The CCMA invites any members in good standing to submit industry relevant information by the 18th of each month for consideration and
inclusion in this newsletter. As such, any news or statements presented in this part of the newsletter are not necessarily representative of and/or
endorsed by the CCMA. Send your news items for inclusion to email@example.com.
500 Prairie Artists to Invade Ottawa
The prairies are taking over the nation's capital this spring. Five hundred artists from all disciplines will be in Ottawa for Prairie Scene, a
celebration and showcase of arts and culture from Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Running April 28 - May 8, this is the National Arts
Centre's fifth Scene event in a series that launched in 2003 with Atlantic Scene.
In addition to concerts and events open to the general public, Prairie Scene also offer a chance for 70 national and international presenters to
discover the best of Prairie culture, creating new performance opportunities for Prairie artists across the country and around the world.
For more information on Prairie Scene, visit www.prairiescene.ca.
AWME Showcase Applications Online
Over 400 high profile local and international music representatives from some of the world's leading festivals, record labels, booking agencies and
arts organizations will be making their way once again to Melbourne, Australia, November 17 - 20, 2011 for the fourth annual
Australasian World Music Expo (AWME).
Artist showcase applications are now available through the AWME website at www.awme.com.au or through
BC Country Music Association Announces Inductees for 2011 Hall of Fame Show
The British Columbia Music Association is proud to announce its inductees for the 2011 Hall of Fame Show: Jess Lee, Cheryl Homan, Larry Wayne Clark,
Kenny Shaw, Patti Mayo, Ted Farr, Melvina White, Irene Butler, Dee Lippingwell and Bryan Pickering.
The contributions of these inductees were, and are, paramount to the ongoing tradition and success in all areas of country music in B.C. The BCCMA is
thrilled to have the opportunity to bring you a show honouring these pioneers in an old style radio show format hosted by the timeless sounds, and top
notch playing of The High Bar Gang (Angela Harris, Barney Bentall, Colin Nairne, Eric Reed, Rob Becker, Shari Ulrich, Wendy Bird).
For more information, visit www.bccountry.com.
Broadsask Radio Wants Your Music
The newest internet radio station in the world is sending out a call for submissions! Attention all musicians who live in or hail from Saskatchewan…
Broadsask Radio is committed to promoting musicians who live in or are from Saskatchewan, no matter their age, gender or culture. With non-stop music,
three short daily talk shows and a music video of the month, you're gonna' be glued to their website!
Submit your music today (in ANY language) by visiting their submission guidelines at www.broadsaskradio.ca and don't forget to search for them on Facebook "Broadsask Radio" and
"Like" Boardsask Radio.
Canadian Radio Programmers Celebrate Release of New Single with Martina McBride
Canadian radio programmers Steve Kassay (Program Director, KX96 Oshawa/Toronto) and Mark Patric (Music Director, 93.7 JRfm Vancouver), attended a very
exclusive party at Martina McBride's house in Nashville during CRS, to celebrate the upcoming release of McBride's new single, her first for label the
Republic Nashville label.
Left to Right: Steve Kassay (KX96), Martina McBride, Mark Patric (93.7 JRfm),
Brad Turcotte (International Director of Marketing, Big Machine Label
CIMA Names New President
The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Johnston as its new President. Johnston assumed this position on March 7, 2011.
Stuart Johnston arrives at CIMA with a vast array of experience in association management, policy and government relations issues. As Vice President of Policy and
Government Relations with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Stuart was responsible for liaising with members of the provincial government and Ontario
business leaders as well as responding to policy priorities in finance and taxation, intellectual property rights, transportation and infrastructure,
borders and trade, education, and energy issues.
Cliff Dumas Honoured by the Academy Of Country Music
It was recently announced by the Academy of Country Music that Cliff Dumas, along with Brooks and Tori (Cliff and Brooks on KSON) were named ACM major
market Radio personalities of the year. This news came as a wonderful validation of great work by a terrific team. Congratulations!
