Canadian Country Music Awards ‘countdown’ begins, but few details offered on Calgary event

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Calgary will host Canadian Country Music Week for the 10th time in September, though few details about what this year’s festivities might entail were released at a press event on Tuesday.

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It was meant to kick off the “countdown” to the awards and took place at the National Music Centre, home to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. It included speeches from politicians and organizers and performances from Gord Bamford and Megan Dawson. The 40th annual celebration of all things country kicks off Sept. 8 and culminates with the Canadian Country Music Awards Sept. 11 at the Saddledome.

But other than announcing tickets will go on sale this Friday, no new information has been revealed about the evening’s host, presenters or performers or what type of events will be held during the week.

Amy Jeninga, president of the Canadian Country Music Association, said the information will be announced “very soon.” “And all through the summer,” she said. “Not everything will be at the same time. It will be slowly released throughout the summer. As for where we will post it, I would say pay special attention to our social media.

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Jeninga said Canadian Country Music Week’s lineup will be similar to events featured in 2019, which is the last time it was held in Calgary.

The star-studded week featured a ‘legends’ concert, a series of songwriters and a fan village set up downtown.

“We anticipate having an experience very similar to what people would have had before the pandemic,” says Jeninga. “Many unique performance opportunities, unique moments with songwriters and legends, we will bring them back.”

The Canadian Country Music Awards took place in London, Ontario in 2021, although they were pushed back to November due to the pandemic.

On Tuesday, Mayor Jyoti Gondek said Canadian Country Music Week would have a $12 million economic impact on the city.

Tickets for the CCMAs will be available May 20 at 10 a.m. Visit ccma.org.

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