Loreena McKennitt Inducted into Hall of Fame

WCMAs 2009 wraps in Brandon, Manitoba

By Karen Bliss

BRANDON, MB – “Here’s to the music and here’s to the muse,” said Loreena McKennitt upon accepting her induction into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Sunday night (Sept. 20), at Centennial Auditorium as part of the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards in Brandon, MB.

The world music singer-harpist-pianist, whose recordings have sold more than 14 million albums worldwide, said she attributed her success to a “collective effort.” The native of Morden, MB, long based in Stratford, ON., was also the keynote interview the day before at the WCMA Industry Awards brunch with noted publicist Richard Flohil.

McKennitt’s induction came right at the top of a two-hour ceremony honouring artists from Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia, Yukon and Saskatchewan. Among the winners were Marianas Trench’s Masterpiece Theatre for pop recording; The Waking Eyes’ Holding On To Whatever It Is for independent album; Grand Analog’s Touch Your Toes for rap/hip hop recording; Theory of a Deadman’s Scars and Souvenirs for rock recording.  Romi Mayes was the only artist to win a pair of awards, for roots solo recording and songwriter, both for Achin In Yer Bones. Steve Dawson did take home two; one for instrumental recording for Telescope and one the previous day at the Industry Awards for producer.

The Western Canadian Music Alliance added a new category to the WCMAs this year, the International Achievement Award, in order to give recognition to global sellers without having them dominate the awards. Michael Buble and classical violinist James Ehnes were the inaugural recipients. In a videotaped acceptance speech, Buble joked, “I love winning…if you don’t think this makes me more of an egotistical guy, you’re crazy.” He then fretted that Kanye West might tell him Ron Sexsmith is more deserving.

The WCMAs was the pinnacle of the four-day festival that started on the 17th and included showcases by more 50 acts in seven venues, and conference panels at Canad Inns and Keystone Centre. 

A full list of winners for the WCMAs and the industry awards is below:


Aboriginal Recording of the Year    
Eagle & Hawk – Sirensong

Blues Recording of the Year                         
Big Dave McLean - Acoustic Blues - Got 'em from the bottom
Children's Recording of the Year                             
Bobs & Lolo - Action Packed                        

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Recording of the Year                            
Steve Bell - Devotion                                     

Classical Composition of the Year                           
T. Patrick Carrabré - A Hammer For Your Thoughts                        

Classical Recording of the Year                               
Windrose Trio - Path Of Contact

Country Recording of the Year                                
Doc Walker - Beautiful Life
Album francophone de l'année/ Francophone Recording of the Year                   
Daniel ROA - Le nombril du monde
Independent Album of the Year                                
The Waking Eyes - Holding On To Whatever It Is

Instrumental Recording of the Year                         
Steve Dawson - Telescope

Jazz Recording of the Year              
Jerrold Dubyk - The Maverick
Pop Recording of the Year                           
Marianas Trench - Masterpiece Theatre

Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year                                  
Grand Analog - Touch Your Toes                              

Rock Recording of the Year                         
Theory of a Deadman - Scars and Souvenirs                          

Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year                          
The Deep Dark Woods - Winter Hours                                 

Roots Solo Recording of the Year                           
Romi Mayes - Achin In Yer Bones                            

Songwriter of the Year                                 
Romi Mayes - Achin In Yer Bones                            

Urban Recording of the Year                                   
Krystle Dos Santos - Krystle Dos Santos

World Recording of the Year                                   
Delhi 2 Dublin - Delhi 2 Dublin

Hall of Fame Award
Loreena McKennitt

International Achievement Award
Micheal Bublé
James Ehnes


Agency of the Year
Paquin Entertainment Group

Album Design of the Year
Derek Bachman - One More Night with You Live by Skavenjah

Engineer of the Year
Shawn Pierce

Independent Record Label of the Year
Mint Records

Live Music Venue of the Year
The Commodore Ballroom

Manager of the Year
Terry McBride

Multi Media Award
Mitch Barany - City of Noise – The Summerland

Producer of the Year
Steve Dawson

Talent Buyer of the Year                                          
Harvey Cohen - The Union Ltd.        
Heritage Award
Robert Turner

Industry Builder Award
Gilles Paquin - Paquin Entertainment Group