The Canadian Country Music Association has announced the list of nominees for the 2018 Awards to be held in Hamilton, Ontario on Sunday September 9th. We break it down for you here.

All eyes in Canadian country music, whether it be the artists, the fans or the industry people themselves will be totally focused on First Ontario Centre in Hamilton on Sept 9th as the 2018 CCMA’s take place to name the top talent in a variety of categories. The big event will be hosted by our country queen Shania Twain, and broadcast on CBC television. Here’s a link for tickets if you want to be right in the middle of the action: CCMA 2018 Awards Tickets

The country music talent in Canada runs deep both on and off the stage, and we are excited to list the nominees for this year, and Tour Bus Entertainment wishes each of you good luck and a hearty congratulations on being nominated. So here we go. (Note: photos are selected at random, and are not intended to suggest winners or favourites of any category).

ARTIST AWARDS

APPLE MUSIC FANS’ CHOICE AWARD

Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
Tim Hicks
High Valley
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Jess Moskaluke
Dallas Smith
Shania Twain

Shania performs at Budweiser Gardens – Photo: Bill Woodcock

FORD ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Past The Past – Jess Moskaluke
The Project – Lindsay Ell
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

Lindsay Ell during CMW 2018 @ The Phoenix in Toronto – Photo: Corey Kelly

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lindsay Ell
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Shania Twain

Madeline Merlo Photo: Sean Sisk RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gord Bamford
Chad Brownlee
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

Gord Bamford Photo: James Bennett

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union

High Valley performs during CBMF 2017 – Photo: Corey Kelly

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Washboard Union
Donovan Woods

Jessica Mitchell performs at The Drake Hotel, Toronto. Photo:Scott Burns

SIRIUSXM RISING STAR

Dan Davidson
Aaron Goodvin
Hunter Brothers
Leaving Thomas
The Reklaws

The Reklaws @ The Great Hall during CMW2018 – Photo: Corey Kelly

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Chills – James Barker Band
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Lonely Drum – Aaron Goodvin
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

Jess Moskaluke performs during the SiriusXM Showcase during CMW- Photo: Corey Kelly

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

The Bad Guy – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Hometown Kids – The Reklaws
Sky Stays This Blue – Dallas Smith
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel

Meghan Patrick performs on night one of the Game On Tour in Halifax – Photo James Bennett

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Dean Brody, Matt Rovey   
Song: 8th Day (Performed By: Dean Brody)
Dan Isbell, Meghan Patrick, Jeremy Stover 
Song: Country Music Made Me Do It (Performed By: Meghan Patrick)
Zach Abend, Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke
Song: Drive Me Away (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood 
Song: It’s Working (Performed By: James Barker Band)
Alexander Black, Aaron Goodvin, Cathy Gravitt
Song: Lonely Drum (Performed By: Aaron Goodvin)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Tenille Arts
Hunter Brothers
Brett Kissel
Leaving Thomas
Nice Horse 

Leaving Thomas @ Sound of Music – Photo: Corey Kelly

MUSICIAN AWARDS

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kirby Barber
Chris Byrne
Lisa Dodd
Justin Kudding
Travis Switzer

Travis Switzer – Photo James Bennett

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

Matthew Atkins
Ben Bradley
Flavio Cirillo
Rich DaSilva
Chad Melchert    

Dean Brody performs at Halifax Casino – Photo: James Bennett

      

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Denis Dufresne
Ali Raney
Mike Sanyshyn
Tyler Vollrath
Mark Whitehead

Ali Raney performs with Dan Davidson @ Mavricks during St. Paddy’s Day – Photo: Scott Burns

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Derek Caven
Paul Chapman
Matt McKay
Darren Savard
Geoff Torrn

Matty McKay of the Brett Kissel Band performs at The Rose Theatre. Photo: Scott Burns

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Scott Galloway
Mike Little
Bart McKay
Dale Wallace
Brendan Waters

Chad Brownlee Performs at the Magna Hoedown – Photo: Corey Kelly

SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

David Barber – Banjo
Denis Dufresne – Banjo
Shane Guse – Mandolin
Mitch Jay – Dobro
Connor Riddell – Banjo

Tim Hicks performs during the CMA Ontario Awards in London – Photo: Bill Woodcock

STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Chris Altmann
John Ellis
Mitch Jay
Doug Johnson
Mark Whitehead

Dallas Smith performs at Casino Rama. Photo: Scott Burns

 

INDUSTRY AWARDS

BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR

APA Agency
The Feldman Agency
Invictus Entertainment Group
Sakamoto Agency
United Talent Agency

COUNTRY CLUB OF THE YEAR

Cook County Saloon – Edmonton, AB
The Dakota Tavern – Toronto, ON
Gabby’s Country Cabaret – Langley, BC
Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – Calgary, AB
The Roxy – Vancouver, BC

COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR, OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR

Big Valley Jamboree – Camrose, AB
Boots And Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON
Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB
Cavendish Beach Music Festival – Cavendish, PE
Rockin’ River Country Music Fest – Merritt, BC

COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR

Canadian Coast To Coast – Fabmar Communications
The Casey Clarke Country Countdown – Casey Clarke Productions
The Casey Clarke Show – Casey Clarke Productions
The Dungarees Christmas Special – Rogers Media and The Dungarees
Jess Moskaluke – Home Movie – Corus Entertainment

MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Big Loud Management LLC.
Invictus Entertainment Group
MDM Artist Management Services
RGK Entertainment Group Inc.
Starseed Entertainment Inc.

MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

ole
Royalty Music Publishing Inc.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada
Universal Music Publishing Canada
Warner/Chappell Music Canada

RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR

MDM Recordings Inc.
ole red dot
Open Road Recordings Inc.
Universal Music Canada
Warner Music Canada

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR

Steve Coady – Vice President, Radio Promotions – Warner Music Canada
Jim Cressman – President – Invictus Entertainment Group
Mike Denney – President – MDM Recordings Inc.
Shannon McNevan – Director of A&R – Universal Music Canada
Robert Ott – Chairman, CEO – ole

CREATIVE DIRECTOR(S) OF THE YEAR

Design Team: Rory Gardiner, Loren Stevenson Photography: Doyle Smith
Interactive Video Brochure, Associate Booklet, Album: Be You (Artist: Rory Gardiner)
Design Team: Jason Graham, Photography: John Gaucher
Album: In Comes The Night (Artist: Bobby Wills)
Design Team: Mitchell Nevins, Photography: Margaret Malandruccolo
Single: Loud (Artist: Tim Hicks)
Design Team: Antoine Moonen and Mediavandals, Photography: Delaney Royer
Album: Past The Past (Artist: Jess Moskaluke)
Design Team: Mitchell Nevins, Photography: Phil Crozier
Album: The Squeeze (Artist: The Road Hammers)

RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR

Barrytone Studios – St. Clements, ON
Bart McKay Productions – Saskatoon, SK
MCC Recording Studio – Calgary, AB
OCL Studios – Chestermere, AB
Revolution Recording – Toronto, ON

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR

Gord Bamford, Phil O’Donnell
Album: Neon Smoke (Artist: Gord Bamford)
Spencer Cheyne, Brett Kissel, Justin Kudding, Bart McKay, Matt McKay, Luke Wooten
Album: We Were That Song (Artist: Brett Kissel)
Jeff Dalziel
Album: What We’re Made Of (Artist: The Washboard Union)
Danick Dupelle, Tebey
Album: Love A Girl (Artist: Tebey)
Dan Swinimer
Album: Downtown Kids (Artist: David James)

RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Apple Music
Spotify Canada Inc.
Sunrise Records

**Less than 5 nominees

RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Paul Biro – Sakamoto Agency
Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group
Emmanuel Patterson – Live Nation Entertainment
Julia Rambeau – MRG Group
Denise Ross – Live Nation Entertainment

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Stephano Barberis
Video: The Bad Guy (Artist: Meghan Patrick), Video: Coming Clean (Artist: Shirley Gnome),  Video: Dirt Covered Rhinestone (Artist: Jade Mya), Video: Heart Of A Woman (Artist: Johnny Reid), Video: Hold The Line (Artist: Jesse Mast), Video: Might As Well Be Me (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Neon Smoke (Artist: Gord Bamford), Video: Out Of The Blue (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Sky Stays This Blue (Artist: Dallas Smith), Video: Something To Wrap My Heart Around (Artist: JoJo Mason), Video: What We’re Made Of (Artist: The Washboard Union)
Gavin Michael Booth
Video: Born and Raised (Artist: Hunter Brothers), Video: Slide Over (Artist: Tim Hicks), Video: Sombrero (Artist: Scotty James), Video: Those Were The Nights (Artist: Hunter Brothers), Video: You Get To Me (Artist: River Town Saints)
Ben Knechtel
Video: Chills (Artist: James Barker Band), Video: Drive Me Away (Artist: Jess Moskaluke), Video: Hometown Kids (Artist: The Reklaws)
Travis Nesbitt
Video: Anywhere With You (Artist: The Dungarees), Video: Ring The Bells (Artist: The Dungarees), Video: Say We Did (Artist: Dan Davidson), Video: Shine (Artist: The Washboard Union)
Joel Stewart
Video: All About Her (Artist: Paul Brandt), Video: In Comes The Night (Artist: Bobby Wills), Video: Kill Your Love (Artist: Jess Moskaluke), Video: Past The Past (Artist: Jess Moskaluke)

*On-Air Personality(s) of the Year (Large Market)On-Air Personality(s) of the Year (Medium or Small Market), Radio Station of the Year (Large Market) and Radio Station of the Year (Medium or Small Market) are submission-based awards.  The submissions are juried by a nation-wide panel to determine the winner in each category. There are no nominees in these categories. Winners will be announced during Country Music Week in Hamilton this September.

*The winners of the Top Selling Album of the Year, Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year and Top Selling Single of the Year are determined by sales.  There are no nominees for these categories.  Winners will be announced during Country Music Week in Hamilton this September.

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