March 20, 2024

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Women's History Month

Women's History Month Playlists

Check out our genre-spanning playlist from and featuring amazing Saskatchewan women in celebration of Women's History Month.
On Spotify  and on YouTube


Regina Songwriters March 24

Lyric Writing! Inspired by Magnetic Poetry©

Sunday, March 24, 200-4:00 pm

Neil Balkwill Centre, 2420 Elphinstone St, Regina
or to attend by Zoom register here:

SaskMusic and Regina Songwriters welcome songwriters of all skill levels and genres to join us for a fun and free workshop for this month's meetup, inspired by Magnetic Poetry. If you haven’t owned a set, it’s a collection of interesting words and word fragments that can spur all sorts of ideas for your poetry and lyrics. We’ll be passing out words and rearranging phrases and verses. We’ll also have a song share - with a particular focus on hearing songs that need help. Bring your unfinished songs, your unsatisfying bridges, and hookless choruses, and get feedback from the collective that may help you get over the hurdle.

All skill levels & styles welcome!
Whether you're just getting started or a veteran songwriter, join us and meet up with other local songwriters!

Things you may want to bring: Something to take notes, water bottle, guitar (optional).


Saskatoon Songwriters Meeting: 

Translating Lyrics to Music & Engaging the Audience as a Songwriter

Sunday, April 7, 1pm
Studio 12. 9 - 1025 Boychuk Dr., Saskatoon
Host: Joe Callahan

This songwriting group typically meets the first Sunday of every month, starting at 1pm. It's a great way to connect more intimately with other songwriters in the community. The time is usually spent working on songwriting skills together and sometimes sharing a song or two. At some dates, a guest songwriter attends to chat about specific topics related to songwriting. 

Open floor for sharing 3-4pm.

All genres and skill levels are welcome to attend these free events!

Coordinator: Michael Lander
RSVPs are requested to You can also email to join their mailing list for updates. 


Soundchecks and Stage Plots

Soundchecks + Stage Plots

A Work Together event presented by SaskMusic and our Women in Music Saskatchewan group

  • Tuesday March 26 – Amigos, Saskatoon, 530-730pm
  • Wednesday March 27 – The Exchange, Regina 530-730pm

Led by professional live sound tech Karen Gwillim
Free admission, but please register so we know how many to prepare for.


Loading in, working with an unfamiliar sound tech and weird stage, getting your sound dialled in a while dealing with pre-show nerves and forgotten patch cables…stressful!

We want to help prepare you to be your very best at your live shows with this Work Together event where we’ll cover must-knows that you may have been shy to ask, including:

  • What you need to have on your stage plot and input list
  • What your sound techs really want to know in advance
  • Common mistakes artists make pre-show
  • What exactly is ‘advancing a show?’ and how to take control of it
  • Different types of setups: clubs vs concerts vs festivals
  • Communicating with techs, and navigating different personalities
  • Coming prepared - cables, gear, spares
  • Soundcheck vs rehearsal
  • Types of mics, other production gear, and stage basics
  • Knowing how to tweak your monitor mix

Get armed with information that will help you walk into your show setups with confidence, and feeling empowered to deliver a better show.

In celebration of Women’s History Month (March), this event is designed to foster a supportive and inclusive learning environment for performers and aspiring performers who identify as women, non-binary, and gender-diverse.


CIMA Webinar

CIMA's Mental Health Series:

Identifying and Preventing Burnout at Work and Home

March 20, 12pm online

The Canadian Independent Music Association continues their 6-part Mental Health Webinar Series in partnership with Inkblot, offering a transformative journey of personal and professional development.

Featuring six insightful sessions, the series covers stress management, burnout prevention, anti-Black racism dismantling, boundary setting, conflict resolution, and time management. Led by experts, these sessions provide valuable insights and practical tools for growth. Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your well-being and professional skills.

Members of CIMA receive free access to this programming, while non-members can join for $50 for the entire series (2 more sessions remain).

Session Topics upcoming:

  • Identifying and Preventing Burnout at Work and Home - March 20
  • Managing Conflict Resolution in the Workplace - March 26 

Register Here



SOCAN 101: How to Register Your Works

Hosted by SOCAN
March 20, 1-2pm CST time (Free)

with Claire Boué (Administrative Coordinator, Creative Team, SOCAN).

Registering a work in your SOCAN online account can be confusing the first time. This Webinar will help you with the do's and don'ts.

