Here Are Your Nominees for the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards

BreakOut West is set for Victoria BC from September 17-20. Find the full list of award nominees here.

Electronic/Dance Recording of the Year

  • BMBSHL – BMBSHL CMD (AB)
  • Economics – The Wastes (SK)
  • HUMANS – Noontide (BC)
  • Joe Silva – Memory Fade (MB)

Independent Album of the Year, presented by Stingray

  • Close Talker – Flux (SK)
  • Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Club Meds (BC)
  • Tanya Tagaq – Animism (MB)
  • The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – A Real Fine Mess (BC)
  • The Wet Secrets – Free Candy (AB)

Pop Recording of the Year

  • BESTiE – No Bad Days (BC)
  • Helen Austin – You Knew Me (BC)
  • Laura Enns – Nothing to Prove (MB)
  • Nat Jay – All I Think When I Wake Up (BC)
  • Young Liars – Tidal Wave (BC)

 Rock Recording of the Year, presented by Radio Starmaker

  • 36? – where do we go from here? (AB)
  • Close Talker – Flux (SK)
  • Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Club Meds (BC)
  • Gay Nineties – Liberal Guilt (BC)
  • Napalmpom – The Unconditional Love Of Napalmpom (AB)
  • The Pack A.D. – Do Not Engage (BC)

Metal/HardMusic Recording of the Year

  • Altars of Grief – This Shameful Burden (SK)
  • Quartered – Eyes And Ears (BC)
  • Shooting Guns – WolfCop Soundtrack (SK)
  • Sparky – #Humanimation (SK)
  • Torches To Triggers – Modern Day Monsters (AB)

 Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

  • Def3 – Wildlif3 (SK)
  • Immaculate – Solitude (BC)
  • Madchild – Switched On (BC)
  • Matt Brevner – Eclectricity (BC)
  • Moka Only – Sex Money Moka (BC)

Urban Recording of the Year

  • Alfa – Harmattan (MB)
  • Dawn Pemberton – Say Somethin’ (BC)
  • Jaclyn Gee – Gypsy Rose (BC)
  • Sierra Jamerson – Blood in the Water (AB)
  • The Boom Booms – Love is Overdue (BC)

Independent Record Label of the Year

  • Black Hen Music (BC)
  • Flemish Eye (AB)
  • Light Organ Records (BC)
  • Mint Records (BC)
  • Stony Plain Records (AB)

Live Music Venue of the Year, presented by Music Canada Live

  • Amigos Cantina (SK)
  • MacEwan Hall (AB)
  • The Artery (AB)
  • The Park Theatre Cafe (MB)
  • West End Cultural Centre (MB)

2015 Heritage Builder Award: JOHN SHEILDS

John Shields has always been passionate about supporting and helping in the development of local and Canadian talent, through his long standing career in radio. Currently the Senior Program Manager for 100.3 The Q and The Zone @ 91-3 in Victoria BC, Mr. Shields started his radio career in 1973 in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, before moving to Victoria in 1989. He won Major Market Music Director of the Year in both 1997 and 1998 at the CCMA’s. Supporting local talent local talent with initiatives such as The Q’s former Rocktoria program, and The Zone’s Band of the Month program, John continues to oversee the programming of 100.3 The Q and The Zone @ 91-3, the oldest Modern format radio station west of Toronto.

2015 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award: NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP – Terry McBride, Mark Jowett, Ric Arboit and Dan Fraser

Built on over 25 years of tenacity and ingenuity, Nettwerk Music Group is a worldwide organization, providing comprehensive service and support to their clients, as an umbrella company for Nettwerk Records, Nettwerk Management, Nettwerk Producer Management and Nettwerk One Publishing. Established in 1984, the Vancouver-based company was originally created by principles Terry McBride, Mark Jowett, Ric Arboit and Dan Fraser, as a record label for the band Moev, but it quickly expanded to become one of the largest and most influential independent record labels in the world. Nettwerk has released over 400 albums that have amassed worldwide sales in excess of 100 million albums, and today, is an organization with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, London and Hamburg.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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