The Nominations For The 2021 CCMA Awards Presented By TD

2021 CCMA Awards Nominations

Every year, the CCMA Awards are a celebration of the best in Canadian country music. It’s one of the few televised country award shows in Canada, and the nominations for the 2021 CCMA Awards have now been announced!

The 2021 CCMA Awards presented by TD will be broadcasted from London, ON in November, bringing together Canada’s country music industry for the first time in over two years. And we’re SO excited!

The Reklaws lead with 6 nominations this year, the most this duo have been nominated for. Lindsay Ell, Brett Kissel, and Dallas Smith all have 5 nominations each.

The CCMAs always feature some of the most exciting performances every year, with great collaborations and showcases of amazing Canadian talent. No performers have been announced yet, so stay tuned for that announcement. We’ll be updating this page as more information is released.

See the full list of nominees below.

Nominees For The 2021 CCMA Awards Presented By TD

The Rising Star Award

Nominees for the 2021 CCMA Rising Star Award
  • Shawn Austin
  • Andrew Hyatt
  • Tyler Joe Miller
  • Robyn Ottolini
  • Tim & The Glory Boys

Alternative Country Album Of The Year

Nominees for the 2021 CCMA Award for Alternative Album of the Year

Interactive Artist Of The Year

2021 interactive artist of the year nominees
  • Lindsay Ell
  • Aaron Goodvin
  • James Barker Band
  • Nice Horse
  • The Reklaws

Male Artist Of The Year

  • Dean Brody
  • Jade Eagleson
  • Brett Kissel
  • Tyler Joe Miller
  • Dallas Smith

Group Or Duo Of The Year

  • High Valley
  • Hunter Brothers
  • The Reklaws
  • Tim & The Glory Boys
  • The Washboard Union

RELATED: Listen to “Been A Minute” By The Hunter Brothers …

Female Artist Of The Year

  • Tenille Arts
  • Lindsay Ell
  • Jess Moskaluke
  • MacKenzie Porter
  • Tenille Townes

Single Of The Year

Amazon Music and Alexa FANS’ CHOICE AWARD

PRS Guitars VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Entertainer Of The Year

  • Dean Brody
  • Brett Kissel
  • MacKenzie Porter
  • The Reklaws
  • Dallas Smith

F-150 ALBUM OF THE YEAR

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Patricia Conroy, Ester Dean, Andrew DeRoberts, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Shane McAnally, Madeline Merlo, Tina Parol, Hillary Scott, Ryan Tedder, Dave Thomson
    • Song: Champagne Night (Performed By: Lady A)
  • Marc Beeson, Daniel Tashian, Tenille Townes
    • Song: Come As You Are (Performed By: Tenille Townes)
  • Aaron Goodvin, Ed Hill, Jimmy Ritchey        
    • Song: Every Time You Take Your Time (Performed By: Aaron Goodvin)
  • Lindsay Ell, Sam Ellis, Micah Premnath
    • Song: good on you (Performed By: Lindsay Ell)
  • Zach Abend, Jess Moskaluke, Liz Rose
    • Song: Mapdot (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)

MUSICIAN AWARDS

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Matthew Atkins
  • Ben Bradley 
  • Spencer Cheyne
  • Brendan Lyons
  • Greg Williamson

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Linsey Beckett
  • Tyler Beckett
  • Denis Dufresne
  • Tyler Vollrath 

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Denis Dufrense
  • Mitch Jay
  • Connor Riddell

*Please note, four (4) of the seven (7) Musician categories will not be handed out this year due to not meeting the minimum of three (3) eligible contenders after the First Ballot. These categories are Bass Player of the Year, Guitar Player of the Year, Keyboard Player of the Year and Steel Guitar Player of the Year.

RADIO AWARDS

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)

  • Dayna Bourgoin – CKKL-FM – Ottawa, ON
  • Stephanie Dunham – CISN-FM/CKRY-FM- Edmonton, AB/ Calgary, AB
  • A.J. Keller – CFCW – Edmonton, AB
  • Amanda Kingsland – CKBY-FM – Ottawa, ON
  • Peter Walker – CJKX-FM/CHKX-FM – Oshawa, ON/Hamilton, ON

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM / SMALL MARKET)

  • Shilo Bellis – CJXL-FM – Moncton, NB
  • Lance Doll – CHAT-FM – Medicine Hat, AB
  • Paul Ferguson – CHCQ-FM – Belleville, ON
  • Mike Sadavoy – CHSJ- Saint John, NB
  • Barry Stewart – CFCW- Brantford, ON

COUNTRY PERSONALITY(IES) OF THE YEAR

  • Jennifer Campbell – CIKZ-FM
  • Shannon Ella – Pure Country
  • Jason McCoy – Pure Country
  • Paul McGuire – Stingray
  • Greg Shannon, Stella Stevens – CFCW

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)

  • CFCW – Edmonton, AB
  • CHKX-FM – Hamilton, ON
  • CJJR-FM– Vancouver, BC
  • CKKL-FM – Ottawa, ON
  • CKRY-FM – Calgary, AB

