In Tune 2014


Album will promote Saskatchewan music around the world

SaskMusic's latest compilation album set has been released! In Tune 2014 is a double album featuring 39 tracks by some of Saskatchewan's finest emerging and established artists. The albums have been created for promotion and distribution to media and industry professionals throughout the world, including international markets such as Canadian Country Music Week, BreakOut West, SXSW, the JUNO Awards, Canadian Music Week, NXNE, Reeperbahn, CMJ Music Marathon and many other events that SaskMusic will have a presence at during the coming year. Manufactured both as a dropcard (for digital downloads) and a physical album set, it includes representation from a broad diversity of genres, and from artists residing across Saskatchewan. Artists were selected for inclusion by a music industry jury, following a general call for submissions that resulted in over 100 entries.

The In Tune series began in 2007 and has continued since, with Saskatchewan music of all genres traveling the world with SaskMusic.

This compilation will serve as the calling card of Saskatchewan music worldwide. Representing the best new music by our province's diverse array of artists, it enables SaskMusic to highlight a curated selection of songs that opens doors to showcase opportunities, radio airplay, publicity, and licensing opportunities for our artists.

Disc One

InTune 2014 - Disc 1 Playlist:

Rah Rah

1. RAH RAH  - The Poet's Dead

The members of 2014 Juno nominees Rah Rah share a collective mentality, taking turns taking the lead, both in songwriting and while on stage. The melodic male/female vocals and shared instrumentation traded off seamlessly (Erin Passmore and Jeff Romanyk both play drums, keyboards and guitar, while Kristina Hedlund plays violin, keyboards and accordion), plus a true level of fun throughout ensures that a Rah Rah show will not disappoint. "The Poet's Dead" is the third and most accomplished album to date by Rah Rah. Building on the strong foundation of their last release, this new ten song effort effectively captures a band at the peak of their abilities doing what they do best. Recorded in late 2011 under the production guidance of indie rock recording geniuses Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado, Priestess),it clearly displays that Rah Rah has truly fine-tuned the essence of the band and refined the maturity of their sound.


Close Talker

2. CLOSE TALKER - By The Lake

Close Talker is the newest musical sensation to emerge from the prairies. Made up of four young men from Saskatoon, Close Talker is both the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and an expression of how much can be achieved with two guitars, a bass, and a set of drums. Formed in 2012 by Will Quiring (vocals, guitar), Matthew Kopperud (guitar, vocals), Jeremy Olson (bass), and Chris Morien (drums), Close Talker is a rock band with limitless vision and talent to match. Drawing on influences as diverse as Local Natives, The National, and We Are The City, Close Talker work within the framework of indie rock. But their use of spacey sounds and atmospheric pads create a luscious bed of textures that stretches far beyond the horizon. Their debut record, "Timbers" is a collection of eight songs that combine delicate textures, memorable melodies, and flashes of rock and roll grit.

Young Benjamins


Young Benjamins are one of the newest exceptional bands coming out of Saskatchewan. On the debut full-length album, "Less Argue," Young Benjamins combine folk and rock with a subtle but effective dose of pop and a focused use of minor chords, creating a sound that is infectious and refreshing. The album, comprised of 11 original tracks, was recorded in Saskatoon at Avenue Recording and mastered in Athens, GA by John Keane (Cowboy Junkies,REM, Indigo Girls). The band is fronted by UK born (grandson of Iranian farmers), Neusha Mofazzali on lead guitar and vocals. He is joined by Fransaskois multi - instrumentalist, Veronique Poulin on violin, keys, glockenspiel and vocals. Brynn Krysa (bass) and Kuba Szmigielski (percussions) provide a rock solid and innovative rhythm section. In their relatively short career to date the band have shared stages with; Wintersleep, Hey! Ocean, Library Voices, Wilderness of Manitoba, Shotgun Jimmie, Pokey Lafarge,July Talk and many more.

Library Voices

4. LIBRARY VOICES - If Raymond Carver Was Born In The 90's

Every winter thousands upon thousands of Saskatchewan residents pack up and head south to escape the soul crushing conditions of the prairie winter. While most of the province was basking in the dessert sun from their campsite in some Arizona WalMart parking lot, Library Voices rented an old town hall in the frozen rural village of Kronau (population: 209) and bunkered down to write their sophomore release. As if that weren't enough, they then packed up the van and drove headlong into the heart of winter on a cross-country road trip to commit the songs to tape. The result is a bright eyed, feel good rave up that sounds like it's been soaked in sunshine and gin sodas. Fueled by criminal amounts of espresso and a hundred bottles of gas station wine, the album was recorded in just ten days with engineer/ producer Jace Lasek (Wolf Parade, Besnard Lakes, Suuns) at Breakglass Studios in Montreal.

