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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
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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

COVID-19 RESOURCES

COVID-19 RESOURCES

 

CIMA has pulled together a list of very valuable information and resources. The list is below and you can also access it HERE
 
SUPPORT FOR SELF-EMPLOYED, SMALL BUSINESS AND NON-PROFITS/CHARITIES

1. Introduction of an Emergency Care Benefit of up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks to provide income support to workers who must stay home and do not have access to paid sick leave. This measure could provide up to $10 billion to Canadians, and includes:

  • Workers, including the self-employed who are sick, quarantined, or who have been directed to self-isolate but do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits.
  • Workers, including the self-employed who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, such as an elderly parent or other dependents who are sick, but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
  • EI-eligible and non EI-eligible working parents who must stay home without pay because of children who are sick or who need additional care because of school closures.

2.  Introduction of an Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency to provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.

3.  Providing eligible small businesses with a 10% wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.  Employers benefiting from this measure would include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as not-for-profit organizations and charities.  This will help employers keep people on their payroll and help Canadians keep their jobs. For more information click here.

4.  Increasing the credit available to small, medium, and large Canadian businesses. As announced on March 13, a new Business Credit Availability Program will provide more than $10 billion of additional support to businesses experiencing cash flow challenges through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada.

5. Helping businesses with cash flow by deferring tax payments until August 31st.

WHERE TO START for Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs:

  • Visit Canada’s website for businesses for information about supporting your employees and your business. It will be constantly updated as the COVID-19 crisis evolves. 
  • Download the Canada Business App to find tailored supports to address your specific needs and questions about COVID-19. 
  • Consult the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s pandemic preparedness guide to help prepare your business in the days and weeks to come. 
  • Contact your bank. Canada’s banks have made a commitment to support businesses and individuals through these difficult times in a responsible, fair, and compassionate way. To help provide some stability for businesses through this time of uncertainty, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer requirement, releasing more than $300 billion of additional lending capacity for Canadian financial institutions. 
  • The Department of Finance Canada has a thorough resource here outlining how the government is taking action to help Canadians experiencing hardship, including detail about flexibility for taxpayers. 
  • For individuals, make sure you can access either your CRA MyAccount or My Service Canada Account to apply for EI relief funds before the applications open in April 2020. Better to sort that out now if you’re unsure of your login information!
  • Airline Cancellation Policies: A comprehensive guide by Forbes can be found here.
  • Alberta Music has shared information for Albertans and Canadians alike on how to prepare for COVID-19 in the arts sector. Get more information here.
  • Bandzoogle has put together this handy blog: How musicians can ask fans for support during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Canada’s Banks: Contact your bank to find out how they have committed to support businesses and individuals through these difficult time. To help provide some stability for businesses through this time of uncertainty, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer requirement, releasing more than $300 billion of additional lending capacity for Canadian financial institutions.
  • Canada Business App: Download the app to find tailored supports to address your specific needs and questions about COVID-19.
  • Canada Council for the Arts: Information about CCA’s cancellation policy can be found here
  • The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM): has sent an open letter to federal and provincial ministries overseeing culture, social security and employment.
  • Canadian Live Music Association’s Request for relief to the Canadian government can be found here.
  • Canada Public Health has info about the situation available here.
  • CAPACOA is asking you to track cancellations affecting the Canadian live performance sector here.
  • The Canadian Chamber of Commerce have put together a pandemic prepardness guide to help prepare businesses in the days and weeks to come. 
  • Event Safety Alliance: Preparing your organization for COVID-19. More information can be found here.
  • FACTOR: Information about FACTOR’s cancellation policy can be found here.
  • Government of Canada Trade Commissioner Service: Resources for Canadian businesses can be found here.
  • Music BC has provided information and resources on their website and is encouraging company and artists to reach out with any questions or concerns regarding Music BC’s programs.
  • Manitoba Music will be providing information and resources, including support efforts. Keep an eye on their updates here. They have also announced the launch of of an emergency financial relief fund for Manitoba’s artists and industry workers. Find out more here
  • Music Managers Forum Canada has an incredibly thorough resource page that is being constantly updated here.
  • MusicOntario will be reposting all sorts of things on our socials/to our stories – have a peek there for various updates, interesting content from the community, streaming events, and other tidbits to help pass the time.
  • National Arts Centre & Facebook Canada will provide $100,000 in artist fees to support online performances between now and March 31, 2020 to ease financial strain for those impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada due to COVID-19.
  • PRS Foundation: Advice for overseas activities or performances. More information here.
  • Radio Starmaker: The Board of the Radio Starmaker Fund wants to inform all stakeholders that any previous tour dates that were approved and were to take place between February 15th and August 31st of this year will be fully funded if they were canceled as a result of the coronavirus. All you will need to do when filling out final paperwork is indicate the reason for the cancellation was coronavirus – no other proof will be necessary. This same policy will also be in effect with regard to tour dates approved by the Board for Round 74. We are currently examining the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and the implications it may have on future touring. Currently, when we open our next round we are considering a moratorium on requests for tour funding for all performances from April 1st to May 31st of this year given the very high likelihood of cancellation. We will be monitoring this situation over the next few weeks and making a final determination on or before April 10th when we plan to open the next round of funding. In the meantime, we wanted everyone to know this is a possibility as tour plans are made this year.
  • SaskMusic will be launching an emergency relief fund for music industry professionals impacted by lost income due to COVID-19. More information can be found here
  • Unison Benevolent Fund has information about how they can help here, or you can call 1-855-986-4766 for inquiries to help you deal with the financial or emotional impact of coronavirus. Unison has also announced the launch of the COVID-19 Relief Program. 
  • Worldwide Independent Network has a list of resources for the indie music community across the work here.
  • World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/

