News & Events
Date: May 6, 2016
Location: Sheraton Centre (123 Queen Street West, Toronto), Osgoode Ballroom West
Time: 6 – 8 PM
Come see the future of Canada’s music scene at CMPA’s Writers in the Round Reception! Featuring live performances from some of Canada’s hottest emerging and established songwriters, the event will provide CMW delegates, including top TV and film music supervisors, record label representatives, songwriters, recording artists, and other industry professionals, the opportunity to form valuable partnerships and assist them with navigating the ever-changing music industry. All guests must have a CMW Pass in order to attend.
Host – Jason McCoy
Albertan Jason McCoy began playing local legions and clubs on weekends, while still in high school. After becoming Canada’s youngest licensed pilot at age 16, he signed a recording contract with MCA Records Canada, kicking off an impressive string of hits from “This Used to Be Our Town” to the classic “Born Again in Dixieland.” After a gold album, multiple CCMA song of the year awards, and 2 of the coveted Male Artist of the year awards, Jason wanted to try something a little different, and started what would become the most successful country group in Canadian Country Music History, The Road Hammers. With a string of hits from “I’m A Road Hammer,” “East Bound and Down” to “Mud,” the band would go on to win 2 CCMA Group of the year awards, a gold album, a platinum album, and the coveted Juno award for best Country Recording. Jason has been host to many television shows, from Smashtown, Pet Heroes, to Jason McCoy Eats America. Jason also participated in the hit TV series Mantracker, and WON! Along with his wife Terrine, son Caleb, and daughter Grace, Jason resides on a farm near Barrie Ontario, and makes frequent trips to his home in Nashville, where he enjoys working with a tight knit group of his creative peers.
Born and raised in Toronto, Liz Rodrigues is a very talented and versatile topline writer, whose songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Celine Dion, to Pitbull to Pink and most notably on numerous projects with Eminem. She, along with her co-writing partners from the hip hop/alternative band The New Royales, also collaborated with several artists in the hip hop/rap world including Slaughterhouse, J Electronica, Bishop Lamont, Self Scientific and Pitbull. Liz Rodrigues’ music is published by Universal Publishing Group.
In Sarnia ON Donovan Woods was raised on country, folk and pop music. He found success working with artists such as Jim McGraw on “Portland,Maine”, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum on “Leaving Nashville” and Billy Currington on “Sweet Love”. His newest album “Hard Settle, Ain’t Trouble”, the first since his third album “Don’t Get Too Grand” was nominated for a JUNO Award, tackles themes such as broken promises, the promise of romance and the downward spiral of a small town. Donovan Woods’ music is published by Warner Chappell.
Kashka is the ever evolving “folkpoptonica” project of Toronto-based songwriter Kat Burns. She released three albums in her five years fronting Forest City Lovers before she retired the project in 2012. Since then she released two full lengths and two EPS with her most recent releases “Bound” and the “Bones EP” garnering praise from the media. Keep your ears open for her new single “Heavy Ghost” this spring. Kashka’s music is published by Red Brick Music Publishing, Paper Bag Publishing and Play the Triangle.
Hamilton ON native, Terra Lightfoot’s songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneliness and temptation while her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. Meanwhile her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow-burning soul ballads or hard-charging rock numbers. She collaborated with songwriters such as Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Emmylou Harris, Blue Rodeo, The Rheostatics, Grace Potter, The Both, Built to Spill, Sloan, Arkells, Basia Bulat, Albert Lee, James Burton, The Sadies, Steve Strongman, Monster Truck and Daniel Lanois. CBC Music says her newest album, “Every Time My Mind Runs Wild”, “crackles with immediacy, demands attention and announces Lightfoot’s arrival as a confident and natural lead performer.” Terra Lightfoot’s music is published by CCS Rights Management.
Sam Weber is from Victoria BC and his new album “Valentina Nevada” reflects the seemingly laid back lifestyle he lived there while masking his desperate search for meaning in the superficial and his hope amid cynicism. The sound of “Valentina Nevada” is inspired by Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and similar artists. Sam Weber’s music is published by Cordova Bay Publishing.