May 7, 2014

15TH Annual Tin Pan North Songwriters Festival May 22-24TH, 2014

There are only a few weeks remaining before the 15th Annual Tin Pan North Songwriter’s Festival, Ontario’s largest 3 day songwriter’s festival will be taking place at various venues across the GTA. Tin Pan North is a celebration of original songwriting in an intimate setting. In addition to showcasing local talent, each show features some of Canada’s finest talent as well as some heavy hitters in the world of songwriting that come up to take part in the festival from Nashville. The confirmed venues for this year are as follows: The Moonshine Café 137 Kerr Street Oakville, Ontario 905-844-2655 Thursday May 22, Friday May 23rd 7:30-9:30pm The Black Swan Tavern 154 Danforth Avenue Toronto, Ontario 416-469-0357 Thursday May 22, Friday May 23rd 7:30-9:30pm Cadillac […]
April 2, 2014

A Message From the President by Sam Arraj

Dear members: I want to congratulate London, Ontario, for its successful bid in returning Country Music Week and the CCMA awards to Ontario in 2016. The CMAO is extremely excited about the news and we want to help the CCMA make it a hugely successful event. In March, we announced our first batch of performers for the 2014 CMAO Awards show and they are: The Western Swing Authority, Jason Blaine, Autumn Hill and The Good Family. We are very proud of the first flight. Be on the lookout on facebook and Twitter for more exciting news about the performers and presenters. Get your tickets while they last – go to The first CMAO Awards Contenders ballot submission deadline was March 18, 2014. Good luck to […]
April 2, 2014

Behind the Board! Catherine Faint

This month we pay a visit to another CMAO Board member; one who’s won the CCMA Agent of the Year Award five times in a row: Cathie Faint. Cathie owns and manages CFE (Catherine Faint Entertainment) and has worked for many years with some of the top names in the music industry. Not just country music, but right across the board. What does it take to get to that position? Cathie sums it all up in just three words: “Integrity, integrity and integrity”. But before we get to her personal credo, let’s go back and see where Cathie Faint came from. Her mom was a chef, working in the hospitality business, and her father was a jack of all trades, including plucking the banjo. Mr. […]
April 2, 2014

Saddling up in the city: Toronto’s newest country venue by Stephanie Brooks

For a long while, it would have seemed strange to see people wearing cowboy boots trotting around Toronto’s entertainment district – or anywhere in the downtown core, really. Until now. Be it a result of the economy, the time or other circumstances, many wonder why it took so long for a country bar to show up in the city – let alone two in the span of one week. But folks are sure happy they’re here. “Maybe it was overlooked… there’s always been a strong country following in Toronto and across the country,” says Matt Gibbons, the owner of Rock ‘n’ Horse. One of two new country venues that’s popped up in the city recently, Rock ‘n’ Horse is a restaurant/bar offering southern food, line […]
April 2, 2014

In The Country with Dave Woods

Two Voices, One Hit One of the questions I always ask on my show is “Who would you like to sing a duet with?” I’m always interested in the answer because I’ve always loved the magic that happens when two voices join together to create a powerful song. There are some artists whose biggest hits have been duets. Kenny Rogers has had successful musical collaborations with Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes and Dolly Parton. Kenny and Dolly recorded the classic “Islands In The Stream” in 1983. It was a song that almost ended before it began. Kenny had grown tired of the song in the studio and thought it wasn’t working. Producer Barry Gibb (who wrote the song with his brothers Robin and Maurice) suggested Dolly […]
April 2, 2014

Leask is a Finalist

CMAO Member David Leask has been announced as a finalist in the Gospel / Christian Music category of the 2013 International Songwriting Competition for his song “Everybody Sing”, co-written with Debra Alexander. The annual competition awards excellence in several categories, with judging from the cream of the music industry: names like Imagine Dragons, Josh Turner, Martina McBride, Tom Waits, Florida Georgia Line and many more. The public vote can also weigh in through the ISC’s People’s Voice program. The winners will be announced in April, 2014. Let’s pitch in and support David! For more information:
April 2, 2014

What Makes A Hit? (Part 1)

Be sure you have learned from others, but not stolen from others. All those who create intellectual property in its many forms would likely be very pleased to create a completely unique work that becomes immensely successful. In reality, most creators engage themselves in rearranging common forms into works that hopefully have enough unique elements to distinguish them from the works of others. But occasionally, we either confront ourselves or are confronted by others with the observation that a song might be a little too close in character to an already established creation. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “All the notes have been played already”. It is how we choose to arrange these notes and their values that will determine our ability to be […]
April 2, 2014

In The News

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. Amy Rose releases new single, Country Crazy Amy Rose is poised to release a new single on April 7. ‘Country Crazy made its worldwide debut at 7pm Eastern Time on March 27, 2014, during Amy’s live interview on  CMAO columnist Dave Woods show, In The Country with Dave Woods. For a […]
April 2, 2014

Patrice's Pick by Patrice Whiffen

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music artist, Elyse Saunders! Elyse is a singer/songwriter with great ambition and many accomplishments under her belt to prove it. Industry supported successes include a FACTOR Demo Award and most recently Elyse earned a much deserved Juried Factor Sound Recording Grant. Elyse is writing and recording her sophomore album and co-wrote the title track, “I’m On My Way, “ with Darryl Burgess (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Alanis Morrisette) in Nashville. Watch out for the first single in early spring, 2014! Check out the exclusive video interview, here! About Patrice: To Patrice Whiffen, country music is a lifestyle. As the appropriately deemed, “Country Music Junkie,” she strives to share her […]