The Country Music Association of Ontario has just announced their 2020 CMAOntario Awards Nominees! Congratulations to ALL nominees - but special mention goes out to Meghan Patrick and The Reklaws leading with six nominations each, followed by James Barker Band with five nominations, as well as Tebey and Tim Hicks with four nominations each! The 8th Annual CMAOntario Awards will take place on Sunday October 4, 2020 at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario. Hosted again this year by Jason McCoy alongside newcomer, Jennifer Campbell, the event will celebrate the Ontario's country music industry across 19 categories. 

Here's the FULL list of nominees:

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

In addition to the above-noted awards, Canada's First Lady of Country Music, Carroll Baker, will be honoured with the Impact Award

Voting for the awards is restricted to CMAOntario members, with the exception of Fans' Choice, which is also open to public voting here

The CMAOntario Awards Show will close out the CMAOntario Festival and Awards Weekend in London, Ontario from October 1-4, 2020.  

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