The 2018 CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Awards are now officially in the record books. The awards happened in Hamilton, Ontario over three nights, September 7 – 9. Stingray Music was there to participate in the ceremonies as a perennial sponsor of the CCMA under our Stingray Rising Stars program.
Stingray’s Henry Van Den Hoogen, Director of Programming, and Greg Torrington, Content Manager & Music Programmer (Roots and Country Music Channels), returned to Canada’s Music Incubator on August 24, 2018 to work with and mentor 15 up-and-coming artists as part of the Stingray Music co-sponsored Artist Entrepreneur Program.
Americana is contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw.
We had the great opportunity to attend the Americana Music Association press conference announcing this year’s nominations for the AMA Awards which took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame Ford Theatre on May 15.
Bro-Country!? More or less. Bro-Country is a sub-genre of today’s Hot Country style of country music. One thing’s for certain, it’s not your grandfather’s country music, nor your father’s for that matter!
Country music is certainly alive and well and thriving in Canada of course, with constant national touring and radio exposure happening with our top country performers as well as award recognition by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and Junos.