In This Issue

August 12, 2015

Video

FEATURED VIDEO:

Samara Yung
You Brought the Party - Samara Yung feat. Codie Prevost

Audio Track

FEATURED SINGLE:

Mandy Ringdal
Nostalgic
Artist Link

SaskMusic's Latest

New Regina Location!

We're excited to be in a new location in Regina, 1831 College Ave. The move has us sharing space at the Soundstage with our colleagues at the Saskatchewan Media Production Industy Association, SaskBooks, Saskatchewan Interactive Media Association, SaskGalleries and Creative Saskatchewan. 

We're on the SW corner of College Ave. and Broad St., and parking is available out front. 

Skills Labs promo

SaskMusic is excited to announce our Fall 2015

Skills Lab Series

  • Write a Killer Bio & One Sheet - September
  • Sharpen Your Social Media Strategy - October
  • Create Viral Video Content - November

Held at SaskMusic, Saskatoon (202-226 20th St West) and Regina (1831 College Ave.) offices
All Skills Labs events are free for SaskMusic members, or $20 each for non-members. All participants must pre-register.

For more information or to register: 1-800-347-0676 or info@saskmusic.org

SaskMusic’s Skills Lab Series focuses on developing the fundamental tools that artists and music professionals need to build their careers. We tackle one specific topic each session in a friendly, hands-on learning environment. It’s an opportunity to learn or practice business skills that are key to the ever-changing music industry, in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere where we can offer peer-to-peer mentorship and networking.

Write a Killer Bio & One Sheet, with Craig Silliphant
Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 pm in Saskatoon
Saturday, September 26, 2:00 pm in Regina

Summing up yourself and your music in 500 words or less sounds like an easy task, but any musician who has stared down that blank page knows otherwise. If you have ever wondered how to write a bio without sounding like a strange corporate version of yourself, have trouble deciding which of your many accomplishments to fit on your one sheet, or if the thought of reducing your entire catalogue of music to a few simple words makes your head spin, then this session is for you. Learn how to put your best foot forward in these crucial marketing tools through a hands-on critique, analyzing examples, and gaining advice on how to overcome writer’s block.

Craig Silliphant bio 

Sharpen Your Social Media Strategy, with Taron Cochrane
Monday, October 26, 7:00 pm in Saskatoon
Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 pm in Regina

In the age of digital content, it’s easy to feel like a small fish in a big ‘net. How do you make sure not only that your content is being seen, but that your fans are engaging with it and helping to tell your story? We’ll be focusing on strategies that work for the main platforms used by bands: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as going over other tools to look into such as MailChimp, Google Analytics, SoundCloud, and BandCamp. Learn the tools to successfully reach the audience you’re after, and build a loyal following of true fans.

Taron Cochrane bio

Create Viral Video Content, with Andrei Feheregyhazi
Monday, November 16, 7:00 pm in Regina
Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 pm in Saskatoon

Video content has never been more integral to a successful marketing plan, as more and more music fans are discovering new bands through platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, and other streaming video services. This session will assist you in telling your music’s story cheaply and effectively, whether through music videos or tour vlogs. We’ll discuss recommendations for which tools to invest in, how to do-it-yourself using a cell phone, and tips on working effectively with a videographer, if you choose to go that route.

Andrei Feheregyhazi bio

Friends with Benefits promo

This weekend in Regina, check out

"Friends With Benefits": The Sasky Music Showcase

August 13, 14, 15, doors at 7pm each night, first act up 7:30pm. 
All Ages Event at The Exchange, Regina

26 different bands, artists, duos, and trios all from Saskatchewan!

More info/band listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/667944143340496/

All acts performing will receive 50% of their ticket sales. The remaining proceeds from the shows will be donated to assist in forest fire relief and rebuild for communities in Northern Saskatchewan.

Tickets are available from all the bands performing, as well as at Vintage Vinyl and Hemp Emporium Inc. $10 advance, $15 at the door.

Performing bands are entered into a draw to win a bunch of great prizes!

Presented by The Exchange and Val Halla Music 
Sponsored by Blue Door Recording, B-Rad Studio, 104.9 The Wolf, prairie dog magazine, Music.Regina.Live, Kamiki Piks Photography, SaskMusic and more

"Energizing the Games" Winner Announced

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

A big thanks to all those who submitted, we received lots of strong entries!

Press release: http://www.saskmusic.org/news/view,article/6389/energizing-the-games-theme-song-contest-winner-announced
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWkcFPb6i2U&feature=youtu.be
Estevan2016SKSummerGames

SASKATCHEWAN MUSIC DIRECTORY: 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.)

Workshops

Creative Saskatchewan​ Fall Outreach Tour!

