July 13, 2023

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SaskMusic's Indigenous Songwriting Retreat
Submissions from artist/songwriters open now for all-inclusive weekend!

Taking place in Saskatoon and Wanuskewin, August 18-20, 2023
Deadline to submit July 27/2023
Presented by SaskMusic, funded in part by Creative Saskatchewan and FACTOR Canada
With gratitude to SaskMusic's Indigenous Advisory

Join us for an immersive weekend of friendship, songwriting, and music development. 10 Indigenous songwriters/artists will be selected to participate in this all-expenses-paid creative retreat. If there are more than 10 eligible applicants, a jury will be held. All genders and musical genres are invited to apply. We will be joined by two established national Indigenous mentors / music professionals who will provide songwriting guidance and info on various music industry topics. A knowledge keeper is being consulted in the planning of this weekend and will be in attendance for portions of the event. Additional local music industry reps will come to provide information on additional topics - such as live performance, marketing, and so on. Each songwriter will have one-on-one time with the mentors. A sacred site and gathering place, Wanuskewin offers a beautiful location and amazing Indigenous-focused cuisine. SaskMusic will cover all costs of the participants, including gas allowances for those travelling to get to Saskatoon, accommodations, and meals.  

The goal of this weekend is to have participants come away with stronger songwriting skills, co-writing experience, some music industry tips, a network of peers to potentially collaborate with in the future, and overall inspiration to apply to your musical career and artistic work.

Criteria to apply:
- You have been developing your skills as a songwriter and are interested in learning new writing skills as well as working on co-writing
- You are interested in expanding your knowledge on the music industry side of things
- You are age 19+
- You are committed to attending the whole schedule for the weekend (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon)
- You do not have to be a performing artist, but you do need to be interested in developing the songwriting/storyteller aspect of your music.

Please note this event will be fully drug and alcohol-free and all participants and mentors will be expected to honour this.

APPLY THROUGH: https://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/m1pxwb0s0fko47f/


Take Part: 2023 Saskatchewan Arts Surveys
Deadline July 19

The Saskatchewan Arts Alliance is working to get a sense of the current state of the arts in Sask, and is asking artists and the general public about their experience and engagement with and within the arts.
Artist survey: https://form.jotform.com/231564515645256
General public survey: https://form.jotform.com/231085357926058
By taking part in these surveys, you'll be actively contributing to the development and growth of the arts in Saskatchewan. Your feedback will help inform decision-making processes, enabling SAA to allocate resources and implement initiatives that align with the needs and desires of our artists and community.


SOCAN Foundation and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Open Applications to 2nd Annual Indigenous Song Camp 
2023 Indigenous Song Camp presented by Amazon Music is Canada's only music program solely dedicated to songwriting and fostering the storytelling of emerging Indigenous artists

Applications open from July 10 to August 5 via www.socanfoundation.ca

Indigenous and non-Indigenous music creators are encouraged to apply beginning Monday, July 10, 2023, at 10:00 AM EDT until Saturday, August 5, 2023, at 11:59 PM EDT by visiting www.socanfoundation.ca. Interested applicants can receive a reminder when applications open by subscribing to the SOCAN Foundation Newsletter. 


First Peoples Creating Interview Series

We're adding to our nistam athisthiniwak osihchikīwiniwāwa / First Peoples Creating series. Check out the latest interview,  with Forrest Eaglespeaker, and the rest of the pieces on YouTube at:
Thank you to series host, LJ Tyson, and Gabrielle Giroux, Encore Graphics for the artwork.

First Peoples Creating Playlist

In celebration of National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day 2023, we're updated our multi-genre playlist of recent music created by Indigenous artists currently residing in the Saskatchewan region, Treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10.
Check it out on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0hznawXskxpe2KOBDraJ94

On YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9dALYjCkGtaW9_FqtqI_MQUp00qFc9_g

Let us know if you have a recent release and we've missed you!


Live Music Listings!

We've been hard at work adding all the live shows we can find to our provincial calendar: https://www.saskmusic.org/events/live-music-listings

Have we got yours? Login to your SaskMusic profile to add them yourself or email us all your upcoming dates to gigs@saskmusic.org!




The 4th annual Cypher Connect!
Open to All Treaty 6 Youth ages 13-25
July 24 to 28, 12-5 pm

This program provides youth with the opportunity to write, collaborate, produce, and record in the studio while preparing for a showcase performance. Work alongside skilled artist mentors and utilize the PAVED Arts recording studio!

