Meet the Board

About the Board

The SaskMusic Board makes policy for and develops the strategic direction of SaskMusic. Board members are volunteers, serving on committees and often times helping present our various events and activities.

We welcome and encourage board members from all over Saskatchewan. We seek diversity and invite interest from candidates representing many different roles and musical attitudes. A call for nominations is distributed to our voting membership annually in May/June in advance of our Annual General Meeting, at which time board elections are held.

Terms are two years in length, with Directors serving a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Executive is appointed from within the Board, by the Board, following each AGM.  More information on board duties can be found on our AGM page.

Shannon Josdal

Shannon Josdal (Saskatoon)
President

First term: June 2019-June 2021
Second term: June 2021-June 2023

Shannon Josdal is an entertainment buyer, venue manager, and music educator with over ten years’ experience in the creative industries. Originally from Regina, she is a graduate of the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario and the Integrated Musical Theatre program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Shannon has worked with venues of all sizes throughout the province, as well as artists ranging from up-and-comers to international headliners. As a music educator, she has taught students ranging in age from 4 - adult in both private and classroom settings. She brings to the Board a wealth of experience in entertainment contracts, negotiation, event planning, budget management, and audience engagement.

Andrea An

Andrea An (Saskatoon)

First term: June 2021-June 2023

Andrea An is a multi-talented Vietnamese-Canadian pop, R&B, and country artist. She started taking piano lessons at age six and by the time she was a teenager, she had also taught herself to play guitar. This wasn’t the last time she’d showcase her DIY ambitions or creative prowess. In fact, Andrea An is an artist, studio, and marketing department all rolled into one. She co-owns a recording studio, photography and videography company called Nolita Studios. She records her own music (alongside her producer/fiancé, Jesse Weiman), and also directs, edits, and produces her own videos. She even does all of her own creative work, everything from her artist photography to her album covers and promotional materials. Andrea has generated over 500,000 views on YouTube and Facebook and played festivals like the Trifecta Music Festival and the Country Thunder VIP area. She was also nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2021 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards. Andrea An is on a mission to share her music with the world - and to show that it’s possible for women of colour/Asian-Canadians to be visible in the Canadian music industry.

Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson (Regina)

First term: June 2022-June 2024

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Jamie Anderson (she/her) is a classical musician born and raised in Regina. She holds a B. Mus in Clarinet Performance. Jamie started playing the clarinet in 2005, and has never looked back, playing with wind ensembles, concert bands, and orchestras, along with smaller ensemble work. She is regularly invited to work with band students at all levels throughout southern Saskatchewan. Outside of performing, Jamie has worked in arts administration for 5+ years at the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the City of Regina, and is heavily involved in the Regina Folk Festival. Jamie has volunteered for the RFF since 2012, and is currently the Board Secretary. Jamie’s experience as a performer has supported her knowledge in concert and festival planning, which spans from front of house, to volunteer coordination, to artistic support and everything in between. In working with mentors such as Gordon Gerrard, Music Director of the RSO, Jamie is passionate about how live music and collaboration, by exploring social relevant issues, can bring community together. Currently working in the animal welfare sector, Jamie continues to teach, support, and attend music-related events in the community. Jamie currently lives in Regina with her wiener dog/best friend/child, Hanna.

Brad Bellegarde

Brad Bellegarde (Regina)

First term: June 2021-June 2023

CBC Future 40 Award Winner and Neechie Gear Role Model, Brad Bellegarde aka InfoRed has been a featured artist at events such as Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg, Manitoba, APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live and Vancouver’s Olympic Games celebrations. Brad is a proud Nakota/Cree member of the Little Black Bear First Nation who calls Regina, SK home. A true believer that education is the new Buffalo, his work in schools gave him a unique opportunity to present his methods of education at the VIII International Conference of Intercultural Education in Indigenous Contexts in Temuco, Chile. In 2012, InfoRed performed for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their Royal visit.

