June 10, 2016

SaskMusic's Latest


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Board Elections: Member Voting Underway Now! 
Member Brunch & Annual General Meeting June 26 

Sunday, June 26, 2016, 11:00 am
Ramada Hotel, Regina
Networking Brunch 11:00am-12:00pm / AGM 12:00-1:30pm

SaskMusic members should have received, via email, the notice to participate in our online Board Elections process. Please remember to log your vote, especially if you know you won't be able to attend the AGM in person. 

Members and non-members alike are invited to join us for brunch - *PLEASE RSVP* for brunch by June 21 to info@saskmusic.org with your name and how many people plan to attend

For the agenda, please view the AGM package PDF.


EIS Survey

Please Contribute:
Economic Impact Survey

Every player, every band, every sound tech, every music store, every studio owner, every concert promoter, every door person, every publicist, every artist manager, every venue owner, every record label, every festival programmer, every instrument manufacturer, every component of the industry matters and we need your voice to be represented in the current Economic Impact Survey being undertaken by Creative Saskatchewan and Praxis Consulting with assistance from SaskMusic. From symphonies to cover bands and from all ages basement shows to arenas, your contribution is vital. We urge you to please take a few moments and complete this survey. The final deadline for participation is June 17. 

or follow the link in the emails you may have received directly from Praxis Consulting


Amy Nelson

#Vote4Amy - Amy Nelson Representing Saskatchewan

Regina artist Amy Nelson is a finalist in the Canadian Country Music Association Spotlight Performance Contest 2016. We encourage you to ‪#‎vote4amy‬ in a quick poll! The winner will receive a performance spot at Country Music Week in London ON.

VOTE NOW! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCMASpotlightPerformanceCont… 
(no login required; only one vote per device can be submitted for the duration of the voting period)


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Our 2016 Canadian Songwriting Challenge

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

In this songwriting retreat, to be held July 15-17 in Regina, a mix of nine experienced and emerging songwriters will be selected and organized into groups of three to collaborate and record demonstration songs. BreakOut West’s Roland Deschambault will mentor these sessions. Entertainment Lawyer and One Bad Son drummer Kurt Dahl will lead a session on Music Publishing and Co-Writing Agreements. Demos will be recorded at Studio One with Jason Plumb.

Songwriters chosen for this event will receive some class instruction on co-writing etiquette, agreements, and songwriting technique, and have an opportunity to network and establish permanent collaborative partnerships.

Songwriters considered for this opportunity must be SaskMusic members and Saskatchewan residents, at an intermediate to advanced level of songwriting. Members of all genres are encouraged to apply. Participants from the 2015 CSC are welcome to apply again. A jury of industry professionals will select participants based on level of songwriting experience and, if possible, to reflect a range of genres.

Deadline: Midnight, June 27, 2016

Application form: https://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/canadian-songwriting-challenge-2016/. For more information. contact Kaelen, 306-975-0866.


Writers Group

Songwriters Group Meeting June 16

The next meeting of the Regina Regional Writers Group will be Thursday, June 16, 7pm at SaskMusic Regina (1831 College Ave, main doors)

Everyone welcome from all skill levels and any writing style. No registration required.

Affiliated with the Songwriters Association of Canada. Local hosts: Scott Anthony Andrews and Wanda Gronhovd.


Creative Saskatchewan Funding Intake

Creative Saskatchewan has opened their intake for Creative Industries Production, Market & Export, Business Capacity, and Research with a deadline of June 27. Note: These programs now have only 2 intakes per year, formerly 3. SaskMusic members may find the Market & Export program would apply to them in particular, as it can assist with marketing expenses including items such as the hiring of publicists and radio trackers, promotional materials, website development, and much mnore.

Another significant change is that you can apply for a tour grant (Market Travel & Culture on the Go) as little as 14 days in advance of the first tour date.

Note: SaskMusic staff can review members' applications before submission and provide feedback, but we ask that you book with us as soon as possible. We might not be able to accommodate all appointment requests that come in after June 17.

More info: www.creativesask.ca


SaskMusic at the Americana Music Festival

Deadline: Midnight, Friday, July 15, 2016

We invite submissions from SaskMusic members who would be interested in performing at the Americana Americana Music Conference and Festival Nashville TN, September 20-24, 2016 SaskMusic will be hosting a showcase as an add-on to the annual Americana Music Conference and Festival to connect participating artists directly with Nashville-based music publishers, agents, promoters, songwriters, and more. This event is a partnership between Manitoba Music, Alberta Music and SaskMusic, and is our fourth event in the Nashville market. One artist from Saskatchewan will be selected.

Artists applying should be prepared for an acoustic showcase format, in an intimate setting for key industry attendees. For this event, we are looking for solos or duos. We are looking specifically for artists in country, Americana, or roots and related sub-genres. More information: AmericanaMusic.org

Apply here


In Tune call



Album will promote Saskatchewan music around the world

We're looking for your best tracks for consideration on our 2016 compilation CD! This project will serve as the calling card of Saskatchewan music worldwide through the year. We are seeking submissions from all artists, from emerging to established artists, in any genre. We hope to include the “best of” in a wide range of styles, and from across Saskatchewan. 

Submission deadline: July 6, 2016, 5pm

Apply via: https://saskmusic.wufoo.eu/forms/in-tune-2016/

Please note: Submissions open to Saskatchewan residents who are SaskMusic members. 

For more information, visit our page or contact us at 1-800-347-0676 (toll-free in Saskatchewan) or info@saskmusic.org


Summer Jams

SUMMER JAMS Playlist Submissions!

We invite track submissions from artists in urban genres including rap, hip hop, R&B, reggae, ska and related genres. Our new summer playlist will be posted on the radio player on www.saskmusic.org throughout the summer and promoted across our social media!.

Submit at: https://saskmusic.wufoo.com/forms/m1qq9rjq1782dma/


How to Book Your Own Tour

How To Book Your Own Tour: Skills Lab

Wednesday June 15, 2016, 7-9pm - Saskatoon
Thursday June 23, 2016, 7-9pm - Regina

You’re itching to hit the road and share your tunes with the world, but where do you begin? In this lab we will be taking a look at logistics and strategies to help you put together a tour from scratch. Whether you are a weekend warrior, looking to book a cross-Canada tour, or breaking into new markets overseas, Tyson will break down the steps, from initial research to backline to routing to settlements. We will talk about how to go from putting together little four-show tours, to spending multiple weeks on the road.   

Presenter Bio

Due to small group size, pre-registration is required. Email us or call 1-800-347-0676. All Skills Labs events are free for SaskMusic youth/individual/band/corporate members, or $20 each for non-members. 


Sound Opportunities

We curate a list of upcoming opportunities on our website under the News section, called Sound OpportunitiesVisit the page for an ever-updated list of things you may be interested in, including:


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Albums for The Session

We're collecting new releases for the upcoming Session magazine! We require a physical or digital download copy of your entire EP/album, which goes into our music library; a one-sheet or short write-up about the album (6-8 sentences), and list of credits, if they aren’t on the packaging. You may be selected for Featured Album promotions as well on our social media and will be listed in our year-end “Saskatchewan releases” list and other materials.

Please direct yours ASAP to ben@saskmusic.org, or drop off at either office (Regina: 1831 College Avenue, Saskatoon: 202-226 20th Street West).




Mike Rud Guitar Seminar
June 17, 2016

A chance for Saskatoon guitarists to learn from Mike Rud, songwriter and veteran Canadian jazz guitarist. Mike has been performing at clubs and festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, and many other Canadian centers...



FiddlyNess - The Fiddle Camp at Ness Creek (July 3-7)

Traditional fiddle music has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Come join us as we continue this time honoured tradition, sharing tunes from many Canadian styles, including Prairie, Metis, Down East, Ottawa Valley, Quebecois...



The 24th Annual Prairelands Jazz Camp (July 3-9)

Prairielands Jazz Camp brings together some of the best playing and teaching professionals in North America. Many our originally from Saskatchewan and still have strong roots in the province.



Saskatoon Youth Music Theatre Summer Camp (July 4-15)

There are three levels:

Overture for ages 7 & 8
Act I & II for ages 9–12
Entracte for ages 13–18

The camp will be held July 4–15, 2016 with sessions for all participants from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at La Danse School of Dance Arts. 



Conservatory of Performing Arts: Summer Guitar Camp (July 4-8) 2016

Not ready for private lessons but want to learn more about the guitar? Explore basic components of playing guitar like strumming and reading tab/music notation then create visual art to enhance a stage performance for the week's end. 



SaskMusic's Latest


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Saskatchewan Arts Board in La Ronge

The SAB has been holding public consultations as part of their review of the Independent Artists program. Their last date is in La Ronge: June 14, 4-6:30 pm, Kitsaki Hall; RSVP to jgalasso@saskartsboard.ca.


Tamworth Country Music Festival 2017

International artist applications are open now for "the biggest country music festival in the southern hemisphere" in Tamworth, New South Wales. Send your EPKs to ryan@andersonproductionsaustralia.com.



Vote for 2pound in the Cut Hip Hop Awards

Saskatchewan artist 2pound is nominated in the category of Rap Single of the Year at the Cut Hip Hop Awards 2016. You can show your support by voting now at: http://www.cuthiphopawards.com/voting/

The awards, presented by Canadian Urban Television, will be part of a weekend of events for both artists and fans, with a focus on up and coming talent. Tickets for Edmonton’s CUT CONNEX 2016, to be held at the Delta Edmonton Centre, are on sale now, with the CUT HIP HOP AWARDS to be held at the Winspear Centre.


