2012 CCMA Awards Top Country September 5, 2012 NEWS Get a Full List of 2012 CCMA Award Winners Here SASKATOON 101: The 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards Heading to Saskatoon for Country Music Week? Wondering what to check out? Fear no more, we’ve got you covered. View Here FIRST AWARDS OF 2012 HANDED OUT FROM THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION The Canadian Country Music Association celebrated the first of four of its 2012 CCMA Awards ceremonies being held this week at Saskatoon’s TCU Place’s Grand Hall. The Industry Brunch and Awards was a morning of great presentations and outstanding musical performances. Kicking off the event were hosts Kortney and Dave Wilson with performances by Victoria Banks, Kira Isabella, Ryan Laird & Leah Daniels, Codie Prevost and High Valley. The Industry Brunch and Awards recognizes some of Canada’s most deserving industry professionals in the areas of radio, retailer, album design, video director and record producer among other achievements. This year’s winners included Dean Brody, Gord Bamford, iTunes, RGK Entertainment Group Inc. and The Agency Group among many more. Eleven more awards plus special achievement presentations will be announced at tomorrow night’s Gala Dinner, while the 2012 All Star Band Awards will see seven musicians celebrated for their talents. Another nine awards will be handed out live on Sunday night’s broadcast of the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. A full list of award winners can be found here at www.topcountry.ca over the course of the weekend. 2012 INDUSTRY BRUNCH AWARD WINNERS COUNTRY CLUB OF THE YEAR Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall – Calgary, AB ALBUM DESIGN OF THE YEAR Mitch Nevins/Mark Maryanovich/Jill Snell – DIRT (Dean Brody) RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR Bart McKay Productions – Saskatoon, SK RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR Gord Bamford/Byron Hill (Is It Friday Yet? – Gord Bamford) MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR RGK Entertainment Group Inc. RETAILER OF THE YEAR iTunes Canada BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR The Agency Group MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (Major Market) Scott Phillips – CKRY-FM/CISN-FM – Calgary, AB/Edmonton, AB MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (Secondary Market) Tim Day – CKGY-FM – Red Deer, AB ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (Major Market) Toff and Melissa of the Morning Ride – CHKX-FM, Hamilton ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (Secondary Market) KG Mornings with Greg, Tera Lee & Al – CKGY-FM, Red Deer VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Stephano Barberis (Is It Friday Yet? – Gord Bamford; Somebody Somewhere – Dallas Smith) COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR, OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR Employee of the Week (CMT) 2012 CCMA AWARDS ‘JOHN DEERE GREEN CARPET’ ARRIVALS TO BE STREAMED ONLINE AS PART OF AWARDS COVERAGE ON CBC LIVE The 2012 CCMA Awards will take place Sunday, September 9 at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK. CBC will air the ceremony at 8 pm/ET, with an encore showing at 10 pm/ET. In addition to the broadcast coverage of the 2012 CCMA AWARDS on CBC Television, CBC LIVE’s coverage of the ‘John Deere Green Carpet’, will capture the glamour of the celebrity arrivals live online, along with special backstage exclusives during the awards gala on Sunday, September 9. The 2012 CCMA AWARDS will air on Sunday, September 9th at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC, with an encore airing on CMT at 10 p.m. ET. Prior to the televised coverage, cbc.ca/live will bring viewers all of the excitement from the 2012 CCMA AWARDS ‘John Deere Green Carpet’, live as it happens. CBC News’ Arts Reporter, Deanna Sumanac and CBC Radio 2 Morning host Tom Power, will host the 2012 CCMA AWARDS ‘John Deere Green Carpet’ livestream for CBC