PAUL BRANDT’S TO RECEIVE 2019 SLAIGHT MUSIC HUMANITARIAN AWARD

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PAUL BRANDT’S #NOTINMYCITY TO RECEIVE
2019 SLAIGHT MUSIC HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Brandt being recognized for his work to end child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Canada with #NotInMyCity movement

June 25, 2019 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Board of Directors is honoured to present the 2019 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award to Paul Brandt for the leaps and bounds he has made in raising awareness and taking action to end child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Canada with his #NotInMyCity movement. Given out annually, the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award celebrates a person or organization who has made an outstanding contribution of time and energy in support of humanitarian causes. 

“Not only is Paul Brandt one of the greatest entertainers in our format and our country, he is an extraordinary humanitarian.  Using his platform, he has become a strong voice for those affected by the horrible crimes of child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Canada and we are in awe of the change he is creating,” said Tracy Martin, CCMA President. “The CCMA is honoured to recognize #NotInMyCity and Paul’s remarkable efforts to bring attention to this urgent issue in our country.”

Founded by Brandt in July 2017, #NotInMyCity serves to educate the public about the realities of human trafficking while also uniting Canadians in the fight to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens. Brandt and collaborative stakeholders recognized that many Canadians were unaware of the staggering facts surrounding trafficking. For example, 93% of Canada’s trafficking victims come from Canada and more than 75% of people working in the Canadian sex trade began working as a child.  More than a quarter of victims are under the age of 18 and, despite being only four per cent of Canada’s population, Indigenous Canadians represent half of all human trafficking victims. Today, #NotInMyCity is a strong, collaborative organization, working with established agencies and groups to raise awareness and take action to combat human trafficking.  

“Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada today,” said Brandt. “On behalf of the millions of human trafficking victims in the world, I am moved to be receiving the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award recognizing the #NotInMyCity movement. Our Allies have courageously stepped up and chosen to be on the right side of history. We must end the sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children for profit occurring in Canada and around the world.”  

Partners and supporters of #NotInMyCity include a growing list of visionary businesses and organizations along with First Nations groups, representatives from Ministries within the Provincial Government, the City of Calgary and City of Edmonton as well as sectors of Police, Justice, Health, Children’s Services, Education and not-for-profit community agencies. The Calgary International Airport and Edmonton International Airport have also partnered with #NotInMyCity to help stop trafficking. 

“My father Allan and the Slaight family believe strongly in helping the communities we live in and supporting grassroots initiatives that raise awareness of deserving issues,” says Slaight Communications CEO, Gary Slaight. “I congratulate Paul Brandt on both his #NotinMyCity initiative and his Buckspring Foundation that have helped to better lives. There’s no question that Paul is richly deserving of the honour that comes with receiving the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award.”

This CCMA Award of Achievement is named the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award in recognition of the generous donation made by the Slaight Music Foundation. The 2019 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award will be presented to Paul Brandt during a private industry event as part of Country Music Week 2019, taking place September 5-8 in Calgary, Alberta. For further details on the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award and other CCMA Awards of Achievement click here.

