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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The CCMA To Induct Brian Edwards And Jason McCoy Into The Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame

THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION® TO INDUCT BRIAN EDWARDS AND JASON MCCOY INTO THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME®

EDWARDS AND MCCOY TO BE HONOURED IN SPECIAL INDUCTION CEREMONY, TAKING PLACE DURING COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK 2023, SEPTEMBER 14-16 IN HAMILTON, ON

 

 

Toronto, ON (July 18, 2023) — Today the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is thrilled to announce Brian Edwards (Stan Klees Builder) and Jason McCoy (Artist) as the 2023 Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame® inductees. Both Edwards and McCoy will be honoured and celebrated in an exclusive induction ceremony during 2023 Country Music Week, taking place in Hamilton, ON, September 14–16.

“It’s truly a privilege to be able to celebrate the incredible achievements and careers of those in the Canadian Country music community, and the addition of Brian and Jason to the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame is no exception,” says Amy Jeninga, CCMA President. “The opportunity to highlight their accomplishments during this year’s Country Music Week celebrations is sure to be a special and memorable moment, and one that I’m very much looking forward to.”

With a career spanning over 40 years, Brian Edwards started his journey in the music industry in his teens when he became, at that time, the youngest talent agent in North America to be licensed by the Federation of Musicians Union. Together his father Rae, a local square dance caller, and “Sunshine” Sean Eyre, a country music DJ in Peterborough, taught Edwards the ins and outs of the industry, and he started his company, former CCMA Booking Agency of the Year  Rockland Entertainment Inc., just after high school. Edwards has gone on to represent some of the most notable names in Canadian Country Music, including an over 25 year relationship with Stompin’ Tom Connors and over four decades with Tommy Hunter, plus Red Green, The Leahy Family, Rita MacNeil, Charley Pride and more. His lessons in the business continued under the mentorship of CCMA Hall of Fame inductees Ron Sparling and Paul Mascioli, and to date, Edwards has promoted over 5000 shows across Canada, the United States, and Australia. He continues to pay it forward by offering yearly scholarships at both Peterborough’s Kenner High School and the Wolfville Nova Scotia High School, in memory of Wilf Carter.

“I’m overjoyed and endlessly grateful for the opportunity to be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame,” shares Edwards.  “The music business has been my life; I started in this industry before leaving high school and have been working in it ever since.  Being recognized amongst so many of the Legends of Canadian Country Music that I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the course of my career really brings it all home. Thank you CCMA, this means the world to me.”

A 25 year veteran of the entertainment industry and two time CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Jason McCoy grew up in the small town of Minesing Ontario, admiring the well-rounded artistry of classic entertainers Roger Miller, Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell. At the age of 19 McCoy set out to follow his own path to stardom, racking up multiple CCMA and CMA awards along with a Canadian Gold-certified album and CMA Global Artist Award (Nashville CMA). As creator and front man of the best-selling band in Canadian Country Music history, The Road Hammers, he took on the Country Rock genre and guided the band to unprecedented success throughout Canada and the United States, earning a Canadian Platinum-certified album, three CCMA Group of the Year award (2 years consecutively), and a JUNO Award. McCoy transferred his engaging stage presence into numerous hosting opportunities, from stepping in front of the camera as host of Smashtown (CMT Canada/USA), CMT’s Pet Heroes (2010/2011), and Jason McCoy Eats America to his work with CMT on two hit seasons of The Road Hammers television series. In addition to a full touring schedule, McCoy is an award-winning morning host with Pure Country 106 in Orillia, ON, and host of the Nationally Syndicated weekly show Nothin’ But The 90’s.  Continuing to write and record music, McCoy prizes the time he spends with his wife and two children at their home farm, just two miles from the small town of Minesing where it all began.

“I’ve always been proud to be part of the Canadian country music community,” says McCoy. “It means a lot to me to be able to receive this amazing recognition from my peers and the music industry who have always been so supportive of my creative endeavours. I’m truly humbled by this honour.”

The CCMA has been honouring Canadian Artists and Builders who have made long-term contributions to the growth and development of Canadian country music since 1984. Inductees into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (Hall of Fame) are selected annually by their Canadian peers in the industry. The Hall of Fame is managed by the CCMA Board of Directors’ appointed Hall of Fame Management Committee (Management Committee). The Stan Klees Builder Award, was established in recognition of RPM Magazine co-founder, Mr. Stan Klees, and his pioneering efforts in creating the CCMA Awards Program.

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About the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame® 
Since 1984, the Canadian Country Music Association® has been honouring Canadian artists and industry builders who have made long-term contributions to the growth and development of Canadian country music. In 1999, the CCMA formally merged its recognition program with a program of similar scope founded by Mr. Gary Buck, to create what today is known as the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame™. The CCMA has partnerships with the Canadian Country Music Heritage Society (www.ccmhalloffame.com), based in Merritt, British Columbia, and the National Music Centre (www.nmc.ca), based in Calgary, Alberta to collaboratively promote and bring recognition to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame™ program.

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 2023 and the 2023 CCMA Awards Show presented by TD include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”.

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For the Canadian Country Music Association
Charlotte Thompson | [email protected] | 416.464.8220

For Brian Edwards
Brian Edwards | brian@rocklandsentertainment.com | 705.743.7354

For Jason McCoy
Samantha Pickard | samantha@strutentertainment.com | 416.786.9769

The CCMA Unveils The Nominees For The 2023 CCMA Awards Presented By TD

THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION® UNVEILS THE NOMINEES FOR THE 2023 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD

JOSH ROSS LEADS WITH SIX NOMINATIONS, WHILE NEWLY ANNOUNCED HOSTS THE REKLAWS, DALLAS SMITH, AND TENILLE TOWNES EACH EARN FIVE

DEAN BRODY, JADE EAGLESON, AND TIM & THE GLORY BOYS CELEBRATE FOUR NOMINATIONS EACH

JADE EAGLESON, JAMES BARKER BAND, SAM HUNT, DALLAS SMITH, TENILLE TOWNES, AND TRAIN ADDED TO STAR STUDDED LIST OF PERFORMERS

CTV IS THE EXCLUSIVE HOME TO THE 41ST ANNUAL CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD, AIRING LIVE FROM HAMILTON, ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16 AT 8 P.M. ET/PT ON CTV, CTV.CA, AND THE CTV APP

