The Country Music Association of Ontario just announced their 2021 award nominees, and we are smilin’ ear to ear! The 9th annual CMAOntario Awards are set to take place on Sunday, September 5th at the Ancaster Fairgrounds in Hamilton, Ontario. It will be a drive-in style event, so country music lovers can enjoy the show safely, without missing out on the fun!

We’re always impressed by how much country talent comes out of Ontario, and this year is no different. The list of nominees is STACKED with established and emerging stars in the province’s country music scene, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate them in-person!

Leading the nominations are 15 time CMAOntario award winner Meghan Patrick, 9 time CMAOntario award winner Tim Hicks, and viral sensation Robyn Ottolini, with 5 nominations herself.

Check out the full list of 2021 nominees below, and join us in Hamilton this September for an event to remember!

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

“All I Can Do” – Buck Twenty
“F-150” – Robyn Ottolini
“Girls Like Me” – Meghan Patrick
“No Truck Song” – Tim Hicks
“Thank Her For That” – Owen Barney

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

All Woman – Nicole Rayy
Highway Mile – Aaron Allen
Jade Eagleson – Jade Eagleson
Love Wins – Kelly Prescott
The I’m Not Always Hilarious EP – Robyn Ottolini

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Callie McCullough, Scotty Kipfer – “After Midnight”      
Recorded by Callie McCullough

Jamie Appleby, Owen Barney, Alyssa Reid, Dave Thomson, Mike Wise – “Thank Her For That”
Recorded by Owen Barney

Meghan Patrick, Jobe Fortner, Ryan Nelson – “Girls Like Me”
Recorded by Meghan Patrick

Robyn Ottolini, Mark Schroor, Erik Fintelman – “F-150”
Recorded by Robyn Ottolini

Tim Hicks, Bruce Wallace, Jeffrey Coplan – “No Truck Song”
Recorded by Tim Hicks

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Elyse Saunders
Kelsi Mayne
Meghan Patrick
Robyn Ottolini
Tianna Woods

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Aaron Allen
Andrew Hyatt
Darcy John
David Boyd Janes
Tim Hicks

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

Buck Twenty
Jess and Tay
The Abrams
The Reklaws
The Western Swing Authority

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Kristine St-Pierre
Les Rats D’Swompe
Melissa Ouimet
Reney Ray
Stef Paquette

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

Buck Twenty
Callie McCullough
Elyse Saunders
Robyn Ottolini
Sacha

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“All I Can Do” – Buck Twenty
“Broken Boys” – Nicole Rayy
“Girls Like Me” – Meghan Patrick
“No Truck Song” – Tim Hicks
“Where I’m From” – The Reklaws

FANS’ CHOICE

Andrew Hyatt
Jade Eagleson
James Barker Band
Meghan Patrick
Steven Lee Olsen
Tebey
The Reklaws
Tim Hicks

RECORD PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Dustin Olyan – Callie McCullough, Twin Kennedy, Mallory Johnson
Jeff Dalziel – Aaron Allen, David Boyd Janes, River Town Saints
Mark Schroor, Erik Fintelman – Robyn Ottolini, Alexa Goldie, Cory James Mitchell
J. Richard Hutt – Jamie Warren, Sean Hogan, Jessie T, Tianna Woods
Shawn Moore – Ben Hudson, Matt Teed, Emily Clair, Evan Farrell, Emily Kate

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Kelly Prescott
The Abrams
The Good Brothers
The Redhill Valleys
The Western Swing Authority

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)

CHKX KX 94.7, Hamilton
CIKZ COUNTRY 106.7, Kitchener
CJKX KX 96, Oshawa
CKDK COUNTRY 104, Woodstock
CKKL PURE COUNTRY 94, Ottawa

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM MARKET)

CFCO COUNTRY 92.9, Chatham
CHCQ-FM COOL 100.1 FM, Belleville
CJQM COUNTRY 104.3, Sault Ste. Marie
CKQM PURE COUNTRY 105, Peterborough
CKXC COUNTRY 93.5, Kingston

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SMALL MARKET)

CFDC COUNTRY 105, Shelburne
CHAW COUNTRY 103, Little Current
CHVR PURE COUNTRY 96.7, Pembroke
CICX PURE COUNTRY 106, Orillia
CJDL COUNTRY 107.3, Tillsonburg
CKYY COUNTRY 89, Welland

MUSIC INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR

Amanda Kingsland, Country 92.3/Rogers Communications
Dave Woods, In The Country
Randy Owen, Radio Host/Personality
Steve Coady, Warner Music Canada
Tommy KW Lam, Reve Music Group Inc.

 

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