To learn more about #NotInMyCity visit notinmycity.ca.

For more information on the CCMA visit ccma.org.

About #NotInMyCity
#NotInMyCity is an initiative championed by humanitarian and country music star, Paul Brandt, geared toward raising awareness and collective action on Human Trafficking in Canada with a focus on Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking. Since 2017, #NotInMyCity has been working with community partners to bring awareness and collective action to this issue. The movement continues to unite key stakeholders locally, provincially and nationally to engage, commit and collectively build an action plan to prevent and end sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.

About Slaight Music
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. We work with artists from across the country and across the musical spectrum, helping to further careers and get great music heard. We’re also invested in the technology sphere, helping Canadian music entrepreneurs develop the next generation of digital platforms and services. And we support a variety of music-related events, causes and charities.

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, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary.

TENILLE TOWNES AND OLD DOMINION ANNOUNCED AS PERFORMERS FOR THE 2019 CCMA AWARDS

TENILLE TOWNES AND OLD DOMINION
ANNOUNCED AS PERFORMERS FOR THE 2019 CCMA AWARDS

LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR BOTH SONGWRITERS’ SERIES AND 
CCMA LEGENDS SHOW; TICKETS ON SALE FOR BOTH EVENTS TODAY 

CCMA FAN VILLAGE TO LAND IN CALGARY, PROVIDING THREE DAYS OF LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL DURING COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK 2019

ADDITIONAL LOWER BOWL TICKETS RELEASED TODAY FOR 2019 CCMA AWARDS

June 26, 2019 (Calgary, AB) — The stage for the 2019 CCMA Awards just got a whole lot hotter! Today the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) and Global are thrilled to announce Alberta’s Tenille Townes and three-time ACM Award winners Old Dominion are confirmed to perform at the 2019 CCMA Awards. Presented by TD Music and broadcast exclusively on Global Sunday, September 8 at 9 p.m. EST/PST from Calgary, AB, this year’s show is bound to be the biggest yet. 

Both Alberta’s Tenille Townes and acclaimed country band Old Dominion will hit the CCMA Awards stage as performers for the first time, filling the arena with their chart-topping singles. One of country’s fastest rising stars, Townes is marking her place with her latest singles “Somebody’s Daughter” and “White Horse.” She has celebrated her biggest year yet, earning her first #1 at Canadian country radio (“Somebody’s Daughter”) and spending a great deal of time on tour with artists such as Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert. 

Acclaimed 2018 CMA and two-time ACM “Group of the Year” country band Old Dominion is emerging as one of the most celebrated bands of the country music genre. Following the success of their sophomore album Happy Endings, Old Dominion recently released a new chart-climbing single “One Man Band.” With more than 34.9 million streams, the track is proving to be an instant fan favourite.

Leading into the CCMA Awards, Calgary will come alive with Country Music Week events including the CCMA Songwriters’ Series and the CCMA Legends Show. 

One of the most popular events at Country Music Week and brought to life by Stingray Music, the CCMA Legends Show celebrates the best the genre has to offer. Bringing together a long list of talent, the event will take place on September 6 at the Arts Commons Jack Singer Concert Hall and promises an evening of legendary performances. 

CCMA Legends Show Performers include:

Alan Doyle, Jade Eagleson, Lindsay Ell, Tim Hicks, Andrew Hyatt, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Aaron Pritchett, The Reklaws, Tenille Townes, The Wilkinsons and Michelle Wright. 

Hosted by James Barker, Aaron Goodvin and Tim Hicks, the CCMA Songwriters’ Series is a four-part acoustic performance series that will kick off on Thursday, September 5 with additional sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. These four marquis events celebrate the storytellers of country music, inviting listeners to enjoy songs from a whole new perspective. 

CCMA Songwriters’ Series Performers include: 

September 5: Jason Blaine, Kristin Carter, Leah Daniels, Aaron Goodvin, Mallory Johnson, Jess Moskaluke, Meghan Patrick and Leaving Thomas

September 6: Alee, James Barker, Lindsay Ell, Doug Folkins, Nice Horse, Livy Jeanne, MacKenzie Porter and The Reklaws

September 7: Tenille Arts, Sons of Daughters, Jade Eagleson, Stacey Lee Guse, Tim Hicks,  Steven Lee Olsen, Emily Reid and Tenille Townes

September 8: Kelly Archer, Jim Cuddy, Mitchell Tenpenny and Pam Tillis

CCMA Fan Village is back for a second year, giving fans access to hours of exciting events throughout the week. More details on the CCMA Fan Village will be announced in upcoming months. 

