May 10, 2024

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SaskMusic and artists at The Great Escape 2024

SaskMusic and two Saskatchewan artists, Jake Vaadeland and the Sturgeon River Boys and Marissa Burwell, will be attending The Great Escape Festival & Conference 2024 in Brighton UK, May 15-18. The two artists have been invited to perform official showcases at TGE, as well as an industry showcase event in London on the way to TGE. SaskMusic will be on the ground participating in B2B meetings, roundtable discussions, and facilitating connections on behalf of the Saskatchewan music industry. 

On May 14, with local assistance from our export consultant/strategists Enki Music, and in partnership with music industry associations the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), Music Ontario, Music BC, Music Nova Scotia, Manitoba Music, Alberta Music, and Quebec Creates, we will present 14 Canadian artists on 3 stages for a pre-TGE showcase and networking event at the historic Strongroom Studios (Curtain Road, London), 4-11:30pm. 

Then from May 15-18, we will take part in The Great Escape in Brighton. TGE is “the UK’s premier new music and industry gathering, where sectors from the entire UK music industry come to network,” showcasing 500 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across Brighton UK plus a pop-up festival site on Brighton Beach.

Working in partnership with Canadian music industry partners CIMA, Alberta Music, M for Montreal, Manitoba Music, Music BC, Music Nova Scotia, MusicOntario, and SODEC under the established Canada House brand, we will be networking and representing Saskatchewan music at international meetings and events, as well as taking in international industry discussion topics during the conference. CIMA helps facilitate entry into international music markets by working closely with key personnel from the Canadian music scene and enabling international export and import opportunities. 18 Canadian artists have been selected for Canada House performances over 3 days (May 16-18) at venue The Green Door Store.

TGE represents SaskMusic's primary market development event for the UK market, consisting of business to business networking events, an industry conference with key international music topics, and artist showcases.

Jake Vaadeland and the Sturgeon River Boys

  • May 14 – Canadian showcase, 4:30 – 4:45pm, Strong Room, London UK
  • May 14 – Album release party at Green Note, 8:30pm London UK
  • May 17 – Jubilee Square, 2:15pm (The Great Escape), Brighton UK
  • May  18  – The Green Door Store, 12:50pm Canada House (The Great Escape), Brighton UK

Marissa Burwell

  • May 14 – Canadian showcase, 19:00 - 19:20, Strongroom, London
  • May 16 – Secret Comedy Club,12:00pm Alternative Escape (duo show) presented by Planetary Group and Impressive PR (The Great Escape)
  • May 16 – The Green Door Store, 1:30-1:50 Canada House (The Great Escape)
  • May 18 – The Green Door Store, 7:15pm (The Great Escape)

SaskMusic thanks Creative Saskatchewan for their support of our export mission activities. Read the full post here.


Introduction to Songwriting

Introduction to Songwriting - Regina Summer Classes

We're pumped to be partnering with the City of Regina this summer to offer beginner classes for teens and adults who are curious about songwriting!

Introduction to Songwriting, Teen (ages 13-18 years)
Class ID 73574, 5 consecutive days Monday-Friday, August 12-16, 1-330pm

Ever thought about turning your thoughts and feelings into songs? It's not just about putting words to music; it's about expressing yourself in the coolest way possible. Learn about the parts of a song, from informative verses and catchy choruses to killer hooks and bridges. Learn to creatively write lyrics and craft melodies in different music styles, and try co-writing with others. No musical background necessary.

Introductory Songwriting - Adult (18 years and up)
Class ID 73575, 4 consecutive Saturdays, July 27-August 17, 1-330pm

Songwriting can be a powerful form of self-expression and creativity. Join us as we dive into the art of spinning melodies and lyrics that speak to the soul. From heartfelt verses to catchy choruses, we'll explore song forms and composition, and lead you through the process of writing a song, from inspiration to presentation. Various musical styles will be covered, with time for co-writing. No prior musical experience necessary.

Classes will be held at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre. Registration for both is through the City of Regina Summer Leisure Guide and will open May 14/24.

Register here
and learn more about the classes here


The Garrys at Focus Wales

The Garrys at Focus Wales

The Garrys are in Wrexham Wales this weekend to showcase at Focus Wales. We wish them much success! The international showcase event, awarded ‘Best Festival for Emerging Talent’ (UK Festival Awards), presents 250 artists from around the world on 20 stages each year.

The band was selected through FOCUS Wales' official showcase selection process.


