Award Winners Announcement
October 15, 2016, Regina, SK: BreakOut West is excited to announce the full list of Western Canadian Music Award winners, celebrating the best of artistic and music industry talent in western Canada. The 14th annual event saw attendees and delegates flock to Regina for the conference, festival and awards show, from across the western provinces, as well as the rest of Canada, the US, UK, Poland, Germany, Austria and even Estonia.
On Thursday at the Western Canadian Music Awards Show at Casino Regina, winners were honoured for several award categories as well as Hall of Fame Inductee Colin James, presented by FACTOR. Throughout Friday and Saturday night the balance of award winners were announced in front of fans and enthusiastic crowds at festival showcases across the city of Regina. On Saturday morning the Industry Award winners were announced and honoured with a brunch hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton.
Here is the full list of award winners for both Artistic and Industry-based Western Canadian Music Awards:
2016 Western Canadian Music Award Winners
Aboriginal Artist of the Year
Blues Artist of the Year
BreakOut Artist of the Year presented by Sawchyn Guitars Ltd.
The Bros. Landreth
Children's Artist of the Year presented by SaskTel
Nadia Gaudet & Jason Burnstick
Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year presented by Canadian Music Centre
Classical Composition of the Year
Along the King's Road - Jason Cullimore
Country Artist of the Year presented by CCMA
Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year
Delhi 2 Dublin
Francophone Artist of the Year
Instrumental Artist of the Year
Pugs and Crows
Jazz Artist of the Year
Curtis Nowosad Quintet
Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year
Pop Artist of the Year
Producer of the Year presented by Nimbus School of Recording & Media
Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Recording of the Year presented by Stingray Music
Rock Artist of the Year presented by Radio Starmaker
The Wet Secrets
Roots Duo/Group of the Year presented by Musicians' Rights Organization Canada (MROC)
Roots Solo Artist of the Year presented by Big Rock Brewery
Songwriter(s) of the Year presented by SOCAN
Pharis Romero - A Wanderer I'll Stay "Pharis & Jason Romero - A Wanderer I'll Stay"
Spiritual Artist of the Year
Yvonne St. Germaine
Urban Artist of the Year
Video Director of the Yearpresented by MuchFACT
Ft. Langley (for Aidan Knight "All Clear")
Visual Media Composer of the Year presented by Green Sky Labs Inc.
World Artist of the Year
2016 Western Canadian Music Industry Award Winners
Audio Engineering Award
Community Excellence Award presented by Casino Regina
West End Cultural Centre
Excellence in Visual Design
Impact in Artist Development
Paquin Artists Agency
Impact in Live Music presented by Music Canada Live
Rawk Entertainment Group Inc.
Impact in Music Marketing
Live Nation Canada
2016 Heritage Award
2016 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award presented by Live Nation
Derek Bachman (posthumously)
BreakOut West would like to thank FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada's private radio broadcasters, the 6 member industry associations that make up the Western Canadian Music Alliance and their funding bodies, and all 2016 award and event sponsors for making the 14th annual BreakOut West a great success. BreakOut West also wishes to acknowledge the support of Creative Saskatchewan, the City of Regina / Tourism Regina, Tourism Saskatchewan, The Regina Hotel Association and SaskMusic in bringing BreakOut West to Regina.