TORONTO, ON (July 13, 2023) – Today, the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) unveiled the nominees for the 2023 CCMA Awards presented by TD. Returning to Hamilton for the seventh time, Country Music Week 2023 and the 2023 CCMA Awards presented By TD offer fans the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to their favourite artists in one place, while showcasing and celebrating some of country music’s biggest stars and homegrown talent. Winners will be announced on September 16 as the 2023 CCMA Awards presented by TD are broadcast live from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre at 8 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app.
“This year’s group of 2023 CCMA Award nominees is a testament to the strength and quality of country music in Canada,” says Amy Jeninga, President, CCMA. “Returning to Hamilton, a city that has welcomed us so many times before, is truly exciting, and we can’t wait to celebrate with everyone during Canada’s biggest night in country music. None of this would be possible without the commitment of our wonderful sponsors – Bell Media, TD Bank Group (TD), TD® Aeroplan® Visa, and SiriusXM. Your support is invaluable, and we wouldn’t be able to honour the achievements of our country music community without it.”
Leading the pack with six nominations is Josh Ross (TD® Aeroplan® Visa Fans’ Choice Award, Male Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year) followed by The Reklaws (TD® Aeroplan® Visa Fans’ Choice Award, Album of the Year, Musical Collaboration of the Year, Single of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year), Dallas Smith (TD® Aeroplan® Visa Fans’ Choice Award, Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Musical Collaboration of the Year, Video of the Year), and Tenille Townes (TD® Aeroplan® Visa Fans’ Choice Award, Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year, Video of the Year) who each celebrate five.
2023 Gary Slaight Humanitarian Award Recipient Dean Brody celebrates nominations for (TD® Aeroplan® Visa Fans’ Choice Award, Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year), alongside Jade Eagleson (TD® Aeroplan® Visa Fans’ Choice Award, Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Video of the Year), and Tim & The Glory Boys (Group or Duo of the Year, Album of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year, Video of the Year) each garnering four nominations this year.
Adding to the excitement is the announcement that 2x CCMA Award winner Jade Eagleson, Canadian Platinum-Certified James Barker Band, multiple ACM Award winner Sam Hunt, multiple JUNO and CCMA Award winning entertainer Dallas Smith, reigning CCMA Entertainer of the Year Tenille Townes and GRAMMY-Award winning rock band Train have been added to the star-studded list of performers set to take the stage at the 2023 CCMA Awards presented by TD. They join the previously announced multi-platinum entertainer Dean Brody, GRAMMY, CMA and ACM-Award winning singer/songwriter Carly Pearce, 7x CCMA Award winners The Reklaws and certified platinum emerging artist Josh Ross, setting the stage for a truly memorable night for all.
Chosen by country music lovers across Canada, the fan-driven TD® Aeroplan® Visa Fans’ Choice Award nominees were also announced today and include Dean Brody, Jade EaglesonJames Barker Band, Tim Hicks, High Valley, Brett Kissel, The Reklaws, Josh Ross, Dallas Smith and Tenille Townes. Voting for the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Fans’ Choice Award is now open. Fans can vote online by visiting ccmafanvote.com or by using the appropriate hashtag on Twitter. The hashtags are:
#TDAeroplanVisaFansChoice  #VoteCCMADeanBrody
#TDAeroplanVisaFansChoice  #VoteCCMAJadeEagleson
#TDAeroplanVisaFansChoice  #VoteCCMAJamesBarkerBand
#TDAeroplanVisaFansChoice  #VoteCCMATimHicks
#TDAeroplanVisaFansChoice  #VoteCCMAHighValley
#TDAeroplanVisaFansChoice  #VoteCCMABrettKissel
#TDAeroplanVisaFansChoice  #VoteCCMATheReklaws
#TDAeroplanVisaFansChoice  #VoteCCMAJoshRoss
#TDAeroplanVisaFansChoice  #VoteCCMADallasSmith
#TDAeroplanVisaFansChoice  #VoteCCMATenilleTownes
Canada’s largest celebration of country music kicks off on Thursday, September 14, with a celebrated lineup of Country Music Week events programmed over three days. The highly anticipated hybrid music festival and industry conference offers something for everyone, including fan favourite events; Songwriters’ Unplugged presented by Rogers, SiriusXM Top of the Country finale, Legends Show presented by PURE COUNTRY, CCMA House presented by Amazon Music, the CCMA Red Carpet Pre-Show, and more.
Tickets for the 2023 CCMA Awards presented by TD are available starting at $59.99 plus taxes/fees in-person through the FirstOntario Centre Box office or online at www.Ticketmaster.ca, with $1 from each ticket sold going towards the CCMA Foundation, a charitable organization that aims to support Canadians with the help of the music community, artists, and partners with a vision to change lives through the power of music under three pillars – music for change, music for healing and music for youth.
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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 2023 and the 2023 CCMA Awards Show presented by TD include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”.
About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by assets and serves over 27.5 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance Canada; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in The Charles Schwab Corporation; Wealth Management and Insurance, including TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with more than 16 million active online and mobile customers. TD had $1.9 trillion in assets on April 30, 2023. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
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Tourism Hamilton attracts 6 million annual leisure and business travelers to the city, which continues to evolve and surprise visitors with its unique blend of world-class cultural attractions, spectacular nature, and hosting capabilities. As the City of Hamilton’s official Destination Management Organization, Tourism Hamilton works to bring meetings, conventions, and culture and sports events to the city alongside leisure travelers to generate economic and social benefits. This mandate is driven by a commitment to promoting Hamilton as an unforgettable destination while celebrating the city’s unique character. For more, visit: www.tourismhamilton.com
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2023 CCMA Awards HOST + ADDITIONAL PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED

7x CCMA AWARD WINNING DUO THE REKLAWS ANNOUNCED AS HOSTS OF THE 2023 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS SAM HUNT AND TRAIN JOIN STAR-STUDDED LIST OF NEW PERFORMERS UNVEILED FOR CANADA’S BIGGEST NIGHT IN COUNTRY MUSIC

JADE EAGLESON, JAMES BARKER BAND, DALLAS SMITH, AND TENILLE TOWNES ALSO SET TO LIGHT UP THE STAGE AT FIRSTONTARIO CENTRE

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED PERFORMERS INCLUDE DEAN BRODY, CARLY PEARCE, THE REKLAWS, AND JOSH ROSS

THE CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD AIR LIVE FROM HAMILTON, ONTARIO ON SEPTEMBER 16 AT 8 P.M. ET/PT EXCLUSIVELY ON CTV, CTV.CA, AND THE CTV APP

