October 3, 2019

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Breakout west

SaskMusic and Artists at Breakout West 2019, Whitehorse YT

BreakOut West is an annual music event that includes a four-day conference, three-night music festival, and the Western Canadian Music Awards. BreakOut West is hosted by the Western Canadian Music Alliance. The Western Canadian Music Alliance is an organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music.

Every year the event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis. This year, the event will be held in Whitehorse, YT, from October 2-6, 2019. BreakOut West is comprised of a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival, the Western Canadian Music Awards Reception and the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Brunch.

BreakOut West Festival is an incredible opportunity for music discovery! Three nights, 50+ bands 110+ shows. One wristband for only $20

Saskatchewan Artists Schedule:

Thursday, October 3

  • Etienne Fletcher – 10:15pm at Town and Mountain
  • Beach Body – 11:15pm at Town and Mountain

Friday, October 4

  • Ava Wild – 8:00pm at the Visitor Info Center
  • The Won’ts – 8:45pm at the Gold Pan Saloon
  • Beach Body – 9:30pm at The Local Bar
  • Alex Bent + The Emptiness – 10:15pm at Town and Mountain
  • Marissa Burwell – 11:00pm at the Visitor Info Center
  • Trash Hawks – 11:00pm at Town and Mountain
  • Ponteix – 11:45pm at Gold Pan Saloon
  • Etienne Fletcher – 11:45pm at Old Fire Hall

Saturday, October 5

  • Ponteix – 5:00pm in Conference Room 2 at the Westmark Hotel (francophone mixer)
  • Marissa Burwell – 8:00pm at Old Fire Hall
  • Beach Body – 9:30pm at Town and Mountain
  • Ava Wild – 9:30pm at Old Fire Hall
  • Trash Hawks – 9:30pm at Dirty Northern/Miner’s Daughter
  • Alex Bent + The Emptiness – 10:15pm at Gold Pan Saloon
  • The Won’ts – 11:00pm at Town and Mountain

Along with the above artist appearances, we send good luck to award nominees:









PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Mario Lepage & Rayannah

RECORDING OF THE YEAR (presented by Stingray): Foxwarren






VISUAL MEDIA COMPOSER OF THE YEAR: Jared Robinson, Canadian Mental Health Association 100 year Anniversary


Sask Music Awards

2019 Saskatchewan Music Awards, Nominations underway

Nominations are underway now for the 2019 Saskatchewan Music Awards! Presented by SaskMusic, the awards will honour excellence, and celebrate the achievements of our music industry members over the past year.

Submit in:

  • Artist of the Year categories: Alternative, Country, Electronic, Experimental or Contemporary, Hip Hop, Metal/Loud, Rock/Pop, Roots/Folk, and Indigenous. (All genres are invited to submit, see category details to find your best fit.)
  • Single of the Year
  • Album of the Year (Best Saskatchewan Albums of the Year)
  • Industry Achievement
  • Producer of the Year
  • Venue of the Year

Submissions are FREE for artists and industry members to make! Nominations will close October 15. Visit www.saskmusicawards.ca to submit, or for more information email info@saskmusic.org or call 1-800-347-0676

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Folk Alliance

Accepting Artist Applications for Folk Alliance 2019, New Orleans, LA

Folk Alliance International (FAI) is headed to New Orleans! SaskMusic will be making our annual trip to Folk Alliance, in an international marketing partnership with our BreakOut West partners. We will present private showcases to the international music industry professionals who will be attending the festival and conference. Folk Alliance International is the major North American gathering point for artists, venues, talent buyers, record labels and anyone connected to the roots and folk genres.

Private showcases are held each night (Wednesday-Saturday) after official showcases. These take place in the hotel rooms of three floors of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Each hotel room becomes a mini-showcase venue, hosted by individual associations, labels, etc.

There are very few spots this year, and this will be an incredibly competitive intake. Only a percentage of those who apply will receive spots.

Please note: This is a separate application from the Folk Alliance Official Showcases. If you are offered an official showcase, we will schedule around your times.

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Call for artist news!

Please submit your news and albums for our magazine, The Session. Physical issues go to the music industry in Saskatchewan and nationally, and digital issues to the general public. 

Artist and studio news are included in The Buzz column, and can include a photo and your main web address. Are you going into the studio? Got a big tour planned? Win an award, get selected for a showcase, add a new band member? Give us the scoop.

New album releases are also featured in The Session. We require a physical or digital copy of your entire album which will go into our music library following inclusion; a one-sheet or short write-up about the album (6-8 sentences), and list of credits, if they aren't on the packaging. Once this information is received we will put it in holding for the next issue of The Session. You may be selected for promotions on our social media, included in our year-end "Saskatchewan releases" list, etc.

Other news: Workshops that are music-centred or of interest to musicians or the music industry will also be included.

We also feature Videos, Singles, and Albums in the SaskMusic E-Release and on social media! If you've recently released something, let us know!

