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.

Sadly the Board of Directors must report the passing of 2004 OVCMHOF Co-Inductee Doug Sinclair on December 24, 2022.

Ottawa-born country singer Doug Sinclair was a long-time popular part of the Ottawa Valley country music scene, performing with several bands. Doug, and his late wife Shirley (Thomas) initially were members of Ralph Carlson's Country Mile Band, and then formed their own Hi & Dri Country Band. Later Doug teamed up with Wilf Arsenault and Ralph Carlson in the country trio W.R.D.

In 2000, Doug released his first solo album "The Valley & Me", which included songs written by Ottawa Valley performers, Terry Carisse, Ralph Carlson, Howard Hayes, Ron McMunn and Shirley Sinclair.

View the Obiturary

Posted: December 28, 2022

It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors announce the passing of 2007 OVCMHOF Inductee Dan Ducharme on September 17, 2022.

Dan was much more than an Inductee. He was a member of the HOF Board for over 24 years. Many of those years were in the role of both the Treasurer and the Chair of the Events Planning Committee which not only involved planning and producing the annual induction ceremonies, but also many dances around the Ottawa area. Our heartfelt thoughts are with Dan’s wife Eileen and his sons Dale and Dean as well as their family and friends. Dan will be remembered by his country music family for all the hard work and dedication he gave to the country music community in the Ottawa Valley.

A Celebration of Life will be held in November 2022. Details of the event will be circulated to family and friends once plans have been finalized. Rest in peace our friend.

Posted: September 26, 2022

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.
LOOKING BACK

L/R: OVCMHF Inductees Hal Lee (1996), Neville Wells (1994) and Ron McMunn (1986).

(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.

CONTACT INFO
HOF Executive Secretary
1016 Route 315
L’Ange-Gardien, QC  J8L 0K5

(819) 281-3924

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