William Prince Earns Trio of Western Canadian Music Awards

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced the recipients of the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards, in both the Artistic and Industry categories. A full list of all winners can be found below.

The winners were announced during a livestreamed broadcast on BreakOut West’s Facebook on Friday, Sept. 25, where viewers were treated to performances by Krystle Dos Santos (R&B Artist of the Year) and The Mariachi Ghost (Global Artist of the Year and Visual Media Composer of the Year). Honourees included Winnipeg’s own, Gerry Atwell, who was presented with the 2020 Heritage Award, and William Prince, who took home three awards, including Recording of the Year, which was accompanied by a $2,000 honourarium, courtesy of Stingray Music’s Stingray Rising Star program. 2020 once again saw nominee representation from all four western Canadian provinces and three territories, as well as an outstanding showing from female/female-identifying artists who took home 50% of the awards in the Artistic categories.

“Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this year’s WCMAs!” exclaims Duncan McKie, president of FACTOR. “At a time when many things feel uncertain, the importance of celebrating each other’s achievements is more important than ever. We are proud to help fund BOW, the WCMAs, and the many talented artists and professionals from Western Canada.”

A special pre-awards show program aired earlier in the afternoon, ahead of the full winner reveal, on CBC Radio One’s Up To Speed and CBC Listen, where the Blues Artist of the Year, Roots Solo Artist of the Year, Global Artist of the Year, and BreakOut Artist of the Year awards were announced, along with performances from Big Dave McLean (Blues Artist of the Year) and members of The Mariachi Ghost.

Additionally, all of the Western Canadian Music Award winners will be celebrated on radio-waves across Canada, as Yangaroo DMDS will be offering complimentary radio servicing to the national radio format list of each winners’ choice within the next 365 days – further helping to share and celebrate the outstanding music coming from western Canadian artists.


Blues Artist of the Year

Big Dave McLean – MB

BreakOut Artist of the Year – Sponsored by CBC Manitoba

Begonia – MB

Children’s Artist of the Year

Ginalina – BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year – Sponsored By Canadian Music Centre (CMC)

Mark Takeshi McGregor – BC

Classical Composer of the Year – TIED

Carmen Braden – NT

Stephen Chatman – BC

Country Artist of the Year

Jess Moskaluke – SK

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year


Francophone Artist of the Year – Sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique)

Kelly Bado – MB

Global Artist of the Year (formerly World Artist of the Year)

The Mariachi Ghost – MB

Indigenous Artist of the Year – Sponsored By APTN

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Instrumental Artist of the Year

Apollo Suns – MB

Jazz Artist of the Year

Regina Jazz Society – SK

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year

Dizzy Mystics – MB

Pop Artist of the Year

Nuela Charles – AB

Producer of the Year

John Paul Peters – MB

R&B Artist of the Year

Krystle Dos Santos – BC

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Stingray Rising Star for Recording of the Year

William Prince – MB

Rock Artist of the Year – Sponsored by Torque Brewing

The Jerry Cans – NV

Roots Solo Artist of the Year

William Prince – MB

Songwriter(s) of the Year – Sponsored By The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)

William Prince – MB

Spiritual Artist of the Year

Dee Daniels – BC

Video Director of the Year – Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music

Farhad Ghaderi – Jordan Klassen, Virtuous Circle – BC

Visual Media Composer of the Year

The Mariachi Ghost – MB


Audio Engineering Award

John Paul Peters – MB

Community Excellence Award

National Music Centre – AB

Excellence in Visual Design

Shalom Toy, Cosmic Cavern Design – AB

Impact in Artist Development

National Music Centre – AB

Impact in Live Music – Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association

Winnipeg Folk Festival – MB

Impact in Music Marketing

The Village Idiots – MB

2020 Heritage Award – Gerry Atwell – MB

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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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