This past Tuesday nominations for the Western Canadian Music Awards were announced, and it's a mixed bag of talent.
The Western Canadian Music Alliance received a record-breaking number of award submissions this year.
The categories run the gamut and include everything from Aboriginal Recording of the Year and Album Design of the Year to World Recording of the Year and Video of the Year. As the Winnipeg Free Press pointed out, no musicians were nominated for multiple artistic awards, however Daniel Roa is up for francophone recording of the year for his album, Hyperbole, and on the industry side as producer of the year alongside his partner Norman Dugas. The video for his song Alphabete earned Absurd Machine a nod for video of the year. And on the industry side, Gilles Paquin earned a nomination for manager of the year, while his company, Paquin Entertainment, is up for agency of the year.
The Western Canadian Music Awards are presented by The Western Canadian Music Alliance – it was created when the music industry associations of Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan decided to join forces to create a new entity to further promote prairie music to the world. This new entity, called the Prairie Music Alliance Inc. (May 1999), is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization. A few years later, The Western Canada Music Alliance Inc. (January 2003) was formed in late 2002 when the Prairie Music Alliance expanded, inviting the Music Industry Associations of BC and the Yukon to join forces in creating a new entity.
The Western Canadian Music Awards will be handed out on Sunday, September 30th in Regina at the BreakOut West gala as it caps off Breakout West, which takes place September 27-30.