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July 16, 2013

Ontario Country Festivals

There’s lots of country music happening all over our province this summer. Get out and hear some at a festival near you. We’ve listed many festivals here, some specifically country, others with some country music artists. In all cases the artists listed are from Ontario. Holstein Rodeo Holstein (ON.) July 11-14 http://www.holsteinrodeo.com/ Featuring Jason Blaine, Colin Amey, Megan Morrison and more. Country In the Woods (Parry Sound ON.) July 26-28 http://www.countryinthewoods.com/ Artists include, Jason McCoy, Gil Grand, Marshall Dane, The Reklaws, Billy J. White, Tonya Kennedy, Tim Hicks and many more. CMAO members receive a 50% discount in tickets for Country in the Woods. Just visit their website and use the codeword, CMAO. Stewart Park Festival (Perth ON.) July 19-21 http://www.stewartparkfestival.com/ Not really a ‘country’ […]
July 16, 2013

Attention Artists! More singing contests in Ontario.

Last month we announced the CCMA Jiffy Lube FanFest Contest. Thanks to all who submitted for a chance to win a performance slot at FanFest on September 7th at the 2013 CCMA’s in Edmonton. That contest closed on July 10th and the submissions are now being reviewed . A winner will be announced on July 24th and in next month’s newsletter. But there’s more going on that just that…. First there’s the Hoedown Showdown. Every year Magna International, along with Aurora Ribfest and the City of Aurora, hold the Magna Hoedown and present a great night of country music and some serious fundraising for local charities. But this year, there’s a chance YOU could be part of the entertainment line-up on September 14th. They’re holding […]
July 16, 2013

COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO AGM

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Members (the “Meeting”) of the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) will take place on Monday, July 29th, 2013, commencing at 7:00 pm at Cosmo Music located at 10 Via Renzo Dr., Richmond Hill, ON for the following purposes: to receive the financial statements of the Association for the year ended March 31, 2013; to elect the directors of the Association; to waive the appointment of Auditors of the Association for the 2013-2014 fiscal year; to review and adopt proposed changes to the by-laws of the Association; and to transact such other business as may properly come before the Meeting or any adjournment thereof. You have the right to vote by proxy if you […]
July 16, 2013

Country From The Hart

Remember when you were a kid and you were convinced Santa didn’t get your letter? You pretty much expected that while the tree was beautiful, you were going to have to wait until next year for that big gift, in the fancy wrapping and the big red bow, with a smile on your face because Christmas was celebration for all! Then you woke up in the morning and you got exactly what you wanted and more! That my friends, sums up my CMAO Awards experience. Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting failure. I just wasn’t expecting this to be as big a show as it was. I was absolutely stunned how it all came together. The stars were there, Charlie Major rocked as […]
June 12, 2013

Presidents Message

Dear members: Wow! The CMAO inaugural awards show was a huge success. Unlike the rest of the board members, who were working back stage (suckers), I had the opportunity to watch the show from start to finish and it was spectacular. I’m very proud of what we have accomplished, but now it’s back to work and getting the next year’s awards show ready. I want to congratulate all the winners and thank all of our performers and volunteers. For all the nominees that did not get to take home the hardware, please keep up the good work and keep making Ontario proud. As the awards show is now behind us, we will be getting back to business and first order of business is the CMAO […]
June 12, 2013

Report on the CMAO Awards

by Trisha Evelyn   To say that the CMAO’s first awards ceremony was met with excitement wouldn’t even come close to describing the winners as they held a piece of our history in their hands or the fans calling out to their favourite stars each time they stepped on stage. The day we had all been waiting for, prepping for, and stressing over was finally here. Finally, our province’s world-class country music talent would be recognized by their home crowd, on their home soil. Fans came to the awards early and stayed late, flocking towards their favourite stars, who posed for photos and got to know the throngs of people who sing along to their songs on the radio. The lobby served as a pre-show […]
June 12, 2013

From Awards to the Outdoors: Ontario country music kicks off summer!

by Stephanie Brooks It was a busy few months of preparation, soundchecks, press conferences, RSVPs, hype and hoopla, and glitz and glam. The inaugural 2013 CMAO Awards held on May 27 in Markham were just as flawless as the winners they crowned. The awards were a celebration and showcase of the best Ontario has to offer in country music and provide both artists and budding artists with a tangible and exciting goal to work toward. And along with awards shows like The Grammy’s, The Juno’s, CMT Awards, CMA’s and ACM’s (hey, we’re right up there, aren’t we?), the eventful ride that was the first CMAO Awards is coming to a bittersweet close… for a year. After all, it’s the start of a new season – […]
June 12, 2013

Due Credit for Inaugural Awards Success

The Board of Directors of the CMAO would like to congratulate everyone involved in making our inaugural show such a success: our generous sponsors, our media partners, the witty presenters, our host, Charlie Major, and the talented artists who provided such great performances. As well as these people, we are very grateful for the staff and crew of the Markham Theatre, our event volunteers, house band musicians The Western Swing Authority, our announcer Bill Hart and all of our members (and soon to be members) that attended the show. We would also like to recognize our past presidents of the CMAO Board who have given so much to the organization during and beyond their tenures: Heather Ostertag, Barry Haugen and founding president, Robert McArthur.
June 12, 2013

Billy J. White gearing up for a busy summer!

Toronto, Canada: Burlington, Ontario’s Billy J White has a lot to be excited about. With the steady growth of his profile and performances in the country music scene, Billy was nominated for 2013’s Male Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association of Ontario, has a string of festival and fair dates this coming summer including Manitoulin Country Fest, Country In the Woods and Lucknow Fall Fair, has recently performed the Milton Street Festival and took the songwriters circle stage at NSAI’s annual Tin Pan North with multi-award-winning songwriter, Tim Taylor. Billy’s motto “Come See Me Live” has captured the attention of fans, garnering him the spot of Grand Marshal at Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival Parade on Saturday, June 15th. “Last year Billy […]