April 26, 2017

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Saskatoon Office:

Reminder: With the departure of our staff member Bethani Jade on April 7, please call ahead to schedule dropins/consults with the Saskatoon office, 306-975-0844. We are also available for inquiries on our main line 1-800-347-0676 during regular office hours. Thank you!


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The Basics of Band Agreements

  • Monday, May 15, 7PM, Saskatoon - SaskMusic Office (202-226 20th St. W)
  • Tuesday, May 16, 7PM, Regina - SaskMusic Office (1831 College Ave.)
  • Tuesday, May 16, 7PM, Online 

Register to attend in person or online by clicking here or calling 1-800-347-0676.
It's free for current members, or $20 for non-members.

Join SaskMusic President and Entertainment Lawyer, Kurt Dahl, as he covers the ins and outs of Band Agreements! It’s easy to get caught up in the success of your creative endeavors, but a Band Agreement is essential to avoid any potential hiccups further down the road. Things such as determining who owns the rights to your songs, the share of profit and loss considerations, who owns the name of your group, what happens when a member decides to leave, how band decisions are made are all conversations that a band should be having, regardless of where they're at in their career. No two band agreements are the same, so bring your questions!

The Making of a Marketing Plan

  • Monday, May 29, 7PM, Saskatoon - SaskMusic Office (202 - 226 20th St. W)
  • Tuesday, May 30, 7PM, Regina - SaskMusic Office (1831 College Ave.)
  • Tuesday, May 30, 7PM, Online

Register to attend in person or online by clicking here or calling 1-800-347-0676.
It's free for current members, or $20 for non-members.

Bring your laptop/notebook and let's get started! This is for all the marketing-plan-beginners out there. Our Communications & Operations Manager, Lorena Kelly, will lead you gently into building the foundation of your own comprehensive and effective Marketing Plan, which can be used to help guide your career goals and for future funding applications. We'll provide the template, you fill in the rest! This will be a very interactive session, so bring all your questions and get ready to put your vision into words. Already have a solid marketing plan? You're overqualified for this session!



The Session: Call for Submissions

We're working on a new issue of The Session, and we want to hear from you! We're calling for news on your artist activities - tours, showcases, new albums coming out, new band members, etc! Got a studio? Let us know who's been in and what's coming out. Send in your new EP and albums for coverage in New Releases as well!

Just email us or use this handy form.

Regina Guitar Show Saskatoon Guitar Show

Regina and Saskatoon Guitar Shows, May 6-7

The shows are 'the premiere annual event where guitar buyers, sellers, dealers and luthiers meet to showcase new and used stringed instruments, amplifiers, pedals, accessories and all guitar-related gear.'

SaskMusic is pleased to present the seminar:
12:30pm at both events 

Led by Jayson Brinkworth at the Regina event, and Hal Schrenk at the Saskatoon event. These professional and in-demand freelance musicians will discuss freelance player etiquette, marketing yourself as a side-player-for-hire, wellness issues on the road and more! Admission is free as part of the guitar show. Also be sure to stop by our SaskMusic booth at both events for information, giveaways and more!   

Regina Guitar Show: Saturday May 6, 12-5 PM
Conexus Arts Centre, Schumiatcher Room
Tickets $10.00 at the door 

Saskatoon Guitar Show: Sunday May 7, 12-5 PM
Western Development Museum
Tickets $10.00 at the door


Co-Writing Rooms

SaskMusic is launching a monthly, collaborative songwriting series in Regina and Saskatoon for our members. It’s been an idea that’s been floating around since we received such an overwhelmingly positive response to our last Songwriting Masterclass.

This ‘event’ will be facilitated one Sunday per month. 3-4 songwriters per city will be matched together for a 2-3 hour co-writing session. We hope to get interest from songwriters with interests in all different genres and at various skill levels. We’ll provide a comfy space, snacks and beverages, and a facilitator; you bring the creativity and an open mind! 

The goal will be for writers to try writing with people they may not have approached on their own, to build new relationships, gain experience in collaborating and co-writing, and generally advance their craft by stretching themselves in new ways. 

