November 25, 2021

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SMA Announcement

The 2021 Saskatchewan Music Award Nominee Announcement, Dec 2

SaskMusic will announce the 2021 Saskatchewan Music Award Nominees at 10:30am, December 2/2021 via our social media, and

The announcement will reveal nominees in the following categories: Alternative, Country, Electronic, Experimental or Contemporary, Hip Hop, Metal/Loud, R&B, Rock/Pop, Roots/Folk, and Indigenous Artist of the Year; Single of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Producer of the Year, Venue of the Year, and Industry Achievement; as well as the long list for The Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2021. The recipient of the Indigenous Music Achievement Award will be announced during the awards event, January 20/2022.

Following the nominee announcement, public voting on the Best Saskatchewan Albums long list will open, culminating in a Top Ten and, ultimately, the winner of the SMA for Album of the Year. As well, public voting will open to help determine the recipient of Venue of the Year and Industry Achievement. Information on these categories will be found at following the announcement.

The awards are intended to honour excellence and celebrate the achievements of our Saskatchewan music industry members over the past year. The 2021 awards event will take place in a streaming format, featuring pre-filmed exclusive performances, on January 20/2022 via SaskMusic’s social media pages.

The SMAs are presented in conjunction with the Very Prairie Music Summit, an educational event for the Saskatchewan music industry, being held online January 21-23/2022. Please follow SaskMusic’s social media accounts and for updates.

SaskMusic thanks Creative Saskatchewan and FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) for their support.


Holiday Cowrites

SaskMusic Announces Virtual Holiday Co-Writing Rooms

Join us for a fun co-writing event on December 11 in a low-pressure environment! Folks who sign up will be paired with another songwriter for a holiday co-write online through zoom. You will maintain ownership of anything created at the event and are welcome to continue working with your partner beyond this weekend. All writers attending co-writing sessions will be agreeing to operate in the Nashville Songwriters method. A split sheet will be sent out and mentorship, guidance and zoom setup assistance will be provided throughout the session.

More info


Home for the HolidaysHome for the holidays

SaskMusic's Home for the Holiday Concert Series

Leading up to the holidays, please join us for a concert series of Saskatchewan talent, with performances every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday! The Home for the Holidays streaming concert series kicks off with Marie-Véronique Bourque is Tuesday Nov 30Graham Tilsley is Thursday Dec 2 on our Facebook and YouTube pages.


Holiday playlist

Seeking Songs for our 2021 Saskatchewan Holiday Playlist

Sask artists, have you got a winter, holiday, or Christmas song we could add to our annual Saskatchewan Holiday Playlist? Let us know! Both new and old releases welcomed, all genres. Accepting submissions until Dec 12.

Submission Form 



Creative City Centre launches the RAD Program in Regina

The Creative City Centre is pleased to announce the launch of a new program designed to support emerging music artists: The Recording Artist Development (RAD) Program!  Many emerging artists need professionally recorded digital content when they are applying for grant applications or for performance opportunities, and with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts' Digital Now program, we are now launching the Recording Artist Development (RAD) Program.

 This program will provide studio space for up to one month to write, rehearse and record original music.  As part of that month-long residency at the Creative City Centre, artists will have access to a professional audio engineer, plus limited access to producer, arranger, supporting musicians and videographer.  They will be able to spend time creating and experimenting in the studio, as well as learn best practices when it comes to recording in a professional studio setting.  They will learn how to prepare a budget for recording sessions and will also receive a one-year membership to SaskMusic to access their excellent professional development and industry support initiatives.

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Juno Awards


2022 JUNO Award Nominations: Submissions Bursary
Deadline: December 10, 2021

Did you make a JUNO Awards nomination submission this year? We want to help!

SaskMusic is still accepting applications from Saskatchewan-resident artists and music industry professionals to have the costs of their CARAS voting membership plus up to two nomination submissions for the 2022 JUNO Awards reimbursed (to a total maximum reimbursement of $225 plus tax per applicant).

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Export Program

Developing Your UK Market: Apply Now for Mentorship!

We are working with the UK-based Enki Music to provide direct information about the UK music market to SaskMusic members.

