April 13, 2017

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Thomas Wade

Burford, Ontario’s Thomas Wade found his love for music at a young age and performed with his family’s band, The Silver Wings. The records he grew up loving became his teachers, from Johnny Cash to Elvis to The Beatles. Years later, he was accepted into the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College. He found himself surrounded by people who shared the same passion for music that he had. After college, he joined a band called Wayward and they opened up shows for Canadian country legend Marie Bottrell. Thomas Wade and Wayward went on to win 7 CCMAS and earn 3 Juno nominations. Eventually, Thomas embarked on a solo career and found success at Canadian country radio and CMT with songs like “Running Away With […]
April 13, 2017

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Mike Graham (aka Michael Dee)

(Born: October 3, 1944 – Toronto, Ontario) (Died : August 18, 1993 – London, Ontario) (by Larry Delaney) Toronto-born Mike Graham was one of the more versatile and popular artists on the Canadian country music scene during the 1970’s through the early 1990’s. He was a recording artist, songwriter, TV series host, record label owner, radio station DJ… and a “showman” with a fabulous stage show that included a lively mix of his own songs, his versions of popular country hits, and a comedic side that featured dynamic impersonations of country’s top stars. Mike Graham also showed great versatility. He began his career out of Toronto as a pure country singer. Later, while working as a popular DJ on Montreal radio station CHOM, he pursued […]
April 13, 2017

Patrice’s Pick: Eric Ethridge

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music artist, Eric Ethridge. A Sarnia, ON native, Eric talks about his debut single, “Liquor’s Callin’ The Shots” – a fun and upbeat tune that is in response to a breakup. The 2016 CCMA Discovery Program winner talks about the program’s process, and how honoured he was to win this past September. Eric also talks about sharing the stage with country greats Eric Church, Thomas Rhett and Brett Kissel, in addition to a cool story from TJ Osbourne of Brothers Osbourne. For more information about Eric Ethridge, or to check out his new tune, visit his website here: For more on Country Music Junkies, visit: Check out the exclusive interview […]
April 13, 2017

Save on Country-Inspired Accessories with New Country Spirit

Offer: 20% off for CMAO members New Country New Country Spirit is honoured to collaborate with Canadian artisans to bring you exclusive accessories inspired by people, places, country music and nature’s elements. Our artists blend new processes with ‘days of old’ techniques — like hand forging iron, lampworking and hand tooling leather. The result, a down-to-earth, country-inspired collection of fashion accessories. Our line-up includes belts, buckles, boot accessories, necklaces, bracelets, leather goods and more. We can also custom design belt buckles for your band, company or special promotions. Email us at We’re social – follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter To access the discount code, sign in to the Members Area of the CMAOntario website using your credentials and look for New Country Spirit. Then, […]
April 13, 2017

In The News (April)

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.   Lineup Announced For 2017 Music In The Fields In Lucknow The Lucknow and District Kinsmen have announced the line-up for the ninth annual Music in the Fields festival, August 24 to 26 in Lucknow. Headlining the Saturday stage will be international recording star Jake Owen. An ACM winner with six […]
April 12, 2017

The Country Music Association of Ontario Announces the 2017 CMAOntario Award Nominees

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is pleased to announce the nominees for the fifth annual CMAOntario Awards. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the awards recognize the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 16 categories.  Meghan Patrick leads the pack with seven nominations while James Barker Band, River Town Saints, Jessica Mitchell, Cold Creek County, Jason Blaine, Tim Hicks and The Abrams are among the multiple nominees being honoured at the ceremony on Sunday, June 11th at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario. See the full nominees listing for the 2017 CMAOntario Awards below.    Voting for the awards is restricted to CMAOntario members, with the exception of the Fans’ Choice award, which is open to both public and membership voting. […]
March 7, 2017

A Message from the President (March 2017)

MARKETING 101 When I first got involved in the music business, for me, marketing was an unknown entity. For many of us it was all about the music. We had managers and labels that took care of that boring and unfamiliar part of promoting us and selling our product. But as management and major labels fell by the wayside, the need to familiarize oneself with marketing became a necessity. Now that indie labels are just as prevalent as major labels, artists should learn all they can about marketing as they continue to move their careers forward. The business dictionary defines marketing as follows: The management process through which goods and services move from concept to the customer. It includes the coordination of four elements called […]
March 7, 2017

Don’t Miss the CMAOntario RoadShow in Ottawa this Month

CMAONTARIO ROADSHOW: LEARNING EXCHANGE & SHOWCASE IN OTTAWA Saturday, March 18, 2017 The Observatory at Algonquin College 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, ON The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is pleased to announce the CMAOntario RoadShow: Learning Exchange and Showcase to be held at The Observatory at Algonquin College, on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The event will consist of a daylong program of educational seminars for aspiring industry professionals, artists and songwriters, featuring a truckload of experts, like: Legendary Canadian chart-topping artist and songwriter, Charlie Major Doug Oliver from the award-winning group, Cold Creek County UTA’s ace agent Stefanie Purificati, whose roster includes Alan Doyle, Paul Brandt, Bruce Cockburn and Sam Roberts Award-winning songwriter Tyler Wilkinson (Small Town Pistols, The Wilkinsons) Celebrated singer/songwriter Jeremy Fisher Award-winning songwriter and producer Brian Allen […]
March 7, 2017

Artist of the Month: Krista Earle

 // presented by // Singer, songwriter & performer Krista Earle checks off all three boxes as she continues to push forward in her country music career. With multiple Country Music Association of Ontario award nominations (Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Single of the Year and Rising Star) Krista has become an Ontario mainstay, playing shows for crowds all over the province and continuing to write new music that explores her own personality and what she loves most about country music. In fact, a quick look at Krista’s social media channels will show you that there’s new music coming in 2017. And 2017 might just be the perfect time for Krista’s philosophy and music. Quoted in the past as saying, “Music and […]