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ISOLATION Short Film Festival: Watch the full show!

History was made on may 23, 2020 with the broadcast of the ISOLATION Short Film Festival!

Watch the show by clicking on this link right here!

A Virtual Blast on the RED CARPET!

Sign in to YOUTUBE (https://youtu.be/Pycd_fFGC8o) on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 for this incredibly special Film Festival!


Liberty Silver’s newly released original:

Who Will Save the World?

We all know that Liberty is a remarkably talented performer, but her newly released single will take your breath away!

Written by Gary Borden and Liberty Silver. Music and video produced by Gary Borden. Musicians include: Gary Borden, Rory Faciane, Corey Macfadyen. Background Vocals: Gary Borden. Mixed by Corey Macdadyen. Liberty footage by RPM. Co-Producer Kahly Borden. Slick Music Production/Borden. Copyright SOCAN. All Rights Reserved.

Liberty Silver is a multiple “Juno” and “Grammy” (collaboration) award-winning recording artist, who has a 6.5 octave vocal range. She was originally discovered on the US based TV show “Star Search” hosted by “Ed McMahon.”

Liberty Silver is the first black woman to receive a Juno Award. Her “Grammy” award (collaboration) was in association with her performance on the single “Tears Are Not Enough”, which raised funds for relief of the famine in Ethiopia. Collaborating alongside some of Canada’s most celebrated artists in the group called “Northern Lights”, which included Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Joni Mitchell, Burton Cummings, Bryan Adams, Neil Young and others.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6OqvHNcuTk  TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH by Northern Lights 

The Holy Gasp presents GRIEF

The Holy Gasp!

On July 1, 2020, The Holy Gasp will congregate in the basement of the Historic Kiever Synagogue in Toronto’s Kensington Market for a live stream performance of Grief. Conducted by Maestro Pratik Gandhi, this new performance piece is written for 10 vocalists, 2 pianists, and percussion. Grief will be performed from sunset to sunrise without break, and is intended to fabricate a communal mourning ritual for those who have suffered the sorrows of losing a loved one.

Beginning April 23, the public is invited to record the names of their deceased loved ones in The Holy Gasp’s Database of the Dead. Each name entered into the database will later be inscribed into a scroll, from which The Holy Gasp frontman Benjamin Hackman will read throughout the evening as the ensemble performs Grief.  The performance will be considered complete only after every name has been read, and the sun has come up.

Originally planned as an outdoor performance with a 30-person choir, sadly, the concert has been scaled back due to limitations posed by COVID-19. The concept and execution of Grief has been in the works for over two years. About Grief, Benjamin Hackman had this to say:

In the last five years, my father died of a heart attack; my therapist died of pancreatic cancer; my brother-in-law overdosed; my oldest friend hanged himself—then another friend died in a car accident, and my grandmother, God bless her, died of good ol’ fashion old age. Death is happening all over. Indeed, it always has. It is awkward, and painful, and it unites every last being who has ever lived. In the midst of a global pandemic, I wonder if enough models exist in our culture to teach us how to support the grieving, and exemplify healthy ways for us to mourn. I wish to facilitate community and ritual in which it is normal to talk about death, and where people can witness grief and have their grief witnessed in return, if even remotely via live stream and a message board. I want to provoke an urgency for the living to interact with life, and for audiences (especially diverse audiences) to have shared emotional experiences in real time. It is a shame that this project cannot happen as intended, with a much larger ensemble, and a physical audience. But with new deaths happening around the globe every day, a great urgency exists to mount this performance, and we intend to do so. 

The Holy Gasp will continue to work with their venue partner to re-evaluate as the COVID-19 situation evolves and adjust as needed. The performance space in the Kiever Synagogue will allow for physical distancing between all performers and every precaution will be implemented.

Grief is a bilingual performance, with vocals being performed in both English and American Sign Language. The live stream performance of Grief will include closed captioning for the hearing impaired, and every effort has been made to make the Database Of The Dead as accessible as possible to all persons.

