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.
Awards presented were:
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
*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
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.
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
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
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
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
CCMA DISCOVERY AWARD presented by Country 107.3
ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Washboard Union
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR presented by ole
Song: Time (Performed By: Dean Brody)
INTERACTIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR presented by Cithara Guitars
KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Denis Dufresne – Banjo
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)
CKRY FM – Calgary, AB
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET)
CHCQ FM – Belleville, ON
MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
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 Cuddy, Dean Brody with Shevy Price, Chad Brownlee, Tim Hicks, High Valley, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel, Meghan Patrick, Madeline Merlo, Jess 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
*A staggering 452,850 votes were received for this category
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Side Effects – Dallas Smith
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
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
Looking ahead, the 2018 CCMA Awards Show will take place in Hamilton, Ontario.
Photo Credit: Nanci Dagg and Linda Heldman
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.