May 1, 2015

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Western Canadian Music Awards

On May 5, the 2015 Nominees for Western Canadian Music Awards will be announced at simultaneous press events to be held across Western Canada. There are over 30 different categories recognizing both Artistic achievement and Industry accomplishments.

We invite you to join us at the Saskatoon SaskMusic office as we announce this year’s official nomination list, and celebrate our Saskatchewan nominees. A networking reception will take place immediately afterwards and refreshments will be provided. This event is open to everyone.

What: Western Canadian Music Awards nominee press announcement

When: Tuesday, May 5, 3:30-5:30pm
Press announcement will begin at 4pm

Where: SaskMusic, The Two Twenty
202-226 20th St W, Saskatoon SK

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Non-members and those expiring, remember to renew your membership now in order to receive your voting login! Voting opens May 6.

For award categories and more information on the Western Canadian Music Awards, please visit


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SaskMusic and Artists Return to the UK

SaskMusic is pleased to return to Brighton UK for the 10th anniversary of The Great Escape ( Continuing our successful and longstanding partnership with Manitoba Music, Alberta Music, and Music BC, we will co-present a showcase under the BreakOut West banner at TGE on May 16 at Brighton’s “The Green Door Store.” This year’s BreakOut West showcase includes two Saskatchewan acts, Close Talker and Young Benjamins, alongside Western Canadian artists The Lytics, Leaf Rapids, 36?, Jordan Klassen, and Dralms. Close Talker and Young Benjamins, along with Andy Shauf, received official showcase invitation from TGE organizers this year.

The Great Escape is the UK’s premiere music business conference, bringing together thousands of music industry practitioners for three days of talks, panels, showcases, and business-to-business events. The convention runs alongside The Great Escape festival, Europe’s leading festival for new music, which showcases 400 bands at 35 venues during its run. The UK is the largest music market in Europe and acts as a barometer for buyers, media, and music partners around the world.

Andy Shauf, Close Talker, and Young Benjamins will appear at official TGE showcasers (details below) before continuing on with their respective UK/European tours. Young Benjamins and Close Talker will also perform at the Liverpool Sound City Festival and industry conference from May 22-24, 2015.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Green Door Store, Brighton UK

11:30 am-5:00 pm local time
With Leaf Rapids (MB), Jordan Klassen (BC), 36? (AB), Young Benjamins (SK), The Lytics (MB), Dralms (BC), Close Talker (SK)

Performance Times:

Andy Shauf
TGE: May 15, 2015 3:00-3:30pm @ GREEN DOOR STORE
TGE: May 15, 2015 6:45-7:15pm @ PATTERNS – DOWNSTAIRS

Close Talker:
TGE: May 14, 2015 9:15-9:45pm @ QUEENS HOTEL
TGE: May 16, 2015 4:00-4:30pm @ GREEN DOOR STORE / BreakOut West BBQ
LSC: May 22, 2015 THE CAVERN STAGE, Docklands

Young Benjamins:
TGE: May 15, 2015 8:30-9:00pm @ QUEENS HOTEL
TGE: May 16, 2015 1:45-2:15pm @ GREEN DOOR STORE / BreakOut West BBQ
LSC: May 22, 2015 THE CAVERN STAGE, Docklands


OSAC and SaskMusic Proudly Present

“The Basics of Sound” Workshop

OSAC and SaskMusic members will have the opportunity to attend a jointly sponsored workshop on the basics of live sound. OSAC has been presenting this type of workshop in rural communities for their arts presenter members for three years, and found that the musicians hired to perform at these workshops often seemed to have as many questions as the OSAC presenters. This partnership will give local artists and musicians the opportunity to have their own live sound questions answered - from how to build a stage plot, to how to adjust a monitor mix in a way your monitor tech will understand, to how to communicate with the local presenter on your shows. As part of the workshop, two artists will work through a show from full load in and sound check to a performance, with an opportunity to try different microphones and sound systems.

