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December 9, 2013

Kira Isabella Inks Nashville Deal!

Ottawa’s Kira Isabella continues her meteoric rise in country music with a new record deal. The 20 year old “little girl with the big voice” has achieved another benchmark in her career with a signing to Nashville’s HitShop Records. Kira started singing at age 7 and hasn’t looked back since. One of the youngest artists signed to Sony Music Entertainment here in Canada back in 2009, she’s scored major airplay with her hits, “Love Me Like That” and “A Little More Work”. Those hits and the resultant public acceptance have translated into award nominations and wins. In 2012, she walked away with the Rising Star award at the CCMA’s. In May of 2013 she won the CMAO’s Female Artist of the Year at the inaugural […]
December 9, 2013

Patrice's Pick by Patrice Whiffen

This month, we begin a new monthly newsletter feature called “Patrice’s Pick” by Patrice Whiffen. Each month we will feature a new interview or video by Patrice in which she shares the screen with great Ontario artists you know and love. We’ve started our own CMAO Youtube channel, so subscribe now to keep up to date on all the content we will be sharing with you this year! http://www.youtube.com/thecmaontario 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 the newest […]
December 9, 2013

DemoRama Live Rides Again!

Calling all singer/songwriters, up & coming artists and established artists! DemoRama LIVE wants you! With 2 DemoRama LIVE events under our belt, the CMAO are excited about the New Year with another 3 or 4 more coming to a town near you! We are still working on the dates, but here’s some info on where we’ll be each month: January will be in Tillsonburg (my back still hurts…) with sponsoring radio station Country 107, February in Barrie with sponsoring radio station KICX 106 featuring Special Guest & Expert Panellist Kate Todd (confirmed), and March in Owen Sound with sponsoring radio station Country 93. Details will be posted on our sites as they are confirmed. Our first event was hosted by the Free Times Café in […]
November 13, 2013

Message From The President

Dear members: We have some exciting news! The 2014 CMAO awards show tickets will be going on sale in early December 2013. Want to make a country music fan happy? Your gift-giving problem just got solved – get them awards show tickets! For 2014, we will return to the beautiful Markham Theatre, so put May 26th in your calendars. Last year, the show was a sell-out, so don’t miss out. Also, everyone should be on the lookout for the 2014 CMAO Awards eligibility criteria and nomination process, which will soon arrive in your inboxes. Keep your eye on your emails. The majority of our members will be receiving their membership renewal notices. I want to remind you that it is important you renew as soon […]
November 13, 2013

Michelle Wright Travels to Dominican Republic On a Mission for World Vision

by Michelle Wright The following is an open letter from multi-award winning, Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member, (and CMAO member) Michelle Wright. Michelle writes of her recent experiences in the Dominican Republic while on a mission with World Vision: Forged in the Fire: As a woman living in North America, it seldom enters my mind that I can’t do something simply because I am a woman. True, even in 2013, women face different challenges than men do. Ask any single mom trying to raise children on a salary much lower than that of her male co-worker. You’ll get a pretty clear sense of what these challenges are. But such struggles have nothing to do with a woman’s gifts, talents, or inner strength. And […]
November 13, 2013

Country Music Loses Some Giants

Shelley Suzanne Snell was a beacon in the Canadian country music scene. Sadly, her bright light went out on October 8th. At only 51 years of age, Shelley succumbed to metastatic colon cancer at Sunnybrook Hospital. Although Shelley worked in all genres of music and for several companies along the way (mostly at Sony Music, but  also at BMG, Universal and the CHUM group), it was country music where  her real passion laid. Perhaps it was because she was raised on the east coast and attended many dances, ceilidhs and was born into a musical family, or perhaps because she just loved to dance. Shelley was passionate not only about the country acts she worked with in her many years in artist relations, but because […]
November 13, 2013

DemoRama Live Hits Hamilton

by Peter Linseman The second DemoRama LIVE event was held in Hamilton on November 2nd, at host venue Stonewalls Restaurant.  A great vibe, PA and lights set the stage for a very professional presentation. The panelists, performers and audience had their ears filled with great songs and everyone expressed how wonderful the experience was and how important these opportunities are. The winners of the “Best Of” DemoRama LIVE Showcase & Amsterdam Beer  Vouchers/Tour were Steve Rivers and Jesse Slack. They will join the 3  finalists – Allister Bradley, Roger Beckett and Shae Dupuy from the Toronto event to perform their showcases in the spring of 2014 with a chance to win the grand prize:  2014 CMAO Award Show VIP Package for two, which will include schmoozing […]
November 13, 2013

Ontario country artists: Write Your Way to The Top

by Stephanie Brooks Whether you’re a bar napkin scribbler, poetry dabbler, or award-winning professional staff writer at a publishing company, you know the trials of getting that tough lyric sequence down and recognize the tribulations of finding the right chord progression. There wouldn’t be songs if there wasn’t songwriting. Likewise, there wouldn’t be great songs without great songwriting. So, grab a pen and paper and jot some of these tips down and, while you’re at it, complete that half-finished song you’ve been meaning to! Inciting inspiration While for some artists and writers, simply having a looming deadline is enough inspiration to push out a song; others look to past experiences, stories, and the outside world for insight. For Cambridge natives and brother-sister duo The Reklaws, […]
November 13, 2013

How Do You See Yourself? excerpt from 'Winning the Music Game by Brian Allen'

The explorers, the chemists and the copycats: Most milestone trends in music history can be traced to 3 waves of development. The explorers are generally open minded free wheelers who aren’t organized enough to be great songwriters. They are experimenters who hack paths through virgin musical jungle with a machete. They are happy to develop a small but loyal cult following, and care little about commercial acceptance. Behind them come the chemists, who are skilled at song writing and creative interpretation, but lack innovation. They  incorporate what the explorer did, blend it skilfully with their song writing expertise, and are generally the most popular and successful examples of the new trend. Behind the chemists comes a wave of copiers. Most of us seem to have […]