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Jul-09-2017 ~ ACMA Newsletter

 

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Jan-22-2017 ~ And the Award Goes To!!

 

2016 Alberta Country Music AwardsTM  Winners!

 

Song of the Year

Found

Dan Davidson & Clayton Bellamy

 

Album of the Year – presented by Sirroma Entertainment

I Was There

Drew Gregory

 

Fan’s Choice

Bobby Wills

 

Video of the Year

Found

Dan Davidson

 

Musician of the Year – presented by Gilmore Guitars

Lisa Dodd

 

Female Artist of the Year

Trinity Bradshaw

 

Single of the Year

Found

Dan Davidson

 

Male Artist of the Year

Bobby Wills

 

Group of the Year – presented by Calgary Stampede

Domino

 

Rising Star – presented by Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall

Dan Davidson

 

Talent Buyer of the Year – presented by LJVM Projects

Calgary Stampede

 

Industry Person of the Year – presented by LJVM Projects

Jody Seeley

 

Hall of Fame Inductee

Jackie Rae Greening

 

Jan-11-2017 ~ Top 5 Nominee's Announced!
January 11th, 2017 (Edmonton, AB) - The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) is pleased to present your Top 5 nominees in each awards category for the upcoming 2016 Alberta Country Music Awards.

Female Artist of the Year
Alee
Amy Metcalfe
Maddison Krebs
Sydney Mae
Trinity Bradshaw
Male Artist of the Year
(Top 6)
Bobby Wills
Dan Davidson
Drew Gregory
Jamie Woodfin
Steve Arsenault
Trevor Panczak
 
Group/Duo of the Year
Sponsored by Calgary Stampede
 
Domino
The Travelling Mabels
TwoShine County
The Doll Sisters
The Dungarees
Fan's Choice 
Bobby Wills
Cole Bradley
Domino
Hailey Benedict
The Dungarees
 
Rising Star
Sponsored by Ranchman's Cookhouse & Dancehall

Amy Metcalfe
Brad Sims
Dan Davidson
Jamie Woodfin
Trevor Panczak
Musician of the Year
Sponsored by Gilmore Guitars 

(Top 6)
Lisa Dodd
Luanne Carl
Mark Branconnier
Mitch Jay
Ray Banman
Smokey Fennell

Single of the Year
Down By The River - Bobby Wills
Found - Dan Davidson
Ride With Me - Hey Romeo
Say Hello To Goodbye - Alee 
Bobby Wills - Won't You Be Mine

 
Song of the Year
All About It
Written by: Drew Gregory and Frank Meyers 
Performed by Drew Gregory
Found
Written by: Dan Davidson and Clayton Bellamy
Performed by Dan Davidson
I'm Down
Written by: James Murdoch,Robb Angus, Darrek Anderson,
Kiron Jhass, Clint Moffatt & Bob Moffatt
Performed by The Dungarees
Meteorite
Written by: Troy Kokol and Beamer Wigley
Performed by Beamer Wigley
Myself to Blame
Written by: Kym Simon and Ryan Balanecki
Performed by Kym Simon

Album of the Year
Sponsored by Sirroma Entertainment

Golden - Alecia Achielle
Karack Hendriks - Karac Hendriks
I Was There - Drew Gregory

Video of the Year 
All About It - Drew Gregory
Found - Dan Davidson
I Can Be The Lover - Trevor Panczak
Myself to Blame - Kym Simon
We Just Did - Domino

Industry Person of the Year
Sponsored by LJVM Projects

Angie Morris
Bill Borgwardt
Jenn Dalen
Jody Seeley
Laurie Brown
Talent Buyer of the Year
Sponsored by LJVM Projects

Big Valley Jamboree
Calgary Stampede
Ranchman's Cookhouse & Dancehall
Sakamoto Agency
 
 
Winners in the Industry Person of the Year and Talent Buyer of the Year will be announced Saturday January 21, 2017 during the ACMA Songwriters Event. 

All other winners will be announced Sunday January 22, 2017 during the LIVE broadcast of the 2016 Alberta Country Music Awards on Shaw TV.
 
 
Sponsors of the ACMA and the 2016 ACMA Awards Weekend include H-Factor Productions, REAL Country 95.5 Red Deer,  the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel, Ranchmans Cookhouse & Dancehall, Gilmore Guitars, Sirroma Entertainment, Calgary Stampede & Exhibition, LJVM Projects, Principle Projects, the Alberta Government, 840 CFCW Edmonton, Miller Thompson Avocats/Lawyers, Jamboree For Charity, XM105 Whitecourt, CISN Country Edmonton, Country 105 Calgary, Royalty Records Inc.,   and Shaw TV.
Dec-01-2016 ~ Tickets On Sale Now!

ACMA Awards Weekend 

Tickets are $93.00 plus service charges and include:

Sunday January 22, 2017
  • Cocktails
  • Gala Dinner
  • 2016 Alberta Country Music Awards
Membership Has It's Privileges and ACMA Fan Members ALSO receive:
Saturday January 21, 2017
  • Entrance to the Songwriter's Event
Membership Has It's Privileges and ACMA Industry & Corporate Members ALSO receive:
Saturday January 21, 2017
  • Entrance to Seminar #1 Presented by Wayne Logan, Partner in Miller Thompson LLP*
  • Entrance to Seminar #2 - still to be announced
  • Entrance to the Round Table Discussions 
  • Entrance to the Songwriter's Event
To purchase your tickets please visit www.abcountrymusic.ca
*ACMA Awards Weekend Tickets are non-refundable

To book your hotel room at the special ACMA discounted rate,
only available until Thursday January 12, 
please visit ACMA Awards 2017
Nov-08-2016 ~ Announcing the 2016 ACMA Hall of Fame Inductee!
November 9, 2016 (Edmonton, AB) – The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee is Jackie Rae Greening.
 
Jackie Rae’s on-air debut happened in 1983 on the midnight shift on 1170 CKGY in Red Deer.  Her radio career would take her through CFOK in Westlock and Q91 in Drumheller before landing at CFCW in 1989.  Initially hired as Promotions & Marketing Director, Jackie Rae would soon join Wes Montgomery on the CFCW Morning Show. This duo would go onto win two CCMA Awards for On-Air Personalities of the Year.  Today, Jackie Rae is the Program Director for 840 & 910 CFCW and the Manager of Operations for Newcap Radio.
 
In addition to JR’s many years in country radio, her volunteer involvement has been nothing short of amazing.  Every Country Music Week Edmonton has hosted since 1990, Jackie Rae has been on the host committee.  She also served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Country Music Association for six years, serving as Chair for two. Always believing that CFCW is a catalyst for local talent to achieve their dreams, many artists over the years have benefited from Jackie Rae’s enthusiastic support.
 
Jackie Rae Greening will be recognized at the Alberta Country Music Awards taking place in Red Deer, AB on Sunday January 22nd, 2017.  
Aug-03-2016 ~ ACMA Showcases It's Award Winners at Country Thunder Alberta 2016!

ACMA Showcases its Award Winners at Country Thunder Alberta 2016

 

(Edmonton, AB) August 3rd, 2016 – The Association of Country Music in Alberta  (ACMA) and Country Thunder Alberta have partnered together to showcase three (3) of our Alberta award winners on the Country 105 Stage during Country Thunder Alberta 2016.

 On Saturday August 20th the reigning ACMA Rising Star TRINITY BRADSHAW will take the stage beginning at 2:00 pm, ACMA Group of the Year and Fan’s Choice DOMINO follow at 3:30 pm and finally ACMA Male Artist of the Year DREW GREGORY will kick his set off at 5:00 pm.  

 "When I reached out to the management team of Country Thunder Alberta, they were on board immediately with wanting to support ACMA", shares Marcie Hanson, Executive Director. "Selecting 3 of our reigning award winners was their natural direction". 

 Country Thunder Alberta runs from August 19th - 21st at Prairie Winds Park, 223 Castleridge Blvd. NE, Calgary. Limited tickets are still available starting at $99.00/day. For more information on the Country Thunder Alberta 2016 or to purchase tickets to the event, please visit: www.countrythunder.com  

 

Jul-18-2016 ~ ACMA Joins the Entertainment Family at the Big Valley Jamboree

ACMA Joins the Entertainment Family

At the Big Valley Jamboree

 

(Edmonton, AB) July 18, 2016 – The Association of Country Music in Alberta  (ACMA) and Panhandle Productions have partnered together to introduce the ACMA Stage to the 2016 Big Valley Jamboree

 

Hosted by multi-award winner Tenille, the ACMA Stage can be found in the VIP TENT and will feature acoustic performances by over 18 ACMA artists beginning at 11:30 am daily.  Then - each night starting at 10:30pm, Tenille will take to the stage for an amplified closing set alongside TwoShine County. 

 

“Big Valley Jamboree is one of the biggest events to hit Alberta soil each year and the ACMA is thrilled to be a part of this with the introduction of our ACMA Stage”, says Marcie Hanson, Executive Director.

 

The lineup for the ACMA Stage at the Big Valley Jamboree:

 

Friday July 29th 11:30 am  - 11:55 am Tenille
12:20 pm - 12:45 pm Blake Reid
3:00 pm - 3:25 pm  TwoShine County
4:30 pm - 4:55 pm Tanya Ryan
6:00 pm - 6:25 pm TwoShine County
7:00 pm - 7:25 pm Tanya Ryan
8:30 pm - 8:55 pm Blake Reid
10:30 pm - 12:00 am Tenille & TwoShine County
Saturday  July 30th 11:30 am - 11:55 am Tenille
12:20 pm - 12:45 pm Amy Metcalfe
3:00 pm - 3:25 pm Jamie Woodfin
4:30 pm - 4:55 pm Alecia Aichelle
6:00 pm - 6:25 pm JJ Shiplett
7:00 pm - 7:25 pm Alee
8:30 pm - 8:55 pm Amy Metcalfe
10:30 pm - 12:00 am Tenille & TwoShine County
Sunday July 31st 11:30 am - 11:55 am Tenille
12:20 pm - 12:45 pm Alecia Aichelle
3:00 pm - 3:25 pm Dan Davidson
4:30 pm - 4:55 pm Lauren Mayell
6:00 pm - 6:25 pm TwoShine County
7:00 pm - 7:25 pm Dan Davidson
8:30 pm - 8:55 pm Lauren Mayell
10:30 pm - 12:00 am Tenille & TwoShine County

 

Jul-13-2016 ~ ACMA Showcases Some of It’s Top Talent at the 125th Anniversary of Westerner Days!
(Edmonton, AB) July 13, 2016 – The Association of Country Music in Alberta  (ACMA) and Westerner Park have partnered together for the 125th Anniversary of Westerner Days to bring some of our top talent to the stage throughout this annual four (4) day event.
 