About The Holy Gasp: Formed in 2011 by front man Benjamin Hackman, The Holy Gasp make music for fans of theatrical, darkly comical, genre‑defiant entertainment, with instrumentation and personnel changing regularly to meet the needs of each new project. At its core, The Holy Gasp is concerned with renegotiating the parameters of a “band,” and seeks to find the intersections between music, literature, theatre, and performance art. Their most recent release, Mmm Urkh But, is a 16-minute work of musical fiction, written for bass clarinet and percussion, live streamed this past March via Maclean’s Magazine and URGNT Music from the basement of The Historic Kiever Synagogue, where Benjamin Hackman is presently Composer-in-Residence. Readers my also be familiar with The Holy Gasp’s orchestral performance of The Love Songs of Oedipus Rex back in 2018, the making of which was the subject of a CBC Short Doc by director Luke Sargent.

The Holy Gasp presents Grief
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
9:03pm – 5:41am Eastern Time
Free Live Stream at
https://www.facebook.com/TheHolyGasp/ or www.theholygasp.com

Database of the Dead

Serge Ibaka and UNINTERRUPTED Canada

Serge Ibaka and UNINTERRUPTED Canada Present Signature Digital Series In Partnership with Iconic Fashion Retailer Holt Renfrew

AVEC CLASSE showcases Ibaka’s passion for fashion in new six-episode digital series.

Athlete empowerment brand, UNINTERRUPTED Canada and luxury fashion retailer, Holt Renfrew announces a new signature content series labelled, AVEC CLASSE, featuring one of the NBA’s most fashion-forward athletes, Serge Ibaka. Fresh off an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors, AVEC CLASSE weaves Ibaka’s passion for basketball with his ahead of the curve flair for fashion off the court.

“I have always liked to express myself through fashion,” said Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors Forward. “You can project many different feelings by the way you dress, and I am passionate about that aspect of fashion.”

Ibaka continued, “I come from Congo where we take style very seriously and, having lived in different parts of the world. I’ve learned a lot about personal style, being front row at fashion shows or casually observing people in the streets of New York and Toronto, now I want to share that with everybody. It’s the greatest opportunity for me to partner with UNINTERRUPTED Canada to produce AVEC CLASS, a show that allows me and my guests to talk about fashion and also to give back through my Foundation.”

From sporting icon to Vogue recognized fashion champion, AVEC CLASSE invites viewers to step inside Ibaka’s world as he curates’ pieces from his favorite menswear lines. Known for dapper custom suits and wide brimmed hats, Ibaka’s legendary fashion sense has won over fans across the globe.

“Serge Ibaka is passionate about so much more than basketball. AVEC CLASSE, presents fans with an intimate look at yet another facet of this multi-talented, multi-dimensional superstar,” said Vinay Virmani, Partner and Chief Content Officer at UNINTERRUPTED Canada. “Building on the success of Ibaka’s viral hit, “How Hungry Are You?” we wanted to provide a platform for him to share his iconic style viewpoint with fans.”

Viewers will gain front-row access to Ibaka’s bespoke perspective on fashion as he shops with his celebrity friends for the latest trends, accessories, and seasonal must haves available exclusively at Holt Renfrew. The luxury Canadian retailer’s shopping environment provides the perfect backdrop as fashion insiders spill style secrets and contextualize the latest trends.

In addition to consuming digital content, fans will be immersed into the fashion experience via a unique online auction, where they will have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive item featured in the series. The auction will be hosted in each episode by Ibaka’s celebrity guest who will donate an item with sentimental value. All proceeds from the sale will support The Serge Ibaka Foundation, a charity that benefits children in his native home, The Republic of Congo.

This is the second collaboration undertaken by UNINTERRUPTED Canada and Ibaka, having recently premiered ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, a full-length documentary that follows the NBA star on his improbable journey from the streets of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to the NBA. It is a harrowing story of overcoming both overwhelming family loss and abject poverty to achieve one’s dreams.

AVEC CLASSE is executive produced and distributed by UNINTERRUPTED Canada and Ibaka’s own, Ouenze Entertainment.

Now, here are a couple Toronto heroes! Freddy VanVleet and Serge Ibaka talkin’ fashion. This is a great video, so click, sit back and ENJOY!


