BreakOut West

BreakOut West

Laura Niquay  Photo SOCAN
July 14, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Laura Niquay (pictured) wins the TD Indigenous Songwriter Award, the Polaris Prize announces its Shortlist today, and  BreakOut West 2022 has multiple partnerships this year. Also in the news are the Oshawa Music Awards, CIMA, Global Music Match, Unity Fest, Tegan and Sara, The Weeknd, CNE, Folk Alliance, Shawn Mendes, Michelle McAdorey, Jess Moskaluke, Toronto International Samba Reggae Festival, Bernie Finkelstein, Alicia Toner, and Sharon, Lois & Bram.

Haviah Mighty   Facebook photo
December 9, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Drake snubs the Grammys, Haviah Mighty (pictured) boosts Black-owned businesses, and The Tragically Hip pay tribute to Montreal femicide victims. Also in the news are BreakOut West, Michael Bublé, Crown Lands, Dan Mangan, I Mother Earth, Jann Arden, Amber Moyle, cleopatrick, Third Side Music, Jingle Punks, Dale Morningstar, Make Music Matter, The Baby G, and farewell Michael Laucke, John Miles, Robbie Shakespeare, and Greg Tate.

Poster for the now cancelled Weeknd tour
October 21, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd (pictured) cancels a planned world tour, Celine is forced to abandon Vegas shows, and more details about Nova Scotia Music Week 2021. Also in the news are African Music Week, Serena Ryder, Triumph doc, BreakOut West, David McPherson, Nick Zyla, Prix MNB Award Show, Tokyo Police Club, CIMA, Brantford International Jazz Festival, Caroline Wiles, Ontario Creates, and farewell Ronnie Tutt and Leslie Bricusse.

City and Colour and Nick Nurse Foundation merch
March 15, 2021
by Kerry Doole

City and Colour supports Nick Nurse Foundation with new merch (pictured), Samsung and UMG For Brands launch Music Galaxy Thursday, and Crown Lands pay homage to Rush. Also in the news are Ariel Posen, Barenaked Ladies, Les Deuxluxes, MusiCounts, Kanata, FACTOR, Indie Weekly, BreakOut West, Scott Helman, Linda McRae, and farewell Ray Campi.

Bob Moses  video still
October 22, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Bob Moses (pictured) teams up with Twitch, a Kiwi collaboration for Kacy & Clayton, and BreakOut West partners with two international festivals. Others making news include Braids, Michael Posner, Bell Orchestre, Carroll Baker, Jill Barber, Music Publishers Canada, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Shawn Hook, Stan Rogers, George Canyon, Elaine Bomberry, and farewell Spencer Davis and Gordon Haskell.

Pic: WCMA Twitter account
October 7, 2019
by FYI Staff

The Industry Awards Brunch during BreakOutWest in Whitehorse on Saturday honoured the BC rock artist (pictured) and the National Music Centre.

Left to right: Tim Brown (guitarist for Striker – Metal/Hard Music Artist Of The Year), Rayannah (Francophone Artist Of The Year), LOA (Urban Artist Of The Year), Mariel Buckley (Roots Solo Artist Of The Year)  Photo: Mike Osikoya
October 4, 2019
by FYI Staff

BreakOut West got under way in Whitehorse last night, and featured the first of two awards events. Pictured here are the winners in four categories.

Susan Aglukark  Picture supplied
October 2, 2019
by FYI Staff

Susan Aglukark (pictured) is honoured at BreakOut West, M for Montreal announces notable names, and Concord acquires Victory Records. Also in the news are Sultans of String, Mississauga Music Awards, Arts & Crafts, Dave Sampson, Ontario Creates, SING!, Orbit Room, John P. Allen, Jimi Hendrix, and farewell Walter Rathie and Jessye Norman. With video.

Duncan Sinclair, head of Jazz Yukon Photo: Peter Long
September 25, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Duncan Sinclair (pictured) and Hank Karr are honoured by the WCMA, the Junos head home to Toronto in 2021, and the YYC Music Awards are handed out. Also in the news are the NMC, Canadian Music Therapy Fund, Berry Gordy, music memoirs, Triumph, Concord, Dan Pitt, Dear Youth, Searson, and farewell Robert Hunter.

Lennon Stella  Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel
December 5, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Lennon Stella (pictured) announces her first solo tour, Ottawa's Bluesfest attracts country stars, and Oh Susanna gets in the holiday spirit. Also in the news are Redeye, the Grammys, The Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, Mariposa, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, the Halifax Jazz Festival, Tipitina's, Breakout West, Creative BC, and farewell Calvin Newborn. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Buffy Sainte-Marie  Photo: CBC Music
November 28, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Folk Alliance will honour Buffy Sainte-Marie (pictured), Gordon Lightfoot adds extra shows, and The Boss hits Netflix. Also in the news are the ECMA, Karen Kosowski, Jeremy Dutcher, Stompin' Tom, Parts & Labour, Keithmas, Music Nova Scotia, Music Canada Live, Rubberneck, Music BC, and a farewell to Ustad Imrat Khan. Videos provided for your enjoyment.

CARAS president Allan Reid with family after receiving the Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award at Breakout West this past weekend.
October 14, 2018
by FYI Staff

CARAS president Allan Reid (2nd from left) was amongst the many recipients of 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards in Kelowna over the weekend.