The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) tonight celebrated the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 17 categories. The 8th Annual CMAOntario Awards was the first-ever drive-in country awards show, taking place on The Raceway at the Western Fair District in London, Ontario.
Meghan Patrick from Bowmanville, Ontario, led with three wins, followed by Tim Hicks, James Barker Band, and The Reklaws with two wins each.
These wins mark a historic run for CMAOntario artists:
Meghan Patrick has won the CMAOntario Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for three consecutive years. She has won Album of the Year for two consecutive years, and has won this category with each of her three studio albums - Wild As Me in 2020, Country Music Made Me Do It in 2019, and Grace and Grit in 2017. Patrick now has a total of 15 CMAOntario Award wins throughout her career.
Tim Hicks has won CMAOntario Male Artist of the Year for two consecutive years, and the Nielsen Compass Award for three consecutive years (the first was a tie with James Barker Band in 2018). Hicks has won Male Artist of the Year five times and now has a total of nine CMAOntario Award wins.
James Barker Band has won CMAOntario Single of the Year for the second time and scooped Music Video of the Year for the first time. James Barker Band now has a total of six CMAOntario wins.
The Reklaws have won CMAOntario Group or Duo of the Year for two consecutive years. The duo also won their first CMAOntario Fans’ Choice and now has a total of four CMAOntario wins.
Hosted by Jason McCoy, the 8th Annual CMAOntario Awards included a drive-in audience of 225 vehicles to see live performances by Tim Hicks, James Barker Band, The Reklaws, The Abrams, Eric Ethridge and Kalsey Kulyk, Genevieve Fisher, Kelsi Mayne, Les Rats d’Swompe, Nicole Rayy, Ryan Langdon, and The Western Swing Authority. For the grand finale, fellow CMAOntario performers joined McCoy on stage for a rendition of his song, We Are One World.
THE WINNERS OF THE 8TH ANNUAL CMAONTARIO AWARDS ARE:
SINGLE OF THE YEAR sponsored by PURE COUNTRY 106
Keep it Simple – James Barker Band
ALBUM OF THE YEAR sponsored by COUNTRY 106.7
Wild As Me – Meghan Patrick
SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR sponsored by SOCAN
Meghan Patrick, Jordan Rager, Michael Whitworth – Wild As Me, Recorded by Meghan Patrick
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Spring Tree Farm
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by ECAO/IBEW
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Country 103
ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines
FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR sponsored by Desjardins
Les Rats d’Swompe
RISING STAR sponsored by Slaight Music
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR sponsored by MNP
Keep It Simple – James Barker Band
FANS' CHOICE sponsored by Ontario Creates
RECORD PRODUCER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Metalworks Studios
Jeff Dalziel – Aaron Allen, The Abrams, Dan Davidson, Chris Labelle, Ryan Langdon
INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR sponsored by Calcul8
Shannon Ella, Pure Country/Complete Country
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)
CKBY Country 101.1, Ottawa
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM MARKET) sponsored by Lucknow’s Music in the Fields
CHCQ-FM Cool 100.1 FM, Belleville
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SMALL MARKET)
CICX PURE COUNTRY 106, Orillia
NIELSEN COMPASS AWARD
The CMAOntario Awards were presented by Slaight Music with support from Ontario Creates.
In 2007, Rob MacArthur and founding patron Linda Wright together with a number of key industry professionals founded the Country Music Association of Ontario. The Association’s mandate is to foster the growth and development of Ontario’s country music and its industry, provincially, nationally and internationally. The CMAOntario has hosted seven annual Awards Shows and six two-day Road to Independence educational conferences with the generous assistance of presenting sponsor Slaight Music and support of Ontario Creates. cmaontario.ca
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. We work with artists from across the country and across the musical spectrum, helping to further careers and get great music heard. We’re also invested in the technology sphere, helping Canadian music entrepreneurs develop the next generation of digital platforms and services. And, we support a variety of music-related events, causes and charities. slaightmusic.com
About Ontario Creates:
Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC) is a provincial agency that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors. ontariocreates.ca