Published Jun 12, 2018With BreakOut West set to return to Kelowna, BC, this fall, the annual event has announced that it will be inducting none other than hometown heroes the Grapes of Wrath into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
While the nominees for the Western Canadian Music Awards were announced last month, organizers confirmed the Hall of Fame receipts today.
The Grapes of Wrath formed in Kelowna way back in 1983, eventually going on to sign to Nettwerk for a series of now-classic Canrock albums. While the group disbanded a few times over the years, they most recently reunited in 2010, with 2013's High Road marking their most recent studio album.
"We are especially excited to be receiving this honour in Kelowna, the town where we got our start," said founding Grapes of Wrath member Kevin Kane in a statement. "Incredible to think that it's been 40 years since we were two teens and a tween, gathering every Friday night in a basement in Glenmore to bash out British Invasion and punk rock songs."
Executive director of the Western Canadian Music Alliance Robyn Stewart added, "The Grapes of Wrath will join a great group of past inductees who have built the Canadian music scene and have been recognized worldwide as a key element in the soundtrack of the past few decades. We are incredibly excited to honour them with this induction in Kelowna."
As previously reported, the winners of the Western Canadian Music Awards will be announced as part of BreakOut West, which takes place from October 10 to 14 in Kelowna.
The Grapes of Wrath will be honoured at the Industry Awards Brunch and will be officially presented with their award on October 13, when they will be performing as part of the festival.
You can see the complete list of Western Canadian Music Awards nominees over here.