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CCMA Songwriters’ Café Announces Additional 2013 Country Music Week Performers

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is proud to announce several talented performers joining this year’s CCMA Songwriters’ Café series, Presented by SOCAN, which will take place over the course of three days at this year’s Country Music Week, September 5-8 in Edmonton, Alberta.

This year, the CCMA is pleased to welcome both emerging and established songwriters including Lisa Brokop, Tracey Brown & Randall Prescott, Joni Delaurier, Eddie Eastman, Andrea England, Adam Gregory, The Heartbroken, Hey Romeo, Lindi Ortega, Jake Mathews, and Tebey. They will join the already announced Autumn Hill, The Command Sisters, Jack Connolly, Jaida Dreyer, Livy Jeanne, Keith & Renee, David Leask, Heather Longstaffe, The Lovelocks, Katie Mission, Jess Moskaluke, and Wes Mack.

The CCMA Songwriters’ Café features the penning of original tunes and also introduces listeners to some familiar faces behind the music we love. This acoustic in-the-round performance is sure to inspire and evoke some strong emotions and create memorable moments.

The 2013 CCMA Songwriters’ Café will take place beginning Thursday, September 5 from 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM MST with additional performances on Friday, September 6 from 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM MST and Saturday, September 7 from 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM MST at the Citadel Theatre – The Club. Limited tickets are available for public purchase at the Citadel Theatre Box Office or at www.citadeltheatre.com/whats-on/buy-tickets/. For those who are registered delegates, your delegate badge will get you into these events.


JULY 17TH, 2013



CCMA 2013


Announced today in Toronto, ON the 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Award nominees. Amongst those nominees are Hey Romeo for “Group of the Year“, Video of the Year” for Maybe You Remember Me Now Directed by Stephano Barberis, “Album Design of the Year” by Mediavandals and photography by Ashley Champaign for Twist of Fate and all band members were also nominated.

Additionally, Tenile also received her 1st nomination in the category for “Interactive Artist of the Year“.

As well Royalty’s President Rob Smith, was honoured with “Record Company Person of the Year” and Royalty Music Publishing Inc. also received a nomination.

This years CCMA take place in Edmonton, Alberta and these awards will be given out throughout Country Music Week.

Royalty Records would like to thank everyone who voted and for the continuous support given to all of our artists. Thank you!

To find out more about the CCMA & see the full list of nominees, please visit www.ccma.org





July 3, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced today that Rita MacNeil and Ed Harris have been selected as the 2013 inductees into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame®.

“Both Ms. MacNeil and Mr. Harris have made huge imprints on country music in Canada and we are delighted to have them enter the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame,” said CCMA President, Don Green. “I would like to thank our Hall of Fame Electors Committee for recognizing these two outstanding industry leaders.”

Ed Harris, as the 2013 Builder inductee, will receive the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder Award this September in Edmonton. Mr. Harris, twice named the CCMA Record Industry Person of the Year, will be recognized for his ongoing 35-year career as an industry champion.

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Mr. Harris is the president of High Note Marketing; which he founded in 1999. He began his career with Universal Music Canada in 1986 as a country music marketing manager, where he oversaw marketing campaigns for some of Nashville’s biggest stars.

Mr. Harris has continuously been an integral supporter of Canadian country music performers throughout his career.  Over his twelve-year tenure overseeing marketing initiatives at Royalty Records, he has worked with several prominent Canadian artists including Gord Bamford, Chris Cummings, Gil Grand, and Aaron Pritchett.

Additionally, Mr. Harris has served on the CCMA Board of Directors, as well as the Alberta Recording Industry Association, and is a key entertainment consultant for the Calgary Stampede.

“I’d like to thank the CCMA for selecting me to receive the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder Award. I am humbled and honoured to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Mr. Harris. “Over the course of my career I’ve worked in many facets of the country music business and in doing so, have met many talented people who have become friends and associates. I thank them all for their support and look forward to seeing everyone during Country Music Week.”

The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at a private industry event held during Country Music Week, which takes place September 5-8 in Edmonton, Alberta.



