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2018 CCMA Awards: full list of winners

Editorial Staff

Experience the best in new Canadian Country Music. The nominees for the Canadian Country Music Association awards back-to-back and head-to-head. Hear: Dean Brody, Gord Bamford, High Valley and more!

We've just wrapped up Canadian country music's biggest weekend, filled with performances and fan expos and songwriters' circles by some of the genre's biggest names — Terri Clark, Shania Twain, Dean Brody, Gord Bamford, Brett Kissel and Jess Moskaluke, to name just a few. And while everyone was having a line-dancing good time, the Canadian Country Music Association was handing out its awards to the fortunate nominees of the weekend.

Starting with an awards luncheon on Friday, followed by a gala reception Saturday and closing the weekend with the big awards broadcast on Sunday night, a lot happened. Check out the winners below, with names bolded.

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

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

Female artist of the year

- Lindsay Ell
- Madeline Merlo
- Jess Moskaluke
- Meghan Patrick
- Shania Twain

Male artist of the year

- Gord Bamford
- Chad Brownlee
- Brett Kissel
- Dallas Smith
- Bobby Wills

Group or duo of the year

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

Roots artist or group of the year

- The Lovelocks
- Jessica Mitchell
- Lindi Ortega
- The Washboard Union
- Donovan Woods

SiriusXM Rising Star

- Dan Davidson
- Aaron Goodvin
- Hunter Brothers
- Leaving Thomas
- The Reklaws

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

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

Songwriter(s) of the year

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

Interactive artist or group of the year

- Tenille Arts
- Hunter Brothers
- Brett Kissel
- Leaving Thomas
- Nice Horse

Bass player of the year

- Kirby Barber
- Chris Byrne
- Lisa Dodd
- Justin Kudding
- Travis Switzer

Drummer of the year

- Matthew Atkins
- Ben Bradley
- Flavio Cirillo
- Rich DaSilva
- Chad Melchert

Fiddle player of the year

- Denis Dufresne
- Ali Raney
- Mike Sanyshyn
- Tyler Vollrath
- Mark Whitehead

Guitar player of the year

- Derek Caven
- Paul Chapman
- Matt McKay
- Darren Savard
- Geoff Torrn

Keyboard player of the year

- Scott Galloway
- Mike Little
- Bart McKay
- Dale Wallace
- Brendan Waters

Specialty instrument player of the year

- David Barber (banjo)
- Denis Dufresne (banjo)
- Shane Guse (mandolin)
- Mitch Jay (dobro)
- Connor Riddell (banjo)

Steel guitar player of the year

- Chris Altmann
- John Ellis
- Mitch Jay
- Doug Johnson
- Mark Whitehead

Music director of the year (large market)

- Larry Donohue, CFCW, Edmonton, Alta.
- Steph Hansen, CISN-FM/CKRY-FM, Edmonton, Alta./Calgary, Alta.
- Amanda Kingsland, CKBY-FM, Ottawa, Ont.
- Peter Walker, CJKX-FM/CHKX-FM, Oshawa, Ont./Hamilton, Ont.

Music director of the year (medium/small market)

- Shilo Bellis, CJXL-FM, Moncton, N.B.
- Jenn Dalen, CKGY-FM, Red Deer, Alta.
- Paul Ferguson, CHCQ-FM, Belleville, Ont.
- Cal Gratton, CJVR-FM, Melfort, Sask.
- Cory Noel, CKFM-FM, Olds, Alta.

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, Alta.
- The Dakota Tavern, Toronto, Ont.
- Gabby's Country Cabaret, Langley, B.C.
- Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall, Calgary, Alta.
- The Roxy, Vancouver, B.C.

Country festival, fair or exhibition of the year

- Big Valley Jamboree, Camrose, Alta.
- Boots And Hearts Music Festival, Oro-Medonte, Ont.
- Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alta.
- Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Cavendish, P.E.I.
- Rockin' River Country Music Fest - Merritt, B.C.

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 (Be You, Rory Gardiner)
- Design Team: Jason Graham, Photography: John Gaucher (In Comes The Night, Bobby Wills)
- Design Team: Mitchell Nevins, Photography: Margaret Malandruccolo (Loud, Tim Hicks)
- Design Team: Antoine Moonen (Mediavandals), Photography: Delaney Royer (Past the Past, Jess Moskaluke)
- Design Team: Mitchell Nevins, Photography: Phil Crozier (The Squeeze, The Road Hammers)

Recording studio of the year

- Barrytone Studios, St. Clements, Ont.
- Bart McKay Productions, Saskatoon, Sask.
- MCC Recording Studio, Calgary, Alta.
- OCL Studios, Chestermere, Alta.
- Revolution Recording, Toronto, Ont.

Record producer(s) of the year

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

Retailer of the year

- Apple Music
- Spotify Canada Inc.
- Sunrise Records

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


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