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The CMAOntario Awards Return to London in 2020

August 29, 2019 (TORONTO)


The CMAOntario Awards are heading back to southwestern Ontario as The Country Music Association of Ontario announced today that London will host the 2020 CMAOntario Festival and Awards, May 29-31, 2020.

Presented by Slaight Music, the 8th annual CMAOntario Awards will cap off a weekend of festivities on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Centennial Hall. This will mark the third time that London will host the event, with previous editions taking place in 2017 and 2018. With a thriving country music market and excellent track record of events, London offers tremendous opportunity to showcase and celebrate Ontario talent.

“The support of our members, Ontario artists and fans is what keeps our Festival, Conference and Awards weekend evolving to greater heights. London has been a terrific host in the past, and we’re thrilled to return to Music City next year,” said Steve Kassay, CMAOntario President.

“We are fast gaining a reputation as Canada’s ‘Music City’ and for good reason,” said London Mayor Ed Holder. “From intimate performances at Aeolian Hall to the main stage at London Music Hall or the award-winning Budweiser Gardens, we know how to party. When London plays host, the entire city rolls out the welcome mat, and the 2020 CMAOntario Awards will be no different.”

“Ontario is incredibly rich with some of the best country artists in Canada and a wealth of emerging talent. It’s an honour to welcome the CMAOntario Awards and Festival back to London. It’s great for London and our entire region,” said Chris Campbell, Director of Culture and Entertainment Tourism for London Tourism and host event chair.

Country music fans will have the opportunity to applaud their favourite country artists and experience up-close interactive performances by some of the top names in Ontario country music throughout the weekend.

Additional details regarding participants, performers and ticket availability will be announced in the coming weeks. For up-to-date information visit or follow the CMAOntario on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram: @theCMAOntario

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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 seven annual Awards Shows and six two-day Road to Independence educational conferences with the generous assistance of presenting sponsor Slaight Music and support of Ontario Creates.

About Slaight Music:
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.


About Ontario Creates:
Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC) is a provincial agency that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors.

Ontario Créatif (anciennement la SODIMO) est un organisme provincial qui encourage le développement économique, les investissements et la collaboration au sein des industries de la création de l’Ontario, notamment dans les secteurs de la musique, de l’édition de livres et de revues, du cinéma et de la télévision, et des produits multimédias interactifs numériques.


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