CCMA Awards returns to London this November, for a second time inside the CCMA’s 45th Annual Country Music Week and awards, a 1st London return in 5 years, since 2016.
COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK 2021 AND CCMA AWARDS MOVED TO the END OF NOVEMBER.
LONDON, February 2, 2021 – The 2021 CCMA Awards presented by TD and Country Music Week 2021 previously scheduled for September 9-12 in London, Ontario will now take place November 26-29, 2021.
“In what is poised to be one of the first major events hosted by our city on the road to recovery, moving the dates allows us to host a safer, more inclusive event,” says Natalie Wakabayashi, Director of Culture & Entertainment Tourism for Tourism London. “The host organizing committee is working hard with the CCMA team to plan a number of exciting events for our community leading up to and including Country Music Week and the awards show.”
The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) plans to kick-off Country Music Week 2021 on Friday, November 26th. The CCMA Fan Village, CCMA Songwriters’ Series, CCMA Legends Show, CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards as well as CCMA Seminar Series will all be a part of the Country Music Week 2021 schedule. The week will culminate with Canada’s biggest night of country music – the CCMA Awards presented by TD, on Monday, November 29th at Budweiser Gardens.
A full schedule of events, including ticketing information, will be shared in the coming months
Today, the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) is proud to announce London, Ontario as the home for the 2021 CCMA Awards presented by TD.
Today the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) is proud to announce London, Ontario as the home for the 2021 CCMA Awards presented by TD. Returning to London after a 5-year hiatus, the 2021 CCMA Awards presented by TD will be broadcast live from Budweiser Gardens on Monday, Novermber 29th, 2021.
“We know from experience that London loves country music and we can’t wait to turn up the dial in a city that has been celebrating country music full-force since we were last there in 2016,” said CCMA President, Tracy Martin. “We are very eager to work alongside the City of London to create a fantastic week of programming and look forward to the outstanding hospitality the city has become known for.”
With its return to London, Country Music Week 2021 will include events such as Songwriters’ Series, SiriusXM Top of the Country Showcase, Fan Village, CCMA Legends Show, the 2021 CCMA Awards Red Carpet and the 2021 CCMA Awards. Tickets for all events will be available for purchase in the coming months.
“I’ve often said London is an “urban oasis in a sea of agriculture,” but make no mistake – we are absolutely a country music town. In fact, London is fast developing a reputation as ‘Nashville North,’ and for good reason,” boasted London’s Mayor Holder. “After hosting the CCMA Awards Show in 2016, we welcomed the CMAOntario Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2020, and now we absolutely can’t wait to roll out the welcome mat for the CCMAs in 2021. We truly could not be more excited. We’ve learned so much since first welcoming the best in Canadian Country Music to London, and I have no doubt we’ll set the bar even higher next year.”
FYI – It all began in 1977 as an annual event created to heighten awareness and increase exposure for Canada’s country music artists. Today, Country Music Week is made up of three components:a music festival, which includes CCMA Fan Village, a Songwriters’ Series, talent showcases, FanFest, and the Legends Show; the CCMA Awards Show, which is a two-hour live, television special highlighting a year in country music; as well as an industry conference which allows the Canadian country music industry to honour those working behind the scenes via educational workshops and seminars, networking receptions, awards ceremonies and much more!
2021 Host City is
London, ON and will be running Nov. 26 – 29, 2021
FYI – Past Host Cities
1977 – Ottawa, ON
1978 – Regina, SK
1979 – Toronto, ON
1980 – Winnipeg, MB
1981 – Ottawa, ON
1982 – Halifax, NS
1983 – Regina, SK
1984 – Moncton, NB
1985 – Edmonton, AB
1986 – Winnipeg, MB
1987 – Vancouver, BC
1988 – Toronto, ON
1989 – Ottawa, ON
1990 – Edmonton, AB
1991 – Hamilton, ON
1992 – Calgary, AB
1993 – Hamilton, ON
1994 – Calgary, AB
1995 – Hamilton, ON
1996 – Calgary, AB
1997 – Hamilton, ON
1998 – Calgary, AB
1999 – Ottawa, ON
2000 – Edmonton, AB
2001 – Calgary, AB
2002 – Calgary, AB
2003 – Calgary, AB
2004 – Edmonton, AB
2005 – Calgary, AB
2006 – Saint John, NB
2007 – Regina, SK
2008 – Winnipeg, MB
2009 – Vancouver, BC
2010 – Edmonton, AB
2011 – Hamilton, ON
2012 – Saskatoon, SK
2013 – Edmonton, AB
2014 – Edmonton, AB
2015 – Halifax, NS
2016 – London, ON
2017 – Saskatoon, SK
2018 – Hamilton, ON
2019 – Calgary, AB
2020 – Virtual
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CCMA AWARDS OVERVIEW
Each year, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) honours its members who have excelled during the past year, with a Canadian Country Music Association Award.