LIVE, from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. CT (5:00 to 6:15 p.m. ET), sharing an exclusive look at the arrivals, red carpet fashion and pre-gala emotions. Fans can join in the conversation on Twitter via @CBCLive using the hashtag #countrynightincanada. Then, beginning at 5 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET), audiences will receive special backstage access featuring exclusive interviews with 2012 CCMA AWARDS presenters, nominees and winners, also hosted by Deanna Sumanac and Tom Power. Musical artists set to perform at the 2012 CCMA AWARDS, include Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, Terri Clark, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Kira Isabella, Deric Ruttan, Johnny Reid, Dallas Smith, The Stellas, High Valley, Jason Aldean, Pistol Annies, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert. As previously announced, Taylor Swift will be this year’s recipient of the CCMA Generation Award. The CCMA Generation Award will be presented to Taylor Swift by legendary singer-songwriter, Bryan Adams, in a special video presentation. Additionally, Allan Hawco of CBC’s Republic of Doyle, singer Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, CMT’s Paul McGuire, Canadian country and folk artist Jimmy Rankin, NHL great Theo Fleury, Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle of CBC’s Heartland, NHL stars Luke and Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Daryn Jones of CBC’s Over the Rainbow will present at the Awards. Also sharing presenting honours Canadian country music artists Michelle Wright, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Tenille, Johnny Burke, Beverley Mahood, Hey Romeo, Corb Lund, Deric Ruttan, Aaron Pritchett, Jimmy Rankin, Victoria Banks, Ryan Laird, Codie Prevost and Small Town Pistols. Ticket holders are encouraged to come out to the Credit Union Centre early to secure a spot in the Green Carpet Fan Zone and greet the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards performers, presenters and nominees as they arrive on the green carpet, which will kick-off at 3 p.m. CT. The 2012 CCMA AWARDS will air on Sunday, September 9th at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC, with an encore airing on CMT in Canada at 10 p.m. ET. THE 2012 CCMA AWARDS ANNOUNCE STAR-STUDDED LIST OF PRESENTERS – www.ccma.org The who’s who of Canadian music, entertainment and sports set to take the stage in Saskatoon, SK Lana Gay to be the voice of show – September 9 at 8 p.m. on CBC-TV August 29, 2012 – The stars will be shining brightly at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards, as a scintillating roster of celebrity presenters is set to join Canada’s favourite country musicians for a night of great music and great fun in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Joining the talented list of presenters is Lana Gay (host of CBC Radio 3’s, Lanarama), who will act as the voice of the show. The 2012 CCMA Awards will air on Sunday, September 9th at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC, with encore airings on CMT at 10 p.m. EST. Confirmed to join the festivities this year are Allan Hawco of CBC’s Republic of Doyle, singer Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, NHL great Theo Fleury, CMT’s Paul McGuire, Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle of CBC’s Heartland, NHL stars Luke and Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Daryn Jones of CBC’s Over the Rainbow, They will share presenting honours with Canadian country music artists Victoria Banks, Johnny Burke, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Ryan Laird, Corb Lund, Beverley Mahood, Small Town Pistols, Codie Prevost, Aaron Pritchett, Jimmy Rankin, Hey Romeo, Deric Ruttan, Tenille and Michelle Wright. These special guests join the previously announced slate of musical artists set to perform at the 2012 CCMA Awards, including Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, Terri Clark, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Kira Isabella, Johnny