Winners: Jonathan Villeneff (Jonny Vee) and Grace Wall
The first installment of the DemoRama LIVE series came to a glorious conclusion at the “all superlatives in” 2nd annual 2014 CMAO Award Show! You can’t find a bigger climax than that! Grand Prize Winners Grace Wall and Jonny Vee truly earned their VIP CMAO Award Show tickets. They were well celebrated at the VIP CMAO Reception, and had their names announced during the award ceremonies – all of this in front of God…I mean Gordon Lightfoot!
For the past 8 months leading up to the award show, the CMAO travelled from the kick-off event in Toronto, to Hamilton, Barrie, Tillsonburg, Peterborough and Belleville. Two winners from each town, picked by panels of industry experts, showcased their talents at the series finale Best Of DemoRama LIVE Showcases held at Boots & Bourbon in Toronto.
Steve Kassay Vice President of KX radio and Kate Todd CMAO Rising Star Nominee and Demorama Live guest performer
A special thanks goes to Steve Kassay, Vice President of Programming at KX radio, who fielded all the CMAO requests, delivered everything promised, and more! We must also mention our sponsor, Amsterdam Brewery, who supplied runner-up winners Abby Stewart and Tanya Caines with gift certificates and free beer.
Everyone involved said the same thing – there is so much undiscovered talent in Ontario! The exposure that these events created for all the participants was invaluable.
Music Director KX 96 Peter Walker, DemoRama LIVE host Peter Linseman, CMAO director Catherine Faint, Joel Baskin The Feldman Agency
Many of the radio MDs & PDs offered insight into radio song selection criteria, and many game-changing industry experts asked for contact info from the artists & singer-songwriters that they enjoyed. There will be some follow-up success stories that we will share in the near future as well. The CMAO and I would like to thank all the artists, singer-songwriters, sponsoring radio stations and host venues who participated in making this series a great success.
Best Of Showcase Winners – Jeff Young, Allister Bradley & son, Keith Robertso & Nikki English, Shae Dupu, Tori Hathaway, Peter Linseman and (kneeling) Jonathan Villeneff a.k.a. Jonny Vee
Peter Linseman, DemoRama LIVE host and CMAO Founding Director