December 3, 2020

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Saskatchewan Music Awards

The 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards Nominees

On Monday, December 1 2020 SaskMusic announced the nominees of the 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards, via a streamed event. The awards are intended to honour excellence and celebrate the achievements of our Saskatchewan music industry members over the past year. The 2020 awards event will take place in a streaming format on January 24/2021 via SaskMusic’s social media pages. Performers for the virtual event will be announced at a later date. The announcement also included the long list for The Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2020. Now in its sixth year, this annual year-end list was created to draw attention to fantastic Saskatchewan music released in a broad range of styles, and now goes forward for the public to determine the winner of Album of the Year.

The awards are being held in conjunction with the Very Prairie Music Summit, an educational and network-building event for the Saskatchewan music industry, which will also be held online. Please follow SaskMusic’s social media accounts, and, for updates.

SaskMusic would like to thank Creative Saskatchewan and FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) for their support.


Alternative Artist of the Year

  • Ava Wild
  • Close Talker
  • Natural Sympathies
  • The Garrys

Country Artist of the Year

  • Hunter Brothers
  • Jordyn Pollard
  • Justin LaBrash
  • Samara Yung
  • Shantaia
  • Tenille Arts

Electronic Artist of the Year

  • Natural Sympathies
  • Origin of Spin
  • Parab Poet
  • Patient Hands
  • Patrick Moon Bird

Experimental / Contemporary Artist of the Year

  • éemi
  • Jesse Brown
  • Patient Hands
  • The Garrys
  • Toria Summerfield

Hip Hop Artist of the Year

  • Alex Bent + the Emptiness
  • Dayda Banks
  • Factor Chandelier
  • InfoRed
  • Origin of Spin

Indigenous Artist of the Year

  • InfoRed
  • Patrick Moon Bird
  • The North Sound
  • Too Soon Monsoon
  • Yvonne St.Germaine

Metal/Loud Artist of the Year

  • Black Thunder
  • Dream Creeps
  • Midnight Gallows
  • Mike Froh
  • The Basement Paintings
  • The Moon Runners

Rock/Pop Artist of the Year

  • Davy Sage
  • Shirley & The Pyramids
  • Too Soon Monsoon
  • velours

Roots/Folk Artist of the Year

  • Ellen Froese
  • Gunner & Smith
  • Jeffery Straker
  • JJ Voss
  • The North Sound

Producer of the Year

  • Barrett Ross
  • Bart McKay
  • Chris Dimas
  • Factor Chandelier
  • Ryan Andersen

Music Video of the Year

  • Andrew Parry for "Scaredy Cat," Marissa Burwell
  • Dylan Hryciuk - Versa Films for "Blessed Be," Spiritbox
  • Dylan Hryciuk - Versa Films for "Summer Haze," velours
  • Mitch Goetz for "Getta Say," Laska
  • Sean Xiao He for "Nevertheless," Zayd
  • Thoen Brothers for "Drum Machine," RUMPUS

Single of the Year

  • "Country Girls," Jess Moskaluke
  • "Halfway Home," Jess Moskaluke
  • "Hard Dirt," Hunter Brothers
  • "Notes from Tom," Jesse Brown and Tom Merrall
  • "Somebody Like That," Tenille Arts

Industry Achievement

  • Broadway Theatre
  • Eliza Doyle
  • Trifecta Sound Co
  • 91.3FM CJTR
  • Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Venue of the Year

  • Broadway Theatre
  • Coors Event Centre
  • TCU Place Sid Buckwold Theatre
  • The Exchange
  • The Happy Nun


From 130+ full-length albums released in the eligibility period, SaskMusic juries assembled our Long List of 42. Now we turn to the public to determine the Top Ten of 2020, and ultimately the Album of the Year. We encourage music lovers to discover new albums and then vote for their favourites before the midnight December 13/20 deadline. Only one vote per IP address will be counted for the duration of the voting period. 

