And the Winners Are….CMAOntario Awards

Well, the 2018 Country Music Association of Ontario Conference and Awards is now in the history books. It was a steadily busy weekend with activities and events to accommodate musicians, artists, other industry members and the incredible fans. Sunday, June 3rd, was awards night and what a night it was! From Red Carpet to Post Party, Ontario Country Music shone bright. The Country Music Association of Ontario gave away 17 awards. Mixed in with the awards presentations where 12 performances including Andrew Hyatt, Dan Davidson, River Town Saints, Tim Hicks, Michelle Wright and an electrifying finale with an all-star performance of “Wake Me Up”.  Here’s the list of all the nominees and winners in each category. Congratulations to everyone who took home some hardware. Competition was tight and, for those who didn’t make it to the podium, you are still winners in our eyes.

SINGLE OF THE YEAR sponsored by KICX 106

Born To Love – Jason Blaine
Chills – James Barker Band *WINNER
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Slide Over – Tim Hicks
You Me We – Genevieve Fisher

ALBUM OF THE YEAR sponsored by Freedom Music & Creative

Game On – James Barker Band *WINNER
Homemade – Cold Creek County
Iron and Ashes – Andrew Hyatt
River Town Saints – River Town Saints
The Squeeze – The Road Hammers

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR sponsored by SOCAN

Clayton Bellamy, Chris Byrne, Jason McCoy – Crazy About You, Recorded by The Road Hammers
Dan Isbell, Meghan Patrick, Jeremy Stover – Country Music Made Me Do It, Recorded by Meghan Patrick
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, Donovan Woods – Chills, Recorded by James Barker Band
Jessica Mitchell, Matthew Tishler – Don’t Love Me, Recorded by Jessica Mitchell
Kelly Archer, Adam Hambrick, Tebey Ottoh – Somebody Else Will, Recorded by Justin Moore *WINNER

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Spring Tree Farm

Dani Strong
Genevieve Fisher
Jessica Mitchell
Meghan Patrick *WINNER
Tianna Woods

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by ECAO/IBEW

Andrew Hyatt
Anthony Tullo
Jason Blaine *WINNER
Tebey
Tim Hicks

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Country 103

Blue Rodeo
Cold Creek County *WINNER
James Barker Band
Runaway Angel
The Lovelocks
The Reklaws

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines

Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Abrams
The Lovelocks *WINNER
The Western Swing Authority

RISING STAR sponsored by Slaight Music

Andrew Hyatt *WINNER
Eric Ethridge
Nicole Rayy
Shae Dupuy
The Reklaws

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Chills – James Barker Band
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick *WINNER
Haulin’ Ass – The Road Hammers
Homemade – Cold Creek County
Slide Over – Tim Hicks
Woke Up Like This – River Town Saints

FANS’ CHOICE sponsored by OMDC

James Barker Band
Meghan Patrick *WINNER
River Town Saints
The Road Hammers
Tim Hicks

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR 

David “Dwave” Thomson, Jason Blaine – Jason Blaine, Born to Love
Jason Barry – Runaway Angel, Zero; Western Swing Authority, I’m Sending You My Heart This Christmas; Dean Brody, Beautiful Freakshow
Jeff Dalziel – The Washboard Union, Shine; Dan Davidson, Barn Burner; River Town Saints *WINNER
Karen Kosowski – Jessica Mitchell, Don’t Love Me; Madeline Merlo, Motel Flamingo
Scott Cooke, Doug Oliver – Cold Creek County, Homemade
The Agenda – Justine Chantale, Fly

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR sponsored by Seeds & Co.

Amanda Kingsland, Country 101.1
Anya Wilson, Anya Wilson Promotion & Publicity
Mike Denney, MDM Recordings
Ron Kitchener, RGK Entertainment *WINNER
Steve Coady, Warner Music Canada

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET) 

CHKX KX 94.7, Hamilton
CJBX BX 93, London
CJKX KX96, Oshawa
CKBY Country 101.1, Ottawa *WINNER
CKDK NEW Country 104, Woodstock

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM MARKET) sponsored by Lucknow’s Music in the Fields

CFCO Country 92.9, Chatham *WINNER
CHCQ-FM Cool 100.1 FM, Belleville
CICS KICX 91.7, Sudbury
CKQM Country 105, Peterborough
CKXC Country 93.5, Kingston

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SMALL MARKET) 

CHAW Country 103, Little Current
CICX KICX 106, Orillia
CJDL-FM Country 107.3, Tillsonburg *WINNER
CKAT, Country 600, North Bay
CKYC Country 93, Owen Sound
CKYY Country 89, Welland

IMPACT AWARD sponsored by Canadian Music Week
(Recognizing 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.)

Michelle Wright

NIELSEN COMPASS AWARD sponsored by Nielsen

TIE
James Barker Band
Tim Hicks

Photos: Nicole Wolfe and Linda Heldman

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