In The News

Sudbury Country Artists Help Raise Funds for Local Radio Station Charity
September 3, 2014
Boots and Hearts again proves Ontario a hotbed for country music
September 3, 2014

In The News

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 CMAO nor do their contents reflect the views or opinions of the CMAO.

Lindsay Broughton featured in TIFF Event

Item 8 A Photo Press Release (08/19/2014) Toronto, Ontario – The 4th Annual Film + Music Social (FMS14) is pleased to announce rising country star Lindsay Broughton as a featured artist for this year’s event. FMS14 was created by Skylar Entertainment, a Canadian PR agency who will also be celebrating its 10th Anniversary at the invite only event which takes place during the Toronto International Film Festival.

“Since the festivities are to take place at the Rock N’ Horse Saloon, it seemed fitting to announce a country artist as the first featured performer,” says Skylar Entertainment’s Diane Foy.” “I had seen Lindsay perform live a few years back and was very impressed. With Curve Music and Sonic Envy as Producing Partners, you can be sure that the talent at this year’s event will be top level.”
Country music singer/songwriter Broughton has been making waves in the Canadian music scene as the recipient of the 2013 Country Music Association of Ontario Rising Star Award. She has had eight songs featured in the hit CBC show Heartland and has had her songs covered by multiple artists…all before the release of her debut album.

Broughton released her self-titled EP in 2012, which rose to #1 as the top selling Canadian Country album in Canada in 2013. Now, her debut full length album, Take Me There, is due to be released this fall. Lindsay’s new single and Video “Take Me There” is at Radio and CMT now and the song has already climbed its way into the Top 50 Country Radio Charts.

Lindsay Broughton will also perform during CCMA Week in Edmonton, just prior to the Film and Music Social on September 8th.

Celebrating 10 Years of the Toronto Independent Music Awards at Tattoo Rock Parlour
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TIMA 2014 will celebrate a decade of supporting Canadian independent music by bringing together Canada’s music community on September 25 at Tattoo Rock Parlour.

On September 25, 2014 the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) will host a decade party celebrating 10 years of supporting Canadian independent music with nominees and winners in 13 categories at Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto, Ontario.

Performances will include Regina’s own singer-songwriter, JEFFERY STRAKER, a TIMA 2012 nominee and recent winner of the International Vina Del Mar Competition in Chile, who blew the roof off a 20,000-seat amphitheater and took home $50,000 along with the trophy. SARAH SMITH hailing from London, Ontario, fan favorite and former front-woman of TIMA 2006/2007 winners and certified gold-record holders, The Joys. EH440, an acapella group who you may have recently seen strike a deal on CBCs “Dragons’ Den,” comprised of TIMA 2008 winners Luke Stapleton and Mike Celia. TIMA 2012 winners PHILLY MOVES, Ottawa bred Toronto-based rap duo making waves with their new album “OLGA”, and TIMA 2012 winner’s SUMO CYCO, a punk/metal band fronted by Skye Sweetnam’s alter ego Sever, critically acclaimed for their live performance. If that isn’t enough to rattle Queen Street, TIMA will announce the winner of top prize “Best Song” live!

TIMA 2014 winners will be selected by a grand jury of industry professionals including: Alan Cross, Hill Kourkoutis, Christopher Ward, Korey Schaefer, Ari Kaplan, Priya Ramanujam, and Phillip McPherson. Full list: [1]

Industry‐sponsored prizes are designed to give winners tools to further their careers. TIMA 2014 prizes include: $1,500 cash, a national radio distribution from Yangaroo powered by DMDS, a television performance slot on V-MIX on OMNI, TIMA catalog placement, and more.

TICKETS: $10 IN ADVANCE _this event will sell-out._ _ [2]

About the Toronto Independent Music Awards
In 2004, Dani Oliva founded the awards platform to recognize independent artists and help them attain tools for success. The show has built an impressive following and is supported enthusiastically by a strong network of industry partners who lend their time and expertise to help new artists navigate the quickly‐evolving music arena.

For more information about TIMA 2014 and for media RSVP, contact:Toronto Independent Music Awards [4]

Marshall Dane nominated for a IMEA
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MTS Management Group is proud to announce Marshall Dane has been nominated for Country Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) Awards. This is Marshall’s fourth nomination, this year. He is also nominated for Best Country Male, Best Country Album (One Of These Days) and Songwriter of the Year. The additional nomination was announced late Monday afternoon.

In addition, MTS Records received a Monday afternoon nomination for Best Record Label, while Whiskey and Cigarettes received a nomination as Best Internet Radio Show. These new nominations give parent company, MTS Management Group, and their clients, a total of 21 nominations in the 2014 IMEA Awards.

