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Meghan Patrick, Aaron Allen & More Pick Up 2021 CMAOntario Awards

On Sept. 5, the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) celebrated the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 17 categories with a drive-in award show at Ancaster Fairgrounds in Hamilton. Meghan Patrick from Bowmanville, ON, lead with three wins, followed by Aaron Allen (pictured above) from London, Ontario with two wins.

Hosted by Jason McCoy and Beverly Mahood, the ninth annual CMAOntario Awards was a drive-in country music awards show that included live performances by Aaron Allen, Susan Aglukark, Buck Twenty, David Boyd Janes, Owen Barney, Reney Ray, Tim Hicks, Robyn Ottolini, Kelly Prescott, Sacha, Elyse Saunders, The Redhill Valleys, and the CMAOntario Awards house band The Western Swing Authority.

The winners are:

SINGLE OF THE YEAR sponsored by PURE COUNTRY 93

“No Truck Song” - Tim Hicks

ALBUM OF THE YEAR sponsored by Country 106.7

Highway Mile - Aaron Allen

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR sponsored by SOCAN

Owen Barney, Alyssa Reid, Dave Thomson, Mike Wise, Jamie Appleby - “Thank Her For That”, Recorded By Owen Barney

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Countryfest Productions

Meghan Patrick

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Boreal Botanical

Aaron Allen

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Country 103

Buck Twenty


ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines

The Abrams

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR sponsored by Desjardins

Les Rats D’Swompe

RISING STAR sponsored by Slaight Music

Robyn Ottolini

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR sponsored by MNP

“Girls Like Me” - Meghan Patrick

FANS’ CHOICE sponsored by Tourism Hamilton

Meghan Patrick

RECORD PRODUCER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Metalworks Recording Studios

Jeff Dalziel - Aaron Allen, David Boyd Janes, River Town Saints

MUSIC INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Calcul8

Randy Owen, Radio Host/Personality

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET) sponsored by Fielding Estate Winery
CKDK Country 104, Woodstock

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM MARKET) sponsored by Lucknow’s Music in the Fields
CHCQ-FM Cool 100.1 FM, Belleville

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SMALL MARKET) sponsored by Niagara Falls Craft Distillers
CICX Pure Country 106, Orillia

MRC DATA COMPASS AWARD

The Reklaws

THE HOLLY & STEVE KASSAY GENEROUS SPIRIT AWARD

Patrice Whiffen

The CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend hosted three drive-in tailgate concerts at Ancaster Fairgrounds September 3-5, 2021 including the New Faces Showcase & Concert, the Legacy Revival, and the 9th Annual CMAOntario Awards, presented by Slaight Music, with support from Ontario Creates.

CMAOntario will donate a portion of proceeds from the New Faces Showcase and the Legacy Revival concert to local charities Hamilton Food Share and Tim Hortons Foundation Camps.

The 2022 CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend will take place in London, Ontario.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast. www.canadianmusicianpodcast.com.
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