After Party Update
We are please to announce our lineup of live performers for the SMA After Party! This post-awards gathering will be held at Amigos (806 Dufferin Ave) and will feature live music by DJ Rain, Dump Babes, and Theo Noble.
Doors open at 9pm to the public, $10 entry. Music starts at 11pm following the SMAs. After-party tickets will be handed out to show attendees at the Broadway, but please be advised this event will be subject to capacity.
Indigenous Music Achievement Award Honouree: Edmund Bull
We are extremely pleased to announce our Indigenous Music Achievement Award honouree for 2023, Edmund Bull. He will be recognized for his legacy and impact on music at the Saskatchewan Music Awards celebration, Saturday December 2 in Saskatoon.
Edmund Bull of Little Pine First Nation is known far and wide as the head singer and drumkeeper for the award-winning Red Bull Singers, as well as being an accomplished solo artist in the country genre. Under his leadership, Red Bull achieved acclaim as one of the top pow-wow groups in North America, thrilling dancers and audiences around the globe for over 25 years, while releasing more than a dozen albums. Accompanied by the Red Bull Singers, Edmund has performed throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. As he developed his skills as a musician in both traditional and contemporary music, Edmund created a unique style and sound, singing and writing music that has inspired and uplifted listeners. Edmund has been named Best Male Artist, and Red Bull received the award for Pow Wow Recording, from the Native American Music Awards (including Red Bull performing at the inaugural NAMA event in 1998); as well, the Red Bull Singers were nominated for JUNO Awards for “Best Music of Aboriginal Canada Recording” in 1996 and 2000. Edmund continues to perform, including recently sharing a song at the Elders National Conference in Edmonton.
Album of the Year Update
We’re pleased to announce the 2023 Album of the Year Nominees – Short List!
In previous years, we revealed our Top Ten albums with a 10-1 countdown in the days leading up to the Awards. This year, we are announcing our entire Top Ten without rankings. Due to a number of ties in our Top Ten spot calculations, there are 14 amazing albums included on this year’s Short List.
This Short List has been determined through a combination of jury marks and public voting. The Album of the Year recipient
will be announced at the Saskatchewan Music Awards on December 2. Congratulations to these artists on moving onto the Short List of nominees!
Alexis Normand Mementos
Deeper Life What We're After
Ellen Froese For Each Flower Growing
GreenWing Late Bloomer
Hunter Brothers Burning Down The Barn
Jake and the Kid Baby Bro
Kara Golemba Keep These Stories Safe
Raj Ramayya Spice Age Adventures
Shantaia Exes and Friends
Son of Han SON OF HAN
New Jacobin Club Empire of Dis
Untimely Demise Maverick
PS If you haven't already, we highly recommend exploring our Long List playlist, representing some of the exceptional music released in Saskatchewan this past year.
Live Performer Update
Join us for the sixth Saskatchewan Music Awards, Saturday December 2, 2023 from the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon, celebrating the best in Saskatchewan music this year.
Awards will be handed out in 21 categories, accompanied by live performances by Adéola, Eliza Mary Doyle, Greenwing, Grimelda, Patrick Moon Bird, Thinktank, and our Youth Performers for this year - Halle Ponton and Rebecca Strong. More announcements to come! Learn more about these artists.
Get your tickets now (update - sold out) and scroll down to see all of this year's nominees.
Our thanks to Creative Saskatchewan and the Government of Saskatchewan for your support of this event.
for Album of the Year, Industry Achievement, Music Company or Organization of the Year, and Venue or Festival of the Year has now closed (November 6/23). Stay tuned for updates!
For Release October 26, 2023
The 2023 Saskatchewan Music Award Nominees
SaskMusic is pleased to reveal the 2023 Saskatchewan Music Award nominees. The sixth annual awards celebration will honour excellence and celebrate the achievements of those in the Saskatchewan music industry over the past year, with artistic and industry nominees being recognized in 21 different categories. Live performances will include Saskatchewan artists from an array of musical styles, with performers to be announced next week.
The show will take place at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon on Saturday, December 2, 2023. Tickets are now on sale at https://broadwaytheatre.ca/events.
The public is invited to participate by voting on four SMA categories this year. Beginning October 27 through midnight November 6, voting links will be open via www.saskmusicawards.com for Album of the Year, Industry Achievement, Music Company of the Year, and Venue or Festival of the Year. One vote per verified email address will be accepted over the course of the voting period.
SaskMusic Executive Director Lorena Kelly explains, “The Awards provide an opportunity for us to applaud the great music produced in our province, and gather together for a beautiful event. The live music industry is still struggling to recover from the setbacks of the pandemic, so it’s important that we take time to celebrate and acknowledge the many successes we’ve achieved. We look forward to celebrating with fellow music lovers on December 2!”
Follow along for event updates and information here at www.saskmusicawards.com, and on SaskMusic’s social media.
SaskMusic thanks Creative Saskatchewan and The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) for their support of our association and this event.
How were the nominees arrived at?
Artists and industry professionals were invited to make submissions for nominations through a call distributed to the SaskMusic subscriber list and promoted broadly on our social media channels.
Submissions to all categories, with the exception of Single of the Year and the Indigenous Music Achievement Award, went to juries comprised of peers and music industry professionals located across Canada. Single of the Year nominees and winner are determined solely by industry data (streams and airplay), while the IMAA recipient has been selected by SaskMusic’s Indigenous Advisory.
For the 2023 submission guidelines and details click here.
For Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
Coming to Saskatoon for the SMAs? Reserve your room at the Park Town Hotel on Spadina using the “2312SASKMU_001" block by November 25 to receive our group rate ($129.00 standard queen, $139.00 double queen), https://www.parktownhotel.com/ .