Skip Taylor, Performing Arts Coordinator at OSAC, says, “We have developed a good working relationship with SaskMusic over the years, and it is important to our members to have high-quality professional Saskatchewan performers available to book for their performing arts seasons. This partnership gives us the opportunity to share knowledge on live sound with SaskMusic members and also give our members an opportunity to develop their abilities.”

Rebecca Windjack, Program & Education Coordinator for SaskMusic, notes, “We’re excited to partner with OSAC to present this very hands-on workshop. Taking the time to address proper stage etiquette while ‘on the job’ is a valuable and necessary skill that can often be overlooked. This will be a great opportunity for the artists and musicians who attend, allowing them to present themselves more professionally, and to alleviate frustrations in the set-up and sound check processes.”

Workshop location: The Artesian - 2627 13th Ave, Regina, SK S4T 1N2
Date: Saturday June 13, 2015
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm
The workshop leader will be Rob Zaleschuck of GV Audio.

OSAC and SaskMusic members can register online at:
Registration is free for members of OSAC and SaskMusic, but is limited to 20 participants. Deadline for registration is Friday June 5, 2016.

For more information please contact:
Skip Taylor Performing Arts Coordinator Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC), Phone: (306) 586-1253,
Rebecca Windjack Program & Education Coordinator SaskMusic

Phone: 1-800-347-0676,


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Celebrating Saskatchewan Country Music

SaskMusic was in Yorkton last weekend for the 2015 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards weekend. We were pleased to sponsor a keynote songwriting address with Grammy-nominated, JUNO-nominated, CCMA-winning, hit songwriter and artist Deric Ruttan (Blake Shelton - Mine Would Be You, Dierks Bentley - What Was I Thinking, Deric Ruttan - Main Street 1979, and many singles). Deric also hosted the Sunday evening SCMA awards show.

Thank you to the SCMA for recognizing Derek Bachman with the SCMA Achievement Award with a lovely tribute. 

Congratulations to all this year's nominees and winners, and all those performing throughout the weekend! 


The 620 CKRM Saskatchewan Country Showcase is back! Now in its 38th year (formerly known as the Big Country Talent Show), they're looking for performers:

- must be a resident of Saskatchewan
- must be an individual artist or songwriter or duo 
- country genre, performing originals and/or cover songs
- must be a minimum 15 years of age on or before May 24

The winner will receive a cash prize, demo session, professional photos, perform at the Craven Country Jamboree and more!

Sponsored in part by SaskMusic. For more information, visit
Deadline: May 8, 2015.


Theme Song Contest for the Saskatchewan Summer Games!

The Saskatchewan Games are being held in Estevan in 2016! The Estevan Host Committee, in partnership with SaskMusic, is proud to announce a search for a brand new theme song to inspire the athletes and become a part of the lifelong memory that will accompany these events.

We are looking for an energetic, passionate, thematic piece of instrumental music which can be used to promote the upcoming Games, as well as to be used as their opening and closing theme music. Saskatchewan composers are invited to prepare a new piece, or submit an existing composition for consideration. This contest will be primarily of interest to those currently working in film and TV scoring, instrumental composers, and so on. The composer of the winning piece will receive a $1000 cash prize as well as licensing fees for the composition’s use in the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games as well as the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games. The deadline for submissions is June 19, 2015.

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Regina Regional Songwriters Group

Join in for the next meeting of the Regina Regional Songwriters Group - affiliated with the Songwriter's Association of Canada and led by SaskMusic members Wanda Gronhovd and Scott Anthony Andrews, May 21 at 7pm, SaskMusic Regina office (210-2300 Dewdney Ave.)

Network with other songwriters, learn about the craft, maybe even write a new song! All genres and experience levels welcome. Bring your guitar if you have one, and something to write on!  