While touring internationally is difficult at the current time, progress can still be made in learning about options to release, market, tour and develop your team overseas. Topics of discussion may include things such as industry trends, how to market yourself as a foreign artist overseas, tour routing and festival markets, logistics, information on the publishing network, and more.

This program will be of interest to artists, bands, songwriters, and others. Spots will be provided in this intake to a range of artists, from emerging to export-ready artists.

More info and application form




Creative Saskatchewan Lunchroom Series Grant Workshop: Sound Recording Grant
Wednesday December 1, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm

​Join the Creative Saskatchewan team as they dig into the Sound Recording Grant. Learn the ins and outs of the grant and how it can help you get you and your music out there. 

The Sound Recording Grant supports the production of commercially-viable sound recordings for promotional use and/or commercial release. Eligible expenses for the grant include recording and mixing at a Saskatchewan recording studio, mastering, album artwork, manufacturing and a 10% marketing allowance. Approved artists receive $1,500 for a single, $10,000 for an EP, or $15,000 for a full-length album. Since 2013, Creative Saskatchewan has helped many artists record new music and get it into the hands of their fans and grow markets. Perhaps this grant can do the same for you!

During the Lunchroom Series Grant Workshop, they'll chat about the program, the guidelines, review the assessment criteria, discuss the timing of your project alongside the program deadlines, and help you determine if this grant is right for your project.

Joining them in the lunchroom will be Jordan Cook from the band Reignwolf. Jordan has administered grants on behalf of Reignwolf for Creative Saskatchewan programs, including Sound Recording, and Market and Export – Major Stream. Jordan will share insights about the grant program from the application process through to the reporting phase, and how he made the most of the funding received.

The second and final deadline for this fiscal year's Sound Recording grant program is January 15, 2022 at 4pm. This lunchroom series workshop is a great chance to get all the info you need in order to apply! There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and hear some recording and marketing insights from fellow a musician. It's absolutely free and will be presented on Zoom... all you have to do is register and pack your lunch!

Register here


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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Creative Saskatchewan's Music Video Production Grant

Of interest to musicians & emerging filmmakers, this grant is a collaborative program that connects Saskatchewan musicians with Saskatchewan emerging filmmakers to create a music video for an upcoming release of a new single. Chosen musicians will receive an investment to cover up to 100% of production costs for a music video for their song, to a maximum of $7,500.

The music video must promote a never-before-released single with the music video production conducted by an emerging Saskatchewan filmmaker.

NOTE: The new deadline is 4pm on December 1, 2021, for musicians to submit song recordings. Check out the eligibility requirements here:



Artist Applications Now Open for The Great Escape 2022

Calling all artists! Artist registration for The Great Escape 2022 is now officially open. The Great Escape welcomes artists from every genre across the globe to apply for a chance to play at the world’s most renowned festival for breaking new talent. You will be performing with the beautiful seaside backdrop of Brighton, where 450+ acts will be filling over 35 venues, making  May 11th-14th, 2022 one hell of a weekend and a great opportunity to meet key music industry figures who come to TGE looking for the next big thing. Artist registration will close on 13th Feb 2022, but their bookings team are constantly monitoring and reviewing all submissions as they come in and will endeavour to be in touch with you as quickly as possible.

More info and to apply


Global Toronto

Global Toronto 2022 is happening online and in person, Jun 6-10 2022

More than just a marketplace, Global Toronto is a meeting place, a global gathering in the tradition of our home, which has been a site of coming-together for millennia. Rooted in re-imagining a sustainable, equitable, and accessible future for the music sector, GT22 will showcase a wide range of music and will draw participants from around the world. GT21's online edition featured 22 Jury-selected artists, and gathered over 1100 music professionals from over 70 countries.

Applications to showcase at GT22 are open now; the deadline to apply is Dec 16.

