Country on the Coast: CCMA® Week 2015

Country on the Coast: CCMA® Week 2015
CCMA® president Don Green (far left), Halifax Mayor Mike Savage, FX101.9 radio personality Denyse Sibley and Nova Scotia’s Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Tony Ince (far right) join CCMA® artists for a line dance in Parade Square to kick o‰ Country Music Week.

The Canadian Country Music Association® brought their annual celebration to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the first time in 32 years on September 10 – 13, 2015. Upwards of 20,000 people attended at least one of the CCMA® Week’s music festival, industry conference and awards show events, generating over 300 million media impressions. That’s a sweet country spotlight with big city benefits: the estimated economic impact was $3.5 million to the local economy. “It was a pleasure working with the team at the Province of Nova Scotia,” says CCMA® president Don Green. “We know our Canadian Country Music Week delegates thoroughly enjoyed their experience on the East Coast.” Y’all come back now, ya hear!

New Castle, N.B. native Jason Barry accepts the CCMA® award for Studio of the Year for his Ontario-based Barrytone Studios.

New Castle, N.B. native Jason Barry accepts the CCMA® award for Studio of the Year for his Ontario-based Barrytone Studios.

Nova Scotia resident and Video of the Year winner Dean Brody with Paul Brandt, meeting and greeting fans at the Irving Oil FanFest. The pair just wrapped their co-headlining coast-to-coast Road Trip tour.

Nova Scotia resident and Video of the Year winner Dean Brody with Paul Brandt, meeting and greeting fans at the Irving Oil FanFest. The pair just wrapped their co-headlining coast-to-coast Road Trip tour.

 
P.E.I. native and CCMA® Rising Star nominee Tim Chaisson is joined by New Brunswick's Joan Kennedy for the CCMA® Legends show at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium.

P.E.I. native and CCMA® Rising Star nominee Tim Chaisson is joined by New Brunswick’s Joan Kennedy for the CCMA® Legends show at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium.

Last Year's CCMA® Rising Star award winner Tim Hicks receiving his fourth gold record from RGK Entertainment Group's Ron Kitchener at the Cunard Centre during FanFest.

Last Year’s CCMA® Rising Star award winner Tim Hicks receiving his fourth gold record from RGK Entertainment Group’s Ron Kitchener at the Cunard Centre during FanFest.

Johnny Reid with wife Jennifer on the John Deere Green Carpet before heading into the CCMA® Awards show to perform and collect the 2015 Fan's Choice Award.

Johnny Reid with wife Jennifer on the John Deere Green Carpet before heading into the CCMA® Awards show to perform and collect the 2015 Fan’s Choice Award.

 
The “first family” of Cape Breton, Cookie, Heather and Jimmy Rankin presenting the Group of the Year award.

The “first family” of Cape Breton, Cookie, Heather and Jimmy Rankin presenting the Group of the Year award.

Music Counts team (l-r Mike Hurley, Vanessa Thomas, Noreen Eason, Marie Desmarteau & Allan Reid) accept the 2015 Slaight Music Humanitarian award in honour of their e‰fforts to recognize and support music education (www.musiccounts.ca).

Music Counts team (l-r Mike Hurley, Vanessa Thomas, Noreen Eason, Marie Desmarteau & Allan Reid) accept the 2015 Slaight Music Humanitarian award in honour of their e‰fforts to recognize and support music education (www.musiccounts.ca).

 
N.L. funny folks Gemini award-winning Susan Kent (This Hour has 22 Minutes) and Jonny Harris (Murdoch Mysteries, Still Standing) deliver the laughs prior to presenting.

N.L. funny folks Gemini award-winning Susan Kent (This Hour has 22 Minutes) and Jonny Harris (Murdoch Mysteries, Still Standing) deliver the laughs prior to presenting.

2015 CCMA® Interactive award winner Brett Kissel interacts with the crush of fans awaiting his arrival on the John Deere Green Carpet.

2015 CCMA® Interactive award winner Brett Kissel interacts with the crush of fans awaiting his arrival on the John Deere Green Carpet.

 

For more information, visit www.ccma.org; follow them on Twitter @CCMAo¥cial.

Photo Credit: Grant Martin Photography

Stephanie Beaumont
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