Ontario’s Biggest Country Music Stars Honored at Centennial Hall Awards Gala


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Well, today Meghan Patrick’s glass is full.

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The Bowmanville native dominated again at the 10th Annual Country Music Association of Ontario Awards, winning Best Album for Heart on My Glass, Female Artist of the Year and the Compass Award for Most Sales and success on social networks.

The awards gala at Centennial Hall on Sunday was half full with country music fans and music industry officials, artists and their friends and family – who were entertained by a long procession of country artists including icon Michelle Wright, Beverley Mahood, Stacey Lee Guse and Patricia Conroy in a tribute to Impact Award winner Carroll Baker.

The show was hosted by artists Jason McCoy and Robyn Ottolini, who won Music Video of the Year for F-150 and also performed.

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Patrick, who is on tour out west, did not attend the awards show.

Patrick has dominated the Ontario Awards since 2017, when she received seven nominations and won four, including Rising Star, Best Album (Grace and Grit), Female Artist and Music Video of the Year . Patrick has now won 19 CMAOntario awards and is clearly one of the brightest stars in country music in Canada.

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Other performers included Tebey, Genevieve Fisher from London, Sacha, Jason Blaine, Kristine St-Pierre, Nate Haller, River Town Saints, the Western Swing Authority and special guest Aaron Goodwin, while Cory Marks from North Bay performed is teamed up with Tim Hicks to perform Marks’ hit. Double fault.

Hicks was also a big winner, winning the prestigious Fans’ Choice award and Male Artist of the Year.

“I actually sprang onstage,” Hicks said. “It’s a strange feeling to still be overwhelmed by it all after all these years. I am so grateful. And it’s always so special to come back to London. I used to sleep on the floor in my mate’s apartment when he went to Fanshawe and we were in a band together. I love coming back here.

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Baker, who received the Impact award, cried after accepting it on stage to cheers. “I think it proves that what I’ve done in my career has had an impact on the music industry, especially country music, the underdog of the music industry.”

Fisher was the only London nominee for Artist of the Year – her seventh nomination for the award in 10 years – and Playing Favorites Single of the Year. She performed her song, First Four Walls, on a keyboard backed by the Western Swing Authority, to a cheering crowd.

Nate Haller, who won the Rising Star award, followed a little later with his hit Lightning in a Bottle.

“I can’t believe it,” Haller said. “I’ve never won anything like this before and I know the other nominees and they’re so good. I’m so grateful.

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Click here to find the full list of winners.

The CMAOntario awards celebration kicked off Thursday with a Legacy Revival show at Purple Hill Country Music Hall in Thorndale, Songs and Stories: Songwriters in the Round at Toboggan Brewing, the free Bonfire (formerly the New Faces Showcase) on Dundas Place on Saturday and the Free Tailgate Party on Dundas Place before the awards show on Sunday.

There was also the first-ever street fair which was free to the public, especially families, on Saturday and Sunday, while artists and industry officials also attended the two-day R2i TuneUp conference which took place. organized professional development seminars and guest speakers for artists and others in the industry.

Steve Kassay, President of CMAOntario, said he was very pleased with the turnout at the various live events, especially outdoors, but was not surprised that Centennial Hall was not overflowing.

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“I think we did really well,” Kassay said. “I think the audience mirrors what we see in concert halls. People have been slow to come back, but we’re here whether it’s an audience of one or a thousand. But with COVID and the economy, it’s going to be slower.


Winners of the 10th Annual CMAOntario Awards:

  • Single of the Year: Tebey for Shotgun Rider
  • Album of the Year: Meghan Patrick for Heart on My Glass
  • Songwriter(s) of the Year: Steven Lee Olsen, Brandon Day, Ava Suppelsa for Relationship Goals recorded by Steven Lee Olsen
  • Female Artist of the Year: Meghan Patrick
  • Male Artist of the Year: Tim Hicks
  • Group or duo of the year: Les Abrams
  • Roots Artist or Group of the Year: The Western Swing Authority
  • Francophone Artist or Group of the Year: Reney Ray
  • Rising Star: Nate Haller
  • Music Video of the Year: F-150, Robyn Ottolini
  • Fans’ Choice Award: Tim Hicks
  • Record Producer of the Year: Erik Fintelman and Mark Schroor (Robyn Ottolini)
  • Compass Prize: Meghan Patrick
  • Holly & Steve Kassay Generous Spirit Award: Cathie Faint
  • Impact Award: Carroll Baker and Larry Delaney

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