Toronto, ON (July 13, 2023) – Today, the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) reveals the latest list of artists set to hit the stage for Canada’s biggest night in country music; the 2023 CCMA Awards presented by TD. Joining the powerhouse line-up of previously announced performers are multiple ACM Award winner and 5x GRAMMY Award nominee Sam Hunt, 2x CCMA Award winner Jade Eagleson, Canadian platinum-certified group James Barker Band, multiple JUNO and CCMA Award winning entertainer Dallas Smith, reigning CCMA Entertainer of the Year Tenille Townes, and GRAMMY-Award winning rock band Train.
The Reklaws will do double duty on September 16 as both performers and the newly announced hosts of the 2023 CCMA Awards presented by TD. The 7x CCMA Award winning duo will be joined by an exciting roster of talented artists, celebrities, and more for a memorable evening filled with never-before-seen performances, collaborations, and one-of-a-kind moments.
The newly unveiled line-up of talent set to light up the stage at Hamilton, Ontario’s FirstOntario Centre join the previously announced multi-platinum entertainer Dean Brody, GRAMMY, CMA and ACM-Award winning singer/songwriter Carly Pearce, and certified platinum emerging artist Josh Ross, with more exciting performers to be named soon. CTV is the exclusive home to catch all of the action, with the 2023 CCMA Awards presented by TD airing live Saturday September 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV App.
For the latest CCMA news, follow along on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube or visit www.ccma.org.
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CTV is Canada’s #1 television brand. CTV provides unparalleled entertainment programming across two broadcast television networks; a powerful suite of specialty channels including CTV Comedy Channel, CTV Drama Channel, CTV Life Channel, and CTV Sci-Fi Channel; and digital channels CTV Throwback and CTV Movies, streaming on demand from CTV.ca and CTV app. CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 22 years in a row and features a wide range of sports and information programming, including CTV News, Canada’s highest-rated national and local newscasts. CTV’s parent company is Bell Media, Canada premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and out-of-home advertising.
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 2023 and the 2023 CCMA Awards Show presented by TD include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”.
About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by assets and serves over 27.5 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance Canada; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in The Charles Schwab Corporation; Wealth Management and Insurance, including TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with more than 16 million active online and mobile customers. TD had $1.9 trillion in assets on April 30, 2023. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
About Tourism Hamilton
Tourism Hamilton attracts 6 million annual leisure and business travelers to the city, which continues to evolve and surprise visitors with its unique blend of world-class cultural attractions, spectacular nature, and hosting capabilities. As the City of Hamilton’s official Destination Management Organization, Tourism Hamilton works to bring meetings, conventions, and culture and sports events to the city alongside leisure travelers to generate economic and social benefits. This mandate is driven by a commitment to promoting Hamilton as an unforgettable destination while celebrating the city’s unique character. For more, visit: www.tourismhamilton.com
About Dean Brody
Since his debut single “Brothers” hit the US Top-40 back in 2008, Dean has become one of the most beloved Canadian country artists of his generation. A passionate storyteller and unmatched lyricist, Dean has risen and continues to remain at the top of the Canadian country landscape with an impressive 34 Top-10 singles (including 8 #1s), 18 CCMA Awards, 2 JUNOs, a CMA Global Award and more than 435+ million global streams and numerous gold and platinum certified singles (including 1 triple platinum and 4 double platinum). He currently holds the title of the most consumed Canadian country artist since 2020.
No country artist has ever owned the Canadian stage like Dean in recent years, consistently selling out arenas across the country, headlining Canada’s biggest music festivals and becoming the only Canadian country artist to hold a 7-year residency at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage. While a consistently celebrated entertainer, Dean also dedicates a large part of his life to philanthropic efforts through his charity, The Dean Brody Foundation. Learn more at https://www.deanbrody.com/
About Jade Eagleson
At just 29 years of age, Jade Eagleson has made quite the mark on the international country music scene. Boasting 282+ Million Global Streams and 110M+ views on YouTube since the debut of his self-titled album (2020), which holds three GOLD-certified and two PLATINUM-certified singles as well as the title of most globally streamed debut album by an internationally-signed country artist, Jade has also landed four #1s at Canadian Country Radio (“Lucky,” “All Night To Figure It Out,” “More Drinkin’ Than Fishin’” feat. Dean Brody, “She Don’t Know”) and another three GOLD-certified tracks on his sophomore album (“All Night To Figure it Out,” “More Drinkin’ Than Fishin,’” “She Don’t Know”). With the release of his debut single “Got Your Name On It” (2018), Jade was featured as YouTube Trending ‘Artist On The Rise,’ marking the first time a Canadian-signed artist in any genre has received the honour. “Got Your Name On It” has since become the first debut single by a Canadian artist to go PLATINUM.
These last few years have been unmatched for the Ontario native. Jade kicked off 2023 with his second JUNO nomination for Country Album of the Year and in 2022 saw an incredible 6 nominations for the CCMA Awards, taking home the Award for Top Selling Canadian Album with his sophomore release Honkytonk Revival. His single “Rodeo Queen” is available everywhere now. For more info visit https://www.jadeeagleson.com/
About James Barker Band
James Barker Band have fueled an incredible story over the last eight years, largely on their own, from opening for local bands in dive bars to charting five No. 1 singles and hundreds of millions of global streams to headlining festivals and playing stages across North America and Europe. After landing their record-setting, GOLD-certified fourth No. 1 in Canada with “New Old Trucks” feat. 14x Grammy-nominated and multi-PLATINUM selling artist Dierks Bentley the group currently holds the title of the most No. 1’s for a Canadian country group in the BDS/Mediabase era. With this, the multi-award-winning four-piece is continuing their meteoric ascent in Nashville.
Made up of James Barker (lead vocals/guitar), Taylor Abram (guitar/background vocals), Connor Stephen (drums), and Bobby Martin (bass), the members of James Barker Band grew up within an hour of each other in rural towns surrounding Toronto. In 2017 these best friends saw their hard work pay off when they sent their single “Chills” straight to the top of Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100 chart. From there, James Barker Band released a string of successful singles, including the Gold-certified tracks “Wastin’ Whiskey,” “New Old Trucks,” “Over All Over Again,” “There’s A Drink For That,” “Just Sayin’,” “It’s Working,” “Lawn Chair Lazy,” “Good Together,” “Summertime,” as well as Platinum-certified songs “Keep It Simple” and “Chills” and a GOLD-certified EP, Game On. Now, as the unstoppable group continues to trailblaze, many miles from their hometowns, the opportunities are limitless – but the band remains grounded in their small-town roots.
About Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt is a five-time GRAMMY-nominated, multi-Platinum-selling, award-winning hitmaker. His sophomore album SOUTHSIDE debuted to critical acclaim and was one of the top country albums of 2020 landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Named one of the Best Albums of the Year by The New York Times and US Weekly, the Platinum-selling project features 12 songs all written by Hunt including his No. 1 hits “Kinfolks,” “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s,” one of NPR’s Best Songs of 2020 “Hard To Forget,” and his three-week No. 1, Diamond-selling, GRAMMY-nominated smash, “Body Like A Back Road.” Hunt also wrote his most recent, eighth chart-topping hit “23,” his latest radio staple “Outskirts,” and recent releases, “Start Nowhere,” “Water Under the Bridge,” “Walmart,” and “Women In My Life.”
SOUTHSIDE follows Hunt’s GRAMMY-nominated, Triple-Platinum-selling debut album, MONTEVALLO, which also topped the Billboard Country Albums chart and produced four No. 1 singles. All ten tracks on MONTEVALLO are RIAA certified with seven achieving Platinum or Multi-Platinum status including “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” “Take Your Time,” “Break Up In A Small Town,” “Speakers,” and “Make You Miss Me.”
Called “stylistically provocative” by The New York Times and “deceptively phenomenal” by The Washington Post, Hunt has received accolades from Associated Press, Billboard, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post and more. Since MONTEVALLO’s 2014 release, Hunt has accumulated over 13.5 billion global streams and has earned 47.5 million RIAA certified units. For information on Sam Hunt, visit www.SamHunt.com.
About Carly Pearce
