June 26, 2017
This year, BreakOut West celebrates 15 years, and the event—a four day conference, three day music festival, and the Western Canadian Music Awards—is still going strong. Hosted by the Western Canadian Music Alliance, which includes the Music Industry Associations of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, and the Yukon Territory, the event exists to celebrate and promote western Canadian music. And they’ve just released the first wave of artists for the 2017 edition, which takes place September 13-17 in Edmonton.
You can catch the full line-up thus far in the gorgeous video above or visit the BreakOut West site. There’s going to be a kick-off concert at the Myer Horowitz Theatre on the Thursday of the festival, September 14, which will include performances from Declan O’Donovan (YT), Bado (MB), Said The Whale (BC), and Scenic Route to Alaska (AB). You’ll be able to find the schedule for the rest of the weekend on the website soon. They’re also planning to showcase some legacy artists, including Alberta’s Captain Tractor, who last played BreakOut West back in 2007. More legacy artists will be announced with the next waves of performers.
This is also the first year that BreakOut West is going to be showcasing a Nunavut artist as part of a unique partnership with the government of Nunavut, which means that the 2017 event is the first to encompass all of the northern territories. That would be Riit (Rita Claire Mike-Murphy), an Inuk performer who was raised in Panniqtuq, Nunavut, just below the Arctic circle. She’s been performing at festivals across the north, as well as taking her throat singing as far as Scotland and Australia.
In Other News:
- There are now three baby capybaras in Toronto named after the dudes in Rush.
- The Canada Day celebrations at Parliament Hill will feature a performance by… U2?
- The Native North America (Vol. 1) compilation is getting a concert in Toronto.
- The Nickelback/Slipknot feud burns on.
- Hanson doesn’t like Justin Bieber’s tunes. At all.
- Deadmau5 picks a fight with the Chainsmokers.
Festival Lineups: Mile Ex End Musique Montreal