A band and a record producer with roots in the Steinbach area are in the running for awards that honour the best musical talent Western Canada has to offer.
Nominees of the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards were announced Tuesday.
Royal Canoe, a Winnipeg-based rock band with members who hail from Steinbach, Mitchell, and Kleefeld, was one of five acts nominated in the Recording of the Year category. The band’s latest album, Waver, was released by Paper Bag Records in January 2019.
John Paul Peters, a Winnipeg-based record producer and audio engineer who grew up in Steinbach and frequently collaborates with Royal Canoe, was nominated for Producer of the Year and the Audio Engineering Award.
Peters and Royal Canoe were two of 18 Manitoba artists who garnered a total of 24 WCMA nominations this year, according to Manitoba Film and Music.
Award winners will be announced in Winnipeg during BreakOut West, a four-day industry conference and music festival taking place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.
The awards are administered by the Western Canadian Music Alliance, a coalition of the provincial music industry associations of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northwest and Yukon territories.
Members of the six associations cast votes to determine award winners.
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