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM / SMALL MARKET)

  • CHCQ-FM – Bellville, ON
  • CHSJ-FM – Saint John, NB
  • CICX-FM– Orillia, ON
  • CILG-FM – Moose Jaw, SK
  • CKGY-FM – Red Deer, AB

INDUSTRY AWARDS

BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • The Feldman Agency
  • Invictus Entertainment Group
  • Livestar Entertainment Canada
  • Paquin Artists Agency
  • Sakamoto Agency 

COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Brett Kissel: Live At The Drive-In – BAK 2 BAK Entertainment Inc., Backroad Productions
  • Christmas Time With Tenille Townes – Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
  • Gord Bamford’s Real Country Livin’ Father’s Day Special – Anthem Entertainment, Cache Entertainment
  • Paul McGuire’s Country Countdown – Stingray
  • The Road Less Travelled – Stingray

MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Big Loud Management
  • Jayward Artist Group 
  • MDM Artist Management Services
  • On Ramp Entertainment
  • Starseed Entertainment

MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY CMMRA

  • Anthem Entertainment
  • Big Loud Publishing
  • BGM Rights Management (Canada) Inc.
  • Sony / ATV Music Publishing
  • Warner Chappell Music Canada 

RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR AWARD

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

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY MNP

  • Steve Coady – Vice President, Radio Promotion – Warner Music Canada
  • Warren Copnick – Director of National Promotion – Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
  • Mike Denney – President – MDM Recordings Inc.
  • Brianne Deslippe – Vice President, International – Big Loud Records
  • Anya Wilson – Radio Promoter – Anya Wilson Promotion

Creative Director(s) of the Year Award

  • Design Team: Bronwin Parks, Emma-Lee
    • Album: Everbound, Stage Banner (Artist: The Washboard Union)
  • Design Team: Stephane Lamontagne, Matt Lang, Denis Desro, Carl Lessard
    • Album: More, Socials and Ad Material (Artist: Matt Lang )
  • Design Team: Ben Dartnell, Brett Kissel, Erica Perreaux       
    • Album: What Is Life?, Single: Make A Life, Not A Living (Artist: Brett Kissel)
  • Design Team: Antoine Moonen      
    • EP: The Demos, Vinyl: The Vinyl, Socials and Promotional Graphics (Artist: Jess Moskaluke)
  • Design Team: Shae Dupuy, Ceci Mula
    • Single: Selfish, Music Video, Social and Promotional Material  (Artist: Shae Dupuy)

RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Barrytone Studios – Miramichi, NB
  • MCC Recording Studio – Calgary, AB
  • Noble Street Studios – Toronto, ON
  • OCL Studios – Chestermere, AB
  • Revolution Recording – Toronto, ON

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Danick Dupelle
    • Album: Sometimes I Don’t, But Sometimes I Do (Artist: Tyler Joe Miller)
  • Danick Dupelle, Tebey Ottoh
    • Album: The Good Ones (Artist: Tebey)
  • Jesse Frasure, Brett Kissel, Bart McKay
    • Album: What Is Life? (Artist: Brett Kissel)
  • Karen Kosowski, Thomas Salter, Gordie Sampson
    • Album: Everbound (Artist: The Washboard Union)
  • Joey Moi, Dave Cohen
    • Album: Timeless (Artist: Dallas Smith)

RETAILER OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Amazon Music
  • Apple Music 
  • Spotify Canada Inc.

RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Paul Biro – Sakamoto Agency
  • Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group
  • Rob Cyrynowski – Livestar Entertainment Canada/Hotels Live Canada
  • Brooke Dunford – Republic Live
  • Adam Oppenheim – Stampede Entertainment Inc.

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Stephano Barberis    
    • Video: Classic (Artist: Dallas Smith), Video: Diamonds In A Whiskey Glass (Artist: Gord Bamford), Video: If She Only Knew (Artist: The Washboard Union), Video: Never Run Outta Road (Artist: The Washboard Union), Video: Some Things Never Change (Artist: Dallas Smith feat. Hardy)
  • Ben Knechtel  
    • Video: All Night To Figure It Out (Artist: Jade Eagleson), Video: Close (Artist: Jade Eagleson), Video: F-150 (Artist: Robyn Ottolini), Video: Not Gonna Not (Artist: The Reklaws),Video: Where I’m From (Artist: The Reklaws)
  • Travis Nesbitt
    • Video: No Last Call (Artist: Dan Davidson), Video: Role Models (Artist: Dan Davidson), Video: The Boys Are Back At It (Artist: The Road Hammers), Video: Without A Prayer (Artist: Tim & The Glory Boys)
  • Carl Sheldon
    • Video: Fighting (Artist: Tyler Joe Miller), Video: I Would Be Over Me Too (Artist: Tyler Joe Miller)
  • Brandi Sidoryk, Krista Wodelet
    • Video: High School (Artist: Nice Horse), Video: Ugly Christmas Sweater (Artist: Nice Horse)

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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