July 26, 2001 - The Canadian Country Music Association, has announced that Gordon Lightfoot will be one of the two people to be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame at this year's annual celebration. The 2001 Canadian Country Music Week will be held in Calgary, AB on September 7 through 10. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Country Music Association.
The annual celebrations are highlighted by the award show and a star-studded concert, to be held this year on September 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM MDT (8:00 to 10:00 PM EDT). Note: The show will be broadcast live by CBC, but is apparently on a one-hour delay on CMT (US), where it is scheduled for 9:00 to 11:00 PM EDT.
Not all performers have been announced, so we don't know if Lightfoot will be one of them, but we do have confirmation that he will be there to receive his award. In their July 31 press release, the CCMA said that the award show would "include appearances by Canadian icons Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot." Anne Murray and others are scheduled to perform some of Lightfoot's greatest hits.
Last year, the award show was broadcast live by both TNN and CMT Canada, marking the first time the Canadian Country Music
Associationís most prestigious night was telecast live throughout North America. The CCMA has announced that this year's show will be broadcast live by CBC in Canada and CMT in the United States, with a later rebroadcast by CMT in Canada.
Gary Buck, who began his career as a country music performer, was one of the founding directors of the CCMA and began the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1979, is the other new inductee.
You can read the Canadian Country Music Association press release here.