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Canadian Country Music Association Members Newsletter


December 19, 2016

Good day.

As the year winds down, the CCMA office is slowly finishing off the last of our 2016 to-do lists – which at this point, mostly involves creating our January lists so we enter 2017 running.
Speaking of 2017, two weeks ago we put tickets on sale for our 2017 CCMA Award Show, which will be held at the beautiful, large SaskTel Centre on Sunday, September 10, 2017. The last time we were in Saskatoon, in 2012, we had our largest in-house audience, ever; and we hope to break that record next year. The team and I have been out to Saskatoon a few times already this fall, getting ready for next September.
We will be opening the submissions for our 2017 CCMA Discovery Program on Monday, January 9. Please start spreading the word to all who may be interested in taking advantage of this popular program, now entering its fifth year. We will also be putting a call out for jurors for our many 2017 programs – be on the lookout for those emails and do let us know if you can help out your association. The lengthy process of selecting one Artist and one Builder who will be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 will also start in the New Year. If you know someone who should be considered for this prestigious honour, CLICK HERE for details. The deadline for Grand List suggestions is Friday, January 27.  

Throughout 2016 we have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the CCMA by sharing stories from our archives and from our members. It is a rich history, and one we should all be proud to be a part of. As we enter our fifth decade as a member-driven association, the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of us are both exciting and a bit unknown. Our strength has always been our like-minded community and the passion we all hold for this genre. I'm excited to see what lies ahead for us as we continue to educate, elevate and celebrate all that is, and incorporates, Canadian country music.
The CCMA office is officially closed for the holidays as of Thursday, December 22 and reopens on Tuesday, January 3. My family and I are hanging around Ontario for a week for Christmas and then heading to Grenada the first week of January (a Christmas morning surprise for our two kids). However you celebrate the holidays I wish you and yours much joy and peace. Thank you for your continual support and we will see what 2017 has in store for us.

My email is dgreen@ccma.org and my number is 416-947-1331 x215. Feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns.

Take care.
Don Green
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The CCMA office will be closed Thursday, December 22 - Monday, January 2. 

Happy Holidays!


January 9 – Submissions OPEN for the 2017 CCMA Discovery Program

January 13 – Member submission DEADLINE for the January edition of The Source

January 27
– Submissions CLOSE for the 2017 CCMA Discovery Program
January 27DEADLINE for Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Grand List suggestions

A reminder that the content you see in the COAST TO COAST and COUNTRY CARES sections of The Source are submission-based.

Content is edited for grammar and style consistency; but is otherwise deemed the property of the CCMA Member(s) who made the submission.



Kayla Gumb graduated from Durham College’s Music Business Management Program in 2012 as that year’s highest ranking graduate. Since graduating, she has been working freelance in the country music industry with companies such as Road Angel Entertainment, Top Country and RGK Entertainment Group. She previously worked with the Canadian Country Music Association as a summer student and is looking forward to re-joining the team as the Programs, Awards and Administration Coordinator.


The CCMA Discovery Program is heading into its fabulous fifth year – and you could be a part of it. This national initiative, developed to support Canadian country music artists endeavoring to reach their full potential in the music industry, provides unparalleled educational, mentorship, networking and exposure opportunities unlike any other program offered in our genre.
Submissions will open Monday, January 9, 2017, and will require interested participants to send a high resolution headshot, two MP3 song files, and a 50-word bio. CLICK HERE for the 2017 overview of the CCMA Discovery Program, including act eligibility criteria, act selection process and selection criteria for judging finalists.



The CCMA has been honouring Canadian Artists and Builders who have made long-term contributions to the growth and development of Canadian country music since 1984. Inductees into this Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (Hall of Fame) are selected annually by their Canadian peers in the industry.

Members of the CCMA are invited throughout the year to suggest individuals or groups in the categories of Artist or Builder for possible induction into the Hall of Fame by completing the Hall of Fame Consideration Form. The Hall of Fame Consideration Form can be found HERE.

If the suggested individual or group meets qualifications (after review by the Hall of Fame Management Committee), their name(s) will be added to the established Grand List. This Grand List is a compilation of individuals or groups who have previously been recommended for consideration and are now deemed as Contenders. The cut-off date for addition to the Grand List for 2017 is by Friday, January 27, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET. 



Tickets for the 2017 CCMA Awards Show went on sale to the general public earlier this month. CLICK HERE for more information. Delegate passes for PotashCorp Country Music Week and tickets for the awards show for CCMA members and industry will go on sale early this spring.