The ACMA Showcase will run daily in Mike’s Hard Lounge beginning at 6:30 pm and feature four (4) ACMA artists.  "With so much talent in the ACMA membership, I'm glad it was Westerner Park who had to the tough job of selecting only 4 (four)", said Marcie Hanson, Executive Director.  Taking the stage are:
           
            July 20th – Kym Simon
            July 21st – TwoShine County
            July 22nd – Trevor Panczak
            July 23rd – Wildflower
 
Then, on Saturday July 23rd the ACMA Rising Star Trinity Bradshaw will kick it up a notch on The Bud Barn and Beer Gardens – Chillabong’s Stage starting at 9:00 pm.
 
For more information on the 2016 Westerner Day’s Fair & Exposition or to purchase tickets to event, please visit:  www.westernerdays.ca
Feb-01-2016 ~ ACMA Award Winners!

February 1st, 2016 – The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) announces the winners of the 2015 Alberta Country Music Awards held in Red Deer, Alberta over the past weekend.

 Picking up the awards for Group/Duo of the Year and Fan’s Choice was Domino.

 The Boom Chucka Boys won Video of the Year for Can’t Take My Lips Off You and the songwriters Phil O’Donnel, Ryan Langlois and Joel Rathjen were awarded Song of the Year.

 Brett Kissel walked away with 2 wins, Single of the Year for “Airwaves” and Album of the Year for “Pick Me Up”.

 First time wins were given out to Drew Gregory for Male Artist of the Year and Lindsay Ell for Female Artist of the Year.

 The award for the 2015 Rising Star went to Trinity Bradshaw.

 Other wins from the evening included Angie Morrisfor Industry Person of the Year and Calgary Stampede took home their second win for Talent Buyer of the Year.   

 Larry Werner, longtime producer of the Big Valley Jamboree was inducted into the ACMA Hall of Fame

Jan-22-2016 ~ Performers Announced for the 2015 Alberta Country Music Awards

January 22, 2016 (Edmonton, AB)The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) is pleased to announce who will be taking the stage at the 2015 Alberta Country Music Awards Sunday, January 31st, 2016. The show will broadcast LIVE across Western Canada on Shaw TV channel 304 HD at 7:00 MST with an encore airing in Alberta at 11:00pm MST.  

 Hosted by Country 105's The Odd Squad, the evening will include performances from ACMA Rising Star Nominee’s: Amy Metcalfe (also nominated for Female Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Video of the Year); Jason Hastie & The Alibi (also nominated for Group/Duo of the Year and Fan's Choice); The Orchard (also nominated for Group/Duo of the Year, Fan's Choice and Song of the Year); Trinity Bradshaw (also nominated for Female Artist of the Year, and Fan's Choice) and TwoShine County (also nominated for Group/Duo of the Year).  

 Additional performances by: Alee (nominated for Female Artist of the Year, Fan's Choice, Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Video of the Year); Drew Gregory (nominated for Male Artist of the Year and Song of the Year) and The Dungarees (nominated for Group/Duo of the Year and Fan's Choice). 

 Catch a glimpse of last year's winners; Alee, Hailey Benedict, Hey Romeo and The Boom Chucka Boys as special guest presenters.

 The night's finale will consist of our All Star Jam hosted by Chad Melchert (CCMA Drummer of the Year), Ryan Davidson (CCMA Guitar Player of the Year) and Lisa Dodd (CCMA Bass Player of the Year). 

 

 

 Sponsors of the ACMA and the 2015 ACMA Dinner and Awards Show include the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), 840 CFCW Edmonton, Hanson Productions & Entertainment, XM105 Whitecourt, CISN Country Edmonton, Country 105 Calgary, Royalty Records Inc., Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall, PM Gigs, Sirroma Entertainment, Westerner Park, Big Hearts for Big Kids, Lifford Wine & Spirits, Exposure Productions, the Sheraton Hotel Red Deer and Shaw TV.

Dec-09-2015 ~ 2015 ACMA Awards Broadcast on Shaw TV

December 9th, 2015 (Edmonton, AB) The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) is thrilled to announce the 5th Annual ACMA Dinner & Awards Show, taking place Sunday January 31st, 2016 in Red Deer, AB will broadcast on Shaw TV Alberta wide!

The ACMA Awards Show is an annual event held to celebrate and recognize the outstanding contributions Alberta artists, musicians, individuals and companies make in the country music industry throughout each year.  Awards are presented in 11 categories:

2015 ACMA Female Artist of the Year

2015 ACMA Male Artist of the Year

2015 ACMA Group/Duo of the Year

2015 ACMA Fan’s Choice ~ presented by Royalty Records

2015 ACMA Industry Person of the Year ~ presented by PM Gigs

2015 ACMA Talent Buyer of the Year

2015 ACMA Song of the Year

2015 ACMA Album of the Year

2015 ACMA Video of the Year

2015 ACMA Single of the Year

2015 ACMA Rising Star ~ presented by Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall

In addition, our 2015 ACMA Hall of Fame Inductee Larry Werner will be honoured for his continued contributions to the development, nurturing and promoting of Country Music, Country Music Artists and the Country Music Industry within the Province of Alberta.

The evening showcases live performances from some of Alberta’s top talent including the 5 Rising Star nominees’. 

For additional information on the 2015 ACMA Dinner & Awards Show or to purchase tickets to this event please visit our website at: www.abcountrymusic.ca or email: Marcie@abcountrymusic.ca

 

About Shaw TV

 Shaw TV is your local voice. We profile interesting people and places, providing insight and a unique voice on community issues and events. We give members of the public access to Channel 10 as well as free training! We are currently accepting completed shows and new programming ideas that reflect Alberta!

 

 About the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA)

Established in 2008, the ACMA is a membership-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to develop, nurture and promote Alberta Country Music and its Artists, and to support the Alberta Country Music Industry and its Alberta based companies to the best of our ability.

 

 Sponsors of the ACMA and the 2015 ACMA Dinner and Awards Show include the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), 840 CFCW Edmonton, Hanson Productions & Entertainment, XM105 Whitecourt, CISN Country Edmonton, Country 105 Calgary, Royalty Records Inc., Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall, PM Gigs, Exposure Productions, Sheraton Hotel Red Deer and Lifford Wine & Spirits.

Dec-02-2015 ~ 2015 ACMA Hall of Fame Inductee

December 2nd, 2015 (Edmonton, AB) – The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee is Larry Werner.

Since 1993 Larry Werner has been the man behind the “hat” at one of North America’s hottest country events, The Big Valley Jamboree.  This accolade could stand on its own as to why the ACMA Board of Directors selected the Producer and GM as this year’s Hall of Fame Inductee.

 His resume and contribution to the music community doesn’t stop there.  Larry was also Producer for 4 Commonwealth Country Festivals in Edmonton, 4 Stage 13 Rock Festivals and various events for the Camrose Regional Exhibition such as; the Spring Classic Rodeo, The Canadian Bull Congress and The Spring Tradeshow. Throughout his career Larry was 5-time CCMA Event of the Year recipient, CCMA Ron Sakamoto Buyer of the Year recipient, the 2012 International Entertainment Buyer Associations Buyer of the Year recipient and 2 time ACMA Talent Buyer of the Year.   He’s Past President of the Western Canada Fairs Association, was Assistant General Manager of the Camrose Regional Exhibition from 1986-1995 and the 1st International Representative to sit on the International Entertainment Buyers Association Board of Directors.

 Over the past 25 years, Larry has shown what it means to go above and beyond in the development, nurturing and promoting of Country Music and the Country Music Industry throughout the Province of Alberta, Canada and the world.

Larry Werner will be recognized at the ACMA Dinner & Awards Show taking place in Red Deer, AB on Sunday January 31st, 2016. 

Dec-01-2015 ~ 2015 ACMA Nominee's Annouced

December 1st, 2015 (Edmonton, AB) – The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) has released its Nominee’s for the 2015 ACMA Awards being held in Red Deer on January 31st, 2016.

 

From now until Friday January 8th, 2016 ACMA members (with the right to do so) can have their say in which ACMA Nominee’s go on to become the:

 

2015 ACMA Female Artist of the Year

2015 ACMA Male Artist of the Year

2015 ACMA Group/Duo of the Year

2015 ACMA Fan’s Choice

2015 ACMA Industry Person of the Year

2015 ACMA Talent Buyer of the Year

2015 ACMA Song of the Year

2015 ACMA Album of the Year

2015 ACMA Video of the Year

2015 ACMA Single of the Year

2015 ACMA Rising Star ~ presented by Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall

 

For a complete list of all the Nominee’s in each category and to cast your VOTE, please visit: http://abcountrymusic.ca/nominees.aspx

 

Tickets for the 2015 ACMA Dinner and Awards Show are on sale now!

 

 

About the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA)

Established in 2008, the ACMA is a membership-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to develop, nurture and promote Alberta Country Music and its Artists, and to support the Alberta Country Music Industry and its Alberta based companies to the best of our ability.

 

Sponsors of the ACMA and the 2015 ACMA Dinner and Awards Show include the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), 840 CFCW Edmonton, Hanson Productions & Entertainment, XM105 Whitecourt, CISN Country Edmonton, Country 105 Calgary, Royalty Records Inc., Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall, Exposure Productions and the Sheraton Hotel Red Deer.

