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March 6, 2018

A Message from the President (March 2018)

I think one of those groundhogs was correct – it definitely looks like an early spring to me… at least, here’s hoping. The first ballot has just closed for the 2018 Awards Show, and we are very pleased to announce that we have received over 1000 submissions, and our membership renewals have exceeded all our expectations. The second ballot (the first round of actual voting) will open in March, and thanks to everyone who sent submissions, renewed their membership or decided to join! Tickets for the Awards Show (June 3rd) are selling steadily, so if you have a seating preference, don’t put it off. To purchase, call 1-888-999-8980 or visit The Conference Committee is working on finalizing this year’s seminar panels – great topics, […]
March 6, 2018

Ronnie Prophet, Canada’s “International” Country Star, Passes On

(by Larry Delaney) One of Canada’s true “international” country music stars has passed away. Ronnie Prophet died March 2, 2018 in Tavares, Florida, following cardiac and kidney failure. He was 80. Ronnie Prophet was born December 26, 1937, in Hawkesbury, Ontario and raised in nearby Calumet, Quebec. His father passed away at age 7, leaving 120 acres and 50 head of cattle for the surviving family to manage. He earned spending money by creating the character Woody The Country Kid, a take-off on the popular cartoon Woody Woodpecker. His talent as an impressionist would later become a focal part of his stage act. While still a teenager he began entertaining at small venues in Montreal, and soon became a highly sought after entertainer working clubs […]
March 6, 2018

Callout for Artist of the Month Submissions

CMAOntario is inviting submissions from Ontario artists for consideration in our ‘Artist of the Month’ feature where we profile one artist per month on our website and in our newsletter. Our goal is to learn more about artists active in our region, while giving members the chance to spread the word about their happenings. To be considered, please include the following in your submission and forward to with “Artist of the Month Suggestion” in the subject heading: Artist/band name Hometown Website Photo Bio Links to music and videos Links to social media sites List of upcoming shows Latest single released or soon to be released Any other info on promo and media coverage Only CMAOntario Members will be considered for the ‘Artist of the […]
March 6, 2018

In The News (March)

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”. […]
March 5, 2018

Submit for Your Chance to Perform: Music Cities Exchange

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2018 Working off the past success of Music Cities Exchange, London Music Office has partnered with the Country Music Association of Ontario in the lead up to CMAOntario Festival and Awards (this June in London) for a special Music Cities Exchange with The City of Kitchener and Music Works. All artists interested in performing must submit for consideration to CMAOntario and must be a member in good standing.  London artists must also create an artist profile. The London event will take place on Friday, May 4th at Cowboys and the Kitchener event Saturday, May 5th at Dallas Nightclub. Interested in playing? Submit for consideration to with subject line “Music Cities Exchange”. This opportunity is exclusive to artists from London or Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge. London Artists must submit a link to their […]
March 5, 2018

Submit for Your Chance to Perform at Brooklin Spring Fair

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 16, 2018 CMAOntario, in collaboration with Brooklin Spring Fair, is giving one of our Artist Members the opportunity to perform at The Brooklin Spring Fair between May 31st and June 3rd, 2018 If you are a CMAOntario member in good standing – you are eligible to submit for consideration for this performance opportunity!  The deadline to submit for this opportunity is March 16th at 5:00pm. One lucky CMAOntario Artist Member will receive: One 30-minute set at the Outdoor Stage Photo, bio and website link posted on the festival website and social media sites $200 honourarium Full backline and lighting provided by Brooklin Spring Fair The opportunity is open to both solo artists and bands.    Submissions open now! You will need your CMAOntario Membership User Name and Password to apply for this performance opportunity. Please click […]
February 22, 2018

Submit for Your Chance to Perform at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival

New Country Spirit & CMAOntario present… Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase Official Showcase Information & Rules The Country Music Association of Ontario is thrilled to launch our partner initiative with New Country Spirit which will give Ontario country music artists an opportunity to showcase their talents on June 16 and 17, 2018 at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival in beautiful Port Credit (Mississauga), Ontario. You don’t want to miss your chance to perform at this festival! For more information about the festival, please go to http //  Prizes Grand Prize Winner Performance on the MWF Credit Goes Country Main Stage, Saturday evening, June 16, 2018 $200 honorarium donated by CMAOntario Professional Photo Shoot with Brandon Ferguson Photography $100 Gift Card donated by Rock ‘N Horse Saloon-Toronto […]
February 22, 2018

Submit for Your Chance to Perform at the CMAOntario 2018 New Faces Showcase

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 27, 2018 If you are a member in good standing who is planning to attend the upcoming CMAOntario Festival & Awards June 1-3 in London, Ontario – you are eligible to submit for consideration for a showcase opportunity! Up to 4 acts will be selected to showcase on Saturday, June 2nd as part of the CMAOntario New Faces Showcase and Concert at Market Square. Showcasing at this CMAOntario event provides a unique opportunity to reach industry members from booking agencies, radio, publishing and 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. Once there, click on “Performance Opportunities” to complete your submission. If the link above […]
January 25, 2018

A Message from the President (January 2018)

The CMAOntario’s Board Members would like to wish all a belated Happy New Year, and all the best for 2018. I believe we are all in for a much smoother and more bountiful year. Opportunities abound! As the Board continues to prepare for 2018 in London, the Membership Committee has created some new performance opportunities with a number of Ontario Fairs. These performance opportunities will be decided by a submission-based application and the chosen artists will be selected by a jury made up of industry personnel. Keep an eye on the newsletter to get all the deets – it will be coming up soon! I was unable to make the 2017 Unison Holiday Schmoozefest, but that party raised $35,000 for Canadian Music Workers in Crisis. […]