June 23, 2017

SaskMusic's Latest


Live video June 20

Live SaskMusic Update June 20

We went live on Facebook earlier this week. You can also view that video over on YouTube now. 


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Networking Brunch and Annual General Meeting

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017, 11:00 am
Hilton Garden Inn, Saskatoon SK
Networking Brunch 11:00am-12:00pm / AGM 12:00-1:30pm

Full Buffet Brunch with coffee, juice, and Mimosas will be provided

Please join us to discuss our past and future year, network, and enjoy brunch! 

For the AGM, reviewing the period of April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017: You must be an Individual, Band or Corporate Member of SaskMusic to vote on any motions presented during this meeting. However, youth members and guests of members are welcome to attend as observers. Members and non-members alike are invited to join us for brunch. The main items of business to be dealt with at the AGM are posted here.

There are five positions to be filled on the SaskMusic Board (each position is a 2-year term). Members who did not vote online will be able to vote in-person at the meeting. If you missed the advance nomination deadline, you may still run for the Board by submitting your nomination at the AGM. However, you will only be able to receive votes from those members in attendance.

AGM Package: Nomination Form, Board of Directors Expectations and Agenda (PDF)


JUNO Master Class

JUNO Master Class Submissions Close June 30!

The JUNO Awards are teaming up once again with Slaight Music for Canada’s premier artist development program: the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class. Co-developed with Canada's Music Incubator at Coalition Music, the class helps emerging artists hone their craft all the while giving them the tools they need to take their music career to the next level. There’s no submission fee.

Submissions will go through two rounds of judging. Canadian music industry heavyweights will narrow the submissions down to the top ten, and the Super Jury will take it from there. This year’s Super Jury includes JUNO Award-winning artists Lights, Kardinal Offishall, Max Kerman (Arkells), JUNO Award winning producer Gavin Brown, Talent Development Coordinator at Slaight Music Ali Slaight, and President and CEO of CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts Allan Reid.

Three selected artists will receive an all-inclusive trip to Toronto to take part in the Master Class, a week of customized mentorship, networking opportunities, and hands-on learning. Then graduates will head to Vancouver for The 2018 JUNO Awards.

Find out more about the program through JUNO TV's mini docu-series at  www.junotv.ca!

DEADLINE Friday, June 30, 2017 5PM EST:  www.junomasterclass.ca


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Marketing Plans and other videos available now

Our "The Making of a Marketing Plan" Skills Lab video has been uploaded. We have also uploaded our new document/checklist "Creating a Marketing Plan - For the Artist" that formed the accompaniment to the lab. We are making these pieces available to everyone.

Additional workshop videos that are now available to members include:

  • Breaking Borders: European Music Markets (a panel discussion from our fall 2016 Export weekend) 
  • Accounting & Income Taxes for Musicians with Shane Matthewson (spring 2017)
  • Getting Gigs: A panel discussion/workshop on touring (spring 2017) 

To view, just login to your SaskMusic account (www.saskmusic.org > Login) and go to the Backstage > Member Resources section to locate the private video links. Hope you enjoy!


Spread the word

Membership Drive Continues!

Help us grow, and you will earn entries into great prize draws! From now until June 312017 (extended), we are running a members & subscribers promotion. You will receive entries automatically for being a member or subscriber, and can accumulate more entries for referring your friends, sharing our social posts, etc*! For example

  • Retweet or share our member drive graphics (or craft your own personal message) encouraging musician friends to join or subscribe to SaskMusic. Just make sure to tag us so we credit you with entries!
  • Make sure your own Sask Music Directory entries are up to date
  • Forward this email to a friend and encourage them to subscribe for themselves

Over $2500 in prizes will be drawn for, including:

  • Apple iPad Pro 9.7" 128GB with Wi-Fi – Silver (value $955)
  • Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt Driven Turntable (value $175)
  • A 5-years SaskMusic Individual membership (value $250)
  • $500 gift certificate to a local music equipment/record store of your choice
  • 2 x $100 Music Books Plus gift certificates
  • 5 x $50 iTunes gift certificates
  • 5 x $50 Spotify gift certificates

PLUS everyone who accumulates 35+ entries will automatically earn a free SaskMusic t-shirt! The top entries earner overall will receive a special SaskMusic merch prize pack.

*The fine print/more info

Any questions? Please call us, 1-800-347-0676 in Sask, or 306-347-0676 outside of Sask; or email info@saskmusic.org.


