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CCMA Full Slate of 2003 Nominees

(CelebrityAccess News Service) — The Canadian Country Music Association's Country Music Awards will be handed out during Canadian Country Music Week on September 8 in Calgary. The CCMA nominees for the 2003 Canadian Country Music Awards are:

Fans’ Choice Award:
Paul Brandt, Terri Clark, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Aaron Lines, Shania Twain,

Single of the Year:
Cry A Little – Gil Grand,
Forever And For Always – Shania Twain,
I Just Wanna Be Mad – Terri Clark,
Rocket Girl – Doc Walker,
You Can’t Hide Beautiful – Aaron Lines

Album of the Year:
Free – Brad Johner,
Living Out Loud – Aaron Lines,
Pain To Kill – Terri Clark,
Up! – Shania Twain,
Workin’ On It – Adam Gregory

SOCAN Song of the Year:
Cry A Little (written by Gil Grand / Odie Blackmon; recorded by Gil Grand),
Forever And For Always (written by Shania Twain / R.J. Lange; recorded by Shania Twain),
Free (written by Brad Johner / James Grandy; recorded by Brad Johner),
Rocket Girl (written by Jason McCoy / Denny Carr; recorded by Doc Walker),
Whiskey And Wine (written by Lisa Brokop / Ryan Reynolds; recorded by Lisa Brokop)

CMT Video of the Year:
Cry A Little – Gil Grand,
Forever And For Always – Shania Twain,
I Just Wanna Be Mad – Terri Clark,
I’m Gonna Getcha Good – Shania Twain,
You Can’t Hide Beautiful – Aaron Lines

Top Selling Album:
Country Croonin’ – Anne Murray,
Drive – Alan Jackson,
Home – Dixie Chicks,
Unleashed – Toby Keith,
Up! – Shania Twain

Female Artist of the Year:
Lisa Brokop, Terri Clark, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Shania Twain, Michelle Wright

Male artist of the Year:
Paul Brandt, Adam Gregory, Aaron Lines, Jason McCoy, Duane Steele

Group or Duo of the Year:
Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Ennis Sisters, The Good Brothers, Poverty Plainsmen

Roots Artist or Group of the Year:
Kathleen Edwards, Great Big Sea, Sean Hogan, The Corb Lund Band, Jimmy Rankin

Rising Star Award:
Samantha King, Aaron Lines, Jake Mathews, Deric Ruttan, Dean Tuftin

2003 CCMA Industry Award Nominees

Manager of the Year:
Bruce Allen (Martina McBride/Anne Murray/Tebey), Dean Brokop (Lisa Brokop),
Margaret Dahmer (Adam Gregory), Ron Kitchener (Doc Walker/Jason McCoy),
Gerry Leiske (Emerson Drive)

Booking Agent of the Year:
Paul Biro (The Key Entertainment Group), Jim Cressman (The Key Entertainment Group), Tinti Moffat (William Morris Agency), Julian Paquin (Paquin Entertainment),
Greg Thomas (The Key Entertainment Group)

Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year:
Jack Blakely (Havelock Jamboree), Ron Sakamoto (Gold &Gold Productions),
Richard Sharpe (NEXT Presentations Canada), Mark Smith (Big Dog Entertainment),
Ron Sparling (Laurie-Ann Entertainment Agency)

Country Club of the Year:
Cook County Saloon — Edmonton, AB, Cowboys — Calgary, AB, Nashville North — Norval, ON, The Pump Roadhouse — Regina, SK, Ranchman’s Restaurant — Calgary, AB

Album Graphics of the Year:
Janine Boudreau, Art Director – Singin’ A Different Tune (Rick Tippe),
Patrick Duffy, Art Director – Burnin’ (Gil Grand),
Patrick Duffy, Art Director – Shut Up And Kiss Me (Michelle Wright),
Jeff Sylvester, Art Director – Five Dollar Bill (The Corb Lund Band),
Nick Vongthavy, Art Director – Workin’ On It (Adam Gregory)

