Newsletter

June 4, 2014

Second annual awards show kicks it into high gear

By Stephanie Brooks Those who attended our second annual awards show can attest that it truly fulfilled what the night intended to do: celebrate the talent in country music Ontario offers and showcase and support the work of CMAO members. The sold-out event had the Flato Markham Theatre packed, with followers and fans on Twitter pleading for last-minute tickets or seat openings, and others who couldn’t attend asking for it to be televised. In fact, the buzz on social media was electric leading up to, during, and after the show with those from throughout the province, and as far away as Alberta and British Columbia, chiming in on Twitter to share their compliments. @canuck_kiwi tweeted: Loved @theCMAO awards, @thejasonmccoy awesome host, pumped to see @Tebey, […]
June 4, 2014

Teamwork

Excerpt #10 from “Winning The Music Game” by Brian Allen Whenever we watch an award show, the winners always have a thank-you list. Sometimes the list is so long that we hear the first few bits of cue music building while they ramble. It DOES take a village! Although many independent artists have to play multiple roles without the benefit of assistance, if they are successful at juggling all the tasking, their momentum will eventually attract some interested parties. How will you know which ones are right for you? None of us make perfect decisions, but here are a few things to think about while you’re deciding: Build diversity: Pick people who are good at the things you are not, and don’t try to do […]
June 4, 2014

In The News

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 CMAO nor do their contents reflect the views or opinions of the CMAO. Matt Williams duets with Alyssa Morrissey MTS Management Group and Matt Williams are happy to announce the world premiere of Matt’s new music video for his debut solo single, “Make Love Tonight.” The track is a duet with fellow Canadian country artist, Alyssa Morrissey. The video made its debut earlier today, […]
June 4, 2014

Nominees and Winners at the 2014 CMAO Awards

Well the dust has settled, the smoke has cleared, and heart rates have returned to normal after the 2nd Annual CMAO Awards Presentation held at the Flato Markham Theatre on Monday, May 26. It was an electric night, as some of the stars arrived in vintage autos (along with the General Lee from the TV show, “The Dukes of Hazzard”), with a waiting crowd on hand to greet them. When the house lights dimmed, host Jason McCoy took over and showed why he is in such demand as a performer and host – always completely comfortable, loose and spontaneous, as he commanded the assembled crowd. Between Jason and Tillsonburg Country 107.3’s Randy Owen, they introduced a myriad of assembled performers and presenters to an enthusiastic […]
June 4, 2014

Patrice's Pick

by Patrice Whiffen This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music duo, The Lovelocks! Toronto natives Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman talk about their debut EP release party, and their reaction to landing in the #2 spot on iTunes after just one day! They describe The Lovelocks’ sound, along with the two year journey that led them to their self-titled debut EP release. Check out the exclusive interview here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9UTvSJDluI About Patrice: To Patrice Whiffen, country music is a lifestyle. As the appropriately deemed, “Country Music Junkie,” she strives to share her passion for country music with the world. As a radio broadcaster with an inside view of the world of country music, Patrice currently works with […]
June 4, 2014

Best of DemoRama LIVE! Showcase Winners!

by Peter Linseman The first installment of the DemoRama LIVE series came to a glorious conclusion at the “all superlatives in” 2nd annual 2014 CMAO Award Show! You can’t find a bigger climax than that! Grand Prize Winners Grace Wall and Jonny Vee truly earned their VIP CMAO Award Show tickets. They were well celebrated at the VIP CMAO Reception, and had their names announced during the award ceremonies – all of this in front of God…I mean Gordon Lightfoot! For the past 8 months leading up to the award show, the CMAO travelled from the kick-off event in Toronto, to Hamilton, Barrie, Tillsonburg, Peterborough and Belleville. Two winners from each town, picked by panels of industry experts, showcased their talents at the series finale […]
May 7, 2014

A Message From the President

Dear members: I can’t believe that we are days away from executing our second annual awards show on May 26th. We wouldn’t have come this far without the hard work and passion exhibited by the CMAO’s Board of Directors and our volunteers. Our sponsors have been generous and extremely supportive. Our member artists have also been very supportive. It takes a community to make this show happen and that community has rallied for a second year. I’m grateful for the dedication of the many individuals and organizations. The Board of Directors has been hard at work ensuring that the CMAO continues to evolve into a sustainable organization that will have a deep and long-lasting impact on Ontario’s country music scene. I’m absolutely exhilarated to announce […]
May 7, 2014

Behind the Board with Brian Allen

Now, true journalism purposefully removes the writer’s feelings from the subject to get a clear, uninvolved view of how things are. In writing about this month’s subject, I can’t get there. I met Brian Allen at a stage in my life where I was seeking direction and role models. He became one, although he had no idea at the time. In the late ’60’s and early ’70’s I was nuts about bands. I’d go to every high school dance I could get into. I’d watch Crowbar tear up the stage at Lorne Park; Alice Cooper at Brampton Centennial; Magic Bubble, Papa Grey, Abernathy Shagnaster, Choker, Mandala. I used to go see Rush when they were a Led Zeppelin cover band – the early, heady days […]
May 7, 2014

Country music gets its shine on this season

 by Stephanie Brooks  Country music is glowing this time of year, with various awards shows highlighting the genre and putting the industry on the main stage. For music professionals, artists, singers, songwriters, musicians and fans, it’s an exciting time of year before the summer outdoor festival season begins. Nashville lights up with glitter and glam for another star-studded series of events that honour the best the business has to offer, June 5-8 for the CMA Festival. This annual event promises the country music world four full days of concerts, meet-and-greets, and events around town. The star-studded line-up this year features acts like Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Tim McGraw, The Band Perry and Little Big Town – the latter of which introduces […]