May 16, 2018

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ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT to register your votes for the Western Canadian Music Awards! (Current paid SaskMusic members, and members of our sister music industry associations are eligible to vote.)

Good luck to the nominees, and remember you can register now to attend the fabulous BreakOut West conference in Kelowna, October 10-14, 2018.

Saskatchewan Nominees: 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards

BreakOut Artist of the Year: Megan Nash 
BreakOut Artist of the Year: The Dead South 
Country Artist of the Year: Blake Berglund 
Country Artist of the Year: Jess Moskaluke 
Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year: respectfulchild 
Francophone Artist of the Year: Alexis Normand 
Francophone Artist of the Year: Étienne Fletcher Music 
Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year: Violent Betty 
Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year: Def3 (BC/SK)
Recording of the Year: Kacy & Clayton 
Rock Artist of the Year: Close Talker 
Roots Duo/Group of the Year: Kacy & Clayton 
Roots Duo/Group of the Year: The Dead South 
Roots Duo/Group of the Year: The Deep Dark Woods 
Spiritual Artist of the Year: Annette Campagne Musique 
Visual Media Composer of the Year: Factor Eight, Impetus 
World Artist of the Year: West of Mabou

Special mention to these directors nominated for Sask artist projects:
Video Director of the Year: Craig Range and Kaayla Whachell, Nakasone Folk – Kacy & Clayton, “The Light Of Day” – BC
Video Director of the Year: Nathan Boey - Close Talker, “Okay Hollywood” – BC

Excellence in Visual Design: Jared Robinson, Nebulus Entertainment
Excellence in Visual Design: Odelay! Graphic Design 
Impact in Music Marketing: Susan Busse, Susan Busse PR


Our Saskatoon office will be closed until May 22 as we engage in export missions. Please contact or 1-800-347-0676 if you need assistance during this time. Thanks!


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Women in Music Saskatchewan – Regina Kickoff and Panel
MONDAY May 21 7pm

The Exchange, 2431 8th Ave, Regina

Announcing our first Regina WIMS event, Monday May 21 7pm.  If you are working in, participating in, or involved in the Saskatchewan music industry in any way and at any level, we invite you to come out to meet others and join the discussion.

On this date we'll discuss the intention of the group, and gather ideas and suggestions for moving forward. This will be a moderated discussion with panelists Mandy Ebel Myla, Sheryl Kimbley and Riva Farrell-Racette, with moderator Dr. Charity Marsh; followed by a meet & greet/networking time.

ALL are welcome (including children accompanying parents). This is a licensed event; there will be beverages and munchies.

More info and panelist bios

Please join our FB group to join the discussion

NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION: We will now be meeting at The Exchange, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina.

Future events will be planned in other cities.


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Annual General Meeting & Fun!

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 11:00 am
Location TBA, Regina SK
Networking Brunch, AGM, Live Music!

A full brunch will be served with coffee, juice, and bar options. Children accompanying members are welcome to attend. *PLEASE RSVP* June 21 to with your name and number of guests

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of the Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association (SaskMusic) covering the period of April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018 will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2018. 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 this event.

For information and agenda please see the AGM page. There are seven positions to be filled on the SaskMusic Board (each position is a 2-year term). Your signed form must be received at SaskMusic before 9am on Monday, June 4, 2018 in order for a Nominee to be included in the advance online voting process.

In addition to the usual AGM business, this year will feature a free brunch and beverages, live music performances, a memorial tribute and video highlights. We plan to live stream the event as well. Can't wait to see you all there!

Memorial tribute: If you know of someone involved in our Saskatchewan music community who has passed away this year, please forward their name and (if possible), a photograph to



This year we are pleased to be a presenter at NXNE for their Curators Series, and will be presenting Sask artists at the Dakota Tavern, Toronto on June 13.  An open call for submissions recently closed and performers will be announced shortly. “NXNE is bringing back the club-hopping wristband with a twist, offering festival-goers the chance to discover the hottest acts brewing in Canada’s music scene. Some of the best up-and-coming bands in the country have been handpicked by a dream team of Canada’s music leaders.”