Reid, Deric Ruttan, Dallas Smith, The Stellas, High Valley, Jason Aldean, Pistol Annies, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert. As previously announced, Taylor Swift will be this year’s recipient of the CCMA Generation Award. The CCMA Generation Award will be presented to Taylor Swift by legendary singer-songwriter, Bryan Adams, in a special video presentation. Fans can come out to the Credit Union Centre and welcome the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards performers, nominees and presenters as they arrive on the red carpet, which will kick-off at 3 p.m. CT. CBC Television will broadcast the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards from Saskatoon on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET (8:30 NT), with encore airings on CMT. 2012 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES FINAL PERFORMERS BROADCAST SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 AT 8 PM ON CBC-TV August 7, 2012 #countrynightincanada to now include performances by 2012 CCMA Nominees Jason Blaine, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Kira Isabella, Dallas Smith and The Stellas Toronto, ON (August 7, 2012) – As country music fans anxiously await the arrival of #countrynightincanada, the Canadian Country Music Association is delighted to announce another group of show-stopping performers. Rounding out the incredibly strong group of performers who will light up the stage at the 2012 CCMA Awards in Saskatoon are Jason Blaine, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Kira Isabella, Dallas Smith, and The Stellas, all of whom will perform on Canada’s biggest country music stage, the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, broadcast live on Sunday September 9th at 8 p.m. ET on CBC, with encore airings on CMT (Canada) starting at 10 p.m. ET. “The CCMA is truly proud of the talented group of performers that we’ve been able to secure for this year’s broadcast,” said Don Green, Executive Director CCMA. “In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we are constructing a show that promises non-stop music and special moments from start to finish as we continue to celebrate and honour those Canadian country artists who work tirelessly to promote this genre of music each and every day of the year.” Well-known country music artist and four-time nominee Jason Blaine will take to the stage to perform one of his hottest singles, while newcomers Kira Isabella and Dallas Smith will both showcase their talent as they perform on the CCMA Awards stage for the first time and will also contend against one another for the Rising Star Award. Receiving three nominations, The Stellas will also have the opportunity to perform one of their hits on the CCMA Awards stage. No strangers to the CCMA Awards stage, Doc Walker and Emerson Drive will vie for the CCMA Group or Duo of the Year Award and will also join forces onstage for a collaborative performance that country music fans won’t want to miss! As if the CCMA Awards could get any hotter – Jason Blaine, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Kira Isabella, Dallas Smith* and *The Stellas will join previously announced performers, Gord Bamford, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody , Chad Brownlee, George Canyon,Terri Clark, High Valley, Deric Ruttan, Johnny Reid, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies in Saskatoon for a country music showdown. The CCMA is supported by FACTOR, through which we acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Be sure to follow the excitement on twitter as new broadcast details are announced @CCMAAwards (#countrynightincanada) and on Facebook at Canadian Country Music Association. Tickets for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.caor charge by phone at 306.938.7800. Tickets are priced at $45, $75 and $90 (including all taxes and service charges) and are going fast so get yours today. CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contenders and Contest Opening