February 11, 2019

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Saskatchewan at North America's Largest Folk Gathering

SaskMusic is pleased to present five Saskatchewan artists in Montreal for delegates of the annual Folk Alliance International (www.folkconference.org). Presenting under the banner of BreakOut West, Manitoba Music, Alberta Music, Music BC and SaskMusic artists will perform in private showcases including the following Sask showcases:

Poor Nameless Boy
• Official: Wed Feb 13 - 8:15pm, Robbie Robertson Room 217
• Thur Feb 14 – 1:00am, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
• Fri Feb 15 – 11:30pm, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
• Sat Feb 16 – 2:00am, Prairie Mixer Prairie Mix (Room 549)
Disarming in a moment, his soft, melodic delivery is born from a keen perception of the human condition. This understated authenticity is why you’ll find Poor Nameless Boy on the fringes of something much deeper than modern indie-folk. A Global Music Award winner and Canadian Songwriting Competition semi-finalist, his greatly anticipated new EP is due spring 2019.

Rosie & the Riveters
• Official: Thur Feb 14 - 7:00pm, Anne Murray Room 200
• Thur Feb 14 – 11:30pm, Folk Music Canada (Room 321)
• Fri Feb 15 – 10:30pm, AIM Presents (Room 212)
• Fri Feb 15 – 11:30pm, The 514 Sessions, AER/Alvarez/Mono, SFM Inc. (Room 314)
• Sat Feb 16 – 10:30pm, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
Rosie & the Riveters’ pop-folk anthems paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world. Their latest album, Ms. Behave, is a collection of gritty, sultry, folk-pop anthems that Billboard magazine calls “powerful and daring;” it remained in the top 10 US folk music charts for 17 weeks, reaching . #3 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20, and was featured in publications such as Rolling Stone Country, No Depression, Parade Magazine and PopMatters.

Annette Campagne
• Wed Feb 13 – 11:00pm, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
• Wed Feb 13 – 1:30am, Prairie Mixer (Room 549)
• Wed Feb 13 – 2:00am, Prairie Mixer (Room 549) *In the round with Justin LaCroix and Simon Daniel
• Fri Feb 15 – 1:30am, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
Building on the momentum of her 2015 Western Canadian Music Award win, singer-songwriter ‘Annette’ has toured western Canada, showcased in Paris, played in the Netherlands and Germany and is now a regular at festivals and events throughout France. Poised to release a new album, this folk rock songstress is at the top of her game, garnering yet another WCMA nomination for ‘I AM’, her fifth solo project. Singing in both English and French, Annette was a founding member of the iconic vocal group Hart Rouge before embarking on a solo career, boasting an impressive list of accomplishments: Twelve albums, several radio hits, and multiple tours across Canada, Europe and the United States.

Ellen Froese
• Thur Feb 14 – 11:30pm, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
• Sat Feb 16 – 12:30am, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
Since striking out as a solo artist, young hip-swinger-folk-singer Ellen Froese has quickly established herself as a sought after act with main stage slots at Regina Folk Fest, Gateway, Ness Creek, Halifax Pop Explosion, Folk Music Ontario, BreakOut West, and several Canadian tours. Whether performing a folk traditional, a rock 'n' roll classic, or the songs she writes, Froese does it with an air of authenticity – all tempered with a healthy dose of humour and self-deprecation. With four albums behind her, Ellen is eagerly anticipating the 2019 release of her first album with the Hot Toddies.

Steph Cameron
• Wed Feb 13 – 2:00am, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
• Thur Feb 14 – 1:00am, The 514 Sessions (Room 314)
• Fri Feb 15 – 12:30am, Paquin Artists Agency Showcase (Room 503)
• Sat, Feb 16 – 2:30am, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
Cameron has been working as a solo artist since her debut album, Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady (2014) made her an artist to watch, followed up by the critically-lauded Daybreak Over Jackson Street (2017, Pheromone Recordings). Cameron’s 2018 tour of the UK and Europe captured sold-out audiences in Germany and the Netherlands, with invitations to Celtic Connections and Out To Lunch Arts Festival (Belfast). She’s currently working on her third album, and has performed at festivals including Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Regina Folk Fest, CMW, Folk North, Folk Ontario, and BreakOut West. Cameron’s evocative voice and perceptive lyrics continue to captivate audiences, as does her fluent guitar work.

SaskMusic's participation in this event is made possible through the support of Creative Saskatchewan. 

