CMAOntario Festival


Jun 14 - Jun 16


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 on sale now at


The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is excited to announce an initial list of performers for the 7th Annual CMAOntario Award Show on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The CMAOntario Award Show will close out the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend in Ottawa June 14 – 16, 2019, marking the first time CMAOntario has held festivities in the Nation’s capital.

Hosted by CCMA Award winner Jason McCoy, the CMAOntario Award Show will include live performances by:

  • Six time CMAOntario Award winner – including 2018 Male Artist of the Year, Jason Blaine. After earning a name for himself with hit after chart-topping hit at Canadian country radio and hitting the stage at every major country festival across Canada, Jason Blaine continues to stay true to his signature brand of earnest, no bull, rockin’ country music.
  • 2018 CMAOntario Rising Star Award winner Andrew Hyatt, whose 2018 single Habit came hot on the heels of his back-to-back Top Ten singles Do It With You and On Me
  • Seven time CMAOntario Award winner and reigning two time CCMA Award Female Artist of the Year Meghan Patrick, who made history last year by becoming the first female artist to take home a CMAOntario Fans’ Choice Award and then scored her first #1 single at Country Radio with Walls Come Down.  Meghan recently received her first JUNO Award nominations for Country Album of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year
  • Reigning CCMA Rising Star Award winner, The Reklaws, who have had a humbling year, scoring their first #1 on country radio with their third single Feels Like That and getting nominated for their first Juno for Country Album of the Year with their debut EP, Feels Like That
  • A special guest performance by The Washboard Union, 2019 JUNO nominees for Breakthrough Group of the Year, 18X BCCMA and 5X CCMA award winners including current reigning CCMA Group of the Year.

Previously announced as part of the CMAOntario Awards is the addition of the Francophone Artist or Group of the Year category, and the recipients of the 2019 Impact Award,  multi-award winning country vocal group The Good Brothers, for their enduring and indelibly positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario. The Good Brothers will also perform at the CMAOntario Award Show.

Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Nominations for the 2019 CMAOntario Awards are now open. Members are encouraged to submit at

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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