UNINTERRUPTED is an athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. The company is built upon the radical idea that all athletes should have a platform to express themselves without intermediaries. From this premise, a mission was born: to empower athletes from all walks of life to communicate in an unimpeded way and to be More Than an Athlete. UNINTERRUPTED is upending the world of sports media by working with athletes to tell unique, human stories from their point of view. Through content, products, events, partnerships and educational opportunities, UNINTERRUPTED is changing the way athletes engage with the public and empowering them to be known and valued for more than the sport they play.


Celebrating an over 180-year heritage, Holt Renfrew is recognized worldwide for an inspired shopping experience. Founded in 1837 as a modest hat shop, Holt Renfrew would soon become a purveyor of fashion to Her Majesty Queen Victoria. In the 1930s, Holt Renfrew began to establish exclusive accounts with leading European designers, hosting Monsieur Christian Dior himself in 1947 as he launched his “New Look”. After many years of foreign ownership, Holt Renfrew was acquired in 1986 by W. Galen and the Hon. Hilary M. Weston. Under Weston ownership, Holt Renfrew has become Canada’s destination for luxury retail. www.holtrenfrew.com.

imagineNATIVE Names New Executive Director

imagineNATIVE Names New Executive Director
as Jason Ryle Steps Down

Naomi Johnson Promoted from Associate Director Role

imagineNATIVE, the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous-made screen content, is announcing the appointment of Naomi Johnson as Executive Director, following the planned exit of long-time leader Jason Ryle, effective June 1, 2020.

Naomi Johnson

Naomi Johnson joined imagineNATIVE as Associate Director in June 2019, working under the guidance of Jason Ryle for the past year in anticipation of this leadership transition. Prior to joining imagineNATIVE, Naomi was the Artistic Director and Co-Executive Director of the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario. She will lead a team that includes Artistic Director Niki Little as the organization heads into its third decade.

“I am immensely grateful for all those who have been involved with guiding me through this role as I take on the responsibilities of Executive Director,” says Naomi Johnson. “It has been an incredible learning experience and I’m forever grateful to the imagineNATIVE board, staff and especially Jason Ryle, in which I could not have hoped for a more generous and supportive mentor.”

“Leaving imagineNATIVE was always going to be a bittersweet affair,” says Jason Ryle. “It’s an organisation that I love and respect dearly that serves a community that has given me so much inspiration, pride, and purpose. I’ve long felt that a big part of imagineNATIVE’s consistent success has been because it has had the right leader at the right time. In looking ahead, my hope and expectation is that the new leadership will do bigger and better things than I could imagine. I’m so excited to see where Naomi will lead imagineNATIVE and I know the organisation and our mandate is in good, capable hands.”

Jason joined imagineNATIVE as a Programmer in 2002 and became Chair of its Board of Directors in 2004 before being appointed Executive Director in July 2010. Under Jason’s decade-long leadership, imagineNATIVE underwent a tremendous period of growth and further advanced its mandate to support Indigenous filmmakers and media artists in Canada and internationally. During this time, the annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival grew substantially to become the world’s largest showcase of Indigenous-made screen content and has become a key artistic, public, and industry festival. Under his guidance, the organization developed key partnerships with national and international funders, broadcasters, institutions, and festivals that provided new and expanded professional development and exhibition opportunities for Indigenous screen content creators. He also implemented and oversaw the development of the On-Screen Protocols & Pathways framework which has made a significant impact on the Canadian film and television industries.

Jason leaves imagineNATIVE to pursue new opportunities, including work as a producer.

“I am enormously proud of the exponential growth and impact of imagineNATIVE under Jason’s leadership,” says Kona Goulet, Chair of the Board. “I know I speak for the board and staff in expressing our deep gratitude for the visionary and creative direction Jason provided in which the Festival’s audience quadrupled and budget tripled. In support of this leadership transition, we have worked closely with Naomi over the last year and she has quickly built trust, shown effective leadership, and demonstrated strong vision. We have full confidence for continued excellence in presenting and supporting Indigenous film and media arts under her leadership and look forward to bringing imagineNATIVE’s 21st Festival to our audiences in 2020.”

imagineNATIVE was founded in 1999 and since 2000 has presented the annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto. It is the largest organisation of its kind in the world with a mandate to support Indigenous screen content creators. In addition to its Festival, imagineNATIVE also presents an annual Tour and numerous presentations nationally and internationally. Its Institute department – in partnership with Netflix – provides year-round and Festival-based professional development opportunities and industry events.

