2016 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

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Paul Mascioli and Murray McLauchlan will be Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame’s 2016 inductees, according to an announcement from the the Canadian Country Music Association on June 16, 2016.

The CCMA has been recognizing excellence in homegrown Canadian country music since 1984. In 1999, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame was created through a collaboration between the CCMA and country musician, producer and Broadland Music label founder, Gary Buck. (The Canadian Country Music Heritage Society in BC and the National Music Center in Alberta also help to administer the Hall.)

Paul Mascioli is President of Mascioli Entertainment Corporation. His work for the company (previously Prestige Entertainment Agencies Ltd) has involved living in both Victoria, BC and Nashville, Tennessee. Mascioli Entertainment has expanded into a full-service artist representation company, providing management and booking services for all manner of venues and music events.

In 1993, Mascioli launched two publishing companies (Giovellino Music and Mascioli Music) that enlarged his success as an international representative for country artists. In 1996, he and his company moved to Orlando, Florida, where Mascioli also became Senior VP at T. Skorman Productions Inc.

Mascioli served as advisor to the CCMA Board of Directors from 1983-1985, then Director from 1985-1986. In 1986, he was honoured with the CCMA Booking Agency of the Year Award. In 1987, Mascioli became Co-Chairman of Country Music Week, the first time the event was televised nationally on the CTV network. He stayed on as President of CCMA between 1986 and 1990.

Murray McLauchlan began his career writing and performing music in Toronto. He appeared at historic music events throughout the 1960s and 70s, such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival and Mariposa, as well as notable venues like The Bitter End in New York, Massey Hall and The Riverboat in Toronto, the Orpheum in Vancouver and Chicago’s venerable Earl of Old Town. Many of his original compositions have been recorded, performed and celebrated by the world’s best-known artists.

McLauchlan now has 18 albums to his name on True North Records and Capitol Records, internationally. He has received 11 JUNO Awards as well as a number of the CCMA’s RPM Awards. In 1993, McLauchlan was named to the Order of Canada. He currently plays in Lunch At Allen’s, who are actively recording, releasing music and touring across Canada. He likewise continues to sit on the Board for the Room 217 Foundation.

Inductees to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame are chosen by 70 voters from the Hall of Fame Electors Committee, over the course of a three-step process. Inductees in the Builder class will receive the Stan Klees Builder Award, named after one of RPM Magazine’s co-founders, Stan Klees.

This year’s inductees will be honoured at a special Hall of Fame event during Country Music Week, which takes place September 8-11 in London, Ontario.

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