Host hotels for PotashCorp Country Music Week are already filling up! We encourage you to book your accommodations early to avoid disappointment in the event of sold-out occupancy.
Why Does The CCMA Have Host Hotels?
The CCMA develops partnerships with "host hotels" in the host city of Country Music Week and the CCMA Awards Show every year in order to offer attendees of the events the best price possible. In exchange, the host hotels agree to reserve a number of rooms during Country Music Week to ensure availability for as many Country Music Week attendees as possible. Host hotels are centrally located, making it easy for attendees to access Country Music Week events.

Book your rooms now by CLICKING HERE. The countdown to Country Music Week 2017 is on!


The CCMA invites any members in good standing to submit industry relevant information for consideration and inclusion in The Source. As such, any news or statements presented in this part of the newsletter are not necessarily representative of and/or endorsed by the CCMA. Please send your news items for inclusion to thesource@ccma.org and note COAST TO COAST in the subject line. Please keep submissions to 150-200 words, feel free to include one high resolution photo, and a link to extended content. 


Following a busy press tour, the release of his sixth album, and cross-country tour announcement, Dean Brody hasn't slowed down. He finished filming for his latest music video "Time", in Vancouver with director Stephano Barberis, in early December. You can watch it by CLICKING HERE.


Raquel Cole signed with William Morris Endeavor out of Nashville this August; and in October, she opened for Brothers Osborne in London, ON at the London Concert Theatre.Just yesterday, she performed at 93.7 JRfm's Fun Day at the Langley Events Centre supporting their Basics For Babies charity. Other artists who came out to show their support included Madeline Merlo, Aaron Pritchett, Dan Davidson and the Washboard Union. 


Roland Corrigal's life has been steeped in live country music from the beginning. Since receiving the SCMA Award for Aboriginal Artist of the Year, he has been keeping busy performing and recording. He wrapped up his EP Small Town Life in November of 2016 and released a single called “I Don’t Wanna Fight No More” that reached #8 on the weekly DMDS Most Active Indies chart. Besides his passion for music, Roland, born and raised in beautiful northern Saskatchewan, has dedicated himself to his community as a former structural fire captain and air search and rescuer. Roland's blend of the old and new styles of country music is sure to please listeners far and wide. Looking forward, he continues to travel for music (2.5 hours to the nearest city), write songs, break barriers, and achieve goals as a Canadian country recording artist living in a location that is challenging for opportunities.


Doc Walker thoroughly got into the holiday spirit of giving, enjoying their time on the CP Holiday Train, meeting fans across the country alongside fellow country act, Dallas Smith.


The career of Nova Scotian country artist, Andrew Frelick is on an upward trajectory, and it’s not only his thousands of Facebook fans who are noticing. Andrew’s rich voice and proven songwriting abilities are causing a stir in the country music scene, both in Canada and in the US.
At the 2016 Josie Music Awards in Nashville, Andrew went in with seven nominations and came home with two awards – winning Modern Country Music Award for his single, “Unlove You” as well as the Country Blast Charting Award.
But the country music capital isn’t the only place that is celebrating Andrew’s music – 2016 saw Andrew nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s Country Artist of the Year, The Coast Magazine awarded him a bronze in two categories and Canada Country Aircheck just recently dubbed Andrew as “Who to watch in 2017”.
Andrew’s newest EP When I was Little was produced in Nashville and released in October 2016 to excellent reviews. This EP, coupled with his energetic and engaging live shows, leaves no doubt that 2017 is going to be an excellent year for this artist.


Since moving to Canada, Saskatchewan's Steve Gibson tuned his radio to Canadian country music and has not touched the dial since. Like the great country songwriters, Steve is able to incorporate his own story from past experiences into each song, which makes his music that much more personal and relatable. The amount of emotion that he is able to portray through both the lyrics and melodies is breathtaking.

Steve has written and recorded a very beautiful and very personal song, “I Miss My Friend”, which can only be described as heartfelt, simply because it was based on his real life experience. Steve was inspired to write “I Miss My Friend” after losing a few close friends, which started with depression and ultimately ended in suicide. He has released his new singe “I Miss My Friend” to Canadian national radio and part of the goal is to raise awareness regarding the problems associated with depression, PTSD and mental illness causing suicide.

After writing and recording his own material for the past couple of years, Steve is now ready to release his new music. “I Miss My Friend” is just the beginning of the next chapter in Steve Gibson’s musical journey, moving into 2017 with a full album release.


