And The 2022 Western Canadian Music Award Nominees Are…..!

2022 Western Canadian Music Award Nominees Announced

The Western Canadian Music Alliance are excited to announce the nominees for the 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards. The Awards are thrilled to be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, along with BreakOut West, which heads back to Calgary in the fall for the annual conference and showcase festival. Congrats to all of this year’s award nominees!


Blues Artist of the Year
Brandon Isaak – BC
David Gogo – BC
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne – BC
Son Of Dave – MB
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – BC

BreakOut Artist of the Year, Sponsored by FACTOR
Boy Golden – MB
Haley Blais – BC
Kyle McKearney – AB
Leith Ross – MB
The Garrys – SK

Children’s Artist of the Year
Beppie – AB
Music with Mandy – AB
Smilin’ Rylan – AB
The Oot n’ Oots – BC
Will’s Jams – BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year, Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC)
Aventa Ensemble – BC
Christopher Tyler Nickel – BC
Mark Takeshi McGregor – BC
Standing Wave – BC
Tom McCaslin – AB

Classical Composer of the Year
Dorothy Chang – “Soaring Spirits” – BC
Edward Top – “Donemus Records” – BC
Fred Stride – Saskatchewan All Star Big Band “Saskatchewan Suite” – BC
Jordan Nobles – “Chiaroscuro” – BC
Stephen Chatman – “Stephen Chatman” – BC

Country Artist of the Year
Dan Davidson – AB
Hailey Benedict – AB
Jess Moskaluke – SK
Nice Horse – AB
Tyler Joe Miller – BC

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year
Elazion – BC
Gl0bal – BC
Rumpus – SK
Sabai – BC
Takis – BC

Francophone Artist of the Year, Sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique)
Étienne Fletcher – SK
Jocelyne Baribeau – MB
Matt Stern – BC
Ponteix – SK
The Pxrtals – SK

Global Artist of the Year
Aasiva – NV
Andino Suns – SK
Notas de 4 – AB
Will TOA – BC
Omianan – BC

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Cassidy Mann – MB
Jessica McMann – AB
Jade Turner – MB
Kyle McKearney – AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Instrumental Artist of the Year
Astrocolor – BC
Casimiro Nhussi – MB
Keanu Ienco – BC
Mohamed Assani – BC
Waxwing – BC

Jazz Artist of the Year
Al Muirhead Quintet – AB
Erin Propp & Larry Roy – MB
Esteban Herrera Quintet – AB
Ryan Oliver – BC
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra – MB

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year
Archspire – BC
Before & Apace – SK
Flash Back – SK
Osyron – AB
Trench – AB

Pop Artist of the Year
Field Guide – MB
Haley Blais – BC
Mathew V – BC
Nuela Charles – AB
Velours – SK

Producer of the Year
Factor Chandelier – SK
Liam Duncan – MB
Megan Nash, Dana Rempel, Darnell Stewart, Tanner Wilhelm Hale – SK
Ryan Worsley – BC
Zach Gray, James Younger – BC

R&B Artist of the Year
Katie Tupper – SK
Sargeant X Comrade – AB
Uyemi – AB

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Anthony OKS – MB
Def3 & Late Night Radio – BC
K-Riz – AB
Mouraine – AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Recording of the Year
Ariel Posen – MB
Megan Nash – SK
Samantha Savage Smith – AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC
The Dead South – SK

Rock Artist of the Year
Ariel Posen – MB
Dear Rouge – BC
King of Foxes – BC
New Wales – MB
Royal Canoe – MB

Roots Artist of the Year
Ben Sures – AB
Del Barber – MB
John Wort Hannam – AB
Maria Dunn – BC
Sweet Alibi – MB

Songwriter(s) of the Year Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
Grant Davidson – Slow Leaves “Stick Around” – MB
Katie Tupper – “How Can I Get Your Love?” – SK
Mathew van Vooght – Mathew V “Healing” – BC
Sam Lynch – “Keeping Time” – BC
Tim Buckley – T. Buckley “Holding My Place” – AB

Spiritual Artist of the Year
Amanda Hagel – SK
Danny Floyd Cole – AB
Elenee – SK
fonzdot – AB
Two Late To The Party – AB

Video Director of the Year Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music
Amy Mantyka – Megan Nash “Chew Quietly / Clean Slate ” – SK
Brandi Sidoryk & Krista Wodelet – Nice Horse “High School” – AB
Eva Dominelli – Gentle Party “God Complex” – BC
Landon Lake – Don Amero “My Poor Mama” – MB
Martin LaFrenière – Boy Golden “Church of Better Daze” – MB

Visual Media Composer of the Year
Alfredo Santa Ana – Chained – BC
Jesse Zubot – ANCiEnT SkY – BC
Jesse Zubot, Pura Fé – Spirit Emulsion – BC
Jesse Zubot, Russell Wallace – Monkey Beach – BC
Mahogany Frog – Faust – MB


Audio Engineering Award
Andy Schichter – BC
Dan Davidson – AB
Ryan Worsley – BC
Scott Franchuk – AB
Sheldon Zaharko – BC

Community Excellence Award
Curbside Concerts – AB
National Music Centre – AB
Red Tie Productions – MB
Sakamoto Agency – BC
The Happy Nun Café – SK

Excellence in Visual Design
Bronwin Parks – Feisty Creative – BC
Shalom Toy – Cosmic Cavern – AB
Kenton Doupe – Factor Eight – SK
x/o & Venom–s Studios – BC
Angie C, David MacKenzie, Kristen Carleton & LK Visuals – BC

Impact in Artist Development
Birthday Cake Records – MB
Cordova Bay Entertainment Group, Inc. – BC
Curbside Concerts – AB
National Music Centre – AB
Tiny Kingdom – BC

Impact in Live Music Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association
Curbside Concerts – AB
Folk On The Rocks – NT
King Eddy – AB
National Music Centre – AB
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club – MB

Impact in Music Marketing
Birthday Cake Records – MB
Chronograph Records – AB
Curbside Concerts – AB
Fallen Tree Records – AB
National Music Centre – AB

Voting is now open to members of all western Provincial and Territorial Music Industry Associations. Only MIA members will be sent an email regarding login information to vote (beginning today – Wednesday, June 8).

If any members do not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folder and then contact their Music Association regarding their membership.

Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on Wednesday, June 22. Stay tuned for more details around member voting and the Western Canadian Music Awards winners this fall.


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