Sled Island

Sask Invaders!

Today in Calgary, the CFCR Sask Invaders showcase at Sled Island! SaskMusic is pleased to support this event featuring Shooting Guns, Man Meat, The Garrys and Ponteix. 


The Proudly Saskatchewan Showcase: 

This Saturday June 24 Casino Regina

It's the 40th year of the 620 CKRM Proudly Saskatchewan Showcase (formerly known as the Big Country Talent Show)! Performing for this year's show will be: Roland Corrigal, Kaeli Dane, Sabrina Laine Demyen, Justin LaBrash, Devin LaRochelle, Tamara McDougall and Keelin Covlin, Shayna Scherbey, and Justine Sletten.

They'll be evaluated on stage presence, vocals, performance, songwriting, and more, for a change to win cash, prizes, airplay and a performance slot at this year's Country Thunder SK 2017!




The Session: Final Call for Submissions for new issue

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.


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



Get Those Recipes In!

SaskMusic is preparing a custom cookbook in celebration of our 30th Anniversary, featuring favourite recipes from our artists and members. The cookbook will be professionally printed and made available for sale. Thank you for contributing to the success of this project! 

You may contribute as many recipes as you like (just complete the form entirely for each different recipe). Depending on response/redundancy of types of recipes, we may not use all submitted recipes in the book. 

All published contributors will receive a copy of the cookbook as a thank you.

To share your submission visit https://saskmusic.wufoo.eu/forms/x9zm8e81bwzzbp/


Get your Saskatchewan music fix! 

SM icon SaskMusic Radio (no app required) 
Spotify SaskMusic's Featured Tracks - Spotify
YouTube SaskMusic's Featured Videos - YouTube playlist



Saskatoon Office:

Reminder: We currently have limited staff in Saskatoon, so please call ahead to schedule dropins/consults with our 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!




StickmanStickman Drum Experience

June 28-July 2, 2017 Lumsden SK

An amazing multi-day drum retreat providing a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience for drummers of a wide range of ages and abilities. Players learn, jam and hang with world-class musicians in an inspiring, creative, non-competitive environment. Eat, sleep and breathe drums for 3 days and 4 nights at Living Skies Retreat & Conference Centre overlooking the beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley!

2017 Artists:

  • Brian Frasier-Moore (Justin Timberlake, Madonna)
  • Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St. Vincent)
  • Pat Steward (Bryan Adams, The Odds)
  • Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts, author "Survival Guide for the Modern Drummer")
  • Ronn Dunnett (Dunnett Classic Drums, George Way Drums)
  • Tom Brechtlein (Continued) (Chick Corea, Robben Ford)
  • Aaron Edgar (Third Ion, Drumeo)
  • Plus bonus Skype session with Steven Wolf (Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pink)
  • Hosts: Jayson Brinkworth (Aaron Pritchett, Modern Drummer Education Team) and
  • Chris Dimas (Surf Dads, Bleeker)

For more information including schedule and registration:  http://www.stickmandrumexperience.com/home.html


Direct It Yourself Music Video Workshop for Teens

July 3-7, 2017 at PAVED Arts, Saskatoon

If you're between the ages of 13 and 20, you'll want to check out this incredible (and FREE) opportunity to attend a 5 day camp that intends to empower and educate youth through a series of educational workshops that teach creative, technical and theoretical aspects of music video production.

Participants will be given the opportunity to choose from a variety of recorded songs generously supplied by a variety of established SK musicians and bands, and collaborate by directing a video for the song of their choice.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with, and receive mentorship from local musicians, artists, and community leaders in a hands-on environment and they will work together to produce music videos and interactive photo/video collages.

For those of you who don't fit into the age range, or would like to see the results of the participants hard work, the "DIY" workshop will conclude with an official FREE screening of the music videos created during the week on Friday, June 7 in the AKA/PAVED Arts event space at 7:30pm.

Read more: https://business.facebook.com/events/1686174098344091/


Please visit our Workshops page for other music events.


SaskMusic's Latest


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All Creative Sask. music sector grants are currently open.  

