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CCMA COVID-19 POLICY

CCMA COVID-19 POLICY

AS of November 5, 2021

 

The health and safety of our community, artists, staff, volunteers and attendees is our top priority as we head into London, ON this November for Country Music Week 2021. As such, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) will be moving forward in alignment with the current provincial health guidelines and the Province’s Proof of Vaccination requirements: everyone who wishes to attend Country Music Week 2021 must provide proof of double-vaccination with the second vaccine dose received at least 14 days prior (by November 12) to the start of the event on November 26, with the exception of outdoor CCMA events on November 27th and 29th. This includes attendees, staff, volunteers and artists. Masks will be required at all indoor spaces. Vaccines approved by the government of Canada includes J&J. More information regarding approved vaccines can be found HERE.

In addition each host hotel will have their own requirements for those wishing to book. Please be sure to review these carefully in advance of making a reservation.

We will be following the guidelines mandated in the Ontario Vaccine Passport program. This means that participants will need to have their vaccine status ready to present upon arrival as per the provincial program.

Any CCMA member or persons wanting to purchase tickets that are unable to provide proof of double vaccination as set out above will not be able to participate in Country Music Week 2021 events. Any tickets revoked due to lack of adequate vaccination proof will be ineligible for refund.

Event producers reserve the right to modify the foregoing requirements at any time. Delegates are responsible for informing themselves regarding, and complying at all times with, any updated version of the CCMA’s COVID-19 Protocol.

 

For additional Inquiries, contact:

Karina Davison, Manager, Awards + Balloting, Membership

[email protected]


 

 

 

2021 Ultimate Fan Experience Rules and Regulations

CONTEST OVERVIEW

CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION® ULTIMATE FAN CONTEST OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

The Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA®) Ultimate Fan Experience gives one lucky fan (and a guest) the chance to enjoy the ultimate country music package. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 prize will include elements of the amended programming.

The 2021 winner will have the opportunity to present the 2021 CCMA Fans’ Choice Award on award show airing on November 29, 2021 (date and broadcast platform subject to change). The winner (and one guest) will also receive VIP access to 2021 Country Music Week events including SiriusXM Top of the Country Finalist Showcase and The 2021 Music Industry Gala Dinner & Awards.

The 2021 winner will receive free transportation, accommodations and event passes to Country Music Week in London, ON. No purchase necessary.

 

HOW TO ENTER

Before entering, the potential entrants must read and adhere to the CCMA COVID-19 Policy HERE.

The Sponsor of this contest is “the Canadian Country Music Association,” and herein represented as “the Sponsor.”
Starting Tuesday  September 28, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) eligible entrants may enter the “CCMA Ultimate Fan” Contest (the “Contest”) by entering online at ccma.org/ultimatefan. Eligible entrants must fully complete and submit the entire online Contest entry form, including full name, age, email address, province of residence, postal code and daytime phone number with area code. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. A fully completed online entry form will constitute one (1) entry into the Contest. A maximum of one (1) entry per email address. Proof of sending an entry is not proof of receipt by Sponsor.

Only one email address may be used by any person to enter the Contest. If it is discovered in the ordinary course of running the Contest that an entrant has attempted to enter more than one (1) time during the Contest Period, that entrant may, at the discretion of the Sponsor, be disqualified from the Contest. Should it be discovered that an entrant is using the aid of computer/software programs to auto-fill entries, that entrant will be immediately disqualified from the Contest. The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify all such entrants from future contests conducted by each Sponsor without further notice.

 

CONTEST CLOSING DATE:

Entries must be received no later than 12:00 p.m., ET on Friday, October 15, 2021.

ELIGIBILITY

The Contest is open to all residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside excluding: residents of the province of Québec; employees of the Sponsor, their parent, related and affiliated companies, their subsidiaries, franchisees, advertising, promotional agencies and all those living in the same household as any of the Sponsor’s directors, officers, subsidiaries, agents, employees and the directors, officers, subsidiaries, agents, employees of their affiliated and related companies, subsidiaries, advertising, promotional agencies.

