A Message FromOur New Executive Director

I have to begin by congratulating outgoing Executive Director Robyn Stewart and the entire team on an amazing event in Calgary this past fall. It felt electric to return to an in-person festival and conference. Robyn’s inspired leadership and steadfast direction of the organization will have a positive impact on BreakOut West for many years to come. I encourage you to follow along with the incredible work she is doing as the Executive Director of Women In Music Canada.

I want to take this opportunity to extend a very sincere thank you to our partners, sponsors, delegates, and attendees. I look forward to seeing you October 11-15, 2023 when BreakOut West returns to Kelowna.

With the holiday season fast approaching, I’d like to wish the absolute best to you and yours. I’d also like to remind you that with the new year comes BreakOut West and Western Canadian Music Award applications in January.  – Michael Dawson

Apply for WIM Canada Honours

Women in Music Canada have announced the launch of the inaugural WIM Canada Honours!This program is designed to celebrate and support women and gender diverse Canadian innovators and creators who have outstanding success in their field in the eligibility year (December 2021 through December 2022 for annual based categories).

Applicants must submit interest through WIM Canada’s application form by the deadline (Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET). This may be done by the prospective honouree or another Canadian colleague. The honours will be presented at a dinner March 8 (International Women’s Day) to cap off our IWD programming.

Women in Music Canada values diversity, equity and inclusion, and welcome applications from innovators and creators from diverse backgrounds.


Featured Artist: K-RIZ

K-Riz is part of a new generation of melodic MCs who can rap circles around their opponents and sing to their verses with equal aplomb. His brand of hip-hop is marked by sensitive, self-aware lyricism, ’90s-inspired R&B, and futuristic beats. Listing the titans of R&B-inspired pop and jazz-oriented rap as his influences, from Stevie Wonder to Nas and Michael Jackson to J Dilla, the Toronto-born, Edmonton-based artist absorbs and spits out the specters of other eras while remaining spiritually in the present.


Featured Spotify Playlist

‘Tis the season! Featuring both old and new favourites – enjoy the holidays with this festive playlist featuring western Canadian artists.Follow BreakOut West on Spotify for dozens of curated playlists and find your new favourite artists.


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