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Meghan Patrick, Tim Hicks, Robyn Ottolini Head CMAO Awards Noms

Two established Ontario country stars and a fast-emerging artist top the Awards nominations list, with five nods apiece. Presented by Slaight Music, the show is scheduled to be held on May 30, as a drive-in style event in Hamilton.

Meghan Patrick, Tim Hicks, Robyn Ottolini Head CMAO Awards Noms

By FYI Staff

Meghan Patrick, Tim Hicks, and Robyn Ottolini head the just-announced nominations list for the 2021 CMAOntario (Country Music Association of Ontario) Awards, with five nods apiece.


Other notable artists featured in the list include The Reklaws, The Good Brothers, Jade Eagleson, Western Swing Authority, Owen Barney, The Abrams, Andrew Hyatt, and Kelly Prescott.

Presented by Slaight Music, the 9th Annual CMAOntario Awards are scheduled to be held on May 30, as a drive-in style event at the Ancaster Fairgrounds in Hamilton, ON, though this is dependent on the province’s Covid-19 protocols. Hosted by Jason McCoy and Beverley Mahood, the award show will close out the CMAOntario Festival & Awards weekend, May 28-30.

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Voting across 18 categories is restricted to CMAOntario members, with the exception of the Fans' Choice award, which is open to both public and membership voting. Eligible members will have the opportunity to vote on the final ballot from now until April 19. Music fans can cast their votes here for the Fans' Choice award beginning on April 19 until May 7. 

Awards show tickets go on sale on April 19. Performers, ticket details, and additional events from the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend will be announced in the coming weeks.

See a full list of nominees here.

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The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024
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The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024

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The Beaches, Charlotte Cardin, Allison Russell Make the 2024 Polaris Music Prize Long List

The 40-album long list for the Polaris Prize, which awards $50,000 to the best Canadian record of the year features up-and-comers like punk group NOBRO and producer Bambii, plus rapper TOBi, and legends like Quebec group Karkwa and previous Heritage Prize winner Beverly Glenn-Copeland.

Some of the country's biggest breakthrough artists are in contention for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

The 40-album long list was revealed today (June 11) at Sonic Boom record store in downtown Toronto. It features some of the buzziest names in Canadian music, from The Beaches — who were recently awarded Billboard Canada Women in Music's inaugural Group of the Year award — to Grammy-winner Allison Russell, to Canadian Hot 100 charting acts like Charlotte Cardin and Talk, to underground mainstays like Cindy Lee, who had an organic breakthrough this year with Diamond Jubilee.

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