For the first time ever, the Canadian Country Music Awards will be telecast live throughout North America. TNN and CMT Canada will simulcast the two-hour event on Monday, Sept. 11, (9 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET) from Edmonton's Skyreach Centre, where a live audience of 8,000 will be on hand. Terri Clark and Paul Brandt will host.
Announcement of the historic development
was made Aug. 17 by Tom Tompkins, president, Canadian Country Music Association; Brian Hughes, vice president, Programming,
TNN; and Vicki Dalziel, general manager, CMT Canada.
"We're delighted that TNN and CMT Canada have joined together
to bring this event live to audiences in both Canada and the United States," said Tompkins, who had announced Aug. 2 that
the 2000 Canadian Country Music Awards would not be televised this year.
This marks the 14th consecutive year that
the Canadian Country Music Awards have been telecast. Since 1993, TNN has re-telecast the event on a tape-delay basis. Last
year, CBC telecast the awards special live from Ottawa; previously CTV had telecast it live for 12 years (1987-1998). More
than 1 million Canadian viewers have tuned in to the annual awards program each year in the past.
"Canada is a very
important resource for country music around the world and this annual awards show is quality television, celebrating the best
country music Canada offers," said Hughes. "We want to make sure that viewers throughout North America have the opportunity
to share in the excitement of this special night -- via simulcast on both TNN and CMT Canada." Hughes noted that in the past,
approximately 1 million U.S. homes have watched TNN's taped telecasts each year, in addition to TNN's Canadian audience.
Canadian Country Music Awards celebrate everything that is great about country music in Canada," said Dalziel. "We're proud
to team up with TNN to bring this celebration into the homes of Canadians so that they too can join the music industry in
applauding the tremendous efforts and dedication of those who make Canadian country music something we can all be extremely
Brandt is reigning Male Artist of the Year. He and Clark are nominated for the Chevy Fans' Choice Award.
Among the many other nominees are Julian Austin, Tara Lyn Hart, Shania Twain and The Wilkinsons. Twain and Hart lead the list
with six nominations each. The final round of voting, with 1,700 members of the Canadian Country Music Association taking
part, is underway now. The Chevy Fans' Choice Award is voted by the public and the Top Selling Album award is based on sales
figures in Canada.
JST Productions of Toronto will produce the telecast. Aidan Cosgrave of JST Productions is co-producer
of the special with Michael Watt, who also will serve as the show's director.