 

GRAND PRIZE

There will be One (1) Grand Prize Package awarded. The Grand Prize Package consists of:

  • The opportunity to present the 2021 CCMA Fans’ Choice Award on the broadcast award show with the CCMA co-presenter.
  • VIP access to 2021 CCMA Country Music Week events, including SiriusXM Top of the Country Finalist Showcase and the 2021 Music Industry Gala Dinner & Awards.
  • Round trip economy airfare for two (2) people from the international airport closest to the winner’s place of residence to the 2021 CCMA Awards in London, ON departing on Friday, November 26, 2021 and returning on Tuesday, November 30, 2021; Ground transportation for two (2) people to and from the nearest International Airport and to a downtown hotel in London, ON, as selected by the Sponsor; four (4) nights standard accommodation for two (2) people that are the age of majority in their province of residence, based on double occupancy; two (2) tickets to the Canadian Country Music Association Awards Show on Monday, November 29, 2021 being held at Budweiser Gardens in London, ON;
 A VIP pass for Country Music Week 2021 for the winner and companion to attend all official CCMA-sanctioned Country Music Week events; 
The estimated retail value of the Grand Prize Package is approximately seven thousand Canadian dollars($7,000 CDN).

A valid major credit card must be provided by either the declared winner or his or her guest for hotel check-in and incidentals. The Sponsor is not responsible for any additional hotel costs incurred by the winner other than four (4) nights standard accommodation.

 

CONDITIONS

The winner and selected guest MUST comply with the CCMA COVID-19 Policy in order to receive the Grand Prize Package. The policy can be found HERE. Anyone attending 2021 Country Music Week (guests, artists, staff, crew) must be double vaccinated by November 12, 2021 and adhere to the province of Ontario’s Vaccination Passport Policy.

The Grand Prize Package must be used on the dates specified by the Sponsor (which are subject to change).  Dates are subject to flight and hotel availability. Absolutely no changes to travel dates or passenger names are permitted once the booking has been made and the declared winner has submitted the name of his/her Grand Prize travelling companion and all related booking information to the CCMA.

The Grand Prize Package as described, is subject to availability, may not be exchanged for cash, is non-transferable, non- refundable, non-saleable, must be accepted “as awarded” and must be used on the dates specified by the Sponsor. At their sole discretion, the Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any portion of the Grand Prize Package with a prize of equal or greater retail value. The Grand Prize Package will be awarded only to the confirmed winner.

The Sponsor shall assume no liability whatsoever for any situation in which their inability to act results from an event or situation unforeseeable or beyond their control, including but not limited to force majeure, pandemic, a strike, lockout, or any other labour dispute at their location or the locations of the businesses whose services are used to hold this event.

 

NOTE: The declared winner and all traveling companions shall be responsible for all travel and medical insurance, ground transportation to and from the airport in their city of origin, gratuities, meals, beverages, applicable taxes (including Airport Improvement Taxes), transfers, incidentals and any and all other expenses not specified in the description of the Grand Prize Package. The departure flight shall be from the international airport located closest to the winner’s home. The declared winner and all traveling companions must travel together and depart from the same location. The declared winner and travelling companion are responsible for ensuring that all travel papers (passports, visas, etc.) are in good order, and are valid prior to, and for the entire duration of the trip. Winner and guest must be able to travel between Friday, November 26, 2021 and Tuesday, November 30, 2021 or forfeit the Grand Prize Package. The opportunity to meet country artists (during the CCMA Awards Show dress rehearsal and live show awards presentation) is subject to change and, in the event of scheduling conflicts, artists and/or activities may be cancelled and/or substituted at the election of the Sponsor.

 

 

THE DRAW

Friday, October 22, 2021, at approximately 1:00 p.m ET. Prize Winners will be selected based on the quality of their answers in the submissions. The social media clout of the entrant will also be taken into account when determining a Prize Winner. This evaluation will take place at 104-366 Adelaide Street East, Toronto, Ontario from among all eligible entries received during the entry period. The odds of winning a Prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received during the applicable entry period and application of the judging criteria mentioned in this paragraph. CCMA acting reasonably, will attempt to contact each potential Prize winner to notify potential winner that he or she may have won a Prize using the information provided at the time of entry within three (3) business days after the draw. Each potential Prize winner is solely responsible for monitoring his/her Account for such notification messages. In the event that a potential winner does not respond to the Experience Sponsor’s notification message as outlined in the notification within three (3) business days after the draw, he or she will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner may be selected pursuant to the application of the criteria and based on the next-ranking eligible entry at the Experience Sponsor’s sole discretion. Proof of identification must be provided upon request. In order to be declared a Prize winner, each potential winner must first correctly answer, unaided, a time limited mathematical skill testing question administered by CCMA.

