November 6, 2018

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Very Prairie

Register now for the summit!

Early bird registration for SaskMusic members continues until November 9 - just $35! Afterward, it increases to $55.

Non-member registration is $100. And for those age 25 and under, the member registration rate is only $15 and non-member rate $40.

Register Now and you'll be able to request social media reviews, biography reviews, and one-on-ones with presenters.

Weekend outline, detailed schedule coming soon:

  • Thursday November 29: Opening panel and reception from 7pm
  • Friday November 30: 11am-6pm panels, 6-8:30pm showcase
  • Saturday December 1: 11am-6pm panels
  • Sunday December 2: 10:30am-1pm Women In Music Sask. brunch and panel (everyone welcome)

Panelist/delegate bios are coming along, please visit to learn more!

Host Hotel, Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon: Access the Very Prairie hotel site to book, modify, or cancel a reservation.


Sask Music Awards

Please Join us for the Nominee Announcements
Tuesday, November 13, 9:30am 
The Exchange, Regina

SaskMusic will honour excellence, and celebrate the achievements of our music industry members over the past year, with the Saskatchewan Music Awards. The awards will kick off Saskatchewan Music Week (November 26-December 2/2018), and will be held on Sunday, November 25 in Regina.

You’re invited to join us for a special event where we will announce the nominees of the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards.

At: The Exchange, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina
When: Doors open 9:30am, coffee and donuts. Press event at 10am with greetings, nominee announcements, and artist performance.
More info: Michael Dawson, Executive Director, SaskMusic

A limited number of Early Bird Tickets for the Saskatchewan Music Awards are on sale now for just $20.

Saskatchewan Music Awards
Sunday November 25, 2018

The Exchange, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm
Featuring special performances by Andino Suns, Megan Nash, T-Rhyme and more!

Presented on this evening will be the winners of the Artist of the Year categories (Alternative, Avant Garde/Experimental, Country, Electronic, Hip Hop, Metal/Loud, Rock/Pop, Roots/Folk, and Indigenous); Single of the Year; the Breaking Borders Award presented by the Derek Bachman Foundation; Industry Achievement Award; Venue of the Year; and Producer of the Year. The long list of Best Saskatchewan Albums will also be announced with public voting to commence the next day.

Official Awards After-Party
Sunday November 25, 2018
Revival Music Room, Dewdney Avenue, Regina 
Doors 10pm, Show 10:30pm

Featuring sets by Megan Nash with Bears in Hazenmore, T-Rhyme, Surf Dads and surprises


 Best Sask Albums

Final Call for Inclusion: Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2018

If you released an eligible album, please review our list of releases and make sure you're on it. If we've missed one please let us know ASAP.

To be considered for Best Of, the album

  • Was first released to the public between November 1, 2017 and November 1, 2018. The first verification we will use for 'public release' will be its date of release in iTunes. If not on iTunes, we'll accept other forms of verification of both "release date" and "commercial release" at our discretion (ie manufacturer's shipping date). 
  • Is at least 30 minutes or at least 5 tracks in length.
  • Was released by an artist residing in Sask. (physically living in Saskatchewan at the time of the album's release date regardless of where artist is living at the time this list is underway). If needed, we would verify residency by province of your 2018 tax filing.
  • Albums that made a Best Saskatchewan Albums Top Ten previously will not be in consideration this year, even if reissued. Otherwise, official reissues/compilations of previous material (where released as a new package) will be considered.

All genres of music are included in consideration. Artists do not need to be members of SaskMusic to participate. There is no "entry fee."


Femme Series

PAVED Arts, Girls Rock Saskatoon & SaskMusic present the second part of our Femme Sound Workshop Series

Sound Tools
Wednesday, January 16/2019, 7-10pm
AKA/PAVED Arts Event Space, Saskatoon

This workshop is FREE for all ages. Although this workshop is designed for a Femme Audience, all genders are welcome to attend. There will be a brief talk by Girls Rock Saskatoon, and SaskMusic will be providing light food and drinks.

To register for this workshop, email Lenore

Watch for the Regina Femme Sound Series announcement coming soon.

In this workshop we will dive into the specifics of an audio console, learning about analogue and digital mixers and an in-depth look of a channel strip. We will talk about preamps, phase, parametric EQss, dynamic processing, buss sends, inputs vs. outputs, inserts, VCAs and effects. A basic intro to mixing, what these tools are, and how they are used in your mix. 

Jill Mack is a freelance sound tech living in Saskatoon. She tours with The Pack A.D, a garage-rock duo from Vancouver, as their FOH engineer and works at various venues around the city when not on the road. She also recorded Ellen Froese’s first full-length self-titled LP and plans to record Ellen's second album this winter. When she is not at a show, or consumed in the nerd-files of audio, Jill indulges in some of her favourite hobbies such as sleeping, a little yoga and sad attempts at playing drums. 