I remember meeting Ed at my very first CCMA’s, it was 1993 I believe in Hamilton. He invited me up to his room late one night for a drink with a few others and treated me like we had been friends for years. From that point forward I always looked up to Ed as a mentor and friend.

When Royalty Records and Ed decided to start working together our relationship grew even stronger and while I took my hiatus from the record business, Ed was instrumental in the success of Royalty. I was fortunate enough to come back and take over Royalty several years later and for the last 6 or so years, Ed has taught me so much about this business, and been a great friend.

Ed’s influence and mentorship will always be a part of who I am in this business and I can’t thank him enough for what he has meant to Royalty and myself.

Thank you Ed and congratulations on your induction into the Hall of Fame!

Cheers my friend!

Rob Smith
Royalty Records Inc.

Hey Romeo Signs Exclusive Booking Deal with Invictus Entertainment Group

For Immediate Release:

January 16, 2013




Toronto, ON – Canadian Country Music Association Award winners Hey Romeo announce the signing of their exclusive booking deal with Jim Cressman and Invictus Entertainment Group. With the reputation as one of Canada’s hardest working country bands, Hey Romeo joins a roster at Invictus that includes Terri Clark, George Canyon, Emerson Drive and more. The trio’s current single, “Maybe You Remember Me Now,” off their third studio album, Twist Of Fate, is climbing the country charts entering the Top 30 on Mediabase this week. Signed to Royalty Records, Hey Romeo consists of Stacie Roper (vocals), Darren Gusnowsky (guitar) and Rob Shapiro (keyboards).

“Royalty is thrilled to have Jim Cressman and his team at Invictus sign Hey Romeo to their roster,” says Rob Smith, President / CEO of Royalty Records. “Jim has been a long time supporter of the band and we at Royalty would like to thank him for his belief in Hey Romeo.” Rob Shapiro, keyboardist for Hey Romeo continues, “We have great respect for Jim and his amazing team and are all excited to be a part of the Invictus family.” Cressman, President of Invictus Entertainment group, adds, “I admire this band for their perseverance and their work ethic. Glad to have them as part of our elite team of clients.”

Following the release of Twist of Fate, Hey Romeo took home Group or Duo of the Year at the 2012 CCMA Awards, an award they also won in 2011. Additionally, they received nominations for Fans’ Choice Award and Interactive Artist of the Year. The group joined country icon Gord Bamford on select dates during his 2012 cross-Canada tour and hosted the first annual Alberta Country Music Awards at Westerner Park in Red Deer. Known for spending much of their career on the road, Hey Romeo has shared the stage with artists including Sugarland, Darius Rucker, Johnny Reid and Marty Stuart.

In 2010, Hey Romeo’s sophomore album,That’s What I Am, sparked five hit singles including “Searchin’ For You,” which went Top 20 on both the Mediabase and BDS charts, and “That’s What I Am” which peaked at #13 on the Billboard Canada Emerging Artist chart. A year after the release of their debut album, the band’s perseverance paid off when they took home a 2008 CCMA Award for Top New Group of the Year.

Website: www.heyromeo.com

Twitter: @heyromeo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/heyromeoband


Invictus Entertainment Group

Invictus Entertainment Group takes a focused and concentrated approach with our boutique agency. Our agency is committed to bolstering brand recognition and extracting maximum revenue opportunities for our clients.

In addition to strategic planning and execution of touring initiatives, Invictus has developed alliances and partnerships to explore commercial endorsement opportunities, as well as film and television placements for our sterling roster of clients.

Website: www.iegroup.ca

For additional information about Hey Romeo or to request an interview, please contact:

Strut Entertainment

Liz Reid



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The 2012 Royalty Records ACMA Nominee’s Are:


Female Artist of the Year

Katie Mission


Male Artist of the Year

Jason Greeley
Shane Chisholm


Group/Duo of the Year

Friday Night Satellites
Hey Romeo
The Orchard


Fan’s Choice

Friday Night Satellites
Hey Romeo
Jason Greeley
Katie Mission
Shane Chisholm
The Orchard


New Category: Industry Person of the Year

Chris Nielsen-Smith – Royalty Records
Ed Harris – Highnote Marketing
R. Harlan Smith – Royalty Records
Rob Smith – Royalty Records


