Thursday, 9 March 2017


TORONTO, ON - The Country Music Association of Ontario is thrilled to reveal Jason Blaine and Cold Creek County as performers for the 2017 CMA Ontario Awards. Hosted by renowned musician, entertainer and now radio broadcaster Jason McCoy, the awards show will take place at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario on Sunday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Jason Blaine is a multiple CMA Ontario Awards winner as well as the recipient of three SOCAN Airplay Awards and a CCMA award. He's had a string of radio hits including "Back To You" and "Country Side" from his latest album of the same name. Blaine recently completed a stint on the road with Tim Hicks on the Shake These Walls Tour throughout Ontario.

 Cold Creek County burst onto the scene with the release of their debut album Till The Wheels Come Off in late 2015 winning over audiences and industry with their riveting live performances and popular radio hits "Our Town" and "Till The Wheels Come Off". In less than a year, their talents have already been rewarded with three 2016 CMA Ontario Awards, a 2016 Canadian Radio Music Award, three 2016 CCMA Awards nominations and a JUNO Award nomination.

Blaine and Cold Creek County join previously announced The Western Swing Authority who will be supporting the evening's performances as the show's house band.

"We are very excited to hear the first of many announcements from the CMAO for performers and presenters that will be in London on June 11.   This is an amazing opportunity for our region to experience the incredible talent that Ontario has to showcase in the country music industry. We are working closely with the CMAO and are very excited for many more announcements to follow in the coming months," said Chris Campbell,  Director of Culture and Entertainment Tourism at Tourism London.

The CMA Ontario Awards will also host a bevy of guest presenters, including Ontario country artists Marshall Dane, Leah Daniels, Cory Marquardt, and Jessica Mitchell.

Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the awards show will recognize honorees in 16 categories spanning talent and industry while featuring performances from some of Ontario's biggest country music acts. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the CMA Ontario Awards are available for purchase through the Centennial Hall box office - online at, by calling 1.888.999.8990, or in person at the venue (550 Wellington St.). Pricing ranges from $59.95 (plus taxes and service fees) for regular reserved seating to $250.00 (plus taxes and service fees) for fan VIP packages. Details for corporate and group rates are available on the venue's website.

About The CMA Ontario:

CMA Ontario was formed in 2007 by Rob MacArthur, founding patron Linda Wright, and a number of interested and enthusiastic individuals who thought it was time to have a voice for country music in Ontario. The Association brings together the talent and the industry professionals. Its mandate is to foster and support the growth and development of Ontario's country music and its industry, provincially, nationally and internationally. CMA Ontario has now hosted four annual Awards Shows with the assistance of presenting sponsor Slaight Music. These sold-out events featured performances from Ontario's top talent, including:  Jason McCoy, Deric Ruttan, Jason Blaine, Tim Hicks, Tebey, Autumn Hill, Small Town Pistols, Michelle Wright, Marshall Dane and many more. CMA Ontario is also proud to have presented three highly successful two-day Road to Independence educational conferences, with the financial contribution of the OMDC and presenting sponsor Slaight Music.
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.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

SMC & ArtistMax | Special SMC VIP Artist of the Month Announcement!

March 7th, 2017

Since August 2015, Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) has been hosting their Artist of the Month competitions which has been gaining some serious momentum globally. This event is an online only 50/50 fan and judge voted event that takes place for the next consecutive month from the 15th – 22nd with the winner being announced on the 25th. In June 2016, we ran our Artist of the Year event which landed over 22,000 votes to our winning Artist of the Year (AOY) IAMWARFACE and approx to 7,000 for OliviaPenalva, Teen AOY.

On August 2, 2017, we presented both Artists with VIP Scholarships to the ArtistMax (Los Angeles) program. In less than 2 weeks, our Teen AOY will be attending the March event in Los Angeles where she will meet with legendary Producer Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac) and his team which also includes his daughter and Grammy Award Winning Artist, ColbieCaillat. (click here to see our original announcement)

Here is a synopsis from the ArtistMax website on what this event/program/scholarship entails:

'ArtistMax is a 3-day intense artist development workshop designed by industry professionals to teach a new generation the current music business and to discover tomorrow’s superstars. Presented by GRAMMY Award winning engineer, producer and author Ken Caillat, (Fleetwood Mac) and initially held at the World-Famous Village Studios in Los Angeles, "ArtistMax gives developing artists access to the training, knowledge and coaching necessary to maximize their careers.’

Following our announcement of our affiliation as Media Ambassadors for the program in Season 1 of the AOY competition, we launched our Season 2 (2016-2017) AOM events with rapid word spreading to Europe and the UK. (Thanks Rebecca Singer! Check out Singer PR & Promotions while you're at it!) Bands/Artists such as Hannah CliveDaveIt Ferris, and TAMSYN were the successors of the Oct-Dec 2016 events and after a short holiday break, Scott Patterson’s SMITHRADIO crushed the February 2017 AOM event with a whopping 1112 final fan votes. Artist Lucien Dante ended up surpassing that record with a final 1129 Fan vote count. With only two events left to go (April & May) we are preparing for an 'amped-up' June 2017 Artist of the Year event which has now caught serious attention from Radio, Television, and Music Magazine (online and print) platforms where many of our featured Artists are being picked up for interviews and radio play.