Fiercely rooted in the classics, the girl who left her Kentucky home and high school at 16 to take a job at Dollywood has grown into a woman who embraces the genre’s forward progression. GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter Carly Pearce has come a long way from the pain she felt writing her critically acclaimed and commercially lauded third studio album 29. Looking ahead, she closes that pivotal life chapter with her first live album 29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City), out now via Big Machine Records. Pearce continues to resonate with her honest lyrics and timeless musicality, earning her fourth No. 1 at Country radio with “What He Didn’t Do.” Lighting a fire with her debut album Every Little Thing and the PLATINUM-certified history-making title track, Carly’s 3X PLATINUM-certified “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Lee Brice won both the 2020 CMA Awards Musical Event and 2021 ACM Awards Music Event, plus ACM Single of the Year. She picked up her second consecutive ACM Music Event of the Year in 2022 with Ashley McBryde duet “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” Carly’s third No. 1 and the third duet between two solo women to top Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The song also took home the 2022 CMA Musical Event of the Year and won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, marking Pearce’s first and making history as the first female pairing to win in the category. The Grand Ole Opry and Kentucky Music Hall of Fame member recently joined Blake Shelton’s BACK TO THE HONKY TONK TOUR and made her 100th performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Honored as one of CMT’s 2022 Artists of The Year, the 2021 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and 2022 ACM Awards Female Artist of the Year is clearly living out her childhood dream. Pearce officially ushered in the next chapter of her musical career with the release of her new single “We Don’t Fight Anymore” (featuring Chris Stapleton), out now.  For tour dates and more, visit CarlyPearce.com.
About The Reklaws
The Reklaws are a one-of-a-kind duo made up of siblings Jenna and Stuart Walker. Their debut single “Long Live the Night,” became the theme song for the CFL Thursday Night Football national broadcast in 2018/19. Recently their viral TikTok hit “What the Truck” feat. SACHA became the fastest-ever Canadian country song to go PLATINUM in the streaming era. To kick off 2023 The Reklaws secured three JUNO nominations for TikTok JUNO Fan’s Choice, Group or Duo of the Year and Country Album of the Year, followed by their third #1 with “11 Beers” feat. Jake Owen. The duo most recently took home CCMA Awards for Top Selling Canadian Single and Group or Duo of the Year, for the second consecutive year. The Reklaws hold 8 JUNO nominations, 7 CCMA Awards, 3 #1s, 1 DOUBLE PLATINUM, 8 PLATINUM and 11 GOLD singles and a GOLD debut album. Boasting 260M+ global streams it’s evident that The Reklaws are doing things differently and that the world is taking notice. Listen to their new album Good Ol’ Days now.
About Josh Ross
Echoing the primary themes of country infused with a fresh, modern sound, Josh Ross’s take on love, work, and play is often documented through his whirlwind experiences. Developing an ever-evolving career amidst the drawbacks of injuries, lockdowns, and conflicting relationships, Josh Ross is a country artist bound by the act of forging past and overcoming restraints. Josh Ross debuted with his independently released cathartic ballad on romantic losses, “First Taste of Gone,” which garnered stellar traction across North America for the Nashville-based singer. Capturing attention across the US with placement on Spotify’s top country playlists like Hot Country, New Boots, and more, “First Taste of Gone” proved the rising Nashville star’s emerging presence in the genre.
Recently, Josh Ross has pushed even further in his career with his major label signing to Universal Music Canada, teaming up with Universal Music Group Nashville, and management by The Core Entertainment. Often writing from personal experiences, Josh Ross has tallied more than 100 million streams across his collection of songs. In addition to “On A Different Night” and “First Taste of Gone,” his catalog includes summertime anthem “Tall Boys,” and the latest too-close-to-home emotional track “Red Flags.” This year, Josh Ross was announced as one of Spotify’s Hot Country Artists To Watch 2023 and already garnered his second Top 5 Canadian radio hit with “On A Different Night.” His debut US single, “Trouble,” is hitting country radio airwaves this summer, as he joins Nickelback and Brantley Gilbert on the GET ROLLIN’ TOUR. Stay tuned for more from Josh Ross as he continues to anchor himself as one of country’s most promising new artists.
About Dallas Smith
One of the most celebrated artists in modern Canadian country music, the multiple JUNO Award winner, three-time CCMA ‘Entertainer of the Year’ and 2022 CCMA ‘Male Artist of the Year’ and ‘Fans Choice’ Award winner added new Platinum and Gold Music Canada certifications to his sizeable list of noteworthy accomplishments this year. Recognized are the Platinum-certified #1 hits ‘Like A Man,’ ‘Cheap Seats,’ and ‘Side Effects,’ while spin-burner ‘Some Things Never Change’ featuring HARDY and the JUNO and CCMA nominated album Timeless earned Gold certifications. Altogether, Smith has amassed 18 Canadian Gold-certified singles, four Canadian Gold-certified albums, and seven Canadian Platinum-certified singles along with over 500 Million collective streams to date and over two million global album equivalents. Smith is also the first and only Canadian Country artist in the Nielsen BDS and Mediabase era to have TWELVE #1 singles, including four consecutive chart-toppers from the same album. Continuing to make a name for himself both at home and internationally, Smith received his first CMA Award nomination for the Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements by a country music artist signed outside of the United States. Smith also made his Ryman Auditorium debut in Spring 2022, ten years after his debut country album was released and marked his first guest appearance on acclaimed radio host Bobby Bones’ podcast ‘Bobbycast’.
About Tenille Townes
An astute observer of the human condition, Tenille Townes’ discography is rife with stories that reverberate with heavy truths. Following the release of a duet with world-superstar Bryan Adams, the revered songwriter, and CCMA Entertainer of the Year, is releasing a five-song project called the Train Track Worktapes. Townes conceptualized, wrote, and recorded the EP on a 15-day, 3,000-mile, train trip where she played 65 shows at stops in communities across Canada.
Townes is a 15-time Canadian Country Music Association Award winner (CCMA), a two-time JUNO Awards Country Album of the Year Winner, and a two-time ACM Award-winner. She is also the first female artist in Mediabase Canada history to achieve two No. 1 singles (Music Canada Gold-certified “Jersey on The Wall (I’m Just Asking),” Music Canada Platinum-certified and RIAA Gold-certified “Somebody’s Daughter”).
Townes has opened for legendary artists such as Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, and Reba. She will add to that already impressive list this fall when she opens for Zac Brown Band and her hero Shania Twain. Townes has also toured extensively outside of the US – last year she performed for fans in Australia, Ireland, Germany, and had a sold-out run of headlining shows in the UK. Her international touring efforts earned her a nomination for the CMA International Artist Achievement Award.
Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, Townes has been featured by NPR, Variety, Refinery29BillboardRolling Stone, NBC’s “TODAY,” BBC and more. Additionally, she has raised over $2.5 million for Big Hearts For Big Kids, a non-profit she started when she was 15 years old to benefit a youth shelter in her hometown, which has grown to support US-based organizations including the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, S.A.F.E. Animal Haven, and the Manna House.
About Train
Train is a multi-GRAMMY and Billboard Award-winning band from San Francisco that has had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since the release of their debut self-titled album. Train’s climb to the top began in 1994, as the original 5-member band tenaciously built a loyal hometown following, leading up to their debut album, released by Columbia in 1998. The tumbling wordplay of “Meet Virginia” gave them their first unlikely radio hit and 2001’s Drops of Jupiter broke them to multi-platinum status thanks to the double-Grammy Award-winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40, has been certified 7x platinum in the US, and earned the 2001 GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Song. The group won another GRAMMY Award in 2011 for their global hit “Hey, Soul Sister” from their multi-platinum album Save Me, San Francisco. “Hey, Soul Sister ” was the No.1 best-selling smash and most downloaded single of 2010, achieved RIAA Diamond status in 2021 and now 11x platinum, and in 2022 surpassed one billion streams on Spotify. Train has sold more than 10 million albums and 30 million tracks worldwide, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including three GRAMMY Awards, two Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors. They’ve had 12 albums on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their 2014 Bulletproof Picasso reaching No. 4 in 2012 and 2017’s a girl a bottle a boat debuting at No. 8. “Play That Song,” the lead single from a girl a bottle a boat, went platinum in four countries including the U.S., hit Top 5 on the US iTunes chart, Top 10 at Hot AC radio, and charted at Adult Top 40. Train’s highly anticipated 11th studio album, AM Gold was released on May 20, 2022.
Train frontman, Pat Monahan, partakes in other ventures outside of music, including his award-winning wine portfolio, Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co, which was created in 2011 and has sold over 10 million bottles and won over 100 medals. Proceeds from his wine business support Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.  Monahan has appeared on television and in film with credits that include the 2021 Hallmark Channel original movie, Christmas in Tahoe, inspired by Train’s album of the same name, which he executive produced and starred, Dr. Ken90210, CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I., The VoiceAmerican Idol, and The Bachelor.
Media Contacts:
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Charlotte Thompson | [email protected] | 416.464.8220
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For CTV Networks
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For Dean Brody, Jade Eagleson & The Reklaws
Richelle Umali | [email protected] | 647.383.8857
For James Barker Band
Olivia Hanceri | [email protected]
For Carly Pearce & Dallas Smith
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For Sam Hunt
Alley Bottero | [email protected]
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2023 Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award Recipient – DEAN BRODY