Nov-04-2015 ~ ACMA Dinner & Awards Tickets Now On Sale!

ACMA 5th Annual 
Dinner & Awards Show 

 
Tickets for the 2015 ACMA Dinner & Awards Show

Sunday January 31st, 2016
Westerner Park, Red Deer Alberta
are on sale now!


ACMA Members:  $80.00 / each
Non-Members:  $105.00 each

To purchase your tickets please email:
marcie@abcountrymusic.ca

We thank our host hotel for the 2015 Awards Show & Dinner
Sheraton Red Deer

To take advantage of a discounted rate for attendee's, please either log onto: ACMA Awards 2016  or call (800) 662-7197 and ask for the ACMA Awards Rate. 
Nov-01-2015 ~ 2015 Nomination Round Now Open!

November 1st, 2015 (Edmonton, AB) – The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) has released its contender’s for the 2015 ACMA Awards being held in Red Deer on January 31st, 2016.

 

From now until November 30th, 2015 ACMA members (with the right to do so) can have their say in which Alberta Artists and Industry Members go on to become the official 2015 ACMA Nominee’s in the following categories:

 

2015 ACMA Female Artist of the Year

2015 ACMA Male Artist of the Year

2015 ACMA Group/Duo of the Year

2015 ACMA Fan’s Choice

2015 ACMA Industry Person of the Year

2015 ACMA Talent Buyer of the Year

2015 ACMA Song of the Year

2015 ACMA Album of the Year

2015 ACMA Video of the Year

 

For a complete list of all the contenders in each category and to cast your VOTE, please visit: http://abcountrymusic.ca/nominees.aspx

 

Tickets for the 2015 ACMA Dinner and Awards Show go on sale Wednesday November 4th, 2015

 

 

About the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA)

Established in 2008, the ACMA is a membership-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to develop, nurture and promote Alberta Country Music and its Artists, and to support the Alberta Country Music Industry and its Alberta based companies to the best of our ability.

 

Sponsors of the ACMA and the 2015 ACMA Dinner and Awards Show include Royalty Records Inc., the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), 840 CFCW Edmonton, Hanson Productions & Entertainment, XM105 Whitecourt, CISN Country Edmonton, Country 105 Calgary, Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall, Exposure Productions and the Sheraton Hotel Red Deer.

Oct-22-2015 ~ Submissions Now Being Accepted!

2015 ACMA DINNER & AWARDS SHOW 

 

The ACMA is now accepting submissions for the 2015 ACMA Song of the Year and the 2015 ACMA Album of the year!

 

If you represent or if you are an artist who meet the following criteria, please send your submission including your commercial release date to:  marcie@abcountrymusica by Midnight (MST) Tuesday October 27th, 2015.

 

AWARD:  SONG OF THE YEAR

This award is for a songwriter(s).  

CRITERIA:          

  •  Are members in good standing as of October 1st of that upcoming fiscal year
  • The songwriter(s) song has been commercially verifiable released during the period October 1st – September 30th of the previous fiscal year
  • The song they are being nominated for contains a total of no less than 50% of songwriting credit consisting of music or lyrics or a combination thereof, being written by the member.  

 

AWARD:   ALBUM OF THE YEAR

This award is for artists. 

 CRITERIA:

  •  Are members in good standing as of October 1st of the upcoming fiscal year
  •  Has released a commercially verifiable album or EP during the period of October 1st – September 30th of the previous fiscal year.
  • This Award is for an album as a whole unit. An Album is defined as a project containing no less than six (6) tracks and can be a special project or commemorative package. Greatest Hits albums do not qualify. Compilation albums do not qualify.
  • The Album must have been released during the eligibility period. 

 

Final Nominees from the previous year are not eligible for the same album in the current year.

Oct-20-2015 ~ Annual General Meeting

Dear ACMA Member,

Please take notice that the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) will be held in the Heartland Room, Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB at the hour of 2:00 pm, on Sunday January 31, 2016 for the purpose of receiving the annual report of the ACMA for the fiscal period ending September 30th, 2015; the election of the Board of Directors; the appointment of auditors for the ensuing year and for such further or other business as may be brought before the meeting.

 

If you have any matters of concern, please submit them in writing to marcie@abcountrymusic.ca no later than December 15th, 2015 so that they may be added to the AGM Agenda

Sep-23-2015 ~ For Immediate Release

September 23rd, 2015 - Edmonton, AB -  The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) announced today that Ed Harris has resigned his position as President and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately.  Ed Harris has served as a Board of Director since 2012 and took on the role as President at the last Annual General Meeting held in January 2015.  Bill Hanson, Vice President will assume the duties and responsibilities in the absence of a President which will be addressed at the next Annual General Meeting set for January 2016.


“Ed has been a valued member of the Association and an asset to the Board of Directors”, Bill Hanson said.  “On behalf of the entire Board of Directors and the ACMA membership, we wish him continued success in all his future endeavours”. 
 
Aug-10-2015 ~ Halifax Bound For 14 Bursary Recipients!

On behalf of the Board of Directors we are pleased to announce that fourteen ACMA members have received a Travel Bursary for Country Music Week 2015. The bursaries were awarded from a Legacy Fund from the 2014 CCMA Host Committee. The Legacy Fund is to provide financial support to music industry professionals and assist in travel, accommodations, and other related expenses incurred at future CCMA Country Music Weeks in Halifax, Nova Scotia (2015) and London Ontario (2016).

Ed Harris, ACMA Board President, says, “These bursaries will help ensure that the recipients will have the opportunity to enhance and develop their music careers as well as representing Alberta and the ACMA at the 2015 Country Music Week.”

Jul-03-2015 ~ 2015 CCMA Country Music Week Travel Bursary Program

Deadline for Submissions:

July 20th, 2015

Applications may be submitted by fax, email or mail to the ACMA office.

 

Purpose:

To provide financial support to music industry professionals to assist in travel, accommodations, and other related expenses incurred in their professional activities at the CCMA Country Musc Week in Halifax, Nova Scotia. These funds will help increase the professional networks and business opportunities available to Alberta country music industry professionals. Funds are provided by the 2014 CCMA Host Committee Legacy Fund.

 

Funding:

Total bursary awarded is $850.00 towards cost of attending as a delegate at the CCMA Country Music Week 2015 in Halifax, NS. Applications will be reviewed and adjudicated based on the applicant’s professional development and networking plans for the event. There is a total of ten (10) bursaries to be awarded for the 2015 Country Music Week.

 

Eligibility:

Eligible Applicants:

  • Any persons who are either working full-time in music or who are working towards developing full-time careers in the music industry.
  • Must be a current member of the Association of Country Music in Alberta.
  • This is open to industry and corporate members of the ACMA.

 

 

Important Notes

  • This bursary is for conference support.
  • Applicants are expected to attend the conference and must submitt proof of delegate registration.
  • The ACMA must be informed immediately of any changes to the application submitted.
  • The ACMA reserves the right to refuse any application for any reason.
  • Program guidelines are subject to change and will be applied to any application submitted.

 

Contact Info and Inquiries:

All inquiries and bursary applications can be directed to:

 

Marcie Hanson, Executive Director

ACMA

Phone: 780-440-2029

Fax: 780-756-2921

Email: marcie@abcountrymusic.ca
Jun-19-2015 ~ The Orchard Represents Alberta!

The Orchard Selected As the Alberta Artist in the 2015 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest

Selecting one (1) act from the many talented submissions our jurors received in the Alberta qualifying round of the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest was no easy task. We are excited to announce that The Orchard has moved onto the national round and will be representing Alberta!  Thank you to all ACMA artists who submitted and a huge thank you to our panel of jurors.

Online voting is now open and will remain so until June 29th @ 5:00 pm ET.  The ACMA congratulates all selected acts from across Canada.

To cast your vote please visit:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ccmaspotlight 

Jun-19-2015 ~ ACMA to Announce Artist for CCMA Spotlight Contest

The CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest, Alberta qualifying round is in full swing!  Our panel of jurors are tasked with the difficult job of selecting 1 artist from the many talented submissions to represent Alberta in the National Contest.

The Alberta representative will be announced on June 19th!

Mar-01-2015 ~ Newly Elected ACMA Board of Directors
At the Annual General Meeting of the ACMA, the following were elected as the new ACMA Board of Directors ~ welcome:

Ed Harris - President
Bill Hanson - Vice President
Rob Smith - Past President
Larry Donohue - Director
Angie Morris - Director
Denis Dufresne - Director
Jenn Dalen - Director
Jody Seeley - Director
Laura Fraser - Director
Tanya Ryan - Director
Jan-27-2015 ~ 2014 ACMA Winners Announced!

January 27th, 2015 (Red Deer, AB) – The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) announces the  winners of 2014 Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards at the Dinner & Awards event at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta.
 
Brett Kissel who had 3 nominations this year, took home the 2014 ACMA Awards for Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for “Started With A Song” and Single of the Year for “3-2-1”.

For the 2nd consecutive year, Alee was awarded Female Artist of the Year.


The SOCAN Song of the Year went to Hey Romeo for “Hello Patio” along with co-nominee Deric Ruttan.  
 
The Boom Chucka Boys took home the hardware in both categories they were nominated in, 2014 ACMA Group/Duo of the Year and the 2014 Calgary Stampede Rising Star.


Our ACMA Fan’s Choice went to new comer Hailey Benedict.


Other wins from the evening include Bill Borgwardt for Industry Person of the Year and Calgary Stampede shared the 2014 Talent Buyer of the Year spotlight with Panhandle Productions.
 
The ACMA inducted 2 (two) pioneers into the
ACMA Hall of Fame – CFCW founder Hal Yerxa and Alberta Country Legend, Ray Griff.

Jan-16-2015 ~ 2014 ACMA Awards Show Line-up!
The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) is thrilled to announce the final line-up for our 4th Annual ACMA Dinner & Awards Show Sunday, January 25th, 2015 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta. 

