Music Awards

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


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Congratulations to all 2020 award nominees!



2020 Western Canadian Music Awards Artistic Nominees
Blues Artist of the Year

BreakOut Artist of the Year (sponsored by CBC Manitoba)

Begonia - MB WINNER!
Children’s Artist of the Year
Classical Composer of the Year                     


Country Artist of the Year                  
Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year            
Francophone Artist of the Year (sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique)                      
Global Artist of the Year (formerly World Artist of the Year)           
Indigenous Artist of the Year (Sponsored By APTN)
Instrumental Artist of the Year                      
Jazz Artist of the Year            
Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year                      
Pop Artist of the Year            
Producer of the Year             
R&B Artist of the Year (formerly Urban Artist of the Year)               
Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year                   
Recording of the Year (Sponsored by Stingray Rising Stars)
Rock Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Torque Brewing)                  
Roots Artist of the Year             
Songwriter(s) of the Year (Sponsored By The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) SOCAN
Spiritual Artist of the Year                 
Video Director of the Year (Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music) 
Visual Media Composer of the Year              
Heritage Award Recipient
Gerry Atwell


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.