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Ontario stars ready to shine at Centennial Hall


  • By Whitney South


By Whitney South, Best of London. 04.13.18

London is once again getting ready to welcome some of the biggest names in Ontario’s county music scene, with some major talent in tow, from legend Michelle Wright to the pure power of Niagara-native Tim Hicks.

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) Awards will hit Centennial Hall for the second year in a row, on Sunday, June 3.

This year’s nominees were announced April 11, and include a wealth of hometown talent including Genevieve Fisher, Jessica Mitchell, Runaway Angel, BX93 and Country104, as well as Forest City fixture Eric Ethridge.
 

Performing artists

Performing artists are set to include Wright and Hicks, as well as Cold Creek County, reigning CMAOntario Female Artist of the Year Meghan Patrick, country veteran and host Jason McCoy, multi-genre musician Tebey, and country swing ensemble Western Swing Authority.

Wright will also receive the 2018 Impact Award sponsored by Canadian Music Week. As the first Canadian-born artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top 10 hit in the U.S. with her Arista Records Nashville release Take It Like A Man, a No. 1 video on CMT-USA (also for Take It Like A Man) and to win a major U.S. music industry award (the Academy of Country Music Top New Female Artist award in 1993), as well as a career that includes 25 Top 10  radio hits, millions of records sold, more than 40 major awards (including her 2011 induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame) and a new label home, Michelle is poised for the next phase of what has already been a stellar musical career. 
 

The CMAOntario Impact Award 

The CMAOntario Impact Award recognizes an artist, group, industry personality or company/organization that has left an enduring and indelibly positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario. Previous recipients include Blue Rodeo, Prairie Oyster, Paula Chopik and Ed Leslie (producers of Havelock Country Jamboree) and Gordon Lightfoot.

Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the 2018 ceremony will recognize honorees in 16 categories spanning talent and industry.
 

Voting

While voting for most awards is restricted to CMAOntario members, the Fans’ Choice award is open to both public and membership voting at www.cmaontario.ca/awards/voting until Wednesday, April 25.

2018 Nominees

SINGLE OF THE YEAR 

Sponsored by KICX 106        
Born To Love – Jason Blaine
Chills – James Barker Band
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Slide Over – Tim Hicks
You Me We – Genevieve Fisher


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Freedom Music & Creative
Game On – James Barker Band
Homemade – Cold Creek County
Iron and Ashes – Andrew Hyatt
River Town Saints – River Town Saints
The Squeeze – The Road Hammers


SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by SOCAN
Clayton Bellamy, Chris Byrne, Jason McCoy – Crazy About You, Recorded by The Road Hammers
Dan Isbell, Meghan Patrick, Jeremy Stover – Country Music Made Me Do It, Recorded by Meghan Patrick
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Donovan Woods – Chills, Recorded by James Barker Band
Jessica Mitchell, Matthew Tishler – Don’t Love Me, Recorded by Jessica Mitchell
Kelly Archer, Adam Hambrick, Tebey Ottoh – Somebody Else Will, Recorded by Justin Moore


FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Spring Tree Farm
Dani Strong
Genevieve Fisher
Jessica Mitchell
Meghan Patrick
Tianna Woods


MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

sponsored by ECAO/IBEW
Andrew Hyatt
Anthony Tullo
Jason Blaine
Tebey
Tim Hicks


GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Country 103
Blue Rodeo
Cold Creek County
James Barker Band
Runaway Angel
The Lovelocks
The Reklaws


ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Abrams
The Lovelocks
The Western Swing Authority


RISING STAR

Sponsored by Slaight Music
Andrew Hyatt
Eric Ethridge
Nicole Rayy
Shae Dupuy
The Reklaws


MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Chills – James Barker Band
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Haulin’ Ass – The Road Hammers
Homemade – Cold Creek County
Slide Over – Tim Hicks
Woke Up Like This – River Town Saints


FANS’ CHOICE 

Sponsored by OMDC   
James Barker Band
Meghan Patrick
River Town Saints
The Road Hammers
Tim Hicks

 

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR 

David “Dwave” Thomson, Jason Blaine – Jason Blaine, Born to Love
Jason Barry – Runaway Angel, Zero; Western Swing Authority, I’m Sending You My Heart This Christmas; Dean Brody, Beautiful Freakshow
Jeff Dalziel – The Washboard Union, Shine; Dan Davidson, Barn Burner; River Town Saints
Karen Kosowski – Jessica Mitchell, Don’t Love Me; Madeline Merlo, Motel Flamingo
Scott Cooke, Doug Oliver – Cold Creek County, Homemade
The Agenda – Justine Chantale, Fly
 

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Seeds & Co.
Amanda Kingsland, Country 101.1
Anya Wilson, Anya Wilson Promotion & Publicity
Mike Denney, MDM Recordings
Ron Kitchener, RGK Entertainment
Steve Coady, Warner Music Canada

 
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET) 

CHKX KX 94.7, Hamilton
CJBX BX 93, London
CJKX KX96, Oshawa
CKBY County 101.1, Ottawa
CKDK NEW Country 104, Woodstock


RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM MARKET)

Sponsored by Lucknow’s Music in the Fields 
CFCO Country 92.9, Chatham
CHCQ-FM Cool 100.1 FM, Belleville
CICS KICX 91.7, Sudbury
CKQM Country 105, Peterborough
CKXC Country 93.5, Kingston


RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SMALL MARKET) 

CHAW Country 103, Little Current
CICX KICX 106, Orillia
CJDL-FM Country 107.3, Tillsonburg
CKAT, Country 600, North Bay
CKYC Country 93, Owen Sound
CKYY Country 89, Welland
 

For more information:

Visit www.cmaontario.ca
For tickets, visit centennialhall.london.ca, or call 1-888-999-8980

Photo by Whitney South



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    Centennial Hall

    550 Wellington Street,
    London, ON • N6A 3P9

    0.5 km away

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