The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced that Winnipeg, Manitoba, will be host city for the 2008 Canadian Country Music Week and Awards, which will be held Sept. 5-8, 2008. The awards show will be held at the MTS Centre on Sept. 8.

"We are thrilled to welcome Canadian Country Music Week to Winnipeg in September 2008," says Kevin Walters, co-chair of the Winnipeg Bid Committee that lobbied for the event. "Our committee looks forward to working with the Canadian Country Music Association over the next two years to plan a weeklong celebration of country music in true Winnipeg style. More than 1,000 members of the country music industry will descend on our city to enjoy workshops (and) parties."

This marks the third time Winnipeg will host Canada's country music event. The last time was in 1986.