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May 26, 2015

An Electrifying Night of Country Music! Winners of The 2015 CMAO Awards

Toronto, ON – The Flato Markham Theatre was the scene of an electrifying night of country music on Monday evening for the 3rd Annual Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards, presented by Slaight Music. The Awards Show was hosted by the Road Hammers’ Jason McCoy for the 2nd year in a row and he skillfully entertained the sold-out room, packed to the rafters with the best country music talent in Ontario! The Small Town Pistols were the big winners last night, snagging 3 Awards including Single of the Year for ‘I Only Smoke When I Drink’. 2015 CMAO Awards Show house band The Western Swing Authority received 2 Awards – Group or Duo of the Year and Roots Artist or Group of the Year. […]
April 30, 2015

Tickets On Sale Now for The CMAO's Road To Independence Spring Tune-Up Conference

DERRICK ROSS CONFIRMED AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER Toronto, ON – The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) is hosting the 2nd Annual Road To Independence (R2I) Spring Tune Up Conference on May 24th and 25th at the Delta Hotel Markham (50 East Valhalla Dr., Markham, ON). The conference, presented by Slaight Music and supported by Ontario Media Development Corporation, will kick-off on Sunday, May 24th with a Keynote Interview with industry heavyweight, Derrick Ross of Slaight Music. Activities culminate with the presentation of the 2015 CMAO Awards on Monday, May 25th at Flato Markham Theatre. The R2I Conference will feature knowledgeable industry panelists and keynote speakers. All panels and workshops will be interactive to ensure delegates can connect with key members of the music industry. The […]
April 15, 2015

Nominees Announced for the 2015 CMAO Awards

2015 COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED TORONTO, ON – The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) is pleased to announce the much-anticipated list of nominees for its 3rd Annual CMAO Awards Show. This year’s star-studded event will once again be hosted by Jason McCoy of the Road Hammers, and will be held Monday, May 25, 2015, at the Flato Markham Theatre Peterborough country star Tebey leads the pack of 2015 CMAO Awards nominees with a grand total of six nominations, including Single and Album of the Year. St. Catharines native Tim Hicks follows close behind with five nominations and Jason Blaine, Runaway Angel and Small Town Pistols each come in with four nominations apiece. See the full listing of 2015 CMAO nominees below. The 2015 […]
April 8, 2015

Host & Performers Announced for the CMAO 2015 Awards

  JASON MCCOY RETURNS AS HOST FOR COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO AWARDS PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR MAY 25th CEREMONY TORONTO, ON – The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) is thrilled to announce Jason McCoy of the Road Hammers is returning as host of the CMAO awards. Confirmed performers for the award show include Jason Blaine, Leah Daniels, Tim Hicks, the Russell DeCarle Trio and Deric Ruttan. The Western Swing Authority also return to the awards as the event’s house band. The award show, presented by Slaight Music, will be held Monday, May 25, 2015 at the Flato Markham Theatre. Tickets are on sale for $59.95. For more ticket information visit “It’s an honour to be back hosting the celebration of Ontario’s homegrown talent, simply the brightest and best of […]
December 8, 2014

CMAO Appoints New Operations Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:        December 5, 2014 THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO APPOINTS VERLE MOBBS AS OPERATIONS MANAGER TORONTO, ON — Announced today, the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) is thrilled to welcome seasoned music industry professional, Verle Mobbs, as Operations Manager of the CMAO. Effective January 2, Mobbs will take over the day-to-day operations of the Association. “We are excited to have someone with the skill set and experience of Verle taking on the role of Operations Manager,” says CMAO President Sam Arraj. “Her passion for country music and her years of experience in the music industry are exactly what the CMAO needs. I’m confident she will help the organization grow and prosper.” “We also want to thank Heather Ostertag, who has […]
December 3, 2014

2015 CMAO Awards Tickets Now Available- Click here to buy your tickets!

2015 CMAO Awards Tickets Now Available- Click here to buy your tickets!
September 3, 2014

In The Country with Small Town Pistols

Artist Spotlight: Big Time For The Small Town Pistols Amanda & Tyler Wilkinson – with years of success in country music as The Wilkinsons, along with their dad Steve – have managed to keep the magic going with the country duo they formed called Small Town Pistols. Radio, CMT & Country fans have fallen in love with their new songs: Living On The Outside, Colour Blind, Blame It On The Radio, Anthem Of A Runaway, and their new single, I Only Smoke When I Drink. Small Town Pistols won Album of the Year at the CMAO awards in May 2014. They have been nominated for best group or duo at the CCMAs in September. You transitioned from The Wilkinsons to Small Town Pistols – the […]
April 2, 2014

What Makes A Hit? (Part 1)

Be sure you have learned from others, but not stolen from others. All those who create intellectual property in its many forms would likely be very pleased to create a completely unique work that becomes immensely successful. In reality, most creators engage themselves in rearranging common forms into works that hopefully have enough unique elements to distinguish them from the works of others. But occasionally, we either confront ourselves or are confronted by others with the observation that a song might be a little too close in character to an already established creation. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “All the notes have been played already”. It is how we choose to arrange these notes and their values that will determine our ability to be […]