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Canadian Country Music Awards headed back to Calgary in 2019

It’s coming home.

Or rather, it’s coming back to where many people think it belongs.

On Monday, the Canadian Country Music Association announced that its award show will be returning to Calgary in 2019 for the first time since 2005.

The entire Country Music Week celebration will take place from Sept. 5-8, culminating in the CCMA Awards Show which will be broadcast Sept. 8.

“We are so looking forward to being in Calgary next year,” said Tracy Martin, president of the CCMA, during a special ceremony at Studio Bell in the city’s East Village, where local country legend Paul Brandt also had a plaque unveiled to commemorate his induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. “Our return to Calgary feels like a true homecoming and we’re eager to work alongside our Host Committee members to create an unforgettable experience for the city’s country music fans and Canada’s biggest country stars.

“Hosting Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Awards is a great opportunity to showcase Calgary as a music city,” stated Cindy Ady, chief executive officer at Tourism Calgary. “We cannot wait to be ultimate hosts of an outstanding Country Music Week and CCMA Awards for all Canadians.”

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming country music fans to Calgary for Canadian Country Music Week 2019. From the songwriters’ series and the ever-popular FanFest, to workshops and the CCMA Awards Show, it’s an opportunity to offer a warm western welcome to visitors and celebrate the many achievements in Canada’s country music industry,” said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism. “Alberta has been proud to host the CCMA Awards 15 times since the event’s inception in 1977, and I can’t wait to see what Calgary has in store for 2019.”

This will be the ninth time the city has hosted the awards.

This year’s event will take place in Hamilton Sept. 6-9.

For more information, please visit the CCMA’s website here.

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