Manitoba artists pick up six awards at the WCMAs
Nine local artists and industry professionals won at the 11th annual Western Canadian Music Awards
KEN mode won in the brand new Metal/Hard Music Recording of the Year category for its fifth album, the Polaris Music Prize long listed Entrench. The acclaimed trio, which also won the inaugural JUNO Award for metal in 2012 for Venerable, just finished up a month-long European tour and next heads across Canada in October and November.
Del Barber won his second Roots Solo Recording of the Year award, this time for his latest album, Headwaters. Recently signed to True North Records, Barber won the WCMA in the same category, as well as Independent Album of the Year, for the JUNO-nominated Love Songs for the Last Twenty in 2011.
First time winner Mahogany Frog was also at the festivities to receive its Instrumental Recording of the Year award for SENNA, its sixth studio album. The quartet is featured in the new music documentary, Alors, t’as soif de quoi?, which is currently screening at film festivals in Canada.
Steve Bell won his third WCMA, this time for Spiritual Recording of the Year for his Christmas album, Keening for the Dawn.
Rounding out this year's artistic winners, Erin Propp and Larry Roy won their first WCMA, for Jazz Recording of the Year, for their debut, Courage, My Love.
Manitoba's music industry also brought home top honours at the Industry Awards on October 5. For the tenth year in a row, Paquin Entertainment Group was named Booking Agency of the Year. Manager of the Year went to Paquin's president and CEO, Gilles Paquin, whose roster includes Del Barber, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Randy Bachman. Newcomers Procter Bros. Industries won for Video of the Year for JP Hoe's "Nothing's Gonna Harm You".