November 3, 2022

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2022 Saskatchewan Music Awards

SaskMusic is pleased to announce the 2022 Saskatchewan Music Award nominees. The fifth annual awards will return in person after two years of virtual presentations, taking place at the newly restored historic Darke Hall in Regina on Sunday, December 11/22. The slate of performers for this year’s show will be announced over the coming weeks.

The SMAs are intended to honour excellence and celebrate the achievements of our Saskatchewan music industry members over the past year, with both artistic and industry nominees recognized.  Tickets will be on sale beginning November 1 at for $21+tax in advance/ $26+tax at the door.

The 2022 Saskatchewan Music Award Nominees

Please note, the recipient(s) of the Indigenous Music Achievement Award will be announced during the December 11 awards show.

Alternative Artist of the Year

  • GreenWing
  • Gunner & Smith
  • Nick Faye
  • Ponteix
  • Slow Down Molasses
  • The Garrys

Country Artist of the Year

  • Donny Parenteau
  • Hunter Brothers
  • Jake Vaadeland
  • Jordyn Pollard
  • Shantaia

Electronic Artist of the Year

  • Factor Eight
  • Flatland Funk
  • Nige B
  • Patrick Moon Bird
  • Theo Noble

Experimental or Contemporary Artist of the Year

  • Marie-Clo x éemi
  • mileshigh
  • Spencer Krips
  • The Corner Hotel
  • TOVA
  • Zochi

Hip Hop Artist of the Year

  • Coleman Williams & Yohan Yemba
  • Factor Chandelier
  • Lynksfr
  • Rooky

Instrumental Artist of the Year

  • bfa beats
  • Brian Baggett
  • Nige B
  • Spencer Krips
  • The Corner Hotel

Metal/Loud Artist of the Year

  • Alien to the Ignorant
  • Flash Back
  • Hollow Oax
  • Singularity
  • Tyler Gilbert
  • ZAYD

R&B Artist of the Year

  • Ariel
  • Katie Tupper
  • People of the Sun
  • TOVA

Rock/Pop Artist of the Year

  • Étienne Fletcher
  • Katie Tupper
  • Megan Nash
  • Ponteix
  • The Garrys

Roots/Folk Artist of the Year

  • Graham Tilsley
  • Jake Vaadeland
  • Jeff D. Michel
  • Kara Golemba
  • Last Birds
  • Megan Nash

Indigenous Artist of the Year

  • Berk Jodoin
  • Donny Parenteau
  • Dump Babes
  • LJ Tyson
  • Patrick Moon Bird

Single of the Year        

  • Broke to Brand New, Shantaia
  • Ember, Factor Eight
  • Fluttering, GÅEL, Jesse Brown
  • Here and There , Jesse Brown, Denis Turbide
  • How Can I Get Your Love, Katie Tupper
  • I'm the Horizon, W3APONS
  • Knock Off, Jess Moskaluke
  • Live Inside, Katie Tupper
  • Peace, Love & Country Music, Hunter Brothers

Music Video of the Year                           

  • Dylan Hryciuk - Versa Films for Repent, Halocene            
  • Dylan Hryciuk - Versa Films for Les Annees Ft. Témé Tan, Ponteix             
  • Farideh Olsen, Director, for Otherside of Truth, Farideh 
  • Hot Tag Films for Make It Right, Nick Faye           
  • Joshua Stade for Never Ending Nights, The Gladstone  
  • LJ Tyson & Kurt Binar Lindo for Home On A Rainbow, LJ Tyson   
  • Marie-Clo x éemi for À fleur de pot, Marie-Clo x éemi
  • Prehistoric Productions for Wasteland, Dirty & The Perks             
  • Rob White for Last Night, Surf Dads        
  • Ryley Konechny, RAKK Productions for Layaway Luv, Ariel          

Industry Achievement

  • Brent Ghiglione
  • CAMP - Community Arts Mentorship Program
  • Grey Records
  • Nigel Childs
  • North Sask Music Zine NSMZ

