CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION CCMA Country Music Week & Awards Hamilton 2018

It was that time of year again the introduction of both Fall & the CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION'S CCMA Country Music Week & Awards 2018.
The Wire Megazine & volunteer Photojournalist Deb Draper were honoured to be included once again as a media source throughout the 4 day part music festival & party industry conference entitled Country Music Week, featuring several award events & the high energy showcases of Canadian Country talent from September 6-9th, 2018. 
To the average Canadian, CCMA is just an annual 2 hours event in the comfort of their living room watching the who's who of the genre & to see if Shania Twain & Keith Urban still put on a fabulous appearance after many decades in the business. On the contrary, Country Music Week represents 4 days of non-stop live entertainment & a sense of community & opportunities where fans & celebrities get a chance to meet. Hamilton kicked off the festivities for the 6th time as host & it's 1st since 2011, with a free concert Wednesday, Sept. 5th at 5 pm in Gore Park. Hamilton played host to more than 10,000 fans with some 510 CCMA delegates.
Don Green, CCMA President, formally announced the success of Hamilton’s bid to host Country Music Week and the 2018 CCMA Awards Show in downtown Hamilton & had this to say, “We are thrilled to be heading back to Hamilton, for the first time since 2011. The passion with which this city last hosted us, and shared through their bid presentation, makes us confident that country music fans and industry members are sure to be impressed with the event we bring together for 2018.” 
As well, 
Hamilton is a city that boasts a rich tradition of live music experiences and events and will be certain to deliver a memorable week of performances, learning opportunities and recognition of Canada’s top country artists,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  
"The Hamilton music scene is enriched with an outstanding line-up of homegrown talent, along with welcoming the best in the industry, our city has played host to the Canadian Country Music Association on five occasions and we welcome them back again in 2018," said Mayor Fred Eisenberger.
We are extremely excited to bring Country Music Week and the CCMA Awards back to Hamilton in 2018. Tourism Hamilton will be working with the local Hamilton Host Committee, led by Tim Potocic of Sonic Unyon Records and Steve Kassay of Durham Radio, as well as our local hospitality partners, the Hamilton Music Industry Working Committee and a host of dedicated staff to ensure the return of CCMA exceeds all of your expectations,” shared Anna Bradford, Director of Tourism and Culture, City of Hamilton.
As well, 
The City of Hamilton has had the distinct pleasure of hosting the Canadian Country Music Association five times in a city that loves its country music and the festivities surrounding Country Music Week. In 2018 we will raise the bar on hosting such an event,” shared Tim Potocic, Chair of the 2018 Hamilton Host Committee.
Since last hosting Country Music Week in 2011, the City of Hamilton is now home to a dedicated country radio station, one which has risen to the #1 position not only in this market but in Canada; clearly illustrating the appetite and consumption of the music/format to area fans,” said Steve Kassay, Vice Chair 2018 Hamilton Host Committee.
CCMA is celebrating in its 42nd year since established in 1976, as the Academy of Country Music Entertainment to organize, promote and develop a Canadian country music industry. The association added the first awards portion in 1982 & changed its name to the Canadian Country Music Association in 1987, therefore, celebrating their 36th year as the CCMA Awards.  CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization that promotes in recognition of Canadian country music. It educates, elevates and celebrates Canadian talent, focuses on including the spirit, community & creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week & the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. 
Thursday, September 6th, 2018 
Registration for me, at the Hamilton Convention Centre where I was pleased to pick up media credentials & tickets

THURSDAY, September 6, 2018, at 245pm the Gord Bamford Foundation 
made a $10,000 donation to McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton for the Music Therapy Program, seen here presenting his $10,000 cheque to Orna Richter, Development Officer McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation to help fund the Music Therapy Program. Photos by Gord Bamford Foundation. Photo by Barry Roden
In attendance left to right at the special event were: Dr. Peter Fitzgerald (President, McMaster Children’s Hospital), Tracy Akitt (Child Life Clinical Leader),  Bonnie Brittain(Music Therapist), Gord Bamford, & Orna Richter (Development Officer). Mimi Shaw and Picketwires appeared at the Hamilton Public Library,Noon to 1 
230pm welcomed the weeks anticipated highlight, the CCMA Songwriters’ Series Session 1 which was hosted by 2018 CCMA SIRIUSXM Rising Star winners,The Reklaws, as they kicked off the 3 straight days of acoustic up close & personal performances & storytelling. Highlighting the musical talents with two sets from newly awarded Songwriter of the Year recipient Aaron Goodvin, as well,  Danielle Ryan, Five Roses, Genevieve Fisher, JJ & Ty Hunter, 2018 CCMA Female Artist of the Year recipient Meghan Patrick & Emily Rei, held at The Studio in Hamilton Place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. 

