IN THIS ISSUE

  1. NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  2. IMPORTANT CCMA DEADLINES
  3. BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE CCMA WITH WARREN COPNICK
  4. THE CCMA EXPOSED – Industry vs. Public
  5. PARTNERS IN PERSPECTIVE – Canadian Music Week
  6. ON THE HORIZON WITH DREW GREGORY
  7. COUNTRY CARES
  8. EAST/WEST
  9. MESSAGE FROM THE MEMBERS
  10. DMDS TOP 5 COUNTRY DOWNLOADS

Canadian Country Music Association
March 2012 Newsletter

NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Don GreenGood day.

I hope everyone is enjoying the spring season.

We were deeply saddened this month to receive the last edition of Country Music News. For the past 32 years, this monthly source of news was a must read for many in the business. Among other things, Larry’s sharing of his vast wealth of information over the years has been invaluable to the CCMA. We are honoured to have Larry as an inductee in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. We will miss our monthly Country Music News publication as well as the Country Music News team being a part of our annual Country Music Week. Thank you Larry and Joanne for your tireless dedication and passion for country music; we wish you all the best.

It is the time of year for many of our members to renew their CCMA membership. Please remember that your membership must be renewed by April 30 for you to have voting rights for the 2012 CCMA Awards balloting process. For more details, please see the deadline section below.  

We will say good-bye to Brandy Whelan on March 30 as she starts her planned one year maternity leave (baby is due mid-April). We will all miss her here in the CCMA office and wish her, fiance Cody, and their baby girl all the best... but we know that they will stay in touch throughout her leave.

On that note, Morgan Ritcey will be joining the CCMA full-time on a 7 month contract starting mid-April. A recent Graduate of the Music Business Management Program at Durham College, Morgan has been interning two days a week with us the past 7 months. Kayla Tinson will also be joining us for the summer for two days a week. Kayla is also a recent graduate of the Music Business Management Program at Durham College . We are excited to have both on the CCMA team this year.

We are well into the 2012 CCMA Showcase submissions process for both the CCMA New Artist Showcase and the CCMA Songwriters’ Café spots at PotashCorp Country Music Week this September in Saskatoon, SK. More information can be found below under the important deadline section or online at www.ccma.org.

Thank you to all those who were able to attend our reception in Nashville last month during the annual Country Radio Seminar week. We appreciate the continual support and were glad to see the many Canadian artists, songwriters, industry and Hall of Fame members who were able to come out to meet the CCMA Board of Directors.

On another note, The CCMA was recently honoured at the 14th Annual Tourism Hamilton Awards of Excellence, taking home awards in both the category of Large-Scale Event or Festival for Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc. (HECFI) and the award for best transportation at Country Music Week 2011.

As we are now less than 6 months away from our Country Music Week, you will start to see more communication from us outside of this monthly newsletter. Thank you in advance for being engaged.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
 
Don Green
Executive Director

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE CCMA WITH WARREN COPNICK

Warren CopnickIf there’s one individual you want on your side when braving the challenges of the country music industry, it’s Warren Copnick. His dedication to the CCMA make him an invaluable ally, so much so, that we're at a loss for words to describe the level of his commitment. But of course there is no task too difficult for Warren, who in three words lists his most defining traits as being, "Determined, passionate, bald" . . . we're sure he meant bold . . .

Despite his comical demeanour, Warren is quite serious about his involvement with the CCMA, reflecting, "It has been my pleasure to bring 22 years of major label experience to the CCMA board. It is those years of experience, best practices and people managing that I believe accompany me to the CCMA Board" Warren's expertise (and humour) are always appreciated when making difficult Board decisions.

If you've been around in the Canadian country music industry long enough, (and Warren has) you become very aware of the invaluable nature of associations like the CCMA. Warren's dedication to the CCMA is certainly not a new development: "I first became a member upon joining BMG Music Canada in 1990." As a prominent industry professional, Warren understands the importance of assisting the development of the industry through music associations.

Warren is certainly not short on amazing experiences; when the CCMA inquired as to the most exciting place his job has taken him, Warren's response was, "Wow that’s a tough question I have had the good fortune of going wonderful places as part of my job including Barbados, Bahamas, all over the United States and our wonderful country Canada;it has taken me to places with artists at the onset of their career. I remembering introducing NSYNC s first concert in Canada and driving Brad paisley from station to station in a rental car shortly after his first album release,to dealing with iconic artists such as Alabama, Brooks and Dunn, Annie Lennox, Alan Jackson and many many more. I will always be proud of where my efforts with my friend Carolyn Dawn Johnson’s releases on BMG took us: a wonderful place!"

