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October 29, 2014 18:03 ET

Music Industry Leaders Celebrate 10 Years of ole at Blow-Out Bash in Toronto

Haley Reinhart and Tim Hicks Perform

as Rush, Timbaland and More Offer Congratulations

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 29, 2014) - ole celebrated its 10th anniversary in style on Friday, October 24, with a blow-out bash at The Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District in Toronto.

"After a decade in the publishing business, ole is going stronger than ever with the recent signings of Haley Reinhart, Rory Feek, and Joey Martin, not to mention our eighth straight CCMA Award for Music Publishing Company of the Year, our major publishing deal with Moraine Music, and our role in the first new Garth Brooks single in over a decade," said Robert Ott, Chairman and CEO at ole. "We're going to 11 - and many, many more."

The event was hosted by TV personality George Stroumboulopoulos, who recalled that in the early days, he worked with Ott on a contest for songwriters where the winner got a car. Ron Mock, the President & CEO of OTPP, ole's initial and primary investor, took the stage to recount how partners Ott and the late Tim Laing came to him with the initial idea for ole ten years ago. Ron Solleveld, now SVP International at BMI, who hired Ott for his first role at BMG, sent his greetings via video, as did ole songwriters Rush, Timbaland, and more.

The evening included performances from ole singer-songwriter and former American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart, who led her band through several songs that she wrote at ole Songcamps, and Tim Hicks, who performed two songs co-written with Roots Three/ole writer Jeff Coplan, "Hell Raisin' Good Time" and "Stronger Beer." Coplan also produced Hicks' hit debut album Throw Down, which was nominated for the 2014 Juno Award for Country Album of the Year.

Other notable attendees included: Ichiro Asatsuma, Chairman of Fujipacific; Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN; Deane Cameron, former President of EMI Music Canada; Shane Carter, President of Sony Music Entertainment Canada; Frank Davies, founder of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame; Nick Di Fruscia Senior Manager of Pop, Contemporary Instrumental, and Country Music at The Recording Academy; Ted Ellis, VP of Programming & Scheduling, Corus Entertainment; Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association; Andrew Kintz, SVP & Managing Director, Sports and Entertainment for Suntrust Bank; Ron Kitchener, President of RGK; Randy Lennox, President & CEO of Universal Music Canada; Dennis Lord, Executive VP at SESAC; Doug Murphy, Executive VP & COO of Corus Entertainment; Tim Nichols, writer/publisher at This Music; Brad Peterson, VP 5/3 Music Division; Ray Tarantino, Counsel at Dentons and attorney for Rush; Chris Taylor, head of ole JV Last Gang Records; and Jody Williams, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI.

For a timeline of ole's first 10 years along with photos and videos from the anniversary celebration, visit

About ole:
is one of the world's foremost rights management companies with investments of over $320M in music intellectual property (IP). Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres. Copyrights under ole's control include songs recorded by artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Rihanna, Rush, Steven Tyler, Taylor Swift, and Timbaland. ole controls substantial A/V music and secondary rights including catalogs from Sony Pictures Entertainment, DHX, MGM, Miramax, Nelvana and Nu Image/Millennium. MusicBox, the Production Music division of ole, provides quality content and service to creators in all media with over 150,000 tracks in its library.

ole is committed to the creative development of its 100+ staff songwriters, legacy writers and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client catalogs. Current ole writers include Rush, Timbaland, Tyler Farr, Josh Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Dave Turnbull and Marty Dodson. ole has ongoing Ventures with Last Gang Publishing, Roots Three Music, Jackoby Publishing and most recently ole-bluestone Publishing, ole's venture with global hitmaker Timbaland. 

ole is proud to be associated with its bank partners SunTrust, JP Morgan Securities, CIT Finance, Fifth Third Bank, Avenue Bank, City National Bank and OneWest Bank.

ole is committed to being the world's best and most innovative Rights Management Company and the preferred destination for IP Investors and Creators in all Media.

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