Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Nuela Charles, Royal Canoe, Nice Horse & More Win 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards

September 26, 2022

The Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) has announced the 2022 Western Canadian Music Award Artistic winners. Celebrated on Sept. 23 during a livestreamed broadcast, and with a special in-person watch party in BreakOut West 2022 host city, Calgary, the WCMAwards honour the outstanding artists and music industry professionals from across western Canada.

A special pre-awards show program aired Friday evening, ahead of the full winner reveal, with a live broadcast celebrating the 2022 recipients, as well as an official in-person watch party at Calgary’s Ship and Anchor. The broadcast featured performances by Pop Artist of the Year winner, Nuela Charles (AB), and The Garrys (SK), who won BreakOut Artist of the Year. Attendees at the watch party were treated to a special set by Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year, producer and DJ, OBLYVN (AB). Viewers worldwide can re-watch to the broadcast here.

The winners of the 2022 Western Canadian Music Industry Awards will be revealed at the Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 1 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre.

A full list of 2022 WCMAward nominees, in both the artistic and industry categories, can be found here.


Rock Artist of the Year – Royal Canoe (MB)
Indigenous Artist of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids (BC)
Country Artist of the Year – Nice Horse (AB)
Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre) – Standing Wave (BC)
Classical Composer of the Year – Dorothy Chang, Soaring Spirits (BC)
Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year – Archspire (BC)
Pop Artist of the Year – Nuela Charles (AB)
Visual Media Composer of the Year – Mahogany Frog, Faust (MB)
Instrumental Artist of the Year – Astrocolor (BC)
Children’s Artist of the Year – The Oot n’ Oots (BC)
Blues Artist of the Year – The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (BC)
R&B Artist of the Year – Sargeant X Comrade (AB)
Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids (BC)
Francophone Artist of the Year – Étienne Fletcher (SK)
Producer of the Year – Ryan Worsley (BC)
Spiritual Artist of the Year – Elenee (SK)
Jazz Artist of the Year – Al Muirhead Quintet (AB)
Roots Artist of the Year – Sweet Alibi (MB)
Songwriter(s) of the Year (Sponsored by SOCAN) – Sam Lynch, Keeping Time (BC)
Global Artist of the Year – Andino Suns (SK)
BreakOut Artist of the Year (presented by FACTOR) – The Garrys (SK)
Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year – OBLVYN (AB)

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