BreakOut West announces their 2017 Western Canadian Music and Industry Awards nominees

May 01, 2017

Just a few days before the East Coast Music Association kicked off the party to celebrate their past year in music over in Saint John, NB, BreakOut West announced their nominees for the upcoming Western Canadian Music and Industry Awards. The winners will be announced at the 15th annual BreakOut West on the weekend of September 13–17, 2017. This year, the whole shebang will take place in Edmonton, where attendees are certain to duck out to the West Edmonton Mall whenever they get some down time, and hit the killer waterslides.

Alek Rzeszowski, who directed the above video for “No Harm” by Winnipeg’s Yes We Mystic, is up for Video Director of the Year, and if you’re down for a bit of a audio/visual break in your day, you can check out the rest of the nominees for that category. It’s no surprise that Toronto-via-Regina indie folk darling Andy Shauf leads the nominations board with five, including Recording of the Year for his album The Party, as well as Producer of the Year, as he produced the record himself. Other Recording of the Year nominees include Big Little Lions (Just Keep Moving), Dear Rouge (Black to Gold), Scenic Route to Alaska (Long Walk Home), and The Zolas (Swooner).

This announcement also means that the member voting period is now open, and will be until May 8 at 11:59 pm CT, so if you’re a member and want to make sure your favourites win their due awards, get votin’. You’re also able to register for delegation over at the official BreakOut West website. Check out the full list of Western Canadian Music Award nominees.


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Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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