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2021 Top of the Country Finalists Announced

The Votes are in!

The Finalists for SiriusXM’s Top of the Country

have been selected

 

Three artists inch closer to becoming Canada’s next big country star and winning the $25,000 grand prize

 

 


 

July 6, 2021 (Toronto, ON) – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, is thrilled to announce the three Finalists for the third annual SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA). These three artists will hit the stage during Country Music Week 2021 taking place this fall in London, ON, and a champion will be crowned the winner of SiriusXM’s Top of the Country. The grand prize winner will also be awarded a $25,000 cash prize and an invitation to a SOCAN songwriting camp

Selected with help from the passionate votes of Canadian supporters, the 2021 SiriusXM Top of the Country Finalists are:

· Raquel Cole (Vernon, BC)

· Tyler Joe Miller (Surrey, BC)

· Kelly Prescott (Almonte, ON)

 

For high-resolution photos and videos of each of the Finalists, click here

“This year’s group of artists have proven their exceptional talent by pivoting with the competition over the past year. We are incredibly proud of all of the Semi-Finalists and congratulate our top three Finalists,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “We’re looking forward to seeing our Finalists perform at the finale during Country Music Week.

Raquel Cole, Tyler Joe Miller, and Kelly Prescott will each take the stage to compete for the win before a soon-to-be announced headlining act during Country Music Week 2021. Following the performances, which will be aired live on SiriusXM, the grand prize winner of the SiriusXM Top of the Country Finale will be chose

SiriusXM Top of the Country, in partnership with the CCMA, is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing commitment to promoting and elevating the best in emerging Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 60 million listeners. To watch the Finalist videos, please visit: topcountry.siriusxm.ca

 

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About SiriusXM Canada

Sirius XM Canada Inc. operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading audio entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers ad-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.

Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.

SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides ad-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies 12 years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.

 

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 2021 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 and the Government of Ontario.

Media Contacts

For SiriusXM: Carolyn Gagnon, NATIONAL Public Relations, cgagnon@national.ca, 416-459-3824

For CCMA: Tiffany Astle, penelopePR, tiffany@penelopepr.com, 416-554-7329

 

Amy Jeninga Named President of CCMA

AMY JENINGA NAMED PRESIDENT 

OF CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION

 


 

June 29, 2021 (Toronto, ON)–With more than 15 years of extensive music industry experience, the Canadian Country Music Association  (CCMA) Board of Directors is proud to announce that Amy Jeninga will be joining the organization as President. Jeninga will lead the internal team and sit on the CCMA Executive Board.

“We are thrilled to have Amy joining us in the role of President,” said Jackie Dean, Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors. “Her leadership skills, deep industry experience and incredible dedication to innovation will be a great support to the CCMA’s members and mandate to elevate country music in Canada and abroad. We look forward to how her adaptability in the ever-changing global digital landscape will help build new strategies for the organization and continue moving it forward.”

Stepping into the role later this summer, Jeninga will oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations, leveraging her well-established industry relationships to push the CCMA and the country music format even further on the international stage. She will also work closely with the Board of Directors to drive expansion and visibility of Canada’s country music community, ensuring the ongoing growth and profitability of the organization.

“I have a long-standing love of country music and a deep appreciation for the community that brings it to life. I am excited to work with the CCMA Board of Directors, the staff and Association members on the continued growth and evolution of the CCMA,” said Jeninga. “This role allows me to connect my passion for technology and innovation to the country music community as we work to expand and create new opportunities for Canadian country talent locally and globally.”

Jeninga joins the CCMA from her role at Universal Music Canada as Vice President, Digital Strategy, where she began in 2010 as a Marketing Manager. Her experience working with a range of artists across the fast-paced digital landscape and extensive relationships with key industry stakeholders adds a unique perspective to the CCMA team. A recognized face throughout Country Music Week for over a decade at the label level, Jeninga’s history of innovation-focused roles, combined with her passion for the genre, makes her the perfect candidate to lead the CCMA into this next chapter.

Jeninga will lead the charge into Country Music Week 2021 taking place in London, ON from November 26-29, 2021.

 

2025 Host City Request For Proposals

2025 Host City

Request For Proposals


 

TORONTO, JUNE 1, 2021 – The 2025 Host City Request for Proposals is now open. 

