Saskatchewan·CHRIS PICKS MUSIC

Sask. artists sharing the spotlight at this year's BreakOut West

Western Canada's largest music industry event is off and running for another year.

Chris Picks Music is a weekly playlist of songs that have aired on CBC Radio's Morning Edition

Jack Semple, seen here performing during a tribute to the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, is nominated for Blues Artist of the Year at this year's BreakOut West. (Michael Bell/The Canadian Press)

Western Canada's largest music industry event is off and running for another year.

This year's BreakOut West goes from October 2 to 6 in Whitehorse, Yukon.

The five-day event features an award ceremony that this year has 16 Saskatchewan artists and acts up for Western Canadian Music Awards across 12 categories. On top of the great Saskatchewan nominees, you'll find wonderful music content from all points north and west.

This week's playlist can help you with that! I'm offering up a couple of hours of music that our friends and neighbours have been working on.

Saskatchewan group Foxwarren leads all nominations. The group is nominated for Breakout Artist of the Year, Recording of the Year and Rock Artist of the Year.

The band is fronted by singer-songwriter Andy Shauf along with his childhood friends Dallas Bryson and the Kissick brothers, Darryl and Avery. They released their debut self-titled album earlier this year. Enjoy the lead-off track to that album, a tune called To Be

Last year SaskMusic had a public vote on Album of the Year. The winner was Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath by singer-songwriter Belle Plaine. It's no surprise to find her nominated for Roots Solo Artist of the Year in the Western Canadian Music Awards. Squared Up from Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath is on the playlist.

Regina blues man Jack Semple's latest album, Can't Stop this Love, has him nominated for Blues Artist of the Year. This might be Blues music but it won't leave you feeling that way. Dial-up a mood boost with songs like Don't Give Up.

Alberta artist Nuela Charles delivers the type of powerful soul tracks that might surprise a person when they find out where she calls home. Don't be surprised, just enjoy Long Way Down.  

Sometimes simple is just simply better. That's my opinion anyway. Digawolf based out of Yellowknife is up for Indigenous Artist of the Year. Their track Northern Love Affair is honest, simple perfection. 

When it comes to songwriting and performance, Manitoba artist Begonia continues to show us she's at another level. Her latest album Fear is a powerful event. You should check it out. I offer up Beats.

Hey Micah Erenberg, I don't know you, but I hear ya buddy! I love it when events like BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards help me discover new music and artists. Give Micah's track Do It For Love a listen.


Here's a full list of Saskatchewan artists nominated at this year's Western Canadian Music Awards:

  • Jack Semple - Blues Artist of the Year.
  • Foxwarren - BreakOut Artist of the Year, Recording of the Year, Rock Artist of the Year.
  • Hunter Brothers - Country Artist of the Year.
  • Ponteix - Francophone Artist of the Year.
  • Shawn Jobin - Francophone Artist of the Year.
  • Vaero - Francophone Artist of the Year.
  • West of Mabou - Instrumental Artist of the Year.
  • Shooting Guns - Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year.
  • Rayannah & Mario Lepage - Producer of the Year.
  • The Sheepdogs - Rock Artist of the Year.
  • Rosie & the Riveters - Roots Duo/Group of the Year.
  • Belle Plaine - Roots Solo Artist of the Year.
  • LOA - Urban Artist of the Year.
  • Samurai Champs - Urban Artist of the Year.
  • Jared Robinson, Canadian Mental Health Association 100 Year Anniversary - Visual Media Composer of the Year.
  • Jeffery Straker, The Storm Orchestral - Visual Media Composer of the Year.
  • Chris Morin - Excellence in Visual Design.

 

About the Author

Chris Haynes

Associate producer-technician

Chris Haynes was the long-time recording engineer for CBC Saskatchewan's performance department. He's travelled all over this province recording music, drama and documentaries. He loves picking music and does it every week for CBC Radio's Morning Edition as the show's associate producer-technician.

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