Video Director of the Year:
Stephano Barberis, Director – Singin’ A Different Tune (Rick Tippe),
Ted Ellis, Director — Rocket Girl (Doc Walker),
Steven Goldman, Director — Only God (Emerson Drive),
Shawn Maher, Director — Living Out Loud (Aaron Lines),
Joel Stewart, Director — Bullet Proof (Blue Rodeo)

Music Publishing Company of the Year:
Blue Leaf Music Ltd., BMG Music Publishing Canada, Moon Tan Music,
Stony Plain Recording Co. Ltd., Universal Music Canada

Record Producer of the Year:
Joel Feeney – Rocket Girl (Doc Walker), Jason Barry – Richard Hutt – Burnin’ (Gil Grand),
Richard Hutt – Really (Jamie Warren),David C. Martin – Workin’ On It (Adam Gregory),
Bart McKay – Free (Brad Johner)

Recording Studio of the Year:
Blue Leaf Music – Calgary, AB, Cedartree Recording Studio – Kitchener, ON,
Inception Sound – Toronto, ON, Louis Sedmak Productions — Edmonton, AB,
The Warehouse Studio Inc. – Vancouver, BC

Major Record Company of the Year:
BMG Canada Inc., EMI Music Canada, Sony Music Canada Inc.,
Universal Music Canada, Warner Music Canada Ltd.

Independent Record Company of the Year:
MapleMusic Recording, Moon Tan Music, Royalty Records Inc.,
Spin Music Inc., Stony Plain Recording Co. Ltd.

Record Company Person of the Year:
Warren Copnick (BMG Canada Inc.), Tom Cross (Spin Music Inc.),
Ed Harris (Royalty Records), Ron Harwood (Universal Music Canada),
Donna Lidster (Universal Music Canada)

Retailer of the Year:
A&B Sound, CD Plus, HMV, Wal-Mart, Zellers

Record Store of the Year:
A&B Sound — Chinook Centre, Calgary, AB, HMV—Southcentre, Calgary, AB,
HMV – West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, AB, Sam The Record Man—Young Street, Toronto, ON,
Wal-Mart – Highway 11, Orillia, ON

Country Event of the Year:
Big Valley Jamboree — Camrose, AB, Calgary Stampede — Calgary, AB,
Merritt Mountain Music Festival – Merritt, BC,| Say Hay – Edmonton / Calgary, AB,
Watershed Festival — Walkerton, ON

2003 CCMA Independent Award Nominees

Independent Males Artist of the Year:
Steve Fox, Gil Grand, Duane Steele, Rick Tippe, Dean Tuftin

Independent Female Artist of the Year:
Lisa Brokop, Diane Chase, Beverley Mahood, Laura Rose, Bobbi Smith

Independent Group or Duo of the Year:
The Cruzeros, Doc Walker, Johner Brothers, Poverty Plainsmen, Steele Heart

Independent Song of the Year:
Cheap Red Wine – Steve Fox (Steve Fox / Jimmy Melton),
Cry A Little – Gil Grand (Gil Grand / Odie Blackmon),
I’m Not So Little Anymore – Dean Tuftin (Randy Albright / Ben Hayslip),
Rocket Girl – Doc Walker (Jason McCoy / Denny Carr),
Singin’ A Different Tune – Rick Tippe (Rick Tippe)

2003 CCMA Broadcast Award Nominees

Country Music Program or Special of the Year:
Big Top 20 Countdown, Blue Rodeo and Friends,
CMT Live &Up! Front with Shania, Huron Carole, Say Hay

Radio Station of the Year–Major Market:
CFCW – Edmonton, AB, CHAM – Hamilton, ON, CISN-FM – Edmonton, AB,
CJWW – Saskatoon, SK, CKRY-FM – Calgary, AB

Radio Station of the Year–Secondary Market:
CHAT – Medicine Hat, AB, CJXX-FM – Grande Prairie, AB, CKDM – Dauphin, MB,
CKGY – Red Deer, KICX-FM – Midland, ON

