The Nominees For The 2024 SCMA Awards in Lloydminster

– presented by Access Communications –

Have Been Announced!

Leading the nominations this year is Jake Vaadeland with six in total, including Male Artist of the Year and Fan’s Choice. Shantaia is coming off a great 2023 and has five in 2024, including Female Artist and Country Album of the Year.

See the complete list and press release by clicking HERE.


2024 SCMA Awards in Lloydminster – presented by Access Communications – are June 20 to 22, 2024!

Join us as we celebrate Saskatchewan Country Music for the 35th year at The Vic Juba Community Theatre in the Border City!

2023 SCMA Awards Winners

Female Artist of the Year: Shantaia

Male Artist of the Year: Justin LaBrash

Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year: Teagan Littlechief

Songwriter of the Year: Running Away – Composers: Justin LaBrash, Doug Sylvester, Dan Sully Performing Artist: Justin LaBrash

Emerging Artist of the Year: Adam Johnson

Country Album of the Year: The Neon Palm Tree – Performing Artist: Justin LaBrash

Alternative Country Album of the Year: Everybody But Me – Performing Artist: Jake Vaadeland

Video of the Year: A Letter To Dad – Performing Artist: JJ Voss

Interactive Artist or Group of the Year: Hunter Brothers

Bass Player of the Year: Luke Hunter

Drummer of the Year: Darcy Deschambault

Fiddle Player of the Year: Dean Bernier

Guitar Player of the Year: Scott Patrick

Keyboard Player of the Year: Jeffery Straker

Radio Station of the Year – Major Market: Saskatoon – 92.9 The Bull (92.9 FM)

Radio Station of the Year – Secondary Market: Melfort – FM Country CJVR (105.1 FM)

On Air Personality of the Year: Cody Glydon

Music Director of the Year: Colin Lovequist

Record Producer of the Year: Producer: Bart McKay Song: Watch It – Performing Artist: Brett Kissel

Recording Studio of the Year: Bart McKay Productions

Country Music Person of the Year: Bart McKay

Music Venue of the Year: The Happy Nun Cafe

Music Festival of the Year: Country at the Creek

Fans Choice Entertainer of the Year: Hunter Brothers

Single of the Year: Back Then, Right Now – Tenille Arts

Hall of Fame Induction for Group Achievement: Hunter Brothers

Hall of Fame Induction for Female Artist Achievement: Tenille Arts

National/International Artist Achievement: Hunter Brothers

Legends and Legacy Award: Faster Gun

If you missed the 34th Annual SCMA Awards, watch the on the SCMA YouTube Channel. Watch the entire Show here.

34th Annual SCMA Awards

at the Southland Co-op Centre in Assiniboia

The SCMA weekend kicked off Thursday with the Stars and Guitars Banquet at the Prince of Wales Centre with performances by Jordyn Pollard and JJ Voss.

Then on Friday the Kick Off Party heated up the Southland Co-op Centre with performances by Karissa Hoffart, Justin LaBrash, Jordyn Pollard and Shantaia followed by special guests 4-time Canadian Country Music Association group of the year, Juno nominees, and country music superstars, The Washboard Union. Lastly SCMA’s sweetheart Lisa Moen and her band (Myles Myrol, Garth Howell, and Damon Tupper) kept the venue rocking until 1:30 in the morning.

On Saturday the day started with a President’s Breakfast featuring Karissa Hoffart, followed by a Gospel and Emerging Artist Showcase hosted by Doug Sylvester with performances by Michael Dey, Ken & Esther, Andreea The Narrative, and Alli Daine. The program closed with a Songwriters’ showcase hosted by Doug Sylvester and performances by Adam Johnson, Tommy John Ehman, Jeffery Straker and Dan Cugnet.

The crowd then moved outside to the Parking Lot Party and Outdoor Stage with over 20 vendors and food trucks, a bouncy castle, a beer garden and an outdoor SCMA stage showcasing Darryl Anderson (with Cam Sawatsky, Kevin Adair, and Kurtis Kopp), Teagan Littlechief (with Morgan Turk), Adam Johnson, Karissa Hoffart (with Micah Walbaum, Carter Kent, Parker Nabis and Nick Strelic), Tommy John Ehman (with Rob Ehman), and The Crosby Harle Band (Tanner Crosby and Jared Harle).

At 8:00pm sharp the show went live on AccessNow TV. In addition to 29 award presentations by our sponsors, there were 12 performances from The Washboard Union, the House Band (Hal Schrenk, Bart McKay, Josh Palmer, Evan Friesen, and Jesse Dawson), and other SCMA artists:

  • The Washboard Union (I Run on Country, accompanied by the House Band)
  • Dan Cugnet (So Long Cowboy, accompanied by Morgan Turk)
  • Karissa Hoffart (Whiskey Mood, accompanied by the House Band)
  • Justin LaBrash (Running Away, accompanied by the House Band )
  • JJ Voss (A Letter to Dad, accompanied by the House Band)
  • Teagan Littlechief (Heartbreak Song, accompanied by Morgan Turk)
  • Amanda Hagel (Dirty Up Good, accompanied by the House Band)
  • Adam Johnson (Drinking with the Boys, accompanied by the House Band)
  • Jordyn Pollard (Upside of Being Down, accompanied by the House Band)
  • Jeffery Straker (One Foot on Main Street, accompanied by the House Band)
  • Faster Gun (Dean Kush, Aaron Habicht, Rick Armbruster, Chip Barsi, Brian Kelly)
  • The Washboard Union (Country Thunder, accompanied by the House Band)

Following the awards show, the after party kicked up the heat with performances by The Washboard Union (accompanied by the House Band) and JJ Voss (accompanied by A Damn Good Band: Brian Kelly, Dave Lawlor, Grady Birns, and Mike Thompson). The party could have kept going all night but the liquor law said nope!

