Gala held Sept. 12 in Calgary.
With four major wins, country singer George Canyon swept the 2005 Canadian Country Music Awards, held last night (Sept. 12) at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
Last year's rising star winner Canyon, who records for Universal South, won the top male and the fans' choice award. "My Name," co-written with Gordie Sampson, won for top song and top single.
"This is all shocking," Canyon tells Billboard.biz. "I would have been tickled to win just one award. I've been doing this for 15 years. I am so honored that I make music and don't have to do something else to try and make music."
Canyon lost out to the show's host Paul Brandt in the top album category. Brandt, who records for the Orange Record Label in Toronto, won the category with his album "This Time Around." His single "Convoy" won top video honors.
In other honors, Mercury Nashville's Terri Clark was named top female; the Road Hammers on Open Road Records was named top group; Stony Plain Records' the Corb Lund Band was named top roots act; and the rising star award went to Amanda Wilkinson, who is handled by Open Road Records in Canada.
The CCMA Awards were broadcast live in Canada on CBC-TV and aired in the United States on GAC and in Australia on CMC. Additional airings by CMT Canada are planned.
A full list of CCMA Award winners can be found at www.ccma.org .