May 5, 2023

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SaskMusic applauds the passage of Bill C-11, a long-overdue update to Canada’s streaming policies.

The Government of Canada has passed Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, through Parliament after which it has received Royal Assent.

The bill modernizes Canada’s Broadcasting Act, requiring (largely foreign-owned) streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, YouTube, Spotify and others to intentionally support Canadian-made content like music, TV shows, and film in a similar way that traditional broadcasters are already required to, including contributing financially to the production of Canadian content.

The bill’s application excludes the posts of individual content creators, and doesn’t force Canadian content choices upon consumers, but instead will strengthen the promotion and creation of more Canadian-made content. A growing number of countries have similar legislation to promote and support their local creators.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will now develop the regulations that will apply to each streaming service under its jurisdiction.

Read more:,article/7360/bill-c-11-the-online-streaming-act-is-approved


Creative Sask

Creative Saskatchewan's 2023-24 Grant Program Dates Now Available!

Creative Saskatchewan has just recently announced their 2023-2024 Grant Program Dates! Head over to their website to see when the various music grants open, what funding is available for your next project, and the deadlines to submit throughout the year!

Grant Program Dates 

Don't forget SaskMusic members can book a grant consult with staff or one of our mentors to help you through the process of applying.



Call for Submissions: Canada House at AMERICANAFEST
Deadline: May 26, 2023

Held annually, the Americana Music Festival & Conference brings together thousands of legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars and industry professionals for six days of music and education. The 2023 edition will be taking place between September 19-23.

CIMA, Alberta Music, Manitoba Music, MusicOntario & SaskMusic will be returning for an in person showcase and business mission to Nashville this September. The Canada House showcase will take place on Friday, September 22, 2023. This is an excellent opportunity for 6-8 Canadian bands to showcase to festival delegates and attendees.

CIMA will also be partnering with Sounds Australia and the British Underground to organize business events during AmericanaFest. Company representatives for Canada House showcasing artists will be invited to participate in these business events with costs covered by showcasing partners. SaskMusic will have staff on site to support the selected artists business activities.

Who is eligible for this opportunity?

- Style of music must fit the Americana music genre.

- Canada House showcasing artists must be accompanied by a business representative as these export missions are centered on creating business opportunities.

- Artists who’ve already been accepted by the Americana Music Association for official shows can apply for another showcasing opportunity at Canada House.

- Artists who did not apply directly to the Festival may also apply.

- All showcasing artist submissions will be reviewed by the showcasing partners external committees and the Americana Music Festival selection team.

More info and to apply


Sask Arts Alliance

SAA Spring Arts Gathering 2023 - May 18, 2023

On May 18, 2023, the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA) invites artists, arts administrators, and arts supporters to join in a day of online discussion and professional development. The day will centre on two main themes, reimaging non-profit governance and understanding how to take action toward decolonizing institutions while caring for collaborators.

Exciting public thinkers, artists and administrators will guide discussions and challenge perceptions about governance and decolonization in the arts in Saskatchewan and beyond. 

The first panel, led by renowned playwright, director, dramaturg and scholar Yvette Nolan, features exciting guest contributors. What Are We Doing? – Radical Thinking About Non-Profit Governance will explore what we do with our arts organizations and how our governance models serve or hinder the work. The panel will consider if it is possible to create new models that will allow us to stop going through the motions of board-led governance. Join a panel of public thinkers who are imagining new ways forward. 

A second panel, entitled Sâkitawâhk – where the rivers meet: Collaborations, individuals, and Decolonizing the arts will focus on how crucial feedback is when evaluating programs centring on an anti-colonial agenda. Join artists from the 2023 Storytellers annual festival in conversation with Sâkêwêwak’s Artistic Director, Holly Aubichon. This conversation and panel discussion will further your understanding of alternative methodologies and ways to show care for your collaborators and take action toward decolonizing the arts. 

How to pronounce: Sâkitawâhk (saw-g/k -id-ah-wahk)

Details about panellists will be announced in the coming weeks – stay tuned!

The SAA is also sponsoring several in-person networking events in partnership with arts organizations around the province in various locations (Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Weyburn, North Battleford, Prince Albert, etc.) These events will provide an important chance to connect with people in your local arts community. Please stay tuned for an announcement with further details about the in-person networking events as they are announced.

Honorariums to Attend

The SAA values the time of our community members, and to recognize this, we invite you to apply for an honorarium when you register if you would benefit from it. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that everyone who applies for the honorarium will receive one. 

We are prioritizing independent artists, self-employed people, partially employed people and people who belong to historically underrepresented groups, identified through a confidential, voluntary self-declaration during registration. 

