Leading the nominations are 15-time CMAOntario Award winner Meghan Patrick, nine-time CMAOntario Award winner Tim Hicks, and viral sensation Robyn Ottolini, with five nominations each.
Hosted by Jason McCoy and Beverley Mahood, the CMAOntario Award Show will close out the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend from May 28 – 30, 2021. After presenting the first-ever, live, drive-in country music awards show in October 2020, CMAOntario is happy to do it all again this year in Hamilton. The CMAOntario Awards, presented by Slaight Music, will acknowledge the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 18 categories.
The Final Nominees for the 9th Annual CMAOntario Awards are:
SINGLE OF THE YEAR “All I Can Do” – Buck Twenty “F-150” – Robyn Ottolini “Girls Like Me” – Meghan Patrick “No Truck Song” – Tim Hicks “Thank Her For That” – Owen Barney
ALBUM OF THE YEAR All Woman – Nicole Rayy Highway Mile – Aaron Allen Jade Eagleson – Jade Eagleson Love Wins – Kelly Prescott The I’m Not Always Hilarious EP – Robyn Ottolini
SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR Callie McCullough, Scotty Kipfer – “After Midnight” Recorded by Callie McCullough
Jamie Appleby, Owen Barney, Alyssa Reid, Dave Thomson, Mike Wise – “Thank Her For That” Recorded by Owen Barney
Meghan Patrick, Jobe Fortner, Ryan Nelson – “Girls Like Me” Recorded by Meghan Patrick
Robyn Ottolini, Mark Schroor, Erik Fintelman – “F-150” Recorded by Robyn Ottolini
Tim Hicks, Bruce Wallace, Jeffrey Coplan – “No Truck Song” Recorded by Tim Hicks
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Elyse Saunders Kelsi Mayne Meghan Patrick Robyn Ottolini Tianna Woods
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Aaron Allen Andrew Hyatt Darcy John David Boyd Janes Tim Hicks
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR Buck Twenty Jess and Tay The Abrams The Reklaws The Western Swing Authority
FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR Kristine St-Pierre Les Rats D’Swompe Melissa Ouimet Reney Ray Stef Paquette
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR Buck Twenty Callie McCullough Elyse Saunders Robyn Ottolini Sacha
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
All I Can Do” – Buck Twenty “Broken Boys” – Nicole Rayy “Girls Like Me” – Meghan Patrick “No Truck Song” – Tim Hicks “Where I’m From” – The Reklaws
FANS’ CHOICE Andrew Hyatt Jade Eagleson James Barker Band Meghan Patrick Steven Lee Olsen Tebey The Reklaws Tim Hicks
RECORD PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Dustin Olyan – Callie McCullough, Twin Kennedy, Mallory Johnson Jeff Dalziel – Aaron Allen, David Boyd Janes, River Town Saints Mark Schroor, Erik Fintelman – Robyn Ottolini, Alexa Goldie, Cory James Mitchell J. Richard Hutt – Jamie Warren, Sean Hogan, Jessie T, Tianna Woods Shawn Moore – Ben Hudson, Matt Teed, Emily Clair, Evan Farrell, Emily Kate
ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR Kelly Prescott The Abrams The Good Brothers The Redhill Valleys The Western Swing Authority
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET) CHKX KX 94.7, Hamilton CIKZ COUNTRY 106.7, Kitchener CJKX KX 96, Oshawa CKDK COUNTRY 104, Woodstock CKKL PURE COUNTRY 94, Ottawa
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM MARKET) CFCO COUNTRY 92.9, Chatham CHCQ-FM COOL 100.1 FM, Belleville CJQM COUNTRY 104.3, Sault Ste. Marie CKQM PURE COUNTRY 105, Peterborough CKXC COUNTRY 93.5, Kingston
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SMALL MARKET) CFDC COUNTRY 105, Shelburne CHAW COUNTRY 103, Little Current CHVR PURE COUNTRY 96.7, Pembroke CICX PURE COUNTRY 106, Orillia CJDL COUNTRY 107.3, Tillsonburg CKYY COUNTRY 89, Welland
MUSIC INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Amanda Kingsland, Country 92.3/Rogers Communications Dave Woods, In The Country Randy Owen, Radio Host/Personality Steve Coady, Warner Music Canada Tommy KW Lam, Reve Music Group Inc.
THE COMPASS AWARD This recipient is based on a combination of Nielsen Audio On-Demand Streams, Album Sales, Digital Song downloads, and Airplay Spins metrics along with statistics for Facebook, Instagram and, Twitter. The artist, duo, or group with the largest overall outcome of said metrics during the applicable period will be deemed the recipient.
THE HOLLY & STEVE KASSAY GENEROUS SPIRIT AWARD This award recognizes a person who has dedicated their time and efforts above and beyond the call of duty. It acknowledges that demonstrated passion and dedication plays an integral role in the continued development of the organization and its initiatives. The recipient of this award is determined by the award Sponsor in consultation with the CMAOntario Board of Directors.
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 April 19, 2021
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 April 19, 2021.