CMA Ontario Festival & Awards Weekend

The Country Music Association of Ontario is pleased to announce the programming for this year’s CMAOntario Festival & Awards weekend taking place June 1-3, 2018 in London, Ontario. Anchored by perennial favourite the CMAOntario Awards on June 3rd at Centennial Hall, weekend festivities also include the newly added Songs and Stories, New Faces Showcase and Concert, Legacy Revival, Charity Softball Challenge and the 2-day R2I TuneUp Conference. The annual events will take place at various venue spaces throughout the city and offer both free open to the public activities as well as ticketed events. See below for more info.

Charity Softball Challenge:
Friday, June 1 from 6-9pm
Labatt Memorial Park

CMAOntario takes you out to the ball game with the official kickoff to the CMAOntario Festival & Awards weekend. See an entourage of country music artists take to the diamond to showcase their skills as they swing for the fences. Root for your favourite artists and players while enjoying a fun evening at the park. Proceeds from the admission fee – a $5 donation at the door – will go towards supporting Unison Benevolent Fund, Kidsport London and the CMAOntario.

Participating artists include:
Aaron Pritchett
Andrew Hyatt
Ben Hudson
Brad James
Buck Twenty
Cold Creek County
Dani Strong
Eric Ethridge
Genevieve Fisher
Jason Blaine
Jason McCoy
Kris Barclay
Leah Daniels
River Town Saints
The Abrams
The Reklaws

Songs and Stories:
Friday, June 1 from 9-11pm
Rum Runners

Creating music means different things to different people. And each musical genre presents its own unique challenges and opportunities but this group of songwriters all have one thing in common – they continue to write hit after hit. 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 stories behind the hits. Hosted by Wendall Ferguson, the Songs and Stories event will feature performances by Jason Blaine, Ryan Langdon and Dan Davidson.

R2I (Road to Independence) TuneUp Conference
Saturday, June 2 from 9am-5pm
Sunday, June 3 from 9:30am-2:30pm
Delta London Armouries Hotel by Marriott
Registration link here

Saturday June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd will see the fifth edition of CMAOntario’s R2I TuneUp Conference move into the Delta London Armouries for a two-day program of learning, networking and mentoring with trailblazers in the country music industry.  Programming will cover artist development and discovery, management and business practices, songwriting, digital marketing, promotion, funding and more.

New Faces Showcase and Concert:
Saturday, June 2 from 7-11pm
Market Square
*Free event

Market Square transforms to country square with a free concert by Meghan Patrick and The Reklaws capping off an evening of performances by emerging Ontario artists Brad Battle, Johnson Crook, Kelsi Mayne, Joshua David, and The Redhill Valleys.

Legacy Revival:
Sunday, June 3 from 2-4pm
Bishop Cronyn Memorial Place
Ticket link here

The Legacy Revival will feature performances by Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, multiple award-winning artist and 2018 CMAOntario Impact Award recipient Michelle Wright, radio-hitmaker and Canadian country music star Aaron Pritchett, consummate road warriors and beloved country-bluegrass trio The Good Brothers and songwriting maven and country queen Patricia Conroy along with special guests Randy Owen and Bob Funk.

CMAOntario Awards Show:
Sunday, June 3 from 7:30-9:30pm
Centennial Hall
Ticket link here

Hosted by Jason McCoy, the awards show will feature performances by standout Canadian country acts and emerging artists. Andrew Hyatt, Dan Davidson
Jason Blaine, River Town Saints and The Reklaws, join previously announced artists Meghan Patrick, Michelle Wright, Tebey, Tim Hicks, Cold Creek County and
Western Swing Authority for the festivities. The sixth annual CMAOntario Awards, presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, acknowledge the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 16 categories.


About CMAOntario:
In 2007, Rob MacArthur and founding patron Linda Wright together with a number of key industry professionals founded the Country Music Association of Ontario. The Association’s mandate is to foster the growth and development of Ontario’s country music and its industry, provincially, nationally and internationally. The CMAOntario has hosted five annual Awards Shows and four two-day Road to Independence educational conferences with the generous assistance of presenting sponsor Slaight Music and support of the OMDC.

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
The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport that facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario’s cultural media industries including book and magazine publishing, film and television, music and interactive digital media industries.
La Société de développement de l’industrie des médias de l’Ontario (SODIMO) est un organisme du ministère du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Sport de l’Ontario qui facilite les possibilités de développement économique des industries des médias culturels de l’Ontario, dont l’industrie de l’édition de livres et de revues, du cinéma et de la télévision, de la musique et des produits multimédias interactifs numériques.