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Femme Sound Series

Femme Sound Series Part 3: Run a Soundcheck and Troubleshooting

In this last workshop in the series, there will be hands-on training on how to run a soundcheck efficiently and how to best prepare yourself for the inevitable problems that come with running live shows. Jill will discuss common problems that can often arise and the steps needed to solve problems quickly.

This workshop is FREE for children and adults alike. You do not need to be a SaskMusic member to attend. Although this workshop is designed for a Femme Audience, all genders are welcome to attend. 

Please register for this event


Music Money Taxes

NEW WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT! Music, Money & Taxes is back!

It’s tax time! SaskMusic is happy to bring back Chartered Accountant, Bill Waynert to present our annual workshop on the subject of taxes as they pertain to artists and creative businesses. “Music, Money and Taxes!” will take place in Regina on Wednesday, March 6 and Saskatoon on Thursday, March 7 at 7PM. There will be a webinar option for those who cannot join us in person on March 6. Register now and a link will be sent out prior to the event. We encourage Saskatchewan musicians and music industry professionals to attend and benefit from this session!

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JUNO trophySaskatchewan JUNO Nominations 

The nominees for the 48th Annual JUNO Awards were announced January 29 by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference attended by media and industry notables at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (CBC), in downtown Toronto. 

The 48th annual JUNO Awards will be hosted in London, ON on March 17.

Congratulations to our Saskatchewan nominees:

  • Jess Moskaluke, "A Small Town Christmas" - Country Album of the Year.
    This is Jess' fourth nomination in this category; she received the JUNO in 2017 for her album "Kiss Me Quiet." She was additionally nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, 2015.
  • Megan Nash, "Seeker" - Contemporary Roots Album of the Year.
    This is Megan's first JUNO nomination.
  • The Deep Dark Woods, "Yarrow" - Contemporary Roots Album of the Year.
    This is the DDWs third nomination; they've been nominated twice for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group. 
  • The Sheepdogs, Group of the Year, and "Changing Colours" Rock Album of the Year
    These are the 8th and 9th JUNO nominations for the group; they've received 3 JUNOs to date - New Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year (Learn & Burn) and Single of the Year (I Don't Know), all in 2012.

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Trille Or

Saskatchewan Trille Or Nominees

L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) has announced the nominees for the 10th edition of Gala Trille Or, a biennial event celebrating musical excellence in French-Canadian music. Trille Or events, including showcases, panels, networking events and more will take place April 29-May 2 in Ottawa, with the award ceremony on May 2 in Orleans ON. The awards will be broadcast live on Unis TV and also streaming on the Unis TV page.

Until Feb 18, the public can vote for the award-winning song of the year by visiting http://www.apcm.ca/vote-en-ligne-chanson-primee-trille-or-2019/

Congratulations to our Saskatchewan nominees:

Album: Alexis Normand - Alexis Normand
Artist or Group– Rock: Étienne Fletcher
Award-Winning Song: Étienne Fletcher - Chérie, chéri
Discovery (Artist or Group): Étienne Fletcher
EP: Étienne Fletcher - Face A
       Vaero – Le nœud
Export West: Étienne Fletcher
Shawn Jobin
Production/Arrangement: Mario Lepage for Shawn Jobin - Éléphant
Solo Artist: Étienne Fletcher
Songwriter: Étienne Fletcher
Video: Étienne Fletcher - Chérie, Chéri (produced by little jack films and Brandon White)
           Shawn Jobin - Éléphant (produced by Xavier MC / Vandales)

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Breakout West Festival & Western Canadian Music Awards - Submission Deadline

Western Canadian Music Awards 

The submission deadline for awards is March 20, 2019. Submissions can be made by the artist/industry professional themselves or they can be submitted on the persno's behalf.

Categories include: 

  • Blues Artist of the Year 
  • Children’s Artist of the Year 
  • Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year 
  • Country Artist of the Year 
  • Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year 
  •  Instrumental Artist of the Year 
  • Jazz Artist of the Year 
  • Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year 
  • Pop Artist of the Year 
  • Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year 
  • Rock Artist of the Year 
  • Roots Duo/Group of the Year 
  • Roots Solo Artist of the Year 
  • Spiritual Artist of the Year 
  • Urban Artist of the Year 
  • World Artist of the Year 
  • BreakOut Artist of the Year 
  • Classical Composer of the Year 
  • Francophone Artist of the Year 
  • Indigenous Artist of the Year 
  • Producer of the Year
  • Recording of the Year 
  • Songwriter(s) of the Year
  • Video Director of the Year 
  • Visual Media Composer of the Year 
  • Audio Engineering Award
  • Community Excellence Award
  • Excellence in Visual Design
  • Impact in Artist Development
  • Impact in Live Music
  • Impact in Music Marketing

The BreakOut West Festival

Showcase submissions are for the multi-genre event are due by March 20, 2019. 

