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R2I TuneUp Conference 2019

A two-day program of learning, networking and showcasing

Relevant Topics

Programming that focuses on business strategies and practices to succeed in the industry – both from an artistic and professional level.

Panelists & Keynote Speakers

From talent bookers and promoters to seasoned songwriters, label executives, digital innovators and music supervisors.

Interactive Learning

Develop relationships, expand your contact-base, and stimulate prospects for mentorship, collaboration, and revenue generating streams.

SPEAKERS

Aideen O’Brien
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Aideen O’Brien

Entertainment One

Amanda Kingsland
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Amanda Kingsland

COUNTRY 101.1

Andrea Morris
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Andrea Morris

AM to FM Promotions

Andrew Hyatt
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Andrew Hyatt

Andrew Hyatt

Brian Allen
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Brian Allen

AMPLUS Productions

Bruce Good
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Bruce Good

The Good Brothers

Byron Pascoe
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Byron Pascoe

Edwards PC, Creative Law

Catherine Faint
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Catherine Faint

Catherine Faint Entertainment

Chris Buck
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Chris Buck

Chris Buck

Dale Peters
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Dale Peters

Dale Speaking

Dave Woods
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Dave Woods

In the Country with Dave Woods

Dayna Bourgoin
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Dayna Bourgoin

Ottawa’s New Country 94

Debbie Zavitson
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Debbie Zavitson

Debbie Z Entertainment

Greg Torrington
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Greg Torrington

Stingray

Jamie Warren
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Jamie Warren

Jamie Warren

Jason Barry
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Jason Barry

Barrytone Studios

Jeff Dalziel
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Jeff Dalziel

Diesel Music

Jennifer Goheen
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Jennifer Goheen

Havelock Country Jamboree

Jessica Moore
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Jessica Moore

AM to FM Promotions

Jodie Ferneyhough
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Jodie Ferneyhough

CCS Rights Management

JT Harding
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JT Harding

JT Harding

Julien Paquin
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Julien Paquin

Paquin Artists Agency

Karen Kosowski
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Karen Kosowski

Karen Kosowski

Karina Moldovan
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Karina Moldovan

FACTOR

Kelly Prescott
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Kelly Prescott

Kelly Prescott

Ken Boyer
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Ken Boyer

Warner Music Canada

Kim Stoneburg
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Kim Stoneburg

Kim Stoneburg

Melanie Brulee
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Melanie Brulee

Melanie Brulee

Micah Barnes
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Micah Barnes

Micah Barnes

Michel Bénac
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Michel Bénac

LaFab Musique

Michelle Carpenter
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Michelle Carpenter

CBC

Mike Denney
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Mike Denney

MDM Recordings

Mike Schwartz
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Mike Schwartz

Mike Schwartz

Patrick Duffy
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Patrick Duffy

Attention Design Inc.

Rebecca Noelle
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Rebecca Noelle

Rebecca Noelle

Rob Waymen
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Rob Waymen

Rob Waymen

Sam Arraj
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Sam Arraj

Seeds Chartered Professional Accountants

Shawn Sasyniuk
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Shawn Sasyniuk

Shawn Sasyniuk

Stacey Lee Guse
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Stacey Lee Guse

The Western Swing Authority

Stefanie Purificati
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Stefanie Purificati

APA Canada

Stephano Barberis
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Stephano Barberis

Stephano Barberis

Steve Kassay
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Steve Kassay

Durham Radio

Tara Shannon
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Tara Shannon

Willow Sound Records


PROGRAM

Registration

180min

Songs & Stories: Songwriters in the Round

Sponsored by: Slaight Music, Ontario Creates, Havelock Country Jamboree, iHeartRadio

Creating music can happen in any number of ways. Each musical genre presents its own unique challenges and opportunities, but this diverse group of songwriters all have one thing in common – they have managed to find lots of fans of their work. Although different musical styles demand different approaches to performing and recording, a well-written song is a well-written song, whether it’s a country rave-up, an infectious pop standard, or a rock anthem. Come hear the songs and the stories behind them.

Host:
Wendell Ferguson, Artist/Songwriter

Participants:
Andrew Hyatt
Chris Buck
JT Harding
Kelly Prescott

120min

Fourth Stage (National Arts Centre)

Registration

540min

Welcoming Address

CMAOntario President Steve Kassay welcomes attendees as we kick off this year’s educational and networking component of the weekend – the CMAOntario R2I TuneUp Conference.

