April 25, 2018

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News Update Capture

If you prefer to 'watch' your updates, check out our latest news highlights video by #benandbritt, posted April 20. 


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SaskMusic, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Country Music Association, is pleased the present the 2018 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards Weekend keynote interview with Jess Moskaluke. Jess, along with Mike Denney, head of MDM Recordings Inc. and Carmen Choney, tour manager, will be interviewed by SaskMusic’s Lorena Kelly. The event is part of a weekend’s worth of activities that form the annual country music celebration, taking place this year in Prince Albert SK.

In this intimate and educational keynote interview, we will discuss the path Jess has taken on her way to the top of the Canadian country music industry; staying true to one’s artistic vision; building an artist’s support team; marketing strategies; songwriting; and industry trends, among other topics of interest to both artists and fans of country music.

Saturday, April 28/2018, 1-2pm
Marquis Room, Prince Albert Inn (3680 2nd Avenue West, Prince Albert SK)
Admission: Free
For those who cannot join us in person, please see SaskMusic socials (Facebook and Twitter) for a live stream of this event.

An internationally celebrated artist, Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc./Universal Music Canada) continues to dazzle the country music world with her infectious love of the genre. Acclaimed as the first Canadian female country artist to have a song in the Top 5 since 2008 (“Drive Me Away”), and the first female Canadian country artist since [her childhood idol] Shania Twain to achieve Platinum single status (“Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”), she has achieved three Top 10 hits with “Kiss Me Quiet”, “Take Me Home” and “Drive Me Away,” and recently went Gold with single “Kiss Me Quiet.” A four-time JUNO Award nominee (including receiving the 2017 JUNO for Country Album of the Year), and 2017 SOCAN Award winner, Moskaluke is also the three-time consecutive CCMA Award winner for Female Artist of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016) - the first resident of Saskatchewan in the history of the awards to achieve this title.

A proud small town girl, when she first posted her music online, no one could have anticipated the bright future that lay ahead.  Many years later with her growing fan base, she has over 32 million views on YouTube to date.  In 2016, Moskaluke had the #1 Most Played Song (“Take Me Home”) at Canadian Country Radio and was the top spun Canadian female artist for the second year in a row. 

The Saskatchewan Country Music Awards Weekend: Tickets On Sale!

Congrats to the 2018 Saskatchewan Country Music Award nominees!
Full list posted here. 

Winners are determined by vote of the SCMA membership. This year's awards weekend is taking place April 27-29 in Prince Albert. Tickets for various events are on sale now!


NXNE Curators Series

Sask Showcase at NXNE: Call for Submissions
June 10-16, 2018 (showcase date June 13), Toronto ON

Deadline April 27!

We invite submissions from export-ready Saskatchewan artists interested in performing at our NXNE Curators Series official showcase.

NXNE is an annual summer festival and conference, featuring music, gaming, comedy, and interactive. NXNE celebrates its 24th year in 2018 and takes over Toronto with showcases, panels, parties, installations, and more. In the Club Land Curator Series, top Canadian artists and organizations curate their favourite emerging bands in some of Toronto's top live music venues. Admission to all venues is via a wristband. Bars and clubs across the city stay open extended hours during NXNE. 

Appropriate music genres for this opportunity are fairly wide, and include indie, rock, country, roots, electronic, rap/hip-hop, singer-songwriters, etc. Artists most likely to benefit from this showcase opportunity would be committed to investing time in pre-event preparations and on-the-ground networking activities during NXNE, or have a support team to do so on their behalf. 

In addition to providing preparation advance for our artists, SaskMusic will be on-site to assist with marketing and promotion of the showcase and to help selected artists network with buyers. 

Apply now


UK/E Showcasing Artists

Congrats to the following artists heading overseas next month for major showcases! More details will be announced shortly.

Focus Wales May 10-12, Wrexham Wales: Megan Nash

The Great Escape May 17-19, Brighton UK: Megan Nash, respectfulchild, The Garrys

New Skool Rules, May 18-20, Rotterdam NL: Samurai Champs and VBRTR


CMW Sask Promo

CMW Showcasing Artists!

SaskMusic and numerous Saskatchewan artists will head to Toronto for official showcases at Canadian Music Week, one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of global music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 7 nights of performances, with over 800 showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. Meanwhile, the Music Summit at the Sheraton Centre Toronto (May 9-12) is designed for international industry executives and recording professionals to attend programming streams including social music, live touring, and songwriting and publishing, as well as attend keynotes and breakout sessions with forward-thinkers who shape the entertainment industries.

SaskMusic staff will be on hand to participate in conference session, business to business meetings and networking events, and support our Saskatchewan artists in making connections.

Saskatchewan Artist Showcases at CMW 2018: (accurate as of posting date)

Wednesday May 9

Friday May 11

Saturday May 12

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Co-Writing Rooms

Are you interested in co-writing but don't know how to get started - or with who? 
The goal of our monthly Co-Writing rooms is 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. Are you interested in being matched with two or three songwriters for a 2-3 hour co-writing session in Regina or Saskatoon? Sign up here!   