Before being awarded a Prize, the potential winner and their travelling companion will be required to sign and return within the time stipulated by the Experience Sponsor, a full release and indemnity form stating that, among other things, he/she has read and understood these Rules, grants all consents required, agrees to be available and to participate in publicity and/or promotions related to the Experience and/or the Experience Sponsor and/or similar matters, authorizes the Experience Sponsor to broadcast, publish, disseminate and otherwise use his/her name, city/town/village and province/territory of residence, photograph, likeness, sobriquet and voice, in connection with any promotion and/or publicity, and/or for general news, entertainment and/or information purposes at no additional compensation to the potential winner, beyond the awarding of or participation in the Prize, accepts the Prize as offered and releases the Experience Sponsor from any and all liability of any kind arising out of the potential winner’s participation in this Experience and receipt and use of the Prize. In the event that that a potential winner does not comply with all the provisions as contemplated in these Rules, Experience Sponsor shall have the right to disqualify the potential winner, and draw an alternate potential winner, and the Experience Sponsor shall be fully and completely released and discharged from any liability or responsibility in this regard. The provisions and procedures referred to above relating to selection and notification of a potential winner shall be applied, with the necessary amendments, until all qualified winners have been duly selected, but in any event, no later than Monday, October 25, 2021.

 

GENERAL CONDITIONS

All Contest entries become the property of the Sponsor and no correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrant(s) and entrants who request a complete set of Contest Rules and Regulations. By entering the Contest, entrants consent to the use of their name, city of residence, image on videotape and/or photograph, likeness and voice in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor with respect to this Contest, without compensation. The winner to present on the broadcast 2021 CCMA Fans’ Choice Award will be required to sign an industry standard release for use and reproduction of their image and voice.

By participating in this Contest, entrants acknowledge compliance with, and agree to be bound by, these Contest Rules and Regulations, including eligibility requirements. In the event that an entrant is not eligible, cannot be contacted within two (2) business days of the first attempt or did not return the Declaration and Release form within the time period specified on the form, such entrant will be disqualified and the Sponsor has the right to draw another entrant for the Grand Prize Package from the remaining eligible entries, and the Sponsor shall be released and discharged from any liability or responsibility in this regard.

By participating in this Contest, entrants acknowledge compliance with, and agree to be bound by, these Contest Rules and Regulations, including eligibility requirements. Entrants release and hold harmless the Sponsor, their parent, related and affiliated companies, subsidiaries, members, dealers, advertising, franchisees, promotional agencies and each of their respective directors, successors, Sponsor, partners, licensees, officers, subsidiaries, agents, employees, advisors, assignees, and all others associated with the development and execution of the Contest, from and against any and all manner of action, causes of action, suits, debts, covenants, contracts, claims and demands, including legal fees and expenses, whatsoever, including but not limited to, claims based on negligence, breach of contract and fundamental breach and liability for physical injury, death, or property damage which the entrants or his/her administrators, heirs, successors or assigns might have or could have, by reason of or arising out of the entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or in connection with the acceptance and/or exercise by the entrant of the Grand Prize awarded.

Entrants release and hold harmless the Sponsor and their affiliated and related companies, subsidiaries, advertising, promotional agencies and directors, officers, subsidiaries, agents, employees and all others associated with the development and execution of the Contest, from and against any and all liability with respect to or in any way arising from the Contest and the awarding, use, or misuse of any prize awarded, including liability for personal injury or damage to property.

By entering this Contest electronically and voluntarily providing your personal information, entrants consent and agree to the Sponsor’s collection and use of the entrant’s information for the administration of this Contest only and agree to Sponsor’s use of entrant information for the purpose of contacting entrant in relation to this Contest only. Entrant’s information may be revoked at any time (without revoking entrant’s participation in the Contest or impairing entrant’s chances of winning) by submitting entrant’s email address to [email protected] with “unsubscribe in the subject line or by writing the Sponsor at the address above.

The Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of registration or entry information which may affect a person’s ability to participate in the Contest, including but not limited to human error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed/corrupted data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof, any inability to access the site, or damage to a user’s system occasioned by participating in the Contest, and entries which fail to fully comply with these Contest Rules and Regulations.