Sound Recording Workshop, May 29-31, 2015, Saskatoon

presented by Creative Saskatchewan
Mentorship and Training Weekend with Bart McKay, Louis O’Reilly andBrett Kissel

Participants will be immersed in a world of education and interaction in a recording studio! Three industry leaders will mentor and educate up to 8 participants over the course of a weekend, witnessing first-hand the recording of Kissel’s album. Along the way, they will experience the valuable interaction between the artist, manager, and producer; learn new recording tips and techniques; and partake in educational and Q&A sessions.

Through mentorship and educational sessions offered throughout the weekend, participants will learn about: 
• The Development of the Career of an Artist
• The Management and Marketing of an Artist 
• The Engineering and Production of music geared to receive national and international success and recognition

Throughout the workshop, participants will witness the complete process that is involved in recording an album that will be marketed by the major record label Warner Music Canada. This will include information regarding the recording procedures (tracking, editing and mix down) in the recording studio with Bart McKay, sessions with Louis O’Reilly focused on management and strategies for building an artist's career in Canada and beyond, as well as a session with Brett Kissel himself regarding the steps taken to develop his career as an artist thus far.

Saskatchewan artists, recording engineers, producers and managers of all music genres, in all levels of their careers are encouraged to apply to participate before the deadline of 4PM Friday May 15, 2015.

Interested applicants are asked to complete and submit the workshop application form available at


How To Run a Non-Profit Organization

May 19, 2015

Due to popular demand, the Creative City Centre is adding an evening version of this program, to be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 pm to 9:30 pm.

This ten-week course (beginning May 19 at 7 pm) will introduce participants to general concepts in non...



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I Want to Showcase

Call for Submissions: Saskatchewan "Showcase" 

Each 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, opportunities for networking, and professional development. OSAC is pleased to offer the very best of performing and visual talent from Saskatchewan, across Canada and internationally. Along with all this, OSAC hosts its Annual General Meeting, provides a silent auction and a hospitality suite for socializing.

Artists come to Showcase from across Saskatchewan, Canada and the United States. The weekend includes performing arts and school presenters, visual artists, managers, agents, OSAC Members and industry representatives and government funding partners.

Successful OSAC Showcase applicants are selected by a jury process. The jury is instructed to base its decisions on quality of performance, professionalism, marketability and fee structure as well as impact on the audience. It is essential that the materials provided to the jury reflect the quality and impact of the artist's work.

We expect that the artist will be prepared to showcase a performance as stated in the application. Application materials should reflect the configuration you plan to tour. Any changes must be pre-approved. The jury carefully considers the final applications and programming to give the best opportunity to all of the showcasing artists. Changes in format may not work to your benefit. All showcases must reflect the performance to be toured. 

For more information on this opportunity, please visit Deadline May 5, 2015.


Saskatchewan at Canadian Music Week

Saskatchewan artists head to Toronto ON next week for official showcases at Canadian Music Week, one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. In its 33rd year, CMW brings together sound recording, new media and broadcast industries for one spectacular week of events. In all, it combines informative, intensive conferences, a cutting edge trade exhibition, award shows, film festival, comedy festival and Canada’s biggest New Music Festival. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 10 nights of performances, with 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto.

SaskMusic Executive Director Mike Dawson will be attending CMW to promote Saskatchewan artists, attend the conference and conduct business to business activities.

Following is the schedule of Saskatchewan artists at CMW 2015.

Tuesday, May 5

Autopilot, 11PM at Cherry Cola's Rock N' Rolla Cabaret
Spencer Vaughn Band, 12AM at Underground Garage

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Wednesday, May 6                                        

All Mighty Voice, 8PM at The Dakota Tavern
Josh Gonzales, 8PM at Johnny Jackson 
Slow Down Molasses, 8:30PM at Drake Underground - Canadian Blast Showcase presented by: Music Canada, MusicOntario and Creative Saskatchewan
League Of Wolves, 9PM at Rancho Relaxo       
Danny Olliver, 9PM at Johnny Jackson   
The Pistolwhips, 10PM at The Dakota Tavern
The Dead South, 10:10PM at Drake Underground - Canadian Blast Showcase presented by: Music Canada, MusicOntario and Creative Saskatchewan
Slow Down Molasses, 12:40AM at Parts & Labour

