(If you've already registered for Very Prairie, please note the schedule included below!)

Panelist Collage, Very Prairie


The countdown is on! We invite you to register for the Very Prairie Music Summit NOW and submit for one-on-one spots with some of our industry professionals!

We're excited to welcome panelists from across Canada and beyond to help our artists and industry professionals expand their knowledge base. Come with your questions and be prepared to learn a lot and network at our main educational event of the year. Whether you're just getting started, have been on numerous cross-country tours, or run your own studio, we hope you'll gather practical tips to help expand your mind and your career, and meet some fellow creatives at the same time.


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SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Thursday November 28 2019

  • 7:00pm   Doors open
  • 7:30pm   Saskatchewan Music Awards, The Broadway Theatre with performances by respectfulchild, YELLOWSKY, 3 Moonjask, Jay & Jo and more. (Registrants receive a 50% discount code). Tickets: www.broadwaytheatre.ca
  • 9:30-late   After party doors open, Amigos Cantina with
    The Garrys, Alex Bent, Sōhka (entrance free with awards show stamp, or $5 at the door until capacity reached.)

​Friday November 29 2019
The Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre, 609 Dufferin Ave

9:30-10:00am Doors open, registration.
Panels: Upstairs, 9:45am-2:40pm

  • 9:45-10:35am Music, Mental Health & Wellness (Michael Dawson, Jade Harper, Megan Nash, moderated by Amanda Scandrett
  • 10:45-11:35am Funding (Stephen Carroll, Adrienne LaBelle, Karen Jarowicz, Lisa Lanigan, moderated by Lorena Kelly
  • 11:45am-12:35pm Marketing & Promotion as an Independent Artist: Best Practices & Big Mistakes (Adam Lewis, Sarah Murphy, Bled Celhyka, Tony Tarleton)
  • 12:45-1:35pm Musicians vs Black Box: Royalties in The Streaming Era (Stephen Carroll)
  • 1:45-2:35pm Management: How Do You Function Without It, When Do You Need It & What Do They Do? (Bled Celhyka, Brendan McCarney, Adrienne LaBelle)

One-on-ones: Downstairs, 1:00-2:00pm
Choose "one-on-one," social media review, or bio review on your registration form to apply. These chats happen at the same time as panels upstairs, so you'll be ducking out of a panel at your appointed time(s). If you requested a bio review, please bring 2 printed copies along.
Mikey Bernard, Tony Tarleton, Karen Jarowicz, Lisa Lanigan, Adrienne Labelle* (*1:00-1:40)

​Amigos Cantina (all ages, side room)
3:15-3:45 Building A Brand, Staying True To Yourself (Mark Heise)
3:45-5:00pm Networking mixer

Saturday November 30 2019
The Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre, 609 Dufferin Ave

9:30-10:00am   Doors open, registration
Panels: Upstairs, 10:00am-5:00pm

  • 10:00-10:50am DIY Deep Dive: Building labels, festivals, companies and community from the ground up (Chris Dimas, Lenore Maier, Brendan McCarney, Gabrielle Giroux) 
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Album Release Strategies; the lead up, the drop, how to keep it alive (Tony Tarleton, Andrea Kessler, Sarah Murphy, Adam Lewis)
  • 12:00-12:30pm break
  • 12:30-1:30pm Music Export (Mikey Bernard, Marco Noni, Tony Tarleton, Jade Harper, moderated by Geoff Smith)
  • 1:40-2:40pm Festivals (Deborah Aiken, Mikey Bernard, Sarah Litt, moderated by Kara Golemba)
  • 2:50-3:50pm Tour Strategies (Marco Noni, Sarah Litt, Andrea Kessler) 
  • 4:00-5:00pm Ask Me Anything: Opportunity for attendees to ask questions we may not have answered over the weekend (Mikey Bernard, Sarah Murphy, Jade Harper, Adam Lewis, Bled Celhyka)

One-on-ones: Downstairs, 1:00-3:00pm

  • 1:00-2:00pm Andrea Kessler, Sarah Murphy, Marco Noni
  • 2:00-3:00pm Adam Lewis, Jade Harper, Bled Celhyka, Brendan McCarney

Sunday December 1 2019
The Sheraton Cavalier Hotel

10:30am-1:00pm   Women In Music Saskatchewan Brunch and Panel Discussion (all registrants welcome to attend, please RSVP on registration)

  • Panel 11:30am-12:30pm Panel with Sarah Murphy, Sarah Litt, Andrea Kessler, Jade Harper, moderated by Amanda Scandrett

Our host hotel is the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon.
Very Prairie Hotel Reservation Link

Last Day to Book (pending availability): Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Room rate $139 CAD per night with 1/2 price parking

If you have any questions about Very Prairie that aren't answered on the website, please call 1-800-347-0676 or email info@saskmusic.org.

SMA congrats

Saskatchewan Music Award Nominees

The Saskatchewan Music Award nominees for most categories were announced on November 13. ICYMI, here is the list of those nominees.

Best of luck to everyone! After you've registered for Very Prairie, remember to go and reserve your SMA tickets as well!



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