Kurt Dahl

Kurt Dahl (Saskatoon)

First term: November 2014-June 2017
Second term: June 2017-June 2019
Third term: June 2019-June 2021
Past President: June 2021-June 2023

Kurt Dahl is an entertainment lawyer by day and a musician by night. A founding member of One Bad Son, Kurt has toured the world with the band over the past 18 years, sharing the stage with The Rolling Stones, Def Leppard, Judas Priest and more. The band landed their first #1 single in Canada with the song Raging Bull in 2018. By day, Kurt is one of the preeminent entertainment lawyers in Canada, working with the biggest names in the music industry from coast to coast. Kurt served as President of SaskMusic for six years and is passionate about utilizing his knowledge as artist and lawyer to help others in the entertainment industry make the most of their careers. He shares his knowledge in the articles he writes on cutting edge issues in the music industry which have been published around the world by Canadian Musician, Canadian Lawyer, SOCAN, Drum Magazine and more, and can be found on his website www.lawyerdrummer.com.

Marian Donnelly

Marian Donnelly (Regina)

First term: June 2021-June 2023

Marian Donnelly, MBA Regional Director for Western Canada, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. CEO/Founder, Creative City Centre Inc. Marian has been working in the creative industries since 1975. Between 1976 and 1996, Marian worked as an artist manager, concert and festival producer, music publisher and tour manager in Winnipeg, Toronto and Vancouver. In 1996, she returned to Regina to work as Executive Director of SaskMusic. In 2002, she worked as a Cultural Industries Consultant to the Province of Saskatchewan, and was then hired as the General Manager of the Globe Theatre from 2003-2005. In 2006, Marian returned to school and earned her MBA. She also renovated a heritage building in Regina's downtown, which opened in 2011 as the Creative City Centre. The CCC is home to artist studios, and a visual art gallery and small performance venue called the Hague Gallery. Since May 2011, the CCC has presented 150-200 shows per year at this vibrant but intimate little venue. With the pandemic lockdown, the CCC has transitioned from performance venue to production studio. Marian has mentored hundreds of young artists and entrepreneurs over the years, and is passionate about the arts as a vehicle for reconciliation and learning between cultures.

Wanda Gronhovd

Wanda Gronhovd (Regina)

First term: June 2022-June 2024

Wanda Gronhovd has been involved in the music industry in Saskatchewan since 2014 when she released her debut CD Awakening. She has released another full-length album and an EP since that time. Gronhovd has organized and completed two 14-day tours in 2018 and 2019. Gronhovd retired from a forty-year nursing career in 2019 and has been working full-time on her creative projects since that time, which include music and writing. She developed an interactive show called Unfolding the Path of our Grief during 2021/2022 which she will be performing across Sask. during the next year to support people as we emerge from the pandemic. She was a co-coordinator of the Regina SAC songwriters group for five years having left the position in 2020. She spent two years on the board of CJTR 91.3 from 2019-2021. She is very interested in supporting women in the music industry and is a member of the queer community.

Uzochi Ifeanyiukachu

Uzochi Ifeanyiukachu (Regina)

First term: June 2022-June 2024

Uzochi is an artist, singer, songwriter in Regina performing under the name Zochi. “I take pride currently in expressing myself in/with different sounds of music/genres like hip hop, afro, jazz, new age to name a few, aligning it a new school feel as well in my recording process. I call myself a contemporary gospel artist. Heavy on the contemporary because I am a gay/lesbian woman, identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. I wanna be able to express God’s love in general in my life through my music while being authentic to my core.”

Dale McArthur

Dale McArthur (Regina)

First term: June 2018-June 2020
Second term: June 2020-June 2022
Third term: June 2022-June 2024

Dale McArthur is from White Bear First Nations. He comes with twenty years of local and professional industry experience. Dale’s focus is on opening doors for Indigenous Artists and assisting where possible with providing support. Dale also has training in Audio Mastering from Berklee College of Music and offers services to emerging artists. Dale has previously served on the Board and worked to form the first Indigenous Advisory. Dale hopes to continue his dedication to the arts community and Indigenous focus.