For those who participated in past master classes, songwriting challenges, or Nashville writing rooms, it’ll be a similar idea. Once we have a sufficient number of writers signed up to participate in a given city, we’ll launch the first date there. We are open to doing this in any locations that there is enough interest shown.

Sign up to co-write


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Canadian Songwriting Challenge 2017

Saskatchewan Edition, June 9-11, 2017 Saskatoon
Deadline May 22, 2017

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/


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Music PEI Canadian Songwriter Challenge, Charlottetown PEI

Congratulations to Tyler Gilbert (Regina) and Ross Neilsen (Saskatoon) who have been selected to participate in the 2017 Music PEI Canadian Songwriter Challenge in Charlottetown. After going through a call for submissions and external jury, they were selected to represent Saskatchewan and will be flown out to participate from May 10-13. Each writer will be paired with an artist from PEI for a few days of co-writing and recording, and will have the opportunity to present their music to over 30 industry delegates at a special listening session, along with one performance with the other selected participants in a songwriters circle. We’ll be excited to see the results this collaboration will yield!

Music PEI established the Canadian Song Conference in 2015. It includes workshops and panels designed to assist artists in developing multiple revenue streams and explores the art and commerce of songs and songwriting.



Get Those Recipes Ready!

SaskMusic plans to publish a custom cookbook in celebration of our 30th Anniversary this year, featuring favorite recipes from our artists and members. The cookbook will be professionally printed and made available for sale. You may contribute as many recipes as you like. All published contributors will receive a copy of the cookbook. Additionally, we will be doing photo shoots with some of our contributors to go in the cookbook.

Start collecting your recipes now, and watch for our submission form to be posted shortly!




Own the stage

NWC Webinar: "Own The Stage" (FREE)
Thursday April 27, 2017, 5pm Sask time

Every time you take the stage, you have an opportunity to make an impactful statement – a statement that could earn you hoards of new fans...



Please visit our Workshops page for additional educational opportunities!


SaskMusic's Latest


Jess Juno award

Jess Moskaluke - This Saturday 1pm, Northgate Mall Regina

Come on down to the mall on April 29 as Big Dog 92.7 presents Jess Moskaluke with the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards she won a few weeks ago while she was away picking up a JUNO!


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Interested in performing in theatres across Sask?

OSAC has extended the deadline for SHOWCASE artist submissions to May 3!
Showcase is a booking conference for visual and performing arts, and includes a trade show, opportunities for networking, and professional development. Artists come to Showcase from across Saskatchewan, Canada and the United States. Selected artists perform a 20 minute showcase for performing arts and school presenters, managers, agents, and other delegates.

Showcase 2017 will be held in Regina, October 13-15. If you have questions on whether this opportunity is a good fit for you, contact Skip Taylor, OSAC, 306-586-1253 or skip@osac.ca.

Apply: https://www.iwanttoshowcase.ca/osac-showcase-2017/


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2017 Western Canadian Music Award Nominees 

Congratulations to our Saskatchewan nominees this year! 

Andy Shauf (with 5 nominations), The Exchange, Jared Robinson/ Nebulus Entertainment (with 2 nominations), Ponteix, Shawn Jobin, Rawk Entertainment Group Inc., Susan Busse PR, Black Thunder, Soul Mates, Untimely Demise, Factor Chandelier, Kacy & Clayton, Karrnnel Sawitsky & Daniel Koulack, Jen Lane, DGS Samurai Champs, Anthony Creech for Andino Suns, Zach Wilson for The Dead South, Factor Eight, Andino Suns, and also The Fretless (of which Karrnnel is a member).

Best of luck to all! 

Vote Now


Current members of SaskMusic (and the other music industry associations) can exercise their right to VOTE NOW for the Western Canadian Music Awards. Information was emailed directly to voting members this week. Logon now to listen and make your selections! 

Early bird delegate registration for the BreakOut West conference is also open now, so make your plans to attend this September 14-17 in Edmonton AB! Register early and it's only $245 for a full conference pass (member rate)! 


Factor logo

The next deadline of the FACTOR Artist Development & Juried Sound Recording Program is Thursday May 25, 2017.
*NEW/UNRATED profiles must be submitted by Thursday May 18, 2017 in order to make the deadline. 

