Check out your 2017 Western Canadian Music Award winners

September 18, 2017

This year was a special one for BreakOut West: They celebrated the 15th anniversary of the event up in beautiful Edmonton. As awards events go, BreakOut West is considered by many to be an especially good networking opportunity for younger bands—they have access to mentors, artists they admire, and industry resources that they would normally have to spend a lot more time and energy tracking down. Here, they’re all in the same place. Before the weekend turned things into party mode (we can only imagine), they handed out the Western Canadian Music Awards for the artists.

The big winner this year—and not particularly a surprise—was indie folk darling Andy Shauf, whose record The Party has garnered him near universal praise. Last week it helped him bring home awards for Pop Artist of The Year and Songwriter of The Year (specifically for the track, “The Magician”), on top of being nominated for Producer of The Year as well. Winnipeg’s The Lytics nabbed the award for Rap/Hip Hop Artist of The Year; Albertan Corb Lund was named Roots Solo Artist of The Year; Vancouver-based songwriter Dan Mangan got Rock Artist of The Year; and 100 mile house, from Alberta, received Roots Duo/Group of The Year.

There were also a few special awards named in advance. The Heritage Award went to Ken Regan over at the CKUA Radio Network, the Hall of Fame Inductee was Paul Brandt, and the Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award was given posthumously to Kathy Kirby. Kirby was an Edmonton-based booker, manager, publicist, writer, and sound engineer who worked in the City of Champions over five decades. Check out the full list of winners at the BreakOut West website.


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About the Author

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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