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Nominees Revealed for 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced the outstanding artists and music industry professionals that have been nominated for 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards. The full list of nominees can be found below, with the winners in both the artistic and industry categories to be revealed on Sept. 25 during a special livestreamed event.

“I am excited to be announcing and celebrating these incredible artists and industry nominees for the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards,” says Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance. “This year has been and continues to be tough for our industry, but also has highlighted the importance of music in the mental wellness, celebration and day-to-day joy of our country, especially in times of struggle. I am thrilled now more than ever to shine a light on these talented artists and industry who have made an incredible impact on the industry in the past year.”

Now in its 18th year, the Western Canadian Music Awards  honour and celebrate the best industry and artistic talent coming out of Western Canada. This year once again saw representation from all seven member associations, with numerous artists and industry members earning multiple nominations, including four nods to the National Music Centre, three nominations each for Nuela Charles, William Prince, and the West End Cultural Centre, and a whopping 15 acts with double nominations.

Voting is now open to members of all western Provincial and Territorial Music Industry Associations. All members will be sent an email regarding login information to vote (beginning today – Tuesday, June 23). If any members do not receive an email, please contact their Music Association. Voting will conclude at midnight, Pacific Time, on Monday, July 6.

Details on the format of the 2020 BreakOut West events will be announced in the coming weeks.

2020 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ARTISTIC NOMINEES

Blues Artist of the Year                
Big Dave McLean - MB
Harpdog Brown - AB
Kat Danser & The Tall Tales - AB
Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne - BC
Wide Mouth Mason - BC

BreakOut Artist of the Year                    
Alexandria Maillot - BC
Ariel Posen - MB
Begonia - MB
The Funk Hunters - BC
The Small Glories - MB

Children’s Artist of the Year                    
Beppie - AB
Ginalina - BC
The Kerplunks - BC
The Pianimals - MB
Will's Jams - BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year
Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC)
Land's End Ensemble with Ben Reimer and Karl Hirzer - AB
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra - MB
Margaret Carey - MB
Mark Takeshi McGregor - BC
The Vancouver Island Symphony - BC

Classical Composer of the Year              
Carmen Braden - NT
Dorothy Chang - BC
Marcus Goddard - BC
Stephen Chatman - BC
Vincent Ho - AB

Country Artist of the Year            
Dan Davidson - AB
Don Amero - MB
Hunter Brothers - SK
Jess Moskaluke - SK
The Dungarees - AB

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year                
Khanvict - BC
Miles Away - BC
RIELL - AB
Rumpus - SK
SkiiTour - BC

Francophone Artist of the Year              
Beauséjour - MB
Kelly Bado - MB
Loig Morin - BC
Ponteix - SK
Renelle Ray - AB

Global Artist of the Year (formerly World Artist of the Year)                      
Buckman Coe - BC
Casimiro Nhussi - MB
Mazacote - BC
Orchid Ensemble - BC
The Mariachi Ghost - MB

Indigenous Artist of the Year                  
Sponsored by  Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Blue Moon Marquee - BC
Burnstick - MB
Celeigh Cardinal - AB
Riit - NV
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC

Instrumental Artist of the Year              
Apollo Suns - MB
Christine Hanson - AB
Joe Porter - AB
Mike Morrisseau - AB
Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres - BC

Jazz Artist of the Year                  
Audrey Ochoa - AB
Karl Schwonik - AB
Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet - AB
Regina Jazz Society - SK
Sandro Dominelli - AB

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year              
CRNKSHFT - BC
Dizzy Mystics - MB
Hellrazer - AB
Neck of the Woods - BC
Sleepwraith - AB

Pop Artist of the Year                    
Alexandria Maillot - BC
Luca Fogale - BC
Martin Kerr - AB
Nuela Charles - AB
Riit - NV

Producer of the Year                    
deadmen - MB
John Paul Peters - MB
Ryan Dahle - BC
Ryan Worsley - BC
Steve Bays - BC

R&B Artist of the Year (formerly Urban Artist of the Year)            
Hooper Turnt Sanger - BC
Iamtheliving - BC
Josh Sahunta - AB
Krystle Dos Santos - BC
Sebastian Gaskin - MB

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year            
Bdice - BC
Kimmortal - BC
Moka Only - BC
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC
Super Duty Tough Work - MB

Recording of the Year                  
Frazey Ford - BC
Hunting - BC
Nuela Charles - AB
Royal Canoe - MB
William Prince - MB

Rock Artist of the Year
Sponsored by Torque Brewing                    
Joey Landreth - MB
Mise en Scene - MB
Mobina Galore - MB
The Jerry Cans - NV
The Radiant - SK

Roots Artist of the Year                
Del Barber - MB
Kacy & Clayton - SK
Leaf Rapids - MB
The Small Glories - MB
William Prince - MB

Songwriter(s) of the Year            
Sponsored by  The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
Celeigh Cardinal - AB
Del Barber - MB
Kacy Anderson & Clayton Linthicum - SK
Nuela Charles - AB
William Prince - MB

Spiritual Artist of the Year                      
Danielle Savard - MB
Dee Daniels - BC
Fresh IE - MB
Jay Semko - SK
Katrina Van Humbeck - MB

Video Director of the Year
Sponsored by Manitoba Film and Music      
Brock Davis Mitchell - Nuela Charles, Long Way Down - AB
Dustin Wilson, Zach Wilson - The Dead South, Diamond Ring - SK
Farhad Ghaderi - Jordan Klassen, Virtuous Circle - BC
Jorge Requena - The Mariachi Ghost, Cuerpo Mortal - MB
Travis Nesbitt - The Dungarees, Don't Make Em Like They Used To - AB

Visual Media Composer of the Year                  
Daniel Janke, Subconscious Password - YT
The Mariachi Ghost, Octavio is Dead! - MB
Tom Koroluk, Get Over It - MB
Wolf Willow, Etthén Heldeli: Caribou Eaters - SK

2020 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS INDUSTRY NOMINEES

Audio Engineering Award            
Ben Kaplan - BC
John Paul Peters - MB
Ryan Worsley - BC
Sheldon Zaharko - BC
Steve Bays - BC

Community Excellence Award                
National Music Centre - AB
Red Tent - MB
The Vancouver Island Symphony - BC
West End Cultural Centre - MB
Winnipeg Music Project - MB

Excellence in Visual Design                    
Bronwin Parks, Feisty Creative - BC
Logan Tanner & Ron Baldoza, Trifecta Sound Co. - SK
Logan Thackray, Fallen Tree Records - AB
Shalom Toy, Cosmic Cavern Design - AB
Shan & Co. - AB

Impact in Artist Development                
Birthday Cake Media - MB
Chronograph Records - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Regina Jazz Society - SK
West End Cultural Centre - MB

Impact in Live Music                    
Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association
National Music Centre - AB
Squamish Constellation Festival - BC
West End Cultural Centre - MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival - MB
Winterruption YEG - AB

Impact in Music Marketing                    
Chronograph Records - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Susan Busse - SK
The Village Idiots - MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival - MB

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.
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