The 2nd Annual IMEA Awards will be held on October 4, 2014 at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky. Winners will be determined by a weighted fan vote, industry vote, member vote, and Voting Committee vote.

The International Music and Entertainment Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and serving as an advocate to individuals and organizations within the performing arts and entertainment industries. ”Our goal is to promote and recognize new and established artists, bands, musicians, actors, directors, producers, playwrights, composers, songwriters, and filmmakers through performances, showcases, workshops, competitions, conferences, and an annual awards program.”

Marshall Dane is a Canadian country singer/songwriter from Port Credit, Ontario. He is a 4-time Country Music Association of Ontario Award Nominee and a 2014 Independent Country Music Association Award Nominee. His debut US single and video,“Alcohol Abuse” charted on several recognized airplay charts, making Marshall one of today’s most exciting new country artists.

“Whiskey and Cigarettes” is the brainchild of Nashville Universe Award Winner and Independent Country Music Association Award Nominee. The show has also been nominated for an Artists In Music Award. Each week, Nik plays the best in country music, classic, current and indie, while interviewing some of today’s most interesting and well-known country artists. Past guests have included Charlie Daniels, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Collin Raye, John Rich, Deana Carter and many others.

Gearhead Country is online and running!
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Its official …. GEARHEAD COUNTRY RADIO is here ……
Simply go to the Gearhead Country web site and hit the LISTEN SPEAKER and you have it 24/7!

Gearhead Country, Music, Interviews, Special Guests, some fun stuff. Listen at home or on your smart phone via the web site . Anywhere you have the internet.

Thank you for checking it out

To be considered for Gearhead Country contact Ian Rome  | Mobile 416 725 1956  | Featured on
Non Stop Country

Submit for ECMW 2015 in St. John’s
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Awards and stages submissions for the 2015 Eastlink East Coast Music Week (ECMW) in St. John’s, NL, April 8-12, are now open.
The deadline to submit is Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 11:59pm AST. ECMA is pleased to be working with Marcato once again for the submission process.

The 2015 event will see the return of the following stages: Bluebird North Showcase, Rising Star Showcase, Soundwaves Program, SOCAN Songwriters’ Circle, Breakout Stage and the Canadian Music. East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcase Series, along with our popular genre showcases and our partnered stages with Music/Musique New Brunswick (MNB), Music Newfoundland & Labrador (MNL), Music Nova Scotia (MNS) and Music Prince Edward Island (MPEI).

The ECMA is accepting award submissions in the following categories: Music, Industry and Honorary awards.
There are 30 Music Awards for 2015. From these 30 categories, 14 categories will be open to member vote, 14 categories will be fully juried and two (2) will be open to public vote.

There will be no submission fee for the 11 Industry Awards this year; so feel free to nominate that special someone who has made an impact in the industry. All Industry Awards will be fully juried award categories, and not open to public or member vote.
The eligibility period for the 2015 East Coast Music Awards is from June 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014. Recordings must be released on or before October 1, 2014. Showcase eligibility periods are specified on pages 7-11 of the 2015 Awards & Stages Manual.
ECMA members in good standing will receive one free submission, with subsequent submissions costing $25.

You do not need to be an ECMA member to submit for an award or showcase. Submission fees are higher for non-members: $40 each. If nominated or chosen for a showcase, you will, however, be required to register as an ECMA member before ECMW 2015.
There is no cost to submit for the partnered stages with MNB, MNL, MNS and MPEI.
Member Submission Form: Log in to your member account and check out “Member Notices” for the link to the member submission form.

Non Member Submission Form
Music Industry Association (MNB, MNL, MNS, MPEI) Submission Form
The Awards & Stages Manual for ECMW 2015 is available here. We recommend everyone use it as the complete reference guide for all awards (music, industry, honorary) and stages.

For those who prefer more light reading, ECMA is pleased to introduce a new, get to the point “fast facts” guide, in both English and French. Its’ the perfect introduction before reading the complete Awards & Stages Manual. The English Fast Facts is available here and the French Fast Facts is available here.

If you have any questions about the Awards & Stages Manual, or would like to set up an appointment to receive assistance with your submission, please contact Chantal Caissie, Artist & Member Relations Manager via email: or phone: 800.513.4953 ext 226 / 902.423-6770 ext 226.

The Latest from Deborah Wood Publicity
– Get to know Blackwell: Redneck Style

– Tonya Kennedy Nominated for TIMA Award
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Deborah Wood Publicity would like to congratulate Tonya Kennedy on her latest nomination for BEST COUNTRY in this year’s TIMA’s (Toronto Independent Music Awards). The nominations were announced earlier this week and will be handed out on Thursday, September 25 at the Tattoo Rock Parlour (567 Queen Street, West, Toronto) – 8pm!