Fans are encouraged to follow along for Country Music Week 2019 updates on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Tickets to the 2019 CCMA Awards are available now at ticketmaster.ca. As of today, fans will have the chance to secure some of the best seats in the house at the 2019 CCMA Awards with the release of an additional 200 lower bowl tickets. These seats are limited and are available for purchase now.  

Tickets to the CCMA Legends Show are available now at https://artscommons.ca/whats-on/2019/ccma-legends-show/.

Tickets to the CCMA Songwriters’ Series are available now at https://www.studiobell.ca/whats-on/canadian-country-music-week

Global is a Corus Entertainment Network.

About Old Dominion
Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion blends lyrical wit, and rock‘n’roll grit into radio-friendly, hook-heavy pop nuggets. Old Dominion’s latest single “Make It Sweet” reached No. 1 on Billboard Airplay and Mediabase charts marking the Platinum-selling country quintet’s seventh No. 1 in the US. The track also peaked at #1 at country radio in Canada, and is a certified GOLD single by Music Canada. The band recently released new songs for their eager audience including “One Man Band” and the reflective “Some People Do.” By the end of 2018, Old Dominion performed 136 shows and crossed 1.5 million fan impressions within 365 days. Those gigs encompassed their own arena tour, sold-out European and Canadians runs, dozens of festivals, and opening for Kenny Chesney on his summer stadium and arena tour. And they are keeping that fertile ground-swell going in 2019 with their headlining “Make It Sweet” arena tour including recently added fall dates and a European leg in October. They won back-to-back ACM Group of the Year honours (2018, 2019) and took home the award for Vocal Group of the Year at “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards.” They recently received their second nomination for Country Duo/Group Artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards and are nominated for a 2019 CMT Music Award for Group Video of the Year (“Hotel Key”). Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung, and drummer Whit Sellers.

About Tenille Townes
Canadian-born, Nashville-based Tenille Townes is “poised for a breakthrough” (Refinery29). On top of an ever growing list of accolades that includes Amazon Music’s “2019 Artists To Watch,” The Bobby Bones Show’s “Class of 2019,” CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” CMT’s “Listen Up,” iHeart Radio’s “Artists To Watch in 2019” and the inaugural class of “Opry NextStage,” Townes is currently support on Dierks Bentley’s extensive “Burning Man Tour.” She’s garnered widespread attention including praise from Billboard, The Tennessean, Sounds Like Nashville and NPR Music, who featured Townes as part of their “Best Music of 2018” coverage, hailing her as, “one of the most promising arrivals in mainstream Nashville’s burgeoning singer-songwriter movement…” Additionally, Rolling Stone named her Living Room Worktapes EP one of the “10 Best Country EPs of 2018” heralding, “Tenille Townes makes a strong case for being country’s most promising young songwriter with this devastating EP.” Her first official single, “Somebody’s Daughter,” impacted at Country radio last fall with her forthcoming full-length debut album—produced by Jay Joyce—expected in 2019 on Columbia Nashville. “Somebody’s Daughter” peaked at #1 at country radio in Canada, and is a certified GOLD single from Music Canada. Townes is the first Canadian country artist to have their debut single go to No. 1 in the Mediabase Canada era. She’s also only the second Canadian artist to top the Nielsen BDS Country Airplay chart with their first charted song and the first since Carolyn Dawn Johnson’s “Georgia” in 2000. Listen to “Somebody’s Daughter” here. Her current single “White Horse” is climbing the country radio charts week over week and is currently top 10 in Canada. Listen to “White Horse” here.

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, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary. 

About TD Music
Since 2013, TD is proud to sponsor over 80 music festivals and 100 community music programs from coast to coast. 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, we strive 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, TD invests in music to help build more connected communities and open doors for an inclusive tomorrow.

About Corus Entertainment 
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. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is also 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, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.