As a not for profit association, staffed by only a handful of full-time employees, we could list the reasons we're grateful for Board members like Warren until our hair turns grey, but why does Warren think that the CCMA has gained so much from his unique expertise? "I hope that my efforts have been helpful in taking this organization to a place that is bigger and better; the CCMA Award show is truly a gem one that has huge upside and it has been my belief we can make it the premier award show in Canadian television", unlike his hairline, Warren's passion, determination and dedication to the CCMA and our appreciation for his efforts are certainly not receding.

ON THE HORIZON WITH DREW GREGORY

Drew GregoryPloughing the fields, harvesting crops, writing a hit single . . . it's all in a days work for Alberta native Drew Gregory. In fact, his innately impressive approach to singing, songwriting and simply serving up great music has been a part of his life since the earliest days of his rural upbringing, which Drew fondly recalls as being peppered with a large volume of influential music. Now, on the cusp of a breakthrough in his country career, Drew lists many artists among the most inspiring, "Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, all those artists who have a genuine love for the music and aren't in it for the money. Luke Bryan's farmer lifestyle and values are very relatable to me, also Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash."  As both an artist and a musician, Drew has a large wealth of country creativity to draw from.

Whether it's in his music or professional life, Drew has always pursued his goals with utmost volition; After all, anyone who studies geomatics as a post-secondary pursuit does not arrive their by accident. Although he's not positive of the motivating force behind this chosen field of study, Drew maintains that he has no regrets for the path he took. Deciding to focus his time and energies on music, although certainly a more challenging route to making a livelihood, was an easy decision for someone with so much ingrained, innate talent.

One thing that has undoubtedly helped Drew along the way to becoming an established country artist and songwriter are the connections and relationships that he's built along the way: "I go to Nashville every winter and have done so for the last four years." Perhaps what makes Drew's music so relatable is his own ability to relate to other people and places at every step of the creative process. "I've learned a lot from my experiences in Nashville and the knowledge and connections that I've gained from every encounter have been invaluable throughout the development of my career as an artist."

In addition to his influences, ambition and connections, Drew has another advantage as an original recording artist: his performance experience. When asked about his most memorable performance, Drew's response was, " the Country 105 contest at Ranchman's Cookhouse & Dancehall. I made it to the top six for the Rising Star Awards and took home the award for the best original song."  Drew's relatable songwriting and confident stage presence have earned him recognition across the country.

Of course to Drew, country music is more than just his musical genre of choice, it's his lifestyle of choice. "Farming is what I've been raised doing and a lot of the values of that lifestyle are embodied in the country genre." Like many Canadians, the country music genre resonates strongly with Drew through his rural lifestyle. With a schedule full of tour dates and the release of several new singles, it's clear that for Drew, country music is not only about a way of living, but it's also music worth living for.

Artist Biography

Drew was born and raised in the small farming town of Standard, Alberta about an hour outside of Calgary. Between working on the family farm and going to school he always enjoyed playing guitar. He became well known for showing up to every high school party with a guitar on his back.

In the years that followed High School, Drew attended SAIT, obtaining a degree in Geomatics. Spending a year in the field surveying, he realized this wasn't for him, setting off on a back packing trip to Australia in search of his future. Upon returning to his native farmland, he realized this is where he was meant to be, allowing him the time to pursue his love of music. "Once people heard I’d made a CD everyone started asking for one". This was the driving factor that lead Drew to make the decision of heading to Nashville. Within a month, he had his truck packed with some clothes and a guitar and made the long journey to Nashville.

Drew has since been back to Nashville frequently, spending the last three winters there recording one full length album, titled "Country Hurricane" and a four song EP titled "My Drunk Friends" which became everyone’s party album for the summer! Drew captivated everyone at the 2010 Country 105 Rising Star, making the finals and being the winning recipient for best original song for the title track "Country Hurricane". With the door swung open, Drew has had the opportunity to open for other artists and is rapidly becoming a favorite at local rodeos and events throughout Alberta.

