February 6, 2014

Seminar & Suds in Barrie by Brian Allen

There are some things that just go together well – like beer and country. Sure, we can all come up with a song or two that refers to the popular beverage, but a music industry crash course in a brewery? Huh? On Saturday January 25th, it actually happened. The CMAO held another in its popular Seminar and DemoRama series at the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario. The brewery’s very tastefully appointed event room was the scene for a day of inside info from Mike Denney (MDM Recordings), Heather Ostertag (former CEO of Factor and Past President of the CMAO), Aideen O’Brien (Director of Music Publishing and Music Supervision at eOne), Amy Aust (Assistant Program Director and On-Air Personality at KICX 106), Ron Porter […]
February 6, 2014

What Is Your Position?

Excerpt Number 6 from Winning the Music Game by Brian Allen Here and Now. We tend to think of the relevance of an artist’s appeal as measured by and applied to today’s market, but the position of “now” is the confluence and sum total of yesterday and today. In fact, “now” is quite literally where yesterday and tomorrow meet. We have all heard the term “dated” as applied to describing an artist’s style. It is very difficult to better the stars of yesterday at their own game – we have already seen the best… why would the world need another one? This is one of the more common faults I have seen in failure to be relevant to the market. But, every year we see […]
February 6, 2014

Under The Covers – In The Country with Dave Woods

The old saying states: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” This can apply to cover songs. Sometimes it’s all about the song and sometimes it’s about honouring the singer who made the song famous. And in most cases it’s not actually imitation per se. The singer may put their own spin on the song to come up with something fresh. Recently, Garth Brooks released a new box set entitled “Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences.” The set includes 4 CDs with 11 cover songs each, representing different genres that have influenced the country superstar. One of the CDs is “Country Classics”, which features Garth’s take on Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down, Don’t Close Your Eyes, Jambalaya – and other […]
February 6, 2014

Patrice’s Pick by Patrice Whiffen This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Lucan, Ontario natives, The River Junction Band. Nominated for a CMAO Award last year, this group is one of the busiest bands in country music, playing over 150 shows a year. The River Junction Band’s high energy shows are packed with country covers, along with a mix of originals, including their singles, “Pickup Truck” and “Farm Boy.” Check out the video interview for more information!  
February 6, 2014

Country icon Michelle Wright tapped for new Child Hero Award

Each year, there are thousands of volunteers, sponsors, celebrities and supporters who demonstrate the spirit of humanity through their volunteer work, advocacy initiatives, leadership, media coverage, and philanthropy in communities across Canada. The World Vision Heroes for Children Awards is the NGO’s opportunity to celebrate those Canadians who have a clear heart for children, and have done something extraordinary. Michelle Wright has been awarded as an artist who uses a public voice to lift the needs of children. Michelle was recently given the award at World Vision Canada headquarters in Mississauga during her recent trip to Canada in support of the new 6 part humanitarian video series she released. The video series was filmed in the Dominican Republic and documents Michelle’s emotional journey while visiting […]
February 6, 2014

In The News This month:

Billy J White, The Lovelocks, Deric Ruttan, CCMA Project Discovery 2014, Kate Todd, Marshall Dane, New Ontario Country Station… 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. The Lovelocks Release Debut CD Join local Toronto duo The Lovelocks as they celebrate the release of their debut EP on Thursday, February 13th, 2014, 8pm, at Revival Bar (783 College Street, Toronto). […]
February 6, 2014

Ontario at the Grammy’s

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards have come and gone, and we’ve got Canadian winners: Michael Buble took home Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his “To Be Loved” CD; Quebec’s Jennifer Gasoi walked away with the Grammy for Children’s Album for “Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well”. Chilly Gonzales was nominated as a collaborator with Daft Punk on “Within” in the Album of the Year category and it also won. Many other Canadians were nominated for Grammys but didn’t win: Drake, Robin Thicke, The Weeknd and Mychael Danna, among others. But there was an Ontario Country Artist we were all rooting for – Deric Ruttan – for co-writing Blake Shelton’s Country Song of the Year nomination, “Mine Would Be You”. Deric shared the writing […]
February 6, 2014

Tillsonburg DemoRama Report

DemoRama LIVE rocked a full house in Tillsonburg on Sun. Feb 2nd at host venue My Bar & Grill. GREAT performances starting off the top when the CMAO’s special guest performer and panelist Rob Kirkham & Neon Rain opened the event with a few originals that are playing on sponsoring radio station Country 107.3 FM. Other panelists included Country 107.3’s Randy Owen, who co-hosted the show with CMAO Director & Music Mentor Productions President, Peter Linseman. Everyone in attendance saw the depth of talent from Tillsonburg and surrounding areas with highlights coming from the “Best Of” DemoRama LIVE Showcase winners Augusta Campoli and Grace Wall; 14 & 15 yr olds who unanimously scored highest marks of the day! The next DemoRama LIVE will be in […]
January 8, 2014

Message from the President

Dear Members: Happy New Year! Let this New Year be the one where all your dreams come true. 2013 was a very successful year for the CMAO due to the passion and commitment shown by our members and the country music community. I want to thank our members and all our supporters and volunteers. With your continued support, we hope to continue to build on our success and make 2014 an even greater success. Don’t forget that our 2014 awards show submissions are open until February 4, 2014. We have two new awards in 2014: Roots Artist or Group of the Year and Record Producer(s) of the Year. If you haven’t put forward an application, please do so before you miss your chance to get […]