Taking the stage alongside our Rising Star Nominee's:  Craig Moritz, Livy Jeanne, The Boom Chucka Boys, The Orchard and Trinity Bradshaw will be Drew Gregory (nominated for Male Artist of the Year); Tanya Ryan (nominated for Female Artist of the Year and Fan's Choice) and Tenille (nominated for Female Artist of the Year and Fan's Choice).  
 
Hosted by CISN Country 103.9 Drive Home Hosts Clayton &   Chelsea, the evening will also include a performance by Alberta Music duo - The Royal Foundry.

The evening will conclude with our All Star Jam and we welcome 4 time CCMA Drummer of the Year Mark Branconnier on drums, Justin Kudding on bass and Steve Arsenault on guitar as our house band!

Tickets are only on sale until Monday January 19th, 2015 - purchase your today by emailing: info@abcountrymusic.ca
 
 
Dec-04-2014 ~ 2nd Round of Voting Now Open!

2nd Round of Voting Now Open!

Vote now and secure your tickets for the award show on January 25, 2015
at http://www.abcountrymusic.ca
We sold out the last 3 years!

To Cast Your Vote: 

  1. Follow the link below
  2. In the far right hand box, enter your login credentials 
  3. On the right hand side, click on the box labelled "Award Nominees - Vote for your Favorites"
  4. Once in the Award Categories scroll to enter each category
  5. Click "vote" to make your selection
  6. Select "Show Award Categories" at the top of each category to return to the main award listing
  7. Continue until you have voted in all categories (Your membership information will automatically bring up with categories you are able to vote in)
  8. The second round voting will close January 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm MST

www.abcountrymusic.ca/nominees.aspx 
 

* The system will allow you to change your vote at any time until the round closes but, you will only be able to register 1 vote in each category. If you change your selection, your last vote will over-ride the previous selection. 

Nov-05-2014 ~ 2014 ACMA Awards - 1st Round Voting Now Open!

1st Round of Voting Now Open!

 

To cast your vote:
 

  1. Follow the link below
  2. In the far right hand box, enter your login in credentials,
  3. On the right hand side, click on the box titled "Award Nominees - Vote for your favourites"
  4. Once in the Award Categories scroll to enter each category
  5. Click "vote" to make your selection
  6. Select "Show Award Categories" at the top of each category to return to the main award listing
  7. Continue until you have voted in all categories.  (Your membership information will automatically bring up which categories you are able to vote in.)
* The system will allow you to change your vote at any time up until the round closes but you will only be able to register 1 vote in each category.  If you change your selection, your last vote will over-ride your previous selections.  

** Single of the Year and Rising Star categories are ONLY open for 2nd round voting. 

 
1st Round voting is open until Midnight MST on November 30th, 2014
Sep-08-2014 ~ Congratulations To Our Alberta CCMA Award Winners!
Congratulations to the following ACMA Members who took home Awards this past weekend at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards!

Country Club of the Year
Cook County Saloon – Edmonton, AB

Country Music Program or Special of the Year
Gord Bamford: Christmas in Canada – CMT

Music Director of the Year – Major Market 
Scott Phillips – CKRY-FM, Calgary/CISN-FM, Edmonton

Recording Studio of the Year 
MCC Recordings Studio – Calgary, AB

Interactive Artist of the Year 
Brett Kissel

Radio Station of the Year – Major Market
CKRY FM – Country 105; Calgary, AB

Single of the Year 
“When Your Lips Are So Close” – Gord Bamford

CMT Video of the Year 
“3-2-1” – Brett Kissel

Male Artist of the Year 
Gord Bamford

 

Aug-22-2014 ~ Country Music Week 2014

The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) are proud to announce the following performers who will be taking part in two special showcases at West Edmonton Mall during Country Music Week 2014. 

The acoustic showcases run on Thursday September 4th and Friday September 5th from 6 – 8 pm at the Newcap Stage in West Edmonton Mall. 

Thursday’s West Edmonton Mall Showcase will feature Amy Nelson, Drew Gregory, Lindsay Broughton, Livy Jeanne, Tenille, The Orchard, Tristan Horncastle, and TwoShine County.

On Friday the Coast To Coast Country Showcase will feature acts from 8 provinces across Canada.  Joining ACMA Artist Trinity Bradshaw will be Karen Lee Batton (BCCMA),Kevin Davison (NS), Mike Leblanc (NB), Runaway Angle (CMAO), Ryan Keown (MCMA), Tim Chaisson (PEI) and Wyatt (SCMA).


Jun-26-2014 ~ Trinity Bradshaw Represents Alberta!
he Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) congratulates Trinity Bradshaw who has been selected to represent Alberta in the 2014 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest!   

Thank you to all the artists who submitted their profile and thanks also goes out to our jury who had the difficult job of choosing.  

Trinity moves on as a finalist and will compete against eight (8) other artists from across Canada to win 2 performance spots at Country Music Week 2014 being held in Edmonton.
 

To vote for Trinity, click here.
Each voter will only be able to submit one (1) vote per IP address for the Finalist they would like to see win the contest.

Voting is NOW OPEN and will close Thursday, July 3 at 5 p.m. EST.

For more information, and the rules and regulations regarding the 2014 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest, please click here.
May-15-2014 ~ CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest Open For Submissions

Calling all Country Music Artists! 

The Association of Country Music in Alberta (“ACMA”)  is running a contest in tandem with the Canadian Country Music Association (“CCMA”) for your chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to play alongside Canada’s Country Music greats at Country Music Week this year in Edmonton, AB from September 4-7.

How it works

Each province has been asked to select one Country Music Artist/Act (“Act”) to represent that province in the “CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest” (“National Contest”).  

When all the participating provincial Acts from across Canada are chosen for the National Contest, these Acts would be highlighted on an online poll (not through Facebook) and the public would be encouraged to vote on who they want to see perform at Country Music Week this year. These Acts must abide by the “CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest – OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS”. This National Contest will open on June 26, 2014 and close on July 3, 2014. The winner will be announced on July 10, 2014

Acts who are interested in representing their province on this National Contest are required to email their submission (submission requirements below) to the ACMA ~ marcie@abcountrymusic.ca by May 29th, 2014.

Submission Requirements (to be emailed to the ACMA)

Two Songs (MP3 format)  

Fifty-word bio

One Promotional Photo (JPEG or EPS format)

Social Media Platforms (please include links to social media outlets you use (i.e., link to Facebook artist page, twitter account, website etc)

Your submissions will be juried by the ACMA and one successful Act will be selected to move on to the National Contest for their chance to win two performance spots at Country Music Week® in Edmonton, Alberta.  The winner will win a performance spot at the CCMA Industry Lunch taking place on Friday September 5 and the CCMA Pre-Show Party happening on September 7, 2014. 

More Information on Country Music Week Events: 

CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards

The first of four Canadian Country Music Association Award ceremonies, the CCMA industry Lunch & Awards recognizes some of Canada’s most influential industry professionals in the areas of radio, retailer, album design, video director and record producer among other achievements. Always accompanied by great food and the promise of some enjoyable entertainment, the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards is pleased to acknowledge those who work to promote the genre day in and day out, all year round. Be there to see the industry’s key players from behind the scenes taking the stage to accept their honours and applaud them for all the hard work that they put into making country music an enticing market for all. The winning act will perform one (1) song on the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards, the CCMA will work with the winner to ensure proper accompaniment at this event.

CCMA Pre-Show Party

The CCMA Awards John Deere branded Green Carpet will attract nominees, performers and presenters and national media. In 2013, there were over 35 media outlets present on the carpet including, print (photographers), television, radio and online. Bigger than that is the Fan Zone which in 2012 and 2013 attracted over 6,500 screaming fans excited to see their favourite stars as they arrived at the broadcast. We will be celebrating with these early arrivers with a Pre-Show party in the parking lot of Rexall Place. We are bringing in a portable stage, performers, an all-star host, food trucks, vendors and a photo booth to capture all the fun.  The winning act will perform two (2) songs on the CCMA Pre-Show Party.  The CCMA will work with the winner to ensure proper accompaniment at this event.


What the National Contest winner receives: 

There is only one (1) prize awarded, which goes to the Winner. The prize consists of:

A performance spot at the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards

A performance spot at the CCMA Pre-Show Party

A free one (1) year CCMA membership

A free one (1) year membership to the association the winner qualified

One (1) complimentary Full Delegate Registration to Country Music Week in Edmonton, AB (non-transferable)

One (1) $450.00 honorarium from Radio Starmaker Fund

One (1) hotel room for four (4) night accommodation (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at the Courtyard by Marriot in Edmonton

Transportation (economy class) to and from hometown to Edmonton (to a maximum $1,000 Cdn).


Note: In the case that the winner is a duo or band, the CCMA will review the prize package on a case by case basis   

 
Jan-27-2014 ~ ACMA Award Winners Announced

January 27th, 2014 (Red Deer, AB) – The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) announces the  winners of 2013 Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards at the Dinner & Awards event at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta.

 

Bobby Wills who had 4 nominations this year, took home the 2013 ACMA Awards for Male Artist of the Year, the SOCAN Song of the Year  for “ Somebody Will” along with co-nominees Walt Aldridge and Mike Pyle and Album of the Year for “ If It Was That Easy”.

 

Brett Kissel also had 4 nominations and was awarded with the 2013 ACMA Awards for Single of the Year for “Started with a Song” and the Calgary Stampede Rising Star.

 

The winner of the 2013 ACMA Female Artist of the Year went to Alee who was nominated in a total of 4 categories.

 

The 2013 ACMA Group/Duo of the Year was Calgary’s own PEAR and for the 2nd consecutive year, Grande Prairie’s Tenille took home the 2013 Fan’s Choice.

 

Other wins from the evening include Jody Seeley for Industry Person of the Year and Panhandle Productions for Talent Buyer of the Year.

 

The Honourable Gene Zwozdesky and CCMA Hall of Fame Inductee Ed Harris presented the 2013 ACMA Hall of Fame Award to Albert music pioneer, R. Harlan Smith

 

The list of 2013 ACMA Award winners highlights of the evening can be at www.abcountrymusic.ca

Jan-09-2014 ~ 2013 ACMA Award Performers Announced

The Association of Country Music in Alberta is pleased to announce this year's line-up for our 3rd Annual ACMA Dinner & Awards Show Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta.

