CMAOntario Announces 2017 Award Nominees

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is pleased to announce the nominees for the fifth annual CMAOntario Awards. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the awards recognize the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 16 categories.

Meghan Patrick leads the pack with seven nominations while James Barker Band, River Town Saints, Jessica Mitchell, Cold Creek County, Jason Blaine, Tim Hicks and The Abrams are among the multiple nominees being honoured at the ceremony on Sunday, June 11th at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario.

This year’s awards, hosted by Jason McCoy, will feature newly added performances
by Genevieve Fisher, Jessica Mitchell, River Town Saints, and Aaron Pritchett alongside previously announced performers Jason Blaine, Cold Creek County and The Western Swing Authority.

SINGLE OF THE YEAR sponsored by KICX 106
“Beer Weather” – Cold Creek County
“Cherry Bomb” – River Town Saints
“Lawn Chair Crazy ” – James Barker Band
“Still Loving You” – Meghan Patrick ft. Joe Nichols
“Workin’ On Whiskey” – Jessica Mitchell

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Born to Love – The Lovelocks
Country Side – Jason Blaine
Grace and Grit – Meghan Patrick
Shake These Walls – Tim Hicks
Till The Wheels Come Off – Cold Creek County

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR sponsored by SOCAN
Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman – “Came Here to Forget”
performed by Blake Shelton
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood – “Lawn Chair Lazy”
performed by James Barker Band
Jessica Mitchell, Dave Thomson, Patricia Conroy – “Workin’ on Whiskey”
performed by Jessica Mitchell
Meghan Patrick, Patricia Conroy, Philip Barton – “Grace and Grit”
performed by Meghan Patrick
Tim Hicks, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood – “Stompin’ Ground”
performed by Tim Hicks

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Spring Tree Farm
Genevieve Fisher
Jessica Mitchell
Leah Daniels
Meghan Patrick
Tianna Woods

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Havelock Country Jamboree
Deric Ruttan
Jason Blaine
Marshall Dane
Tebey
Tim Hicks

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Remington Group
Autumn Hill
Cold Creek County
James Barker Band
River Town Saints
The Abrams

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Kelly Prescott
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Abrams
The Western Swing Authority

RISING STAR AWARD sponsored by Slaight Music
Buck Twenty
Dani Strong
Meghan Patrick
River Town Saints
The Abrams

FANS’ CHOICE sponsored by OMDC
Autumn Hill
Cold Creek County
James Barker Band
Jason Blaine
Meghan Patrick
River Town Saints
Tebey
Tim Hicks

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Long & McQuade
“Bow Chicka Wow Wow” – Meghan Patrick
“Cherry Bomb” – River Town Saints
“Dance With My Daughter” – Jason Blaine
“Lawn Chair Crazy” – James Barker Band
“What Love Is All About” – Johnny Reid

RECORD PRODUCER (S) OF THE YEAR
Dan Brodbeck (Dani Strong)
Dave Thomson (Jessica Mitchell)
Gavin Brown (The Abrams)
Jason Barry (Dean Brody, Genevieve Fisher, The Western Swing Authority, Tianna Woods)
The Agenda, Leah Daniels (Leah Daniels)

Voting for the Fans’ Choice award is open to both public and membership voting. Eligible members will have the opportunity to vote on the final ballot as of today up until Wednesday, April 26th at 11:59PM EST. Music fans can cast their votes for the Fans’ Choice award during the same period at www.cmaontario.ca/awards/voting.