5min

Beginner

Steve Kassay

After chasing the rock star dream, Steve moved from playing music to playing records.His career has taken him to various broadcast companies throughout Southern Ontario,on nationally syndicated live shows, in production, programming, on-air, MD & PD capacities. Now VP of Programming for Durham Radio, Steve manages operations forKX-96, KX-947, 94.9 The Rock, CKDO and wave.fm. […]

Pre-Scheduled Photo Shoot Sessions with Rob Waymen

6 lucky artists/bands will have the opportunity to be selected for a 45-minute photo session with the eminent photographer, Rob Waymen. Photo shoots will take place on Saturday June 15th and the selected artists must be available for a pre-shoot meeting on Friday, June 14th, in Ottawa at the host hotel. Current photos and bio submitted to info@cmaontario.ca by May 17th, 2019 have a chance to be selected for this exclusive CMAOntario member opportunity.

460min

Beginner

Rob Waymen

For over twenty years, Canadian photographer Rob Waymen has continued to push his creative envelope and deliver award-winning images. Based in Toronto, he often travels the globe for clients and personal projects. Rob’s attention to detail, mastery of lighting and colour, and ability to get the shot no matter how demanding is valued by a […]

On The Move: Touring Strategies For Independent Artists

Sponsored by MusicOntario

A tour creates opportunity. If planned out strategically in advance, a tour can reap many positive benefits beyond revenue, including: reaching new audiences, gaining media coverage, networking, perfecting your performance, engaging your existing fans, and taking your career to the next level. During this session, our panellists will discuss strategies for market and venue targeting, boosting your visibility to agents and offer tips for thriving on the road.

Moderator:
Mike Denney, President, MDM Recordings

Panelists:
Julien Paquin, President, PAA
Stefanie Purificati, Agent, APA
Melanie Brulee, Artist

70min

Mike Denney

Mike Denney is a man with a smile and a vision, acknowledged by many as a fervent championof the Canadian music industry and his clients around the world.With roots in Toronto, hebrings a multitude of expertise, creativity and knowledge along with his record business acumento theindustry and the award winning artists he proudly works with. […]

Julien Paquin

Raised in an environment infused with music, creativity and entrepreneurial values, Julien Paquin displayed an inherent wisdom for the live entertainment business from an early age. In 1993, he joined his father Gilles as an agent at Paquin Entertainment Group. Julien’s instinctive knack for discovering new artists has helped shape Paquin Artists Agency into an […]

Stefanie Purificati

Stefanie Purificati is an agent and music industry veteran who got her start as the in-house talent buyer at the Drake Hotel. She began her career as an agent in 2010 and recently helped open the Toronto office for APA Canada. Her current roster includes Paul Brandt, Jess Moskaluke, Virginia to Vegas, iskwē, Sarah Harmer, […]

Melanie Brulee

Since her debut Francophone release Débridée in 2015, award winning bilingual artist Melanie Brulée has played numerous festivals across Canada, mentored developing artists, been featured on several television shows and has spent significant time co-writing in Nashville for her upcoming release. Her songs have seen regular airplay on CBC/Radio-Canada, Sirius XM and Stingray satellite. Exploring […]

Inspiration By Association: Conquering Songwriter’s Block

Writer’s Block is a frustrating speed bump for any creator but getting over it is simply allowing the key to turn in the ignition. You still have to complete the drive. In this panel you will hear the most prolific writers give you tips to get your song back on the road in less time than it takes to change guitar strings. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from this group of seasoned songwriters.

Moderator:
Dave Woods, In The Country

Panelists:
Andrew Hyatt
Chris Buck
JT Harding

75min

Beginner

Dave Woods

Dave Woods has hosted the popular podcast In The Country since 2009. The guests featured on his show make up a long list of the newest voices and the biggest names on the Canadian Country music scene. Earlier this year, he began filming video interviews in beautiful Port Credit with Ontario Country artists Alessia Cohle, […]

Andrew Hyatt

HIGHLIGHTS •New single“My Kind Of Crazy”out now •Latest single“Habit”Top 15 at Canadian Country Radio •Touring this Fall with Dean Brody and Tim Hicks. •Winner of the 2018 Sirius XM “Top Of The Country” Competition •Winner of the 2018 CMAO Rising Star Award •“Do It With You”has over1.5 million combined streamsand wenttop10for 3 consecutive weeks at […]