Drew is thankful for the many stations that took the time to listen, and are playing his debut single "Lay It All Out There". Drew is excited about getting his music heard across Canada, and looks forward to meeting many of his new fans. Currently honing his writing skills, with anticipation of releasing his sophomore album in the near future. Keep your eyes and ears on Drew Gregory.....the future shines bright for this aspiring artist!

EAST/WEST

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 country@ccma.org.

Tommy Hunter Says Farewell

Canadian country singer Tommy Hunter played his last gig before an adoring hometown crowd on March 20, ending his career on his 75th birthday. The concert in London, Ont., came 66 years after his first appearance on a London stage – as a nine-year-old guitar player with dreams of being a singer. Hunter was a familiar companion to a generation of Canadians, coming into their living rooms Friday night with The Tommy Hunter Show, a country music variety show that ran 27 years on CBC, ending in 1992. Hunter showcased big stars like Johnny Cash and Gordon Lightfoot, and gave a break to young talent like Shania Twain and Garth Brooks. Among his finds was a youngster called Tom Harrington, who ended up making most of his career at CBC, most recently as co-host of Marketplace. He was just one of many Hunter fans who shared their memories of the singer known as “Canada’s country gentleman” at Tuesday's concert.

ACMA Fundraising Concerts

The ACMA will be hosting fundraising concerts in Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton over the next couple of months featuring the ACMA's 2011 Group of the Year - The Travelling Mabels, 2011 ACMA Female Artist of the Year - Tenille and 2011 ACMA Male Artist of the Year - Shane Chisholm all of whom, are scheduled to perform Tuesday, June 5 in Calgary for our Fundraising Concert. If you are an Industry Member of the ACMA and would like to perform at one or all of these events please contact Marcie Hanson ~ marcie@abcountrymusic.ca

Visit www.abcountrymusic.ca for more information and updates

BCCMA Songwriting & Music Business Seminar, April 14 & 15, 2012

Are you an aspiring songwriter looking to hone your skills? Are you looking for the opportunity to network with some new faces or possible co-writers? Get some valuable tips on both the writing of and the marketing of your songs? The BCCMA has the event for you! The registration deadline for this seminar, to be Held at Kamloops Convention Centre, is Monday, April 2nd. Registration fees are sponsored by Country 103 FM.

More information can be found at www.country103.ca or www.bccountry.com

Diamonds in the Rough Stage

Sirroma Entertainment would like to extend an invitation to any Canadian artists wishing to perform an acoustic set during the week of Sept 5 – 8 in Saskatoon, Sask. For consideration of a spot, please send basic press package to Sirroma Entertainment – Box 10147 Airdrie, AB T4A 0H5.  Press kit should include bio, photo, current CD, and contact info including website address, email address and phone number. Deadline to submit is April 30, 2012.

For any questions contact Angie Morris at sirroma@telus.net

Eli Young Band withdraws from Big Valley Jamboree Line Up

Panhandle Productions regrets to announce that due to personal matters with some of the band members, the Eli Young Band has withdrawn from the roster of performers scheduled to appear at the 20th Anniversary Edition of Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, AB from August 2-5, 2012.

The line-up of talent that will be on stage at BVJ this summer remains one of the most outstanding collection of entertainers that has ever been at Big Valley Jamboree in any year of the festival’s 20-year history.  Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and Toby Keith are the major headliners for this year’s edition of BVJ, and will be supported by many other major country music superstars.

The next wave of acts to be announced for BVJ 2012, including replacements for the Eli Young Band, will be announced on April 5, 2012.

For a complete list of prices, ticket and camping information, please call Big Valley Jamboree at 1.888.404.1234 or visit www.bigvalleyjamboree.com

Medicine Hat Song Contest

The Alberta Music Industry Association is holding a song contest in the City of Medicine Hat! Write and record a song and enter it for a chance to win $2000. Deadline for entries will be Friday, April 13 @ 4:00pm.
Please note, it can take up to 5 minutes for the form to go through. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, then your submission did not go through.

