2018 Western Canadian Music Award Winners

Blues Artist of the Year

Jesse Roper – BC

Jim Byrnes – BC

Steve Kozak – BC

The Harpoonist & The Axe MurdererBC WINNER!

Tracy K – MB


BreakOut Artist of the Year

Attica Riots – MB  

Megan Nash – SK

Shred Kelly – BC

The Dead SouthSK WINNER!

The Jerry Cans – NV


Children’s Artist of the Year

Bobs & LoLo – BC

Fred Penner – MB WINNER!

Jessie Farrell – BC

Rockin’ Robin & The Magical Tree – BC

The Kerplunks – BC


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

duo corvi – BC

Gwen Hoebig & Karl Stobbe – MB

Megumi Masaki – MB

Victoria Guitar Trio – BC

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – MB WINNER!


Classical Composer of the Year

Jocelyn Morlock – BC WINNER!

Jordan Nobles – BC

Keith Hamel – BC

Stephen Chatman – BC

Vincent Ho – AB


Country Artist of the Year

Blake Berglund – SK

Brett Kissel – AB

Jess Moskaluke – SK WINNER!

The Dungarees – AB

The Road Hammers – AB


Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year

Astrocolor – BC

Ghost Twin – MB

respectfulchild – SK

The Funk Hunters – BC WINNER!



Francophone Artist of the Year

Alexis Normand – SK WINNER!

Étienne Fletcher – SK

Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds – MB

Loig Morin – BC

Sophie Villeneuve – YT


Indigenous Artist of the Year (Sponsored by APTN)

Celeigh Cardinal – AB WINNER!

Desiree Dorion – MB

Quantum Tangle – NT

Riit – NV

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC


Instrumental Artist of the Year

Apollo Suns – MB WINNER!

Audrey Ochoa – AB

Jung People – AB

Les Finnigan – BC

Peregrine Falls – BC


Jazz Artist of the Year

B3 Kings – BC

Jeff Presslaff & Julian Bradford – MB

Michael Kaeshammer – BC

Rubim de Toledo – AB WINNER!

Tommy Banks & Big Miller – AB


Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year


Silence the Machine – AB

Striker – AB WINNER!

The Order of Chaos – AB

Violent Betty – SK


Pop Artist of the Year

Dear Rouge – BC WINNER!

Jasper Sloan Yip – BC

Lanikai – MB

Olivia Lunny – MB

The Royal Foundry – AB


Producer of the Year (Sponsored by Nimbus School of Recording Arts)

Ben Kaplan - FlyFantastic Productions - BC

Kodi Hutchinson - Chronograph Records – AB

Russell Broom - Rustysongs Inc – BC

Ryan Worsley - Echoplant Sound – BC WINNER!

Steve Bays – BC


Rap / Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Def3 – BC / SK

Doom Squad – AB

Merkules – BC

Moka Only – BC

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC WINNER!


Recording of the Year (Sponsored by Stingray Music)

Attica Riots – MB WINNER!

Bend Sinister – BC

Dear Rouge – BC

Kacy & Clayton – SK

Leeroy Stagger – AB


Rock Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Stanley Park Brewing)

Band of Rascals – BC

Bend Sinister – BC

Close Talker – SK

nêhiyawak – AB

Scenic Route to Alaska – AB WINNER!


Roots Duo/Group of the Year (Sponsored by Wards Cider)

Big Little Lions – BC

Kacy & Clayton – SK

The Dead South – SK WINNER!

The Deep Dark Woods – SK

The Jerry Cans – NV


Roots Solo Artist of the Year

Kim Beggs – YT

Leeroy Stagger – AB WINNER!

Little Miss Higgins – MB

Matt Patershuk – AB

Slow Leaves – MB


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

Adam Fuhr and Keegan Steele, Yes We Mystic, Undertow – MB

Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod, The Fugitives, No Words (for L. Cohen) – BC

Dear Rouge, Dear Rouge, Chains – BC WINNER!

Kacy Anderson & Clayton Linthicum, Kacy & Clayton, A Certain Kind of Memory – SK

The Jerry Cans, The Jerry Cans, Ukiuq – NV


Spritual Artist of the Year

Annette – SK

Jordan St.Cyr – MB

NewLaw – AB

Norine Braun – BC

Stephanie Ratcliff – BC WINNER!


Urban Artist of the Year


Ghost – BC


Josh Sahunta – AB

Ruben Young – AB


Video Director of the Year

Craig Range and Kaayla Whachell, Nakasone Folk, Kacy & Clayton, The Light Of Day – BC

William Wilkinson and Oliver Brooks, Ft. Langley, Slow Leaves, How Do I Say – BC

Lloyd Lee Choi, The Herd Films, Mise en Scene, Closer – BC

Nathan Boey, Close Talker, Okay Hollywood – BC

Stefan Berrill, Brass Tacks Films, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Forever Fool – BC WINNER!


Visual Media Composer of the Year

Andrew Judah, Our Game – BC

Factor Eight, Impetus – SK

Keri Latimer, This is Not Paris – MB WINNER!

Matthew Rogers, Is This Life? – BC

Sean William, Small Fish – BC


World Artist of the Year

Farhad Khosravi – AB

Holly Blazina – AB

John Welsh & Los Valientes – BC

Kelly Bado – MB WINNER!

West of Mabou – SK


2018 Western Canadian Music Awards Industry Nominees       


Audio Engineering Award          

Ben Kaplan - FlyFantastic Productions - BC

Ryan Worsley - Echoplant Sound - BC

Shawn Cole - Lab Monkey Sound – BC WINNER!

Sheldon Zaharko - Zed Productions - BC

Spencer Cheyne - OCL Studios – AB


Community Excellence Award Sponsored By City of Kelowna

Aakuluk Music - NV

Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express - BC

Broadway Neighbourhood Centre - Just TV Program   - MB

West End Cultural Centre – MB WINNER!

Winnipeg Folk Festival – MB


Excellence in Visual Design                  

Bronwin Parks - Feisty Creative - BC

Jadyn Klassen - MB

Jared Robinson - Nebulus Entertainment - SK

Odelay! Graphic Design - SK

Roberta Landreth - Treehouse design – MB WINNER!


Impact in Artist Development Sponsored By Creative BC

Aakuluk Music - NV

Prairie Mix - MB

Stu Anderson -  Mighty Cypress Talent - MB

The Feldman Agency - BC

Tonic Records – BC WINNER!


Impact in Live Music Sponsored By Music Canada Live      

Commodore Ballroom - BC

Interstellar Rodeo - AB/MB WINNER!

The Gateway - AB

West End Cultural Centre - MB

Winnipeg Folk Festival - MB


Impact in Music Marketing Sponsored By Tourism Kelowna    

Aakuluk Music - NV

Casadie Pederson  - MainStage Management & Consulting - AB

Pipe & Hat Music Group - MB

Susan Busse - Susan Busse PR   - SK

West End Cultural Centre – MB WINNER!


Heritage Award

Terry Jacks - BC

Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award

Allan Reid - BC

Hall Of Fame Sponsored By FACTOR               

Grapes of Wrath - BC