Manitobans took home more than a few pieces of hardware at this year’s Western Canadian Music Awards.
Former Brandonite Tanya Tagaq continued to win praise for her album Animism, for which she picked up the awards for Aboriginal Recording of the Year, Spiritual Recording of the Year and World Recording of the Year.
Other local winners include Karl Stobbe for Classical Recording of the Year, Ridley Bent for Country Recording of the Year and Fred Penner for Children’s Recording of the Year.
On the industry side, the West End Cultural Centre added a large feather to its cap as it was chosen as Live Music Venue of the Year, and the Paquin Artists agency was dubbed Agency of the Year, with Gilles Paquin winning Manager of the Year.
A Manitoban also took home Album Design of the Year award — Roberta Hansen was acknowledged for her work on Pilgrimage by Steve Bell.
The Western Canadian Music Awards gala is the final part of the weekend-long BreakOut West event, which includes a music festival and industry conference. This year’s BreakOut West was held in Victoria.