Thomas Rhett and MacKenzie Porter To Host The 2024 CCMA Awards in Edmonton

2024 CCMA Hosts Thomas Rhett and MacKenzie Porter

Country Music Week is coming back to Alberta!

The hosts have been announced for the 2024 CCMA Awards presented by TD and it looks like it’s going to be an unforgettable night. Thomas Rhett, along with MacKenzie Porter will be hosting the awards in Edmonton.

Country music week, along with this year’s awards are taking place at Rogers Place in Edmonton for the first time in 10 years on September 14th, 2024.

Tickets for this year’s awards show are on sale now.

This marks Edmonton’s eighth time hosting the event, after last being the host city in 2013 and 2014. This year’s show will be at Rogers Place on September 14, 2024, aired live on CTV,, and the CTV app.

2023 CCMA Awards Recap

Country music fans gathered for an unforgettable evening as the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) celebrated the 41st annual CCMA Awards presented by TD.

Listen To Our 2023 CCMA Recap

This star-studded event showcased the best of Canadian country music. It was a great night, and featured performances from some of the biggest stars in country music.

Hosted by The Reklaws, they kicked off the show with their latest single “Honky Tonkin’ About” with Drake Milligan. Other performancers included: Sam Hunt, Tenille Towns and Train, Sacha and Tyler Shaw,

Jade Eagleson’s Double Triumph

Jade Eagleson Backstage at the 2023 CCMA Awards

The spotlight shone brightest on Jade Eagleson, who walked away with not one, but two of the night’s most prestigious awards. The talented artist was named both Entertainer of the Year and Male Artist of the Year.

Tenille Townes’ Historic Win

Tenille Towns at the 2023 CCMA Awards

Tenille Townes made history by becoming the first artist ever to claim the title of Female Artist of the Year for the fifth consecutive year. Her remarkable feat is a testament to her unmatched talent and unwavering dedication to her craft.

She also took the stage this year, joined by Train, to perform their new song “I Know”.

James Barker Band’s Stellar Night

James Barker Band backstage at the 2023 CCMA Awards

The James Barker Band had every reason to celebrate as they clinched their first-ever victory in the Group or Duo of the Year category. Adding to their accolades, they also secured the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Fans’ Choice Award, demonstrating the depth of their connection with their dedicated fanbase.

They closed out the show with Dalton Dover joining them on stage to perform their new single “On The Water”.

Josh Ross: The Breakthrough Star

Josh Ross back stage at the 2023 CCMA Awards

Emerging talent Josh Ross was a standout of the evening, winning his first CCMA Award for Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year. His win signifies the beginning of what promises to be a promising career in the world of country music.

To top off a big weekend, Josh woke up today to a number one song with “Trouble”.

Listen To Our Chat With Josh Ross

Lindsay Ell’s Wins Her First CCMA Awards for Single Of The Year

Lindsay Ell backstage at the CCMA Awards

Lindsay Ell’s hit “Right On Time” earned her the coveted Single of the Year award. Her excitement was contageous! She danced and skipped across the stage to accept the award.

This marks her first CCMA Award ever!

For a complete list of the 2023 CCMA Award winners presented by TD, scroll to the bottom of this post.

The 2023 CCMA Awards presented by TD delivered an incredible night of performances, recognition, and celebration of the best in Canadian country music. Congratulations to all the winners, making it a night to remember in the heart of Hamilton.

RELATED: Dean Brody has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Gary Slaight Music Humanitarian Award …

Highlights From The 2023 CCMA Awards in Hamilton

Full List of Nominees and Winners for the 2023 CCMA Awards

Winners of each category are bolded.

Entertainer of the Year (Award #1):

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

Album of the Year (Award #2):

  • Four Good Years – Andrew Hyatt
  • Good Ol’ Days -The Reklaws
  • Planes Don’t Wait – Shawn Austin
  • Talk To Time – Tim Hicks
  • Tim & The Glory Boys – Tim & The Glory Boys

TD Aeroplan Visa Fans’ Choice (Award #3):

  • Dean Brody
  • Jade Eagleson
  • Tim Hicks
  • High Valley
  • James Barker Band
  • Brett Kissel
  • The Reklaws
  • Josh Ross
  • Dallas Smith
  • Tenille Townes

Female Artist of the Year (Award #4):

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

Group or Duo of the Year (Award #5):

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

Musical Collaboration of the Year (Award #6):

There was a tie for this award category.