There's an application deadline of July 10, 4pm for:

  • Market and Export Development: Costs to market your product or your business. e.g. music videos; travel costs to markets/trade shows; brochures/posters/banners; advertising; hiring marketing, advertising & promotion experts (ie publicist, tracker); promotional merch; website upgrades; branding. 
  • Business Capacity: If your Sask.-based creative business is up and running and ready to grow, or needs help to keep up with demand, this grant could help you expand, or become more efficient. ie costs of an entrepreneurial skills course, attending a conference/trade show, other projects.
  • Research: Can support your effort to better understand, interpret, and capitalize on market forces affecting your creative sector.
  • Note: the above only have 2 deadlines per year, and are subject to available funding. 

Applications are also being accepted on an ongoing basis for:

  • Sound Recording: The recording, mixing, mastering, artwork, and manufacturing of a sound recording on any format. 
  • Performing Arts Tour Support: A series of 6 live music or theatre performances for the paying public. The tour must be in support of a new product.​
  • Market Travel: Helps cover the costs of travel expenses to specific market opportunities (ie showcases). In most cases, the creative entrepreneur has been invited to participate in a particular market.

For more information, see details at www.creativesask.ca or contact 1-800-561-9933​ with your questions. 

SaskMusic is also available to assist our members with grant strategies, marketing plan development and feedback on your proposal prior to submission. Please allow sufficient time to book a meeting and then incorporate any changes that we might recommend!   

We have uploaded our new "Creating a Marketing Plan - For the Artist" document that formed the basis of our recent Marketing Skills Lab. You  might find it useful!


Jess Moskaluke - SOCAN

Jess Moskaluke Receives SOCAN Award

Big congratulations to Langenburg's Jess Moskaluke, who took home a SOCAN Music Award June 19 for her song “Take Me Home,” written by Jess, Kelly Archer, and Emily Shackelton.

Canada's most accomplished songwriters, composers and music publishers were honoured at the 29th annual SOCAN Awards in Toronto, where Canadian rock legends of the last three decades mixed with today's hottest Canadian producers, writers and publishers of urban, country, rock, film & television, jazz, electronic dance, folk-roots, pop and classical music. SOCAN achievement award winners are determined collaboratively between the Membership Committee of the SOCAN Board of Directors and leaders in the SOCAN Membership department.

Jess performed a stripped-down, emotional version of her hit song, accompanied by co-writer Kelly Archer, for the awards show, which also included performances by Erin Falana & Tay of The Remix Project, Shaun Frank and Delaney Jane of The Chainsmokers, Ruth B, July Talk, Snow and Maestro Fresh Wes.

More than 50 awards were presented for success in songwriting, composing and music publishing based on SOCAN data compiled over the last calendar year. The SOCAN Awards have been held since 1990 as an annual show in Toronto and as the Gala de la SOCAN in Montréal, which celebrates and honours the work of SOCAN's Francophone members.

It was quite the day for Jess, as Multi-Platinum country artist Paul Brandt also received a Canadian Gold Single certification for "I'm An Open Road (featuring Jess Moskaluke)” from Music Canada.

Full winners list 

Photo: SOCAN


SOCAN Songwriting Prize

The SOCAN Music Songwriting Prize

Nominees have been announced! Visit http://www.socansongwritingprize.ca/ to listen, then vote for your favourite before the deadline of 5PM ET June 29.

The SOCAN Songwriting Prize honours the best music created by emerging Canadian songwriters. Two independent panels of Canadian music scene experts nominate songs that they believe represent the most creative and artistic work by emerging songwriters in Canada over the past year. One panel nominates English songs and the other nominates French songs.

Each panel listens to all the submitted songs and individually votes for the songs that will become the short list, on which the public votes.

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La SOCAN Musique 

Annonce les finalistes du Prix de la chanson SOCAN, le prestigieux concours célébrant l’incroyable talent des artistes canadiens émergents au cours de la dernière année.

Votez pour votre favori avant 17h ET 29 juin: http://www.prixchansonsocan.ca/

Les finalistes des sélectionnés par des panels indépendants respectifs composés de 15 figures de proue de l’industrie de la musique qui choisissent chacun deux pièces d’auteurs-compositeurs canadiens émergents qu’ils jugent artistiquement supérieures parues au cours de la période d’admissibilité. Les chansons finalistes sont ensuite colligées, passées en revue et soumises à un vote des membres du jury afin de déterminer les 10 finalistes.



Canadian Folk Music Awards / Prix de musique folk canadienne

Submissions for Nominations close June 23!

Canadian artists and groups whose albums were released between June 15, 2016 and June 14, 2017 are eligible. The CFMA weekend is November 18-19 in Ottawa.

Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally-recognized folk music community, the awards currently boast 20 categories. Five nominees are chosen for each category. A two stage jury process by 100 jurors located across Canada determine the official recipients in each category.

Eligibility requirements http://folkawards.ca/eligibility/
Submit http://folkawards.ca/eligibility/online-submission/



Australian Music Week 2017 - Official Showcase Submissions

Deadline: July 1, 2017

Australian Music Week is a conference and artist showcase event which is taking place at Cronulla Beach, New South Wales, November 1-3, 2017. For artists, Australian Music Week is a fantastic opportunity to perform live in front of some of Australia's and the world's most influential and successful promoters, agents, venue bookers, managers, labels and media people. Australian Music Week aims to create business and connections for all types of artists, no matter what genre or style. SaskMusic anticipates having a presence at this year's event and would be able to advise and assist those selected.    

All artists must perform their own original music, all genres will be considered. 

For more information & to fill out the application form: click here

Canadian Blast Showcase at Australian Music Week

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Additional opportunity: The East Coast Music Association (ECMA), CIMA and BreakOut West are excited to partner with Australian Music Week to present six artists (two from each Association) at Australian Music Week.  

Each artist will be given one industry showcase as well as a secondary festival showcase. Members in good standing of ECMA, CIMA or BreakOut West (eg SaskMusic members) in all genres are encouraged to submit.  

Submit via: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/amw2017/artistapplicationform2017/new


Americana - Folk Music Canada

Folk Music Canada Showcase at AmericanaFest 

As part of its ongoing work to promote Canadian folk music to new export markets, Folk Music Canada is encouraging export-ready artists to apply for:

Folk Music Canada Showcase at Americana Music, Friday September 15

Deadline: July 5, 2017 11:59 PST
Must be a member of Folk Music Canada.

In addition to showcasing events, Folk Music Canada will be offering networking and market intel gathering at the following events. This opportunity is ideal for artists who are already touring internationally, or are at the cusp of developing a significant international touring career. 

Submit: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmc/ama2017


Canadian Music Cafe Showcases

Deadline: June 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST

Returning for its ninth year this September, the Canadian Music Café capitalizes on the international attention placed on Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival® to bring the very best in new Canadian music to the ears of film and television music supervisors and the filmed media community gathering at TIFF.

With alumni such as City and Colour, Hannah Georgas, Rose Cousins, Charlotte Cardin, Doomsquad, Martha Wainwright, Scott Helman, Dear Rouge and Terra Lightfoot, the Canadian Music Café has consistently been a launch pad for rising Canadian talent, facilitating connections that lead to song placements in films, television programs and commercials, including Reign, Mary Kills People, The Bold Type, Grey’s Anatomy, Degrassi, Castle, Beauty and The Beast, Ugly Betty, The L Word and more.

The 2017 edition of the Canadian Music Café takes place September 11-12 in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Submit at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cndmusiccafe2017.

Proceeds from the $25 submission fee will be donated to the Unison Benevolent Fund and each performing act will be compensated $750 for their showcase.

The Canadian Music Café is a joint initiative produced by the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) whose mandates are to support and advocate for the Canadian music publishers and the Canadian independent music community respectively. CMPA and CIMA graciously acknowledge that the 2017 Canadian Music Café is made possible with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and the Government of Canada’s Department of Canadian Heritage


Covers for the Cause

Covers For The Cause!

Announcing a new way for artists to engage their fans AND raise money for music therapy in Canada. Covers For The Cause provides a platform for you to offer your fans personalized videos of songs that they request by making a tax-deductible donation to Music Heals Canada.

The Music Heals Charitable Foundation raises money and awareness for music therapy in Canada. In 4 years they have donated almost $900,000 to accredited music therapy programs across the country, serving children, seniors, palliative care, burn units, the autism spectrum, mental health, at-risk youth, dementia, bereavement, rehabilitation, and more.

Visit  www.CoversForTheCause.com and create a fundraising page.

You select the minimum donation amount for cover song requests, and you decide how many requests you will fulfill. Record one, or record as many as your fans will request! Include this information on your fundraising page and include any details about where you will post your cover songs and the estimated turnaround time when fans might expect to see them.

Record simple videos of the cover songs requested and include a dedication to the donor. Post your videos to your own YouTube page, or send them directly to the fan to post on theirs. There’s no need to hire a film crew. Use your phone camera and record your performance anywhere – in your rehearsal space, your living room, or some unique space.

For more information, visit their webpage!


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!


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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