On a hot Sunday night in London, the Ontario country music community came together to recognize greatness in the genre over the last 12 months, and it was a party for everyone involved.
The Country Music Association of Ontario awards were handed out at Centennial Hall, with host Jason McCoy (The Road Hammers) keeping the audience entertained and the show moving forward as planned. And as it moved forward it became clear that the 2017 Awards were a coming out party for one small town Ontario singer in particular.
Bowmanville’s Meghan Patrick was the big winner of the evening, taking home trophies for Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Rising Star, and Music Video of the Year. With hits and crowd favourites Bow Chicka Wow Wow, Grace & Grit, Still Loving You, and the new single, Be Country With Me, it should be no real surprise to see Patrick recognized to this degree by her peers and industry professionals. And while she may be living in Nashville right now, we know that Meghan Patrick still holds a soft spot and a lot of love for her Ontario hometown.
Meghan Patrick, via CMAO
Other big winners on the night included Tim Hicks (Male Artist of the Year), whose Live album is definitely worth a listen if you haven’t checked that out yet, Cold Creek County (Group or Duo of the Year), who have a busy summer coming up, James Barker Band (Fans’ Choice), who are on fire right now after their tour with Dean Brody, and River Town Saints (Single of the Year), who have a brand new single, Woke Up Like This, and self titled album available now.
It’s a great thing to see the Ontario country music community come together with their peers and fans for a night like this, and it’s amazing to see the smiles and looks of love in the eyes of the winners, their families, and their devoted fans.
Check out the full list of artist award winners, as well as some of our favourite photos of the 2017 CMAO Award winners live in action over the last few years!
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
RISING STAR AWARD
(sponsored by Slaight Music)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(sponsored by Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario & International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)
Grace and Grit – Meghan Patrick
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(sponsored by Long & McQuade)
Bow Chicka Wow Wow – Meghan Patrick
(sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation)
James Barker Band
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
(sponsored by Havelock Country Jamboree)
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
(sponsored by The Remington Group)
Cold Creek County
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(sponsored by KICX 106)
Cherry Bomb – River Town Saints
ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
(sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines)
The Abrams, via CMAO
SONGWRITER (S) OF THE YEAR
(sponsored by SOCAN)
Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman – Came Here to Forget, performed by Blake Shelton
RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR
Jason Barry (Dean Brody, Genevieve Fisher, The Western Swing Authority, Tianna Woods)