Foam Lake

5. FOAM LAKE - Basket Case

Four blood brothers creating infectiously catchy rock 'n roll laden with synth textures, dynamic rhythms, contemplative lyrics, and luscious guitars. That's the genius of Saskatoon's post-­‐pop rockers Foam Lake. Equally at home with swirling keyboard tones as with jagged driven guitars, they far exceed the sum of their individual parts. The band's debut, Force and Matter, has garnered critical acclaim across Canada, and the US, and was a nominated for Best Independent Album at the 2012 Western Canadian Awards. Aporia Records (Toronto) re-­released the album in Canada, including two bonus tracks, on October 23, 2012 and released it in UK/Germany/Netherlands on April 20th, 2013. Since the release of their debut, Foam Lake has been very busy touring to promote the album and has had the opportunity to showcase at the 2011 BreakOut West, 2012 SXSW, 2012 NXNE, 2012 Primavera Sound (Barcelona, Spain), 2012 Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, Germany), 2012 BreakOut West Festival (Regina, SK), 2012 CMJ Festival (New York, NY), 2013 The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK) as well as tour dates across Canada, the US, the UK, and Germany.

Castle River


The two best friends Billy Tataryn, and Matthew Folkersen who make up the Saskatoon based indie rock duo "Castle River" have been soothing the ears of Saskatoon since there introduction into the Canadian music scene in 2013. Since their debut , Castle River has shared the stage with the likes of Jordan Cook, Smokekiller, Zues, and the Darcy's amongst the list of there performed opening and headlining performances. With two released EPs under their belts and a resent western Canadian tour ending with a trip to New York Cities CMJ's festival, the band has submerged themselves back into their rehearsal space to continue writing material for their anticipated full length set to be recorded in the early spring of 2014.

Fly Points

7. FLY POINTS - Under The Shelf

Fly Points are a five-piece pop alternative band with roots deeply planted in rock. All the boys are in their early 20's and are accomplished musicians and songwriters in their own right. Their collaboration is a blend of personal styles resulting in a fresh alternative sound which is both edgy pop propelled by good old fashioned rock inspired guitar riffs. They have just released their first full length studio album, Mad Man produced by Juno Award winner Jason Plumb. Their first single "Forget" hit number one on Hypemachine and they are receiving accolades from the music industry and its supporters. Fly Points are becoming known for their prolific songwriting ability.

Fortunate Isles


An infectious mix of '70s disco punk and modern indie rock in the style of Blondie, Franz Ferdinand and Metric, The Fortunate Isles have taken their dynamic sound to venues all across Western Canada. With driving rhythms and frantic guitars supporting powerful female vocals, there is no doubt that The Fortunate Isles will get you shakin what yo mamma gave ya!! With two successful Western Canadian tours under their belt and sharing the stage with such bands as July Talk, Mise En Scene, Fast Romantics, Indigo Joseph, Makeshift Innocence and We Were Lovers, The Fortunate Isles have steadily increased their exposure and fan base.

Future Forests

9. FUTURE FORESTS - Steve Goes For A Bike Ride

Future Forests is a young and emerging four-­piece band from Saskatoon that infuses elements of indie, post and progressive rock in melodic arrangements that traverses between atmospheric instrumental pieces to energetic hook-‐laden power pop. Their sound emanates a harmonically layered blend of interweaving guitars, bass and drums, paired with infectious and collaborative harmonies. The band is in the process of recording their debut full‐length album to be released in 2014.

Aaron Adair

10. AARON ADAIR - Helpless

Based with pride in Saskatoon, Aaron Adair is a songwriter with a unique soul. Aanalog is Aaron's first full-length solo album where he explores his musical influences to define his own sound. With elements of soul and funk, Aanalog is definitely a groove record filled with vintage instruments, infectious melodies, deep bass and drum combinations, and a feel-good horn section. Aaron's live show is multifaceted. He performs solo, in a stripped down trio, and in a warm, funky, feel-good 7-piece soul revue show. When not fronting the soul band, Aaron spends his time developing creative educational opportunities. Recently, Aaron received a master's degree in curriculum studies from the university of Saskatchewan.