Hosted by 99.7 Sun Country Morning Show Announcer – Jody Seeley – the evening will include performances from ACMA Rising Star Nominee’s: Alee (also nominated for Female Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year); Jason Hastie (also nominated for Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year); The Boom Chucka Boys (also nominated for Group/Duo of the Year, Fan’s Choice, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year) and The Orchard (also nominated for Group/Duo of the Year and Song of the Year). Other showcase performances are scheduled from ACMA artists Trinity Bradshaw and Wildflower.  We are pleased to once again have a special performance guest from Alberta Music and this year that will be Calgary’s own, JJ Shiplett.  The evening will conclude with our All Star Jam hosted by Domino, nominated for Group/Duo of the Year, Fan’s Choice, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year.

There are limited tickets left and they can be purchased by emailing: marcie@abcountrymusic.ca

Nov-22-2013 ~ 2013 Awards Show & Dinner Tickets On Sale Now!

ACMA 3rd Annual Awards Show & Dinner Tickets On Sale Now!

 

Tickets for the 2013 ACMA Awards Show & Dinner

Saturday January 25th, 2014
Westerner Park, Red Deer Alberta
are on sale now!


ACMA Members:  $75.00 / each
Non-Members:  $100.00 each

To purchase your tickets please email:
marcie@abcountrymusic.ca

We thank our host hotel for the 2013 Awards & Dinner ~ 
Sheraton Red Deer.  To take advantage of a discounted rate for attendee's, please either email: reservations@sheratonreddeer.com  or call   (800) 662-7197 and ask for the ACMA Awards Rate. 

Nov-18-2013 ~ 2013 ACMA Hall of Fame Inductee

November 18th, 2013 (Edmonton, AB) – The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) is pleased to announce the 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee is 
R. Harlan Smith.
 

It was over 46 years ago that the then Bob Smith (later known as R. Harlan Smith) recorded and released his first single – a cover of US pop star Al Martino’s hit song, “Mary In The Morning”.  In those days, Bob Smith was singing and performing six nights per week at Edmonton’s Midtowner Hotel’s Oak Room, and was also featured on a live ½ hour weekly radio show every Thursday evening direct from the club on Edmonton’s easy listening/pop music station CHQT.  Both CHQT and Edmonton’s rock giant CHED gave the record a few spins – just enough to whet the recording and writing appetite of the young performer.  The next few months saw Bob Smith and his band move onto the stage of perhaps the most upscale nightclub in Edmonton – the Sheraton Hotel’s Top Of The Inn Ballroom – where he and his eight-piece band, complete with horns, vibes, guitar and piano made the Top Of The Inn one of the places to be for a night on the town.
 
The musical menu in those heady days, of course, wasn’t very country, but a solid offering of movie themes, show tunes, and pop hits of the day.  But for a boy who grew up on the prairies of Saskatchewan, whose early life was filled with the sounds of country music, and who had on occasion as a teenager performed on live radio with a Saskatchewan country band on Regina’s CKRM.  The early influences and opportunities to travel and perform playing country music prompted the still then Bob Smith to make a country song demo.  The young performer visited with Warren Holte, who then managed one of the most successful country radio stations in Canada – CFCW, Camrose, Alberta.  The meeting and demo did the trick.  CFCW hired the new singer and his band for their complete summer rodeo show circuit, and the country music career of Bob Smith was, as they say, launched.
 
Between shows, traveling and performing, Harlan began the serious business of writing and recording.  Lady luck also seemed to be on Harlan’s side as his first serious attempt at song writing in 1969 produced the 1970 Apex Records number 1 Canadian country record, “Ode To suburbia”, RPM Canadian Country Chart, from his Apex “Bob Smith Sings” album.
 
Over the next 30-odd years Harlan recorded two albums for GRT Records (“Uptown Country” and “I Remember Love”) and five subsequent albums on his own label Royalty Records receiving numerous regional, provincial and national industry awards, nominations, including awards of excellence for performance, production, songwriting, and industry builder.  In 1977 Harlan was the recipient of Canadian Country Music Album of the Year Award for his album “Here Comes Yesterday”.  Throughout his career Harlan sang and performed live and had his recordings played in numerous countries, wrote over 200 songs, produced over 40 albums and 200 plus singles, mainly for western Canadian artists, the majority of which, over the years, charted nationally and some internationally, twice won the award as Canadian Country Music Producer of the Year, and holds the distinction of being the first Canadian record producer to have 4 separate singles by 4 different artists all charting nationally in Canada’s top 50 at the same time, all four being western Canadian artists.
 
Because of his belief in Canadian country music, especially the kind coming from Western Canada, in 1974 R. Harlan Smith, along with a business associate Jack Dubasz, founded one of Canada’s most successful record label/distributors – 100% owned and controlled, Alberta’s Royalty Records.  Later on, Harlan developed the concept of a Canadian Country Music All-Star Show through a separate company, Royalty Shows Ltd.  The late 1980’s and early 1990’s saw the 13 piece show travel and perform not only in western Canada, but in a variety of foreign countries including Holland, Belgium, England, Scotland, Denmark and Germany, thus creating international exposure not only for the musicians involved, but for western Canadian artists and their songs, such as Laura Vinson, Gary Fjellgaard, Chris Nielsen, and others to new markets and performance opportunities. 
 
Harlan was also a founding member, secretary-treasurer by acclamation, and later vice-president and six-year board member of the Canadian Country Music Association, president of the Alberta Recording Industries Association, director of Global Country Canada, and vice-president of the Alberta Cultural Industries Association.  Harlan has also been honoured by the city of Moose Jaw, SK as an Honorary Citizen, is an Honorary Westerner and an Honorary Calgarian, and in 2004 received the prestigious honour of Industry Builder from the Western Canadian Music Alliance.  In 2005 Harlan was also inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame as an Industry Builder.  Several years ago, Harlan was a nominee for Alberta’s inaugural prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Awards, chosen along with 84 other artists, performers, architects and playwrights.  In 2012 Harlan was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Alberta Men & Women of Country Music.
 
In 1972 Harlan founded Helping Hand Music Ltd, now known as Royalty Music Publishing Inc, the first wholly owned Canadian music publishing company from western Canada to be invited to join the Canadian Music Publishers Association.  The song publishing company now holds administration or copyright ownership on a significant catalogue of music of mainly western Canada based writers.  Through his music publishing efforts and sound recording projects, many young, unheard of writers saw their songs recorded and played on national and sometimes international radio.
 
Born in Saskatchewan and moving to Alberta as a young man, Harlan made his home in Alberta for 53 years, only recently moving to the Okanagan Valley – Vernon, BC.  Perhaps one of the best quotes regarding Harlan’s career comes from an article written by Vicki Covington in Canada’s Country Music News, a national trade magazine.  We quote as follows, “Some say that no one has done more for Western Canada’s country talent than R. Harlan Smith.” 
 
Several years ago Harlan retired, but on occasion still performs with the Alberta Country Legends, and consults on a limited basis, when asked, within the industry. The Royalty group of companies are now under the guidance of Harlan’s son, Rob D Smith, and a hand-picked team of dedicated people whose mandate is to further the growth of Royalty Records as an Alberta owned nationally recognized label/distributor/music rights/intellectual property company focusing mainly on the development, marketing, and promotion of Alberta’s and Canada’s best musical talents to Canada and the world.

 
R. Harlan Smith will be recognized at the ACMA Awards Show & Dinner taking place in Red Deer, AB on Saturday January 25th, 2014. 
 
For more information or to purchase tickets to the 3rd Annual ACMA Awards Show & Dinner please visit the website at:  www.abcountrymusic.ca
Oct-25-2013 ~ 2013 ACMA Annual General Meeting
Please take notice that the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) will be held in the Palermo Room at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel, Red Deer, AB at the hour of 10:30am on Sunday January 26, 2014 for the purpose of receiving the annual report of the ACMA for the fiscal period ending September 30th, 2013 and for such further or other business as may be brought before the meeting.
 
If you have any matters of concern, please submit them in writing to marcie@abcountrymusic.ca no later than December 15th, 2013 so that they may be added to the AGM Agenda.
Oct-04-2013 ~ ACMA Announces 4 Additional Award Categories

The ACMA is thrilled to announce 4 Additional Award Categories have been added to the 3rd Annual ACMA Awards Show & Dinner being held in Red Deer on January 25th, 2014.

In addition to returning Awards for:

Talent Buyer of the Year
Industry Person of the Year
Hall of Fame Inductee
Female Artist of the Year
Male Artist of the Year
Group/Duo of the Year
Fan's Choice

the ACMA will be handing out Awards for:

Song of the Year
Single of the Year
Rising Star Award
Album of the Year


Criteria and eligibility for all awards will be made available Wednesday October 9th, 2013.

Your ACMA Membership must be renewed (or processed for new applicants) by Midnight tonight (MST) - Friday October 4th to be eligible in any category!

Sep-08-2013 ~ Congratulations To Our Alberta CCMA Winners!
The 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards wrapped up on the weekend and Alberta was well represented!  

Congratulations to:


2013 CCMA Rising Star ~ Bobby Wills

2013 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Stan Klees Builder Award - Ed Harris

2013 Radio Station of the Year Major Market ~ CKRY-FM Calgary

2013 All Star Band Award Keyboards ~ Rob Shapiro (Hey Romeo)

2013 All Star Band Award Special Instrument ~ Denis Dufresne, Mandolin (PEAR)

2013 Country Club of the Year ~ Ranchman's Cookhouse & Dancehall, Calgary

2013 Recording Studio of the Year ~ MCC Recording Studio, Calgary

2013 Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year ~ Calgary Stampede

2013 Music Director of the Year Major Market ~ Scott Phillips, CKRY-FM/CISN-FM

2013 On-air Personality(ies) of the Year Major Market ~ Odd Squad, CKRY-FM, Calgary

2013 On-air Personality(ies) of the Year Secondary Market - KG Mornings with Greg, Tera Lee and Al, CKGY-FM Red Deer


Aug-29-2013 ~ Alberta Country Webcast

Alberta Country Webcast live from the Citadel Theatre Announces the 2013 Acoustic Performers.

