November 17, 2022

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Showcase opportunity: Folk Alliance International 2023
Deadline: November 23, 2022

SaskMusic is joining with BreakOut West, Manitoba Music, Alberta Music, and Music BC to present an in-person private showcase under the BreakOut West banner, February 1-3/2023 during the Folk Alliance International (February 1-5, 2023). Through this submission we will select one Saskatchewan act (solo artists, duos or full bands) who perform in folk, roots, and related genres to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from the Canadian and international folk and roots community. Joining the SK artist selected through this process will be one additional SK artist who has received a FA Official Showcase invitation.

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SaskMusic Returns to M for Montreal 

SaskMusic will return to M POUR MONTRÉAL/M FOR MONTREAL to present Saskatchewan artists Ponteix and Slow Down Molasses at the prestigious event. Both artists were selected by M for Montreal organizers through their official artist intake.
SaskMusic will be on the ground building meaningful connections, networking, participating in B2B meetings with international delegates, and supporting our Saskatchewan artists at the event.

As well, SaskMusic will be an official sponsor of an exclusive networking supper for our artists with industry professionals on November 17.

“MARATHON,” presented by SiriusXM, is the general public show component of M for Montreal and will feature artists from across Canada, as well as France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.

Thursday November 17
Slow Down Molasses “Official Selection” Showcase (Exclusively for M badge holders)
L'Escogriffe, 3:00PM

Friday November 18
Slow Down Molasses and Ponteix “MARATHON” selections
Quais Des Brumes – 4481 rue St-Denis
Slow Down Molasses 10:30PM, Ponteix 11:15PM
Purchase ticket link:
This show is open to the public.

M for Montreal is an essential catalyst for the Quebec and Canadian music industry, both for emerging artists and artists with a career outside Quebec. The event features a series of conferences that bring together local and international music industry professionals. It offers a rich musical program of more than one hundred artists at its annual gathering in November, in Montreal. It’s one of the most attended major professional events for the music industry in Canada, with more than 350 delegates from 20 countries attending each year.

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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 in the coming days.

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 are on sale now at for $21+tax in advance/ $26+tax at the door.

View the 2022 Saskatchewan Music Award Nominees


Very Prairie

Very Prairie Registration Is Now Open!

Registration for the Very Prairie Music Summit is now open! This artist-oriented music industry event also returns in-person this year. From an opening event on the evening of Thursday, December 8, through to the SMAs on Sunday, December 11, we'll be sharing practical information and thoughtful dialogue with panels, one-on-ones and networking opportunities, including Women in Music Saskatchewan brunch. Join national and international speakers, fellow artists, and local industry members at the University of Regina's College Ave Campus for the educational portions during the day, and at various venues in the evenings for showcase presentations. 

Summit details are available at Registration rates vary and are accessibly priced. Presenters and panel descriptions will be announced shortly!

We're looking for a few volunteers to help out with the event. Particularly, we're looking for a couple of drivers comfortable with running a 15-passenger van around the city to shuttle our speakers between the airport, hotels and venues. Please reach out to if interested!


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


Holiday Playlist

Holiday Submissions Time

Are you releasing a holiday or winter-themed song this season? Let us know so we can consider it for our annual playlists!

Some songs will also be selected for the 'featured' spot on our socials throughout December.

Submit Here



Did you make a JUNO Awards Submission this year?

SaskMusic will accept 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). If you applied, check out the bursary we're offering here. Deadline December 20/22.



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.




New music workshops and webinars are constantly being added at! Check out more upcoming offerings at the link.


NWC Webinars presents - The Power of Women in Music
November 24, 2022

This webinar will cover the accomplishments of women in the music industry, past and current challenges, opportunities for women and the future of women in the music industry. Host: Robyn Stewart, Executive Director of Women in Music Canada.

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CMRRA 101 Royalties Collection Webinar
November 24, 2022

Join the CCMA and CMRRA for an exclusive webinar on reproduction royalties land licensing. 

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Focus Wales

Focus Wales Showcasing

With 300+ live performances, the festival showcases the very best new talent emerging from the nation alongside established names and a selection of exciting international acts. The final showcase deadline is tonight (6am SK time Nov 18)!

Accepted artists could potentially access funding support through Creative Saskatchewan and/or FACTOR Canada.

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Creative Kids Deadline

Creative Kids helps children from families with financial barriers to participate in artistic and cultural activities. Based on the number of applications received and funds available, most supported families have incomes less than $40,000.

Apply by December 2 for activities that begin in January or February 2023. For more information on how to apply, go to:

Who is eligible?

  • Saskatchewan children ages 4 to 19 – children must be 4 years old before the application deadline
  • Families with the greatest financial need
  • Artistic and cultural activities (see website for list of eligible activities)
  • Funding is paid to the service provider


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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East Meets Weste
East Meets West 2023 Application

East Coast Music Association (ECMA) and BreakOut West are pleased to open submissions for the East Meets West collaboration initiative. These partnerships are designed to offer reciprocal business and showcasing opportunities, welcoming artists from Western Canada and around the world to East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference.
Submissions close on Friday, December 2. All submissions must be completed within this time.

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Music Lights the Way

North American Piano Competition - RCM Music Lights The Way Piano Festival

The first ever RCM Music Lights The Way Piano Festival is for musicians of all ages and levels, offers more than $150,000 in prize value, and is free to enter. Participants enter the festival by submitting one piece from the Celebration Series®, Sixth Edition.

Deadline: December 1, 2022

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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, 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.

NXNE remains committed to being an accessible festival with few financial barriers to perform or attend.

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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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Got gigs? Whether they're streaming concerts, live club dates or festivals - please send your show details to so we can add them to our calendar!


Cultural Careers


The Regina Folk Festival is hiring a Production Manager (permanent, full-time with benefits). This role requires someone who is organized, independent and can work in a fast-paced and changing environment. The posting closes November 30, 2022.
Full details can be found here:

Check out additional jobs in culture on the SaskCulture website!


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