Manitoba Artists Win Dozens of WCMA Nominations – Winnipeg
A large group of Manitoba artists are hoping to bring material to this year’s Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA).
The awards – which celebrate the best artistic and behind-the-scenes talent from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories – announced their annual list of nominees on Wednesday, and local musicians were selected in several categories. .
Most notably, the Rock Artist of the Year nominees see a total of three Manitoba artists – New Wales, Ariel Posen and Royal Canoe – battle it out against competition from British Columbia and Alberta.
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Manitoba was also well represented in Artist of the Year (Boy Golden, Leith Ross), Aboriginal Artist of the Year (Cassidy Mann, Jade Turner), Jazz Artist of the Year (Erin Propp and Larry Roy, Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra) and Video Director of the Year (Martin Lafrenière, Landon Lake).
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The awards ceremony, along with the 20th annual BreakOut West conference and festival, will take place in Calgary this fall.
Other local nominees include Son of Dave (Blues Artist of the Year), Jocelyne Baribeau (Francophone Artist of the Year), Casimiro Nhussi (Instrumental Artist of the Year), Field Guide (Pop Artist of the Year ), Liam Duncan (Producer of the Year), Anthony OKS (Rap & Hip-Hop Artist of the Year), Ariel Posen (Recording of the Year), Del Barber (Roots Artist of the Year), Sweet Alibi (Roots Artist of the Year), Grant Davidson (Songwriter of the Year), Mahogany Frog (Visual Media Composer of the Year), Red Tie Productions (Community Achievement Award), Birthday Cake Records (Community Development Impact artists, impact on music marketing) and the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club (Impact in live music).
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