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I’m so looking forward to the Canadian Country Music Awards and happy to have been invited as a presenter. Tune into CBC on Sept. 7th at 7PM EST.

CBC’s Gemini Award-winning host and satirist Rick Mercer and Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Jann Arden will form a dynamic duo as co-hosts of the show at Edmonton’s Rexall Place. A total of eight CCMA Awards will be handed out over the course of the night by an impressive list of presenters, including CBC stars Jessi Cruickshank and Jeff Douglas, hosts of Canada’s Smartest Person, and stars of CBC’s Heartland, Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle. CMT’s Paul McGuire, host of the Chevrolet Top 20 Countdown, and Carmel Baird, star of Mom’s a Mediumwill also share presenting honours.

Confirmed musicians to present at this year’s CCMA Awards Show in Edmonton, Alberta are Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, Tom Cochrane, Lindsay Ell, Wendell Ferguson, Sam Hunt, Wes Mack, Beverley Mahood, Lindi Ortega, MacKenzie Porter, Deric Ruttan, The Stellas, Tebey, Bobby Wills and Michelle Wright.

The CCMA Awards Show feature live performances by some of today’s biggest country acts including Canadian artists: Autumn Hill who will take the stage with host Jann Arden, Gord Bamford, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, Terri Clark, George Canyon, Tim Hicks, Kira Isabella, Brett Kissel, Jess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith and The Road Hammers. As well, platinum-selling international artists Little Big Town and Dierks Bentley are slated to take the stage and perform.

Highlights of the 2014 CCMA Awards Show will air on Canada Live on CBC Radio 2 on Monday, September 8th at 7 p.m. local time (7:30 p.m. NT) and again on CBC Radio One on Friday, September 12th at 2 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. NT).

Encore presentations of the awards will air on CBC-TV on Sunday, September 13th at 10 p.m. local time (11 p.m. AT/11:30 p.m. NT) and on CMT Sunday, September 7 at midnight ET and Monday, September 8 at 3 p.m. ET.

Tickets for the 2014 CCMA Awards Show are available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or online at ticketmaster.ca. Ticket prices range from $67.25 to $107.25, plus service charges.

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Many of you have known me for a long time and therefore many of you will also know my amazing adopted Grandparents, Art & Verla Ritchie who have been in my life since I was 11 years old. Verla has been sick and I am sad to tell you that she passed away last night. She was truly a beautiful light in this world. A one of a kind. I spoke to Grandpa yesterday before she passed and he told me that God has been good to them and their life has been great. I coincidentally wrote a song yesterday with Phil Barton before I spoke to Grandpa called “Life’s Been Good To Me.” I know that some of you are going to want to know when her memorial service will be and when I know I will let you know. She is in God’s presence now.

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I have shared with you throughout the years that my long time friend and business manager Sue Ferriman has been living with ALS and I am so sad to tell you that last night at 7pm after 11 years of dealing with this awful disease she passed away with her family by her side. I’m having a hard time right now putting into words what I’m feeling. I’m thankful that her suffering is over but I’m so sad.

SUE FERRIMAN
February 17, 1952 – August 14, 2014
Known by her loved ones as Suzie, Sue, Mom, and Grandma, Susan Maria Ferriman was born Susanna Maria Kramer on February 17, 1952 to Henk and Toi Kramer in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Sue was the oldest of five siblings. She earned her diploma from Oakville Trafalgar High School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Western Ontario, where she met Brian Ferriman, who would become her husband of 42 years. Brian and Sue married in Oakville in 1972 and lived in the London, Ontario area for ten years. They raised their children Kimberley and Kevin in Mississauga, Ontario until Brian’s work with country music brought the family to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991.
Sue held the roles of bookkeeper, treasurer, and office manager during her four-decade business career, serving for 30 years as business manager for Canadian country star Michelle Wright.
She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family in her home in Brentwood, Tennessee on August 14, 2014 after an eleven-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Predeceased by her father Henric (Henk) and survived by her husband Brian; her mother Cornelia (Toi); children Kimberley Robertson and Kevin Ferriman; son-in-law Ian Robertson; grandchildren Henry and Archibald Robertson; siblings Michele Brown, Nicolette Zaslow, Mark Kramer, and Jacqueline McCarthy.
Sue’s delightful personality – her steadfast practicality, her refreshing sense of humor, and her quiet bravery – will be sorely missed by those who knew her. A memorial service for Sue will be held in Nashville in late September. Donations may be made in her name to the ALS Association Tennessee Chapter online at http://webtn.alsa.org/ or by phone at (615) 331-5556. Those who wish to help fight ALS in Canada are encouraged to make a donation in Sue’s name to https://www.als.ca/en/donate.

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We have made it safe and sound into Toronto. Time to sleep. looking forward to rehearsal tomorrow with the boys. Lee Warren, Jay Tooke, Sean Power, Will Dooughty and Pete Lesperance. I better get to sleep now. Good night. sleep tight.

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I’m enjoying a restful day before the “busy” starts Monday. We have been working with Scott Bernard a wonderful guitar player with a great voice who sings awesome harmonies but he is not available for the show at the Havelock Jamboree. The really great news is that Pete Lesperance a fantastic guitar player who lives in Toronto and is a member of the Canadian rock band Harem Scarem is going to do the show with us. Pete did my last Canadian tour and I can’t wait to play with him again. So here’s how it’s going to work. Harmony practice here in Nashville on Monday with my Nashville guys, Jay Tooke, Sean Power and Will Doughty, fly to Toronto Wednesday night, get hotel rooms, crash, get up
Thursday, have rehearsal in Toronto with Pete Lesperance and my long time band member Lee Warren who is already in Toronto and then after rehearsal drive 3 hours to Havelock, crash in the hotel, do show on Friday and fly home on Saturday. All that for one show but I love it. Can’t wait to play some music!

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Good Saturday morning. I know I’ve been out of touch but I have a good reason. My last post was about the fact that I was busy getting a rental property ready that use to be my Mom’s house here in Nashville but now we share it as a rental property. What I thought was going to be a few day project turned into a bit longer because I’m to stubborn and cheap to hire someone and admittedly a little obsessive about how things look and I also know how to do most of the things that need to be done. It’s an old wooden house and needed some repair on the outside so with the help of my husband Marco who thank God, brought his sense of humor in times when I felt overwhelmed, we fixed everything up, painted the exterior of the house, landscaped, renovated the bathroom, scrubbed and clean and now it looks beautiful. So that’s enough of that. We have been renting the house for 5 years now but we have decided to turned it over to a Property Manager. YAY!!! I’ll need a few days to recover from this renovation. This has not been my first renovation but I’m pretty sure it’s my last. Here is a picture of the back sitting area. Isn’t that pretty? I should have my own HGTV Show. I’m going back to bed now.

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2013 was a great year for female country artists and their music videos. Here are the videos that made my Top 10 list of the year…
When all is said and done, the No. 1 female country video of 2013 goes to Canadian country singer Michelle Wright’s “Strong.” She co-wrote such an inspirational song, which featured an even more impressive music video that will move country listeners to tears. Michelle Wright is on a roll. She recently topped my list for “Best Female Country Albums” released in 2013, and now she reigns supreme in the music video category. Her music video for “Strong” deserves a standing ovation.

Read the entire article and watch the videos.

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