Here's what the VIP Scholarship for our winning Artist of the Year 2017 will include:

·    One on One Vocal Coaching
·    Official Artistmax Songwriting and Collaboration Course
·    Publishing, Contracts and Artist Management
·    Branding, Social Media and the "Pitch"
·    Recording Vocals in the Studio
·    Production Tools and Arrangement
·    Individual Songwriting Breakout Sessions
·    Stage Performance and Movement
·    Makeup, Image and Style
·    Featured Grammy Award Winning Producer/Engineer

MARCH 7th, 2017 Special Announcement

In February 2017, ArtistMax officials reached out to SMC to offer a UNIQUE SMC DISCOUNT CODE to ALL Artist of the Month Competitors who were featured & promoted in our monthly events. Since we are a partner to ArtistMax, the team has graciously offered SMC Artist of the Month competitors an unlimited-use discount code for $250 (US) off the ticket price of the program!

We have been advised that there is still room for the March 24-26th weekend event and we can not stress the importance of getting your registration in ASAP. Please email with the subject line as:
RE: SMC ArtistMax program discount for (Band Name Here)

If you are unable to attend the March event, we have been assured that the discount code will be effective for upcoming ArtistMac events. We will always be shouting out the newest event registration on our social media platforms so be sure to follow or like us on all our platforms to stay informed.

For more information on the ArtistMax program, please refer to the social media links below or click on the video! We have added this amazing program to our roster of growing elite organizations on our website

ArtistMax Social Media Links:


The following is a list of Artists that are eligible for this discount:

Season 1 SMC Artist of the Month Roster
·         Olivia Rose
·         Arkavello
·         Paul Woida
·         Nic Neufeld
·         Janay Thomas
·         Michael Resin
·         Jmaxx Artist
·         Radio Drive
·         Clouds As Skin
·         Under The Tongue
·         Jerry Hull
·         Three Beards
·         Lunden Reign
·         Lynda Law
·         Rachel Woznow
·         Olivia Wik
·         Brian Mackey
·         Mohsin Zaman
·         Shay Esposito
·         Alma Sibley,
·         The Moon Kids
·         Nicky Pearson
·         Van Halst
·         Natalie Jean
·         VOID
·         NOHC
·         Northern Heights
·         Logan and Sarah
·         Icky Hollow
·         Luke Potter
·         Mandy Ringdal
·         Carolina Magnolia
·         Virginia Grey
·         Seven Story Fall
·         New Mayans
·         The Roxy Suicide
·         Swerve
·         The Whiskey Darlings
·         The Fontaines
·         Dani Rosenoer
·         Beck Black
·         Magali Delarosa
·         Yemimah
·         Vladopus9
·         Mike Leponds Silent Assassins
·         Ntellekt
·         The Barbarellatones
·         Malaya
·         Kaylin
·         EMMARIE
·         The Lady AnonNYMous
·         Corners of Sanctuary
·         Johnny Sly
·         Abigail Belcher
·         We Love The Underground
·         Camryn Wilson
·         The Speed Of Sound
·         HAANA
·         Ryan Inglis
·         LoudKidz
·         The Skylarks
·         Michael Owens
·         After The Calm
·         Tony Valor
·         Juliana Strangelove
·         Peter118
·         Dustin Harder

Season 2 SMC Artist of the Month Roster
·         Punishment
·         Hannah Clive
·         Chris Watkins/Drunk Poets
·         The Killing Floor
·         Feed Them To The Forest
·         Lourdes Capall
·         DaveIt Ferris
·         November Skies
·         Council
·         Tony Hill
·         Hayley Richman
·         Little Crow
·         Odibal
·         MINT
·         Redvers Bailey
·         August Tides
·         The Dangerhounds
·         Wall Of Orange
·         The World In My Eyes
·         Sly Antics
·         TAMSYN
·         Go Ask Alice
·         SMITHRADIO
·         The Black Jackals
·         The One They Fear
·         Neil and Adam
·         Novustory
·         Lucien Dante
·         Stephanie Grace
·         Electric Mud

·         Kimball Hooker

Friday, 3 March 2017



Label: Warner Music Canada

One of the most anticipated global releases of 2017, “÷” sees the 25-year-old in his finest form yet.  Drawing inspiration from a wide array of experiences and subjects, Sheeran takes you through a hugely personal journey; be that reflecting on past relationships, family memories, his musical career or his time off travelling the world in 2016. Musically, ÷ is a varied collection of beautifully orchestrated and emotive ballads, impassioned raps laid over hip hop beats, timeless acoustic guitar masterpieces, and innovative, idiosyncratic pop music.   Constantly on the move, the album was recorded between LA, London, Suffolk and while crossing the Atlantic aboard the RMS Queen Mary 2.  Executive produced by multi-GRAMMY winner Benny Blanco and Sheeran himself with additional production coming from frequent collaborator Johnny McDaid, GRAMMY winner Mike Elizondo, and BRIT-award winner Steve Mac.  Sheeran also created the album artwork concept for “÷” , even painting the cover himself.

 Editors Pick from this album is 'Supermarket Flowers' (see below)

Eraser     03:47                  
Castle on the Hill     04:21                             
Dive     03:58                      
Shape of You     03:53
Perfect     04:23
Galway Girl     02:50
Happier      03:27
New Man     03:09
Hearts Don't Break Around Here     04:08
What Do I Know     03:57
How Would You Feel (Paean)     04:40
Supermarket Flowers     03:41
Barcelona     03:11
Bibia Be Ye Ye     02:56
Nancy Mulligan     02:59
Save Myself     04:07