Victoria Will Host 2015 BreakOut West and Western Canadian Music Awards

October 8, 2014 by Tessa Bousfield


Years of work by local fans and supporters have resulted in another stage in Victoria’s evolution as one of Canada’s hottest emerging music scenes.

In September 2015 Victoria will host both BreakOut West and the Western Canada Music Awards.

Timed to coincide in September with the massively popular Rifflandia festival, BreakOut West is a 3-day music conference and a 2-night music festival combined with the Western Canadian Music Awards.

It’s a 3-day party all about celebrating the best indie up-and-comers and established acts from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT and the Yukon.

BreakOut West is the perfect and natural compliment to Tectoria’s innovative Rifflandia festival, which itself brings in top bands from all over the world while showcasing local talent.

These events will invite an amazingly diverse group of musicians and members of the music scene to Victoria.

The crowd descending on Victoria will include festival producers from all over the world, publishing companies, record labels, funding agencies, booking agents, songwriters and producers, as well as the musicians and their fans themselves.

This is a great chance for our community to show off our amazing late summer weather, architecture, the burgeoning local food scene, fashion, and everything else that makes Victoria such a special place.

The 2014 BreakOut West lineup  in Winnipeg in early October showcased everything from Edmonton metal bands to Vancouver blues guitarists to unclassifiable western Canadian talent “stuck somewhere between They Might be Giants and Fred Penner.”

The Western Canadian Music Awards will also be timed to be held during Rifflandia next September. Members of the six western music industry associations including MusicBC, Alberta Music, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, Music NWT and Music Yukon are eligible to vote on the winners.

The awards are presented in front of a crowd of hundreds of people as part of a gala evening. The 2014 Western Canada Music Awards were presented on October 5 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The winners were announced here.

A ton of different groups around Victoria helped to entice BreakOut West to come to our city in September 2015.

These groups include:

  • Government of British Columbia
  • City of Victoria
  • CRD Arts Committee
  • Capital Region Music Awards Society
  • Downtown Victoria Business Association
  • Atomique Productions Ltd.
  • Tourism Victoria
  • Norgaard Kratofil Professional Group
  • Rifflandia Festival,
  • VIATeC
  • Phillips Brewing Co.
  • LA Limousines, Infinity Law
  • Hartwig Industries
  • The Zone 91.3
  • 100.3 The Q
  • Young Entrepreneurs Society of Victoria

Stay tuned for more announcements about this event!

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