Thursday, 2 June 2016

Country Music Association of Ontario Awards 2016


Autumn Hill

Jason Blaine accepting his award for Male Artist of the Year
The spotlight was on Ontario's thriving country music community on Monday night as the Country Music Association of Ontario handed out the 4th Annual CMAO Awards. A packed crowd joined host Jason McCoy at the Flato Markham Theatre in Markham for an evening of accolades and performances by some of Ontario's best and brightest stars. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the award show recognized honorees in 14 categories spanning talent and industry.
Jason McCoy opening the show


She's Gone Country's second year covering the awards and we have to say it is one of our favourite events! Thanks to Strut Entertainment for their hospitality! We always love to catch up with some of our favourite Ontario country stars, help celebrate the community in the province and honour some of the best talent in town.

Leah Daniels wins Female Artist of the Year







Multiple winners included Jason Blaine and newcomers Cold Creek County who walked away with three awards apiece. Blaine shared his Songwriter of the Year win alongside Deric Ruttan for their penning of the single "Country Side" which also took the honours for Music Video of the Year. Jason gave an emotional acceptance speech thanking everyone that supported him throughout his long career and got a little choked up when thanking his family. Among Cold Creek County's wins, the Brighton, Ontario five-piece counted the inaugural and coveted Fans' Choice award, made possible by the Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Ontario Music Fund.
Small Town Pistols on the red carpet

The audience was treated to a stellar lineup of performances from 13 of Ontario's hottest country stars including 2016 CMAO winners Tebey (Single of the Year), and Leah Daniels (Female Artist of the Year) as well as multi-nominees Runaway Angel and Autumn Hill.  The Road Hammers closed out the evening with a roaring rendition of  "One Horse Town" featuring special guest Tim Hicks.

Tebey









Iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster were recognized for their enduring influence and positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario with the 2016 CMAO Impact Award.


Lindsay Ell arriving


Charlie's/Runaway Angel




















Our event highlights include catching up with presenters Small Town Pistols, hanging out with our favourite comedians/award presenters/radio show hosts Ward & Al celebrating our 1-Year Friendship Anniversary (we met the duo at the awards last year and got a chance to join them for an interview in studio last summer, which you can check out HERE), chatting with Leah Daniels about her impressive yodeling skills, seeing Meghan Patrick kill it with her performance of "Bow Chicka Wow Wow", having an impromptu photoshoot with the adorable Lindsay Ell and last but certainly not least, showing Tim Hicks how many potato chips can be shoved in a mouth when you're starving and in a hurry.


Cold Creek County
Meghan Patrick


Jason McCoy


Kira Isabella arriving on the red carpet
Tim Hicks





















The 2016 CMAO Awards capped off the third edition of the CMAO R2I (Road to Independence) Spring Tune Up Conference - an intensive weekend of learning and networking with professionals in Ontario's country music industry. Presented by Slaight Music and supported by Ontario Media Development Corporation, the 2-day confab brought together industry experts, artists and aspiring entrepreneurs to discuss the latest issues and trends in the business, and featured the New Faces Showcase that shone the light on six of Ontario's emerging new artists.
  
The Abrams, Meghan Patrick & Tebey backstage

The complete list of 2016 CMAO award winners are:

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (sponsored by KICX 106)
"When the Buzz Wears Off" - Tebey

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (sponsored by hmv Canada)
What Love Is All About - Johnny Reid

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR (sponsored by SOCAN)
Jason Blaine, Deric Ruttan - "Country Side" performed by Jason Blaine

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Spring Tree Farm)
Leah Daniels

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Havelock Country Jamboree)
Jason Blaine

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR (sponsored by The Remington Group)
Cold Creek County

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines Ltd.)
The Good Family

RISING STAR AWARD (sponsored by Slaight Music)
Cold Creek County

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Kylemore Communities)
"Country Side" - Jason Blaine

FANS' CHOICE (sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation)
Cold Creek County

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR (sponsored by MetalWorks Studios)
Jason Barry - Run Angel Run by Runaway Angel; Now Playing and Sweet Harriet by The Western Swing Authority; Boomerang by Genevieve Fisher; Toes by Scotty James

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MAJOR MARKET) (sponsored by Canadian Country Spotlight)
CHKX-FM (KX 94.7), Hamilton

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SECONDARY MARKET) (sponsored by Lucknow's Music in the Fields)
CJDL-FM (Country 107.3), Tillsonburg

IMPACT AWARD
Prairie Oyster

In case you missed our interviews with several of the CMAO presenters, performers and award winners, you can check them out here: TEBEY, Jason Blaine, Small Town Pistols, Jason McCoy, Leah Daniels, and Tim Hicks!


Jason McCoy
 
Leah Daniels































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Autumn Hill
Lindsay Broughton
Tianna Woods
Tim Hicks & wife Amanda
Small Town Pistols
Krista Earle
The Abrams
Kira Isabella
She's Gone Country girls
Jason Blaine with his Male Artist of the Year Award
Amanda Wilkinson
Lindsay Ell
Tim Hicks & a handful of chips
Alison Dore of Ward & Al
Runaway Angel


Cold Creek Country
Tebey
Jason McCoy
Madeline Merlo
Lindsay Ell
Cold Creek County
Cold Creek County

Tianna Woods
Runaway Angel
Ward & Al
Meghan Patrick
Tim Deegan & Leah Daniels
Genevieve Fisher
Jessica Mitchell
Meghan Patrick
Ward & Al
Tianna Woods
Heather Ballentine
Instant Rivalry



Krista Earle
The Abrams
Kansas Stone
Jason Blaine accepting his award from Patricia Conroy
Marshall Dane & Aaron Pritchett presenting
Leah Daniels hugging Marshall Dane

Ali Raney of the Lovelocks
Jason McCoy




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