Western Canadian Music Awards Reveal 2019 Nominees

Foxwarren, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Dan Mangan, Jill Barber and more are all up for awards

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Apr 30, 2019

The Western Canadian Music Awards have just announced the 2019 nominees, which this year include the likes of Foxwarren, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Dan Mangan and Jill Barber.

This year, the winners will be revealed at BreakOut West in Whitehorse. The event takes place from October 2 to 6.

Other 2019 nominees include Said the Whale, the Sheepdogs, Striker, Pharis & Jason Romero, Merkules, Nuela Charles, Steve Bays, Royal Canoe, Humans and I M U R, among many others.

"We are excited to share our nominee names for the 2019 edition of the Western Canadian Awards!" said BreakOut West interim executive director Nathalie Kleinschmit in a statement. "We saw nominees from all four western provinces and three northern territories this year, with a strong showing from the north, reflecting the dynamism that is taking place there. Our region is well-represented by the diversity and talent of our artists and the music they bring to the rest of Canada and beyond our borders."  

Winners of the artistic categories will be announced on October 3 at the WCMAwards Reception in Whitehorse, while the Industry and Specialty Award categories will be presented at the Industry Awards Brunch on October 5.

You can see the full list of nominees down below.

The Heritage Award, Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award and Hall of Fame will be announced this summer.


Blues Artist of the Year:

Brandon Isaak – BC
David Gogo – BC
Jack Semple – SK
James Buddy Rogers – BC
Ndidi O – BC
BreakOut Artist of the Year:

Dan Mangan – BC
Foxwarren – SK
Nuela Charles – AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC
Striker – AB
Children's Artist of the Year:

Ginalina – BC
Raffi – BC
Rattle and Strum – AB
Seanster and the Monsters – MB
The Oot n' Oots – BC
Classical Artist / Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre [CMC]):

Land's End Ensemble – AB
Turning Point Ensemble – BC
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra – MB
Vancouver Chamber Choir – BC
Carmen Braden – NT
Classical Composer of the Year:

Allan Gordon Bell – AB
Carmen Braden – NT
Farshid Samandari – BC
Laurie Radford – AB
Owen Underhill – BC
Country Artist of the Year:

Aaron Pritchett – BC
Brett Kissel – AB
Dan Davidson – AB
George Canyon – AB
Hunter Brothers – SK
Electronic / Dance Artist of the Year:

Dirty Radio – BC
Humans – BC
I M U R – BC
Soulier – AB
Talltale – AB
Francophone Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique [APCM]):

Alpha Toshineza – MB
Ponteix – SK
Rayannah – MB
Shawn Jobin – SK
Vaero – SK
Indigenous Artist of the Year:

Carsen Gray – BC
Digawolf – NT
Diyet & the Love Soldiers – YT
Hellnback – MB
Northern Haze – NV
Instrumental Artist of the Year:

Apollo Suns – MB
Five Alarm Funk – BC
Gordon Grdina's The Marrow – BC
Signs & Letters – AB
West of Mabou – SK
Jazz Artist of the Year:

Al Muirhead – SK
BC Double Quartet – BC
Hard Rubber Orchestra – BC
Jodi Proznick – BC
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra – MB
Metal / Hard Music Artist of the Year:

Hunting Giants – BC
Neck of the Woods – BC
Shooting Guns – SK
Striker – AB
tunic – MB
Pop Artist of the Year:

Begonia – MB
Jill Barber – BC
Madison Olds – BC
Royal Canoe – MB
Sarah MacDougall – YT
Producer of the Year:

Ben Kaplan, Fader Mountain Sound – BC
Madeleine Roger & Lloyd Peterson – MB
Rayannah & Mario Lepage – MB / SK
Ryan Worsley, Echoplant Sound – BC
Steve Bays – BC
Rap / Hip Hop Artist of the Year:

Alpha Toshineza – MB
Bdice – BC
Merkules – BC
Snak the Ripper – BC
Vials – BC
Recording of the Year:

Dan Mangan – BC
Foxwarren – SK
Jill Barber – BC
Pharis & Jason Romero – BC 
Sarah MacDougall – YT
Rock Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Stingray Music):

Dan Mangan – BC
Foxwarren – SK
Digawolf – NT
Said The Whale – BC
The Sheepdogs – SK
Roots Duo / Group of the Year:

Carmanah – BC
GhostBoy – AB
Pharis & Jason Romero – BC 
Rosie & the Riveters – SK
Tri-Continental – AB / BC
Roots Solo Artist of the Year:

Belle Plaine – SK
Joe Nolan – AB
John Wort Hannam – AB
Mariel Buckley – AB
Micah Erenberg – MB
Songwriter(s) of the Year (Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada [SOCAN]):

Dan Mangan, Cold In The Summer – BC
Jill Barber and Ryan Guldemond. Girl's Gotta Do – BC
Mariel Buckley, Rose Coloured Frames – AB
Pharis Romero - Pharis & Jason Romero, Sweet Old Religion – BC
Roman Clarke, Waiting – MB
Spiritual Artist of the Year:

Chelsea Amber – BC
Kyle Church – AB
Warren Dean Flandez – BC
West of Here – AB
Urban Artist of the Year:

Hooper Turnt Sanger – BC
Samurai Champs – SK
Tiny Havoc – BC
Video Director of the Year:

Danie Easton - Madison Olds, Thank You – BC
Eric Peterson - Yes We Mystic, Young Evil – MB
Johnny Jansen - Said The Whale, UnAmerican – BC
Peter Ricq – Humans, Breakfast With Liz – BC
Travis Nesbitt - The Dungarees, Don't Hold Back – AB
Visual Media Composer of the Year:

Brett Elliot - Church of Zombie, Welcome to the Church – YT
Burnett/Schmidt, Reawaken (Movements I-V) – AB
Jared Robinson, Canadian Mental Health Association 100 Year Anniversary – SK
Jeffery Straker, The Storm Orchestral – SK
Tim Brown, Run for Your Life – AB
World Artist of the Year:

Buckman Coe – BC
Montuno West – AB
Portiia – BC
Ryan Timoffee – AB

Audio Engineering Award:

Ben Kaplan, Fader Mountain Sound – BC
Scott Franchuk, Riverdale Recorders – AB
Sheldon Zaharko, Zed Productions – BC
Spencer Cheyne, OCL Studios – AB
Steve Bays – BC
Community Excellence Award:

National Music Centre – AB
The Dungarees - 24 Hour Gigathon – AB
The Park Show – BC
The Village Idiots – MB
West End Cultural Centre – MB
Excellence in Visual Design:

Bronwin Parks - Feisty Creative – BC
Chris Morin – SK
Jadyn Klassen – MB
Roberta Landreth – MB
Shalom Toy - Cosmic Cavern Design – AB
Impact in Artistic Development:

Dan Mangan, Arts & Crafts Productions – BC
Jessica Marsh, JAM Music Mgmt – AB
National Music Centre – AB
Paquin Artists Agency – MB
The Feldman Agency – BC
Impact in Live Music:

Adam Oppenheim - Stampede Entertainment Inc. – AB
Dan Mangan - Arts & Crafts Productions – BC
Paquin Artists Agency – MB
West End Cultural Centre – MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival – MB
Impact in Music Marketing:

Matt Olah - Calgary Folk Fest / Soaring Eagle Records – AB
National Music Centre – AB
The Village Idiots – MB
West End Cultural Centre – MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival – MB

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