You will be notified if you are selected to receive an honorarium no later than May 12, 2023. Honorariums will be paid via e-transfer, after May 18th unless other arrangements are required. If you have questions or concerns about the honorariums, please contact SAA ED, Em Ironstar, at

More info



The Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) Performer Applications Now Open! Deadline May 9, 2023

Each October, the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils presents its annual Showcase Conference. OSAC Showcase is a booking conference for visual and performing arts, and includes a trade show area (Exhibitor Exchange), opportunities for networking, and professional development.

Artists come to Showcase from across Saskatchewan, Canada, and the United States. Attendees include performing arts and school presenters, visual artists, managers, agents, OSAC Members, industry representatives, and government funding partners.
Showcase 2023 will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan, October 13-15, 2023!

Performing Arts Showcases are 20 minutes long. There are 14 showcases, juried and curated, and all performances will be held at Darke Hall, Friday, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th. The host hotel is the Ramada Plaza.

More info and to apply



SK Arts seeking nominations for their Board of Directors 

SK Arts is seeking applications from interested parties for their Board of Directors. With the new fiscal year underway, they seek individuals who are passionate about SK Arts’ mission and the Saskatchewan arts community and have experience in leadership and decision-making. The Board is critical in guiding the agency's direction and ensuring its success. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they approach the opening of nominations. They are particularly interested in nominations of people from the arts community.

SK Arts is a Crown Agency that provides grants, programs, and services to individuals and groups whose activities impact the arts in Saskatchewan and ensures that opportunities exist for Saskatchewan residents to experience all art forms.

More info

Upcoming SK Arts Deadlines

June 1 - Microgrant Program

June 7 - Share and Connect: Indigenous Arts Community

June 15 - Artist in Communities: Development

June 15 - Artists in Schools: Development

July 1 - Microgrant Program

July 14 - Permanent Collection Submissions Call



Call for Submissions: Canada House at Reeperbahn 2023
Deadline: June 16, 2023

This is a fantastic opportunity to access the 4th largest worldwide music market with Reeperbahn (Hamburg, DE) attracting thousands of artists and music industry professionals from across the globe. From September 20-23, 2023, the Reeperbahn Festival programme will be combining a diverse line-up of new, international talent with the thematic diversity of a progressive music marketplace. All kinds of events are waiting to enthral and inspire fans, journalists and industry professionals across a multitude of venues. Since its debut in 2006, the Reeperbahn Festival has developed into one of the most important gatherings for the music world and shows how a superabundant musical line-up can be allied with music business interests and civil society engagement.

 If you are applying for showcases, you will not be charged. If you are accepted the presenter of the showcase will be charged (ie. A provincial host partner of CIMA's). Also, don't forget SaskMusic can help go over your grant applications for funding to take part in this amazing opportunity if selected.



Featured Music Mentor: Walter Jeworski

We are pleased to announce Regina producer Walter Jeworski has joined our Music Mentors program here at SaskMusic! Looking to chat all things recording & production? What about the complete workflow stages of taking a professional song from start to finish? Mental health and self care in the music industry? SaskMusic members can book a FREE consult with Walter who can help!

Walter Jeworski is a Music Production & Engineering graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston. With experience at the renowned MSR Studios in NYC, he has worked on sessions with GRAMMY award winning artists. He currently resides in his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, where he engineers, mixes and master’s records for clients both local and international including Marina Satti, The Atlanta Opera, TOVA, Samurai Champs, Jeffery Straker, and more.

Request a Music Meeting with Walter


Bandcamp Friday

Today is Bandcamp Friday!

On the first Friday of the month since March of 2020, Bandcamp has waived their revenue share to help support artists on Bandcamp. Over the course of just those 27 days, fans have paid artists and labels more than $95 million USD. If you’re among the nearly 1.5 million fans who have participated, thank you.

The next Bandcamp Friday is today, May 5th, and Bandcamp Fridays will continue on August 4th, September 1st, October 6th, November 3rd, and December 1st. As always, has the details.

If you’ve started to feel guilty about buying music on any other day of the month, here’s something to keep in mind: on Bandcamp Fridays, an average of 93% of your money reaches the artist/label (after payment processor fees). When you make a purchase on any other day (as millions of you have, with more than $1 billion now paid directly to artists), an average of 82% reaches the artist/label. Every day is a good day to support artists on Bandcamp!



Film/TV Composer Registry

We are looking to renew our list of film composers in the province who are available to work to spec. This will allow us to quickly provide accurate information to productions looking to hire Sask talent for film, TV, or commercial scoring usages.

Please get in touch with us at with your current resume, types of projects you are currently looking for/availability, weblinks and contact information. You are welcome to post this same information publicly in the Saskatchewan Music Directory by logging in to your profile or creating a free basic profile (under Join) at

This is an ongoing call.




Demo workshops

Upcoming Demo Recording Workshops at Studio 12 in Saskatoon

Studio 12 has opened registration to their upcoming demo recording workshops. In the beginner workshop attendees will learn the basics of setting up and using a home-studio set-up! Topics of discussion include basic gear requirements, equipment setup, software options, multi-tracking, mixing techniques, instrumentation, and more! This will include live demo recording session with professional musicians. 

