Ottawa Announced as Host City for the 2019 CMAOntario Festival & Awards
October 2, 2018 (TORONTO)
2019 will mark the debut of the CMAOntario Festival and Awards in the nation’s capital. Announced today by the Country Music Association of Ontario, the annual three-day fête will take over various venues in Ottawa from June 14-16, 2019 to celebrate the best in Ontario country music.
“Ottawa has been a proven market for country music, with both a burgeoning live music scene and a continued demand for the genre,” said CMAOntario President Steve Kassay. “We feel that the city is the next natural choice as we continue to extend the CMAOntario Awards celebrations throughout the province and engage our member communities. As an Ontario-wide association, we have also been cognizant of the growing sector and popularity of Franco-Ontario country artists. The move to Ottawa gives the association an opportunity to bridge relations with this sector, share significant resources, contacts and industry intelligence with a large portion of our membership whose roots are here, while at the same time opening the doors to discovery for Ontario country artists.”
Country music fans will have the opportunity to applaud their favourite country artists and experience close interactive performances by some of the top names in Ontario country music throughout the weekend. Festivities will culminate with the 7th Annual CMAOntario Awards on Sunday, June 16th at National Arts Centre.
Additional details regarding participants, performers and ticket availability will be announced in the coming weeks.
The CMAOntario Awards and R2I TuneUp Conference are presented by Slaight Music with support from Ontario Creates.
Friday, June 14 CMAOntario Charity Softball Challenge
Songs & Stories: Songwriters in the Round
Saturday, June 15 New Faces Showcase & Concert
R2I TuneUp Conference
Sunday, June 16 R2I TuneUp Conference
About CMAOntario: In 2007, Rob MacArthur and founding patron Linda Wright together with a number of key industry professionals founded the Country Music Association of Ontario. The Association’s mandate is to foster the growth and development of Ontario’s country music and its industry, provincially, nationally and internationally. The CMAOntario has hosted six annual Awards Shows and five two-day Road to Independence educational conferences with the generous assistance of presenting sponsor Slaight Music and support of Ontario Creates. www.cmaontario.ca
About Slaight Music:
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. We work with artists from across the country and across the musical spectrum, helping to further careers and get great music heard. We’re also invested in the technology sphere, helping Canadian music entrepreneurs develop the next generation of digital platforms and services. And, we support a variety of music-related events, causes and charities. www.slaightmusic.com
About Ontario Creates: Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC) is a provincial agency that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors. www.ontariocreates.ca
Ontario Créatif (anciennement la SODIMO) est un organisme provincial qui encourage le développement économique, les investissements et la collaboration au sein des industries de la création de l’Ontario, notamment dans les secteurs de la musique, de l’édition de livres et de revues, du cinéma et de la télévision, et des produits multimédias interactifs numériques. www.ontariocreates.ca/accueil.htm