April 2, 2014

In The Country with Dave Woods

Two Voices, One Hit One of the questions I always ask on my show is “Who would you like to sing a duet with?” I’m always interested in the answer because I’ve always loved the magic that happens when two voices join together to create a powerful song. There are some artists whose biggest hits have been duets. Kenny Rogers has had successful musical collaborations with Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes and Dolly Parton. Kenny and Dolly recorded the classic “Islands In The Stream” in 1983. It was a song that almost ended before it began. Kenny had grown tired of the song in the studio and thought it wasn’t working. Producer Barry Gibb (who wrote the song with his brothers Robin and Maurice) suggested Dolly […]
April 2, 2014

Leask is a Finalist

CMAO Member David Leask has been announced as a finalist in the Gospel / Christian Music category of the 2013 International Songwriting Competition for his song “Everybody Sing”, co-written with Debra Alexander. The annual competition awards excellence in several categories, with judging from the cream of the music industry: names like Imagine Dragons, Josh Turner, Martina McBride, Tom Waits, Florida Georgia Line and many more. The public vote can also weigh in through the ISC’s People’s Voice program. The winners will be announced in April, 2014. Let’s pitch in and support David! For more information:
April 2, 2014

What Makes A Hit? (Part 1)

Be sure you have learned from others, but not stolen from others. All those who create intellectual property in its many forms would likely be very pleased to create a completely unique work that becomes immensely successful. In reality, most creators engage themselves in rearranging common forms into works that hopefully have enough unique elements to distinguish them from the works of others. But occasionally, we either confront ourselves or are confronted by others with the observation that a song might be a little too close in character to an already established creation. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “All the notes have been played already”. It is how we choose to arrange these notes and their values that will determine our ability to be […]
April 2, 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. Amy Rose releases new single, Country Crazy Amy Rose is poised to release a new single on April 7. ‘Country Crazy made its worldwide debut at 7pm Eastern Time on March 27, 2014, during Amy’s live interview on  CMAO columnist Dave Woods show, In The Country with Dave Woods. For a […]
April 2, 2014

Patrice's Pick by Patrice Whiffen

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music artist, Elyse Saunders! Elyse is a singer/songwriter with great ambition and many accomplishments under her belt to prove it. Industry supported successes include a FACTOR Demo Award and most recently Elyse earned a much deserved Juried Factor Sound Recording Grant. Elyse is writing and recording her sophomore album and co-wrote the title track, “I’m On My Way, “ with Darryl Burgess (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Alanis Morrisette) in Nashville. Watch out for the first single in early spring, 2014! Check out the exclusive video interview, here! About Patrice: To Patrice Whiffen, country music is a lifestyle. As the appropriately deemed, “Country Music Junkie,” she strives to share her […]
April 2, 2014

Corporate Membership Benefits

This is where we would like to thank our corporate members by posting their business logo in the newsletter. This month we’d again like to call your attention to Gearhead Country. CMAO member Ian Rome combined his love of vintage automobiles and country music and has been pursuing an internet-radio based venture called Gearhead Country. Ian hosts and produces the show and is currently syndicated on C93 ( and you can visit his online ‘Gearhead Country Garage’ at: If you have a corporate membership and would like to be included in this feature in future months, please contact us at
April 2, 2014

More ‘DemoRama Live’s Coming This Month!

DemoRama LIVE has been a wonderfully entertaining series, showcasing Ontario’s talent over the past 8 months. We are down to the last opportunities (in Peterborough with special guest Tebey and Belleville with special guest Colin Amey) to show off your talent before the CMAO presents the grand finale. The next DemoRama LIVE is coming to Belleville with host radio station Cool 100. Our special guest performer & expert panelist, Colin Amey, is a CCMA & CMAO Award-nominated country artist with hit singles like “Go For A Soda” at national country radio. Other panelists include CMAO Past President and Canadian Country Hall-of-Famer, Barry Haugen, Cool 100’s Program Director Paul Fergusen, and the event’s host, CMAO Director Peter Linseman (Music Mentor Productions). The winners to date include: […]
April 2, 2014

Street Team members needed from all major-markets across Ontario

The Country Music Association of Ontario is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, passionate, fun, energetic, dedicated and personable individuals to join our Summer Street Team this year! If you love music, being involved and gaining hands-on marketing and promotions experience, this is the position for you! Job Description: As a member of our CMAO Street Team, you will be responsible for spreading the word about upcoming CMAO events by interacting with fans at local events in your community. Using the promotional training and tools provided by the CMAO, Street Team members are responsible for acting as brand ambassadors by sharing association information. Duties may include, but are not limited to, interacting with fans, handing out promotional items, taking photos, administering surveys, and developing content for our […]
March 6, 2014

A Message From the President

Dear Members: As many of you already know, the first ballots for the 2014 CMAO awards have been mailed. I want to thank all of the artists that sent in their submissions. It’s really impressive to see the amount of talent we have here in Ontario. I want to thank the nomination committee for all the hard work and volunteer hours they committed to get the first ballot ready for the members. The CMAO has agreed to partner with the Unison Benevolent Fund – $2 from every 2014 CMAO Awards Show ticket sold will be donated to this worthy cause. The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face […]