Meet the Board

About the Board

If you would like to be more involved in our music industry and contribute directly to the growth of SaskMusic, you might consider running for a position on our Board of Directors.

Directors should be experienced, active and enthusiastic about the music industry. Our Board makes policy for and develops the strategic direction of SaskMusic. Board members are involved in our various events and fundraising, and other activities. These are volunteer positions, but expenses are covered for any out-of-town duties.

Knowledge of board governance and non-profit organizations would be helpful, but is not necessary. Each position is a two-year term. The annual time commitment for a director is approximately one strategic planning weekend; approximately 6 board meetings; committee meetings as required (each member sits on one committee); attendance at the AGM; attendance at SaskMusic events whenever possible; and you must be accessible by phone/email most of the time.

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 the membership annually in May/June.

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 is also available on our AGM page.

Amy Banford

Amy Banford (Regina)

First term: June 2016-June 2018
Second Term: June 2018-June 2020

Amy is a lawyer at McKercher LLP practicing in Entertainment Law, and General and Estate Litigation. A music lover, Amy is seeing a second term on the board. Amy received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina in 2008 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. Amy also studied English and Linguistics at the University of Regina and became an associate at McKercher LLP in 2014. While attending the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, Amy was awarded the Douglas A. Schmeiser Prize in Criminal Procedure. Amy has been a member of Mensa Canada since 2009. As one who loves to learn, Amy has a broad interest in all areas of law, but also has a particular interest in Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law. Growing up in a music-loving household, Amy spent her childhood years playing her parents’ records and cleaning the display cases at her parents’ CD shop. Amy is thrilled to be able to incorporate her love of the arts into her legal practice, and has been fortunate enough to work on a number of film productions in the province over the past few years.

Kurt Dahl

Kurt Dahl (Saskatoon)

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

Kurt has been actively involved in the Canadian music industry for twenty years, as a touring musician, entertainment lawyer, board member and public speaker. He tours the country regularly with his band One Bad Son, and practices entertainment law from coast to coast. His articles about various music industry topics have been published around the world, and can be found on his website www.LawyerDrummer.com. Kurt previously served on the SaskMusic Board from 2008-2012, and in 2013 was invited to sit on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. Kurt has been on the Board of Directors for the Western Canadian Music Alliance since 2017. Him and his wife Julia moved home to Saskatoon from BC in 2014, and are proud parents to Levon and Laurel.

Kara Golemba

Kara Golemba (Indian Head)

First term: June 2018-June 2020

Kara Golemba is a roots styled singer/songwriter that has been actively involved in the Saskatchewan music landscape over the last 3 years. She has been a vocal advocate of the support and programming that local musicians receive through SaskMusic, and the community they have helped to foster. Golemba released an EP “Every Little Light” in 2016 which wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance and assistance of SaskMusic, and she has been working towards a full length release for late 2018. Golemba’s song “Box Labelled You” was a finalist in the Folk category of the Canadian Songwriting Competition 2018, she was the winner of the 620 CKRM Proudly Saskatchewan Showcase (2016), has played Gateway Festival, SaskTel Jazzfest, Craven Country Jamboree, All Folk’d Up, Telemiracle, and was part of The Empty Room Series. She is passionate about contributing to the culture of promoting and assisting the growth of community and career expansion for all Saskatchewan musicians.

Shannon Josdal

Shannon Josdal (Saskatoon)

First term: June 2019-June 2021

Originally from Regina, Shannon 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. In 2012, Shannon was unexpectedly handed the keys to Regina's Creative City Centre when the Centre's founder needed someone to take care of things while she ran for political office. A career in venue management and entertainment buying ensued. Shannon is currently the Entertainment Buyer for the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) and oversees the negotiating, buying, contracting, and programming of entertainment throughout SIGA's seven casino properties. She programs in excess of 115 concerts a year with artists ranging from up-and-comers to international headliners. In her spare time, Shannon teaches piano, voice, and flute at the 8th St. Long & McQuade. She lives in Saskatoon with her husband Matt and their dog Sonny.

Zandra Kas

Zandra Kas (Regina)

First term: June 2018-June 2020

Zandra Kas is the manager of the two venues and gallery at The Exchange which is part of the provincial non profit arts organiza-tion The Sask. Cultural Exchange. She is responsible for 300+ venue bookings each year and curates the Exchange Presents and Emerging Artist Concert Series. She also owns and operates zandra productions, which has produced hundreds of events in its 18 years.

Mitchell Lupichuk

Mitchell Lupichuk (Saskatoon)

June 2019-June 2021

Mitchell is a music venue owner from Saskatoon. A lifelong fan of music, he ventured into the industry just out of high school when he began his first event production company. Since that time, music has been a huge part of his life. Despite his familiarity and experience with music on a national and international level, Mitch has always had a passion for local music and always dreamed of owning his own venue. This dream became a reality in 2014 when he and a handful of his friends opened the Capitol Music Club. Since that time the Capitol has become a staple venue in the city, booking thousands of events. Mitch has worked tirelessly to promote up and coming local bands and to bring world class acts to our city and province. Not only is Mitch a successful business man, he understands the importance of investing in the community. He has over 5 years experience working on not-for-profit boards including Kickstart SBLA (Vice President) & Ness Creek Music Festival (Board member/external committee member). He is current member of the Revenue Generation Committee for Ness Creek, helping to keep the festival viable through sponsorship. Mitch is passionate about using his experience and connections to enhance the provincial music scene.