Becca Hess has received rave reviews for her current single, "Mountain Child", none she is more excited for than her 3 ACMA Award nominations. “Mountain Child” is up for Song of the Year and Video of the Year, and Becca is honoured to be up for Female Artist of the Year! A huge thank you goes out to her fellow ACMA members who voted, and her incredible team for all their hard work and support. 
After returning from an industry week at the 2016 Whistler Film Fest, Becca is pitching new music to LA music supervisors including Sam Diaz of CBS and Tony Scudellari of Sony Music Television for placement in TV and film. Heading back into the studio in February, Becca will record a brand new full length album with award winning producers, Tom and Carly McKillip. Staying true to her classic influences and rootsy soulful sound, Becca Hess' sophomore album is sure to be one to watch for in 2017.


Last month, the country band got their combine stuck in the mud, and decided to make a video about it and sing their version of "The Truck Got Stuck" by Corb Lund. It has now become a viral hit with more than 1.5 million views. The five incredibly talented and musically inclined siblings have just released their rendition of the holiday classic, “Joy to the World”. The song is available everywhere digitally and was released to Canadian radio in November.


After a busy summer in the studio putting the final touches on his sophomore album, Chris Ising’s  Got The Girl was released in August and his latest single “Got The Girl” is riding the airwaves across Canadian radio. Got The Girl delivers a solid collection of 14 songs that showcase Chris’ authentic sound and diverse songwriting style.
This past September Chris performed his #1 indie radio hit ‘”Hey Hey” to a sold out crowd at the Josie Music Awards held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN, and was proud to be awarded Song of the Year (Songwriters) at this years’ Manitoba Country Music Awards for his song “I’m Not Ready To Let Go”. The song is a moving duet performed with the talented Laura Ashley from Springfield, Missouri.


After his recent wins for Male Artist of the Year and Fans’ Choice Award at the Manitoba Country Music awards, Ryan Keown (pronounced Cowan) is finishing 2016 with the release of a new single; possibly the "Best Thing" yet from Ryan Keown has just been released! After only one week at radio, Ryan's latest single "Best Thing" is already on its way up the national radio charts! Ryan hit the road for the first week of December promoting his new single at Canadian country radio. The tour, which encompassed Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, included station visits/performances/interviews and a CTV morning news broadcast! Ryan wants to personally thank all the stations for their feature plays, on-air interviews, in-studio performances and of course…the adds!  


International country singer songwriter, Krista Earle, has nationally re-released an original Christmas song, “Dear Santa” to country radio, after experiencing wonderful radio support last season (including KX 96 & KX 94 adding it to their playlists). “Dear Santa” is a timeless, heartfelt story which speaks to everyone who does not have the good fortune of bringing their families together each Christmas; in particular, fathers in the military, which is part of the inspiration behind “Dear Santa”, which was written by Krista Earle and producer/world-renown tenor, Charles DiRaimondo. CLICK HERE for the official music video for “Dear Santa”.
Krista has been writing and recording a new album for over a year, has set a release date for April 7, 2017, and has launched her PledgeMusic pre-sale campaign. The album has come together through collaborations with producers Roy Hamilton III (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears), Emmy-nominated Glenn Morley, and CMAO and CCMA Producer/Studio Of The Year Award nominee Peter Linseman. Krista has spent significant time in Nashville working with hit writers, including Robert White Johnson (Faith Hill, Celine Dion).


Scots Canadian singer songwriter David Leask was recently invited to perform with the Band of the Royal Canadian Regiment at their remembrance concert at Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto. David performed the song "Can't Make It Back Home", which he co-wrote with Patrick Bouchard and Lora Ryan about a soldier's struggle with PTSD. The song will be one of the tracks on David's upcoming sixth album which is currently in production and scheduled to be released in the spring of 2017. David also recently released a live video of the song "Stronger Back" which you can view HERE


The Manitoba Country Music Association would like to thank all of the sponsors, performers, attendees and volunteers who made the 2016 Manitoba Country Music Awards a huge success.  
Congratulations to all of the winners, they are as follows:
VENUE OF THE YEAR: Nashville’s Winnipeg
IMPACT AWARD: Kevin Walters
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (Secondary Market): NCI FM (Winnipeg)
SONG OF THE YEAR (Songwriters) – I’m Not Ready To Let Go (Chris Ising)
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE – Betty Thorsteinson
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR – All She Wrote (Petric)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – It Girl (Petric)


The third album from artist David McLachlan, recorded in Nashville in June and July of 2016, is titled “Traveling Truthfully”; and it’s a full, 12-track record, with all the ups and downs that life can offer. It was such a great experience that David returned to Nashville in November to record his fourth studio record, called “out of love” to be released late summer 2017. David’s music is available at  iTunes, cdbaby, etc., or signed copies (if requested) from Hi 5 Music, 2200 Yonge St., Suite 203, Toronto, ON M4S 2C6, for $15 (includes postage).


