December 1, 2022

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Very Prairie

Very Prairie Registration Underway and is now FREE!

The Very Prairie Music Summit is back! Now in its fifth year, this event is focused on career growth, business development and music industry best practices. We'll return in-person in Regina and host national and international representatives as we 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 is now free for everyone!

This years panel topics include:

  • Out Now: How to Release Your Music
  •  Indigenous Identity and Music Paths
  • Getting Your Face Into Festivals
  • The Next Level: Showcase & Export Readiness
  • Radio Strategies, College and Community
  • Money Talks (grant applications and funding tips)
  • Women in Music Brunch and Panel Discussion
  • It Takes a Village: Building Your Team
  • The Future of Music
  •  Protective Spaces

​To see full panel descriptions and delegates joining us, please visit



Free ADVANCE Music Canada Saskatchewan Industry Mixer

In addition to a ton of great panels, we are proud to partner with ADVANCE - Canada's Black Music Business Collective to host a Saskatchewan Music Industry Mixer in conjunction with Very Prairie at Hampton Hub (1221 15th Ave) on Saturday, December 10 fom 6-8pm.
for Black artists and music professionals. Very Prairie registration is not required to attend this event.

Calling artists, musicians, producers, DJs, creatives, and aspiring Black music peeps come out to connect with others in the industry and learn about what ADVANCE Music Canada does, and how becoming a member can help support your professional development goals. Complimentary food, beverages, music and networking.

Hosts: Gabi Rubaine of ADVANCE and Rooky Jegede of SaskMusic
Sounds by: DJ SholaSleek
In partnership with: SaskMusic

This event is free to attend and does not require Very Prairie Registration. 


VP Live

Very Prairie Live!

In addition to a ton of great panels, we're putting on some live music during the Very Prairie music summit!

Join us for Shirley & The Pyramids and Thinktank at O'Hanlon's Irish Pub on Friday, December 9. Doors at 9pm, music at 10pm.

Saturday, December 10 catch Katie Tupper, Zochi, Marissa Burwell, Nige B, InfoRed and MELODNA at The Cure Kitchen + Bar starting at 8pm.

Free admission while there's room!



2022 Saskatchewan Music Award Performers!

SaskMusic is pleased to announce the featured 2022 Saskatchewan Music Award performers. 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.

Attendees will be treated to performances by

  • Ariel
  • Aaron Tootoosis
  • TOVA
  • Etienne Fletcher
  • Nikamok
  • Jesse Brown
  • People of the Sun
  • Lee and Michelle Arcand
  • Zhe the Free
  • Dump Babes
  • Kateryna Grace

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



RPL Featuring Music-Based Films in Conjunction with Very Prairie

In conjunction with Very Prairie and the Saskatchewan Music Awards, the Regina Public Library Film Theatre (located at the Central Branch) and Regina Folk Festival will be presenting a week of music-based films. Free admission! Check out the schedule at 


Emerging Talent Showcase for Regina Area Rap/Hip Hop Artists

On Cue Performance Hub, in partnership with SaskMusic, is organizing an evening of music and dance at The Exchange on January 14.

In keeping with On Cue Performance Hub’s mandate to create space on Regina stages for emerging and underserved artists, this call is directed to musicians who have had limited professional opportunities for public performance and showcasing their work. Submissions from bands involving artists who self-identify as Indigenous, Black, visible minorities, newcomers, Deaf or disabled (visible or invisible disabilities), women, non-binary, age or gender diverse are encouraged.

This will be a fundraising event for Regina General Hospital’s mental health unit (1D). Artists selected will be compensated for their performance.
Submission Deadline: Midnight December 5, 2022
Learn more:



Women in Music Canada announce the inaugural WIM Canada Honours!

This program is designed to celebrate and support women and gender diverse Canadian innovators and creators who have outstanding success in their field in the eligibility year (December 2021 through December 2022 for annual based categories). 

Applicants must submit interest through WIM Canada's application form by the deadline (Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET). This may be done by the prospective honouree or another Canadian colleague. The honours will be presented at a dinner March 8 (International Women's Day) to cap off our IWD programming. 

Women in Music Canada values diversity, equity and inclusion, and welcome applications from innovators and creators from diverse backgrounds.

Learn more and apply today.


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.


Creative Saskatchewan

Upcoming Market & Export Development Grant Music Deadline

Creative Saskatchewan's Market & Export Development Grant has upcoming deadlines of January 11 for their major stream, and February 9 for their micro stream.

This grant provides support to individuals and businesses for market access and market development opportunities intended to improve visibility and generate sales.

More info



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.


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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

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.

Learn More/Apply




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.

More info



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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