The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced that Susan Aglukark as the 2019 inductee into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The award will be presented to Aglukark on Oct. 3rd at the WCMA Artists Awards Reception, taking place during BreakOut West in Whitehorse, YT.
During a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Aglukark’s journey as a singer-songwriter has led her to reflect on who she is, where she comes from and the importance of discovery – discovery of history, culture, and self. The decorated musician is recognized as the first Inuk artist to win a JUNO Award (3), a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement, and is an officer of the Order of Canada.
“It is truly an honour to receive this award,” says Aglukark. “I believe we are living in times when our collective stories are more potent in the larger Canadian/historical context and what a privilege to have opportunities to tell these truths. Matna! Thank you!”
The Hall Of Fame award annually recognizes an artist/band that has made a significant impact in their career; traditionally being awarded to an artist/band from the host province.
“Through music, ‘we are all family,’” comments BreakOut West Interim Executive Director, Nathalie Kleinschmit. “Canada’s JUNO award-winning Inuk singer, Susan Aglukark, has brought us together through her remarkable legacy of story and song. By inducting her into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame, we honour her contribution and her courage as one of the most compelling songwriters in our country; a voice for the North and an inspiration to us all.”
The full list of Western Canadian Music Awards nominees has been revealed and member voting has concluded. Winners of the artistic categories will be announced on Thursday, October 3 at the WCMAwards Reception, while the Industry and Specialty Award categories will be presented at the Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 5.