April 5, 2017

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Submissions are invited NOW for the
Music PEI Songwriter Challenge, May 10-13, Charlottetown PEI

One Saskatchewan songwriter will be selected for an expenses-paid co-writing weekend and paid showcase opportunity under this initiative. Hurry, deadline is 5PM Monday, April 10!

You must be an established songwriter and a current Individual or Band Member of SaskMusic to apply.

Music PEI established the Canadian Song Conference in 2015. Both it and the follow up in 2016 were tremendously successful in bringing music industry professionals from across Canada, the US, UK and Australia to PEI to participate. It includes workshops and panels designed to assist artists in developing multiple revenue streams and explores the art and commerce of songs and songwriting.

This project puts songwriters from PEI together with others from across Canada to collaborate and co-write in pairs. Each pair has 2 days to write and record 2 songs in demo form. Music PEI will provide the recording studio and will work with other MIAs to select participating artists. They get to present their music to all delegates (including music supervisors) at a special listening session and they get one performance with the other participants in a songwriters' circle.

Saskatchewan application deadline: 5PM, Monday, April 10, 2017
Submit now: https://saskmusic.wufoo.eu/forms/qdtiipw1n6sxg6/


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Canadian Songwriting Challenge 2017

Saskatchewan Edition, June 9-11, 2017, Saskatoon
Deadline TBA

SaskMusic, in partnership with the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and Bell Media, is presenting a three-day songwriting event.

In this songwriting retreat, a mix of experienced and emerging songwriters will be selected and organized into groups to collaborate, then record demos of their newly written songs. Selected songwriters will receive some instruction on co-writing etiquette, agreements, and songwriting technique, and have an opportunity to network and establish permanent collaborative partnerships.

Songwriters considered for this opportunity must:

  • Be available full days on June 10 & 11, along with a seminar on the evening of June 9
  • Be a current SaskMusic member and resident of Saskatchewan
  • Be at an intermediate to advanced level of songwriting (you have a catalogue of material, had material recorded, etc). Previous co-writing experience is not required.

SaskMusic members of all genres are encouraged to apply, including participants from our 2015 and/or 2016 CSC events. A jury of industry professionals will select participants based on level of songwriting experience and, if possible, to reflect a range of genres. Accommodations and travel expenses are not included. Lunches and refreshments will be provided. There is no registration charge for those selected.

Submit here: https://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/xjeibbb1fagquj/




Please visit our Workshops page for developments! 


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Congratulations to JUNO winners Jess Moskaluke - Country Album of the Year and The Fretless - Instrumental Album of the Year (member Karrnnel is from Saskatchewan), as well as nominees Andy Shauf and Kacy & Clayton.  

We're collected a few clips:

See more at: www.junoawards.ca


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Nominees Announced for Indigenous Music Awards!

Congratulations to the nominees of the Indigenous Music Awards (formerly known as the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards), the world's premier awards show recognizing the accomplishments of Indigenous recording artists and music industry professionals from around the globe.

The awards are part of the Manito Ahbee Festival, celebrating Indigenous arts, culture, and music. The 12th annual festival is May 17-21, 2017 in Winnipeg and features the Indigenous Music Awards on May 19, International Pow Wow, Indigenous Music Conference, Casinos of Winnipeg Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, Getting Jiggy With It, Art Expo, Art Challenge, and MTS Youth Education Day. 

2017 Indigenous Music Award Nominees / Saskatchewan region

Also a shout out to Northern Cree “It’s A Cree Thing” – Best Hand Drum Album, Best Pow Wow Contemporary Album. Northern Cree is also the Recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. (The group originates from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, it is currently made up of members from the Treaty 6 area).


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2017 SCMAs

We had a great weekend at the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards. Congrats to all those involved, nominees, winners, performers, volunteers, and a special thanks to awards host Bobby Wills for joining us for an awesome keynote interview!

