TORONTO: In just its third year of operation, ole has been named 2007 Music Publishing Company of the Year.

The multinational, Canadian-owned, full-service music publisher received the honour -- the first independent music publisher to do so in 15 years -- at the Canadian Country Week Music Industry Awards held this year in Regina, Saskatchewan.

It's the first major industry award for ole, founded in 2004 by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio, TV producer and finance executive). Since its inception, Toronto-based ole has amassed a country music catalogue of more than eight thousand songs; expanded its staff from two to twenty-four seasoned professionals; established offices on Nashville's Music Row and in Los Angeles, and evolved into Canada's largest independent music publisher.

"ole is committed to the Canadian country music community and we’re very proud to have received this honour and recognition from the CCMA," said Robert Ott, ole Managing Partner.

"We have some of the brightest songwriting talent in the world here and it’s great to see that our industry is stronger than ever."

Managing Partner Tim Laing adds, “This is truly a great honour because it is a product of our dedicated focus, the caliber of the people who work at ole and our continued hard work to serve our clients."

Its consistent and ongoing commitment to Canadian country music has been central to ole's success, whether it's been through the direct signings of such internationally acclaimed Canadian songwriters as Gerald O'Brien, Gilles Godard and Tebey Ottoh; the launching of innovative co-ventures (most notably Roots Three Music Publishing, a division of RGK Entertainment and home to such skilled craftsmen as Doc Walker's Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw – winner of the 2007 Album of the Year; newcomer Steven Lee Olson and the CCMA award-winning Denny Carr); significant catalogue purchases (Balmur Music, David Tyson) or sponsoring such key initiatives as this past weekend's Songwriting Super Session and the annual post-CCMA Awards highly anticipated Saloon Jam.

ole's pledge to provide the best songs is evident in the material chosen by some of Canada's -- and the world's -- brightest country music stars over the past 12 months. Recent ole hits include the chart-topping "I'm A Road Hammer," by the Road Hammers; the No.1 Jason McCoy hit "I'm Not Runnin' Anymore;" Shania Twain's "Shoes;" the Top 10 Doc Walker hit "What Do You See" (also co-written by ole/Roots Three Music's Bruce Wallace); Michelle Wright's "Everything And More;" George Canyon's "Who Would You Be;" "I Remember The Music," recorded by Shane Yellowbird; Brad Johner's "Your Love Is My Luck," Jason Blaine's "Flirtin' With Me," Greg Hanna's "Singin' To The Radio," and the Top 20 hit,
"Gonna Get Me A Cadillac" by Willie Mack.

ole and ole/Roots Three Music writers also contributed significantly to the 2007 CCMA Album of the Year winner Doc Walker, penning eight of the album's 12 tracks, with Gerald O'Brien and Bruce Wallace factoring in as co-writers and the Doc Walker tandem of Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw providing seven songs of their own,

ole's Canadian contingent has also contributed some choice cuts to top U.S. country superstars, including Trace Adkins, ("High"); Gretchen Wilson ("He Ain't Even Cold Yet") and Ronnie Milsap ("My Life").

Receiving the prestigious 2007 CCMA Music Publishing Company of the Year will only strengthen ole's commitment to Canadian country music and mandate to becoming the best and most innovative global destination for world-class songwriters, composers and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.

"ole’s unwavering commitment to great songs is what brought us here," states ole's Ott.

"We’re privileged to work with some of the world’s best songwriters and their talent and dedication are our foundation."


about ole

ole is a multi-national, Canadian owned, full-service music publisher founded by Robert Ott (former VP/GM BMGMP Canada) and Tim Laing (former radio, TV producer and finance executive), Comprised of a team of 24 experienced music publishing professionals, ole is focused on acquisitions, creative development and administration in Toronto, Nashville, and LA.

The ole catalogue includes over thirty-five thousand songs and over twenty-five thousand hours of TV music, with major acquisitions including the Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse and Frank Myers music publishing catalogues. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for Amberwood Entertainment's The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear and their forthcoming 3D animated series Rollbot and WGBH's Arthur.

Recent cuts include “Headspin” by Rockstar Supernova, “Once In A While” by Akon, “Shoes” by Shania Twain from Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives, Jaheim’s “Daddy Thing”, Ronnie Milsap’s “My Life”, and Trace Adkins' “High”.

ole has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with film and television producers Nelvana, The National Film Board of Canada and PorchLight Entertainment.

ole is the Canadian sub-publisher for the prestigious Arc Music Group, a catalogue that includes songs by Jerry Butler, Chuck Berry, - and Bo Diddley. ole also serves as the exclusive Canadian sub-publisher for the prominent Bucks Music Group, home of the James Blunt smash “You’re Beautiful” and Beyoncé and Shakira's "Beautiful Liar." and for TV, animation giant DiC Entertainment.

Staff songwriters include Gerald O'Brien, Derek Brin, John Wesley Chisholm, Ben Dunk, Rebecca Everett, Gilles Godard, James Huff, Willie Mack, Steve Mandile, Mladen, Tebey Ottoh, Scarlett and Dr. Alex Tsisserev.

ole co-ventures -include - Last Gang Publishing (Kinnie Starr, Mother Mother, MSTRKRFT); Roots Three Music (Bruce Wallace, Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Steven Lee Olsen, Denny Carr); ib Entertainment (Dru, Alonzo and Haydain Neale); and, Nashville executive Tim DuBois for Steve Mandile.

ole also signed administration deals with Sound Of Pop, a -music publishing company, label, and management firm; Treasure Music Island Inc., whose catalogue features The Merrymen, David Kirton and Spice and Company and, L.A. songwriter David Kopatz.

ole is committed to being the best and most innovative global destination for world-class songwriters, composers and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.

The ole website can be found at www.majorlyindie.com.