Canada’s biggest night in country music lands in Hamilton


Published September 15, 2023 at 1:03 pm


From award-winners such as The Reklaws to Brett Kissel, Hamilton is celebrating the best of Canadian country music this weekend.

For the seventh time, Hamilton is hosting Canadian Country Music Week and the pinnacle of the week, the awards show. It was last in Hamilton in 2018.

Free events for Canadian Country Music Week, which ends Saturday, include the Country Music Crawl in collaboration with Collective Arts Brewing. Jason Benoit and Lemon Cash are performing tonight (Sept. 15) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Collective Arts Brewing (207 Burlington St. E.).

Kelsey Kulyk and Raquel Cole are also performing at the same venue tomorrow (Sept. 16) at the same time.

The two-hour Canadian Country Music Awards cap off the festivities, celebrating the year’s best artists and industry members in numerous categories. Hosted by Juno-nominated and CCMA-winning duo The Reklaws, the awards will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 16 from FirstOntario Centre on CTV,, and the CTV App. 

The CCMA Awards will feature performances from stars such as Sam Hunt, Jade Eagleson, James Barker Band, Dallas Smith, Tenille Townes, Train, Dean Brody and Carly Pearce.

The red carpet preshow at 1 Summers Lane, though now sold out, is a chance for fans to get up close and personal with their favourites. The preshow will feature performances as well as meet and greet and photo opportunities. It will take place at Hamilton’s The Studio, near the official CCMA red carpet, tomorrow (Sept. 16). 

Tickets for the awards show are on sale starting at $84.09 (fees and taxes included) in person through the FirstOntario Centre Box office or online through Ticketmaster

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