More info


The Henhouse Express Junior Songwriting Competition

If you are under 20 years old, have written at least one song, and would like to have it recorded by your pals at the Henhouse Express, here is your chance! Their annual song competition is back and taking submissions now. The top 3 songs will be selected in January and if one of yours get chosen you’ll receive a fully recorded and mixed song by some of the best players around! That’s it. No strings attached, no entry fee, they just want to work on some of you young folks’ tunes! They’ll even throw in a multi-cam edited video of all of you playing the song that you can use on Youtube, Instagram, etc, and this year they’ll be facilitating a digital release that will stream on all platforms with all proceeds going to the Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Vancouver, Canada.

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Seeking Music Instructors for the Sask Music Directory

Are you teaching music lessons of any kind this fall, and have openings? You can submit yourself into the Sask Music Directory, with categories for both in-person music instruction ( or the newer Online Music Lessons category (

It's free to submit. Just login to your SaskMusic account at and go to Listings!



!Earshot Distro New Offer:
SaskMusic Members get up to 50% off uploads now through January 31/2022

The NCRA/ANREC (Non-profit radio in Canada) has set up the !Earshot Distro system to allow artists and labels to upload their music and submit it directly to 75+ radio stations (Campus/Community/Indigenous and Podcasters) and their programmers (and growing). This is a non-profit system that eliminates the need to send out CDs or unsolicited emails.

SaskMusic members have access to the system from now through January 31/2022 at up to a 50% discount. You are encouraged to upload both your new and back catalogue releases onto the system. Their is no cost to create an account, the only cost occurs when you have completed uploading your material and wish to push the finished product into the library/catalogue. Pre-discount costs are $7.00 Canadian +Tax per song or $50.00 Canadian +Tax per album (8-20 songs).  Once a release is live in the system, there are no additional costs to keep it in the library. To obtain the discount code, login to your SaskMusic account ( and in the Backstage area, go to Member Resources.



Call for SaskMusic Jurors!

Would you like to participate in future SaskMusic juries? Let us know and we'll keep you on our contact list for the next year.

Selection for any given jury (which might include showcase events/opportunities; awards; or other) will be dependent on the number of people interested, a pool drawn from local and national industry members, our desire to achieve a diverse jury, and the experience you indicate.

Sign up at:



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!


RWG promo

Please check out the monthly songwriter groups Facebook pages for more information about upcoming meetings and whether they will be online or in-person.

Saskatoon group info:

Regina group info:


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Got gigs? Whether they're streaming concerts or live shows as things begin to open up - pls send your show details to so we can add them to our calendar!


Cultural Careers


Saskatchewan Jazz Festival seeking full time Executive Director
Deadline: Open until Filled

The Executive Director will provide strategic leadership and manage all aspects of the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (SJF), operations, and programs to ensure the SJF is effectively meeting its financial, operational, and strategic goals. This individual will grow the festival and organization in a manner that ensures inclusivity, financial sustainability, high-quality performances, and fosters community ownership and impact.

Full Job Posting


Blenders / Cultural Festivals Seeking Cultural Festivals Events Manager / Artistic Director
Deadline: November 29, 2021

Blenders in Swift Current is seeking a new Festivals Events Manager / Artistic Director! Reporting to the Board, the Events Manager / Artistic Director oversees and manages the general operations and infrastructure of Cultural Festivals including, but not limited to, artistic direction, financial and operations management, fundraising, marketing, and public relations. The Events Manager / Artistic Director will implement the organization’s vision and strategic plan.

Full Job Posting


Side Door Seeking Folks for Show Support (remote work)

Side Door Access Inc. (Side Door) is a digital booking and ticketing platform whose mission is to support artists by providing tools and resources to facilitate performances virtually and in non-traditional performance spaces across Canada, the U.S., Europe, and the UK. As a website platform, this technology-based company with dedicated customer support is innovating the touring model for performing artists by promoting accessibility, agency, and removing barriers to entry. Artists, hosts, presenters, and audiences sign up for free, connect through the online community and expand the landscape of opportunities for artists.

Side Door is looking for dedicated applicants who are tech-savvy, with strong written and verbal communication skills, and a passion for music and the arts. The ability to problem-solve under pressure and work independently is a must. The nature of the work is to be one of a team of folks who are assigned shows to support, booked on the Side Door platform.

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