The Country Music Association of Ontario announces a new concept and location for the 8th Annual CMAOntario Awards Show

Sunday, October 4, 2020, will be the first time a Canadian country music awards show will be presented as a drive-in style show … what a great idea! The venue for this awards show, one that will celebrate the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 18 categories, has changed to adapt to the new approach to live music that began earlier this summer. Presented by Slaight Music with support from Ontario Creates, the CMAOntario Awards will now be a drive-in style event on The Raceway at the Western Fair District in London, Ontario.

Steve Kassay, president of CMAOntario says,

“On behalf of the CMAOntario and its members, we’re thrilled that the show can go on! Our wonderful partners at Western Fair District are working closely with us to present an unrivalled, one-of-a-kind experience. From the performing artists to the fans to the volunteers – we’re ready to have some fun!”

For the third year in a row, the effervescent and very funny Jason McCoy will host the awards show. This is the perfect year for McCoy to host, as he is known as the ‘king of reinvention,” and 2020 has certainly been a year of just that!

Says Jason McCoy about hosting the awards show,

“It’s an honour to be returning as host of the CMAOs. This year has been the best yet for Ontario artists, and it’s great to see so much support from the industry and fans alike.”

The CMAOntario drive-in awards show will include performances by platinum-selling CCMA award winner Tim Hicks, who is up for four awards; platinum-selling and JUNO and CCMA awards winners the James Barker Band, who are nominated for five awards; platinum-selling duo The Reklaws, who are up for six awards; 2019 CMAOntario and CCMA Rising Star Award winner and gold-certified artist Jade Eagleson, who is nominated for Fans’ Choice and Male Artist of the Year; two-time CMAOntario Award winners The Abrams, up for two awards; and Eric Ethridge, with special guest Kalsey Kulyk, who is up for Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year.

Fans will also be treated to performances by Female Artist of the Year nominee Genevieve Fisher, Rising Star Award nominee Kelsi Mayne, Francophone Artist or Group of the Year nominee Les Rats d’Swompe, Female Artist of the Year nominee Nicole Rayy and the CMAOntario Awards house band The Western Swing Authority, who are nominated in three categories.

The CMAOntario Festival and Awards were originally scheduled for June 2020 but due to challenges and restrictions presented by COVID-19, the awards show itself was postponed to October 4. CMAOntario cancelled the accompanying festival events for 2020 including the Legacy Revival, New Faces Showcase, Tailgate Concert, and Conference that would have taken place the days leading up to the awards show. The previously announced presentation of the 2020 Impact Award to country music legend Carroll Baker will be postponed until 2021.

For more information on ticket refund requests, to purchase tickets, to questions that need to be answered, please go HERE.

All previously purchased tickets will be honoured for the new location.

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