SaskMusic at M for Montreal, November 14-17/2018

SaskMusic will be returning to the annual music conference and festival, which showcases approximately 100 local and international buzz-worthy and breakout bands in venues across Montreal. Top music industry professionals mingle with fans and artists at one of the most vibrant music events of the season. Founded in 2006 in collaboration with one of the most respected festival programmers in the industry, Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury, The Great Escape), the event hosts an expansive list of industry delegates from around the world. “M” is an independent organization whose ambitious mission is to help up-and-coming artists both to become better known locally, and to launch their careers outside Canada.

SaskMusic will be on the ground to build connections with industry colleagues, attend conference activities and support our Saskatchewan showcasing artists. Beach Body and The Garrys were independently selected by M for Montreal organizers through its own submission process.

Learn more:


Got it Covered

"Got it Covered" Released

91.3FM CJTR, Regina Community Radio and CFCR 90.5 FM - Saskatoon Community Radio are pleased to announce the music compilation Got It Covered: Saskatchewan Musicians Cover Each Other’s Music Vol. 2, sponsored by SaskMusic, Long & McQuade (Saskatoon) and RAIS (The Recording Arts Institute of Saskatoon).

The compilation features 16 songs by Saskatchewan bands covering other Saskatchewan bands, including Pop Pop Vernac, The Garrys, The Steves, The Definitelays, The Moas, Slow Down Molasses, Wolf Willow, Kacy & Clayton, Ellen Froese, Val Halla and Eliza Mary Doyle, Jay Semko, Total Imaginary Mind Experience, The Snake Oil Salesmen, Von Jumbo, John Cameron, and Shirley & The Pyramids. The comp will be released on CD and online via the two stations’ respective BandCamp websites. Launch parties will be held in both cities featuring bands selected for the compilation.

Listen on Bandcamp


Heavy playlist


Take a deeper dive into our metal/loud scene with our new HEAVY Sask artist playlist on Spotify! (NSFW)
Spotify is available as a free application. Our user name is SaskMusic Ziggy, with multiple playlists including recent Featured tracks! 

Coming up next will be our annual Saskatchewan artist holiday playlist. Send us your classic or original Christmas, New Years' and holiday-themed tracks for potential inclusion!




The Globe Theatre School Announces:

1. Musical Theatre Writer's Workshop February 18-22
An exciting new workshop for musicians, composers, songwriters, playwrights and lyricists in Saskatchewan who are interested in the art of creating musicals. The workshop will cover history, technique, structure and style as well as providing opportunities for writers to collaborate and create with one another. The workshop will be facilitated by Robert McQueen, the Director of New Musical Development (The Musical Stage Company) and by Stephanie Graham, Artistic Associate (Globe Theatre).

2. Musical Theatre Audition Masterclass February 20
Director Robert McQueen will be facilitating a Musical Theatre audition and scene study workshop for Saskatchewan artists. The first half of the day will be focused on auditioning for musical theatre, acting through song, and repertoire expansion. The second half of the day will allow participants to investigate scene work and cold reads.

See more:


Toque Nov 15

Q&A with Toque
Thursday, November 15, 8pm at The Exchange, Regina

Music in the House and JAYZDRUMZ present a Q and A with Toque. Band members Brent Fitz, Todd Kerns, Cory Churko, and Shane Gaalaas perform with artists including Slash, Shania Twain, Gene Simmons, Kelly Clarkson, Alice Cooper and many more. This event will be for musicians and music fans alike. $5 at the door.


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Folk Music Survey: Deadline November 9

Calling all folk music artists, industry, and venue/festival presenters...As Folk Alliance International (FAI) enters its fourth decade, they are embarking on a landmark research project with a survey of the folk music field to assess its relationship to the broader music industry.

To do this they have partnered with acclaimed stakeholder research firm, Slover Linett Audience Research (whose notable past clients include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Levitt Pavilions, The Smithsonian Museum, and more).

FAI invites anyone working in folk (inclusive of Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Francophone, Global Roots, Indigenous, Latin, Old Time, Traditional, Singer-Songwriter, and Spoken Word) to complete this survey.

The high-level goals of this study are to:

  • Lead a responsive dialogue about the evolving state of the folk field.
  • Encourage the folk community to self-reflect and engage in a deeper understanding of itself.
  • Build meaningful conversation and collaboration between artists, presenters, and industry.

