May 13, 2021

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SaskMusic Showcase at Canadian Music Week 2021

SaskMusic is pleased to present a Saskatchewan showcase at Canadian Music Week, taking place virtually May 18-21. Our presentation will be available through the CMW website for free to the public on Wednesday May 19, 2021 from 5-10pm (7:00pm–12:00am EST). Following the stream, the showcase will be available on demand for a further 6 months.

Our event will feature five Saskatchewan artists: 3 Moonjask, Ellen Froese, LJ Tyson, Melodna, and Origin of Spin, each of whom were filmed by SaskMusic earlier this year as part of our Winter Showcase initiative. These live-filmed performances were purposefully created with the intention of having high-quality content ready for export-ready artists which could then be pitched to domestic and international music market events such as this. A panel of industry professionals was enlisted to make suitable selections for this specific event from amongst our Winter Showcase participants.

Additionally, Saskatchewan’s Aurora Bella, Kaye & Co, Phoenix and the SilverVoodoos, Tumbleweeds, and velours were selected for showcase inclusion directly by CMW festival organizers.

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Seeking Indigenous Video Mentors

We are seeking Indigenous video directors to act as remote mentors, assisting in the creation of music performance videos for our 2021 National Indigenous Peoples Day concert. These individuals could be either emerging or established professionals.

Selected mentors will receive financial compensation for their work, based on the number of artists they are assigned to. The mentors’ work with artists would take place between (approximately) May 20-June 17, with dedicated video editing time by the mentor being required between June 12-17.

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Behind the board

Behind The Board: Karen Gwillim

"I sometimes have had artists/organizers apologize for not thanking me at the end of a show, to which I respond, if you didn’t have to think about the sound, then I’ve done my job. We are often invisible when things go well.”

SaskMusic proudly presents Behind the Board: Karen Gwillim! We are sharing the stories and credentials of the incredible sound techs across the province.

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behind the board

Behind the Board: Barrett Ross

"When showing up to perform, try to keep your set-up as simple as you can. Trouble shooting is part of the gig, but if your whole soundcheck is spent getting your stuff to work, confidence in the show will be shaken in both you and the technician."

SaskMusic proudly presents Behind the Board: Barrett Ross! We are sharing the stories and credentials of the incredible sound techs across the province.

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Announcing a New SaskMusic Member Benefit!

SaskMusic announces new member benefit, in partnership with Clampdown Record Pressing out of Vancouver, BC! We recently teamed up with the folks at Clampdown to offer SaskMusic members the following sweet deals:

  • On any order of 100-500 records, SaskMusic members will get a free upgrade of 50 coloured vinyl (mystery colour) all for the price of black records.
  • Orders of more than 500 records will get a 100 record coloured vinyl upgrade (mystery colour) for the same cost as black records.
  • Ordering more than 1000? Rob at Clampdown would be happy to discuss other options

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NEW FUNDING Support for Live Music Events - FACTOR Canada

The purpose of this program is to stimulate the employment of Canadian artists and cultural workers, including technicians and other service providers and supporting workers, by providing financial support for live music events that use Canadian artists. These can be in-person presentations (adhering to local guidelines, with the understanding that these are in flux) and/or digital. It's intended to take away some of the risk factor of presenting events and get live event workers back to work.

Applicants can be for example: artists (for local or virtual tours), managers, booking agents, concert promoters, venues that have a capacity under 2500, festivals.
Ineligible: Radio/TV broadcasters; venues associated with a city/municipality or educational institution; not-for-profit festivals/presenters and others that are already supported by BCAH, CAPF and CCA. Some exceptions apply.

Priority will be given to equity-seeking populations and Indigenous-led organizations as well as applicants that do not traditionally receive Canada Music Fund funding but were eligible for the 2020 Emergency Support Fund.

SaskMusic note: While this is a rolling deadline, we encourage those interested to get your applications in ASAP as funding is expected to be exhausted at some point. Additionally, the sooner you apply, the sooner you would receive notice on whether you are successful or not, with summer/fall programming in mind. The lead applicant can only apply once to this program so you'll want to plan out your full roster of shows in the one application.

Learn more at . If you'd like support/bounce ideas off for your application please let us know,


breakout west

Breakout West Showcase Festival Submissions Now Open!

Showcase Festival Submissions are now open for BreakOut West which will take place in Winnipeg, MB, February 2 - 6, 2022! This moves the previously announced fall 2021 dates. Participants can enjoy early bird pricing until April 30, and the deadline for submissions is June 10.

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New workshops and webinars are being added at!


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#ForTheLoveOfLive Awareness Campaign

The Canadian Live Music Association has launched #ForTheLoveOfLIVE, an awareness campaign to bring attention to the damage COVID-19 shutdowns have caused Canada's live music industry.

Make some noise and tag Canadian Live Music Association on social media as you share your favourite live music memories, support artists and live music workers, and ensure live music remains at the forefront of recovery conversations.

Click the link below to access digital toolkits for fans and industry stakeholders, and instructions on how to engage with your local MLA/MP.



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!


Matt Maw

Featured Career Tracks Mentor: Matt Maw

Matt Maw (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation) is the Director & Lead Artist Manager at Red Music Rising. Matt brings over 10 years of multi-faceted music industry experience to RMR, along with a passion for artist development and a mission to amplify Canada's Indigenous artists on the global stage. Throughout his career, Matt has worked with some of Canada's most celebrated artists, Indigenous and otherwise, including Tanya Tagaq, William Prince, Riit, Jeremy Dutcher, Broken Social Scene, and BANNERS, among others. A graduate of the Harris Institute for the Arts, Matt has previously worked alongside organizations including Arts & Crafts Productions, Six Shooter Records and New Constellations.

Matt joins the Career Tracks program to provide consultation and assistance with questions concerning: grant writing, artist management, self-management, & team building.

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


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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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