The SCMA is grateful to our partners, The Assiniboia Civic Improvement Association, the Town of Assiniboia, and all our sponsors:

Access Communications Co-operative, presenting sponsor, Creative Saskatchewan, Town of Assiniboia, Nelson GM, South Country Equipment, Southland Co-op, JGL Group of Companies, Babich Farms, E Bourassa & Sons, Westrum Lumber Timbermart, Integra Tire, Young’s Equipment, Aikens Farms, Dave Mihalicz Excavating, Giselle’s Showtyme Dance Studio, Outlaw Trail Spirits Distillery, Phantom Light Distillery, Cat Country 98, SGI, Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport, SaskMusic, Long & McQuade, Pure Country 92.7, GX94 Radio, Country 600 CJWW, 92.9 The Bull, 620 CKRM, 105 CJVR, Golden West Radio, Western Litho Printers, Big Bang International, K2 Laser Design, Cowtown, Canalta Hotel Assiniboia, Lisa Peters, Fresh Start Catering

February 7 2021


Female Artist of the Year
Amanda Hagel
Amy Nelson
Jordyn Pollard
Samara Yung
Tenille Arts
Male Artist of the Year
Brock Andrews
Brody Siebert
Chris Henderson
J.J. Voss
Justin LaBrash
Tommy John Ehman
Group of the Year
Hunter Brothers
Jay & Jo
Munro & Patrick
The North Sound
Tucker Lane
Songwriter of the Year
“Everybody Knows Everybody” Composers: Tenille Arts, Allison Veltz Cruz, Alex Kline
“I’ll Cheers To That” Composers: Lane Shields, Alex Runions, Johnny Sinclair, Leslie
“Maria Queen of San Antone” Composer: Tommy John Ehman
“Youth” Composers: Janaya Trudel and Jolissa Trudel
“The Kind Of Man” Composers: JJ Voss, Dave Wasyliw
“Two Cents” Composers: Shantaia and Ryan Sorestad
Album or EP of the Year
“Good on Me” Artist: Jordyn Pollard
“Love, Heartbreak & Everything in Between” Artist: Tenille Arts
“Things I Can’t Turn Off” Artist: Samara Yung
“Up on Stage” Artist: Jarrid Lee
“Chapter One” Artist: Shantaia
Roots Album or EP of the Year
“Come Along With Me” Artist: J.J. Voss
“Sorrow Road” Artist: Yvonne St. Germaine
“Victory” Artist: Jay & Jo
“As the Stars Explode” Artist: The North Sound
“Of Ghosts and Graveyards” Artist: Wade Fehr
Video of the Year
“Come Along With Me” Artist: JJ Voss Director: Joel Stewart, Prehistoric Productions
“Everybody Knows Everybody” Artist: Tenille Arts Director: Grant Claire
“Farmer’s Song” Artist: JJ Voss, Darlene Tuleta, featuring Charlie Major Director:
Prehistoric Productions
“Hard Dirt” Artist: Hunter Brothers Director: Sean Smith, Stingray Pictures
“Youth” Artist:Jay & Jo Director: Janaya and Jolissa Trudel with Erik Paquette
Emerging Artist of the Year
Andrea An
The Dirt Rich Band
Justine Sletten
Karissa Hoffart
Katelyn Lehner
Interactive Artist or Group of the Year
Hunter Brothers
Jay & Jo
J.J. Voss
Munro & Patrick
Tenille Arts
Bass Player of the Year
Brandon Ziola
Jesse Dawson
Johnny Sinclair
Luke Hunter
Murray Yung
Myles Myrol
Drummer of the Year
Aaron Pritchard
Darcy Deschambault
Dean Kushneryk
Dusty Hunter
Jayson Brinkworth
Fiddle Player of the Year
Dean Bernier
Evan Friesen
Sam Derbawka
Guitar Player of the Year
Brock Hunter
Garth Howell
J.J. Hunter
J.J. Voss
Scott Patrick
Shawn Blackman
Keyboard Player of the Year
Amy Nelson
Glenna Switzer
Jeffrey Straker
Jesse Weiman
Terry Hoknes
Radio Station of the Year – Major Market
Saskatoon – CJWW 600 (600 AM)
Saskatoon – 92.9 The Bull (92.9 FM)
Regina – Pure Country 92.7 (92.7 FM)
Prince Albert – Saskatchewan Country CKBI (900 AM)
Moose Jaw – Country 100 FM (100.7 FM)
Radio Station of the Year – Secondary Market:
Yorkton – GX94 (940 AM)
Swift Current – CKSW 570 (570 AM)
North Battleford – CJNB 1050 (1050 AM)
Melfort – FM Country CJVR (105.1FM)
Assiniboia – Cat Country 98.1 (98.1 FM)
On-Air Personality of the Year
Matt Ryan
Cal Gratton
Chase Hussey
Jason Lee
Music Director of the Year
Cal Gratton
Chase Hussey
Jason Lee
Record Producer of the Year
Bart McKay “Now or Never” Performing Artist: Brett Kissel
Hal Schrenk “Victory” Performing Artist: Jay and Jo
Hunter Brothers “Just Wanted You To Know” Performing Artist: Hunter Brothers
Jesse Weiman “Heavy Heart” Performing Artist: The North Sound
Jesse Weiman at Nolita Studios “Wanting You” Performing Artists: Andrea An
featuring Ches Anthony
Recording Studio of the Year
Bart McKay Productions
Big Bang Studios
Blue Door Recording
Nolita Studio
Saskatoon Music Recording Studio
Country Music Person of the Year
Brock Andrews
Candace Finch
Heidi Munro
Wes LaBrash
Music Venue of the Year:
Capitol Music Club
E.A. Rawlinson Centre
Hank’s Tavern
The Happy Nun Cafe
Longbranch Good Times Beverage Company
The Lyric Theatre
Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year
Fans’ Choice will be decided by public vote in March of 2021.
The artists on the Fans’ Choice ballot will be:
Hunter Brothers
Tenille Arts
JJ Voss
Samara Yung
Jordyn Pollard
Single of the Year
The single that has the highest amount of spins throughout the eligibility period as
reported by Trax Report will receive this award.
The songs in contention for single of the year are:
“Hard Dirt” – Hunter Brothers
“Somebody Like That” – Tenille Arts
“Silver Lining” – Hunter Brothers


The Saskatchewan Country Music Association would like to invite you to join us in recognizing the accomplishments of our members over this past year.

The 32nd Annual Awards Show, Hosted by Tim Day and Courtney Fielder, on Access Now and YouTube will air April 17th at 8:00 Pm !!

Event link will be posted to this page at a later date.

