The 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards

Saskatchewan Music Awards

Sunday, January 24/2021, 8pm CT
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SaskMusic is pleased to confirm that the 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards will be revealed in a special pre-filmed event premiering Sunday, January 24, 8pm CT on SaskMusic’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

SMA performers

The awards are intended to honour excellence and celebrate the achievements of our Saskatchewan music industry members over the past year. Performers for the virtual event will include ADEOLUWA, Last Birds, Belle Plaine, and The North Sound. Winners in 14 categories will be announced.

The winner of “Album of the Year” for 2020 was previously named, through the Best Saskatchewan Albums of the Year public poll held in December 2020. Tenille Arts is the recipient for her release “Love, Heartbreak, & Everything in Between.”

Additional albums that made the Top Ten on the BSA list included (with ties) the following: JJ Voss, “Come Along With Me”; Jesse Brown, “Where To?”; The Garrys, “Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Original Score)”; The North Sound, “As The Stars Explode”; Ellen Froese & Campbell Woods, “Farm Boy Sings The Blues”; Jay & Jo, “Victory”; Aaron Karpinka, “Tender Heart”; Saintvicious, “Saintvicious”; Skizza, “Things I Found”; Yvonne St. Germaine, “Sorrow Road”; Marshall Burns, “Dogs and Booze”; 3 Moonjask, “Lunar Elixir”; Factor Chandelier, “First Storm”; and Midnight Gallows, “Attack Warning Red”.

SaskMusic Executive Director Mike Dawson notes, “While we can’t gather for a physical event this year, we still have much to celebrate – the resilience of our music industry workers, the continued creativity of our artists, producers and many others, and the hope that we’ll be able to return to live music sometime in 2021.

The music industry around the world has been severely impacted by necessary public health measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Its workers include not only musicians and artists, but live music venues, festivals, sound techs, stage and touring personnel, publicists, event suppliers and so many more. We hope you will join us in celebrating our industry, continue to support local music wherever you can, and tune in to the awards this Sunday.”

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

SaskMusic would like to thank Creative Saskatchewan, the Government of 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

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