Juno MasterClass

JUNO Master Class Submissions 

Deadline May 31/24 3pm SK/5pm ET

Are you ready to take centre stage? Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, in partnership with Slaight Music and Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI), is designed to support emerging artists with opportunities to refine their craft and further develop their music careers. Submissions are now open at There are no submission fees associated with the program and all eligibility requirements can be found here.

The program (valued at over $100,000) includes: 

  • An all-inclusive trip to Toronto for an intensive mentorship week hosted by Canada’s Music Incubator and an industry showcase
  • A chance for one artist to attend the 2025 JUNO Awards in Vancouver BC, including transportation, accommodations, and a JUNO Weekend ticket package 
  • A chance for one artist to perform in front of the Canadian music industry at the exclusive JUNO Opening Night Awards, and at JUNOfest in Vancouver during JUNO Week
  • A cash prize and more 

The Jazz Jam

SaskJazz Jazz Jam, July 11

This year we're pleased to present The SaskJazz Jam at the 2024 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.

Local musician and educator Emmett Fortosky, along with musicians Mo Lefever and Ted Warren will lead The SaskJazz Jam presented by SaskMusic. There is no charge to attend and/or perform at the jam and we welcome singers and instrumentalists of all ages and levels to make an effort to develop their jazz “chops.” July 11 at 8:00PM at The Bassment, mark your calendars!



RBCxMusic First Up Program Submissions

Deadline imminent!

Applications are now open for the RBCxMusic First Up Program, Powered by MusiCounts. This program will equip 30 emerging artists and music entrepreneurs with the skills, connections, and industry insights needed to fuel fulfilling and sustainable careers in music. This program includes a months-long intensive workshop series, 1-1 mentorship sessions with industry leaders, paid performance opportunities and financial honoraria. The deadline to apply is May 14 but it is a two-stage so start NOW if interested! You can learn more and start an application here.

This program is intended for emerging music creators and professionals in Canada who demonstrate high potential, an early track record of success, an evidenced commitment to building a career in music, an eagerness to hone their craft, and an openness to leverage the new information and relationships offered through this program to advance their careers.

This program is intended to support emerging music creators (artists, instrumentalists, composers, and producers), and music professionals / entrepreneurs (managers, publishers, publicists, agents, promoters, etc.) between the ages of 19 and 35.


CLMA Study

NEW Nationwide Live Music Study

Exciting news is on the horizon for Canada’s live music industry, and we need YOUR voice to make it happen!

The Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) announces “Hear and Now: understanding the economic power and potential of Canada’s live music industry,” marking the first-ever Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) focusing on the live music sector in Canada. 

As a first step, the CLMA and consulting firm Nordicity are launching a survey directed at, and intended to be completed by, all those who work in the Canadian live music industry. Your involvement is essential. Every voice counts towards shaping our future!

Who: The live music industry - including any industry association, business, organization or individual involved in any aspect of concert production, promotion and/or execution. Artists, venues, festivals, agents, promoters, publicists, managers, suppliers, technicians, and staff. For the purposes of this project, the live music industry refers to the sector of the music business focused on organizing, promoting, and presenting live musical performances.

Why: The impacts of live music in Canada have never been assessed at the national level before. Existing research that has been conducted at the national level lumps live music into the broader music sector. As such, there is not sufficient data to identify the impacts and, by extension, the specific needs of the live music sector. This assessment is especially valuable now, as the live music sector seeks to continue its recovery from COVID-19.

Demonstrating the impact of our sector will help to shift the narrative and ensure positive, progressive growth on behalf of the industry. Live music is an economic powerhouse, and gathering this data will help tell our story.

Survey Close Date: June 6/24 

Together, let’s harness the power of data to enact positive change and secure the ongoing growth and prosperity of Canada’s cultural landscape. 

Take the survey now:

Learn more about Hear and Now:


WCMA Noms May 14

Western Canadian Music Award Nominees announced May 14

Voting for the WCMAs will be opening soon! Paid members of the Western Canadian music industry associations, including SaskMusic, can vote to help select the winners. (Final results are equally weighted between MIA members, and jurors*.)

Renew, or join SaskMusic as a member to be eligible to cast your votes! or
Learn more about the WCMAs here
*The Audio Engineer​​​​​​, Jazz, Francophone and Classical, Producer, Children's, and Excellence in Visual Design categories are determined solely by jurors and will not be open to MIA member voting.

The WCMAs are part of BreakOut West, which happens this fall in SASKATOON Sept 24-29!


Grand River

Zochi at the Grand River Black Music Festival 

Artist Zochi will be representing herself as an artist, and her role as a SaskMusic board member for the Grand River Black Music Festival and Conference, June 14-15 in Kingston ON. Zochi will be contributing on the panel "Black Women in Music and Entertainment" on June 15, as well as opening for Jully Black that evening in the festival. Congrats Zochi!  