The CCMA encourages Host Cities to consider unique opportunities for their community and conference delegates. All submitting committees are encouraged to propose new events or experiences that will create memorable moments for fans, conference delegates, and artist attendees.

The main purpose of this Bid Document is to provide a guideline for potential Host Cities to follow when preparing their submissions.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 27 2021 at 5:00 pm ET, (no exceptions).

Click HERE to review the bid document.

 

President, CCMA

President, CCMA

 


 

ROLE OVERVIEW

Are you an entertainment executive who believes in the power of connection through media and music?  The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is searching for a high energy, visionary leader to join the team as President. As the public figure and brand ambassador of Country Music in Canada, the President will have a passion for music and culture, particularly in this rapidly growing genre within a quickly changing industry.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President will effectively lead the overall organization such that it successfully achieves its mission to promote and recognize Canadian country music by educating, elevating, and celebrating Canadian talent and fostering the spirit, community, and creativity that country music represents.Detail oriented with the ability to think in terms of the big picture, the President will be forward thinking and strategically focused in order to successfully develop and lead the vision for the future of country music in this country.

A born leader and seasoned marketer with extensive knowledge in both traditional and digital broadcast media, the President will leverage their proven track record in leading teams and managing relationships with major stakeholders and partners. Most importantly, this leader will be a creative thought leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to act in the capacity of general manager by leveraging their working knowledge of finance and operations.

Interested in submitting an application or learning more about the exciting opportunity to impact country music in Canada?  Please contact our search partner:

 

Sandra Wrycraft | find inc.

sandra@findinc.ca

416-433-1671

 

Diversity, equity and inclusion are a critical component of business at the Canadian Country Music Association, and we are committed to making these values an integral part of our culture. The CCMA encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, men, persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Asexual + (LGBTQ2SIA+) community, and other equity-seeking groups.

2021 SONGWRITERS’ SERIES SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN

2021 CCMA SONGWRITERS’ SERIES 

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN 


 

TORONTO, MAY 3, 2021 – The 2021 CCMA Songwriters’ Series submissions are now open. 

It’s a longstanding event as part of Country Music Week, and one of the most beloved. It’s where we hear the stories behind the songs, and get inspired by the artistry behind the craft. It’s the CCMA Songwriters’ Series – and you could be a part of it.

Each year, the CCMA solicits submissions from its members who excel at the craft of songwriting and want to share their stories with audiences during our annual event.

The 2021 CCMA Songwriters’ Series, as part of Country Music Week in London, ON, will feature three sessions. Each session will showcase eight (8) artists; four (4) of whom will be selected from submissions received, and four (4) of whom will be decided upon by a CCMA-appointed talent advisory committee made up of impartial industry members.

Submissions received for the 2021 CCMA Songwriters’ Series will be reviewed by an impartial industry-led jury and successful applicants will be notified of their opportunity to showcase as part of the event this spring.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 21, 2021 at 2:00pm ET, (no exceptions).

 

Click HERE to submit

 

2021 COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCED

COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK 2021 AND CCMA AWARDS 

MOVED TO END OF NOVEMBER

 


 

LONDON, February 2, 2021 – The 2021 CCMA Awards presented by TD and Country Music Week 2021 previously scheduled for September 9-12 in London, Ontario will now take place November 27-30, 2021.

 

“In what is poised to be one of the first major events hosted by our city on the road to recovery, moving the dates allows us to host a safer, more inclusive event,” says Natalie Wakabayashi, Director of Culture & Entertainment Tourism for Tourism London. “The host organizing committee is working hard with the CCMA team to plan a number of exciting events for our community leading up to and including Country Music Week and the awards show.”

 

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) plans to kick-off Country Music Week 2021 on Saturday, November 27th. The CCMA Fan Village, CCMA Songwriters’ Series, CCMA Legends Show, CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards as well as CCMA Seminar Series will all be a part of the Country Music Week 2021 schedule. The week will culminate with Canada’s biggest night of country music – the CCMA Awards presented by TD, on Tuesday, November 30th at Budweiser Gardens.

