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Archived News 2014

Ryan Keown -
Ryan Keown releases video for his new single Nothin'
MCMA President

The MCMA would like to announce the appointment of Kerry Kingsland as MCMA President. After three years serving as president for the MCMA Chris Ising made the decision to step down and focus on his musical endeavors. We welcome Kerry into his new role as we head into a busy musical 2015
Songwriters In The Round October 20 2014
2014 General Meeting
Please join us for... the Manitoba Country Music Association’s

Wednesday, October 22, 2013
Windsor Park Canad Inns, 1034 Elizabeth Road Winnipeg, MB
Meeting: 8-9 pm
Room: Ambassador D
Admission: free
Petric @ The Boot Oct 25th 2014
Ray Martin - Music Production

30 year veteran and multi award winning songwriter/artist, Ray Martin, is now offering his services as a music producer. 21 time Manitoba Country Music Association Award winner. 3 time CCMA award nominee and 1 time WCMA award nominee. Demo ready songs or radio ready albums, CD design and manufacturing, optional Nashville based music tracks, close association with many world class studio musicians. For more information contact Ray at
Manitoba and Friends Showcase
Rachel Ashley - Releases New Single
“How often do we find ourselves saying or thinking Wouldn’t That Be Nice? Way too often. We get so caught up with our busy, daily lives that we forget to appreciate the small things and don’t take the time to enjoy life to the fullest. I personally tend to always overwork myself and get stressed out really easily, but then I remember to just take a deep breath and relax. Everything will be okay and things will fall into place, so have fun, laugh lots, smile, and surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you – and that’s exactly what was going through my mind when I wrote this song and wrote the video treatment. Wouldn’t That Be Nice is the first song/video that I’m releasing that isn’t anti-bullying or Christmas themed so I’m really excited to see what happens with it!” -Rachel Ashley

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2014 CCMA Spotlight Performance Finalists Announced

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA)® congratulates the following acts who have been selected toparticipate in the 2014 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest. Thank you to the ProvincialCountry Music and Provincial Music Industry Associations from across Canada, mentioned below, for their work in selecting one country music act/artist to represent their province. 

Congratulations to our 2014 CCMA Spotlight Performance Finalists:  

British Columbia Country Music Association:
Karen Lee Batten
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Association of Country Music in Alberta:
Trinity Bradshaw
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Saskatchewan Country Music Association:
Samara Yung
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Manitoba Country Music Association:
Desiree Dorion
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Country Music Association of Ontario:
Leah Daniels
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Music/Musique NB:
Tristan Horncastle
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Music Nova Scotia:
Amanda Riley
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Music Prince Edward Island:
Brian Dunn
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Music Newfoundland and Labrador:
The Secrets
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Starting Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST, click here to access the CCMA Spotlight Performance Poll.

To vote, click the link and simply select which Finalist on the poll you would like to see perform at Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta. The Finalist that receives the most votes on the poll by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 3 will win two performance spots at Country Music Week 2014. Each voter will only be able to submit one (1) vote per IP address for the Finalist they would like to see win the contest.

Again, voting is NOW OPEN and will close Thursday, July 3 at 5 p.m. EST.

For more information, and the rules and regulations regarding the 2014 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest, please click here.

On behalf of the Canadian Country Music Association and the participating Provincial Country Music and Provincial Music Industry Associations, happy voting!

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2014 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest

Calling all Manitoba Country Music Artists!
The Manitoba Country Music Association (“MCMA”) is running a contest in tandem with the Canadian Country Music Association (“CCMA”) for your chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to play alongside Canada’s Country Music greats this September 4th thru 7th, 2014 at Country Music Week in Edmonton, AB

How it works:
Each province has been asked to select one Country Music Artist/Act (“Act”) to represent that province in the “CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest ” (“National Contest”).

The Manitoba segment of the contest runs from May 20th, 2014 to June 10th, 2014. The Manitoba winner will be one of the 10 contenders to compete in the CCMA online Poll contest, between June 26th and July 3rd, 2014. The artist who receives the highest number of votes through the CCMA online poll will win performance spots at the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards, and the CCMA Pre-Show Party Country Music Week at Country Music Week in Edmonton. The contest is open to all MCMA members in good standing. If you are not a member but would like to enter, please join at

These ten Acts must abide by the “2014 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest Rules and Regulation” - available here.

Acts who are interested in representing Manitoba on this National Contest are required to email their submission (submission requirements below) to the MCMA at by June 10, 2014.

Submission Requirements (to be emailed to the MCMA -
  • Two Songs (MP3 format or links)
  • Artist Bio
  • One Promotional Photo (JPEG Print quality)
  • Social Media Platforms (please include links to social media outlets you use (i.e., link to Facebook artist page, twitter account, website etc)

All Manitoba submissions will be juried by the MCMA, and one successful Act will be selected to move on to the National Contest for their chance to win a performance spot at the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards, and the CCMA Pre-Show Party during Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta on September 4th-7th, 2014.

What the National Contest winner receives:

There is only one (1) prize awarded, which goes to the Winner. The prize consists of:
  • A performance spot at the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards
  • A performance spot at the CCMA Pre-Show Party
  • A free one (1) year CCMA membership
  • A free one (1) year membership to the association the winner qualified
  • One (1) complimentary Full Delegate Registration to Country Music Week in Edmonton, AB (non- transferable)
  • One (1) $450.00 honorarium from Radio Starmaker Fund
  • One (1) hotel room for four (4) night accommodation (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at the Courtyard by Marriot in Edmonton
  • Transportation (economy class) to and from hometown to Edmonton (to a maximum $1,000 Cdn).

    Note: In the case that the winner is a duo or band, the CCMA will review the prize package on a case by case basis

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