HALIFAX, Feb. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced today that Halifax, Nova Scotia has been selected to host Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards™ in 2015. This will mark the first time that Halifax has hosted country music's biggest week since 1982.
Today's announcement was made in Halifax by the President of the CCMA, Don Green, who spoke highly of the city's successful bid. "We are very excited to be going to Halifax in 2015 for the first time in over 30 years," said Green. "Canada's east coast is rich with musical talent and with their track record of executing world class events with a unique eastern flavor, this event will certainly be a can't miss for fans and industry alike!"
"Nova Scotia is proud to host one of the biggest music events in the country. Music not only makes our lives more interesting, it provides jobs and economic opportunities as part of the creative economy," said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. "Major events like Country Music Week and the CCMA Awards help grow our economy, attract more visitors and help build Nova Scotia's $2.0-billion tourism industry."
"Being selected to host the Country Music Week and the Awards underscores the diversity and dynamism of the music that we make in Halifax, as well as our growing reputation for being a great host city. I'm delighted to welcome the Canadian country music stars and their many fans from across the country, and I look forward to a lively week in September, 2015. We're very excited," Mayor Savage said.
Country Music Week Halifax will be held September 10-13, 2015 with the CCMA Awards being held on Sunday, September 13. Before heading to the coast, the CCMA invites everyone to join them in Edmonton, Alberta for Country Music Week 2013/2014, held September 5-8 in 2013 and September 4-7 in 2014. For more details about the Canadian Country Music Association, Country Music Week or the CCMA Awards, visit www.ccma.org.
About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Established in 1976, the CCMA is committed to ensuring the growth of Canadian country music through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition. Core to the organization's efforts is Country Music Week - an annual event that heightens awareness and increases exposure for Canada's country artists. A culmination of Country Music Week, the Canadian Country Music Association Awards were inaugurated in 1982 and continue to celebrate the music and artists that represent Canada's unique culture.
Brandi Mills, CCMA
Neal Alderson, Events Nova Scotia
(902) 421-1302 ext. 2702