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HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES CELEBRATED AS THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2011 GALA DINNER AND ALL STAR BAND AWARD WINNERS

September 12, 2011

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES CELEBRATED AS THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2011 GALA DINNER AND ALL STAR BAND AWARD WINNERS

Hamilton, ON (September 12, 2011)- Yesterday was a day full of award ceremonies for the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards. Two award ceremonies, the Gala Dinner Awards and the All-Star Band Awards & Jam Session ended the weekend but only started the fun. The final round of awards will be handed out tonight at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, ON.

The Gala Dinner boasted outstanding performances by Victoria Banks, FACTOR presenting artist Chad Brownlee, Shane Chisholm , Terri Clark, Katie Love Hess, High Valley, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jimmy Rankin and The Band Perry. This year’s two Hall of Fame Inductions were held during the Gala honouring Michelle Wright  and Bill Langstroth . The Slaight Music Humanitarian Award recipient, Johnny Reid was honoured and also received recognition as Top Selling Canadian  Album of the Year.

The All-Star Band Awards & Jam Session was hosted by Wendell Ferguson and Jaydee Bixby.  The evening, which celebrated the talents of Canadian country musicians, wrapped up with an eclectic star-studded jam session.

Open Road Recordings took home two Awards for Record Company of the Year and Ron Kitchener of Open Road Recordings for Record Company Person of the Year. Long-time Canadian country star Jimmy Rankin took Roots Artist or Group of the Year while Dean Brody’s Trail in Life took home the award for Songwriter of the Year. The full list of awards can be found at www.ccma.org throughout the course of the weekend.

 
2011 GALA DINNER WINNERS
 
RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Kelly Berehulka (Casinos of Winnipeg)

 
MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

ole

 
RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Open Road Recordings

 
RECORD COMPANY PERSON OF THE YEAR

Ron Kitchener (Open Road Recordings)


Station of the Year (major market)

CJJR FM, Vancouver

 
Station of the Year (second market)

CKGY FM, Red Deer

 

ARTIST HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Michelle Wright

 
BUILDER HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Bill Langstroth

 

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Jimmy Rankin

 
SLAIGHT MUSIC HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Johnny Reid

 
SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR


Trail In Life (written by Dean Brody; recorded by Dean Brody)

 
Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year (Canadian Sales only)

A Place Called Love - Johnny Reid

 
Top Selling International Album of the Year (Canadian sales only)

Speak Now - Taylor Swift

 
Drums

Steve Broadhurst (Doc Walker)

Bass

Shane Chisholm (Shane Chisholm

Guitar

Jason Barry (Victoria Banks/Dean Brody/Aaron Lines)

Keyboards

Rob Shapiro (Hey Romeo)

Fiddle

Denis Dufresne (Deric Ruttan)

Shane Guse (Jason Blaine/George Canyon/The Western Swing Authority)

 
Steel Guitar

Ed Ringwald (George Canyon)

 
Special Instrument


Denis Dufresne – Mandolin (Pear/Deric Ruttan)

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