The Country Music Association Of Ontario Names The CCMA As Recipient Of 'The CMAO Impact Award'

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The Country Music Association Of Ontario Names The CCMA As Recipient Of 'The CMAO Impact Award'

Don Green (left) President of the CCMA chats with Jill Snell (right) and Brandi Mills (back to camera) Photo credit Robin LeBlanc

In this first and important Awards year, the CMAO has also established a very special award. The CMAO 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.

This year’s Impact Award will go to the Canadian Country Music Association, which has celebrated and helped develop the careers of numerous Canadian country artists, including those from Ontario. By creating an annual awards show, the CCMA has placed our domestic artists squarely on the national stage, creating Canadian stars as they go, with its television show ratings often outranking some of its most popular competitors. The CCMA continually raises the bar for our country music industry by annually hosting Country Music Week. That event is designed for every calibre of country artist – from our legends to our beginners – and has become an essential place of networking and education for almost everyone in this community. Operated by a modest staff and based in Toronto, the CCMA has been led by talented and diligent leaders (including current President Don Green) who have worked with their volunteer board of directors to achieve amazing goals that continue to carve out an identity for this musical genre.

The CMAO is proud to name the CCMA as the inaugural recipient of the CMAO IMPACT AWARD.