If you have any questions please contact Carly Klassen at carly@amia.ca or 1–800-465–3117

To Submit Your Song For the Contest visit:?https://abmusic.wufoo.com/forms/medicine-hat-song-contest/

Rascal Flatts Bring Exclusive Concert Experience To Movie Screens Across Canada

If you like Rascal Flatts, a rare treat is in store for you! The group will bring a special one-night exclusive concert experience to movie screens across Canada. The film will feature a special welcome message directly from the band to movie theater audiences, as well as an exclusive concert performance of the group's biggest hits along with new, never-before heard songs from their upcoming album "Changed". Additionally, fans will take a look in to the backstage experience featuring rare interviews with band members and never-before-seen access into the private lives of the trio, Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus. The film will conclude with a special Q&A session with the band featuring questions submitted in advance by their fans and movie theater audiences via social media networks. The movie will be shown at cinemas in Belleville, Brantford, Barrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Hamilton, Kingston, Lethbridge, London, Medicine Hat, Midland, Mississauga, Nanaimo, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peterborough, Prince George, Red Deer, Regina, Sarnia, Saskatoon, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Vernon, Victoria.

For more details check www.cineplex.com or call your local cinema.

Tourhub.ca

Planning your next Canadian tour? TourHub makes it easy with the largest venue database in Canada. Tourhub is an artist-powered tool that can be used to completely book and manage your next tour. It also generates a calendar of who’s touring in cities across Canada. It is powered by the CCMIA (Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations), and funded by MROC (The Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada) and FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings). By collecting and sharing venue and tour information, Tourhub will revolutionize the way bands in Canada plan their tours.

Bands, artists and managers who are members of Alberta Music or the other Canadian music industry associations will have access to a Canada-wide database of venues PLUS an array of tools to help them plan and manage their tours. The site is designed to allow artists to add new venues to grow the database, and information can be added to existing venues to keep it up to date. Tourhub is designed to go mobile, so once bands are on the road they will have all their tour details in one convenient place!

For more information, visit tourhub.ca

The CCMA Celebrates You!

The CCMA is proud of all of our members and their accomplishments and as such, we invite members in good standing to submit any industry relevant achievements for recognition. If you or a fellow CCMA member has had a success worth celebrating, we want to hear about it! Send your accomplishments to country@ccma.org.

DMDS TOP 5 COUNTRY DOWNLOADS

1. High Valley - Have I Told You I Love You Lately

2. Eric Church - Springsteen

3. Chad Brownlee - Smoke In The Rain

4. Luke Bryan - Drunk On You

5. Aaron Pritchett - I Want To Be In It With You

IMPORTANT CCMA DEADLINES

PotashCorp Country Music Week 2012 Showcase Applications Submissions Due March 30!

PotashCorp Country Music Week 2012 Showcase submissions have been posted online, so if you think you have what it takes to make an impression on a multitude of fans and prominent industry professionals, this is your opportunity to submit for a CCMA Showcase at PotashCorp Country Music Week in Saskatoon, SK. To submit your application before the deadline on March 30, visit www.ccma.org, but before you do so, check out the list of Showcase Shoulds and Should Nots below.

To wrangle a CCMA New Artist Showcase or Songwriters’ Cafe performance spot you must compete amongst hundreds of other applicants, making it all the more important to avoid mistakes and create an application that shines. You want your submission to be attention grabbing, yet professional and ultimately impress the judges. If you have any questions about the Showcase submission or selection process, please contact Alannah Cruickshank at acruickshank@ccma.org. Here are four ways to double or decrease your chances of making the cut:

Shoulds

Image
First impressions count! Hire a professional photographer, stylist and makeup artist; you don’t need to break the bank to do so. Once you have established an image, be consistent with it in your album art, website, promotional materials etc. Also, ensure that all files are in the correct format, i.e. jpg., mp3, etc.

Well-rounded Recordings
Nothing attracts a listener more than a great song! Have something powerful to say and do it in an original way with great hooks. Grab them emotionally and they won’t let go.

Vocal Ability
Let’s see what you’re made of. Select material that showcases your vocal strength and range.

Be Authentic
Show them something they haven’t seen - you! Play up your original songs or your unique voice. Be that breath of fresh country air they’ve been waiting for!

Should Nots

Low Quality Production on Recordings
Make them want to hear more! If the production quality on your recordings sounds weak, you are doing your talent and your songs a disservice. Don’t send in recordings you wouldn’t play to the public and in addition, ensure that they are in the correct format (mp3).

Unprofessional Photos
A picture is worth a thousand words and for some of you; this is your first introduction to key music industry professionals, look as successful as you sound!

Lengthy Bios
Less is more!  Make sure your biography is clear and concise. You should be able to describe yourself and your accomplishments in 50 words or less.