The CCMA held a board meeting til 7pm, followed by the CCMA Industry Opening Reception in the Wentworth Room B at Hamilton Convention Centre from 7-9pm as the toast to the beginning of the industry's biggest week where not only media but country music enthusiasts, & everyone in between, reunited & connected over an evening of drinks, snacks, laughs & of course, country music!
Also featured, Miles From Nowhere at Radius Bar 151 James St. S. from 7 to 10 p.m. 
Redhill Valleys at The Diplomat, 43 King William St. from 9 to 11 p.m.
Alberta Country Music Assn. Diamonds in the Rough Showcased & featured: Bob Donaldson, Krissy Feniak, Devon Cooper, Hailey Benedict, Renegade Station, Justin Hogg, Drew Gregory, Mariya Stokes, The Dungarees, Mandy McMillan, Paire States, Karac Hendriks, Ben Chase, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. At The Honest Lawyer in Jackson Square.
CCMA held it's Industry Lunch and Awards at Hamilton Convention Centre in the beautifully decorated Chedoke Room from 11:30am-1:30pm where they recognized some of Canada’s most influential music industry professionals regarding their dedication & hard working crafts in the business of radio, festivals as well, in the industry of video directors, producers & management, recognizing those who work behind the scenes to make the country music industry flourish.
The afternoon released the 1st batch of 18 awards at the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards presented by Nielson Music which was hosted by Steve Kassay.
Travis Switzer took home his 5th win for Bass Player of the Year.
Drummer of the Year went to Ben Bradley,
Fiddler of the Year went to Tyler Vollrath,
Steel Guitar Player of the Year to Mitch Jay,
Music Director of the Year (Large Market) went to Amanda Kingsland CKBY-FM Ottawa,
Music Director (Medium/Small Market) - Paul Ferguson CHCQ-FM in Belleville,
On-Air Personality(ies) of the Year (Large Market) of “KX Morning Ride with Ellis & Archer” to  CJKX-FM - Oshawa, Ontario
On-Air Personality(ies) of the Year (Medium or Small Market) went to “Jason, Jack & Carey Morning Show” at CICX-FM in Orillia.  Thrilled to see Orillia several times at this award show, my birth town, I got homesick right there and then. 
Booking Agency of the Year went to the ever deserving The Feldman Agency,
Country Club of the Year went to Ranchman's Cookhouse & Dancehall - Calgary, AB  
Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition Cavendish Beach Music Festival - Cavendish, PE
Country Music Program or Special of the Year was awarded to Jess Moskaluke for Home Movie -Corus Entertainment.  
Management Company of the Year went to Invictus Entertainment Group,
Creative Director(s) of the Year went to Design Team: Antoine Moonen, Mediavandals Photography: Delaney Royer for Album: Past The Past (Artist: Jess Moskaluke).  
Recording Studio of the Year went to Bart McKay Productions - Saskatoon, SK
Record Producer(s) of the Year went to Jeff Dalziel for Album: What We’re Made Of (Artist: The Washboard Union).
Retailer of the Year went to Spotify Canada Inc.
Video Director of the Year Stephano Barberis - Video: The Bad Guy (Artist: Meghan Patrick), Video: Coming Clean (Artist: Shirley Gnome),  Video: Dirt Covered Rhinestone (Artist: Jade Mya), Video: Heart Of A Woman (Artist: Johnny Reid), Video: Hold The Line (Artist: Jesse Mast), Video: Might As Well Be Me (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Neon Smoke (Artist: Gord Bamford), Video: Out Of The Blue (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Sky Stays This Blue (Artist: Dallas Smith), Video: Something To Wrap My Heart Around (Artist: JoJo Mason), Video: What We’re Made Of (Artist: The Washboard Union).