This year the TIMA’s are celebrating a decade of supporting independent music! For further information on TIMA please go to

For tickets please go to: General admission tickets will be available on September 1st!

Tonya is gearing up to release her brand new single – “Amazing” (Jamie Warren will be the familiar voice you will here in this heart-felt song) from her forthcoming album to be released in 2015. Once again Tonya is working in the studio with the very talented Rick Hutt! The single will be released to radio in October!
For further information on Tonya Kennedy please go to:

– Diamonds In The Rough Showcase
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We are now on countdown to Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta! And we are pleased to have two of our future super stars this year at the Diamonds in The Rough Showcase put on by Angie Morris (Sirroma Enertainment). This well attended event is being held once again at the Marriott Courtyard Lounge.

Wednesday, September 3rd, Dan Arnold ( will hit the stage in the 8:00pm to 9:00pm hour to perform. Since his debut single approximately a year ago, “God Bless Country Girls” which charted on Trax and his current single “The Hard Way”, Dan is definitely one of the new breed of male country artists to keep an eye on!

Friday, September 5th, Brea Lawrenson ( will host the event beginning at 2:30pm and will also be performing throughout the evening. Brea is currently charting on Trax (#74) with her latest – “Hell On High Heels”. Brea has consistently been charting with her music over the last year! Earlier in August this year, Brea was one of the lucky Final 8 to perform at the Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase!

If you are attending Country Music Week this year, please make sure you get out and check out these two great talents! If you are interested in interviewing Dan or Brea during this time – please let us know!

And a huge thanks to Angie Morris and Sirroma Entertainment for making these opportunities available to all the indies!

-Recently Released Singles
Amelia Marcus Releases new single “TAKE ME BACK”
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Written by: Megan Connor / Jon Nite / Matt Nolen
2 Parts CANCON
Available on DMDS – Monday, August 11th

Born and raised in the small farming community of Bothwell, Ontario, Amelia began singing at the age of 4 alongside her dad while he played the keyboard. To this day, her favourite time is when she spends time singing and playing alongside her dad. The youngest of 3 girls, she grew up singing in her church choir. Amelia also plays the drums, guitar and piano. “Take Me Back” is the title track of her debut album (which she co-wrote 4 of the songs and one of those with the late great Larry Wayne Clark).

Please have a look at her video for “Take Me Back”
For further information on Amelia Marcus please go to

Robyn Ottolini releases “OPEN DOORS & FAIRY TALES”
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Writers: Robyn Ottolini / Mike Leaver
4 Parts CANCON
Released on Tuesday, August 5th VIA DMDS
Also available via mp3 / wav

Robyn Ottolini returns to radio with the title track to her soon to be released debut CD “Open Doors & Fairy Tales”!
Since her last release (Little Back Road) to radio, Robyn has graduated from high school and has been busy writing, performing in her hometown of Uxbridge, Ontario and recently taped a segment for a Cogeco TV country music special that will air in the fall.
Songwriting is the magic in Robyn’s heart and she writes songs with a seasoned eloquence beyond her years. She has a fascination with the ocean and believes like people ‘what you see on the surface is different than what is underneath’. Her lyrics reflect her unique view of the world.

Robyn has made the semi-finals for this years Magna Hoedown ShowdownTalent Competition! These will take place on Saturday, September 6 at the Aurora Ribfest (Machell Park, Aurora, ON) – we wish her all the best!

“I’ve been looking for open doors – searching for fairy tales. Turning over every rock and stone, but the wind won’t catch my sails. I know times get tougher now, but that don’t mean I’m slowing down. Who is fate to draw my lines – I’m following sunshine.”

Let the magic begin!

For more information on Robyn Ottolini please go to:

For interviews with any of the above please contact:
289-252-0351 /

Open Letter to Venue owners and managers
Dear venue owners and managers,

You may have noticed a decline in attendance, lower quality of music, and generally unappreciative performers. I feel your pain and have some suggestions for you so that you get the highest quality of music, more attendance, and happiness in your life.

We professional musicians–the humble, the great–know we are servants.
We bring joy and soul to the darkest corners of downtown, and then shlep our axes through the back alleys.

Pay us.

That’s right! Monetary compensation for a service which we have trained for years to be able to provide. Some of us even went to school to better understand the magic that we bring. Do you understand how disheartening it is to watch the doorman go home with most of our cover?

Weed out the amateurs. We don’t mind.

