New West wins Breakthrough Group of the Year | Juno Awards 2024

Riley Bell (Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major) 2011), also known by his performer name Kala Wita, has carved a path with his band New West to build a future in the music industry marked by passion and excellence.

From his beginnings as a professional sound engineer to his ascent to winning the prestigious 2018 Recording Engineer of the Year JUNO Award, Riley Bell, is back with another JUNO Award win.  New West took home gold as they won the award for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2024 JUNO Awards. 

As Riley Bell and New West continue to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation, their journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring musicians and recording engineers alike. 

The band's full-length debut album, "Based On A True Story…," was released on October 20th, 2023, featuring the iconic track "Those Eyes" and is available on all streaming platforms. 

You can watch New West's JUNO Award acceptance speech here -

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