Let the voting begin! SiriusXM Canada and CCMA ask music fans to choose Top of the Country finalists

Canadians can now vote to select finalists for $25,000 grand prize and more

TORONTO – May 1, 2023 – Today, SiriusXM Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association ® (CCMA), is inviting Canadians to help choose the 2023 SiriusXM Top of the Country champion. The voting phase is now open, featuring eight semi-finalists racing toward the finish line to secure a spot in the finale. Exciting opportunities await the finalists, including a performance spot at the CMA Fest in Nashville, performances at exclusive Canadian events including Montreal’s Lasso, and cash prizes.

Last year’s Top of the Country champion, SACHA, seized the spotlight and triumphed over the competition to win the coveted title. “Performing is my calling. I love connecting with audiences and sharing my story through music,” said SACHA. “Winning SiriusXM Top of the Country has changed the trajectory of my career, and I will always cherish the life-changing experience as I continue to share my art with the world.”

This year’s semi-finalists represent the finest country music talent from across Canada:

  • Hailey Benedict – St. Albert, Alberta
  • Noah Derksen – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Teigen Gayse – Kelowna, B.C.
  • Amanda Jordan – Smith Falls, Ontario
  • Mark Ledlin – Vancouver, B.C.
  • The Prairie States – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Dayna Reid – Elmvale, Ontario
  • Lydia Sutherland – Montréal, Québec

The voting phase will take place starting today at 10 am ET through May 10 and will be open to all Canadians. Fans can watch exclusive studio sessions of each semi-finalist at topcountry.siriusxm.ca, where votes can be cast daily.

“The voting phase is an exciting time for the competition as it allows music fans from coast to coast to have their say,” said Michelle Mearns, Vice President of Programming and Operations, SiriusXM Canada. “We’re thrilled to see the incredible talent that has made it to this stage of the competition, proving yet again how many gifted musicians Canada has to offer.”

“This year’s Top of the Country semi-finalists are a remarkable group of powerhouse artists, and we’re so excited to share their studio sessions with the rest of the country,” said Amy Jeninga, President, CCMA. “We can’t wait to see who will land in our top 3 and earn the opportunity to embark on the incredible journey to the finale.”

The competition will culminate in the SiriusXM Top of the Country Finale during the CCMA’s Country Music Week 2023, where the finalists will be able to showcase their talents. The event will be broadcast live on SiriusXM’s Top of the Country Radio (ch. 171) and will feature a highly anticipated headlining act, making it an unforgettable night in Canadian country music.

SiriusXM’s Top of the Country in partnership with the CCMA is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing tradition of promoting and elevating the best emerging Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach.


About SiriusXM Canada

Sirius XM Canada Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading audio entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers ad-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; podcasts; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company, as well as on smartphones and all connected devices on the SiriusXM app. For more information, visit siriusxm.ca.

Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on Youtube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.

SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides ad-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies 13 years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.

About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)

Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week 2023 and the 2023 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”.

For further information:

SiriusXM Canada contact: Aoife Gray, Zeno Group, aoife.gray@zenogroup.com, 647-218-3906

CCMA contact: Shelby Burnell, Red Umbrella PR, shelby@redumbrellapr.com, 416-317-8023

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