Posted On: Jun. 18, 2018

First Wave of Showcase Festival Performers Announced

Micah Erenberg (MB)
BreakOut West is thrilled to announce the first wave of artists that will be showcasing at the 16th annual music festival, this year in Kelowna, BC. Featuring exciting acts from all across western Canada, the three-night, multi-genre festival will run from October 11–13, with showcases at venues across the city. Please see below for the first-round list of performing artists.

Wristbands Available Now

“As a provincial champion for the music industry, Creative BC is excited British Columbia is hosting BreakOut West this year,” says Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC. “With the launch of Amplify BC in 2018, it is a significant time to be part of B.C.’s music industry and we are committed to drive opportunities for music in B.C. and throughout Canada at this year’s BreakOut West Festival.”

Celeigh Cardinal (AB)
The best emerging acts out of western Canada will be showcased alongside iconic alumni acts, including The Grapes of Wrath, who will be honoured with the Hall of Fame award this year. The award will be officially presented to the band during their showcase performance on October 13. Five additional performing acts from the first-round announcement have also been nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards this year. The winners of the artistic categories will be announced on October 11 at the Western Canadian Music Awards Reception in Kelowna, and Industry and Specialty Award categories will be presented on October 13 at the Industry Awards Brunch at the Delta Hotel in Kelowna.

Wristbands for BreakOut West are available HERE and festival-goers can redeem their online purchase of wristbands, prior to the festival, at Milkcrate Records, and Tourism Kelowna.

The BreakOut West 2018 mobile event app, powered by GoLive, has now launched on Apple and Google Play. This will be the place to catch announcements as they roll out through the summer. Search BreakOut West 2018 to download the free app to get the latest updates and sneak peeks, showcasing artists bio and socials, as well as venue information.

1st Round of BreakOut West Festival Performers

*Download the BreakOut West 2018 app for showcasing artists bio and socials

3 Ninjasks (SK)

Ben Klick (BC)

Celeigh Cardinal (AB)


The Grapes of Wrath (BC/QC)

Gunner & Smith (SK)

The Heels (BC)

Leisure Club (BC)

Luca Fogale (BC)

Megan Nash (SK)

Micah Erenberg (MB)

The Middle Coast (MB)

Pimpton (SK)

Quantum Tangle (NT)


Rob Dickson (YK)

Sarah Jane Scouten (BC)

Snotty Nose Rez Kids (BC)

The Velveteins (AB)

Whale and the Wolf (AB)

Participating Venues

Download the BreakOut West 2018 app for venue information

BNA Brewing Company

Craft Beer Market

Doc Willoughby's Public House

DOJA Coffee Shop

Fernando's Pub (sponsored by Cordova Bay Records and Fierce Panda Canada)

The Grateful Fed Pub & Restaurant

Milkcrate Records

Muninn's Post

New Arts Collective

Sapphire Nightclub (presented by Footwerk Events | Friday, October 12th only)

Stay tuned for more performances to be announced soon!