CCMA Seminar Series: Tamara Beatty Workshop at the Hamilton Convention Centre inside the Webster Room ABC ran from 3:30pm-5: 00 pm Tamara shared four ways to respect the hook of a song so that you can write songs that really translate to national & international markets. You were encouraged to bring in your own music & Tamara showed you how to re-arrange lead vocal lines, develop the song, & even approach background vocals to be in line with the songs you love & hear on the radio.
Canadian Country Artist Showcase was a delicious 3-day smorgasbord of more than 50 CCMA artists, hosted by John Chris Ford & presented by Music Mentor Productions LE Music Promotions. At the 33 Bowen Live Music Restaurant.

CCMA Songwriters Series Session 2 hosted by multi-award-winning Jason McCoy which featured two sets of performances by Andrew Hyatt, Kalsey Kulyk, Tebey, David Borys, Karen Kosowski, Emma-Lee& Sons of Daughters at The Studio (at Hamilton Place) from 4-7pm

Performing The Diplomat was Kelly Prescott & Linsey Beckett, 43 King William St., 5-7pm
Johnny Cash Tribute at The Radius, 151 James St. S., 6 to 9 p.m
Lori Yates was live at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, 7 p.m.
Another WOW moment, The Other Side of Country appeared at the cowboy converted rock n roll legendary hot spot This Ain't Hollywood, on the Friday, Sept. 7th at 345 James St N. 9 p.m. The House band Dead Flowers performed the country songs of the Rolling Stones. Guests included Terra Lightfoot, Madeline Merlo, JJ Shiplett, Wayne Petti, Damhnait Doyle & Wes Mack.

SIRIUSXM Top of the Country Showcase held at CCMA Fan Village Outside (Market at Bay) took place from 8:00 pm-11: 45 pm  this Country music competition is a program that came to an exciting finish on Friday, Sept. 8th as the three regional finalists took to the stage one last time, competed for a panel of celebrity judges. Jason Benoit, Andrew Hyatt &  Leaving Thomas battled it out with Andrew Hyatt winning the $25,000 prize, followed by a headlining performance by Tim Hicks at Fan Village, was crammed like sardines, intoxicated sardines that is, but was Free.
CCMA Legends Show: A Tribute to Yesterday & Today was held in the prestigious FirstOntario Concert Hall connected to the Convention Centre from 7:30pm-9:30pm I was excited to attend this event as a photographer at stage level to capture some of the best music creators in the biz, but, only for the 1st 3 performers (Host Beverley Mahood, Michelle Wright & Jess Moskaluke).  However, Penelope PR further granted me an extension of being able to attend the entire show & shoot from the sound booth mezzanine, what an honour as the A list of artists were simply outstanding, was a once-in-a-lifetime event for me. This incredible night was hosted by the beautiful & extremely successful singer, songwriter, actress, model & television host, who is an exemplified humanitarian, who works on charitable causes that benefit children, families of children with disabilities & people with special needs to Canada’s Food Banks. She is the national spokesperson for the Pink Mitten Campaign which supports breast cancer research, a humble philanthropic professional who is the 2014 Slaight Music Humanitarian & multi CCMA Awarded recipient throughout her in-depth career, yes I am referring to the ever-engaging Beverley Mahood. 

I captured performances by CCMA awarded Legends who perfected some of Canada's cherished country sounds, by paying tribute to Canadian country hits of the past, & this show blended Hall of Fame inductees, with rising stars in the country music realm like Chad Brownlee, Terri Clark, Patricia Conroy, Russell deCarle, Aaron Goodvin, Charlie Major, Murray McLauchlan, Jason McCoy, Jess Moskaluke, JJ Shiplett, Michelle Wright who just won THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO  2018 IMPACT AWARD.  Michelle Wright received the 2018 Impact Award sponsored by Canadian Music Week. As the first Canadian‐born artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten hit in America with her Arista Records Nashville release, “Take It Like A Man,” a Number One video on CMT‐USA (also for “Take It Like A Man”) and to win a major U.S. music industry award (the Academy of Country Music Top New Female Artist award in 1993), and a career that includes twenty‐five Top Ten radio hits, millions of records sold, more than forty major awards (including her 2011 induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame) and a new label home, Michelle is poised for the next phase of what has already been a stellar musical career. The CMAOntario Impact Award recognizes an artist, group, industry personality or company/organization that has left an enduring and indelibly positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario. Previous recipients include Blue Rodeo, Prairie Oyster, Paula Chopik and Ed Leslie (producers of Havelock Country Jamboree) and Gordon Lightfoot. This shot was from the CCMA Legends show, where Hall of Fame inductees perform with rising stars each year. Jess Moskaluke started the night off with her song "Camouflage" and went straight into Michelle Wright's hit "Take it Like a Man"
& Cory Gallant. 
 What made this event super special was witnessing the proud induction of Hamilton's Dallas Harms' for his song "Paper Rosie" into the Canadian Songwriters' Hall of Fame while Juno Awarded, 3 time CCMA & 2018 CCMA Ford Album of the Year Winner Jess Moskaluke& 2018 CCMA Songwriter of the Year Aaron Goodvin performed his beloved hit,  now his masterpiece will stand tall alongside songs written by Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen & Joni Mitchell.
 AS WELL, another presentation, but from Artist to Organization.Country music veteran Charlie Major recruited a who’s who of Canadian country music — including Dean Brody, Brett Kissel, Terri Clark and Johnny Reid prior to the CCMA 2018— to add their voices to the remake of his 25-year-old No. 1 hit, “It Can’t Happen To Me,” in order to raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, now known as MADD Canada. He presents to MADD a cheque from the proceeds of his song! 