There are three key sections to your work registration, and they’ll walk you through in detail on how to complete each of them in your online account - going over common mistakes and how to ensure you don’t make them, and, how you can verify that the registration has been received. 

Whenever your music is used on TV, radio, streaming services, performed live or used as background music – or – when it is copied or reproduced on streaming services, as downloads, or on CD and vinyl records, royalties are owed to you.

You will be confident in your ability to register your works and know that you’ve taken an important first step in ensuring you receive the royalties you’ve earned. 

Come with your questions! 



Long and McQuade Learning Series

Long & McQuade Learning Series

Blues 101 with Jack Semple

Saturday, March 23, 1:00pm     
Long & McQuade, Regina (Free) 

Discover the soulful roots of blues guitar in this hands-on clinic. It will cover everything Blues: the licks, the chords, the scales, and the grooves.  

Jack's music is like Stevie Ray Vaughn meets James Brown meets Robben Ford. Jack is a JUNO Award winner and Western Canadian Music Award winner.

RSVP and inquiries: 

Technical DJ Training with Emilio del Canto

Saturday, March 23, 2:00 PM (Free)
Long & McQuade, Saskatoon

Join in for introductory/Intermediate technical DJ training. There will be an emphasis on Pioneer CDJ3000 and DJM-A9.

Emilio is a prominent DJ, entrepreneur, and event promoter in the Canadian music industry. He presently operates his own event company, Foundation House Music, and The Treehouse Series. He actively releases tracks via Beats Union.               

RSVP and inquiries:




Beyond the educational events included in this e-release, visit our website for our regularly updated list!


SaskMusic's Latest


Rebecca StrongTerri-Anne Strongarm

Canada's Got Amazing Saskatchewan Talent

Congratulations to Saskatchewan's own Rebecca Strong and Terri-Anne Strongarm for making it on this year's Canada's Got Talent! The season premiere was last night (March 19) at 8/7c on CityTV.  Tune in to the series to cheer them on! We wish them both much luck!


The North Sound invited into sākihiwē Export Accelerator 

Aboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM) is excited to announce the 10 participants for the sākihiwē Export Accelerator. The pilot project, launched in partnership with Manitoba Music, will explore online solutions for export-ready First Nation, Inuit, and Métis artists who want to build audiences for their music outside of Canada.

The cohort will film and release performance videos, participate in online panel discussions with music presenters, and schedule online meetings with the festival producers and concert promoters who make the most sense for their music. Congratulations to The North Sound on being part of the initial cohort!

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WCMA Nominations

Western Canadian Music Award submissions closing March 22

Artists and industry members! Submissions are closing soon for the Western Canadian Music Awards. Check out the awards guidelines to make sure you qualify, then self-nominate before the deadline!

The submission deadline is by 11:59 PM PST on March 22, 2024.

The WCMAs are held in conjunction with the BreakOut West music festival and conference, happening back in Saskatoon on September 24-29, 2024!

ARTISTIC Categories include:

  • Blues Artist of the Year 
  • Children’s Artist of the Year 
  • Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year 
  • Country Artist of the Year 
  • Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year 
  • Instrumental Artist of the Year 
  • Jazz Artist of the Year 
  • Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year 
  • Pop Artist of the Year 
  • R&B Artist of the Year 
  • Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year 
  • Rock Artist of the Year 
  • Roots Artist of the Year
  • Spiritual Artist of the Year 
  • BreakOut Artist of the Year 
  • Classical Composer of the Year 
  • Francophone Artist of the Year 
  • Global Artist of the Year 
  • Indigenous Artist of the Year 
  • Producer of the Year
  • Recording of the Year 
  • Songwriter(s) of the Year
  • Video Director of the Year 
  • Visual Media Composer of the Year 


  • Audio Engineering Award
  • Community Excellence Award
  • Excellence in Visual Design
  • Impact in Artist Development
  • Impact in Live Music
  • Impact in Music Marketing



indie 101

indie101 Online Music Conference

3 days, 50+ speakers, 20+ sessions B2Bs, breakouts, meet-ups and more!

Here is your roadmap to a solid foundation for your career in music.
Discover how to run your music venture while being creative!
indie101 is not just a conference; it's your guide to mastering the keystones of the music business without compromising your artistry.

