The Awards Show was hosted by the Road Hammers' Jason McCoy for the 2nd year in a row and he skillfully entertained the sold-out room, packed to the rafters with the best country music talent in Ontario!
|CMAO returning host Jason McCoy|
2015 CMAO Awards Show house band The Western Swing Authority received two Awards - Group or Duo of the Year and Roots Artist or Group of the Year. Tim Hicks was thrilled to accept both Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year awards and legendary performer Michelle Wright was named Female Artist of the Year! For a full listing of all category winners, see below.
The 2015 CMAO Awards included incredible performances from 12 of the 2015 CMAO Awards nominees, including Beverley Mahood and Lace, Deric Ruttan, Jason Blaine, Lindsay Broughton, Tebey, and 2015 Rising Star Award winner Leah Daniels.
|Victoria Banks, Leah Daniels, Beverley Mahood & Giselle of Lace|
For more photos and highlights from Tebey, Lace, Small Town Pistols, Derric Ruttan, Jason McCoy, Chad Brownlee, Kira Isabella & many more, click Read More below!!!
|Deric Ruttan rocking the stage|
|Tebey performing "When The Buzz Wears Off"|
|Marshall Dane arriving at the CMAOs|
|Chad Brownlee posing for photographers|
The Small Town Pistols were the big winners of the night, snagging three Awards including Single of the Year for "I Only Smoke When I Drink."
The 2015 Awards Show wrapped up an action-packed two days for the CMAO which also included the Road To Independence (R2I) Spring Tune-Up Conference, presented by Slaight Music and supported by Ontario Media Development Corporation, on Sunday, May 24th and Monday, May 25th. The two day conference featured knowledgeable industry panelists and keynote speakers, including the incredible 'New Faces, Going Places' Industry Showcase on Sunday night, hosted by 2015 Female Artist of the Year, Michelle Wright and Ted Roop (Larche Communications). The Conference also featured a Keynote Interview with industry heavyweight, Derrick Ross of Slaight Music.
The 2015 CMAO Impact Award was presented to Paula Chopik and Ed Leslie, producers of
Havelock Country Jamboree, Canada's largest live country music and camping festival. The CMAO Impact Award recognizes an artist, group, industry personality or company/organization that has left an enduring and indelibly positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario. Last years' Impact Award recipient was the legendary Gordon Lightfoot.
|Kira Isabella at the 2015 CMAO Awards|
|Chad Brownlee on the red carpet|
|Riki Knox and her skirt that we were obsessed with|
|Runaway Angel presenting Producer of the Year Award|
And the Winner is...
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Sponsored by: Boots and Hearts Music Festival)
|Tebey & Tim Hicks|
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: hmv)
Tim Hicks - 5:01
SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR
(Sponsored by: SOCAN)
"I Only Smoke When I Drink" - Small Town Pistols
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
(Sponsored by: Spring Tree Farm Garden Centre)
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
(Sponsored by: TicketBreak)
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: The Remington Group)
The Western Swing Authority
ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: Skelton Truck Lines Ltd.)
The Western Swing Authority
RISING STAR AWARD (Sponsored by: Slaight Music)
|Small Town Pistols celebrating one of their many wins|
Small Town Pistols - "I Only Smoke When I Drink"
RECORD PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: Metal Works Studio)
Single - "Night In Night Out" by Genevieve Fisher
Single - "One Of Us Is Lying" by The Western Swing Authority
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MAJOR MARKET)
(Sponsored by: Canadian Country Spotlight)
CHKX - KX94.7 FM - HAMILTON
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SECONDARY MARKET)
(Sponsored by: Lucknow's Music in the Fields)
CJDL - COUNTRY 107.3 FM - TILLSONBURG
Paula Chopik & Ed Leslie - Havelock Country Jamboree