Thursday, August 3, 2023

Local 2023 Canadian Country Music Awards Nominees + Full List

Not only were local artist well-represented at the 2023 Canadian Country Music Awards nominees list but the CCMA events will take place in the Hammer on September 14-16 this year! The awards show itself will be hosted at the FirstOntario Centre on Saturday, September 16.

Below is the complete list of nominees. Local acts are bolded.

Click here for the winners

Album of the Year 

Fans’ Choice 

  • Tim Hicks (St. Catharines)
  • The Reklaws (Cambridge)
  • Josh Ross (Waterdown)
  • Dean Brody
  • Jade Eagleson
  • High Valley
  • James Barker Band
  • Brett Kissel
  • Dallas Smith
  • Tenille Townes

Male Artist of the Year

  • Josh Ross (Waterdown)
  • Dean Brody
  • Jade Eagleson
  • Brett Kissel
  • Dallas Smith

Group or Duo of the Year

  • The Reklaws (Cambridge)
  • High Valley
  • Hunter Brothers
  • James Barker Band
  • Tim & The Glory Boys

Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year

Musical Collaboration of the Year 

Alternative Country Album of the Year

Single of the Year

Songwriter(s) of the Year 

  • Trouble (Artist: Josh Ross - Waterdown) – Josh Ross, Mason Thornley
  • Back To Drinkin’ Whiskey (Artist: Tyler Joe Miller) - Kelly Archer, Danick Dupelle, Tyler Joe Miller
  • Float (Artist: Tim & The Glory Boys) - Rodney Clawson, Tim Neufeld, Allen Salmon
  • Greatest Show On Dirt (Artist: Meghan Patrick) - Trannie Anderson, Matt McGinn, Jake Mitchell, Meghan Patrick
  • The Thing That Wrecks You (Artist: Tenille Townes feat. Bryan Adams) - Bryan Adams, Daniel Tashian, Tenille Townes, Kate York
Video of the Year

Guitar Player of the Year

  • Jeff Brown (Burlington)
  • Ryan Davidson
  • Johnny Gasparic
  • Chad Murphy
  • Brennan Wall

Steel Guitar Player of the Year

Fiddle Player of the Year

  • Tyler Beckett (Brantford)
  • Denis Dufresne
  • Julie Kennedy
  • Ben Rutz
  • Mike Sanyshyn

Speciality Instrument of the Year

Creative Team or Designer of the Year

  • Design Team: Mitchell Nevins (Guelph)
    Album: Talk To Time (Artist: Tim Hicks - St. Catharines)
    Tour Poster: Zero To Sixty Tour (Artist: Tim Hicks)

    Album: Back To The Trailer, Marketing Assets (Artist: Dayna Reid)

  • Design Team: Austin Chaffe
    Album Marketing: Good Ol’ Days (Artist: The Reklaws - Cambridge)
    Merch: (Artist: The Reklaws)
    Single: Beer Me (Artist: James Barker Band)
    Shakin’ In Them Boots (Artist: Jade Eagleson)
    Marketing Campaign: Dean Brody x NHLPA (Artist: Dean Brody)
    Tour Marketing/Live Show Element: Northern Anthem (Artist: Dean Brody)
    Brand Launch: EPK (Artist: Griffen Palmer)

  • Design Team: Devin Cooper, Chad Murphy
    Album: Good Things Deluxe Album Package
    Brand Guide, Limited Edition Record Book (Artist: Devin Cooper)

  • Design Team: Chris Doi, Roberta Landreth, Kyle McKearney, Jeff Ojeda
    Album, single art: A Traveler’s Lament (Artist: Kyle McKearney)

  • Design Team: Brandon Ferguson, Lloyd Norman
    Some Things Never Change Tour, Tour Photography Album, Tour Videography Assets, Tour Merch Promo (Artists: Dallas Smith, Shawn Austin, Jojo Mason, Andrew Hyatt, Kelly Prescott)

Record Producer(s) of the Year

  • Jeff Coplan, Deric Ruttan – Album: Talk To Time (Artist: Tim Hicks)
  • Russell Broom, Kyle McKearney – Album: A Traveler’s Lament (Artist: Kyle McKearney)
  • Scott Cooke – Album: Four Good Years (Artist: Andrew Hyatt)
  • Danick Dupelle – Single: Back To Drinkin’ Whiskey (Artist: Tyler Joe Miller), Single: Never Met A Beer (Artist: Tyler Joe Miller, Matt Lang)
  • Joey Moi – Single: One Too (Artist: Dallas Smith, MacKenzie Porter)

