The Western Canadian Music Awards celebrates the best of artistic and industry talent in western Canada. This year, the WCMA celebrates 20 years of being Canada’s largest music industry event. Award winners will be announced at Breakout West 2022  which runs September 28 – October 2, in Calgary, AB. See the complete list of nominated British Columbians below.

2022 Artistic Award Nominees

Artists from British Columbia


Blues Artist of the Year

Brandon Isaak 

David Gogo 

Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne 

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer 


BreakOut Artist of the Year (Sponsored by FACTOR)

Haley Blais 


Children’s Artist of the Year

The Oot n’ Oots

Will’s Jams


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

Aventa Ensemble

Christopher Tyler Nickel

Mark Takeshi McGregor

Standing Wave


Classical Composer of the Year

Dorothy Chang – “Soaring Spirits”

Edward Top – “Donemus Records”

Fred Stride – Saskatchewan All Star Big Band “Saskatchewan Suite”

Jordan Nobles – “Chiaroscuro”

Stephen Chatman – “Soaring Spirits”


Country Artist of the Year

Tyler Joe Miller


Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year






Francophone Artist of the Year (sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique)                      

Matt Stern


Global Artist of the Year

Will TOA



Indigenous Artist of the Year

Snotty Nose Rez Kids


Instrumental Artist of the Year


Keanu Ienco

Mohamed Assani



Jazz Artist of the Year

Ryan Oliver


Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year



Pop Artist of the Year

Haley Blais

Mathew V


Producer of the Year

Ryan Worsley

Zach Gray, James Younger 


R&B Artist of the Year



Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year

Def3 & Late Night Radio

Snotty Nose Rez Kids


Recording of the Year

Snotty Nose Rez Kids


Rock Artist of the Year 

Dear Rouge


Songwriter(s) of the Year (Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) SOCAN

Mathew van Vooght and Luca Fogale – Mathew V “Healing”


Nominations for the 2022 Industry Awards are:

From British Columbia:

Audio Engineering Award

Andy Schichter 

Ryan Worsley 

Sheldon Zaharko 


Community Excellence Award

Sakamoto Agency 


Excellence in Visual Design

Bronwin Parks – Feisty Creative 

x/o & Venom–s Studios 


Impact in Artist Development

Cordova Bay Entertainment Group, Inc.

Tiny Kingdom 


The Western Canadian Music Awards are funded in part by the six provincial and territorial governments of western Canada. BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards are generously funded by FACTOR, Musicaction, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, along Whitehorse host partners, and event sponsors and funders, notably the Government of Yukon.