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.




Country music fans will be in sensory overload with the stellar line up at this year’s Jiffy Lube FanFest at Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta.


Proudly presented by Jiffy Lube and event sponsors CMT and HMV, along with media partners CFCW, CISN and the Edmonton Journal, this FREE larger than life festival will be held on Saturday, September 7th from 11am-4pm in Halls ABC at the Shaw Conference Centre. Every level of country fan, from the die-hard album-wielding devotee to the entry-level music lover, will be entertained!!
This year’s amazing line-up will feature performances and meet-and-greets with each of the following acts: Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, Hey Romeo, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Kira Isabella, Charlie Major, Aaron Pritchett, Deric Ruttan, Small Town Pistols, Dallas Smith, Bobby Wills and Michelle Wright.
Also performing will be Edmonton’s own, Alee, who earlier this summer was selected to represent the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) in a fan-voted Jiffy Lube FanFest national contest hosted on Facebook by the CCMA.
Come and be a part of the excitement as Canada’s biggest and brightest country music stars give back to the fans who support them all year round.
Jiffy Lube FanFest is not to be missed!



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2013 CCMA Awards Nominee

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From her album


“Halfway to Somewhere is all about seeing the brighter side! Instead of worrying why it isn’t all the way, it’s about finding joy in the journey and realizing that the best part can be in the process and the exciting possibility of an unknown destination. I love this song’s carefree energy of taking in every moment and being grateful for it. For me personally in my life right now, I truly feel like the road is where my heart belongs, connecting with music and people on an unforgettable adventure.  I had such a fun time writing this with my cowriter’s Ron Robinson and RyLee Madison and I hope it finds people with the urge to turn it up and sing along, wherever they are going!” – TENILLE

  • Nominated for 2013 CCMA Award “Interactive Artist of the Year”!
  • Tenille reached over 15,000 students & faculty and recognized 120 leaders (whose actions made a difference) in 13 weeks on the self-headlining “Play it Forward” Tour.
  • Tenille honoured with the title of ambassador for The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.
  • Tim Horton Children’s Foundation chose Tenille’s “Dare To Be” to support with a video (coming late Summer 2013).
  • “Dear Heart” music video on The Family Channel & YTV.
  • ‘LIGHT’ reached #3 on the top albums chart week of release on iTunes charts.
  • Tenille’s annual concert fundraiser “Big Hearts For Big Kids” breaks record raising over $165,000 for the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society for a total of over $350,000 raised in 4 years!
  • Recipient of both the Queen’s Gold & Diamond Jubilee Medals.
  • 2012 Alberta’s Country Music Associations “Female Artist of the Year” (2nd year) & “Fan’s Choice” Award recipient (Presented in January 2013).
  • Recently performed Saturday main stage at 2013 Big Valley Jamboree.





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.


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Co-written with Carolyn Dawn Johnson

“We believe everyone has there own twist of fate in their lives. Whether it be something or someone that can change their day or circumstances from bad to great. Rob Darren and I, our lives completely changed when we met each other. We all had different paths that we were on and everything twisted around when we became friends, started playing together and started writing music together, to eventually winning 3 Canadian Country Music Awards together as Hey Romeo.

This single is co-written with Carolyn Dawn Johnson, as a love song but it is inspired by the journey that we have taken together as a group. We are each others Twist Of Fate!”

Upcoming TOUR dates (more in the works):

Fri, Jun 21/13 – HUMBOLDT, SK – JCI Cabaret
Sat, Jun 22/13 – WAINWRIGHT, AB – Wainwright Rodeo
Thu, Jul 04/13 – CALGARY, AB – Corporate Event (Private)
Mon, Jul 08/13 – CALGARY, AB – Corporate Event (Private)
Fri, Jul 19/13 – BOYLE, AB – Boyle Rodeo
Fri, Jul 26/13 – EDMONTON, AB – Bruce Stampede Grounds
Sat, Jul 27/13 – HINTON, AB – Hinton Rodeo

Jason Greeley Releases New Single!



Born in Upper Island Cove, NL






A cover of The Irish Rovers song!

“I’ve been listening to this song ever since I was a kid. I remember seeing the Irish rovers television show with my family in the early 80’s and loving it. Music was a big part of my life from a real early age. With its tradition Irish feel, its always been a song that reminds me of home, my crazy fun family and very much a song us east coasters love to lay claim to.

I’ve been playing live music in clubs festivals, big venues and every where else unimaginable and this song was always a song that got people moving in a big way. Young or old. Its a universal song for all ages and everyone knows most of the words. Always a hit when I break it out!” — Jason Greeley

Award-Winning Canadian Country Artist Tenille Releases New Album “Light”!

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Toronto, ON – 2012 CCMA Slaight Music Humanitarian Award recipient Tenille will release her sophomore album Light on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The album features the single “Dear Heart,” which is currently being played on Canadian Country radio. Additionally, on February 23 Tenille will host her annual Big Hearts For Big Kids fundraiser at the TEC Centre in her hometown of Grande Prairie, Alberta. The evening will include performances by Tenille as well as top Canadian Country acts including Deric Ruttan, Jason McCoy, Victoria Banks, The Jeffersons, Sean Hogan and Wyatt. To date, Big Hearts For Big Kids has raised nearly $200,000. All proceeds go to Sunrise House; a Grand Prairie-based, emergency youth shelter that serves a wide area of Northern Alberta.


Based on the concept that light and hope can be found anywhere, even in the darkest corners of a person’s life, Light showcases Tenille’s substantial growth as an artist and her belief that music has the power to motivate people to make positive changes in their own lives and the lives of others. Nowhere is that clearer than on songs like “Pay It Forward,” the theme song for her 2012-2013 Canadian ‘Play It Forward’ tour, and lead single “Dear Heart,” co-written with Gordie Sampson (Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride), Caitlyn Smith (Rascal Flatts) and Kelly Archer (Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch) – which expresses Tenille’s willingness to share her own vulnerability and openness with the world.


“I can’t wait to share Light with everyone,” says Tenille. “The songs and the messages on this record mean so much to me and I had a blast working on it with an amazing team of musicians and my producer, Fred Mollin. Watching them breathe life into these songs was an unforgettable experience.”


On the strength of her 2011 Royalty Records debut, Real, which entered the SoundScan Country chart at #13 the first week of its release, Tenille became the youngest artist ever nominated for the coveted Canadian Country Music Award for Female Artist of the Year (2011), and in 2012 the youngest recipient of the CCMA Slaight Music Humanitarian Award. That same year the 18-year-old’s talent and dedication garnered her the Grand Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In early 2013, Tenille took home the Association of Country Music in Alberta’s Fan’s Choice Award, won the ACMA Female Artist of the Year Award for the second year running and was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.


Light – Track Listing:

  1. Starts With You
  2. Dear Heart
  3. Into The Light
  4. Maple Grove Road
  5. Fall In Love
  6. Pay It Forward
  7. That’s What it’s Like to Leave
  8. Some Will Call it Love
  9. Where Did She Go
  10. Getting Good at Goodbye
  11. Halfway to Somewhere
  12. One Last Look Around
  13. Dare to Be

Website: www.tenille.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/realtenillemusic 

Twitter: @_Tenille

YouTube: www.youtube.com/realtenillemusic

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Tenille will be available for advance and in-person interviews surrounding the release of her new album Light. On February 27 & 28 she will be in Toronto and available for select interviews. 


For more information or to request an interview, please contact:


Strut Entertainment

Liz Reid




Strut Entertainment
1240 Bay Street, Suite 205
Toronto, ON M5R 2A7