December 22, 2023

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SMA show

Saskatchewan Music Awards Show 

The capture of our 2023 SMA show should be live on our YouTube channel in the next day or two. Tune in to see all the winner announcements and performances from the night, including the honouring of this year's Indigenous Music Achievement Award recipient Edmund Bull; and visit for additional information on the nominees, as well as playlists.

Big thank you to Rogers TV / Shaw Spotlight community tv for filming the event, and will be adding it to their channels across Saskatchewan shortly. Thank you for the support of Creative Saskatchewan, the Government of Saskatchewan, and FACTOR Canada for making the SMAs possible.


Saskatchewan Holiday Playlist

Saskatchewan Holiday Playlist

Enjoy four hours of seasonal songs on this year's Holiday Playlist on Spotify or YouTube!


Holiday wishes

SaskMusic Closed for Holidays

Our staff will be taking time off for holidays from December 20 to January 3 inclusive. We will be picking up messages during this time, but please expect delayed responses. As well, mentor consults will be unavailable during this time.

We hope you all have a lovely, happy holiday season, and a delightful start to your new year.


Evolution Summit
Announcing the Evolution Youth Music Summit!

We're happy to announce a new event for young artists and aspiring music professionals!

Registration is now open for the Evolution Youth Music Summit:
Attend FREE in Regina, Friday February 23 or Saturday, February 24/24
*Apply for a demonstration performance by January 10*

Are you interested in music – maybe a musician, singer, or songwriter - and curious to learn more about performing and the music business? SaskMusic is offering an exciting opportunity for youth (age 14 to 25) to learn more about performing and professional music options.

Our Evolution Youth Music Summit will be a unique opportunity for you to receive information and guidance to get started in the right direction, and meet others who are passionate about music. We’re gathering working artists and industry professionals to mentor you through topics such as musicianship (with separate sessions for vocal, bass, guitar, etc), promotions, professionalism, stage skills, and other topics geared to those getting started in the music scene.

This one-day summit will be offered on two dates. You can attend on Friday, February 23 or Saturday, February 24. Space is first-come, first reserved and registration will close when we reach capacity. Thanks to the support of our sponsors The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) and Creative Sask, we are able to offer free registration! Applications are also accepted for a number of travel bursaries that will be offered for those travelling from outside Regina.

Learn more, and register here:,workshop/21640/evolution-youth-music-summit-presented-by-saskmusic


Live Events Calendar

Live Music Listings

Have some live shows coming up? Check if we've got you in our calendar yet, and add your upcoming shows! (Login to your profile on to do so.)

We're especially interested to know about your Boxing Day and New Years Eve shows. 


Meet the Mentor
Meet the Mentor: Martina

Artists! Looking for help with organizing/tracking/prepping your music income & financials? Best practices in receipt & recordkeeping methods? Budget creation & reporting? CRA requirements as an artist? SaskMusic members can book a FREE consult with our newest Music Mentor Martina, owner of BackBeat Bookkeeping, who can help! Visit to request a time in January.

BackBeat Bookkeeping owner Martina is a self-proclaimed data and numbers geek, with 30 years of professional experience in bookkeeping, records and financial management, project planning, and process improvement from a variety of sectors including non-profit, education, and government. She holds 3 Diplomas in Administration, Bookkeeping, and Entrepreneurship, 2 years of university courses in Accounting and Psychology, as well as numerous professional development opportunities in facilitation, project management, and business.Martina is also a DIYer in her own songwriting, acoustic performing, and sound recording projects as Martina Music. She has spent the past 7 years combining a deep respect for the history of the music industry, while studying the complexities of the current digital & data-driven music industry. She carries the belief that life and songs are like puzzles into the world of taxes, and looks forward to assisting others in finding the right bookkeeping fit. Just like a great "backbeat" can make a song a hit, a great "numbers" system can help you succeed by "keeping time" to focus on your creations.

Keep an eye out for Martina's "Numbers Behind the Music" workshop coming in January 2024, and start your year off right with proper recordkeeping and financial management.




CCMA x Tara Shannon - You and the Music Business

January 10, 2024

CCMA x Tara Shannon - You and the Music Business Workshop

 Wednesday, January 10th at 2:00pm ET

To be successful in the business of music, you first need to be successful in the business of YOU! This interactive workshop will help you develop mor...



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Please visit the Opportunities section of our website for more information on the following, as well as additional opportunities as they are added.


BLACK EXPOSED Artist Spotlight on CKWR Radio

*Email correction*

Artists! You can submit your music to appear on the "BLACK EXPOSED ARTIST SPOTLIGHT" airing on 98.5 CKWR FM, hosted by music industry veterans Sandra (Tyler) Henein (Music Industry Executive) and Carlos Morgan (JUNO Award-winning R&B singer) featuring programming dedicated solely for Black Canadians.

Black Exposed celebrates the accomplishments of the Black community in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and across Canada, with a focus on Black mentorship through interviews with Black Music & artists, athletes, scholars, influencers and more.

Each show features a Canadian Black artist spotlight; signed and indie, profiling today’s relevant Black music, with industry advice from famous Canadians highlighting their struggles, accomplishments and overcoming adversity. Airing Tuesdays 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM and later via streaming services including

Submitted songs must be from Black Artists/Musicians (indie or signed) 

Submit 2 clean tracks to
**Please note an incorrect email for this show appeared in a previous e-release. Confirm that you are using the above email, and no other.**

CKWR-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting a community radio format at 98.5 FM in Kitchener ON.


