Posted On: May 17, 2021



2021 Western Canadian Music Award

Artistic Nominees

Blues Artist of the Year                     

Blue Moon Marquee - BC

Debra Power - AB

Kat Danser - AB

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne - AB

Terminal Station - BC


BreakOut Artist of the Year              

Ariel Posen - MB

Olivia Penalva - BC

Sam Lynch - BC

Sargeant X Comrade - AB

Tate McRae - AB


Children’s Artist of the Year              

Claire Ness - YT

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

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


Country Artist of the Year                 

D'orjay The Singing Shaman - AB

Gord Bamford  - AB

Hunter Brothers - SK

Jess Moskaluke - SK

Nice Horse - AB


Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year                       

Astrocolor - BC

Mat the Alien - BC

So Sus - BC

Takis - BC

Talltale - AB


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

Éemi - SK

Jill Barber - BC

Kelly Bado - MB

Ponteix - SK

Sala - MB


Global Artist of the Year                   

Casimiro Nhussi - MB

Kelly Bado - MB

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


Instrumental Artist of the Year                     

Factor Eight - SK

Mohamed Assani - BC

Quin With One N - BC

Rubim de Toledo - AB

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


Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year                     

Black Thunder - SK

Numenorean - AB

The Basement Paintings - SK

The Moon Runners - SK

Vagina Witchcraft - MB


Pop Artist of the Year            

Begonia - MB

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

Spencer Cheyne - AB

Steve Bays - BC


R&B Artist of the Year                       


Major Funk - YT

Sebastian Gaskin - MB

Slo-Fi - AB

XL The Band - BC


Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year                  

Boslen - BC

Junk - BC

Mouraine - SK

Sargeant X Comrade - AB

Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC


Recording of the Year            

Begonia - MB

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

Scenic Route to Alaska - AB

Shred Kelly - BC

The Pack a.d. - BC


Roots Solo Artist of the Year             

Aerialists - BC

Emily Triggs - AB

Pharis and Jason Romero - BC

Slow Leaves - MB

William Prince - MB


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

Aidan Knight - BC

Grant Davidson - MB

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald - AB

Stefanie Johnson and Jodi Dunlop - MB

William Prince - MB


Spiritual Artist of the Year                

Allswell - BC

Caleb Delamont - AB

Jake Fretz - MB

Steve Bell - MB

Yvonne St Germaine - SK


Video Director of the Year Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music              

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

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

Jeffery Straker – Gravity - SK

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



2021 Western Canadian Music Award

Industry Nominees

Audio Engineering Award                  

Ian Dillon - AB

Josh Gwilliam - AB

Nygel Asselin - BC

Ryan Worsley - BC

Sheldon Zaharko - BC


Community Excellence Award                      

Curbside Concerts - AB

National Music Centre - AB

Nunavut Black History Society - NV

Sakamoto Agency - BC

The Exchange - SK


Excellence in Visual Design              

Alan Ngo - AB

Ashlin Kellough - AB

Bronwin Parks - BC

Christina Cooper - AB

Roberta Landreth - MB


Impact in Artist Development                      

Birthday Cake - MB

Curbside Concerts - AB

National Music Centre - AB

Sakamoto Agency - BC

The Starlite Sessions - AB


Impact in Live Music Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association                                 

Curbside Concerts - AB

National Music Centre - AB

The Starlite Room (Starlite Sessions) #SupportCanadianVenues - AB

Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club - MB

West End Cultural Centre - MB


Impact in Music Marketing               

Birthday Cake - MB

Curbside Concerts - AB

The Starlite Sessions - AB

The Village Idiots - MB

West End Cultural Centre – MB



Voting is open May 18 - June 1st to members of all western Provincial and Territorial Music Industry Associations. All members will be sent an email regarding login information to vote.

If any members do not receive an email, please contact their Music Association. Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on Tuesday, June 1.