Luminato Festival Toronto Goes Virtual: June 11 – 13, 2020

Toronto’s annual international arts festival presents
three days of theatre, music, film and conversation
for a global audience

Luminato Festival Toronto, Toronto’s international arts festival dedicated to performance, media and visual arts, and programming that cuts across traditional artform boundaries, is thrilled to announced the lineup of its first ever virtual festival which will run from 7 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, June 11 until 12 midnight (EDT) Saturday, June 13 and includes more than 20 hours of free programming, 4 world premieres and 4 works created specifically for the virtual edition.

The festival will feature an array of events including a cooking and singing session with international award-winning Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, a conversation about Refuge, a new album by three-time JUNO Award-nominees Sultans of String, a request radio hour with Canada’s godfather of hip hop Ron Nelson and conversations about climate change and activism with UK-based live artist Amy Sharrocks. Science journalist and author of Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell, demonstrates the art of the interview in Field Notes from the Future, produced by The Theatre Centre and presented by FOLDA (Festival of Live Digital Art). Reprised highlights from past Luminato Festivals will include R. Murray Schafer’s epic theatrical oratorio Apocalypsis with a cast of 1,000 (Luminato 2015), Blast Theory’s single-shot film My One Demand (also from 2015), and the sleeper hit of the 2019 festival, the cabaret concert The Cave with music by John Millard, lyrics by Tomson Highway, directed by Adam Paolozza. At 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 12 and 10 p.m. Saturday, June 13, the Festival will also feature dynamic late night programming with a Black Summers Night with Unit 2, Black Lives Matter Toronto and Tea Base and The REVELATION, featuring Les Femmes Fatales with DJ Nik Red and Live VJ Roxanne Luchak, respectively, both perfect for partying the nights away. Special appearances include acclaimed Anishinaabe hand drummer-singer Nimkii Osawamick, JUNO Award-winner Quique Escamilla, Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Zuppa Theatre Co. and a live stream of Alex Bulmer’s performance May I Take Your Arm presented by Kingston, Ontario’s FOLDA.

The full schedule of events is available online at luminatofestival.com; to attend the virtual festival tune into Luminato’s website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

Naomi Campbell

“Audiences will experience a re-imagined Luminato this June.  Our virtual offering includes selections from Luminato’s past, a taste of what would have been in this year’s originally programmed festival, and a sneak peek into the future: world premieres, theatre, film, singer/songwriters, local, national and Indigenous artists, all wrapped up with intense conversations, late night DJs and VJs, burlesque, special guests and more,” said Naomi Campbell, Luminato’s Artistic Director.  “In Luminato’s new free interactive digital space audiences from all around the world can connect through art, performance and conversation.”

Anthony Sargent

“Prevented by the global pandemic from presenting our originally planned live festival, it’s been a thrilling high-speed challenge to replace it with our first-ever virtual Luminato.  It’s completely different of course, but we believe our adventurous Luminato flame burns just as brightly in this new incarnation! After five unforgettably rewarding years leading Luminato, I am so happy to be leaving with this enormously exciting step into a new kind of future – for us all,” said Anthony Sargent CBE, CEO Luminato.

During the festival, Luminato will be encouraging donations to support Canadians affected by COVID-19.  Individuals wishing to contribute to these efforts can make a donation through Luminato’s website to organizations providing COVID-19 relief: The AFC (formerly Actors’ Fund of Canada), Black Lives Matters Toronto, The Stop Community Food Centre and True North Aid.

Illuminating works, Luminato’s symposium for industry professionals, will return in an adapted form for its third year. Luminato will assemble a virtual delegation of international and national presenters, producers and artists for 4 hours over 2 days. The sessions will feature specially commissioned papers on the future of festivals, written and presented by 5 international festival directors, then responded to by 4 local artists. It is exciting to be initiating another chapter in an urgent conversation that is taking place around the word about the future of the performing arts. Illuminating works is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Luminato Festival Toronto, now in its 14th year, typically brings artists from across the country and around the world to Toronto each June to perform ticketed and free events in a variety of venues, and on the streets of the city. The festival in its original form was scheduled to take place June 11 – 28, 2020 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Comedy Records presents I’ll Be Fine by Nick Reynoldson

Debut Stand Up Comedy Album by Nick Reynoldson

I’ll Be Fine

Toronto based comedian Nick Reynoldson releases his debut stand up album I’ll Be Fine on Comedy Records.