Songwriting 4 Nature: Adult Retreat
May 24-27, 2018, Last Mountain Lake Regional Park SK

Calling all experienced adult songwriters! Go camping, make music, and write songs in scenic Last Mountain Lake Regional Park. This retreat will give you a chance to create music in a wonderful natural setting and contribute to research about creativity and sense of place. Facilitated by Kara Golemba, Ryan Hicks, and Glenn Sutter, music created at this retreat will be featured in the Royal Saskatchewan Museum's Nature Inspires exhibit and performed at a Songs for Nature Showcase in June. Days will start with yoga, and include hiking, group sessions, and an onsite recording session. Get your creative juices flowing!

More info


Free 5-Tip Mixing Clinic (Webinar)
April 26, 2018, online  

You listen back to a mix and think, “Why aren’t my drums punchy like songs on the radio?” Or you put a great mix together then just can’t make the vocal fit no matter what you do. Or you listen to a song on Spotify and wonder how they got the guitars or keyboards to sound so big or so interesting. If you’re ever felt these or other questions burn into your soul when you were mixing, check out a FREE webinar Thur April 26 at 11am Sask time with renowned producer/mixer Bobby Owsinski and Dave Kusek of New Artist Model.



PAVED Presents: Exploring Processes for Experimental Audio Workshop w/ Tod Emel

May 5, 2018

With a continually expanding catalogue of accessible and user-friendly tools for creative audio practices, it’s easy to get bogged down in the minutiae of technique. This workshop looks more generally at how audio artists can design open processes to c...



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Creative Saskatchewan

Creative Saskatchewan has announced details of its 2018-2019 suite of grant programs. Grant opening dates, deadlines and important changes for 2018-19 are now available. Note some grants are now submitted through on online process, so familiarize yourself with the new requirements!

  • Sound Recording Grant: Open May 14, deadline July 16/2018.
  • Tour Support Grant: Open April 30, continuous intake.
  • Market Travel Grant: Open now, continuous intake.
  • Market & Export Development Grant: Open May 7, deadline July 16/2018.
  • Business Capacity Grant: Opens May 21, deadline July 16/2018.
  • Research Grant: Opens May 21, deadline July 16/2018.

Learn more


Canada Council

The Canada Council for the Arts has also unveiled its 2018-2019 grant deadlines. 
Find them here


BOW 2018

BreakOut West: Kelowna BC, October 10-14, 2018

The voting period for Western Canadian Music Awards will be opening soon! If you are a SaskMusic member and *don't* receive your voting access in an email by May 3, please give us a call ASAP so we can check your voting/member status. 

Conference Registration is underway! Your weekend pass includes the Conference, the Festival, and Western Canadian Music Awards events. Remember to sign up soon and register for one-on-one spots as they're announced, as they fill up quickly!

Need more info? Visit www.breakoutwest.ca or contact 204-943-8485.


Manitoba Showcase
Deadline April 30, 2018

Manitoba Showcase is a 3-day conference that features seminars, workshops, visual art exhibitions, one-on-one meetings, an artist trade-show exhibit room and networking events, all focused towards connecting artists, agents, industry professionals, and arts presenters. It's a weekend of entertainment, inspiration and the ultimate place to connect with artists, presenters, industry professionals, colleagues and friends.

Applications are open to performers of all types, from music (traditional, contemporary, classical, jazz, hip hop etc.), to dance, theatre, magic and variety acts. Manitoba Showcase 2018 will feature 15-20 performing artists. Artists are selected by a jury to perform in three live showcases at the William Glesby Centre, for an audience of arts organizations (presenters) seeking to book acts to tour to their communities in 2019/2020. Following the conference, Manitoba Arts Network coordinates block booked tours of the showcasing artists throughout the province based on interest generated at the MB Showcase.

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Call for Artists: Saskatchewan Arts Board Workshop Tour
September 24-October 31, 2018
Deadline: April 30, 2018

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange (SCES) is looking for artists in Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, Music, and Writing to be part of its annual 2018 Workshop Tour. Each artist on the tour will teach four 50 min workshops/day to students in schools across Saskatchewan. Successful applicants will have previous experience teaching workshops and working with youth.

The tour runs through Saskatchewan from September 24-October 31, Monday-Friday. Travel costs are covered by the SCES. Artists are paid $325/ day of workshop (plus per diem) Number of days on tour range from 12–25 depending on school bookings (TBC by June 30, 2018).

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OSAC Showcase 2018
October 12-14, 2018

Deadline May 8

OSAC Showcase is a booking conference for visual and performing arts, and includes a trade show area (Exhibitor Exchange), opportunities for networking, and professional development. OSAC is pleased to offer the very best of performing and visual talent from Saskatchewan, across Canada and internationally. 

For more information, application video tutorials and to apply, click here.


Canada House at Reeperbahn
September 19-22, Hamburg DK

Deadline May 11

CIMA is excited to be heading back to Germany for Reeperbahn 2018. They will once again be hosting a Canada House and presenting showcases, along with industry colleagues, including SaskMusic. This is a fantastic opportunity to access the third-largest worldwide music market as Reeperbahn attracts thousands of artists and music industry professionals from across the globe. CIMA is currently looking for bands/artists that can showcase at this year’s Canada House. 