  • 11 Beers – The Reklaws feat. Jake Owen
  • Do This Life – High Valley, Alison Krauss
  • I Ain’t Drunk – Gord Bamford ft. Terri Clark
  • Never Met A Beer – Tyler Joe Miller, Matt Lang
  • One Too – Dallas Smith & MacKenzie Porter

Male Artist of the Year (Award #7):

  • Dean Brody
  • Jade Eagleson
  • Brett Kissel
  • Josh Ross
  • Dallas Smith

Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year (Award #8):

  • Dax
  • Nate Haller
  • Griffen Palmer
  • Orville Peck
  • Josh Ross

Alternative Country Album of the Year (Award #9):

  • Come Morning – The Bros. Landreth
  • I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying – Whitehorse
  • Surprise Party – Mallory Johnson
  • Time Traveller – Jason Benoit
  • A Traveler’s Lament – Kyle McKearney

Single of the Year (Award #10):

  • 11 Beers – Reklaws feat Jake Owen
  • On A Different Night – Josh Ross
  • Right On Time – Lindsay Ell
  • Wastin’ Whiskey – James Barker Band
  • Where’d You Learn How To Do That – Dean Brody
  • Wild As Her – Tyler Joe Miller

Songwriter(s) of the Year (Award #11):

  • 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
  • Trouble (Artist: Josh Ross)        Josh Ross, Mason Thornley

Video of the Year (Award #15):

  • Float – Tim & The Glory Boys
  • One Too – Dallas Smith & MacKenzie Porter
  • She Don’t Know – Jade Eagleson
  • The Thing That Wrecks You – Tenille Townes feat. Bryan Adams
  • Trouble – Josh Ross


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

Fiddle Player of the Year

  • Tyler Beckett
  • Denis Dufresne
  • Julie Kennedy
  • Ben Rutz
  • Mike Sanyshyn

Guitar Player of the Year

  • Jeff Brown
  • Ryan Davidson
  • Johnny Gasparic
  • Chad Murphy
  • Brennan Wall

Keyboard Player of the Year

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

Speciality Instrument of the Year

  • Johnny Gasparic
  • Shane Guse
  • Mitch Jay

Steel Guitar Player of the Year

  • Chris Altmann
  • Michael Eckert
  • Doug Johnson
  • Marcus Ramsay

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)

Creative Team or Director of the Year

  • Design Team: Austin ChaffeSingle: 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), Album Marketing: Good Ol’ Days (Artist: The Reklaws), Merch: (Artist: The Reklaws)
  • Design Team: Devin Cooper, Chad MurphyAlbum: Good Things Deluxe Album Package, Brand Guide, Limited Edition Record Book (Artist: Devin Cooper)
  • Design Team: Chris Doi, Roberta Landreth, Kyle McKearney, Jeff OjedaAlbum, single art: A Traveler’s Lament (Artist: Kyle McKearney)
  • Design Team: Brandon Ferguson, Lloyd NormanSome Things Never Change Tour, Tour Photography Album, Tour Videography Assets, Tour Merch Promo (Artists: Dallas Smith, Shawn Austin, Jojo Mason, Andrew Hyatt, Kelly Prescott)
  • Design Team: Mitchell NevinsAlbum: Talk To Time (Artist: Tim Hicks), Tour Poster: Zero To Sixty Tour (Artist: Tim Hicks), Album: Back To The Trailer, Marketing Assets (Artist: Dayna Reid)

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)

Record Producer(s) of the Year

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

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)

Video Director of the Year

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

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)

Photos by Matt Barnes

In country music, the Front Porch has long been a place of reflection. A place where you can look at the life you have inside that front door. A place where time almost seems to stand still, where you can get away. It’s also a place where you can go to observe the world as it passes by you. To think about your place out there beyond the driveway.

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