Nominees Revealed for 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards

Michael Raine
July 12, 2022

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced the nominees for the 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards. The Awards are their celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, along with BreakOut West, which heads back to Calgary in the fall for the annual conference and showcase festival. Congrats to all of this year's award nominees!


Blues Artist of the Year
Brandon Isaak - BC
David Gogo - BC
Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne - BC
Son Of Dave - MB
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer - BC
BreakOut Artist of the Year, Sponsored by FACTOR
Boy Golden - MB
Haley Blais - BC
Kyle McKearney - AB
Leith Ross - MB
The Garrys - SK
Children’s Artist of the Year                    
Beppie - AB
Music with Mandy - AB
Smilin' Rylan - AB
The Oot n' Oots - BC
Will's Jams - BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year, Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC)
Aventa Ensemble - BC
Christopher Tyler Nickel - BC
Mark Takeshi McGregor - BC
Standing Wave - BC
Tom McCaslin - AB
Classical Composer of the Year            
Dorothy Chang - "Soaring Spirits" - BC
Edward Top - "Donemus Records" - BC
Fred Stride - Saskatchewan All Star Big Band "Saskatchewan Suite" - BC
Jordan Nobles - "Chiaroscuro" - BC
Stephen Chatman - "Stephen Chatman" - BC
Country Artist of the Year          
Dan Davidson - AB
Hailey Benedict - AB
Jess Moskaluke - SK
Nice Horse - AB
Tyler Joe Miller - BC

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year  
Elazion - BC
Gl0bal - BC
Rumpus - SK
Sabai - BC
Takis - BC
Francophone Artist of the Year, Sponsored by APCM          
Étienne Fletcher - SK
Jocelyne Baribeau - MB
Matt Stern - BC
Ponteix - SK
The Pxrtals - SK
Global Artist of the Year              
Aasiva - NV
Andino Suns - SK
Notas de 4 - AB
Will TOA - BC
Omianan – BC
Indigenous Artist of the Year                
Cassidy Mann - MB
Jessica McMann - AB
Jade Turner - MB
Kyle McKearney - AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC
Instrumental Artist of the Year              
Astrocolor - BC
Casimiro Nhussi - MB
Keanu Ienco - BC
Mohamed Assani - BC
Waxwing - BC
Jazz Artist of the Year                  
Al Muirhead Quintet - AB
Erin Propp & Larry Roy - MB
Esteban Herrera Quintet - AB
Ryan Oliver - BC
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra - MB
Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year            
Archspire - BC
Before & Apace - SK
Flash Back - SK
Osyron - AB
Trench – AB
Pop Artist of the Year  
Field Guide - MB
Haley Blais - BC
Mathew V - BC
Nuela Charles - AB
Velours - SK
Producer of the Year        
Factor Chandelier - SK
Liam Duncan - MB
Megan Nash, Dana Rempel, Darnell Stewart, Tanner Wilhelm Hale - SK
Ryan Worsley - BC
Zach Gray, James Younger - BC
R&B Artist of the Year                
Katie Tupper - SK
Sargeant X Comrade - AB
Uyemi - AB
Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year          
Anthony OKS - MB
Def3 & Late Night Radio - BC
K-Riz - AB
Mouraine - AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC
Recording of the Year                  
Ariel Posen - MB
Megan Nash - SK
Samantha Savage Smith - AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC
The Dead South - SK
Rock Artist of the Year
Ariel Posen - MB
Dear Rouge - BC
King of Foxes - BC
New Wales - MB
Royal Canoe - MB
Roots Artist of the Year              
Ben Sures - AB
Del Barber - MB
John Wort Hannam - AB
Maria Dunn - BC
Sweet Alibi - MB
Songwriter(s) of the Year Sponsored by SOCAN                            
Grant Davidson - Slow Leaves "Stick Around" - MB
Katie Tupper - "How Can I Get Your Love?" - SK
Mathew van Vooght - Mathew V "Healing" - BC
Sam Lynch - "Keeping Time" - BC
Tim Buckley - T. Buckley "Holding My Place" - AB
Spiritual Artist of the Year  
Amanda Hagel - SK
Danny Floyd Cole - AB
Elenee - SK
fonzdot - AB
Two Late To The Party - AB
Video Director of the Year Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music                
Amy Mantyka - Megan Nash "Chew Quietly / Clean Slate " - SK
Brandi Sidoryk & Krista Wodelet - Nice Horse "High School" - AB
Eva Dominelli - Gentle Party "God Complex" - BC
Landon Lake - Don Amero "My Poor Mama" - MB
Martin LaFrenière - Boy Golden "Church of Better Daze" - MB
Visual Media Composer of the Year                  
Alfredo Santa Ana - Chained - BC
Jesse Zubot - ANCiEnT SkY - BC
Jesse Zubot, Pura Fé - Spirit Emulsion - BC
Jesse Zubot, Russell Wallace - Monkey Beach - BC
Mahogany Frog - Faust - MB


Audio Engineering Award    
Andy Schichter - BC
Dan Davidson - AB
Ryan Worsley - BC
Scott Franchuk - AB
Sheldon Zaharko - BC
Community Excellence Award
Curbside Concerts - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Red Tie Productions - MB
Sakamoto Agency - BC
The Happy Nun Café - SK
Excellence in Visual Design                    
Bronwin Parks - Feisty Creative - BC
Shalom Toy - Cosmic Cavern - AB
Kenton Doupe - Factor Eight - SK
x/o & Venom–s Studios - BC
Angie C, David MacKenzie, Kristen Carleton & LK Visuals - BC
Impact in Artist Development      
Birthday Cake Records - MB
Cordova Bay Entertainment Group, Inc. - BC
Curbside Concerts - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Tiny Kingdom - BC

Impact in Live Music Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association              
Curbside Concerts - AB
Folk On The Rocks - NT
King Eddy - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club - MB

Impact in Music Marketing                      
Birthday Cake Records - MB
Chronograph Records - AB
Curbside Concerts - AB
Fallen Tree Records - AB
National Music Centre - AB

Voting is now open to members of all western Provincial and Territorial Music Industry Associations. Only MIA members will be sent an email regarding login information to vote (beginning today – Wednesday, June 8).

If any members do not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folder and then contact their Music Association regarding their membership.

Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on Wednesday, June 22. Stay tuned for more details around member voting and the Western Canadian Music Awards winners this fall.

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.