Chris Buck

Chris Buck Band is ALL IN. From humble beginnings to becoming a top charting country artist, this Canadian Country band is ‘boots on; let’s do it’, and they do it well. Upbeat, positive, and not one to waste a moment of life, Chris’ dedication and appreciation shines boldly through his songs, which vary from upbeat […]

JT Harding

J.T. HARDING grew up in Detroit Michigan loving MTV and the radio. Following his dream to write songs JT moved to Hollywood California and made his first demo recording with money he won on the game show VH-1 ROCK N ROLL JEOPARDY. JT traveled the world as a personal assistant for MARILYN MANSON and the band LINKIN PARK writing […]

AGM Lunch (lunch included)

This is your association and the opinion of every member counts. Join us in shaping the future of your CMAOntario at the 2019 Annual General Meeting. The AGM offers the opportunity to network with fellow members, engage with the association’s goals, progress and possibilities, hear the visions of your association’s leaders, and have a direct impact on the direction and decision-making of the association. Most importantly, members in good standing will have the chance to vote on the motions that come before the association and cast their votes for candidates running for the available seats on the CMAOntario Board of Directors.

Speakers:
Steve Kassay, President, CMAOntario
Catherine Faint, 1st Vice President, CMAOntario
Sam Arraj, Treasurer, CMAOntario
Brian Allen, Secretary, CMAOntario

75min

Steve Kassay

After chasing the rock star dream, Steve moved from playing music to playing records.His career has taken him to various broadcast companies throughout Southern Ontario,on nationally syndicated live shows, in production, programming, on-air, MD & PD capacities. Now VP of Programming for Durham Radio, Steve manages operations forKX-96, KX-947, 94.9 The Rock, CKDO and wave.fm. […]

Catherine Faint

Cathie’s experience of over 40 years in the Canadian music industry has given her the opportunity to work in many aspects of this business. Working as an agent garnered Cathie 5 consecutive Canadian Country Music Awards for Booking Agent of the Year, and now as a talent buyer and producer for corporate events lead to […]

Sam Arraj

Sam Arraj is a CPA, CA at Seeds Chartered Professional Accountants, an accounting practice that serves a broad rage of sectors, with a specific focus on music and entertainment through their “Rock N Revenue” brand. The former President of the CMAOntario and an on-going music fan believes in giving back to the community, which is […]

Brian Allen

A veteran of the business, Brian was a member and principal songwriter for the band Toronto in the ‘80s, logging 4 platinum albums. Following the band’s breakup, Brian saw success as a co-writer of “What About Love” which propelled Heart to a 10 million seller. Attic Records recruited Brian as head of A&R, a post […]

Unlock Your Voice. Unblock Your Performance

Sponsored by MusicOntario

A good singer is both a good musician and a good performer. But is there a secret formula to becoming a GREAT singer? Let our panel of experts show you tips and techniques that will allow you to sing with more power and confidence. A few subtle changes can improve every aspect of your singing voice – from amazing pitch, better agility, more power, improved resonance and tone to health and maintenance tips that will maximise your vocal toolbox.

Moderator:
Michel Benac, President, LaFab Musique

Panelists:
Micah Barnes, Artist (The Nylons)/Vocal Coach
Stacey Lee Guse, The Western Swing Authority
Rebecca Noelle, Artist

70min

Michel Bénac

Born in Ottawa, Michel Bénac is a franco-ontarian singer-songwriter, known as the frontman of LGS. In 1991, Michel founded Purple Hive Music Group / LaFab Music. Since 1999, LGS has released 5 albums and Michel has made a name for himself on the franco-canadian music scene. He was nominated at the 2009 JUNO’s and received […]

Micah Barnes
Stacey Lee Guse
Rebecca Noelle

Blessed with a searing three octave vocal range, Rebecca Noelle has had the privilege and versatility to try her hand at just about every musical style she wanted to over the years. But it’s her natural affinity for soul that has set this stunning singer apart. With a sultry voice that is simply unforgettable, Noelle […]