Dale McArthur

Dale McArthur (Regina)

First Term: June 2018-June 2020

Dale McArthur is an Indigenous songwriter and producer from White Bear First Nations and lives in Regina. His professional artist credentials include the following: Lead guitarist and writer for Cree language rock trio “Indifference,” sharing local and national stages with major artists, airplay on national and international radio, as well as several releases and collaborations. Dale has a long history of accomplishments which include: singles that reached #21 on Indigenous Music Countdown and Siri-usXM, performances in Nashville TN with the opportunity to explore blues guitar audio mastering studies with producer Jonathan Wyner, and vocal studies with Adriana Balic (of Pink) via Berklee College. Dale also performs audio production in his recording studio. Residency at Banff Arts Centre to begin production of his next album blending Indigenous culture, language, and life experiences with contemporary music working with inner city Indigenous youth, aiming to build bridges between non-Indigenous and Indigenous artist communities. Boards/ Committees/ Memberships: Indigenous Advisor to the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Indigenous Advisor to Playing for Change, Sâkêwêwak Artists Collective Inc. member, Regina Community Radio member, SOCAN, RAPA (Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association), National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee. Networking with and supporting Indigenous artists across Turtle Island.

Orion Paradis

Orion Paradis (Regina)

First Term: June 2018-June 2020

Orion Paradis is a Saskatchewan music producer who works out of his own recording studio, SoulSound (which shares a building & inspiration with its sister studio, FadaDance). As a producer & engineer, Orion is very active in Regina's local community of bands, recording with artists such as Megan Nash, Etienne Fletcher, Wolf Willow, Library Voices, The Dead South, Belle Plaine, Kacy & Clayton, The Extroverts, Natural Sympathies, Beach Body & The Spationauts. 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 can be shared with the SaskMusic board. Some career highlights include: 2018 - #1 Stingray Satellite Radio (Etienne Fletcher - Cherie Cheri), 2017 SaskMusic #1 Album 2017 (Megan Nash – Seeker), 2017 YouTube Viral - 65 million views (The Dead South - In Hell I'll Be In Good Company), 2016 Nominated Recording of the Year WCMA (Library Voices - Lovish), 2013 CBC #1 National Song of the Summer (Indigo Joseph - Others), 2009 Nominated Independent Album of the Year WCMA (Library Voices – Hunting Ghosts EP).

Jared Robinson

Jared Robinson (Moose Jaw)

First term: June 2017-June 2019
Second term: June 2019-June 2021

Over the course of his career as an artist/designer/producer, Jared has been nominated for 22 music and design awards in various categories at the Prairie Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, The Indies (Toronto), Independent Music Awards, and the JUNOs. This includes a nomination for “Best Music Producer” as well as being honoured with an award for photography. Jared’s recording studio, Nebulus Entertainment, prides itself on working with Saskatchewan’s industry and artists, regardless of genre or whether you’re a beginner or expert. Genres worked with have included: rock, hip hop, singer/songwriter, pop, electronic, country, orchestral and more.

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Amanda Scandrett (Regina)

First Term: June 2018-June 2020

Amanda is an expressive therapies practitioner who manages an arts centre that merges professional arts practice with trauma-informed approaches. She is also one of the founders of Girls Rock Camp Regina and has more than a decade of experience as a touring and recording musician. She has performed around the world, including performances at the Vancouver Olympics, SXSW, Liverpool Sound City and Edgefest.

Derek Watson

Derek Watson (Saskatoon)

First term: June 2019-June 2021

Derek has been in the radio industry for over 20 years, as an on-air personality on stations with formats ranging from rock, country, pop and classic hits. Throughout those years, he’s also taken on the roles of Music Director and Program Director. Since 2007, he’s been the morning show co-host at ROCK 102 in Saskatoon. He’s long supported the local music scene and their parent company Rawlco Radio has invested nearly a million dollars to Saskatchewan artists with our 10K20 Project. His commercial radio experience has brought his passion for supporting local musicians to the masses as they have successfully highlighted many non-main stream artists into their playlist and seen them rise to success. He believes that Saskatchewan has the opportunity to lead Canada as we continue to grow our local talent into globally recognized performers, songwriters and producers. He sings in a local band and plays with them each year at Rock 102's “Spring Invasion”. He will provide valuable input to SaskMusic and contribute to the constructive development of the organization thanks to his knowledge, understanding and deep passion for this industry. He will act as a strong advocate and provide guidance to ensure Saskatchewan continues to grow leaders in the music industry.

Malcolm Whyte

Malcolm Whyte (Saskatoon)

First term: June 2017-June 2019
Second term: June 2019-June 2021

Malcolm was born and raised in Vancouver BC and played in various bands, starting when he was 15 years old. Malcolm enrolled in the B.Mus program at Vancouver Community College/UBC where he studied music theory, world music composition and instrumentation fundamentals. After moving to Saskatchewan in 2006, he took a break from music to raise a family. In 2011, he re-entered the Saskatoon music scene, playing with a number of acts including The Karpinka Brothers and Dream Country. In addition to music, Malcolm brings knowledge of project management and coordination through his work at the University of Saskatchewan’s Clinical Learning Resource Centre as a Simulation Technology Specialist.