The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) has announced that Jason McCoy of The Road Hammers will return as host of the 2016 CMAO Awards (presented by Slaight Music) for the third year in a row. McCoy, an ever-engaging and entertaining host, is a popular fan and industry favourite and will bring his own brand of energy, quips and comedic timing to the night.
"It's an honour to be returning as host of the CMAOs. This year has been the best yet for Ontario artists, and it's great to see so much support from the industry and fans alike." McCoy says. As a 25-year veteran of the entertainment industry and two-time CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, McCoy is the king of reinvention. Growing up in the small town of Minesing, Ontario, McCoy admired the well-rounded artistry of the classic entertainers, from Roger Miller and Johnny Cash to Merle Haggard and Glen Campbell. Armed with a guitar and a dream, McCoy set out at the age of 19 to follow his own path to stardom. Together with The Road Hammers he has won five CCMAs. As a solo artist, he's racked up multiple CCMA and CMA awards, along with a Gold album.
As creator and front man of The Road Hammers, McCoy took on the country rock genre and guided the band to unprecedented success throughout Canada and the United States, picking up a Platinum album, CCMA Group of the Year award, and a JUNO award along the way. The band recently played the CMC Rocks Festival in Australia and was recently announced as performing at the first CMT Festival this July. The Western Swing Authority also returns to the awards as the event's house band. The awards show will be held Monday, May 30, 2016 at the Flato Markham Theatre.