CCMA's 1st 5km Country Run presented by iHeartRadio Canada 9:00am-10:00 am with performances on the route &  the end a pancake breakfast.

CCMA Songwriters’ Series - Session 3 kicked it into high gear at The Studio from 130-4pm hosted by Canada's country sweetie pie, multi award winner & 2011 CCMA Rising Star recipient 
Chad Brownlee at 1:30 pm
Kelly Archer
Raquel Cole
The Redhill Valleys
Damhnait Doyle
Mallory Johnson
Steven Lee Olsen
Shylo Sharity

CCMA FanFest - photo walls at the hub Market and Bay Streets.
Ran from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm totally free: allowed the fans to get up close & personal with Icons & Legends & country superstars.
10:30 am - 11:10 am Dallas Smith
11:10 am - 11:50 am Meghan Patrick

11:50 am - 12:30 pm Hunter Brothers

10:30 am - 11:10 am Terri Clark

11:10 am - 11:50 am Jess Moskaluke
11:50 am - 12:30 pm Tim Hicks
10:30 am - 11:10 am Brett Kissel
11:10 am - 11:50 am The Reklaws
11:50 am - 12:30 pm The Washboard Union
Brad James, Hamilton singer-songwriter performed at the Hamilton Farmers' Market
 10 a.m. to noon.
CCMA Seminar Series: Round Tables -Hamilton Convention Ctr. Albion Room  12:30pm-2:30 
Ginger St. James — Hamilton singer-songwriter performed Tourism Hamilton Visitors' Centre, 28 James St. N., 1 to 3 p.m.
MDM Recordings Showcase held at CCMA Fan Village (Outside FirstOntario Centre at Market and Bay Street parking lot) from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm was jammed as this was a FREE event which showcased David James, The Lovelocks & Bobby Wills.
Photo by Warner Music Canada
Country singer Aaron Goodvin was surprised with a Platinum award plaque on stage Saturday in Hamilton, ON for his hit single “Lonely Drum.” The plaque was presented to Goodvin by Warner Music Canada during his CCMA Fan Village performance, which was part of the Canadian Country Music Association’s Country Music Week festivities leading up to Sunday’s CCMA Awards broadcast. Goodvin shared the news with his fans through his social media channels, thanking his team for all the support with the Platinum track.

Warner Music Canada/Complete Country Showcase CCMA Fan Village 2:15 pm - 3:15pm featured performances by Award-winning artists The Abrams,  Paul Brandt,  Aaron Goodvin, Nice Horse, Meghan Patrick, Kelly Prescott, Tebey & The Washboard Union.

Universal Music Canada Showcase was held at CCMA Fan Village from 4:45 pm – 6:45 pm featured award winning Chad Brownlee, Jade Eagleson, East Adelaide, Emily Reid, The Reklaws,
CCMA Hall of Fame Private Reception was held at the Hamilton Convention Centre inside the Webster Lounge from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm which led up to the CCMA GALA Cocktail Reception at Hamilton Convention Centre Wentworth Room B from 530-7pm where the industry gathered.

CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards where 14 awards were presented. I was included in the media room backstage of the at the Hamilton Convention Centre inside the backstage area of the Chedoke Room from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm, seeing familiar fellow media once again from time at the 2015 Junos Hamilton was like a family reunion of sorts and I truly enjoyed the atmosphere, snacks & front row Red Carpet.  I once again was the only disabled media present as I professionally captured the winners & distinguished delegates. Oh, the mighty fine looking gentleman all decked out in their finest formal jackets & those dresses, oh my lord, divine glittery high heeled shoes everywhere. The Canadian Country Music industry was honoured & celebrated some very special people by presenting them with awards & 2 being inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.  I got to see my hometown mentioned in a VERY SPECIAL PRESENTATION as MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity, announced that Laura Lee Matthie of Orillia Secondary School was the 2018 recipient of the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award.  
Photo by Barry Roden. 
Clarence Spalding spoke highly of his artist Terri Clark and how she is a 19-time CCMA Award & three-time Juno Award winner from Medicine Hat, Alta., who is dedicated to her craft & is 1 who has sold more than five million albums since her debut in 1995 as well, he mentioned how she became the first female Canadian member of the Grand Ole Opry. He spoke of her determination & passion for music and how deserving Terri was to receive the prestigious CCMA Hall of Fame Award.
As well, the 2018
 builder inductee to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame 
went to Jackie Rae Greening, a  world-famous Radio Broadcaster, who is a Past Chair of the CCMA & a member of the Board of Directors from 2004-2010, who has won four CCMA Awards & is also an Alberta Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. Jackie Rae Greening received this distinguished high honour award for the most consistent demonstration of her dedication to the advancement of country music in Canada all the while as she elevates the careers of countless artists, presented by 7 Time CCMA recipient & 2018 5th back to back CCMA Interactive Artist of the Year Brett Kissel.

2 recipients were awarded for their above-average dedication to Canadian Music scene. CCMA Awards of Achievement with the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award was presented to The Country Thunder Humboldt Broncos Tribute Concert.
This honoured award distinguishes those who have made an outstanding contribution of time and energy in support of humanitarian causes & 2018 will highlight the admirable work of Troy Vollhoffer, Nick Meinema, Kelly Chase & the Country Thunder team in support of Humboldt Broncos families, where in April 2018 their event raised over $600K to help impacted families. Was great to speak briefly with Michelle Wright backstage & to be recognized by United Talent Agency's Nick Meinema backstage too as we reminisced about the 2012 Start Quest competition held at the Gravenhurst Opera House, where I was a volunteer & Nick was a Judge.
The Leonard T. Rambeau International Award recognized Steven Goldmann. This award celebrates Canadian excellence since 1989, recognizing an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary effort in assisting the aims & initiatives of the Canadian country music industry internationally. World-renowned Video Visionary set him above the rest. Receiving this coveted award in honour was his wife Stephanie &  daughters Alana & Alexandra.

Interactive Artist or Group of the Year
7 Time CCMA recipient & CCMA Interactive Artist of the Year Brett Kissel takes home his 5
th in a row in this category.

Roots Artist or Group of the Year (presented by CCS Rights Management)
The Washboard Union return to the CCMA Awards stage for the second consecutive year 
 received their 1st win for Group or Duo of the Year & their 3rd consecutive win for Roots Artist or Group of the Year. 
Songwriter(s) of the Year (presented by ole)Skip Black, Aaron Goodvin, Catt Gravitt Song: Lonely Drum (Performed By Aaron Goodvin) 

Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year (presented by ACTRA RACS
James Barker Band is a 2018 JUNO awarded act that also took home Single of the Year for"Chills" 

Guitar Player of the Year (presented by Yamaha)
Matt McKay WINS his 2nd in a row Guitar Player award. 
Keyboard Player of the Year (presented by Yamaha)
Bart McKay brings home his 4th award in this category.
Specialty Instrument Player of the Year (presented by Judy Marsales Real Estate)
Shane Guse wins his 1st CCMA for Mandolin & in 2017 Shane Guse received his fifth win in the Fiddle Player of the Year category. As such, he is now entered into the Musician Awards Hall of Honour. The Hall of Honour is reserved for musicians who have been awarded the same CCMA Musician Award five (5) or more times. Upon achieving their fifth award, their name is entered into Hall in celebration of their great contribution to Canadian country music. Shane was absent due to performing & Jason Barry received award on his behalf.

Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)
CISN-FM - Edmonton, Alberta brings home their 3rd CCMA in this category.
 Radio Station of the Year (Medium or Small Market)
CHCQ-FM - Belleville, Ontario take home their 2nd CCMA in this category.
Music Publishing Company of the Year
ole is the undefeated winner, receiving their 7
th CCMA in this category.

Record Company of the Year (presented by Music Canada)
Warner Music Canada brings home their 2nd CCMA in this category

Industry Person of the Year
Steve Coady - Vice President, Radio Promotions - Warner Music Canada.

Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year
Jim Cressman - Invictus Entertainment Group takes home #6 in this category.

Stingray Video of the Year “Sky Stays This Blue” - Dallas Smith

A huge highlight for me on Saturday afternoon was riding up in the elevator with 80's Canadian rock royalty, the iconoclastic pop singer-songwriter, lead vocalist & co-founder for The Parachute Club.  I was nervous & goosebumps were plentiful as we shared a smile & hello.  Abiding by CCMA rule for Media, no selfies with the artists, sorry to disappoint.  I have looked up to her since I was 12 years of age, she is 1 of the most respected Musicians, Songwriters, Filmmakers, Event Producers, Artistic Directors, Speechwriters, Lecturers & Social Justice Activists on the planet, yes, I am referring to the amazing Lorraine Segato. She was the last presenter of the night, as she shared her latest masterpiece, a remake of "Rise Up" in celebration of the song's 35th anniversary since Toronto's Parachute Club released its anthemic hit single  Under the helm of Lorraine Segato, she formed The Common Cause Collective (3XC), & the new recording is designed to raise funds for socially-conscious charities handpicked by Parachute Club's Lorraine Segato  as one that launched with Slaight Music and Warner Music Canada. "Rise Up Redux" has just been made available to the digital streaming services and iTunes, & monies garnered via streams & downloads will be distributed to the following organizations.  Segato says, “In remaking this song, we are honouring & celebrating another generation of social justice activists and encouraging and engaging the youth who are shaping the future. The song first signalled a call for equality & empowerment in 1983. Today its message is as relevant as it was 35 years ago." as well, she further commented "I wanted to find a way to engage another generation of singers & youth leaders in the Rise Up Share Your Power project"  Gary Slaight turned around & said, 'I think we can help with that!' Lorraine states, "Thus the project was born again through Slaight Music. I mentioned to Gary that Jim Campbell & I worked together 35 years ago at RCA when our first Parachute Club records came out. So I was really happy to find myself working with Jim as project manager on this. As well, my intent has always been to elevate the profile of these organizations as well as getting them some donations. What would quantify this project as a success for me is if we could drive folks to the website & the Rise Up Share Your Power Initiative, which is the name of the fund."   Segato and Meghan Patrick introduced the clip, a teaser of the video was then introduced by Brett Kissel as part of the main CCMA Awards show Sunday night. Releasing in Segato's hometown where the original version of "Rise Up" was recorded with Daniel Lanois at his famed Grant Ave. studio in the city in 1983 was magic.  
"Rise Up Redux" was produced by songwriter/producer Karen Kosowski, also included 17 artists that represent the cream of Canada's country music scene: Gord Bamford, (Kawartha's) Cold Creek County, Don Amero, Leah Daniels, Dan Davidson, Tim Hicks, Kira Isabella, Brett Kissel, JoJo Mason, Jason McCoy, Madeline Merlo, Jessica Mitchell, Jess Moskaluke, Meghan Patrick, River Town Saints, Tebey, & Washboard Union, & they recorded their parts in studios in Toronto, Nashville & across Canada

Deb with fellow Volunteer Media Kimberly Cyr-Goodyear of
Now and Then Magazine Toronto

CCMA Sweat Session with F45 - CCMA Fan Village (Outside FirstOntario Centre Market at Bay Street) from 930 - 11:00am  Then a nasty wind picked up, throwing debrite about, causing the CCMA to make a decision for safety sake to close SteelHead Music BC Showcase, Countdown Concert & CCMA Fan Village on the last day of CCMA Week.
Mackenzie Leigh Meyer a local singer-songwriter performed at the Tourism Visitors' Centre, 28 James St. N., 1 to 3 p.m