Madeline Merlo recently partnered with Urban Barn and Covenant House for their 'Blanket the Country in Warmth' campaign. She performed at the shelter singing her newly released, heartfelt rendition of "White Christmas", along with her latest single “War Paint”, an impactful track meant to help lift up anyone who is struggling with something difficult.


Jessica Mitchell released her first-ever holiday song; a soulful, moody rendition of "Blue Christmas", which highlights her vocal prowess. 2017 will see her take to the stage at the Art of Time Ensemble at Toronto's Harbourfront shows, and fans can catch her out on tour again, this time opening for country legend Terri Clark.


This past year has been a year of firsts for Stony Plain artist, Steve Newsome. In March of 2016, he released his radio debut, “Tried, Tested and True” (TTT). Thanks to country radio and Lauren Tutty Promotions, TTT was added to the playlists of 47 stations across the country. The single also saw great success online, sitting on the Top 20 chart of Indie broadcaster, Smokin' FM, for 15 weeks – including two weeks at #1! Steve's second release, “Enjoy The Ride”, has had similar success, being added in light and medium rotation, as well as being a feature spot on 46 of Canada's best country outlets this past September. The release of the single coincided with the release of his six song debut EP of the same name. 

As for his live shows, Steve was very busy throughout Alberta and looks forward to doing a small tour to the east in 2017. Among the past year’s opportunities were opening slots with Cory Marquardt, Clayton Bellamy, Tim Hus and Brett Kissel. The Kissel show put Steve in front of his biggest crowd ever, 1400, at the Tri Leisure Center in Spruce Grove, Alberta. In 2017, Steve has a new producer, with his first 2017 release aimed for March. He will follow up with two more singles and his first video, due out in July.


The Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame (NSCMHF) would like to remind everyone that nominations are being accepted for deserving Nova Scotian musicians or promoters who have contributed to promoting and keeping country music alive in the province. No person can be inducted into the NSCMHF unless they are nominated by the public. Information and nomination forms can be found on the website www.nscmhf.ca. Nominations must be mailed to NSCMHF by February 15, 2017. Hank Snow and Wilf Carter were the first Nova Scotians to be honoured, followed by many others including Carroll Baker, Rita McNeil, The Spinney Brothers, Joyce Seamone, George Canyon, Cindy Church, Brent Williams, Anne Murray, Jim & Don Haggart, Don Messer and many more. This year, Jamie Cotter from Shelburne was inducted at the 20th Anniversary Induction Ceremony. Over 20 past inductees entertained at the event to a full house in Truro, NS in September. Anyone can nominate a deserving Nova Scotian.



For ole, 2016 has been a banner year. Nowhere is this more evident than in their success in country music. First on their list of many accomplishments, the ole Nashville team earned four #1 singles, the most recent being “A Little More Summertime”, performed by country superstar Jason Aldean, and co-written by hit ole songwriter Tony Martin.  “A Little More Summertime” joins ole’s previous 2016 chart toppers, “We Went”, performed by Randy Houser and co-penned by ole writer Matt Rogers;  “Peter Pan”, performed by Kelsea Ballerini and co-penned by ole legacy songwriter Jesse Lee; and “I Know Somebody”, performed by LOCASH and co-penned by ole writer/producer Jeremy Stover, to earn an ole “Grand Slam.”
Earlier in the year, ole took home an unprecedented tenth consecutive Music Publishing Company of the Year Award at the 2016 CCMA Awards in London, Ontario, where ole songwriter and recording artist Gord Bamford also won the CCMA Award for Album of the Year.

In total this year, the ole Nashville team has racked up an incredible 20 singles on the US country charts, including Tim McGraw’s current Top 5 single, “How I’ll Always Be,” which was also co-written by Jeremy Stover. Additionally, the team has had impressive success in Canada with 15 singles by artists including Gord Bamford, George Canyon, Madeline Merlo and Meghan Patrick.


