September 10, 2016
CCMA Award Winners Announced At Gala Event In London
CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED AT GALA EVENT IN LONDON
CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS
& CCMA AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT RECIPIENT AMONG THOSE RECOGNIZED
(London, ON) September 10, 2016 – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) celebrated an evening of glitz and glamour at its second of three awards ceremonies being held this weekend in London, Ontario. Twenty awards were bestowed at the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards, including inductions into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the presentation of a CCMA Award of Achievement.
Murray McLauchlan was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in the artist category, while Paul Mascioli was honoured with the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder Award. A music creator and a business innovator, McLauchlan and Mascioli join a prestigious list of cherished artists and professionals who comprise the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Mike Stevens received the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award in recognition of the charity efforts he founded with ArtsCan Circle.
The evening’s award ceremony recognized CCMA Members in categories ranging from artist and musician to industry and radio. Among the many winners who were celebrated was Dean Brody, who was awarded Songwriter of the Year presented by ole for “Bring Down The House”, a song which also earned him the Top Selling Canadian Single. Brett Kissel took home his third consecutive Interactive Artist of the Year Award and The Washboard Union, first-time nominees, received the accolade of Roots Artist of the Year. Quebec sensation Yoan took home Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year presented by Music Canada, for Yoan, an award he also won in 2015. Top Selling Album of the Year presented by Arts & Entertainment Health Insurance Plan went to Luke Bryan for Kill The Lights. Bryan will be presented the award at a later date.
Eric Ethridge, from Sarnia, Ontario, took home this year’s CCMA Discovery Award. The award is bestowed upon one of six finalists in the CCMA Discovery Program based upon compiled scores from several major milestones of the program: a panel interview, a written essay and a showcase performance from Thursday night as part of Country Music Week. The CCMA Discovery Program was developed to educate and support Canadian country music artists in their pursuit of a career in the music industry.
2016 CCMA Award winners announced this evening:
2016 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
STAN KLEES BUILDER AWARD – BUILDER INDUCTEE
CCMA AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT
2016 SLAIGHT MUSIC HUMANITARIAN AWARD
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR presented by ole
Song: Bring Down The House (Performed By: Dean Brody)
ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Washboard Union
INTERACTIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
CCMA DISCOVERY AWARD presented by Country 107.3
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
STEEL GUITER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ed "Pee Wee Charles" Ringwald*
*This is Ed’s fifth win in the Steel Guitar Player of the Year category. As such, he is now entered into the Musician Awards Hall of Honour. The Hall of Honour is reserved for musicians who have been awarded the same CCMA Musician Award five (5) or more times. Upon achieving their fifth award, their name is entered into the Hall in celebration of their great contribution to Canadian country music.
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)
103.9 Country – CISN-FM – Edmonton, AB
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET)
KG Country 95.5 – CKGY-FM – Red Deer, AB
MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR
MDM Recordings Inc.
RECORD COMPANY PERSON OF THE YEAR
Steve Coady – Warner Music Canada
RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group
TOP SELLING ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Arts & Entertainment Health Insurance Plan
Kill The Lights – Luke Bryan
TOP SELLING CANADIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Music Canada
Yoan – Yoan
TOP SELLING CANADIAN SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Bring Down The House – Dean Brody
MEDIA NOTE: The most up-to-date list of 2016 CCMA Award winners
can be found at ccma.org throughout Country Music Week.
Country Music Week culminates tomorrow night, Sunday, September 11 with the 2016 CCMA Awards Show where eight CCMA Awards will be presented. The 2016 CCMA Awards Show, hosted by Jessi Cruickshank, broadcasts on CBC at 8:00 p.m. local time (8:30 NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10:00 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
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 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 and Tourism London.
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada
and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada,
et des radio diffuseurs privés du Canada.