BreakOut West Announces the 2017 WCMA Winners – Artistic Awards

Published: September 14, 2017

BreakOut West Announces the Western Canadian Music Award Winners – Artistic Awards

BreakOut West is excited to announce the winners of the artistic awards for the Western Canadian Music Awards, celebrating the best artistic talent in western Canada. The 15th annual awards were announced earlier today at a reception at the Dinwoodie Lounge in Edmonton, AB.

The Industry Awards, Hall of Fame Induction and remaining categories will be announced Saturday, September 16th at the Industry Awards Brunch at the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton, starting at 11:00am.

Festival Wristbands can still be purchased online now via Ticketfly, or in person at any of the BreakOut West venues. The showcase festival takes place at 10+ venues in downtown Edmonton, September 15-16, 2017. Full delegate registration to the BreakOut West Conference (which includes festival and awards show access) is available at

2017 Western Canadian Music Award Winners – Artistic Awards

Blues Artist of the Year
Big Dave McLean (MB)

Children’s Artist of the Year presented by Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Society
Ginalina (BC)

Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year presented by Canadian Music Centre
Standing Wave (BC)

Classical Composition of the Year
“Immersion” – Jordan Nobles (BC)

Country Artist of the Year presented by Dauphin’s Countryfest
The Washboard Union (BC)

Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year
IsKwé (MB)

Francophone Artist of the Year
Ponteix (SK)

Indigenous Artist of the Year presented by APTN
Jay Gilday (AB)

Instrumental Artist of the Year
Five Alarm Funk (BC)

Jazz Artist of the Year
Michael Kaeshammer (BC)

Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year
Striker (AB)

Pop Artist of the Year presented by SOCAN Foundation
Andy Shauf (SK)

Producer of the Year presented by Nimbus School of Recording & Media
Jesse Gander (BC)

Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
The Lytics (MB)

Rock Artist of the Year presented by Radio Starmaker
Dan Mangan (BC)

Roots Duo/Group of the Year presented by the City of Edmonton
100 Mile House (AB)

Roots Solo Artist of the Year presented by the Province of Alberta
Corb Lund (AB)

Songwriter(s) of the Year presented by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
Andy Shauf – “The Magician” (SK)

Spiritual Artist of the Year
Warren Dean Flandez (BC)

Urban Artist of the Year
Nuela Charles (AB)

Video Director of the Year
Zach Wilson (SK)

Visual Media Composer of the Year presented by Green Sky Labs Inc.
Matthew Schellenberg (MB)

World Artist of the Year
Andino Suns (SK)

A FULL LINE-UP AND SCHEDULE of events, artist and conference speaker information, and so much more is available now on the BreakOut West 2017 app, powered by “Golive”. Built for iPhone and Android; the app is the ultimate guide to experiencing and navigating BreakOut West, download it and plan your BreakOut West weekend!

Download the BreakOut West App (powered by “Golive”): iTunes App Store or Google Store

The 15th annual BreakOut West is made possible thanks to financial support from FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canadian Private Radio Broadcasters, as well as the support of the Province of Alberta, City of Edmonton, and Tourism Edmonton. BreakOut West thanks all our funders, partners and sponsors from 2017 all the way back through its history, and looks forward to many more years of celebration and career development of artists from western Canada.

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 Edmonton, AB from September 13-17, 2017. 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.

Check out: The 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards Nominees and the The 2017 Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Nominees

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