2019 WCMA Artistic Awards Announced

BreakOut West got under way in Whitehorse last night, and featured the first of two awards events. Pictured here are the winners in four categories.

2019 WCMA Artistic Awards Announced

By FYI Staff

The winners of the 2019 Western Canadian Music Artistic Awards were named yesterday (Oct. 3) at the WCMAwards Reception held at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, YT, during BreakOut West. The only double winner was Dan Mangan, honoured as Rock Artist and Songwriter of the Year. See a full list of the winners below.

The Industry Award winners will be honoured at a brunch on Saturday (Oct. 5).

BreakOut West is now in full swing. Here are some stats provided by the conference/festival:

Over 65 showcasing performers over three days

Over 80 Canadian speakers, Presenters and Mentors


Over 40 international delegates

35 conference sessions

600+ one on one meetings

18 Yukon performers

BreakOut West reached gender parity for the second year in a row – over 50% female-fronted artists and 57% with gender representation in their ensemble

A look at the list of BoW attendees reveals some heavy industry hitters from Canada, the US and beyond. They include Adam Lewis (Planetary Group), Amie Therrien (MMF), Andy Jones (Focus Wales), Brian Hetherman (Cerberus), Darryl Hurs (CD Baby), Jordan Howard (CCS Rights), Linda Bush (Cadence), Megan Jones (FACTOR), Louis Calabro (Prism Prize), Neil Haverty (Academy of Canadian Cinema and TV), Nicole Rochefort (AIM), Rebecca Webster (CMRRA), Sam Rayner ( CIMA), Stephen Carroll (Manitoba Film and Music), Stuart Johnston (CIMA), Vince Degiorgio (Cymba), and songwriter/producers Steve Bays, Stephen Kozmeniuk, and Hill Kourkoutis.


Blues Artist of the Year

Ndidi O – BC

BreakOut Artist

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Children’s Artist

Raffi – BC

Classical Artist / Ensemble (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre)

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra – MB

Classical Composer

Carmen Braden – NT

Country Artist

Brett Kissel – AB

Electronic / Dance Artist

I M U R – BC

Francophone Artist  (Sponsored by Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique [APCM])


Rayannah – MB

Indigenous Artist (Sponsored by APTN)

Northern Haze – NV

Instrumental Artist

Five Alarm Funk – BC 

Jazz Artist

Jodi Proznick – BC

Metal / Hard Music Artist

Striker – AB

Pop Artist

Begonia – MB

Rap / Hip Hop Artist  (Sponsored by Northern Touch Music Festival)

Vials – BC

Rock Artist

Dan Mangan – BC

Roots Duo / Group

Rosie & the Riveters – SK

Roots Solo Artist

Mariel Buckley – AB

Songwriter(s)  (Sponsored SOCAN)

Dan Mangan, Cold In The Summer – BC

Spiritual Artist

Warren Dean Flandez – BC

Urban Artist


Visual Media Composer

Jeffery Straker, The Storm Orchestral – SK

World Artist

Buckman Coe – BC

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