Announced! August 7, 2012 The CCMA is proud to announce the contenders of the CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest – Congratulations goes out to Mark Cameron, Marshall Dane, The Divorcees, Kylee Epp, Georges Hamel, Tonya Kennedy, Jason Kirkness, Johnny Oliver Band, PEAR, and Wyatt! These ten contenders will be moving on to the CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest where one lucky contender who ranks the highest on the poll will be rewarded with the opportunity to perform with Canada’s country elite. CCMA FanFest will entertain fans with an afternoon of fantastic music. Taking place on Saturday, September 8 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK, as part of PotashCorp Country Music Week, CCMA FanFest is the perfect opportunity to enjoy performances from the best artists that country music has to offer, with opportunities to get up close and personal at a public autograph signing and best of all, it’s free of charge. The CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest opens today, August 7, 2012 at 11:00 am EST and closes Tuesday August 14 at 5:00 pm EST. To vote all you need to do is “like” the Canadian Country Music Association’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CCMA.365, click on the question and select the artist that you would most like to see perform at CCMA FanFest 2012 during PotashCorp Country Music Week! You can only vote once. The complete list of CCMA nominees Fans’ Choice Award Gord Bamford Dean Brody Terri Clark Hey Romeo Johnny Reid Single of the year “Canadian Girls,” Dean Brody “Fire It Up,” Johnny Reid “Is It Friday Yet?” Gord Bamford “Somebody Somewhere,” Dallas Smith “They Don’t Make Em’ Like That Anymore,” Jason Blaine Album of the year 16 & 1, Doc Walker DIRT, Dean Brody Fire It Up, Johnny Reid Give It Away, Paul Brandt Roots And Wings, Terri Clark Songwriter(s) of the year “Canadian Girls” (written by Dean Brody; performed by Dean Brody) “Fire It Up” (written by Marty Dodson/Alan Frew/Johnny Reid; performed by Johnny Reid) “Is It Friday Yet?” (written by Gord Bamford/Roger Brown/Byron Hill; performed by Gord Bamford) “Mainstreet, 1979” (written by Deric Ruttan; performed by Deric Ruttan) “They Don’t Make ’em Like That Anymore” (written by Jason Blaine/Deric Ruttan; performed by Jason Blaine) CMT video of the year “Canadian Girls,” Dean Brody “Fire It Up,” Johnny Reid “Give It Away,” Paul Brandt “I’m Your Man,” Ryan Laird “In This House,” the Stellas Female artist of the year Victoria Banks Terri Clark Carolyn Dawn Johnson Tara Oram Michelle Wright Male artist of the year Gord Bamford Jason Blaine Dean Brody Chad Brownlee Johnny Reid Group or duo of the year Doc Walker Emerson Drive Hey Romeo High Valley The Stellas Roots artist or group of the year Ridley Bent Shane Chisholm Sean Hogan Corb Lund Jimmy Rankin Rising star Kira Isabella Ryan Laird Codie Prevost Dallas Smith The Stellas 2012 CCMA All-star Band Award nominees Drums Matthew Atkins (Jason Blaine) Mark Branconnier (Gord Bamford/studio) Steve Broadhurst (Doc Walker) Chad Melchert (Gord Bamford) Brad Tebble (Hey Romeo) Bass Nick Czarnogorski (Johnny Reid/the Stellas) Lisa Dodd (Gord Bamford) Curtis Ebner (Hey Romeo) Dennis Marcenko (One More Girl/the Higgins) Travis Switzer (Deric Ruttan/Jason Blaine/Pear) Guitar Jason Barry (Jason Blaine/Dean Brody/Aaron Lines) Ryan Davidson (Gord Bamford) Darren Gusnowsky (Hey Romeo) Matt McKay (Gord Bamford/Carolyn Dawn Johnson/session) Murray Pulver (Doc Walker) Keyboards Keith Floen (the Travelling Mabels/Session) Scott Galloway (Dean Brody) Mike Little (Alee/George Canyon) Bart McKay (Brad Johner/Aaron Lines) Rob Shapiro (Hey Romeo) Fiddle Denis Dufresne (Pear/Deric Ruttan) Lynae Dufresne (Pear) Shane Guse (Jason Blaine/George Canyon/the Western Swing Authority) Donny Parenteau (Donny Parenteau) Ali Raney (Jason Blaine/Jason McCoy/Tara Oram) Steel guitar Jeff Bradshaw (session) John Ellis (Ridley Bent/session) Smokey Fennell (Danny Hooper/Brett Kissel/Krysta Scoggins) Doug Johnson (Jason Blaine/Tonya