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Media Contacts:

For Old Dominion:
Julia Pittman | julia.pittman@sonymusic.com | 416.589.3072

For Tenille Townes:
Jamelia Campbell | jamelia.campbell@sonymusic.com | 416.589.3041 

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:
Geraldine Anderson | Geraldine.Anderson@td.com |  403.294.3328

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

HERE ARE YOUR 2019 CCMA AWARD NOMINEES

AMES BARKER BAND AND BRETT KISSEL LEAD
WITH FIVE 2019 CCMA AWARD NOMINATIONS EACH  
 
PAUL BRANDT, LINDSAY ELL, TIM HICKS, THE REKLAWS,
DALLAS SMITH AND TENILLE TOWNES
FOLLOW WITH FOUR NOMINATIONS EACH  
 
2019 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD TO BE BROADCAST LIVE
FROM CALGARY ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 ON GLOBAL TELEVISION

 

July 10, 2019 (Toronto, ON) — And they’re off! Today the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) announced its nominees for the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD. Leading the pack with five nominations each are 2018 ​Single of the Year Award-winning group ​James Barker Band ​and reigning ​Interactive Artist of the Year ​​Brett Kissel​.  

Kissel is nominated in the following categories: ​Entertainer of the Year, Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award,Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, MNP Male Artist of the Year, Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year ​while James Barker Band​ ​will compete to take home wins in the ​Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, Single of the Year, Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year categories. 

Following closely behind with four nominations apiece are ​Paul Brandt ​(​Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, MNP Male Artist of the Year), ​Lindsay Ell (​Female Artist of the Year, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year), Tim Hicks ​(Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, MNP Male Artist of the Year), ​The Reklaws ​(​Album of the Year, Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, Group or Duo of the Year,Video of the Year),​ Tenille Townes​ (​Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Anthem Entertainment Songwriter(s) of the Year, Video of the Year)​ ​and​ Dallas Smith ​(​Entertainer of the Year,Album of the Year, Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, MNP Male Artist of the Year)​.  

Returning to the 2019 CCMA Awards broadcast after a 30-year hiatus, the ​Entertainer of the Year Award will see ​Paul Brandt​, ​Dean Brody​, ​Tim Hicks​, ​Brett Kissel​ and ​Dallas Smith​ go head to head to win the most coveted award of the night.  

Chosen by Canadian country music fans, the ​Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award​ nominees were announced late last night. Nomination leaders ​Brett Kissel​ and ​James Barker Band​ will compete with fellow country heavyweights ​Gord Bamford​, ​Paul Brandt​, ​Dean Brody​, ​Tim Hicks​, ​Hunter Brothers​, ​The Reklaws​, ​Dallas Smith​ ​and ​Guylaine Tanguay​ for fan votes heading into the biggest night of country music in Canada.  

Voting for the ​Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award ​ is now open. Canadian country music fans can vote by streaming on applemusic.com/CCMAawards or by visiting www.ccma.org/applemusicfanschoice​. All rules and regulations for the voting process can also be found online.

To note:​ ​To view a complete listing of the 2019 CCMA Awards nominees please visit ccma.org​.  

The 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD will broadcast live from Calgary, AB on Global at 9 p.m. EST/PST. Livestream details to be announced at a later date. Watch it live this fall to see which artist takes home the most hardware.  

Tickets to the 2019 CCMA Awards Show are available for purchase at ​ticketmaster.ca​. For each ticket sold, $1 will go directly to the MusiCounts in support of their year-round music initiatives.  

Fans are encouraged to follow updates for the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD via ​Twitter​,Instagram​ and ​Facebook​. 

For more information on the CCMA and the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD please visit ccma.org​.  

Global is a Corus Entertainment Network. 

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, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary.  
 
About TD Music 
Since 2013, TD is proud to sponsor over 80 music festivals and 100 community music programs from coast to coast. 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, we strive 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, TD invests in music to help build more connected communities and open doors for an inclusive tomorrow. 
 
About Corus Entertainment
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. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is also 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, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com

HIGH VALLEY ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINER FOR SIRIUSXM’S TOP OF THE COUNTRY FINALE ON SEPTEMBER 5

COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCEMENTS KEEP ROLLIN’ IN AS CALGARY PREPARES
TO HOST THE 2019 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD

2019 CCMA AWARD NOMINEES HIGH VALLEY ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINER 
FOR SIRIUSXM’S TOP OF THE COUNTRY FINALE ON SEPTEMBER 5 

 

TORONTO – July 24, 2019 – Get ready for the biggest party in country music, Calgary! The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is bringing Country Music Week® to the city from September 5-8, and with today’s announcement the week has gotten even more exciting. Joining the week’s star-studded line-up is 2019 CCMA Award nominees High Valley as headliners of SiriusXM’s Top of the Country Finale(September 5). 