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Women in Music Saskatchewan

Women In Music Saskatchewan - Monthly Support Group Survey

We are in the beginning phases of creating a casual, monthly support group for Women, female-identifying and non-binary individuals who are involved in the Music Industry. The plan is to offer this recurring meet-up over coffee in a safe and supportive environment. Discussion topics and guest speakers are part of the plan, and group guidelines will be established at the first meeting. We are hoping this idea will appeal to a wide network of people in the community. Although we cannot offer formal childcare, children are welcome to attend. Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey on event specifics. Thanks! 

WIMS Survey


Love Sucks Love RocksLove Sucks, Love Rocks - Check out our playlists!

Is Valentine’s Day a painful reminder of heartbreak, or a confirmation of your bliss? Love it or hate it, it’s coming! To celebrate these opposing points of view, SaskMusic is curating our two very different annual playlists featuring original Saskatchewan music.

Artists across the province were invited to submit one song into one or both playlists. This has resulted in two playlists that include a wide variety of different genres expounding on the joys or perils the emotion.

We invite the public to celebrate (or commiserate) the coming of Valentine’s Day by taking a listen to one or both playlists!

Check out Love Sucks

Check out Love Rocks


International Women's Day Events - SAVE THE DATE: March 8, 2019

We are pleased to be participating in a national initiative funded by FACTOR for International Women’s Day. Music industry associations across the country will be presenting activations simultaneously. (See hashtag #FACTORFUNDEDWOMENSDAY to engage.)

In Saskatchewan, we are working on the following:
Regina: A free all-ages panel discussion and performance night, venue TBA
Saskatoon: A partnership with FEMFest! in their fourth year. The festival will raise funds for women-centred charities. Artists were previously selected by FEMFest.
Prince Albert: A free all-ages panel discussion and performance night in partnership with Jam Street Music
Fourth city TBD: a free all-ages panel and performance night.

As soon as we have a few more details confirmed, performance applications for Regina, Prince Albert and the fourth location will be invited from the membership, with artists selected through a jury process. PLEASE watch for that!




New workshops being added at www.saskmusic.org/workshops!


How to Survive & Thrive on Tour - FREE Webinar

February 21, 2019

Touring is tough. Whether you’re hitting the road for the first time or have a few runs under your belt, you know there are all kinds of things to consider – money, responsibilities, relationships, health, and of course, playing kick-ass shows to earn ...



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CBC Searchlight

CBC Searchlight Round 1 Voting

The annual CBC Searchlight competition has begun! Round 1 voting is open now until February 26. Go check out the Saskatchewan entrants (over 70 of them) and get to know some new artists! You can vote for up to one artist per day!

We have compiled a YouTube playlist of the Saskatchewan nominees! Check it out: Saskatchewan CBC Searchlight 2019 Playlist

Searchlight Voting Site


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Monthly Songwriters Groups

Saskatoon: Next meeting is Sunday, March 3, 1pm at Studio XII (9-1025 Boychuk Dr.) The group meets the first Sunday of each month. Everyone welcome.

Group info: https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonsongwriters/

Regina: Next meeting is Thursday, February 21, 7pm at SaskMusic Regina (1831 College Ave). The group meets the third Thursday of each month. Everyone welcome!

Group info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/258208420940008/


Music Heals

A Night Out For Music Heals
March 2, 2019 

On the first Saturday of March, we celebrate Music Therapy Awareness Month with A Night Out for Music Heals.

This annual event brings together the nightlife and bar industry to raise funds and awareness for music therapy programs across Canada. In 2018 Music Heals raised over $19,900, with 97 venues participating coast to coast!

Saskatchewan venues can get involved with a great cause: participating venues donate $1 from each admission charge on March 2.

Register your venue at nightout@musicheals.ca.
Participating venes last year included Revival Music Room, Bushwakker, The Root Bistro, The Lot Club and The Capitol.

The Music Heals Charitable Foundation helps raise awareness of the healing powers of Music and to help fundraise for Music Therapy and related services across Canada.


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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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