Organized by the Western Canadian Music Alliance, BreakOut West is a yearly music gathering comprised of an immersive music development conference, music festival and award ceremonies. The 2023 edition of the BreakOut West Festival took place from October 11 to 15 in Kelowna.

During the event, industry professionals and artists from across Western Canada are honoured for their tremendous achievements as part of the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA). The following artists from B.C. were celebrated for winning their respective categories at this year’s WCMAs.

Classical Artist / Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre [CMC]) –musica intima

Country Artist of the Year JoJo Mason

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year Modern Biology

Global Artist of the Year – Ruby Singh

Indigenous Artist of the Year – Blue Moon Marquee

Instrumental Artist of the Year – Jasmine Jazz

Jazz Artist of the Year – Melody Diachun

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids

Recording of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids

Songwriter(s) of the Year (Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) SOCAN – Young D, Yung Trybez – Snotty Nose Rez Kids “Hot Planet”

Video Director of the Year (Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music) – Mayumi Yoshida – “Different Than Before”

Pictured: Snotty Noz Rez Kids

The Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Brunch is an event dedicated to honoring the outstanding music industry professionals from western Canada, the following industry-leaders from B.C. were recognized this year.

Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award – Mint Records 

Heritage Award – Willie Thrasher 

Audio Engineering Award – Sheldon  Zaharko

Hall of Fame Award – Rascalz

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. To learn more about BreatOut West and the WCMAs, visit their website.

Featured image is from Melody Diachun.