September 3, 2014

Sudbury Country Artists Help Raise Funds for Local Radio Station Charity

By: Linda Heldman Saturday July 26th, 2014, Monte Vista Golf Club in Val Caron, ON (part of the Greater City of Sudbury) was home to the Larry Berrio KICX for Kids Golf Tournament. The day was perfect for participants to enjoy a round of golf, all for a worthwhile cause. Larry Berrio has a long-standing relationship with KICX 91.7 FM and this tournament was an excellent opportunity to assist the station’s Phase 2 project to raise $250,000 towards the complete renovation and expansion of the existing Treatment Room in the Pediatric Unit at Health Sciences North. KICX states “The new Treatment Room will be a kid-friendly space, with a “clubhouse” feel. This will include a seating area for family members, child-friendly furniture and art/murals, electronic […]
July 30, 2014

A Message From the President

Dear members: I hope you are enjoying the summer and getting a chance to see some of Ontario’s country talent live. First and foremost in my July’s President’s message: I previously made an incorrect reference to Leah Daniels as our CCMA FanFest Contest winner; in fact, she was the CCMA Spotlight Winner. Please be advised Leah will perform at the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards and the CCMA Pre-Show Countdown Concert. Sorry for the mix up. Speaking of Leah Daniels, I want to thank everyone who voted to make Leah the national CCMA Spotlight Contest winner (I hope I got it right this time…). For the past three years, the CCMA has offered the CMAO and the other provincial associations the chance to send an […]
July 30, 2014

Country Music Association of Ontario Annual General Meeting and Executive Update

On July 14th, the Country Music Association of Ontario held its Annual General Meeting. While there were six seats up for election, eight candidates were in the running. Elected to the Board were Bruce Good, Cadence Grace, Brian Hetherman, Craig Parks, Samantha Pickard and Randy Stark. They join Brian Allen, Sam Arraj, Wendell Ferguson, Cathie Faint, and Amanda Power. On July 29th, the new Board met and held the election for the Executive of the organization. The Executive for the 2014-15 fiscal year is: Sam Arraj, President; Randy Stark, 1st Vice President; Bruce Good, 2nd Vice President and Craig Parks, Secretary-Treasurer. “I am excited to be re-elected as President and look forward to working with the Board of Directors to produce a successful conference this […]
July 30, 2014

Behind the Board- This month: CADENCE GRACE

This month on Behind the Board, we visit Cadence Grace – a powerhouse of a Board member, a gal who can juggle more things in the air than most people would believe possible, head up committees, write up articles, design and execute graphics, manage web-sites and mail-outs, and is more computer savvy than the rest of the board combined. She’s fluent in basic, java script, linux, and can even swear in fortran. On top of all this she’s also running a successful music career by writing for radio and the movies and still finds time for performing with a new three-girl super-group, Runaway Angel . Whew! When does she have time for being a CMAO Board member? Personally, I don’t know… but every time she’s […]
July 30, 2014

In The Country with Dave Woods

I’ve had the opportunity to interview country artists from Canada and the States (and beyond) for the last 5 years. It’s something that has never lost its thrill or appeal to me. Learning why artists make music – and how they go about making music – is something I’ve always been interested in. There are several subjects that come up on the show that are worth highlighting here. Country music has songs that impact its listeners’ lives. These are the kinds of songs that help us get through a tough time, or let us know we’re not alone. It might be Beverley Mahood’s “Hope and Gasoline”, or Emerson Drive’s “The Extra Mile”, or Michelle Wright’s “Strong.” These songs make a personal connection with listeners – […]
July 30, 2014

Is your music career a business or hobby?

  As an artist, one of the last things on your mind is probably income taxes. Artists and income taxes don’t always mix well, which is why I’m going to be discussing a key concept that could have significant impact on your finances. The overlying precept is in determining whether your music career is a business or hobby. You’re probably wondering “Why does it matter whether my music career is considered a business or hobby?” Being classified as a hobby could cost you thousands of dollars in the long run. Why? Most artists at the initial phase of their career, like most start-up businesses, generate more expenses than income, which, if you are set up as a business, leads to business losses. Although losses are […]
July 30, 2014

Don’t Get Tripped

Excerpt #12 from “Winning The Music Game” by Brian Allen The most damaging time that you can be tripped is when you’re running. If you have the right combination of skill, uniqueness, talent, perspective, motivation and instincts, you have a very good chance of being successful as opposed to those who do not possess any or all of these qualities. When that success comes, it could plateau at any number of levels. However, one of the by-products of success is notoriety. Successful artists become obvious, not only to their fans, but also to those who suddenly feel that they had a real or imagined role in your success story. Greed inevitably distorts vision – the more successful you are, the more these come-lately leeches will […]
July 30, 2014

Ontario Has a Country Music Home at Bluesfest

By Stephanie Brooks Ontario is home to one of Canada’s largest outdoor music festivals – Ottawa’s annual Bluesfest – and this year, on its 20th anniversary, country music felt at home. The 10-day-long outdoor music festival is held at Lebreton Flats, where fans of all kinds can sneak evening views of the light shining from Parliament Hill and feel refreshing, cool breezes blowing off the nearby Ottawa River. For a festival that prides itself on being about more than just blues, it certainly delivered on that promise this year – with a diverse range of music and people who came out to enjoy it. Sure, it brought rhythm. It brought the blues. And it also brought country. Lots of it. Set in the nation’s capital, […]
July 30, 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. Deane Cameron to receive the 2014 Hank Smith Award of Excellence July 11, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced today that Deane Cameron will receive the 2014 Hank Smith Award of Excellence. “Deane Cameron has left an indelible impact on the Canadian country music industry. His […]