DEAN BRODY TO BE HONOURED WITH CCMA AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT AS THE 2023 RECIPIENT OF THE GARY SLAIGHT MUSIC HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Brody Will Be Celebrated For The Remarkable Achievements Of The Dean Brody Foundation During Country Music Week 2023, September 14-16 In Hamilton, ON

 

TORONTO, ON (June 22, 2023) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Board of Directors and the CCMA are proud to announce Dean Brody as the 2023 recipient of the Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, honouring the multiple CCMA Award winner for his remarkable achievements across numerous initiatives through The Dean Brody Foundation. Awarded annually, the Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual(s) and/or event(s) that have made an outstanding contribution of time and energy in the support of humanitarian causes through country music.

The Dean Brody Foundation was started after a life-changing trip, in hopes of giving a voice to the voiceless. I am incredibly honoured to be receiving this year’s Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award to be able to further shine a spotlight on the causes that I hold deeply to my heart and have supported through this foundation,” says Brody. “Stepping into partnership with IJM a few years ago has allowed us to increase our reach and impact and it has been inspiring to see how much more we’ve been able to accomplish together. On behalf of every single exploited child we’ve been able to help, I want to thank both the CCMA and the Slaight family for this honour.

I am very impressed with the work and contributions Dean Brody has personally made to making the lives of so many people here in Canada and Internationally better and safer,” shares Gary Slaight President and CEO of The Slaight Family Foundation. “The Slaight Family Foundation starting with my father Allan, has always believed that giving back to those in need is the most important commodity we can provide as human beings and we champion Dean’s endeavour in doing the same. Dean’s achievements are certainly deserving of this Humanitarian Award, and I congratulate him on this recognition.”

Founded in 2011, The Dean Brody Foundation began as a way for Brody to support the rescue and prevention of young girls being exploited and trafficked around the world. Initially focused on Brazil, he quietly committed himself to the cause after travelling and seeing the crisis first hand. Since the foundation’s inception, Brody has personally and privately donated over $500,000 to the organization, and has made over a dozen self-funded trips to Brazil to work alongside Meninadança and their “Pink Houses” initiative, providing safe homes for at-risk girls along Brazil’s “exploitation highway”, the BR-116.

In 2021, Brody expanded the foundation’s mission in partnership with the global organization International Justice Mission (IJM), supporting their efforts to combat the online exploitation of children (OSEC) in the Philippines and prevent harm before it happens. In his quiet and humble manner, Dean has also supported countless grassroots charities across Canada in addition to higher profile events including his 2022 partnership with the National Hockey League Players Association® (NHLPA®), donating $60,000 to the local minor hockey community in his hometown of Cranbrook, B.C. to ensure children of families facing financial barriers could access the sport.

The extraordinary impact of The Dean Brody Foundation in communities across the world is awe-inspiring, and we are so pleased to be able to shine a spotlight on Dean and celebrate his selfless mission,” shares Amy Jeninga, President. CCMA. “Dean’s willingness to step-up and use his platform for change, along with his commitment to causes both global and right in his own backyard, are a testament to his character, and the CCMA is thrilled to highlight the work he continues to do.”

The CCMA Award of Achievement is named in recognition of generous donations made by the Slaight Music Foundation. The 2023 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award will be presented to Dean Brody during a private industry event as part of Country Music Week 2023, taking place September 14-16 in Hamilton, ON. For further details on the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award and other CCMA Awards of Achievement click HERE.

Tickets for Canada’s biggest night in country music go on sale today (6/22) at 10am ET. Tickets are available starting at $59.99 plus taxes/fees in-person through the FirstOntario Centre Box office or online at www.Ticketmaster.ca.

 

ABOUT DEAN BRODY

Since his debut single “Brothers” hit the US Top-40 back in 2008, Dean has become one of the most beloved Canadian country artists of his generation. A passionate storyteller and unmatched lyricist, Dean has risen and continues to remain at the top of the Canadian country landscape with an impressive 34 Top-10 singles (including 8 #1s), 18 CCMA Awards, 2 JUNOs, a CMA Global Award and more than 435+ million global streams and numerous gold and platinum certified singles (including 1 triple platinum and 4 double platinum). He currently holds the title of the most consumed Canadian country artist since 2020.

No country artist has ever owned the Canadian stage like Dean in recent years, consistently selling out arenas across the country, headlining Canada’s biggest music festivals and becoming the only Canadian country artist to hold a 7-year residency at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage. While a consistently celebrated entertainer, Dean also dedicates a large part of his life to philanthropic efforts through his charity, The Dean Brody Foundation. Learn more at https://www.deanbrody.com/

 

ABOUT THE DEAN BRODY FOUNDATION

Founded in 2011, The Dean Brody Foundation was started by Brody to support the rescue and prevention of young girls exploited in human trafficking in Brazil and around the world. After reading Remember Me, Rescue Me by Matt Roper, who went on to become Brody’s partner in the Foundation, Brody knew he needed to use his platform to bring light to the injustices taking place for young women around the globe. To date, the Foundation has raised over $500K through self-funding by Brody and has saved countless girls from trafficking and exploitation.

 

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 2023 and the 2023 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”.

 

ABOUT THE SLAIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Slaight Family Foundation was established in 2008 by John Allan Slaight.  Allan Slaight (1931-2021), known as Canada’s broadcast pioneer, was a leader in the music industry and a prominent Canadian philanthropist. Through his generosity, the Foundation proactively supports charitable initiatives in the areas of healthcare, at-risk youth, international development, social services, and culture. The foundation is overseen by Allan’s son, Gary Slaight, President & CEO, The Slaight Family Foundation.

 

Media Contacts:
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Charlotte Thompson | [email protected] | 416.464.8220

For Dean Brody

Richelle Umali | [email protected] | 647.383.8857

Canadian Country Music Association® and Bell Media Announce New Broadcast and Content Partnership

Canadian Country Music Association® and Bell Media Announce New Broadcast and Content Partnership

CTV is exclusive home to the ­41ST ANNUAL CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD, airing live Saturday, September 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app 
Dean Brody, Carly Pearce, The Reklaws and Josh Ross confirmed as first round of performers are revealed
Tickets to Canada’s biggest night in country music go on sale Thursday, June 22 at 10 a.m. ET

 

TORONTO (June 20, 2023) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) and Bell Media announced today a new broadcast and content partnership, beginning this summer, and continuing through to Country Music Week 2023 from September 14-16 in Hamilton, ON. As part of the partnership, CTV becomes the exclusive broadcaster of the 41ST ANNUAL CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD, airing live Saturday,September 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app. Adding to the excitement the CCMA also announced the first round of performers, including multi-platinum entertainer Dean Brody, GRAMMY, CMA and ACM-Award winning singer/songwriter Carly Pearce, 7x CCMA Award winners The Reklaws and one-to-watch emerging artist Josh Ross for this year’s star-studded event celebrating the best in country music live from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. Additional performers, presenters, and host to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Bell Media continues to deliver must-see live events, and we look forward to bringing the CCMA Awards to Canadians later this year, exclusively on CTV,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Content Development & Programming, Bell Media. “As the official broadcast and content partner for the CCMA Awards and Country Music Week 2023, Bell Media outlets will be the destination for country fans as we celebrate and countdown to the CCMA Awards this fall.”