November 25, 2020

The SCMA 31st Annual Awards Showcases, COVID-19 style, will be available on Sasktel Max Local on Demand across the province, effective November 26. Recorded in the artists’ homes, yards and fields, due to COVID-19 restrictions, they do a great job of showcasing the Saskatchewan talent that couldn’t appear, due to the cancellation of the Awards Weekend. Please tune in to Max Local on Demand to see showcase performances from:

Songwriters’ Showcase
Stephanie Rose
Shannon Rae
Justin LaBrash
Dara Schindelka

Awards Gala Showcase
Justine Sletten
Tommy John Ehman
Lyn Besse McGinnis
Brody Siebert

Youth Artist Showcase
Morgan Robertson
Miera McEwen

Emerging Artist Showcase
Shannon Rae
Berk Jodoin
Nathan Davis
Jordyn Pollard
Tayler Tluchak
Karissa Hoffart


November 7, 2020

Award Season is just around the corner. Please review the latest copy of the Rules and Regulations for the S.C.M.A. awards under the “Awards” menu, or, log in to the members only area, and download a copy under “Membership Documents”. Remember to be eligible for the awards in 2021, your membership needs to be current


September 30, 2020

REOPEN LIVE MUSIC SASK Concert Oct 25th Jack Semple, Munro & Patrick, Chris Henderson

The ReOpen Live Music Saskatchewan movement was started back in June to open our industry safely, as financial devastation and closure was looming for many of our venues. Industry professionals and friends were at great risk of losing homes, cars and could not provide for their families. They could not do what they truly love and what brings joy and “ therapy” to many Saskatchewan folks.  After reaching out to our MLA, political leaders and ministers, collecting impact statements, and with much press and perseverance, opening the music industry a fraction was made possible.  The survival of our industry as a whole depended on it, sadly we have had to say goodbye to some great live music treasures. This show is not about one particular genre of music.  It is the coming together of the industry as a whole, a collective effort which shows only some of the professional versatility, wide musical tastes, genres, top notch songwriting and world class artists and performers in our province. 

September 28, 2020

Congratulations Tenille!

Congratulations to Weyburn’s Tenille Arts for being named the C.C.M.A. Rising Star at this year’s CCMA awards!


September 15, 2020



Karissa Hoffart’s album has already started to get traction through the three singles already released to country radio. Most describe Karissa as genuine and true to her passion of singing. Her songs enlighten you, bringing you emotions that were once forgotten. The album is set to take you through life’s ups and downs and realize that you can always find the good if you look hard enough.
It makes sense to have a country recording artist grow up in the badlands country of Saskatchewan. It’s clear to see her country roots shine through in her singing and songwriting. The album’s artwork resembles the country life Karissa lived and continues to live today. She works hard on the farm and the same goes for her music career. From opening for Tenille Arts last December to releasing her first album, Karissa does not hold back from her dreams and brings a big voice to the country industry.
Previously Hoffart has performed on the main stage at craven country jamboree, casino Regina, and at Telemiracle for many years now. Supporting and uniting communities of Saskatchewan, Karissa hosted her own drive in concert in August 2020! She was able to find a way to do what she loves, all while following the pandemic protocols. Since she has booked another outdoor concert for October 2020 and has many communities asking to host a concert.
For more information contact Karissa Hoffart at 1-306-861-6432 or send an email to

September 15, 2020

New Music News – Jordyn Pollard Releases New Single

Jordyn Pollard has released a new single ‘Back to Us’ to Canadian radio. Reflecting back on her high school years, this song was so relatable to her. We hope when you listen, it will take you back to simpler times in life and put a smile on your face, like it did for us. Find it anywhere you purchase your music. 

September 14, 2020

IG Wealth Management and the SCMA have partnered together to present to IG Wealth Clients an amazing opportunity for all SCMA Artists!

IG Wealth Social causes align to include Seniors, Indigenous and youth. IG Wealth will be picking up to 4 artists plus a headliner for this series. This will be a paid performance opportunity and is only available to current SCMA Member Artists. This concert series will be a virtual series recorded from the comfort of your own home studio. We are looking for it to have a festive season feel in it. Your video should contain 2 or 3 songs, with 1 song possibly being a holiday season song. The videos submitted will be a song writers feel to them, with a short explanation about the song and why you wrote or picked it for submission. It will also include a possible Q&A session on the day the series is aired to clients. Each artist will submit approximately a 10-15 min video. 

Application for S.C.M.A. artists will be open until September 21, 2020

What we need from you to apply:

1) Short Bio
2) Link to a video or you-tube channel
3) Link to website or Facebook page

Deadline for video submission if you are chosen by IG Wealth is October 30. The Series will be put together with IG Wealth production team for airing to their clients on December 3, 2020. 

Email applications with the Subject Line: IG Wealth Application to: 
Leon Gilbertson, Vice President S.C.M.A.

September 5, 2020

Performance Opportunity!

The 32nd Annual S.C.M.A. Awards Committee is looking for Performing Artists to play a one night show series in Estevan, beginning in November and running monthly until the Awards show in April 2021.
The format would be an acoustic or band style showcase with it being a paying performance. The artists would have to supply their own sound system. The committee will do the advertising and the ticket sales for the show.
This is a great opportunity to build up the awards show as well as giving artists a chance to play and get your name known in Estevan and South East Saskatchewan. If you have questions or want to sign up for this opportunity contact Leon Gilbertson, S.C.M.A. Vice President: or CALL 306-457-7654.


September 2, 2020

Steve Andrew from Aces Wyld has developed a new song pitching website, aimed at connecting indie artists and writers from around the world. It’s called Song Shop. SongShop gives both artists and writers a platform to work together without taking a cut of anyone’s royalties. We advertise our library to artists all over the world, getting writers in front of new artists, and getting artists in front of new writers. For more information, check out Steve’s Blog and browse the site Here


July 30, 2020

APPLY NOW! Deadline Wednesday August 5

The Government of Canada is implementing the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations to complement economic measures already announced by the Government of Canada. This fund will help organizations ensure that they can continue contributing to their sector in the future. It is being administered by FACTOR (the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings). Eligible applicants include:

  • Venues: Both for-profit venues and festivals; and not-for-profit venues and festivals who do not receive emergency support through the DOCH’s Canada Arts Presentation Fund, or from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA). You must be a Canadian entrepreneur or organization in the live music sector that does not normally receive funding from the Canada Music Fund (CMF). For those with revenues of $100,000 or more, you must have had a profit margin of less than 15% since March 15, 2020.
  • Artist Managers and Booking Agents: You must be a Canadian entrepreneur or organization in the live music sector that does not normally receive funding from the Canada Music Fund (CMF). This includes, among others, artist managers that are not covered – or less well covered – by Phase 1 of the Emergency Support Fund, and booking agents. For those with revenues of $100,000 or more, you must have had a profit margin of less than 15% since March 15, 2020.

