September 21, 2023

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All Things Saskatchewan Music Awards!

The nomination intake for the 2023 Saskatchewan Music Awards is currently underway!

We invite submissions from Saskatchewan artists in all musical styles, and industry professionals working in many roles. The sixth annual awards will honour excellence in the Saskatchewan music industry and celebrate the achievements of our music industry members over the past year. An awards ceremony will be held December 2, 2023 at The Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon to unveil the winners, along with numerous musical performances and the honouring of our Indigenous Music Achievement Award recipient.

Submissions to all Artistic and Industry categories of the SMAs are free, and will close 11:59pm CST, September 25, 2023.

We are pleased to have expanded and refined our artistic categories based on your feedback and the types of submissions we saw last year. All musical styles are invited to submit if you meet the eligibility (releases and dates) for this year! Remember, these are BROAD categories encompassing sub and related genres in each, so no matter what type of music you make, there should be a place for you.  

Artistic Awards by Genre

•    Afrobeats Artist of the Year (New!)
•    Children’s Artist of the Year (New!)
•    Classical or Broadway Artist of the Year (New!)
•    Country Artist of the Year
•    Electronic Artist of the Year
•    Hip Hop or Rap Artist of the Year
•    Inspirational or Spiritual Artist of the Year (New!)
•    Instrumental or Ambient Artist of the Year (Name change!)
•    Jazz or Blues Artist of the Year (New!)
•    Metal or Hard Rock Artist of the Year (Name change!)
•    R&B Artist of the Year
•    Rock Artist of the Year (Name change!)
•    Pop Artist of the Year (Name change!)
•    Roots or Folk Artist of the Year

Indigenous Artists can submit into a genre plus one of

  • Contemporary Indigenous Artist of the Year (Name change!)
  • Traditional Indigenous Artist of the Year (New!)

All qualifying artists can also submit into

  • Single of the Year
  • Music Video of the Year
  • Album of the Year

Industry Awards

  • Industry Achievement Award
  • Music Company or Organization of the Year
  • Music Professional of the Year
  • Producer of the Year
  • Venue or Festival of the Year


  • Indigenous Music Achievement Award

Visit to learn more about the eligibility criteria and to submit!



Remembering those who have passed

We are planning to include a memorial tribute to acknowledge those from the Saskatchewan music community who have passed away this year. To submit individual names for inclusion, please send their names to us along with a personal note and link to any available additional information, such as their biography.


Call for Jurors SMA

Would you like to be a juror?

Our submission form for prospective jurors is also open! Artists and industry members who won't be submitting for nominations this year, or may have industry experience that would enable them to juror on other projects, can visit the signup form here.


Youth Performance Opportunity

Youth Performance Opportunity

SaskMusic is reserving one performance spot at the 2023 Saskatchewan Music Awards for a youth performer. The Awards will be held at the Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon on December 2. The selected artist must be available in Saskatoon for the full day of December 2 (10am-10pm) for live run-through and the show.

This call goes out to artists around the province who are age 20 or under, performing in any genre. This spot is limited to a solo, duo, or trio. (Image: 2022 youth performer Kateryna Grace. Photo by Chris Graham.)

Learn more and apply here by Oct 9.

For questions related to the Saskatchewan Music Awards, please call 1-800-347-0676 or email us.


SaskMusic and artists at Canada House - AmericanaFest 2023

SaskMusic and artists The North Sound and Jake Vaadeland & The Sturgeon River Boys will be participating in the 2023 Canada House at AmericanaFest. We’ll be partnering with colleagues CIMA and Alberta Music, Manitoba Music, and MusicOntario to present a showcasing & business mission for Canadian companies and their artists. 

Friday, September 22 from 11:00AM-5:00PM Canada House will present showcases at InDo (632 Fogg St), preceded by a networking reception 11:00-11:30AM. The event is open to AmericanaFest conference delegates and the general public.

11:00AM: Networking Reception
11:30AM: Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane
12:10PM: Basset
12:50PM: The North Sound
1:30PM: Field Guide
2:10PM: Colleen Brown
2:50PM: JJ Shiplett
3:30PM: Cat Clyde
4:10PM: Jake Vaadeland & The Sturgeon River Boys

Canadian companies representing the showcasing artists will also get the opportunity to participate in a business-to-business session in partnership with Sounds Australia, British Underground and AMERICANAFEST. (Canadian companies who will be in Nashville in September and who are interested in taking part in the business events can contact Jenia Schukov for more information.)



SaskMusic and artists at Canada House - Reeperbahn Festival 2023

SaskMusic is pleased to be part of Canada House, returning to Hamburg & Berlin, Germany this September for the 2023 edition of the Reeperbahn Festival & Conference and presented by CIMA in partnership with SaskMusic, Aakuluk Music, Alberta Music, Manitoba Music, M for Montreal, Music BC, MusicOntario/Ontario Creates, Music New Brunswick, Music Nova Scotia, Music PEI, and Quebec Creates/SODEC. The Saskatchewan artist delegation will feature Dump Babes, Marissa Burwell, and Peace Flag Ensemble.

The official showcase event Canada House will take place Thursday, September 21-Friday, September 22 all day from 11.00 though 1.00 at Uwe (formerly Kukuun) and will feature 28 Canadian artists. SaskMusic is sponsoring the showcase participation of the three Sask artists.



Call for Submissions: Canada House at The Great Escape 2024

CIMA will be returning to The Great Escape in Brighton, UK in May 2024! We will once again be hosting Canada House showcases on-site and providing business opportunities for participating Canadian companies.