All Might Voice Josh Gonzales Slow Down Molasses League of Wolves
Danny Olliver The Pistolwhips The Dead South  









Thursday, May 7

Nick Faye & The Deputies, 10PM at Dakota Tavern       
Bears in Hazenmore, 1AM at Burdock    
Autopilot, 3AM at The Hideout

Nick Faye & The Deputies Bears in Hazenmore Autopiolot


Friday, May 8   

The Dead South, 9:30PM at Smiling Buddha         

The Dead South

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Saskatchewan Music in Atlantic Canada

Creative Saskatchewan is pleased to present artists at the Credit Union May Run Music Festival and Canadian Song Conference in Charlottetown, PEI in May 2015.

The Bell Alliant Canadian Song Conference, which runs May 11-14, will include panels, workshops and many top industry professionals from across Canada and beyond discussing not only songwriting but also many other facets of the business of music. The Credit Union May Run Music Festival, running May 14-17, will build on Music PEI’s past years of success incorporating numerous concerts and showcases featuring Island artists alongside exciting headliners from across Canada. Building on the advances that were made in the Atlantic Canadian markets during Saskatchewan Week in PEI 2014 Creative Saskatchewan is excited to support  this Festival as an opportunity for Saskatchewan artists to increase their national and international markets.

On Friday, May 15, the Creative Saskatchewan showcase is open to the public as well as invited music industry representatives and will take place at John Browns Richmond St Bar and Grill, 10pm-2am. Saskatchewan performing artists will be Megan Lane, Zachary Lucky, Jeffery Straker, and The Pistolwhips. See additional performance times for these artists below. An open call for submissions from Saskatchewan artists resulted in these final selections which were made by Festival organizers.

Creative Saskatchewan is also pleased to sponsor the Saskatchewan representative selected to take part in the Canadian Song Challenge, Jay Semko. This challenge is a new initiative of the Canadian Song Conference wherein leading music industry professionals from across North America are brought together to examine and discuss the art and the commerce of songwriting. The project will bring together one artist from each of the provinces of Ontario, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, plus five artists from PEI. These five pairs will collaborate over two days to co-write and record one song each day. On the third day, the pairs will pitch their new songs to a “super panel” of twenty of the top music supervisors and publishers from Canada and the U.S. Participating songwriters will also have an opportunity to pitch their own, previously-written catalogue of songs to these buyers. The songwriters will also be performing during the Credit Union May Run Music Festival. The songwriter selection was also made directly by the conference organizers.

For more information on these events, please visit and

Saskatchewan Musician Performances:

Friday, May 15
Creative Saskatchewan “Friday Night Live” Showcase
John Browns Richmond St Bar and Grill
Jeffery Straker (10:15pm), Zachary Lucky (11:15pm), Megan Lane (12:15am), The Pistolwhips (1:15am)

Saturday, May 16
Saturday Night Live at Waters Edge
Jeffrey Straker (6:40pm)

Saturday Night Live at The Guild
Jay Semko (9:30pm) (plus Ashley Condon, Liam Corcoran)

Saturday Night Live at Hunters
Megan Lane (11:00pm) and The Pistolwhips (12:25 am) (plus The Loyal Thieves, The Meds)

Saturday Night Live at The Old Triangle
Zachary Lucky (9:00pm) (plus Larque, Vishten)

Sunday, May 17, 3-5:30pm
Closing Concert Series – Closing Songwriter’s Circle
Delta Convention Centre
Jay Semko (plus Meaghan Blanchard, Dennis Ellsworth, Tim Chaisson, Ashley Condon, Tim Hus, Donovan Woods, Small Glories)


New Saskatchewan Arts Board Interim CEO

Pamella Acton, chair of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, announced the appointment of Ranjan Thakre as interim chief executive officer of the Arts Board, effective immediately. The board has accepted the resignation of interim CEO Jeremy Morgan.

