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The Country Music Association Of Ontario Announces The 2017 CMAOntario Award Nominees

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is pleased to announce the nominees for the fifth annual CMAOntario Awards. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the awards recognize the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 16 categories.  Meghan Patrick leads the pack with seven nominations while James Barker Band, River Town Saints, Jessica Mitchell, Cold Creek County, Jason Blaine, Tim Hicks and The Abrams are among the multiple nominees being honoured at the ceremony on Sunday, June 11th at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario. See the full nominees listing for the 2017 CMAOntario Awards below.

Voting for the awards is restricted to CMAOntario members, with the exception of the Fans’ Choice award, which is open to both public and membership voting. Eligible members will have the opportunity to vote on the final ballot as of today up until Wednesday, April 26th at 11:59PM EST. Music fans can cast their votes for the Fans’ Choice award during the same period at www.cmaontario.ca/awards/voting.

This year’s awards, hosted by Jason McCoy, will feature newly added performances by Genevieve Fisher, Jessica Mitchell, River Town Saints, and Aaron Pritchett alongside previously announced performers Jason Blaine, Cold Creek County and The Western Swing Authority.

The CMAOntario Impact Award, will be presented to one of Canada’s most iconic bands, Blue Rodeo. The CMAOntario Impact Award recognizes 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. Previous recipients include Prairie Oyster, Paula Chopik and Ed Leslie (producers of Havelock Country Jamboree) and the legendary Gordon Lightfoot.

The 2017 CMAOntario award nominees are:

SINGLE OF THE YEAR sponsored by KICX 106

“Beer Weather” – Cold Creek County

“Cherry Bomb” – River Town Saints

“Lawn Chair Crazy ” – James Barker Band

“Still Loving You” – Meghan Patrick ft. Joe Nichols

“Workin’ On Whiskey” – Jessica Mitchell


Born to Love – The Lovelocks

Country Side – Jason Blaine

Grace and Grit – Meghan Patrick

Shake These Walls – Tim Hicks

Till The Wheels Come Off – Cold Creek County


Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman – “Came Here to Forget”

performed by Blake Shelton

James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood – “Lawn Chair Lazy”

performed by James Barker Band

Jessica Mitchell, Dave Thomson, Patricia Conroy – “Workin’ on Whiskey”

performed by Jessica Mitchell

Meghan Patrick, Patricia Conroy, Philip Barton – “Grace and Grit”

performed by Meghan Patrick

Tim Hicks, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood – “Stompin’ Ground”

performed by Tim Hicks

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Spring Tree Farm

Genevieve Fisher

Jessica Mitchell

Leah Daniels

Meghan Patrick

Tianna Woods

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Havelock Country Jamboree

Deric Ruttan

Jason Blaine

Marshall Dane


Tim Hicks

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Remington Group

Autumn Hill

Cold Creek County

James Barker Band

River Town Saints

The Abrams


Kelly Prescott

Jessica Mitchell

Lindi Ortega

The Abrams

The Western Swing Authority

RISING STAR AWARD sponsored by Slaight Music

Buck Twenty

Dani Strong

Meghan Patrick

River Town Saints

The Abrams

FANS’ CHOICE sponsored by OMDC

Autumn Hill

Cold Creek County

James Barker Band

Jason Blaine

Meghan Patrick

River Town Saints


Tim Hicks

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Long & McQuade

“Bow Chicka Wow Wow” – Meghan Patrick

“Cherry Bomb” – River Town Saints

“Dance With My Daughter” – Jason Blaine

“Lawn Chair Crazy” – James Barker Band

“What Love Is All About” – Johnny Reid


Dan Brodbeck (Dani Strong)

Dave Thomson (Jessica Mitchell)

Gavin Brown (The Abrams)

Jason Barry (Dean Brody, Genevieve Fisher, The Western Swing Authority, Tianna Woods)

The Agenda, Leah Daniels (Leah Daniels)

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR sponsored by Seeds & Co.

Amanda Kingsland, Rogers Radio

Catherine Faint, Catherine Faint Entertainment

Dave Woods, In The Country

Mike Denney, MDM Recordings

Steve Coady, Warner Music Canada



CHKX-FM (KX 94.7), Hamilton

CJBX-FM (BX 93), London

CJKX-FM 95.9 (KX 96), Oshawa

CKBY-FM (Country 101.1), Ottawa

CKDK-FM 103.9 (Country 104), Woodstock

CKKL-FM (New Country 94), Ottawa

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

CFCO-FM 92.9 (Country 92.9), Chatham

CHCQ-FM (Cool 100.1 FM), Belleville

CICS-FM (KICX 91.7), Sudbury

CJQM-FM (Country 104.3), Sault Ste Marie

CKXC-FM (Country 93.5), Kingston


CHAW-FM (Country 103), Little Current

CHVR-FM 96.7 (Star 96 FM), Pembroke

CICX-FM (KICX 106), Orillia

CJDL-FM (Country 107.3), Tillsonburg

CKYC-FM 93.7 (Country 93), Owen Sound

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