Nominees Revealed for 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards

Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA), has announced the outstanding artists and music industry professionals that have been nominated for 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards. The nominees were revealed through a livestream direct from Winnipeg, with two musical performances by Sebastian Gaskin and Mattmac, both nominees for Indigenous Artist of the Year. Watch the stream here. The full list of nominees can be found below, with the winners in both the artistic and industry categories to be revealed in October (date to be confirmed) during a special livestreamed event.

“I could not be more excited to honour the talent and strength of western Canadian artists and industry. Congratulations to all who submitted for nominations and all who are nominated. Your drive and success in sharing your music with the world or supporting this music to be shared is integral to tough times like this. Your resilience is inspirational,” says Robyn Stewart, Executive Director of WCMA and BreakOut West.

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, May 18).

If any members do not receive an email, contact their Music Association. Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on Tuesday, June 1. See the complete list of artistic nominees here, and the list of industry nominees here.

Stay tuned for more details around member voting and the Western Canadian Music Awards winners this fall.  

2021 Western Canadian Music Awards Artistic Nominees

Blues Artist of the Year                  
Blue Moon Marquee – BC
Debra Power – AB
Kat Danser – AB
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne – AB
Terminal Station – BC

BreakOut Artist of the Year                      
Ariel Posen – MB
Olivia Penalva – BC
Sam Lynch – BC
Sargeant X Comrade – AB
Tate McRae – AB

Children’s Artist of the Year                    
Claire Ness – YT
Garth Prince – AB
Peter Lenton – AB
Remy Rodden – YT
Seeka Sings – BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC)
Christopher Tyler Nickel – BC
Land's End Ensemble with Laura Hynes and Karl Hirzer – AB
PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) – BC
Véronique Mathieu – SK
Vetta Chamber Music – BC

Classical Composer of the Year                
Edward Top – BC
Jeffrey Ryan – BC
Jocelyn Morlock – BC
Katerina Gimon – BC
T. Patrick Carrabre – BC

Country Artist of the Year            
D'orjay The Singing Shaman – AB
Gord Bamford – AB
Hunter Brothers – SK
Jess Moskaluke – SK
Nice Horse – AB

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year                
Astrocolor – BC
Mat the Alien – BC
So Sus – BC
Takis – BC
Talltale – AB

Francophone Artist of the Year Sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique)
éemi – SK
Jill Barber – BC
Kelly Bado – MB
Ponteix – SK
Sala – MB

Global Artist of the Year                
Casimiro Nhussi – MB
Kelly Bado – MB
Notas de 4 – AB
Rubim de Toledo – AB
Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra – BC

Indigenous Artist of the Year                  
Don Amero – MB
Mattmac – MB
Sebastian Gaskin – MB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Instrumental Artist of the Year                
Factor Eight – SK
Mohamed Assani – BC
Quin With One N – BC
Rubim de Toledo – AB
Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra – BC

Jazz Artist of the Year                    
BPM Trio – BC
David Restivo – BC
Jocelyn Gould – MB
Michael Kaeshammer – BC
Will Bonness – MB

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year                
Black Thunder – SK
Numenorean – AB
The Basement Paintings – SK
The Moon Runners – SK
Vagina Witchcraft – MB

Pop Artist of the Year                    
Begonia – MB
Olivia Penalva – BC
Sam the Astronaut – BC
Shawn Hook – BC
Tate McRae – AB

Producer of the Year                      
Aidan Knight – BC
Chris Duncombe, Aaron Grain, David Roberts, Gordie Sampson, Thomas Salter, Karen Kosowski – BC
deadmen – MB
Spencer Cheyne – AB
Steve Bays – BC

R&B Artist of the Year                    
Major Funk – YT
Sebastian Gaskin – MB
Slo-Fi – AB
XL The Band – BC

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year            
Boslen – BC
Junk – BC
Mouraine – AB
Sargeant X Comrade – AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Recording of the Year                    
Begonia – MB
Kelly Bado – MB
The Bros. Landreth – MB
The Washboard Union – BC
William Prince – MB

Rock Artist of the Year Sponsored by Torque Brewing
Miesha & The Spanks – AB
Mise en Scene – MB
Scenic Route to Alaska – AB
Shred Kelly – BC
The Pack a.d. – BC

Roots Solo Artist of the Year                    
Aerialists – BC
Emily Triggs – AB
Pharis and Jason Romero – BC
Slow Leaves – MB
William Prince – MB

Songwriter(s) of the Year Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)                          
Aidan Knight – BC
Grant Davidson – MB
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald – AB
Stefanie Johnson and Jodi Dunlop – MB
William Prince – MB

Spiritual Artist of the Year                        
Allswell – BC
Caleb Delamont – AB
Jake Fretz – MB
Steve Bell – MB
Yvonne St Germaine – SK

Video Director of the Year Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music                    
Alfonso Chin – Snotty Nose Rez Kids "Screaming Indian" – BC
Dylan Hryciuk – PONTEIX "Petite Fleur" – SK
Kyriel Roberts – Pimpton "Exit The Vessel" – SK
Martin LaFrenière & Philippe Bellefeuille – William Prince "Gospel First Nation" – MB
Stephano Barberis – The Washboard Union "Country Thunder" – BC

Visual Media Composer of the Year                    
Chroma Mixed Media – Naona – BC
Deanna Peters/Mutable Subject – Sound Migrations – BC
Factor Eight - Life Is But A Dream – SK
Jeffery Straker – Gravity – SK
Kevon Cronin – Hunter Hunter (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – MB

2021 Western Canadian Music Awards Industry Nominees

Audio Engineering Award            
Ian Dillon – AB
Josh Gwilliam – AB
Nygel Asselin – BC
Ryan Worsley – BC
Sheldon Zaharko – BC

Community Excellence Award                
Curbside Concerts – AB
National Music Centre – AB
Nunavut Black History Society – NV
Sakamoto Agency – BC
The Exchange – SK

Excellence in Visual Design                      
Alan Ngo – AB
Ashlin Kellough – AB
Bronwin Parks – BC
Christina Cooper – AB
Roberta Landreth – MB

Impact in Artist Development                  
Birthday Cake – MB
Curbside Concerts – AB
National Music Centre – AB
Sakamoto Agency – BC
The Starlite Sessions – AB

Impact in Live Music Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association                          
Curbside Concerts – AB
National Music Centre – AB
The Starlite Room (Starlite Sessions) #SupportCanadianVenues – AB
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club – MB
West End Cultural Centre – MB

Impact in Music Marketing                      
Birthday Cake – MB
Curbside Concerts – AB
The Starlite Sessions – AB
The Village Idiots – MB
West End Cultural Centre – MB

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held February 2-6, in Winnipeg, MB, including a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and special events. The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2021.

WCMA’s head office is in Winnipeg. We recognize the ancestral lands, from Treaty One Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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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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