Drive-in festival in Hamilton to celebrate Ontario’s country music scene


Published August 19, 2021 at 12:07 pm


A music festival and awards show celebrating Ontario’s country music scene is coming to Hamilton early next month.

The Country Music Association of Ontario announced earlier this summer that its annual CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend will be at Ancaster Fairgrounds from Sept. 3 to 5.

The weekend will feature three drive-in concerts and will be capped off with the 9th Annual CMAOntario Awards.

The weekend’s concerts will feature some of the brightest, newest and classic country music acts from across the province including several from Hamilton.

Hamilton’s The Redhill Valleys are nominated for Roots Group of the Year and they are set to perform at the Award Show concert on September 5.

Tianna Woods from Burlington is nominated for Female Artist of the Year and Jess and Tay are nominated for Group or Duo of the Year, and one half of that duo, Jessie Bower, is a Hamiltonian.

This year’s event will also help raise funds and support for two non-profit organizations that are near and dear to many Hamiltonians’ hearts.

CMAOntario has partnered with Hamilton Food Share and Tim Hortons Foundation Camps and will donate a portion of proceeds from the New Faces Showcase on September 3, and The Legacy Revival concert on September 4. Tickets for these events are pay what you can.

The New Faces Showcase will feature some of the genre’s hottest new talents with performances by Aaron Allen, Charissa, Kansas Stone, Owen Barney, Genevieve Fisher, Ryan Langdon, and The Road Hammers while The Legacy Revival concert will showcase some of Ontario’s country music pioneers including Marie Bottrell, Michel Lalonde, Russell deCarle, Sylvia Tyson, and The Good Brothers.

“A big thank you to the kind-hearted music fans who help keep local families from going to bed hungry,” said Celeste Taylor, Resource Development Manager, Hamilton Food Share in a press release.

“For every $1 donated, Hamilton Food Share provides $5 worth of food to 23 hunger relief programs which include food banks and hot meal programs in neighbourhoods across the city.”

For more information on CMAOntario and the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend visit their website. See below for ticketing info.

Friday, September 3 at 7pm – New Faces Showcase & Concert
Tickets On Sale Now on Eventbrite
Pay What You Can (Suggested: $20)

Saturday, September 4 at 7pm – The Legacy Revival
Tickets On Sale Now on Eventbrite
Pay What You Can (Suggested: $20)

Sunday, September 5 at 7pm – CMAOntario Award Show
Tickets On Sale Now on Eventbrite
$119 (GA 2–pack) to $350 (VIP carload)

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