CCMA Celebrates The Best in Country Music at 2018 CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards
Hall of Fame inductees, Terri Clark and Jackie Rae Greening
honoured alongside CCMA Awards of Achievement recipients
Country Thunder Humboldt Broncos Tribute Concert (Slaight Music Humanitarian Award) and Steven Goldmann (Leonard T. Rambeau Award)
The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) handed out 14 awards at the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards, presented by SOCAN, its second of three awards ceremonies being held this weekend in Hamilton, ON. The evening was brought to life with numerous performances, inductions into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (Terri Clark // Jackie Rae Greening) and the presentation of two CCMA Awards of Achievement (Slaight Music Humanitarian Award // Leonard T. Rambeau International Award).
It was also a night of repeat wins in a handful of artist award categories. Brett Kissel took home the CCMA Award for Interactive Artist of the Year for the fifth consecutive year while The Washboard Union celebrated their third win in the Roots Artist or Group of the Year category. Four-time 2018 CCMA Award nominees James Barker Band took home their first CCMA Awards win for Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year (“Chills”).
2018 CCMA GALA AWARD WINNERS:
Interactive Artist or Group of the Year
Roots Artist or Group of the Year (presented by CCS Rights Management)
The Washboard Union
Songwriter(s) of the Year (presented by ole)
Skip Black, Aaron Goodvin, Catt Gravitt
Song: Lonely Drum (Performed By: Aaron Goodvin)
Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year (presented by ACTRA RACS)
“Chills” – James Barker Band
Guitar Player of the Year (presented by Yamaha)
Keyboard Player of the Year (presented by Yamaha)
Specialty Instrument Player of the Year (presented by Judy Marsales Real Estate)
Shane Guse – Mandolin
Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)
Radio Station of the Year (Medium or Small Market)
Music Publishing Company of the Year
Record Company of the Year (presented by Music Canada)
Warner Music Canada
Industry Person of the Year
Steve Coady – Vice President, Radio Promotions – Warner Music Canada
Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year
Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group
Stingray Video of the Year
“Sky Stays This Blue” – Dallas Smith
Country Music Week culminates tomorrow (Sunday, September 9) with the CCMA Red Carpet and the 2018 CCMA Awards Show where nine CCMA Awards will be presented from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. The 2018 CCMA Awards Show will be broadcast on CBC and globally on cbcmusic.ca/ccmas at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).
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 2018 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”, Ontario Creates, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Government of Ontario, City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton and the Hamilton, Halton and Brant Regional Tourism Organization.