The Steadies

11. THE STEADIES - Someday

The Steadies take the explosively popular Top 40 sound and mix it with rocksteady and reggae influences, creating what they've dubbed, "island rock." No matter your mood, The Steadies pick you up and carry you to the beach in your mind, the club in your dreams, the place you go to clear your head and dance. Their latest release, Starcity Shakedown is an ode to the band's rocksteady roots and continues to build on the band's signature style. Starcity Shakedown marks their first release since the 2012 self-titled EP which garnered a top-50 hit in Canada and was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. Ever the road warriors, The Steadies play upwards of 100 shows each year, making them one of the busiest bands in Saskatchewan. They have headlined numerous festivals, showcased at industry events and have shared the stage with Ziggy Marley, The Roots, Blue Rodeo, The Wailers and more.

Little Brothers

12. THE LITTLE BROTHERS - Come On Babe Take My Hand

The Little Brothers are an independent rock band from Saskatoon who have decided to hang up their formal training to get down to their roots and rock hard with great songs, tight vocal harmonies and a great live show. The Little Brothers have an energetic and engaging live show that hearkens back to bands like The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk, The Beatles, The Black Keys, and The Sheepdogs. With two guitars, bass, drums, vocal harmonies, and even a little brass thrown in there, The Little Brothers are capable of delivering a massive payload of rock ‘n' roll good vibes. Brothers Showtime Shamus Currie, Slick Rick Haubrich, Spenny "The Baddest Man" Rayner, and Big Brother Kyle "Kyle" Krysa form a foursome of rock ‘n' roll bliss that you don't want to miss.

We Were Lovers

13. WE WERE LOVERS - Islands

We Were Lovers' (WWL) dancey beats, swirling atmospheric guitars, and dynamic synths convey a wide array of moods and themes, as strong female vocals wrap stories of love and loss around catchy melodies. With comparisons such as "... Stevie Nicks-meets-The Cure pop" by The, Ash Lamothe and Elsa Gebremichael have mastered a pop balance infusing electro, dreamy, rock and disco elements. Known for their high energy live show, this duos undeniable connection radiates from the stage. No stranger to the road, WWL has spent many months on tour across Canada and much of the U.S. with travels to NYC, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles where they showcased at the legendary Viper Room. They have showcased at various festivals such as CMW, NXNE, SXSW and the Sasktel Jazz Festival. After recording their last s/t EP in NYC with Engineer / Producer Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, etc), WWL have refined their sound and have released a new full length album, Pyramids. The album has already garnered attention with their music video for their single ‘Islands' at over 20,000 views and second single ‘Jealous Lovers' having aired on MTV's Television show Awkward.


14. RUBIKS - We Won't Go feat. Keshia Angeline

Rubiks has been turning heads since the age of 16, quickly growing to be one of Saskatchewan's most promising young artists. A 21-year-old MC, Rubiks has broken down barriers of being a small city, Saskatchewan rapper and has made his name stretch from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia.


15. DEF3 - Baby Face

Def 3 has been a major contributor to the Saskatchewan arts scene not only through his work as an established MC, but also as an experienced graffiti artist and highly active DJ. With over 100 international shows in the past three years alone, he has gained international notoriety through his active touring schedule and repeat official showcases at festivals such as SXSW, Shambhala, Juno Fest, NXNE, CMW, Breakout West, and Prairie Scene, even headlining the Saskatchewan pavilion for the opening ceremonies at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His contagious songs combined with his interactive and high-energy live show has landed him gigs around the globe. He has released several music videos all landing rotation on Much Music's Much Vibe and Rapcity. His most recent "Real Talk" from the Amnesia EP is currently on rotation. His last 2 major releases were nominated for WCMA awards for "Rap recording of the year" in 2008 and again in 2010. His album "Dog River", a collaboration with Canadian veteran rapper Moka Only charted #1 on Chartattack and Earshot for college radio stations throughout Canada for 12 weeks before moving down in the charts.


16. SKILLABOO* - Papa Proud feat. Joseph Ziwa

Daliso Ziwa, also known as Skillaboo, is an up and coming hip-hop artist, who has been steadily growing over the last 3 years. Recently crowned the only Hip Hop artist to win Rawlco Radio's 10k20 project, Skillaboo shows promise by creating catchy crowd-‐pleasing music, while remaining true to the hip hop culture. Skillaboo has been headlining and opening shows in Saskatoon and Regina consistently over the past 3 years and is currently working on "Dawning Odyssey", a mixtape due for an early 2014 release. The sophomore mixtape will reflect the growth of this young aspiring artist, establishing him as a regional leader in his craft.


