Canadian country star Dean Brody returned to Toronto last week for a sold-out show at Budweiser Stage alongside Open Road Recordings label-mate Tim Hicks and rising Big Machine Records artist Carly Pearce. On Friday afternoon, Ron Kitchener, Brody’s manager and president of RGK Entertainment Group, surprised the artist with a custom award plaque commemorating his newly Canadian Gold-certified albums Gypsy Road (2015), Crop Circles (2013),and Trail In Life (2010).The plaque also commemorated Brody’s 2012 album Dirt, which was certified Gold in 2013.
Congratulations to the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Award nominees, which were announced today by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA).
Flat Lake, Alberta’s Brett Kissel leads the nominations with eight, including Single of the Year, Album of the Year, and Male Artist of the Year. Dean Brody and Gord Bamford also received several nominations, with six and five nominations each, respectively, while Tim Hicks and Deric Ruttan follow closely behind with four nominations each. The full list of nominees is now available on the CCMA website.
CCMA and broadcast partners CBC and CMT also announced that Juno-Award winner singer-songwriter Jann Arden and CBC-TV’s Gemini-Award winning host and comedian, Rick Mercer, will host the 2014 CCMA Awards Show. The show will be broadcast on Sunday, September 7 on CBC-TV at 8:00 p.m. local time (8:30 NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10:00 p.m.
Music Canada is proud to sponsor the CCMA Record Company of the Year Award. Nominees in that category include:
MDM Recordings Inc.
Open Road Recordings Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
Universal Music Canada
Warner Music Canada
In total, 41 CCMA Awards will be given out over four award ceremonies during Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta, September 4 – 7. Eight awards will be given out on the 2014 CCMA Awards Show, taking place at Edmonton’s Rexall Place on September 7th.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, requests for @UnisonFund’s services have increased by 5,500% with over $1.2M in funds already allocated and paid to support over 2,200 entertainment professionals in Canada and the need for support continues to grow at a steadfast rate. https://twitter.com/Music_Canada/status/1330970561342738433
Canada’s artist community is coming together in support of @UnisonFund - an assistance program that provides discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis – with Canada In Unison Holiday Special: In Concert, taking place virtually on Thursday, December 17th.
#ARTIST GRANT: If you've sold at least 1500 units over the past 5 years, you're eligible to apply for the Radio Starmaker Fund, which gives up to $25K for recording, publicity, digital marketing, videos, etc.
Deadline: November 19th, 2020. Details: http://www.starmaker.ca
Canada’s beloved artists have come together to deliver a truly magical Holiday Special, in support of Unison. Join us on Thursday, December 17th at 8PM ET on @SessionsLive for an eve of music and conversation in support of the CAD entertainment industry. https://www.sessionslive.com/CanadaInUnison/tickets
The art, sports & cultural sectors have faced unique challenges due to the pandemic. In response, we organized several sessions to hear directly from individuals & organizations in these sectors. We have been and will continue to be with you:
This is good news for music venues that have been impacted by COVID-19 and are currently experiencing challenges securing insurance, and for the artists who are eager to return to these spaces when possible.
In Episode 4 of the Industry Insider Video Series, artists @Shadkmusic & @DomaniqueGrant discuss how artist entrepreneurs can balance making a living with their music while sustaining their authenticity.
The Industry Insider Video Series presented by Music Canada & @CONNECTml is an exciting new web series created in collaboration with Toronto-based artist @DomaniqueGrant. https://musiccanada.com/news/music-canada-and-connect-music-licensing-partner-for-industry-insider-video-series-hosted-by-domanique-grant/