Watch the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala Live Tonight

up-western_awardsGrant Lawrence will once again host the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala. Joining him onstage this year in Winnipeg for very special performances will be Dan Mangan, Federal Lights, and more, along with 2014 Hall Of Fame inductee  Fred Penner and 2014 Heritage Award recipient Ron Paley. The full list of nominees can be found here  and tickets to the gala are available via TicketMaster.

THE 2014 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Today, at a very special awards gala hosted by Ace Burpee in Winnipeg, MB, the 2014 Western Canadian Music Industry Award winners were announced. The event included performances by The Sojourners and the Bros. Landreth. The 2014 Industry Builder was awarded posthumously to Manitoba’s great music champion, Kevin Walters. And announced today in a moving tribute from J.P. Ellson, from here on in this award will be called The Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award.

The 2014 Western Canadian Music Industry Award Winners  
Agency Of The Year – The Feldman Agency (BC)
Album Design Of The Year – Geoffrey Hanson / Geoffrey Hanson Design – Cowpuncher – Ghost Notes (AB)
Engineer Of The Year – Cam Leoppky – Greg MacPherson, Sweet Alibi, Federal Lights, Slow Leaves, Les Jupes (MB)
Heritage Award –  Ron Paley (MB)
Independent Record Label Of The Year – Black Hen Music (BC)
Industry Builder Award – Kevin Walters (MB)
Live Music Venue Of The Year – The Park Theatre (MB)
Manager Of The Year – Tim Jones (MB)
Producer Of The Year – Rusty Matyas – Sweet Alibi, Federal Lights, Slow Leaves (MB)
Talent Buyer Of The Year – Marc Thususka  – The Gate (AB)
Video Of The Year – Mike Southworth – Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – Shake It (BC)

BREAKOUT WEST 2015 AND THE 2015 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS TO TAKE PLACE IN VICTORIA, BC
The 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards will take place during BreakOut West 2015 in Victoria, BC which will run concurrently with Rifflandia Festival September 17 to 20, 2015. Watch for more announcements soon.

BREAKOUT WEST 2014 CONTINUES – 2014 Breakout West Festival Performers & Schedule
After a great evening of performances at 15 venues across Winnipeg, the BreakOut West Festival continues tonight with another chance to see some of Western Canada’s best on stage. The full schedule and festival lineup for Saturday is available atbreakoutwest.ca.

2014 BreakOut West Special Events – Yesterday’s Aboriginal and Jazz music showcases are just two of the many special events at this year’s BreakOut West. The Classical Music showcase begins today at 2pm while the Hard/Metal and Hip Hop showcases are set for tonight as the festival continues.  And the family friendly Mini-BreakOut West at the Children’s Museum on Sunday morning is sure to be a hit with kids, especially with a performance by Winnipeg’s own Fred Penner. Full details on all the special events at BreakOut West can be found at breakoutwest.ca.

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