Kissel, Brody win big at Canadian Country Music Association Awards

September 12, 2016

Country music harbours a powerhouse industry, and the Canadian country music scene came together this past weekend in London, Ontario to recognize some of its biggest stars of the past year. It was an especially momentous occasion with the Canadian Country Music Association celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The evening kicked off with a performance of Tim Hicks’ hometown pride banger “Stompin’ Ground.” Both nominated for five Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMAs), the two biggest winners of the night were Alberta’s Brett Kissel and British Columbia’s Dean Brody, who each took home three awards. Kissel, inspired by the upcoming election down South, said he’d been campaigning for the fan favourite award pretty hard (“My big motto’s been, ‘Don’t vote for Trump, don’t vote for Clinton, vote for Brett Kissel”), and he managed to snag that and male artist of the year.

Saskatchewanite Jess Moskaluke took home female artist of the year to extend her streak to a three-peat, and Brody, who won a country album of the year JUNO Award in April for Gypsy Road, grabbed songwriter of the year.

Washboard Union of Vancouver were named the year’s Rising Star, and Gord Bamford, who won big in 2015, snatched album of the year for Tin Roof, thanking sponsor Jack Daniels during his acceptance speech (because of course someone would thank whiskey at a country awards show). Kiefer Sutherland, who also recently released a country record, was supposed to present an award but alas, the 24 star couldn’t make it due to the production schedule of a new show he’s working on.

The complete list of 2016 CCMA Awards winners is here.

 

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Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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