Music Awards

The Western Canadian Music Awards Reception celebrates the best of artistic talent in western Canada.


2023 Artistic and Specialty Award Nominees


BreakOut Artist of the Year (Sponsored by FACTOR)

Boslen - BC

Katie Tupper - SK - WINNER

Leith Ross - MB

Mariel Buckley - AB



Children’s Artist of the Year

Beppie - AB - WINNER

Ginalina - BC

Ira Pettle - BC

Mom Bop - BC

Will et Seeka - BC 


Classical Artist / Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre [CMC])

Karl Stobbe - MB

Krisztina Szabó - BC

Mark Takeshi McGregor - BC

Megumi Masaki - MB

musica intima - BC - WINNER


Classical Composer of the Year                     

Christopher Tyler Nickel - Oboe d’amore Quintet "IV. Con fuoco" - BC

Jessica McMann - The Bear and the Wild Rose - Home  "Muskwas Mountain Home"-AB

Katerina Gimon - Borealis "Roots Beneath" - BC

T Patrick Carrabré - Transformation "Orpheus 1" - BC

Vincent Ho - Sandman's Castle "Supervillain Études" – AB - WINNER


                 Country Artist of the Year                  

Gord Bamford - AB

Hunter Brothers - SK

JoJo Mason - BC - WINNER

Nice Horse - AB

Whitehorse  - MB 


Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year           

Boogey The Beat - MB

Khanvict - BC

Modern Biology - BC - WINNER


The Librarian - BC


Francophone Artist of the Year (sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique)                      

Andrina Turenne - MB

Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds - MB

Jocelyne Baribeau - MB

Sala - MB - WINNER

Sympa César - AB    


Global Artist of the Year 

Cristian de la Luna - AB

El Leon & The Strangers - MB

Gisela Romero - AB

Onna Lou - MB

Ruby Singh - BC - WINNER


Indigenous Artist of the Year 

Blue Moon Marquee - BC - WINNER

Celeigh Cardinal - AB

Jayli Wolf - BC


Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC      



                    Instrumental Artist of the Year                       

Adam Dobres - BC

Elise Boeur & Adam Iredale-Gray - BC

Glen Gillis - SK

Hello Moth - AB

Jasmine Jazz - BC - WINNER


           Jazz Artist of the Year            

Chris Andrew - AB

Jocelyn Gould - MB

Melody Diachun - BC - WINNER

Up and Over Trio - AB

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra - MB    


                  Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year                      

Gnarwhal - NT

Grimelda - SK

KEN mode - MB - WINNER

New Jacobin Club - SK

Osyron - AB   


          Pop Artist of the Year            

Begonia - MB - WINNER

Josh Ramsay - BC

Kaeley Jade - AB

Louise Burns - BC



           Producer of the Year             

Boogey The Beat - MB - Winner

Deadmen - MB

Jill Barber, Erik P. H. Nielsen - BC

Kevvy - BC

Louise Burns - BC 


R&B Artist of the Year 

Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds - MB - WINNER

Katie Tupper - SK

Kuba Oms - BC

Major Funk - YT



                   Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year                   

Arlo Maverick - AB

Boslen - BC

Cartel Madras - AB

Dill the Giant - MB

Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC - WINNER


Recording of the Year

Dear Rouge - BC


Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC - WINNER

Whitehorse - MB

William Prince – MB


Rock Artist of the Year 

Dan Mangan - BC

Hotel Mira - BC

Kris Anders - BC

The Royal Foundry - AB - WINNER

The Zolas – BC


           Roots Artist of the Year             

Jake Vaadeland - SK

Jill Barber - BC

Mariel Buckley - AB

The Bros. Landreth - MB

William Prince - MB - WINNER


Songwriter(s) of the Year (Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) SOCAN

Alexa Dirks and Matt Peters - Begonia "Butterfly" - MB

Leith Ross -  "We'll Never Have Sex" - MB

Ryan Dyck - Skinny Dyck "TV Blue" - AB

William Prince - "When You Miss Someone" - MB

Young D, Yung Trybez - Snotty Nose Rez Kids "Hot Planet" – BC - WINNER


                  Spiritual Artist of the Year                 

Andrea Menard - BC

Cikwes - AB

Dee Daniels - BC

Stirling John - AB - WINNER

Two Late To The Party - AB 


Video Director of the Year (Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music) 

Jayli Wolf - "Holding On" - BC

Lester Lyons-Hookham - Dan Mangan "Fire Escape" - BC

Mayumi Yoshida - “Different Than Before” - BC - WINNER

Michael Linton - Mariel Buckley "Neon Blue" - MB

Ryan Steel - Begonia "Married by Elvis" – MB


The Western Canadian Music Awards are 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 FACTOR, Musicaction, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, along Whitehorse host partners, and event sponsors and funders, notably the Government of Yukon.