As the exclusive broadcast and content partner for the CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD, Bell Media is set to bring Canadians closer than ever to Canada’s biggest night in country music – delivering extensive multi-platform coverage and content featured across broadcast, radio, digital, and social media properties including, CTV YOUR MORNING, ETALK, iHeartRadio Canada, including PURE COUNTRY, MuchMusic, THE SOCIAL, and more.

As part of the content partnership, iHeartRadio Canada’s PURE COUNTRY is launching the PURE COUNTRYNational Flyaway Contest which will send lucky listeners to the big event, and provides exclusive fan experiences all summer long as they celebrate the Road to the CCMA Awards. During Country Music Week, PURE COUNTRY also presents “The Legends Show” with special performances and gets the star-studded event underway on September 16 with the CCMA Red Carpet Pre-Show – all leading up to the red carpet and the 41ST ANNUAL CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD on CTV.

Canada’s largest celebration of country music kicks off on Thursday, September 14, with a celebrated lineup of Country Music Week events programmed over three days. The highly anticipated hybrid music festival and industry conference offers something for everyone, including fan favourite events; Songwriters’ Unplugged presented by Rogers, SiriusXM Top of the Country finale, Legends Show presented by PURE COUNTRY, CCMA House presented by Amazon Music, the CCMA Red Carpet Pre-Show, and more.

“We are thrilled to have Bell Media as the official broadcast and content partner for the CCMA Awards and Country Music Week 2023,” said Amy Jeninga, President, CCMA. “Bell Media has demonstrated such a passion for our genre, the country music community, and our awards show property, which both impacts and aligns with our dedication and commitment to entertain, celebrate, and innovate for our audience. As we continue to evolve the CCMA Awards year over year from a stand-alone broadcast into a brand and media property that elevates and supports country music throughout the year, Bell Media’s enthusiasm and support across all of their platforms nationally, while sharing our vision is incredibly exciting for us.”

Returning to Hamilton for the seventh time, Country Music Week 2023 and the CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD offers fans the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to all of their favourite stars in one place, while showcasing and celebrating some of country music’s biggest stars and homegrown talent.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming back to our city for the 7th time the Canadian Country Music Awards and Country Music Week,” shares Hamilton Mayor, Andrea Horwath. “Hosting events and celebrations such as the CCMA Awards contribute greatly to our local economy and to the enjoyment of our city by residents and visitors alike. Hamilton is a community that is extremely proud of our rich history of live music experiences, and we look forward to honouring Canada’s top country artists.”

The 2023 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD ticket pre-sale begins today at 10 a.m. ET, followed by the public on sale this Thursday, June 22 at 10 a.m. ET. One dollar ($1) from each ticket sold will go to the CCMA Foundation, a charitable organization that aims to support Canadians with the help of the music community, artists, and partners with a vision to change lives through the power of music under three pillars – music for change, music for healing and music for youth. Tickets are available starting at $59.99 plus taxes/fees in-person through the FirstOntario Centre Box office or online at www.Ticketmaster.ca.

Additional details for the 2023 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD and Country Music Week 2023 will be announced in the coming weeks, including #CCMANomDay, host announcement, additional performer, and presenter announcements, and more.

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About CTV

CTV is Canada’s #1 television brand. CTV provides unparalleled entertainment programming across two broadcast television networks; a powerful suite of specialty channels including CTV Comedy Channel, CTV Drama Channel, CTV Life Channel, and CTV Sci-Fi Channel; and digital channels CTV Throwback and CTV Movies, streaming on demand from CTV.ca and CTV app. CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 22 years in a row and features a wide range of sports and information programming, including CTV News, Canada’s highest-rated national and local newscasts. CTV’s parent company is Bell Media, Canada premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and out-of-home advertising.

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 2023 and the 2023 CCMA Awards Show presented by TD include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”.

About TD Bank Group

The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by assets and serves over 27.5 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance Canada; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in The Charles Schwab Corporation; Wealth Management and Insurance, including TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with more than 16 million active online and mobile customers. TD had $1.9 trillion in assets on April 30, 2023. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

About Tourism Hamilton

Tourism Hamilton attracts 6 million annual leisure and business travelers to the city, which continues to evolve and surprise visitors with its unique blend of world-class cultural attractions, spectacular nature, and hosting capabilities. As the City of Hamilton’s official Destination Management Organization, Tourism Hamilton works to bring meetings, conventions, and culture and sports events to the city alongside leisure travelers to generate economic and social benefits. This mandate is driven by a commitment to promoting Hamilton as an unforgettable destination while celebrating the city’s unique character. For more, visit: www.tourismhamilton.com

About Dean Brody

Since his debut single “Brothers” hit the US Top-40 back in 2008, Dean has become one of the most beloved Canadian country artists of his generation. A passionate storyteller and unmatched lyricist, Dean has risen and continues to remain at the top of the Canadian country landscape with an impressive 34 Top-10 singles (including 8 #1s), 18 CCMA Awards, 2 JUNOs, a CMA Global Award and more than 435+ million global streams and numerous gold and platinum certified singles (including 1 triple platinum and 4 double platinum). He currently holds the title of the most consumed Canadian country artist since 2020.

No country artist has ever owned the Canadian stage like Dean in recent years, consistently selling out arenas across the country, headlining Canada’s biggest music festivals and becoming the only Canadian country artist to hold a 7-year residency at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage. While a consistently celebrated entertainer, Dean also dedicates a large part of his life to philanthropic efforts through his charity, The Dean Brody Foundation. Learn more at https://www.deanbrody.com/

About Carly Pearce

Fiercely rooted in the classics, the girl who left her Kentucky home and high school at 16 to take a job at Dollywood has grown into a woman who embraces the genre’s forward progression. GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter Carly Pearce has come a long way from the pain she felt writing her critically acclaimed and commercially lauded third studio album 29. Looking ahead, she closes that pivotal life chapter with her first live album 29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City), out now via Big Machine Records. Pearce continues to resonate with her honest lyrics and timeless musicality, earning her fourth No. 1 at Country radio with “What He Didn’t Do.” Lighting a fire with her debut album Every Little Thing and the PLATINUM-certified history-making title track, Carly’s 3X PLATINUM-certified “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Lee Brice won both the 2020 CMA Awards Musical Event and 2021 ACM Awards Music Event, plus ACM Single of the Year. She picked up her second consecutive ACM Music Event of the Year in 2022 with Ashley McBryde duet “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” Carly’s third No. 1 and the third duet between two solo women to top Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The song also took home the 2022 CMA Musical Event of the Year and won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, marking Pearce’s first and making history as the first female pairing to win in the category. The Grand Ole Opry and Kentucky Music Hall of Fame member recently joined Blake Shelton’s BACK TO THE HONKY TONK TOUR and made her 100th performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Honored as one of CMT’s 2022 Artists of The Year, the 2021 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and 2022 ACM Awards Female Artist of the Year is clearly living out her childhood dream. Pearce officially ushered in the next chapter of her musical career with the release of her new single “We Don’t Fight Anymore” (featuring Chris Stapleton), out now.  For tour dates and more, visit CarlyPearce.com.

