Alessia Cara to Present Shania Twain With CCMA Generation Award

ALESSIA CARA TO PRESENT CCMA GENERATION AWARD
TO SHANIA TWAIN AT 2018 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS LIVE ON CBC

High Valley to be joined by Paul Brandt, Hunter Brothers and Jess Moskaluke
for collaborative performance

Musicians, athletes and CBC personalities
announced as presenters for September 9 broadcast

September 4, 2018 (Toronto, ON) - The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)  and broadcast partner CBC are proud to announce that GRAMMY-award winner Alessia Cara will join the 2018 CCMA Awards’ star-studded roster of performers and presenters to bestow the CCMA Generation Award on five-time GRAMMY and 24-time CCMA Award winner Shania Twain. Catch the biggest names in country music when the 2018 CCMA Awards broadcast live from Hamilton, ON nationwide on CBC and cbcmusic.ca/ccmas this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

At just 22 years old, Alessia Cara has captured the hearts and minds of listeners worldwide. The GRAMMY and multi-JUNO Award-winning artist has taken the music industry by storm since launching her first single “Here” in 2015. Cara will present 2018 CCMA Awards show host Shania Twain with the CCMA Generation Award. Highlighting internationally celebrated artists who have pushed country music forward to new audiences, the presentation of the CCMA Generation Award celebrates Twain’s significant impact on the country music industry globally. Twain joins Taylor Swift as the second CCMA Generation Award recipient.

Also announced today Paul Brandt and sibling group Hunters Brothers will join previously confirmed Jess Moskaluke and High Valley on stage at the Awards for a not-to-be missed collaboration performance.

Additional presenters for the 2018 CCMA Awards include CBC personalities Jonny Harris (Still Standing/Murdoch Mysteries); hit comedy Kim’s Convenience stars Simu Liu and Nicole Power; and Frankie Drake Mysteries stars Lauren Lee Smith and Chantel Riley. CBC Music host Amanda Parris (Marvin’s Room, CBC Arts: Exhibitionists) and Raina Douris (Host of Mornings) will also join the list of presenters on this year’s show.

Country music artists taking the stage to present include Gord Bamford, Chad Brownlee, Aaron Goodvin, JoJo Mason, Michelle Wright, Donovan Woods and international guest Dustin Lynch. Hamilton Tiger Cats linebacker Simioni Lawrence and wide receiver Luke Tasker along with Canadian tennis player Vasek Pospisil will also be presenters on the Awards.  

Viewers of the 2018 CCMA Awards show will see unforgettable moments from Terri Clark, Lindsay Ell, Tim Hicks, Kira Isabella, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel, Madeline Merlo, Jessica Mitchell, Meghan Patrick, Serena Ryder, Dallas Smith, Tebey, The Reklaws, The Washboard Union and international country sensation Keith Urban.

Ahead of the awards, q on CBC Radio One with host Tom Power will broadcast a ‘q goes to Nashville’ special, featuring intimate performances recorded on the stage of Grand Ole Opry House from Terri Clark, Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel and Meghan Patrick on Thursday, September 6 at 10 a.m. (10:30 NT). Country fans can also tune into Drive with Rich Terfry on the CBC Music radio network, Friday, September 7 at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) for a Deep Dive into Canada’s best country music with special guest and co-host Jess Moskaluke. For more information, including where and when to watch the CCMA Awards and stream the red carpet, visit cbcmusic.ca/ccmas.

Catch all the action live from Hamilton, ON on September 9 at 8:00pm ET on CBC and cbcmusic.ca/ccmaawards.  

Get your last minute tickets to the 2018 CCMA Awards Show via ticketmaster.com. $1 of each ticket sale goes directly to MusiCounts in support of their music education initiatives in schools and communities across Canada.

For more information on the CCMA and the 2018 CCMA Awards please visit ccma.org.

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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 www.cbcmusic.ca

Media Contacts:

For Alessia Cara:
Stephanie Horak, Universal Music Canada
stephanie.horak@umusic.com | 416.718.4240 

For Paul Brandt:
Rosanna Imbrogno
ro@paulbrandt.com | 403.669.2504

For Hunter Brothers:
Erin Richards, Hype PR
erin@hypepr.ca | 416.627.5728 

For Canadian Country Music Association:
Tiffany Astle, penelopePR
tiffany@penelopepr.com | 416.554.7329

For CBC and CBC Music:
Teaghan Hawke, Publicist, CBC
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca | 416.205.6863