In I’ll Be Fine, Nick Reynoldson shares his unique view of the world as the eldest son of a Guyanese woman and a white guy from Canada. I’ll Be Fine features hilarious stories about flexing in Scarborough clubs, healing crystals, and his thermal underwear game. From receiving a speechless parrot as a pet, adopting whales, and finding out his dad is afraid of raccoons, Nick Reynoldson’s sharp, smart and self-deprecating style comes through.

Originally from Scarborough, Ontario, Nick Reynoldson was a runner up at SiriusXM’s Top Comic Competition in 2018. Nick has appeared in major festivals including Just For Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and JFL42 as part of the New Faces Showcase. He has also been featured on MTV, MUCH, and CBC.

Comedy Records is Canada’s first record label dedicated to releasing stand up and sketch comedy albums. Established in Toronto in 2010, the label has produced several releases, which have reached the top of the iTunes Comedy and Google Play charts and been featured on Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Chris Robinson Releases Debut Stand Up Comedy Album

Macaw Studios announces the release of Gut Bussa Vol. 1, the debut stand-up comedy album by Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson is Canada’s nicest nasty comic. In 14 tracks Chris Robinson uses his signature unassuming and positive delivery to serve his raw comedy style tackling racial slurs, group sex, and becoming a dad. Gut Bussa Vol. 1 is a NSFW stand-up comedy album that touches on everything from family to fetishes – it may be blue, but it’s always smart.

If you’re looking for someone to watch in Toronto comedy, he’s it.” – Maclean’s

Chris Robinson is a comedian and actor who has been performing across North America over the last decade. In 2016 he was the winner of Sirius XM’s Top Comic, and the runner-up at the prestigious Homegrown competition at the Just For Laughs Festival, where he also taped an appearance on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network. Chris returned to Just For Laughs the following year to shoot a set for The Comedy Network and headlined his own shows at JFL42 in Toronto.

Chris Robinson’s additional television credits include The Amazing Gayl Pile, Bit Playas, and Ming’s Dynasty on CBC, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker on Netflix, and various videos on CBC Comedy.

Macaw Studios is a multi-platform production company dedicated to producing and promoting the very best in Canadian comedy. Macaw’s artist-first attitude has made it the go-to production company for comedians such as Mark Forward, Graham Chittenden, Scott Thompson, Mike Rita, and Dave Merheje, winner of the 2019 Juno Award for Comedy Album of the Year. 


The Country Music Association of Ontario: 2020 CMA Nominees

The Country Music Association of Ontario

Announces 2020 CMAOntario Awards Nominees

Meghan Patrick and The Reklaws
Lead In Nominations with Six Nominations Each
Followed by James Barker Band with Five Nominations
plus Tim Hicks and Tebey with Four Nominations

Carroll Baker to Receive Impact Award

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) announces the nominees for the 8th Annual CMAOntario Awards taking place Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Centennial Hall in London. Leading the nominations are 12 time CMAOntario Award winner Meghan Patrick, and two time CMAOntario Award winners The Reklaws, with six nominations each.

Hosted by Jason McCoy and Jennifer Campbell, the 8th Annual CMAOntario Awards, presented by Slaight Music with support from Ontario Creates, will celebrate the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 19 categories including the Impact Award, Nielsen Compass Award, and Holly and Steve Kassay Generous Spirit Award.

