WCMA Board of Directors

Kurt Dahl Pic.jpgKurt Dahl

One Bad Son / Murphy and Company LLP (President)

Kurt's favourite songwriters are Bob Dylan, John Prine and Warren Zevon. Kurt once motorbiked across the country to see a Warren Zevon concert, which unbeknownst to him (or Zevon) at the time, ended up being the last public concert of Zevon's career. 

Kurt and his wife Julia welcomed their third (and final, he swears) child into the world in 2020, a girl named Lennon. You can guess who she is named after. His son Levon is named after Levon Helm, singer/drummer of The Band. His other daughter Laurel is named after his mother-in-law. 

Kurt is an entertainment lawyer by day and a musician by night. He is a founding member and drummer in One Bad Son. When the band opened for The Rolling Stones in 2019, Kurt tried his best (like, really really tried) but was not able to meet Keith Richards. 


Carly Klassen Pic.jpgCarly Klassen

Alberta Music (Vice-President)

Carly Klassen is the Executive Director at Alberta Music. She sits on several boards and committees including Canada's Music Incubator and West Anthem.

Her love of music is perhaps only surpassed by her passion for renovating vintage tent-trailers. Her most recent acquisition was a 14 ft, 1991 Palomino MXL which she stripped to the bone and rebuilt before pulling it up The Alaska Highway (and back) in 2020. 

One need not be surprised to find various pieces of coloured thread stuck to her clothing; evidence of her many cross-stitching endeavours. 

She enjoys the company of her fury office assistant, Herbie. He also serves as Chief Executive Foot Warmer.  

LMacPherson.jpegLindsay MacPherson

Music BC (Treasurer)

 Lindsay is the Executive Director of Music BC, a provincial industry association advancing the careers of British Columbia's music creatives and industry through Training, Mentorship, Export & Professional Development opportunities.  


Andrew Sannie.jpgAndrew Sannie

Grape Experiential / The Lytics (Secretary)

1) Andrew is a massive James Taylor fan.  2) Andrew is in Canadian hip hop group, The Lytics  3) Andrew is a lifelong Toronto Raptors fan

I joined the board as means of using my voice to advocate for hip hop artists in Western Canada, believing that the only way to impact a system is to be on the inside.   

Kimberly Cleave.jpgKimberly Cleave


Kim is the Producer of Content Creation at APTN. She also dabbles in a lot of hobbies… 

SFX Makeup (love horror & gore lol)

Loves to fish – Can be found on her boat hitting lakes in the summer and found camping on the ice in the winter

And has a huge movie collection. All started from her job at Blockbuster. Bucket list is to visit the last standing Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon.  

K Scott Maynard.jpgScott Maynard

Music Yukon

 Scott Maynard has performed for four generations of British royalty, and once sang backup vocals on a song by Elton John that went on to be the worst selling single in the history of Parlophone records. It still probably outsold 2006's Are We Not Horses, by Rock Plaza Central, of which he is a core member. He is honoured to represent the Yukon on the board of the WCMA.

Drum Picture.jpgTrevor Sinclair

Music NWT

Trevor Sinclair is the President of Music NWT and the drummer for The Housemen. Despite living in Yellowknife, Trevor has a particular hatred of socks and will only drum barefoot.  His artistic side does not stop at music as he once won a cooking competition to attend a culinary University in Italy, but a world pandemic stopped him from releasing his culinary kung-fu upon the world.  Trevor also has an impressive collection of loud shirts, mainly to distract people from looking at his sockless feet.



image0 (2).jpegLisa Jacobs


Multi-instrumentalist, Lisa Jacobs, declares the bass guitar her most beloved. Playing her first blues festival at age 12, she has gone on to write, record, music direct and perform with a variety of artists, including platinum recording pop artist Jocelyn Alice, Marshall (Walk Off The Earth), Jill Barber, Terri Clark, Kyle McKearney, Paul Reddick, Colin Linden, Jimmy Rankin (The Rankin Family), Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Wide Mouth Mason, Suzie Vinnick, Oscar Lopez, Amy Bishop, and Jann Arden (a personal highlight). In addition to working as a session musician, Lisa released an EP with her original project - jocelyn & lisa- in 2012. A song from that project, “Bound to You” went gold in Canada after being re-released by Jocelyn Alice in 2018.


Lisa has a degree in music therapy (with a minor in jazz performance on electric bass). As a certified music therapist, she’s had the opportunity to create music with people of varied abilities (autism, cerebral palsy, hearing/visual impairments, brain injuries etc) and ages (infants to 102yrs) in many different settings including schools, hospitals and even a maximum security prison. Lisa sits on the board of the Music Therapy Association of Alberta and has recently delved into the role of MC - Including being a co-host for the 2021 Music Cities Convention. Although she loves to wander the planet, Calgary, Alberta is Lisa’s home. 




         Western Canadian Music Alliance and BreakOut West staff team:

           Michael Dawson – Executive Director

            Johnny Marlow – Submissions and Administration

            Heather Sharpe – Logistics Manager

            Sarah Shandl – Wide Tide Entertainment – Marketing Manager

            Liam Prost – Programming Manager

            Shannon Erb - Bookkeeper


BreakOut West Indigenous Liaison Committee:

Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais - Indigenous Music West
Ashley Bieniarz - Kwiat
Donny Parenteau - Indigenous Music Association
Jenny Money - Okanagan Indigenous Art Society
Matt Maw -Red Music Rising
Miesha Louie - Miesha and the Spanks
Forrest Eaglespeaker - The North Sound

BreakOut West Conference Committee:

Alex Wyder - High Tide Artists (BC)
Kurt Dahl - Murphy and Company
Carly McFadden - Folk on the Rocks / Victory Pool
Claire Boning - Misfit Management
Mickhel - Gl0bal
Cary Pratt - Prairie Cat
Umong Shah - Fortitude Music
Francis Arevalo - Artist/Manager
Lana Winterhalt - Good + Plenty