Posted On: Sep. 15, 2017

BreakOut West Announces the Western Canadian Music Award Winners:

Artistic Awards

September 14, 2017, Edmonton, AB: BreakOut West is excited to announce the winners of the artistic awards for the Western Canadian Music Awards, celebrating the best artistic talent in western Canada. The 15th annual awards were announced earlier today at a reception at the Dinwoodie Lounge in Edmonton, AB.

The Industry Awards, Hall of Fame Induction and remaining categories will be announced Saturday, September 16th at the Industry Awards Brunch at the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton, starting at 11:00am.

Festival Wristbands can still be purchased online now via Ticketfly. The showcase festival takes place at 10+ venues in downtown Edmonton, September 15-16, 2017. Full delegate registration to the BreakOut West Conference (which includes showcase festival access) is available at

2017 Western Canadian Music Award Winners - Artistic Awards


Blues Artist of the Year

Big Dave McLean (MB)


Children's Artist of the Year presented by Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Society

Ginalina (BC)


Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year presented by Canadian Music Centre

Standing Wave (BC)


Classical Composition of the Year

"Immersion" - Jordan Nobles (BC)


Country Artist of the Year presented by Dauphin's Countryfest

The Washboard Union (BC)


Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year

IsKwé (MB)


Francophone Artist of the Year

Ponteix (SK)


Indigenous Artist of the Year presented by APTN

Jay Gilday (AB)


Instrumental Artist of the Year

Five Alarm Funk (BC)


Jazz Artist of the Year

Michael Kaeshammer (BC)


Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year

Striker (AB)


Pop Artist of the Year presented by SOCAN Foundation

Andy Shauf (SK)


Producer of the Year presented by Nimbus School of Recording & Media

Jesse Gander (BC)


Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year

The Lytics (MB)


Rock Artist of the Year presented by Radio Starmaker

Dan Mangan (BC)


Roots Duo/Group of the Year presented by the City of Edmonton

100 Mile House (AB)


Roots Solo Artist of the Year presented by the Province of Alberta

Corb Lund (AB)


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

Andy Shauf - "The Magician" (SK)


Spiritual Artist of the Year

Warren Dean Flandez (BC)


Urban Artist of the Year

Nuela Charles (AB)


Video Director of the Year

Zach Wilson (SK)


Visual Media Composer of the Year presented by Green Sky Labs Inc.

Matthew Schellenberg (MB)


World Artist of the Year

Andino Suns (SK)

A FULL LINE-UP AND SCHEDULE of all the events, as well as artist and conference speaker information, and so much more is available now on the BreakOut West 2017 app, powered by “golive”. Built for iPhone and Android; the app is the ultimate guide to experiencing and navigating BreakOut West, download it today to check out what’s in store, and plan your BreakOut West weekend!

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The 15th annual BreakOut West is made possible thanks to financial support from FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canadian Private Radio Broadcasters, as well as the support of the Province of Alberta, City of Edmonton, and Tourism Edmonton. BreakOut West thanks all our funders, partners and sponsors from 2017 all the way back through its history, and looks forward to many more years of celebration and career development of artists from western Canada.