The Lowdown On Who Won What At Breakout West

CARAS president Allan Reid (2nd from left) was amongst the many recipients of 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards in Kelowna over the weekend.

The Lowdown On Who Won What At Breakout West

By FYI Staff

The BreakOut West festival and conference in Kelowna has now concluded, and the event included the presentation of a multitude of 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards trophies. This took place at two functions, with the Artistic awards presented on Thursday (Oct. 11) at the Laurel Packing House, and Industry awards at a brunch on Saturday (Oct. 13), at the BreakOut West host hotel – the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort.

Honourees at the latter function included Terry Jacks, who received the 2018 Heritage Award, and Allan Reid, who was presented with the 2018 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award.


Manitoba indie-rock band Attica Riots was awarded Recording of the Year, which was accompanied by a $2,000 honourarium courtesy of Stingray Music’s Stingray Rising Stars program.

The Grapes of Wrath were inducted into the Western Canadian Music Awards Hall Of Fame, honouring their decades-spanning career. The Kelowna-born rock band was officially presented with their award at BNA Brewing Company, where they  performed as part of the BreakOut West showcase festival.

BreakOut West 2018 featured 65 showcasing performers over its four days. The conference side featured 70 Canadian speakers, presenters and mentors, 41 international delegates, 25 conference sessions, and an estimated 600 one-on-one meetings.

Here is a full list of 2018 WCMA winners.


Blues Artist of the Year

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – BC

Children’s Artist of the Year

Fred Penner – MB

Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC)

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – MB

Classical Composer of the Year

Jocelyn Morlock – BC

Country Artist of the Year

Jess Moskaluke – SK

Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year

The Funk Hunters – BC

Francophone Artist of the Year

Alexis Normand – SK

Indigenous Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network)


Celeigh Cardinal – AB

Instrumental Artist of the Year

Apollo Suns – MB

Jazz Artist of the Year

Rubim de Toledo – AB

Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year

Striker – AB

Pop Artist of the Year

Dear Rouge – BC

Producer of the Year (Sponsored by Nimbus School of Recording Arts)

Ryan Worsley, Echoplant Sound – BC

Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Rock Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Stanley Park Brewing)

Scenic Route to Alaska – AB

Roots Duo/Group of the Year (Sponsored by Wards Cider)

The Dead South– SK

Roots Solo Artist of the Year

Leeroy Stagger – AB

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

Dear Rouge, Dear Rouge, Chains – BC

Spiritual Artist of the Year

Stephanie Ratcliff– BC

Urban Artist of the Year


Video Director of the Year

Stefan Berrill, Brass Tacks Films, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Forever Fool – BC

Visual Media Composer of the Year

Keri Latimer, This is Not Paris – MB

World Artist of the Year

Kelly Bado – MB




Audio Engineering Award

Shawn Cole, Lab Monkey Sound – BC

BreakOut Artist of the Year

The Dead South – SK

Community Excellence Award (Sponsored by City of Kelowna)

West End Cultural Centre – MB

Excellence in Visual Design

Roberta Landreth, Treehouse Design – MB

Impact in Artist Development (Sponsored by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia)

Tonic Records – BC

Impact in Live Music (Sponsored by Music Canada Live)

Interstellar Rodeo – AB/MB

Impact in Music Marketing (Sponsored by Tourism Kelowna)

West End Cultural Centre – MB

Recording of the Year, Stingray Rising Stars (Sponsored by Stingray Music)


Attica Riots – MB

2018 Heritage Award

Terry Jacks – BC

2018 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award

Allan Reid – BC

2018 Hall Of Fame (Sponsored by FACTOR)

The Grapes of Wrath – BC


About BreakOut West

BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music, with the 2018 event taking place in Kelowna, BC from October 10-14. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The event consists of the BreakOut West Festival; showcasing the talent contained in the "left half" of Canada and delivering Western Canadian Music Awards to honoured nominees, and the Conference itself with educational panels, networking events, and so much more. 

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