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May 2, 2013

Nashville: More Than Just Music City

By Stephanie Brooks These days, with so much on the go and the influence of technology in our lives ever-present, the days of mindlessly sitting at home at night after work channel-surfing are (mostly) a thing of the past. There are always other things to do, people to see, music to listen to, work to be done, and distractions to be had. But there are those few shows that you PVR, mark on your calendar, download from iTunes, gather your girlfriends or bring your buddies together for. The kind that no new iPhone app could distract you from. The kind that puts your life on hold for an hour and brings you into the lives and circumstances of its characters. The kind that you never […]
May 2, 2013

The Country Music Association Of Ontario Names The CCMA As Recipient Of 'The CMAO Impact Award'

In this first and important Awards year, the CMAO has also established a very special award. The CMAO IMPACT AWARD recognizes an artist, group, industry personality or company/organization that has left an enduring and indelibly positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario. This year’s Impact Award will go to the Canadian Country Music Association, which has celebrated and helped develop the careers of numerous Canadian country artists, including those from Ontario. By creating an annual awards show, the CCMA has placed our domestic artists squarely on the national stage, creating Canadian stars as they go, with its television show ratings often outranking some of its most popular competitors. The CCMA continually raises the bar for our country music industry by annually hosting Country Music […]
May 2, 2013

CMAO Press Conference A Resounding Success

On April 9 in Toronto, many of the movers and the shakers in the Canadian country music scene convened on the waterfront of Lake Ontario at the Corus Entertainment building (home of CMT and other media companies) for a CMAO press conference. In the 8th floor atrium, the press and industry met, conversed, nibbled, conducted interviews, gathered sound bites and mingled in a fun, relaxed manner. At 10:30, they were directed into the beautiful 102 seat private theatre for some exciting announcements. CMAO President Sam Arraj welcomed the attendees and told them how excited the CMAO was that Ontario would at last have its own Country Music Awards show. He pointed out that other provinces have had their own provincial organizations in place for years, […]
May 2, 2013

Message From The President

On June 12, 2011, I was elected to the CMAO Board of Directors. At that time, I had a conversation with several of the Directors about what will be an incredible achievement for the organization; they all stated that putting together an award show to show off the incredible talent in Ontario would be a great achievement, but it was something that could realistically be accomplished in 4 years, as the organization was in the start-up phase. It’s now May 2013, and in a few weeks on May 27, 2013, the CMAO will be hosting its first Awards to show to celebrate Ontario country music. The ability to make the awards show a reality in a two year time span clearly shows you how much […]
April 30, 2013

The Country Music Association Of Ontario Announces Performers And Final Nominees For Inaugural Awards

PERFORMERS: We are thrilled to announce our star-studded line-up of performers for the CMAO Awards show on May 27th at the Markham Theatre. They are: Kira Isabella, Small Town Pistols, Jason Blaine, Michelle Wright, Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor with The Sadies’ Travis Good, The Heartbroken, Western Swing Authority, exciting newcomer Genevieve Fisher, Deric Ruttan and our host Charlie Major, who will also perform. This exciting show begins at 7.30pm. Come celebrate with some of Ontario’s and Canada’s top country talent. Don’t delay – buy tickets today at www.ticketbreak.com or by phone at 1-866-943-8849. NOMINEES: The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) is proud to announce the finalnominees for its inaugural awards taking place on May 27th at the Markham Theatre, Markham, Ontario. Jason Blaine and […]
March 19, 2013

Country From the Hart by Bill Hart

I will not sugar-coat this! I never owned a Stompin’ Tom Connors album; I never saw him in concert; but I have sung along to ‘The Hockey Song’ at a Maple Leafs game. I can’t sit here claiming to be a fan knowing that real Canadians are out there, facing the scorn of their young ones as the needle reaches the end of the record and they have to put their phone down to put it back to the beginning of side 2 or else Grandpa will lose his mind. No, I’m not die-hard fan, but when I heard he passed away, a part of me went with him. You see, growing up in a small town got boring for a teenager hell-bent on looking for […]
March 19, 2013

Message from the President

Dear Members: I want to thank all who submitted nominations and congratulate all those who made it to the first ballot; the response has been spectacular. Please note that the balloting committee worked hard to sort through hundreds of nominations and put in many hours to verify and compile the list. The first ballot returns were due by March 18, 2013. For all of you who made the first ballot and did not garner enough votes to make the second ballot, please take pride in your accomplishments and keep following your hearts. There are going to be some disappointed members, but do understand that we have maintained an independent and fair process in all of this; I recommend that all of the artists who were […]
March 19, 2013

CMAO Awards! More Performers Confirmed!

The CMAO are proud and honoured to welcome Slaight Communication Inc. aboard as the presenting sponsor of the inaugural CMAO Awards Show! https://cmaontario.ca/ In addition to Charlie Major and The Western Swing Authority, the CMAO are pleased to announce confirmed performances by Kira Isabella and The Heartbroken for the Awards Show. The event will take place at The Markham Theatre, in Markham, Ontario on Monday, May 27th. Tickets are now available online at www.ticketbreak.com or by phone at 1-866 943 8849. More performances to be announced.
March 19, 2013

Loud Cheers for Blood, Sweat and Beers: The Chief Rocks Ottawa – By Stephanie Brooks

What better way to warm up a frostbitten city in the dead of winter than with some steel guitars, bursts of flames, gunshots and 20,000 screaming fans? The Eric Church Blood, Sweat and Beers tour, celebrating his most recent album, Chief, delivered all that and more to Ottawa’s country-rock fans at Scotiabank Place on Saturday, February 16. Known for his bad-boy attitude and badass vibe, Church brought in a rowdy crowd of fans of all ages, but a more mature fan base (at least age-wise) than many other touring country shows these days. In what appeared to be a sold-out stadium, the three-hour show started with former professional golfer from Athens, Georgia, Colt Ford. Ford set the stage for the concert with his patriotic lyrics […]