June 25, 2015

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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.


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Canadian Songwriting Challenge

SaskMusic, in partnership with Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and Bell Media, is pleased to announce a two-day songwriting event.

In this songwriting retreat, to be held July 25-26 in Saskatoon, a mix of nine experienced and emerging songwriters will be selected and organized into groups of three to collaborate and record demonstration songs. Award-winning singer/songwriter Jay Semko will mentor these sessions.

Selected songwriter participants will receive some class instruction on co-writing etiquette, agreements, and songwriting technique, and have an opportunity to network and establish permanent collaborative partnerships.

The Canadian Songwriter Challenge is a multi-year partnership between the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and Bell Media.

Songwriters considered for this opportunity must:

  • Be available full days July 25 and 26
  • Be a current SaskMusic member and resident of Saskatchewan
  • Be at an intermediate to advanced level of songwriting (you have a catalogue of material, had material recorded, etc). Previous co-writing experience is not required.
  • Be willing to enter into co-writing agreements specific to each song created during this event
  • Agree to be photographed/videotaped for our reporting purposes

SaskMusic members of all genres are encouraged to apply. A jury of industry professionals will adjudicate submissions and make final selections based on level of songwriting experience and, if possible, to reflect a range of genres.

Accommodations and travel expenses will not be covered. Lunches and refreshments will be provided.

Apply Today! Deadline: Monday July 6

Application form: http://saskmusic.wufoo.eu/forms/canadian-songwriting-challenge/

For more information please contact Program Manager, Kaelen Klypak, kaelen@saskmusic.org or 306-975-0866.

Jay Semko bio 


June 2015 Session

Our June 2015 Session magazine:

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

Read it online here

Annual Report

Our Annual Report:

For the period ending March 31, 2015 is also available. 

Read it online here

Or download a PDF


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.)




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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Congratulations to Sask. nominees for Indigenous Music Awards 2015, which will be held in Manitoba, September 9-13.

For more information, visit http://indigenousmusicawards.ca/home.


Weyburn's Tenille Arts has been selected to represent Sask. in the Canadian Country Music Association Spotlight Performance contest! Help her win performance times at the 2015 CCMAs in Halifax by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ccmaspotlight


We are thrilled that the Canadian Country Music Awards will be back in Saskatoon for 2017! PotashCorp Country Music Week will happen September 7-10 2017.

Press release

Thank you to Tourism Saskatchewan, Tourism Saskatoon and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan for your support in bringing CCMAs to Sask!

The second ballot of Canadian Country Music Association​ awards came out recently. Congrats to these Saskies on making it! The third ballot, consisting of the official final nominees, will be released in July.   

● Female Artist of the Year: Jess Moskaluke​
● Single of the Year: “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes,” Jess Moskaluke
● All Star Band – Keyboards: Bart McKay
● Music Director of the Year (Large Market): Pat Dubois, CKBL – FM Saskatoon SK 92.9 The Bull​ 
● Music Director of the Year (Medium or Small Market): Cal Gratton, 105 CJVR - Today's Best Country​ Melfort SK and CIXM-FM Whitecourt AB
● Music Director of the Year (Medium or Small Market): Danny Ismond, CJGX-AM Yorkton SK GX94​
● Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year: Craven Country Jamboree​, Craven SK
● Record Company Person of the Year: Louis O'Reilly, Big Star Recordings Inc​
● Recording Studio of the Year: Bart McKay Productions, Saskatoon SK
● Record Producer(s) of the Year: Bart McKay (for “This Is Me,” Samara Yung​)

Also, congrats to 
● Amit Dabrai - Video Director of the Year for Jess Moskaluke’s “Night We Won't Forget” 
● and the design team for Samara Yung’s “This Is Me”: David Pichette/Casadie Pederson/ DeArdis Hurts/Lili Pichette, nominated in Album Design of the Year

Shouts to Travis Switzer​ (originally from Sask.) – in All Star Band, Bass.

Good luck!


The "8 Days of Tariff 8" campaign marked the one year anniversary since the Copyright Board of Canada set one of the worst royalty rates in the world for music streaming on services like Songzaand CBC Music. Tariff 8 means that musicians around the world will be paid 90% less when their music is streamed by Canadian consumers. 

