Manitobans Pick Up Honours as BreakOut West Unveils First Wave of Western Canadian Music Awards

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Manitobans Pick Up Honours as BreakOut West Unveils First Wave of Western Canadian Music Awards

by ahnationtalk on October 14, 2016977 Views

BreakOut West kicked off a weekend of music in Regina with the Western Canadian Music Awards Show at Casino Regina on October 13. Celebrating the best in western Canadian talent, the event honoured the winners for several WCMA categories as well as Hall of Fame Inductee Colin James. Two of this year’s nominees from Manitoba, Justin Lacroix and William Prince, performed at the gala, while showcasing act The Middle Coast backed up Calgary’s Michael Bernard Fitzgerald in the opening.

Four Manitobans picked up honours at the event, including The Bros. Landreth for BreakOut Artist of the Year, William Prince for Aboriginal Artist of the Year, Jocelyne Baribeau for Francophone Artist of the Year, and the West End Cultural Centre for the Community Excellence Award. Read more about this year’s nominees from Manitoba

Throughout October 14 and 15 at various showcases during the BreakOut West Festival, more artistic award winners will also be announced, including hardware for rock, pop, country, roots, electronic, jazz, spiritual, world, instrumental, metal, and blues artists of the year. The industry award winners will be announced during a brunch on October 15. A full list of all award winners will be released the following day. Check out the schedule of Manitoba bands at this year’s festival

Here are the Award winners as of October 13…

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Colin Stewart

COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARD
West End Cultural Centre

VISUAL MEDIA COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Alec Harrison

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jocelyne Baribeau

ABORIGINAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
William Prince

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Ft. Langley (for Aidan Knight “All Clear”)

SONGWRITER OF THR YEAR
Pharis Romero – A Wanderer I’ll Stay “Pharis & Jason Romero – A Wanderer I’ll Stay”

BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Bros. Landreth

RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Yukon Blonde

BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music, taking place this year in Regina, SK from October 13-16, 2016. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The weekend kicks off with the Western Canadian Music Awards, showcasing the talent contained in the “left half” of Canada, and continues with the conference and publicly accessible showcases throughout the weekend.

NT5

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