Creative Saskatchewan staff are once again heading on the road to host information sessions about their grant programs and application processes. 

4 information sessions are being held - Regina, Moose Jaw, Humboldt, and Saskatoon. Each session will have a mini presentation about the programs and application processes followed by a question & answer session. 

Creative Saskatchewan supports creative industry projects with commercial intent. Approved applicants can receive funding up to 50% of the project's eligible expenses. 

REGINA: Monday August 31, 7:00 pm, The Artesian on 13th​ (2627 13th Ave)
MOOSE JAW: Tuesday September 1, 7:00 pm, Public Library (461 Langdon Crescent)
HUMBOLDT: Wednesday September 2, 7:00 pm, Humboldt & District Gallery (601 Main Street)
SASKATOON: Thursday September 3, 7:00 pm, Village Guitar & Amp Co.​ (432 20th Street)

There is no cost or pre-registration required to attend the Outreach Tour sessions. More information about programs can be found at www.creativesask.ca.

News & Notices

BOW promo

BreakOut West and WCMA performers announced: 

Victoria BC, September 17-20 ‪#‎BOW2015‬

Festival performers will include Annette Campagne (nominee), Belle Plaine, Blake Berglund, Chris Henderson, Close Talker (nominee), Def 3 (nominee), Economics (nominee), Ryan Boldt, and The Pistolwhips.

Nominees performing on the 13th annual Western Canadian Music Awards Gala, hosted by Grant Lawrence on September 20, will include Tanya Tagaq, The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Annette Campagne, Kiesza, Sarah MacDougall and 2015 Hall of Fame inductees NoMeansNo.

The 2015 BOW Conference is also taking registrations now! It will feature artist-to-industry meeting sessions, with over 70 active industry buyers and mover-shakers participating in the conference. Group discussions, panels, and round tables will be held, allowing participants to consult with industry professionals and expand upon their music industry skills. Topics range from planning tours to social media and branding critiques, funding and revenue streams, and music supervisor pitching. The conference will also continue to feature the one-on-one mentoring sessions, a welcome session for newcomers, and end-of-day networking mixers.

Press release: http://breakoutwest.ca/blog/breakout-west-announces-2015-festival-line/

Culture on the Go Renewed

In July, The Government of Saskatchewan announced an additional $800,000 investment in Saskatchewan’s cultural sector with renewed funding for the Culture on the Go program. The program, administered by Creative Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, is designed to help the province's artists and organizations tour and present shows.

More info: http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2015/july/07/culture-on-the-go-program

A3C Hip Hop Festival, October 7-11, Atlanta, GA

A3C is one of the largest hip-hop events in the world with performances from well over 500 artists, including: legends, rising stars, trendsetters, up-and-comers and aspiring talent from across the world. The 5 day festival encompasses all aspects of hip-hop culture: music, art, film, style, education and more. During the day attendees are able to connect with - and learn from - tastemakers, icons, organizations, brands and industry leaders, while the evenings and nights are filled with special events, parties and performances from some of the biggest and best hip-hop artists in the world.

Artist applications are being accepted until August 31 via Sonicbids, www.sonicbids.com/find-gigs/2015-a3c-hip-hop-festival/

620 CKRM Proudly Saskatchewan Showcase

Congrats to this year's winner, Tenille Arts. Tenille was joined by 2nd and 3rd place finalists Kara Golemba and Devin LaRochelle on the mainstage Sunday July 12 at the Craven Country Jamboree.

Mabaleka received the Most Promising award, and Kara also received the "Spirit of Saskatchewan" songwiting award!

FACTOR promo

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

CCMA banner

Canadian Country Music Awards Update

SaskMusic congratulates the Saskatchewan final nominees for the 2015 Canadian Country Music Awards! The award winners will be announced during Country Music Week in Halifax NS, September 10-13. Overall, Saskatchewan is represented in nine award categories, celebrating the extensive talent this province has to offer.

This year, Langenberg’s Jess Moskaluke received nominations in three of the most prestigious CCMA Award Categories: Album of the Year (“Light Up The Night”), Single of the Year (“Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”), and Female Artist of the Year. In 2014 Jess took the CCMA title for Female Artist of the Year, and was nominated in three other categories including Rising Star, Interactive Artist of the Year, and Album Design of the Year with design team Sheila Hash/Brandon Heard/Mediavandals. She also received a CCMA Showcase Performance Award in 2011, determined by a jury following performances by the 2011 showcase artists.

Saskatoon’s Bart McKay, winner of the 2014 CCMA for All Star Band – Keyboards, has been nominated in this category for the fifth consecutive year. Bart has been recognized in this class over a dozen times previously. In addition, Bart McKay Productions (Saskatoon) has been nominated for the 2015 Recording Studio of the Year Award, following five previous wins and four nominations in this category.

