Its AGM Time Again!!!

Behind the Board- Anya Wilson
August 11, 2012
And the Winners Are????
August 11, 2012

Its AGM Time Again!!!

Yes, another year is almost completed and I am pleased to announce that we have set the date for the AGM which is to be held on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 42 Lingarde Drive in Scarborough, Ontario.  Yes as members you need to come out and vote or assign your proxy.  The CMA Ontario will be seeing some changes to the Board this year and there is room for new people to get involved as Directors.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank Jeff Sheppard and Sandy Graham for the work they did on the Board this past year.  They are not standing for election this year.  As well, I will not be either.  However, there is an exciting number of new people that are prepared to come forward to support the organization as well as a number of directors who will be standing for re-election.  Please see their photo and bios.

Again, I encourage all of you to come out and vote or assign your proxy.

I look forward to preparing and presenting the wrap up for the year at the upcoming AGM and hopefully having the opportunity to meet face to face with many of you. -Heather Ostertag, C.M.



Bruce Good- Bio

In 1970 Bruce Good was a member of the trio James and the Good Brothers whose first tour was on the outrageous Festival Express. This train crossed Canada with acts of the day such as The Grateful Dead, Janice Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, Ten Years After and many more.

Later, when James left the group, Bruce and his brother Brian recruited younger brother Larry and The Good Brothers were born.

After receiving gold records and garnering 8 Juno awards and Big Country awards (predecessor of the CCMA) for best country group, Bruce became manager/agent for the Good Brothers and did so for 23 years. He received a Canadian Country Music Association award for instrumentalist of the year for special instrument, (autoharp) and in 2004 The Good Brothers were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

This spring will mark their 35th tour of Europe..

Bruce has been on the balloting committee for the CCMA for the past two years and is presently 2nd Vice President of the Country Music Association of Ontario.

Bruce brings an artists perception to the board.


Peter Linseman- Bio

Peter Linseman is a prolific songwriter, versatile producer and positive mentor. Owner of Music Mentor Productions, a CCMA nominated recording studio and Indie Record Label, Peter has worn every hat in the music business. Peter was recently added to the Board of Directors at Building Bands Canada, a charity that provides free music lessons, instruments and song writing workshops to low income, at-risk youth. Peter is a founding Director of the Country Music Association of Ontario. He started the first Toronto Regional Writers Group for the Songwriters Association of Canada. He’s the editor of the Financial Post Executive Podcast.  Peter Linseman is Musical Director for Canadian Chinese Idol & was appointed as the first official North American composer for China’s top superstar Laure Shang. Peter made international history by writing/producing We Will Fly for Laure Shang, a successful single in China. Peter is writing/producing Tanvi Shah, 2009 Grammy & Oscar Award winner for Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire. Peter writes, produces and promotes rising pop stars Eliana Jones (co-star of hit TV show Nikita), Karina Es, Stephanie Braganza, country artist’s Donna Ferra & Elyse Saunders, international stars Sarina Paris, Mr. X and Rosita Stone.




Craig Parks – Bio

Craig Parks is a Toronto-based lawyer specializing in entertainment and copyright law. Craig is also a musician and songwriter in his own right.

Craig started his career as counsel to music copyright collectives – CMRRA followed by PROCAN (predecessor to SOCAN) – and in recent years has come full circle back as counsel to Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC).  In the intervening years, Craig was on retainer with PolyGram Music Publishing Canada and with EMI-owned record label Narada.

Concurrently, he represented a host of performing artists, songwriters, managers, record labels and music publishers.  Some of his more high profile work has involved securing authorship credits (and financial participation) for composers whose works have been sampled or appropriated.

Craig has also had much to do with the Copyright Board of Canada.  He was its senior counsel on the first retransmission tariff hearings, following which he was retained by the Board for a number of projects including subsequent retransmission tariffs, SOCAN tariffs, mediation between users and owners in the educational sector and a study on alternative dispute resolution at the Board.  He has also appeared as an expert witness.  More recently, he has made submissions to the Board as joint counsel for ACTRA and AFM Canada.

Craig also represented FACTOR for two decades as well as a number of funding organizations in the film and television sector.  He has prepared industry reports for SOCAN, The National Film Board and Canadian Heritage.

Craig majored in both French in Economics in undergrad school. Both disciplines have proved useful in his law career: he can communicate in French and in fact has translated hundreds of French legal documents into English; and he understands the economics of the various sectors of the music business.


Randy Stark- Bio

Over the past number of years, Randy Stark has been an active part of the Canadian Music industry. His extensive experience within Canadian labels, management and music is unsurpassed. He is formerly Vice President of Marketing and Promotion for Warner Music Canada, a Past President of the Canadian Country Music Association and has held board positions on various music industry associations including the prestigious Country Music Association (CMA) in Nashville as well as the Contemporary Country Music Coalition (CCMC) of Australia.

Currently, Stark Ravings provides career management for Canadian artists Jason Blaine, Diane Chase and Jake Mathews; owns and operates the radio charting service Trax Report and provides radio tracking services for a number of Canadian artists including Deric Ruttan, Jason Blaine, Michelle Wright, Aaron Lines and  Jake Mathews among others.




Marni Thornton- Bio

Marni earned a degree in Journalism from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute and began working in the music industry with a small public relations firm. She accumulated many years of experience and many contacts while fulfilling several roles at FACTOR and SOCAN, including funding administration, communications, advertising, SOCAN member career/education development, sponsorship administration, seminar and workshop coordination, event planning, and networking. Marni has participated on the Canadian Country Music Association Awards and Balloting Committee and on juries for the Juno Awards and The Western Canadian Music Awards. Marni started teaching full time at Durham College in 2006, and is completing certification in teaching and training adults.



Anya Wilson – Bio

Anya Wilson`s career has spanned over 40 years in the entertainment publicity and radio tracking business.  Originally from England she has worked extensively both sides of the pond, both in the UK, where she handled such acts as David Bowie, T.Rex and Sir Paul McCartney, and Canada, where her attention turned to Country Music. She has worked with Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett and currently has on her roster Canadian stars, George Canyon, Aaron Pritchett and One More Girl.

As a humanitarian Anya together with her husband, journalist Larry LeBlanc raised over one million dollars for the Safehaven Project for Community Living which provides quality homes for severely handicapped children.

She would like to join the board to offer her services as publicist with a mandate to create a publicity team for the upcoming awards show in May 2013.