CCMA Noms, Host Announced

VANCOUVER (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced this year's CCMA Awards nominees and that the host for this year's ceremony will be..wait for it..Jason Priestley.

Johnny Reid leads the pack this year with a total of six noms, including nods for Single of the Year, Album of the Year for Dance With Me, Songwriter of the Year, CMT Video of the Year for "A Woman Like You", Male Artist of the Year and the CCMA Fans’ Choice Award.

Also with five nominations is songwriter turned recording artist, Victoria Banks, whose debut album, When You Can Fly earned her nominations for not only Album of the Year but also Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Female Artist of the year and the Rising Star Award.

Other Final Ballot heavy hitters include the 2008 Top New Male Talent of the Year, Gord Bamford who scored four nominations and newcomer Dean Brody who including a nomination for Rising Star also had nominations for Single of the Year, CMT Video of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

This year's awards ceremony is set to take place in Vancouver on September 13th at the GM Place. The awards will be carried on CBC Television and rebroadcast on CMT in Canada.

The event will be hosted by the aforementioned Jason Priestley, who you may remember from his role as the dashing Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210 among other roles. Featured among the scheduled performers at this year's ceremony are country music icon Reba McEntire, George Canyon, Terri Clark, Doc Walker, Jessie Farrell, Martina McBride, Aaron Pritchett, and Johnny Reid.


2009 CCMA Awards Nominees


FANS' CHOICE AWARD

George Canyon | Doc Walker | Jessie Farrell | Aaron Pritchett | Johnny Reid


SINGLE OF THE YEAR

A Woman Like You – Johnny Reid
Brothers – Dean Brody
Just Like You – George Canyon
Little Guy – Gord Bamford
The Wheel – Victoria Banks


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Dance With Me – Johnny Reid
Dawn Of A New Day – Crystal Shawanda
Thankful – Aaron Pritchett
What I Do – George Canyon
When You Can Fly – Victoria Banks


SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

A Woman Like You (written by Johnny Reid / Brent Maher; recorded by Johnny Reid)
Brothers (written by Dean Brody; recorded by Dean Brody)
Little Guy (written by Gord Bamford; recorded by Gord Bamford)
One Last Sundown (written by Jon Mabe /Chris Thorsteinson / Dave Wasyliw; recorded by Doc Walker)
The Wheel (written by Victoria Banks / Tia Sillers; recorded by Victoria Banks)


CMT VIDEO OF THE YEAR

A Woman Like You – Johnny Reid
Brothers – Dean Brody
Go To Bed Angry – Tara Oram
Just Like You – George Canyon
Little Guy – Gord Bamford


FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Victoria Banks | Terri Clark | Jessie Farrell | Tara Oram | Crystal Shawanda


MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gord Bamford | Jason Blaine | Paul Brandt | George Canyon | Johnny Reid


GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

Doc Walker | Emerson Drive | Hey Romeo | The Higgins | Jo Hikk


ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Ridley Bent | Shane Chisholm | The Higgins | Corb Lund | Mike Plume Band


RISING STAR

Victoria Banks | Dean Brody | Jo Hikk | Damian Marshall | Tara Oram


2009 CCMA All-Star Band Award Nominees

DRUMS
Matthew Atkins (Jason Blaine)
Mark Branconnier (Gord Bamford)
Steve Broadhurst (Doc Walker)
Adam Dowling (George Canyon)
Jesse Godin (Jessie Farrell)


BASS

Joe Butcher (George Canyon)
John Dymond (Various)
Ryland Haggis (Jessie Farrell)
Sue Levesque (Gord Bamford)
Brent Pearen (Doc Walker)


GUITAR

Jason Barry (Various)
Paul Chapman (Beverley Mahood)
Matt McKay (Gord Bamford)
Murray Pulver (Doc Walker)
Jesse Tucker (Jessie Farrell)


KEYBOARDS

Mike Little (George Canyon)
Bart McKay (Various)
Mike Norman (Aaron Pritchett)
Rob Shapiro (Hey Romeo)
Dale Wallace (Emerson Drive)


FIDDLE

Denis Dufresne (Various)
Shane Guse (Jason Blaine/George Canyon)
Donny Parenteau (Donny Parenteau)
David Pichette (Emerson Drive)
Ben Rutz (Johnny Reid)


STEEL GUITAR

Jeff Bradshaw (Gord Bamford)
Kenny Greer (The Road Hammers)
Doug Johnson (Various)
Ed Ringwald (George Canyon)
Grant Siemens (Corb Lund)


SPECIAL INSTRUMENT

Shane Chisholm – Stand Up Bass (Shane Chisholm)
Denis Dufresne – Mandolin (Deric Ruttan)
Eileen Higgins – Mandolin (The Higgins)
Mike Norman – Saxophone (Johnny Reid)
Curtis Tulman – Harmonica (The Cruzeros)


