Can you believe it's already September?! This year has flown by, and just like that another amazing weekend of country music is in the books. Over the weekend of September 3rd to 5th, 2021,  we celebrated (drive-in style) the roots, growth and exceptional talent that lies within Ontario country music.  The CMAOntario's Festival and Awards ran all weekend long, and was AMAZING!

On Friday night, Charissa, Aaron Allen, Kansas Stone, Owen Barney,  Ryan Langdon and The Road Hammers brought the house DOWN at the New Faces Showcase! From their incredible voices, to the sheer joy for live music felt both on stage and in the crowd, this night was a blast! 

The festival's Legacy Revival night really made fans appreciate the rich history and talent in Ontario's country music scene. Fans were graced with incredible performances by Marie Bottrell, Russell deCarle, Michel Lalonde, Sylvia Tyson and The Good Brothers. 

The CMAOntario Awards was the grand finale on Sunday September 5, 2021! Hosted by Jason McCoy and Beverley Mahood, who brought some with amazing tunes and a few good jokes, fans witnessed artists take home awards for their talent and hard work. In addition to the awards, fans were able to watch KILLER performances from Elyse Saunders, David Boyd Janes, Sacha, The Redhill Valleys, Kelly Prescott, Reney Ray, Aaron Allen, Buck Twenty, Robyn Ottolini, Owen Barney, Tim Hicks, and Susan Aglukark. 

Many artists and industry professionals took home awards this year, and although Meghan Patrick was not able to be there to celebrate, she took home TWO awards! Tim Hicks, Robyn Ottolini, Aaron Allen and more took home awards and we could't be more proud to be country fans! If you missed the show, take our friendly advice and get tickets for next year, 'cause it was SO much fun! 

 

See the full list of winners and nominees for the 9TH Annual CMAOntario Awards below: 

 

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

Owen Barney, Alyssa Reid, Dave Thomson, Mike Wise, Jamie Appleby – “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

 

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Kelly Prescott
The Abrams
The Good Brothers
The Redhill Valleys
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

 

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.

 

MRC DATA COMPASS AWARD

The Reklaws

 

THE HOLLY & STEVE KASSAY GENEROUS SPIRIT AWARD

Patrice Whiffen

 

 

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