Del Barber, Imaginary Cities, Romi Mayes Come Out on Top at Western Canadian Music Awards

Del Barber, Imaginary Cities, Romi Mayes Come Out on Top at Western Canadian Music Awards
Yesterday (October 23), the annual Western Canadian Music Awards took place in Whitehorse. As usual, the event honoured the year's best music to come out of the provinces and territories in the western half of our country.

Unlike last year, when Dan Mangan dominated with three awards, this year's prizes were spread around a little more evenly. The only multiple award winner was Winnipeg's Juno-nominated folksinger Del Barber, who took home both Independent Album of the Year and Roots Solo Recording of the Year.

Other notable winners included: Imaginary Cities for Pop Recording of the Year, the Sheepdogs for Rock Recording of the Year, Sweatshop Union for Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year, the Wailin' Jennys for Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year and Romi Mayes for Songwriter of the Year.

See the full list of winners below.

Western Canadian Music Awards 2011 winners:

Aboriginal Recording of the Year:
Don Amero - The Long Way Home


Blues Recording of the Year:
Little Miss Higgins - Across the Plains

Children's Recording of the Year:
The Kerplunks - Number 3


Classical Composition of the Year:
Marcus Goddard - Allaqi


Classical Recording of the Year:
Peter Hannan - Rethink Forever


Contemporary Christian/Gospel Recording of the Year:
The Sojourners - The Sojourners


Country Recording of the Year:
Ridley Bent - Rabbit on My Wheel

Francophone Recording of the Year:
Raphaël Freynet - Le monde à voir

Independent Album of the Year:
Del Barber - Love Songs for the Last Twenty


Instrumental Recording of the Year:
Five Alarm Funk - Anything Is Possible


Jazz Recording of the Year:
Night Crawlers with the Big Band Sound - Down in the Bottom


Pop Recording of the Year:
Imaginary Cities - Temporary Resident


Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year:
Sweatshop Union - The Bill Murray EP


Rock Recording of the Year:
The Sheepdogs - Learn & Burn


Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year:
The Wailin' Jennys - Bright Morning Stars

Roots Solo Recording of the Year:
Del Barber - Love Songs For The Last Twenty


Songwriter(s) of the Year:
Romi Mayes - Ball and Chain

Urban Recording of the Year:
Souljah Fyah - I Wish

World Recording of the Year:
Trio Bembe - Oh My Soul