 

 

No responsibility will be taken by the Sponsor for lost, delayed, mutilated or misdirected entries, or computer system failure (traditional ground mail or e-mail). No responsibility will be taken by the Sponsor for any failure of the website during the Contest or for any problems or technical malfunction of a telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail, on-line, or Internet entry to be received by the Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or property related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the Contest.

The Sponsor reserves the right, in their sole discretion to cancel or suspend this Contest without notice including, but not limited to, should a virus, bug or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupt the security or proper administration of the Contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserve the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted an on-line entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the holder of the email account.

The Contest is subject to all applicable Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws.

All personal information collected by the Sponsor for purposes of the Contest will be terminated upon execution of the Contest.

The Sponsor reserves the right to terminate or withdraw this Contest any time prior to the Contest Closing Date, for any reason, without any prior notice. The Sponsor respects your right to privacy and will use your personal information only to conduct the Contest.

 


 

 

 

2021 CCMA Nominees Announcement

CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION 
ANNOUNCES 2021 CCMA AWARD NOMINEES 

            

THE REKLAWS LEAD ARTIST CATEGORY NOMINATIONS WITH 6

 

LINDSAY ELL, BRETT KISSEL AND DALLAS SMITH 
EACH CELEBRATE 5 ARTIST NOMINATIONS

 

FIND THE FULL LIST OF 2021 NOMINATIONS HERE

 

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON NOVEMBER 29
AT 2021 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD FROM LONDON, ON

 

 

Toronto, ON (September 22, 2021) — Earlier today, the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) and Corus Entertainment, the 2021 CCMA Awards media partner, announced the nominees for the 39th Canadian Country Music Awards presented by TD. The 2021 CCMA Awards presented by TD will be broadcasted from London, ON in November, bringing together Canada’s country music industry for the first time in over two years.

Leading with six artist category nominations in 2021 are PLATINUM-selling brother-sister duo The Reklaws. Joining ET Canada host Cheryl Hickey to help with today’s announcements, the duo was surprised with their most CCMA Award nominations to date: Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, Single of the Year (x2), Interactive Artist or Group of the Year in addition to a spot on the list for the most coveted award of the year — Entertainer of the Year.

Lindsay Ell, the female artist receiving the most nominations across artist categories this year, earned five 2021 CCMA Award nominations (FORD F-150 Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year, PRS Guitars Video of the Year) while fellow Albertan Brett Kissel also took home five (Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice, Entertainer of the Year, FORD F-150 Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, PRS Guitars Video of the Year). Reigning Entertainer of the Year Dallas Smith also earned five nominations this year and will be vying for wins in the following categories Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice, Entertainer of the Year, FORD F-150 Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Single of the Year.

The 2021 CCMA Awards announcements revealed three or more nominations for Dean Brody (Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice, Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year), High Valley (Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, Single of the Year), Tyler Joe Miller (Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice, FORD F-150 Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Rising Star), Jess Moskaluke (FORD F-150 Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year, PRS Guitars Video of the Year), MacKenzie Porter (Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice, Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, PRS Guitars Video of the Year) and Tenille Townes (Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice, FORD F-150 Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year)

Chosen by Canadian country music fans, the Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice nominees were also announced today and included Tenille Arts, Dean Brody, Jade Eagleson, High Valley, Brett Kissel, Tyler Joe Miller, MacKenzie Porter, The Reklaws, Dallas Smith and Tenille Townes. Voting for Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice is now open. Fans can vote online by streaming Amazon Music’s Fans’ Choice playlist, or by asking, “Alexa, vote for [Nominee] for the Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice Award.” Visit ccma.org/fanschoice to learn more.

Multiple artists also earned 2021 nominations in industry categories, including Creative Director(s) of the Year, Country Music Program or Special of the Year, Country Personality(ies) of the Year and Record Producer(s) of the Year.

Find a complete list of 2021 CCMA Award nominees at ccma.org. 

 

KEEP UP WITH THE 2021 CCMA AWARDS

TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE | WEB

MNP, one of Canada’s leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firms, is returning for its third year as the Official Tabulation and Solutions Provider for the 2021 CCMA Awards presented by TD. MNP will work alongside the CCMA to tabulate and verify the 2021 Award Show ballots, ensuring the highest levels of integrity and privacy are maintained.