Video Director of the Year

  • Ben Knechtel (Cambridge)
  • AJ Astle
  • Travis Nesbitt
  • Ryan Nolan
  • OUDi (Crystal Leigh)

Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)

  • CHKX-FM (Hamilton, ON)
  • CFCW (Edmonton, AB)
  • CJJR-FM (Vancouver, BC)
  • CKDK-FM (London, ON)
  • CKKL-FM (Ottawa, ON)

Country Personalitie(s) of the Year

Entertainer of the Year 

  • Dean Brody
  • Jade Eagleson
  • Dallas Smith
  • Tenille Townes
  • Shania Twain

Female Artist of the Year 

  • Tenille Arts
  • Lindsay Ell
  • MacKenzie Porter
  • Tenille Townes
  • Shania Twain

Bass Player of the Year

  • Lisa Dodd Watts
  • Lisa Jacobs
  • Justin Kudding
  • Mark Rynkun
  • Holt Stuart Hitchcox

Drummer of the Year

  • Matthew Atkins
  • Flavio Cirillo
  • Rich DaSilva
  • Brendan Lyons
  • Greg Williamson

Keyboard Player of the Year

  • Matt Koebel
  • Brendon Schmidt
  • Brendan Waters
  • Scott Wilkinson

Radio Station of the Year (Medium or Small Market)

  • CHCQ-FM (Belleville, ON)
  • CJXL-FM (Moncton, NB)
  • CKGY-FM (Red Deer, AB)
  • CKLJ-FM (Olds, AB)
  • CKXC-FM (Kingston, ON)

Booking Agency of the Year

  • Action Entertainment Collaborative
  • The Feldman Agency
  • Invictus Entertainment Group
  • Paquin Artists Agency
  • Sakamoto Agency

Country Club of the Year

  • Cook County Saloon (Edmonton, AB)
  • The King Eddy (Calgary, AB)
  • Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall (Calgary, AB)
  • Rock ‘N’ Horse Saloon (Toronto, ON)
Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year
  • Big Valley Jamboree (Camrose, AB)
  • Boots And Hearts Music Festival (Oro-Medonte, ON)
  • Calgary Stampede (Calgary, AB)
  • Cavendish Beach Music Festival (Cavendish, PEI)
  • LASSO Montreal (Montreal, QC)

Country Music Program or Special of the Year

  • Boomers Canadian Club (Rogers Digital Media)
  • Canada’s Country Radio (Apple Music)
  • Christmas Time with Tenille Townes 2022 (Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc)
  • The Road Less Travelled (Stingray)
  • A Washboard Union Christmas Special (Washboard Union Prod Inc)

Management Company of the Year

  • Big Loud Management
  • The Core Entertainment
  • MDM Artist Management Services
  • Simkin Artist Management
  • Starseed Entertainment

Music Publishing Company of the Year

  • Anthem Entertainment Group
  • Big Loud Publishing
  • Sony Music Publishing
  • Universal Music Publishing
  • Warner Chappell Music Canada

Record Company of the Year

  • Big Loud Records
  • MDM Recordings Inc.
  • Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
  • Universal Music Canada
  • Warner Music Canada

Industry Person of the Year

  • Paul Biro (Sakamoto Agency)
  • Warren Copnick (Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc)
  • Mike Denney (MDM Recordings Inc.)
  • Brianne Deslippe (Big Loud Records)
  • Amanda Kingsland (Universal Music Canada)

Recording Studio of the Year

  • Barrytone Studios (Miramichi, NB)
  • Bart McKay Productions (Saskatoon, SK)
  • MCC Recording Studio (Calgary, AB)
  • OCL Studios (Chestermere, AB)
  • Revolution Recording (Toronto, ON)

Retailer or Commercial Platform of the Year

  • Apple Music
  • Amazon Music
  • Spotify Canada Inc.

Talent Buyer of the Year

  • Paul Biro (Sakamoto Agency)
  • Dan Clapson (Blue Jay Sessions)
  • Jim Cressman (Invictus Entertainment Group)
  • Brooke Dunford (Republic Live)
  • Adam Oppenheim (Stampede Entertainment)

Innovative Campaign of the Year

  • “Let ‘Em Lie” Release Highlights – (Kyle McKearney & Don Amero)
  • Mastering of “Master of Puppets” – (Hailey Benedict)
  • “She Don’t Know” Wedding Contest – (Jade Eagleson)
  • “Surprise Party” Album Release – (Mallory Johnson)
  • “What Colour You Drive” Content and Fan Contest – (Hunter Brothers)

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