August 9, 2016

Congrats to All Ontario CCMA Nominees

A huge congratulations to all Ontario artists, bands, musicians, companies, and industry members up for nominations at the 2016 CCMA Awards. We couldn’t be more proud! Ali Raney Amanda Kingsland (CKBY FM) Antoine Moonen Barrytone Studios Boots & Bourbon Saloon Boots and Hearts Music Festival Brianne Deslippe (Universal Music Canada) Bronwin Parks (Feisty Creative) Canadian Country Spotlight Cold Creek County The Crazy Horse Stonegrill Steakhouse & Saloon Dayna Bourgoin (CKKL FM) Deric Ruttan Doug Elash Doug Johnson Ed “Pee Wee Charles” Ringwald The Field Jason Barry Jason Blaine Jimmy Boudreau Johnny Reid Kira Isabella Leah Daniels Mark Maryanovich MDM Recordings Inc. Meghan Patrick Mike Denney (MDM Recordings Inc) Open Road Recordings Inc. Patrick Duffy (Attention) Paul Ferguson (CHCQ FM) Revolution Recordings RGK Entertainment Group Inc. […]
August 9, 2016

Sacha Selected to Perform at Lucknow’s Music In The Fields

January 8, 2016

CMAO 2016 Awards: Voting Closes Apr. 26

January 8, 2016

CMAO ROAD SHOW: Learning Exchange & Showcase

December 8, 2014

In The News

October 12, 2014

Tim Hicks on reaching goals, luck and a new year

  It’s New Year’s Eve and Tim Hicks is getting ready to go on stage in a few hours to ring in 2015 with a crowd in the Nation’s Capital. This is nothing new to him and his band, who have played in Ottawa for almost a decade. The only difference is, this time, they’re headlining a show they would’ve previously been watching on television as they played in a pub. These kinds of occurrences have been more and more commonplace for Hicks in the last few years, whose success has climbed significantly in Canada since the release of his albums Throw Down and 5:01. And on the eve of a new year, it’s going to be hard to top the last.       […]
September 3, 2014

Behind the Board – Wendell Ferguson goes head to head with Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson here. For the last 3 years, I’ve been editing the CMAO newsletter and every month we do a column called Behind The Board that features the background bio and some Q & A with one of our Board members. Look for columns on new Board members Brian Hetherman and Samantha Pickard in the coming months. But since I’ve been selected to enter the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame this year (along with builder Ron Sakamoto) I thought it might be interesting if I interviewed myself. Self-indulgent, perhaps… but how often do you get to speak to yourself? WF– So how do you feel about all this Hall of Fame stuff? WF- Very humbled, very honoured and to be truthful, a little undeserving. […]
September 3, 2014

To Incorporate or to Not Incorporate?

By Sam Arraj, CPA, CA At least a few times a month, I’ll get an eager self-employed person who will call me up with enthusiasm requesting to incorporate their business – whether it’s an arts business, as a contractor or any other business. I’ll ask them why they want to incorporate and they’ll usually respond that their friend incorporated their business and now they are saving so much tax. This is not necessarily correct, which is why I’m writing this article to provide you with more insight on this subject. This is a complicated subject, so bear with me. I’m not going to cover every angle, as I’m going to try and give you more of a high level understanding. First and foremost, what is […]
September 3, 2014

Boots and Hearts again proves Ontario a hotbed for country music

By Stephanie Brooks The fun, the fans, the friends and the famous. All were out in full force July 31st-August 3rd at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, for the third annual Boots and Hearts music festival. Tens of thousands piled into the 750-acre racing facility with their trailers and tents in tow to see Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Lee Brice and Hunter Hayes as well as a great cohort of Ontario artists like Jordan McIntosh, Tim Hicks, The Reklaws, Marshall Dane, Genevieve Fisher, Deric Ruttan, The Roadhammers, The Abrams Brothers, Open Sky and Northern Roads. Thirty-four per cent of the weekend’s performers this year were from Ontario, let alone the throngs of fans. “Ontario is such a strong country market,” says […]