If you are applying for showcases, you will not be charged. If you are accepted the presenter of the showcase will be charged (ie. SaskMusic). Please note that each artist must have a business representative. Companies interested in participating in just the business portion of this mission (no showcasing artist) will be invoiced once this application is complete.

Pre-Event/Showcase in Berlin: CIMA may also be holding a pre-Reeperbahn showcase and biz event in Berlin on the 18. On the form please let us know if your Reeperbahn artist is interested in applying for that as well. All biz participants will be invited to attend the business events in Berlin.

More info & to apply: Click here

*Please note, The Reeperbahn Festival also had their own showcase & submission opportunity for bands. Artists are encouraged to have applied for that also. * 


Canadian Folk Music Awards

Canadian Folk Music Award Submissions

The 14th edition of the CFMAs occurs the weekend of November 30-December 1 in Calgary AB. 

Early bird submissions are on until April 30, then final deadline is June 15, 2018.

Submit here


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Applications open for the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program
Next deadline: May 9

The 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.

MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is offered in allotments ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to deserving programs in underserved communities.

The program is open to non-profit organizations that operate outside of provincial departments of education. Non-profit and/or registered charitable organizations with pre-existing or new music programs are eligible for consideration. The community music program must be youth-oriented.

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Artist Accolades:

Big congrats to Dawn Schumilas of White Fox SK, Double Finalist in the Great American Song Contest with "Gramma's Apron Pockets" in Folk/Americana and "Rubber Galoshes" in Special Category Music.

Congrats to Canadian Songwriting Competition winners:

The Dead South received the 2018 JUNO for Traditional Roots Album of The Year for "Illusion & Doubt." Amazing!

2018 Indigenous Music Awards nominees were announced - congrats to nominees: 

The awards are being handed out May 18 as part of the Manito Ahbee Festival


Canadian Music Week: Award Nominations

In addition to CMW showcases, there are several industry award shows taking place during CMW. Saskatchewan nominees this year include:

Music Canada Live & Canadian Music Week present the
2018 Live Music Industry Awards
Friday, May 11 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto

  • Family Program of the Year: Regina Folk Fest (Regina)
  • Small Festival of the Year (6,000 and under): Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Festival (Saskatoon)

Jim Beam with Indie 88 and Canadian Music Week present the
2018 Indies (Independent Music Awards)
Saturday, May 12 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto

  • Rock Artist/Group of the Year: One Bad Son

The awards honour top independent artists. Public and industry can vote to determine the winners at www.indies.ca/voting until May 1.

Canadian Music Week presents the
Music and Broadcast Industry Awards 2018
Thursday, May 10, Rebel Entertainment Complex, Toronto

Broadcast Industry Nominees

  • Music Director Secondary: Colin Lovequist - 620 CKRM Regina
  • Program Director Secondary: Andy Ross - 96.3 Cruz Saskatoon
  • Program Director Small: Brad Bazin - GX94/The Fox 94.1 Yorkton
  • Station of the Year Medium: 104.9 The Wolf Regina
  • Station of the Year AC: Z99 Regina
  • Station of the Year Country: Big Dog 92.7 Regina

Music Industry Nominees

  • Major Facility Under 8000: Brandt Centre, Regina
  • Casino/Specialty Venue: Casino Regina, Regina
  • Performing Arts Centre Under 1500: Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon

Good luck to all the nominees as well as showcasing artists.


Music Modernization Act Introduced in (U.S.) Congress With Bipartisan Support: "the most important music copyright bill in a generation"

April 11's Billboard Bulletin provides a very positive update. “The Music Modernization Act reflects bipartisan and industry consensus that the music licensing system is broken and that Congress is in a unique position, with this bill, to take major steps to fix the policy undergirding that system,” Rep. Collins told Billboard through a spokesperson.

The bill represents an important step as various industry stakeholders realized that it was better to work together from one voice instead of lobbying against one another, and craft a larger bill that will (hopefully) receive Senate approval.

Read more in the Billboard Bulletin


We have listed some upcoming submission deadlines here, but be sure to bookmark our Sound Opportunities page as it's frequently updated!


Monthly Songwriters Groups

Saskatoon: Next meeting is Sunday, May 6, 1pm at Studio XII (9-1025 Boychuk Dr.) The group meets the first Sunday of each month. Everyone welcome.
Facebook Group

Regina: Next meeting is Thursday, May 17, 7pm at SaskMusic Regina (1831 College Ave). The group meets the third Thursday of each month. Everyone welcome!
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The following is a small sample of listings you can find 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 or forward them by email.


Cultural Careers


Girls Rock Saskatoon is seeking a Camp Director. Deadline April 30.
More info

The Saskatchewan Arts Board is hiring an Executive Assistant. Deadline May 11.
More info

Creative Saskatchewan is hiring a Communications Coordinator. Deadline May 11.
More info



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