Submission-Based Songwriters Selected for the 2016 CCMA Songwriters’ Series


                                               Presented by SOCAN and ole
                                               The CCMA Songwriters’ Series celebrates the crafting of original songs andthe stories behind the words, indulging listeners with
                                               both new and familiar faces in the process. Many consider the greatest aspect of country music, and the facet that makes it resonate                                                  the most as a genre, is its songwriting. This acoustic performance event is a marque series within Country Music Week and is perfect
                                               for anyone who enjoys the art of storytelling or appreciates the craft of songwriting. 

                                               Four sessions comprise the CCMA Songwriters’ Series, which   will take place over the four days of Country Music Week.
                                               Each session features eight Canadian country singer/songwriters; with the exception of the fourth session, being held on Sunday,
                                               September 11, which features four masterclass musicians from both sides of the border.

                                               Twelve artists, those listed below, earned their stature as a   performer in the CCMA Songwriters’ Series as the result of
                                               a submission-based process that was juried by a collection of industry representatives from across the country. The remaining
                                               artists, who will be announced in July, will be selected by a talent advisory committee compiled of industry professionals.

                                               The CCMA extends its congratulations to the acts listed below. 

                                               Successful submission-based songwriters participating in the CCMA Songwriters’ Series (listed in alphabetical order):
                                               Genevieve Fisher
                                               Drew Gregory
                                               Stacey Lee Guse
                                               Darren Gusnowsky and Rob Shapiro of Hey Romeo
                                               Jeff Johnson
                                               Keith and Renee
                                               The Lovelocks
                                               Kayla Luky
                                               Jessica Mitchell
                                               Kelly Prescott
                                               Alex Runions

                                               Sessions 1, 2, 3
                                               Presented by SOCAN
                                               Wolf Performance Hall
                                               Central Library                                                  
                                               251 Dundas Street
                                               London, ON
                                               N6A 6H9

                                               Session 4
                                               Presented by SOCAN and ole
                                               London Music Hall
                                               178 Dundas Street
                                               London, ON
                                               N6A 1G7

                                               Thursday, September 8 (1:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
                                               Friday, September 9 (5:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
                                               Saturday, September 10 (1:30 – 4:00 p.m.)
                                               Sunday, September 11 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

Tickets for each of the four sessions of the CCMA Songwriters' Series will go on sale in July. Keep checking for updated
                                               Country Music Week event and ticket information!


Country Music Week 2016 will be held in London, Ontario, September 8 – 11. This marks the first time the event is being held in the city of London, and is a 40th anniversary celebration for the CCMA. For more information on Country Music Week, or the CCMA Songwriters’ Series, visit


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.

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