Manitoba Artists Bring Home Western Canadian Music Awards

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Manitoba celebrated the inaugural Western Canadian Music Awards by bringing a few of them home this year. The WCMAs, which grew out of a an expansion of the Prairie Music Awards to include British Columbia and TheYukon, were held in Regina on September 27 and 28. Awards were given for both artistic and industry categories.

While B.C.’s mainstream hip-hop outfit Swollen Members may have walked away from the awards as the big – and only multiple – winner, Manitobans took home several awards from the event hosted by Colin James. Children’s music icon Fred Penner took the award for Outstanding Children’s Recording for Sing With Fred while Christian rockers Starfield took home Outstanding Christian Recording for Tumbling After.

On the industry side, Gilles Paquin of Paquin Entertainment brought home an award for Talent Buyer of the year while new Doc Walker member Murray Pulver was named Musician of the Year. The Winnipeg Folk Festival Store was named Retail Store of the Year.

The 2nd Western Canadian Music Awards will be held in Calgary in 2004. For a complete list of winners, please visit

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