October 4, 2019

Tickets For The 2020 CMAOntario Awards On Sale Friday, October 11th

JASON MCCOY RETURNS AS HOST  October 4, 2019 (TORONTO) The Country Music Association of Ontario is thrilled to announce that tickets for the 2020 CMAOntario Awards will be on-sale to the general public on Friday, October 11th at 11:00am. The 8th annual celebration will commemorate another year of accomplishments by the Ontario country music industry live at Centennial Hall in London on Sunday, May 31, 2020 starting at 7:00pm. Tickets for the CMAOntario Awards will be available for purchase online at or by phone at 1.888.999.8980. Early bird pricing will be in effect with prices ranging from $69.00 (plus taxes and service fees) for regular reserved seating to $225.00 (plus taxes and service fees) for fan VIP packages. Full ticket pricing goes into effect […]
September 25, 2019

Artist of the Month: Robyn Ottolini

Robyn Ottolini has been writing, playing, and sharing her music for audiences at festivals, songwriters circles, open mics, and more. And she’s just getting started. With her six-song EP, Classic (released in February 2019), Robyn introduced more of her music to fans across Canada and beyond. She’s seen Him Problem cross the 100,000 stream mark on Spotify and has some amazing merch to go with the song. She filmed a great summer-time music video for Where We’re At with director Tim Deegan. And if we were to make a guess, we’d say there’s a lot more coming from the Uxbridge, Ontario country music singer-songwriter. With a peer group and support system that includes fellow artists like Leah Daniels, Julien Kelland, Ben Hudson, Kris Barclay, and […]
September 25, 2019

Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Neville Wells

Born: December 5, 1940 – St. John’s, Newfoundland Home: The Ottawa Valley (by Larry Delaney)   Neville Wells is one of Canada’s most accomplished country music artists, and he has achieved his career status with relatively little fanfare. While carving out a career as a recording artist, songwriter, performer… he later provided the Canadian country music industry and fans with a monthly newspaper that would become “The voice of country music in Canada”. Born in 1940 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Wells family moved to Ompah, Ontario, a small town in the Ottawa Valley, when he was a youngster. He soon developed a keen interest in music and as a teenager, performed in local dance halls and special events, influenced initially by the music of […]
September 25, 2019

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With Aaron Allen

London, Ontario’s Aaron Allen is here to chat about his music career and new single “Good Tattoo”. In the New Music Spotlight, I play Elyse Saunders’ single “Feel You Leaving”. The Flashback Interview features Meghan Patrick and the story behind the music video for “Country Music Made Me Do It”.  Dave Woods is a monthly columnist for the CMAOntario Newsletter and has been hosting the popular online radio show In The Country with Dave Woods since 2009! To hear episodes, please visit, and iTunes.
September 25, 2019

Patrice’s Pick: Ryan Langdon

This month, our feature video from Patrice Whiffen at Country Music Junkies profiles Canadian country music artist, Ryan Langdon! Ryan talks about his brand new tune, “Lit In The Sticks,” sharing the story behind the song AND the music video. He talks about his upcoming music, and how fans can connect with him! For more information about Country Music Junkies, visit Listen to the exclusive interview with Ryan below: About Patrice: To Patrice Whiffen, country music is a lifestyle. As the appropriately deemed, “Country Music Junkie,” she strives to share her passion for country music with the world. As a radio broadcaster with an inside view of the world of country music, Patrice currently works with radio stations across Ontario to bring listeners the newest of […]
September 25, 2019

In The News (September 2019)

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 CMAOntario nor do their contents reflect the views or opinions of the CMAOntario. If you would like to have something included in the newsletter, please send us a short synopsis, a photo or graphic and the hotlink that can be included in the news listing. Submissions can be sent to Please make sure the Subject Line reads “For inclusion in the CMAOntario Newsletter”. […]
August 29, 2019

The CMAOntario Awards Return to London in 2020

August 29, 2019 (TORONTO)   The CMAOntario Awards are heading back to southwestern Ontario as The Country Music Association of Ontario announced today that London will host the 2020 CMAOntario Festival and Awards, May 29-31, 2020. Presented by Slaight Music, the 8th annual CMAOntario Awards will cap off a weekend of festivities on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Centennial Hall. This will mark the third time that London will host the event, with previous editions taking place in 2017 and 2018. With a thriving country music market and excellent track record of events, London offers tremendous opportunity to showcase and celebrate Ontario talent. “The support of our members, Ontario artists and fans is what keeps our Festival, Conference and Awards weekend evolving to greater heights. […]
July 29, 2019

Artist of the Month: David Boyd Janes

A lot of people look forward to the summer months for many reasons, but in 2019 David Boyd Janes has his own reasons… and they’re big ones! The emerging country artist from big-city Toronto has a lot on the go this summer, with a busy tour schedule, new opportunities, and a chance to grow into a new stage of his career – highlighted by the Boothill Jamboree, Canadian National Exhibition’s Northern Comfort Saloon, the Havelock Jamboree, and the Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase. Those venues alone will put David in front of thousands of country fans. But before he gets to those stages, he has some celebrating to do. In Cobourg, ON at the Country Wild Music Festival, David Boyd Janes was named the […]
July 29, 2019

In The Country with Dave Woods: One On One With JT Harding

At the CMAOntario Festival & Awards in Ottawa, I had the opportunity to moderate a songwriting panel with Andrew Hyatt, Chris Buck and JT Harding. I invited JT on the podcast to chat about his massive songwriting success with artists including Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Blake Shelton. Tune in to hear the stories behind some #1 country songs on this latest episode of In The Country!       Dave Woods is a monthly columnist for the CMAOntario Newsletter and has been hosting the popular online radio show In The Country with Dave Woods since 2009! To hear episodes, please visit, and iTunes.