Producer of the Year

  • Bart McKay
  • Donny Parenteau
  • Factor Eight
  • Mario Lepage
  • Matt Stinn
  • Walter Jeworski

Venue or Festival of the Year

  • Creative City Centre
  • SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
  • The Bushwakker Brewpub
  • The Capitol Music Club
  • The Exchange
  • The Happy Nun Café

Music Company of the Year

  • Dingwall Guitars
  • Music In The House
  • Sawchyn Guitars Ltd
  • School of Rock Regina
  • Sharp 5 Records

Music Professional of the Year

  • Brent Ghiglione
  • Jared Robinson
  • Jayson Brinkworth
  • Matt Stinn
  • Orion Paradis

The Best Saskatchewan Albums of the Year Long List
The winner receives Album of the Year    

  • AK Productions, Scope of Work 2
  • Alien to the Ignorant, A Dying Art
  • Andrea An, Bloom
  • Berk Jodoin, Half Breed
  • Blu Beach Band, A Dog's Breakfast
  • Brian Baggett, Let Nothing You Dismay
  • Carlyne Ray, No Hurry In Growin' Up
  • Christopher Sleightholm, The River Flew Right Past
  • Coleman Williams & Yohan Yemba, 3Stock
  • Cyndi Aarrestad , Offerings
  • Dan Cugnet, 45
  • Dara Schindelka, Saturn Returns
  • Dirty & The Perks, (Naked, on the Shore.)
  • Dump Babes, niya kîminîcâkan
  • Factor Chandelier, Time Invested II
  • FPG, Spirit World
  • Gunner & Smith, Hear You In My Head
  • HarveyDent, Highlight Room
  • Hollow Oax, XRY FACE
  • Jake Vaadeland, Everybody But Me
  • Jarrid Lee, It's Time
  • Marissa Burwell, Bittersweet
  • Megan Nash & the Best of Intentions, Soft Focus Futures
  • Mileshigh, i THiNK i FEEL BETTER
  • Parab Poet, Babelism
  • Patrick Moon Bird, Going Through the Motions
  • Rooky, SATORI
  • Sage Hunter, In the clouds
  • Spencer Krips, behold, the sonic universe
  • The Criminal Kid, Dear Disaster
  • The Gladstone, NightMood
  • The Local Group, Nero's Waltz
  • Thomas Oakes, Love Underground In A-Minor
  • Tyler Gilbert, Kill the Magic

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY: Saskatchewan Music Awards

This year, we are reserving one performance spot on the 2022 Saskatchewan Music Awards show to showcase an emerging youth talent! Sask artists aged 25 or under, performing in any genre, are invited to submit for this opportunity before midnight, Friday November 4.

More info


Very Prairie

Very Prairie: Saskatchewan Music Summit 

The Very Prairie: Saskatchewan Music Summit is back! Taking place December 8-11/22 for the first time in Regina, SK. This year we'll be kicking things off with a concert on the evening of Thursday, December 8. Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 will see two full days of conference panels, workshops, one on ones and networking opportunities followed by showcases in the evening. We'll wrap the weekend on Sunday, December 11 with a brunch panel to close out Very Prairie and celebrate the Saskatchewan Music Awards that evening. 

The Hotel Saskatchewan is playing host to delegates and artists all weekend and bookings are currently open for the SaskMusic block at a room rate of $165/night. Please use the following link to book now >

More details coming soon!



2023 JUNO Award Nominations: Submissions Bursary

SaskMusic is still accepting applications from Saskatchewan-resident artists and music industry professionals to have the costs of a CARAS voting membership plus up to two category nomination submissions for the 2023 JUNO Awards reimbursed (to a total maximum reimbursement of $225 plus tax per applicant).

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

More info


Musicians, interested in a music video collab?

Creative Saskatchewan's Music Video Production Grant; Deadline November 25 

This grant supports emerging Saskatchewan filmmakers with the production of a music video for a Saskatchewan musician at any stage of their career.

Filmmakers will be paired with a mentor throughout the music video production process, and both parties will participate in professional development workshops. The grant is applied for by the filmmaker. Artists can express interest in being paired with someone through the grant page.