Showcase Opportunity: New Skool Rules 2024

New Skool Rules is an international urban music festival and conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The festival takes place from May 31 - June 2, 2024, providing a platform for urban music acts to show festival programmers, labels, booking agents, music managers, publishers and sync agents.

Deadline: December 28, 2023



Performance Opportunity: On Cue - Femme Fest Call for Proposals

Inspired by International Women’s Day, March 8, 2024, On Cue Performance Hub will be hosting Regina’s first Winter Femme Fest March 6-9, 2023. The festival will spotlight and celebrate female-identifying and gender-diverse performing artists. Artists w...

Deadline: December 31, 2023



Showcase Opportunity : FOCUS Wales 2024

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. Submissions are open to all new music artists of all genres worldwide

Deadline: January 5, 2024



OHSOTO’KINO Recording Bursary Program 2024

The OHSOTO'KINO Recording Bursary is open to Indigenous musicians in Canada. Submissions across all genres are welcome. Two bursaries will be offered: one to a traditional artist or group, and another to a contemporary artist or group. Selected by NMC's National Indigenous Programming Advisory Committee, artists will be awarded a one-week recording session at Studio Bell to produce a commercial release, using NMC's "living collection" of musical instruments and world-class recording studios.

Deadline: January 7, 2024



Mentorship and Networking Opportunity: CMI's Artist Entrepreneur Program

Canada Music Incubator's highly regarded Artist Entrepreneur professional development program is accepting applications for the Spring session (March 5-April 12) and Summer session (August 6 - September 13). AE will take place in downtown Toronto and r...

Deadline: January 7, 2024



Award Opportunity: Independent Blues Awards 2024

The independent Blues Awards celebrate the diversity and power of the music that is created by those artists that acknowledge their inspiration and roots are in the blues. These awards will represent not only those “touring” artists who work within the established blues community, but embrace working artists who work in other markets but still acknowledge and honor their roots in the blues.

Deadline: January 15, 2024



SHOWCASE OPPORTUNITY: NXNE Music Festival 2024 in Toronto!

NXNE is Canada’s most important discovery music festival, presenting thousands of essential emerging artists, often just before they break, from across Canada and around the world - since 1995. And applications to play the festival are now open.

Deadline: January 15, 2024



Showcase Opportunity: BREAKOUT WEST FESTIVAL 2024


Full Details & submit online at:



The Western Canadian Music Alliance is an inclusive organization and BreakOut West is open to submissio...

Deadline: January 30, 2024



2024 JUNOfest Presented by CBC Music


For two jam-packed nights, JUNOfest Presented by CBC Music will showcase artists of all genres, from across the country. Featuring over 50 artists across the city, performing for fans, media ...

Deadline: January 31, 2024



Mentorship Opportunity: 2024 Girl Connected - Applications Now Open

Girl Connected seeks to empower women working in the performing & art space with a platform that provides tools and resources necessary to inspire success and growth.

Deadline: January 31, 2024



Residency Opportunity: Chamber Music and Opera: Interplay

June 4 - June 29, 2024 | Apply by January 31 This innovative and collaborative new residency is for classically trained singers, musicians, composers, librettists, stage directors, and arts writers committed to chamber music and opera. With the common goal to capture the emotional essence of chamber work, whether that be in the form of instrumental pieces or new operas, this residency will foster the potential of unique voices and creative visions that culminate in live performances that create excitement and growth.

Deadline: January 31, 2024



Festival Opportunity - Sled Island Music & Arts Festival 2024

This is your chance to play the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival (June 19-23, 2024 in Calgary, Alberta)!

If selected: artists/bands from Calgary will receive $200 for a first show; artists/bands from the rest of Alberta will receive $350 for a fi...

Deadline: February 2, 2024



Residency Opportunity: Jazz & Sonic Arts: Gather Listen Hear

August 6 - August 24, 2024 | Apply by February 14 This three-week program brings together early career artists from around the world to work with exciting, internationally celebrated performers, creators, and mentors that have made significant contributions to artistic innovation in Jazz and Sonic Arts. The goal is to build community that feels the inspirational energy of making creative music in an immersive, inclusive and transformative learning environment.

Deadline: February 14, 2024



Showcase Opportunity: Canadian Music Week Showcase 2024

Applications for the 42nd Annual Canadian Music Week Festival are now open! The CMW Festival takes place June 2-8 2024 in Toronto, Canada.

Artists and industry professionals from around the world who gather in Toronto for five days of live music, ne...

Deadline: February 15, 2024




Calling all artists. Artist registration for The Great Escape 2024 in partnership with Sentric Music is now open. Whether you are a band, a singer-songwriter, a rapper, DJ, collective or duo, it doesn’t matter, we want to hear from you.

The Great Es...

Deadline: February 16, 2024



Performance Opportunity: Ness Creek Music Festival 2024 Daytime stages

The Ness Creek Music Festival offers incredible live music from Saskatchewan, across Canada and around the world. Join over 3,000 people in the forest of northern Saskatchewan, be part of a tent-city community and enjoy Indie, Roots & Folk music from a...

Deadline: February 25, 2024



Contest Opportunity: Womens Freedom Song Contest

Womens Freedome Song Contest is seeking Female Anthems, Music videos and Lyric/Poems that deal with issues of concern to women. (Open to all genders)

Deadline: March 1, 2024



Festival Opportunity - SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival 2024

Saskatchewan artist applications for the 37th Annual SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival are now open. To complete the Saskatchewan artist application form CLICK HERE. Saskatchewan artist applications close on March 8, 2024.

Please note: This form is...

Deadline: March 8, 2024



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