Performers Announced For The 2016 CMAO Awards


(Toronto, ON) – On May 30th, country stars Jason Blaine, The Road Hammers, Tebey and Tim Hicks will transform the Flato Markham Theatre in Markham, Ontario into an epicenter for live country music.  
The 4th annual presentation of the CMAO Awards, presented by Slaight Music, will recognize artists across 14 different categories, while music fans will be treated to an incredible night of performances from some of Ontario’s top country talent and rising stars. Confirmed performers include: Autumn Hill, Cold Creek County, Genevieve Fisher, Jessica Mitchell, Leah Daniels, Meghan Patrick, River Town Saints, Runaway Angel and Tianna Woods. Returning host Jason McCoy will engage the audience solo and accompanied by his band mates The Road Hammers for a special live collaboration with Tim Hicks. The Western Swing Authority takes the reins as the show’s house band to keep the music flowing all night. More performers to be confirmed.
Tickets for the 2016 CMAO Awards are $59.98 plus taxes and applicable service charges and are available for purchase now online at 

The CMAO Awards are preceded by the third edition of the CMAO R2I (Road to Independence) Spring Tune Up Conference, featuring a two-day program of learning, networking and showcasing on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2016, at the Edward Village Hotel (formerly the Delta Markham) in Markham. Programming will cover: artist management and development, talent booking, funding and grant programs, digital distribution and streaming, revenue sources and financial management, social and on-line tools, music partnerships and cross-promotions, and songwriting demonstrations and techniques.  

Attendees of the conference will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look into an artist’s career and hear first-hand the stories that inspired some of today’s top hits. On Sunday night, an industry selection of Ontario’s emerging artists will take the stage at the New Faces Showcase.
Confirmed speakers for the CMAO R2I Spring Tune Up Conference include: Brian Hetherman (Music Ontario), Stefanie Purificati (United Talent Agency – UTA), Joel Baskin (The Feldman Agency), Paul Shaver (Open Road Recordings / RGK Entertainment), Keely Kemp (CultureCap), Jeff Hayward (FACTOR), Mark Watts (Ontario Media Development Corporation), Ashley Sperling (Cadence Music), Geoff Kulawick (Linus Entertainment), Georges Tremblay (Believe Digital), Kevin Goodman (FRC Marketing), Janis Nixon (RISE), Andres Mendoza (Cuto), Sam Arraj (CW Partners), Paul Sanderson (Sanderson Law), Jay Abraham (Jay Abraham Accounting), Chris Case (Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers), Rona Birenbaum (Caring for Clients), Pete Walker (Durham Radio), Steve Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons), Brian Allen (AMPLUS Productions), Kyle Merkley (Arpix Media), Jason Blaine (Artist), Aaron Pritchett (Artist) and Doug Oliver (Cold Creek County).
Full details, including times, seminar topics and confirmed panelists for each R2I session will be announced on the CMAO website in the coming weeks. Conference passes for the CMAO’s R2I Spring Tune Up Conference are available now for $75 each plus taxes and service charges. Joint tickets for the 2016 CMAO Awards and Conference are also available now and are priced at $125.00 each plus taxes and service charges. Two-day conference passes and combo passes are available for purchase on the CMAO website at

The CMAO Awards and R2I Spring Tune Up Conference are presented by Slaight Music and made possible by the Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Ontario Music Fund.

The CMAO thanks all of our sponsors: Slaight Music, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), ACTRA RACS, Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), Canadian Country Spotlight, Cithara Guitars, CW Partners, Durham Radio (KX Country), Fielding Wine, Havelock Jamboree, HMV Canada, Lucknow’s Music in the Fields, Metalworks Studios, Nielsen Music, The Remington Group, Republic Live – Boots & Hearts Festival, Skelton Truck Lines Ltd., SOCAN, Spring Tree Farm and Warner Music Canada. 

About The CMAO:
The CMAO was formed in 2007 by Rob MacArthur, founding patron Linda Wright, and a number of interested and enthusiastic individuals who thought it was time to have a voice for country music in Ontario. The Association brings talent and industry professionals together. Its mandate is to foster and support the growth and development of Ontario’s country music and its industry; provincially, nationally and internationally. The CMAO has now hosted three annual Awards Shows with the assistance of presenting sponsor Slaight Music. These sold-out events featured performances from Ontario’s top talent, including: Jason McCoy, Deric Ruttan, Jason Blaine, Tim Hicks, Tebey, Autumn Hill, Small Town Pistols, Michelle Wright, Marshall Dane and many more. The CMAO is also proud to have presented two highly successful two-day Road to Independence   (R2I) educational conferences, with the financial contribution of the OMDC and presenting sponsor Slaight Music.
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.
About OMDC:
Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.

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