"We regret that our interim CEO was unable to continue in his role, but we wish to thank him for helping us through the transition period for as long as he was able,” says Acton. “We are excited to have Ranjan’s leadership of the agency while we continue our nation-wide search for a permanent CEO.”

Thakre has been on the Board of Directors of the Arts Board since January 2014. He has also served as chair of the City of Regina Arts Advisory Committee and on the board of the Regina International Fringe Theatre Festival. His professional background is in television production; he is a producer at Gyro Productions in Regina, and has previously been manager of community programming at Access Communications Cooperative and held a variety of positions at SCN, including executive director of content. Thakre has also worked as production executive for broadcasters in Europe and Asia.

"Our CEO search remains on-track and we look forward to having someone permanent in the position to help guide the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s new strategic plan,” Acton says. “We are committed, in the interim and beyond, to our vision of a creative society where the arts, artistic expression and innovation play a dynamic role and are accessible to everyone in Saskatchewan.”


Attention Singers!

Have you ever considered adding voice work to your business? Many singers make excellent voice over artists for commercials, corporate videos, web videos and films. Singers are comfortable behind a microphone, know how to evoke emotion and passion and take direction well.

Twisted Pair Productions is a leading Saskatchewan studio working with advertisers and advertising agencies on a daily basis. They're ALWAYS looking for new and interesting voice talent. They'd like to hear you and potentially provide you with a way to make some additional money using your voice and your performance capability. This is an open call for new voice talent to add to their library. If you're interested in supplementing your income, go on in and let them see how you sound!!

Contact Hildy Bowen, to book an audition.


Arts Scholarship

The Larry Wilson Scholarship Program is for students 17 years of age and over who are planning to further their studies in the following artistic disciplines: Drama, Dance, Vocal, Instrumental, Musical Theatre and Literature. Applicants must have permanent residence in Moose Jaw or the South Saskatchewan Enterprise Region. Scholarships are funded by monies set aside by the late Larry Wilson to acknowledge the contributions his family made to the arts. The scholarships are executed by the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation.

Scholarship application forms are available at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre box office or online at Deadline to submit applications is June 30, 2015.


Arts Council Showcases

The Manitoba Arts Network is accepting applications from tour-ready performing artists for spots at Manitoba Showcase 2015!‪ #‎MBShowcase15‬, taking place October 22-24 in Flin Flon MB, offers up to 15 artists a unique opportunity to showcase their talents, secure bookings and tour their show throughout Manitoba.

Deadline to apply is May 3, 11PM CST
Info & Application:

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CBC Searchlight

Congratulations and good luck to Amanda Hagel, the last Saskatchewan artist standing in the CBC Music Searchlight competition! She has made it to the National Longlist. You can vote now by visiting!/cbcsearchlight/.


Single Raising Funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada  

Weyburn artist Tenille Arts released single "Breathe" April 14, with 100% of the proceeds going to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. "Breathe" was co-written by Matt Scales and Barnaby Pinny, about what it's like living with Cystic Fibrosis. Matt had CF and unfortunately lost his battle with it in 2007 at age 27. 

"Cystic Fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting young adults and children in Canada. It mainly affects the digestive system and the lungs. There is no cure. With your help we can change that. Every single download of Breathe on iTunes will help fund valuable research and care for all those living with Cystic Fibrosis," states a post by Tenille. 

To purchase the song, visit


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Assistant Manager: Events & Programming

The SAIT Polytechnic Students' Association in Calgary is hiring an Assistant Manager: Events & Programming

They're seeking a experienced person in arts/entertainment or a recent graduate of a similar field to join their team. Reporting to the Events and Programming Manager, this position’s primary focus is on the execution and support of programming and activities by the SAIT Students' Association. The incumbent will be highly motivated to work in a fast-paced environment, be well-organized, detail-oriented and have strong interpersonal skills. One of the responsibilities is growing their venue through talent buying.

Job description can be found here:

Resumes are due by May 10, 2015.


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