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.
In Other News:
- Apparently people have been selling fake merch and falsely claiming the proceeds are going to Gord Downie’s cancer charity.
- Lorde and Iggy Azalea, among others, set to appear at the 2017 MMVAs.
- Drake is going to host the very first NBA Awards.
- Check out the East Coast Music Award winners.