The Final Nominees for the 8th Annual CMAOntario Awards are:

SINGLE OF THE YEAR sponsored by Pure Country 106

“If You Met Me First” – Eric Ethridge

“Keep it Simple” – James Barker Band

“Old Country Soul” – The Reklaws

“What A Song Should Do” – Tim Hicks

“Wild As Me” – Meghan Patrick



Big Deal – The Western Swing Authority

Cain – Andrew Hyatt

Freshman Year – The Reklaws

Singles Only – James Barker Band

Wild As Me – Meghan Patrick



Jessica Mitchell – “Somebody Gonna Get Hurt”, recorded by Jessica Mitchell featuring Tim Hicks

Meghan Patrick, Jordan Rager, Michael Whitworth – “Wild As Me”, recorded by Meghan Patrick

Stuart Walker, Jenna Walker, Brad Rempel, Ben Stennis – “I Do Too”, recorded by The Reklaws

Tebey Ottoh, Kylie Sackley, Matt Rogers – “The Good Ones”, recorded by Tebey & Marie Mai

Tim Hicks, Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski – “What A Song Should Do”, recorded by Tim Hicks


FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Spring Tree Farm

Genevieve Fisher

Jessica Mitchell

Leah Daniels

Meghan Patrick

Nicole Rayy

Tianna Woods



Aaron Allen

Andrew Hyatt

Eric Ethridge

Jade Eagleson

Jim Cuddy

Tim Hicks


GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Country 103

James Barker Band

Jess and Tay

The Abrams

The Reklaws

The Western Swing Authority


ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines

Jessica Mitchell

Kelly Prescott

The Abrams

The Redhill Valleys

The Western Swing Authority



Edouard Landry

Kristine St-Pierre

Les Rats D’Swompe

Reney Ray

Stef Paquette


RISING STAR AWARD sponsored by Slaight Music

Aaron Allen

Alli Walker

David Boyd Janes

Dustin Bird

Kelsi Mayne



“Feels Like That” – The Reklaws

“If You Met Me First” – Eric Ethridge

“Keep It Simple” – James Barker Band

“The Good Ones” – Tebey & Marie Mai

“ToGetHer” – Leah Daniels

“Wild as Me” – Meghan Patrick


FANS’ CHOICE sponsored by Ontario Creates

Jade Eagleson

James Barker Band

Meghan Patrick


The Reklaws

Tim Hicks


RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR sponsored by Metalworks Recording Studios

J.R. Hutt – Giselle Sanderson, Jamie Warren, Rebekah Stevens, Sean Hogan, Tianna Woods

Jason Barry – Amanda Jordan, Charlie Major, Josh David, Western Swing Authority, Billy Ray Cyrus

Jeff Dalziel – Aaron Allen, The Abrams, Dan Davidson, Chris Labelle, Ryan Langdon

Mark Schroor & Erik Fintelman – David Boyd Janes, Robyn Ottolini, Emily Clair

Tebey Ottoh & Danick Dupelle – Tebey & Marie Mai



Dave Woods, In the Country

Johnathan Smalley, Rock N Horse

KT Timmermans, Country 103/Manitoulin Country Fest

Ron Kitchener, RGK Entertainment

Shannon Ella, Pure Country/Complete Country



CHKX KX 947, Hamilton

CJBX Pure Country 93, London

CJKX KX96, Oshawa

CKBY Country 101.1, Ottawa

CKDK NEW Country 104, Woodstock


RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM MARKET) sponsored by Lucknow’s Music in the Fields

CFCO Country 92.9, Chatham

CHCQ-FM Cool 100.1 FM, Belleville

CICS Pure Country 91.7, Sudbury

CJQM-FM Country 104.3, Sault Ste Marie

CKXC Country 93.5, Kingston



CHAW Country 103, Little Current

CICX Pure Country 106, Orillia

CJDL-FM Country 107.3, Tillsonburg

CKYC Country 93, Owen Sound

CKYY Country 89, Welland


As part of the evening’s honours, Carroll Baker, an ambassador of Canadian country music, will receive the 2020 Impact Award.

“The CMAOntario is thrilled to be honouring Carroll,” said CMAOntario President Steve Kassay. “Her presence and career achievements have helped pave the way for country singers in this country. It’s about time Carroll’s career takes the centre stage spotlight.”

