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Western Canadian Music Awards Honors Paquin Entertainment and Terry McBride

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The 2nd Annual Western Canadian Music Awards took place in Calgary, ALB from September 30-October 3 and included a multi-genre festival that showcased more than 80 of Western Canada’s up and coming bands over three days. Included in the line up were The Fates, Maren Ord, The Salteens, Burnt, Chad Van Galen, The Dudes, Nathan, The Harlots and many more. The festival has grown by 25% over last year due to the sheer number of high quality submissions.

The touring award winners were Paquin Entertainment (Agency of the Year), Terry McBride (Manager of the Year), Rick Fenton–Winnipeg Folk Festival (Talent Buyer of the Year) and West End Cultural Centre (Live Music Venue of the Year).

International delegates attended panel discussions at the Fairmont Palliser hotel and had the opportunity to debate the future of the Western Canadian music scene. McLean Mashingaidze-Greaves, current producer of CBC’s ZeDtv, gave this year’s WCMA Conference keynote address. The Industry Awards Dinner took place on October 2 and honored the outstanding performances of those working behind the scenes in Canadian music.

The WCMAs wrapped up with an Awards Show on October 3 at the EPCOR Centre’s Jack Singer Concert Hall, which was hosted by Bif Naked and featured performances by Joel Kroeker, Joel Fafard, The Wailin’ Jennies with CPO Players, Sweatshop Union, Hall of Fame Inductees – The Stampeders, Doc Walker and more.

“This year’s WCMA definitely lived up to it’s billing.” said WCMA executive director Thom Sparling. “The musicians rose to every occasion, and my only regret was that I didn’t have time to see all the performances I had been looking forward to catching.”

“The city of Calgary embraced us, the more than 700 musicians and music industry members in attendance left with a strong sense that the WCMAs have come into their own. We are looking forward to rocking Vancouver in October 2005."

Western Canadian Music Awards–Industry Award Winners

Agency of the Year:

Paquin Entertainment

Engineer of the Year:

Randy Staub

Independent Label/Distributor of the Year:

Stony Plain Records

Manager of the Year:

Terry McBride

Media Person of the Year:

Peter North

Recording Studio of the Year:

The Warehouse

Talent Buyer of the Year

Rick Fenton – Winnipeg Folk Festival

Live Music Venue of the Year:

West End Cultural Centre

Independent Publicist/Radio Promoter:

Aimee Hill

Musician of the Year:

Russell Broom

Heritage Award:

Garry McDonall

Industry Builder:

R. Harlan Smith

Best Album Design:

Mike Carroll, with illustrations by Marcel Dzama for the The Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site album

Western Canadian Music Awards–Artistic Award Winners:

Outstanding Classical Composition:

Robert Turner – Third Symphony: Canadian Composers Portraits

Songwriter of the Year:

John K. Samson/The Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site

Producer of the Year:

Jann Arden/Russell Broom – Love Is The Only Soldier

Video of the Year: (Both Artist & Director Won the Award)

Artist: Matthew Good – In a World called Catastrophe

Director: Kyle Davison

Outstanding Rock Recording:

Matthew Good – Avalanche

Outstanding Pop Recording:

Nelly Furtado – Folklore

Outstanding Francophone Recording:

Danielle Hébert – Aventuriere Accidentelle

Outstanding Roots Recording:

The Wailin’ Jennys – 40 Days

Outstanding Country Recording:

Doc Walker – Everyone Aboard

Outstanding Rap/Hip Hop Recording:

Swollen Members – Heavy

Outstanding Children’s Recording:

Lulu and the TomCat – 3, 2, 1 Kadooze

Outstanding Christian Recording:

Jill Paquette – Jill Paquette

Outstanding Classical Recording:


CBC Radio Orchestra – Jacques Hétu: Concertos

and Chor Leoni Men’s Choir – Yuletide Fires

Outstanding Instrumental Recording:

Great Uncles of the Revolution – Blow the House Down

Outstanding Aboriginal Recording:

Jill Paquette – Jill Paquette

Outstanding Jazz Recording:

Marilyn Lerner/Sonny Greenwich – Special Angel

Outstanding Blues Recording:

Big Dave McLean – Blues from the Middle

Outstanding Album/Independent Artist:

The Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site

Outstanding Album/Major Label Artist:


Hall of Fame:

The Stampeders

Entertainer of the Year:

Doc Walker

–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen