3 Awards Ceremonies Celebrate CCMA Artists and Industry

PotashCorp Country Music Week in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was an extremely busy and totally enjoyable event. We at Canadian Beats were please to have two contributors, Nanci Dagg and myself, Linda Heldman, cover as much as we could over five days of fun. Awards are a big part of the week’s events. A total of three awards shows take place to celebrate accomplishments of industry and artists.

Friday September 8, 2017 saw the first 18 awards presented. The show began with a killer performance by Shaunavon, SK’s own Hunter Brothers, who set the tone for the afternoon Lunch and Awards Show. Other performances included Leaving Thomas, Petric, Chris Buck Band, who were joined by Alee during “That’s When You Know”, Andrew Hyatt and Aaron Goodvin.

Hunter Brothers

Leaving Thomas

Petric

Chris Buck Band and Alee

Aaron Goodvin

Awards presented were:

MUSICIAN AWARDS

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Travis Switzer

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Ben Bradley

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Shane Guse

*This is Shane Guse’s fifth win in the Fiddle Player of the Year category. As such, he is now entered into the Musician Awards Hall of Honour. The Hall of Honour is reserved for musicians who have been awarded the same CCMA Musician Award five (5) or more times. Upon achieving their fifth award, their name is entered into the Hall in celebration of their great contribution to Canadian country music.

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mitch Jay

RADIO AWARDS

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)

Amanda Kingsland – CKBY FM – Ottawa, ON


MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET)
Paul Ferguson – CHCQ FM – Belleville, ON


ON-AIR PERSONALITY(IES) OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)

Chris Scheetz, Jacqueline Sweeney, Matt DeBeurs (CISN in the Mornings with Chris, Jack & Matt)
103.9 Country – CISN-FM – Edmonton, AB

ON-AIR PERSONALITY(IES) OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET)

Casey Clarke and Roo Phelps (The Casey Clarke Show with Roo Phelps)
New Country 100.7 – CIGV-FM – Kelowna, B.C.

INDUSTRY AWARDS

BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR
Invictus Entertainment Group

COUNTRY CLUB OF THE YEAR
Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – Calgary, AB

COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR
Boots And Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON

COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
Brett Kissel – Home Movie – Corus Entertainment

MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Invictus Entertainment Group

RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Design Team: Mitchell Nevins; Photography: Phil Crozier (Artist: Dean Brody)
Album: Beautiful Freakshow

RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR
Bart McKay Productions – Saskatoon, SK

RECORD PRODUCERS OF THE YEAR
Chris Baseford, Vince Gill, Jeff Johnson, Chad Kroeger, Carly McKillip, Justin Niebank
Album: Grace & Grit (Artist: Meghan Patrick)

RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Apple Canada

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Stephano Barberis
Video: I Hate You For It (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: One Little Kiss (Artist: Dallas Smith),
Video: Red Dress (Artist: JoJo Mason), Video: Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Summer Girl (Artist: Bucko & Toad), Video: Time (Artist: Dean Brody)

Saturday, September 9, 2017, was THE night for the artists and industry to dress to the nines and attend the Gala & Awards evening. This night would see 20 awards presented, including inductions into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the presentation of two CCMA Awards of Achievement.

Performances included Dan Davidson opening the evening, a moving memorial performance from JJ Shiplett, Jessica Mitchell, who wowed the crowd to a standing ovation, a musical tribute to Paul Brandt by Dean Brody, High Valley and Jess Moskaluke and closing the show, JoJo Mason.

Awards handed out were:

2017 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

ARTIST INDUCTEE
Paul Brandt

STAN KLEES BUILDER AWARD – BUILDER INDUCTEE
L. Harvey Gold

CCMA AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT

SLAIGHT MUSIC HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Country 105 Caring For Kids Radiothon

LEONARD T. RAMBEAU INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Franck Boucheraud

ARTIST AWARDS

CCMA DISCOVERY AWARD presented by Country 107.3
Kalsey Kulyk

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Washboard Union

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR presented by ole 
Dean Brody
Song: Time (Performed By: Dean Brody)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Brett Kissel

MUSICIAN AWARDS

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR presented by Cithara Guitars
Matt McKay

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bart McKay

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Denis Dufresne – Banjo

RADIO AWARDS

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)
CKRY FM – Calgary, AB

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET)
CHCQ FM – Belleville, ON

INDUSTRY AWARDS

MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
ole

RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Warner Music Canada

RECORD COMPANY PERSON OF THE YEAR
Mike Denney – MDM Recordings Inc.

RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group

TOP SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Ripcord – Keith Urban

TOP SELLING CANADIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Music Canada

Side Effects – Dallas Smith

TOP SELLING CANADIAN SINGLE OF THE YEAR presented by ACTRA RACS
Bush Party – Dean Brody

The anticipated televised broadcast for the 41st Annual Canadian Country Music Awards was held at the SaskTel Centre. The night began with many Canadian Artists, sports figures and television personalities walking the John Deere Green Carpet. Special International guests, Blake Shelton, Brett Young and Eric Paslay were also there.

This night would see eight (8) of the most coveted awards being presented and 14 spectacular performances pack into two hours on the CBC broadcast.

Gord Bamford joined by Jim CuddyDean Brody with Shevy Price, Chad Brownlee, Tim Hicks, High Valley, James Barker Band, Brett KisselMeghan PatrickMadeline MerloJess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith and The Washboard Union all took to the CCMA Awards Show stage for some incredible performances.

The hardware handed out this night were:

APPLE MUSIC FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Dean Brody

*A staggering 452,850 votes were received for this category

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Side Effects – Dallas Smith

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Meghan Patrick

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Brett Kissel

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair – Brett Kissel

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
The Road Hammers

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Autograph – Dallas Smith

SIRIUSXM RISING STAR
Meghan Patrick

Looking ahead, the 2018 CCMA Awards Show will take place in Hamilton, Ontario.

Photo Credit: Nanci Dagg and Linda Heldman

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Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I have been a fan of Canadian Music for as long as I can remember. That counts for way too many decades than I want to admit to! I have three primary passions in my life, music, photography and writing. When I can combine them all, I feel I am right where I should be. Though I can appreciate all genres of music, my particular favourite is Country. Canadian Country is moving in leaps and bounds. I love how it is progressing and I’m thankful that I can be a small part of it.

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