Pharis Romero wins SOCAN songwriter award at 2016 BreakOut West WCMAs
Pharis Romero, of the husband-and-wife folk/bluegrass duo Jason & Pharis Romero, won the SOCAN-sponsored Songwriter(s) of the Year Award for their song “A Wanderer I’ll Stay,” at the 2016 edition of the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs) in Regina, during the BreakOut West conference.
In the only other honour specifically awarded for the act of creating music, Jason Cullimore won Classical Composition of the Year for his piece Along the King’s Road.
Among the other winners were Brett Kissel, who earned Country Artist of the year honours; The Bros. Landreth, who won the Breakout Artist of the Year Award; SonReal, who was honoured as the Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year; Delhi 2 Dublin, who garnered the Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year; and Yukon Blonde, who won recording of the Year.
SOCAN presented a SOCAN Song House event during BreakOut West 2016, allowing our member participants the opportunity to develop the craft of writing a hit song.
The complete list of winners is:
Aboriginal Artist of the Year
Blues Artist of the Year
BreakOut Artist of the Year presented by Sawchyn Guitars Ltd.
The Bros. Landreth
Children's Artist of the Year presented by SaskTel
Nadia Gaudet & Jason Burnstick
Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year presented by Canadian Music Centre
Classical Composition of the Year
Along the King's Road - Jason Cullimore
Country Artist of the Year presented by CCMA
Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year
Delhi 2 Dublin
Francophone Artist of the Year
Instrumental Artist of the Year
Pugs and Crows
Jazz Artist of the Year
Curtis Nowosad Quintet
Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year
Pop Artist of the Year
Producer of the Year presented by Nimbus School of Recording & Media
Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Recording of the Year presented by Stingray Music
Rock Artist of the Year presented by Radio Starmaker
The Wet Secrets
Roots Duo/Group of the Year presented by Musicians' Rights Organization Canada (MROC)
Roots Solo Artist of the Year presented by Big Rock Brewery
Songwriter(s) of the Year presented by SOCAN
Pharis Romero - A Wanderer I'll Stay "Pharis & Jason Romero - A Wanderer I'll Stay"
Spiritual Artist of the Year
Yvonne St. Germaine
Urban Artist of the Year
Video Director of the Year presented by MuchFACT
Ft. Langley (for Aidan Knight "All Clear")
Visual Media Composer of the Year presented by Green Sky Labs Inc.
World Artist of the Year
2016 Western Canadian Music Industry Award Winners
Audio Engineering Award
Community Excellence Award presented by Casino Regina
West End Cultural Centre
Excellence in Visual Design
Impact in Artist Development
Paquin Artists Agency
Impact in Live Music presented by Music Canada Live
Rawk Entertainment Group Inc.
Impact in Music Marketing
Live Nation Canada
2016 Heritage Award
2016 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award presented by Live Nation
Derek Bachman (posthumously)