The Northern Ontario Country Music Association (NOCMA) is based in Northern Ontario in Sault Ste. Marie and encompasses the area from White River/Wawa in the west, east to the Quebec Border (Mattawa), Parry Sound to the south, and up to Moosonee- James Bay in the north.   The NOCMA operates "The Great Northern Opry", “The Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame”, “NOCMA Records Label”, and organizes “The Annual Northern Ontario Country Music Awards Weekend.”  Learn about our History


District Representatives

Along with Dave Patterson, the president of our organization, we have a team of volunteers that handle activities in a number of individual districts.   Contact one of our district reps listed below by clicking on the links...

Cochrane & Temiskaming District: Donna Graham

Nipissing & Parry Sound District: Frank and Cheryl Robbins

Manitoulin: Ben & Crystal Lentir

Sudbury: Kevin & Joanne Russell

Algoma District: Rob and Allison Wagner


Learn About our Shows

We hold a number of celebrations each year, to honour upcoming inductees.  During the first weekend in November each year, we also hold the Annual Northern Ontario Country Music Awards Weekend.  Learn about our shows and events by visiting our News Page.  


We Need a Home and Your Support:

The Personal financial investment that has been made in The Northern Ontario Country Music Association and its projects over the last 25 years should indicate to anyone that this organization will be around for many years to come, but we need your support!  Northern Ontario has a wealth of country music talent that has yet to be recognized. Recognition of these musicians is the primary goal of the NOCMA.  You can show your support quite simply by attending local events across Northern Ontario.  If you are a lover of Country Music you’ll love the NOCMA shows and awards ceremonies, there is no doubt about it! 

As of April 2012, the Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame displays were in storage.  In 2015 we purchased a cargo trailer to make the NOCMA displays mobile.  This trailer allows us to set up the displays at events.  We are still looking for a more permanent home for these displays.

The NOCMA has ongoing shows through the year in various locations in Northern Ontario.  A schedule of upcoming events can be found on this page to the right or in our News section.  Interested persons can also sign up on this website to become “members” of the Association.  There is no cost and you do not need to be a musician to join.  Members will receive occasional newsletters and notices from the Association by e-mail.

Feel Free to contact any of our district reps listed above if you would like to get involved.

TO GROW AND CREATE A POSITIVE FUTURE, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.  Whether you are a musician or not, Sign up to be a member now, it's free.  Please contact us if you wish to become more involved.


Are You a Country Musician?

Be sure to register as a member of our organization, it's free.  We have ongoing shows through the year in various locations.  Please take a look at our news and events page for more information on upcoming shows.  Contact Us if you are interested in being a Guest on a Great Northern Opry Show & Dance coming to a Northern Ontario town near you.

Want to Learn More About Us?

Visit our History Page, or contact us.


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News & Upcoming

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Dan Champagne Inductee Celebration

Saturday May 14th, Legion Branch 287, South Porcupine

Ron Schryer Inductee Celebration

Saturday April 9th, The Marconi Club, Sault Ste Marie

We're Back!

NOCMA announce official 2022 return

NOCMA 2021 Awards Weekend Event Postponed

NOCMA 2021 Awards Weekend Event Postponed

NOCMA Update

We are hoping Covid will be well behind us and the awards show will go ahead as planned in NOVEMBER 2021

Missing You!

This would have been our annual Country Music Awards weekend, postponed due to COVID - and we miss you! The Northern Ontario Country Music Association looks forward to November 2021 when Scott Infanti and Ron Schryer are inducted into the NOCMA Hall of Fame.

Press Release - Postponement Announcement

With great sadness we announce that the 31st Annual Northern Ontario Country Music Awards Weekend scheduled for Nov 2020 has been been postponed.

Inductee Celebration in Honour of Dan Champagne EVENT POSTPONED

Celebration dance postponed due to COVID restrictions, new date to be announced soon.

Congratulations to Ron Schryer and Scott Infanti, NOCMA Hall of Fame Inductees for 2020

The induction ceremony will be held at the annual Northern Ontario Country Music Awards Weekend, November 6th, 7th and 8th 2020.
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