Connect with the Industry at Munite.net
Munite.net is designed with the purpose to help discover musical talent, as well as connect industry professionals with agents, labels, promoters and
managers. The site provides an arena to facilitate partnerships, build communities, source talent in a multitude of musical genres, as well as " Fortify" and "Strengthen" relationships with meaningful purpose. Whether your talent is singing, playing the guitar, bass, or drums; a
musician, band, lyricist, or DJ, Munite provides the essential platform and sets the stage, allowing you to take your career to the next level.
To learn more, visit www.munite.net.
Countryfest Finalizes 2011 Line-up!
Billy Currington and Joe Nichols will play Countryfest 2011! Weekend passes are still available but are going fast (please note that the early bird
discounted pricing ends April 29). With other acts such as Toby Keith, Eric Church, Deric Ruttan, Johnny Reid and more confirmed to play this July long weekend it's going to be a weekend you won't want to miss!
Visit www.countryfest.ca for ticket details.
ECMA Music Award Gala tickets are now on sale!
The 2011 Charlottetown ECMA Gala Awards Show will take place on Sunday April 17th, 8 pm at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Homburg Theatre.
Seating is very limited. To purchase your tickets go to www.ecma.ca, or visit the Confederation
Centre Box office in Charlottetown.
The Awards Show will be streamed live to the Satellite Party in the Delta Ballroom. Tickets to the Satellite party are available via ecma.ca (click
'Buy Tickets' on right hand side of homepage)
Exclusive Showcase Night for CMAO Members as Part of Country Music Week® 2011
The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) has entered into a partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association®, and will produce and
present a night of showcasing exclusively featuring Ontario based CMAO members that will take place on Thursday, September 8 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Ontario country music artists/groups interested in performing at this prestigious event will be required to make a submission to the CMAO. The
selection process will be made by a group of music industry professionals and all those who submit for consideration will be given a full and complete
assessment. The submission form is available on-line at www.cmaontario.ca. Deadline for submissions is Friday
June 24th. Only those artists/groups that are members in good standing with the CMAO are eligible to apply. Those selected to showcase will
be notified by Monday August 1, 2011.
For further information contact: Barry Haugen, 416-930-6400;
email firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather Ostertag, 416-757-1964
Help Unison Benevolent Fund Build Safety Net for Canadian Music Industry
A group of Canadian music industry veterans and artists have been working for the past two years to develop Unison Benevolent Fund, a long-overdue
assistance and referral program for and by the music industry that is currently fundraising and building awareness. The company expects to be active in
2011, but needs the help of everybody in the industry in order to make it work. It takes a community to support a community, and only with help can
Unison work towards an even stronger and better supported Canadian music industry.
How you can help:
- Register now at www.unisonfund.ca to get updates on Unison's progress, and to join the
growing list of Canadians in support of this critical initiative.
- Spread the word - link www.unisonfund.ca on your website, send a blurb (link to a blurb on the site) to your mailing list. Help build the base.
- Raise some money - hold a fundraising event, donate a dollar from each concert ticket, instrument, CD or T-shirt you sell, have a collection
box at your shows, and so on
For more information, visit www.unisonfund.ca.
LeAnn Rimes to replace Sara Evans at Big Valley Jamboree
Panhandle Productions regrets to announce that Sara Evans has cancelled her appearance at Big Valley Jamboree on July 29, 2011. LeAnn Rimes has stepped
up and will be taking over as one of the feature artists that weekend. LeAnn will be appearing on Friday, July 29.
For a complete list of performers as well as ticket and camping information, please visit www.bigvalleyjamboree.com, or phone 1.888.404.1234.
Manitoba Singer/Songwriters Up For International Songwriting Prize
Several Manitoba singer/songwriters are finalists and semi-finalists in this year's prestigious International Songwriting Competition.
