Dallas Smith of Langley was one of two big winners at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Calgary on Sunday evening.
Smith, who co-hosted the show with Billy Ray Cyrus, won for male artist and entertainer of the year, which was reintroduced to the award show for the first time in 30 years.
He credits his mother for getting this far and convincing his father to lend him money to make his earliest recordings.
“My mom doesn’t come to these things very often. It’s been a while but my mom kicked the ‘you know what’ out of cancer this year,” he said.
“If it wasn’t for my mom, I would never be here period for many, many reasons.”