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Grande Prairie singer-songwriter Tenille Townes the massive winner at CCMAs this 12 months


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Grande Prairie native Tenille Townes continued her profitable methods on Sunday night on the Canadian Nation Music Affiliation Awards, taking dwelling Entertainer of the 12 months, Feminine Artist of the 12 months, Album of the 12 months for Masquerades and Single of the 12 months for Lady Who Didn’t Care.

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Townes, who additionally co-hosted the night with American artist Blanco Brown, additionally took dwelling the win for Songwriter of the 12 months for a similar tune, which was introduced on Saturday on the Music Business Gala Dinner and Awards. Nation icon George Fox and producer Randall Prescott have been inducted into the Canadian Nation Music Corridor of Fame Saturday night time.

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Townes kicked off the night time on acoustic guitar, which morphed right into a spirited duet with Brown.

“It simply feels so good to be again dwelling in Alberta,” she stated after profitable Feminine Artist of the 12 months, earlier than paying tribute to the feminine artists, or heroes, who got here earlier than her, together with Michelle Wright, Carolyn Daybreak Johnson and Patricia Conroy. Townes received 5 of the seven awards she was nominated for. She received 4 CCMA awards again in 2019, which was the final time it was held it Calgary. She stated profitable the award for album of the 12 months was notably vital because the majority of songs on Masquerades have been written through the pandemic.

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“(I used to be) feeling so misplaced and so remoted and all the world was going by way of a lot,” she stated. “To have the ability to discover therapeutic in music in that point for me was such a light-weight. That album will at all times characterize that for me.”

Paying tribute to the previous and seeking to the longer term have been themes Sunday night time, together with celebrating elevated inclusivity within the style. An all-star lineup sang some hits from yesteryear, together with Tim Hicks’ run by way of Blue Rodeo’s Strive,  SACHA providing her model of Michelle Wright’s Take it Like A Man and Tyler Joe Miller doing Shane Yellowbird’s Pickup Truck.

Backstage, corridor of fame inductee George Fox talked in regards to the nation music scene within the Nineteen Nineties. He joined Jade Eagleson earlier this week for a Legends present on the Arts Frequent as a part of Nation Music Week, the place they carried out an unlikely cowl of Steppenwolf’s Born to Be Wild.

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Fans Choice and Male Artist of the Year award winner Dallas Smith poses for a photo at the 2022 CCMA at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
Followers Selection and Male Artist of the 12 months award winner Dallas Smith poses for a photograph on the 2022 CCMA at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Picture by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

There’s presently a career-retrospective exhibit on the Nationwide Music Centre devoted to Fox’s lengthy profession.

“I want there was a class for best-dressed nation singer,” he stated. “I had all of the loopy leather-based jackets and the silver belt buckle that you might see from the balcony and ostrich-skin pants and all that stuff.”

Different winners introduced Sunday included Sudbury, Ont.’s Andrew Hyatt for the Rising Star Award.

Dallas Smith received the Followers’ Selection award and Male Artist of the 12 months, which he devoted to his spouse and band.

Ontario’s The Reklaws, who weren’t in attendance, have been awarded the High Promoting Canadian Single of the 12 months on Saturday. The duo, made up of siblings Jenna and Stu Walker, additionally picked up the night time’s first win for Group or Duo of the 12 months.

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Drag performer Kaos speaks with the media at the 2022 CCMA at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
Drag performer Kaos speaks with the media on the 2022 CCMA at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Picture by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Different Saturday awards went to Calgary band Good Horse bassist/vocalist Brandi Sidoryk, who received Bass Participant of the 12 months, whereas Good Horse picked up the win for Video of the 12 months for his or her tune Excessive College, which they shot on the peak of the pandemic. They beat out heavy-hitters corresponding to Townes, Gord Bamford and Jade Eagleson within the class.

“It was a extremely particular win for us,” stated Good Horse drummer Krista Wodelet, on the purple carpet previous to the present. “We did the entire video ourselves and it was fully DIY.  We did it on inexperienced screens in our lounge and put it collectively. It was actually particular.”

Eagleson, who had six nominations, picked up the win for High Promoting Canadian Album of the 12 months for HonkyTonk Revival on Saturday. Eagleson, who walked the purple carpet together with his spouse Marina, earned essentially the most nominations of any male artist this 12 months however solely took dwelling one trophy.

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“This one wasn’t anticipated,” he stated, previous to Sunday’s present. “We went to have some supper and abruptly we received an award. We’re actually completely satisfied. We now have one, if we lose the remainder we are able to nonetheless say a minimum of we obtained some {hardware}.”

Nice Horse speak with the media at the 2022 CCMA at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
Good Horse converse with the media on the 2022 CCMA at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Picture by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

The red-carpet fashions ran the gamut Sunday night time, from the compulsory elegant robes, to the country-gentleman apparel of Eagleson and George Fox,  baseball-cap and-t-shirt ensemble by Rising Star-winner Andrew Hyatt, man-in-black look sported by Bret Kissel and spikes-and-leather ensemble by Calgary-based drag queen Kaos. Kaos was a presenter this 12 months and joined Calgary expat Lindsey Ell for a efficiency of Proper On Time, which celebrated inclusivity and variety. Kaos competed within the third season of Canada’s Drag Race.

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“Nation is all types of issues, it’s not simply cowboys and hats,” she stated on the purple carpet. “It’s every part.”

Ell, who had simply come off a European tour, stated it was nice to be again in Calgary, though admitted she felt extra strain when performing for the numerous members of the family and buddies within the Calgary viewers. She applauded the rising variety and inclusion within the style and for the performers who have been “courageously stepping up and talking precisely who they’re. It takes quite a lot of bravery.”

The final vibe on the purple carpet was of gratitude, notably the return to full festivities after just a few years of cancelled or scaled-down awards reveals through the pandemic.

“All people is so completely satisfied to be round one another,” stated Alberta nation singer Aaron Goodvin, who was up for single of the 12 months for Boy Like Me and carried out quite a few occasions throughout Nation Music Week. “I’m a hugger. Anytime I can hug any person, I’m in. I’ve in all probability hugged the identical folks 10 occasions this weekend. That’s how I hook up with folks. It’s been superior.”

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