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Very Prairie

Registration Opening Soon for the Very Prairie Music Summit

Very Prairie is an intensive multi-day Music Summit focused on career growth, business development and best practices. What does that mean? It means that Saskatoon will play host to national and international representatives from labels, festivals, agencies and funders, alongside artists, media and industry builders. Over the course of the summit we will dissect a wide array of topics from tour strategies to mental health. Are you curious about how to strengthen your chances of playing festivals? Let's ask festival programmers what they look for. Do you want to know how to best market your album? We'll discuss it with label reps. Are you interested in touring internationally? We'll cover that too! Musicians face many roadblocks trying to navigate the industry is in 2019 and Very Prairie is a unique opportunity to connect with experts and develop the skills the further your career. www.veryprairie.ca

Save the date! November 28 - December 1, 2019 in Saskatoon




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


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Showcase Opportunity: Apply to play SXSW March 13-22, 2020

Performing at SXSW can serve as a great launching pad for a new project or record and it will give you and your group the opportunity to meet like-minded artists and industry professionals from around the world. Beyond making new connections, you’ll have the opportunity to share your music with the creative and highly driven SXSW community made up of tomorrow’s arts and tech leaders. Above all else, it’s a great time!

Each year, around 2,000 artists from every corner of the world join together in Austin, Texas to perform and celebrate together. Not limited by musical style, the SXSW Music Festival strives to present both iconic and emerging acts each year to the reps from record labels, booking agencies, management and PR firms, publishers, media outlets, artists, and fans in attendance to help shape the dialogue about the global music industry.

Final Deadline: October 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT

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Juno Awards

Juno Awards Submissions Now Open

Submissions are now open for The Juno Awards with a deadline of October 18 for discounted early-bird entries and a final deadline no later than November 8.  

For a complete list of Awards categories, eligibility rules, and voting criteria, visit www.junoawards.ca/submissions.

Sign up to become a CARAS Academy Delegate and receive 40% off submissions: www.junoawards.ca/join

The 49th annual Juno week starts Monday, March 9 in Saskatoon and culminates with the CBC live broadcast of the Awards from SaskTel Centre on Sunday, March 15.


Great Escape

The Great Escape 2020 - Showcase Opportunity, Deadline Feb. 11/20

The Great Escape welcomes artists from every genre across the globe to apply for a chance to play at the world’s most renowned festival for breaking new talent. You will be performing with the beautiful seaside backdrop of Brighton, where 450+ acts will be filling over 35 venues, making 13th-16th May 2020 one hell of a weekend and a great opportunity to meet key music industry figures who come to TGE looking for the next big thing.

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Focus wales

Focus Wales 2020 - Showcase Opportunity, Deadline Dec.1/19

FOCUS Wales is a not-for-profit organization, established to provide the annual new music showcase event for the Welsh Music Industry. Their core work centres around the delivery of an international multi-venue showcase festival taking place in Wrexham each Spring, which places the music industry spotlight firmly on the emerging talent that Wales has to offer the world, alongside a selection of the best new acts from across the globe. FOCUS Wales 2020 will mark the festival’s 10th edition, and will welcome over 15,000 people to the town, building upon 2019′s record attendance across a jam-packed weekend of events. There’s no place like Wrexham during FOCUS Wales, as they showcase 250+ bands from across the world, fill out a variety of spaces and music venues, using 20 stages, and hosting a full schedule of Interactive Industry Sessions, Arts events, and Film screenings, throughout the festival. 

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Career Tracks

Featured Career Tracks Mentor - Robyn Dell'Unto

Career Tracks offers confidential, one-on-one assistance to artists and music professionals. SaskMusic members can meet with our team to discuss career plans, marketing strategies, touring, songwriting and copyright, funding and grant applications, demo critiques/reviews, industry trends, or other relevant music topics.

This week we're featuring songwriter and producer, Robyn Dell'Unto! Robyn is dedicated to helping artists achieve their creative goals. Her distinctive artist-relations style and interconnected approach to songwriting and production has resulted in over 100 commercial cuts since 2013 including SOCAN #1 I See Gold for Good Lovelies, recent Canadian pop radio add DCMO for LU KALA, Cause You Did for Willa and I Don’t Sleep for Emma Lamontagne, as well as recent singles for Emma-Lee, Jadea Kelly, Virago, Rosie & the Riveters, Stacey Kay, Leah Daniels and more. Originally from Toronto, she is currently based in Nashville with her photographer husband and two cats.

She is available to discuss anything related to music industry navigation including artist development, branding, licensing, co-writing, production, networking, fundraising, radio promotions and mental health.

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RWG promo

Monthly Songwriters Groups

Saskatoon: Next meeting is Sunday, October 6, 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, October 17, 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/


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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


SaskMusic bookkeeper

Join our team!

SaskMusic is seeking a new bookkeeper! This position is casual, 10-15 hours per month plus occasional meetings with staff/board. We’re looking for someone in Regina who has experience working with non-profit organizations and navigating CRA communications, operates in QuickBooks, and would assist heavily at audit time. If interested please send an email to lorenakelly@saskmusic.org with your CV.


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