Career Tracks Consults
We are pleased to announce the expansion of our “Career Tracks” Artist Consultation Program!
Career Tracks offers confidential, one-on-one assistance to artists and music professionals. SaskMusic members can meet with our team to discuss career plans, marketing strategies, touring, songwriting and copyright, funding and grant applications, demo critiques/reviews, industry trends, or other relevant music topics.
SaskMusic is pleased to announce the expansion of our roster of Career Tracks consultants, enabling us to offer a wide variety of expertise. These consultants join the ranks of SaskMusic full-time staff members Michael Dawson, Lorena Kelly, and Kaelen Klypak in offering perspective on musician’s careers at all levels to help them achieve their goals. Consultations are conducted in person at Regina or Saskatoon offices, by phone, or via Skype.
SaskMusic members* can access unlimited consultations. To schedule an appointment with any one of our Career Tracks mentors, use this handy online form; or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call toll-free 1-800-347-0676.
*To become a SaskMusic member, visit our Join page.
Craig Silliphant is a Saskatoon-based writer, critic, advertising strategist, and broadcaster. He is Creative Director at Rawlco Radio, Rawlco Transit, and Rawlco Digital, and he lives in Saskatoon with his wife and son. His work appears in places like Planet S Magazine, Prairie Dog Magazine, Ominocity, The National Post, BeatRoute, and on CBC, CTV, Rawlco Radio, and CFCR Community Radio. His book “Exile Off Main Street,” about the Saskatoon music scene, was a self-published local best seller. He is also editor of pop culture website, thefeedbacksociety.com. Craig wrote countless music videos for CMT and MuchMusic, and was writer and co-producer of the award-winning Global Television documentary, “Stolen Sisters,” about missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Craig is a Polaris Music Prize and JUNO Award Juror. He has been a musician since he was a teenager, and a prolific booster of the Saskatchewan music scene, both writing about music and also working with musicians on their press kits and promotional materials. His mom thinks he’s cool. His wife doesn’t.
Craig joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions including:
artist bios, press releases, and marketing.
Devin Pacholik is a media specialist. The Regina-based journalist's work has been published and broadcast nationally and internationally. Devin has reported for CKRM radio, Global News television, The Leader-Post, CBC. VICE, Noisey Music, Metal Injection, and more. He also facilitates communications and social media for the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Devin has a creative writing honours degree from the University of Regina, he skateboards, performs stand up comedy, and can proficiently wield dual nunchucks.
Devin joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions including:
artist press releases and marketing, traditional marketing.
Starting out as a DJ, Factor Chandelier has evolved into one of Western Canada’s busiest producers. He is continuously working and touring with high caliber Canadian and American artists including: Awol One, Open Mike Eagle, Moka Only, Myka 9, Ceschi, Sole, Aesop Rock, Buck65, Gregory Pepper, Astronautalis, Sunspot Jonz, Evil Ebenezer, Merkules, Xzibit, Kool Keith, Sage Francis, Def3, Kay the Aquanaut and the Side Road Crew. He is known for continuously dropping top-notch product out of Saskatoon since the early 2000s. He is the founder, owner and operator of Side Road Records (2001), releasing over 40 professional albums between Side Road & Fake Four Inc.
Factor's music has garnered international distribution and he has received positive critical acclaim by way of magazine and website reviews, as well as reaching #1 charting radio play on college/community radio all over Canada, the U.S., and Japan. Factor has been able to get placement in movies (theme song for “Wolfcop”) and advertisements with companies such as Addidas, Gopro, MTV and more. He was nominated for a 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for his work on “Wildlif3” with fellow Sask. artist Def3, in the Hip Hop Album of the Year category.
Factor's production combines smooth melodic moods and live instruments over immaculate drums - put together seemingly effortlessly - to create a distinct sound of his own, and it's for this reason he's consistently banging out one-of-a-kind beats as one of underground music’s favorite new school producers. Factor is always trying to create original, thought-provoking music that pushes the envelope of traditional hip-hop and has drawn significant attention to this Canadian artist. Hailing from the prairies, this Saskatoon born and raised musician continues to make waves with his innovative sound.
Factor joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions including:
recording, touring, self management, indie labels, and music production.
Geoff Smith started his music career in 2011, when he released his first recording as Gunner & Smith. Since then, Geoff has released a number of recordings and toured Canada extensively, and more recently, the USA. He has also performed at a number of prestigious industry showcases including Folk Alliance International and NXNE. Geoff has significant experience in songwriting, band management, grant writing, tour booking, and promotion. In addition to working as a touring artist, Geoff has booked tours in Canada and the USA for a number of acts, books and promotes shows at a local venue, and is the founder of the Saskatoon Songwriter Showcase.
