The Western Canadian Music Alliance are pleased to announce that Regina, Saskatchewan has been named host city for the 14th annual BreakOut West, taking place October 13-16, 2016. SaskMusic, Creative Saskatchewan, Tourism Saskatchewan, City of Regina, and Regina Hotel Association have all taken part in bringing the annual festival, conference and Western Canadian Music awards back to Regina, which last hosted the event in 2012. The first Western Canadian Music Awards was also hosted in Regina in 2003.
"We are very excited to bring BreakOut West 2016 back to Regina." says Robyn Stewart, Executive Director of the Western Canadian Music Alliance. "The city has an enthusiastic volunteer base and superb facilities. The BreakOut West Conference, Festival and Western Canadian Music Awards are all about celebrating and showcasing the remarkable musical talents of our artists and this is a great chance for the Saskatchewan music industry to participate on their home turf. Based on past successes in host cities, BreakOut West expects to have a significant impact on the local economy."
"BreakOut West is about recognizing our artists and industry professionals while providing opportunities for them to perform onstage at home, and build a larger following across Canada," the Honourable Mark Docherty, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, said. "The event will showcase the talent of Saskatchewan musicians and enable attendees from western Canada, and across the world, to experience what we have to offer."
The experience of attending BreakOut West for all western Canadian artists, is summed up nicely by Mike Dawson, Executive Director of SaskMusic, "BreakOut West gives artists the unique ability to showcase in front of over 3,000 music fans and more than 500 national and international music industry professionals including music supervisors, managers, festival buyers, agents, publicists, social marketing experts and many more. It's a tremendous opportunity for Saskatchewan artists in all genres and in all career-levels. The conference is also a great place for our artists to learn, to network and to be recognized."
BreakOut West 2015 was hosted this past September in Victoria, BC, and was an unforgettable weekend of performance, information and networking for all who attended. The 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards were handed out throughout the weekend, which also ran concurrent with Rifflandia Festival. For information on BreakOut West and the next year ahead, visit www.breakoutwest.ca
BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The weekend culminates in the Western Canadian Music Awards, showcasing and honoring the talent contained in the "left half" of Canada.