The Next BreakOut West Moved from the October to February in Winnipeg

The Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) announced details for the next BreakOut West festival and conference, moving the previously announced fall 2021 dates to February 2022.  Following a successful online delivery of its 2020 festival, BreakOut West say the next conference and festival will take place from Feb. 2-6, 2022 in the host city of Winnipeg, MB.

The winners of the Western Canadian Music Awards will be announced this October, with nominee info to be released soon. Registration and showcase submission for the 2022 BreakOut West Festival are open now. Participants can enjoy early-bird pricing until April 30, and the deadline for submissions is June 10. Access the festival registration portal here. Submissions for the festival are open to artists from all western provinces and territories as well as Nunavut Territory.

“While we enjoyed bringing BreakOut West Home Edition to musicians, industry and fans remotely in 2020, we are missing everyone’s faces and have made this decision to move the live event,” says BreakOut West Executive Director, Robyn Stewart. “We believe, to the best of our predictions, that this will allow us to safely come together to celebrate, develop and discover live music again. We look forward to everyone joining us in February 2022.”

In response to the ongoing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, BOW 2020 shifted to a virtual event, bringing attendees a 15-day immersive online experience that provided artists and industry the opportunity to expand their careers through informative keynotes and panel discussions, mentorship meetings, networking mixers, wellness moments, and new music discovery.

“Our winters dazzle, with bright blue skies, fresh snow and so many outdoor activities and venues to enjoy. It’s the perfect backdrop for the 2022 BreakOut West Canadian Music Festival and Conference,” says Dayna Spiring, president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg. “We’re excited to welcome the industry, celebrate amazing music and talent right here in the heart of the country—the cultural cradle of Canada.”

The festival’s city host of Winnipeg is supported by Province of Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, and City of Winnipeg, as well as local partners, Manitoba Film and Music, Torque Brewing, and more to come. Partner venues include Rachel Brown Theatre, The Good Will Social Club, Tallest Poppy, The Handsome Daughter, West End Cultural Centre, The Royal Albert Arms, Pyramid Cabaret, Times Changed High and Lonesome, and King's Head. A hospitality favourite of the city, Fairmont Winnipeg has been announced as the festival host hotel – learn about their accommodations and offerings here.

Stay tuned for more details around member voting and the Western Canadian Music Awards nominee announcement to come in the months ahead.

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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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