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


Webinar- Achieving Success in the Music Business

May 23, 2024

'Achieving Success in the Music Business' is an all-encompassing webinar designed to equip aspiring musicians with the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to navigate the complex world of music. This comprehensive resource is a must-have for anyon...



Songs in The Garden: a Songwriting Workshop

June 6, 2024

Date: Thursday June 6th, 2024
Location: Wiebe Works (near Langham)
Price: $175 (discounts available through Lyric Writing Workshop and Art in The Garden Festival participation)
Included: Workshop and mentorship, lunch, and a small festival slot on J...



Saskatoon Songwriters Group Meetings

June 9, 2024

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...



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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca Strong on 'Canada's Got Talent' Finale

Prince Albert's Rebecca Strong has made it through as one of the remaining 8 finalists of Canada's Got Talent! Those who were in the audience for her youth performance at the 2023 Saskatchewan Music Awards know what a gifted singer she is, and we couldn't be happier to see her in the finals.

Public voting will commence with the final episode this Tuesday, May 14 with the show airing on CityTV at 6pm SK time. Get ready to VOTE for the winner of the biggest prize in Canadian TV history - polls open at at the start of the show.

If you missed it, you can watch Rebecca's May 7 performance on the show here.

Show times



Reeperbahn - Canada House

Showcase Submissions: Canada House at Reeperbahn 2024

CIMA (in partnership with SaskMusic and other provincial organizations) will be heading back to Germany for Reeperbahn 2024. We’ll once again be hosting Canada House and presenting showcases. This is a fantastic opportunity to access the 4th largest worldwide music market with Reeperbahn attracting thousands of artists and music industry professionals from across the globe. To learn more about Reeperbahn click here.

Submissions are now open for bands/artists to showcase at this year’s Canada House. We recommend this opportunity for export-ready artists (see SaskMusic's definition of export-ready here.) Artists who are accepted to showcase at Reeperbahn are generally able to access grant funding from Creative Saskatchewan, FACTOR Canada, and/or other funders. SaskMusic will be attending and supporting Sask artists selected for Reeperbahn with pre-event coaching, assistance in reviewing grant applications, and on the ground support during the event, in addition to co-presenting the slots of any Sask artists selected for Canada House. Please contact us if you aren't sure if this opportunity is right for you and we can advise.

When: September 16-21, 2024 (Possible pre-event in Berlin also)

Where: Hamburg, Germany

Details: If you are applying for showcases, you will not be charged. If you are accepted the presenter of the showcase will be charged (ie for Saskatchewan artists, this will be SaskMusic). Please note that each artist must have a business representative but can represent themself. Companies interested in participating in just the business portion of this mission (no showcasing artist) can also do so and will be invoiced once this application is complete.

Pre-Event/Showcase in Berlin: CIMA may also be holding a pre-Reeperbahn showcase and biz event in Berlin on Monday, September 16. On the form please let us know if you are interested in applying for that as well (all Sask applicants strongly encouraged). All biz participants will be invited to attend the business events in Berlin.

Fees: Canada House showcases are co-presented by the provincial music associations, partners and funders. These showcasing costs will be incurred by the presenting partner.

How to Apply:

1. Fill out CIMA’s Canada House application form here.

2. Also complete Reeperbahn’s official artist application form here. (Artists are encouraged to apply as early as possible, and by end of May at the latest, if they are interested in a Canada House slot. This allows for adequate time for marketing, promotion and to obtain funding.

3. Contact SaskMusic to discuss your export plan for the German market. 

You must complete both Reeperbahn’s application form and CIMA’s Canada House form in order to be considered for a play at Canada House during Reeperbahn.

The Canada House showcase deadline is Friday, May 31, 2024.

Submit Here


Indigenous Voices

Indigenous Voices of Saskatchewan: Benefit in support of Creative Kids

May 30, Casino Regina

A vibrant multi-genre concert with performances featuring eight Saskatchewan singers including Donny Parenteau, Julianna  Parenteau, Teagan Littlechief, JJ Lavallee, Val Halla, Krystle Pederson, Dillon Gazandlare and The Journalist. In addition, artisans such as Brandy Jones, Geanna Dunbar, Kristy Agecoutay, Phyllis Poitrait-Jarrett, Tina Caderma, DJ Tapaquon and others have donated their artworks to be auctioned/raffled at the event.