Making its debut at Country Music Week last year, SiriusXM’s Top of the Country competition offers a national platform exclusively for emerging Canadian country artists to have their voices heard. Three finalists — Matt LangKelsi Mayne and Tim & The Glory Boys — will battle it out for the grand prize live on stage before High Valley steps out as the event’s headlining act, plus surprise guests. In addition to headlining this anticipated event, High Valley is also nominated for Group or Duo of the Year award at the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD.

Tickets to SiriusXM’s Top of the Country Finale are available now. For those unable to attend SiriusXM’s Top of the Country Finale in Calgary, the show will air live across North America on SiriusXM’s CBC Country (ch. 171) via SiriusXM radios, online and on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices. 

Country Music Week is when many of the year’s most anticipated country music events take place. Tickets are now on sale for SiriusXM’s Top of the Country FinaleCCMA Songwriters’ Series presented by Anthem EntertainmentCCMA Legends Show presented by Stingray Music and the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD.
 
About High Valley 
With their flavourful blend of bluegrass-tinted country, Brad and Curtis Rempel comprise the critically acclaimed Alberta-born duo HIGH VALLEY. The brothers have received praise from Rolling Stone, Pandora, Spotify, CMT and more for soaring harmonies and memorable songs influenced by artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Diamond Rio and the Everly Brothers. Their international appeal has already earned them more than 200 million streams across the US and Canada alone. The duo is now kicking off their next project with their newest song, “Single Man.” Their first 2 singles, “Make You Mine” and “She’s With Me”, from their debut Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville album have both been certified Gold in the US and Platinum in Canada. “She’s With Me” has become their first Top 10 single at country radio in the States. In addition to their multiple CCMA Awards wins and Juno Awards nods, they were recently nominated for the ACM New Duo of the Year for the second consecutive year.

With their lauded major label debut album Dear Life under their belt, High Valley continue to make waves as a breakout act in country music. In addition to appearances on Live with Kelly and Ryan, TODAY and CBS This Morning, the rising duo has brought their music to fans across the world alongside the likes of Shania Twain, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The SiriusXM Presents: Highway Finds Tour marked their first US headlining run, and they wrapped Old Dominion’s Happy Endings World Tour this past winter. High Valley spent the first part of 2019 on the road, co-headlining Canada, with Canadian Country icon Paul Brandt and are currently in the studio working on their upcoming project.

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, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary.
 
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Media Contacts:
For High Valley: 
Steve Waxman | Steve.Waxman@warnermusic.com | 416.758.1097

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: 
Geraldine Anderson | Geraldine.Anderson@td.com |  403.294.3328

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

DALLAS SMITH AND BILLY RAY CYRUS TO CO-HOST THE 2019 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

DALLAS SMITH AND BILLY RAY CYRUS TO CO-HOST 
THE 2019 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD 
LIVE FROM CALGARY ON SEPTEMBER 8

WATCH, STREAM OR LISTEN TO THE 2019 CCMA AWARDS LIVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY BEGINNING AT 9 P.M. EST/PST ON GLOBAL, CORUS RADIO, AND TWITTER 

TICKETS FOR THE 2019 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD ON SALE NOW

 

August 6, 2019 (Calgary, AB) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) and Global are proud to announce that reigning CCMA Male Artist of the Year Dallas Smith and recent Billboard record-breaking singer, songwriter and actor Billy Ray Cyrus are co-hosting the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD. The 2019 CCMA Awards will air live on Global from Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome on September 8 at 9 p.m. EST/PST. Global has also extended its broadcast to stream on Twitter and broadcast live on Corus radio stations Country 105 (Calgary), CISN Country 103.9 (Edmonton), and Country 104 (London/Woodstock). 

Ahead of the 2019 CCMA Awards, Dallas Smith and Billy Ray Cyrus each sat down with ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey to talk new music, hosting an award show, and more. Watch ET Canada tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. EST/PST to catch the exclusive one on one interviews. Click here to watch a promo. 

“I’m thrilled to be co-hosting this year’s CCMA Awards with Billy Ray Cyrus – he’s a legend!” shared Smith. “This is going to be a great time and I can’t wait to celebrate country’s biggest night with everyone.”

A multiple JUNO and CCMA Award-winning entertainer, Dallas Smith is one of the most celebrated artists in Canadian Country music. Smith, always one to dominate uncharted territory, is the first and only Canadian country artist in the Nielsen BDS era, to have seven #1 singles, including four consecutive chart-toppers from the same album. Nominated for four 2019 CCMA Awards (Apple Music Fans’ Choice, MNP Male Artist of the Year, FORD Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year), Smith will be heading out on the road across Canada following his co-host duties as part of the Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone Tour this fall, alongside Dean Brody. 