 

 

ABOUT the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)

Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2021 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker and the Government of Ontario.

 

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 33 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital and streaming assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is an internationally-renowned content creator and distributor through Nelvana, a world class animation studio expert in all formats and Corus Studios, a globally recognized producer of hit scripted and unscripted content. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada, leading 2D animation software supplier Toon Boom and children’s book publishing house, Kids Can Press. 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, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX, along with broadly distributed Canadian streaming platforms STACKTV, Nick+, the Global TV App and Curiouscast. For more information visit 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 | [email protected] | 416.554.7329

For TD Bank Group: 

Heather Reinsborough | [email protected] | 647.405.2660

For Global TV: 

Nick Seliwoniuk | [email protected] | 647.461.1178

 


 

 

 

2021 Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award

CANADIAN PACIFIC HOLIDAY TRAIN TO BE 
CELEBRATED AS 2021 RECIPIENT OF GARY SLAIGHT MUSIC HUMANITARIAN AWARD

AWARD TO BE PRESENTED AT COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK 2021 IN LONDON, ON

 

 

TORONTO, ON (September 15, 2021) — The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Board of Directors proudly announced today that the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, an important community initiative established by Canadian Pacific, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award. Now in its 23rd year, the CP Holiday Train is North America’s largest rolling food bank fundraiser and will be celebrated for its incredible success during Country Music Week 2021 in London, ON.

“I’d like to thank the CCMA for naming the Humanitarian Award in my honour and want to congratulate the CP Holiday Train as its first recipient,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO, Slaight Communication Inc.. “The CP Holiday Train champions two causes which I am very passionate about; helping those in our communities in times of need as well as supporting and promoting Canadian Artists and their music. I look forward to seeing their campaign come to life this year.”

Established in 1999, the CP Holiday Train is an important community initiative for the company and a program that its over 12,000-strong CP family showcases with pride. Initially conceived as a way for CP to give back to the communities where it operated across its network in North America, the CP Holiday Train program has now raised more than C$19.4 million and 4.9 million pounds of food.

“Our entire CP family is deeply honoured to receive the Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award. Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program has helped raise funds and donations for food banks throughout North America,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO. “Every year, this beautifully illuminated train travels across Canada and the U.S., stopping in communities along our network and bringing people together in the spirit of celebration and giving. We love being a part of these communities, and we are proud to support local food banks along the way.”

With food insecurity on the rise in many North American communities, the CP Holiday Train program focuses greatly on raising the profile of local food banks and their ongoing need for support throughout the season. Making stops in more than 170 communities each year, the CP Holiday Train encourages local communities to graciously donate (food or money) in exchange for attendance to a free concert. Featuring some of the biggest names in music, the CP Holiday Train has seen performances by Terri Clark, Jim Cuddy, Dallas Smith, The Moffatts, Great Big Sea, Patricia Conroy, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Reid and Sarah McLachlan among many others. Bringing artists and fans together in one of the most unique concert settings, each CP Holiday Train stop allows communities to rally in the battle against hunger, all while celebrating the best talent in North America.

“We feel so privileged to be able to highlight the incredible work that Canadian Pacific does year-round to make this massive annual fundraiser possible,” explained Amy Jeninga, President, CCMA. “Understanding the increased need for food banks across North America, we couldn’t think of a more deserving initiative — one that helps communities feed themselves through generosity and brings people together over a shared love of music. Congratulations to everyone at CP for this very deserved accolade.”

With planning for the 2021 CP Holiday Train Program already underway, Canadians are encouraged to visit cpr.ca/holiday-train to keep up with 2021 stop announcements.

 

                   

 

ABOUT CANADIAN PACIFIC

Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.

 

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 CCMA

Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2021 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker and the Government of Ontario.

 


 

 

 

2021 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION® ANNOUNCES 
2021 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME™ INDUCTEES

 

VETERAN LABEL EXECUTIVE RANDY STARK
RECEIVES STAN KLEES BUILDER HONOUR

 

AWARD-WINNING PERFORMER PATRICIA CONROY
ANNOUNCED AS 2021 ARTIST INDUCTEE

 

 

September 9th, 2021 (Toronto, ON) — The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) is proud to announce that Patricia Conroy and Randy Stark have been selected as the 2021 inductees into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame™.

