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Ontario Country Music Association International Singing Competition
June 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The 2nd Annual Ontario Country Music Association International (CMAI) Competition Tour for Country Music singers, songwriters, gospel singers, and musicians, will be searching for local talent at the Belle River Royal Canadian Legion Branch 399 on Sunday, June 9, 2019.
Contestants will perform two Country Music songs with their own backing tracks or guitar backing. They will be judged on vocals, stage performance, attire/dress, song selection, and originality. Participants are welcome to perform their own original music.
This competition tours cities across Ontario and four contestants from each stop will move on to the provincial finals to be held during the Fall in Chatham, Ontario.
The top 20 contestants from the provincial finals will move on to compete in the North American Country Music Association International competition at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Country music industry professionals will be in attendance including record labels, promoters, radio station representatives, and more. This gives participants the potential to make inroads into the Country Music industry.
Awards will be given in the following categories:
Kids ages 8 to 12
Teens ages 13 to 19
Adults age 20 to 49
Seniors age 50 and up
Original writer, & Bands
Anyone can compete (singles, duos, trios, and bands) as long as they are a member of Ontario C.M.A International. Anyone can become a member for a $20.00 fee.
Dan Knight, owner of Nashville Country Music Magazine, is the vice president of the international competition, and sponsor of the Ontario competition tour, which recently began in May. The tour already made a stop in Windsor on May 19. Windsor winners include Bernie Grass, Don Mclean and Chris Mabb.
This is the sophmore year for the Ontario CMAI talent search and singing competition. Last year (2018) a total 17 finalists from Ontario advanced to the North American competition and they swept it, with all of them winning. Windsor’s Aubrae Kehoe stunned judges with a perfect score. Wallaceburg’s Granville Boutilier won 2019 Male International Entertainer for 50 and over and International Male Vocalist of the Year. Brothers Wilde, the brother duo of Nolan and Ethan Wilde, from Kettle and Stoney Point, won the 2019 International New Country Duo of the Year. The duo are one of a handful of acts making inroads into the music industry.
All Contestants Must Sign In Between Noon and 1pm
For more information or to sign up for the Ontario CMAI singing competition visit ocmai.ca or call 226-627-4728