Jaylene Johnson's song "Handsome," co-written with Winnipeg-based producer/songwriter Chris Burke-Gaffney and Halifax-based sister act The Keats, is a finalist in
the country category. Johnson's song "Joy," co-written with fellow Winnipegger Arun Chaturvedi, is also a semi-finalist. Last year, two of Johnson's works were in
the finals. Johnson also co-wrote The Keats' song "Give Me A Ring," which is up for an East Coast Music Award, and
contributed to Eagle & Hawk's Juno-nominated album, The Great Unknown.
MCMA Artist Showcase
Join the Manitoba Country Music Association for an evening of country music sponsored by the CCMA. Featuring artists such as Hurricane Jenny, Jason
Kirkness, Kayla Luky and Jason Petric, the MCMA Showcase will take place on Thursday April 28, 2011from 8pm to 12am inside the Canad Inns Destination
Centre Windsor Park, with tickets available at the front desk for $6.00.
Visit www.manitobacma.com for more information.
Music Industry Associations Present United Front on Bill C-32
The Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA), representing more than 8,000 members, has prepared a position paper on the proposed
amendments to Bill C-32. CCMIA Chair J.P. Ellson spoke to the House of Commons Committee reviewing the proposed amendments in Ottawa earlier this month
to address this important issue affecting all Canadian music creators. Members of CCMIA hope that elected officials from all political parties
diligently pursue fair, reasonable and contemporary copyright protection, as it is essential for artists to compete on a global basis.
The CCMIA position paper includes five main points to balance consumers' desire for access to copyrighted works, while providing fair remuneration to
copyright owners and creators.
Visit www.amia.ca for details
Songwriter's Stage at Ecofest in Barrie
The Barrie Folk Society will be hosting the Songwriter's Stage at Ecofest Barrie, June 11 and 12, 2011. Artists may apply to perform
45 minute sets of original material or to be part of a "in the round" style workshop. Application deadline is April 15, 2011.
For more information, visit www.barriefolk.com.
Team Craven Poster Contest Returns!
Be a part of the Craven Country Music Festival and enter for your chance to win fantastic prizes! By helping to distribute Craven Country Jamboree posters in your community, you could win a backstage experience at the 2011 Craven Country Jamboree or
other great prizes!
The Craven Country Jamboree will mail out the posters. All you have to do is put them up in high traffic locations (staff will provide a list of
suggestions and restrictions) and send a list of locations and photos for verification. Posters must be hung and distribution lists submitted by the
deadline on April 1, 2011 to be eligible for prizes.
For more information, visit www.cravencountryjamboree.com.
Terry Sumsion Passes Away
Country music legend Terry Sumsion passed away peacefully at the age of 64, surrounded by his loving family, at the Stedman Community Hospice on
Saturday March 26th, 2011. Family & friends will be received at the Keith Ovington Funeral Home, 134 King Street, Burford on Wednesday from 7-9
p.m., and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 181 King Street, Burford on Friday, April 1, 2011 at
1:00 p.m. Interment Harley Cemetery.
Terry's fondest wish was to assist a local student with a love of music to further their musical dreams. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Terry Sumsion Musical Scholarship Fund or the Stedman Community Hospice.
WCMA and BreakOut West Submissions Open March 1
Submissions for the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards & BreakOut West Festival opened on March 1, 2011 and will close Friday April 15, 2011.
Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of BreakOut West 2011 in breath-taking Whitehorse, Yukon from October 20 -23. After the
unprecedented success of BreakOut West 2010 in Kelowna BC, this year's 3-day workshop conference, 2-day showcase festival, the Western Canadian Music
Awards Gala and Industry Awards Brunch are sure to create some noise up north!
Visit www.breakoutwest.ca for more information.
Winnipeg Folk Festival - Young Performers
Applications for the 2011 Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 6 to 10, 2011)
Galaxie Young Performers Program are now available online . Open to emerging musicians aged 14 to 24, the program offers a day of workshops and mentoring with professional musicians performing at the festival
and a chance to perform on-stage at the 2011 Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Visit www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca for details.