list of nominees for the 2020 CMAO Awards

The 2020 CMAOntario Awards Nominees Announced

2020 has been off to a bumpy start…

BUT, with all the cancellations taking place in the world of music, it’s nice to have some happy news! The nominations for the 2020 CMAOntario Awards have been announced.

The awards typically take place every year in the late Spring. But because of all the stuff going on the awards have been forced to postpone their festivities until the Fall.

This year’s event will be taking place on Sunday October 4, 2020 at Centennial Hall in London Ontario. Fan-favourite Jason McCoy is going to be back hosting the event with Jennifer Campbell.

Meghan Patrick and The Reklaws are both leading the pack with 6 nominations each.

The Country Music Association of Ontario Awards, presented by Slaight Music with support from Ontario Creates, is an annual celebration of all the great artists and country music professionals. There are 19 categories.

These awards are always really exciting, but they feel a little extra special this year with all the madness in the world. It’s the promise of a return to normality… and we couldn’t be more excited for October 4th.

Nominations for the 2020 CMAOntario Awards.

SINGLE OF THE YEAR sponsored by Pure Country 106

“If You Met Me First” – Eric Ethridge
“Keep it Simple” – James Barker Band
“Old Country Soul” – The Reklaws
“What A Song Should Do” – Tim Hicks
“Wild As Me” – Meghan Patrick

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Big Deal – The Western Swing Authority
Cain – Andrew Hyatt
Freshman Year – The Reklaws
Singles Only – James Barker Band
Wild As Me – Meghan Patrick

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR sponsored by SOCAN’

Jessica Mitchell – “Somebody Gonna Get Hurt”, recorded by Jessica Mitchell ft. Tim Hicks
Meghan Patrick, Jordan Rager, Michael Whitworth – “Wild As Me”, recorded by Meghan Patrick
Stuart Walker, Jenna Walker, Brad Rempel, Ben Stennis – “I Do Too”, recorded by The Reklaws
Tebey Ottoh, Kylie Sackley, Matt Rogers – “The Good Ones”, recorded by Tebey & Marie Mai
Tim Hicks, Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski – “What A Song Should Do”, recorded by Tim Hicks

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Spring Tree Farm

Genevieve Fisher
Jessica Mitchell
Leah Daniels
Meghan Patrick
Nicole Rayy
Tianna Woods

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by ECAO/IBEW

Aaron Allen
Andrew Hyatt
Eric Ethridge
Jade Eagleson
Jim Cuddy
Tim Hicks

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Country 103

James Barker Band
Jess and Tay
The Abrams
The Reklaws
The Western Swing Authority

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines

Jessica Mitchell
Kelly Prescott
The Abrams
The Redhill Valleys
The Western Swing Authority

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR sponsored by Desjardins

Edouard Landry
Kristine St-Pierre
Les Rats D’Swompe
Reney Ray
Stef Paquette

RISING STAR AWARD sponsored by Slaight Music

Aaron Allen
Alli Walker
David Boyd Janes
Dustin Bird
Kelsi Mayne

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR sponsored by MNP

“Feels Like That” – The Reklaws
“If You Met Me First” – Eric Ethridge
“Keep It Simple” – James Barker Band
“The Good Ones” – Tebey & Marie Mai
“ToGetHer” – Leah Daniels
“Wild as Me” – Meghan Patrick

FANS’ CHOICE sponsored by Ontario Creates

Jade Eagleson
James Barker Band
Meghan Patrick
Tebey
The Reklaws
Tim Hicks

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR sponsored by Metalworks Recording Studios

J.R. Hutt – Giselle Sanderson, Jamie Warren, Rebekah Stevens, Sean Hogan, Tianna Woods
Jason Barry – Amanda Jordan, Charlie Major, Josh David, Western Swing Authority, Billy Ray Cyrus
Jeff Dalziel – Aaron Allen, The Abrams, Dan Davidson, Chris Labelle, Ryan Langdon
Mark Schroor & Erik Fintelman – David Boyd Janes, Robyn Ottolini, Emily Clair
Tebey Ottoh & Danick Dupelle – Tebey & Marie Mai

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR sponsored by Seeds CPA

Dave Woods, In the Country
Johnathan Smalley, Rock N Horse
KT Timmermans, Country 103/Manitoulin Country Fest
Ron Kitchener, RGK Entertainment
Shannon Ella, Pure Country/Complete Country

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)

CHKX KX 947, Hamilton
CJBX Pure Country 93, London
CJKX KX96, Oshawa
CKBY Country 101.1, Ottawa
CKDK NEW Country 104, Woodstock

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM MARKET) sponsored by Lucknow’s Music in the Fields

CFCO Country 92.9, Chatham
CHCQ-FM Cool 100.1 FM, Belleville
CICS Pure Country 91.7, Sudbury
CJQM-FM Country 104.3, Sault Ste Marie
CKXC Country 93.5, Kingston

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SMALL MARKET)

CHAW Country 103, Little Current
CICX Pure Country 106, Orillia
CJDL-FM Country 107.3, Tillsonburg
CKYC Country 93, Owen Sound
CKYY Country 89, Welland

2020 Recipient of the Impact Award: Carroll Baker

As part of the evening’s honours, Carroll Baker, an ambassador of Canadian country music, will receive the 2020 Impact Award.

Every year, the CMAOntario 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. Previous recipients include The Good Brothers, Michelle Wright, Blue Rodeo, Prairie Oyster, Paula Chopik and Ed Leslie (producers of Havelock Country Jamboree) and Gordon Lightfoot.

“The CMAOntario is thrilled to be honouring Carroll,” said CMAOntario President Steve Kassay. “Her presence and career achievements have helped pave the way for country singers in this country. It’s about time Carroll’s career takes the centre stage spotlight.”

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