March 12, 2019

Artist of the Month: Danielle Todd

With a new single, a thirst for success, and a passion for country music, Danielle Todd is putting together the start of a big year in 2019. The Guelph, ON, native’s first single, Crazy, has been picking up love and support from radio, online outlets and fans since its late January release. On Spotify and YouTube, the streaming numbers are climbing, and 50,000 plays is just around the corner. And with one listen, it’s clear that we want more from Danielle Todd. Crazy is a catchy track that shows off her voice and has some fun with that helpless feeling of falling in love that we know so well in country songs. And to top it all off, it’s the kind of song that you […]
March 12, 2019

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Don Cochrane

Born: April 23, 1944 – Kingston, Ontario (by Larry Delaney) Don Cochrane first performed his music at high school dances and family gatherings. He later joined the Kingston-based group, The Fred Paquin Orchestra; and after meeting fellow songwriter Doug Ballard, formed the Murney Tower Singers, and eventually headed up his own country band, The Gamblers. A debut single, Don’t Count On Me, backed with Water To Wine, was released on the Canuck Records label, attracting local radio airplay. In 1971, Don became a member of the nationally-touring band, Ralph Carlson & Country Mile. By the mid-1970’s, Don Cochrane ventured out as a solo recording / performing artist, supported by his back-up band, Sweet Clover. Don toured extensively with his band and made appearances on many […]
March 12, 2019

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Jamie Warren

Dave Woods chats with Jamie Warren about his new album All Of The Above featuring the latest single “My Kinda Pretty”!  Dave Woods is a monthly columnist for the CMAOntario Newsletter and has been hosting the popular online radio show In The Country with Dave Woods since 2009! To hear episodes, please visit, and iTunes.
March 12, 2019

Patrice’s Pick: Doc Yates

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music artist, Doc Yates! Doc Yates talks about his unique sound that he dubs ‘Canadian Soul Country.’ He shares the story behind his single, Home To The Country, along with some of the inspirations behind previous singles. Check out Doc Yates’ website here: For more on Country Music Junkies, visit  Listen to the exclusive interview with Doc Yates 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 […]
March 12, 2019

In The News (March 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”. […]
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 […]


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