17. FACTOR - Don't Give Up feat. Paranoid Castle and Jeans Boots

Saskatoon-based super-producer Factor (Graham Murawsky) broke into the music scene as a DJ in 1998, drawing early production inspiration from the West Coast underground and collaborating with emcees such as Kirby Dominant, Kay the Aquanaut and Def3 en route to forming Side Road Records. His innovative beats are grounded in a lush, organic hip hop structure with alternating rock, folk, pop and soul sensibilities.

Jeans Boots

18. JEANS BOOTS - No Poet

Jeans Boots has appeared at NXNE, Sled Island, Ness Creek and the Gateway Festivals and has supported a number of great artists at home and while touring Canada, including Buffy Sainte-Marie Elliott Brood, Forest City Lovers, Library Voices, Tasseomancy, and more. The group is the brainchild of musician Jeanette Stewart, and among the cast of revolving collaborators often features members of Saskatoon collective Slow Down, Molasses, which has toured the UK (End of the Road Festival, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City) and Canada (NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, Sled Island, Regina Folk Festival and Ness Creek.) Jeans Boots has self-released three EPs and is working on a new record with Saskatoon hip-hop producer Factor.

Powder Blue

19. POWDER BLUE - Go On Forever

Powder Blue is a slow burning, dense, psych rock haze hailing from the wintry compounds of Saskatoon. A haunting score of dark keys, lush reverb-y guitars and warm harmonies fashions a soundtrack to both your dreams and nightmares. Swirling in the heavy confines of krautrock and fuzzed out showgaze, Powder Blue centers itself in the realm of shadowy psychedelia. Individually the girls have been playing for years in such bands as We Were Lovers, The Moas and Ultimate Power Duo just to name a few. Powder Blue's debut album "Dream in Black" was released Jan 2013.

Shooting Guns

20. SHOOTING GUNS - Real Horse Footage

Shooting Guns are hard at work fortifying the heavy end of the psychedelic spectrum. Hailing from the Saskatoon they haunt the foggy moor between Sabbath-styled doom riffery (Electric Wizard, Sleep) and heavy pulse-riding kraut-rock (Neu!, Circle, Wooden Shjips). Centered around elephantine riffs, these delay-soaked songs rumble and hiss with analog synth-conjured monstrosities which surge to devour frequency ranges beyond the upper and lower ranges available to even the heaviest doom outfits. The keystone of the Shooting Guns wall of sound is a savant sculpture of shifting timbres in wailing, layered delay. The sonic decadence is restrained only by structurally minimalist compositions ever driven by savage drumming and finely distilled, groove-locked bass. Dedicated, heavy, and simple hooks work to bring psychedelic rock music down to earth, dragged away from the breathless mountaintops of prog and down toward the fertile swamps of primordial heaviness. Having played alongside Bison B.C., The Pack A.D., Mares of Thrace, Quest for Fire, and Black Mastiff, as well as showcasing at the Halifax Pop Explosion, NXNE, and Sled Island Music Festivals, the band is pleasantly surprised to find that their spectacle is rapidly attracting a cult of barbarian metal-heads, indie hipsters, Neanderthals, and nerds.

Disc Two

InTune 2014 - Disc 2 Playlist:

Deep Dark Woods

1. THE DEEP DARK WOODS* - 18th of December

The tight-knit members of The Deep Dark Woods are old friends and trusted collaborators. Lead singer Ryan Boldt writes most of the lyrics, but songwriting credits on their latest release Jubilee are also shared with Chris Mason, former bandmate Burke Barlow and new addition Clayton Linthicum. The band recorded Jubilee mostly live off the floor, which allowed for a collective and often spontaneous approach to songcraft. Lyrically, Jubilee shows artistic growth and finesse, and the new album features some of band's finest songs yet.

Midnight Roses


The Midnight Roses are more than country and bluegrass. They are a captivating mix of old fashioned raw grit, fresh instrumentation and roots country twang, presented with genuine honesty on stage. They're also Saskatchewan's "Next Big Thing" according to industry professionals from across North America, who named them the 2012 title holder. Based in the heart of Canada's farm country, the ladies of The Midnight Roses cut their teeth on the traditions that make old time country and bluegrass the music that we enjoy coming back to. With Paula McGuigan on the upright bass, Liza Holder on guitar and mandolin, Eliza Doyle on banjo and Myshel Pajuaar on lead vocals, they come together with powerful vocals, stunning harmonies, and tight instrumentation. This group combines all original songwriting which is reminiscent of roots-country and folk-bluegrass.

