January 14, 2021

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Please join us for the 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards
Sunday, January 24 at 8pm, streaming via Facebook and Youtube

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 at 8pm Sask time via the SaskMusic Facebook and Youtube accounts. 


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

More info


IWD 2020

Seeking Artist Submissions: International Women's Day Concert

SaskMusic is putting together a virtual event to be premiered online in honour of International Women's Day, taking place March 8/21. We invite submissions from Saskatchewan-based original artists who are interested in filming one original song for this concert. (Cover songs will be accepted from jazz, classical, and traditional Indigenous music performers.)

Through our concert we hope to celebrate and amplify Saskatchewan female artists. We intend an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people to participate in this, and all of our programming.

Once you complete the registration form, you will then receive instructions on how to film and upload your video. Completed videos must be uploaded by February 14/21.

From all videos submitted we will select approximately 15 artists to be featured in the concert. Those selected will be compensated $200 ($300 for duos/bands) for their performance.



Congratulations to our Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2020!

Have you checked out the results of our year-end poll yet? Congrats to the artists in our Top Ten and long list! And thank you to everyone who participated by voting in the poll, or listened to some of the long list albums! You can learn more about them all here at www.saskmusicawards.com or launch our Top Ten Spotify playlist by clicking the graphic..

BSA final

#1. Tenille Arts, Love, Heartbreak, & Everything in Between. The album is also now the recipient of Album of the Year, 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards.

#2. JJ Voss, Come Along With Me

#3. Jesse Brown, Where To?

#4. The Garrys, Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Original Score)

#5. The North Sound, As The Stars Explode

#6. Jay & Jo, Victory
      Ellen Froese & Campbell Woods, Farm Boy Sings The Blues

#7. Aaron Karpinka, Tender Heart

#8. Skizza, Things I Found
      Yvonne St. Germaine, Sorrow Road
      Saintvicious, Saintvicious

#9. Marshall Burns, Dogs and Booze

#10. Midnight Gallows, Attack Warning Red
        3 Moonjask, Lunar Elixir
        Factor Chandelier, First Storm

More info



The 2021 Western Canadian Music Award Submissions are OPEN

Are you a western Canadian artist or industry member? Submissions are now open for the Western Canadian Music Awards (both artistic and industry). Learn more about the Awards guidelines to see if you qualify, and be the first to get your application in.

Submissions can be made by the Artist/Industry professional themselves or they can be submitted on the Artist’s/Industry professional’s behalf. It is recommended that nominees, and those submitting, be a member of a Western Canadian Music Industry Association but is not required. The Nominee must have been born in either Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon or NWT and must have lived in one of those Provinces or Territories for six consecutive months in the past year (January 1, 2020 - March 19, 2021).

More info


Attention Saskatchewan Bands! Performance Opportunity

SaskTel is looking for Saskatchewan bands who can perform a 45-60 minute set of original songs to air on maxTV Local on Demand. You'll be paid for the performance and will receive a copy of the final video, which you can post or use wherever you want. If you're interested, please email your band name, a brief description of your music, and a song sample to max.local@sasktel.com for further details. All genres are welcome.

Sample of some recent performances:
The North Soundhttps://youtu.be/24JDtsyFRlk
Kieffer McLean and the Curiosity Clubhttps://youtu.be/vKeH4tLq_d0
Steve Gibsonhttps://youtu.be/XddXJgWt-NY




New workshops and webinars are being added at www.saskmusic.org/workshops!


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Export Program

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.  

More info


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 info@saskmusic.org. 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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Featured Singles/Videoshttps://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/p1b5aft60baybgl/

Submit Albums/Newshttps://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/p1j5txnh11l7bht/

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!



Featured Career Tracks Mentor: Factor Chandelier

Starting out as a DJ, Factor Chandelier has evolved into one of Western Canada’s busiest producers. He is continuously working and touring with high caliber Canadian and American artists including: Awol One, Open Mike Eagle, Moka Only, Myka 9, Ceschi, Sole, Aesop Rock, Buck65, Gregory Pepper, Astronautalis, Sunspot Jonz, Evil Ebenezer, Merkules, Xzibit, Kool Keith, Sage Francis, Def3, Kay the Aquanaut and the Side Road Crew. He is known for continuously dropping top-notch product out of Saskatoon since the early 2000s. He is the founder, owner and operator of Side Road Records (2001), releasing over 40 professional albums between Side Road & Fake Four Inc.

Factor's music has garnered international distribution and he has received positive critical acclaim by way of magazine and website reviews, as well as reaching #1 charting radio play on college/community radio all over Canada, the U.S., and Japan. Factor is always trying to create original, thought-provoking music that pushes the envelope of traditional hip-hop and has drawn significant attention to this Canadian artist. Hailing from the prairies, this Saskatoon born and raised musician continues to make waves with his innovative sound.

Factor joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions including: recording, touring, self management, indie labels, and music production.

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 Factor, or to read more about our other mentors, click HERE


RWG promo

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

Saskatoon group info: https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonsongwriters/

Regina group info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/258208420940008/


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