Past speakers from: Bandcamp • CMRRA • CD Baby • Music Publishers Canada • LyricFind • Seneca Music • and more.

SPECIAL OFFER! The first 20 of our subscribers to register get free registration! See below.

• Day 1 focuses on Songwriting and Production education
• Day 2 explores the ins and outs of the Music Business
• Day 3 delves into Promoting and Marketing strategies

More details, buy tickets and check updates at:

3-day pass - Earlybird until April 11 $80, after April 11 $100
1-day ticket - Earlybird until April 11 $30, after April 11 $50

BUT the first 20 subscribers to register get free registration! (Please use our code only if you can attend all 3 days).
1. Use Link and click "Buy Tickets"
2. When prompted "Do You Have Access Code" paste Access Code SKfree24 and click Apply
3. Pull down 1 beside indie101 $0.00 ticket, click next and complete form.


Creative Saskatchewan Survey Request

Creative Sask is conducting a survey to help explore initiatives to support emerging creative entrepreneurs. 
Survey link

This survey aims to gather information from Saskatchewan's emerging creative entrepreneurs regarding the barriers they are currently facing in pursuing their practice/business as a viable career. This survey is intended to further Creative Saskatchewan's understanding of these barriers as well as identify ways in which the organization can best support emerging creative entrepreneurs in navigating them.

The survey will remain open until April 12, 2024 at 4 PM SK time.


Video to count towards Gold/Platinum Status

Music Canada has updated their Gold/Platinum Singles Program to include video streams. So now in addition to sales and audio streams, music video plays will count towards artists being able to achieve a Gold or Platinum record.

The eligibility for official video streams will include all “official” video streams within Canada from a Music Canada-approved Digital Service Provider (DSP), and which occurred on or after January 1, 2020.

For more information,


Culture Days Sponsorships

SaskCulture's Culture Days Hub Sponsorship (CDHS) is now open for applications.
The CDHS aims to support communities and/or cultural groups in bringing together two or more community cultural partners to hold arts, heritage and/or cultural activities during Culture Days.

Sponsorships of up to $5,000 will be determined by community size, the strength of community partnerships, and the quality and extent of programs/activities offered. Culture Days Hubs are encouraged to work with partners to host cultural activities and distribute sponsorship funds accordingly.

Culture Days 2024 will take place September 20 - October 13/2024.

Learn more:


Canada Council Public Meeting, March 27

The Annual Public Meeting (APM) of the Canada Council for the Arts will take place on Wednesday March 27, 2024, starting at 4 pm EST.
You can join online via the livestream. Learn more:


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



Awards Opportunity; Nominations are Open for the CANADIAN LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARDS 2024

Canadian Music Week (CMW), in partnership with the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA), are hosting the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards on June 4th as part of Canadian Music Week. This awards show will honour the live music industry, bringing to...

Deadline: March 22, 2024



Art of Piano Residency

Immerse yourself in an artistic environment tailored for pianists seeking to advance their musicianship and careers. During this two-week program, benefit from focused time and inclusive space for reflection, engaging discussions and learning with grea...

Deadline: March 27, 2024



Showcase Opportunity: Global Toronto 2024

Applications for showcasing at Global Toronto 2024 (GT24) are now open!

If you are a CANADIAN artist ready and eager to be seen by music programmers and industry professionals from across Canada and around the world, GT24 might be for you. To partic...

Deadline: March 29, 2024



Award Opportunity: Registration is Open for the 88th Annual WAB Conference!

The Western Association of Broadcasters will hold its 88th Annual Conference from June 5 to 6, 2024, at the Fairmont Banff Springs, and you won't want to miss it!


Member Delegate $729

Non-Member Delegate $929

Additional Dinner Ticke...

Deadline: March 31, 2024



Award Opportunity : Lori Davies Composition Award For Excellence in Dance, Opera or Musical Theatre

The SOCAN Foundation has announced the creation of a new award for mid-career composers, in memory of Lori Davies (1939-2021). This yearly award will have an initial deadline of April 1st, 2024.

Lori Davies had a deep connection to the genres of dan...

Deadline: April 1, 2024



Showcase Opportunity: Alberta Showcase 2024

Every October the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta brings together presenters from across Alberta searching for performing artists who will tour in their communities. Many of the soft-seat presenters offer subscription series. Some are simply cafes wit...

