By Stephanie Brooks
Those who attended our second annual awards show can attest that it truly fulfilled what the night intended to do: celebrate the talent in country music Ontario offers and showcase and support the work of CMAO members.
The sold-out event had the Flato Markham Theatre packed, with followers and fans on Twitter pleading for last-minute tickets or seat openings, and others who couldn’t attend asking for it to be televised.
In fact, the buzz on social media was electric leading up to, during, and after the show with those from throughout the province, and as far away as Alberta and British Columbia, chiming in on Twitter to share their compliments.
Loved @theCMAO awards, @thejasonmccoy awesome host, pumped to see @Tebey, @DericRuttan, @timhicksmusic, so much home grown talent!!
@_canadiangurl tweeted: Thanks to @theCMAO for tweeting pics and updates!!It was like I was there instead of here in rainy Vancity!!
From the unique showcasing of Dukes of Hazard’s General Lee and other vintage cars, to a surprise award reminiscent of a world-class award show, the night showed the country music world Ontario won’t soon get “the boot!” Here are five of the best moments of the evening: