BreakOut West

BreakOut West is a 3-day music conference and a 2-night music festival combined with the Western Canadian Music Awards.

From Oct. 3-6, Calgarians can take in performances at the BreakOut West Festival. Musicians spanning six western regions will play at various venues across the downtown core and the community of Inglewood. With numerous genres, including special classical and aboriginal showcases, music fans will have a chance to enjoy well-known artists and find new talent.

BreakOut West Artist

Special Events to Attend:

BreakOut West Kick Off Street Party

When: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Where: Stephen Ave. (300 block of 8 Ave. S.W.)
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Kick off BreakOut West with a free all ages outdoor event. Rain or shine, enjoy performances by Reuben & The Dark, Current Swell, Amy Heffernan, Jon & Roy, Jocelyn & Lisa and Lucas Chaisson.

BreakOut West Trio

BreakOut West Kick Off Country Showcase

When: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Where: Ranchman’s - 9615 MacLeod Trail S.
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Strap on your cowboy boots and enjoy a lineup of talented country artists, including Western Canadian Music Award nominees. This country showcase will include “Amazing Race” Line Dance Lessons along with performances by PEAR, Matt Masters, Jess Moskaluke, Bobby Wills and Shannon Smith

BreakOut West Jazz Showcase

When: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
Where: Wine-Ohs Bistro & Cellar - 811 1 St. S.W.
Time: 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Move and groove to the amazing sounds of A/B Trio, Tyler Hornby, Hutchinson Andrew Trio, Jonathan McCaslin and Johnny Summers at the jazz showcase.

The Canadian Music Centre Presents: BreakOut West Classical Music Showcase

When: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
Where: Festival Hall - 1215 10 Ave. S.E.
Time: 2:00 p.m.

This free classical music showcase features Western Canadian Music Awards nominees from the Classical Recording of the Year and Classical Composition of the Year categories.

View performances by Jeffrey Ryan, Marcus Goddard ft. Standing Wave Ensemble, Astor Piazzolla ft. Antonio Peruch, Patrick Carrabré ft. Naomi Forman, Jason Cullimore ft. Quartones Flute Quartet, Sid Robinovitch ft. Rubbing Stone Ensemble, John Oliver and Donovan Seidle ft. Kensington Sinfonia

To view more BreakOut West special events, click here.

Mini BreakOut West

Enjoy a family friendly afternoon featuring Rick Scott, and Dragon Fli Empire with Rebecca Dawn doing hip hop for kids. Grab your little ones and experience the instrument petting zoo, or make your very own Sound Sandwich. This event is offered free of charge. 

When: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Where: National Music Centre - 134 11 Ave. S.E.
Time: 12.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Performers: Rick Scott at 12:30 p.m. and Dragon Fli Empire ft. Rebecca Dawn at 2:00 p.m.
Instrument petting zoo: Featuring a theremin, aerophone, exploded piano and synthesizers
Craft: Sound sandwiches – made of Popsicle sticks and straws, the sound sandwich is part harmonica, part kazoo
Concession: Juices and snacks provided for sale
Admission: Free of charge!

Festival Lineup

Enjoy over 80 of Western Canada's greatest musical talents at the BreakOut West Festival. View the festival lineup here.

Festival Schedule

Join Western Canada's finest performers as they hit the stage at various venues throughout the city. See the full schedule here.