This year’s BreakOut West Festival took place from October 10 to 14, 2018 in beautiful Kelowna, BC. BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The event consists of the BreakOut West Festival; showcasing the talent contained in the "left half" of Canada and delivering Western Canadian Music Awards to honoured nominees, and the Conference itself with educational panels, networking events, and so much more.
Stingray Music was there to participate as a perennial sponsor of the Western Canadian Industry Awards Brunch which took place on Saturday, October 13 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, BC. This year we were honoured to present the prestigious Recording of the Year Award as part of our Stingray Rising Stars program. Honourees included Terry Jacks who received the 2018 Heritage Award, and Allan Reid who was presented with the 2018 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award. The Canadian Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame Induction also took place, honouring Spirit of the West’s iconic song, “Home for a Rest” (written by John Mann and Geoffrey Kelly), and Kelowna-born rock band, The Grapes Of Wrath, were inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall Of Fame.
This year’s Recording of the Year Award nominees were:
- Attica Riots – MB
- Bend Sinister – BC
- Dear Rouge – BC
- Kacy & Clayton – SK
- Leeroy Stagger – AB
It was Attica Riots who was selected as winner of the category and awarded with Stingray Music’s Stingray Rising Stars bursary of a value of 2,000$.
About the winners:
The members of Canada's Attica Riots (Bobby Desjarlais, Anders Erickson & Kyle Erickson) have what can only be described as a cosmic musical connection. This trio are known to create fiery and infectious alt rock anthems and deliver sharp lyricism and rock-solid musicianship. 2018 is looking to be the year that Attica Riots – who are signed to Five Seven, which is part of Eleven Seven Label Group – make an indelible mark outside of Canada with their worldwide debut release, produced by Mark Needham (American Authors, Imagine Dragons, The Killers).