Geoff joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions including:
self-booking, international showcasing, and songwriting.
Jay Semko is known nationally as singer and bassist with multiple JUNO Award nominees and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame members the Northern Pikes, internationally as an award winning music composer for numerous film and TV productions, including Canada's most successful internationally syndicated series, "Due South", and as one of Canada’s premiere singer/songwriters, with 10 solo albums released. He has co-written and recorded with many of the best songwriters and musicians in music, has instructed songwriting at the University of Saskatchewan and been a panelist, participant, and host at many national events affiliated with SOCAN, the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), and many others.
He is a 2-time winner of the SCMA Award for Roots Album of the Year (2012 "Force of Horses" & 2015 "Flora Vista") and a 2-time Gemini Award nominee and Canadian Screen Award nominee for his work as a music composer for television ("Due South" and "Dust Up"). He has performed across North America, Japan, at SXSW, the International Folk Alliance Conference, NXNE and many other industry events. He is also a full ACTRA member and his voice can be heard on many advertising campaigns across Canada and the USA. He continues to tour nationally as a solo acoustic artist and with the Northern Pikes, and his songs, stories, and legendary live concerts continue to garner him recognition as one of Canada's most
prolific musical talents. For more info about Jay go to www.jaysemko.com.
Jay joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions including: Songwriting, Co-writing, Composing for film/television, and Live Performance.
John Antoniuk is a singer/songwriter from Saskatoon. John's music draws a diverse range of comparisons - from Teenage Fanclub and Weezer, to Ryan Adams and Neil Young. In 2003 John released the “Side A” EP, which quickly garnered him attention as a songwriter and saw him sharing the stage with artists like Ron Sexsmith and Hayden. "13"(2008) was the first full-length release under the Smokekiller moniker, and featured "Out There" which was selected as a National Finalist in the 2009 RadioStar Songwriting Competition. In 2012 John released "Always With You", a eponymous tribute to his late mom, and was named “Best Solo Artist” in a Planet S reader’s poll. The International Songwriting Competition has recognized John as a semifinalist 3 years in a row; in 2013 for “Chicago” from the album “Always With You”, in 2014 for “End Of The World”, and in 2015 for "The Way Home" both from the album “Jen & John.”
John and his wife, Jen Lane, are self managed and recently started their own record label, Poor Kitty Records. Jen and John tour steadily and continue to write and record both separately and together. John has also provided mentorship and consultation to established and emerging artists from Saskatchewan including members of the Deep Dark Woods, Close Talker, The Pistolwhips, We Were Lovers, Gunner & Smith, Zachary Lucky, Christian Kongawi, Acronyms, and Young Benjamins.
John joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions including:
touring, administration, grant writing, artist self-management, songwriting, and developing a business strategy within an artistic career.
Kaelen Klypak received his Arts and Entertainment Management Diploma from Capilano University in North Vancouver and now resides in Saskatoon as the Program Manager for SaskMusic. He manages the export and professional development of Saskatchewan Music Industry Individuals.
Klypak has been actively involved in the Canadian music industry for the past 14 years as a musician, manager, production manager, promoter, and music publisher. He currently runs his own music publishing company called Kmusic Publishing and is a promoter representative for Live Nation. He is also a jury member for various music organizations and currently sits on the board for: Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, BreakOut West (Conference Committee), and 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards Host Committee.
Kaelen is available to meet with artists on a wide spectrum of questions including grant applications, music publishing, touring, international showcasing, and marketing.
Lorena has been working with SaskMusic since ‘97, so she's seen many phases of the music industry. As Communications Manager for SaskMusic, former coordinator of the Flatland Music Festival and other live events and workshops, and an artist/songwriter/freelance musician herself, she can assist artists with their overall marketing strategies and business plans. She also addresses questions regarding songwriting, including demo critiques; live performance; and more.
Lorena is a professional singer/songwriter and musician, having performed as a freelance player in jazz, rock, pop and country bands in Canada, the U.S. and overseas, on everything from army bases to awards shows. Her own music has received airplay and garnered media appearances in the genres of adult contemporary/pop and country, and she also provides web design and promotional services as a sideline.
