Posted On: Oct. 12, 2021




2021 Western Canadian Music Award Artistic Winners

Blues Artist of the Year                     

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne - AB


BreakOut Artist of the Year              

Sargeant X Comrade - AB


Children’s Artist of the Year              

Claire Ness - YT

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year Sponsored By Canadian Music Centre (CMC)      

PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) - BC


Classical Composer of the Year                     

T. Patrick Carrabre - BC


Country Artist of the Year                 

Nice Horse - AB


Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year                       

So Sus - BC


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

Kelly Bado - MB


Global Artist of the Year                   

Kelly Bado - MB


Indigenous Artist of the Year            

Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC


Instrumental Artist of the Year                     

Rubim de Toledo - AB


Jazz Artist of the Year           

Will Bonness - MB


Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year                     

Vagina Witchcraft - MB


Pop Artist of the Year Sponsored by CBC Manitoba           

Begonia - MB


Producer of the Year              

Deadmen - MB


R&B Artist of the Year                       

Sebastian Gaskin - MB


Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year                  

Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC


Recording of the Year and Stingray Rising Star         

Begonia - MB


Rock Artist of the Year Sponsored by Torque Brewing

Mise en Scene - MB


Roots Solo Artist of the Year             

William Prince - MB


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

Grant Davidson - MB


Spiritual Artist of the Year                

Yvonne St Germaine - SK


Video Director of the Year Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music              

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


Visual Media Composer of the Year             

Factor Eight - Life Is But A Dream - SK



2021 Western Canadian Music Award Industry Winners

Audio Engineering Award                  

Sheldon Zaharko - BC


Community Excellence Award                      

National Music Centre - AB


Excellence in Visual Design              

Roberta Landreth - MB


Impact in Artist Development                      

Birthday Cake - MB


Impact in Live Music Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association                                 

The Starlite Room (Starlite Sessions) #SupportCanadianVenues - AB


Impact in Music Marketing               

Birthday Cake - MB


“I could not be more excited to honour the talent and strength of western Canadian artists and industry. Congratulations to all who submitted for nominations and all of this year's winners. Your drive and success in sharing your music with the world or supporting this music to be shared is integral to tough times like this. Your resilience is inspirational.” - Robyn Stewart, Executive Director of the Western Canadian Music Alliance and BreakOut West.