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Breakout West 2010

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 You may remember way back when Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta joined forces to bring us the All Indie Weekend (1995-1999). The success of that annual event developed into a new entity called the Prairie Music Alliance. After a few years of ever-expanding talent and resources, the organization evolved into the Western Canada Music Week and Awards, inviting BC and the Yukon to participate, with a total of 5 music alliances joining forces. The success of each annual event to reach out and promote regional music to a larger audience brings us to yet another new incarnation of the conference…

 Breakout West, formerly known as the Western Canadian Music Awards, will take place this October 21-24 in Kelowna BC. This year’s big festival will continue to build on all the elements which made this event what it is, as well as see a newly re-visioned conference focusing on current trends in the industry, a 2 showcase per band festival, and, of course, the awards show, which will then be broadcast on CBC TV for the first time in its 8 year history!  CBC/ Radio-Canada will also be recording performances for national broadcast – it’s kind of a big deal.

 The nominees for the Awards were announced last week for 28 different categories ranging from Aboriginal Recording of the Year to Talent Buyer of the Year. We are all very excited for Breakout West. October 21-24. Kelowna BC.  


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