February 15, 2013

Message from the President, February 2013

The CMAO is buzzing with activity as we head towards the inaugural CMAO Awards. Since opening up the nominations in mid January, the response has been very encouraging. I had the opportunity to have discussions with some of the artists enquiring about nomination, and I’m very impressed with the variety and talent level that we have here in Ontario. The awards show tickets have been on sale for our members since Friday February 8, 2013 and they are now available to the general public. I encourage everyone to go and buy your tickets before they sell out, so you can take part of this historic moment and this unique Ontario celebration. Don’t forget, the first round of nominations will close on February 15, 2013. If […]
February 15, 2013

Ontario Country Music Artists / Songwriters To Be Honoured, May 27th, 2013.

[twocol_one] Charlie Major[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]  Western Swing Authority[/twocol_one_last]  TORONTO: The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) is proud to announce its inaugural Awards Show! The event will be held on Monday, May 27th, 2013, at Markham Theatre at 171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, Ontario. The CMAO has confirmed that multi-award winning celebrated singer-songwriter and recording artist from the Ottawa Valley, Charlie Major, will host the awards. Major has enjoyed many #1 singles including fan favourites such as ‘I Do It For The Money” and “The Other Side.” Also confirmed to perform at the concert and accompany the show’s performers are renowned top musicians The Western Swing Authority, a group of seasoned professionals whose bio includes multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, Juno nominations, as well as a […]
February 15, 2013

2013 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards Show

Tickets On Sale Now! Tickets are officially on sale for the first-ever Country Music Association of Ontario Awards show, to take place at the Markham Theatre on May 27th, 2013. Featuring appearances by some of the hottest names in the Country Music industry today, this awards show will be an evening of celebrating the contributions of artists, writers, bands, radio stations and the many others who contribute daily to the thriving community of country music in Ontario and abroad. Get your tickets today before they sell out! Only $35 plus tax and applicable fees. Tickets available at
February 15, 2013

What country music means to Ontarians

Article By: Stephanie Brooks Country music has its original roots tied to the deep south of the States, where blues and folk combined in the 1920s to spawn a new genre of music that spoke to the lifestyle of its inhabitants. Various influences have since transformed what was previously known as country & western and honky tonk into today’s modern country, and formed what we now know as the world-renowned Music City in Nashville, Tennessee. But Canada is the world’s second biggest home of country music, and today is producing some of Music City’s top stars – many of whom come from Ontario. Culturally, the roots of country music in Canada are ingrained in the prairies and Atlantic provinces where rural lifestyles prevail and the […]
February 15, 2013

Country From the Hart – Bill Hart

If you’re a Country Music Association of Ontario member, then by now you have heard about the upcoming CMAO Awards. Cool, right? Oh hell yeah! After years of hard work, it’s due time for our provinces’ finest to be honoured and no doubt, this will be a great show. Better than other shows? We’ll probably have a smaller budget than the Grammys had, but there are reasons that Country Awards shows at any level will indeed bring people to their feet. 7 reasons why? 1. At Country Music Award Shows, nobody would ever dream of crashing the stage during a presentation. 2. At Country Music Award Shows, a clean shirt & jeans meet all wardrobe requirements. 3. At Country Music Award Shows, nobody lip synchs […]
February 15, 2013

Behind The Board – Craig Parks

In the world of law, ‘music lawyers’ are a distinctive breed… especially lawyers who work with copyright law. Because in today’s hi-tech world of music delivery systems, they’re the ones who must constantly adapt, address and champion the protection of intellectual property. This month’s Behind the Board featured Board member is none other than the CMAO’s legal counsel and Secretary-Treasurer, Craig Parks. Craig has worked in just about every area of music law. From back in the days of visiting delinquent record labels in Montreal on behalf of the CMRRA and explaining how mechanical rights should work, to negotiating settlements on behalf of the uncredited songwriters of “Who Let The Dogs Out” and R. Kelly’s “Fiesta”! From being the first in-house counsel for PROCAN, (SOCAN’s […]
February 15, 2013

Larry Delaney back in the Canadian Country Music Business.

PRESS RELEASE (January, 2013) Larry Delaney, Editor/Publisher of Country Music News, which ceased publication in 2012 after serving the Canadian country music industry for the past 32 years, is now providing the Canadian country music industry with coverage in the U.K.-based monthly publication Country Music People. Delaney’s “CANCOUNTRY” report in the glossy, full-colour magazine will feature current news and coverage in support of Canadian country artists and industry. The column debuted in the January, 2013 issue of Country Music People and featured a historical overview of the Canadian country music scene as an introduction to the magazine’s readers. All Canadian artists, record labels, publicists, event promoters, etc. are urged to service Larry Delaney with new CD releases, Press Releases, tour schedules, etc. for inclusion in […]
February 15, 2013

Funding Agencies / Opportunities

A new permanent section in our Newsletter and on our website will list upcoming deadlines, providing you with information about what funding is available and when you need to submit your application. However, most agencies have a fiscal year which ends March 31st. Currently, most are in the process of setting their deadlines for the upcoming year. In the meantime, we have gathered some information that describes where you can apply to receive funding. We have also provided some information about their mandates. CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS The Canada Council for the Arts provides support for the development of individuals, groups, small ensembles, orchestras and other professionals working in the Canadian music community. In addition to tours, concert production and festival programming, the Music […]
January 15, 2013

Message from the President, January 2013

The CMAO is happy and excited to present our nomination process (see the nomination process article). We hope all members and non-members will get the word out and help stimulate the nominations. Any member or non-member could submit a nomination, but the ultimate selection of the finalists will be in the hands of all voting CMAO members (those who are in good standing). Make sure your dues are up to date or join our organization to be eligible to be part of making history! If there are any questions related to the nomination process, please submit them to and someone will respond to your email. I would like to welcome Stephanie Brooks aboard the newsletter team. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from […]