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Monday, September 10, 2012

CCMA Awards 2012

British Columbian born Dean Brody was the only multiple winner on the televised Canadian Country Music Awards show, held this year in Saslatoon, taking home the honours of best male artist and album of the year.
It was the second year in a row he won the CCMA for best album – last year he won for Trail in Life, this year forDirt.
As he accepted the best album trophy, he spoke about how tough it had been to make that album and thanked fans for embracing it.
The rest of the hardware was distributed among a who’s who of Canadian country music’s biggest stars, including Johnny Reid who took Fans’ Choice, Carolyn Dawn Johnson who is best female artist and Hey Romeo who claimed best group for the second year in a row.
It was the fourth year running that Lanarkshire born Johnny Reid took the fan-voted Fans’ Choice Award.
Young Canadian talent was also on display. Ottawa singer Kira Isabella, just 19, won the Rising Star Award, marking her as one to watch in future years. Fellow Ontarian Jason Blaine won song of the year for his They Don't Make 'Em That Way Anymore, which celebrates old-fashioned values with lyrics like "He still combs his hair like Elvis, Pays cash for everything and he'll only drive a Chevy.
The Stellas , also from Ontario, were overlooked in the Rising Star category, but took the best video honour for In This House.
As well as the top Canadian talent on display, Americans Taylor Swift ,Eric Church, Miranda Lambert & The Pistol Annie’s  performed
 the ceremony.
CCMA winners
Fans' Choice: Johnny Reid
Male artist: Dean Brody
Female artist: Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Best group: Hey Romeo
Rising Star: Kira Isabella
Best video: The Stellas,In This House
Best song: Jason Blaine, They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore
Best album: Dean Brody, Dirt

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Johnny Reid rocks the CCMA's again

The 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards rocked Hamilton during one of the most star-studded events in Canadian country music. It was the climax to a September weekend of Country showcases, parties and seminars.
Lanark born Johnny Reid set the stage for an outstanding night of performances with this opening number, "Let’s Go Higher"; and it was clear from the start that it would be a night to remember for the 2011 nominee. With his most recent album,*A Place Called Love" already announced as the Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year, Johnny Reid went on to collect three 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards for CMT Video of the Year (Today I’m Gonna Try And Change The World), Male Artist of the Yearand the coveted Fans’ Choice Award. Earlier this year, Reid was named recipient of a special CCMA humanitarian award for his work with World Vision, the Children’s Aid Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It was the third straight year that Reid has won the Fans’ Choice award, and the fourth year he's had the Top Selling Album. The Scot, who emigrated in his teens to Brampton, Ontario., has scored double platinum sales (200,000-plus) on each of his last two CDs and regularly fills concert halls across the country.
Of the three awards he collected on the night, the Tartan Army leader (that's what he calls his fan club) appeared to particularly treasure his CMT's Video of the Year award for his hit single "Today I'm Gonna Try and Change the World". During his acceptance speech, he got downright sentimental. The "one thing I know for certain is that one day I'll leave this world," he said, Scottish burr in full effect. "This song, this video is what I choose to leave behind."
The Canadian press, however, painted the night as belonging to BC native Dean Brody.
Dean took home two Awards throughout the course of the night;Single of the Year for "Trial of Life" and Album of the Year for "Trial of Life" as well. In both categories, hewas up against Reid.
Trail in Life is Brody’s second CD. His debut was released three years ago in Nashville where he registered a hit with Brothers, a song about a wounded soldier returning from overseas. Brody, 36, severed relations with the U.S. label following a dispute over management and returned to Canada, signing with Toronto’s Open Road Records. He now lives on Nova Scotia’s South Shore with his wife and two children.
Trail in Life is a reflective song that tells the story of a 12-year-old boy bonding with his father. Brody grew up in the small town of Jaffray, B.C.
Terri Clark went home with Female Artist of the Year, trio Hey Romeo took Group or Duo of the Year. Chad Brownlee won his first CCMA for Rising Star.
Although Terri is no stranger to the CCMA stage, the former Fan Choice Entertainer, had a sentimental moment during her acceptance speech. "This is the first CCMA I've won that my mom hasn't been in the front row.", she cried,before lightening the tone by thanking her fans for their support, adding "You keep my dog fed".
Alberta's Hey Romeo were clearly delighted at their Group Of The Year Award. The harmonious trio of Stacie Roper, Rob Shapiro and Darren Gusnowsky were clearly caught off guard. "This is completely unexpected," breathed Roper.
Rising Star Chad Brownlee had no big idea to go into music. Hockey was his passion, and he was a 6th round draft pick for the Vancouver Canucks, until injuries took it's toll. His debut album was released earlier this year.
Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Jimmy Rankin broke Corb Lund’s seven-year stranglehold on the roots category, beating out Lund, Ridley Bent, Shane Chisholm and Kirsten Jones for Roots Artist of the Year.