In The Round: Crossing Borders which was presented by ole live at The Studio from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm  Masterclass songwriters from both sides of the border in a guitar pull setting.  Notable songwriters from Canada & the U.S. Shared the stories behind country music’s biggest hits, with Gord Bamford, Phil Barton, Laura Veltz & Don Woods.
Next, such a high, to have The Wire Megazine blended in with the likes of CMT, CBC, Etalk Canada & local Hamilton News, and was arm and arm with online Magazines from as far away as Nova Scotia. I got to be an elite that captured famous  crowd favourites upon the Official CCMA Awards Red Carpet, my 1st CCMA Red Carpet but my 2nd CCMA Carpet shoot as the 1st was the Official John Deere Green Carpet in London in 2016. This also marked the Wire Megazine's 2nd Red Carpet, lately, 1st being the 2015 JUNOS in Hamilton. The carpet was lined from start to finish with adoring screaming fans, & was broadcasted LIVE around the WORLD for the 1st time thanks to CBC & Photo below is Jason Benoit finalist for 2018 CCMA SIRIUSXM Top of The Country Competition.
Congratulations to Andrew Hyatt, the winner of SiriusXM's 2018 Top of the Country, who received $25,000, trips to Nashville, Pender Island attending SOCAN Songwriting Camp.

Interactive artist or group of the year Brett Kissel 7 Time CCMA recipient & CCMA Interactive Artist of the Year Brett Kissel takes home his 5th in a row in this category. 
19-time CCMA Award & three-time Juno Award winner Terri Clark received the 2018 CCMA Hall of Fame, presented by Internationally Acclaimed multi-award winning Keith Urban.
2018 CCMA SiriusXM Rising Stars The Reklaws.

Brothers 5 non other than the 2 time 2018 CCMA  Group of Duo of the Year & SIRIUSXM Rising Star Nominees The Hunter Brothers.
Aaron Goodvin Won Songwriter of the Year & was surprised with a Platinum award plaque on stage Saturday in Hamilton, ON for his hit single “Lonely Drum.” The plaque was presented to Goodvin by Warner Music Canada during his CCMA Fan Village on Saturday.
2015 CCMA Rising Star awawrded 2018 CCMA Female Artist of the Year Nominee Madeline Merlo also performed was part of a trio with Jess Moskaluke & Kira Isabella opening the CCMA Awards broadcast, perfecting a Tribute to the host & largest awarded artist in the world,  Shania Twain.
2 time CCMA Awarded Kira Isabella opened the Awards broadcast show with Jess Moskaluke & Madeline Merlo as the Trio perfected a Tribute to the host & multi award winning Shania Twain.
     2018 CCMA performer Jess Moskaluke lead the pack with 6 2018 nominations & took home
                                  Ford Album of the Year for Past the Past, Jess Moskaluke 
Multi Award Winning Suzy Bogguss was part of the Terri Clark Tribute Medley performance.
 11-year-old Mason Ramsey the Yoddling Walmart sensation.
Multi-Awarded Paul Brandt performed a stunning version of John Cash's 'I Walk The Line' with High Valley, Jess Moskaluke & The Hunter Brothers.  He is seen here promoting his Black Hat That Does Good Things Campaign where a portion of hat sale proceeds goes to support MusiCounts, & help put instruments into the hands of kids who need them most all across Canada. By purchasing one, you’ll look great & you’ll be wearing a piece of history that makes the world a better place.
2 time 2018 CCMA Nominees High Valley performed with Paul Brandt, 
The Hunter Brothers & Jess Moskaluke.
CCMA Award-winning duo The Lovelocks were Nominated a 2018 CCMA 
Roots Artist or Group of the Year 
2 time CCMA Award Winning Tim Hicks was Nominated for 2018 CCMA Apple Music Fans Choice Award
10 Country Music Association, 11 Academy of Country Music, a People’s Choice & an American Music Awarded Golden Globe nominee Keith Urban presented Terri Clark with her distinguished CCMA Hall of Fame Award, Sunday, Sept. 9th 2018 CCMA Broadcast Show.
Multi Award Winning 2 time 2018 CCMA Nominee Chad Brownlee performed throughout the week.
1st time winners of Group of Duo of the Year but, 3rd time winners of CCMA Roots Artist or Group of the Year, The Washboard Union.
Hamilton Tiger Cats Simoni  Lawrence was a 2018 CCMA Presenter
Canadian country music’s biggest night had begun. My favourite performances were strong collaborations of Paul Brandt, sibling group The Hunters Brothers, Jess Moskaluke & High Valley on a riveting rendition of Johnny Cash's 'I Walk the Line,' 
or the Terri Clark Tribute with Meghan Patrick, Suzy Bogguss, Jessica Mitchell with Terri Clark herself. Or was it Jess Moskaluke, Kira Isabella & Madeline Merlo performing the open spot with a Shania Twain tribute. All in all the 14 performances were stellar. It was adorable to see 11-year-old yodelling Walmart viral superstar Mason Ramsey up from the States to his first ever Award show, he was well spoken, answered some challenging questions & was calmer than some of the Icons in the interview random hot spots. I was truly in awe! Riddled with goosebumps, my eyes just a watering & the biggest smile ever captured on my face, am I here? I asked my self...Jesus, I am feet away from the Legend, 4 time Grammy, 10 time Country Music Association, 11 Academy of Country Music, People’s Choice and an American Music Awarded Golden Globe Nominee & the sexiest man alive to date, Keith Urban. This internationally acclaimed superstar performed his hit “Never Comin' Down“ from his 11th studio album “Graffiti U” & who better than Keith Urban to present the CCMA Hall of Fame award to Canada's Country royalty, Terri Clark!! Way to go Top Selling Female of All Time, 5 time Grammy winning, 24-time CCMA awarded & this years host, priceless.  She was stunned to receive the 4 top honoured awards: Apple Music Fans' Choice Award, Top Selling Album of the Year for “NOW”, Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year for “NOW” which is from her 5th full-length album & her 1st since 2002. Then to top it off, Brampton's own Juno Award-winning Alessia Cara presented Shania with The Generation Award.
FORD Album of the Year
Past the Past - Jess Moskaluke
Apple Music Fans' Choice Award
Shania Twain

