Country Music Royalty Announced as First Round of Performers for 2018 CCMA Legends Show

COUNTRY MUSIC ROYALTY ANNOUNCED AS FIRST ROUND

OF PERFORMERS FOR 2018 CCMA LEGENDS SHOW

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame scheduled to release Then and Now - Volume 1,

a collaborative recording project hoped to increase national awareness

of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, in Hamilton, ON

WHAT: 
CCMA Legends Show

One of the most popular events of Country Music Week, the CCMA Legends Show: A Tribute to Yesterday & Today is a memorable opportunity to witness Award-winning country musicians paying tribute to Canada’s most admirable country artists. Taking place annually, the show includes performances by Hall of Fame inductees who have made a mark on the Canadian country music scene alongside rising and current hit-makers.

Confirmed for Friday, September 7, the 2018 CCMA Legends Show will be hosted by award-winning artist Beverley Mahood and feature performances by Patricia ConroyRussell deCarleJess MoskalukeMurray McLauchlan and Michelle Wright. Additional artists will be announced throughout the coming months.

Making this year’s show extra special is a collaboration between the CCMA and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Titled Then and Now, this collaboration will see the release of an album (Then and Now - Volume 1) that features Hall of Fame inductees performing their biggest hits as a duet with some of today’s top names in Canadian country music.

Available for purchase at the 2018 CCMA Legends Show, Then and Now - Volume 1 will be the first of many albums created in celebration of Canada’s country talent. Slated for release every other year, it is hoped that the ongoing recording project will raise the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame’s profile on a national level.

WHO:
CCMA Legends Show Performers:

  • Patricia Conroy
  • Michelle Wright
  • Jess Moskaluke
  • Beverley Mahood
  • Murray McLauchlan
  • Russell deCarle

WHEN: 
Friday, September 7, 2018
7:30 p.m. EST

WHERE:
FirstOntario Concert Hall
1 Summers Ln
Hamilton, ON
L8P 4Y2

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets range from $40 to $65 (plus fees) and will be available in-person through the FirstOntario Centre Box office and online at ticketmaster.ca as of 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES NOW:
Media interested in speaking with the artists performing at the CCMA Legends Show can contact Tiffany Astle directly.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES DURING COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK:
For accredited media only. To apply for accreditation, visit ccma.org on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Country Music Week 2018 will be held in Hamilton, Ontario, September 6 to September 9. For more information on Country Music Week or the CCMA Legends Show please visit ccma.org.

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About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) 
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2018 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton and the Hamilton, Halton and Brant Regional Tourism Organization.

About Then and Now Project
Established in 2017, the Then and Now project is envisioned to be a sustainable initiative that will involve a recording project every two years, as new inductees are added. With strong endorsements from Creative BC, the Province of BC, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and the National Music Centre,  the groundbreaking ‘Then and Now’ project will raise the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame’s profile on a national level. It will also create relevance and context within the music – and music tourism – industries (drawing from the models of Branson, Missouri and the Grand Ole Opry), by bridging the timeline between ‘then and now’.

About the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame 
The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has been honouring Canadian Artists and Builders who have made long-term contributions to the growth and development of Canadian country music since 1984. Inductees into this Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame ("Hall of Fame") are selected annually by their Canadian peers in the industry. The Hall of Fame is managed by the CCMA Board of Directors appointed "Hall of Fame Management Committee".

Media Contact
For the Canadian Country Music Association:
Tiffany Astle | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 416.554.7329

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"Then And Now" Album Being Recorded In Kelowna

First ever Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame album being recorded this week.

Ian Tyson, Michelle Wright, and The Good Brothers are just some of the names that will be at Arc House Studios in Kelowna to record the "Then and Now" album.

Canadian Country Music Heritage Society director Ron Sanders says the collaborative album, being produced in partnership with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, will see 10 hall of famers team up team with 10 up and coming Canadian artists.

"We're trying to get some more recognition for the hall of fame and the people that are inducted into it. So, the idea came up to pair current inductees with up and coming artists, and create an album"

Sanders says the plan is to release the "Then and Now" album at the CCMA's in September.

Recording sessions will also be video recorded and released as part of a behind-the-scenes series.