Cast your vote by visiting our website at:

http://www.abcountrymusic.ca and click on “Vote”

Tickets for the Awards Show Go On Sale
Monday December 17th, 2012

Tenille Receives The 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Slaight Music Humanitarian Award

Saskatoon, SK (September 9, 2012)  Yesterday was a day full of award ceremonies for the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Two award ceremonies, the CCMA Gala Awards and CCMA All-Star Band Awards celebrated the incredible talents of Canada’s country music industry. The final round of awards will be handed out tonight, Sunday, September 9th at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK. Eager fans can tune into CBC Television at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), and CMT (Canada) starting at 10 p.m. ET to find out who the 2012 winners will be.

The CCMA Gala Awards boasted outstanding performances by Jason Blaine, The Heartbroken, Small Town Pistols, Dallas Smith and The Stellas. Throughout the evening the 2012 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, Johnny Burke and Ralph Murphy, were celebrated alongside the Hank Smith Award of Excellence recipient Larry Delaney. Also recognized for her outstanding fundraising initiatives was 2012 CCMA Award nominee and recipient of the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, Tenille.

The CCMA All-­Star Band Awards, hosted by Wendell Ferguson, celebrated the talents of the hard working musicians who have spent hours perfecting their skills behind the scenes. Winners included Shane Chisholm, Lisa Dodd (Gord Bamford) and Rob Shapiro (Hey Romeo), among others.


Rob Shapiro (Hey Romeo)

Shane Chisholm -­ Gastank Bass (Shane Chisholm)


The Orchard Releases Debut Album “Southern Ground”.

The Orchard made up of Kasha Anne and Mitch Smith are set to release their debut album

“Southern Ground” today, August 28th, 2012. The duo will host a CD release event tonight at 5:00pm at Permanent Records.

The band also releases their 3rd single today. “Gotta Let You Go” is officially at radio.

“I’ve gone through those relationships, where I know things have to come to an end. The thought stays with me throughout the day, another night behind closed doors doesn’t seem like such a terrible idea..I think it is common for people to go through things like that. Whether they are afraid of missing that person, or just aren’t sure what the right thing to do is. That’s what this song means to me…Honest and simple, with a touch of bluegrass” – Mitch

“We all have a person in our lives at some point who we love, but isn’t good for us. Gotta Let You Go is light and encouraging for anyone who needs the strength to make a change. Hopefully this beat can help kick the blues.” – Kasha

Vote Hey Romeo for Canadian Country Music Awards 2012 Fans’ Choice Award

Hey Romeo has been nominated for Fan’s Choice Award and our happy to announce our fans can vote!

The Canadian Country Music Association wants you to be the one to present your favourite Canadian country star with the 2012 CCMA Fans’ Choice Award.

CLICK HERE to fill in your information to be entered into the ‘Ultimate Fan Contest’ to win a trip to the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Then cast your vote for this year’s Fans’ Choice Award!

One vote/contest entry per email address will be accepted. Contest entrants must be age of majority in the province in which they reside. The Ultimate Fan contest closes 11:59 AM, EST on Friday, August 24, 2012. Voting for the 2012 Fans’ Choice Award closes 5:00 PM, EST on Friday, September 7, 2012.

Click here for the rules and regulations.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ccma@adbeast.com

Hey Romeo Nominated for Multiple CCMA Awards, including Fans’ Choice Award


July 18th, 2012

Hey Romeo Nominated for Multiple CCMA Awards, including Fans’ Choice Award

Toronto, ON – 2011 Group of the Year Hey Romeo have been nominated for the 2012 Fans’ Choice Award, Group of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). Additionally Hey Romeo members also received nominations for “Keyboard Player of the Year” (Rob Shapiro), “Guitar Player of the Year (Darren Gusnowsky)”, “Drummer of the Year (Brad Tebble)” and “Bass Player of the Year (Curtis Ebner)”.

