SaskMusic presents the Saskatchewan Music Awards and Very Prairie Music Summit

(REGINA) January 13, 2022 - SaskMusic is preparing to announce the winners of the 2021 Saskatchewan Music Awards via a streamed event on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 8pm CST, on YouTube ( and Facebook. The awards are meant to honour excellence and celebrate the achievements of our Saskatchewan music industry members over the past year. Performers for the virtual event will include Saskatoon’s The Garrys, vbnd and Katie Tupper; Regina’s Flash Back, and Cut Knife’s Jake Vaadeland.

With the exception of Album of the Year, all the SMAs will be announced on Thursday. (The award for Album of the Year was announced in mid-December after Hunter Brothers’ “Been a Minute” reached the top of The Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2021 public poll.)

Following the SMAs, the fourth annual Very Prairie Music Summit kicks off, running online January 21-23. An educational event for the Saskatchewan music industry, Very Prairie is focused on career growth, business development and music industry best practices. National and international presenters will dive into an array of topics that we hope will provide practical and straightforward information. We encourage musicians and industry at any stage of their career to attend, learn and share. Registration for the event is free.

Follow this website and SaskMusic’s social media accounts for updates.

SaskMusic would like to thank Creative Saskatchewan and FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) for their support.

The Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2021 Long List There were multiple ties in this year’s public poll.

#1 Hunter Brothers - Been a Minute (Album of the Year, Saskatchewan Music Awards)

#2 (TIE) Jake Vaadeland - Retro Man; Jeffery Straker - Just Before Sunrise

#3 (TIE) Jess Moskaluke- The Demos; vbnd - Scum Funk

#4 (TIE) The Garrys - Get Thee to a Nunnery; Seven Mile Sun - Light In The Dark; Flash Back - Wide Awake

#5 (TIE) Amanda Hagel - Be the Light; Marie-Véronique Bourque - Entre Québec & Saskatchewan; Wolf Willow- Old Guitars & Shooting Stars

#6 Munro & Patrick - Give Me Your Rain

#7 The Saskatchewan All Stars Big Band - The Saskatchewan Suite

#8 Ava Wild and Merky Waters – Existing

#9 Andino Suns - 9/11

#10 (TIE) Jeff D Michel – Back to the Moon; Tucker Lane– Random Fireworks on a Beach Obscured by Trees; Karissa Hoffart - Life of Mine

SaskMusic will announce the 2021 Saskatchewan Music Award Nominees at 10:30am, December 2/2021 via our social media, and .

The announcement will reveal nominees in the following categories: Alternative, Country, Electronic, Experimental or Contemporary, Hip Hop, Metal/Loud, R&B, Rock/Pop, Roots/Folk, and Indigenous Artist of the Year; Single of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Producer of the Year, Venue of the Year, and Industry Achievement; as well as the long list for The Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2021. The recipient of the Indigenous Music Achievement Award will be announced during the awards event, January 20/2022.

Following the nominee announcement, public voting on the Best Saskatchewan Albums long list will open, culminating in a Top Ten and, ultimately, the winner of the SMA for Album of the Year. As well, public voting will open to help determine the recipient of Venue of the Year and Industry Achievement. Information on public voting for these categories will be found here at following the announcement.

The awards are intended to honour excellence and celebrate the achievements of our Saskatchewan music industry members over the past year. The 2021 awards event will take place in a streaming format, featuring pre-filmed exclusive performances, on January 20/2022 via SaskMusic’s social media pages.

The SMAs are presented in conjunction with the Very Prairie Music Summit, an educational event for the Saskatchewan music industry, being held online January 21-23/2022. Please follow SaskMusic’s social media accounts and this website for updates.

SaskMusic thanks Creative Saskatchewan and FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) for their support.

Our first Very Prairie 2021 announcement:

Earshot Distro! Getting Your Music to College & Community Stations

Join us for this 60 minute session on the new Earshot Digital Distribution System! You'll learn about best practices to get your music into the hands of campus/community stations and see an actual demonstration on how to use the distro system as an artist/label/distributor. Bring your questions, we'll end the session with Q&A. Tens of thousands of musicians, artists and labels across Canada will have a new, environmentally friendly way to distribute their music to stations.

Register for this and our Very Prairie series at the VP homepage.