Known as Canada’s First Lady Of Country Music, Carroll Baker epitomizes every value that has made country music the enduring form that it is: honesty, reality, genuine feeling, hard work, love, family, friendship and respect for others. With a career spanning more than 40 years, she has achieved more than 20 number one records, 12 of which were consecutive. Carroll was the first Canadian Country music performer to be awarded gold record certification and has since received Gold and Platinum records in certified sales in both Canada and Australia. Her catalog comprises more than fifty recorded compositions, including, “Tonight with Love”, “Why I Had to Pass this Way”, “It’s My Party”, “It’s Late I Have to Go”, “Hooked on a Feeling”, “Love Triangle” and “Dreamin’ Ain’t Cheatin'”. Her composition “I’m An Old Rock ‘N Roller” was a country chart hit in 1984 for Tom Jones.

Carroll is an inductee of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame; recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from both the Province of Nova Scotia and Province of Ontario; multiple winner of JUNO, CCMA and SOCAN/BMI awards; and in 2009, appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. A woman of many firsts, she made the history books in Canada when she became the first Canadian performer to do a television special from Nashville, Tennessee and the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House, followed by her own special on The Nashville Network titled “Carroll Baker’s New Country”, and the first Canadian country singer to perform on the JUNO Awards. She hosted her own TV series for CBC TV along with multiple television specials for CBC and CTV.

The CMAOntario Impact Award recognizes an artist, group, industry personality or company/organization that has left an enduring and indelibly positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario. Previous recipients include The Good Brothers, Michelle Wright, Blue Rodeo, Prairie Oyster, Paula Chopik and Ed Leslie (producers of Havelock Country Jamboree) and Gordon Lightfoot.

Voting for the awards is restricted to CMAOntario members, with the exception of the Fans’ Choice award, which is open to both public and membership voting. Eligible members will have the opportunity to vote on the final ballot as of today up until May 6, 2020.

Music fans can cast their votes for the Fans’ Choice award between May 1 – May 31, 2020 at www.cmaontario.ca/awards/voting.

The CMAOntario Award Show will close out the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend in London October 1 – 4, 2020.

The CMAOntario Awards are presented by Slaight Music with support from Ontario Creates.


CMAOntario Award Show
Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 7pm
Centennial Hall
550 Wellington St., London, Ontario
Tickets are $69 – $225 (plus HST and fees) and are available
online at www.centennialhall.london.ca or by phone at 1.888.999.8980

CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend
October 1 – 4, 2020
London, Ontario

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram: @theCMAOntario

BROKEN WING cover by Yvonne McNamara

Young Country Star Takes on Broken Wing

Yvonne McNamara is a Courageous Gifted & Talented Rising Star!

Martina McBride Cover (Broken Wing)
This video was created by Creekside Sound and Studiio
Recorded and mixed by Justin Cowan
Mastered by Paul Milner from Trillium House Studios
Yvonne McNamara – Vocal
Scott Gogan – Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Pat Madsen – Keyboard
Cocoa McGraw – Steel guitar
Kevin Shepard – Drums
Justin Cowan – Bass Guitar

MOB Radio’s May 2020

“Artist of the Month”

At the age of 9, Yvonne auditioned and was selected to perform on the Empty Stocking Fund that was broadcasted all over the local TV networks in New Brunswick, Canada to help raise money for families in need at Christmas.

Later, Yvonne was introduced to Steve Lyons who booked her on his Country Music Show after she sang “Blue” by Leanne Rimes. Yvonne then became a regular on Steve’s shows.

Yvonne soon inspired “Theresa Malenfant,” a celebrated artist from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada after hearing her perform “The Tennessee Waltz.” Theresa admittedly shed a tear after the performance.

In January of 2019, Yvonne’s video “Thank You For The Music” was spotted by Tay Williams who introduced her to Chris Powel from “Stars Worldwide.” Yvonne currently works with both Tay and Chris.

Yvonne received the gold standard recognition for her performance of “Pie Jesu” and “Come to the Fair” during the Music Festival in Sussex, New Brunswick in May 2019. She went on to compete at the provincial level in Classical Music, and being the youngest of all the competitors she placed 3rd in the Province of New Brunswick.

In February 2020 Yvonne began working with Al Atkinson, Producer (Mob Radio) along with Seamus Traynor, Manager of The Mob Music Network. Yvonne also created jingles and radio announcements for the radio station. Yvonne’s music is currently on radioplay in the Country & the New Artist show.

Official Website: Yvonne McNamara