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Recap of the Canadian Country Music Association Awards


The Canadian Country Music Association Awards was definitely enough to remind Canadians of the amazing talent that represents us in the country music industry. Tonight (09/09), we saw some of the best of the best rock the stage in Saskatoon and accept awards that they were most deserving of.

Dean Brody opened the show with his hit “Canadian Girls,” kicking off a show that would see him win two awards: Best Male Artist and Album of the Year.

Other country faves taking home hardware at this year’s show included Carolyn Dawn Johnson, who won Female Artist of the Year and Hey Romeo, this year’s Group or Duo of the Year. Ottawa’s sweetest and brightest new talent, Kira Isabella, took home the Rising Star award. The Stellas, who have been out on the road with Johnny Reid, took home the award for CMT Video of the Year for their song “In This House.” Johnny, who had a whopping eight nominations tonight, was the recipient of the Fans’ Choice award.

CCMA Nominees Announced


Canadians can’t wait for the nation’s biggest night in country music! The countdown has begun for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards which will be held in Saskatoon, SK on September 9 at 8PM. Fans can tune in to CBC to catch the awards as they air LIVE.

“All of today’s nominees deserve ample recognition for their excellence as well as their tremendous contribution to Canadian country music,” said Don Green, Executive Director, CCMA. “This year’s nominees reflect the depth of musical talent in Canada, and we’re so proud to be able to recognize those artists – both established and emerging – who have impacted Canadians with their music.”

A personal fave, Johnny Reid, leads the nominations with a total of eight. Country cutie Dean Brody follows close behind with seven of his own.

Performers expected to light up the stage at the Awards include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Eric Church, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, George Canyon, Johnny Reid, Deric Ruttan, Gord Bamford, Terri Clark, Chad Brownlee and High Valley.

Check out the list of nominees below!

REVIEW: Gord Bamford – Is It Friday Yet

Gord Bamford. photo credit: Sony Music Canada.

Gord Bamford’s fifth studio album opens with a strong guitar lick. Seconds later, a fiddle echoes the flirtatious melody with a wink. It’s a fun, sexy start for what’s sure to be a chart-topper. “Must Be A Woman” is the lead song, and I can’t get enough of it.

The first lines of the song are all you need to know about it: “My best friend, he’s been cleaning up his act/Mowed his front yard, even mowed the back/I can think of just one reason for all that/Must be a woman!” This is the kind of song that has made Gord Bamford’s name. Between his signature vocals and that addictive fiddle, it sets the bar high for the rest of the album.

GB has come a long way since I first saw him open for Terri Clark in 2005. Back then, despite great songs like “24 x 24” and “Classic Country Song”, he was struggling to find an audience.

INTERVIEW: Gord Bamford On Signing With Sony Music Canada

Gord Bamford. photo credit: Sony Music Canada.

Sony Music Canada announced earlier this week that they signed Australian-born Canadian country music singer Gord Bamford to a recording contract with the major label. Gord is one of the most successful independent artists in Canada, who will be releasing his major label debut album on March 6th, 2012. His blue-collar party anthem “Is it Friday Yet?” was released to radio earlier this week with great reception. It’s the title-track lead single from his upcoming album. He previously released four albums independently.

Gord took some time to give us a call to talk about the signing today before heading to Mexico to film the fun music video for the single. Get the details on what to expect from his album, the music video, and how he feels about finally scoring a major label home in our exclusive interview with the Canadian singer-songwriter below.

Gord Bamford Signs With Sony Music Canada

Gord Bamford. photo credit: Sony Music Canada.

Congratulations to Canadian country singer-songwriter Gord Bamford and Sony Music Canada today, who announced that his record deal earlier in the week with the major label. The Australian-born but Alberta-living singer will release his highly anticipated major label debut album “Is It Friday Yet?” on March 6th, 2012.

Gord released the first single from the album to Canadian radio stations earlier this week. The title track from the album is a blue collared party anthem that celebrates the countdown to the weekend.

“Sony Music is home to some of the biggest names in Country music today. We welcome Gord to the roster that made us the #1 airplay label at Country radio for a second year in row (Mediabase Canada). As well as his burgeoning career, Gord ‘s philanthropic efforts are to be commended. We are thrilled to have him call Sony Music Entertainment Canada home” stated Shane Carter, President, Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.

Gord has over 16 years of traveling and performing all over the world and he’s excited to bring his talent to the table. The now-formerly independent singer-songwriter had already found massive success and a huge following based on his talent alone in Canada. His latest album garnered the singer 15 Canadian Country Music Award nominations last year alone.

“It has been a long road to get to where I am today and I am very proud of the team of people that have helped me to this point. It is every artist’s dream to play music and do what they love for a living. I have been searching for a major label home that houses a team with the same vision and goals as myself, one that really believes in the music I make…Country Music! Signing with Sony Music Entertainment Canada was probably the best Christmas gift a guy could have received. I’m ecstatic, proud and honoured with my new partnership with the label and look forward to great fun and success. I feel like a part of the Sony family already, and we are just getting started.”

His efforts through The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has raised over $800,000 to date and has helped support groups such as Big Brothers and Sisters, Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Make a Wish, McMaster Children’s Hospital (Hamilton) along with many regional charities and initiatives.

Capital Hoedown Tickets On-Sale Tomorrow!


Things are heating up in Ottawa, even with the temperatures dropping. Ottawa’s Biggest Summer Party, the Capital Hoedown, will have public on-sale for its tickets tomorrow on capitalhoedown.net. The 3-day Crazy Horse VIP Corral, 3-day Front-And-Centre, and now single-day tickets will all be available starting at 10 am EST tomorrow.

Next year’s line-up is as follows:

Friday, August 10 – Reba, Ronnie Dunn, Gord Bamford, and Marshall Dane

Saturday, August 11 – Taylor Swift, Dean Brody, Tara Oram, Chad Brownlee, and others TBA

Sunday, August 12 – Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Terri Clark, High Valley and others TBA

To keep up to date on all artist and line-up updates, stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country and capitalhoedown.net. We will be interviewing Marshall Dane, who is opening the Hoedown, in a few minutes. Watch for that interview tonight!