BreakOut West 2016 Coming To Regina
Creative Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that Regina, Saskatchewan has been named the host city for BreakOut West 2016 which will take place October 13 - 16.
BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards are the primary events hosted by the Western Canadian Music Alliance – an organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory – to promote and celebrate western Canadian music.
The four-day event is a combination music conference / multi-genre music festival and includes the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Brunch and the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala.
Creative Saskatchewan, Tourism Saskatchewan, the City of Regina, Regina Hotel Association, SaskMusic and the BreakOut West host committee have worked together to secure this event for the city, province and its artists.
“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.”
“Regina is a leader in hosting first class events, and we are thrilled to have the chance to roll out the red carpet once again for BreakOut West,” said City of Regina Mayor, Michael Fougere. “We are excited to welcome back not only those who were here in 2012, but also new attendees who have not yet had the pleasure of visiting our city.”
“We are very excited to bring BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards back to Regina,” Robyn Stewart, Executive Director of the Western Canadian Music Alliance, said. “The city has an enthusiastic volunteer base and superb facilities. The BreakOut West Conference and WCMA awards are all about celebrating and showcasing the remarkable musical talents of our artists and this is a great chance for Saskatchewan artists to be celebrated on their own turf. Based on past successes in host cities, BreakOut West expects to have a significant impact on the local economy.”
“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,” said Mike Dawson, Executive Director of SaskMusic. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for Saskatchewan artists in all genres and at all career-levels. The conference is also a great place for our artists to learn, to network and to be recognized.”
Each year the event is held in a different western Canadian region. Artists can submit their applications to perform and to be considered for awards beginning in early 2016, at which time professional juries begin to choose festival line-up and award winners. Funding for this annual event is generally obtained from a variety of sources including corporate sponsors, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR), and federal and provincial governments.