Cypher Connect is a sober space for gathering and creating. It’s totally free to attend and lunch will be provided each day. They will have staff from Chokecherry Studios and PAVED Arts facilitating daily as well as guest artists- to be announced soon!

Pre-register to guarantee your spot for the whole week. E-mail coordinator@pavedarts.ca OR talk to ZHE the Free at Chokecherry Studios OR DM them on IG @pavedarts.

Thank you to the Community Initiatives Fund for making this program possible.


Community Radio Summer Camps 2023

The CFCR Community Radio Summer Camp will be a youth empowerment project focused on skill-building in the realms of Radio, Media, and Podcasting. Participants will be immersed in a creative, supportive atmosphere where they will learn and be challenged through daily activities. The intended outcome will be for the youth to walk away feeling empowered, with all of the skills to host their own live radio or spoken word program. The final projects produced during camp will hit the airwaves on 90.5 FM. 

Dates:  July 24-28, July 31-August 4

**Campers will be split into two groups - one group will attend mornings (9am-12pm) the first week, one group will attend afternoons (1pm-4pm). For the Second week, the group that originally attended mornings will then attend afternoons, and vice versa. If you are only able to attend either mornings or afternoons, please note that in your application. 

Cost: Free

Ages welcome: 12-17 

Available spots: 20


Applications will close on Friday, June 30, 2023 at 6 pm. Accepted applicants will be notified in early July!

CFCR is committed to selecting a diverse group of participants and will review applications with this in mind. For further details, see the CFCR website, linked HERE

August 14-18, 2023 at The Ness Creek Site, Big River SK.
More details & register: CLICK HERE

Music camp isn't just for adults! Bring the whole family and enrolled you young ones in our FUNGRASS class.

About Steph: Polaris Music Prize nominee Steph Cameron is pleased to host this year’s Children’s Music Class! Steph is a finger-picking guitar player and singer-song writer who has performed across Europe and the UK, toured with legendary artist Buffy Sainte-Marie and performed at international festivals such as Celtic Connections and Folk Alliance.

Class Description: In this class, students will explore music through the use of rhythm, dance, play, singing and song writing. Children will learn and sing about the many animals that call the Boreal Forest home, see an array of musical instruments by visiting the various classes held around the site and make homemade instruments too! Children who are staying Friday evening will have a chance to kick off the festival by performing a rehearsed song on stage. 


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KELOWNA, BC – July 4, 2023 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance is excited to reveal the 2023 Western Canadian Music Award nominees. The winners of the awards in both the Artistic and Industry categories will be revealed during BreakOut West, which will take place this year in Kelowna BC from October 11-15. Please see below for the full list of nominees, and stay tuned for more announcements about this year’s specialty award recipients, as well as details on the winner reveal celebrations. 

“We are excited to announce and celebrate the 2023 Western Canadian Music Awards nominees,” exclaims BreakOut West Executive Director, Michael Dawson. “On behalf of Breakout West and the Western Canadian Music Alliance we would like to (offer) congratulations to all of the nominees and thank all of the artists and industry who submit. Your hard work, talent, and integrity is an inspiration.” 

Voting is now open to members of all western Provincial and Territorial Music Industry Associations. (SaskMusic note: SaskMusic Individual, Band, and Corporate members automatically receive WCMA voting privileges) Only MIA members will be sent an email regarding login information to vote (beginning today – Tuesday, July 4). If any members do not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folder and then contact (your) Music Association regarding (your) membership. Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on Tuesday, July 18. Stay tuned for more details around member voting and the Western Canadian Music Award winners this fall.

For more info, see https://www.saskmusic.org/news/the-latest/view,article/7390/2023-western-canadian-music-award-nominees-announced


International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards

Congratulations to Nige B, nominated for 2023 "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" for Come Unto Me Remix Feat. Olawale, BrayneZee, Naked Beatz.

As well, shout out to T-Rhyme who is nominated as part of "U.I.Q by Valkyrie, ft T-Rhyme & Jamie Carriere," nominated in Music Video of the Year.

Public voting is on now! Voting will open on July 1, 2023, and will close on August 1, 2023. You can participate by visiting https://www.indigenoushiphopawards.com/vote/

Congratulations to Nowujalo who will be performing as part of the 3rd Annual International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Trade Show on August 11, 2023 at The Vancouver Playhouse.

Tickets available at https://www.indigenoushiphopawards.com/tickets/

For more info, see https://www.saskmusic.org/news/the-latest/view,article/7392/international-indigenous-hip-hop-awards


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