“I was so thrilled to learn that Patricia and Randy are to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year,” said Amy Jeninga, President, CCMA. “They have both been trailblazers throughout their careers and I look forward to celebrating this career milestone as a part of Country Music Week this year.”

A 7-time CCMA Award winner, Patricia Conroy’s illustrious career began in Montreal as a member of her family band, The Shamrock Ceili Band. Influenced by her mother’s Maritime country background and her father’s Irish roots, Conroy’s distinct sound laid the foundation for her 6 studio albums, 7 JUNO Award nominations, 5 #1 CMT videos and 8 career #1 singles.

Throughout her musical career, songwriting has always been an integral part of Conroy’s success. From her debut album Blue Angel, written largely herself, it became apparent songwriting was in her blood. She went on to craft hits like “Direction of Love,” “Keep Me Rockin,” “Bad Day for Trains,” “I Don’t Wanna Be the One” and many more. Touring extensively throughout her career, Conroy has also spent a great deal of her life sharing her incredible talents with others. In the past decade alone, she has lent her award-winning songwriting skills to artists such as Jimmy Rankin (The Rankin Family), Michelle Wright,​​ Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood and Lady A, proving her position as one of Canada’s top female artists and songwriters.

“This is such a magical moment in my career,” expressed Conroy. “I’m full of emotion and beyond grateful for this incredible honour. So looking forward to celebrating with everyone in person this November!!”

With more than 5 decades of industry experience, Randy Stark has been credited with building some of Canada’s biggest country careers. Beginning his work at London Records in Calgary (1972), Stark went on to hold positions at a handful of labels, including A&M Records and GRT, before landing at Warner Music Canada in 1980. Here, Stark earned the title of VP, Marketing and Promotion where he was responsible for a country roster that included George Fox, Paul Brandt, Patricia Conroy, The Johner Brothers and alt-country icons Blue Rodeo. During his tenure at Warner Music Canada these acts alone accounted for over 2.5 million units sold, 13 JUNO Awards, 15 CCMA Awards, 33 Top 10 singles, 10 #1 singles, 11 BCCMA Awards and 17 SCMA Awards.

Acting as both CCMA Director (1997-2003) and CCMA President (2000-2002), Stark has always believed strongly in the potential of independent artists. Launching Stark Ravings Management in 2000, Stark provided career management for Canadian artists Jason Blaine, Diane Chase, Jake Mathews and Kylee Epp, working with longtime friend Ed Harris to manage the early careers of Aaron Pritchett and Lisa Hewitt. Over the course of its history, Stark Ravings Management earned more than 30 Top 10 singles for independent artists in addition to dozens of client nominations for various CCMA Awards.

Owning and operating his own radio charting service (Trax Report, 2007-2018), Stark also played a recognizable role in the radio careers of artists such as Deric Ruttan, Gord Bamford, Bobby Wills, Michelle Wright, Aaron Pritchett and Clayton Bellamy, among others. His dedication to providing Canadian artists with an international stage was evident in his roles as Australian Contemporary Country Music Coalition Director (2001-2003), CMA Nashville Director (2001-2003) and as a valued consultant for CMT Canada (2002-2003).

Joining the Country Music Association of Ontario Board of Directors in 2012, Stark has spent the duration of his career behind the scenes, building opportunities for artists at all levels of their careers.

“I’m honoured to be chosen as this year’s inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Builder category,” said Stark. “For me, it’s never been about personal recognition or accolades, I simply tried to do the best I could for my artists and clients. To be recognized by my peers and the Canadian Country Music industry is a very humbling experience and I shall accept this award with all of you in mind.”

Inductees of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame are chosen annually by a selected Hall of Fame Electors Committee, composed of over seventy (70) industry peers. The next three-stage voting process will take place March — May 2022. The inductee in the Builder category receives the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder Award, established in recognition of RPM Magazine co-founder, Mr. Stan Klees, and his pioneering efforts in the creation of the CCMA Awards Program.

The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place during Country Music Week 2021 in London, ON from November 26 — 29, 2021.

 

                   

 

ABOUT CCMA: 

Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2021 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker and the Government of Ontario.