The Top 10 albums will be announced via social media the week of December 16, with the top spot being awarded the Saskatchewan Music Award for Album of the Year. 

More information and to vote on the SMA website,

The 2020 BSA Long List

  • 3 Moonjask, Lunar Elixir 
  • Aaron Karpinka, Tender Heart     
  • ADEOLUWA, After Bells and Whistles        
  • Arcana Kings, Lions As Ravens    
  • The Basement Paintings, Antipodes         
  • Bex, You'll Be Here Someday       
  • Black Thunder, La Fine Creata      
  • Dex Riley, Body 
  • Doubt It, Dang It               
  • Dumb Angel, Dumb Angel           
  • Dylan Jules Cooper, Summer       
  • Ellen Froese & Campbell Woods, Farm Boy Sings The Blues              
  • Fabric YXE & Dayda Banks, Leaving Neverland      
  • Factor Chandelier, First Storm     
  • The Garrys, Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Original Score)   
  • Hoodoo, The LizardMang EP        
  • Jay & Jo , Victory
  • Jesse Brown, Where To? 
  • JJ Voss, Come Along With Me      
  • jj white, Rewind
  • Jon Carteri, Road Trip to Mars      
  • Kay the Aquanaut & Maki, The Nautical Blue          
  • Keiran Semple, Chester  
  • Legends, Legends           
  • LTP, Singularity 
  • Marshall Burns, Dogs and Booze 
  • Midnight Gallows, Attack Warning Red    
  • Natural Sympathies, Porous         
  • The North Sound, As The Stars Explode    
  • Origin of Spin, Abstract Perception           
  • Patient Hands, Stasis      
  • Patrick Moon Bird, USEFUL.          
  • Pimpton, TUNNELZ          
  • The Radiation Flowers, Stuck in a Maze    
  • Saintvicious, Saintvicious              
  • Shirley & The Pyramids, A New American Classic   
  • Skizza, Things I Found    
  • The Steadies, Tiro de Leone          
  • Tenille Arts, Love, Heartbreak, & Everything in Betweeen  
  • Theo Maczek, Harvest The Sunrise             
  • Toria Summerfield, From Her Rib
  • Yvonne St. Germaine, Sorrow Road           

More information:

For more information on the Saskatchewan Music Awards please contact SaskMusic, Mike Dawson, Executive Director or Lorena Kelly, Communications Manager, telephone 1-306-347-0676.


Darwin Roy

Welcome Darwin Roy, Indigenous Music Coordinator at SaskMusic

Darwin Roy was raised by his grandparents in Northern Saskatchewan where they lived a hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering lifestyle. Darwin is a proud speaker of the Cree language who has made a career working in public relations for the resource industry, the education sector, and for First Nations. He has a Graduate degree in Educational Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. Darwin has been very active in the Indigenous music scene throughout his career. Darwin has a passion for music and feeds that passion with his involvement with his personal singing ventures or with the group he has played with for most of his life - “Just The Boyz” or “JTB”. In 2005 JTB was nominated for Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Country Album. He has been a part of the Voices of the North Show, a showcase of Indigenous talent during the Prince Albert Winter Festival, since 1998. Darwin continues to play music for the people locally in Saskatoon or somewhere down that long highway.

We are excited to work with Darwin beginning immediately. He can be reached at


Jill Mack

Welcome Jill Mack, Production & Event Coordinator at SaskMusic

Jill Mack is a live sound engineer, recording engineer and multi-instrumentalist. She has been working as a freelance engineer in the live sound industry for the past 5 years and most notably has been touring with The Pack A.D. as their FOH engineer for the last 4. Jill is passionate about inclusivity in the male-dominated audio industry and has taught workshops alongside Girls Rock Saskatoon and SaskMusic to garner interest and create safer spaces for people to learn about audio. When she isn’t running sound at a show, Jill enjoys playing bass in the trash-pop/folk-rock outfit Dump Babes and most recently has joined local disco-punks Go Bwah on the drums.

