NEW COUNTRY SPIRIT AND THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO ANNOUNCE TOP 3 WINNERS OF EMERGING COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST SHOWCASE

New Country Spirit, today announced the Top 3 winners of the Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase – a partnership initiative with the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario).

Thirty-nine contestants, including solo artists and bands of all ages from across Ontario submitted their video of either a cover or original song. The videos were featured on the New Country Spirit Facebook page and after just seven days of ‘votes by views’, the artists accumulated more than 145,000 total combined YouTube views, with a total reach of approximately 105,000. Artists submitted 15 creative cover songs and 24 original songs. Ten finalists were selected from the talented group of 39 and apanel of music industry professionals independently reviewed the artists’ video submissions.  The Top 3 winners of the 2018 New Country Spirit & CMAOntario Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase are: 

  1. Grand Prize Winner: Big City Lights – Toronto, ON
  2. Second Prize Winner: Mackenzie Leigh Meyer – Hamilton, ON
  3. Third Prize Winner: Nicole Rayy – Oakville, ON

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“One of our goals for the Showcase was to expand country music artists’ fan base by helping them be seen and heard online and at a ‘live’ performance. For our first year doing this type of project, we couldn’t be happier with the combined total of 145,000 new YouTube views for the 39 artists that applied to the Showcase. Those 145,000 new views translate to almost a 30% overall increase in ‘viewership’ for the artists!” said Wendy Perry, Owner of New Country Spirit.  Wendy went on to say, ‘Thank you to the artists that applied for the Showcase opportunity. We truly are lucky to have such a talented country music community in Ontario.  We would also like to thank CMAOntario for partnering with us on this project, to our host venue, The Mississauga Waterfront Festival for providing a live performance opportunity for our winners, and to all our prize contributors.  Most of all, thank you to all the fans, friends and followers for taking the time to support the Showcase participants – by liking, sharing and viewing you have contributed to the development of country music artists in Ontario…your engagement made a difference and who knows what future opportunities lie ahead for these artists”.

The Grand Prize Winner has won a performance opportunity on the Tim Horton’s Main Stage at Mississauga Waterfront Festivalon June 16, 2018, $300 in New Country Spirit merchandise,a $200 honorarium donated by CMAOntario, a professional photo shoot withBrandon Ferguson Photographyvalued at $500, a $100 Gift Card donated by Rock N Horse Saloonin Toronto and complimentary CMAOntario Conference & Awards show package for 2019 (priceless!).

“Congratulations to all of the artists that participated in the New Country Spirit & CMAOntario Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase,” said CMAOntario President, Catherine Faint. We would like to thank New Country Spirit for partnering with us on this initiative that showcases our members’ talents. We would also like to thank The Mississauga Waterfront Festival for providing a great performance opportunity for the Showcase winners to ‘take the stage’! As always, thank you to the country music fans in Ontario, Canada and around the world for supporting our members.

New Country Spirit’s Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase, in partnership with CMAOntario, has given Ontario artists the opportunity to be seen and heard both on-line and ‘live’ on the Tim Horton’s Main Stage at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival. We are committed to building our ‘country’ community by supporting local artists and their never-ending passion for creating and sharing stories through music.

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WINDMILL MUSIC SALUTES CLASSIC ROCK ON MAY 4 & 5

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Calling all Rockers! For two nights The Great Hall in Mississauga will come alive with the Rock Music of the Ages. Windmill Music is set to present an exhilarating mix of Classic Rock with its new concert, The Age of Rock and Roll on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Great Hall located at 84 South Service Rd, Mississauga. (QEW/Hwy 10). Come to groove and soak it all in as the professional Windmill cast performs an energetic array of music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Showcasing 14 professional vocalists from the Mississauga area, The Age of Rock and Roll will delight audiences with its high-calibre musicianship and authentic cabaret experience complete with complimentary snacks, candlelight and cash bar. Ample free parking on site.

“Spring is here – it’s time to let your hair down, shake off the cobwebs and start living again,” explains Windmill Music Artistic Director Brian Pritchard. “This great music will excite you and lift your spirits – so come and spend the evening with us. The fourteen voice Windmill Singers and our Band love Rock and Roll and love to sing the music of an unforgettable era.”

Featured vocalists include Heidi Cyfko, Michelle Giacometti, Christa Clahane, Emily Klatt, Katie Westrope, Raylin Marcotte, Diana Rimac, Erin Boyle, Chris Burke, Blair Barnsdale, Jason Hales, Justin Bacchus, Heather Christine and Brian Pritchard. The Windmill Band is comprised of Alex Furlott on bass, Andrew Scott on drums and Fraser Melvin on guitar under the guidance of Windmill Music’s Musical Director Jennifer Tung.

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased on the Windmill website at windmillmusic.org or by calling 905-483-5702. Please visit www.windmillmusic.org for more details. Follow us on Twitter @WindmillTheatr1.

The Wait is Over – Camp Ignite is Back!

Mississauga’s only camp focused on introducing young women to a potential career in the fire service is now accepting applications.

For the third year in a row Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) will introduce 20 teenaged girls ages 15 to 19 to a potential career in the fire service through a unique weeklong experience, Camp Ignite.

“There is no better introduction to a potential career than what is offered through Camp Ignite,” said Tim Beckett, Fire Chief, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services. “Our vision to make Mississauga a fire-safe city is dependant on having the right people in the right roles within the fire service. We want young woman to understand that this is a rewarding career that is available to them.” Continue reading The Wait is Over – Camp Ignite is Back!

Community Rides Begin May 5: Pump Up your Bike Tires and Come Ride with Us

It’s time to grab your bicycle and get ready for the 2018 Community Rides beginning on Saturday, May 5. These rides will continue into the fall season and are a great way to learn where to ride in our city and meet your neighbours.

Visit the Community Rides page to learn more about this year’s rides; plan to get outdoors, enjoy the fresh air and put winter behind you. Continue reading Community Rides Begin May 5: Pump Up your Bike Tires and Come Ride with Us