Please click on the link below to complete the survey (which will take about 10-12 minutes). All responses are anonymous and will not be shared with any other organizations. Participants will be entered in a drawing for one of five $100 gift cards.

The deadline to complete the survey is November 9, 2018.

Survey link



2019 JUNO Awards Submissions Final Deadline 

Did you know that most JUNO categories don't require any sales qualifications - they're based on artistic merit? If you released an exceptional album during the eligibility period, YOU or your team members can (and should) submit yourself for consideration.

The eligibility period for the 2019 JUNO Awards is between September 1, 2017 and November 9, 2018. Product must be released for national sale (in stores or online for all Canadians to access) or via a recognized national music streaming provider. 

To get your entry completed, visit


Upcoming Deadlines/Opportunities

Learn about the National Music Centre Artist in Residency, N'we Jinan Tour, Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency, Edmonton Folk Festival, Focus Wales and many more on our Sound Opportunities page,

The Great Escape, Brighton UK: Export-ready artists, apply to play Europe's leading festival for new music. Artist selections begin before deadline so don't wait to apply if you're interested in this opportunity.
SaskMusic will once again have a presence and provide support and prep assistance to any Sask artists selected by TGE.
Deadline: February 11/2019.

Canadian Blast at SXSW, Austin TX: Export-ready artists can apply to play the Canadian Blast BBQ at SXSW, presented by the Canadian Independent Music Association/Music Export Canada. 
Learn more:,article/6912/music-export-canada-present-canadian-blast-at-sxsw-2019 
Deadline: November 9/2018.

International Acoustic Music Awards Submissions: The IAMAs promote excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition.
Deadline: November 9/2018

Great American Song Contest: For amateur to semi-pro songwritersTo Submit:
Deadline: November 15/2018

jazzahead! Showcase Opportunity, Bremen Germany: One of the most important international networking spots for the jazz industry. 
Learn more:
Deadline: November 22/2018


Attention Music Teachers!

MusiCounts Band Aid Program 
Next Application Deadline November 14, 2018

The MusiCounts Band Aid Program provides up to $15,000 in musical instruments and equipment to school music programs to ensure their current success and sustained growth. Instruments provided are awarded allotments between $5,000 and $15,000. Applications are open to Elementary, Jr. High, Secondary, and Separate schools in Canada for their school music programs.

Learn more:

Canadian Music Class Challenge
Deadline November 27/2018

CBC Music +i MusiCounts contest to engage music classes across the country.

Each year, CBC pre-approves a list of Canadian songs, then asks music teachers to pick one and teach their classes a cover version. It could be a note-for-note cover, or you can make it something completely your own. Once a class performance of the song has been recorded on video, it gets uploaded to CBC Music, and is then posted on CBC's YouTube channel, and judges choose six winners. This year, each winner will receive $5,000 worth of instruments for the classroom, plus a special prize of instruments from MusiCounts.

Learn more:


Songwriter Meetings

Upcoming meetings of the regional writers' groups of the Songwriters' Association of Canada will be held as follows: 

REGINA: Thursday, November 15, 7pm
Meet the third Thursday of each month at SaskMusic Regina, 1831 College Ave, Regina. Use the West door (off Hamilton St and parking lot). Your hosts: Wanda Gronhovd and Scott Anthony Andrews.

SASKATOON SONGWRITERS: Sunday, December 2, 1pm
Meet the first Sunday of each month at Studio XII Music & Dance Co., 9-1025 Boychuk Dr, Saskatoon. Your host: Micheal Lander; for more information


Free to attend. Everyone welcome, emerging to established from all genres. A supportive collaboration and learning environment.


Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI)L 2019 Artist Entrepreneur and Artist Manager Programs

CMI has opened 2019 online registration for their core professional development programs: Artist Entrepreneur (Mar/Aug) and Artist Manager (Oct) in Toronto. Both programs help emerging artists and artist managers across all genres build their businesse...



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Cultural Careers


Executive Directory (Temporary)
Western Canadian Music Alliance

The Western Canadian Music Alliance is seeking applications for a 13-month interim position for the role of Executive Director. The Executive Director of the Western Canadian Music Alliance works for the Board of Directors and oversees the finances and day-to-day operations of the organizations and event staff of the core BreakOut West event and educational and marketing initiatives year round for the Western Canadian Music Alliance.

Position: Executive Director
Term: 13 month Temporary (Maternity Leave Coverage)
Dates: December 2018 through December 2019

The WCMA office is located in Winnipeg. As a pan-western organization, they will consider submissions from any of the member provinces or territories. Preference may be given to Winnipeg-based candidates; however, offsite options will be seriously considered, as the key goal is to find the perfect hire.

Please see here for a detailed description of position expectations and how to apply:


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