The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) and Alberta Music are proud to announce some of Alberta’s top talent showcasing this year’s Alberta Country Webcast, sponsored in part by CISN, which will take place over the course of three days at this year's Country Music Week, September 5-8 in Edmonton, Alberta.  

We welcome both emerging and established artists including:  Tenille, Braden Gates, Candice Ryan, Wildflower, Shane Chisholm, Emily Seal, Justin Hogg, Dani-Lynn, Danielle Lowe, PEAR, JJ Shiplett, Quentin Reddy, Tiffany Dowhan, Lauren Mayell, Sarah Beth Keeley, Richard Woodman, Tanya Ryan, Trinity Bradshaw, The Command Sisters, Sarah Curle, Madisson Krebs, Matt Pattershuk, Chemical Cowboys, Katie Mission, Jake Ian, The Orchard, The Doll Sisters, Katie & Jason, Domino, The Boom Chucka Boys and CCMA Discovery Artist Blake Reid. 

The Alberta Country Webcast will be streamed live over the internet and viewers will have the opportunity to get to know a little about each of the showcasing artists as seasoned hosts Carly Kincaid and Kathy Le question these artists on their music careers, goals and what we can expect in the coming months. 

The Alberta Country Webcast will take place beginning Thursday, September 5 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM MST with additional performances on Friday, September 6 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM MST and Saturday September 7 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM MST.  


Tune in to http://countrymusicweek.ca/index.php/webcast.html to catch the webcast live during these times:


Aug-23-2013 ~ CCMA Unofficial Kickoff Party

CCMA Unofficial Kick-off Party

All Star Jam @ Knoxville’s Tavern, September 4th, 2013

The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) and Alberta Music, along with CISN Country are pleased to announce some of the incredible talent taking the stage at the CCMA Unofficial Kick-off Party, Wednesday September 4th at Knoxville’s Tavern, in Edmonton.

Country Music Week Delegates, visitors & fans will take in performances by some of Alberta’s top talent including: Tenille (2012 ACMA Female Artist & Fan’s Choice of the Year), Bobby Wills (2012 ACMA Male Artist of the Year), PEAR (2012 ACMA Group of the Year) and Alberta Music Artists: The Dungarees (The five members in this country western outfit are essential players in a number of different regional bands), Cowpuncher (Just voted FFWD’s top 3 bands in Calgary), and Matt Masters (what Calgary claims to be: an urban entity with an old country soul).

The talent doesn’t stop there! Also confirmed for the event is Alberta Music Artists: Jake Ian & the Haymakers, Michael Dunn & the Moanin’ After ~ and ACMA Artists:  Domino, Shane Chisholm, Sarah Beth Keeley, Lauren Mayell and Krysta Scoggins!

An All Star Jam wouldn’t be complete without a sign-up sheet on stage the night of – you never know who else will be performing.  Our friends at CISN will be on site to host the evening.

Admission to the Alberta All-Star jam is FREE for Alberta Music and ACMA members as well as CCMA members (with proof of membership). Follow this link to RSVP!

https://abmusic.wufoo.com/forms/ccma-unofficial-kickoff-party-rsvp-form 

General admission will be $10.00 at the door. 

Aug-15-2013 ~ Showcase Opportunities during Country Music Week 2013!

CCMA Alberta Acoustic Showcase

Alberta Country Webcast – Three days of live acoustic performances and interviews from the lobby of Citadel Theatre broadcast live to the world via the web. 

 
Alberta Music and The Association for Country Music in Alberta are hosting an Acoustic Showcase in Citadel Theatre lobby, where CCMA Conference is being held. There are roughly 20 slots to fill between Thursday Sept 5th-Sat Sept 7th. Radio hosts will be interviewing artists and each showcase will be broadcast live via the web.
 
Canadian Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Awards make up a four day conference and celebration culminating in the nationally broadcast CCMA Awards. Country Music Week is one of the largest music events in Canada each year with a combination of activities for both community and industry attendees including showcase opportunities for newcomers, educational seminars and an all day FanFest that delivers Canada's stars to the community.
 
We are now accepting submissions from artists interested in participating in this acoustic showcase in Edmonton for Canadian Country Music Week, September 5th-8th in Edmonton.
 
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
- Must be either a current Alberta Music member and/or ACMA Member
- Must be active in the Alberta music scene (Recent gigs, recent album, etc.)
- Must be a Country or Alt-Country Musician/Band
 
Deadline to submit is WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21st at 4pm. 
 
CONTACT: 
Marcie Hanson:  marcie@abcountrymusic.ca
Aug-14-2013 ~ CCMA Unofficial Kickoff Party

CCMA Unofficial Kickoff Party: Call for Submissions


Alberta All Star Jam at Knoxville's Tavern, Wednesday September 4th, 2013!

Alberta Music and The Association of Country Music in Alberta are hosting a country music jam at Knoxville's Tavern on Wednesday September 4th, to kick off the Canadian Country Music Awards Conference! 

Canadian Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Awards make up a four day conference and celebration culminating in the nationally broadcast CCMA Awards. Country Music Week is one of the largest music events in Canada each year with a combination of activities for both community and industry attendees including showcase opportunities for newcomers, educational seminars and an all day FanFest that delivers Canada's stars to the community.

more info: www.ccma.org

We are now accepting submissions from artists interested in participating in this music industry showcase in Edmonton on Wednesday September 4th, 2013, just before Canadian Country Music Week, September 5th-8th in Edmonton.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
- Must be either a current Alberta Music member or ACMA Member
- Must be active in the Alberta music scene
- Must be a Country or Alt-Country Musician/Band

Deadline to submit is FRIDAY AUGUST 16th at 4pm. 

CONTACT: 
Marcie Hanson – marcie@abcountrymusic.ca
Aug-09-2013 ~ ACMA Artist Alee Wins Jiffy Lube FanFest Performance Contest!

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is pleased to announce that Edmonton, Alberta’s Alee is the winner of the 2013 Jiffy Lube FanFest Performance Contest!  Alee had been selected to represent the Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) in the fan-voted contest hosted on Facebook by the CCMA.  Alee will be taking to the stage in Edmonton, Alberta to perform with several country music fan favourites on Saturday, Sept 7! 

Jiffy Lube FanFest is a FREE larger-than-life festival held at the Shaw Conference Centre in celebration of Country music’s biggest and brightest stars.  FanFest itself has a little something for every fan, from the die-hard, album-wielding devotees to the entry-level music lovers who are looking for something new.  Between 16 hot performances, souvenir stands, food vendors and numerous autograph and photo opportunities, this is a an event for even the most reserved of country music fans. Jiffy Lube FanFest is open to everyone, young and old, FREE of charge! 

Jul-27-2013 ~ ACMA Announcement - Monday July 29th!
The Provincial leg of the Jiffy Lube FanFest Performance Contest has concluded and the artist selected to represent Alberta has been chosen and will be announced Monday July 29th!

Thank you to our Judges who volunteered their time to review the submissions from Alberta's top talent and make this difficult decision. 
Jun-26-2013 ~ 2013 Jiffy Lube FanFest Performance Contest

Calling all Country Music Artists!

The Association of Country Music in Alberta (“ACMA”) is running a contest in tandem with the Canadian Country Music Association (“CCMA”) for your chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to play alongside Canada’s Country Music greats this September 7 at Jiffy Lube FanFest (“FanFest”) in Edmonton, Alberta as part of Country Music Week! 

How it works:

Each province has been asked to select one Country Music Artist/Act (“Act”) to represent that province in the “2013 Jiffy Lube FanFest Performance Contest” (“National Contest”). 

When all ten provincial Acts from across Canada are chosen for the National Contest, these Acts would be highlighted on a Facebook poll on the CCMA Facebook page and the public would be encouraged to vote on who they want to see perform at the FanFest this year. These ten Acts must abide by the “2013 Jiffy Lube FanFest Performance CCMA Contest – OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS”. This National Contest will open on July 29, 2013 and close on August 5, 2013. The winner will be announced on August 9, 2013.

Current ACMA acts, who are interested in representing their province on this National Contest, please email your submission intent to Marcie@abcountrymusic.ca by July 10, 2013 AND ensure the follow requirements are available on your ACMA Profile Page / EPK at www.abcountrymusic.ca

Submission Requirements
·       Two Songs
·       Fifty-word bio
·       One Promotional Photo (JPEG or EPS format)
·       Social Media Platforms (please include links to social media outlets you use (i.e., link to Facebook artist page, twitter account, website etc)
 
Your submissions will be juried by the ACMA and one successful Act will be selected to move on to the National Contest for their chance to win a performance spot at the Jiffy Lube FanFest during Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta on September 7.
Non – ACMA members please contact Marcie@abcountrymusic.ca for more information.
 
 
 

More Information on the Jiffy Lube FanFest Event:

Avid country music fans will be delighted by the stellar line up boasted at the Jiffy Lube FanFest, a free festival held in honour of our biggest and brightest country music stars and the fans that hoisted them to the top. Come for the music and stay for the party, FanFest itself has something for every level of fan from the die-hard album-wielding devotees to the entry-level music lovers who are looking for something new. Fifteen selected Acts plus the winner of the 2013 Jiffy Lube FanFest Performance Contest will each perform two to three acoustic songs. With merchandise stands, numerous autograph and photo opportunities, and plenty of vendors and activities, this is a must attend event for even the most reserved of country music fans. The CCMA is proud to have Jiffy Lube as the presenting sponsor of the 2013 FanFest on Saturday September 7 at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

What the National Contest winner receives:

There is only one (1) prize awarded, which goes to the Winner. The prize consists of:

  • A performance spot at Jiffy Lube FanFest Edmonton, Alberta
  • A free one (1) year CCMA membership
  • A free one (1) year membership to the association the winner qualified
  • One (1) complimentary Full Delegate Registration to Country Music Week in Edmonton, AB (non-transferable)
  • One (1) $450.00 honorarium from Radio Starmaker Fund
  • One (1) hotel room for three (3) night accommodation (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at the Courtyard by Marriot in Edmonton
  • Transportation (economy class) to and from hometown to Edmonton (to a maximum $1,000 Cdn).

