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Jason Blaine and Cold Creek County Top 4th Annual CMAO Awards Held Monday

Posted on the 02 June 2016 by Hendrik Pape @soundcheckblg

TORONTO, ON - The spotlight was on Ontario's thriving country music community Monday night as the Country Music Association of Ontario handed out the 4 th Annual CMAO Awards. A standing-room-only crowd joined host Jason McCoy at the Flato Markham Theatre in Markham for an evening of accolades and performances by some of Ontario's best and brightest stars. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the award show recognized honorees in 14 categories spanning talent and industry.

Multiple winners included Jason Blaine and newcomers Cold Creek County who walked away with three awards apiece. Blaine shared his Songwriter of the Year win alongside Deric Ruttan for their penning of the single "Country Side" which also took the honours for Music Video of the Year. Among their wins, the Brighton, Ontario five-piece counted the inaugural and coveted Fans' Choice award, made possible by the Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Ontario Music Fund. For a full listing of all category winners, see below.

The audience was treated to a stellar lineup of performances from 13 of Ontario's hottest country stars including 2016 CMAO winners Tebey ( Single of the Year), and Leah Daniels ( Female Artist of the Year) as well as multi-nominees Runaway Angel and Autumn Hill. The Road Hammers closed out the evening with a roaring rendition of "One Horse Town" featuring special guest Tim Hicks. But it was the powerhouse performance of "Workin' on Whiskey" by Jessica Mitchell that brought the packed house to it's feet!

Iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster were recognized for their enduring influence and positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario with the 2016 CMAO Impact Award.

The 2016 CMAO Awards capped off the third edition of the CMAO R2I (Road to Independence) Spring Tune Up Conference - an intensive weekend of learning and networking with professionals in Ontario's country music industry. Presented by Slaight Music and supported by Ontario Media Development Corporation, the 2-day confab brought together industry experts, artists and aspiring entrepreneurs to discuss the latest issues and trends in the business, and featured the New Faces Showcase that shone the light on six of Ontario's emerging new artists.

The complete list of 2016 CMAO award winners are:

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (sponsored by KICX 106)

"When the Buzz Wears Off" - Tebey

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (sponsored by hmv Canada)

What Love Is All About - Johnny Reid


Jason Blaine, Deric Ruttan - "Country Side" performed by Jason Blaine

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Spring Tree Farm)

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Havelock Country Jamboree)

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR (sponsored by The Remington Group)

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines Ltd.)

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Kylemore Communities)

RISING STAR AWARD (sponsored by Slaight Music)

"Country Side" - Jason Blaine

FANS' CHOICE (sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation)

RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR (sponsored by MetalWorks Studios)

Jason Barry - Run Angel Run by Runaway Angel; Now Playing and Sweet Harriet by The Western Swing Authority; Boomerang by Genevieve Fisher; Toes by Scotty James

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MAJOR MARKET) (sponsored by Canadian Country Spotlight)

CHKX-FM (KX 94.7), Hamilton

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SECONDARY MARKET) (sponsored by Lucknow's Music in the Fields)

CJDL-FM (Country 107.3), Tillsonburg

Of course you'll find way more coverage of the CMAO's on our YouTube page which features Corey's interviews with some of the stars of the night including Jason Blaine, Tebey and the River Town Saints!

More photo highlights of the night thanks to Mike Highfield:

Jason Blaine and Cold Creek County Top 4th annual CMAO Awards held Monday

Field Service Tech by day, Live Music Nut by night! My family and I call the Thousand Islands region of Ontario home. I'm a blogger, social media geek, tech, and live music fanatic. I founded Sound Check Entertainment in 2010 to help promote festivals and emerging artists from across Canada and the world! I now act as festivals liaison, manage media relations and, of course, cover events in the National Capital region. I'm also a diehard Habs fan but Sens fans fear not; as long as they aren't playing against my Habs I cheer just as loud for the Sens.

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