Celebrating Northern Ontario’s Country Music

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Our 2015 Great Northern Opry Inductees, from left: Jeff Gilmore (Manitoulin Island), Tim Shaw (Manitoulin Island), Ervil Boreland (North Bay), Kevin Russell (Sudbury), Debbie Rivard (Blind River), Chantal Delorme (Timmins), Dana Lee Hebert (Smooth Rock Falls), Robert Sabovitch (Kapuskasing - represented at the ceremony by his daughter Wendy Sabovitch). Tom Stephenson - www.nocma.ca

Story by  Tammy Tarantini

The annual Northern Country Music Association was held November 6-8, 2015 at the Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre. This year Don Brose and Al Mooney were inducted into the “Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame”.

Eight musicians were inducted into the “Great Northern Opry”. The SOLD OUT crowd enjoyed the bands, Back in Tyme, Yvan Nadeau & the Bandidos & White Stallion. The gospel show on Sunday morning with Scott Infanti and special guests, Bill Webb and Mark Tarantini closed the weekend events. The next NOCMA awards weekend will be held on November 4 to 6, 2016.

Our 2015 Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame inductees,  Al Mooney & Don Brose. Photo courtesy: Tom Stephenson - www.nocma.ca
Our 2015 Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, Al Mooney & Don Brose. Photo courtesy: Tom Stephenson – www.nocma.ca

A new award was handed out during the Northern Ontario Country Music Awards weekend. The sad passing of Mike Case inspired the bandmates of Mike’s “White Stallion” band, the NOCMA & Case’s Music to sponsor an annual award in his memory.

 Jack Bringleson & Scott Infanti from White Stallion, Don Bedard(dad), North (Miguel’s assistance dog),  Miguel, Brenda Chartrand (step-mom), Jenny (Miguel’s piano teacher). Photo courtesy of Tom Stephenson - www.nocma.ca
Jack Bringleson & Scott Infanti from White Stallion, Don Bedard(dad), North (Miguel’s assistance dog), Miguel, Brenda Chartrand (step-mom), Jenny (Miguel’s piano teacher).
Photo courtesy of Tom Stephenson – www.nocma.ca

This award, given from musician to musician was presented during the NOCMA awards show to a student who is 14 or younger and must possess the following: Good character, desires to learn, one who practices between lessons, ambitious, shows continuous progress, enthusiastic & energetic.

Presented by White Stallion band members the first recipient of the Mike Case Memorial award is 9 year old musician Miguel Bedard. The award grants Miguel to a years’ worth of music lessons on behalf of White Stallion, NOCMA and Case’s Music. Miguel is presently learning the piano.

Don Bedard, North ( Miguel’s assistance dog), Miguel, Brenda Chartrand, Jenny
Don Bedard, North ( Miguel’s assistance dog), Miguel, Brenda Chartrand, Jenny