February 12, 2019

The Country Music Association of Ontario Announces 2019 CMAOntario Award Show Performers Jason Blaine, Andrew Hyatt, Meghan Patrick, The Reklaws, and The Washboard Union

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is excited to announce an initial list of performers for the 7th Annual CMAOntario Award Show on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The CMAOntario Award Show will close out the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend in Ottawa June 14 – 16, 2019, marking the first time CMAOntario has held festivities in the Nation’s capital. Hosted by CCMA Award winner Jason McCoy, the CMAOntario Award Show will include live performances by: Six time CMAOntario Award winner – including 2018 Male Artist of the Year, Jason Blaine. After earning a name for himself with hit after chart-topping hit at Canadian country radio and hitting the stage at every major country festival across Canada, Jason […]
January 22, 2019

Artist of the Month: Gabrielle Goulet

Award-winning Franco-Ontarian country artist Gabrielle Goulet has already been making a name for herself in her young career, and she’s just getting started. With two albums and two EPs to her name, and more new music on the way, Goulet has caught the ears and attention of fans and critics. 2012’s self-titled EP, 2013’s Papillon, 2016’s Ton garage, and 2017’s Elle sait all do an excellent job of showing off her singing and songwriting. And as further proof of her prowess, she was named the 2015 Best Female Artist award winner at the Prix Trille Or, and won the 2016 SOCAN Song of the Year award for her song, Juste Toi. Elle sait was also nominated for Country Album of the Year at the 2017 […]
January 22, 2019

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Anita Perras

Born: March 17, 1960 – Sudbury, Ontario (by Larry Delaney) As a 16-year-old in her hometown of Sudbury, Ontario, Anita Perras made her recording debut featured on the Cheyenne Records LP Irwin Prescott & Friends, performing the songs Please Mr. Star and For The First Time. During her formative music career years, Anita often crossed paths and shared stages with another rising Canadian artist: Shania Twain. In the late 70’s, Anita met and married songwriter Tim Taylor (of Bowmanville, Ontario) and they teamed up to form the duo Tim Taylor & Anita Perras (the act was also frequently billed as Anita Perras & Tim Taylor). The duo released three albums on the Snocan, Tailspin and Savannah labels, and charted a number of hit singles, including […]
January 22, 2019

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Emily Clair

Congratulations on your new single, Running On Empty. Tell us a bit of the story behind it. Running on Empty was one of the first songs I wrote… actually, to be exact, the second. I never knew I could write lyrics until I was in a very vulnerable place, so this song is personal to me. This song is about giving everything you had in a relationship to try and make it work, but being left with nothing more to give, and that’s what the lyrics ” I got nothing left of me, do you ever just feel like you’re running on empty,” mean. When I write music, my lyrics are relatable; I write to connect with the listener on an emotional level. How young […]
January 22, 2019

Patrice’s Pick: Ashlynne Vince

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music artist, Ashlynne Vince! The Welland, Ontario native, who now calls Nashville home, talks about her single, “Love You Anyway.” Ashlynne talks about her songwriting style, and what fans can expect from her moving forward. Check out Ashlynne Vince’s website here: For more on Country Music Junkies, visit  Listen to the exclusive interview with Ashlynne Vince below:  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 radio stations across Ontario to bring listeners […]
January 22, 2019

In The News (January 2019)

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”. […]
December 4, 2018

Artist of the Month: Tebey

It’s a long and winding road to #1 and now Tebey can tell us all about it, with his first Canadian country radio chart topper, Who’s Gonna Love You. The Ontario born-and-raised country singer and songwriter has experienced a lot of great success in his career, but it truly feels like he’s starting a new and exciting chapter right now. We spoke with Tebey this summer, and he told us that he hopes to find a groove that sees him finding success and relevance on a continual basis as his career grows and progresses. And with back-to-back smashes in Denim On Denim and Who’s Gonna Love You, we think Tebey is finding that groove. As a songwriter, Tebey’s talents have been well documented, especially with Justin Moore’s US country […]
December 3, 2018

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Jack Bailey

Born: April 26, 1938 – Peterborough, Ontario Died: September 2, 1987 – Peterborough, Ontario (by Larry Delaney) Jack Bailey began writing songs and entering talent contests in his hometown of Peterborough at 12 years of age. During his late teen years, he was already making guest appearances on the Canadian TV shows Holiday Ranch, Country Hoedown, Pick The Stars, Carl Smith’s Country Music Hall, and years later, The Ray Griff Show. Jack Bailey entered the recording field in 1959 on Rodeo Records with Pop and Rockabilly-flavoured sessions produced in Halifax, and released under the billing, Jack Bailey & The Naturals. He would follow up those debut releases with several more singles recorded in Toronto on Chateau Records. Many of these early career singles were also released in […]
December 2, 2018

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Dan Washburn

Dave Woods chats with Dan Washburn Dan’s credits include over 200 albums as a singer/songwriter, producer and bassist. He was band leader for the late Colleen Peterson for several years and has toured with George Fox, Terry Sheridan, Colleen Peterson and South Mountain. He has guested as singer/bassist for many gospel shows, both live and on television. Dan has shared the stage on shows with Emmy-Lou Harris, Pirates of the Mississippi, Waylon Jennings, Toby Keith, Marty Stuart and Martina McBride, to name a few. He had great success, releasing 5 singles to radio before being asked to audition for award-winning band South Mountain.   Dave Woods is a monthly columnist for the CMAOntario Newsletter and has been hosting the popular online radio show In The Country […]