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CCMA FanFest Contest

Calling all Manitoba Country Music artists! The Manitoba Country Music Association is running a contest in tandem with the Canadian Country Music Association for your chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to play alongside Canada’s Country greats at CCMA FanFest in Saskatoon, SK as part of PotashCorp Country Music Week!

CCMA FanFest 2012 includes performances by the best and brightest Canadian country music has to offer. FanFest attracts 5,000-10,000 fans each year and with the event being held in a country music loving market like Saskatoon, the CCMA hopes exceed attendance expectations!

Between July 9th and July 24th, 2012, the MCMA is accepting applications for your chance to be a qualifier in the CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest. A MCMA Board of Directors appointed jury will select one artists, from those that applied, to compete in the CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest. The selected Manitoba contestant will then move on to the CCMA’s FanFest Performance Poll Contest where they will compete against 9 other people in a Facebook poll contest. The artist who receives the most votes through the CCMA Facebook Page Poll will win a performance spot on CCMA FanFest. The MCMA’s qualifying contest starts July 9th and closes July 24th, with the Manitoba qualifier being announced by July 31st, 2012. The CCMA FanFest Performance Poll contest will open August 7 and close August 14, 2012, with the FanFest performance spot winner being announced August 15th, 2012.

CCMA’s FanFest Performance Poll Contest Prize:
-A performance spot on CCMA FanFest in Saskatoon, SK (Saturday, September 8th)

-A free one year CCMA membership

-A free one year membership to the association the winner comes from

-A complimentary Full Delegate Registration to PotashCorp Country Music Week in Saskatoon, SK (non-


-A $450 honourarium from Radio Starmaker Fund

-$1000.00 from the CCMA to cover travel costs for PotashCorp Country Music Week

To apply for the MCMA qualifying spot please email a completed artist information package, available here, to by July 24th, 2012

Good Luck To All Manitoba Artists!
MCMA - MCSA Partnership

The Manitoba Country Music Association (MCMA) is pleased to announce the partnership that we have formed with the Manitoba Country Songwriters Association (MCSA). The MCSA will officially fall under the MCMA umbrella. While the MCSA will continue to be governed by its own board of directors, the partnership will greatly improve the efficiency of the MCSA as the target groups for both associations are similar. The head office of the MCSA will be that of the MCMA, and the MCSA will gain access to all MCMA resources.

The Manitoba Country Music Association welcomes the Manitoba Country Songwriters Association as part of our family, and we look forward to the increased awareness and development of country music within Manitoba that this partnership will bring.
Kim Erickson Hits top 40

Checkout "Crank It Up" on Kim's site
Dallas Smith Meet & Greet JJune 15, 2012

Dallas Smith Meet and Greet Contest winner Kaitlan Taylor with Dallas before the show.

MCMA President Chris Ising with Dallas Smith

Country In The ark Ticket Winners
Congratulations to our Country In The Park Contest winners: Kristen Lucyshyn, Rawle Bachoo, Everett Tremeer, and Sheila Hawkes
Dallas Smith Meet and Greet Winner
Congratulations to our Dallas Smith meet and greet contest winner...Kaitlan Taylor!
NCI - Kim Erikson

Kim Erikson and Brenton Thorvaldson will be getting interviewed on NCI 105.5FM Friday June 15th at 2pm. It will be an hour long interview and they will be talking about the Eh Team/MCSA and the "Country in the Park" show.

Chris Thorsteinson from Doc Walker will be interviewed and talking about the "Country in the Park" show.

Check it out and hear Kim performing two songs live in the studio!
Win a Meet and Greet with Dallas Smith at the Red River Ex June 15th 2012

One lucky MCMA member and their guest will win gate admission and a meet and greet with recording artist Dallas Smith backstage before his show at the Red River Ex Friday June 15th, 2012.

For your chance to win, email your name to with the subject line “Dallas Smith at the Ex” by Thursday June 14, 2012 at 9:00pm cst. The winning member will be notified by email and posted to the MCMA site Thursday June 14th at 10 pm cst.

You must be valid MCMA member, and a resident of Manitoba to qualify. Dallas performs at 7:00pm cst - meet and greet will occur 15 minutes prior to show time.
Breakfast TV June 14th, 2012

MCMA Director Karen Neufeld and President Chris Ising at the City TV studio with Jenna Khan from Breakfast Television. Promoting Country In the Park.

