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The 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards Nominees Announced

SaskMusic today announced the nominees of the 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards, via a streamed event. The awards are intended to honour excellence and celebrate the achievements of our Saskatchewan music industry members over the past year. The 2020 awards event will take place in a streaming format on January 24/2021 via SaskMusic’s social media pages. Performers for the virtual event will be announced at a later date. Today’s announcement also included the long list for The Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2020. Now in its sixth year, this annual year-end list was created to draw attention to fantastic Saskatchewan music released in a broad range of styles, and now goes forward for the public to determine the winner of Album of the Year.

SaskMusic Executive Director Mike Dawson explained, “The music industry’s been one of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. It’s had an unprecedented impact not only on our musicians, but also our venues, festivals, sound techs, and stage and touring crews, just to name a few. I think it’s because of this - perhaps in spite of this - that it feels like it’s so important to celebrate the work and successes of our artists and industry here in Saskatchewan. I’m constantly inspired, not only by the incredible music that comes out of Saskatchewan, but also by the support and encouragement the musicians offer each other. Although we can’t get together in person as we have in the past, we hope that you will join us in celebrating these nominations, and tuning in to the awards in January.”

The awards are being held in conjunction with the Very Prairie Music Summit, an educational and network-building event for the Saskatchewan music industry, which will also be held online. Please follow SaskMusic’s social media accounts, and, for updates.

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


Alternative Artist of the Year

Ava Wild

Close Talker

Natural Sympathies

The Garrys


Country Artist of the Year

Hunter Brothers

Jordyn Pollard

Justin LaBrash

Samara Yung


Tenille Arts

Electronic Artist of the Year

Natural Sympathies

Origin of Spin

Parab Poet

Patient Hands

Patrick Moon Bird


Experimental / Contemporary Artist of the Year



Jesse Brown

Patient Hands

The Garrys

Toria Summerfield

Hip Hop Artist of the Year

Alex Bent + the Emptiness

Dayda Banks

Factor Chandelier


Origin of Spin

Indigenous Artist of the Year


Patrick Moon Bird

The North Sound

Too Soon Monsoon

Yvonne St.Germaine

Metal/Loud Artist of the Year

Black Thunder

Dream Creeps

Midnight Gallows

Mike Froh

The Basement Paintings

The Moon Runners

Rock/Pop Artist of the Year

Davy Sage

Shirley & The Pyramids

Too Soon Monsoon



Roots/Folk Artist of the Year

Ellen Froese

Gunner & Smith

Jeffery Straker

JJ Voss

The North Sound

Producer of the Year

Barrett Ross

Bart McKay

Chris Dimas

Factor Chandelier

Ryan Andersen

Music Video of the Year

Andrew Parry for "Scaredy Cat," Marissa Burwell

Dylan Hryciuk - Versa Films for "Blessed Be," Spiritbox

Dylan Hryciuk - Versa Films for "Summer Haze," velours

Mitch Goetz for "Getta Say," Laska

Sean Xiao He for "Nevertheless," Zayd

Thoen Brothers for "Drum Machine," RUMPUS

Single of the Year

"Country Girls," Jess Moskaluke

"Halfway Home," Jess Moskaluke

"Hard Dirt," Hunter Brothers

"Notes from Tom," Jesse Brown and Tom Merrall

"Somebody Like That," Tenille Arts

Industry Achievement

Broadway Theatre

Eliza Doyle

Trifecta Sound Co


Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Venue of the Year

Broadway Theatre

Coors Event Centre

TCU Place Sid Buckwold Theatre

The Exchange

The Happy Nun


Single of the Year is a data-driven category which is can include any genre. All other nominees were determined by juries comprised of music industry members.

Venue of the Year is a juried category which takes into consideration both the music programming of the venue over the past year, in addition to initiatives that the venue may have accomplished during the pandemic.

The Breaking Borders Award, typically presented by the Derek Bachman Foundation, is on hiatus for this year.


From 130+ full-length albums released in the eligibility period, SaskMusic juries assembled our Long List of 42. Now we turn to the public to determine the Top Ten of 2020, and ultimately the Album of the Year. We encourage music lovers to discover new albums and then vote for their favourites before the midnight December 13/20 deadline. Only one vote per IP address will be counted for the duration of the voting period.

The Top 10 albums will be announced via social media the week of December 16, with the top spot being awarded the Saskatchewan Music Award for Album of the Year.

More information and to vote is on the Best Sask Albums page of this website.

The 2020 BSA Long List

3 Moonjask, Lunar Elixir

Aaron Karpinka, Tender Heart

ADEOLUWA, After Bells and Whistles

Arcana Kings, Lions As Ravens

The Basement Paintings, Antipodes

Bex, You'll Be Here Someday

Black Thunder, La Fine Creata

Dex Riley, Body

Doubt It, Dang It

Dumb Angel, Dumb Angel

Dylan Jules Cooper, Summer

Ellen Froese & Campbell Woods, Farm Boy Sings The Blues

Fabric YXE & Dayda Banks, Leaving Neverland

Factor Chandelier, First Storm

The Garrys, Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Original Score)

Hoodoo, The LizardMang EP

Jay & Jo , Victory

Jesse Brown, Where To?

JJ Voss, Come Along With Me

jj white, Rewind

Jon Carteri, Road Trip to Mars

Kay the Aquanaut & Maki, The Nautical Blue

Keiran Semple, Chester

Legends, Legends

LTP, Singularity

Marshall Burns, Dogs and Booze

Midnight Gallows, Attack Warning Red

Natural Sympathies, Porous

The North Sound, As The Stars Explode

Origin of Spin, Abstract Perception

Patient Hands, Stasis

Patrick Moon Bird, USEFUL.

Pimpton, TUNNELZ

The Radiation Flowers, Stuck in a Maze

Saintvicious, Saintvicious

Shirley & The Pyramids, A New American Classic

Skizza, Things I Found

The Steadies, Tiro de Leone

Tenille Arts, Love, Heartbreak, & Everything in Betweeen

Theo Maczek, Harvest The Sunrise

Toria Summerfield, From Her Rib

Yvonne St. Germaine, Sorrow Road

​SaskMusic is a non-profit, member-based association that represents, promotes and develops the artists and commercial music industry of Saskatchewan, both domestically and internationally. We offer one-on-one guidance, workshops, marketing and export assistance, career development opportunities, peer sessions, artist and business listings, and more. From songwriters and freelance musicians to studios, we work with artists and industry members across our province, in an extensive range of genres and skill levels. SaskMusic is a source of information and resources for both the public and the music industry.



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