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June 7, 2017

Ben Hudson Announced as Finalist for 2017 CCMA Spotlight Performance

Congratulations to Ben Hudson on being selected as a finalist in the 2017 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest.  Ben was selected among numerous submissions to the CMAOntario to represent Ontario and the Association in the national competition. Voting is now open. To vote for Ben, click here to access the CCMA Spotlight Performance online voting poll. The finalist that receives the most votes on the poll by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, June 16, 2017 will win one performance spot during PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017. Only one (1) vote per IP address will register with the online polling system – so make your one (1) vote count!  
May 12, 2017

Performers Announced for the New Faces Showcase

Congratulations to Amanda Jordan, Ben Hudson, Brea Lawrenson, Sacha and Steve Rivers on being selected to perform at the New Faces Showcase & Concert being held at Market Square on Saturday, June 10th in London, Ontario during CMAOntario RoundUp 2017. Capping off the showcase will be a concert performance by River Town Saints with Eric Ethridge. This is a free concert with performances starting at 7:00pm. See you there! For more details on CMAOntario RoundUp 2017 events, click here.
May 12, 2017

Registration Now Open for R2I Tune Up Conference

Saturday June 10th and Sunday June 11th will see the fourth edition of CMAOntario’s R2I TuneUp Conference move into the Delta London Armouries for a 2-day program of learning, networking and mentoring with trailblazers in the country music industry.  See full schedule details now posted online. 2-Day Delegate Passes are just $85 (plus taxes) for non-Members and $75 for CMAOntario Members (until midnight May 26th) and are available for purchase online now. Members must be logged in to the site to access the discounted rate. Price includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
May 9, 2017

Buckle Up London! The CMAOntario RoundUp Is Coming To Town

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is excited to announce details of the CMAOntario RoundUp taking place throughout London, Ontario next month. A variety of events are scheduled from June 8-11, 2017, bringing the Ontario country music industry together with local communities in celebration of the province’s rich musical talent and heritage. CMAOntario RoundUp festivities kick off on Thursday, June 8 with a legacy concert at Purple Hill Country Hall featuring a number of pioneering musicians that have paved the way for so many of today’s country artists. On Friday, June 9 members of London media and a bevy of country music celebrities will take to the diamond to showcase their skills in a Charity Softball Game at Labatt Memorial Park, followed by a concert in […]
April 13, 2017

Submit for Your Chance to Perform at CMAOntario RoundUp in London this June

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: APRIL 27, 2017 If you are a member in good standing who is planning to attend the upcoming “Road to Independence (R2I) Tune-Up Conference” – June 10 & 11 at the Delta Armouries Hotel in London, Ontario – you are eligible to submit for consideration for showcasing opportunities! Up to 4 acts will be selected to showcase on the Saturday night (June 10th) as part of the CMAOntario RoundUp Concert at Market Square. Showcasing at the CMAOntario RoundUp provides a unique opportunity to reach industry members from booking agencies, radio, publishing, labels and fans. You will need your CMAOntario Membership User Name and Password to apply for this performance opportunity. Please click the link below to login and submit your application. https://cmaontario.ca/login/ Once there, click on “Performance Opportunities” to complete your submission. If […]
April 13, 2017

CMAOntario R2I Spring Tune Up Conference

The fourth edition of the CMAOntario R2I Spring Tune Up Conference will feature a two-day program of learning, networking and showcasing on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Delta London Armouries by Marriott in London, Ontario. Programming will cover artist development, navigating Nashville, songwriting, digital marketing, promotion, funding and more. Attendees will hear first-hand the stories that inspired some of today’s top hits during the perennial favourite Songwriters In The Round session. Registrants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with industry personnel during the Mentor’s Breakfast on Saturday and the networking lunch on Sunday. Confirmed speakers include: Bruce Good (The Good Brothers); Brian Allen (Amplus Productions); Cathie Faint (Catherine Faint Entertainment); Kathryn Hummel (Royalty Records); Stefanie Purificati (United Talent Agency [UTA]); Ashley Sperling (MusiCounts); Samantha Pickard (Strut Entertainment); Allan Mamaril (M88 Management); Mike Denney (MDM […]
April 12, 2017

The Country Music Association of Ontario Announces the 2017 CMAOntario Award Nominees

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is pleased to announce the nominees for the fifth annual CMAOntario Awards. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the awards recognize the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 16 categories.  Meghan Patrick leads the pack with seven nominations while James Barker Band, River Town Saints, Jessica Mitchell, Cold Creek County, Jason Blaine, Tim Hicks and The Abrams are among the multiple nominees being honoured at the ceremony on Sunday, June 11th at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario. See the full nominees listing for the 2017 CMAOntario Awards below.    Voting for the awards is restricted to CMAOntario members, with the exception of the Fans’ Choice award, which is open to both public and membership voting. […]
November 10, 2016

Save on Indie Week Wristbands with Promo Code IWCMAO2016

Indie Week is offering all CMAO members the opportunity to purchase Indie Week wristbands at the reduced price of $50 per wristband. Visit canada.indieweek.com and use the promo code IWCMAO2016 to access the discount and save on your pass. And don’t miss the Indie Week Emerging Artist Country Showcase – Thursday November 17th at Adelaide Hall – featuring performances by Krista Earle, Alessia Cohle, Brittany Brodie, Ben Hudson, Dani Strong, and Kansas Stone.
November 10, 2016

Kick It With Kissel Contest

Want to open for Brett Kissel on his “Ice, Snow & 30 Below Tour” Ontario dates? Here’s your chance! Submit a video of you performing an original song to win an opportunity to open for Brett Kissel on his “Ice, Snow & 30 Below Tour”. Simply upload your video to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook by November 27th. Tag @theCMAO and use the hashtag “#KickItWithKissel” along with why you want to open for Brett. Winner will be announced on December 3rd. Contest open to current CMAO members only.  Brought to you by the Country Music Association of Ontario, Invictus Entertainment, and BK himself. Contest Rules: 1) Winner will be selected by BAK 2 BAK Entertainment. 2) Winner will receive a $200 honourarium per show from the CMAO. 3) […]