Tickets on sale now! Visit



Tracking Canadian Venues Post-Covid

The Canadian Live Music Association has created a document for crowdsourced information about festivals and venues that have closed, are in danger of closing, or have actively scaled back operations this year. This data significantly impacts the association's advocacy work locally, provincially, and federally by illustrating the impacts on and needs of the live music sector and its businesses. The document will stay live for as long as it is needed.

Access the document here. Information is crowdsourced. Music venues, music festivals, and non-music festivals are laid out per tab (tabs are located at the bottom of the spreadsheet), accordingly:
Tab 1. Music Venues
Tab 2. Music Festivals
Tab 3. Non-Music Festivals 

Do not remove any information from the spreadsheet. If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to


CMW Poster

Canadian Music Week, June 1-8/24, Toronto ON

In its 42nd year, The Canadian Music Week (CMW) Conference is a premier annual music business and networking event in Canada, dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival presenting hundreds of bands over a 6 night festival. The Conference will be held June 3-5, 2024 at the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto.

Congratulations to Sask artists performing: 

June 5, 7:00pm at The Cathedral 

Katie Tupper - Headliner
June 5, 7:00 pm at The Drake with Frances Whitney
June 6, 7:00pm at The Drake (sold out) with Frances Whitney

Ellen Froese - Victory Pool showcase, June 6 2-5pm at Collective Arts Creative Taproom & Cafe. Presented by Victory Poll in partnership with Midnight Agency and supported by Exclaim! and Collective Arts.



NXNE Artists 2024

Congratulations to Saskatchewan artists who will be performing NXNE showcases this year:

NXNE is a music discovery festival, presenting essential emerging artists from Canada and around the world since 1995.


Culture Days Hub Sponsorships

To help engage communities, SaskCulture is offering sponsorships for Culture Days Hubs around the province to support the continued success of Culture Days in Saskatchewan. 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 bring together different community partners to host cultural activities and distribute funds accordingly.

Culture Days Hub Sponsorship applications with activities and programming that advance Truth and Reconciliation as part of September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, will be prioritized.

Applications will be evaluated for their ability to work with two or more community partners to offer cultural experiences. Applicants should adhere to public health measures in place at the time of the scheduled activities.

The sponsorship opportunity is now open for the year 2024! Culture Days will take place September 20-October 13. 

For more information about Hub Sponsorship, or to request an application, please contact Busayo Osobade, Communications Consultant - SaskCulture, at or 306-780-9434.


Call for Indigenous Board Members

Creative Sask Seeking Board Interest

Creative Saskatchewan is seeking Indigenous Business Leaders to join their Board of Directors, embracing diversity and expertise to guide the agency's future.  

This call aligns with their commitment to fueling the economic engine of Saskatchewan's creative industries and fostering inclusive growth.  

Interested individuals are encouraged to contribute their vision and leadership to support the province's vibrant creative sector. For more details on the application process and board responsibilities, visit Creative Saskatchewan's official website.



Events Seeking Volunteers

SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival: If you love music, supporting your community, and meeting new people, then volunteering with the festival is the perfect way to start your summer! They're particularly looking for Set-up & Take-down Crew volunteers. Volunteer Orientation is May 27. Learn more here.

Regina Jazz Society: Volunteers play a very important part in helping to organize and keep a festival running smoothing. Volunteer, meet new people and have some great fun. They need volunteers to help out at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival and JazzFest Regina in June including drivers, ticket takers, program distributors, and greeters. Learn more by emailing here.


Get your .MUSIC Domain name!

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has partnered with my.MUSIC, the official music community provider for .MUSIC domain names. This allows the music industry to secure a domain name linked to their company, artist, or brand for low cost for one year.

You can register multiple .MUSIC domain names as long as they have a direct connection to your name, company, artist or brand. (Generic names like:,, won’t be accepted.) Learn more with this video.

A $2.78 CDN fee will be charged per domain name by a third-party identity verification provider. 

The deadline is May 24. Register your domain name here. 


New music grants have opened up! 

Check out our funding summary page for lots of upcoming deadlines! If you'd like to book a consult with our staff or mentors to help navigate your options, we are currently booking approximately 2 weeks out! 



AUDITIONS for Honey Jam Artist Development Programme!

Honey Jam is looking for emerging female artists across Canada between the ages of 14-25 representing all music styles – including pop, hip-hop, jazz, rock, country, soca, soul, Rnb and more! – to audition for our free 2024 youth artist development pro...

Deadline: May 15, 2024



Showcase / Networking Opportunity: Trade Mission to Australia & SXSW Sydney 2024

Call for Applications: CIMA’s Trade Mission to Australia & SXSW Sydney 2024

October 14-20, 2024, Sydney, Australia

Apply Here:

The Canadian Independent Music Association will organize their first ever...

