Country Music Association Ontario Concerts Raise Funds for Two Charities

By Steve McLean 7/29/21 |

Beverley Mahood is co-hosting the CMA Ontario Awards with Jason McCoy — photo credit: Mahood's website
The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) will raise funds for Hamilton Food Share and Tim Hortons Foundation Camps as part of the Sept. 3 to 5 CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend at Ancaster Fairgrounds.

Pay what you can tickets for the Sept. 3 New Faces Showcase and the Sept. 4 Legacy Revival concert are available here. CMAOntario will donate a portion of the proceeds from the two shows to its two charitable partners.

“We’re so proud that our events will generate real support for both Hamilton Food Share and Tim Hortons Foundation Camps,” CMAOntario president Steve Kassay said in a media release. “Our charity partners share the same baseline of community support, development and growth.”

Hamilton Food Share was established more than 30 years ago and last year distributed approximately two million kilograms of food to 20 hunger relief programs, food banks and hot meal programs.

“A big thank you to the kind hearted music fans who help keep local families from going to bed hungry,” said Celeste Taylor, resource development manager for Hamilton Food Share, in the release. “For every $1 donated, Hamilton Food Share provides $5 worth of food to 23 hunger relief programs which include food banks and hot meal programs in neighbourhoods across the city.”

Tim Hortons Foundation Camps is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1974 to expand the horizon of what’s possible via development programming for youth between the ages of 12 and 16 from low-income homes. More than 300,000 kids have attended a foundation camp at no cost to them or their families.

“At Tim Hortons Foundation Camps we believe a better future starts with opportunity for youth,” fund development director Cara Ziegler said in the release. “Tims Camps equips young people with the skills they need to reach their potential – skills like leadership, responsibility and resiliency.

“This is made possible in part by supporters like the Country Music Association of Ontario. We are so grateful CMAOntario has chosen Tims Camps as a beneficiary. Together, we can help youth from low income communities change their stories for the better.”

The New Faces Showcase drive-in concert will feature performances by Aaron Allen, Charissa, Kansas Stone, Owen Barney, Genevieve Fisher, Ryan Langdon and The Road Hammers.

The Legacy Revival drive-in concert will be hosted by Wendell Ferguson and include performances by Marie Bottrell, Michel Lalonde, Russell deCarle, Sylvia Tyson and The Good Brothers.

The weekend will be capped off by the ninth annual CMAOntario Awards, presented by Slaight Music, on Sept. 5. Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers.

The awards show will be hosted by Jason McCoy and Beverley Mahood and feature performances by Susan Aglukark, Kelly Prescott, Elyse Saunders, Tim Hicks, Aaron Allen, Buck Twenty, David Boyd Janes, Owen Barney, Reney Ray, Robyn Ottolini, Sacha, The Redhill Valleys and the CMAOntario Awards house band, The Western Swing Authority.

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