September 19, 2018

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Frank Jones

Born: March 4, 1928 – Toronto, Ontario Died: February 3, 2005 – Nashville, Tennessee (by Larry Delaney)   Frank Jones’ contributions to the world of country music are massive, and unmatched for a Canadian-born individual. His credits cover everything from being a performer and recording artist to concert promoter, radio personality, major artist record producer, A&R Director for various major labels, and even Chairman of the Board of the Country Music Foundation in Nashville. Toronto-born Frank Jones entered the entertainment world while in his late teens, performing in Fiddler’s Fling, a Barn Dance Show in Ottawa. He then moved into promoting Wilf Carter’s national tours across Canada, and then entering the radio world, working at stations in Chatham, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Then Frank joined […]
September 19, 2018

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

Jamie Warren called in to the show recently to chat with me about his new radio single “What’s The Worst” featuring Beverley Mahood. As always, Jamie also shares great insight on the subject of songwriting & much more.   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 for over 9 years! To hear episodes, please visit, and iTunes.
September 19, 2018

Patrice’s Pick: The Ashley Sisters

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music singer-songwriter duo, The Ashley Sisters! The Ontario natives, Lauren and Marlo Ashley, talk about their new single, Reckless. The sister duo talk about their start in music, and the transition from being DJs opening for The Chainsmokers, to now country music artists! The Ashley Sisters talk about their unique sound, and what fans can expect from their upcoming album. Check out The Ashley Sisters’ website, here: For more on Country Music Junkies, visit Listen to the exclusive interview with The Ashley Sisters 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 […]
September 19, 2018

In The News (September 2018)

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”. […]
August 15, 2018

Introducing The 2018/2019 CMAOntario Board of Directors

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the 2018/2019 CMAOntario Board of Directors.  Together, this team will use their experience and knowledge to lead the CMAOntario’s 2018/2019 activities, continue building upon the association’s initiatives and developing its foundation for a stronger presence and impact in our communities. Here is your Board of Directors for 2018/2019: Executive Committee  Steve Kassay – President Cathie Faint – 1st Vice President Michelle Carpenter – 2nd Vice President Sam Arraj – Treasurer Brian Allen – Secretary Directors Michel Benac Ken Boyer Patrick Duffy Jennifer Goheen Amanda Kingsland Kim Stoneburg
August 15, 2018

Congratulations to All Ontario CCMA Nominees

A huge congratulations to all Ontario artists, bands, musicians, companies, and industry members up for nominations at the 2018 CCMA Awards. We couldn’t be more proud! Ali Raney Amanda Kingsland – CKBY-FM – Ottawa, ON Antoine Moonen APA Agency Barrytone Studios – St. Clements, ON Ben Knechtel Boots And Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON Chris Altmann – Hamilton Connor Riddell – Banjo Denise Ross – Live Nation Entertainment Derek Caven Donovan Woods Doug Johnson Doyle Smith Emmanuel Patterson – Live Nation Entertainment Gavin Slate Geoff Torrn James Barker Band Jason Graham Jeff Dalziel Jessica Mitchell Lindi Ortega MDM Artist Management Services Mediavandals Meghan Patrick Mike Denney – President – MDM Recordings Inc. Mitchell Nevins ole ole red dot Open Road Recordings Inc. Paul Chapman Paul Ferguson – CHCQ-FM – Belleville, ON Peter […]
August 15, 2018

Artist of the Month: Jade Eagleson

Jade Eagleson is making a name for himself on the Canadian country music scene, and he’s just getting started. The smalltown boy from Bailieboro, ON has been working on new music and getting ready to make a splash since his big win at the Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase in 2017. The early result of that hard work is Eagleson’s debut single, Got Your Name On It. Released as his first work with Universal Music Canada, Got Your Name On It has started to gain momentum online with more than 125,000 YouTube views and more than 400,000 spins on Spotify its first two months. That connection with fans on his first single is another big win for the young artist, and a great sign […]
August 15, 2018

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Jerry Warren

Born: James R. Jordan – Stayner, Ontario Died: January 28, 1991 – Niagara Falls, Ontario (by Larry Delaney) Jerry Warren was one of Cancountry’s top vocal talents of the 1970’s, with many calling his vocal work equal to that of Nashville’s top country stars of the day. Jerry Warren proved the point by scoring a series of Top 40 hits on the RPM Country Charts during the first half of the 70’s, including a #1 hit in 1975 with his truckin’ song, “Big Red Jimmy.” Jerry Warren was born James R. Jordan in small-town Stayner, Ontario. His love for music was nurtured in the family home and by the early 1960’s, he formed his first band, Tremble, working out of Hamilton, Ontario, and playing the […]
August 15, 2018

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Scotty Kipfer

Congrats on your new album Taking My Time! How does it feel to have this collection of songs out for people to enjoy? Thank you! It’s been a long time in the making, so it’s a great feeling to finally have it out in the world. There’s an awesome collaboration on the album with The Western Swing Authority on the song, “May The Good Lord Take A Liking To You”. How did they become a part of this song? I’ve been kicking around the Canadian country music industry for quite a while, and I’ve known the WSA gang for years – in fact, I first met Peewee when I started my career in radio when I was 17. Chappy has played on a bunch of […]


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