The 14th Annual Western Canadian Music Awards Show 
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
William Prince

Blues Artist of the Year
Romi Mayes

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
Couloir

Classical Composition of the Year
Along the King's Road - Jason Cullimore

Country Artist of the Year presented by CCMA
Brett Kissel

Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year
Delhi 2 Dublin

Francophone Artist of the Year
Jocelyne Baribeau

Instrumental Artist of the Year
Pugs and Crows

Jazz Artist of the Year
Curtis Nowosad Quintet

Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year
Striker

Pop Artist of the Year
Lexi Strate

Producer of the Year presented by Nimbus School of Recording & Media
Colin Stewart

Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
SonReal

Recording of the Year presented by Stingray Music
Yukon Blonde

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)
Northern Beauties

Roots Solo Artist of the Year presented by Big Rock Brewery
Frazey Ford

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
David Morin

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.
Alec Harrison

World Artist of the Year
Tasman Jude

2016 Western Canadian Music Industry Award Winners

Audio Engineering Award
Nygel Asselin

Community Excellence Award presented by Casino Regina
West End Cultural Centre

Excellence in Visual Design
Roberta Hansen

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
John Arcand

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.

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