 
Note: In the case that the winner is a duo or band, the CCMA will review the prize package on a case by case basis  

 2013 Jiffy Lube FanFest Performance Contest 
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

 
CONTEST OVERVIEW
The Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) 2013 Jiffy Lube FanFest Performance Contest (“National Contest”) gives one Canadian Country Music Artist/Act (“Act”) the chance to perform at Jiffy Lube FanFest (“FanFest”) taking place Saturday September 7, 2013 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta as part of Country Music Week.
 
HOW ACT(S) WERE CHOSEN FOR THE NATIONAL CONTEST
There were nine (9) provincial music associations (ACMA, BCCMA, CMAO, MCMA, Music NB, Music NL, Music NS, Music PEI, SCMA) (“Associations”) who put a call out to artist/act(s) to submit to be considered in the 2013 Jiffy Lube FanFest Performance Contest – Provincial Act Selection (“Provincial Selection”). Each Association put forth one (1) Act to move forward in the National Contest. Each Association had the same qualifying process.
 
HOW TO VOTE IN THE National Contest
Starting Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11:00 am EST there will be a Facebook poll on the CCMA Facebook page with a list of the ten (10) Acts. To vote, the voter needs to “like” the CCMA’s facebook page and simply select which Act on the poll they would like to see to perform on FanFest at Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta. The Act who receives the most votes on the Facebook Poll by 5:00 pm EST on Monday, August 5 will win a performance spot at FanFest.  Each voter can only place one (1) vote for who they would like to see perform at FanFest. 
 
CONTEST PERIOD:  Voting opens Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11:00 am EST and closes on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST.
 
SELECTION OF WINNER
The ACT with the most votes on the Facebook poll by 5:00 pm EST on Monday, August 5, 2013 will be declared the winner.  The CCMA will contact the winner by phone on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by 5:00 pm EST.  In the event of a tie, the CCMA will extend the CCMA Facebook Performance Poll for an additional 24 hours with just the tied participants. 

GRAND PRIZE
There is only one (1) prize awarded, which goes to the Winner. The prize consists of:
 

  • A performance spot at Jiffy Lube FanFest Edmonton, Alberta
  • A free one (1) year CCMA membership
  • A free one (1) year membership to the association the winner qualified
  • One (1) complimentary Full Delegate Registration to Country Music Week in Edmonton, AB (non-transferable)
  • One (1) $450.00 honorarium from Radio Starmaker Fund
  • One (1) hotel room for three (3) night accommodation (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at the Courtyard by Marriot in Edmonton
  • Transportation (economy class) to and from hometown to Edmonton (to a maximum $1,000 Cdn).
 
Note: In the case that the winner is a duo or band, the CCMA will review the prize package on a case by case basis.   
 
 
CONDITIONS
The winner must be available to perform on Saturday, September 7, 2013 between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
 
Booking travel and accommodations to Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta is solely the responsibility of the winner and not that of the CCMA.
 
The CCMA shall assume no liability whatsoever for any situation in which the artist inability to perform results from an event or situation unforeseeable or beyond their control, including but not limited to force majeure, a strike, lockout, or any other labor dispute at their location or the locations of the businesses whose services are used to hold this event.
 
 
CODE OF CONDUCT
Any attempt to damage or tamper with the National Contest, interfere with the proper administration of the contest, or undermine the legitimate operation of the contest is a violation of the criminal and civil laws, and should such a an attempt be made, the CCMA reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Violations include the purchase and use of Facebook voting lists through vendors who provide such services. The CCMA reserves the right to immediately disqualify any participants who violates such Codes of Conduct. Each Act participating in the National Contest is required to sign off on a Code of Conduct document.
Apr-02-2013 ~ CCMA Discovery Program

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced today the introduction of the CCMA Discovery Program.  This exciting new initiative was created by the CCMA as part of its current mandate to educate and support Canadian country music artists in pursuit of a career in country music.

 

This new CCMA Discovery Program will replace the traditional CCMA New Artist Showcase program effective immediately.

 

The CCMA Discovery Program includes the following opportunities in 2013 for six (6) jury-selected Canadian acts:

1.      Music Industry Discovery Week

2.      Mentorship Program

3.      Country Music Week Discovery Showcase

4.      CCMA Discovery Award Program

 

Music Industry Discovery Week:  The six (6) selected acts will be flown to Toronto for a week (June 16 to 21) to discover more about the music business and artist development through a wide range of opportunities. Plans for these five intensive days include: industry-led information sessions, branding and media training, media interviews, and the opportunity to perform at a private industry showcase.     

Mentorship Program: The CCMA will be linking each selected act with an established Canadian act for mentorship purposes. This program will officially start following the Music Industry Discovery Week and continue through Country Music Week in Edmonton.

 

Country Music Week Discovery Showcase: Taking the traditional CCMA New Artist Showcase spot on the Thursday night schedule during Country Music Week, this three hour show will put the spotlight on the six selected acts. With a full concert production, backed by a house band, each act will have the opportunity to perform in front of the music industry and fans alike. 

 

CCMA Discovery Award Winner:  During Country Music Week, one exceptional CCMA Discovery Program act will be selected by an industry jury to receive the “CCMA Discovery Award” at the CCMA Gala Dinner & Awards. The CCMA Discovery Award winner will also receive music video funding (courtesy of CMT), an Epiphone DR 500MCE guitar (courtesy of Gibson), cash (courtesy of Galaxie), and other industry related prizing.

 

Further information regarding the CCMA Discovery Program is available online at www.ccma.org/discovery/index.cfm.  The deadline for submissions to the CCMA Discovery Program 2013 is Monday, April 22.  

 

For more information:

Alannah Cruickshank

Canadian Country Music Association

(p) 416-947-1331 Ext: 214 

(e) acruickshank@ccma.org  

Feb-19-2013 ~ Opening for Charlie Major!

We are pleased to announce the following ACMA artists have be selected to take part in a Songwriter’s Circle that will open the Charlie Major show on Thursday February 21st, 2013 at Fandango’s in Edmonton, AB.

 

Joanne Janzen, Sarah Beth Keeley, Wildflower, Greg Wood,Emily Seal, Michaela Clarke, Jimmy Whiffen, Shelley Dubois, Quentin Reddy

 

Tickets to the show are still available and can be purchased at the door or by calling Fandango’s at:  780-406-1940.  Tickets are $25.00 / each but all ACMA Members receive a 50% discount and can purchase your tickets for only $12.50!!  All you have to do is provide your membership number at the point of sale.  (Membership numbers can be found under your name after you log into your account at www.abcountrymusic.ca)

 

For more information on this or upcoming events please visit:  www.fandangoslive.com
Jan-28-2013 ~ And The Winner Is...
Congratulations!!

2012 ACMA Female Artist of the Year ~ TENILLE
2012 ACMA Male Artist of the Year ~ BOBBY WILLS
2012 ACMA Group / Duo of the Year ~ PEAR
2012 Fan's Choice ~ TENILLE
2012 Hall of Fame Inductee ~ DARYL FERGUSON
2012 Talent Buyer of the Year ~ PANHANDLE PRODUCTIONS
2012 Industry Person of the Year - BILL HANSON
Jan-18-2013 ~ Performers for 2nd Annual ACMA Awards Show Announced
The 2nd Annual ACMA Awards Show & Dinner will featuring performances from some of Alberta's top talent!

Bobby Wills
The Orchard
The Boom Chucka Boys
Jason Greeley
Tanya Ryan
Alee

More announcements to come!
Nov-09-2012 ~ 2nd Annual ACMA Awards Show & Dinner
The 2nd Annual ACMA Awards Show & Dinner has been scheduled for Sunday January 27th, 2013 in Red Deer, Alberta.

Awards will be handed out for:

Female Artist of the Year
Male Artist of the Year
Group/Duo of the Year
Fan's Choice
Talent Buyer of the Year
Industry Person of the Year

Prairie & Stockmens Pavilion
Frontier Room Upstairs
Westerner Park, Red Deer, AB

Cocktails:  5:00 pm
Dinner:  6:00 pm
Awards:  7:00 pm
Wrap Up Jam to Follow

Ticket Price:  $75.00 / each
ACMA Members Only Event

To purchase your tickets please contact marcie@abcountrymusic.ca
Aug-07-2012 ~ CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Opens

CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contenders and Contest Opening Announced!

The CCMA is proud to announce the contenders of the CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest - Congratulations goes out to Mark Cameron, Marshall Dane, The Divorcees, Kylee Epp, Georges Hamel, Tonya Kennedy, Jason Kirkness, Johnny Oliver Band, PEAR, and Wyatt!  These ten contenders will be moving on to the CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest where one lucky contender who ranks the highest on the poll will be rewarded with the opportunity to perform with Canada's country elite.

CCMA FanFest will entertain fans with an afternoon of fantastic music. Taking place on Saturday, September 8 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK, as part of PotashCorp Country Music Week, CCMA FanFest is the perfect opportunity to enjoy performances from the best artists that country music has to offer, with opportunities to get up close and personal at a public autograph signing and best of all, it's free of charge.

The CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest opens today, August 7, 2012 at 11:00 am EST and closes Tuesday August 14 at 5:00 pm EST.

To vote, all you need to do is "like" the Canadian Country Music Association's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/CCMA.365, click on the question and select the artist that you would most like to see perform at CCMA FanFest 2012 during PotashCorp Country Music Week! You can only vote once.
Jul-26-2012 ~ CCMA FanFest ~ Alberta Qualifying Round
CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest Alberta Qualifying Round 

July 26, 2012, Canada - The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) is proud to officially announce that Calgary, Alberta based recording artists PEAR is the winner of the provincial segment of the CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest 2012.
 
