May 2, 2013

Book Your Hotel Room For The CMAO Awards Now

For fans that are planning to attend the CMAO Awards show at The Markham Theatre, Markham on May 27th, Hilton Markham Suites is offering CMAO Members a Special Hotel Rate of $125.00 To reserve your booking: By Phone: 1-800-668-8800. Press 1. Provide group code: CMAO By group webpage:
May 2, 2013

"Diamonds In The Rough" Showcase Opportunity

Time Sensitive: Send Submissions To The Diamonds In The Rough Showcase Stage At Country Music Week In Edmonton. Deadline is May 15th, 2013 In case you didn’t go to the CCMA’s Country Music Week event in Regina last year, a new opportunity was created there for artists to showcase. Angie Morris hosted a stage event called “Diamonds In the Rough” at a popular bar area in the Radisson Hotel. It was a wonderful opportunity for many artists to showcase during the week. Alberta’s Michaela Clarke was surprised and thrilled to play to all of Eric Church’s crew among folks who came to see her set. Eric’s guitar tech even checked her guitar for her before going on stage. The showcase was a success on many […]
May 2, 2013

The Dixie Flyers Receive JRMA Hall Of Fame Honours

Canadian bluegrass band the Dixie Flyers were honoured at the Ninth Annual Jack Richardson Awards (JRMAs) Sunday, Apr. 14 at the London Music Hall in downtown London. Formed in 1974, London’s Dixie Flyers were inducted into the JRMA Hall of Fame after an impressive career that includes nine recordings on Boot, Stony Plain and their own Flat-top label. The Flyers’ alumni list reads like a who’s who of the Canadian music scene: “I think over the 37 years, the band has consisted of only about 20 different members” said JRMA steering committee member Darin Addison. “Even though the band is not active now and everyone in the band is getting older, I think it’s the right time to recognize the Dixie Flyers.” Co-founders Bert Baumbach […]
April 30, 2013

The Country Music Association Of Ontario Announces Performers And Final Nominees For Inaugural Awards

PERFORMERS: We are thrilled to announce our star-studded line-up of performers for the CMAO Awards show on May 27th at the Markham Theatre. They are: Kira Isabella, Small Town Pistols, Jason Blaine, Michelle Wright, Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor with The Sadies’ Travis Good, The Heartbroken, Western Swing Authority, exciting newcomer Genevieve Fisher, Deric Ruttan and our host Charlie Major, who will also perform. This exciting show begins at 7.30pm. Come celebrate with some of Ontario’s and Canada’s top country talent. Don’t delay – buy tickets today at or by phone at 1-866-943-8849. NOMINEES: The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) is proud to announce the finalnominees for its inaugural awards taking place on May 27th at the Markham Theatre, Markham, Ontario. Jason Blaine and […]
March 19, 2013

Country From the Hart by Bill Hart

I will not sugar-coat this! I never owned a Stompin’ Tom Connors album; I never saw him in concert; but I have sung along to ‘The Hockey Song’ at a Maple Leafs game. I can’t sit here claiming to be a fan knowing that real Canadians are out there, facing the scorn of their young ones as the needle reaches the end of the record and they have to put their phone down to put it back to the beginning of side 2 or else Grandpa will lose his mind. No, I’m not die-hard fan, but when I heard he passed away, a part of me went with him. You see, growing up in a small town got boring for a teenager hell-bent on looking for […]
March 19, 2013

Message from the President

Dear Members: I want to thank all who submitted nominations and congratulate all those who made it to the first ballot; the response has been spectacular. Please note that the balloting committee worked hard to sort through hundreds of nominations and put in many hours to verify and compile the list. The first ballot returns were due by March 18, 2013. For all of you who made the first ballot and did not garner enough votes to make the second ballot, please take pride in your accomplishments and keep following your hearts. There are going to be some disappointed members, but do understand that we have maintained an independent and fair process in all of this; I recommend that all of the artists who were […]
March 19, 2013

CMAO Awards! More Performers Confirmed!

The CMAO are proud and honoured to welcome Slaight Communication Inc. aboard as the presenting sponsor of the inaugural CMAO Awards Show! In addition to Charlie Major and The Western Swing Authority, the CMAO are pleased to announce confirmed performances by Kira Isabella and The Heartbroken for the Awards Show. The event will take place at The Markham Theatre, in Markham, Ontario on Monday, May 27th. Tickets are now available online at or by phone at 1-866 943 8849. More performances to be announced.
March 19, 2013

Loud Cheers for Blood, Sweat and Beers: The Chief Rocks Ottawa – By Stephanie Brooks

What better way to warm up a frostbitten city in the dead of winter than with some steel guitars, bursts of flames, gunshots and 20,000 screaming fans? The Eric Church Blood, Sweat and Beers tour, celebrating his most recent album, Chief, delivered all that and more to Ottawa’s country-rock fans at Scotiabank Place on Saturday, February 16. Known for his bad-boy attitude and badass vibe, Church brought in a rowdy crowd of fans of all ages, but a more mature fan base (at least age-wise) than many other touring country shows these days. In what appeared to be a sold-out stadium, the three-hour show started with former professional golfer from Athens, Georgia, Colt Ford. Ford set the stage for the concert with his patriotic lyrics […]
March 19, 2013

Maddy Rodriguez to play the Bluebird

Maddy Rodriguez is thrilled that she’s going to be gracing the stage of the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville this May 9th. This famed venue has become a Mecca for songwriters, and hosts early and late rounds almost every night of the week. Definitely a feather in young Maddy’s cap. Maddy received an honourable mention in the USA Songwriting Competition for her tune, “Falling Up”. Along with the other winners, she will be sharing the Bluebird stage with another Canadian, Edmonton’s Ben Sures, who also received an honourable mention. “Falling Up” is coincidentally also the title of a Shel Silverstein book. (Shel was an author/songwriter who wrote “Cover of the Rolling Stone”, A Boy Named Sue”, “Wasn’t That a Party” and “The Unicorn” among many others.) […]