BreakOut West




May 5, 2015, Victoria, BC: The Western Canadian Music Alliance revealed today the nominees for the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards, amongst those announced today at a press conference at McPherson Playhouse, in Victoria, BC, was Jay Sparrow up for “Country Recording of the Year” for his current record, BLUEBIRD and first country album to date .

Bluebird is Sparrow’s sixth record in five years. He writes and produces all of his own music as well as directing and producing all the accompanying videos, many of which have taken him to all corners of the world. To say he is prolific would be an gross understatement. To record this current album Jay enlisted the help of some high profile friends to be in his band, friends such as Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar), Clayton Bellamy (The Road Hammers), Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason) and Chad Melchert (Gord Bamford). With this all-star group assembled the sound came out just as planned: big, fun, rockin and classic. Jay has long been a fan of artists like Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Bob Seger… You can hear it in his writing. Sparrow is definitely a new voice in country music but he has that lasting reflection of the past throughout.

With lyrical content ranging from questioning one’s religious roots, supporting same sex relationships and the unending power of radio, it is safe to say Jay Sparrow is not your typical country singer-songwriter. After finishing his current record, BLUEBIRD, at Willie Nelson’s Arlyn studio in Austin Texas, Jay and compadres hit the highway to New Orleans to shoot Jay’s most recent video for “Bound By Nothing” and reflect on the new sound. Sitting on the bow of a crawfish boat in the Louisiana swamp Jay explains his motivation:

“Sure…I wanted to make something you could sing along to with your friends while enjoying the summer… but underlying that I wanted to let people in. Being a private man, this is a hard thing to do. We create so many walls in our lives and I wanted to show the hidden sensitive nature of a man.” Fittingly, Sparrow borrowed the title Bluebird from the Charles Bukowski poem of the same name: “The poem is one of my favourites because it is written by this historically rough and tumble writer yet he is letting everyone know that inside he has this soft and vulnerable bird wanting to get out”. 

The 13th annual BreakOut West and Western Canadian Music Awards will be hosted in Victoria, BC, September 17-20, 2015.  The festival, gala and conference will run concurrent with Rifflandia Festival, bringing together strengths of both events in hosting some of the best in western Canadian talent, increasing opportunities for artists, and networking with industry representatives from many different markets. The Western Canadian Music Alliance, Capital Regional Music Awards Society and the Host Committee are dedicated to making this year’s event a memorable and unique occurrence for Vancouver Island, alongside one of the island’s premier music festivals.
About BreakOut West:

BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The weekend culminates in the Western Canadian Music Awards, showcasing and honoring the talent contained in the “left half” of Canada.
For more information about BreakOut West visit breakoutwest.ca.







Amongst the 2013 WCMA nominees announced today, Royalty Records were recognized for Independent Record Label of the Year and Hey Romeo are up for 2 awards in the categories of Album Design of the Year and Producers of the Year.


The 2013 Western Canadian Music Award Winners are set to be announced at The Gala Awards Show on Sunday, October 6th in Calgary, AB as part of the BreakOut West weekend. The final jury and membership voting will begin soon and members of the six western music industry associations are eligible to vote. They include MusicBC, Alberta Music, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, Music NWT and Music Yukon.

Find out more here

BreakOut West Announces Tenille to Perform at The SOCAN Songwriters Circle!


BreakOut West just announced their SOCAN Songwriters Circle, which will feature Alberta’s and Royalty Records very own… Tenille!

Songwriters Circle showcases the inspiring words & music from four extremely talented songsmiths.

Held on Sunday, September 30th at 4pm in the intimate setting of the Regina Inn and hosted by Jay Semko 2012 Hall Of Fame Award recipients from Saskatchewan The Northern Pikes, and joined onstage by Alberta’s Tenille, Manitoba’s Greg MacPherson, and BC’s Bob Kemmis.

This live event will give the audience a rare opportunity to hear the story behind the songs. SOCAN is proud to present this acoustic, in-the-round performance by some of western Canada’s finest songwriters.

This event is complimentary to all BreakOut West Delegates and is $10 for the public.