Scott Richmond

3. SCOTT RICHMOND - You'll Be In My Heart

There is a sensibility in Richmond's music that is evidence of a life filled with the kind of beauty and loneliness that characterize the Canadian prairie. In 2012, Richmond spent several months in Nashville, Tennessee and worked with fellow Canadian, Colin Linden (guitarist for Bob Dylan, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), Kris Wilkinson (string arranger for Taylor Swift, and Lady Antebellum), and Kim Morrison (vocalist for Ray Charles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Roy Orbison), as well as many other notable musicians to record his debut album 'Come What May' set for release in February, 2014. Richmond's band, The Flatland Players, is based in Regina, Saskatchewan and is made up of some of the best musicians in town. A combination of symphony orchestra players and grassroots wailers, their sound is at once dynamic and soulful. They are the energy that helps Richmond bring his songs to life.

Andy Shauf

4. ANDY SHAUF* - Covered In Dust

Over the past few years, Regina's Andy Shauf has emerged as one of Canada's most respected singer-songwriter voices, wooing audiences with his tender tenor and softly-strummed songs, and invoking the spirits of departed folk heroes such as Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley. With a solid management and publicity team in place, Andy Shauf is preparing the followup to his self-produced 2012 album The Bearer of Bad News (which earned him Producer of the Year honours at 2013's Western Canadian Music Awards).

Zachary Lucky

5. ZACHARY LUCKY - Salty Air

Hearing Zachary Lucky's songs, or reading or writing about this emerging and indelible Canadian artist's past, it would seem impossible to separate the singer-songwriter from his prairie origins. With his sixth and latest release, The Ballad Of Losing You, there is an inherent shift. As the album title suggests, Lucky has constructed an earnest and personal narrative about the uncertainty of loss and of transformation. In 2012, he resolutely sang, "it's not the east seas, nor the westerly– here in the plains I shall remain." Throughout that fifth release, Saskatchewan, in homage to his beloved heartland, Lucky evokes a depth of connection and a nostalgia that is rarely experienced let alone conveyed. And it was there that he refined his commitment to unveiled storytelling, and his maturity and control in crafting a conceptual album. While these aspects of Lucky's songwriting and musicianship remain the principal building blocks on this sixth and latest release, the style of The Ballad Of Losing You has drifted from his folk beginnings into a country and English ballad tradition. The tape and analogue production quality blend it with a purity and an honesty that parallel the lyrical narrative. It is a break-up record on surface level. But a deeper listen and a glance at the extent of Lucky's road dates suggest that other transitions and departures are at play in his creative evolution. Engineered by Chad Mason, the album features such session players as Aaron Goldstein (City & Colour, Daniel Romano & The Trilliums) and Karrnnel Sawitsky (The Fretless) as well as mixing by Jonathan Anderson (Aidan Knight).

Kacy & Clayton

6. KACY & CLAYTON - Rocks and Gravel

Kacy and Clayton, grew up steeped in the sounds of the Piedmont blues, stirring camp meeting hymns, and the English folk revival; they admire songs that say a lot with a little. And they have never stopped looking for something purer. Something simpler. Something closer to perfect. Their second album, The Day Is Past And Gone, is a poignant collection of traditional and original songs and was engineered by Jody Weger and produced by Ryan Boldt with Kacy and Clayton.

Keiffer Mclean

7. KEIFFER MCLEAN - Headful of Diamonds

Keiffer Mclean began writing songs in his mid-teens and has since developed into a songwriting virtuoso who has made appearances at several high-profile festivals in 2013, including the Cathedral Village Arts Festival, the Regina Folk Festival, Gateway Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival and JUNOfest. And his debut release, a seven-song self-titled EP, garnered him a nomination in the 'Young Performer of the Year' category at the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Keiffer has shared the stage with numerous Canadian artists in the last year such as Jeremy Fisher, Boreal Sons, Close Talker, Belle Plaine, The Lazy MKs, Don Brownrigg, Trent Severn, Peter Katz, George Leach, and more. He is poised to make 2014 his breakout year with the release of his first full-length album, Drama in the Attic.