The 2023 Saskatchewan Music Award Nominees
The SMA logo and graphic elements this year have been created by Gabrielle Giroux, Encore Graphics.
Afrobeats Artist of the Year
Country Artist of the Year
Electronic Artist of the Year
Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Skizza and AK Productions
Inspirational or Spiritual Artist of the Year
Instrumental or Ambient Artist of the Year
Peace Flag Ensemble
Sean Bougie Guitar
Metal or Hard Rock Artist of the Year
New Jacobin Club
Pop Artist of the Year
Merv xx Gotti
R&B Artist of the Year
Lyssa and the Try-Tones
People of the Sun
Rock Artist of the Year
Roots or Folk Artist of the Year
Eliza Mary Doyle
Keiffer McLean & The Curiosity Club
Contemporary Indigenous Artist of the Year This category is open to all genres.
Patrick Moon Bird
"Burning Down The Barn," Hunter Brothers
"Heartbreaker," Jess Moskaluke
"Hoarfrost," Jesse Brown
"Hung Over You," Shantaia
"Know You," Shantaia
"Stardust," Raj Ramayya
"What Colour You Drive," Hunter Brothers
Music Video of the Year - YouTube Playlist
“Arrows,” Son Of Han - Prehistoric Productions
“George Thorogood,“ Grimelda - Blair Colwell (director), Dylan Evans (videographer), Jason Hamil (post-production)
“Heartbreaker,” Jess Moskaluke - Andrew Parry, Munz Media
“Hidden Valley,” Alexis Normand - Matt Braden Photography (director), Alexis Normand (producer)
“Losing Friends,” TOVA - Leke Esubiyi and Victor Oriola
“She Said,” Katie Tupper - Ryley Konechny (co-director), Molly Schikosky (co-director, producer), Katie Tupper (producer)
“Silent Story,” Zayd - Jeremy Ratzlaff and Matt Reeb
“The Other Side,” Softlung - S.J. Kardash (Producer, Director, Writer) & Josiah Maningas (Videographer and Editor)
“Tous les matins,” Alexis Normand - Directed, animated and edited by Lindsay Arnold
“Woman No,” Katie Tupper - Ryley Konechny (co-director), Katie Tupper (producer)
The recipient of this year’s Indigenous Music Achievement Award will be announced next week.
Producer of the Year (updated Nov 10/23)
Glenn Ens, Sheldon Corbett, Paul Runalls, Chris Atkinson
Music Professional of the Year
The following categories open for public voting October 27:
Recognizing excellence in the provision of skills and/or services and by those helping to build the community and music industry of the province. The winner will be determined by a combination of industry jury and public vote.
Community Arts Mentorship Program (C.A.M.P.)
Creative City Centre
Regina Public Library's Digital Media Studio
Trifecta Sound Co.
Venue or Festival of the Year
Recognizing live music venues and music festivals that strove to celebrate and present live music. The winner will be determined by a combination of industry jury and public vote.
Mae Wilson Theatre
Ness Creek Music Festival
Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival
Regina Folk Festival
SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
Music Company or Organization of the Year
Recognizing a music business/organization that has demonstrated excellence in services, sales, or craftsmanship in their offerings to the public and/or music industry. The winner will be determined by a combination of industry jury and public vote.
Creative City Centre
School of Rock Regina
Trifecta Sound Co.
Recognizing an album-length project released by a Saskatchewan artist between September 15, 2022-September 25, 2023 in any genre. A jury of industry professionals and peers has helped to create this Long List. A combination of public vote and industry jury will now determine our Top Ten: the Album of the Year nominees for 2023. The following 36 albums will open to public voting October 27.
We will reveal the Top Ten through the week prior to the awards show. The top-placing album overall will receive the Saskatchewan Music Award for Album of the Year.
Aaron Karpinka, The Current
Alexis Normand, Mementos
Brock Fehr, More Sense
Dan Cugnet, Badlands and Badlands II
Deeper Life, What We're After
Eliza Mary Doyle, Pretty Strange
Ellen Froese, For Each Flower Growing
Factor Eight, II
Falynn Baptiste, Home
GreenWing, Late Bloomer
Hunter Brothers, Burning Down The Barn
Jake and the Kid, Baby Bro - EP
Jesse Brown, 20023
Kara Golemba, Keep These Stories Safe
Lova Lamp, everything U feel
Nige B, U R What U R
Patrick Moon Bird, Away From the City
Peace Flag Ensemble, Astral Plains
People of the Sun, People of the Sun
Prasunuh, Always Timeless
Raj Ramayya, Spice Age Adventures
Richard O. Burdick, Found These: Three (19th century horn music)
Ryan Hicks, Experience
Shantaia, Exes and Friends
Shirley & The Pyramids, Maid of Time
Softlung, Second Chances
SON OF HAN, SON OF HAN
Surf Dads, Baby Blue
The Corner Hotel, Earth from the Moon
The New Jacobin Club, Empire of Dis
Theo Noble, Noble World
Untimely Demise, Maverick
Wishbook, Everything Fades
October 25/2023 -
Join us online for the Nominee Announcement
The announcement will reveal nominees in numerous artistic and industry categories.
The awards are intended to honour excellence and celebrate the achievements of our Saskatchewan music industry members over the past year. The 2023 awards will take place at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon on Saturday, December 2/23. Tickets will also go on sale October 26.
SaskMusic sincerely thanks Creative Saskatchewan (www.creativesask.ca) and The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) for their support of this event.
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