Music Director of the Year–Major Market:
Joel Christie — CHAM, Hamilton, ON, Larry Donohue — CFCW, Edmonton, AB,
Mark Patric – CJJR-FM, Vancouver, BC, Chris Scheetz – CISN-FM, Edmonton, AB,
Dawn Woroniuk — CJWW, Saskatoon, SK

Music Director of the Year–Secondary Market:

Steve Bohan – CHAT, Medicine Hat, AB, Derm Carnduff—KICX-FM, Midland, ON,

Bruce Leperre – CKDM, Dauphin, MB, Bob Martineau – CJXX-FM, Grande Prairie, AB,
Abbey White – CILG-FM, Moose Jaw, SK

On-Air Personality(s) of the Year–Major Market:

Joel Christie – CHAM, Hamilton, ON, Jackie Rae Greening – CFCW, Edmonton, AB,

Stu Jeffries &Company – CING-FM, Toronto, ON,
Odd Squad – Doug, Robyn &Dan – CKRY-FM, Calgary, AB, Chris Scheetz – CISN-FM, Edmonton, AB

On-Air Personality(s) of the Year–Secondary Market:
Steve Bohan – CHAT, Medicine Hat, AB, Derm Carnduff – KICX-FM, Midland, ON,
Bruce Leperre – CKDM, Dauphin, MB, Bob Martineau – CJXX-FM, Grande Prairie, AB,
Abbey White – CILG-FM, Moose Jaw, SK

2003 CCMA Musician Award Nominees

All-star Band

Matthew Atkins (Patricia Conroy),
Mark Branconnier (Doc Walker),
Brad Johnson (Poverty Plainsmen)
Mike Melancan (Emerson Drive),
Chad Melchert (Adam Gregory)


Patrick Bourque (Emerson Drive),
Shane Chisolm (Gil Grand),
John Dymond (Lisa Brokop),
Blake Manley (Doc Walker),
Sean Smith (Poverty Plainsmen)

Jason Barry (Jamie Warren),
Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive),
Tom McKillip (Lisa Brokop),
Dave Wasylin (Doc Walker),
Craig Young (Terri Clark Band)


Chris Hartman (Emerson Drive),
Don Jorgensen (Poverty Plainsmen),
Bart McKay (Brad Johner),
Mike Norman (Rick Tippe),
Steve O’Connor (Lisa Brokop)

Pat Allingham (Emerson Drive),
Cory Churko (Shania Twain),
Mike Sanyshyn (Rick Tippe),
Tyler Volrath (Adam Gregory),
Darren Walters (Jason McCoy)

Steel guitar:
Jeff Bradshaw (Session),
Greg Derksen (Jake Mathews),
Doug Johnson (Session),
John Lacey (Session),
Dave Martineau (Lisa Hewitt)

Special instrument:
Bruce Good – Autoharp (The Good Brothers),
Larry Good – Banjo (The Good Brothers),
Darrin Schott – Mandolin (Session),
Mark Sterling – Harmonica (Adam Gregory),
Curtis Tulman – Harmonica (The Cruzeros)

–edited by Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Gaming Hall Salutes Singer Tom Jones

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) — Singer Tom Jones and Harrah's chairman Phil Satre were inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame at the new Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.

It was the first time in the event's 15-year history that the ceremony was held outside Las Vegas, and it coincided with the 25th anniversary of casino gambling in Atlantic City and the opening of the $1.1 billion Borgata.

"Our trip to Atlantic City is long overdue, don't you think?" Frank Fahrenkopf, president of the American Gaming Association, asked the crowd Saturday night.

Satre, 53, was a lawyer in private practice representing Harrah's in 1978 when he was sent to Atlantic City to gauge the reaction to the first casino to open there, Resorts International.

"I could see and I could count," Satre recalled. "I could see the mobs of people at Resorts and I could count the number of major population centers within 200 miles of Atlantic City."

Satre went on to become Harrah's president in 1984 and later was named chief executive officer. He presided over an era in which the company grew from a two-casino operation into a $4 billion company that operates 26 casinos in 13 states.

Jones made his first appearance in Atlantic City at Resorts in 1978. The 63-year-old singer said he'd continue to sing in casinos for as long as he could.


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