On June 12, 2011, I was elected to the CMAO Board of Directors. At that time, I had a conversation with several of the Directors about what will be an incredible achievement for the organization; they all stated that putting together an award show to show off the incredible talent in Ontario would be a great achievement, but it was something that could realistically be accomplished in 4 years, as the organization was in the start-up phase. It’s now May 2013, and in a few weeks on May 27, 2013, the CMAO will be hosting its first Awards to show to celebrate Ontario country music.
The ability to make the awards show a reality in a two year time span clearly shows you how much the Board of Directors truly cares about this community. This awards show process has truly humbled me. Not only have I had the chance to work with really cool and passionate people at the CMAO, but I have been enriched by the opportunity to absorb what some of our members have to offer.
As many of you know by now, we have expanded the final nominees in each category to ten (10). This recommendation was made by the nomination committee and approved by the Board of Directors, due to the incredible level of response from the community. Although many artists did not make the final list, I’m confident in saying that some of these people who did not make the list are going to be stars sooner than later. It’s really impressive to see so much talent.
The CMAO has planted the seed for creating an annual celebration of Ontario country music and making country music matter in Canada’s most populous province, but it’s up to all members, fans and industry people to make it a smashing success. Therefore, I encourage all of you to spread the word, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter @theCMAO, but most importantly visit www.cmaontario.ca and buy your award show tickets before we sell out. I hope to see you there.