Blake Berglund and The Vultures

8. BLAKE BERGLUND + THE VULTURES - Taxes + Death + You

Raised in the Moose Mountains deep in Saskatchewan's south east corner, Berglund took his early childhood responsibilities of tending to 200 head of horses as the education needed to base the musician's career around hard work. These efforts have solidified him slots as direct support for the likes of Corb Lund, Jason McCoy, Theory of a Deadman, The Sheepdogs and Jim Cuddy, among many others around his consistent 100 date yearly tour schedule. With 3 studio albums under his belt, Berglund completed his fourth recording with his newly formed Vultures live in front of a full house at the Jasper Legion under the direction of Sheldon Zaharko. The album, appropriately titled "Jasper" is made up of 18 tracks set for release July 2014.

Codie Prevost

9. CODIE PREVOST - Someday

Codie Prevost is a Canadian country music sensation. When he was 14 he picked up his first guitar, and since then his career hasn't stopped accelerating. He began his journey on the path to fame by playing guitar, and writing songs simply to entertain his friends and family. Little did the world know that those family concerts would spark the pilot light on one of the biggest engines in Canadian country music. Codie has been nominated and won dozens of awards for his art, from the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards to the Canadian Country Music Awards. His latest album, All Kinds of Crazy was released March 2014.


10. WYATT - Always Tonight

Critically acclaimed by Billboard Magazine, mixing soulful country and classic rock, award-winning WYATT is set to take fans by storm with their new album You Should Have Been Here Last Night, set for release September 2013. Daniel (Danny) Fortier's and Scott Patrick's captivating vocals and guitar skills, Cam Ewart's bass and Bray Hudson's drums create the rockin' country sound of Saskatchewan's very own WYATT (a band name inspired in true wild west fashion after the famous Wyatt Earp, best known for his participation in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral!). Their catchy lyrics and mixture of country-grooves and hard-rock rhythms will surely get audiences up on their feet. The band has electrified fans across North America and has shared the stage with many country music stars including Rascal Flatts, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jason Aldean and Emerson Drive. With a rapidly growing fan base, their high energy performance and humour-filled on stage chemistry reaches audience members of all ages time and again.

Jess Moskaluke

11. JESS MOSKALUKE* - Good Lovin'

On October 14, 2013 Jess released the first single "Good Lovin' " off her forthcoming album to Canadian country music radio. An award-­‐winning Canadian country artist in her own right, she won both the 2011 Big Dog 92-­‐7/Astral Media's "The Next Big Thing" (securing an opening spot with Grammy award nominee Dierks Bentley) and the  2011 Canadian Country Music Awards New Artist Showcase. Jess' rapidly growing fan base is evident with her first indie EP "Cover Up" debuting at number 5 on the iTunes Canada album charts, whilst her YouTube cover of The Script's "For The First Time" reached over 1,000,000 views in only 3 weeks. On November 4, 2012 her track "Go Big Or Go Home" was featured on the hit TV show Heartland.

Alex Runions

12. ALEX RUNIONS - Hooked On You

Already a familiar face amongst small town dirt roads and hometown aloons, Regina based country singer-songwriter, Alex Runions is no stranger to fame. As his fanbase grows faster than a Prairie fire so do his accolades and accomplishments.

Amy Nelson


Amy has released three songs to Commercial radio stations across the country, all of which reached the Top 100 on the Canadian charts. She has been nominated for a total of 14 Saskatchewan Country Music Assoc. Awards and received the Emerging Artist Award at the 2012 Regina Mayor's Arts and Business Awards. Amy was featured on CMT's national TV series "Big In A Small Town" and showcased at 2013 JUNOfest! Most recently, Amy was shortlisted as one of the top 16 emerging artists across Canada shortlisted for the CCMA Discovery Program. She is also the 2014 Canadian Radio Star Regional Representative.

Indigo Joseph

14. INDIGO JOSEPH - Others

Indigo Joseph is a multi-­lingual four-­piece band, based out of Regina, SK.  Formed in the spring of 2010, their unique blend of indie/dance/rock and do‐it‐yourself attitude garnered them spots at the Regina Folk Festival, Bengough Gateway Festival, They have released two self‐financed EP's, exploring both live off‐the-­floor recording (Indigo Joseph, 2011) and a more piecemeal, studio‐favoured approach (Lilith, 2012). They were privileged to showcase at several national caliber industry events such as CMW, JUNOFest, and NXNE. In their hometown, they won 104.9 the Wolf's "Queen City Rocks" battle of the bands. Furthermore, Indigo Joseph's single "Others" was named the winner CBC Music's "Indie Song of the Summer" competition out of over 150 different tracks from across the nation. Currently Indigo Joseph is back in the studio (SoulSound) with Orion Paradis, working on their debut LP, Collage.

