June 10, 2015

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The Hollows, 334 Ave C South, Saskatoon SK

Doors open 1:00 pm / AGM 1:30-3:00 pm 
Reception to follow until 5:30pm

A Special General Meeting was held on May 25 in Saskatoon to determine the results of the Special Resolution that was distributed to members earlier in the month. The Resolution passed with a large majority, and it enables our currently sitting Directors to remain in place for an additional year, through a one-time term length extension. As a result, there will be no call for nominations or Board of Directors elections conducted at this year’s AGM.

Please join us in Saskatoon on Saturday, June 20, 2015. You must be an Individual, Band or Corporate Member of SaskMusic to vote on any motions presented during this meeting. Youth members and guests of members are welcome to attend as observers. Members and non-members alike are invited to join us for the reception portion. 

Due to the membership’s approval of the recent Special Resolution, Board Elections will not take place at this AGM.

The main items of business to be dealt with at this Annual General Meeting are noted in the June issue of The Session that members will be receiving this week.

A reception, open to everyone, will follow the AGM.



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In partnership with the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils

If live performances are/will be a large focus for you this summer, learn how to do a proper setup and soundcheck! FREE workshop "The Basics of (Live) Sound", June 13, Regina.

Festival and showcase situations require a quick turnover between bands - and knowing how to figure out what you need, and how to communicate that to sound techs will help you sound your very best, and save frustration on everyone's end.

Come to our FREE workshop in partnership with OSAC on Saturday, June 13 for a hands-on demonstration of what you need to know to take your shows up a notch.

Geared to many levels of artist, expecially those frustrated with getting their monitor mix right, who don't currently have a 'stage plot', who will be doing festivals this summer, are applying for OSAC-type showcases, want to feel more confident going into a new room, and/or are setting up their own sound for shows!

More info/registration


Alex Pangman


a presentation with Canada's Sweetheart of Swing, Alex Pangman 
in partnership with JazzFest Regina

Alex, with bandmates Chris Banks (bass), Glen Anderson (drums), Peter Hill (piano) and Ross Wooldridge (clarinet and tenor sax) will lead a discussion on vocal techniques and unique performance practices using live examples and personal stories. Attendees will be encouraged to spur the discussion with questions related to composing music, improvisation, and general stage strategies to help artists deliver an engaging performance.

SaskMusic invites performers and fans alike to attend this free event. Please pre-register by contacting us, info@saskmusic.org or call 1-306-347-0676.

More info

With thanks to Creative Saskatchewan


SaskMusic and the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Proudly Present

Delta Bessborough, Battleford Room, SASKATOON

Just as creative techniques can be learned to improve musicianship, artists can also learn to master grant writing, a skill that can significantly increase an artist’s ability to access much-needed funds.

This session will give an overview of funding options available to Saskatchewan artists, musicians, and small music businesses, and discuss skills and concepts that are transferable across a variety of grant providers. SaskMusic, regional representative for the The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR), will be joined by representatives from Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Arts Boardand City of Saskatoon to offer a well-rounded discussion on available programs and effective application practices. Participants will gain knowledge on how grant applications are juried, what funders are looking for, common challenges, and avoidable mistakes. These tips and tricks are the first steps in creating successful grant applications, overcoming financial barriers in the creative world, and moving forward in a successful music career.

Registration is free. This event is open to everyone. Contact SaskMusic to register, 1-800-347-0676 or email info@saskmusic.org.


June 2015 Session

THE JUNE 2015 SESSION magazine is now available online!

Check out our features with Close TalkerJim Galloway and Danceland Dance Hall - plus LOTS of releases arrived since the last issue.

Cover photo by Chris Graham Photo

Members, copies will be in your mailbox in the next day or two! 


Summer Games Contest promo

“Energizing the Games” Theme Song Contest 

for the Saskatchewan Summer Games

The Saskatchewan Summer Games are being held in Estevan in 2016! The Estevan Host Committee, in partnership with SaskMusic, is conducting 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.

