Ontario Country Music Awards return to London in June

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It seems country music can’t get enough of London.

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The Country Music Association of Ontario returns to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its awards at Centennial Hall on June 5.

The announcement comes less than three months after London hosted the Canadian Country Music Awards show at Budweiser Gardens on November 29.

“It’s exciting to celebrate our 10th anniversary and to be back in London,” said Steve Kassay, President of CMA Ontario, who knows full well that London was named a UNESCO City of Music last year. last.

“I think Music City has a great fanbase and we’ve been treated with nothing but love and kindness when we’ve been there (2017 at Centennial Hall and 2020 for a drive-in), from hotels to venues, fans and local musicians. It’s also a central location for many of us.

Tickets for the show at Centennial Hall go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday online at cmaontario.ca or by calling 1-888-999-8980. Pre-registration prices are $69 (plus taxes and fees) for reserved regular seats and $225 (plus taxes and fees) for VIP packages. Prices increase on April 1.

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Nominations for the 2022 CMA Ontario Awards are now open for submission on cmaontario.ca and additional details about the awards, including artists, will be announced in the coming weeks.

This year’s awards show kicks off on June 2 with the Legacy Revival show. Several other events are planned, including a street fair — complete with Ferris wheel — on Dundas Place; Songs & Stories: Songwriters in the Round, an industry conference; the Bonfire (formerly New Faces Showcase and Concert); and a tailgate party.

Kassay said the association hopes the event will be mostly free of the protocols and restrictions caused by the pandemic, but will adhere to whatever health experts and governments determine.

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“We know there is an appetite for an event like this and we will make it happen to the best of our abilities,” he said. “But we think we can enjoy it together this year. We are really looking forward to having fun. »

In a press release, London Mayor Ed Holder said he was also looking forward to the awards.

“The live music is back, and I’m thrilled that the CMA Ontario festival and awards are returning to London to celebrate their 10th anniversary,” Holder said, urging Londoners and people across the province to attend.

“London is a city filled with incredible musical talent, skilled industry professionals, remarkable venues and world-class music lovers, making London the first UNESCO City of Music in Canada.”

jbelanger@postmedia.com

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