Here’s a link to a news release from SaskMusic saying that Regina will play host to BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards in September 2012. Kind of like a western version of the Juno Awards, the WCMAs include several nights of showcase concerts along with a gala awards night.
In 2003, Regina hosted the first edition of the WCMAs. Similar to what prairie dog does with the Regina Folk Festival and Cathedral Village Arts Festival each year, we produced a program guide. The event back then featured select bands from Manitoba, Alberta, B.C., the Yukon and Saskatchewan, and was loads of fun. With a festival pass, you could move from venue to venue and check out all sorts of acts representing all sorts of musical genres. And there were plenty of industry people in attendance from across Canada and even the U.S. and Europe.
The 2012 WCMAs will run Sept. 26-30. So mark it on your calendars.