Stuff your stockings this holiday season with Rockin’ River Music Fest 2017 tickets! Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, The Band Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Brett Kissel and The Washboard Union will be coming to the country music capital of Canada – Merritt, BC – August 3-6, 2017. Four-day early bird Festival Passes, Single Day tickets and camping are on sale now at www.rockinriverfest.com. Happy Holidays from the Rockin’ River Family!



Chris and Harlan will be inducted into the 2017 NACMAI Hall of Fame, as part of the North American Country Music Associations, Intl. NACMAI Week 2017. The Hall of Fame Show will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The North America Country Music Associations, Int’l was formed May 17, 1997, by Peggy Franck, “to promote the development of the Country/Gospel Music Industry in each state and country through an International Association to promote and inform members of the industry and the public about resources available in the various states and countries for Country/Gospel Music production.”  This can be accomplished by bringing together the various State/International Country Music Associations and/or Foundations in an organized method.


Southern Ontario Live Music lists the live music events for all genres in southern and southwestern Ontario. Any venue, band, musician wishing their event information listed, please email us and send in your event posters for listing on the website. Email: livemusicevents.swo@gmail.com


Shortly after releasing her first single, “Sweet Millie” to radio, Elly Thorn followed up with a charming Christmas original, “How Christmas Used to Feel”, nostalgically written about growing up in small-town Saltcoats, SK. Elly’s brother plays the dobro on the recording, making the song extra special. Elly wishes everyone a Merry Christmas - cherish your loved ones now and always – and she can't wait to see you all in Saskatoon for Country Music Week 2017!


Every once in a while, a song comes along that sounds like an instant classic, and that’s Kate Todd's “Country Christmas” (eOne Music). Based on Kate’s real life experiences growing up in a cozy farm house near Innisfil, Ontario, “Country Christmas” was created from a flood of fond memories. CLICK HERE for the video, and CLICK HERE to purchase “Country Christmas”. “Country Christmas” has been nationally re-released to country radio after experiencing wonderful radio support last season (including KX 96 and KX 94 adding it to their playlists). It was produced by Peter Linseman, CMAO Producer of the Year nominee, who also co-produced The World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media (WAALM) project where Kate Todd and  Kyle Shedrick’s song, “Should've Told” was nominated for the prestigious 2016 Hollywood Music In Media Awards Adult Contemporary Song of the Year. Kate is also featured on American artist Nicholas Tetreault’s Christmas single, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, available on iTunes. Kate also recently received a 2016 Josie Award for Versatile Entertainer Of The Year at a glorious ceremony in Nashville.


Exciting news from the multi-talented, rising country star, Anthony Tullo! Not did he star in the full length feature film, Bickerman's Grove, he also performed a set at the comedy gala premiere of the film, directed by Adrian Konstant, at the Apollo Cinema in Kitchener on Dec 1. After signing an endorsement deal with Gibson Canada, Anthony Tullo rocked the Gibson Showroom with new Gibson electric and Epiphone acoustic guitars for the Rebel With A Song CD release party on November 25. Rebel With A Song was released through Music Mentor Productions record label deal and international distribution deal through ILS Group/Universal Music. The lead single, “Gasoline”, will be internationally released on January 2, 2017; the national radio single release will be monitored by airplay tracker, Bob Martineau. Here is a sneak peek at The Making of Gasoline – there is a mysterious backstory to the shoot of this video! The Ontario farm location was hit by an unexplained crop circle a few days before the shoot and it’s now part of the “Gasoline” video.  Anthony performed for the staff of 75 at the CMRRA offices at Wellesley and Bay on Nov 21. Thank you Executive Assistant Lydia Couture-Comtois for coordinating the performance.  


Twin Kennedy has been celebrating the holiday season all month long, and performed two benefit concerts in Nashville, Tennessee. On December 5 the performed at the Canadian Standoff Show at The Country, where all proceeds benefited The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee East Wildfires Fund; and just last week on December 15 they performed at the Bibb-White Bluff Civic Centre, where admission was free with the donation of an unwrapped toy for the White Bluff Fire Department Toy Drive and/or a pet food donation for Last Chance Pet Rescue. Happy Holidays from Twin Kennedy!


The music community gathered together to toast to the season and raised $20,000 at the second annual Unison Holiday Schmoozefest, held December 12 at Toronto Spice Route Bistro and Bar. The proceeds will be invested back into Unison’s counselling and emergency assistance for Canadian music professionals.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Schmoozefest. We couldn’t put on events like these without the help of all of the sponsors and volunteers,” said Sheila Hamilton, the Executive Director of Unison Benevolent Fund. “It’s been an incredible year for Unison, and with demand for our assistant programs increasing, it’s inspiring to see so many come out and support these programs.”

