Dan Mangan up for 3 Western Canadian Music Awards
Said the Whale, Deep Dark Woods, Sarah MacDougall among multiple nominees
Vancouver's Dan Mangan is a leading contender for the Western Canadian Music Awards, with three nominations for the indie singer helping to revitalize the folk sound.
Mangan is nominated for best independent album as well as best rock album for his ambitious release Oh Fortune. He is also a contender in the songwriter category for Post-War Blues. After being named best new artist at April's Juno Awards, the singer-songwriter is gaining international recognition with the more mature outlook of his latest album.
Vancouver indie rockers Said the Whale also nabbed three nominations — best independent album and rock album for Little Mountain and video for We are 1980 — for the WCMAs, which celebrate acts from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Other multiple nominees include Saskatoon band The Deep Dark Woods, up for best independent album and roots duo/group recording (The Place I Left Behind), and Yukon singer Sarah MacDougall, competing in the roots solo recording category (The Greatest Ones Alive) and for the songwriter title for her tune Sometimes You Lose, Sometimes You Win.
In the pop recording category, Carly Rae Jepsen — the young Mission, B.C., artist who became a viral sensation for her song Call Me, Maybe — has a nomination for Curiosity. Her competition includes B.C. rockers Marianas Trench (Ever After), Calgary brothers The Magnetic North (Constellations), Regina power pop group Library Voices (Summer of Lust) and B.C. singer-songwriter Adaline (Modern Romantics).
On the classical side, two Vancouver artists earned double nominations.
Jeffrey Ryan, formerly a composer-in-residence with the Vancouver Symphony, is vying for best classical composition as well as classical recording for his Fugitive Colours, recorded with the VSO. Meanwhile, Composer Owen Underhill's pair of nominations are for best classical composition (for his Trombone Quintet, with trombonist Jeremy Berkman) and classical recording for Still Image, an album featuring four of his works.
Edmonton composer Allan Gilliland also scored two nods: best classical album for O Music and classical composition for Kalla.
The Western Canadian Music Awards will be presented in Regina on Sept. 30.