 

 


 

 

 

CCMA Hall of Fame Moving to the National Music Centre

CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

MOVES TO CALGARY’S NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE

 

CALGARY, AB (September 8, 2021) — The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is pleased to announce that the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (CCMHF) has relocated to Calgary, finding its permanent location at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. Established in 1984 to honour Canadian Artists and Builders who have made long-term contributions to the growth and development of Canadian country music, the CCMHF will soon be open for public viewing.

“We continue to be so proud of the history behind our genre in Canada,” explained Amy Jeninga, President, CCMA. “Alberta has been an incredible partner for the CCMA, hosting the CCMA Awards 15 times since 1977, and we couldn’t think of a better home for our growing collection than the National Music Centre. We look forward to being able to visit soon.”

Consisting of more than 1270 artifacts, including instruments and memorabilia (textiles, awards, photographs) and representing over 150 different artists, the CCMHF celebrates two inductees annually — a performing artist and an industry builder. Inductees into the Hall of Fame are selected by their Canadian peers in the industry and celebrated during Country Music Week every fall.

“There isn’t a better home for the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame than Calgary, a city in the province of Alberta with a tremendous history, legacy and appreciation for country music, and strong ties to the country music industry,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC. “Since 2009, the National Music Centre has worked in collaboration with the Canadian Country Music Association to showcase items from the Hall of Fame at Studio Bell. NMC has proudly served as the collection’s caretaker for over a decade, and we’re thrilled to be entrusted to care for it permanently as its official home. Through onsite exhibitions, collections and programs, we look forward to celebrating the legacies of Canada’s country icons for many years to come.”

Including items from Anne Murray (personalized guitar), Ian Tyson (cowboy boots, saddles and rope) and Terri Clark (early guitar), among others, the CCMHF collection is currently on display as part of the Homegrown Country exhibition that runs until 2022 at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. Country music fans are asked to stay tuned for more details regarding the unveiling of a new CCMHF at Studio Bell in the future.

To learn more about the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and its extensive list of award-winning inductees, click HERE

 

 

 

ABOUT CCMA: 

Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2021 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker and the Government of Ontario.

 

About National Music Centre | Centre National de Musique

The National Music Centre (NMC) has a mission to amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music and is preserving and celebrating Canada’s music story inside its home at Studio Bell in Calgary’s East Village. A registered charity with programs that include exhibitions, artist development, performance, and education, NMC is inspiring a new generation of music lovers. For more information about NMC’s onsite activities, please visit studiobell.ca. To check out the NMC experience online, including video-on-demand performances, made-in-Canada stories, and highly entertaining educational content, visit amplify.nmc.ca.

 


 

 

 

2021 Songwriters’ Sessions

2021 CCMA Songwriters’ Sessions

Featuring Tenille Townes, Lindsay Ell, James Barker, Kelly Archer and more!

 

The 2021 CCMA Songwriters Sessions celebrates the crafting of original songs, the stories behind the lyrics, and indulging viewers with both new and familiar faces along the process. From Canada’s most iconic country songs to today’s biggest hits, from up-and-coming artists to the faces that you know and love, the CCMA Songwriters Sessions has something for everyone!

This series features CCMA Award winners Tenille Townes, Lindsay Ell, James Barker of James Barker Band and songwriter Kelly Archer.

Join us for a new episode over the next few Thursday afternoons, as each round will feature brand new content!  Don’t miss it by subscribing to our channel and signing up for notifications.

 

Upcoming Sessions will include The ReklawsDeric RuttanMeghan Patrick and more!

 


 

 

 

2021 Top of the Country Finalists Announced

The Votes are in!

The Finalists for SiriusXM’s Top of the Country

have been selected

 

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

 

 


 

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

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

· Raquel Cole (Vernon, BC)

· Tyler Joe Miller (Surrey, BC)

· Kelly Prescott (Almonte, ON)

 

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

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

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

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

 

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About SiriusXM Canada

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

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

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

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

 

About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)

Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2021 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker and the Government of Ontario.

Media Contacts

For SiriusXM: Carolyn Gagnon, NATIONAL Public Relations, [email protected], 416-459-3824

For CCMA: Tiffany Astle, penelopePR, [email protected], 416-554-7329

 

Amy Jeninga Named President of CCMA

AMY JENINGA NAMED PRESIDENT 

OF CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2025 Host City Request For Proposals

2025 Host City

Request For Proposals


 

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

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

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

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

Click HERE to review the bid document.