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Ron Kitchener

Open ROAD/RGK Entertainment Group
Toronto, ON, Canada
RGK Entertainment Group (RGK)/Open Road Recordings (ORR), one of North America’s premiere management groups and independent music labels with a global focus. RGK was founded in 1993 by Ron Kitchener, who was first named Manager of the Year at the CCMAs in 1998, and continued to claim the honour for an unprecedented 13 consecutive years between 2002-2014. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, Open Road Recordings, Canada’s #1 country record label, was established in 2003 and has to date sold over two and a half million albums by artists like Taylor Swift, Tim Hicks, Dean Brody, Johnny Reid, The Road Hammers, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and more.

Founded and led by President and Manager Ron Kitchener, with offices in Toronto and Nashville, RGK/ORR is a full service record label and management company dedicated to A&R, marketing, promotion, publicity, licensing services and talent development. ORR is home to award winning artists Dean Brody, The Road Hammers, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Doc Walker, Madeline Merlo and Blackjack Billy. The RGK Management roster includes Dean Brody, The Road Hammers, Tim Hicks, The Mavericks, Doc Walker, Jessica Mitchell, Madeline Merlo, and Blackjack Billy. The RGK/ORR roster has received multiple JUNO, CCMA, GRAMMY, CMA and AMA as well as being named Record Label of the Year (5x) and Independent Label of the Year (3x) by the Canadian Country Music Awards Association. The RGK group includes RGK Entertainment Inc., Open Road Recordings, Roots 3 Music Inc., Rogue 11 Music Inc., DARTS Events Inc. and TopCountry.ca. ORR is a joint venture with MapleCore Ltd and is powered by the distribution of Universal Music Canada.