BreakOut West Announces New Conference Sessions; Bringing Back Industry Wellness Room

The 2018 BreakOut West conference has announced a dozen new sessions covering topics such as hip-hop career development, publishing, labels, building a team, royalty payment streams, touring Canada, the unique qualities of French markets, and a special international session on breaking into the Scandinavian market. Also, there will be an intimate interview with Allan Reid, hosted by CBC's Odario Williams, and attendees can sign up to have their social imprint adjudicated by top industry professionals world-wide in the Growing Your Audience Session.

The BreakOut West conference and festival will take place in Kelowna, BC from Oct. 10-14, 2018.

The complete conference schedule and description of each session can be found HERE.

As well, BreakOut West has announced it is bringing back the for 2018 the Wellness Room, which was launched for the first time at last year's conference. The BreakOut West Wellness Room was designed as a sanctuary for artists and industry to use as needed to get away or shut down for a short time and regroup for the needs of a successful weekend.

“The Slaight Family has a long history of supporting health initiatives across the country and we are proud to partner with BreakOut and offer the Slaight Music Wellness Room to this year’s conference,” Derrick Ross, president of Slaight Music.

With the support of Slaight Music the Wellness Room will be returning and growing in 2018, equipped with resources and engaging care providers at intervals throughout the weekend, including: daily yoga sessions; daily meditations; individual counseling sessions; information and sessions on Unison Benevolent Fund programs, mental health, and safer spaces for road warriors.

“It is with the support of Slaight Music as well as Western Canadian Music Alliance funding partners including FACTOR and the Government of Canada and provincial and territorial member partners that we hope to make this resource a staple at events like BreakOut West," adds Robyn Stewart, executive director of the WCMA.

For more information on the BreakOut West Wellness Room, go HERE.

For more information on BreakOut West 2018, go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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