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April 9, 2018
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The Country Music Association of Ontario Announces 2018 Performers, CMAOntario Award Nominees and Michelle Wright as Impact Award Recipient

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is pleased to announce this year’s performing artists, CMAOntario Award Nominees and Impact Award Recipient. Performing artists include Impact Award Recipient Michelle Wright, country rock band Cold Creek County, Ontario / Nashville based Meghan Patrick, Canadian country music veteran Jason McCoy, Niagara Falls native Tim Hicks, multi-genre musician Tebey and the country swing ensemble Western Swing Authority.

Michelle Wright will 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 Ten hit in America with her Arista Records Nashville release, “Take It Like A Man,” a Number One 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), and a career that includes twenty‐five Top Ten radio hits, millions of records sold, more than forty 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 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

The sixth annual CMAOntario Awards, presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, will be hosted by Jason McCoy on Sunday, June 3 at Centennial Hall in London, ON. The awards acknowledge the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 16 categories. Voting for the awards is restricted to CMAOntario members, with the exception of the Fans’ Choice award, which is open to both public and membership voting. Eligible members will have the opportunity to vote on the final ballot as of today up until April 25th. Music fans can cast their votes for the Fans’ Choice award during the same period at www.cmaontario.ca/awards/voting. For tickets visit here. Full list of nominees below.

Media Accreditation is now open here.


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

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

Andrew Hyatt
Anthony Tullo
Jason Blaine
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

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

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

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

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


About CMAOntario:
In 2007, Rob MacArthur and founding patron Linda Wright together with a number of key industry professionals founded the Country Music Association of Ontario. The Association’s mandate is to foster the growth and development of Ontario’s country music and its industry, provincially, nationally and internationally. The CMAOntario has hosted five annual Awards Shows and four two-day Road to Independence educational conferences with the generous assistance of presenting sponsor Slaight Music and support of the OMDC. www.cmaontario.ca

About Slaight:
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. We work with artists from across the country and across the musical spectrum, helping to further careers and get great music heard. We’re also invested in the technology sphere, helping Canadian music entrepreneurs develop the next generation of digital platforms and services. And, we support a variety of music-related events, causes and charities. www.slaightmusic.com


About OMDC:
The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport that facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario’s cultural media industries including book and magazine publishing, film and television, music and interactive digital media industries. www.omdc.on.ca

La Société de développement de l’industrie des médias de l’Ontario (SODIMO) est un organisme du ministère du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Sport de l’Ontario qui facilite les possibilités de développement économique des industries des médias culturels de l’Ontario, dont l’industrie de l’édition de livres et de revues, du cinéma et de la télévision, de la musique et des produits multimédias interactifs numériques www.omdc.on.ca/accueil.htm.


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