Pharis Romero wins SOCAN songwriter award at 2016 BreakOut West WCMAs

Pharis Romero (right) with husband and musical partner Jason Romero (left), won the SOCAN-sponsored Songwriter of the Year award at the 2016 edition of Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs).
October 17, 2016

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
William Prince

Blues Artist of the Year
Romi Mayes

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
Brett Kissel

Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year
Delhi 2 Dublin

Francophone Artist of the Year
Jocelyne Baribeau

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
Lexi Strate

Producer of the Year presented by Nimbus School of Recording & Media
Colin Stewart

Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year

Recording of the Year presented by Stingray Music
Yukon Blonde

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)
Northern Beauties

Roots Solo Artist of the Year presented by Big Rock Brewery
Frazey Ford

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
David Morin

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.
Alec Harrison

World Artist of the Year
Tasman Jude

2016 Western Canadian Music Industry Award Winners

Audio Engineering Award
Nygel Asselin

Community Excellence Award presented by Casino Regina
West End Cultural Centre

Excellence in Visual Design
Roberta Hansen

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
John Arcand

2016 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award presented by Live Nation
Derek Bachman (posthumously)