Kelowna, BC – Thursday, October 11, 2018 – Celebrating the best artistic talent in western Canada, the Western Canadian Music Alliance is thrilled to announce the winners of the Western Canadian Music Artistic Awards. The winners were revealed earlier today at the WCMAwards Reception held at Laurel Packing House in Kelowna, BC, at part of the BreakOut West music festival and conference. See below for the full list of Artistic Award recipients.

The Industry Awards will be announced on Saturday, October 13th at the Industry Awards Brunch, hosted at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort. Honourees include Terry Jacks who will receive the 2018 Heritage Award, and Allan Reid who is to be presented with the 2018 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award. The Canadian Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame Induction will also take place, honouring Spirit of the West’s iconic song, Home for a Rest (written by John Mann and Geoffrey Kelly), and Kelowna-born rock band, The Grapes Of Wrath, will be inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall Of Fame.

BOW festival showcases get underway tonight, starting with the KickOff Concert at the Kelowna Community Theatre, headlined by Kelowna rockers, The Wild!, and featuring showcase acts, Like A Motorcycle and Little Destroyer.

Festival wristbands, are still available at Festival-goers can redeem their online purchases of wristbands at the Tourism Kelowna Visitors Centre or at festival venues, one hour before the first act hits the stage.

Information about the festival and conference can be found at and on the BreakOut West 2018 mobile event app, powered by Greencopper. Available at Apple and Google Play, the app is the place to get the most up to date information and connect with other festival-goers throughout the weekend. Search BreakOut West 2018 to download the free app to get the latest updates and sneak peeks. 


Blues Artist of the Year

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – BC

Children’s Artist of the Year
Fred Penner – MB

Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC))
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – MB

Classical Composer of the Year
Jocelyn Morlock – BC

Country Artist of the Year
Jess Moskaluke – SK

Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year
The Funk Hunters – BC

Francophone Artist of the Year
Alexis Normand – SK

Indigenous Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network)
Celeigh Cardinal – AB

Instrumental Artist of the Year
Apollo Suns – MB

Jazz Artist of the Year
Rubim de Toledo – AB

Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year
Striker – AB

Pop Artist of the Year
Dear Rouge – BC

Producer of the Year (Sponsored by Nimbus School of Recording Arts)
Ryan Worsley, Echoplant Sound – BC

Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Rock Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Stanley Park Brewing)
Scenic Route to Alaska – AB

Roots Duo/Group of the Year (Sponsored by Wards Cider)
The Dead South – SK

Roots Solo Artist of the Year
Leeroy Stagger – AB

Songwriter(s) of the Year (Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN))
Dear Rouge, Dear Rouge, Chains – BC

Spiritual Artist of the Year
Stephanie Ratcliff – BC

Urban Artist of the Year

Video Director of the Year
Stefan Berrill, Brass Tacks Films, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Forever Fool – BC

Visual Media Composer of the Year
Keri Latimer, This is Not Paris – MB

World Artist of the Year
Kelly Bado – MB

About BreakOut West
BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music, taking place this year in Kelowna, BC from October 10-14, 2018. 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 event consists of the BreakOut West Festival; showcasing the talent contained in the "left half" of Canada and delivering Western Canadian Music Awards to honoured nominees, and the Conference itself with educational panels, networking events, and so much more. 

The Western Canadian Music Alliance is funded in part by the six provincial and territorial governments of western Canada. BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards are generously funded by the FACTOR, Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, along with the Kelowna host partners, and event sponsors and funders.

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