More info on the grant

Creative Saskatchewan Info Session - Saskatoon
Thursday, November 10, 7pm

Sandman Signature Saskatoon South Hotel (The Sid Buckwold Room),
2815 Lorne Ave, Saskatoon

Seeking the perfect match for your next music video collaboration? Join Creative Saskatchewan in person at the Sandman Signature Saskatoon South Hotel to celebrate the trailblazing filmmakers and musicians from the pilot year of the Music Video Production Grant. Screen their final cuts and meet some of the filmmaker-musician teams and mentors who made these music videos happen. 
There will be the opportunity to network with other industry professionals, learn more about the revised Music Video Production mentorship and grant program, and ask questions about the November 25 deadline. Light refreshments will be provided.



Regina Retail Location Seeking Musicians

Retail location is looking to book folk, singer-songwriters, and coffee house style/genre musicians for performance nights in store in Regina. Wednesday evenings, two sets. Probable start time will be between 4-4:30 and end at around 7, 7:30pm. This is a paid engagement which will be marketed by the booker. Looking for musicians local to the Regina area or musicians traveling through. Please no minors, and only solos and duos. Please email for inquiries and include your artist, bio, social links, contact information, etc.



50% off !earshot-Distro For SaskMusic Members

SaskMusic members can access a 50% off discount code to the !earshot Digital Distribution System, now through December 31!

To access the code and how-tos, login to your SaskMusic account ( and visit the Member Resources section of your Backstage area.

!earshot-Distro is an online platform allowing the Canadian music industry to upload musical recordings to be searched, reviewed, and downloaded by campus and community radio stations across Canada. It saves on the cost of mailing out CDs and the hassle of sending unsolicited emails with large attachments. You can upload your new releases and your whole back catalogue for programmers to access, including all the necessary details that they need.

The regular price of uploading into the system is $7/song or $50/Album (8-20 songs) Canadian +tax, and that is a one-time fee.




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 Applications are now open for the 2022 Women In Music Canada Entrepreneur Accelerator Program. The program runs online between Nov through mid-Dec 2022. The new deadline to apply is November 14. 

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Showcase Opportunity : Canada House at The Great Escape 2023

SaskMusic will once again be co-presenting artists at this U.K. showcase festival. Artists accepted into TGE will be supported on the ground by SaskMusic and may be able to access funding support from Creative Sask and FACTOR. If you're export-ready and interested in applying, we encourage you to contact Kaelen in our office first to discuss the opportunity and its potential for you.

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5 days — and nights — of live music. Over 200 bands and performers. 18 of Toronto’s best clubs. Hundreds of gigs!

The festival returns to its roots, embracing its initial concept — developed with our partners at SXSW — to create a discovery music festival where emerging artists are valued and presented under optimum conditions at tightly run shows in Toronto’s best live music venues. All acts presented at an affordable price with clear showtimes to encourage audiences to club hop and discover new artists. We sold more full festival passes than ever, meaning the majority of NXNE attendees went to multiple venues, often over multiple days.

NXNE remains committed to being an accessible festival with few financial barriers to perform or attend. They are also committed to diversity and gender equity in selecting NXNE artists and hope audiences feel their lineup reflected this. NXNE will continue our efforts to be a welcoming festival for all marginalized communities, including BIPOC and LGBTQ.

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Call for SaskMusic Jurors!

Would you like to participate in future SaskMusic juries? 

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 jury representative of our music community, and the experience you indicate.

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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 media outlets) 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!



Musician Seeking Gigs?

The Saskatchewan Music Directory provides listings of freelance players available for live shows and studio recordings, and is our main referral point to those who call looking to hire musicians/singers. We want to know about you! Visit to login to your existing account, or to join (free 'subscriber' option available) and add your listings. (Sask-based players only.)

The more information the better! Remember to include your specific instrument, styles you specialize in/techniques (ie fingerstyle, rhythm, lead), location, description of experience, and links to videos/examples if available for best results. You can create multiple listings with different descriptions if you play multiple instruments! Think about what people would want to know before reaching out to a player, and include that information in your entry.


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