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SaskMusic and Artists on EU/UK Export Mission

As part of our ongoing strategy to bring Saskatchewan music to worldwide markets, SaskMusic is currently engaging in activities at FOCUS Wales, in London, and at The Great Escape Festival, with artists also performing at New Skool Rules.

Congratulations to Megan Nash, respectfulchild, The Garrys, LOA, Samurai Champs and VBRTR on your official showcase invitations! 

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The Deadline for the Artist Development and Juried Sound Recording programs is fast approaching! Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST on May 31, 2018! Check their website for some helpful tips & resources:


Creative Sask Grants Now Open

All music sector grants offered by Creative Saskatchewan are now open. Be sure to read over the guidelines for both their overall programming and individual grants, as things have changed for this year! 

Working on your grant applications and need to polish up (or create) your marketing strategy? You can access our free tipsheet (downloadable PDF) in English or French from

Remember, SaskMusic members are able to book or call in to get advice on your applications and have us review your submissions ahead of time.


Monthly Songwriters Groups

Saskatoon: Next meeting is Sunday, June 3, 1pm at Studio XII (9-1025 Boychuk Dr.) The group meets the first Sunday of each month. Everyone welcome.
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Regina: Next meeting is Thursday, May 17, 7pm at SaskMusic Regina (1831 College Ave). This month's special guest songwriter is Jaecy Bells. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. Everyone welcome!
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Canadian Song Conference Charlottetown

Congratulations to Shantaia Poulin who was selected as our Saskatchewan songwriter representative to participate in the Canadian Song Conference – PEI, May 23-26 in Charlottetown. An open call for this opportunity was circulated in February.

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Saskatchewan Country Music Awards

Congrats to this year’s Saskatchewan Country Music Award winners, who were announced April 28 in Prince Albert.

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Halifax Pop Explosion Showcase Opportunity

October 17-20/18 Halifax NS
Deadline: May 18, 2018

Halifax Pop Explosion is a city-wide festival over the course of four days where music lovers come together and pack themselves into venues throughout the city, excited to listen to the newest and best in music. HPX also offers four different conference tracks over 3 days, which attracts delegates, speakers and presenters from all over North America. The conference offers unparallelled networking opportunities, while featuring important roundtable discussions and keynote presentations for artists, industry professionals, and fans alike.

Artists, bands and comedians can apply to play the 2018 edition of the Halifax Pop Explosion at


SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival: Jazz Intensive - Workshop Opportunity

June 25-30, 2018 Saskatoon SK
Deadline: May 18, 2018

The Festival is accepting applications from secondary and post-secondary students for the TD Jazz Intensive education program. Supporting the musicians of tomorrow by providing opportunities that will assist in their development, the week-long program runs from June 25-30 as part of the annual Festival. Under the guidance of distinguished jazz educators, participants are immersed in jazz workshops and performances which culminate with a featured public performance at The Bassment jazz club on June 30.

For complete details visit


Moose Jaw Sidewalk Days - Performance Opportunity

July 5-7, 2018 Moose Jaw SK
Deadline: May 31, 2018

There will be 2 main stages and a children’s stage. Honorarium and meal tickets provided for all performers. Sidewalk Days is a free event provided to the community. Artists will also have an area to sell CDs/merch.

To apply visit


Got It Covered: SK Musicians Cover Each Other's Music Vol. 2 -
Call For Submissions

Deadline: June 4, 2018

91.3FM CJTR, Regina Community Radio and CFCR 90.5FM Saskatoon Community Radio are pleased to announce a call for submissions for the compilation CD Got It Covered: Saskatchewan Musicians Play Each Other’s Music Vol. 2, sponsored by SaskMusic. Got it Covered is the second such volume of Saskatchewan cover songs after the success of the 2016 compilation of the same name. This compilation is a partnership between Regina Community Radio and Saskatoon Community Radio and will also be used for promotion and distribution to Canadian media and music industry professionals. Download the submission form HERE 

For more information on who can apply and how to submit


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


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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.


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