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SaskMusic will honour excellence, and celebrate the achievements of our music industry members over the past year, with the Saskatchewan Music Awards. The awards will be held on November 28 in Saskatoon, in conjunction with the Very Prairie: Saskatchewan Music Summit, running through December 1, 2019. The Summit will welcome industry professionals from across Canada and abroad for an intensive conference.


Artistic: Artist of the Year Categories: There are no sales qualifications for these categories. Please note these are broad categories; if you don’t see your exact genre listed, simply apply in the most appropriate one.

· Alternative Artist of the Year

· Country Artist of the Year

· Electronic Artist of the Year

· Experimental or Contemporary Artist of the Year

· Hip Hop Artist of the Year

· Metal/Loud Artist of the Year

· Rock/Pop Artist of the Year

· Roots/Folk Artist of the Year

· Indigenous Artist of The Year


As well, we will recognize the Single of the Year, Best Saskatchewan Albums of the Year, Venue of the Year, and Producer of the Year. The Derek Bachman Foundation will present the Breaking Borders Award.


Please carefully review the award guidelines including eligibility criteria, then submit!


Submissions will close at 5pm CST on October 15, 2019.


The nomination submission process for the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards is now open.

SaskMusic will honour excellence, and celebrate the achievements of our music industry members over the past year, with the Saskatchewan Music Awards. The awards will be held in conjunction with Saskatchewan Music Week in our province (Nov 25-Dec 2/2018), and will be held on Nov 25 in Regina.

Artistic: Artist of the Year Categories: There are no sales qualifications for these categories. Please note these are broad categories; if you don’t see your exact genre listed, simply apply in the most appropriate one.

  • Alternative Artist of the Year: 

  • Avant Garde/Experimental Artist of the Year

  • Country Artist of the Year

  • Electronic Artist of the Year

  • Hip Hop Artist of the Year

  • Metal/Loud Artist of the Year

  • Rock/Pop Artist of the Year

  • Roots/Folk Artist of the Year

  • Indigenous Artist of The Year

Artistic: Single of the Year (calculated via streams/sales/airplay) Artistic: Best Saskatchewan Albums of the Year Artistic: Award (TBD) presented by the Derek Bachman Foundation

Industry: Industry Achievement Award Industry: Venue of the Year Industry: Producer of the Year

Please carefully review the guidelines and eligibility criteria found here, then submit via:

Submissions will close at 5pm CST on October 19, 2018.

Updated: Sep 20, 2018

November 25-December 2, 2018


SaskMusic proudly announces Saskatchewan Music Week. Running November 25 through December 2, 2018, the week will begin on November 25 in Regina with a launch event and public awards celebration honouring the recipients of the new Saskatchewan Music Awards. Award nominations will open September 21, with ticket information to be announced soon.


Then from November 29-December 2 in Saskatoon, SaskMusic will present Very Prairie: Saskatchewan Music Summit. The event will welcome industry professionals from across Canada and abroad for an intensive four-day conference. Panels of festival programmers, booking agents, record labels and more will provide Saskatchewan’s music industry, artists and musicians with insider insights and professional guidance. The weekend will also provide an opportunity to show off the province’s exploding local chefs, small batch coffee roasters, craft beer scene, and world-class event spaces. Registration for Very Prairie is open now, with early bird pricing in effect for SaskMusic members until November 9.


A limited number of artists will be presented in a Very Prairie showcase, with artist submissions also open now. With many fantastic live music events already scheduled during Saskatchewan Music Week, we issue a challenge to the public to Support Live Music. We encourage everyone, wherever you are in the province, to get out and enjoy live music. Saskatchewan has a long history of exemplary talent - from Buffy Saint Marie, The Sheepdogs, 2018 JUNO recipients The Dead South, and Western Canadian Music Award Hall of Famers The Northern Pikes, to platinum-selling, 5x Canadian Country Music Award winner Jess Moskaluke and #1 Rock charting One Bad Son, the list goes on. Amazing live music will be happening around the province and we encourage everyone to attend some shows and discover the province’s next breakout star!


Registration information, showcase submissions, the first wave of panelist bios, and more information regarding Very Prairie is available at www.veryprairie.ca. More information will be announced and added to the schedule over the coming weeks.

For more information on Saskatchewan Music Week and Very Prairie, visit www.saskmusic.org and www.veryprairie.ca.