Poor Nameless Boy

15. POOR NAMELESS BOY - Backyard Lemon Tree

Joel Henderson grew up in Estevan, SK into a long line of musical family talent. It was listening to 1960's hooks that got him into noticing melodies and humming his own tunes walking along the street. Under the alias "Poor Nameless Boy" he performs acoustically or with a small group, creating memorable hooks hidden in an indie-folk sound. Poor Nameless Boy is an attempt to soften the blow on some of the harsh truths our society can teach. The music is a way to show the heart of the songwriter, believing that lyrics can still fight a chance to teach, educate, and get the mind wondering about how we are to live our lives as a positive influence to those we care and don't care for.

Theresa Sokyrka

16. THERESA SOKYRKA - Prairie Winds

Theresa Sokyrka's decision to become rootless has been the prime factor in her recent music. After making it to the final episode of season two of Canadian Idol almost ten years ago and recording a certified gold album of standards, Theresa released her sophomore album Something is Expected, consisting entirely of original music. Dodging the pop star route that seemed to be laid out for her, the 2007 release showed that Theresa's years away from her hometown of Saskatoon had formed her sound into a mature, reflective songwriting style that was both classic and innovative. She enlisted the help of producers John Collins and David Carswell (New Pornographers, The Evaporators), and Mike Timmins (The Cowboy Junkies) to provide the musical backdrop that would allow her songs to come through. Rich, pure, sometimes angry, but often sweetly humorous, Something is Expected did fulfill expectations and allowed Theresa to move on with both her life and her music.

That meant moving. A lot of moving. For the past ten years, Theresa has been criss-crossing Canada, never staying in one place for long. In fact, the only constant has been songwriting and performance. "Sometimes I feel that the only reason I move around so much is because I'm afraid that getting comfortable would create a monumental writer's block," she says. "I've always been someone who craves excitement. There is nothing more exciting than moving to a new place. Inspiration comes to life with experience." The release of a traditional Ukrainian folk album in 2010 reconnected her with the obsession she has of producing in the studio. In 2013 Theresa released Prairie Winds.

Jay Semko

17. JAY SEMKO - Let The Love In

Jay Semko is known nationally as singer/songwriter/bassist with Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame members the Northern Pikes, and also as one of Canada's premiere songwriters. Jay is an award winning music composer for numerous film and television productions, including one of Canada's most successful internationally syndicated series, "Due South", and was nominated in the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards for his work as music composer on the TV series "Dust Up". Jay's 2011 solo album "Force Of Horses" won the Saskatchewan Country Music Award for Best Roots Album, and his 2012 album "Sending Love", was nominated for Roots Solo Recording of the Year in the Western Canadian Music Awards. That same year Jay hosted and performed at the prestigious Songwriters Cafe during CCMA Week in Saskatoon and in 2013 Jay was nominated in five categories in the SCMA Awards. Jay's songs, stories, and legendary live concerts continue to garner him recognition as one of Canada's most prolific musical talents.

Alexis Normand

18. ALEXIS NORMAND - Le ruisseau

Alexis" first full-length album, MIRADOR, is a result of collaborating with Zoé Fortier, a visual artist based in Saskatoon. Since its release in January 2013, Alexis has toured has performed dozens of shows throughout Western Canada, Ontario and Québec. She has also been recognized with five nominations including Francophone Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Francophone Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and she was short-listed in the Emerging Artist category for a Lieutenant Governor General Award in Saskatchewan.

Andino Suns

19. ANDINO SUNS - Cantando el Pajaro (The Bird is Singing)

2013 has been a breakthrough year for Andino Suns with the release of their first full-length self‐titled album. The band was also awarded $10K from Rawlco Radio to record their second album and received funding from SaskMusic to develop a music video which was released in October 2013. The band was showcased at JunoFest in Regina, Ness Creek Music Festival, and the Gateway Music Festival in Bengough and was added to the line‐up of the 2014 Cold Snap Music Festival in Prince George BC. Riding the momentum in 2014, Andino Suns are releasing its second video and album in late spring and plan to tour in August.