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Behind the Board

Item 6 CMAO_LOGO 1Behind the Board will return next month. However YOU could be featured in Behind the Board in a future issue! If you think you can bring your skill set to the table and want to have a say in the country music industry here in Ontario all you have to do is run for the CMAO board. Come to the AGM on Monday July 14 at the North York Civic Centre, Members Lounge, 5100 Yonge Street, Toronto, 7:00-9:00PM. If you wish to register to run, you can do so onsite. Be prepared to give a 2-3 minute address to the assembled members, outlining why you would be a valuable Director.

If you can’t attend be sure and get your vote in via proxy. For information on proxies go here:

Here’s a more detailed agenda:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Members (the “Meeting”) of the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) for the following purposes:

  • to receive the annual report of the Board of Directors, the financial statements of the Association for the year ended March 31, 2014.
  • to elect the directors of the Association
  • to adopt the Financial Report of the Association for the 2013-2014 fiscal year;
  • to review and adopt the proposed changes to the by-laws.
  • to transact such other business as may properly come before the Meeting or any adjournment thereof.

Here is a list of the candidates who are already running for a seat on the board.

In 1970 Bruce Good was a member of the trio James and the Good Brothers whose first tour was on the outrageous Festival Express. This train crossed Canada with acts of the day such as The Grateful Dead, Janice Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, Ten Years After and many more.

Later, when James left the group, Bruce and his brother Brian recruited younger Brother Larry and The Good Brothers were born.
After receiving gold records and garnering 8 Juno awards and Big Country awards (predecessor of the CCMA) for best country group, Bruce became manager/agent for the Good Brothers and did so for 23 years. He received a Canadian Country Music Association award for instrumentalist of the year for special instrument, (autoharp) and in 2004 The Good Brothers were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

This spring will mark their 37th tour of Europe.

Bruce has been on the balloting committee for the CCMA for the past three years and is presently 2nd Vice President of the Country Music Association of Ontario.

Bruce brings an artists perception to the board.

Cadence Grace is a versatile artist with a lengthy history of experience and education in the music business. Cadence fiercely pursued a career in music from a young age and achieved success early-on through her record deal with Indie Label Sound Of Pop, and Sound of Pop’s admin deal with Ole Music Publishing. To date Cadence has co-written or performed on tracks that have appeared on over 15 TV Shows and Movies across the globe on Networks like MTV, CMT, CBS, Lifetime, Food, Disney, Family and more.

While pursuing a full-time career as an artist, Cadence completed an internship at Universal Records Canada in Publicity and obtained a diploma in Music Business Management at Durham College.

Cadence is now an accomplished independent country music artist, who has spent the last five years developing her writing craft and performing skills, while embracing all the lessons learned when operating without help from a label. Now skilled at graphic design, event planning, social media, tour management and more- Cadence has become a jack-of-all-trades. She hopes to bring this knowledge and experience to the CMAO board with a passionate effort towards membership interaction and growth to help cultivate a strong organization.

Brian Hetherman began his career as a Club DJ in the 80’s and quickly landed at one of Canada’s premier Indie record labels Duke Street Records. In 1990 he moved to MCA Records, which would soon become Universal and worked his way up from Sales, to Radio Promo and Marketing. In 1995 Brian became the youngest head of A&R for both MCA Records and MCA Music Publishing where he remained until 2001, and from there Brian was hired as the inaugural Executive Director of Radio Starmaker Fund, where he set up one of the largest Funding agencies in Canada.

In 2003 he pursued his dream of becoming and Artist Manager, Record label owner and Music Publisher with Curve Music and Cerberus Artist Mgmt, and in 2005 was tapped to become the President of the Music Managers Forum Canada, and soon was elected to the board of the International Music Managers Forum.

In 2009 Brian was asked to join FACTOR, another of Canada’s largest funding agencies after serving as a Board member for 5 years, within 6 months Brian was running FACTOR.

In 2011 Brian returned to one of his true passion’s his label and management company. In addition Brian continues to work as the International consultant for Canadian Music Week, and is now Chairman of the IMMF and is also Vice President of Business Development for Mega Music Canada a digital music initiative that provides free music downloads to the public, but ensures the Artists, Labels and Publishers get paid for the music.

Peter Linseman is a prolific songwriter, versatile producer and positive mentor. Owner of Music Mentor Productions, a CCMA nominated recording studio & Independent Record Label, Peter has worn every hat in the music business. Peter was recently added to the Board of Directors at Building Bands Canada, a charity that provides free music lessons & instruments to at-risk youth. A founding & current Director of the Country Music Association of Ontario, he started the first Toronto Regional Writers Group for the Songwriters Association of Canada and is the editor of the Financial Post Executive Podcast. As Musical Director for Canadian Chinese Idol, Peter was appointed the first official North American composer for China’s top superstar Laure Shang.
He’s writing, producing and promoting country artists Donna Ferra, Megan Morrison, Elyse Saunders, & Morgan Stone (U.S.); rising dance/pop stars Eliana Jones (co-star of hit TV show Nikita & Hemlock Grove), Karina Es (Kuya Productions), and Stephanie Braganza; international stars Laure Shang (China), and has written & produced for Tanvi Shah (India – 2009 Grammy & Oscar Award winner for Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire), international dance pop artist Sarina Paris, international pop & Latin artist Rosita Stone, etc.

Craig Parks is a Toronto-based lawyer specializing in entertainment and copyright law. Craig is also a musician and songwriter in his own right.

Craig started his career as counsel to music copyright collectives – CMRRA followed by PROCAN (predecessor to SOCAN) – and in recent years has come full circle back as counsel to Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC). In the intervening years, Craig was on retainer with PolyGram Music Publishing Canada and with EMI-owned record label Narada.
Craig has also had much to do with the Copyright Board of Canada. He was its senior counsel on the first retransmission tariff hearings, following which he was retained by the Board for a number of projects including subsequent retransmission tariffs, SOCAN tariffs, mediation between users and owners in the educational sector and a study on alternative dispute resolution at the Board. He has also appeared as an expert witness.

Samantha Pickard brings an international outlook to Strut Entertainment and a vast understanding of the Canadian and Australian music industries. A twenty-four year industry veteran Samantha has executed hundreds of public relations campaigns including the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Dean Brody, Dolly Parton, HMV, Deric Ruttan and a variety of music labels and film companies.
Since Strut was founded in 2006, it has become one of Canada’s premier, boutique public relations and event firms. Boasting a diverse array of clients ranging from country, rock and pop acts, lifestyle brands, to actors and celebrity tastemakers including Perez Hilton.

A former board member of CARAS and guest speaker at Toronto’s Centennial College, Canadian Public Relations Society and for the Urban Music Association, she was recently invited to participate in the CCMA Discovery Program as a mentor and industry professional.

Over the past number of years, Randy Stark has been an active part of the Canadian Music industry. His extensive experience within Canadian labels, management and music is unsurpassed.

He is formerly Vice President of Marketing and Promotion for Warner Music Canada, a Past President of the Canadian Country Music Association and has held board positions on various music industry associations including the prestigious Country Music Association (CMA) in Nashville as well as the Contemporary Country Music Coalition (CCMC) of Australia.
Currently, Stark Ravings provides career management for Canadian artists Jason Blaine, Jake Mathews and Kylee Epp; owns and operates the radio charting service Trax Report and provides radio tracking services for a number of Canadian artists including Deric Ruttan, Jason Blaine, Michelle Wright, Clayton Bellamy, Aaron Lines, Jake Mathews and Kylee Epp among others.