The Unison Holiday Schmoozefest also offered an opportunity to acknowledge two of the people who made Unison a reality; Deane Cameron (President & CEO at The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall) and Lisa Zbitnew (President and Owner/Operator of the Phoenix Concert Theatre), who were members of Unison’s founding Board of Directors and can add to the list of their many contributions to the Canadian music community the milestone achievement having helped to raise over 1 million dollars to support Canadian music professionals in crisis. The current board, and everyone at Unison, is grateful to them both for their vision and commitment to Unison and for donating the knowledge and expertise that helped get Unison established.


I am so excited to be starting to be making memories with the CCMA family! This was my first Country Music Week and what a week it was in London! Some highlights include the round table discussions, which were full of vital information, especially for an indie country artist. Bryce Moore, my guitar player, was able to play lead for the Diamonds in the Rough Showcase, and together we met up with some other artists at local bars and had a great time singing and sharing music! I want to shout out to Scott Clements (and his wife Allison) who took me under their wing and showed me the ropes. I am excited to be working with Principle Projects with my radio release, “Stupid Love”, and look forward to building more relationships with some of the great people that I was able to network with during Country Music Week 2016.


Toronto Independent Music Awards 2016 “Best Country” category winner, and two- time Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Female Artist nominee, Tianna Woods, has released her new single “20 Bucks and a Tank of Gas” to radio and digital sites. The song has been well received since its release! “20 Bucks and a Tank of Gas” was produced by CCMA Award-winning producer, Jason Barry, and shares a theme all too familiar to Canadians from coast-to-coast. The song was picked up by 15 music stations in its first week, has been featured on many others and interview requests have been coming in. It is really resonating since so many are able to relate to it. We all know what it's like to be down to our last twenty bucks and still not have a care in the world. Tianna would like to send out a special thank you to the Canadian radio industry for making room on their playlists for indie artists and taking a chance. The support of radio is critical and is still the #1 source for discovering new music. You can listen to a clip of “20 Bucks and a Tank of Gas” on YouTube by CLICKING HERE.


The CCMA is proud to acknowledge the altruistic acts of charity and kindness demonstrated by our members. If you or someone you know has done something that you feel deserves recognition, please send your recommendations for consideration to thesource@ccma.org and note COUNTRY CARES in the subject line. Please keep submissions to 150-200 words, feel free to include one high resolution photo, and a link to extended content.


JUNO and CCMA Award-winning country singer Brett Kissel's poignant song about enduring love through a battle with cancer has struck a chord with the thousands upon thousands of Canadians who have downloaded "I Didn't Fall In Love With Your Hair" for friends and family affected by the disease. Released to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, proceeds from sales of the single have been matched by highly regarded Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist, W. Brett Wilson.

A total of $53,400 has now been raised via this song to support world-class research and support programs for the Canadian Cancer Society. Close to 1 million impressions were earned through social media, an equally significant measure of the song's incredible emotional and awareness-building impact.

"This song is generating so many inspirational stories back from the brave and beautiful people battling cancer," says Kissel. "This song and the related launch initiative was our way of celebrating and supporting people going through the toughest time in their lives."



Central Alberta group, Domino, recently challenged their Project Wild teammates to spread some country love throughout this season. The year has been a difficult one for many families and individuals and they wanted to show Canada that country music has a big heart!

In their hometown of Stettler, Alberta, the group purchased new pajamas for children that may not otherwise have any. Along with this, they also purchase a few turkeys and assisted with gathering warm clothing for those less fortunate in the community.

Domino asks for everyone to take the challenge and do something for their community. Post a video with what you did and hashtag #WeJustDid so everyone can follow. Every little gesture will contribute to easing someone’s life and hopefully give them some comfort. Who is up for the challenge to spread some country love?



Top Country and TEAM Dog Rescue have partnered to create the 2017 Top Country Sounds and Rescue Hounds calendar. ALL proceeds go to TEAM Dog Rescue, a non-profit, registered Canadian charity that finds homeless dogs furever homes. The 15-month calendar includes: Dean Brody, Johnny Reid, Jess Moskaluke, Tim Hicks, Chad Brownlee, Madeline Merlo, JoJo Mason Terri Clark, Chris Lane, Lindsay Ell, River Town Saints, James Barker Band, The Lovelocks, Wes Mack and Brett Kissel. Not to mention the rescue hounds (TEAM alumni)! CLICK HERE for more info.

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