PEAR will move on to represent AB in the national competition against the other provinces in Canada, for a chance to perform at CCMA Country Music Week (CMW) FanFest 2012 on Saturday, September 8th, 2012 from 11am-2pm in Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK.
 
PEAR rolled out a Social Media campaign using Twitter and Facebook which resulted in 1215 VOTES on their behalf.
 
PEAR will move forward to compete nationally in the CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest 2012 which will launch on August 7, 2012 and will be presented and officiated by the Canadian Country Music Association.

Jul-17-2012 ~ CCMA FanFest ~ Alberta Qualifying Round

The ACMA  is running a contest in tandem with the Canadian Country Music Association for 1 Alberta artist/group to have the chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to play along side Canada's Country greats at CCMA FanFest in Saskatoon, SK as part of PotashCorp Country Music Week!


CCMA FanFest 2012 includes performances by the best and brightest Canadian country music has to offer.  FanFest attracts 5,000-10,000 fans each year and with the event being held in a country music loving market like Saskatoon, the CCMA hopes exceed attendance expectations!
 
We have 9 talented artists/groups who have made it into the Alberta qualifying round. 

Our Facebook Poll opens at 3:00 pm today and will run until 3:00 pm Tuesday July 24th.  The artist/group with the most votes will move onto the CCMA Facebook Poll which will open August 7th, 2012. 


Please visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Association-of-Country-Music-in-Alberta/105149899568943   and cast your vote for your favorite of these 9 Alberta artists:  

 

Bobby Wills
The Orchard
Danielle Lowe
Katie Mission
Sarah Beth Keeley
Drew Gregory
Chris LeBlanc
Domino
PEAR

Jul-12-2012 ~ CCMA FanFest

The CCMA and participating
Provincial Music Associations across Canada
are working together to fill 1 of the 16 coveted spots at this year’s
CCMA FanFest 2012!

 

The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) contest will run in tandem with the Canadian Country Music Association and will see an Alberta artist/group become 1 of the 9 qualifiers that will take part in a Facebook Poll Contest for the chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to play alongside Canada’s Country greats at CCMA FanFest in Saskatoon, SK as part of PotashCorp Country Music Week!

How It Works:

·         From Tuesday July 10th, to midnight Friday July 13th the ACMA will accept applications from Alberta Artists wishing to take part in the CCMA FanFest Performance Poll Contest. 

·         From those applicants the Board of Directors of the ACMA will choose up to 9 pre-qualified artists to battle it out on the ACMA’s own Facebook poll to make it to the qualifying round.

·         The Alberta artist who garners the most votes in our Facebook Poll will then move onto the CCMA’s FanFest Performance Poll Contest. 

·         The selected contestant will compete again 9 other artists from across Canada and the artists who receives the most votes through the CCMA Facebook Page will win the CCMA’s FanFest Performance Poll Contest Prize which includes:

o   A performance spot on CCMA FanFest in Saskatoon, SK

o   A free one year CCMA membership

o   A free one year ACMA membership

o   A complimentary Full Delegate Registration to PotashCorp Country Music Week in Saskatoon, SK (non-transferable)

o   A $450 honorarium from Radio Starmaker Fund

o   $1000.00 from the CCMA to cover travel costs for PotashCorp Country Music Week

 

To Qualify:

·         Artist/Group must have their permanent address within the province of Alberta, proof of Alberta citizen may be asked for;

·         Artist/Group must be actively playing shows and should submit a calendar of performance dates for the past three (3) months;

·         Artist/Group must have an existing Facebook account with a strong fan base and should submit their Facebook link along with their application;

·         Artist/Group must currently have a song in play rotation at an Alberta Radio station and should submit the stations name and program manager in their application. 

 

To Apply:

·         Send your name along with all other information to Marcie@abcountrymusic.ca by midnight Friday July 13th, 2012.  

Jun-19-2012 ~ Westerner Days 2012 - ACMA Artists to Perform
The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) and Westerner Park have partnered together to provide some of Alberta’s aspiring country musicians with the opportunity to play the Midway Stage and showcase their music over the five-day event.  Each day starting at 7:00 pm look for these ACMA Showcase Artists:

July 18th - PEAR
July 19th - Payton Klassen
July 20th - Dani-Lynn 
July 21st - Danielle Lowe
July 22nd - Olivia Wik

For more information on Westerner Days please visit:  www.westernerdays.ca




Apr-04-2012 ~ Tickets Now On Sale!



Tickets are now on sale for our Concert Fundraiser April 19th, 2012 at Billy Bob's in Red Deer.  

$10.00 for ACMA Members & $20.00 Non-members.  Get yours today by emailing Marcie@abcountrymusic.ca or the night of at the Door!  Doors open at 7pm and entertainment is scheduled to begin at 8pm.

Performances By:

 

2011 ACMA Male Artist of the Year – Shane Chisholm

2011 ACMA Group of the Year – The Travelling Mabels

 

Mark Lorenz

Domino

The Orchard

Chard Morrison

Part Time Eagle


Mar-21-2012 ~ 2011 ACMA Awards Winners To Perform in Red Deer
The ACMA's 2011 Group of the Year - The Travelling Mabels and 2011 Male Artist of the Year - Shane Chisholm are scheduled to perform Thursday, April 19th in Red Deer for our Fundraising Concert.

Other scheduled artists are: Domino, The Orchard, Mark Lorenz, Chard Morrison, Part Time Eagle, and Craig Owen Jenkins.

Stay tuned for ticket announcement! 
Mar-19-2012 ~ ACMA Award Winners To Perform in Calgary
The ACMA's 2011 Group of the Year - The Travelling Mabels, 2011 Female Artist of the Year - Tenille and 2011 Male Artist of the Year - Shane Chisholm are scheduled to perform Tuesday, June 5th in Calgary for our Fundraising Concert.

Other scheduled artists are:  The Orchard, Dusty Dee, Mary Resek, Jaye Dale Marie, Netty Mac, Craig Owen Jenkins, Frank Eagle, Steve Arsenault, Chard Morrison and Mark Lorenz.

Stay tuned for ticket announcement! 
Mar-06-2012 ~ ACMA Fundraising Concerts
The ACMA will be hosting fundraising concerts in Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton over the next couple of months.

If you are an Industry Member and would like to perform at one or all of these events please contact Marcie Hanson ~ marcie@abcountrymusic.ca

Check back often for the latest information and official dates!
Jan-30-2012 ~ ACMA Awards Show Winners
Congratulations to our 2011 ACMA Award Winners:

2011 Female Artist of the Year - Tenille

2011 Male Artist of the Year - Shane Chisholm

2011 Group of the Year - The Travelling Mabels

2011 Fan's Choice - Myrol
Jan-08-2012 ~ Hey Romeo Will Perform at ACMA Awards Show!
2011 CCMA Group of the Year and Hosts of the 1st Annual ACMA Awards Show ~ HEY ROMEO ~  have confirmed they will take the stage on January 29th for a special performance!  
Jan-04-2012 ~ Awards Show Tickets On Sale Now!
Tickets for the 1st Annual Awards Show are officially on sale!  They are available through the ACMA office only.  Contact Marcie Hanson by email:  marcie@abcountrymusic.ca or Phone: 780-297-4920 to purchase yours.

$50.00 for Dinner/Awards Show/Wrap Up Jam
$20.00 for Jam Only

Performers for the event will be announced Thursday January 5th, 2012!
Dec-18-2011 ~ Hey Romeo To Host ACMA Awards Show
The ACMA is thrilled to announce the 2011 CCMA Group of the Year ~ Hey Romeo ~ will host the 1st Annual ACMA Awards Show.  
Dec-12-2011 ~ Nominee's Announced
The ACMA is pleased to announce the nominee's for our1st Annual Awards Show.  If you're a member, please click on "Vote" for a complete listing.  If you're not yet a member, click "Register "Today".

As it's our inaugural year and with budgetary restrictions in place, limiting the categories allows us to host a well designed, sophisticated Awards Show and recognize Alberta's fabulous talent.

As the ACMA grows, so shall our Awards Show and Categories, until all areas of the country music industry in Alberta are recognized and awarded for their outstanding efforts in supporting, marketing and showcasing Alberta's musicians.

Good luck to all the nominee's and we'll see you on January 29th, 2012.


Dec-09-2011 ~ Nominee's To Be Announce Monday December 12th
The Nominee's for our 1st Annual Awards Show

Sunday January 29th, 2012
Westerner Park, Red Deer Alberta


will be announced this Monday December 12th, 2011!
Nov-24-2011 ~ Thank You!
The ACMA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canadian Country Music Association in launching our new website.  
Nov-01-2011 ~ ACMA Launches New Website
Welcome to the new look of the Association of Country Music in Alberta!

Through the collaboration of your Board of Directors and under the creative talent of Sanity Consulting, our new website offers something for every level of membership.  

FANS:  Fans will be able to search out their favorite Alberta artist's, view upcoming performance dates, listen to their music, enjoy a video, follow their twitter feed or be redirected to the artists own website.  In addition, FANS will have the chance to vote on their FANS CHOICE for our 1st Annual Awards Show!

Coming Soon:
  • ACMA concerts made available 1st for ACMA fans
  • A directory filled with country fun covering all of Alberta

INDUSTRY MEMBERS:  Create your own EPK!  Upload your photo's, videos and music.  With links to your website, twitter account and YouTube account, anyone searching for you; whether it be fans or industry people; will be shown a complete package of YOU!

In Addition:
  • Access to see the performance opportunities hosted or arranged for by the ACMA;
  • Access seminars and/or information events hosted or arranged for by the ACMA

CORPORATE MEMBERS:  Corporate Members will be able to have their company listed in our directory, have access to all artists EPK's and have the first opportunity to work with the ACMA through our sponsorship program, events, information evenings etc.!

SPONSORS:  New to the ACMA is our sponsorship program.  We offer 4 (four) levels of sponsorship to meet any budget.  Sponsors enjoy benefits year round in addition to specific benefits for our annual awards show.   Our complete sponsorship package can be found by clicking this link: Sponsors

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