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July 11, 2012

Holstein Rodeo Kicks Off This Weekend! July 12-15

If you live in south central Ontario and you’re a country fan, you probably already know about this: The Annual Holstein Rodeo Weekend.  It’s presented by the Egremont Optimist Club and it’s fun for rodeo 20 fans and country music fans alike. Come for the day or camp for the weekend. There’s plenty to see and do here for the whole family. After  a hard day of rodeo events, like roping calves, wrestling steers, riding bulls and busting saddle broncs (with men, ladies and teams), it’s good to kick back to some entertainment. In past years  they’ve  featured such fine country entertainment as Jo Hikk, Emerson Drive and Aaron Lines. This year it’s George Canyon, Marshall Dane,  Wendell  Ferguson, The Good Brothers, Megan Morrison and […]
July 11, 2012

Copyright Termination Rights in the US

This will be of interest to any Canadian recording artist who made a recording in 1978 or later while signed to a US record label. Under the US Copyright Act, an artist signed to a US record company may, 35 years after a recording was made, give notice to the record company to terminate their transfer of copyright to that record company. This effectively means that the copyright in the recording reverts to the artist. The year 2013 is the first year that falls 35 years after the 1978 Copyright Act came into force. But bear in mind that, each year, a new crop of recordings becomes eligible for termination. There is a two-year window during which notice can be delivered. For example, for recordings […]
July 11, 2012

CMAO / CCMA Fanfest Contest Runs July 10 through 24

Would you like a chance to perform at FanFest this September at PotashCorp Country Music Week in Saskatoon? Last year’s Fanfest at CCMA week in Hamilton brought a raft of star  performers: Gord Bamford, Victoria Banks, Jason Blaine, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, Terri Clark, Doc Walker, High Valley, Charlie Major, One More Girl, Tara Oram, Aaron Pritchett, Deric Ruttan and Michelle Wright… and this September in Saskatoon is sure to be just as star-studded. Think your name would look good in that list? Check this out: The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has invited all the Provincial Country Music Associations to take part in a contest to select one lucky artist for the CCMA FanFest this year at Potash Corp Country Music Week in […]
July 11, 2012

New Program for CMA Ontario Members

We at CMA Ontario are starting a new program featuring CMA Ontario members on our website. If you’re a member in good standing, please send us a picture and brief Bio at: info@cmaontario.ca
July 11, 2012

Country From The Hart

Ah, Summer! I was sitting on my deck, ignoring the humidity as I drank a cold beer from my Toronto Maple Leaf freezer mug while ‘creeping’ my peers on Facebook via my laptop when I started thinking! Usually not a good thing! What does Europe know that Canada doesn’t? Off the top of my head I know of two artists who get SQUAT support in their home country, yet have a following across the pond! Case in point, Dawson Reigns from Cambridge, Ontario! I’ve yet to hear ONE of his songs on the radio here, yet last summer “Someone Watching Over Me” climbed to #8 in Australia giving Dawson his SECOND Top 10 single there from his debut CD “Enjoy The Ride, a disc that […]