CCMA Awards to Open With Shania Twain Tribute


Four-time 2018 CCMA Award nominee Dallas Smith to perform alongside
2018 Hall of Fame inductee, Terri Clark

August 21, 2018 (Toronto, ON.) - Announced earlier this morning, the Canadian Country Music Association will be paying tribute to the queen of country, Shania Twain with performances by three-time CCMA Female Artist of the Year Jess Moskaluke, two-time CCMA Award winner Kira Isabella and 2015 CCMA Rising Star winner Madeline Merlo. The tribute will kick-off Canada’s biggest night in country music live from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre on CBC and on Sunday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

Six-time 2018 CCMA Award nominee Jess Moskaluke will help open the show by paying tribute to her country idol, Shania Twain. In 2017, Moskaluke became the first Canadian female country artist to have a song in the Top 5 since 2008. Outside of Shania, Moskaluke is also the first female Canadian Country artist to achieve PLATINUM single status with her hit track “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes.” Most recently, Moskaluke, a three-time consecutive CCMA Award winner for Female Artist of the Year, was awarded Gold-certification for her Top 10 hit “Kiss Me Quiet”, the title track from her 2017 JUNO Award winning Country Album of the Year.

With her most recent single “Little Girl” becoming the #1 Most Added Song on Canadian country radio, Kira Isabella has continued to be one of Canada’s favourite female voices. Performing at the Calgary Stampede and Boots and Hearts Music Festival this summer, Kira’s debut album Caffeine & Big Dreams debuted at #1 in Canada and earned her a Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Country Artist. Kira has supported many country artists tours including Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Terri Clark.

Following the success of her last single “Motel Flamingo,” Madeline Merlo released “Neon Love” this spring, quickly securing her fifth Top 15th single. Since taking home the Rising Star Award in 2015, Merlo has opened for Dean Brody on his Beautiful Freakshow Tour, and taken to the main stage at festivals such as Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Sound of Music Festival, Country Thunder, and Boots and Hearts. With over six million streams on Spotify, Merlo is sure to deliver an incredible performance alongside Moskaluke and Isabella in their tribute to Twain.

Previously announced performers Dallas Smith and Terri Clark will also take to the stage together at the 2018 CCMA Awards. Together two of Country music’s most celebrated talents will perform their chart-topping single “One Drink Ago,” a song they debuted live at the Grand Ole Opry earlier this year. This performance will deliver one of the show’s highlights, bringing together two of Canadian Country’s biggest artists.

Tickets to the 2018 CCMA Awards are now on-sale. Single tickets and packages are available for purchase in-person at the FirstOntario Centre Box Office and online at with $1 of each ticket sale going directly to MusiCounts in support of their year-round music initiatives.

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About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2018 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”, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Government of Ontario, City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton and the Hamilton, Halton and Brant Regional Tourism Organization.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Music app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music ‎privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering over 100 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit


Media Contacts

For Jess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith and Terri Clark:
Charlotte Thompson, Red Umbrella P.R | 416.464.8220 

For Kira Isabella:
Andrea MacNeil, Creator Brand Management | 647.521.8868

For Madeline Merlo:
Erin Richards, Hype PR | 416.627.5728 

For Canadian Country Music Association:
Tiffany Astle, penelopePR | 416.554.7329

For CBC and CBC Music:
Teaghan Hawke, Publicist, CBC | 416.205.6863