About The Reklaws

The Reklaws are a one-of-a-kind duo made up of siblings Jenna and Stuart Walker. Their debut single “Long Live the Night,” became the theme song for the CFL Thursday Night Football national broadcast in 2018/19. Recently their viral TikTok hit “What the Truck” feat. SACHA became the fastest-ever Canadian country song to go PLATINUM in the streaming era. To kick off 2023 The Reklaws secured three JUNO nominations for TikTok JUNO Fan’s Choice, Group or Duo of the Year and Country Album of the Year, followed by their third #1 with “11 Beers” feat. Jake Owen. The duo most recently took home CCMA Awards for Top Selling Canadian Single and Group or Duo of the Year, for the second consecutive year. The Reklaws hold 8 JUNO nominations, 7 CCMA Awards, 3 #1s, 1 DOUBLE PLATINUM, 8 PLATINUM and 11 GOLD singles and a GOLD debut album. Boasting 260M+ global streams it’s evident that The Reklaws are doing things differently and that the world is taking notice. Listen to their new album Good Ol’ Days now.

About Josh Ross

Echoing the primary themes of country infused with a fresh, modern sound, Josh Ross’s take on love, work, and play is often documented through his whirlwind experiences. Developing an ever-evolving career amidst the drawbacks of injuries, lockdowns, and conflicting relationships, Josh Ross is a country artist bound by the act of forging past and overcoming restraints. Josh Ross debuted with his independently released cathartic ballad on romantic losses, “First Taste of Gone,” which garnered stellar traction across North America for the Nashville-based singer. Capturing attention across the US with placement on Spotify’s top country playlists like Hot Country, New Boots, and more, “First Taste of Gone” proved the rising Nashville star’s emerging presence in the genre.

Recently, Josh Ross has pushed even further in his career with his major label signing to Universal Music Canada, teaming up with Universal Music Group Nashville, and management by The Core Entertainment. Often writing from personal experiences, Josh Ross has tallied more than 100 million streams across his collection of songs. In addition to “On A Different Night” and “First Taste of Gone,” his catalog includes summertime anthem “Tall Boys,” and the latest too-close-to-home emotional track “Red Flags.” This year, Josh Ross was announced as one of Spotify’s Hot Country Artists To Watch 2023 and already garnered his second Top 5 Canadian radio hit with “On A Different Night.” His debut US single, “Trouble,” is hitting country radio airwaves this summer, as he joins Nickelback and Brantley Gilbert on the GET ROLLIN’ TOUR. Stay tuned for more from Josh Ross as he continues to anchor himself as one of country’s most promising new artists.

Media Contacts:
For the Canadian Country Music Association

Charlotte Thompson | [email protected] | 416.464.8220

For TD Bank Group

Dominique Bomberry | [email protected]

For CTV Networks

Natalie Cole | [email protected] | 416.384.2140

For Dean Brody

Richelle Umali | [email protected] | 647.383.8857

For Carly Pearce

Red Umbrella P.R. | [email protected]

For The Reklaws

Richelle Umali | [email protected] | 647.383.8857

For Josh Ross

Stephanie Mudgett | [email protected]

Job Posting March 2023 – Manager of Awards and Special Programs

Title: Manager of Awards and Special Programs
Status: Full-Time

About the Canadian Country Music Association

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 broadcast.

The CCMA office is located in downtown Toronto and prides itself on its inclusive, casual and friendly environment. We are pet friendly and have fabulous canine colleagues!

Role Description

The Canadian Country Music Association is currently searching for a Manager of Awards and Special Programs who will manage and lead the execution of the nominating and voting process for all CCMA Award Programs. 

Within this role, you will be responsible for all areas of the CCMA Awards and Balloting Programs, including the CCMA Hall of Fame, Awards of Achievement, and special events; this includes managing all phases of the CCMA Awards nominating and voting process pre and post awards, while ensuring the CCMA Awards Rules and Regulations reflect and adapt to the ever-changing music landscape, to act as a liaison for voting membership and the CCMA official auditor. The Manager of Awards and Special Programs will be the expert resource regarding our Awards Program for internal and external partners. 

Responsibilities 

  • Act as the membership and partner liaison regarding CCMA Awards & Balloting Program, managing all areas, including rules and regulations, committees, award juries, budgets, verification process and Broadcast Awards
  • Prepare voting materials and communications, including voting process explanation, frequently asked questions, and portal and email communications in tandem with the Public Relations team
  • Be the contact for the official auditor and supplier of all needs to the auditor, including confirmation of all ballot content and committee decisions. 
  • Liaise with the Awards ballot software provider in the configuration and testing of the CCMA Awards voting portal to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the voting process
  • Leads the CCMA Awards Paid Distribution marketing campaign alongside the CCMA Marketing team
  • Leads the award statue ordering process post CCMA Awards to ensure CCMA Award winners and nominees receive personalized statues in a timely manner 
  • Streamlines processes to improve nominee & winner communications, ordering process, and order fulfillment
  • Oversee/maintain Awards recordkeeping, keeping information up to date and press-ready. 
  • Collaborate and work closely with marketing creative and media teams to coordinate ads and E-blasts to promote awards eligible programming.
  • Manage all areas of the CCMA Hall of Fame Program, including the Elector’s Committee Hall of Fame process and Awards of Achievement Programs
  • Manage relationships with the National Music Centre and the physical Hall of Fame
  • Work with CCMA Hall of Fame Inductees and Awards of Achievement recipients and the CCMA production team on special award video packs
  • Work with the internal team to manage special events, including CCMA Hall of Fame reception, CCMA Foundation activities etc

Capability Requirements – education, skills & experience: 

  • 3-5 years experience in a project management role or awards/music/ film experience, ideally within a member-based association or organization (within the Canadian music industry a bonus)
  • The ideal candidate has a broad knowledge of the awards and music industry landscape and a passion for music/entertainment
  • Deadline-driven, meticulously detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Multi-tasker and ability to efficiently prioritize a large volume of tasks and responsibilities
  • Can maintain composure in high-stress, complex situations; has excellent decision-making skills, clear communication, and delegation; fosters welcoming hospitality
  • An ability to build professional relationships and work effectively with colleagues and senior leaders across the organization and externally
  • Proactively tackles problems, takes independent action, seeks new responsibilities, generates new ideas, acts on opportunities, and practices self-development
  • Strong written and communication skills. Being bilingual (French) is an asset.
  • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

We want to thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls or visits, please.

Posting closes on Thursday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The CCMA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their citizenship, race, place of origin, ethnic origin, colour, ancestry, disability, age, creed, sex/pregnancy, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected ground under Human Rights.

If you require any accommodation during the application or interview process, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.

Job Posting March 2023 – Membership Manager

Membership Manager

The Canadian Country Music Association is currently searching for a Membership Manager who is an outstanding communicator with a talent for building strong relationships between members and the organization.

