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The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and the 2009 Awards

Cover September 18, 2009

By Sandy Graham

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is a federally chartered, non-profit professional trade organization whose purpose is to: protect the heritage of; advocate the development of; and enact laws favourable to the Canadian country music industry domestically and internationally.

Since 1976, the CCMA has been committed to ensuring the growth of the Canadian country music industry. Through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition, the CCMA offers members these advantages in an increasingly competitive environment. Core to our efforts is Country Music Week. It is the focal point for our organization and members, and provides professional development, showcasing opportunities, and an opportunity to heighten awareness and increase exposure for Canada's country artists.

O Canada ! There are Stars on King

Cover September 11, 2010

By Sandy Graham

The concept for a Walk of Fame in Toronto, to honour famous Torontonians was first conceived in 1996, by founder and current President, Peter Soumalias. The Board of the Toronto Entertainment District Association was not keen on the idea, so Soumalias went on to create and establish The Walk of Fame for Canadians in partnership with Bill Ballard, Dusty Cohl and Gary Slaight. In spite of a lack of funds, research and no media plan, they managed to succeed and the first class of inductees was inducted in 1998. The Walk of Fame has since become a popular tourist attraction in Toronto and has been named the number one Canadian recognition event.

Neil Young's peers happy the Canadian rocker finally getting due from Grammy

Cover August 21, 2009

By Nick Patch, The Canadian Press
LOS ANGELES - When Grammy gives its person of the year award to Neil Young this weekend, a star-studded cast of performers will be on hand to serenade the Toronto-born rock legend.

Sheryl Crow, Elton John, James Taylor, k.d. lang and John Mellencamp are just a few of the names who will perform at Friday's MusiCares gala, and who will presumably have a chance to meet the elusive singer/songwriter.

Many Canadian artists who hold Young up as a Canuck icon still haven't had the pleasure.

"I've always wanted to meet him," Stompin' Tom Connors told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.

"He's got a great name for himself throughout the world and he's well thought of back here in Canada. I'm looking forward to meeting him someday.

"If you see him before I do, let him know that I'd be willing to meet him, sit down and have a few beers."

He's not the only one.

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