Don’t feel you should pay lower quality musicians? We agree! Take a little time to make sure your acts are the real deal. Feel free to listen to the music. Look at our resumes. You are a curator.

Have a decent PA system.

If we bring our own PA, it might not be the best kind for your specific venue. We want to sound our best so people are comfortable STAYING. You want that too.

Feed us.

Musicians shouldn’t have to spend money to stay standing at a gig. It is common courtesy to provide food.

Don’t give us “drink tickets”.

It’s like giving an allowance to a 23 year old. It’s patronizing to
1) be paid in beer (Is that how you pay your bartenders?) and
2) have you assumed we are gluttonous drunks.

Promote us.

We will do our fair share of promo, but unless you want us to only bring our friends and family (half of which will want to be on the guest list and none of which will return without us), do a little work. Get us on your website calendar (with a picture, mini-bio, and link to our website). Put up our flyer in your bathroom.

We have fans, but the steady working musician can’t be expected to bring them to every gig. I’m sure there are fans of your venue. Bring them out! What’s more, if you can build a reputation for always having amazing musicians, people won’t even care who is playing. They will show up.

Stop offering us “exposure”.

To what are you exposing us? Our own fans who we painstakingly convinced to come support us? Unless you have a large, built-in audience (e.g. a festival) that is there to see what great new act you have procured, “exposure” means nothing to us. NOTHING. (And if you are running a festival, you should be paying musicians anyway because that’s probably why people are there.)

Okay, take a deep breath. You are probably pretty angry right now and want to switch to Pay-to-Play just to spite us (if you haven’t already). We know that you are running a business. We are too. You need to make a profit. There are expenses. And unless you are happy with a noob garage band who will trash your lovely establishment or drink until horizontal because that is their only payment, we are one of those expenses. You have a right to expect excellence. We WANT to provide you with quality entertainment. We WANT people to keep ordering food and drink all night so they stay and watch us. We WANT to build a rapport with you. So please stop pushing us away by making gigging a miserable experience.

Treat us well and we will be your bards, your court jesters, and your geisha.

Because, remember, when you are counting on word of mouth, we hold the microphone.

With love,
A Working Class Musician

Canadian Songwriter Event in Nashville

Call for Canadian Songwriters and early announcement of our annual Canadian Songwriter Event – October 25th in Nashville, TN. The Headliners will be announced in the coming weeks…so be on the lookout for that announcement.

Welcome my friends north of the border and those who now live here in Nashville and other parts unknown. I am so excited to pass along the 1st of several emails leading up to our event. We had over 30 Canadian songwriters in 2013. Here are some details / logistics for the event:

  • You must reply to this email to reserve a spot in the lineup.
  • If you want to be in a round (of 4) with your buddies, let me know who you want to play in your line up.
  • Doors will open at 5:30 PM and music will start at 6:00 PM and will conclude at 11:00 PM – 5 hours of music.
  • With so many wanting to play we have to limit each songwriter or duo to 2 maybe 3 songs – a total of 15 minute each
  • Songwriters will introduce themselves briefly and play 2 songs back to back
  • I am asking that all songwriters try to arrive before the music begins to help support the earlier rounds and to have time to grab a bite to eat, etc. Nobody likes to good first, but someone has to, so come early and support your fellow songwriters.
  • This is a potluck / bring a covered dish to share event. Consider it dinner, so whatever you would normally spend on dinner, spend on something to bring and share. Chips/dip is not a covered dish. We furnish dessert and bring your own drink. BEER is furnished
  • If you need a piano, I have one just let me know and I will have it available.
  • After you play, or before you play, please move your guitar back to your car…to help with limited space. The Master Bedroom is our GREEN Room for prep before playing…please be prepared to take your seat as quickly as possible.
  • This is your event. Please spread the word to as many people as possible. We have had over 100 people flow through our house on any given night. Have people send a confirming email to me at

We are taking donations at the door from all who attend including you songwriters who are able togive. All money collected will be given to the Toronto Chapter NSAI to help expand the Tin Pan North event held in Toronto in May.

No spiked heels (Chase, Paul…did you hear me no spiked heels) WEAR SOMETHING RED!

FRIDAY NIGHT MEET & GREET – Come join us on Friday October 24th at 3rd & Lindsley downtown starting at 5:30 PM…. Ron has reserved an entire balcony for us. So come and meet your fellow Canadians. Stay as long as you want. Please RSVP to me if you will join us. It should be a great event and a nice way to start your weekend.

Create an Exciting Event and They Will Come!!