Click Here to apply BEFORE August 5

July 22, 2020

And the Nominees are…The Canadian Country Music Association has posted the nominees for this year’s awards in September. Tenille Townes leads the way with 6 nominations
The Alberta singer is up for the fans’ choice award as well as female artist, entertainer, songwriter, interactive artist and video of the year. Last year, she picked up four awards at the CCMAs.

Congratulations to our Saskatchewan artists who picked up some nominations: 

Hunter Brothers – Fan’s Choice, Group/Duo of the Year, & Video of the Year

Tenille Arts – Rising Star & Album of the Year

Jess Moskaluke – Female Artist of the Year

Bart Mckay Productions  – Recording Studio of the Year & Producer of the Year.

Cal Gratton – Music Director of the Year Medium/Small Market

Kalsey Kulyk (originally from Hudson Bay) – Roots Album of the Year

If you hold a CCMA membership, please throw some love at our Saskatchewan artists. The CCMA Awards will be taped in Oro-Medonte, Ont. (home of the annual Boots & Hearts festival) and in Nashville for broadcast on Sept. 27, 2020
Click the link to see all the nominees.

June, 2020


Thank you to hosts Matt Ryan from CJNS Meadow Lake and Cody Glydon from CKRM Regina.

Thank you to our performers: Donny Parenteau, Chris Henderson, Brody Siebert, Samara Yung, Shantaia, Tommy John Ehman, The North Sound, Amy Nelson, Jordyn Pollard, Erin Hill, Yvonne St. Germaine, Tayler Tluchak, Amanda Hagel, Aces Wyld, Jay & Jo, Stephanie Rose, Brock Andrews, Munro & Patrick.

Thank you to our presenters.

Thank you to Access 7 for broadcasting the awards show again this year. There is a Youtube link of the broadcast available here

Thank you to our members, who without your membership fees, and interest in country music in the province, would make it much harder to do what we do!

And most importantly, Thank you to our Sponsors, who stuck with us during these uncertain times. We couldn’t do it without you!

The S.C.M.A. awards weekend program lists the nominees, last year’s award winners, presenters and biographies of all the performers on the show as well as all the performers who were selected to perform at the original Awards Weekend. To view a copy of the S.C.M.A. 2020 Program, Click the program cover. If you wish to purchase a printed copy of the Program, visit Click Here

For more information, please contact Wes LaBrash, S.C.M.A. President, (306) 527-3836, or email:

The S.C.M.A. Virtual Awards Show is made possible by the following proud supporters of Saskatchewan Country Music:

















June 2, 2020

Have you renewed your membership yet? Click Here.
Deadline to be eligible for next year’s awards voting has been extended until June 30 2020

May 27, 2020

Kansas Stone is a country band in Ontario that is releasing a new single on Friday this week called Together We’re Strong, where all the money goes to the Unison Benevolent Fund for COVID relief. Check out their video at the link below. If you like it, consider downloading, streaming and supporting the project. Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. They help professional music-makers in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties. SCMA Members may be eligible to apply for assistance if they:

  • Worked primarily in the music industry for at least two years.
  • Worked primarily in the music industry for 55% of your career.
  • Earned at least 55% of your income from the Canadian music industry, if you are over 65.

For more information about Unison Benevolent Fund COVID relief program, visit

Watch the video here: Together We’re Strong

May 16, 2020

2020 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Award Winners

Fans Choice Entertainer of the Year

Hunter Brothers

Female Artist

Tenille Arts

Male Artist

Chris Henderson

Group Of The Year

Hunter Brothers

Single Of The Year

Hunter Brothers – Lost

Songwriter Of the Year

Somebody Like That – Composers: Tenille Arts, Alex Kline & Allison Veltz (Performed by Tenille Arts)

Album Of the Year

Hunter Brothers – State of Mind

Video Of the Year

Some People – J.J. Voss (Director: Joel Stewart and Pre-Historic Productions)

Emerging Artist Of the Year

Jordyn Pollard

Interactive Artist or Group Of the Year

Lisa Moen

Roots Artist Of the Year

J.J. Voss

Music Festival Of the Year

Country at the Creek (Big River)

Music Venue Of the Year

The Happy Nun Cafe (Forget, SK)

Country Music Person Of the Year

Lisa Moen

TV, Radio or Online Show Of the Year

Pickin’ It Country – Reg Wilke  (CJTR FM)

Radio Station Of the Year – Major Market

Saskatoon 92.9 The Bull (92.9 FM)

Radio Station Of the Year – Secondary Market

Melfort FM Country CJVR (105.1FM)

On Air Personality Of the Year – Major Market

Reg Wilke (CJTR FM)

On Air Personality Of the Year – Secondary Market

Matt Ryan (CJNS FM)

Music Director Of the Year – Major Market

Jason Lee (CJWW)

Music Director Of the Year – Secondary Market

Cal Gratton (CJVR-FM)

Guitar Player Of the Year

Scott Patrick

Bass Player Of the Year

Luke Hunter

Keyboard Player Of the Year

Jordan Toppings

Drummer Of the Year

Darcy Deschambault

Fiddle Player Of the Year

Janaya Trudel

Specialty Instrument Player of the Year

Sam Derbawka

Record Producer Of the Year

Bart McKay

Recording Studio Of the Year

Bart McKay Production

Legends and Legacy Award

Donny Parenteau

SCMA Youth Bursary

Micah Walbaum

SIGA Indigenous Artist Development Bursary

Yvonne St. Germaine


May 6, 2020

The Saskatchewan Country Music Awards Go “Virtual”

Saturday, May 16, 2020


Prepare to bunk in on the couch with your snacks, and help us honour the best country, roots and gospel music talent in Saskatchewan. The 31st Annual Saskatchewan Country Music Association awards will be on your tv, or on your computer screen! We will recognize our best singers, songwriters, musicians, producers, media and industry professionals!