Getting to the Next Level Performance with Physical & Mental Wellbeing

Presented by Unison Benevolent Fund

How do you prepare for a performance?  It can be a huge undertaking without the proper knowledge of how to handle the stress, overstrain injuries, late nights and poor nutrition and all the other common challenges the working country artist and their team face.  What if there was a way to increase your stamina to practice and perform without pain?  What if you knew what kind of food would fuel you and give you energy for the show?  What if there was a way to channel that anxiety into excitement before a performance?  What if you could find a way to sleep and recover so that you can bring your “A” game every time you step on stage?  Get the answers to all these questions and step up your performance through proven physical and mental self-care strategies. In this hands-on discussion, Certified Musician Fitness Professional Mike “The Rock Doctor” Schwartz will debunk the 3 most common wellness myths amongst the music industry and walk us through performance prep methods that’ll change the game for any artist who is serious about taking their career to the next level.

Presenter:
Mike Schwartz, The Rock Dr.

50 min

Mike Schwartz

Demorama: A Live Feedback Session

Sponsored by The Syndicut

A perennial favourite, the DEMORAMA LISTENING SESSION, provides you with the captive audience you’ve always wanted. Come listen as seasoned music professionals play and review selected recordings from the CMAOntario audience, weigh in on song structure, lyric writing, chord progression, and share their initial reactions to your work. Get into their heads and learn what they listen for when hearing new demos and be part of the discussion about what makes a strong first impression and why. This is a chance for artists to meet and discuss their work with fellow songwriters, while hearing how their work compares to their peers.

Moderator:
Brian Allen, President, AMPLUS Productions

Panelists:
Aideen O’Brien, Director Supervision & Publishing Canada, Entertainment One
Jeff Dalziel, Producer, Diesel Music
Shawn Sasyniuk, Musician/Producer

75min

Brian Allen

A veteran of the business, Brian was a member and principal songwriter for the band Toronto in the ‘80s, logging 4 platinum albums. Following the band’s breakup, Brian saw success as a co-writer of “What About Love” which propelled Heart to a 10 million seller. Attic Records recruited Brian as head of A&R, a post […]

Aideen O’Brien

AIDEEN O’BRIEN is an executive in the Canadian music industry with over twenty years of experience. Growing up in her native Ireland, Aideen learned the extreme highs and lows of the music and theatre industry through her parents. Music and theatre in your veins is a hard energy to ignore, so Aideen chose to embrace her […]

Jeff Dalziel

Jeff Dalziel is a Multi-Platinum and award-winning Canadian record producer, Sony/ATV songwriter, and musician. He has produced and co-written music for labels and artists such as Warner Music Canada, Sony Music Canada, Slaight Music, Wax Records, Open Road Recordings, Coalition Music, Arts & Crafts, The Washboard Union, Jessica Mitchell, Dan Davidson, Ryan Langdon, River Town […]

Shawn Sasyniuk

As both a drummer and percussionist, Shawn has been touring internationally for over 20 years with artists such as Roch Voisine, Chris de Burgh, Survivorman Les Stroud, Wilfred Lebouthillier, Gold City Ashes and many more. He currently divides his time between various studio sessions as well as touring with multiple Juno award winner Susan Aglukark. […]

Dinner Break (not included with conference pass)

105min

New Faces Showcase & Concert

Presented by: Slaight Music

Sponsored by: Ontario Creates, iHeartRadio, Havelock Country Jamboree, Long & McQuade

The CMAOntario’s New Faces Showcase & Concert offers a platform to five emerging Ontario artists to perform in front of industry delegates and the general public at Sparks St. in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Two established Ontario artists will close the show, making this a night to remember.

Showcase
7:00pm - 7:20pm          Owen Barney
7:30pm - 7:50pm          Les Rats d’Swompe
8:00pm - 8:20pm          Kris Barclay
8:30pm - 8:50pm          Brad James
9:00pm - 9:20pm          Chris Labelle

Concert
9:30pm -10:00pm         Danielle Bourjeaurd
10:10pm - 10:50pm       The Abrams

240min

Sparks Street

Registration

570min

Commerce Or Creativity: The Art Of The Music Video

Music videos are part of our visual language and a significant part of our consumption of music and entertainment. And with recent technological advances, they have become more integrated, accessible and creatively exciting. They connect an artist and a fan, as well as connect a fan to an audience. But without outlets like CMT, are videos still worth it? Join us for this one-on-one conversation with one of the industry’s most awarded video directors as we explore the art of the music video, how to make a powerful visual impact to gain a substantial competitive advantage, and what options and platforms are available to country music artists.

