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Left to Right: Mike Denney, Michelle Wright, Amy Aust, Brian Allen

There are some things that just go together well – like beer and country. Sure, we can all come up with a song or two that refers to the popular beverage, but a music industry crash course in a brewery? Huh?

On Saturday January 25th, it actually happened. The CMAO held another in its popular Seminar and DemoRama series at the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario. The brewery’s very tastefully appointed event room was the scene for a day of inside info from Mike Denney (MDM Recordings), Heather Ostertag (former CEO of Factor and Past President of the CMAO), Aideen O’Brien (Director of Music Publishing and Music Supervision at eOne), Amy Aust (Assistant Program Director and On-Air Personality at KICX 106), Ron Porter (Director of Copyright at CMRRA), and Ontario’s Queen of Country, the legendary Michelle Wright. On the first panel of the day, attendees heard all about how the money flows in music. On the second panel, the topics wove their way through career building and the team effort that goes into it.

Between Panels 1 and 2, the audience learned about the good work of the Unison Benevolent Fund via a special presentation from the Fund’s Executive Director, Sheila Hamilton. By the way – the CMAO is a passionate supporter of the Unison Benevolent Fund; a valuable safety net for the music community. Go to to learn why their work is so important… any of us might need it some day.

Left to Right: Mike Denney, Michelle Wright, Aideen O’Brien, Brian Allen

In the afternoon, DemoRama time! Attendees had an opportunity to have a recording of their songs played for the audience and enjoy the benefit of helpful comments from Mike, Aideen and Michelle.

The audience response to the day’s program was overwhelmingly positive – all the panellists were articulate and informative, but there was no doubt that the presence of Michelle Wright was the highlight for many. She graciously spent time with everyone who wanted a chance to talk with her.

And as a bonus – this writer confesses to witnessing more than a few attendees leaving the building with their purchases of some of the brewery’s delicious products! Our heart-felt thanks go to Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery for their invaluable assistance. And we just have to thank our radio station partners: KICX 106 and KX96, for their generous advertising support.

Stay tuned to our facebook page and coming editions of this newsletter for your chance to attend a CMAO seminar event near you!