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October 23, 2006

Western Canadian Music Awards Handed out Sunday Night

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian music news

Western Canadian Music Awards Handed Out Last Night in Winnipeg

Western Canada’s music community wrapped up four days of industry showcases and seminars with the Western Canadian Music Awards ceremony on Sunday night in Winnipeg.

Roots performer Corb Lund was the big winner, taking home multiple trophies including Outstanding Roots Recording for his album Hair In My Eyes Like A Highland Steer, as well as Outstanding Songwriter and Outstanding Independent Album; while pop star Jann Arden took home the award for Outstanding Pop Recording for her self-titled album and shared the Producer of the Year award with Russell Broom.

Hosted by kids entertainer Al Simmons and radio deejay (and Sun columnist) Ace Burpee, the awards ceremony was held at the Burton Cummings Theatre. Attended by an audience of nearly 1,000 musicians, music biz insiders, and fans, who came to watch the awards being handed out to nominees from B.C., the Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The host city of Winnipeg had a decent showing at the podium, with local artists Bif Naked (video of the year for Let Down), the Perpetrators (outstanding blues recording for The Gas and the Clutch), Mood Ruff (outstanding rap/hip hop recording for I Do My Own Stunts), and Fresh I.E. (outstanding Christian recording for Truth Is Fallin’ In tha Streetz) taking home awards.

Vancouver trumpeter Brad Turner took the award for Outstanding Jazz Recording, while Winnipeg’s The Perpertrators received the nod for Outstanding Blues Recording.

for more information visit www.westerncanadianmusicawards.ca

THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARD RECIPIENTS

Major Label Album: Michael Buble – It’s Time

Independent Album: Corb Lund – Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer

Rock Recording: Nickelback – All the Right Reasons

Pop Recording: Jann Arden – Jann Arden

Video of the Year: Bif Naked – Let Down

Entertainer: The Bills

Blues Recording: Perpetrators – The Gas & the Clutch

Roots Recording: Corb Lund – Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer

Country Recording: Road Hammers – Road Hammers

Jazz Recording: Brad Turner Quartet – What Is

Rap/Hip Hop Recording: Mood Ruff – I Do My Own Stunts

Instrumental Recording: Joel Fafard – …and another thing…

Francophone Recording: La Raquette a Claquettes – Quand La Pluie Viendra

Classical Composition: Stephen Chatman – Piano Quintet

Classical Recording: Land’s End Chamber – Rollin’ Down #1

Aboriginal Recording: Andrea Menard – Simple Steps

Christian Recording: Fresh I.E. – Truth is Fallin’ in tha Streetz

Children’s Recording: Lana Rae – I Gotta Be Me!

Songwriter: Corb Lund – Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer

Producer: Jann Arden/Russell Broom – Jann Arden

Hall of Fame: Harlequin

INDUSTRY AWARD WINNERS

Agency: Paquin Entertainment

Album Design: Ron Sawchuk – Paris to Kyiv, Fragmenti

Engineer : Brandon Friesen

Independent Publicist: Ken Beattie

Independent Label: Stony Plain

Live Music Venue: West End Cultural Centre

Manager: Terry McBride

Media Person: Peter North

Musician: Murray Pulver

Recording Studio: The Warehouse

Talent Buyer : Ron Sakamoto

Heritage Award: Howard Mandshein

Industry Builder: Heather Bishop

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