August 31, 2015

SaskMusic's Latest


There is a lot going on in the next couple of weeks! At a glance:

  • Tonight, Mon Aug 31: Creative Sask info session, Regina
  • Tonight, Mon Aug 31: Music Money meeting, Saskatoon
  • Tue Sept 1: Polaris Music Prize Session, Saskatoon
  • Tue Sept 1: Creative Sask info session, Moose Jaw
  • Wed Sept 2: Creative Sask info session, Humboldt
  • Thur Sept 3: Creative Sask info session, Saskatoon
  • Mon Sept 7: Music Monday meeting, Regina
  • Tue Sept 8: BreakOut West online registration closes
  • Thur Sept 10: Regina Regional Songwriters Group, Regina
  • Tue Sept 15: Breaking Borders, Saskatoon (but if you want to attend roundtables register NOW before they fill up)

NEW: SaskMusic's Music Mondays, with this month's topic Album Release Strategy

  • Saskatoon, August 31, 5-7:00 pm at the Rook & Raven
  • Regina, September 7, 5-7:00 pm at Leopold’s Tavern (Albert St location)

Come on out for a casual music discussion, and a chance to network. Buy yourself a cold one, and join the chat with our ED, Michael Dawson. Appetizers on us!

The evening’s main topic will be your Album Release Strategy. Discuss what has worked (and what hasn’t) for you, and ask questions about how to improve your future releases.


SaskMusic Returns to Nashville 

Americana Music Festival & Conference, September 15-20, 2015

SaskMusic makes a return visit to Tennessee for the annual Americana Music Festival & Conference September 15-20, 2015. Continuing with a series of successful collaborations with Manitoba Music, Alberta Music, and BreakOut West, we will present two showcase events to the music industry in Nashville under the “BreakOut West Events” banner.

On September 15, the Music Row Dinner will feature music from all three provinces, including a performance by Prince Albert’s JUNO- and Canadian Country Music Award-nominated country artist Donny Parenteau. The second event, the Backyard BBQ on September 17, will feature the buzz-worthy folk duo Kacy and Clayton. The duo is also an official showcase selection of the Americana Music Festival and will perform on September 19, 8pm in The Listening Room.  

SaskMusic is excited to present this opportunity for our artists by assisting with marketing and promotion of their performances and networking with delegates from around the world, following up on connections cultivated at previous events. The 16th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will gather thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world.

BreakOut West Music Row Dinner: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 (By Invitation Only)
With performances by Donny Parenteau (SK), Small Glories (MB), and TBA (AB)

BreakOut West Backyard BBQ: Thursday, September 17, 2015 (By Invitation Only)
With performances by Kacy and Clayton (SK), Small Glories (MB), and Jay Sparrow (AB)

Official showcase event information:


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Breaking Borders: Understanding European Markets

TUESDAY, September 15
Round Table Meetings 10am-12pm
Workshop Panel 1:30pm
The Albert Community Centre, Saskatoon
610 Clarence Ave South

Preparing for international touring can be an intimidating process. After your hard work building a concrete audience at home, taking the plunge into the unknowns of international markets can be challenging on a number of levels. However, countless opportunities are often waiting beyond our borders: new markets, performance opportunities, networking prospects, and growing your brand with the possibility of one day performing on the global stage.

SaskMusic is thrilled to partner with our export consultant, Sound Diplomacy, to bring several international export leaders to our province, offering exclusive access to these sought-after delegates who will then be travelling to participate in panels at the 2015 BreakOut West Conference hosted in Victoria BC, September 17- 20, 2015.

Whether you’re an emerging artist with the intention of working towards international markets, or an established act looking for some tips and tricks to improve your international tour results, this event will answer questions and offer insight on how to make the most of your international tours. Our panelists will be available for round table sessions during the morning portion of this workshop. These sessions require pre-registration and pre-qualification, and will allow attendees the opportunity to meet with each of these export professionals in an intimate setting. This part of the workshop will be of particular interest to artists who have already exported their sound overseas, or who are prepared for export and ready to make it happen. (SaskMusic staff can help you prepare topics you may wish to discuss during your roundtable meetings.) The afternoon panel will cover a variety of international export points including tools and techniques for getting you to an export ready status, and developing a solid export strategy to get your music into the international marketplace.

  • To register for the full day (round table meetings plus afternoon panel), you must be a current member of SaskMusic. The entire day will be free and lunch will be provided. Visit the registration form to provide us with information about your export-ready status, which will be provided to the international panelists in advance. Not all applicants may be accepted depending on capacity and applicant’s export-ready status.
  • To register for the afternoon session only, please contact or call 1-800-347-0676. The session is free for current SaskMusic members, or $30 for non-members (payment accepted via cheque, cash or credit card in advance, or by cheque or cash at the door).

We thank Creative Saskatchewan for their support of this event.

