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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 www.saskmusicawards.com, for updates.


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



THE NOMINEES


Alternative Artist of the Year


Ava Wild


Close Talker


Natural Sympathies


The Garrys


W3APONS



Country Artist of the Year


Hunter Brothers


Jordyn Pollard


Justin LaBrash


Samara Yung


Shantaia


Tenille Arts



Electronic Artist of the Year


Natural Sympathies


Origin of Spin


Parab Poet


Patient Hands


Patrick Moon Bird


RUMPUS



Experimental / Contemporary Artist of the Year


ADEOLUWA


éemi


Jesse Brown


Patient Hands


The Garrys


Toria Summerfield



Hip Hop Artist of the Year


Alex Bent + the Emptiness


Dayda Banks


Factor Chandelier


InfoRed


Origin of Spin



Indigenous Artist of the Year


InfoRed


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


velours


W3APONS



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


91.3FM CJTR


Saskatchewan Jazz Festival



Venue of the Year


Broadway Theatre


Coors Event Centre


TCU Place Sid Buckwold Theatre


The Exchange


The Happy Nun



Notes:


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.


THE BEST SASKATCHEWAN ALBUMS OF THE YEAR: LONG LIST

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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