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Manitoba artists received 36 nominations for Western Canadian Music Awards Tuesday.
Leading the way is Peguis First Nation singer-songwriter William Prince, who received three nominations, for Songwriter of the Year, Recording of the year for his 2020 album Reliever and for Roots Artist of the Year, one of four Manitoban artists to be nominated in that category.
Also with three nominations is Winnipeg group the Mariachi Ghost, who earned nods for Global Artist of the Year, and for Visual Media Composer of the Year. Front man Jorge Requena also picked up a nomination for Video Director of the Year.
Winnipeg's Del Barber also earned a nomination for Songwriter of the year as well as Roots Artist of the Year. Winnipeg art-pop band Royal Canoe also received a nomination for recording of the year for its 2019 record, Waver.
Leaf Rapids and the Small Glories are also up for Roots Artist of the Year.
Other Manitoba artists nominated include:
The awards are scheduled to be handed out during BreakOut West in Winnipeg from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, although organizers recognize the COVID-19 pandemic and regulations set to stem the spread of the coronavirus may mean changes to the conference.
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Alan Small was named the editor of the Free Press Arts and Life section in January 2013 after almost 15 years at the paper in a variety of editing roles.
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