The Country Music Association of Ontario Conference and Awards are just around the corner. May 28th and 29th, is a two-day conference filled with informative panels at the Edward Village Hotel in Markham. Monday May 30th is the awards show, held at the Flato Markham Theatre. This will be the 4th annual event and is sure to be an exciting time.
Our final interview in the countdown series is with the one and only, Jason Blaine. Check out our chat:
Congratulations on being nominated for six awards at the CMAO Awards! That must be an incredible feeling. Please tell us how you felt when you heard the news? Is there one category that you secretly hope you win over any other?
Thank you! I was thrilled to get the news. Six CMAO nominations are the most I’ve ever received in one year, so it’s a real honour to be considered for that many. Honestly, I’ll take whatever comes my way, should I be so lucky.
Being nominated in the Fans’ Choice category seems like one of the most important categories to many artists, the fans voting it adds a little something special, what is it like to be nominated in such a prestigious category?
Yes, Fans Choice is extra special since everything we do is really about the fans at the end of the day. It sounds cliché but everyone in this category has already won with the fans, just to be nominated.
On top of the awards, you will be attending and speaking at the CMAO R2I Spring Tune Up Conference. You’ve been part of panel discussions before, what can you tell us about your topic for this conference?
Sure! I’ll be participating in a Q&A panel with a few of my country music pals and I’m told the topic is called “Been there, Played that”. We’ll be sharing some of what we’ve learned so far on our musical journey and try to offer up some helpful advice and insight in order to hopefully help anyone attending navigate their way through this crazy and ever-changing industry.
You’re set to perform at the award show as well, is there a certain performance that you’re most pumped to see, other than your own?
Oh boy, tough question! I’m looking forward to all of them of course but if I have to choose, I’d say our host Jason McCoy’s opening bit is always hilarious, classy, and cleverly put together and I can’t wait to see what he does this year!
If you were asked to give a rising Canadian country star some advice, what would it be?
Find your identity. What do you want to say through your music and what is it that you want to be remembered for should you be lucky enough to get to have hit songs or videos.
Ontario has a huge population of talented Country artists; care to suggest an up & coming artist that you think we should all check out?
I’m a real fan of my pals from the Ottawa Valley area, The River Town Saints. I think they’re going to do some more great things this year!
The Summer concert season is heating up. What’s up next for you after the excitement of the CMAO’s?
I’m really excited for this summer. With shows like Boots & Hearts with Tim McGraw, Lucknow, On with Lee Brice and a date with Rascal Flatts in Halifax this August, I think summer 2016 is actually shaping up to be the most exciting touring season of my career.
You have an annual Golf Tournament in your hometown, tell us about it? Are there any fellow CMAO artists that will be there with you?
You bet! I’m proud and honoured to tell you that we’ve got this years CMAO returning host Jason McCoy joining us as one of our celebrity guests. Dallas Smith has also agreed to fly in all the way from BC to help us raise some money for my hometown. It’s going to be a blast.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Thank You! Thank you for all the sweet messages on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and thank you for coming out to the shows and singing along and I can’t wait to see you all this summer.
Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I have been a fan of Canadian Music for as long as I can remember. That counts for way too many decades than I want to admit to! I have three primary passions in my life, music, photography and writing. When I can combine them all, I feel I am right where I should be. Though I can appreciate all genres of music, my particular favourite is Country. Canadian Country is moving in leaps and bounds. I love how it is progressing and I’m thankful that I can be a small part of it.