Within this role you will be responsible for all areas of membership, including membership recruitment and retention; this includes identifying strategies for recruiting new members and retaining current members, managing member benefits program and managing our membership 365 education sessions and panels. The ideal candidate has a background in event programming, membership association management, administration, and project management.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Member recruitment, retention and engagement
  • Serve as a resource for CCMA Members 
  • Track membership outreach and renewal goals on an ongoing basis.
  • Handling all questions and information requests regarding membership
  • Continuously assess the membership database and curate recruitment efforts based on underrepresented areas of the industry.
  • Work closely with industry stakeholders to ensure all areas of the industry are represented within the membership.
  • Manage member data and execute learnings from the insights the data provides
  • Develops and implements membership campaigns to retain and attract new members
  • Leads the maintenance and day-to-day processes of the CCMA member database, including maintaining accurate records on all members and renewal schedules
  • Manage the benefits program for the membership, which includes seeking new member benefits.
  • Respond and provide exceptional service to any inquiries by the membership
  • Ideate, curate and implement 365 events educational sessions/panels for the membership portal
  • Identify resources required for membership, curate and populate membership platform and socialize for engagement
  • Develop & implement networking opportunities between membership and industry both virtually and in person
  • Work closely with internal departments for the creation, planning and execution of other programming (ie. Country Music Week education panels) 
  • Works closely with the Marketing Department on e-blasts and newsletters promoting upcoming events and member news 
  • Consistently working to develop and evolve processes within the department to best serve the company and key stakeholders 
  • Consistently evaluates and streamlines data management, collection, communication, and processes for exceptional member experience
  • Leads relationships with external developers to improve database functions, data transfer, consolidation of duplicates, and more
  • Leads the Board membership committee to identify areas of growth and improvement within membership 
  • Writes statistical reports on membership activities every month with analysis to prior periods 
  • Reconciles membership revenue according to Accounting Department requirements 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 3+ years experience in project management,  membership or customer service management role

  • Experience in a member-based association or organization is an asset
  • Experience with and knowledge of the Canadian music industry 
  • Has excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Keeps information organized and accessible, and works efficiently while managing workload. Prioritizes tasks appropriately and manages time well. Successfully establishes goals, deadlines, and procedures and manages multiple projects or objectives.
  • Can maintain composure in high-stress, complex situations; has excellent decision-making skills, clear communication, and delegation; fosters welcoming hospitality.
  • Adapts well to change, is flexible and open-minded to new ideas, solicits performance feedback, handles constructive criticism, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
  • Proactively tackles problems and takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities and generates new ideas, acts on opportunities, and practices self-development. In working with supervisor(s), proactively approaches him/her/them to ensure goals and objectives are on track and being met, and presents problems and potential solutions. Builds productive working relationships with supervisor(s) and uses complementary strengths.
  •  Communicates well both verbally and in writing, shares information and ideas with others, have good listening skills, builds strong relationships, consistently demonstrates a positive and professional demeanour, and negotiates effectively—the ability to do public speaking and presentations. 
  • Strong written and communication skills. Bilingual (French) is an asset.
  • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.
  • Team spirit, creativity, and enthusiasm
  • Passionate interest in music, entertainment and pop culture and up-to-date with the latest news, trends and discussions.

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 broadcast.

The CCMA office is located in downtown Toronto and prides itself on its inclusive, casual and friendly environment. We are pet friendly and have fabulous canine colleagues!

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

Please note that only those accepted for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or visits, please.

Posting closes on March 31 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are critical components 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, non-binary identifying and persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, 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.

Job Posting February 2023 – Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager

We are searching for a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial individual to join our team here at the CCMA.
If you love the music industry and are a results-driven, data-focused marketing individual, we would love to meet you!

 

ROLE OVERVIEW

Reporting to the President, you will be driving the association’s marketing strategy, working alongside the team to execute all aspects of the marketing department’s day-to-day initiatives translating business objectives into actionable marketing strategies. The ideal candidate is an Influential individual, extremely ambitious, and a creative professional eager to make a change and develop forward industry-leading ideas that push boundaries and resonate with our audiences. In addition to being organized, analytical, strategic, and resourceful, you must possess strong business judgment and communication skills needed to interact with a variety of people and job functions.

This is a high-impact role where you will be a key player in marketing execution, consumer growth, and business development. This role is both strategic and tactical; we’re therefore looking for someone who can wear different hats and thrives in such an environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The position’s primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Track and analyze the performance of campaigns, managing department budget and ensuring that all marketing material is in line with our brand identity.
  • Collaborate with our sponsorship team and colleagues to translate partner KPIs into innovative effective concepts and ideas that align with our association objectives.
  • Prepare regular reporting of key performance metrics and communicate findings, figures, and insights
  • Prepare and monitor the marketing budget on a quarterly and annual basis and allocate funds wisely showing ROI of investment
  • Test /learn/tell with a variety of organic and paid acquisition channels like content creation, content curation, pay-per-click campaigns, event management, social media, lead generation campaigns, copywriting, performance analysis
  • Build strategic relationships and partner with key industry players, agencies, and vendors
  • Consistently work to develop and evolve processes within the department to best serve the company and key stakeholders
  • Influence internal stakeholders at all levels of the organization to take action based on insights to capture business opportunities
  • Keep abreast of industry news, trends and digital innovations, consistently sharing with stakeholders and applying where relevant
  • Lead strategy and day-to-day operations of our consumer-facing brand and e-commerce site ‘Live Country’
  • Work alongside our brand lead to ensure a strong and consistent brand through a wide range of online and offline marketing channels
QUALIFICATIONS
  • 4+ years of marketing strategy, and content ideation experience, with proven experience building, executing, and scaling cross-functional marketing strategies.
  • Creative thinker who takes initiative and is capable of building, launching, and managing projects and programs that drive results for our core business objectives.
  • Absolute passion for the digital space with a deep understanding of social platforms
  • Must have proficient knowledge of all relevant social channels and digital platforms
  • Experience with paid reach campaigns and consumer journey funnels
  • Direct to Consumer eCommerce Experience (Shopify platform knowledge)
  • Understanding and application of data-driven approach
  • Motivated and a self-starter
  • Exceptional communication, organizational & priority setting skills
  • Strong written and communication skills. Bilingual (French) is an asset.
  • Ability to problem solve & react in time-sensitive situations
  • Highly efficient, solution-oriented individual
  • Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.
  • Experience using social listening tools (Meltwater specifically is an asset)
  • Eye for detail, thoroughness, and accuracy.
  • Team spirit, creativity, and enthusiasm
  • Passionate interest in music, entertainment and pop culture and up to date with the latest news, trends and discussions.
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 broadcast.

The CCMA office is located in downtown Toronto and prides itself on its inclusive, casual and friendly environment. We are pet friendly and have fabulous canine colleagues!

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

Please note that only those accepted for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or visits, please.

Posting closes Wednesday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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, non-binary identifying and 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.

COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK 2022 INFORMATION

IT’S OFFICIAL! 🤠🎉 WE’RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT SEVEN-TIME 2022 CCMA AWARD NOMINEE TENILLE TOWNES IS TEAMING UP WITH “THE GIT UP”’S MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING BLANCO BROWN TO CO-HOST THE 2022 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD!

Both are set to perform with Blanco Brown debuting his brand new single “I’ll Never” while Tenille Townes celebrates the release of her new single “The Last Time” with it’s first national broadcast!

THAT’S NOT ALL! 👀
WE ALSO OFFICIALLY DROPPED THE FULL PERFORMER LINE-UP! 🎶

Get ready for performances from fan favourites Gord Bamford and Meghan Patrick, Blanco Brown, Dax, Jade Eagleson, Lindsay Ell, Tim Hicks, High Valley, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel and 98°, JoJo Mason, Tyler Joe Miller, Jess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith and MacKenzie Porter, SACHA, Tenille Townes, and Bailey Zimmerman.