CKRM winners

CKRM Proudly Saskatchewan Winners

Congratulations to Kara Golemba - winner of the 620 CKRM Proudly Saskatchewan Showcase 2016 "Sheila Ann Memorial Award", and also winner of the Casino Regina “Spirit of Saskatchewan” Songwriters Award for her song "Mason Jar"!

Placing 2nd and also recipient of the Fred King Memorial Award for "most promising entertainer", Justin LaBrash; and third, Devin Larochelle. Thank you to Ray Whitton and Roland Corrigal as well for wonderful performances.

The top 3 will be taking the mainstage at the Craven Country Jamboree this summer.



Artists sought for non-profit fundraiser, Regina:

Nonna & Friends Care is a non-profit group of moms and grandmothers. They're planning a back-to-school public carnival on July 30, 2016, 10:30am-7pm at the Gathering Place (4001 3rd Ave N, Regina) and inquiring if any artists could volunteer to provide kid-friendly entertainment.

The day's activities will include a White Elephant sale; food, games, live entertainment; a playground; nurses station & bingo. Regina Costume League will be in attendance to entertain the children. Lots of prizes, smiles and great memories.

Proceeds will go towards school supplies and lunch foods for as many students as possible, from Pre K to adult. Last year they were able to provide school supplies to 55 students, and they hope to quadruple that number this year.

If this is something that interests you please email Sonia-Lee, nonnaandfriendscare@outlook.comhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/nonnacares/.


Saskatchewan Arts Awards

Nominate someone deserving for the Saskatchewan Arts Awards (formerly the Lieutenant Governor's Arts Awards), which celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organizations in all arts disciplines. Award recipients receive a cash prize and a limited edition award.

Deadline June 30, 2016

  • Lifetime Achievement: $10,000
  • Artistic Excellence: $6,000
  • Emerging Artist: $6,000
  • Leadership - Individual: $6,000
  • Leadership - Organization: $6,000
  • Arts and Learning: $6,000
  • Volunteer: $6,000 (cash prize awarded to volunteer's identified organization and award given to volunteer)

Stickman Drum Experience

Drummers, you'll want to be here:

Stickman Drum Experience (June 29-July 3) 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-class musicians in an inspiring, creative, non-competitive environment. Eat, sleep and breathe drums for 3 days and 4 nights at St. Michael's Retreat & Conference Centre overlooking the beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley.

Register today for for an amazing event with Ronn Dunnett, Jason Sutter, Emmanuelle Caplette, Andrew McEnaney, Brent Fitz, Kevin Churko, Chris Dimas, Mark Kelso, Carter McLean and Jayson Brinkworth



Artist needed for wedding

"We are a young couple getting married on our farm August 6, 2016. We are looking for a musician or group that would be willing to perform during the ceremony/cocktail hour/reception/dance. Vocalist/guitarist/percussion etc. The style of music we are looking for would be indie/pop/rock with a range from Mumford and Sons to ACDC to Adele. Contact ustynajasonwedding@gmail.com. Location: by Plenty and Dodsland - 190km west and south of Saskatoon." Serious replies only to this call please.


Eric Taylor Releases Debut "Dreams in Colour" EP

Great Canadian Entertainment Inc., Canada’s newest creative content company, is happy to announce the release of Eric Taylor’s debut album “Dreams in Colour”.
In the spring of 2015, Eric was the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Saskatchewan radio ...



Tyler Gilbert "The Montana Kid" 2016 CAN/USA Tour dates announced!

Tyler Gilbert will be heading out on an extensive Canadian/ US tour in support of his new album "The Montana Kid"

June 2 - Brandon, MB - Prairie Firehouse 
June 3 - Winnipeg, MB - Neighbourhood Bookstore
June 4 - Kenora, ON - Hojoe Coffee
June 5 ...



New Jacobin Club UK Tour

Canadian theatrical goth-punks New Jacobin Club, best known for their darkly flamboyant stage theatrics and sideshow stage performers, are proud to announce their upcoming UK tour to celebrate their achievements as on of Canada's longest running theatr...



Saskatchewan Festival of Words 2016

Casino Moose Jaw Presents: Connie Kaldor Live in Concert on Saturday July 16 at 8:30PM in Mae Wilson Theatre, Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.

CONNIE KALDOR is a Juno award-winning artist who has sung for royalty (Joni Mitchell, the Queen) and is a member...



SaskMusic's Latest


This is just a sample of listings from the Saskatchewan Events Calendar - one of the biggest sources of show listings around the province, and including Saskatchewan artists playing throughout Canada.

You can add your own shows by logging into your SaskMusic account.


Cultural Careers


Festival Coordinator Position: Harvest Moon Festival Regina

The position runs July-September (average 15 hrs/week) and is to organize the one-day festival featuring outdoor entertainment, bbq and activities.

Job posting: https://heritagecommunityassociation.com/2016/05/30/job-posting-event-coordinator/

The deadline to apply is June 13 at 4pm.


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