Panelist Bios


Skills Labs promo

SaskMusic Skills Lab Series - Fall 2015

  • 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. Skills Labs are free for SaskMusic members, or $20 each session for non-members. All participants must pre-register. We tackle one specific topic each session in a friendly, hands-on learning environment. 

For more information visit this page; to register: 1-800-347-0676 or


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2015 Conference Schedule Released 

Several conferences require advance sign-up to participate: Don't miss out! These sessions will have limited space available and will be first come, first served.

These sessions include:

  • Artist & Booker Pitch Session (Thur Sept 17)
  • One-on-One Mentoring Sessions - Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun
  • Who's On Your Team? Round Table Meet & Greet
  • Online/Social Media Critique Workshop
  • Music Supervisor Pitch Session

This is your chance to get valuable face time with industry professionals from around the globe!

Check out the full conference schedule here. 
SIGN-UP before they fill up!


Have you booked your hotel room? The 2015 BreakOut West Host Hotel, Delta Victoria Ocean Point Resort and Spa, has almost sold out! There are a few rooms left so make sure to book your room before they're gone.

Secondary hotel info here




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


Breaking Borders 2015

September 15, 2015

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Breaking Borders: Understanding European Markets

TUESDAY, September 15
Round Table Meetings 10am-12pm - FULL
Workshop Panel 1:30pm
The Albert Community Centre, Saskatoon
610 Clarence Ave South




SaskMusic's Latest


Polaris Music Prize Session, Saskatoon

On September 1, we'll gather some of Saskatoon's best and brightest music critics to discuss the 2015 Polaris Music Prize and explain how Canada's best album (without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history) gets chosen each year.

This event will also feature a Q&A session with the audience and networking opportunities immediately following the Panel. Of special note to savvy record collector types, there will also be prizes.

Moderated by Steve Jordan (Polaris Founder and Executive Director)

Alex MacPherson ( Verb Magazine (Saskatoon) )
Stephanie McKay ( Saskatoon The StarPhoenix )
Adrien Begrand ( Decibel Magazine , Terrorizer , PopMatters)
Chris Morin (Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Ominocity 
Craig Silliphant ( Planet S Magazine )

Free event, open to the public
At Prairie Sun Brewery, 2020 Quebec Ave, Saskatoon

Presented in association with SaskMusic 
ACTRA RACS (The Recording Artists' Collecting Society) is sponsor for the Panel series. ACTRA RACS is a division of ACTRA that collects and distributes equitable remuneration (neighbouring rights and private copying royalties) to recording artists.

Event page:


Regina Regional Songwriters Group will meet again Thursday, Sept 10 at 7pm sharp at the NEW SaskMusic office, 1831 College Ave. All welcome, regardless of skill level or genre. 

Affiliated with the Songwriters Association of Canada. 


Creative Saskatchewan: Seeking Jurors

Creative Saskatchewan is seeking jurors to assess applications received for Investment Grant programs. The next intake application deadline is September 25, 2015 and the adjudication process will occur from October 1-16, 2015.

Creative Saskatchewan invites professionals who have a minimum of 3 years of active experience in the commercial creative sector to submit their name for consideration as a juror. Applications are assessed online and jury meetings will be held both in-person and via conference call, to accommodate jurors from various regions in the province and country.

Read more:


Yorkton Class submission deadline September 9!

The Arts Entrepreneurship & Business Development Course assists Saskatchewan artists and arts entrepreneurs to develop sustainable careers or business ventures in the province. The course is offered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board in partnership with Creative Saskatchewan. It consists of three two-day workshops, plus personal coaching sessions. By the end of the program, participants will have had the opportunity to develop a career or business model, a long-term plan to activate the model and a business-to-business/peer-to-peer network. Please review the application package available at for complete details regarding the course, eligibility requirements and the application and selection process.



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,


New CEO for the Saskatchewan Arts Board

Congratulations to the Saskatchewan Arts Board on the appointment of their new CEO, Michael Jones!



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:

Thank you for your interest in this exciting project!

Project inquiries: Janet Baker, Cultural Planning and Development, Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport -
Media inquiries: Sean St. George -


Demo Recordings Offered at RAIS

The Recording Arts Institute of Saskatoon is looking for Saskatchewan bands, of any genre or experience level, to record in the school's studio with students. These sessions run every Friday from 9:00am-1:00pm. The recording is absolutely free and you receive a mixed version of the song as well as the raw ProTools files to take home. If you are interested, email and please include a sample/link to your music.


SaskMusic's Latest


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.
phone: 639.999.0247


Vocal Instructor Wanted (Saskatoon)

Studio XII is proud to offer another position for a vocal instructor at one of the three locations in Saskatoon. Formal classical training is an asset. Previous teaching experience beneficial but not required. Wage depends on education, experience and studio availability but can range from $18-$30/hr. Multiple disciplined teachers are also of benefit. eg., guitar/vox, piano/vox. For more information contact Studio XII at 306-955-6121 or email your resume to


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