 

A full schedule of events, including ticketing information, will be shared in the coming months

 

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Media Contacts

 

For Tourism London:

Natalie Wakabayashi, Director, Culture & Entertainment Tourism, Tourism London

226.926.0134 | nwakabayashi@londontourism.ca 

 

For the Canadian Country Music Association:

Tiffany Astle | tiffany@penelopepr.com | 416.554.7329

Richelle Umali | richelle@penelopepr.com | 647.383.8857

 

About Tourism London

Tourism London, the city’s destination marketing organization since 1996, collaborates to create and promote innovative experiences that make for lasting and unforgettable memories. Working with local and regional partners, Tourism London facilitates the development and marketing of London’s tourism and hospitality industry and economic well-being.

2020 CCMA PERFORMERS ARE ANNOUNCED

2020 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD

 

PLANS REVEALED: 

BROADCAST EVENT TO BRING STAGES TO LIFE IN ONTARIO AND NASHVILLE, CELEBRATING COUNTRY MUSIC LIKE NEVER BEFORE 

2020 CCMA AWARDS TO DELIVER BIGGEST TALENT LINE-UP FANS HAVE EVER SEEN

BROADCAST EVENT TO INCLUDE PERFORMANCES  BY DEAN BRODY, BRETT KISSEL, THE REKLAWS, DALLAS SMITH AND MANY OTHERS

LINDSAY ELL, CAROLYN DAWN JOHNSON, MEGHAN PATRICK, MACKENZIE PORTER AND TENILLE TOWNES JOIN THE PARTY FROM NASHVILLE, TN

WHILE INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS KANE BROWN,  SAM HUNT + BRELAND AND TIM MCGRAW ROUND OUT 2020’S BIGGEST NIGHT OF COUNTRY MUSIC 

WATCH, LISTEN, AND STREAM THE 2020 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD SEPTEMBER 27 9 P.M. E.T./P.T. ON GLOBAL, CORUS RADIO, AND THE GLOBAL TV APP 


 

TORONTO, ON (August 31, 2020) – As countless award shows have been postponed or cancelled for 2020, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has reimagined their biggest event of the year with a multi-city broadcast delivering premium performances and more talent than ever-before for the 2020 CCMA Awards on Global. With just under a month left until the celebration, the CCMA has produced an intimate and entertaining awards show that will pay tribute to Canada’s fastest-growing genre, country music. 

“As we worked to create this show we didn’t want to lose sight that winning a CCMA Award is a monumental experience for an artist and that although it seems like everything has changed, the one thing that remains constant is the hard work and achievements of our artists,” explained CCMA President Tracy Martin. “Every year we hand out awards that reflect the excellence found in Canada within our genre and we couldn’t imagine not doing that this year. We’re so grateful to our broadcast partner Global TV who, without hesitation, stepped in to help us create this incredibly memorable show.” 

Filmed in the soaring fields of Burl’s Creek Event Grounds (Ontario) — home to the 4-time CCMA Award-winning Boots and Hearts Music Festival — and against the skyline of Nashville (Tennessee), the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD will air on Global and stream live on the Global TV App September 27 at 9pm E.T./P.T.. The show will also broadcast on Corus radio stations Country 105 (Calgary), CISN Country 103.9 (Edmonton), and Country 104 (London/Woodstock).

With never-before-seen performances by Don Amero, Dean Brody, Jade Eagleson, Lindsay Ell, Hunter Brothers, James Barker Band, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Brett Kissel, JoJo Mason, Jess Moskaluke, Meghan Patrick, MacKenzie Porter, The Reklaws, Dallas Smith, Tebey + Marie Mai and Tenille Townes, the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD will also include appearances by international artists Kane Brown, Sam Hunt + Breland and Tim McGraw.

“This year’s show is truly a passion project,” explained Martin. “The dedication of our team to make a safe space for us to create this musical love letter to our genre is not something I’ll soon forget. We hope the virtual audience loves it as much as we do.” 

All eight of the artist based CCMA Awards — Fans’ Choice, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Rising Star and TD Entertainer of the Year —  will be given out on-air on September 27. The remaining Awards will be presented during a virtual Country Music Week, attended by CCMA members in the days leading up to the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD broadcast.  

 

To view a complete listing of the 2020 nominees please visit ccma.org. 

