Throughout the years, as country music continues to evolve, it is important to remember the pioneers in the industry. Those dedicated individuals and groups put their hearts and souls into making their special brand of music come alive in the Ottawa Valley.

The Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame (OVCMHOF) was founded in 1980, incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1987 and became a registered charity in 1988.

This website is dedicated to all of the exceptional people who have been inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame for their contributions to making country music in the Valley what it is today.

Please enjoy your tour of the site and take the time to visit each inductee’s page and perhaps take a trip down memory lane.


The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome back Dale Ducharme. In anticipation of the forthcoming vacancies, all current Board members agreed to invite Dale to attend the AGM with the hope that he would agree to help fill the gap.

Additional Changes to the Board of Directors

It is with some reluctance to have to announce that both Mike and Kathy Hamelin have made the decision to retire from the Board. Their involvement in the preparation of multiple shows, including creation of the programmes, setting up of the souvenir tables, assistant show producer, along with many miles of running around has been an integral part of the Board for the last six years. They will be greatly missed, but we are hopeful they will continue contributing to helping out when possible in the years to come.

*** UPDATE ***

The Board of Directors of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame has found it necessary, once again, to postpone the 2021 show and induction ceremonies. The uncertainty of restrictions imposed due to the Covid pandemic would not allow the time needed to prepare the quality of production we constantly strive for. Additionally, the show would not be financially viable without access to the audience numbers we have experienced in the past.

We want to thank the fans of country music for their unwavering support. We also want to express our deep gratitude to our loyal sponsors who have provided their support over the years.

Rest assured the Board of Directors continues to work for the future of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General meeting of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame took place on October 19, 2021 and agreed to retain the services of Lyman Gardiner to complete the bookkeeping and accounting summary services for 2021/2022. In addition, Dale Ducharme was re-elected to the Board of Directors.

The Executive for the coming year was elected as follows:

  • Dale Ducharme - President
  • Pam Clements - Vice-President
  • Lynda Rogers - Treasurer
  • Brenda Harlow - Secretary
The Board of Directors would also like to welcome Robert Dodge as the newest member of the Board. Robert grew up listening to country music here in the valley. His father play fiddle in a band in the late 50’s & early 60’s. He remembers going to the old Mayfair in Arnprior to see Mac & his Melodiers with his parents. We look forward to putting Rob to work.

The Board of Directors of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame are very pleased to announce the following inductees to be honored in 2020:

Gil Charron

Judi Moffatt-Hill

South Mountain
Steve Piticco
Don Reed
Laurie LaPorte-Piticco
Bill Carruthers
Todd Nolan

Wayne Young


1995 OVCMHF inductee Sam Henry is pictured with Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee Sylvia Tyson. The late Sam Henry (1948-1999) was a popular drummer on the Ottawa Valley country music scene, performing for many years with Ralph Carlson & The Country Mile band, among many other supporting roles.

(Photo courtesy of Larry Delaney Photo Archives)

Each month we celebrate our country music past with a picture from the photo archives of Larry Delaney. Visit our Looking Back page to see more wonderful memories.

The HOF Board of Directors is sad to report the passing of Paul Rudachuk on November 30, 2021, in Kingston, Ontario.

Paul was a treasured member of the Ottawa Valley based band "Ted Daigle and The Musicmen" performing live shows and featured on several albums recorded by them.

"The Musicmen" were inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998 (Paul, far left).

Posted: December 6, 2021

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