One after another, Canada’s biggest names and most exciting Canadian country recording artists graced stage to the delight of a packed audience at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum. Presenters included Ronnie Dunn and Michelle Wright, nd performances included Doc Walker and Luke Bryan, collaborating on a performance of their songs that share the same name,"Country Girl".
Two new members were also inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame during Country Music week. Recognised for her outstanding contributions to Canada's country music landscape, Michelle Wright has drawn rave reviews for her powerful voice for the last two decades. Selling nearly two million albums in North America and enjoying an international career she has performed in Scotland several times, most recently at the Caithness Festival in 2009.
Also being inducted is Bill Langstroth, the host of one of Canada's first talent showcases, "Singalong Jubilee," will have his outstanding achievements in television production celebrated in the Industry Builder category.Bill was married to anne Murray for many years.
After their induction, Michelle and Bill will have their official plaques displayed at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame located in Merritt, BC. They will also be acknowledged within the collections of the National Music Centre, which is to be opened in Calgary, AB in 2014.

2011 winners
Fans’ Choice Award — Johnny Reid
Single of the Year — Trail in Life, Dean Brody
Album of the Year — Trail in Life, Dean Brody
CMT Video of the Year — Today I’m Gonna Try and Change the World, Johnny Reid
Female Artist of the Year — Terri Clark
Male Artist of the Year — Johnny Reid
Group or Duo of the Year — Hey Romeo
Roots Artist or Group of the Year — Jimmy Rankin
Rising Star — Chad Brownlee
Songwriter of the Year — Dean Brody (Trail in Life)
Artist Hall of Fame inductee — Michelle Wright
Builder Hall of Fame inductee — Bill Langstroth

Monday, September 14, 2009

CCMA Award winners

CCMA Awards list
Album of the Year: Johnny Reid, "Dance With Me"
Single of the Year: Dean Brody, "Brothers"
Songwriters of the Year: Johnny Reid and Brent Maher for "A Woman Like You"
Video of the Year: Johnny Reid, "A Woman Like You"
Female Artist of the Year: Crystal Shawanda
Male Artist of the Year: Johnny Reid
Group or Duo of the Year: Doc Walker
Roots Artist or Group of the Year: Corb Lund
Rising Star: Tara Oram
Fans' Choice Award: Johnny Reid

Monday, March 02, 2009

East Coast awards

Canada's East Coast Music Awards Gala at the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook, NL, was held last night.
Single of the Year: We Are Young And So Is The Night (Gordie Sampson)
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year: Gordie Sampson (with J. Smith & JT Harding) for "We Are Young and So Is The Night"
Bluegrass Recording of the Year: The Grass Mountain Hobos (The Grass Mountain Hobos)
Country Recording of the Year : Chasing the Sun (Tara Oram)
Folk Recording of the Year: On the Line (David Myles)
Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year: Endless Memories (Brenda Stubbert)
Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year : When Here Meets There (Troy MacGillivray & Shane Cook)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

2008 CCMA Winners

It turned out to be a beautiful life for Doc Walker, the Manitoba band that cleaned up at the Canadian Country Music Awards last night.The hometown favourite walked away with five awards ceremony in Winnipeg.
After garnering the most nominations of any musician this year, west Coast newbie Jessie Farrell won female artist of the year, beating out awards host Terri Clark, last year's winner Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Lisa Brokop and Crystal Shawanda.
The Vancouver musician, who burst onto the Canadian country scene this year with her single "Best of Me," also picked up the rising star award and top female talent of the year.
Male artist of the year and top-selling Canadian album went to Scots born Johnny Reid, who belted out his soulful ballad "Thank You" during the show.
The awards ceremony was broadcast on CBC-TV nationally, with encore broadcasts to be aired on CMT.
Winners of the 2008 Canadian Country Music Awards:
Fans' choice: Doc Walker
Single of the year: "Beautiful Life" (Doc Walker)
Album of the year: "Beautiful Life" (Doc Walker)
Video of the year: "Beautiful Life" (Doc Walker)
Female artist of the year: Jessie Farrell
Male artist of the year: Johnny Reid
Group of the year: Doc Walker
Rising star: Jessie Farrell

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Jessie Farrell leads CCMA nominees

The nominations for September's Canadian Country Music awards are out ,and newcomer Jessie Farrell leads the nominations with a total of seven, including Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Top New Talent of the Year – Female and her previously announced nomination for Fans’ Choice.
Doc Walker earned a total of six nods, including Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Songwriters of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year and a Fans’ Choice nomination.
Other multiple nominees include Paul Brandt with five, Gord Bamford with four, George Canyon, who will also be performing on the CCMA Awards and Deric Ruttan with three each and Ambush, Crystal Shawanda, Johnny Reid, Emerson Drive and Ridley Bent all up for two awards each.
One of this year’s nominees for female artist of the year and last year’s Fans’ Choice Award winner Terri Clark will host the show, which will feature performers Jessie Farrell, George Canyon, Dierks Bentley, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive and Johnny Reid on September 8 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
All CCMA Award nominees are available online at

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

East Coast Music awards

George Canyon was the McDonalds Entertainer of the year for the 4th consecutive year, when the ECMA awards were handed out in Fredericton this week. The Rankins were double winners, for DVD (Back Stage Pass) and Roots.Traditional Group recording for "Reunion".
The outlaw band, The Divorecees were voted Top Country Recording for their "You Aint Getting My Country", whilst 17 year old Kimberley Fraser won the Roots Recording for her "Falling On New Ground"