Background: In March 1972, the Saskatchewan Government announced the inauguration of the Saskatchewan Games. This announcement gave Saskatchewan athletes of all ages the opportunity to participate in multi-sport games. Over the years, the games have grown as various cultural activities have been incorporated. The purpose of the games has also evolved. The focus of the games is now on athletes in the ‘train to train’ stage of development, providing them the opportunity to prepare for competition at higher levels. Estevan is excited to prepare to host athletes from all nine of the Sport, Cultural, and Recreational Districts: Northern, Parkland Valley, South West, Lakeland, Prairie Central, Rivers West, Regina, Saskatoon, and Estevan’s home region of Southeast Connection.

Estevan was named the host of the multisport games, which will involve over 2,000 athletes, coaches, and managers in 13 sports representing nine sport districts from across the province. The Games take place July 24–30, 2016.

For more information on the Estevan Summer Games, please visit http://saskgames.ca/summer/

For more information and to submit your entry for the theme song contest before June 19, visit: http://saskgames.ca/summer/energize-the-games/theme



The Regina Regional Songwriters' Group of the Songwriters Association of Canada will meet again on Monday, June 15 at 7pm in our Regina office, 210-2300 Dewdney Ave. All songwriters regardless of skill level or genre are invited!

Come and share some tips, songs and get to know other songwriters in the area.

Hosted by SaskMusic members Scott Anthony Andrews and Wanda Gronhovd. This is the last meeting before a break for summer!

If anyone in the Saskatoon area is interested in starting a Saskatoon Regional Songwriters Group, please visit www.songwriters.ca for more information!


Calling for entries!

If you are involved in music IN ANY WAY – teaching guitar, playing in a band, working as a sound tech,designing album covers, running a live music club, booking entertainment for festivals, or anything else related to music or musicians, we want to include you in the Saskatchewan Music Directory.

For over fifteen years, the Directory has been THE reference guide for Saskatchewan music, with more than 1500 entries of everyone and everything related to the music industry in our province - artists, producers, studios, graphic artists, lawyers, stores, sound techs, songwriters, music instructors and more. We've just done a huge purge of old entries, and now we need to repopulate it with current bands, musicians, service providers, etc!

This online-based resource is searchable and used extensively by the general public. 

  • talent buyers - and the general public - use it to locate artists for all types of events
  • industry professionals use it to locate artists and venues
  • musicians use it to find new players, material to perform, places to play, and industry services
  • songwriters use it to find co-writers or artists seeking material
  • SaskMusic staff use it when we're contacted for referrals
  • and much, much more.

It's easy to submit your FREE listing. Just Login and go to the Backstage area (top right hand of our website), then go to My Listings.

In the Listings area, you decide what contact information you'd like to give out to the public, what you want to say about yourself, and what categories to list yourself under. For example, you might list yourself under Musicians: Guitar, Music Instruction (if you offer guitar lessons), and also Groups & Duos (to list your rock band). Put in custom descriptions for each. Upload a photo or company logo. You can come back anytime to make changes and update your listings anytime you like.

*Members have expanded listings to submit press releases, singles for our audio player, video links and more, which we can then promote across other areas of our website and e-release. 

Already have a listing online?  If you haven't recently done so, please login and give your current entries a quick update. That will let us know your entry is still relevant and should be kept on the site. (We will be continuing to removing listings that haven't been touched in a while.)




Stickman Drum Experience

July 1, 2015

July 1-5, 2015  www.stickmandrumexperience.com
Stickman Drum Experience is an amazing multi-day drum retreat providing a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience for drummers of a wide range of ages and abilities.  Players learn, jam and hang with world-cl...



Regina Summer Strings 2015

July 6, 2015

July 6-10, Regina Saskatchewan

Regina Summer Strings is an inclusive program for string players of all levels and ages, celebrating a community learning and loving music together. With a primary focus on chamber music, students will have the opportu...