Songwriter Event Details

  • All guests bring a covered dish to share and whatever you want to drink including
  • beer, wine, water, etc. Dessert is furnished.
  • 5:30 PM Doors opens and songwriters begin sound check.
  • 6:00 PM Songwriters who have pre-registered will begin to play
  • 9:30 PM Featured Songwriters Play
  • 11:00 PM Songwriters Finish
  • Songwriters sell and sign CD’s following the event
  • Cover Charge Cash Donations at the door
  • Special Notes:
  • State of the art BOSE L1 Model PA Sound System
  • Casual Dress – No Spike Heels
  • Wine/drink cups provided along with all plates and serving utensils
  • A microwave is available for warming food. No cooking.
  • Beer chest with ice is provided along with ice for drinks
  • Do not park on grass or block any driveways
  • Bring Cash – Songwriters usually have CD’s for sale

To RSVP send email to:

Directions to Our House

  • Terry & Wanda Seay 106 Clyde Circle Franklin, TN 37064
  • Home Phone 615 – 435 – 3010
  • Wanda Cell 757 – 513 – 4040 Terry Cell 703 – 628 – 4657


  • Take I-65 South from Nashville (15 minutes from I-440)
  • To Exit #61 – RT 248 Goose Creek ByPass / Peytonsville Road
  • Turn Left and cross over I-65 and continue on Peytonsville Road for . mile
  • Turn Left on Long Lane and Pass Ag/Expo Center—continue on around
  • Turn Left on Alfred Ladd Rd. at Entrance to “The Highlands at Ladd Park”
  • Continue down the hill make first left on Rich Road and immediate Right onto Wise Lane
  • Travel one block and make Right onto Clyde Circle – first house on right – 106
  • (Note: GPS may not find our house / location – use 126 Clyde Circle)

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Six-Time Canadian Country Music Week Songwriters’ Cafe Series Selected Performer including 2014

2013 Canadian Music Week STREET IDOL Winner

Winner of 10 International, National and Regional Songwriter Awards

“I was so impressed with David’s songwriting and great vocals… a fantastic singer and songwriter. We will definitely have him back …” Dauphin’s Countryfest

  • David Leask’s latest single ‘ONE SECOND LOOK’ is a fun, upbeat song about the joy of having someone open up a brand new world to you. David calls it “three chords and an epiphany”. With an infectious groove, cool instrumentation and lots of sing-along hooks, ‘ONE SECOND LOOK” was co-written with Debra Alexander and mixed by Grammy award winner Chad Carlson (Taylor Swift). In addition to David’s rich vocals and driving acoustic guitar, “ONE SECOND LOOK” features the instrumental talents of Justin Abedin (Beverley Mahood, Justin Hines) & Steve O’ Connor (Jim Cuddy Band).
  • Originally from Scotland, David is a multiple, international award-winning songwriter with Songwriters Magazine calling him, “the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner.” More than twenty years and 2000 gigs since moving from Scotland to Canada, Leask’s live performance of stories and songs has been honoured with the Mississauga Performing Artist of the Year Award. A gifted songwriting teacher, Leask has been a songwriting mentor in the schools and conducted numerous workshops on behalf of the Songwriters Association of Canada.
  • David has had his songs recorded by a variety of Canadian country music artists including
  • Marshall Dane, Jay Semko & Erin Haley and has upcoming cuts with The Kennedy Sisters, Alex Runions & Mandy Ringdal.
  • David is currently performing nationwide in support of “Underneath”, an exhilarating, genre-surfing journey that interweaves influences from both sides of the Atlantic and beautifully traverses rhythm and bluegrass, country and soul, roots and rock. Upcoming shows include Calgary & Edmonton AB, Toronto, Mississauga and Unionville ON and recent stops in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Visit for details.

For full bio here: For more info:

Dan McVeigh’s One Man Band and Trio are Back in Southern Ontario

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North of 49 Trio is back at the Army/Navy Club in Mississauga this Saturday night, Sept 6 at 9 PM. It’s located at 765 Third St (off Cawthra).

Good Brothers appearing this week at Purple Hill

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Item 8 K Photo J2This coming Sunday September 7th the much awarded, Hall of Fame Bluegrass act the Good Brothers will be entertaining at the Purple Hill Country Barn just outside of London Ontario. Purple Hill has been presenting an excellent country show once a month for years now. It’s always a sell out because both the food and the entertainment is top-notch.

This month it’s the legendary Good Brothers. Just back from their 35th tour of Europe these Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame legends will be delivering the goods.

The show starts at 2:00PM. The music is to live for and the roast beef dinner is to die for.

Visit : or call: 519-461-0538.

Opening the show will be the popular duo Caroline Danowski and Guy Melanson.