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2023 CCMAs in Hamilton

2023 CCMAs in Hamilton, bringing together country music enthusiasts, top-tier artists, and rising stars for a memorable week of musical celebrations. From the electrifying performances to heartfelt award speeches, the CCMAs were an unforgettable experience for all who attended. Here’s a recap of the highlights from this year’s event.

Top of the Country Competition: Showcasing Remarkable Talent

One of the week’s standout events was SiriusXM’s Top of the Country competition, which provided a platform for some of the best Canadian country artists to showcase their exceptional talents. The audience was treated to stellar performances by finalists Noah Derksen, Teigen Gayse, and the crowned winner, Hailey Benedict. Following her impressive victory, we had the privilege of sitting down with Hailey for an exclusive post-award interview. It was a fantastic way to kick off a week filled with music and festivities at the CCMAs.

CCMA House presented by Amazon Music: A Night of Canadian Country Music

On Friday night, the CCMA House in Hamilton played host to an exhilarating evening of Canadian country music, featuring special appearances by neighboring artists. The event was skillfully hosted by Canadian artist JoJo Mason, who also graced the stage with a captivating performance. The lineup was nothing short of spectacular, with artists like Tim Hicks, Madeline Merlo, Video of the Year winners Tim & The Glory Boys, rising star Josh Ross, and newcomer Owen Riegling. Throughout the night, each artist took their turn on stage, performing two songs and leaving an indelible mark on the 2023 CCMA House presented by Amazon Music.

The audience was also treated to a remarkable performance by The War and Treaty, who had recently opened for Chris Stapleton, and Dalton Dover, the other half of “Day on The Water” by James Barker Band. The CCMA House provided country music fans with a unique opportunity to witness their favorite artists and groups up close, as they performed both hit songs and the newest releases making waves on the radio airwaves.

The Awards: A Night of Honors and Performances

The 2023 CCMAs, held in Hamilton, Ontario, were hosted by local Canadian country stars, The Reklaws. Opening the show with their latest hit, “Honky Tonkin’ About,” alongside country counterpart Drake Milligan, The Reklaws set the tone for an exciting evening. The awards ceremony saw deserving artists like Joss Ross, James Barker Band, and Lindsay Elle take home prestigious accolades. Jade Eagleson, who clinched awards for “Male Artist of The Year” and “Entertainer of The Year,” took a moment to express gratitude to the wives and spouses who support the men and women in the industry, enabling them to pursue their musical dreams.

Throughout the night, the stage was alive with incredible performances from the likes of Dallas Smith, Sam Hunt, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and High Valley. The grand finale featured a show-stopping performance of “Day On The Water” by James Barker Band and Dalton Dover, a single that had been released just prior to festival season. Brett Kissel and Cooper Alan added to the excitement with their performance of “Two of Us,” a lively duet about ending a long work week with some fun.

In conclusion, the 2023 CCMAs in Hamilton provided a remarkable showcase of Canadian country music talent. From the Top of the Country competition to the star-studded performances and heartfelt award moments, this year’s CCMAs left a lasting impression on all who attended. It was a celebration of the rich musical heritage of Canada and a testament to the bright future of the country music scene.

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