“This is really a full circle moment for me because I received my first ever platinum record plaque while I was in Canada in the 90s. We also shot the series ‘Doc’ in Toronto, so it feels like coming home every time I’m in Canada. I’m really looking forward to co-hosting the show with Dallas,” Cyrus shared.

This is the first time that Billy Ray Cyrus will be hosting an award show and his first time taking to the CCMA Awards stage. The award-winning artist has been making headlines since his 1992 breakout single “Achy Breaky Heart” and has continued to make waves in the industry since. His country-rap, hybrid collaboration with Lil Nas X continues to break chart-topping records, hitting 18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts making it the longest-running #1 single in history and the new single “Chevys and Fords” is already a country music playlist essential. 

Tickets to the 2019 CCMA Awards are available for purchase at ticketmaster.ca. For each ticket sold, $1 will go directly to the MusicCounts in support of their year-round music initiatives. 

Fans are encouraged to follow updates for the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For more information on the CCMA and the 2019 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 Billy Ray Cyrus 
Billy Ray Cyrus became a household name over the course of his unprecedented career which spans across music, television and theater. Throughout his nearly three decade career, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. After “Achy Breaky Heart,” Cyrus followed up with back to back hits “It Could’ve Been Me,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and the anthemic “Some Gave All.” Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with the his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Words By Heart” and “Somebody New.” Cyrus followed up with dozens more that defined country music. “To me, my most defining moment in country was being joined by George Jones and Loretta Lynn on my self-penned ‘Country Music Has the Blues,’” said Cyrus. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley. Recently, Cyrus has shattered records with Lil Nas X with the global smash, “Old Town Road,” which has remained No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 18 consecutive weeks. Returning to his Kentucky roots, on July 19, BBR Music Group/BMG released Cyrus’s new single with emerging artist Johnny McGuire titled, “Chevys and Fords,” which Rolling Stone Country proclaimed is “a gently rocking country tune brimming with Springsteen-inspired, vehicle-based nostalgia…finds the two vocalists singing about how they come from a long line of Chevys and Fords.'”

About Dallas Smith 
A multiple JUNO and CCMA Award-winning entertainer, Dallas Smith is one of the most celebrated artists in Canadian Country music.  In 2018, the Platinum-selling Country star added to one of the most notable careers in Canadian music with two CCMA Awards for “Male Artist of the Year” and “Video of the Year”.  He has amassed international appeal since making his Country music debut with Jumped Right In, a project that netted a CRIA Gold-certified single, 5 CCMA Award nominations and a JUNO Award nomination for Country Album of the Year. He followed with the infectious CRIA Platinum-certified single “Tippin’ Point” and continued to dominate the Canadian Country charts with songs like “Lifted”, multi-week #1 hits “Wastin’ Gas”, “Autograph”, “Side Effects”, “Sky Stays This Blue”, “Sleepin’ Around” and “Make ‘Em Like You”. Adding to the list of accolades, Smith has two CRIA Platinum-certified singles, 12 CRIA Gold-certified singles and 3 CRIA Gold-certified albums. Smith continues to dominate uncharted territory and is the FIRST AND ONLY CANADIAN COUNTRY ARTIST in the Nielsen BDS era, to have four consecutive #1 singles from the same album, topping the three from Shania Twain’s “Come On Over”. Smith also surpasses Shania Twain for the most #1 songs by a Canadian Country artist in the Nielsen BDS era with seven. On March 15th, Smith released “The Fall” EP, which includes his latest single “Drop” and will join Dean Brody for the co-headlining “Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone” national tour this fall.

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, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary.

About TD Music
Since 2013, TD is proud to sponsor over 80 music festivals and 100 community music programs from coast to coast. 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, we strive 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, TD invests in music to help build more connected communities and open doors for an inclusive tomorrow.

About Corus Entertainment
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. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is also 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, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.

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Media Contacts:

For Dallas Smith:
Charlotte Thompson | charlotte@redumbrellapr.com | 416.464.8220

For Billy Ray Cyrus:
Scott Adkins | scott@adkinspublicity.com | 615.301.1722

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:
Geraldine Anderson | Geraldine.Anderson@td.com |  403.294.3328

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