Forty-one CCMA Awards will be presented over four award ceremonies during Country Music Week in Halifax NS, eight of these on the 2015 CCMA Awards Show, broadcast live from Scotiabank Centre on CBC-TV, Sunday, September 13 at 8pm ADT, followed by an encore airing on CMT. 

The CCMA Fans’ Choice Award nominees are Gord Bamford, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, Johnny Reid and Dallas Smith. Voting for this award is open to the public at http://ccmafanvote.dmds.com/

Country Music Week is an annual celebration that brings together industry and fans for four days of seminars, networking opportunities and non-stop music. The week includes a conference, Discovery Showcases, Songwriters’ Cafés, Guitar Pull, FanFest and a whole lot more.

SaskMusic will have a presence at Country Music Week, providing support for our members and nominees who will be in attendance. Many of the official CCMA performance opportunities have not yet been announced, so stay tuned for further details.

For a complete schedule and full list of nominees, please visit www.ccma.org.

2015 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS - SASKATCHEWAN NOMINEES

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:  Jess Moskaluke for “Light Up The Night”
ALL STAR BAND – KEYBOARDS:  Bart McKay
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:  Jess Moskaluke
MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR - MAJOR MARKET:  Pat Dubois, CKBL–FM (92.9 The Bull), Saskatoon
MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM OR SMALL MARKET: Cal Gratton – CJVR-FM/CIXM-FM, Melfort, SK / Whitecourt, AB
RECORD COMPANY PERSON OF THE YEAR: Louis O’Reilly, Big Star Recordings Inc.
RECORDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR:  Bart McKay Productions, Saskatoon
RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR:  Rob Waloschuk, Performance Promotions Ltd.
SINGLE OF THE YEAR: Jess Moskaluke for “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”

Agency Opportunity

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.

Consultations for Future Uses at The Sound Stage

The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is looking for your opinion on future uses at The Canada-Saskatchewan Production Studios (The Sound Stage™).

The Sound Stage is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility with extra space for offices and events. While the facility will continue to focus on film and television production, the ministry has also heard in previous consultations ideas for a cultural hub, a creative business incubator and as a venue for cultural events.

They are now looking for input from the arts, culture and creative industry sectors to help inform facility feasibility planning. For example, how do they balance events with film and television production? What would make the space useful for a variety of users?

They are hosting a short online questionnaire seeking your opinions and ideas. The questions will be available until September 20, 2015. Please follow this link to share your thoughts:

http://gos.fluidsurveys.com/s/Soundstage-Future-Use/

Thank you for your interest in this exciting project!

Project inquiries: Janet Baker, Cultural Planning and Development, Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport - janet.baker@gov.sk.ca
Media inquiries: Sean St. George - Sean.St.George@gov.sk.ca

Semi-Professional / Professional Singer-Songwriters Survey

Request from a researcher to help with a short survey for songwriters. "As a musician in multiple bands, a songwriter, and a student of psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island, I am working on a project that aims to uncover what motivates a person to become a professional singer-songwriter. Questions on formative musical experiences, family and geographic influences, and professional career are posed in the hopes of discovering some general antecedents to this calling. We are hoping to accumulate data from more than 200 artists across Canada and we are offering a Long & McQuade gift card to be drawn for every 50 participant completions. We are looking for professional to semi-professional solo singer-songwriters.

This research has received ethical approval from the University of Prince Edward Island’s Research Ethics Board and is being conducted under the guidance of Dr. Annabel Cohen, a Professor of Psychology, Director of AIRS: Advanced Interdisciplinary Research in Singing at UPEI (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), and Editor of the international journal Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain.

All findings and final reports will be readily available to you upon request and through the AIRS website. With your help, we may be mutually benefited in the data this survey may yield. Data that could lead to youth songwriting development, policy changes to funding opportunities, and a greater knowledge of callings to music."

To take the survey: https://qtrial2014.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8GnxDiejq8udPoN

Upcoming Events

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)

Cultural Careers

Opening for Piano Teacher (Regina)

Do you teach piano? A great position is open at Music in the House - Regina: 
Currently looking for a new piano teacher to teach beginner to intermediate level students studying a variety of musical styles. Teaching takes place on weeknights. 
Please contact Laura Roddick if you may be interested and/or would like more information.
e-mail: lroddick@yahoo.com
phone: 639.999.0247

Contact

Our drop-in hours are:
Regina 930am—430pm, Mon to Fri, 210-2300 Dewdney Ave.
Saskatoon 930am—430pm, Mon to Fri, 202-226 20th St. W.
Please call in advance to book consultations.

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