Join your hosts, Matt Ryan from CJNS Meadow Lake and Cody Glydon from CKRM Regina as they take you through an evening full of awards and musical performances by:

Donny Parenteau

Chris Henderson

Brody Siebert

Samara Yung


Tommy John Ehman

The North Sound

Amy Nelson

Jordyn Pollard

Erin Hill

Yvonne St. Germaine

Tayler Tluchak

Amanda Hagel

Aces Wyld

Jay & Jo

Stephanie Rose

Brock Andrews

Munro & Patrick

Handing out the virtual hardware this year will be Gene Makowsky (Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport), Tracey Mucha (Access Communications),  Mayor Michael  Fougere (City of Regina), Tracy Martin (Canadian Country Music Association), Mike Dawson (SaskMusic), Brad Papp (Long & McQuade), Stephanie Robb, Mark Heise and Paul Chicoine (Rebellion Brewing Company), Hal Schrenk (Big Bang International), Karen and Kevin (K2 Laser Designs), Scott Clements (, Marilyn Lustig-McEwen (Queen’s Printer for Saskatchewan), Dean Friesen (Objectified Software), Paul Lomheim (Northern Lights Casino), Dave Thomas (CJWW 92.9), Abbey White (620 CKRM), Chase Hussey and Lindsay May (Pure Country 92.7), Courtney Fielder (Golden West Radio), Danny Kid (CKBI), Cal Gratton (CJVR Melfort), Lisa Willems (98.1 Cat Country), Ken Landers (Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation), Josh Haugerud (CJTR Regina Community Radio), Doug Sylvester (Chickadee Songwriter Circle), Heidi Munro (Munro & Patrick), Wes LaBrash, John Quinn, Tim Day, Candace Finch, Leonard Gray, Connie Day, and Rick Wanner (SCMA Board and Regions), and Reg Wilke (Who’s Countin’ on CJTR).

The show will air online and on Access7 channels across the province (exclusive to AccessTV subscribers) on May 16, 2020 starting at 8:00 P.M.

Exclusive! to AccessTV subscribers, tune in to Access7 on May 9, 2020 at 9:00 P.M. to watch the S.C.M.A. Red Carpet Show. The S.C.M.A.’s Red Carpet Hostess, and Saskatchewan country star, Lisa Moen, will be interviewing nominees and virtual participants about their new music, events, fashion and more.

To watch the show online, use the following link:

For More Information, please contact Wes LaBrash, S.C.M.A. President, (306) 527-3836, or email:

April 30, 2020


On April 21, 2020 Saskatoon singer / songwriters Lyn Besse McGinnis and Terry Hoknes released the music video “WE’LL BE FREE 2020” via YouTube. They collaborated with 16 other Saskatchewan artists to create a musical message of love from Saskatchewan to the world. The song is a response to the global pandemic, about living through it, staying connected, and coming out on the other side. They aim to reach 1,174,000 people on YouTube…the population of Saskatchewan.

Do right by all the people
/Little things show you care
/You cant be there/ so for now Keep talking” 

Often collaborating as co-writers, Lyn & Terry decided to try a Bernie Taupin/Elton John style of songwriting online. For Elton John songs, Bernie writes the lyrics. Elton writes the music. So for WE’LL BE FREE 2020…Lyn wrote the lyrics. Terry wrote the music.

Then Terry had an idea, “Why don’t we do a ‘We Are the World’ style of recording?” So Terry and Lyn invited some musical friends to participate in the project. Everyone picked one line from the song; then recorded their line and the chorus on their cell phones from the safety of their own homes; and sent their videos to Terry. Lyn directed traffic, reviewed audio/video takes – note by note and frame by frame and took to calling herself Quincy Jones. Terry spent more than 30 hours glued to his computer and completed an audio recording and a video.

Lyn and Terry are grateful to Jay Semko, Sylvia Chave, Desirée Hobbins, Glenn Sutter, Heather Desjardins, Shayne Lazarowich, Gillian Snider, Scott Anthony Andrews, Tom Kennedy, Krystle Pederson, Rhonda Gallant-Morari, Oral Fuentes, LJ Tyson, Larry Krause, Forrest Eaglespeaker and Terri Bear Linklater. All these artists have diverse backgrounds, career paths and experiences. They are singers, singer/songwriters and theatre artists in genres from roots, rock and country to pop, children’s music, reggae and more.
For artist bios see:

Music feeds the heart and soul but the body needs food. The WE’LL BE FREE 2020 artists request that if you can, please make a donation to Food Banks of Saskatchewan

April 5, 2020

S.C.M.A. Awards Go “Virtual”

The Board of Directors of the S.C.M.A. are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Virtual Awards Show on May 16. These are challenging times and therefore we need creative solutions. Mark your calendars and plan to spend the evening to honour to best county, roots and gospel music talent in Saskatchewan. We will be recognizing our best singers, songwriters, musicians, producers, media and industry professionals by announcing all of the 2019 S.C.M.A. Award winners. Tune in and enjoy performances by many of our artists, including past winners and current nominees. This event replaces the S.C.M.A. Awards Weekend which had previously been scheduled to take place in Regina in mid April.

The show will air virtually, via a link here on our website, and on Access7 channels across the province (exclusive to AccessTV subscribers) on May 16, 2020 starting at 8:00 P.M.

The S.C.M.A. sincerely thanks our sponsors for sticking with us and supporting Saskatchewan country music:

  • Access Communications
  • Queen’s Printer for Saskatchewan
  • City of Regina
  • SGI
  • Canadian Country Music Association
  • Ministry of Sask Culture and Sport
  • SIGA Northern Lights Casino
  • Long and McQuade
  • CJWW 92.9
  • 620 CKRM – Harvard Broadcasting
  • Pure Country 92.7
  • Golden West Radio
  • CKBI
  • Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation
  • CJTR
  • CJVR
  • Rebellion Brewing
  • Principle
  • SaskMusic
  • K2 Laser
  • Josh Leblanc Realty
  • Big Bang International
  • SCMA-North East Region
  • SCMA – Prince Albert
  • SCMA – Saskatoon
  • SCMA – Regina
  • SCMA – SouthWest

March 14, 2020

31st Annual SCMA Awards and Considerations regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

The province has now announced a ban on events over 250 people. Accordingly, the SCMA Awards Show will not proceed as planned on April 17-19. The SCMA Board of Directors will be evaluating our course of action and we will be announcing our decision on April 5.