Songwriting Cliché’s
If you’ve heard that line a hundred times before, so have the judges!  Write from personal experience. To avoid clichés, start brainstorming to come up with new words that convey the same message.

CCMA Membership Deadline

It’s membership renewal time! If your membership is expiring this year, be sure to renew it before the deadline of April 30, 2012 to be eligible to vote for the 2012 CCMA Awards. Becoming a member of the CCMA is an integral step in the career of anyone involved in Canadian country music. Just ask any proud CCMA member and they'll tell you how valuable membership has been to their development within the industry:

"The CCMA has been a very important part in forwarding the career of Hey Romeo. We have been able to achieve our success through the exposure we receive from attending the CCMA event every year and of course winning Group of the Year in 2011 didn't hurt at all either. Being part of the CCMA keeps you connected with what is going on in the industry and with what your peers are doing to forward their careers. If you are not present at the Country Music Week people WILL forget about you. You need to be present. If you want to be part of the Canadian country music scene become a CCMA member. It's your career; don't miss out on a great opportunity to advance it to the next level."

– Darren Gusnowsky, Hey Romeo, Multi CCMA Award Winner, Proud CCMA Member #7700

If your membership is going to expire this year, please visit www.ccma.org to renew your membership today! Renewals received after this deadline will not be eligible to vote in 2012; there are no exceptions regarding access to voting*, and without payment by April 30 the right to vote in 2012 will not be extended to you.

Full Delegate Package Early Bird Deadline

Full Delegate Packages and individual event tickets for Country Music Week 2012 to be held in Saskatoon, SK from September 6 - 9 are now available for purchase online. To maximize savings, be sure to take advantage of the early bird special on the Full Delegate Package (for Members Only) at $499.00 (plus 5% GST). This package gets you access to every CCMA sanctioned event at Country Music Week as well as a ticket to the CCMA Awards and Post Awards Reception. Be sure to register early, as the early bird special ends May 31.

As always, the CCMA promises to provide delegates with an incredibly unique experience amidst the cultural niceties of this year’s host city, Saskatoon, SK. Despite the increasing rise in expenses encountered in the execution of this annual conference, the CCMA remains confident and determined to offer our delegates the best value, without sacrificing all the elegance and charm that the event has come to be known for. In addition to the Early Bird savings, the CCMA has reduced last year’s prices on the Full Delegate Packages as well as some of the individual event tickets to offset the cost of travel and accommodations in Saskatoon, SK. Be sure to book your accommodations early to ensure availability.

Visit www.ccma.org to see the savings for yourself!

THE CCMA EXPOSED – Industry vs. Public

As a national, genre specific Association, the CCMA acknowledges all supporters of country music for their impact and the important role that they play in the development of our Canadian talent. Without a healthy industry of affluent professionals including Artist Managers, Booking Agents, Record Companies and the like, there would be no one to develop our talent; likewise, without a strong fan base championing their favorite acts and country music as a genre, there would be no talent to develop.

The CCMA recognizes the need to distinguish these two, equally essential demographics by offering them equal opportunities and access to resources and talent in the appropriate forum and atmosphere. In an effort to indicate to fans and the industry, which events would be most beneficial for them, the CCMA has begun to emphasize and further establish the designation of both "Industry" events, which serve primarily as networking tools, and educational opportunities for those working in the music industry and "public" events, which are geared towards the fans and surrounding community, featuring performances, autograph sessions, and meet-and-greets. Below is a list of CCMA events and their intended demographic:

Public Events

CCMA Songwriters’ Café
CCMA New Artist Showcase
CCMA FanFest
CCMA All-Star Band Awards
CCMA Great Guitar Pull
CCMA Awards Show Broadcast

Industry Events

CCMA Industry Opening Reception
CCMA Seminars (including Key Note Address & Round Tables)
CCMA Industry Brunch & Awards
CCMA Gala Awards
CCMA Post Awards Reception

For more information regarding these events and attendance designation, please visit www.ccma.org.

PARTNERS IN PERSPECTIVE – Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week began in 1981, and has grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences. It draws top industry professionals to participate in a four-day program of activities. Designed to stimulate the exchange of market intelligence, increase dialogue and provide networking opportunities, Canadian Music Week continues to present the ideal platform for more than 2,000 national and international delegates.