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The Bulletproof Agency is looking for new artists to add to its roster, preferably Saskatchewan-based, genres include alt rock, rock, country, blues (no metal or jazz), solo artists up to bands.

Contact Shaynee to discuss: bulletproofagency@outlook.com or 1-306-750-0044.


The Relay For Life in Regina committee is seeking volunteer artists to perform at the June 19 event - specifically, between 1am-4am (yes, in the middle of the night) to keep the runners motivated! Staging and backline will be provided.

If you are interested in supporting this event for Canadian Cancer Society, Saskatchewan Division, contact event chair Janice Procyk, jprocyk@sk.cancer.ca or (306) 790-5815.


We're looking for new FACTOR jurists! 

Help determine who receives Demo and Juried Sound Recording funding, and hear some great music in the process. We want a diverse range of participants from all regions and all genres.

If you have a least 5 years in music experience, and feel confident you can make an objective assessment of a project, click below for more info and to sign up! Note: If you have juried previously but haven't gotten an invite to participate recently, please contact us to make sure your info is correct on the jury list.

You can jury as little or often as you like, with evaluations now done online. Our jurors include artists, artist producers, artist managers, agents, promoters, record labels, publishers, publicists, radio DJs, etc.

For more information and to submit your name visit: https://www.factor.ca/getinvolved/becomeajuror#.VW08hc9Viko


Ness Creek Song Writing Competition

Win professional recording time and play your song on the Ness Creek Main Stage!
Deadline June 12

Test your chops in this songwriting challenge. Songs should include the words Ness Creek, Lost, and Found. Bonus points if you can incorporate Serendipitous and/or Egg! Record a video demo either by yourself or with your band and submit the song, but hurry, as social media voting will help determine the finalists!



Voice Talent Call 

Singers! Have you considered doing voice work? 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 (Regina) 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, hildy@twistedpairproductions.com to book an audition in their Regina office.


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 http://www.artsinmotion.ca/.

Deadline to submit applications is June 30, 2015.


The Saskatchewan Arts Board is seeking proposals from artists for a collaborative public engagement project to take place at the Queen City Ex (July 29-August 2, 2015).

Each day approximately 1,000 visitors of all ages come together through a unique artist-in-residence program presented by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. The selected artist will work with the public to create a finished piece related to their professional practice. The artist will be paid 3 days preparation fees, 5 days presentation fees in accordance with CARFAC standards. Residency materials will be reimbursed to a maximum of $500. Travel and accommodation will be provided.

Deadline: June 21, 2015. 

More information


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Major Event Listings

June 11-21: Winnipeg Jazz FestivalWinnipeg MB
June 12-21: NXNE, Toronto ON
June 17-19: Canada’s Farm Progress ShowRegina SK 
June 17-21: JazzFest ReginaRegina SK
June 17-21: Montreal Folk Fest on the CanalMontreal QC
June 18-20: SONARBarcelona ES 
June 18-21: Long Day’s Night Music FestivalSwift Current SK 
June 18-21: MOSO Conference and FestivalSaskatoon SK 
June 18-21: Burlington Jazz and Blues FestivalBurlington ON 
June 19-20: Country at the CreekBig River SK 
June 19-20: Southern Saskatchewan Summer Solstice D’ete FestivalGravelbourg SK
June 19-21: North Country FairDriftpile AB 
June 19-21: Tottenham Bluegrass Festival, Tottenham ON 
June 19-July 1: The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton AB
June 20-21: Windscape Kite FestivalSwift Current SK
June 24-28: Sled IslandCalgary AB
June 25-28: Dauphin CountryFestDauphin MB
June 25-July 5: SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz FestivalSaskatoon SK
June 27: Saskatoon Berry FestivalMortlach SK


Visit our Saskatchewan Events Calendar for shows happening around the province!

You can add your own shows by logging into your SaskMusic account and clicking Backstage (on the top right of our website). 


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