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2023 CCMA Award nominees unveiled

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has unveiled the nominees for the 2023 CCMA Awards, set to be announced on Sept. 16 and broadcast live from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre on CTV’s platforms.

Josh Ross goes into this year’s awards with a leading six nominations, including the Fans’ Choice Award, Male Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year, Single of the Year, and Video of the Year. The ReklawsDallas Smith, and Tenille Townes each garnered five nods.

Among this year’s industry nominees are:

Country Personalitie(s) of the Year

  • Wendy Boomer (CKBY-FM)
  • Shannon Ella (Pure Country)
  • Paul McGuire (Stingray)
  • Greg Shannon & Stella Stevens (CFCW)
  • Toff & Melissa (CHKX-FM)

Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)

  • CFCW Edmonton
  • KX94.7 (CHKX-FM) Hamilton
  • 93.7 JR Country (CJJR-FM) Vancouver
  • Country 104 (CKDK-FM) London
  • Pure Country (CKKL-FM) Ottawa

Radio Station of the Year (Medium or Small Market)

  • Cool 100.1 (CHCQ-FM) Belleville
  • New Country 96.9 (CJXL-FM) Moncton
  • Real Country 95.5 (CKGY-FM) Red Deer
  • 96.5 FM (CKLJ-FM) Olds
  • 93.5 Country (CKXC-FM) Kingston

Country Music Program or Special of the Year

  • Boomers Canadian Club (Rogers Digital Media)
  • Canada’s Country Radio (Apple Music)
  • Christmas Time with Tenille Townes 2022 (Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc)
  • The Road Less Travelled (Stingray)
  • A Washboard Union Christmas Special (Washboard Union Prod Inc)

Industry Person of the Year

  • Paul Biro (Sakamoto Agency)
  • Warren Copnick (Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc)
  • Mike Denney (MDM Recordings Inc.)
  • Brianne Deslippe (Big Loud Records)
  • Amanda Kingsland (Universal Music Canada)

Find the full list of nominees here.

The Reklaws will do double duty Sept. 16 as both performers and hosts of the awards.

Joining the lineup of previously announced performers are Sam Hunt, Jade Eagleson, James Barker Band, Dallas Smith, Tenille Townes, and Grammy-award winning rock band Train.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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