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Country music is alive and well in the province of Ontario here in Canada. Last night, the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) held their award show in Markham, and we have your full list of winners! The night was hosted by award-winning artist Charlie Major and featured performances by some of Canada’s hottest country stars – including Deric Ruttan, Jason Blaine, Michelle Wright, Small Town Pistols, Kira Isabella, and more.
Female Artist of the Year
Group/Duo of the Year
Male Artist of the Year
(TIE) Autumn Hill & Lindsay Broughton
Album of the Year
Deric Ruttan – Up All Night
Single of the Year
Jason Blaine – They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore
Songwriter of the Year
Jason Blaine, Deric Ruttan – They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore
Radio Station of the Year (Major Market)
CJKX – KX96 Oshawa/Toronto
Radio Station of the Year (Secondary Market)
CICX-FM – KICX 106 FM Orillia
In this first and important year, the CMAO has also established a special award. The CMAO Impact Award recognizes an artist, group, industry personality or company/organization who has left an enduring and indelibly positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario. This year’s Impact Award was given to the Canadian Country Music Association.
Three years after signing with Sony Music Canada, Kira Isabella is finally rising to prominence as the opening act for the Canadian leg of Carrie Underwood’s breathtaking Blown Away tour. In perhaps her biggest moment yet, the 19-year-old played to 14,000 in her hometown Ottawa on Saturday night. As the Ottawa Citizen wrote the next day, “Isabella was comfortable and confident on stage, her big smile showing that she was in her element.” As a tribute to this landmark moment for the young artist, I’ve gotten around reviewing her album, “Love Me Like That”, which has been sitting in my CD changer for a couple months now.
Isabella’s debut effort opens with “Blame It On Your Truck”. This catchy number describes the classic excuse for getting home late after a date. At first her breathy voice seems almost too innocent for the lyrics, but you get used to her vocal style before long.
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.
Canada’s own Kira Isabella joins superstar Carrie Underwood as a support act for the Canadian dates on “The Blown Away Tour” this fall. The burgeoning songstress hits several cities opening for Underwood, including Calgary, Vancouver and Kira’s hometown of Ottawa. Hunter Hayes is also support on the tour. A full list of dates is below.
“To be on a tour with one of my ultimate idols, and on an arena tour, is simply incredible. Carrie is someone I really look up to as an artist. I can barely contain my excitement!”
Just in time for the tour, Kira announced today her debut album will be in stores October 2, 2012. Titled for her first 2011 single, “Love Me Like That” also features Kira’s previously released track, “A Real Good Radio” and current single that’s racing up the country charts, “A Little More Work.”
Racking up accomplishments before even releasing her debut album, Kira is nominated for the 2012 CCMA Rising Star Award. Catch her perform live on the awards broadcast on September 9. Kira Isabella is Canada’s brightest young country music star. At just 18 years old she took home the “Country” award at the 2012 Canadian Radio Music Awards and has appeared at major Canadian country music festivals this past summer, including Boots and Hearts and Big Valley Jamboree.
See the full list of tour dates that Kira will join Carrie for below:
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.”
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!
The nominees have been announced for the the 15th Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards. These awards celebrate first-time top charting Canadian artists across many genres. Among the nominees are some of our very own favourites.
The country music category nominees are:
The presentation of the award will take place on Friday, March 23 in Toronto during a gala luncheon.
Good luck to the nominees!
Sony Music Canada’s newest rising star, Kira Isabella, called us yesterday from her home in Ottawa. She’s home for the holidays after an “amazing” year, which really isn’t over yet! She’ll be leaving for Nashville shortly after Christmas for some writing sessions on her debut album, due out next Spring. The bubbly, teenaged singer-songwriter has been all over the country with her own brand of up-tempo country music, which she has been performing since she was a little girl. She might be young but don’t let her age fool you: Kira is a star and will be Canada’s next big export.
Her first single “Love Me Like That” has already found airplay on Canadian country radio stations across the country. She’s in love with country music for the story telling and for the true-to-life stories. She’s a bright young girl with an even brighter future.
Read our exclusive interview with my fellow Ottawa native Kira Isabella below: