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2018 Northern Ontario Country Music Awards Weekend

Posted by admin on August 8, 2018

The 2018 Annual Northern Ontario Country Music Awards Weekend was held on the Weekend of Friday November 2nd, to Sunday November 4th at the Quattro Hotel & Conference Centre  in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.  We hosted people from all over Northern Ontario and beyond.  Once again we had a sold out Awards Show on Saturday evening, with over 500 people in attendance.  

All weekend events were held at the Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre on Great Northern Rd.

The weekend kicked off with a "Great Northern Opry Show and Dance" on Friday November 2, featuring Yvan Nadeau and the Bandidos along with special guests from Timmins and area.  

Two events were held on Saturday evening, Nov 3, running back to back. 

The first was  "The 2018 Northern Ontario Country Music Awards Show", beginning at 6 pm.  Music for the show was provided by White Stallion and Friends, who also accompanied music performed by seven inductees into the Great Northern Opry and three inductees into the Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame.  

The seven Inductees into The Great Northern Opry this year are:

  • Vern Cheechoo - Cochrane District
  • Mike Joseph -  Cochrane District
  • Don Gibbings - Nipissing District
  • Earl Bell - Algoma District
  • Cheryl Robbins - Nipissing District
  • Marc Serre - Sudbury District
  • Darrin Johnson - Inductee at Large

The 2018 Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees are:

  • Yvan Nadeau from the Cochrane District,
  • Frank Robbins from the Nipissing District, and
  • Jeff Pyette from the Manitoulin District

The second show of Saturday evening was another "Great Northern Opry Show and Dance", featuring Back In Tyme from North Bay, Ontario with special guests from North Bay and area.  

The weekend wound up with "Scott Infanti's Great Northern Opry Annual Country Gospel Show" on Sunday morning November 4, from 10:00 am until Noon.  This show featured Scott Infanti, Robbie Shawana, Debbie Rivard, Patty Dunlop, Lyn Mazanello, Don Discher & Harley Renaud. 

Our MC for the weekend Allan Mooney.

THE NOCMA COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS WEEKEND IS NORTHERN ONTARIO'S OLDEST ANNUAL COUNTRY MUSIC EVENT!  2018 marks the 29th year of the Northern Ontario Country Music Association.  The Northern Ontario Country Music Association works to promote and recognize Northern Ontario Country Music Talent.


Visit our photo and video galleries to see pictures from the weekend events, as well as previous events.


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