Weakerthans, Corb Lund vie for Western Canadian Music Awards

Veteran Winnipeg rockers The Weakerthans and Albertan country music star Corb Lund are among the top nominees for the sixth annual Western Canadian Music Awards.

Veteran Winnipeg rockers The Weakerthans and Albertan country music star Corb Lund are among the top nominees for the sixth annual Western Canadian Music Awards.

Organizers announced nominees in 19 categories on Thursday in Edmonton. The city will host the conference and awards gala this fall. As in the past, the awards are a publicly voted honour.

The Weakerthans (Reunion Tour) and Lund (Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!) scored four nods each and will go head-to-head in categories like outstanding independent album. Their rivals in that category include Jeremy Fisher (Goodbye Blue Monday), Immaculate Machine (Immaculate Machine's Fables) and The Perpetrators (Tow Truck).

Other nominees include:

  • Classical Recording
    • David Harding, Phillip Bush & Jonathan Crow (Brahms)
    • Jasper Wood (A Child's Cry from Izieu)
    • Michael Horwood (Suite and Serious)
    • Shauna Rolston  (Dreamscape)
    • Tiresias (Delicate Fires)
  • Country Recording
    • Aaron Lines (Moments that Matter)
    • Gord Bamford (Honkytonks and Heartaches)
    • Hey Romeo (Hey Romeo)
    • Jo Hikk (Ride)
    • Paul Brandt (Risk)
  • Jazz Recording
    • Altered Laws (Metaphora)
    • Greg Lowe (Guitar and Bass Sessions)
    • Hutchinson Andrew Trio (Music Box)
    • Ian McDougall Big Band (No Passport Required)
    • Saul Berson Quartet (Intricacy)
  • Rock Recording
    • Maybe Smith (Animals & Architects)
    • Social Code (Social Code)
    • State of Shock (Life, Love & Lies)
    • The Evaporators (Gassy Jack and Other Tales)
    • The Weakerthans (Reunion Tour)
  • Urban Recording
    • GreenTaRA (Global Baby)
    • Moka Only (Vermillion)
    • Moka Only & Def 3 (Dog River)
    • Souljah Fyah (Truth Will Reveal)
    • Touch & Nato (Intelligent Design)
  • Songwriter(s) of the Year
    • Aaron Lines (Moments that Matter)
    • Corb Lund (Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!)
    • Jeremy Fisher (Goodbye Blue Monday)
    • Social Code (Social Code)
    • The Weakerthans (Reunion Tour)
  • Video of the Year
    • I Wanna Be In The Cavalry, Corb Lund
    • Transportation, James Murdoch Band
    • Cigarette, Jeremy Fisher
    • Civil Twilight, The Weakerthans
    • Viva la Vinyl, Twilight Hotel

A full list of nominees can be found at the awards website.

Part of the celebrations will include tributes to Vancouver's Spirit of the West and Albertan bandleader and Senator Tommy Banks.

The gala is set for Oct. 19, as a grand finale to a music festival, conference and industry awards that kicks off in Edmonton Oct. 16.