Calgary, Wed., Sept. 28, to Sun., Oct. 2
$15 festival wristband, $296 conference
The Canadian music industry, especially the western part of it, gathers in Calgary for the 20th anniversary session of Breakout West (BOW), an industry conference featuring live music showcases and awards. Industry veterans and aspiring up-and-comers gather by day for a conference featuring practical sessions, interviews guest speakers and issue-oriented discussions. The festival runs for five nights with over 50 bands at 15 venues. The Western Canadian Music Industry Awards are presented on Sat., Oct. 1.