Edmonton's Rexall Centre is set to host the biggest night in Canadian country music.
The 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards will air on Sunday, Sept. 8 on CBC Television.
In Edmonton, which was selected to host the awards show this year and next, organizers have created Country Music Week, with special performances leading up to the weekend.
- CCMA Awards coverage on CBC Live
- Listen to nominees' music on CBC Music
- Best moments from the 2012 CCMA Awards gallery
Edmonton-born singer Adam Gregory, who will receive the 2013 Humanitarian Award for his support of the Ronald McDonald House, says the week is a good chance to catch up with fellow musicians.
"It's going to be a bit of a reunion," Gregory said.
"We are all off doing our own things, going our different directions. There is going to be a lot of 'Hellos' and 'How are yous?'"
As the for the awards show, confirmed featured guests for the CCMA Awards include comedian Ron James and Olympic medal winners Mellissa Hollinswroth and Kallie Humphries.
Canadian artist Gord Bamford leads the list of nominees this year with seven, while Dean Brody follows with five. Both are nominated for the CCMA Fans' Choice and Male Artist of the Year awards.
Last year in Saskatoon, Dean Brody and Carolyn Dawn Johnson won male and female artist of the year awards, respectively. Johnny Reid won the fans' choice award, while teen pop sensation Taylor Swift won the 2012 Generation Award.