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November 10, 2016 in Winnipeg, MB.
Nominations (First Ballot) Now Open!

CODA Bonadventure Travel Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)

MCMA 2016 Awards

The First Ballot for the 2016 Manitoba Country Music Awards is now Open.

From 12:00 am CST July 1st, 2016 to 12:00 am CST August 14th, 2016 all eligible MCMA members may nominate TWO AND ONLY TWO contenders in each of the 15 categories. For eligibility and Category descriptions please refer to the 2016 Manitoba Country Music Association Awards MCMA Awards Rules & Regulations.

MCMA Members can place nominations for the first ballot by logging into the MCMA website and selecting the 2016 Nominations option under the Awards menu item. The nomination menu item is only available once you are logged in.


  • Female Artist of the Year
  • Male Artist of the Year
  • Group or Duo of the Year
  • NCIFM Aboriginal Country Music Award
  • Song of The Year (Songwriters)
  • Roots Artist or Group of the Year
  • Emerging Artist
  • Music Video of the Year
  • Single of The Year
  • Album Of The Year
  • Radio Station of the Year (Secondary Market)
  • Radio Personality or Team of the Year
  • Festival/Event of the Year
  • Venue of the Year
  • Fans’ Choice

The ten (10) Contenders receiving the majority of nominations in each category will appear on the Second (Final) Ballot as nominees, providing they meet the eligibility requirements as determined by the MCMA Awards & Balloting Committee. Second Ballot Contenders are required to be members of the MCMA.
CCMA Spotlight Performance Finalists
CONGRATS to the Canadian Country Music Association Spotlight Performance Finalists!

Manitoba Country Music Association
Quinton Blair

British Columbia Country Music Association
Me and Mae

Association of Country Music in Alberta
Livy Jeanne

Saskatchewan Country Music Association
Amy Nelson

Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO)
Runaway Angel

Music New Brunswick:
Melanie Morgan Music

Music Newfoundland and Labrador:
The Secrets

Music Prince Edward Island:
Brian J Dunn

Music Nova Scotia:
Makayla Lynn Music

To place your vote (one vote per IP address) click the link below
2016 Dauphin's Countryfest Line Up


Full list of artists announced for this year’s festival!

March 17, 2016 (Dauphin MB) -- Dauphin’s Countryfest is pleased to release the full list of artists slated to perform at Canada’s longest running country music festival, taking place from June 30-July 3.

“It’s our goal to provide fans with an exceptional and well-rounded music festival experience, and it all starts with the artists we bring out to Dauphin,” says Eric Irwin, president of Dauphin’s Countryfest. “It’s no secret that the Canadian dollar is presenting challenges to the entertainment business. Despite that, Dauphin’s Countryfest is happy to be presenting one stellar line-up this year.”

This year’s line-up includes classic and modern country, rock, blues, roots and folk – a little bit of something for everyone. “We are pumped to bring back our Countryfest Kick-Off Party Thursday night on the Hilltop, featuring acts like Trooper, Blackjack Billy and more,” says Countryfest promoter Rob Waloschuk. “We haven’t done a Kick-Off Party on the Hilltop since 2008, so we’re very excited to be bringing back this tradition.”

The Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Main Stage gears up on Friday to celebrate Canada Day, with the biggest names in Canadian country headlined by fan-favourites Dean Brody and Dallas Smith. Saturday night welcomes chart-toppers Thomas Rhett and Lady Antebellum, and Sunday wraps up with superstar Dwight Yoakam and the one-and-only legendary Merle Haggard.

**Denotes that an artist has already been announced

10 Stone
Aaron Goodvin
Aaron Pritchett
All Fired Up
**Autumn Hill
Blackjack Billy
Brett Michael Monka
Chad Brownlee
**Chris Janson
Clayton Bellamy
Cold Creek County
**Dallas Smith
**Dean Brody
Deric Ruttan
Dirty Catfish Brass Band
DJ Coop & Hunnicutt
**Dwight Yoakam
JJ Shiplett
Johnson Crook
JoJo Mason
**High Valley
Kendra Kay
Kevin Roy
Kimberley Dawn
**Lady Antebellum
Leaf Rapids
Leanne Pearson
Marc Clement
**Merle Haggard
Quinton Blair
Russell Lee
The Ryan Keown Band
Scenic Route to Alaska
Terra Lightfoot
Terri Clark
The Lovelocks
The Madtrappers
The Matinee
**Thomas Rhett
Tristan Horncastle
Ultimate Escape
Wes Barker


A limited number of weekend passes, VIPs, camping and day passes remain for the 2016 Dauphin’s Countryfest. Tickets can be purchased online at www.countryfest.ca, by calling 1-800-361-7300, or in-person at the Dauphin’s Countryfest office (28 2nd Avenue NE in Dauphin). Ticket prices increase on May 1.


The 27th annual Dauphin’s Countryfest takes place June 30-July 3, 2016. Canada’s longest running country music festival has been attracting the biggest names in country music to one of the most beautiful regions of Manitoba since 1990. Situated on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park, the unique outdoor amphitheatre built into the side of an escarpment provides every patron a perfect view from any one of the 14,000 seats in the house.

Dauphin’s Countryfest is a not-for-profit organization that consists of a 12-member volunteer Board of Directors and a membership of more than 2000 loyal supporters. Organizers credit over 2000 volunteers who work tirelessly each year providing essential services for the festival weekend, while fundraising for their respective community organizations. In addition to various community contributions, Countryfest pays out approximately $150,000 each year to community organizations that provide services for the festival.

Dauphin’s Countryfest was named a finalist at the prestigious Canadian Tourism Awards in 2013, nominated in the category of Tourism Event of the Year. The festival was also awarded the 2012 Philanthropist of the Year Award from The Dauphin & District Community Foundation, given to individuals or businesses that show the true spirit of philanthropy and giving.

Stay connected with Countryfest all year on social media, or by signing up for e-news at countryfest.ca.

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