We are excited to work with Jill beginning immediately. She can be reached at


BOW Holiday

You're invited! Breakout West's Merry Together Holiday Party

Cheers the end of the wildest year with your fellow music community members across the globe. Pop by for a quick hello or settle in and get cozy and merry together, but apart.



Export Program

UPDATED SaskMusic International Export Consultant Program

Working in partnership with the UK-based Enki Music, one-on-one consultations with in-market experts are now available to export-ready SaskMusic members based in Saskatchewan.

We recognize the impact that COVID-19 and the inability to tour has had on many artists' careers, and we hope through this program we can help artists who are at pivotal points in their careers to better understand their options, to workshop campaign strategies, and to develop in-market infrastructure. Artists who have previously performed internationally, or who had plans to tour internationally that were impacted by the pandemic, are encouraged to apply for a consult.  

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SaskMusic Announces Free Member Access to !earshot Digital Music Distribution System

SaskMusic has announced our support for the MAPL!e Grant,  which will primarily feature FREE access to the !earshot Digital Music Distribution System (“!earshot Distro”) by the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA/ANREC) and other areas that support under-represented artists and musicians in Canada, related to radio.

The NCRA/ANREC has secured agreements with the majority of national and provincial music associations in the country and is offering access to grants between November 16, 2020-March 31, 2021 to upload content to the !earshot Distro system. Tens of thousands of musicians, artists and labels across Canada will have a new, environmentally friendly way to distribute their music to stations. Across the participating associations, this totals around $5 million worth of services.

How to Participate

SaskMusic members can find the information in the Backstage area of the website once you're logged in. Additionally, members can request their access codes by emailing All our members are invited to upload their entire back catalogue of releases into the system for discovery by community radio.

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Studio Spotlight

New Episode - Saskatchewan Studio Spotlight Podcast Series

In the third episode of our Studio Spotlights, we talk with David Roman of Roman Empire Studios! This series is intended to introduce you to and celebrate the many recording studios, from small in-home setups to stand-alone commercial studios, in Saskatchewan - and the people behind them.

You can check out the first few episodes HERE or on Spotify.




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Featured Career Tracks Mentor: Marvin Chan

Marvin Tontiwachwuthikul Chan, better known by his stage alter-ego Merv xx Gotti, is the singer of WCMA-nominated Canadian hip-hop/R&B duo Samurai Champs, and has toured internationally, performing in festivals such as SXSW, NXNE, The Great Escape, and Reeperbahn. Marvin is also the Artistic Director of SK-based arts & cultural festival and artist collective, Trifecta, through which he has facilitated events such as: Trifecta Music Festival, Trifecta Block Party, and Trifecta Concert Series. He also coordinates Trifecta Artist Collective, facilitating creative career development for artists such as LOA, VBRTR, and Tefrondon.

Marvin joins the Career Tracks Program provide consultation and advice regarding: international showcasing, self-management, self-booking, live events, live performance.

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 industry topics.

To book a consult with Marvin, or to read more about our other mentors, click HERE



Featured Singles/Videos

Submit Albums/News

Have you recently released or will soon be releasing an official single, music video, or album, in any genre? Have some exciting music news to share?
We want to know what you've got going on! Even if we follow your socials, we (and other media) don't see, or catch everything you post about.
Please let us know your release date and/or other activities. Just follow the links above!


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The monthly Songwriters groups are currently meeting online via Zoom. Please check out their Facebook groups for more information about the next meeting.

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CS Job

Creative Saskatchewan Seeking Communications and Social Media Manager

The Communications and Social Media Manager is responsible for managing the organization’s internal and external communications and online strategies. This includes the development and implementation of communications strategies and tools that support various program and service needs, as well as advocacy materials showcasing the strengths and benefits of Saskatchewan’s creative industries.

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