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The Sound Cafe Visit's The CCMA's (Canadian Country Music Week and Awards)


The Sound Cafe founder & editor, Stevie Connor, with his wife Anne.



The Sound Cafe's First Visit To The CCMA's (Canadian Country Music Week and Awards).


It began in 1977 as an annual event created to heighten awareness and increase exposure for Canada’s country music artists. Today, Country Music Week is made up of three components:a music festival, which includes CCMA Fan Village, a Songwriters’ Series, talent showcases, FanFest, and the Legends Show; the CCMA Awards Show, which is a two-hour live, television special highlighting a year in country music; as well as an industry conference which allows the Canadian country music industry to honour those working behind the scenes via educational workshops and seminars, networking receptions, awards ceremonies and much more!



2023 Host City

Hamilton, Ontario



The Sound Cafe founder & editor, Stevie Connor, along with his wife Anne attended the CCMA's in Hamilton and took in the fabulous showcase by Kyle McKearney and his amazing band. Kyle has been nominated for a number of awards this year, including Best Producer.

L to R: Stevie Connor, Kyle McKearney, Anne Connor, Sarah McKearney.


Kyle McKearney imkylemckearney.com




Big thanks to Bridie at Tourism Hamilton for the invitation to attend the pre-show BBQ, and for curating an amazing event at the Art Gallery Of Hamilton.

Anne Connor at the Art Gallery Of Hamilton Event Space.



Always a pleasure to see our friend, Canadian singer-songwriter, Jessica Pearson who will be performing at noon, at Stonewalls, Hamilton at the Willow Sound Songwriters Round on Saturday.

Stevie Connor with Jessica Pearson.


Jessica Pearson www.jessicapearson.me/




Wonderful to attend CCMA Seminar Series 3 - Royalties Round Up (The Big Picture) where our great friend, Andrea England was a guest speaker, Andrea is a Canadian singer-songwriter, Founder of Four Chords and The Truth, and is Associate Director of Publisher Engagement and Strategy at the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency. Andrea is about to release a brand new album, we've had a sneak listen and it is fabulous, you'll be able to find out more in The Sound Cafe very soon.

L to R: Anne Connor, Stevie Connor, Andrea England.


Andrea England www.andreaengland.com/




Also attending the seminar was Four Chords & The Truth Alumni, Brian Donkers, Brian is a Nashville-based, multi-genre award-winning Canadian songwriter/producer. He has earned cuts with Canadian, US, and international artists achieving millions of streams with others appearing on NFL commercials (Amy Peter’s “Cheeseburger”). No matter where they land, Brian’s songs almost always combine pop tracks with country lyrical sensibilities and his inescapable attention to detail.

Stevie Connor with Brian Donkers.


Brian Donkers www.briandonkers.com




Not to forget our photographer friend Mike Highfield who was covering the event for Tourism Hamilton, Mike is the official photographer to Four Chords & The Truth, amongst his many other commissions, an amazing photographer.

Mike Highfield & Bianca Bernardi.




Please check out Tourism Hamilton at the link below, and all the wonderful artists at the links above.....





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