Options now being considered:
1. postpone the awards show to a later date (potentially October)
2. cancel all awards-related events for 2020 & announce the SCMA winners via email
3. do something different (e.g. virtual awards show + later in the year, have our showcases and workshops, etc.)
4. other creative ideas that materialize in the next two weeks

We will continue to talk to all suppliers and committed sponsors in the next week to determine the best course of action for the S.C.M.A. and for country music in this province.

We will be reimbursing advance ticket purchases and all ticket sales will cease immediately.

To cancel hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly as soon as possible and they will assist you.

For more information read the news article here:
COVID-19 live updates: Second presumptive case found in Sask. | Regina Leader Post

March 4, 2020



Saskatoon Council on Aging presents Grand “Old” Opry “Zoomer Style” event on March 27, 2020 at the Western Development Museum.  Let’s celebrate the talents of older adults specializing in country and western music. This event will start with a wonderful meal followed by entertainment and an exciting competition between country music acts. There will be several winners at the event. Winners receive an award, press coverage and fan adoration. This is your opportunity to be part of an entertaining night of fun where Saskatoon’s seasoned talent is showcased. Doors open 5 pm, Cocktails 6 pm Program 7 pm Performances 7:30 pm. TICKETS $100 [Partial tax receipts issued $65]. To purchase tickets,

  1. Phone 306.652.2255, pay with credit card
  2. Drop by our office 2020 College Drive [Saskatoon Field House]
  3. Buy online Eventbrite


February 17, 2020

Saskatchewan Country Music Association Announces Nominees and Host for 31st Annual Awards

The nominees for the 31st Annual Saskatchewan Country Music Awards were announced this weekend by the Saskatchewan Country Music Association. The final nominees in the 29 categories represent Saskatchewan’s top musicians and industry personnel as recognized by their peers and Board of Directors.

Juno nominees, The Hunter Brothers, lead the charge with seven nominations in the categories of Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Video of the Year, Interactive Artist of the Year, and Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year as well as two nominees for Single of the Year for Lost and Northern Lights. Band members Luke, Dusty and JJ Hunter were also nominated for their individual instrumental talents as bass player, drummer and guitar player.

Tenille Arts follows close behind with six nominees for Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Interactive Artist of the Year, Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year and Video of the Year. Tenille shares the company of Amy Nelson in three of those categories with nominations for Female Artist of the Year, Interactive Artist of The Year, and Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year. Amy rounded out her five nominations with Album of the Year and Keyboard Player of the Year.

Samara Yung joins the leading men, Chris Henderson, Justin LaBrash, and Brody Siebert who each garnered four mentions.

SCMA President Wes LaBrash said, “On behalf of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association we are proud of all our nominees, Whether they are an emerging artist, a pro artist, venue, producer, media company, radio station, an on air personality, a festival, musician, songwriter, Director, or an industry promoter, they are vital to country music in this province and they deserve our support.”

See the Full List of Nominees Here

The Saskatchewan Country Music Association is also excited to announce our special guest host! The Saskatchewan Country Music Association is proud to welcome home to host this year’s awards show, Regina born and raised, Canadian country recording sensation, JoJo Mason!

For 604 Records recording artist JoJo Mason, the past three years have been an incredible journey. Now, with five Top 10 tracks under his belt, the BC based two-time CCMA Rising Star Award nominee is ready to hit the ground running once again, and he’s more than excited to see what’s on the horizon. “Future”, Mason’s aptly titled lead single from his 2019 sophomore EP Chapter Two, is closing in on four million streams, quickly becoming his highest streamed song to date. The track peaked Mason’s interest immediately, notably blending two of his favourite genres; country, with a little bit of soul. Written by Nashville singer/songwriter Mitchell Tenpenny, “Future” paints a vivid picture of what can happen when that one unforgettable moment occurs that changes your entire life, in ways no one could ever imagine; and for Mason, the song is nothing short of a game changer. Second single “Better On You” – another Tenpenny-penned track – highlights the more sensitive side of Mason. The Top 3 song has become his highest charting single to date, and is currently closing in 3 million streams respectively while his current single “As If We Won’t”, released November 25, 2019, has over 131K streams and is steadily climbing the charts at Canadian Country Radio. Co-written by Tenpenny, Lindsay Rimes & Matt Rogers, “As If We Won’t” switches gears from the approachable romance of “Future” and “Better On You” and rides the rollercoaster of an on-again-off-again love that neither person is ready to let go of. Where Mason shines brightest is in showcasing the dynamic, relatable layers of relationships through his sparkling vocals and larger than life, vibrant personality, and he is more than happy to continue providing the soundtrack for love in all capacities. Mason will be riding the momentum of Chapter Two right into 2020, kicking off the year by heading out on the road in support of Gord Bamford’s “#Rednek Music Fest” tour.

The 2020 SCMA Awards weekend will take place April 17th to 19th in Regina, with the final awards being presented on the televised awards broadcast  the evening of April 18th.

Tickets for the entire weekend are on sale now. CLICK HERE

February 3, 2020


January 30, 2020

2020 Legends and Legacy Nominations

Photo: 2019 Legends and Legacy Recipients The Myrol Brothers

The Saskatchewan Country Music Industry has had many people who put our province on the map for country music. The Saskatchewan Country Music Association strives to be dedicated to the promotion, development, and enhancement of all aspects of Saskatchewan country music, with out the work and dedication of the Legends & Legacies the association would not be able to perform this. The S.C.M.A would like your help to honour the people that have over the span of their careers promoted and dedicated their lives to the promotion, development and enhancement of country music.
This award is presented to a solo artist or group or organization or individuals, with their roots in Saskatchewan, who during their lifetime have made a significant contribution to the promotion, development and enhancement of Saskatchewan Country Music. Nominations must include a detailed prospectus of 1 to 2 pages, plus have supporting documentation, where possible, including but not limited to pictures, newspaper clippings, and the like. Nominations will be reviewed and verified by the S.C.M.A board, the board will also choose the winner if any.