Melanie Hankewich, aka Belle Plaine, is a singer/songwriter based in Regina. Hankewich's musical background includes 12 years of classical vocal training, jazz/contemporary music study at Grant MacEwan College, and a history of live performance reaching back to her childhood. She has released three albums, and a collaborative 7" EP with country artist, Blake Berglund.
Hankewich has booked and self-managed Belle Plaine for six years. She has toured profitably across Canada both as a solo artist and with a band, playing house concerts to festivals. She has worked collaboratively with other artists to create music, theatre, and visual art. Hankewich is a successful recipient of funding from FACTOR, the SOCAN Foundation, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Creative Saskatchewan and SaskMusic. She is active as a juror for the JUNOs, WCMAs, FACTOR and Saskatchewan Arts Board.
Melanie joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions including:
grant applications, recording, touring and self-booking, and self management.
Michael booked his first tour at the age of 17 and never looked back. Now, 15 years later, Dawson is the manager, lyricist, and a multi-instrumentalist for Library Voices. He also owns and runs Young Soul Records, which belongs to the EMI Associated Labels Division. He has extensive experience in the music industry including booking tours, marketing and promotion, and obtaining funding. He has performed at nearly every major industry showcase and festival in Canada including NXNE, Pop Montreal, CMW, Ottawa Blues Fest, Rifflandia, Calgary Folk Fest, and at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He has been nominated for three WCMA awards and five CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards. He has also sat on many juries including FACTOR and the Lieutenant-Governor Awards. Dawson spent the last five years serving as the Artistic Director of the Culture Exchange, where he booked and/or promoted over 400 concerts a year. He holds a degree in Arts Education from the University of Regina.
Skip has been involved in the music industry for over 25 years. He was the Universal Music Promotion Representative for Saskatchewan from 1995 to 2010, responsible for promoting, marketing, securing publicity, and radio play for the entire Universal Music roster in our province, including The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts, Hedley, Buckcherry and many more. Skip is now the Performing Arts Coordinator at OSAC and has extensive knowledge about Canada’s provincial touring networks and, specifically, Canadian arts organizations’ Showcase events.
Skip joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions including:
artist marketing, touring, and self-management.
Tyson McShane (band leader/chief songwriter for Slow Down Molasses) grew up in Prince Albert, a town where there was precisely one all-ages punk rock concert a year (and it usually ended in a mini-riot). After moving to the ‘big city’ of Saskatoon for University, McShane became immersed in the city’s thriving music and art scene, playing in bands, promoting shows, and hyping the local scene every step of the way. With his band Slow Down Molasses, Tyson has released three albums and two EPs (with another album on the way in September 2016), toured Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands, playing shows at some of the most exciting new music festivals happening (End of the Road, Sled Island, Reeperbahn, Incubate, SXSW, CMJ, NXNE, Nouvelle Prague, The Great Escape, Liverpool SoundCity etc.)
Outside of his time with Slow Down Molasses, Tyson has played and records with sludge-pop fuzz merchants Jeans Boots and weirdo noise-niks The Eyebats, co-curated Saskatoon’s newest music festival MoSoFest, and secretly/not-so-secretly holds down day job as a City Planner/Urban Designer.
Tyson joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions including:
recording, touring, songwriting, and international showcasing.
Susan is an independent publicist from Saskatoon SK who consults and manages regional, Canadian, and American PR campaigns with artists. Most notably, she was awarded the 2017 Western Canadian Music Award for ‘Impact in Music Marketing’, and was nominated in 2016 and 2018 for the same. With a business background in marketing and sales and a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance from the University of Saskatchewan, she strategizes and executes campaigns (print, radio, visual, digital media) with award winning music clients: the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Sean Burns, Rosie & the Riveters, 100 mile house, Alexis Normand, Andino Suns, Belle Plaine, Blake Berglund, Kevin Roy, the Regina Folk Festival, and more; with television clients The Neighbors Dog, Quizzine, and Space Stretch; with the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival; with writer Alice Kuipers; with visual artist and published colouring book author Denyse Klette; and with a small selection of corporate clients. She also provides hourly consultation services and has publicity training courses in development. Susan recently served a six year term as Treasurer of the Board for SaskMusic. She continues to serve as a juror for CARAS (The JUNOs), FACTOR, WCMA, CCMA and Creative Saskatchewan. Previous roles in music include radio tracker for OnRamp Records, producer of CMT music videos for Fahrenheit Films (nominated for CCMA “Country Music Program or Special of the Year”), freelance writer for Saskatoon Express and contributor to a music history book and several blogs.
Susan joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultations and advice related to all things publicity.