Female Artist of the Year
Meghan Patrick

Group or Duo of the Year
The Washboard Union

Male Artist of the Year
Dallas Smith

Sirius XM Rising Star
The Reklaws

Single of the Year
Chills - James Barker Band

This was a relaxed adventure, knowing the area, the media personnel & the procedures better since the Junos.  I felt tall & proud to represent Michael Bell & his institution The Wire Megazine, out on the music scene since 1989.   My heart was full hearing media say, “Hey, Wire Megazine!” I felt I finally made my mark!

The favourite highlight of my overall experience at this years 2018 CCMA Awards in Hamilton was interviewing the 5th-octave mezzo-soprano, Peterborough's 6-time JUNO awarded Serena Ryder.  Perma grinning thru the collaborative live showcase with her dear friend & 8-time CCMA & Juno winning Brett Kissel #brettkissell as they perfected her hit 'What I Wouldn't Do' from her 2013 5th Album 'Harmony' right into Brett's "You're My Anthem" from his 2017 self-titled album! However, going 1 on 1 with Serena for that brief 2-minute journalistic adventure was simply the best part!

She came for a visit backstage as I had hoped & I was the 1st to be allowed to ask her a question, a 2 part question & it went just like this:
Deb: Wire Megazine
Serena: "Peterborough!!!"
Deb: Yes, Deb Draper from The Wire Megazine, Michael Bell Says hello!
Serena: "Oh, hello!"
Deb: Out of all the songs that you have penned, out of all the albums that you have live & studio I do believe is 12 albums in total-
Serena: "Right"
Deb: Which is your most personal reflective song that you wrote while living in Peterborough?
Serena: (leans over the podium with a Sigh) "You ask a tough question."
Serena: "Um..I think it would be a song called 'When The Truth Just Walks Away' 
Serena: "....ya... off of my 2008 'Is It OK album'
Deb: Perfect!!
Serena: "Ya, it's definitely the most reflective personal song for sure."
Deb: Awesome thank you!
Serena: "No problem!"

Events took place at 14 venues ranging from Hamilton Convention Centre, The Studio at Hamilton Place, FirstOntario Concert Hall, Fan Village, bars, restaurants, The Hamilton Tourism Centre, Hamilton Public Library, Art Gallery of Hamilton to the local Farmer's Market to FirstOntario Centre. If you were not able to catch the CCMA 2018 Red Carpet & Awards click this link & enjoy.
and a video from my angel

I am thrilled to close my coverage with Hamilton will be host the
Canadian Country Music Association 
Country Music Week & Awards 2020.