The list of winners is posted here: http://scma.sk.ca/2017-scma-award-winners/

Check out our Facebook page for some photos! Next year, the event travels to Prince Albert.


CSC logoSemi-finalists for the inaugural Canadian Songwriting Competition have been announced! Congratulations to:

  • Michael Harmel - with 4 placements!! Take a Ride (Country), Home (Rock), This War (Celtic/Maritime) and Christmas Song (Celtic/Maritime) (all performed by Government Town)
  • Joel Henderson - Atlantic Ocean, performed by Poor Nameless Boy (Folk/Singer-Songwriter)
  • Glenn Sutter - Wait, performed by Glenn Sutter Music (Folk/Singer-Songwriter)
  • Spencer Vaughn Lafrentz - I had a Dream, performed by by Spencer Vaughn Band (Jazz/Soul)
  • Lyn Besse McGinnis - The Veil of Tamar, performed by Lyn Besse McGinnis Singer/Songwriter (Gospel/Inspirational)

Shout out to former Saskie Alex Shenton - Cece performed by A Rancher's Son placing in Pop, Hip Hop/R&B, and Folk/Singer-Songwriter!

Good luck in the finals!



The CBC Music Searchlight finale airs this Sunday, April 9
at 6 pm (6:30 NL) on CBC-TV and at www.facebook.com/cbcmusic.

Tune in to watch Prince Albert's own The Wolfe perform alongside Jaryd Stanley, WILL, and The Long War!

More info: www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlight


Untimely Demise  Grizzlyhawk  Violent Betty

Several great Sask. bands vying for a spot in the Montebello Rockfest lineup through their Rocker Contest! You can vote for your pick once daily - give these groups your consideration! 
Untimely Demise - GrizzlyHawk - Violent Betty

Vote at: http://www.montebellorockfest.com/cr17/liste.php?lang=en


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Creative Saskatchewan's new fiscal year began April 1. During the first few weeks of this new fiscal, their grant programs will begin to open. As they do, each will be announced on their social media and website, so stay tuned.

They recently celebrated the awarding of their 1000th grant, and posted, "(As) Creative Saskatchewan celebrates its one thousand grant milestone, we acknowledge the courage and skill of every musician, artisan, filmmaker, publisher, performer, producer, artist, gallerist, developer, and craftsperson who set out to pursue commercial success."

See more at: www.creativesask.ca


Regina Regional Songwriters' Group
Next Meeting Thursday, April 20!

Coordinators: Wanda Gronhovd and Scott Anthony Andrews
Meetings: SaskMusic, 1831 College Avenue, 3rd Floor, Regina
And every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm

Everyone is welcome! Join the group for co-writing exercises, chats and sharing ideas.


Focus on Creators


Canadian creators of all types are encouraged to add their names to the letter on www.focusoncreators.ca to help send an important message to policymakers in Ottawa.

It reads in part, "We hoped that new technology would enrich the cultural experiences for artists and consumers alike. Unfortunately, this has not happened. Instead, our work is increasingly used to monetize technology without adequately remunerating its creators."

Focus On Creators is a coalition of Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, poets, music producers, visual artists, and other members of the creative class, which was created to bring focus to the artists’ perspective in light of some major federal cultural policy activities, including the Canadian heritage review, and the Copyright Act review in 2017. These activities present a timely opportunity to re-establish a fair working environment for creators. SaskMusic has formally joined the Focus On Creators coalition as part of the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA). 


Sound Opportunities

Upcoming deadlines are posted in our Sound Opportunities section on the website! Bookmark the page for an ever-updated list of things you may be interested in!


Saskatchewan at SXSW 2017

Two Saskatchewan artists received official showcase invitations to SXSW in Austin TX this week!



MusicCounts Community Music Grant Program

What: The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program provides musical instruments and equipment to community centres, after-school programs and other community non-profit organizations who need instruments to ensure their music program’s sustained growth.




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You can add your own shows by logging into your SaskMusic account.


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