CBC and Corus Entertainment Personalities Set to Present at the 2016 CCMA Awards Show Alongside Country Stars and Olympians



(Toronto, ON) September 1, 2016 – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) and broadcast partners CBC and Corus Entertainment’s CMT (Canada) announced this morning a complete list of presenters set to take the stage at the 2016 CCMA Awards Show on Sunday, September 11 at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. Catch all the action and some of Canada’s biggest names in television and country music live on CBC at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), with an encore airing on CMT at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Rio 2016 Team Canada Olympians Melissa Bishop and London’s own Damian Warner will appear as part of the star-studded line-up.
CBC presenters include comedian and actor Jonny Harris, star of Still Standing and Murdoch Mysteries; Heartland’s Alisha Newton; Tom Power, the new host of CBC Radio One’s q, and the four co-hosts of CBC’s highly anticipated new daytime show, The GoodsSteven Sabados, Andrea Bain, Shahir Massoud and 2016 CCMA Awards Show host Jessi Cruickshank who is also the host of Canada`s Smartest Person on CBC. Personalities set to appear on the broadcast from Corus Entertainment’s slew of specialty networks include: Bryan Baeumler, star of HGTV Canada’s new series Bryan Inc.; host of CMT’s Chevy Top 20 Countdown, Paul McGuire; and exterminator extraordinaire, Billy Bretherton of Canadian original series Billy Goes North.
A number of Canada’s favourite country acts will also present CCMA Awards on the broadcast. George Canyon, nominated for Album of the Year and Record Producer(s) of the Year; Kira Isabella, nominated for Female Artist of the Year; and Wes Mack, nominated for Album of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year, will each present awards. Also set to take to the stage and present is Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Murray McLauchlan; Songwriter(s) of the Year nominee, Meghan Patrick; Group or Duo of the Year nominees, The Road Hammers and first-time nominees in four award categories this year, The Washboard Union. Rounding out the Canadian artists presenting on the awards show is Bobby Wills, who is up for Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Songwriters of the Year, as well as multi-CCMA Award winner and member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Michelle Wright.
Special international guests who will be presenting this year include GRAMMY Award-winning Kristian Bush, and Chris Lane, who’s celebrating his recent #1 single with “Fix”. Kiefer Sutherland, who’s currently touring to promote his new country album, Down In A Hole, will present the CCMA Fans’ Choice Award alongside this year’s Ultimate Fan winner, Jan Harrison.
Eight CCMA Awards will be presented during the 2016 CCMA Awards Show, hosted by Jessi Cruickshank (CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person and The Goods). An all-star line-up of performers was previously announced, and is available at ccma.org .
A limited number of tickets for the 2016 CCMA Awards Show are still available and can be purchased online HERE, by calling 1-866-455-2849, or by visiting the Budweiser Gardens Box Office (99 Dundas Street, London, ON).
For more information on the 2016 CCMA Awards Show or Country Music Week, visit ccma.org.


About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2016 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Ontario, the City of London and Tourism London.
About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada's trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
CMT (Canada) is a Corus Entertainment Network. Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.

About Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM)
Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM) is a Toronto-based content creation company, specializing in creating multi-platform content across all genres, including scripted, lifestyle, reality, documentary and sports. The company was launched in 2013 by leading broadcast executive and producer Julie Bristow, whose 20-year career at the CBC included the creation of award-winning entertainment divisions, the launch of national digital media platforms and the stewardship of iconic sports brands. BGM boasts a successful roster of linear and non-linear content, including: NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other (CBC, NBCSN, Rogers), Pressure Cooker (W Network), Hockey Wives (W Network),Canada: The Story of US (CBC), Canadian Country Music Association’s CCMA Awards (CBC and CMT),  Pardon My French (YouTube) and YTV’s daily interstitial brand-driven content. In addition, BGM is partnered with Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions in the UK for content development.
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