Music Awards

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


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Congratulations to all 2021 award nominees and winners!



2021 Western Canadian Music Awards Artistic Nominees


Blues Artist of the Year                     

Blue Moon Marquee - BC

Debra Power - AB

Kat Danser - AB

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne - AB WINNER!

Terminal Station - BC


BreakOut Artist of the Year              

Ariel Posen - MB

Olivia Penalva - BC

Sam Lynch - BC

Sargeant X Comrade - AB WINNER!

Tate McRae - AB


Children’s Artist of the Year             

Claire Ness - YT WINNER!

Garth Prince - AB

Peter Lenton - AB

Remy Rodden - YT

Seeka Sings - BC


Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year Sponsored By Canadian Music Centre (CMC)      

Christopher Tyler Nickel - BC

Land's End Ensemble with Laura Hynes and Karl Hirzer - AB

PEP (Piano and Erhu Project)  - BC WINNER!

Véronique Mathieu - SK

Vetta Chamber Music - BC


Classical Composer of the Year                    

Edward Top - BC

Jeffrey Ryan - BC

Jocelyn Morlock - BC

Katerina Gimon - BC

T. Patrick Carrabre - BC WINNER!


Country Artist of the Year                

D'orjay The Singing Shaman - AB

Gord Bamford  - AB

Hunter Brothers - SK

Jess Moskaluke - SK

Nice Horse - AB WINNER!


Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year                      

Astrocolor - BC

Mat the Alien - BC


Takis - BC

Talltale - AB


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

Éemi - SK

Jill Barber - BC

Kelly Bado - MB WINNER!

Ponteix - SK

Sala - MB


Global Artist of the Year                   

Casimiro Nhussi - MB

Kelly Bado - MB WINNER!

Notas de 4 - AB

Rubim de Toledo - AB

Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra - BC


Indigenous Artist of the Year           

Don Amero - MB

Mattmac - MB


Sebastian Gaskin - MB

Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC WINNER!


Instrumental Artist of the Year                    

Factor Eight - SK

Mohamed Assani - BC

Quin With One N - BC

Rubim de Toledo - AB WINNER!

Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra - BC


Jazz Artist of the Year           

BPM Trio - BC

David Restivo - BC

Jocelyn Gould - MB

Michael Kaeshammer - BC

Will Bonness - MB WINNER!


Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year                    

Black Thunder - SK

Numenorean - AB

The Basement Paintings - SK

The Moon Runners - SK

Vagina Witchcraft - MB WINNER!


Pop Artist of the Year           

Begonia - MB WINNER!

Olivia Penalva - BC

Sam the Astronaut - BC

Shawn Hook - BC

Tate McRae - AB


Producer of the Year             

Aidan Knight - BC

Chris Duncombe, Aaron Grain, David Roberts, Gordie Sampson, Thomas Salter, Karen Kosowski - BC

deadmen - MB WINNER!

Spencer Cheyne - AB

Steve Bays - BC


R&B Artist of the Year                       


Major Funk - YT

Sebastian Gaskin - MB WINNER!

Slo-Fi - AB

XL The Band - BC


Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year                 

Boslen - BC

Junk - BC

Mouraine - AB

Sargeant X Comrade - AB

Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC WINNER!


Recording of the Year           

Begonia - MB WINNER!

Kelly Bado - MB

The Bros. Landreth - MB

The Washboard Union - BC

William Prince - MB


Rock Artist of the Year Sponsored by Torque Brewing

Miesha & The Spanks - AB

Mise en Scene - MB WINNER!

Scenic Route to Alaska - AB

Shred Kelly - BC

The Pack a.d. - BC


Roots Artist of the Year                    

Aerialists - BC

Emily Triggs  - AB

Pharis and Jason Romero - BC

Slow Leaves - MB

William Prince - MB WINNER!


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

Aidan Knight - BC

Grant Davidson (Slow Leaves) - MB WINNER!

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald - AB

Stefanie Johnson and Jodi Dunlop (Mise en Scene) - MB

William Prince - MB


Spiritual Artist of the Year                

Allswell - BC

Caleb Delamont - AB

Jake Fretz - MB

Steve Bell - MB

Yvonne St Germaine - SK WINNER!


Video Director of the Year Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music              

Alfonso Chin - Snotty Nose Rez Kids "Screaming Indian" - BC WINNER!

Dylan Hryciuk - PONTEIX "Petite Fleur" - SK

Kyriel Roberts - Pimpton "Exit The Vessel" - SK

Martin LaFrenière & Philippe Bellefeuille - William Prince "Gospel First Nation" - MB

Stephano Barberis - The Washboard Union "Country Thunder" - BC


Visual Media Composer of the Year            

Chroma Mixed Media – Naona - BC

Deanna Peters/Mutable Subject - Sound Migrations - BC

Factor Eight - Life Is But A Dream - SK WINNER!

Jeffery Straker – Gravity - SK

Kevon Cronin - Hunter Hunter (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – MB


The Western Canadian Music Alliance is 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.