BreakOut West 2014 wraps up in Winnipeg, and more.

October 06, 2014

The best in mega music weekends this side of the country went down without a hitch, and more than two-dozen musicians, performers, and industry leaders went home with a statue last night during the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Hosted by CBC’s Grant Lawrence, the awards show wowed audiences with performances by The Deep Dark Woods, Del Barber, and childhood dream-maker Fred Penner.


Del Barber’s Prairieography was a big winner at this year’s WCMAs, taking home two awards.


Winnipeg rock act Federal Lights shortly after winning a WCMA for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. Listen to their winning track here.


WCMA Hall of Fame inductee Fred Penner with his children, who joined him on stage during his performance.

The full list of awards show nominees and winners is available here.


Living on $3 a day sounds tough, but it’s a reality many people face while living on welfare. To help shine some light on the ordeal, alt rock extraordinaire Bif Naked made a public announcement last week when she decided to undergo the Welfare Food Challenge as part of World Food Day.

For it’s third consecutive year, the Welfare Food Challenge has challenged British Columbian residents to live on $21 of food for one week starting October 16. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and struggles with friends, family, and coworkers, inviting others to join the cause as well.

From their website, Naked says she joined the challenge because she “feel(s) it is part of my responsibility, as a citizen and a human, to address, and bring awareness to the fact that more people in BC are living below the poverty line than anywhere else in the country.”

Naked is no stranger to political activism—she was a spokesperson in the mid-1990’s with Stop the Violence/Face the Music—an anticrime and substance abuse organization for youth.

Naked says she’ll be tweeting during the Welfare Food Challenge week. Check her out @bifnaked.

Fun fact: According to the Huffington Post, Naked asked if she could steal her food during the challenge, citing the cost of a can of chick peas to be an entire $3 daily ration. The organizers said no.


– Leyland Bradley 

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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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