In the intermediate version of this workshop folks will dive deeper into the techniques of producing your own demo recording using a home-studio set-up assuming you understand the basics of recording tracks! Topics of discussion will include additional gear requirements, equipment setup/planning, professional software options, extra multi-tracking techniques, mixing techniques, using plug-ins/effects, instrumentation
and more! This will include live demo recording session with professional musicians. For ages 12+.

For more information and to save your spot, check out the Studio 12 website.


Trauma and Cultural Sensitivity Training (TACT)

IN-PERSON: May 26-28 (Saskatoon SK)

Trauma and Cultural Sensitivity Training (TACT) is for everyone! If yourself, your organization, or anyone you know is seeking a further understanding about cultural appropriation, cultural protocol, white privilege,Treaties, land acknowledgments, trauma, vicarious trauma, intergenerational trauma, reconciliation, what to do with suicide and abuse disclosures or how to make meaningful community connections, TACT is for you and/or your organization. 

Seeing a need for artists working with vulnerable and remote populations to be educated in these areas, TACT was originally designed as an artist training course delivered to enhance the understanding of arts delivery through a culturally-sensitive and mental health perspective while building well-being and resilience for arts facilitators. They are now offering training to all organizations wanting to expand their knowledge in these areas. 

A course that enhances understanding of arts delivery through a culturally-sensitive/mental-health perspective, while building well-being/resilience for facilitators, which enables future residencies with remote/under-served Indigenous communities. 

Having artists and community members acquire this training will enable more people to work confidently and closely with remote and under-served Indigenous and Metis communities in Saskatchewan. This will result in strengthening and addressing the need for Reconciliation in our province, as well as providing opportunity for intergenerational and intercultural connections in these communities during workshops and residencies. 

Register for any of these workshops by filling out the form

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Upcoming Export Events

 The Great Escape

SaskMusic and Artists at The Great Escape
May 10-13/2023, Brighton UK

Congratulations to Ellen Froese and Katie Tupper on their official showcase selections at The Great Escape 2023. SaskMusic will be on hand networking and presenting additional opportunities for the artists at and around TGE. More details to come.

The Great Escape is the festival for new music, showcasing 500 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across the city and a pop-up festival site on Brighton Beach. It’s the first place to discover your new favourite artist and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages.

TGE is also attended by the music industry who are on the hunt for the next big thing. A conference runs alongside the gigs featuring insightful panels, topical debates, keynote speeches and networking opportunities in abundance.

The Alternative Escape, Spotlight Shows, secret gigs, club nights and spontaneous collaborations all add to the festivities and make this weekend in Brighton one not to miss.

SaskMusic thanks Creative Saskatchewan for their support of this project.

Focus Wales

Sask Artists at Focus Wales 2023
May 4-6/23, Wrexham Wales

"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."

Ellen Froese and Grimelda are among the dozen Canadian artists thus far announced as official performers at Focus Wales 2023.

Awarded ‘Best Festival for Emerging Talent’ - UK Festival Awards
‘One of the most vital showcase events in the UK’ - Under The Radar

FOCUS Wales is a not-for-profit organization, established to provide the annual new music showcase event for the Welsh Music Industry. Their core work centers around the delivery of an international multi-venue showcase festival taking place in Wrexham each year, which places the music industry spotlight firmly on the emerging talent that Wales has to offer the world, alongside a selection of the best new acts from across the globe. FOCUS Wales 2023 will mark the festival’s 12th edition, welcoming over 20,000 people to the town, building upon 2022′s record attendance across a jam-packed weekend of events. There’s no place like Wrexham during FOCUS Wales, as they showcase 250+ artists from across the world, fill out a variety of spaces and music venues, using 20 stages, and hosting a full schedule of interactive industry sessions, arts events, and film screenings, throughout the festival. In addition to the delivery of the FOCUS Wales festival, they also deliver a number of international FOCUS Wales events throughout the year.

At this time SaskMusic is not planning to attend/present at Focus Wales 2023.


M for Montreal

Showcase Opportunity: M for Montreal
Deadline: June 11, 2023

After an undeniably successful 17th edition, M for Montreal is back in force in 2023! With a record participation rate in 2022 for both its professional and general public components, the M team is excited to be back for an 18th edition, from November 15 to 18, 2023. With a renewed PRO component and its MARATHON festival open to the general public, M for Montreal 2023 promises to be remarkable.   

Artists and their teams wishing to be part of the Official Selection for this 18th edition can fill out the application form now. The call for artists is presented by the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture and will end at midnight on June 11, 2023.    

Call for artists is presented by the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture.

To submit your project, you need to fill the form available at the link below. Please note that an administrative fee of 45$ CAD is required for each artist application.  

For more details & to apply:



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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