Doc Tops Canadian Country Awards

Doc Walker was the big winner at this year’s Canadian Country Music Association Awards, broadcast from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 8.

The trio roped five CCMA honors – group or duo of the year, album, single, video of the year for “Beautiful Life” and the fans’ choice award.

Vancouver newcomer Jessie Farrell, who was nominated for seven awards, took home the female artist of the year and rising star trophies. Male artist of the year went to Johnny Reid and roots artist or group of the year went to Corb Lund.

The ceremony, hosted by Terri Clark, included performances by Emerson Drive, Kellie Pickler and Dierks Bentley with Sarah Buxton, among others.

Industry winners included promoter of the year Ron Sakamoto; Paquin Entertainment for booking agency of the year; and RGK Entertainment Group for management company of the year.

The Calgary Stampede was named the best country festival of the year and Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall in Calgary, Alberta, scored the country club of the year nod.