Megan Nash

Megan Nash (Moose Jaw)

First term: June 2021-June 2023

Megan Nash is a rural-based songwriter from Treaty 4 Territory. Nash graduated from Nova Scotia Community College in 2009 with a Music Business Certificate with Honours and went on to work at SaskMusic, later moving to commercial radio. Since then Nash has gained attention for their music and has been nominated for a JUNO, four Western Canadian Music Awards, and received the Derek Bachman Foundation’s Breaking Borders Award in 2018. In 2021, Nash took home Alternative Artist of the Year at the Saskatchewan Music Awards. Nash has over a decade of experience as a touring musician. A passionate songwriter, Nash has shared her love of the craft through songwriting facilitation work with the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s program Songs 4 Nature, Girls Rock Regina, and classrooms across the province. Wearing many hats in the music industry, Nash is most notably a record producer, show promoter, and a self-managed musician who believes in creating a more positive music scene for everyone. (Photo: Gina Brass)

Orion Paradis

Orion Paradis (Regina)

First term: June 2018-June 2020
Second term: June 2020-June 2022
Third term: June 2022-June 2024

Orion Paradis is a Saskatchewan music producer who works out of his own recording studio. As a producer & engineer, Orion is very active in Sask’s local community of bands, recording with artists such as Ava Wild, Beach Body, Zochi, Natural Sympathies, The Wonts, Wolf Willow, Megan Nash, Library Voices, The Dead South, Kacy & Clayton, Etienne Fletcher & The Extroverts. Orion has a lot of knowledge of the music business in Saskatchewan - from creating albums, to performing heavily remixed DJ sets, to production work for dance and theatre companies, he has navigated a wide swath of musical exploration and events – experience which is shared with the SaskMusic board since Orion was elected in 2018. Some career highlights include: 2020 - Gold Certification Canada & USA (The Dead South "In Hell I'll Be In Good Company"); 2019 Juno Nomination - Contemporary Roots Album of the Year (Megan Nash – Seeker); 2018 - #1 Stingray Satellite Radio (Etienne Fletcher - Cherie Cheri); 2017 SaskMusic #1 Album (Megan Nash – Seeker), 2016 Nominated Recording of the Year WCMA (Library Voices - Lovish), 2013 CBC #1 National Song of the Summer (Indigo Joseph - Others).

Allyson Reigh

Allyson Reigh (Saskatoon)

First term: June 2021-June 2023

Allyson Reigh is an award-winning singer/songwriter based in Saskatoon. She has released 4 albums and her original music has been featured in film, documentaries, television programs and commercials (most notably for Co-op in Western Canada, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, CBC’s Workin’ Moms), played on national radio, international satellite radio, and sung by choirs in 6 countries. For the last 7 years, Allyson was a full-time member of Saskatoon’s Rosie & the Riveters until they disbanded in September 2020. While together, the trio earned a Western Canadian Music Award, a Saskatchewan Arts Board Award and an International Songwriting Award in the social justice category. Part of their mission as a band was to bring awareness to issues that impact women, children, and minority groups (in particular, sexual assault and violence). In 7 years, the Riveters donated over $19k to community organizations and small businesses through KIVA.org, YWCA Canada, and the Crisis Nursery in Saskatoon via merchandise and online sales of their song, “I Believe You”. Allyson remains passionate about social justice issues and is actively engaged with many community groups. She lives in Saskatoon with her husband and 2 dogs and teaches singing, songwriting, and stage performance.

Katie Sahlu

Katie Sahlu (Regina)

First term: June 2022-June 2024

Katie Sahlu is a Canadian Hot 100 songwriter with an honours diploma in Entertainment Business Management from Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production. She has worked with various recording labels and agencies while based in Toronto. She has served as a JUNO Awards judge and has been a FACTOR Juror for a number of years. With a focus on urban music, she enjoys dedicating time to consult with artists to help with grants, marketing, songwriting/beat selection, etc. and has recently relocated back to her home province of Saskatchewan.