The CCMA Awards are voted upon by the membership* in a three stage ballot process; during the first of which, potential Candidates who have released product within the eligibility period and meet the criteria outlined in the Rules & Regulations, are brought forward for consideration and nominated by the voting membership through a ‘write-in’ ballot. The Second Ballot presents the top ten eligible contenders, as verified by the Awards and Balloting Committee, who have received the most votes in each category to be voted upon for the Third (and final) Ballot, which contains the top five contenders in each category, who become the final five nominees.
See website for the full Rules & Regulations for the CCMA Awards Program.
Should you have an idea for a potential new CCMA Award category, please contact Karina Davison at the CCMA office at email@example.com or at 416-947-1331 ext. 218. Click over to website to review the CCMA Award Category Submission Form.
* Only CCMA Members who have renewed before May 1 may vote; this process does not apply to Fans’ Choice, Top Selling Album of the Year, Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year, and Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year, all of which have their own unique selection process (go to website yo see 2021 Rules & Regulations for details).
ARTIST AWARDS (15 AWARDS)
- Entertainer of the Year (Award #1)
- Album of the Year (Award #2)
- Fans’ Choice (Award #3)
- Female Artist of the Year (Award #4)
- Group or Duo of the Year (Award #5)
- Interactive Artist of the Year (Award #6)
- Male Artist of the Year (Award #7)
- Rising Star (Award #8)
- Alternative Country Album of the Year (Award #9)
- Single of the Year (Award #10)
- Songwriter(s) of the Year (Award #11)
- Top Selling Album of the Year (Award #12)
- Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year (Award #13)
- Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year (Award #14)
- Video of the Year (Award #15)
MUSICIAN AWARDS (7 AWARDS)
- Bass Player of the Year (Award #16)
- Drummer of the Year (Award #17)
- Fiddle Player of the Year (Award #18)
- Guitar Player of the Year (Award #19)
- Keyboard Player of the Year (Award #20)
- Specialty Instrument Player of the Year (Award #21)
- Steel Guitar Player of the Year (Award #22)
RADIO AWARDS (5 AWARDS)
- Music Director of the Year (Large Market) (Award #23)
- Music Director of the Year (Medium or Small Market) (Award #24)
- Country Personality(ies) of the Year (Award #25)
- Radio Station of the Year (Large Market) (Award #26)
- Radio Station of the Year (Medium or Small Market) (Award #27)
INDUSTRY AWARDS (12 AWARDS)
- Booking Agency of the Year (Award #28)
- Country Club of the Year (Award #29) – paused for 2021
- Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year (Award #30) – paused for 2021
- Country Music Program or Special of the Year (Award #31)
- Management Company of the Year (Award #32)
- Music Publishing Company of the Year (Award #33)
- Record Company of the Year (Award #34)
- Industry Person of the Year (Award #35)
- Creative Director(s) of the Year (Award #36)
- Recording Studio of the Year (Award #37)
- Record Producer(s) of the Year (Award #38)
- Retailer of the Year (Award #39)
- Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year (Award #40)
- Video Director of the Year (Award #41)
Opens Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET – Closes Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Opens Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET – Closes Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Third and Final Ballot:
Opens Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET – Closes Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Finalists perform at CCMA’s Country Music Week in 2021 and the winner will win $25,000
And the title of SiriusXM’s Top of the Country
The semi-finalists get the mentorship opportunity of a lifetime, and a chance to perform in front of some of the best crowds in country music.
Finalists will be flown to Nashville with SOCAN for a week-long songwriting trip.
The winner will also receive a spot at a SOCAN songwriting camp.