The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is excited to announce the nominees for the 10th Annual CMAOntario Awards, taking place on Sunday, June 5 at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario. Meghan Patrick and Robyn Ottolini lead with six nominations apiece, followed by Tebey and Jade Eagleson with four nominations each.
Hosted by Jason McCoy and Robyn Ottolini, the CMAOntario Awards Show will close out the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend June 2-5, 2022. The CMAOntario Awards, presented by Slaight Music, will acknowledge the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 19 categories. Tickets for the CMAOntario Awards Show are on sale now.
The CMAOntario Awards Show will also include two presentations of the Impact Award, which recognizes an artist, group, industry personality or organization that has left an enduring and indelibly positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario.
The Nominees for the 10th Annual CMAOntario Awards are:
SINGLE OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Pure Country 93
“Cool About It” – Meghan Patrick
“Playing Favourites” – Genevieve Fisher
“Relationship Goals” – Steven Lee Olsen
“Shotgun Rider” – Tebey
“Trust Issues” – Robyn Ottolini
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Country 106.7
Campfire Troubadour – Tim Hicks
Free – Elyse Saunders
Heart on My Glass – Meghan Patrick
Honkytonk Revival – Jade Eagleson
The But I’m Not Always Sad Either EP – Robyn Ottolini
SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR – sponsored by SOCAN
Cory Marks, Kevin Churko, Kane Churko – Blame It On The Double recorded by Cory Marks ft. Tyler Connolly & Jason Hook
Meghan Patrick, Cary Barlowe, Corey Crowder – Cool About It recorded by Meghan Patrick
Robyn Ottolini, Jesse Slack – Tell You Everything recorded by Robyn Ottolini
Steven Lee Olsen, Brandon Day, Ava Suppelsa – Relationship Goals recorded by Steven Lee Olsen
Stuart Walker, Jenna Walker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood – More Drinkin’ than Fishin’ recorded by Jade Eagleson
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Forrest Jones Entertainment
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
David Boyd Janes
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Country 103
River Town Saints
ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Mackenzie Leigh Meyer
The Redhill Valleys
The Western Swing Authority
FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Desjardins
Les Rats d’Swompe
RISING STAR AWARD – sponsored by Slaight Music
Graham Scott Fleming
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR – sponsored by MNP
“Cool About It” – Meghan Patrick
“F-150” – Robyn Ottolini
“More Drinkin’ than Fishin’” – Jade Eagleson
“Song of the Summer” – Tebey ft. Una Healy
“Sunshine State of Mind” – Elyse Saunders
FANS’ CHOICE – sponsored by Tourism London
James Barker Band
RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR
Erik Fintelman and Mark Schroor – Robyn Ottolini
J. Richard Hutt – Colin Amey, Dayna Shereck, Jamie Warren, Rebekah Stevens, Sean Hogan, Tianna Woods
Jeff Dalziel – Aaron Allen, David Boyd Janes, Mackenzie Leigh Meyer, New Moon Junction
Tebey Ottoh and Danick Dupelle – Tebey
The Agenda – Graham Scott Fleming
MUSIC INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Manrkē
AJ Astle, Roadhouse Productions
Dave Woods, In the Country
Hendrik Pape, Soundcheck Entertainment
Samantha Pickard, Strut Entertainment
Steve Coady, Warner Music Canada
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET) – sponsored by Fielding Estate Winery
Country 104, London
Country 106.7, Kitchener
KX 94.7, Hamilton
Pure Country 94, Ottawa
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM MARKET) – sponsored by Lucknow’s Music in the Fields
COOL 100.1, Belleville
Country 92.9, Chatham
Country 93.5, Kingston
Hot Country 93.9, Brantford
Pure Country 99, Kingston
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SMALL MARKET)
100.1FM The Ranch, Listowel
Country 103, Manitoulin
Country 105, Shelburne
Country 89, Welland
PURE COUNTRY 106, Orillia
As part of the evening’s honours, Carroll Baker and Larry Delaney will each be presented with the Impact Award.
Known as Canada’s First Lady Of Country Music, Carroll Baker epitomizes every value that has made country music the enduring form that it is: honesty, reality, genuine feeling, hard work, love, family, friendship and respect for others. With a career spanning more than 40 years, she has achieved more than 20 number one records, 12 of which were consecutive. Carroll is an inductee of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame; recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from both the Province of Nova Scotia and Province of Ontario; multiple winner of JUNO, CCMA and SOCAN/BMI awards; and in 2009, appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
Larry Delaney, from Eastview, Ontario, launched “Capital Country News” on April 1, 1980 to provide Canadian country music artists and industry with accurate and informative media coverage. Within two years, the monthly newspaper had generated a national readership, and re-branded to become “Country Music News”. Country Music News published monthly for 32 years for a total of 383 monthly issues. Larry Delaney is an inductee of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (1989) and CCMA’s Hall of Honour (1996); is jointly inducted with wife Joanne in the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall Of Fame (1993); is an 11-time recipient of the CCMA’s Country Music Person Of Year; and in 2012 was awarded the CCMA’s Hank Smith Award Of Excellence. Since the closure of Country Music News, Larry Delaney has remained active in supporting Canadian country music and its artists, as a freelance writer for various local, national and international based magazines as well as the popular “Ontario Country Pioneers” reports featured in CMAOntario’s monthly online Newsletter.
Voting for the awards is restricted to CMAOntario members, with the exception of the Fans’ Choice award, which 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 April 7, 2022 at www.cmaontario.ca/awards/voting. Music fans can cast their votes for the Fans’ Choice award as of April 15th.
The CMAOntario Award Show is preceded by a weekend of activities, starting with the Legacy Revival concert on Thursday, June 2, 2022. The CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend, June 2-5, 2022, will also include Songs & Stories: Songwriters in the Round, R2i TuneUp Conference, Street Fair, Bonfire (formerly New Faces Showcase & Concert) and Tailgate Party. Additional details, including performers, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the CMAOntario Awards are available for purchase now at Eventbrite or by phone at 1.888.999.8980. Early bird pricing is in effect with prices ranging from $69.00 (plus taxes and service fees) for regular reserved seating to $225.00 (plus taxes and service fees) for fan VIP packages. Full ticket pricing goes into effect as of April 1, 2022.
For more information, visit www.cmaontario.ca.