Interviewer:
Patrick Duffy, President, Attention Design Inc.

Guest:
Stephano Barberis, Video Director

90min

Beginner

Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy is the Creative Director for Attention Design, a firm he established twenty years ago to service the music industry. His awards as a designer – nine CCMA awards for Album Design and more than two dozen nominations – suggest that he might be a better designer than drummer, his original career choice. A past Consulting Art Director to EMI […]

Stephano Barberis

Stephano Barberis has spent his life weaving countless epic fables. From an early age, his friends would sit around him as he created stories from scratch, then acted them out with toys, organic objects, or simply through pantomime. Using broken appliance and computer parts for wardrobe and passionately proclaiming where the camera would be placed […]

The Power Of Production: Hit Producers Talk Tracks

In the traditional process of record making the producer is the person who bridges the technical and artistic sides of the journey from raw song to finished product. They are the buck-stops-here project managers: a sounding board, crafting tones, adding beats, suggesting instrument parts, coaching performances, recording tracks, mixing the record, and providing unified style and song direction where needed. This brain trust of producers will explain how they transition a demo idea to a complete set of audio tracks ready for final mixing.

Moderator:
Jamie Warren, Artist/Songwriter

Panelists:
Jason Barry, Producer/Songwriter/Musician
Jeff Dalziel, Producer, Diesel Music
Karen Kosowski, Producer/Songwriter

90min

Beginner

Jamie Warren

Jamie Warren is regarded as the most awarded independent country vocalist in Canada (Junos, CCMAs, OCMAs). Over his 35-year career he has released 54 singles from 8 albums. He grew up in Hanover Ontario and his interest in music was likely genetic. His mother sang and played piano, his father played guitar and mandolin. Jamie […]

Jason Barry

Jason Barry is an award winning producer, writer, post audio engineer and musician collecting dozens of Canada’s largest music accolades including Junos, Canadian Country Music Awards, CMAO awards, Canadian Music Awards and Socan awards. Jason has produced and recorded an impressive collection of Canada’s largest acts: Dean Brody, Charlie Major, Michelle Wright, Terri Clark, Jason […]

Jeff Dalziel

Jeff Dalziel is a Multi-Platinum and award-winning Canadian record producer, Sony/ATV songwriter, and musician. He has produced and co-written music for labels and artists such as Warner Music Canada, Sony Music Canada, Slaight Music, Wax Records, Open Road Recordings, Coalition Music, Arts & Crafts, The Washboard Union, Jessica Mitchell, Dan Davidson, Ryan Langdon, River Town […]

Karen Kosowski

Karen Kosowski is a versatile multi-genre writer and producer based in Nashville, TN. Raised on a wide variety of pop, rock, classical and country music in the Winnipeg, MB, she spent over a decade writing and producing in Toronto before relocating to Nashville. With her formal musical training, traditional songwriting background, multi-instrumentalist abilities, varied influences […]

R2I Networking Roundtable: On The Fast Track to Success

Accelerate your career relationships. Join us for an interactive 90-minute session of roundtable discussions offering unique opportunities for learning and professional exchange. Get direct access to funders, agents, managers, labels, producers, talent buyers and festivals. Come prepared to engage in in-depth discussions, give and receive targeted feedback, meet colleagues with similar interests, and learn from the questions and experiences of your peers.

Following the model of a typical “speed dating” session, you will have the opportunity to speak with multiple key presenters and industry participants as you rotate around the room.

