely the perfect edition to any ‘sad girl summer’ playlist.’

“To any lady that needs a little extra tequila in her life, ‘cause your ex actually turned out to be a total snake in your boot, this song is for you!”

(Source: Member Submission)

Tianna Woods + Friends Celebrate Oakville’s Moonshine Cafe

A celebration event for the nostalgic Moonshine Cafe will take place Sat. Sept. 24, 2022 at 7:30pm at the Moonshine Cafe – located at 137 Kerr St, Oakville Ontario. 

The event is a very special night and celebration to thank the Moonshine Cafe for all the support it has given independent artists in the music industry. If you have ever been to the Moonshine Cafe, are a songwriter or have performed at this venue, you will NOT want to miss this very special evening and celebration! 

Join country music artist Tianna Woods and her special guests: Canadian Fiddle Champion Scott Woods, singer songwriter Chase Stevens and very special guest long-time country radio announcer Randy Owen. The event will be hosted by Dave Woods from In the Country and will be full of a variety of incredible music, fun, prizes, giveaways and a VERY specialist surprise you will NOT want to miss. 


(Source: Member Submission)

Deborah Lynn Uncorks “Rosé All Day”

It’s summertime and the livin’ is so much easier when you can uncork the perfect sunny day, good times, weekend songs and get that lakeside party started. Award winning Canadian country artist Deborah Lynn is totally up for that and pouring on a refreshing, deliciously fun new single with “Rosé All Day” – available now. The kind of day made for a sparkling song like “Rosé All Day” is exactly what inspired Deborah Lynn to write it, along with some much needed “me time”. That idyllic feeling of pure, blissful downtime made its way right into this hook-powered country romper that goes down like the smooth, lightly sweet beverage of Deborah’s summer preference. With a double down stomp-stomp and an irresistible sing-along chorus that Lynn punches through with her bright, sassy vocal, “Rosé All Day” is headed for a coveted spot on the much-loved list of summer party anthems.

“Rosé All Day” follows up Deborah Lynn’s Spring 2022 release, the touching and emotional “Something Good” and marks another musical milestone for this rising star since she hit the top of the Canadian Indie Country Countdown in 2020 with her debut single, “Revive a Ghost”. That out-of-the-gate success led to Lynn being nominated for a Josie Award for Best Female Country Song.

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(Source: Member Submission)


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