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BreakOut West 2016 Announces Festival Lineup & Conference Sessions

August 29th, 2016

The Weird Party at BreakOut West [Photo: Jamie von Sacken]

The Weird Party at BreakOut West [Photo: Jamie von Sacken]

The Western Canadian Music Alliance is pleased to announce the musical line-up for the 2016 BreakOut West Festival, taking place at 11 different venues in Regina, SK from Oct. 13-16, 2016. The BreakOut West Festival features emerging talent from western Canada in every genre. New in 2016, many of the genre-specific artistic Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs) will be presented at the festival showcases.

The 14th annual WCMAs and concert is the flagship event of BreakOut West. The awards show is undergoing format update this year, kicking off the BreakOut West weekend on Oct. 13th instead of ending it, and rolling into a more concert-focused event with fewer award presentations and more music.  Country star Brett Kissel and blues icon Colin James will be this year’s headliners and James will also be this year’s Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee.

2016 BreakOut West Festival Artists:

36? (AB)
Al Muirhead (AB)
Alex Runions (SK)
Andino Suns (SK)
Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire (AB)
Arlo Maverick (AB)
Belle Plaine (SK)
Blake Berglund (SK)
Curtis Nowosad Quintet (MB)
David Morin (BC)
DGS Samurai Champs (SK)
Digawolf (NT)
Diyet (YT)
Don Amero (MB)
Double Fuzz (AB)
Ghost Twin (MB)
Hot Panda (BC)
Jay Semko (SK)
Jeffery Straker (SK)
Jesse and the Dandelions (AB)
Jesse Roper (BC)
Jocelyne Baribeau (MB)
Joe Nolan (AB)
John Oliver (BC)
JP Hoe (MB)
Justin Lacroix Band (MB)
Kaylee Johnston (BC)
Lexi Strate (AB)
Maddison Krebs (AB)
Megan Nash (SK)
Micah Visser (MB)
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald (AB)
Mike Edel (BC)
Mise en Scene (MB)
Mu (BC)
Nadia Gaudet & Jason Burnstick (MB)
Nick Faye & The Deputies (SK)
Old Cabin (YT)
Paolo Bortolussi (BC)
Poor Nameless Boy (SK)
Quinton Blair (MB)
Rah Rah (SK)
Rob Dickson (YT)
Rosie & The Riveters (SK)
Ryan McNally (YT)
Sam Weber (BC)
Slow Leaves (MB)
Speed Control (YT)
Striker (AB)
Surf Dads (SK)
The Dead South (SK)
The Mariachi Ghost (MB)
The Matinée (BC)
The Proud Sons (MB)
The Sumner Brothers (BC)
Third Ion (SK)
William Prince (MB)
Youngblood (BC)


A full-schedule is not yet available for the conference portion of BreakOut West, but a few sessions have been announced. Those include a conversation with rising country start Brett Kissel and Invictus Entertainment Group’s Louis O’Reilly hosted by Manitoba Country Music Awards Roots Artist of the Year, Quinton Blair. There will also be a series of Music Business Essentials panels, including the Entertainment Law Discussion with entertainment lawyers Safwan Javed, Kurt Dahl, and Russell D. Dufault. The discussion will focus on intellectual property and business matters as they relate to the intersection between law and music/new media. That, and band agreements.

The Tax Prep, Bookkeeping, & Music Business Admin panel will feature Shane Matthewson and Jesse Matthewson of MKM Management Services. The panel will focus on understanding day-to-day business activities. Matthewson will present an overview of accounting and income tax from the perspective of a typical band and music company. This discussion will also cover common financial issues from daily bookkeeping to cash flowing a tour, organizational strategies for keeping your business affairs in order, and admin tasks.

The FACTOR @BOW2016 event provides an opportunity for one-on-one meetings with FACTOR staff at BreakOut West to talk programs, eligibility, and applying to FACTOR.

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