Email nomination prospectus and documention to:

Previous winners:

2019 – The Myrol Brothers

2018 – John Quinn

2017 – Bill Wood

2016 – Freddie Pelletier

2015 – Ron Waddell & Tex Emery

2014 – Dave Baker

2013 – Bernice Thall

2012 – Blake Emmons

2011 – Art Wallman

2010 – Brenda Chute-Olde

2009 – Barry Scaife

2008 – Claude Adams

2007 – Elmer Lammedee

To see more winners, click here: Awards History Page

January 30, 2020

2020 SIGA Indigenous Artist Development Bursary

Photo: 2019 SIGA Indigenous Artist Development Bursary Recipient Forrest Eaglespeaker (c),
Richard Ahenakew, SIGA (L), and Roland Corrigal (r)

Calling all SCMA Indigenous Members to Apply for the 2020 SIGA Indigenous Artist Development Bursary. The recipient will receive a cash award of $1500 to be presented at the Annual Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards on Saturday April 18 in Regina, SK. The SIGA Indigenous Artist Development Bursary is awarded in partnership with SIGA to further the development of indigenous country music artists in Saskatchewan. The SIGA Indigenous Artist Development Bursary is awarded to an Indigenous member of the SCMA who is actively involved in the Saskatchewan country music industry. This award has been established to assist the recipient in moving their music careers forward by connecting them to the resources, services and expertise of professionals who are members of the SCMA. To be eligible for this bursary, all applicants must all hold a current individual SCMA membership. The SIGA Indigenous Artist Development Bursary is chosen by the SCMA Board of Directors. Please download the form, complete and return via email to:

Deadline is end of day Saturday February 8th, 2020.

Download FormDownload SIGA Bursary Form here


January 30, 2020

2020 Showcase Applications Now Being Accepted

Would you like to showcase at the awards weekend in Regina in 2020? Would you like to be seen by hundreds of fans and industry people and show ’em what you got? Then Click on the link below to apply to perform at the 31st Annual S.C.M.A. Awards being held in Regina, Sk. April 17-19. The deadline to submit your showcase choices is February 15th 2020.

Apply For 2020 Awards Weekend Showcases


January 30, 2020

2020 SCMA Youth Bursary Now Being Accepted

(Photo: 2019 Youth Bursary Award Winners Graeme Trudel and Cooper Tropeau)

Calling all SCMA Youth Members to Apply for the 2020 SCMA Youth Development Bursary. The application is attached to apply for the 2020 Youth Development Bursary Award of $200 sponsored by the SCMA. The SCMA Youth Development awards is presented to youth member(s) or a group who are under the age of 18 and who are actively involved in the Saskatchewan country music industry. This award has been established to assist the recipient in moving their music careers forward by connecting them to the resources, services and expertise of professionals who are members of the SCMA. To be eligible for this bursary, all applicants, individuals or members of groups, must all hold current individual SCMA memberships. The SCMA Youth Development Bursary Award is chosen by the SCMA Board of Directors. Please download the form, complete and return via email to:

Deadline is end of day Saturday February 8th, 2020.

Download FormDownload SCMA Youth Bursary Form here


December 10, 2019

Click Here To See Gabriel's Message

News from Saskatchewan artist Catherine Lewans………Over the last approximately three months, I have dedicated my whole heart to this music video project in an effort to share something beautiful and meaningful with the world. I decided to learn how to record my own music (and there is still MUCH MUCH MORE to learn!) so that I could see my idea become reality. It is very exciting and meaningful to feature this song as my very first release as the Producer as well as the Artist.

I felt a fire inside of me I have never felt before as I created the musical arrangement of this song and envisioning the story and imagery. There is a saying that goes something like, ” Your talent is God’s gift to you, and what you do with it is your gift back to God.” That is very much what this project means to me. God gave me the strength to create and complete this project.

A HUGE THANK YOU going out to all the cast, crew, and anyone who supported this project in any way! I could not have done it without you!!

THANK YOU to all my amazing fans and followers for your continued support and please take a moment to SHARE this song/video with your friends and loved ones.

I hope you are touched by “Gabriel’s Message“.

Advent has now begun, and Christmas will soon arrive!🌟


~ Luv, Catherine

November 20, 2019

Don’t miss this great Christmas Tradition in Prince Albert on Sunday December 1. Tickets will be available ONLY at the door

November 20, 2019

Welcome to the 2020 SCMA Awards Season!

On Wednesday November 20th, the application for the 2020 SCMA Awards season will show up in your email. The application ballot is your opportunity to make it known to the SCMA membership that you would like to be considered for the 2020 SCMA awards in one or more categories. Completing the application ballot is the only way to be considered for the 2020 awards. Nobody else can put you in contention for the awards.
The 2020 awards rules and regulations can be found under “Awards Rules” on the website, or by clicking HERE

It is important that if you choose to apply for one or more awards, that you do your best to fulfill all the requirements for each award. Please read the instructions carefully and be sure your application is complete to reduce any risk of having your application rejected.

The timeline for this year’s voting process is as follows:
Application Ballot – November 20th to December 7th
First Ballot – December 29th to January 18th
Second Ballot – January 26th to February 8th
Final Ballot – February 16th to February 29th

Each round of balloting reduces the nominations from whatever comes from the application ballot to 10 after the first ballot, 5 after the second ballot, and then finally the award winners on the final ballot.

All this leads us to the 31st annual SCMA Awards in Regina on April 17-19, 2020!

November 18, 2019

SCMA Northeast will be having their Christmas show, A Very Country Christmas, on December 1st from 2-4pm at the Senior Citizens Hall in Nipawin! Come enjoy a special country Christmas show, we have invited some friends to perform as well! Admission is $10.00 at the door, 12 and under free!

For more information contact Cliff Rose at 306-276-2125 or Leonard Gray at 306-801-4466.

October 5, 2019

Hello SCMA members,

We are putting out a submission to apply for a brand new TV show series on Access Communications Saskatchewan. The show is called “Behind The Melody” and based on a Singer/Songwriter platform of music and the meaning behind a song. Lisa Moen hosts the show, 13 episodes – acoustic songwriter performance and artist interview. You will be asked to perform 2-3 original songs (NO COVER SONGS) and in the interview portion will answer questions about the songs and meanings, inspirations etc. This is an acoustic performance and production supplied.