Deadline: May 17, 2024



Award Opportunity: Billboard Canada Non-Performing Songwriter Award 2024

Billboard Canada and SOCAN want to recognize the unsung heroes of the country's biggest songs. 

The Billboard Canada Non-Performing Songwriter Award will recognize the talented songwriters who create powerful music and exemplify the songwriter's ind...

Deadline: May 17, 2024



CIMA's Business & Showcase Mission to Atlanta

Apply Here:

This June, CIMA will be organizing a business and showcase mission for Canadian Black music professionals to Atlanta. This mission focuses on expanding the careers of Canadian Black SMES with B2B an...

Deadline: May 17, 2024



Contest Opportunity: USA Songwriting Competition

The 29th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is now accepting entries. EARLY ENTRY BONUS: First 1,000 entrants will each receive a complimentary 1 year subscription to Recording magazine.

Deadline: May 31, 2024



OHSOTO'KINO Indigenous Music Incubator

OHSOTO’KINO Indigenous Music Incubator is a five-day intensive artist development program for emerging Indigenous artists in Canada. Each year, four to six Indigenous artists will converge at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC) to lear...

Deadline: May 31, 2024



CMI's Artist Entrepreneur Program - Toronto Session

Canada Music Incubator's highly regarded Artist Entrepreneur professional development program is accepting applications for the Summer session (August 6-September 13). AE will take place in downtown Toronto and run for six weeks. Artists from all music...

Deadline: June 2, 2024



Showcase Opportunity: Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) Official Showcase 2024

Each year, Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) hosts a gathering that spans four days, beginning Thursday afternoon and ending on Sunday.  The Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference is an event where folk and acoustic music professionals gather to mee...

Deadline: June 3, 2024



HipHop Opportunity - The Beat4Beat Contest 2024

The BEAT4BEAT Contest provides aspiring Hip Hop producers from all over the world the chance to get their best beats reviewed by legendary Hip Hop artists, producers & industry professionals.
Judges include Pete Rock, Masta Ace, Def Jef, Brandon 'D...

Deadline: June 12, 2024



Showcase Opportunity: M POUR MONTRÉAL // M FOR MONTREAL 2024

After an undeniably successful 18th edition, M for Montreal is back in 2024! With a record participation rate in 2023 for both its professional and public sections, the M team is thrilled to be back for a 19th edition, from November 20 to 23, 2024. Wit...

Deadline: June 14, 2024



Online Performance Opportunity: FARM Virtual Performance Lane

FARM’s Virtual Performance Lane offers a limited number of pre-scheduled 10-minute performance showcases that take place on Zoom. This showcase is filled in order of sign-up. No jury selection. Just timing.

Deadline: June 15, 2024



Showcase Opportunity : Ethno USA 2024 by Folk Alliance

Applications for the 3rd edition of Ethno USA are open!

This year they will be in Greensboro, North Carolina! Ethno USA 2023 will welcome approximately 30-40 participants and between 3-5 artistic mentors. They also aim to have up to 3 guest mentors ...

Deadline: June 30, 2024



Competition Opportunity - CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition 2025

Emerging Composers with a connection to Canada’s Prairie Region are invited to submit their orchestral works to the 22nd edition of the CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition for Orchestra with a cash prize of $1,000 and performance by the Wi...

Deadline: July 1, 2024



Canada's Music Incubator (CMI): Artist Development for Western Canadian Artists

An extension of CMI’s Artist Entrepreneur program serving Western and Northern-based artists, delivered in partnership with The National Music Centre at Studio Bell in Calgary

Artists spend five-weeks working with CMI at Studio Bell to expand their ...

Deadline: July 14, 2024



SHOWCASE & NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY: Mondo 2024 Showcase & Conference

Mondo is New York's Annual Music, Arts & Technology Business Conference & Showcase Festival 

Mondo.NYC brings together its global community of music, arts and tech industry insiders and innovators, emerging artists and their fans.

​Mondo will hos...

Deadline: July 31, 2024



Artist Residency opportunity - Banff Musicians in Residence Winter

The Banff Musicians in Residence program provides space and focused time for musicians of all genres to concentrate on artistic development while working on projects that can be either individually or group/ensemble based. Along with the freedom to str...

Deadline: September 11, 2024



CIMA’s Road Gold Certification - Award Submission

Open Deadline

Being on the road can be an arduous endeavour for Canada’s hard-working artists and bands. CIMA’s Road Gold is awarded to those Canadian artists who have achieved a high l...



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