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2017 CCMA Awards: all the best moments

Caroline Szwed

Find out who took home this year's CCMA Awards.

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Canadian country music is taking over Saskatoon, Sask., for the 2017 Canadian Country Music Association Awards, and we want to make sure you don't skip a beat.

The CBC Music team is on the ground and bringing you full coverage of the best sights and sounds from the country scene in downtown Saskatoon, from the John Deere green carpet to the 2017 CCMA Awards show all the way to your favourite Canadian country artists and more.

We've got you covered all weekend — it'll feel like you're there with us. Scroll down for highlights of the weekend so far, and don't forget to check back for updates. Head to to get full coverage of the nominees and winners.

Did you know Saskatoon, also known as the City of Bridges, has seven structures that span the South Saskatchewan River? The CBC Music team touched down in Saskatoon and were greeted by not only beautiful weather but beautiful scenery as well.

A look at the South Saskatchewan River while CBC Music covers the 2017 CCMA Awards.

Canadian country artist Madeline Merlo — a nominee for female artist of the year — wasted no time getting onstage at her Motel Flamingo event on the Friday night.

Madeline Merlo performing at Motel Flamingo event at the 2017 CCMA Awards.

This creative country arrangement is in fact edible. Did you do a double take? It almost looks too good to eat. Almost.

A CCMA Awards Show cake!

An empty and beautiful Sid Buckwold Theatre prior to the CCMA Legends Show: A Tribute to Yesterday & Today.

TCU Place prior to the CCMA Legends Show in Saskatoon.
Sid Buckwold Theatre

The CCMA Legends Show paid tribute to Canadian country hits, past and present. One of the star-studded acts of the night included the Hunter Brothers, with a surprise guest performance from this year's Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Paul Brandt.

Paul Brandt performs with the Hunter Brothers at the 2017 CCMA Legends Show.

An electric and fierce Meghan Patrick, who is nominated for female artist of the year, took the stage at the CCMA Rock'n Country Cabaret at Saskatoon's Prairieland Park.

Patrick was one of many performers at the epic country event. She was joined by other country artists like Brody Siebert, Tenille Arts, the Johner Brothers, Jason Blaine, the Road Hammers, Tim Hicks and Chad Brownlee.

Meghan Patrick performs at the CCMA Rock’n Country Cabaret.

Ladies and gentlemen, here are your 2017 CCMA Awards pre-show hosts! CBC Music's Monika Platek (centre) will stand alongside CCMA Awards nominee JoJo Mason (right) and CCMA Ultimate Fan Contest winner Scott Sykes (left).

Monika Platek, Jojo Mason and CCMA Ultimate Fan Contest winner Scott at the CCMA FanFest event.

The trio opened SiriusXM's FanFest at Prairieland Park with a Facebook Live introducing themselves, the weekend and all pre-show streaming information.


FanFest is a great opportunity for Canadian country music artists to interact with their fans. The event featured back-to-back performances by 14 of Canada's biggest country names, all nominated for 2017 CCMA Awards.

Once the artists were done performing, fans were able to meet and greet their favourite country artists and capture the moment with a photo. Below, Cold Creek County and Aaron Pritchett welcome their fans to the event.

Cold Creek County takes time to greet fans at Sirius XM's FanFest at the 2017 CCMA Awards.
Aaron Pritchett greets a fan at Sirius XM's FanFest event.

In the spirit of the John Deere green carpet at the CCMA Awards, here's a photo of a mighty large tractor used by farmers that was on display at the FanFest event.

A John Deere tractor at FanFest.

Madeline Merlo took a few seconds out of her busy schedule to talk to CBC Music about the importance of FanFest and interacting with country music fans.

"You kind of get reminded, 'I'm here because of them,' so it's really cool to give that back and have the chance to hang out with them," said Merlo.


There's no denying that the CCMA Awards are one busy weekend for Canadian country artists, but that didn't stop attending artists from being excited to see their fans.

How do we know this? Check out their social media accounts!


In the midst of all the action, some country artists went from nominees to winners at the CCMA Gala Dinner and Awards on Saturday night.

Hailing from Hudson Bay, Sask., Kalsey Kulyk took home the CCMA Discovery Award.

Not only did Brett Kissel win interactive artist of the year, but he brought a very big country music fan with him. One of Olivia's (left) wishes was to go to the CCMA Awards and meet Brett Kissel.

"It was very special that we got to celebrate this together and let her hold a CCMA Award," said Kissel.

Brett Kissel wins Interactive artist of the year and brings a bring country fan with him, Olivia.

Dallas Smith won a CCMA Award for top-selling Canadian album of the year with his 2016 release, Side Effects.

Dallas Smith wins a CCMA Award for top selling Canadian album of the year for Side Effects.

"It is overwhelming when you actually win an award amongst contemporaries that you absolutely admire the whole time. It's hard to explain," said David Roberts of the Washboard Union, who won for roots artist of the year.

The Washboard Union won roots artist of the year at the 2017 CCMA Awards.

Here are the rest of the Canadian country music artists who went home with 2017 CCMA Awards:


That's a wrap! The 2017 CCMA Awards are officially over. In the spirit of a successful awards show, here's a picture of Meghan Patrick and Brett Kissel toasting and celebrating a memorable year.


More to explore:

2017 CCMA Awards: full list of winners

New stream: listen to the best in Canadian country music