Newsletter

October 13, 2021

Artist of the Month: New Moon Junction

What happens when three experienced country music voices come together to try a new vibe and sound? New Moon Junction happens. Barb Doran, Tamara Maddalen and Matt Rogers came together to create the new country music trio, offering something new to fans and listeners who may have already known them on their own. And that was intentional.  “That was the idea right from the start. Typically, my music is quite serious – even depressing at times – but the great thing about the three of us together is that we very much focus on being positive and upbeat.” said Doran about the group’s sound and mission statement. In 2021 (so far) the trio has released their first 2 singles. Real Good Kinda Thing came first […]
October 13, 2021

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Wayne Rostad

// by Larry Delaney // (Born: October 28, 1947 – Ottawa, Ontario) (#56 in the Ontario Pioneers Series) Wayne Rostad has long been one of Canada’s most visible country music entertainers, thanks to his long-running TV series “On The Road Again” – a homespun weekly show that featured vignettes on everyday people and places from all corners of the country. In fact, the TV series was so popular that it interrupted Wayne’s career as a country music recording artist and songwriter. Born October 28, 1947, in Ottawa, Wayne Rostad paid his dues in Canadian country music as a radio DJ at stations in Smiths Falls, Ottawa, and Kingston, Ontario and in Grand Falls, NL. During the 1970s, while in Ontario, Wayne was also the front-man […]
October 13, 2021

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Aaron Allen

 CMAOntario Male Artist Of The Year Aaron Allen – who also won Album Of The Year for Highway Mile –  joins me on the latest In The Country episode to chat about his big wins, his music career. writing songs from the heart, recording music with his wife Aimee (current release “Just Getting By”) & much more!  
October 13, 2021

Patrice’s Pick: Jessica Sole

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music singer/songwriter, Jessica Sole! Jessica talks about staying busy during the pandemic, her fresh new sound, her brand new tune, “Think Of Us,” and turning up the ‘yeehaw instruments’! For more information about Country Music Junkies, visit www.countrymusicjunkies.com.
October 13, 2021

In The News (October 2021)

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 verle@cmaontario.ca. Please make sure the Subject Line reads “For inclusion in the CMAOntario Newsletter”. […]
September 14, 2021

Artist of the Month: Jessica Sole

From small-town Shelburne, ON and ready to make waves in country music, Jessica Sole has arrived. Her new single, Think Of Us, was released to digital platforms and country radio in mid-August, and is already picking up steam through playlists, streams, and spins. The track has landed on curated playlists at Amazon Music, and made it to Sirius XM CBC Country, cracking the Top 40 on the CBC chart just two weeks after its digital release. With inspirations like Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, Jessica Sole has dug into her songwriting and sound, carving out her space and building her audience as she goes. Those inspirations shine through in Think Of Us, with early Swift-esque storytelling and charm from beginning to end. On […]
September 14, 2021

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Sylvia Tyson

// by Larry Delaney // (born: September 19, 1940 – Chatham, Ontario) (#53 in the Ontario Pioneers Series) Sylvia Fricker was born September 19, 1940, in Chatham, Ontario. While still a teenager, she moved to Toronto to pursue her interests in singing and soon crossedpaths with Ian Tyson. Shortly after they met in 1959, they began collaborating vocally and as songwriters, composing songs together and individually. Within the year, they launched the duo Ian & Sylvia, attracting attention to their folk/country music throughout North America, highlighted by what would become a Canadian classic: Four Strong Winds. Sylvia and Ian were married June 26, 1964. They recorded a dozen albums and by the late 1960s, were fronting the country/rock band Great Speckled Bird. During this time, […]
September 14, 2021

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Bree Taylor

Ontario’s Bree Taylor – recently nominated for a 2021 Mississauga Arts Award (MARTY) in the Music: Solo Vocalist — Emerging category – began writing her own songs when she was a teen and found early success with her pop debut EP Unbreakable. Shortly after, she found herself drawn to the country genre – and her fans came along for the ride. Bree’s 2020 single “Cry” gained an impressive 70,000+ organic streams, and her most recent single, “Burning Bridges” soared to #1 on the Canadian Indie Charts in October of last year (#17 of 50 in Indie Songs ranked overall for 2020). Bree’s new single “Kryptonite” has her looking truthfully at the relationships that draw us in regardless of the heartbreaking consequences. Written by Bree and […]
September 14, 2021

Patrice’s Pick: Emily Clair

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music singer/songwriter, Emily Clair! Emily talks about staying busy during the pandemic, co-founding The Songbird Series, and so much more! Emily also shares the story behind her sultry new tune, “Drive Me Home,” and what’s next for this rising star! For more information about Country Music Junkies, visit www.countrymusicjunkies.com.