2009 CCMA Industry Award Nominees

MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Big Ride Management | O'Reilly International Entertainment Management
RGK Entertainment Group Inc. | Simkin Artist Management | Stark Ravings


BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR

The Agency Group | Cressman Sakamoto Agency | LiveTourArtists
Matomo Entertainment Corp. | Paquin Entertainment


TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Kelly Berehulka (Casinos of Winnipeg) | Jan Campbell (Calgary Stampede) |
Jim Cressman (Cressman Sakamoto Agency) | Ron Sakamoto (Gold & Gold Productions Ltd.)
Larry Werner (Big Valley Jamboree)


COUNTRY CLUB OF THE YEAR

Cook County Saloon – Edmonton, AB | Gabby's Country Cabaret – Langley, BC
The Pump Roadhouse – Regina, SK | Ralph's Texas Bar and Steakhouse – Medicine Hat, AB
Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall – Calgary, AB


ALBUM DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Susan Michalek/Christopher Wadsworth – Chasing The Sun (Tara Oram)
Dave Gouveia – Gettin' There (Diane Chase)
Patrick Duffy/Rob Waymen – Unmistakable (Beverley Mahood)
Garnet Armstrong/Mark Maryanovich – What I Do (George Canyon)
Patrick Duffy/Rob Waymen – What's Your Story (Darren McGinnis)


WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

docwalker.ca (Doc Walker) – Ashley Harms/Tim Neufeld/House of Bands, Webmasters
georgecanyon.com (George Canyon) – Wendy Gilmour/Torne White, Webmasters
paulbrandt.com (Paul Brandt) – Dale Manning, Webmaster
taraoram.com (Tara Oram) – Ashley Harms /Tim Neufeld/House of Bands, Webmasters
victoriabanks.net (Victoria Banks) – Creative Juices, Webmaster


VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Warren P. Sonoda, Director – Go To Bed Angry (Tara Oram)
Colin Minihan, Director – Just Like You (George Canyon)
Stephano Barberis, Director – Little Guy (Gord Bamford)
Warren P. Sonoda, Director – My Kind Of Radio (Jo Hikk)
Stephano Barberis, Director – Second Hand Car (The Higgins)


MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

BPM Entertainment Corp. | Grand & Gee Music Group | ole
Royalty Music Publishing Inc. | Universal Music Publishing Group


RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR

Carolyn Dawn Johnson/Phil O'Donnell/Chris Perry/Murray Pulver, Producers – Chasing The Sun (Tara Oram)
Jason Barry, Producer – Gettin' There (Diane Chase)
Dean Maher/Mitch Merrett/Mike Norman/Aaron Pritchett, Producers – Thankful (Aaron Pritchett)
Jason Barry, Producer – What's Your Story (Darren McGinnis)
Victoria Banks, Producer – When You Can Fly (Victoria Banks)


RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR

Armoury Studios – Vancouver, BC | Barrytone Studios – St. Clements , ON
Bart McKay Productions – Saskatoon, SK | Cedartree Recording Studio – Kitchener, ON
MCC Recording Studio – Calgary, AB


RECORD COMPANY OF THE YEAR

306 Records | EMI Music Canada | Open Road Recordings | Royalty Records Inc.
Universal Music Canada


RECORD COMPANY PERSON OF THE YEAR

Ron Harwood (EMI Music Canada) | Ron Kitchener (Open Road Recordings)
Louis O'Reilly (306 Records/On Ramp Records) | Rob Smith (Royalty Records Inc.)
Jill Snell (Road Angel Entertainment)


RETAILER OF THE YEAR

CD Plus | HMV Canada Inc. | iTunes Canada | Play Entertainment | Walmart Canada Corp.


2009 CCMA Broadcast Award Nominees

COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM OR SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
Canadian Coast to Coast (CJVR – FM) | Chevy Cross Canada Countdown (CMT)
The Dakota Sessions (CMT) | Live At Revival (CMT)
Sounds Canadian (Syndicated Radio)


COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR, OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR

Big Valley Jamboree — Camrose, AB | Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB
Dauphin's Countryfest — Dauphin, MB | Manitoulin Country Fest – Little Current, ON
MountainFest – Merritt, BC


MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Major Market
Chris Harding (CJBX-FM) – London, ON | Mike McGuire (CISN-FM) – Edmonton, AB
Mark Patric (CJJR-FM) – Vancouver, BC | Scott Phillips (CKRY-FM) – Calgary, AB
Jay Richards (CJWW) – Saskatoon, SK | Abbey White (CHNK-FM) – Winnipeg, MB


MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Secondary Market
David Baker (CJVR-FM) — Melfort, SK | Tim Day (CKGY-FM) – Red Deer, AB
Bruce Leperre (CKDM) — Dauphin, MB | KT Timmermans (CFRM-FM) – Manitoulin, ON
Peter Walker (CJKX-FM) – Oshawa, ON


– CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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