August 9, 2017
Gord Bamford, Tim Hicks, Meghan Patrick and The Washboard Union to Perform on the 2017 CCMA Awards Show
(Toronto, ON) August 9, 2017 – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced that Gord Bamford joined by Jim Cuddy, Tim Hicks, Meghan Patrick and The Washboard Union will all perform on the 2017 CCMA Awards Show. In addition, Canadian broadcaster icon Ron MacLean will present Paul Brandt’s induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Taking place at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 10, the show will broadcast on CBC at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) that night. Already announced to perform are Dean Brody, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel, Jess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith and international guest, Blake Shelton.
Gord Bamford stands as one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with an impressive 22 CCMA Awards and multiple JUNO Award nominations. He’s also recognized stateside as one of only three Canadians, and the only two-time winner, of the Country Music Association’s 2013 and 2015 CMA Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award. It’s his distinctive sound and songwriting ability that defines Gord Bamford as one of country music’s best neotraditional artists. Celebrating its 10th year, the Gord Bamford Foundation has raised over 3 million dollars for various children’s charities. Acclaimed singer/songwriter, Jim Cuddy, will join Bamford for a memorable collaboration on the CCMA Awards Show stage.
Multi-Platinum country star Tim Hicks has cemented his reputation as an elite chart topping act since making his country label debut in 2013. Hicks’ catalogue of highly praised releases have earned the award winning entertainer, ten Top 10 singles, two Platinum certified singles, five GOLD certified singles and a GOLD certified album, in addition to multiple sold-out headlining dates and tours across the country. With multiple 2017 CCMA Award nominations, Hicks recently announced that he will bring the celebrated Shake These Walls Tour to Quebec for six headlining dates in January and February (2018).
Born and raised in Bowmanville, Ontario, Meghan Patrick has dedicated her entire life to music. Meghan has quickly made a name for herself since signing to Warner Music Canada. Her debut album, Grace & Grit features her Top 10 hit “Still Loving You”, the top 15 singles “Be Country with Me” and “Grace & Grit” and her Top 20 debut “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”. Meghan has spent 2017 touring, first crossing the country with Tom Cochrane, then performing on the summer festival circuit. In addition to her three CCMA Award nominations Meghan has also taken home four CMAO Awards this year.
Led by Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe and David Roberts, The Washboard Union are two-time CCMA Award winners, having took home the 2016 Rising Star and Roots Artist or Group of the Year Awards and three-time BCCMA Award winners. "They are destined to be the new kings of country music," according to CBC. The band had 3 Top 20 singles (2 Top 10) last year with "Maybe It’s the Moonshine" and "Shot of Glory”, and their 2017 single “Shine” was the #1 most added song to Canadian country radio upon its debut. Their music has proven the band as a unique and desirable band to watch for.
Paul Brandt has earned the accolade of most played Canadian country artist in the history of country radio (Nielsen/BDS). According to Nielsen, of the top 10 Canadian country songs, four were Paul Brandt singles, and his song “My Heart Has A History” is the most played Canadian country song since the chart began in 1996. His 11 career albums have spawned hit singles, multiple awards, as well as Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications. Ron MacLean, who has worked with Brandt over the years at the Calgary Stampede and Roger’s Hometown Hockey, will present Brandt’s induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
The 2017 CCMA Awards Show will see eight CCMA Awards presented, including the Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award. This prestigious award, voted on by country music fans, is once again stacked with powerhouse male artists: Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, High Valley and Dallas Smith. This year, there are three ways for fans to engage with their favourite Canadian country music act and vote:
- Visit fanvote.ccma.org and click on their favourite act,
- Visit applemusic.com/CCMAawards and listen to their favourite act,
- Take to social media and hashtag their choice for the Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award.
For full details on how to take advantage of these opportunities to vote for the 2017 Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, CLICK HERE.
Additional CCMA Award Show performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the 2017 CCMA Awards Show are still available. Tickets can be purchased online HERE, by calling 1-800-970-7328, or by visiting the SaskTel Centre Box Office (3515 Thatcher Ave., Saskatoon, SK).
For more information on the 2017 CCMA Awards Show or PotashCorp 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 PotashCorp Country Music Week and the 2017 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 Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatchewan and Tourism Saskatoon. Produced with the participation of the Bell Fund.
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 Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.