VideoManitobans land 33 nominations for 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards
Posted by Manitoba Music | Tuesday June 5, 2012
Indian City nominated for Indian Summer Music Awards. (SophistiKat Media)
Manitoba's artists and music companies are poised to shine at this
year's Western Canadian Music Awards, landing 33 nominations in 19
categories for the 10th annual celebration of music from the western
provinces and territories.
Newcomer Mariosée lands nomination for Francophone Recording of the Year. (Tyler Funk)
Talented acts from Manitoba's Aboriginal and Francophone communities
dominate their respective categories, as do local managers and live
The hardware will be handed out at an industry brunch on September 29
and at a gala event on September 30 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Manitoba's Aboriginal music community landed three out of five nods for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. Nominees include internationally-acclaimed throat singer and recent Brandon transplant Tanya Tagaq, Vince Fontaine's super group Indian City, and country crooner Jerry Sereda.
A testament to the strength of the renowned Franco-Manitoban scene, three local albums are up for Francophone Recording of the Year, including the sophomore effort from Daniel ROA, the debut from newcomer marijosée, and a unique compilation project from Francophone music association Le 100 Nons, dubbed Thank you, Merci!, featuring the likes of Chic Gamine's Andrina Turenne and Ariane Jean.
Other award nominees include multi-award-winning trio Doc Walker and upbeat duo Keith & Renée for the Country Recording of the Year, rock poet John K. Samson for Independent Album of the Year, 2012 JUNO Award-winning noisecore trio KEN mode for Rock Recording of the Year, world-touring quartet Oh My Darling for Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year, singer/songwriter Scott Nolan for Roots Solo Recording of the Year, rapper Bubba B for Children's Recording of the Year, R&B songstress Flo for Urban Recording of the Year, and guitarist Marco Castillo for World Recording of the Year. B.C.-based Fish & Bird, which includes Manitobans Taylor Ashton and Natalie Bohrn, is also nominated for a roots award.
Manitoba's live music scene takes centre stage at the 2012 awards with Live Music Venue of the Year nods for Winnipeg hotspots The Lo Pub, West End Cultural Centre, and The Park Theatre Café.
Also taking three of five spots for homegrown entrepreneurs, this year's nominees for Manager of the Year include Stephen Carroll of Empirical Artist Services (The Weakerthans, Imaginary Cities), Gilles Paquin of Paquin Entertainment (Del Barber, Bachman & Turner, Buffy Sainte-Marie), and Jack Shapira of Contact Artist Management (Jerry Sereda, Jason Kirkness).
Other industry nominees from Manitoba include Paquin Entertainment and The Howard Pitch Entertainment Company for Agency of the Year, Cameron Loeppky and Carlin Lemon for Engineer of the Year, Winnipeg Folk Festival's Chris Frayer and The Park Theatre Café's Erick Casselman for Talent Buyer of the Year, Head In The Sand for Independent Record Label of the Year, Daniel ROA and Norman Dugas jointly for Producer of the Year, Terry Corrigan for Album Design of the Year for his work on Greg MacPherson's Disintegration Blues, and Video of the Year nominees Funk Factory Films for James Struthers' "You, Me and Optimus Prime" and Absurd Machine for Daniel ROA's "Alphabete".
Artistic Nominees ABORIGINAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR Tanya Tagaq - Anuraaqtuq Vince Fontaine's Indian City - Supernation Jerry Sereda - Turn The Country On
CHILDREN'S RECORDING OF THE YEAR Bubba B - Wish My Teacher Was Bubba B
COUNTRY RECORDING OF THE YEAR Doc Walker - 16&1 Keith and Renée - Best Day
FRANCOPHONE RECORDING OF THE YEAR Daniel ROA - Hyperbole marijosée - Rebondir Thank-you, merci! - Thank-you, merci - Un hommage à la chanson franco-manitobaine
INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR John K. Samson - Provincial ROCK RECORDING OF THE YEAR KEN mode - Venerable ROOTS DUO/GROUP RECORDING OF THE YEAR Fish & Bird - Every Whisper Is A Shout Across The Void Oh My Darling - Sweet Nostalgia
ROOTS SOLO RECORDING OF THE YEAR Scott Nolan - Montgomery Eldorado URBAN RECORDING OF THE YEAR Flo - Pieces Of Me
WORLD RECORDING OF THE YEAR Marco Castillo - Trip To Brazil
ALBUM DESIGN OF THE YEAR Terry Corrigan - Greg Macpherson, Disintegration Blues
AGENCY OF THE YEAR Paquin Entertainment The Howard Pitch Entertainment Company, Inc. ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Carlin "Hiebert" Lemon Cameron Loeppky INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR Head In The Sand LIVE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR The Lo Pub West End Cultural Centre The Park Theatre Cafe
MANAGER OF THE YEAR Stephen Carroll Gilles Paquin Jack Shapira
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Daniel ROA & Norman Dugas
TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR Chris Frayer Erick Casselman
VIDEO OF THE YEAR Funk Factory Films - James Struthers, "You, Me and Optimus Prime" Absurd Machine - Daniel ROA, "Alphabête"
The awards gala is the pinnacle event of BreakOut West -- held September
27-30, 2012. The event features a conference and three-day music
festival with 50 showcasing acts in addition to the two awards shows.
BreakOut West presents an incredible opportunity for emerging and
established artists to be a part of the western Canadian music
community. Participating artists and other music professionals have the
chance to meet key industry stakeholders creating the opportunity for a
new wave of exciting industry developments from record deals to