From meet and greets to the big Sunday night gala, Canadian Country Music Week will offer plenty for fans.
The week culminates with the awards show co-hosted by Dallas Smith and Billy Ray Cyrus at the Saddledome on Sept. 8 but there are plenty of smaller concerts and happenings leading up to that.
Things get rolling on Thursday, Sept. 5 with the SIRIUS XM Top of the Country contest, featuring High Valley. Music fans have voted on their favourites and the top three will perform live to crown a winner. It happens at the Palace Theatre with tickets on sale now.
One of the most popular events of the annual week of festivities is the CCMA Legends Show. Running Sept. 6 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, it features performances by Aaron Pritchett, Michelle Wright, The Reklaws, Tenille Townes, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Alan Doyle, Lindsay Ell, Tim Hicks, the Wilkinsons, Jade Eagleson and Andrew Hyatt. Tickets are on sale.
Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy will take part in the CCMA Songwriters’ Series.
If you want to get up close with singers and learn what’s behind some of those songs, the Songwriters’ Series is a four-part acoustic performance series that runs Sept. 5-8 at the National Music Centre. Hosted by James Barker, Aaron Goodwin and Tim Hicks, the four shows celebrate the storytellers of country music. Learn the stories behind some of country radio’s big hits. The Sept. 5 show includes Jess Moskaluke, Meghan Patrick and Leaving Thomas among others. The Sept. 6 show has Nice Horse, Mackenzie Porter and Alee, among others. The show on Sept. 7 includes Sons of Daughters, Stacey Lee Guse and Emily Reid among others. The final songwriters’ show has Jim Cuddy, Kelly Archer, Mitchell Tenpenny and Pam Tillis. Tickets are on sale for all of the songwriting events.
There will also be a free fan village Friday through Sunday at the Cowboys Stampede Tent. On Saturday, there will be a Pure Country party hosted by Shannon Ella and featuring the opportunity to take photos with Dean Brody, Hunter Brothers, Tim Hicks, Jess Moskaluke, Meghan Patrick, The Reklaws, Tenille Townes, Dallas Smith and The Washboard Union. Plus, there will be yoga with goats, live music, and a live band karaoke competition.
While fans can take in these performances, industry types will also be gathering in Calgary during the week to network and attend and industry awards for those who work behind the scenes as video directors, producers, promoters and management.
This year’s Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees — Charlie Major and publicist Anya Wilson — will also be honoured during a CCMA gala dinner on Sept. 7.
Performers at the CCMA Awards night at the Saddledome include Old Dominion, Tenille Townes, Dean Brody, Hunter Brothers, Meghan Patrick, Tebey, James Barker Band, MacKenzie Porter, Aaron Pritchett, Paul Brandt, Jade Eagleson, Lindsay Ell, Jess Moskaluke, Aaron Goodvin, High Valley, Tim Hicks, The Reklaws, and Morgan Wallen.
For information on the CCMAs and all events, go to https://www.ccma.org/