January 14, 2022

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Sask Music Awards and Very Prairie

SaskMusic is preparing to announce the winners of the 2021 Saskatchewan Music Awards via a streamed event on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 8pm CST, on YouTube (www.youtube.com/SaskMusic) and Facebook. The awards are meant to honour excellence and celebrate the achievements of our Saskatchewan music industry members over the past year. Performers for the virtual event will include Saskatoon’s The Garrys, vbnd and Katie Tupper; Regina’s Flash Back, and Cut Knife’s Jake Vaadeland.

With the exception of Album of the Year, all the SMAs will be announced on Thursday. (The award for Album of the Year was announced in mid-December after Hunter Brothers’ “Been a Minute” reached the top of The Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2021 public poll.)

Following the SMAs, the fourth annual Very Prairie Music Summit kicks off, running online January 21-23. An educational event for the Saskatchewan music industry, Very Prairie is focused on career growth, business development and music industry best practices. National and international presenters will dive into an array of topics that we hope will provide practical and straightforward information. We encourage musicians and industry at any stage of their career to attend, learn and share. Registration for the event is free.

To learn more, visit www.VeryPrairie.ca, and follow SaskMusic’s social media accounts for updates.

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


BSA Long list

The Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2021 Long List
There were multiple ties in this year’s public poll.

  • #1 Hunter Brothers - Been a Minute (Album of the Year, Saskatchewan Music Awards)
  • #2 (TIE) Jake Vaadeland - Retro Man; Jeffery Straker - Just Before Sunrise
  • #3 (TIE) Jess Moskaluke - The Demos; vbnd - Scum Funk
  • #4 (TIE) The Garrys - Get Thee to a Nunnery; Seven Mile Sun - Light In The Dark; Flash Back - Wide Awake
  • #5 (TIE) Amanda Hagel - Be the Light; Marie-Véronique Bourque - Entre Québec & Saskatchewan; Wolf Willow - Old Guitars & Shooting Stars
  • #6 Munro & Patrick - Give Me Your Rain
  • #7 The Saskatchewan All Stars Big Band - The Saskatchewan Suite
  • #8 Ava Wild and Merky Waters - Existing
  • #9 Andino Suns - 9/11
  • #10 (TIE) Jeff D Michel – Back to the Moon; Tucker Lane – Random Fireworks on a Beach Obscured by Trees; Karissa Hoffart - Life of Mine

SaskMusic is a non-profit, member-based association that represents, promotes and develops the artists and commercial music industry of Saskatchewan, both domestically and internationally. We offer one-on-one guidance, workshops, marketing and export assistance, career development opportunities, peer sessions, artist and business listings, and more. From songwriters and freelance musicians to studios, we work with artists and industry members across our province, in an extensive range of genres and skill levels. SaskMusic is a source of information and resources for both the public and the music industry.

For more information, please contact Michael Dawson, Executive Director/SaskMusic, mike@saskmusic.org or call toll-free 1-800-347-0676. 


black history month

More Than Coloured:
Recognizing Black History Month in Saskatchewan Music

This February, we're celebrating Black artists and music professionals from various segments of the Saskatchewan music scene.

Here are some components that will be coming up:

  • A welcome video to kick off the month, explaining upcoming activities (early February)
  • A More Than Coloured Playlist that will be available on Spotify, YouTube and the SaskMusic website
  • Making Art In Saskatchewan: an interview series featuring artists, who will be discussing living and making music in the province. 
    Artists can express interest in an interview here.
  • More Than Coloured Features will introduce singles and videos along with information on the artists who created them. 
    Artists can submit for features here.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Talent: an interview series featuring music industry professionals from different segments of the industry talking about their role/how they got started in music.  
    Industry professionals can express interest in an interview here.

And additional initiatives that may be announced at a later date. Stay tuned!

With thanks to artists Rooky and Adeoluwa for their direction.
This project will be coordinated primarily by our current Research and Outreach Assistants, Rooky Jegede and Casey Ling. For more information, contact info@saskmusic.org


Fundraiser For Our Friend, Jill Mack

We don't normally share GoFundMe campaigns as a matter of policy. We are making an exception.

Jill is a beloved and valued member of our music community, and has also been part of the SaskMusic team during the pandemic as our Production & Event Coordinator, working with us on export showcasing. If you are able to contribute to the campaign, please consider doing so. Sending love to Jill and her loved ones.

Visit gofund.me/BEF4ACB1 to learn more.


SaskMusic Library

SaskMusic Library Loans

We are pleased to open our library of equipment and music books to members. If you're looking to work on some projects or dive into some reading, you can take out high quality USB microphones, webcams, or leading music industry books from our Regina office. (Saskatoon options coming soon.)

To see the list of items available just login to your profile at www.SaskMusic.org/login and head to the Backstage under Member Resources.


SaskMusic Members get up to 50% off uploads now through January 31/2022

SaskMusic members: If you haven't uploaded your new + catalogue music to the !Earshot distro system for college/community stations to access, now's the time!

Login to your SaskMusic profile to access the discount code and instructions.
For non-members, it's still very affordable. A one time upload and it will be in the database for participating stations to access whenever they would like to spin your music. Contact us if you have questions!




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


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Regina Folk Festival Now Accepting Artist Performer Applications
Deadline January 22/22

Regina Folk Festival’s artist submissions for 2022 are now open! Submissions will be considered for the RFF's year-round programming including their summer festival, concerts, and community-based events.

More Info



Artist Applications Now Open for The Great Escape 2022
Deadline February 13/22

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



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 (https://www.saskmusic.org/directory/search-directory/category:music-instruction) or the newer Online Music Lessons category (https://www.saskmusic.org/directory/search-directory/category:online-music-lessons)

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



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: https://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/saskmusic-juror-signup-2021/



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!


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: https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonsongwriters/

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


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