 

Fans are encouraged to follow updates for the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For more information on the CCMA and the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD please visit ccma.org

 

Global is a Corus Entertainment Network and is available through all major TV distributors, including: Shaw, Shaw Direct, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Telus, Cogeco, Eastlink, SaskTel and the new STACKTV, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video Channels.

 

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 2020 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 and the Government of Ontario.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world.  Engaging audiences since 1999, the company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 34 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, Adult Swim, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.

About TD Music

From national stages that bring thousands of music fans together, to classrooms and resources that give the next generation a platform for education, expression, collaboration and inclusion, TD strives to create opportunities for people to come together to experience the power of music.

With an interest in creating opportunities for people to come together and emerging artists to thrive, since 2003 TD has invested in music to help build more connected communities and open doors for an inclusive tomorrow, including proudly sponsoring music festivals and community music programs from coast-to-coast.

 

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Media Contacts:

For the Canadian Country Music Association:
Tiffany Astle | tiffany@penelopepr.com | 416.554.7329
Richelle Umali | richelle@penelopepr.com | 647.383.8857

For TD Bank Group: 
Heather Reinsborough | Heather.Reinsborough@td.com | 647.405.2660

For Global TV: 
Michelle McTeague | michelle.mcteague@corusent.com | 416.966.7724

2020 CCMA NOMINEES ARE ANNOUNCED

2020 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD

 

TENILLE TOWNES LEADS THE PACK OF ARTIST CATEGORY NOMINATIONS WITH SIX

DEAN BRODY AND BRETT KISSEL EACH RECEIVE 5 NOMINATIONS

JAMES BARKER BAND, THE REKLAWS AND DALLAS SMITH LAND 4 NOMINATIONS

JADE EAGLESON, HUNTER BROTHERS, MACKENZIE PORTER AND THE WASHBOARD UNION EACH EARN 3 NOMINATIONS

FIND THE FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS HERE

2020 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD TO AIR ON GLOBAL SEPTEMBER 27 9 P.M. EST/PST


 

TORONTO, ON (July 22, 2020) – Today the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) announced the nominees for the 38th Canadian Country Music Awards presented by TD alongside broadcast partner Global.

Airing September 27 at 9 p.m. on Global, and streaming on the Global TV App, Country Music’s biggest celebration, the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD will be filmed in two locations, Burl’s Creek Event Grounds (Ontario) — home to the 4-time CCMA Award-winning Boots and Hearts Music Festival — and Nashville (Tennessee) and will honour and showcase the biggest names in Canadian country music. It will feature performances, collaborations and some heartfelt surprise moments, filmed throughout August in both locations. This year’s Awards will be a musical love letter; uniting fans and an entire nation. Live streaming details will be announced at a later date.

Leading with six nominations is reigning Female Artist of the Year Tenille Townes. Coming off her four-award winning streak at the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD  in Calgary, Townes helped announce some of the 2020 nominations earlier today alongside Cheryl Hickey and Graeme O’Neil on the ET Canada social channels. These included her own nominations in the following categories — Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year, Video of the Year, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, TD Entertainer of the Year and Fans’ Choice (announced last night). Townes is the only female solo act nominated in the coveted TD Entertainer of the Year category.

Dean Brody also joined ET Canada earlier today learning of his five nominations (Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, TD Entertainer of the Year and last night’s Fans’ Choice).  Also earning five nominations is last year’s Fans’ Choice winner Brett Kissel (Fans’ Choice, Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, TD Entertainer of the Year).

Today’s announcements for the 2020 Awards has also seen three or more nominations for Jade Eagleson (Fans’ Choice, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year), Hunter Brothers (Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, Video of the Year), James Barker Band (Album of the Year, Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, Single of the Year), MacKenzie Porter (Fans’ Choice, Songwriter(s) of the Year, Female Artist of the Year), The Reklaws (TD Entertainer of the Year, Fans’ Choice, Group of Duo of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year), Dallas Smith (TD Entertainer of the Year, Fans’ Choice, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year), and The Washboard Union (Group or Duo of the Year, Roots Album of the Year, Video of the Year).

The Reklaws and Tenille Townes made their first appearance in the most coveted Award category of the night — TD Entertainer of the Year — and will compete for a win against previous category nominees Dean Brody, Brett Kissel and Dallas Smith (reigning TD Entertainer of the Year).