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Applications are now being accepted for:

  • Business Capacity Grant
  • Research Grant
  • Market and Export Development Grant
  • Creative Industries Production Grant

You can submit to these programs year-round, however, they are processed (juried) only twice each year. The next deadline is July 10, 2017, at 4pm Saskatchewan time. Applications received after that will not be processed until early 2018.

Applications are also being accepted for:

  • Market Travel Grant (eg showcases)
  • Performing Arts Tour Support Grant
  • Screen-Based Media Development Grant

These programs are processed on a first-come, first-served basis for as long as funds are available. 

In coming weeks, Creative Saskatchewan will continue opening grant programs. Watch for announcements.

See details at www.creativesask.ca



Volunteer for the CCMAs, Saskatoon, September 7-10

Country Music Week is made up of three components:a music festival, which includes a Songwriters’ Series, talent showcases, a full-day FanFest, a Legends Show that pays tribute to Canada's most cherished country artists and a cabaret party where country fans can let loose; the CCMA Awards Show, which is a two-hour live, television special highlighting a year in country music; as well as an industry conference which allows the Canadian country music industry to honour those working behind the scenes via educational workshops and seminars, networking receptions, awards ceremonies and more.  

The CCMAss are seeking volunteers now. Positions at this event tend to fill up fast, so sign up now if you're interested!

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Untimely Demise  Grizzlyhawk  Violent Betty

Vote for Montebello RockFest Artists!
Untimely Demise - GrizzlyHawk - Violent Betty

Log a vote daily to help Sask rockers earn a spot in the Montebello Rockfest: it only takes a minute!

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


Saskatoon Regional (Song)writers' Group
Next Meeting Sunday, May 7, 1pm

Lead Guest: Michael Lander
Coordinators: Michael Lander and Jay Semko

Everyone welcome, but space is limited, so visit https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonsongwriters to register/for more info.

Held at Studio XII Music & Dance Co., 9-1025 Boychuk Dr, Saskatoon every 1st Sunday of the month at 1pm. June 4 guest will be JJ Voss. 


Regina Regional (Song)writers' Group
Next Meeting Thursday, May 18, 7pm

Special Guest: Megan Nash
Coordinators: Wanda Gronhovd and Scott Anthony Andrews

At the May date, Megan will share her songs, writing tips and other insights as a performing songwriter. Everyone welcome!

Held at SaskMusic Regina, 1831 College Ave, Regina, every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm. 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!


Long Day's Night Music Festival 2017 Lineup Announced!

Long Day's Night 2017

Join us under the big-top tent during the longest days of the year! Long Day's Night is back from June 22nd - June 25th with four evenings of great Canadian acts in Swift Current. Safe rides home will be provided by SGI. Check...



Indigenous Music Award Nominations 2017

Congratulations to the nominees of the Indigenous Music Awards (formerly known as the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards)!



Michael Harmel finalist in 2 categories of the International Songwriting Competition

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2016 Finalists. Big congratulations to Michael Harmel of Government Town) - finalist for "Diamonds" in Lyrics Only and "Nightingale" in Americana.

Michael was also a Semi-Finalist wit...



Submissions Now Open for the 13th Edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA)

Submissions are now open for the 13th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). Canadian artists and groups whose albums were released in Canada between June 15, 2016 to June 14, 2017 are eligible. The 13th edition of the CFMA weekend takes pla...



Kris Klyne Music and 21st Street Brewery to Release Music and Beer in Solidarity for your Saskatoon Public Library

Kris Klyne Music and 21st Street Brewery to Release Music and Beer in Solidarity for your Saskatoon Public Library

On May 12, 2017, Saskatoon musician Kris Klyne and 21st Street Brewery at Winston’s English Pub & Grill are hosting a Beer and Music r...



Victor Sawa will host the 2017 Saskatchewan Fashion Week!

Known for bringing entertainment and enthusiasm to his performances – telling stories and making the audience laugh – Saskatchewan Fashion Week (SFW) guests will delight in Victor’s humour, good nature and wit.
The house band........The Bureau!




SaskMusic's Latest


The following is a tiny sample of listings in our Saskatchewan Events Calendar - one of the biggest resources for live shows around the province, plus Saskatchewan artists show dates across Canada.

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


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