Nominees and Winners at the 2014 CMAO Awards

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June 4, 2014
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Nominees and Winners at the 2014 CMAO Awards

Awards show host Jason McCoy belts out a tune (Credit Grant W. Martin Photography)

Awards show host Jason McCoy belts out a tune (Credit Grant W. Martin Photography)

Well the dust has settled, the smoke has cleared, and heart rates have returned to normal after the 2nd Annual CMAO Awards Presentation held at the Flato Markham Theatre on Monday, May 26.

It was an electric night, as some of the stars arrived in vintage autos (along with the General Lee from the TV show, “The Dukes of Hazzard”), with a waiting crowd on hand to greet them. When the house lights dimmed, host Jason McCoy took over and showed why he is in such demand as a performer and host – always completely comfortable, loose and spontaneous, as he commanded the assembled crowd. Between Jason and Tillsonburg Country 107.3’s Randy Owen, they introduced a myriad of assembled performers and presenters to an enthusiastic crowd. Highlighted by the usual suspects you’d expect to see at any Ontario country event, occasionally a surprise presenter would turn up, such as CTV’s Rod Black or Canadian Women’s Hockey Team Gold Medalist, Tessa Bonhomme. Presenters ranged in age from 16 to 75 and event sponsor Slaight Music’s president, Derrick Ross, summed up why they sponsor this event and why it’s his favourite award show. Sheila Hamilton also informed the audience about the Unison Benevolent Fund, the music industry charity that was the recipient of a portion of the evening’s ticket sales. Plus, the awards presentations were interlaced with fourteen dynamic musical performances that showcased well-established acts, modern-day radio hit-makers, and brand new artists just starting their careers.

The nominees were vying for the newly-designed award the CMAO launched this year – a beautiful, North American dark walnut award in the shape of a cowboy boot.

Deric Ruttan took home a pair of boots for two different songs: a Single of the Year award for “Take The Week Off” (co-written with Ryan Tyndell), and a Songwriter of the Year award for “Mine Would Be You” (co-written with Jessi Alexander and Connie Harrington), which was a US number one single for Blake Shelton.

Small Town Pistols took home the Album of the Year award for their eponymous album. Tim Hicks and Kira Isabella took the Male and Female Artist awards (respectively), and Autumn Hill walked off with a boot for Duo or Group of the Year. Ottawa’s Jordan McIntosh won the Rising Star award and Roots Artist went to the evening’s house band, Western Swing Authority. CJXX Oshawa (KX 96 FM) and CJDL Tillsonburg (Country 107.3) walked off with a boot apiece for Major and Secondary Radio Market awards (respectively). The newly-added award for Producer of the Year went to Tebey and Jason Barry for Tebey’s CD, The Wait.

Lastly, the Impact Award was bestowed upon Gordon Lightfoot for leaving an indelibly positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario. The list of accomplishments and accolades this man has achieved would take an hour to read. Veteran performers and members of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame themselves, Sylvia Tyson and Brian Good, presented Mr. Lightfoot with the award. He gave an appreciative and informative acceptance speech. The night ended with a 3 song musical tribute to the man of the hour, with many of the performers and presenters packing the stage to join in.

Below is a complete list of the nominees and winners.

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Anything At All – Autumn Hill
Get By – Tim Hicks
Rock It Country Girl – Jason Blaine
Saturday Night – Billy J White
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan
Till It’s Gone – Tebey

Winner: Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Everything I Love – Jason Blaine
Favourite Mistake – Autumn Hill
One Of These Days – Marshall Dane
Small Town Pistols – Small Town Pistols
Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan
Throw Down – Tim Hicks

Winner: Small Town Pistols – Small Town Pistols

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
Beer Necessities (written by Jeffrey East/Jake Mathews/Dave Thomson/; performed by Jake Mathews)
Blame It On Your Truck (written by Kira Isabella/Jason Phelps; performed by Kira Isabella)
Fire(written by Jamie Appleby/Tareya Green/Alyssa Reid/Mike Robbins/Thomas Salter; performed by Autumn Hill)
Get By (written by Shawn Hamm/Tim Hicks/Tyler Hubbard/Brian Kelley/Casey Marshall/Neil Sanderson; performed by Tim Hicks)
Mine Would Be You(written by Jessi Alexander/Connie Harrington/Deric Ruttan/; performed by Blake Shelton)
Take The Week Off (written by Deric Ruttan/Ryan Tyndell; performed by Deric Ruttan)

Winner: Mine Would Be You (written by Jessi Alexander/Connie Harrington/Deric Ruttan; performed by Blake Shelton)

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Victoria Banks
Lindsay Broughton
Kira Isabella
Beverley Mahood
Lindi Ortega
Michelle Wright

Winner: Kira Isabella

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jason Blaine
Marshall Dane
Tim Hicks
Jason McCoy
Johnny Reid
Deric Ruttan

Winner: Tim Hicks

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Autumn Hill
Small Town Pistols
The Abrams Brothers
The Heartbroken
The Reklaws
The Western Swing Authority

Winner: Autumn Hill

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lindi Ortega
South Mountain
The Abrams Brothers
The Good Family
The Heartbroken
The Western Swing Authority

Winner: The Western Swing Authority

RISING STAR AWARD
Leah Daniels
Jaida Dreyer
Jordan McIntosh
The Lovelocks
The Reklaws
Kate Todd

Winner: Jordan McIntosh

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR
Jason Barry (Strong – Michelle Wright)
Jason Barry/Tebey (The Wait – Tebey)
David Kalmusky (Living On The Outside/Blame It On The Radio/Anthem Of A Runaway – Small Town Pistols)
David Kalmusky/Emerson Drive (Roll – Emerson Drive)
Deric Ruttan/Luke Wooten (Take The Week Off – Deric Ruttan)
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter/Dave Thomson (Favourite Mistake – Autumn Hill)

Winner: Jason Barry/Tebey (The Wait – Tebey)

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MAJOR MARKET)
CHCQ – Cool 100 FM, Belleville
CHKX – KX 94.7 FM, Hamilton
CICX – KICX 106 FM, Orillia
CJKX – KX 96 FM, Oshawa
CKBY – Country 101.1 FM, Ottawa
CKXC, KIX 93.5 FM, Kingston

Winner: CJKX – KX 96 FM, Oshawa

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SECONDARY MARKET)
CFCO – Country 92.9 FM, Chatham
CFRM – The Island FM, Manitoulin
CJBQ – CJBQ 800 AM, Belleville
CJDL – Country 107.3 FM, Tillsonburg
CKNX – AM 920, Wingham
CKYC – Country 93 FM, Owen Sound

Winner: CJDL – Country 107.3 FM, Tillsonburg

THE IMPACT AWARD:

Winner: Gordon Lightfoot