Country Music Week began in 1977 as an annual event created to heighten awareness and increase exposure for Canada’s country music artists. Today, Country Music Week is made up of three components:a music festival, which includes a Songwriters’ Series, talent showcases, a full-day FanFest, a Legends Show that pays tribute to Canada's most cherished country artists and a cabaret party where country fans can let loose; the CCMA Awards Show, which is a two-hour live, television special highlighting a year in country music; as well as an industry conference which allows the Canadian country music industry to honour those working behind the scenes via educational workshops and seminars, networking receptions, awards ceremonies and more.
Country Music Week 2016 will be held in London, ON from September 8 – 11. To see a listing of fan events click here. If you’re an artist or a member of the music industry and would like to attend the industry conference, find full conference information and registration details here.
Country Music Week entails countless hours of planning and preparation. The CCMA could not execute this major event year after year without the support and expertise of local organizing host committees, made up of community stakeholders. The core 2016 London Host Committee includes:
Chris Campbell, Chair
Stephanie Starchuck, Vice Chair Events & Operations
Marcy Redmond, Vice Chair Marketing & Communications
Paul Brock, Vice Chair Sponsorship
Patrice Whiffen, Vice Chair Volunteers
Lisa Catania, Vice Chairs Hosting
Dave DeKelver, Transportation
Brent McNamee Ticketing Liaison
Erin Douglas, Event Manager - Outdoor Activations
Patrick McLaughlin, Food & Beverage - Outdoor Activations
Kent Guy & Heidi Baiden, Radio Industry Coordinators
Janette MacDonald & Andrew Sercombe, Downtown London Liaisons
Chris Waugh, Convention Centre Liaison
Cheryl Finn, City of London Major Event Liaison
Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2016 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Ontario, the City of London. Downtown London and London Tourism.
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Country Music Association bringing Country Music Week across the country. The following is a listing of past Country Music Week host cities:
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