Posted On: Apr. 30, 2019

Western Canadian Music

Award Nominees Announced! 

The Western Canadian Music Alliance is excited to announce the incredible artists and members of the music industry that have been nominated for the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards. The winners will be announced this fall at BreakOut West in Whitehorse, YT, taking place from October 2-6. The list of nominees can be found below, with the Heritage Award, Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award, and Hall Of Fame inductee to be announced this summer.Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 9.35.44 AM.png


2019 Western Canadian Music Awards Artistic Nominees
Blues Artist of the Year
Brandon Isaak – BC
David Gogo – BC 
BreakOut Artist of the Year
Children’s Artist of the Year
Classical Artist / Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre [CMC])
Land's End Ensemble – AB
Turning Point Ensemble – BC
Classical Composer of the Year


Country Artist of the Year
Electronic / Dance Artist of the Year
Francophone Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique [APCM])
Alpha Toshineza – MB
Ponteix – SK
Metal / Hard Music Artist of the Year
Pop Artist of the Year
Producer of the Year
Rap / Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Recording of the Year
Rock Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Stingray Music)
Roots Duo / Group of the Year
Roots Solo Artist of the Year
Songwriter(s) of the Year (Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada [SOCAN])
Dan Mangan, Cold In The Summer – BC
Jill Barber and Ryan Guldemond. Girl's Gotta Do – BC
Spiritual Artist of the Year
Urban Artist of the Year
Video Director of the Year
2019 Western Canadian Music Awards Industry Nominees
Community Excellence Award
Excellence in Visual Design
“We are excited to share our nominee names for the 2019 edition of the Western Canadian Awards! We saw nominees from all four western provinces and three northern territories this year, with a strong showing from the north, reflecting the dynamism that is taking place there. Our region is well-represented by the diversity and talent of our artists and the music they bring to the rest of Canada and beyond our borders.” - BreakOut West Interim Executive Director, Nathalie Kleinschmit.
Voting Is Now Open!

Voting is now open to members of all western Provincial or Territorial Music Industry Associations. All members will be sent an email regarding login information to vote (beginning today, Tuesday, April 30). Voting will conclude at midnight, Pacific Time, on Friday, May 17. Winners of the artistic categories will be announced on Thursday, October 3 at the WCMA Award Reception in Whitehorse, while the Industry and Specialty Award categories will be presented at the Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 5.

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.