Now in its 30th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. Bringing together Sound Recording, New Media and Broadcast for one spectacular week of events and combining informative, intensive conferences, cutting edge trade exhibition, award shows, film festival and Canada’s biggest New Music Festival. Canadian Music Fest spans 5 nights of performances, with more than 800 showcasing bands at 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto.  All convention functions take place at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

Canadian Music Week in happening now; for more information, visit www.cmw.net

COUNTRY CARES

The CCMA is proud to acknowledge the altruistic acts of charity and kindness demonstrated by our members (if you or someone you know has done something that you feel deserves recognition, send your recommendations for consideration to country@ccma.org.

Donna Ferra's "Little Red Dress" Campaign

Singer/Songwriter Donna Ferra has partnered with cancer charities, Look Good Feel Better and Facing Cancer Together, two free programs for women with cancer on the national release of her single, "Little Red Dress" and the launch of her Best Red Dress Contest Fundraiser, partnering with cancer charity.

Donna Ferra and team brought 2 donated guitars to the 2011 CCMA Awards & Country Music Week to gather autographs from all the artists who attended. One autographed guitar, a 12 string Norman, donated by Donna & her manager Peter Linsman, will be part of the Grand Prize for the "BEST LITTLE RED DRESS CONTEST" and the second guitar called "Texas Special", donated by Frankenstein Guitar Works which was auctioned at CCTFA's "The Mirror Ball" last fall, the annual gala in support Look Good Feel Better and Facing Cancer Together which raised $560,000.

All the proceeds from the autographed guitars, the sale of Donna Ferra's single release "Little Red Dress" (available on itunes, Amazon, etc,) and the "BEST LITTLE RED DRESS CONTEST" (contest details will be posted at www.donnaferra.com/) are being donated to Look Good Feel Better  (LGFB) which is a program of The Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA) Foundation.

Drake Jensen to Be Recognized By The Foundation Emergence, Montreal

Drake Jensen has been invited to this year’s Annual Prize Fight Against Homophobia presented by The Fondation Emergence in Montreal where he will be presented with the Coup de Chapeau (Hats Off) award for his contribution to the fight against homophobia. In 2011, Lady GaGa received this award for her "Born This Way" release!

Recently as many of you now know Drake has come out and acknowledged he is gay. He has also aligned himself with Bullying.org to lend his voice to put a stop to bullying and hopefully put an end to the senseless suicides of teens world-wide who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation in life. His latest video which contains a tribute to Ottawa teen, Jamie Hubley – “On My Way To Finding You” has received 15,350 views on youTube at this time. And the video is being widely accepted throughout Canada, United States and around the world! In fact, the video was the topic of discussion on News Talk 98.7 out of Knoxville, Tennessee!

Building Bands Canada - Toronto Benefit Concert March 10th

On Saturday March 10th, 2012, Building Bands Canada hosted a benefit concert & fundraiser at The Orbit Room in Toronto.

Building Bands Canada www.buildingbandscanada.org is a registered non-profit organization located in Peterborough, Oshawa, Millbrook and Toronto, Ontario. The purpose of Building Bands Canada is to provide free music lessons, instruments and song writing workshops to low income, at-risk youth in the community. Their most recent initiative will introduce our music program into the North East Toronto community of Sparrow Way. Sparrow Way is a government subsidized housing community that is experiencing many socio-economic issues such as poverty, single-parent families and very high crime rates among their youth. Due to the high expense of instruments, instrument repairs and sheet music, we rely on our fund-raising events and community donations to keep our programs running.

MESSAGE FROM THE MEMBERS

CCMA Membership Benefits are All-Inclusive! Just another Reason to be a Member . . .

"Ranchman’s is proud to be a founding member of the CCMA. The CCMA bridges the gap across our very vast nation and brings together the family that is the Canadian country music industry. Through this organization, we become aware of Songwriters, Artists, their Managers, Agents and Record Labels from all corners of Canada. We have booked many artists after seeing them at Canadian Country Music Week. Industry conferences and seminars forecast the pulse of our industry, both live and on Canadian airwaves. We strongly believe that everyone associated must join the CCMA to share in their wisdom which we have experienced for years..."

– Wendy Daniels, Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall Inc., Proud CCMA Member #6308

If you’ve got a story, we want to tell it! Let us know how membership with the CCMA or Country Music Week has benefitted your career and your testimonial could be featured in the next issue of the CCMA e-Source.