Kennedy/session) Ed Ringwald (George Canyon) Special instrument Shane Chisholm, gastank bass (Shane Chisholm) Denis Dufresne, mandolin (PEAR) Shane Guse, mandolin (Jason Blaine/George Canyon) Robin Pelletier, mandolin (Gord Bamford) Curtis Rempel, mandolin (High Valley) 2012 CCMA Industry Award nominees Management company of the year Cache Entertainment Inc. Hummel Entertainment MDM Recordings Inc. O’Reilly International Entertainment Management RGK Entertainment Group Inc. Booking agency of the year The Agency Group Big Air Entertainment Cressman Sakamoto Agency Paquin Entertainment Ron Sakamoto talent buyer or promoter of the year Kelly Berehulka (Casinos of Winnipeg) Jim Cressman (Cressman Sakamoto Agency) Lindsay Ell/Rod Tate (Calgary Stampede) Rob Waloschuk (Dauphin’s Countryfest/Performance Promotions) Larry Werner (Big Valley Jamboree/Panhandle Productions) Country club of the year Cook County Saloon, Edmonton, Alta. The Corral, Oshawa, Ont. Duke’s Country Club, Grande Prairie, Alta. Ralph’s Texas Bar & Steakhouse, Medicine Hat, Alta. Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall, Calgary, Alta. Album design of the year Mitch Nevins/Mark Maryanovich/Jill Snell, Dirt (Dean Brody) Patrick Duffy/Rob Waymen, Is It Friday Yet? (Gord Bamford) Jason Blaine/Megan Chalmers, Life So Far (Jason Blaine) Mediavandals/Brandon Heard/Sheila Hash, Love Me or Leave Me (Chad Brownlee) Antoine Moonen/Ivan Otis, Roots and Wings (Terri Clark) Topcountry.ca Interactive artist of the year Gord Bamford Dean Brody Chad Brownlee Hey Romeo Johnny Reid Video director of the year Stephano Barberis (“Is It Friday Yet?” Gord Bamford; “Somebody Somewhere,” Dallas Smith) Antonio Hrynchuk (“Carried Away,” Chad Brownlee; “Down Dusty Roads,” Bryce Pallister) Margaret Malandruccolo (“I’m Your Man,” Ryan Laird; “In This House,” the Stellas; “Maybe,” One More Girl) Troy Niemans (“I’m Gone,” Victoria Banks; “Honky Tonk Groupie,” Codie Prevost; “I Will Wait,” Six West) Warren P. Sonoda (“Saddle Up,” George Canyon) Music publishing company of the year EMI Music Publishing Grand & Gee Music Group ole Royalty Music Publishing Inc. Universal Music Publishing Group Record producer(s) of the year Gord Bamford/Byron Hill (Is It Friday Yet?, Gord Bamford) Jason Blaine/Jason Barry (Life so Far, Jason Blaine) John Ellis (16 & 1, Doc Walker) Bart McKay (Journey On, Todd Richard) Johnny Reid (Fire It Up, Johnny Reid) Recording studio of the year Armoury Studios, Vancouver, B.C. Barrytone Studios, St. Clements, Ont. Bart McKay Productions, Saskatoon, Sask. MCC Recording Studio, Calgary, Alta. The Drive Shed Recording Studios, Toronto, Ont. Record company of the year EMI Music Canada On Ramp Records Inc. Open Road Recordings Royalty Records Inc. Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc. Retailer of the year HMV Canada Inc. iTunes Canada Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack Walmart Canada Corp. Country music program or special of the year Canadian Coast to Coast (CJVR-FM) Canadian Country Spotlight (syndicated) Chevrolet Top 20 Countdown (CMT) Employee of the Week (CMT) Johnny Reid – Fire It Up Live (CMT) Country festival, fair or exhibition of the year Big Valley Jamboree, Camrose, Alta. Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alta. Dauphin’s Countryfest, Dauphin, Man. Manitoulin Country Fest, Little Current, Ont. Summer Send Off, Ponoka, Alta. 2012 CCMA Broadcast Award nominees Music director of the year: major market Larry Donohue, CFCW, Edmonton, Alta. Chris Harding, CJBX-FM, London, Ont. Mark Patric, CJJR-FM, Vancouver, B.C. Scott Phillips, CKRY-FM/CISN-FM, Calgary, Alta./Edmonton, Alta. Jay Richards, CJWW, Saskatoon, Sask. Music director of the year: secondary market Shilo Bellis, CJXL-FM, Moncton, N.B. Tim Day, CKGY-FM, Red Deer, Alta. Cal Gratton, CIXM-FM/CJVR-FM, Whitecourt, Alta./Melfort, Sask. KT Timmermans, CFRM-FM, Little Current, Ont. Peter Walker, CJKX-FM, Oshawa, Ont. Congrats to all the nominees, see you in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for Country Music Week!