Facilitator:
Bruce Good

Participants:
Aideen O’Brien, Director Supervision & Publishing Canada, Entertainment One
Andrea Morris, AM to FM Promotions
Ben Knechtel, Video Director
Byron Pascoe, Entertainment Lawyer, Edwards PC, Creative Law
Dale Peters, Founder, Dale Speaking (marketing, social/play listing, radio)
Dayna Bourgoin, Program Director, Ottawa’s New Country 94
Debbie Zavitson, Founder, Debbie Z Entertainment
Greg Torrington, Content Manager/Music Programmer, Roots & Country Music Channels, Stingray
Jason Barry, Producer/Writer/Musician/Studio Owner
Jeff Dalziel, Producer, Diesel Music
Jennifer Hardy, Music Canada
Jessica Moore, AM to FM Promotions
Jodie Ferneyhough, CCS Rights Management
Julien Paquin, President, PAA
Karina Moldovan, Communications & Stakeholder Relations Officer, FACTOR
Micah Barnes, Artist (The Nylons/Vocal Coach)
Mike Denney, President, MDM Recordings
Mike Schwartz, The Rock Dr.
Shawn Sasyniuk, Musician/Producer
Stefanie Purificati, Agent, APA Canada
Stephano Barberis, Video Director
Tara Shannon, Founder, Willow Sound Records
Tina Simpkin, Marketing & Management Consultant

75min

Bruce Good

In 1970 Bruce Good was a member of the trio James and the Good Brothers whose first tour was on the outrageous Festival Express. This train crossed Canada with acts of the day such as The Grateful Dead, Janice Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, Ten Years After and many more. Later, when James left the […]

http://www.thegoodbrothers.com
Mike Schwartz
Dale Peters
Dayna Bourgoin
Greg Torrington
Tara Shannon

Tara Shannon is an award winning indie artist writer with over 20 years experience in the music industry. Her music has been featured by World Youth Days, CBC, Canadian Showtime Chorus, DEBRA Canada, Big Brothers Big Sisters & United Way to name a few. She has been a guest speaker at events such at Artpreneur, […]

Debbie Zavitson

Debbie Zavitson is a veteran in the music industry and the experience she brings from performing with her own band internationally, to being an executive in A&R at Sony and Giant Records is invaluable. Debbie is responsible for signing multi-platinum recording artist Blake Shelton, as well as managing the integral first years of his career. […]

Karina Moldovan

Karina joined FACTOR in the spring of 2015. She graduated from the Artist Management Program at the Harris Institute in Toronto. She has worked at FACTOR in various roles including Office Coordinator and Project Coordinator. She has been the Communications Officer for the past few years. As the Communications Officer she oversees FACTOR’s external communications, […]

Jessica Moore

AM to FM Promotions has become a company known for curating airplay across Canada including CBC, satellite, commercial, and campus radio. It is one of the few music promotion companies with a strong presence in the Quebec market. In 2016, Jessica Moore joined the AM to FM Promotions team as the Bilingual Promotions Coordinator. Since […]

Byron Pascoe

Byron Pascoe is a music lawyer. He works with musicians, producers, managers and other music industry professionals across Canada, including to help his clients understand and negotiate the agreements they’re asked to sign. He also prepares agreements that his clients want others to sign. Byron’s blogs and articles appear in Ottawa Beat, Canadian Musician, Bandzoogle, […]

Andrea Morris
Micah Barnes
Stephano Barberis

Stephano Barberis has spent his life weaving countless epic fables. From an early age, his friends would sit around him as he created stories from scratch, then acted them out with toys, organic objects, or simply through pantomime. Using broken appliance and computer parts for wardrobe and passionately proclaiming where the camera would be placed […]

Aideen O’Brien

AIDEEN O’BRIEN is an executive in the Canadian music industry with over twenty years of experience. Growing up in her native Ireland, Aideen learned the extreme highs and lows of the music and theatre industry through her parents. Music and theatre in your veins is a hard energy to ignore, so Aideen chose to embrace her […]

Jason Barry

Jason Barry is an award winning producer, writer, post audio engineer and musician collecting dozens of Canada’s largest music accolades including Junos, Canadian Country Music Awards, CMAO awards, Canadian Music Awards and Socan awards. Jason has produced and recorded an impressive collection of Canada’s largest acts: Dean Brody, Charlie Major, Michelle Wright, Terri Clark, Jason […]

Jeff Dalziel

Jeff Dalziel is a Multi-Platinum and award-winning Canadian record producer, Sony/ATV songwriter, and musician. He has produced and co-written music for labels and artists such as Warner Music Canada, Sony Music Canada, Slaight Music, Wax Records, Open Road Recordings, Coalition Music, Arts & Crafts, The Washboard Union, Jessica Mitchell, Dan Davidson, Ryan Langdon, River Town […]

