The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) unveiled today that Dean Brody, High Valley, Madeline Merlo and Jess Moskaluke will all perform at the 2016 CCMA Awards Show on Sunday, September 11. These are the first acts announced to take the stage in London, ON as part of the 2016 CCMA Awards Show, which will be hosted by Canadian television personality Jessi Cruickshank, and broadcast live on CBC at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Country Music Week and the CCMA Awards Show to London, Ontario for the first time,” said Don Green, President of the Canadian Country Music Association. “The 2016 CCMA Awards Show promises to deliver two hours of incredible performances, memorable moments and all of your favourite Canadian country stars.”

Country legend and nine-time CCMA Award winner, Dean Brody recently took home his second JUNO Award for Country Album of the Year (Gypsy Road). Brody’s latest single “Bush Party” is now available on iTunes. The track is the first single from his sixth album, due for release October 2016. Dean Brody’s hit “Bring Down the House” is the top selling digital single for a Canadian country artist of all time.

After taking home the 2015 CCMA Award for Group or Duo of the Year, High Valley went on to sign with Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville, and have spent much of the last year touring and making their mark on the U.S. Included on “artists to watch” lists by Spotify, CMT (U.S.) and Taste of Country, High Valley is currently charting on U.S. Country Top 40 radio.

2015 CCMA Rising Star Award winner and BC native, Madeline Merlo, is nominated for the 2016 CCMA Female Artist of the Year Award. In April, Merlo released her debut album, Free Soul. Her current single, “War Paint”, a touching song about standing up for those in the midst of facing something difficult, has been steadily climbing the charts. 2016 brought Merlo across the country to perform on some of the industry’s most coveted stages, including the Calgary Stampede, Boots and Hearts and Rockin’ River Festival.

Jess Moskaluke is a multiple 2016 CCMA Award nominee, including Female Artist and Interactive Artist of the Year. Acclaimed as the first female Canadian country solo artist since Shania Twain to achieve gold single status (with her hit track “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”), in 2016 she achieved two Top 10 hits with her respective singles, “Kiss Me Quiet” and “Take Me Home”. A multiple 2015 JUNO Award nominee, she was also consecutively crowned the 2014 and 2015 CCMA Award Female Artist of the Year.

The 2016 CCMA Awards Show will see eight CCMA Awards presented, will highlight a number of special performances and will include appearances by a collection of Canadian personalities and country music acts. Additional CCMA Award Show performers and presenters will be announced throughout the month of August.

This year’s show will be produced by Bristow Global Media Inc.

A limited number of tickets for the 2016 CCMA Awards Show are still available and can be purchased online at budweisergardens.com, by calling 1-866-455-2849, or by visiting the Budweiser Gardens Box Office (99 Dundas Street, London, ON).

For more information on the 2016 CCMA Awards Show or Country Music Week, visit ccma.org.