Published Jun 05, 2012A couple years back, BC boy Dan Mangan made off like a bandit when he won three Western Canadian Music Awards. Now organizers have just announced the list of nominees for their 2012 edition, and it looks as if Mangan could potentially repeat this feat when the gala is held September 30 in Regina.
Mangan may have stiff competition in the form of fellow BC popsmiths Said the Whale, though, who pulled in four nominations, and will compete in some of the same categories.
Both Mangan's Oh Fortune and Said the Whale's Little Mountain are up for Independent Album of the Year, along with fellow nominees Foam Lake, John K. Samson and the Deep Dark Woods. Mangan and Said the Whale will also square off in the Rock Album of the Year category, which pits them up against the British Columbians, Deep Fuzz and, oddly, progressive metal troupe KEN Mode.
Mangan, meanwhile, will also be up for Songwriter of the Year for his "Post War Blues." Other acts in that category include Harry Manx and Kevin Breit, Sarah MacDougall, Ryan Boldt of Deep Dark Woods and Jason Plumb.
Moka Only's ZZBRA LP The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is in contention for the Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year, along with fellow nominees Swollen Members, Animal Nation, Evil Ebenezer, and Cityreal and Wes Mackey.
The Pop Recording of the Year category is a bit of a mixed bag, with current Top 40 sensation Carly Rae Jepsen squaring off against icy new wave chanteuse Adaline, anthemic Regina indie poppers Library Voices, radio rockers Mariana's Trench, and the Magnetic North.
You can check out the full list of nominees here.