In addition, this year’s nominations see women represented in 91% of artist categories (where eligible) including TD Entertainer of the Year (Tenille Townes and Jenna Walker (The Reklaws)), Album of the Year (Tenille Arts and Meghan Patrick) and Fans’ Choice (MacKenzie Porter, Tenille Townes and Jenna Walker (The Reklaws)). The incredible list of 2020 nominees also includes 5 artists receiving their first-ever CCMA Awards nominations. First-time nominees include Kalsey Kulyk (Roots Album of the Year),  Matt Lang (Rising Star), Tyler Joe Miller (Rising Star), Kelly Prescott (Roots Album of the Year) and Emily Reid (Rising Star).

Chosen by Canadian country music fans, the Fans’ Choice nominees were announced last night on ET Canada and included Dean Brody, Jade Eagleson, Hunter Brothers, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel, MacKenzie Porter, The Reklaws, Dallas Smith, Tebey and Tenille Townes. Voting for Fans’ Choice is now open and can be done by visiting ccma.org/fanschoice. All rules and regulations for the voting process can also be found online.

To view a complete listing of the 2020 nominees please visit ccma.org.

Fans are encouraged to follow updates for the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For more information on the CCMA and the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD please visit ccma.org.

Global is a Corus Entertainment Network and is available through all major TV distributors, including: Shaw, Shaw Direct, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Telus, Cogeco, Eastlink, SaskTel and the new STACKTV, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video Channels.

 

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 2020 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 and the Government of Ontario.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world.  Engaging audiences since 1999, the company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 34 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, Adult Swim, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.

About TD Music
From national stages that bring thousands of music fans together, to classrooms and resources that give the next generation a platform for education, expression, collaboration and inclusion, TD strives to create opportunities for people to come together to experience the power of music. With an interest in creating opportunities for people to come together and emerging artists to thrive, since 2003 TD has invested in music to help build more connected communities and open doors for an inclusive tomorrow, including proudly sponsoring music festivals and community music programs from coast-to-coast.

 

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Media Contacts:

For the Canadian Country Music Association:
Tiffany Astle | tiffany@penelopepr.com | 416.554.7329
Richelle Umali | richelle@penelopepr.com | 647.383.8857

For TD Bank Group: 
Heather Reinsborough | Heather.Reinsborough@td.com | 647.405.2660

For Global TV: 
Michelle McTeague | michelle.mcteague@corusent.com | 416.966.7724

2020 Nominee Announcement on ET Canada

THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION® PARTNERS WITH ET CANADATO ANNOUNCE 2020 CCMA AWARDS NOMINEES 2020 AWARDS NOMINEE ANNOUNCEMENTS TO KICK OFF ON JULY 21

Fans’ Choice nominees to be announced on July 21 on ET Canada’s evening broadcast with all remaining nominees to be announced on July 22 at 11am EST via an ET Canadastreaming event live on Facebook and YouTube

 

WHAT:

Watch Canada’s most celebrated entertainment program, ​ET Canada​ as they reveal the 2020 CCMA Awards presented by TD nominees. On July 21, ​ET Canada​ will reveal the nominees in the Fans’ Choice Award category in-show at 7:30pm EST/7pm PST on Global.

Voting for Fans’ Choice will begin at 8pm EST on July 21. For details on how to vote visit ​ccma.org/fanschoice​ after the announcement.

Then on July 22 stream ​ET Canada​’s ​YouTube​ and ​Facebook​ platforms to catch ​ET Canada​ Host Cheryl Hickey​ and Digital Reporter ​Graeme O’Neil​ announce the remaining artist category nominations in a special ​ET Canada​ live streaming event at 11:00am EST.

 

WHEN:

July 21, 2020 | 7:30pm EST ​(time to change depending on market)
Announcement of ​Fans’ Choice​ nominees

July 22, 2020 | 11:00am EST
Announcement of nominees for ​Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year​, ​Group or Duo of the Year​, ​Female Artist of the Year​, ​Interactive Artist or Group of the Year​, ​Male Artist of the Year​, Rising Star​, ​Roots Album the Year​, ​Single of the Year​, ​Songwriter(s) of the Year​ and​ Video of the Year​ categories.