Through this campaign, we have called on music lovers and industry folks across the country to stand with us as we call for reform of the Copyright Board. Follow I Stand For Music on Facebook, and use the #IStandForMusic hashtag, to show your support. 

Moving forward, we call for reform of the Copyright Board. We are asking the Government to make regulatory changes that determine which factors are taken into consideration on Board decisions, including market rates, international comparisons, or commercially negotiated agreements.

The fight’s not over. We urge you to use the tool on the following page to send an email to newly-appointed Copyright Board chair Justice Robert A. Blair, urging him to facilitate the prosperity of Canadian cultural businesses rather than impede it by recognizing the value of the Canadian music industry for all Canadians.



It’s Official! Copyright in Canada Extended to 70 Years for Sound Recordings

"Music Canada is pleased to announce that the Budget, the Economic Action Plan 2015, has received royal assent and is now law. We applaud the Government of Canada for the inclusion of copyright term extension. With the passing of this bill, the term of copyright for sound recordings has been extended from 50 to 70 years. This brings Canada’s copyright term for sound recordings in line with the international standard, protecting works of vital importance to many Canadian artists.

A copyright term of 70 years will mean that artists and other rights holders retain control of their sound recordings and can profit from them into their elder years. Without term extension for sound recordings, the early works ofLeonard Cohen, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, and Anne Murray would have been in public domain over the next five years."

More: http://musiccanada.com/news/its-official-copyright-in-canada-extended-to-70-years-for-sound-recordings/



Karaoke Host wanted:
Lagana Hotel in Lanigan SK is looking for a karaoke host to come in to entertain patrons every 2 weeks (ie every other Friday or Saturday).
Host would provide their own sound system, song catalogue, etc.

Serious inquiries, please contact Dawn at Lagana, 306-365-2412 or cell 306-360-8228; dawn_taylorborys@hotmail.com.


CMJ Music Marathon, New York: Deadline TODAY 
Throughout one vital week every October, CMJ features over 1,400 live performances in more than 80 of New York City’s greatest nightclubs and theaters.

120,000 artists, music fans, and industry insiders descend on the city for exclusive parties, over 100 cutting edge conference events featuring industry insiders, an Entertainment Business Law Seminar and College Day, a mixer designed especially for college and non-commercial radio programmers.

More info


Reel Indie Film Fest (RiFF) is looking for the best music videos from Sonicbids artists. Selected artists will receive all access passes to RiFF screenings, parties, and more. 
Deadline June 30, 2015. 

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The Lancaster (UK) Music Festival, founded in 2009, features Lancaster's great musical talent along with national UK and international acts from around the world. In 2014 there were over 40 venues, including Lancaster Castle, hosting nearly 200 acts with 40,000 visitors. 2013 saw the festival win Best Tourism Event 2013 for Lancashire and finalist for two Red Rose Business Awards (Best Leisure and Tourism Event, Best Not-For-Profit Business). The festival has been shortlisted again in 2014 and expects 50,000 attendees in 2015.

Artist submissions invited until July 1. More info


VH1 Save The Music and Sonicbids are booking 6 Sonicbids bands to play the VH1 Save The Music Showcase at Pianos in NYC. Selected artists will receive exposure to more than 200,000 fans through VH1 Save The Music and Sonicbids' social networks.

Artist submissions until July 15. More info


M for Montreal: The Call for Submissions for the 10th edition of M for Montreal, taking place from November 18-21st, 2015 is now open!

Deadline July 17. More info 


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.


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


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.


Ladies Choir Seeking a Conductor

The REGINA LADIES CHOIR is seeking a conductor for the upcoming season September 2015 to May 2016.

We are looking for someone with choral experience and a solid musical background (preferably in voice, piano, and choral conducting) who is punctual, ...



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Major Event Listings

June 25-28: Dauphin CountryFestDauphin MB
June 25-July 5: SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz FestivalSaskatoon SK
June 27: Saskatoon Berry FestivalMortlach SK
July 1-4: Yorkton Summer Fair, Yorkton SK
July 1-5: Stickman Drum Experience Camp, Blackstrap Lake SK
July 3-5: All Folk'd Up in Montmartre, Montmartre SK
July 9-12: Craven Country Jamboree, Craven SK




This is just a sample of listings from the Saskatchewan Events Calendar, 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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