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. Music industry professionals from across the globe descend on The Great Escape to discover new music and attend the conference run alongside the showcasing component which features panels, keynote speeches, networking opportunities and more. To learn more about The Great Escape click here.

CIMA is currently looking for bands/artists who want to showcase at Canada House in 2024. Now's your chance - get those applications in!

Please note that this opportunity is open to partner hosts as well.

When: May 15-18, 2024

Where: Brighton, UK


  • There is no fee to submit a Canada House showcasing application.
  • For Sask artists accepted, SaskMusic will be co-presenting you and facilitating your involvement as the host province of this showcase.
  • Please note that each artist must have a business representative. Artists can act as their own representatives if they are comfortable taking part in the business events.
  • Companies interested in participating in just the business portion of this mission (no showcasing artist) will be invoiced once this application is complete.
  • Final selection of the Canada House showcasing artists will be made by The Great Escape.



How to Produce Your Own Music - Sept. 28th, 2023, 2pm EST

Join renowned music producer Rob Wells in this exciting webinar as he shares his expert insights and practical tips on how to produce your own music, empowering you to unleash your creative potential and craft professional-quality tracks from the comfort of your own studio. Gain invaluable knowledge from a seasoned industry veteran and take your music production skills to new heights in this engaging and informative session.



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Saskatchewan Indigenous Music Association Awards Nominations - CLOSING TODAY!

Nominations Close: September 21, 2023
• Eligibility Period: January 1, 2022 - September 21, 2023
• Click here to access the nomination form:

The Saskatchewan Indigenous Music Association (SIMA) invites you to participate in their Awards on November 12/2023 at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre in Prince Albert, a night dedicated to honouring and celebrating the remarkable talents within the Indigenous music community. If you've been inspired by the rhythms, melodies, and voices that resonate from the heart of Indigenous music, this is your chance to recognize and support those who create it.

Before submitting your nominations, please ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for each award category. For any inquiries or clarifications regarding the nomination process, reach out to

Let your voice be heard and your appreciation be felt. Nominate yourself or someone you believe deserves recognition, and be a part of this empowering journey.



Showcasing at SXSW (March 11-16/2024) means performing in one of Austin’s famous live music venues for 30,000 industry reps, 3,000 media members, and thousands of fans and fellow musicians from all over the world.

Applications are open now. Showcasing artists gain unparalleled access to an audience of industry professionals, international media, and new fans.

Final Deadline: October 27, 2023

Music Showcase applications are open to:

  • All music genres
  • Artists from around the world
  • Signed and unsigned artists

Important details:

  • One official SXSW showcase performance is guaranteed per invited act.
  • Showcase slots run an average of 40 minutes (some exceptions may apply).
  • Showcases will take place between March 13-18, 2023.
  • SXSW does not provide artist backline or cover travel and accommodation expenses.

Saskatchewan artists who are Canadian residents who receive official showcases are eligible to apply for showcase support through Creative Saskatchewan and FACTOR Canada (and potentially other funders). If you receive a showcase invite, please contact SaskMusic so we can offer assistance with making the most of your showcase.

SXSW will review your application, and you will be notified of your invitation status on or before December 19, 2023. More Details/Submit at:


Winterruption 2024 Submission Open - Deadline September 29, 2023

Interested in playing in the 2024 BIG/Winterruption Festivals? Fill out the form below to apply today. All candidates will be reviewed in October.



SOCAN The Her Music Awards Applications 

The Her Music Awards are designed to celebrate and support female-identified Canadian mid-career music creators who are on the verge of taking their creative careers to the next level. Applicants must submit an application through SOCAN Foundation’s application portal by the deadline of October 15, 2023.

Learn more at:

Award Recipient(s) will be selected to receive a grant prize of up to CAD$5,000 each.


Showcase Opportunity: East Coast Music Awards Showcase 2024

Deadline to Apply: October 3rd, 2023

The East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference (ECMA) is heading back to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for the 36th annual celebration of the East Coast’s best artists and music, from Wednesday, May 1 to Sunday, May 5. 2024

The 2024 event is accepting submissions for the following showcase stages: Individual Genre Stages, Rising Star Stage, and two Export Program Stages, including the Canadian Music. East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcase and Two for the Show Showcase. Submissions close on October 3rd and Successful showcasing artists will be announced in January 2024. 

All submissions must be completed within this time.




Partners Music Nova Scotia and Women in Music Canada will be presenting an industry and artist mission to Viva Sounds in Gothenburg, Sweden, December 1 and 2, 2023. The event will include:

  • A showcase of four Canadian artists
  • Business-to-business meetings for Canadian industry to meet with International industry.
  • A networking mixer event presenting all participating Canadians.
  • Participation with the Viva Sounds conference and festival.

VIVA SOUNDS is a club festival in Gothenburg happening on the first weekend of December. Our live program consists of 40+ shows with bands/artists from all over happening in 10 venues within walking distance from each other. Everybody, anybody interested in music is welcome to be part of it. And oh, they're also inviting folks working the international indie circuit for an intimate music conference with amazing networking opportunities.

The event is produced by Westside Music Sweden, a small company shouting about the (indie) music community, the businesses and the artists, from Gothenburg and the region of Västra Götaland. Formed as a platform Westside is built on 49 partners all active in the world of indie and they firmly believe it's better to break new ground instead of breaking your back. Let's work together. 

They value diversity, equity, and inclusion and welcome and invite female and gender-diverse folks from diverse backgrounds to apply.
This program is financially supported by The Canadian Consulate in Sweden, FACTOR, the Government of Canada, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters, Ontario Creates, and SOCAN Foundation. 

The deadline to apply is September 28, 2023. 
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by October 5, 2023. 


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