First Round of CCMA Awards Winners Announced

 

 CCMA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN 17 CATEGORIES
DURING FIRST 2016 AWARDS CEREMONY

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(London, ON) September 9, 2016 – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is pleased to announce the winners in 17 categories of the 2016 CCMA Awards Program. These CCMA Awards were presented during the first of three awards ceremonies set to take place over the coming days as part of Country Music Week® 2016.

“Today we had the pleasure of acknowledging the significant accomplishments of CCMA Members specializing in musician, radio and various industry categories,” said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “Our CCMA Awards ceremonies are not only a celebration, but a reminder that it takes a community of likeminded professionals specializing in a gamut of skills to champion the Canadian country music we know and love. Congratulations to all.”

2016 CCMA Award winners announced today: 

MUSICIAN AWARDS 

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jason Barry*

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mike Little

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Shane Guse – Mandolin

*This is Jason’s fifth win in the Guitar Player of the Year category. As such, he is now entered into the All-Star Band 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. 
 

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 PERSONALITIES OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)
*TIE*
Leanne Cater (Boss Lady Leanne Cater)
QX104 – CFQX-FM – Winnipeg, MB
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)
Jack Latimer and Carey Moran (Jack & Carey)

105.9 KICX 106 – CICX-FM – Orillia, ON


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
Chevy Top 20 Countdown – CMT Canada

MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Invictus Entertainment Group

RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Pick Me Up
Design Team: Patrick Duffy [Attention]; Photography: Juan Pont Lezica (Artist: Brett Kissel)

RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR presented by Fanshawe College
Barrytone Studios – St. Clements, ON

RECORD PRODUCERS OF THE YEAR

Mickey Jack Cones, Brett Kissel, Bart McKay
Album: Pick Me Up (Artist: Brett Kissel) 

RETAILER OF THE YEAR
iTunes Canada

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Stephano Barberis
Video: Cheap Seats (Artist: Dallas Smith), Video: Don’t Let Her Be Gone (Artist: Gord Bamford), 
Video: Hearts On Fire (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: So Much For Taking It Slow (Artist: Bobby Wills) 


Tomorrow (Saturday, September 10), at the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards, a total of 20 CCMA Awards will be presented, including the CCMA Award of Achievement and 2016 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame presentations.

MEDIA NOTE: The most up-to-date list of 2016 CCMA Award winners
can be found at ccma.org throughout Country Music Week. 

 Country Music Week culminates on Sunday, September 11 at the 2016 CCMA Awards Show where eight CCMA Awards will be presented in front of a full house at London’s Budweiser Gardens. The 2016 CCMA Awards Show, hosted by Jessi Cruickshank, broadcasts on CBC at 8:00 p.m. local time (8:30 NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10:00 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. 

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About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA): 
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2016 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Ontario, the City of London and Tourism London.

Media Contacts: 
Jess Seguire | jess@penelopepr.com | 613-921-2314
Tiffany Astle | tiffany@penelopepr.com | 416-554-7329 

 

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada
and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
 
Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada, 
et des radio diffuseurs privés du Canada.