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.

Amy Banford

Amy Banford (Regina)

First term: June 2016-June 2018
Second term: June 2018-June 2020
Third term: June 2020-June 2022

Amy Banford is a lawyer at McKercher LLP practicing in Entertainment Law, and General and Estate Litigation. A music lover, 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.

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 rock star by night. A founding member of One Bad Son, Kurt has toured the world with the band over the past 16 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 has served as President of SaskMusic for the past five years and is passionate about utilizing his knowledge as artist and lawyer to help others in the entertainment industry make the most of their career. 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.

Kara Golemba

Kara Golemba (Indian Head)

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

Kara Golemba is a roots-styled singer/songwriter that has been actively involved in the Saskatchewan music landscape over the last 5 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 recently completed a full-length album, “Keep These Stories Safe,” and previously released an EP “Every Little Light” in 2016, neither of which would have been possible without the guidance and assistance of SaskMusic. Kara has been an active mentor in Songs 4 Nature creative camps, a songwriting program through the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. 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.


Christian Kongawi

Christian Kongawi (Saskatoon)

First term: June 2020-June 2022

Originally from The Congo DRC, Christian immigrated to Saskatchewan in 1996, where he first picked up his first pair of sticks. Gaining early and regular performance and recording experience through Radio-Canada & CBC workshops lead to 15 years of touring and recording with acts like: The Rebellion, Sly Business, The Pistolwhips, The Sheepdogs, Makeshift Innocence, and Alexis Normand (to name a few). Christian returned to the Congo with a series of fundraisers that rebuilt three schools in his native country. His next chapter brought him to Hollywood CA, where he developed skills in performance, social media, music, entertainment, and music publishing. Currently, Christian serves as a Music Director for Carnival Cruise Line.

Dale McArthur

Dale McArthur (Regina)

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

Dale is a songwriter/producer from the White Bear First Nations. He has first hand and life experience as an Artist of nearly 20 years. Dale has spent time as a liaison and Indigenous voice on different Arts boards and festival committees such as RSO Indigenous Advisory, Forward Currents Festival, BuffaloFest, Sask Culture Days, City of Regina’s National Peoples Day, and Sakewewak Storytellers Festival. Dale is a strong supporter of local music and local arts agencies such as art galleries, live venues, local festivals, and local radio stations. Dale has networked with artists and committees across Sask and other regions to promote positive relations between artist, support agencies, and to work towards ease of access for the next generation of Indigenous artists looking to self-export. Dale’s own music career has produced a handful of EPs, music education through Berklee College of Music, live performances at venues in places in and around Nashville, Banff Arts Centre, as well as many successful festivals.

Megan Nash

Megan Nash (Moose Jaw)

First term: June 2021-June 2023

Megan Nash (she/they) 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 her music and has been nominated for a JUNO, two Western Canadian Music Awards, and received the Derek Bachman Foundation’s Breaking Borders Award in 2018. Nash has over a decade of experience as a touring musician including performances at the Reeperbahn Festival, MerleFest, Tallinn Music Week, Regina Folk Festival, and Folk on the Rocks. 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

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 Sask’s local community of bands, recording with artists such as Beach Body, Ava Wild, Natural Sympathies, The WON’Ts, Wolf Willow, Megan Nash, Library Voices, The Dead South, Kacy & Clayton, Etienne Fletcher, and 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. 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), 2017 YouTube Viral - 250 million views (The Dead South - In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company), 2018 - #1 Stingray Satellite Radio (Etienne Fletcher - Cherie Cheri), 2017 SaskMusic #1 Album (Megan Nash – Seeker).

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.

Amanda  Scandrett

Amanda Scandrett (Regina)

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

Amanda Scandrett is a Regina-based artist, arts educator, and therapist. She holds a BEd in Arts Education and MEd in Educational Psychology. Amanda is a Sessional Lecturer with the University of Regina in Arts Education and runs a private practice specialising in trauma therapy through the arts and meditation. With 20 years non-profit experience, Amanda is passionate about engaging in the arts through community, social justice, and personal empowerment. She is a co-founder of Girls Rock 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 & Edgefest and has released multiple recordings with Library Voices and ROM DOS.