Shawn Sasyniuk

As both a drummer and percussionist, Shawn has been touring internationally for over 20 years with artists such as Roch Voisine, Chris de Burgh, Survivorman Les Stroud, Wilfred Lebouthillier, Gold City Ashes and many more. He currently divides his time between various studio sessions as well as touring with multiple Juno award winner Susan Aglukark. […]

Mike Denney

Mike Denney is a man with a smile and a vision, acknowledged by many as a fervent championof the Canadian music industry and his clients around the world.With roots in Toronto, hebrings a multitude of expertise, creativity and knowledge along with his record business acumento theindustry and the award winning artists he proudly works with. […]

Julien Paquin

Raised in an environment infused with music, creativity and entrepreneurial values, Julien Paquin displayed an inherent wisdom for the live entertainment business from an early age. In 1993, he joined his father Gilles as an agent at Paquin Entertainment Group. Julien’s instinctive knack for discovering new artists has helped shape Paquin Artists Agency into an […]

Stefanie Purificati

Stefanie Purificati is an agent and music industry veteran who got her start as the in-house talent buyer at the Drake Hotel. She began her career as an agent in 2010 and recently helped open the Toronto office for APA Canada. Her current roster includes Paul Brandt, Jess Moskaluke, Virginia to Vegas, iskwē, Sarah Harmer, […]

Jodie Ferneyhough

After years as the head of Universal Music Publishing Group and peermusic Canada, Jodie founded CCS Rights Management; a company built on the philosophy of hard work, dedication and an artist-first attitude. The new company is meant to be a place where writers, artists and performers not only receive outstanding administrative service but are provided […]

Legacy Revival

Sponsored by: Slaight Music, Ontario Creates, iHeartRadio, Havelock Country Jamboree, Rogers

CMAOntario’s Legacy Revival features some of Ontario’s treasured pioneers, along with special guests, in a celebration of the music that paved the way for so many of today’s country artists. Not to be missed, this memorable, once in a lifetime event is your chance to experience unforgettable performances.

Host:
Randy Owen

Performers:
Bobby Lalonde
Charlie Major
Gil Grand
Jamie Warren
Kelly Prescott
Randall Prescott
Tracey Brown

120min

Tailgate Party

Sponsored by: Slaight Music, Ontario Creates, Rogers, Country Wild

We’ll be cranking up the country on Sparks St. to celebrate the CMAOntario Awards with a pre-show tailgate party. Grab your friends and join us for a free concert entertainment from 2019 CMAOntario Awards nominees and rising new artists.

Host:
Brendan Seeley, Country 101.1

Performers:
3:00pm                        Tianna Woods
3:30pm                        Kansas Stone
4:00pm                        Leah Daniels
4:30pm                        Jade Eagleson
5:00pm                        Brea Lawrenson

180min

Sparks Street

CMAOntario Awards

Moving into our seventh year, the CMAOntario Awards bring emerging artists to the forefront and celebrate excellence and outstanding professional achievement by Ontario country music artists and songwriters. This inimitable live event features appearances and performances by Ontario's brightest talents.

Host:
Jason McCoy

Performers:
Cold Creek County
Gabrielle Goulet
Jade Eagleson
Jason Blaine
Kira Isabella
Meghan Patrick
Ryan Langdon
Tebey
The Abrams
The Good Brothers
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union
The Western Swing Authority
Tim Hicks  

180min

National Arts Centre

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Take in 2 days of learning, networking and mentoring with trailblazers in the country music industry.

MEMBER

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Lunch (Saturday & Sunday)

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$95

Delegate pass

Lunch (Saturday & Sunday)

MEMBER

$130

Delegate pass

Lunch (Saturday & Sunday)

Reserved seating at the CMAOntario Awards Show

COMBO

$150

Delegate pass

Lunch (Saturday & Sunday)

Reserved seating at the CMAOntario Awards Show

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Sponsorship and advertising
opportunities

The CMAOntario offers a number of marketing opportunities to expose your brand to the country community and align your company with Ontario’s greatest country artists and their fans.

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Host Hotel

CMAOntario has negotiated special room rates at our host hotel The Sheraton Ottawa for CMAOntario members planning to attend the CMAOntario Festival & Awards weekend June 14-16, 2019 in Ottawa.

Room Rate: $189.00 plus taxes per night

SPONSORS

This event is possible thanks to the support and involvement of our sponsors, contributors and media partners.

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