February's BreakOut West Events Moved to Online Format

Michael Raine
July 12, 2022

With the health and safety of audiences, artists, members, delegates, speakers, volunteers, fans, staff, and all of their families as top priority, BreakOut West has decided to move the 2022 events, set to take place in Winnipeg in February, to an online format. The conference will take place virtually from Feb. 2-6, as previously scheduled, with details on the festival component to come soon.

“It pains me that we are making a move to online yet again,” says BreakOut West Executive Director, Robyn Stewart. “Artists, industry and our team have worked so hard planning a program that will welcome back live music, dive into the future of our industry structure and celebrate western Canadian talent. However, as we continue to put the safety of our music community first, we have made the decision that the safe way to come together at this time is to do so online.

"A special thank you to the Winnipeg Host City partners; Province of Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg and the City of Winnipeg, and to local premier sponsor, Downtown Biz, and the Winnipeg Host Committee. You have been an incredible support to us in adjusting dates, rolling with the COVID punches and preparing to celebrate our great city. We are excited to share digitally the reasons to love Winnipeg and the incredible industry and artists. We will be back soon.”

Attendees can register for BreakOut West Online here. Anyone who had previously registered for the in-person events will be contacted to adjust their registration to online, or obtain a refund.

Along with the online programming for the conference and festival, the 2021 Heritage Award, Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award, and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees will be formally presented at a special virtual event in February.

BreakOut West hopes and expects to return to in-person programming this fall in Calgary for BOW’s 20th anniversary.

For more information as it becomes available, go to www.breakoutwest.ca.

Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.