CCMA Songwriters' Series and In The Round

Masterclass Songwriters Announced for
2018 CCMA Songwriters’ Series and In The Round: Crossing Borders

Award-winning songwriters take to the stage to discuss their process and
the stories behind their chart-topping hits at Country Music Week events presented by ole

August 29, 2018 (Hamilton, ON) -- Taking place over the first three days of Country Music Week, the CCMA Songwriters’ Series presented by ole celebrates the craft behind songwriting, the greatest aspect of country music. With performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the acoustic performance event will see The Reklaws, Jason McCoy and Chad Brownlee host a long-list of artists as they share the stories behind the words they’ve become known for.

WHERE: The Studio (1 Summers Lane (Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2)

Session 1 - Thursday, September 6, 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Set 1
The Reklaws (Host)
Aaron Goodvin 
Danielle Ryan
Five Roses

Set 2
Genevieve Fisher
JJ and Ty Hunter
Meghan Patrick
Emily Reid

Session 2 - Friday, September 7, 4:45pm - 7:15pm

Set 1
Jason McCoy (Host)
Andrew Hyatt
Kalsey Kulyk

Set 2
David Borys
Karen Kosowski
Sons of Daughters

Session 3 - Saturday, September 8, 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Set 1
Chad Brownlee (Host)
Kelly Archer
Raquel Cole
The Redhill Valleys

Set 2
Damhnait Doyle
Mallory Johnson
Steven Lee Olsen
Shylo Sharity

Hosted by Ralph Murphy, the final acoustic event of Country Music Week, In The Round: Crossing Borders presented by ole, recognizes the ties that bond Canadian and American songwriters. Featuring one-time-only performances by masterclass songwriters Gord Bamford (Byron Hill, Phil O’Donnell, Buddy Owens), Phil Barton (Dustin Lynch, Cassadee Pope, Drake White, LoCash, Gord Bamford, High Valley, Chad Brownlee), Laura Veltz (Maren Morris, Eli Young Band, Chris Young, Trent Harmon) and Donovan Woods (Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, Charles Kelley, James Barker Band, Matt Andersen) this event is truly not to be missed.

WHEN: Sunday, September 9
1:30pm - 3:30pm

WHERE: The Studio (1 Summers Lane (Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2))   


Tickets to the CCMA Songwriters’ Series and In The Round: Crossing Borders, both presented by ole, are available for purchase via Ticketmaster through the links below. All tickets are available for purchase as of today.

Country Music Week 2018 will be held in Hamilton, Ontario, September 6 to September 9. For more information on Country Music Week, the Songwriters’ Series or In The Round: Crossing Borders please visit


About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2018 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Government of Ontario, City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton and the Hamilton, Halton and Brant Regional Tourism Organization.

About ole
ole is one of the world's foremost rights management companies with investments of over $550M in music intellectual property (IP).  Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and London, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management.  The ole catalog includes over 55,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres. Copyrights under ole's control include songs recorded by artists such: as the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Rihanna, Rush, Taylor Swift, and Timbaland.

ole controls substantial A/V music and secondary rights including catalogs from: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Entertainment One, MGM, Miramax, Nelvana, and Nu Image/Millennium, as well as an extensive production music library of over 750,000 tracks including: JINGLE PUNKS, Cavendish MUSIC, 5 ALARM MUSIC, MusicBox, Nelvana Production Music, Auracle, and Cue.  In September 2016, ole acquired rights management company COMPACT MEDIA – which manages Audio-Visual Secondary Rights for more than 700 clients around the world – in a major deal that furthers ole's commitment to delivering leading-edge IP rights management services across the globe.

ole is committed to the creative development of its 150+ staff songwriters, legacy writers, and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client catalogs.  Current ole writers include: Timbaland, Tyler Farr, Chris Janson, Josh Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Jeremy Stover, Phil O'Donnell, Jordan Davis, and Ian Thornley.  ole has ongoing ventures with Last Gang Publishing, Roots Three Music, Jackoby Publishing, and most recently, ole-Bluestone Publishing, ole's venture with global hitmaker, Timbaland.  ole's legacy catalogs and writers include: Rush, Max Webster, Coney Hatch, and Ian Thomas.

ole also operates a robust label services arm under the umbrella of ole label group.  The division includes: anthem, the label home of: Rush, Big Wreck, Ian Fletcher Thornley, Steven Page and The Tea Party; anthem LEGACY, which houses legendary catalogues by such artists as: Stompin' Tom Connors, Max Webster, Lighthouse and Ian Thomas, and red dot, which has released, developed and up-streamed artists including: Haley Reinhart, George Canyon, Austin Jenckes, Josh Dorr, Sam Grow, Maddison Krebs and Jordan Davis.

ole digital is a full YouTube MCN partner for all media with over 17 billion views across publishing, masters and A/V to date.

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