Watch the interview here:

MCMA Member David Pestrik and Karen Neufeld performing on Breakfast Television

watch the clip here:
Breakfast Television -CITP 2012

Catch Karen Neufeld, David Pestrak, and Chris Ising on Breakfast Television Thursday June 14th @ 8:30am.

They'll be talking about the Manitoba Country Songwriters Association, the Manitoba Country Music Association, and Country In the Park. There will even be a special performance by David.
Red River Ex 2012

Catch some great Canadian Country Music at this year’s Red River Ex. Local Talent takes to the RED BARN STAGE

Monday, June 18
4:00 - 4:45 Diana Desjardins
5:30 - 6:15 Diana Desjardins
8:30 - 9:15 Day After Nashville
10:45 - 11:30 Day After Nashville

Thursday, June 21
8:30 - 9:15 Leanne Pearson
10:45 - 11:30 Leanne Pearson

Friday, June 22
1:00 - 1:45 D.J. St. Germain
2:30 - 3:15 D.J. St Germain

Visit for more information

You can catch some of Canada’s best Country stars on the main stage:
Jason McCoy - Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m.

2012 Juno nominee Jason McCoy was born in Barrie, Ontario and was raised for a time in Camrose, Alberta before his family settled in Anten Mills, Ontario.
He has won many awards including the 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards, three SOCAN Song of the Year awards, 19 CCMA nominations and five Juno nominations (all for Best Country Male Vocalist). In 2006, he was awarded with the Global Artist Award at the CMA Awards in Nashville.

Dallas Smith(opens for Jason McCoy)
To Dallas Smith, country music has always been about the “special combination of a voice and song.” After spending nearly 10 years fronting Default, Smith is stepping out on his own, into the world of Country.
While in Nashville, Smith worked with acclaimed songwriter/producer Zac Maloy (Carrie Underwood, James Blunt), Grammy nominated songwriter Rodney Clawson, and Chris Tompkins (Carrie Underwood). The album is being produced by Joey Moi, who co-produced Jake Owen’s latest album, including his fastest-rising #1 single “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”.
“I’ve always chosen and written songs with challenging vocals that I love to sing,” Smith says, while explaining what new, and devoted fans can expect to hear with his upcoming album.

Crystal Shawanda - Thursday, June 21 at 8 p.m.
Crystal Shawanda was born in Ontario. She was raised and grew up in a reservation called Wikwemikong, located in the Manitoulin Islands in Canada.
Her childhood hero was Loretta Lynn. Crystal was a very talented young girl that she was able to write her first song at the age of nine.
Her father worked as a truck driver and she used to accompany him on many of his trips. The truck route usually goes from Michigan to Nashville. Crystal was 11 when she first visited Nashville; where she watched singers and musicians performed through the window at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
She signed to RCA Records in 2007 where she released her debut single, “You Can Let Go,” in January 2008 in Canada. The single was released in the United States on March 17, 2008.

Deric Ruttan - Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m.
Over time, Ruttan’s ability to paint vivid lyrical portraits has led to opportunities to write with a growing list of his peers, including Aaron Pritchett, Eric Church, Doc Walker and Dierks Bentley.
His success as a recording artist in his own right garnered him a JUNO nomination for Best Country Record in 2010 for Sunshine, as well as multiple nominations for the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards, including Male Artist, Songwriter, Single and Video of the Year for ‘That’s How I Want To Go Out’.
In addition, Sunshine‘s lead single, ‘Up All Night’ was the most-played Canadian country single of 2010.

Chad Brownlee (opens for Deric Ruttan)
This past year has been a whirlwind for country music singer/songwriter Chad Brownlee .
The recent honoree of the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA) Rising Star! is solidifying his place on the country music scene with incredible performances and rugged good looks.
His new track, “Love Me or Leave Me” explores a young love, following the recovery from the broken trust by an ex-lover, and the trepidation of a new romance. “I want your everything now… I ain’t gonna let you down… you’ve got a choice to make” sings Brownlee.
The lyrics, which share an all too familiar pain experienced by many, is complimented by his strong vocal skills. “I don’t care, who he was, this is us, if you really want me, I’ll make it easy, love me or leave me!”

Manitoba Country Music Association