Country music awards return to Edmonton for 2 years

Edmonton will host Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2013 as well as in 2014.
Brad Rempel performs with the band High Valley at Edmonton city hall Thursday. Edmonton host the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2013 and 2014. (CBC)

Edmonton will host Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Awards  in 2013 as well as in 2014.

"Edmonton was and continues to be an amazingly supportive community for our industry conference, Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Awards," said Don Green, executive director of the CCMA.  

"Our two-year stay will help the association to focus resources on exploring some new initiatives recognizing Canadian country talent locally, domestically and internationally all year round."

Edmonton has hosted the awards four times — the latest in 2010 set a record for ticket sales and viewers.

"I think we're perceived across Canada as the country music capital," said Brad Rempel, who with brothers Bryan and Curtis make up the La Crete, Alta. band High Valley.

"Alberta has that DNA with the oilfield workers and logging and agriculture."

The City of Edmonton and province of Alberta are each committing $400,000 for the awards. 

Edmonton Destination Hotels is contributing $200,000.

The awards, held each year in September, will be hosted in Hamilton in 2011 and Saskatoon in 2012.