CMAOntario Festival


Jun 14 - Jun 19


National Arts Centre,


2019 will mark the debut of the CMAOntario Festival and Awards in the nation’s capital. The annual three-day event will take over various venues in Ottawa from June 14-16, 2019 to celebrate the best in Ontario country music.

“Ottawa has been a proven market for country music, with both a burgeoning live music scene and a continued demand for the genre,” said CMAOntario President Steve Kassay. “We feel that the city is the next natural choice as we continue to extend the CMAOntario Awards celebrations throughout the province and engage our member communities. As an Ontario-wide association, we have also been cognizant of the growing sector and popularity of Franco-Ontario country artists. The move to Ottawa gives the association an opportunity to bridge relations with this sector, share significant resources, contacts and industry intelligence with a large portion of our membership whose roots are here, while at the same time opening the doors to discovery for Ontario country artists.”

Country music fans will have the opportunity to applaud their favourite country artists and experience close interactive performances by some of the top names in Ontario country music throughout the weekend. Festivities will culminate with the 7th Annual CMAOntario Awards on Sunday, June 16th at National Arts Centre. Tickets for the Awards go on sale Friday, October 19th at 10:00am at

Additional details regarding participants, performers and ticket availability will be announced in the coming weeks.

The CMAOntario Awards and R2I TuneUp Conference are presented by Slaight Music with support from Ontario Creates.

Scheduled Events:

Friday, June 14
CMAOntario Charity Softball Challenge
Songs & Stories: Songwriters in the Round

Saturday, June 15
New Faces Showcase & Concert
R2I TuneUp Conference

Sunday, June 16
R2I TuneUp Conference
Legacy Revival
Tailgate Party
CMAOntario Awards


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 six annual Awards Shows and five two-day Road to Independence educational conferences with the generous assistance of presenting sponsor Slaight Music and support of Ontario Creates.
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