The Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards celebrates the best of artistic and music industry talent in western Canada. As members of the Canadian and International music industry converge for BreakOut West 2023 in Kelowna from October 11-15, 2023 a selection of artists will be recognized for their contributions to Canadian music, voted upon by a group of their peers. Previous Western Canadian Music Award B.C. nominees and winners include: Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Dear Rouge, Kimmortal, Haley Blais, and many others. See the full list of nominees here.



Western Canadian Music Awards B.C. Nominees:


BreakOut Artist of the Year




Children’s Artist of the Year


Ira Pettle

Mom Bop

Will et Seeka


Classical Artist / Ensemble of the Year

Krisztina Szabó

Mark Takeshi McGregor

musica intima


Classical Composer of the Year

Christopher Tyler Nickel – Oboe d’amore Quintet “IV. Con fuoco”

Katerina Gimon – Borealis “Roots Beneath”

T Patrick Carrabré – Transformation “Orpheus 1”


Country Artist of the Year

JoJo Mason


Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year


Modern Biology

The Librarian


Global Artist of the Year

Ruby Singh


Indigenous Artist of the Year

Blue Moon Marquee

Jayli Wolf


Snotty Nose Rez Kids


Instrumental Artist of the Year

Adam Dobres

Elise Boeur & Adam Iredale-Gray

Jasmine Jazz


Jazz Artist of the Year

Melody Diachun


Pop Artist of the Year

Josh Ramsay

Louise Burns



Producer of the Year

Jill Barber, Erik P. H. Nielsen


Louise Burns


R&B Artist of the Year

Kuba Oms


Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year

Boslen – BC

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC


Recording of the Year

Dear Rouge – BC


Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC


Rock Artist of the Year

Dan Mangan

Hotel Mira

Kris Anders

The Zolas


Roots Artist of the Year

Jill Barber


Songwriter(s) of the Year

Young D, Yung Trybez – Snotty Nose Rez Kids “Hot Planet”


Spiritual Artist of the Year

Andrea Menard

Dee Daniels


Video Director of the Year

Jayli Wolf – “Holding On”

Lester Lyons-Hookham – Dan Mangan “Fire Escape”

Mayumi Yoshida – “Different Than Before”




2023 Western Canadian Music Awards B.C. Industry Nominees:

Audio Engineering Award

Andy Schichter

Sheldon Zaharko


Community Excellence Award

ADVANCE Canada’s Black Music Business Collective – B.C.


Excellence in Visual Design

Feisty Creative

MAUVEY and Bree Laryea

Sonny Assu


Impact in Artist Development

Tiny Kingdom