Deadline: April 1, 2024




Manitoba Showcase is an annual visual & performing arts conference that features some of the best Canadian artists from a wide range of genres, connecting them with future opportunities and collaboration. The preeminent event of its kind in Manitoba, S...

Deadline: April 1, 2024



Contest Opportunity: International Songwriters Day Song Contest

Seeking “Inspirational” songs, music videos and lyrics/poems. The contest includes an "indie" Music video category & Lyric video category. The song contest seeks "inspirational songs"; they can be ballads, but must have an element of hope or redemption.

Deadline: April 2, 2024



Showcase Opportunity : The Jim Beam® National Talent Search Presented by Canadian Music Week

Submissions are now open for the 2024 Jim Beam® National Talent Search presented by Canadian Music Week. Canadian artists and bands of any genre from coast to coast are invited to apply online until April 7, 2024 at

Deadline: April 7, 2024



Festival Opportunity - POP Montréal International Music Festival

POP Montreal is returning September 25th - 29th, 2024, and is now accepting applications for artists! 

POP Montreal International Music Festival is an annual not-for-profit curated cultural event that champions independence in the arts by presenting ...

Deadline: April 13, 2024



Youth Showcase & Workshop Opportunity: Winnipeg Folk Festival 2024

Each year, the Winnipeg Folk Festival presents the Young Performers Program during the Festival weekend, showcasing young talent from across Canada, the US and abroad.

The program hosts upwards of 35 multi-talented youth musicians aged 14-24. Partic...

Deadline: April 15, 2024



Showcase Opportunity: BIGSOUND

Run across three game-changing days and three fun-filled nights, showcasing artists can connect with, listen to and play in front of some of the most influential players in music. Now in its 23rd year, BIGSOUND has grown to become the biggest A&R music...

Deadline: April 16, 2024



Awards Opportunity; Nominations Now Open for 2024 Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year

Radiodays North America and Canadian Music Week invite the broadcasting industry to nominate Canada's outstanding young broadcasters for the Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year Award in memory of the legendary Radio Programmer Steve Young until ...

Deadline: April 22, 2024



Residency Opportunity: Classical Indigenous Music Residency

This residency brings together Indigenous musicians working with the Classical genre to cultivate relationships, personal craft and build strong networks that propel careers forward with an opportunity to showcase their works in progress. The program welcomes themes of listening, frequencies of land and connections to one’s culture.

Deadline: April 24, 2024



Award & Mentoring Opportunity: HENRY ARMSTRONG AWARD 2024

The Henry Armstrong Award (HAA) is a newly launched bursary and mentorship program, created to develop, elevate, and support Indigenous artists within the Canadian music industry. Named for MDM Recordings Inc. president and founder Mike Denney’s grandf...

Deadline: April 26, 2024



Mentorship and Funding Opportunity: TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship

The TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship is an exciting, new program that provides emerging music creators with seed funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to participate in a progressive webinar series that will hone their skills of entreprene...

Deadline: April 30, 2024



Festival Opportunity - All Folk'd Up Music Festival 2024

The AFU2024 Artist and Band Applications are now open!

Are you ready to rock the prairies of Montmartre, Saskatchewan this June? We are!
The AFU Board has been steadily reviewing early applications and checking out some of Western Canada's best act...

Deadline: April 30, 2024



Showcase Opportunity - CIMA Canada House at Americana Music Festival 2024

Call for Submissions: Canada House at AMERICANAFEST 2024

September 17-21, 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee

Deadline: May 3, 2024


CIMA is returning to Nashville this September for the 2024 ed...

Deadline: May 3, 2024



Showcase Opportunity - OSAC Showcase 2024

Every 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 networki...

Deadline: May 7, 2024



Music Organizations Urge Canadian Government to Increase Canada Music Fund

Shared from the Canadian  Independent Music Association, February 29/2024

CIMA has partnered with music associations and organizations from across the country, both in the English and French markets, to write an open letter to The Honourable Chrysti...



Re:Sound Calls for Fairness for Music Creators in 2024 Federal Budget

Shared from Re:Sound:

Music creators are pressing the Government of Canada to update the Copyright Act now to:

  • Amend the definition of “sound recording” in the Copyright Act to address its unfair exclusion of performers and record labels/maker...



SaskCulture Board nominations open

SaskCulture is seeking talented, dynamic, conscientious and energetic individuals interested in volunteering to assist in the cultural development of Saskatchewan.



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