Interview requests for all 2020 CCMA Award nominees can be sent directly to the penelopePR team at ​info@penelopepr.com​.

Follow on Social
#CCMANomDay
@CCMAOfficial

 

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Media Contacts

For the Canadian Country Music Association:

Tiffany Astle | tiffany@penelopepr.com | 416.554.7329

Richelle Umali | richelle@penelopepr.com | 647.383.8857

For Global / ET Canada:

Michelle McTeague | michelle.mcteague@corusent.com | 416.966.7724

Melissa Ferris | mferris@etcanada.com | 416.464.8494

 

SiriusXM’s Third Annual Top of the Country

Meet the eight semi-finalists competing in SiriusXM’s third annual Top of the Country contest

From coast-to-coast, these rising stars will be moving forward in the competition with a chance to win $25,000 and more

TORONTO – July 17, 2020 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, is excited to announce the eight semi-finalists competing for the title of Canada’s next big country music star in the third annual Top of the Country competition. The competition is in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA).

From the Hudson Bay-born protégé of a former Fleetwood Mac producer, to a former The Voice contestant, the 2020 SiriusXM Top of the Country semi-finalists are:

  • Don Amero (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Raquel Cole (Vernon, BC)
  • Carolina East (South River, NL)
  • Nate Hall (Toronto, ON)
  • Kalsey Kulyk (Hudson Bay, SK)
  • Brittany Kennell (Beaconsfield, QC)
  • Tyler Joe Miller (Surrey, BC)
  • Kelly Prescott (Almonte, ON)

To learn more about the artists, please visit siriusxm.ca/topcountry. For high-resolution photos of the semi-finalists, CLICK HERE.

“From concert and tour cancellations, to delayed studio sessions and albums, the Canadian country music community has truly demonstrated resilience this year,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “Even though the competition looks a little different than in previous years, we are confident that the talented group of musicians we’ve selected will rise to the occasion and seize the experience.”

“We’re proud of how we’ve come together as a community and that SiriusXM has stepped up to provide even more artists the opportunity to grow from this incredible program,” said Tracy Martin, President, CCMA.

The 2019 Top of the Country competition crowned Maniwaki, Quebec’s Matt Lang as the winner. “I am so proud to be part of Canada’s tight-knit country music community,” said Lang. “Last year’s Top of the Country competition allowed me to connect with so many amazing peers, mentors and fans, all while performing at some of the country’s biggest events. The next group of semi-finalists are in for a real treat.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, Top of the Country will be formatted differently in 2020 and will extend across two years. The semi-finalists will be featured during this year’s Country Music Week 2020 – a virtual experience happening later this fall. Then, later in 2021, three finalists will be chosen from a nationwide public vote and a winner will be crowned at Country Music Week 2021, following a live show featuring the artists and a major headliner. The winner will receive a $25,000 grand prize, a SOCAN songwriting trip and more.

Starting this month and extending throughout the year, participants will take part in an industry mentorship and content creation series. The eight semi-finalists will capture live recording sessions right from their home and continue to receive valuable virtual mentorship sessions from industry professionals and artists throughout 2020 until in-person meetings and regular studio sessions can safely resume.

SiriusXM Top of the Country, in partnership with the CCMA, is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing commitment to promoting and elevating the best in emerging Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 60 million listeners.

SiriusXM offers the best in country music across more than 10 dedicated channels including CBC Country, The Highway, The Garth Channel, Kenny Chesney’s No Shoe’s Radio, Willie’s Roadhouse, Prime Country and more.

 

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About SiriusXM Canada

Sirius XM Canada Inc. operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading audio entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers ad-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.

Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.

SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides ad-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies 11 years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.

 

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 2019 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 and the Government of Ontario

Media Contacts:

For SiriusXM Canada:

Carolyn Gagnon, NATIONAL Public Relations, cgagnon@national.ca, 416-459-3824

Kristine Moshonas, NATIONAL Public Relations, kmoshonas@national.ca, 416-523-3207

 

For the Canadian Country Music Association:

Tiffany Astle, penelopePR, tiffany@penelopepr.com, 416.554.7329

Richelle Umali, penelopePR, richelle@penelopepr.com, 647.383.8857