Fan’s Choice Award, voting opens this July 18th, 2012 until Friday, September 7, 2012 where fans can vote for their favourite artist online at www.ccmas.org. The winner will be announced at the CCMA Awards, which will broadcast live from Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

Hey Romeo released their third studio album, Twist of Fate (Royalty Records), on June 26, 2012. The new record was co-produced by Hey Romeo and Byron Hill (Gary Allan, Gord Bamford) and features 12 songs including the first single, “Jump Back In.” Recently, they joined country icon Gord Bamford on select dates during his cross-Canada tour and hosted the first annual Alberta Country Music Awards at Westerner Park in Red Deer. They have also opened for legendary country acts including Sugarland and Johnny Reid, making a name for themselves within the Canadian country music industry.

Last year was particularly memorable for the band, garnering a win for Group of the Year at the CCMA Awards and keyboardist Rob Shapiro received an All-Star Band Award for Keyboard Player of the Year for the third year running. In 2010 Hey Romeo’s sophomore album, That’s What I Am, sparked five hit singles including “Searchin’ For You,” which went Top 20 on both the Mediabase and BDS charts, and “That’s What I Am” peaked at #13 on the Billboard Canada Emerging Artist chart. A year after the release of their debut album, the band took home a 2008 CCMA Award for Top New Group of the Year.

In addition to their Fans’ Choice nomination, Hey Romeo will be performing at the CCMA FanFest on September 8 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

Website: www.heyromeo.com
Twitter: @heyromeo
Facebook: www.facebook.com/heyromeoband



Established in 1976, the CCMA is committed to ensuring the growth of Canadian country music through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition. Core to the organization’s efforts is Country Music Week – an annual event that heightens awareness and increases exposure for Canada’s country artists. A culmination of Country Music Week, the Canadian Country Music Awards were inaugurated in 1982 and continue to celebrate the music and artists that represent Canada’s unique culture.

For more information please contact:
Strut Entertainment
Liz Reid

Tenille Releases New Single “Starts With You” To Country Radio!

New single from


  • Canadian Country Music Association’s 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award Recipient (previous recipients Gord Bamford and Johnny Reid)
  • Alberta’s Country Music Awards – First Country Female Artist of the Year
  • Presented with Aaron Lines at the CCMA’s The Jim Cuddy Band and The Heartbroken Performance in 2011 on the CBC Televised Award Show
  • CCMA Songwriter’s Café Performance in Hamilton and coming up in Saskatoon
  • Opening Act Performances for Terri Clark, Easton Corbin, and Randy Travis
  • Big Valley Jamboree Axe Songwriter’s Workshop Performance
  • Calgary Stampede Chinook Breakfast Performance 2012
  • Manitoulin Country Fest Mainstage Entertainment and Songwriter’s Circle
  • Performance with Jason McCoy and Jamie Warren
  • Live Televised Performances on CTV’s Canada AM and Breakfast Television
  • Featured Performer in John Landry’s Ontario Christmas Tour
  • Top 50 Finalist in youth category for International Songwriter’s Competition
  • Raised over $194,000 for the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society as the creator for the annual concert fundraiser Big Hearts For Big Kids
  • Music Video “Pictures on a Crooked Wall” added to rotation on CMT


A gifted singer and songwriter with a huge charitable heart, 18-year-old Tenille has become an unstoppable force in Canadian country music. The Canadian Country Music Association has recently announced that she will be honored with the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award this year.

In 2011, she was awarded Alberta’s Female Artist of the Year and also nominated at the Canadian Country Music Awards as the youngest ever Female Artist of the Year. Tenille’s proudest achievement to date, however, has been founding, organizing, and hosting Big Hearts for Big Kids, a fundraiser that has raised more than $194,000 in the past three years for Grande Prairie’s Youth Emergency Shelter Society- the Sunrise House.

Tenille has also contributed to fundraising efforts for Slave Lake, Haiti, Canadian Cancer Relays, The Wounded Warriors Foundation, and she will be spending part of her summer with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, sharing her joy of music with the kids at the Kananaskis camp. With her new radio single “Starts With You” currently released and an exciting schedule of upcoming events, Tenille has found time to finish her graduating year of high school and is currently working with Nashville producer Fred Mollin on her sophomore album, to be released in early 2013.
Tenille – Starts With You – Lyric Video