Del Barber, Said the Whale, Shad, Royal Canoe Win Big at Western Canadian Music Awards

Del Barber, Said the Whale, Shad, Royal Canoe Win Big at Western Canadian Music Awards
From October 2 to 5, the independent music industry in Western Canada descended upon Winnipeg for BreakOut West. This conference and festival culminated in the Western Canadian Music Awards, the winners of which have now been announced.

The year's big winner was Del Barber, who won both Songwriter of the Year and Solo Roots Recording of the Year. Other notable winners include Royal Canoe, Said the Whale, Imaginary Cities, Shad and Federal Lights, while Fred Penner was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame

The awards were handed out at a gala hosted by Grant Lawrence at Winnipeg's Club Regent Event Centre. Performers included Del Barber, Federal Lights, marijosée, Pigeon Hole, Ron Paley and Fred Penner.

See the full list of winners below:

Aboriginal Recording of the Year: Federal Lights - We Were Found in the Fog (MB)

Blues Recording of the Year: The Perpetrators - Stick 'Em Up (MB)

Children's Recording of the Year: Helen Austin - Colour It (BC)

Classical Composition of the Year: Allan Gordon Bell - Field Notes (AB)

Classical Recording of the Year: Corey Hamm - The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (BC)

Country Recording of the Year: Codie Prevost - All Kinds of Crazy (SK)

Electronic/Dance Recording of the Year: Pigeon Hole - Chimp Blood (BC)

Francophone Recording of the Year: marijosée - Pas tout cuit dans l'bec (MB)

Independent Album of the Year: Royal Canoe - Today We're Believers (MB)

Instrumental Recording of the Year: The Fretless - The Fretless (BC)

Jazz Recording of the Year: Jim Brenan - January (AB)

Metal/Hard Music Recording of the Year: All Else Fails - Fucktropolis (AB)

Pop Recording of the Year: Imaginary Cities - Fall of Romance (MB)

Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year: Shad - Flying Colours (BC)

Rock Recording of the Year: Said The Whale - hawaiii (BC)

Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year: Sweet Alibi - We've Got To (MB)

Roots Solo Recording of the Year: Del Barber - Prairieography (MB)

Songwriter(s) of the Year: Del Barber - "Big Smoke" from the album Prairieography (MB)

Spiritual Recording of the Year: The Sojourners - Sing And Never Get Tired (BC)

Urban Recording of the Year:
Moses Mayes - Featuring Maiko Watson (MB)

World Recording of the Year: The Mariachi Ghost - The Mariachi Ghost (MB)