Each episode will feature one artist and will be aired on Access 7 TV across the province, and on social media platforms. Lots of buzz on this show , posts and behind the scene fun ! You will get a copy of your episode too .

We are taping Wednesday evenings starting October 16, with a live audience at The Holiday Inn Downtown Saskatoon in the Hub Restaurant/ Lounge area. All friends and family welcome to attend the taping of the show.

Please send your submission of interest for performing on the show to before THURSDAY OCTOBER 10, 2019.
Thirteen artists will be chosen for this season and more to come !! Artists will be notified immediately for pre-planned show scheduling. Thank you so much for your interest!!

For more information, go to Behind The Melody’s page on Facebook

The BEHIND THE MELODY team and Access 7 TV Saskatchewan

October 2, 2019


The Saskatchewan Country Music Association-Saskatoon Region invites you out for Open Mic Nights, Wednesday nights from 8pm-11p at the LongBranch (excluding November 6). Come on out and join us. If you’re not a member, ask how you can become one! Check the SCMA Saskatoon Region page here on the website, or through their Facebook page 


September 5, 2019

To maintain a position of public trust, the SCMA has established a Conflict of Interest Policy to prevent situations of real, potential or perceived conflict which would diminish or tarnish the image or reputation of the SCMA. Please see more under About Us> SCMA Conflict of Interest Policy

August 15, 2019

The SCMA Northeast Region is hosting a youth showcase event on Saturday October 12th. They are looking for youth performers and a headliner. The headliner will be paid $400 plus expenses. The show is focused on youth talent! If you are interested in performing at the event, Please Click here for the online Application Form.  You may also contact Leonard @ 306-276-8724 or Cliff @ 306-276-2125.

August 12, 2019

The S.C.M.A. and Manitoba C.M.A. have partnered on a showcase at CCMA Music Weekend in Calgary! The venue is Bottlescrew Bill’s Pub. The showcase will take place between 12:00pm and 5:00pm on Saturday September 7th. We have room for 8 artists to perform 4 songs each. You must be an SCMA participating member to apply. Deadline to apply is August 19th.

If you are not an SCMA member, please purchase a membership at the following link to qualify to perform at this showcase.

Thank you for your interest in SCMA artist showcase in Calgary!

Click Here for the online Performer Application Form

July 7, 2019

Congratulations to Yorton’s Samara Yung, whose latest single “Swerve” cracked the top 40 in Canada, reaching #31 on the BDS Radio Chart. Incredible talent! Check out her pages and buy her single!
Follow Sam on Facebook

June 17, 2019

620 CKRM Proudly Saskatchewan Showcase

Saskatchewan Country Artists get ready for the annual CKRM Proudly Saskatchewan Showcase.

If you’ve let this one go by in prior years, you may want to take a second look. This year the winner gets a chance to work with RGK Entertainment and Open Road Recordings and win a feature slot on the main stage at Country Thunder Saskatchewan!

There are no run-offs again this year. All applications will go through a preliminary adjudication process to determine if an invitation will be issued to join us at our Showcase event which will happen Sunday July 7th at The Tap in Regina. For complete information click here:

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners and to the artist with the best “original” song.

The Winner will receive a consultation, recording session, and single release with Open Road Recordings. They will assist in finding you the right song to help launch your career. The advice and direction they will provide will be invaluable. (**see below for specific details**)

A 4 song performance on the Main Stage at Country Thunder Saskatchewan on Sunday July 14th, 2019 at 3pm.

Our grand prize winner will also receive an individual SaskMusic membership for a year and potential showcase opportunities at CKRM-related functions throughout the year
AND of course…AIRPLAY of your single on 620 CKRM!!!

Cash Prizes will be awarded only to 2nd ($500) and 3rd ($250) place competitors.

There will also be a $500 cash bounty on the best “original” song from the competition.

The 2nd and 3rd place performers from the Showcase will also be awarded a spot on the Mainstage at Country Thunder Saskatchewan (Sunday July 14, 2019). Each will perform 3 songs.

Application Deadline: Sunday June 30, 2019 at 5:00pm Sask Time

Showcase: Sunday July 7, 2019 at The Tap in Regina. Admission by donation to MusiCounts charity.

Country Thunder Performance: Sunday July 14, 2019 at Country Thunder Music Festival in Craven

June 6, 2019

Double CD Release Show 

ALL TOGETHER NOW Trio is celebrating the release of new solo albums from members LYN Besse McGinnis (A Simple Life) & TOM Kennedy (Eclecticism)

ALL TOGETHER NOW is a trio of singer/songwriters from Saskatoon who, along with their solo careers,  have come together to make music.  Lyn Besse McGinnis – guitar/cajon; Terry Hoknes – guitar/bass/keys; Tom Kennedy – guitar/bass/cajon.  And everybody does vocals!

An evening of original music, some Canadiana cover tunes, fun & frivolity as well as a very special guest MICAH JANE, a fab DOOR PRIZE generously provided by Cathy Stocki Co-Owner/Manager of Salt First One,  COMPLEMENTARY Nosh at intermission & a cash bar with wine/beer/pop/coffee/tea.

Lyn’s 3rd album, “A Simple Life” was nominated for Album Of The Year at the 2019 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards. Songs about love, heartache & making the choice to live an authentic life. For those who like strong lyrics & unique voices.   Think love child of Gordon Lightfoot & Buffy Sainte-Marie!  From sing-alongs to soulful ballads, Lyn’s melodies are wrapped around a good story & served up with distinctive vocals with a little sass on the side. Folk / Country

Tom’s DEBUT album, “Eclecticism”, shows the wide range of styles of singer/songwriter Tom Kennedy who wanders through folk, swing, rockabilly, country, a bit of jazz with a light dusting of rock – all with a bit of tongue-in-cheek thrown in. 

Both albums were produced & recorded by Terry Hoknes at Saskatoon Music Recording Studio.

Tickets available online at or at the door!


May 23, 2019

Hi, my name’s Cooper Tropeau. My two new singles “None Of My Friends” and “Leave with me” have recently been released and are available on all major digital music platforms.  Also my debut album titled “Crown On The Dash” is being released on May 24th and I am having a CD release party on the night of the 25th of May at the Longbranch.  The CD party will be split into an all ages show for the earlier part of the evening, and a 19+ show later on with a guest appearance from country artist Bruin. Please see the poster for more details.  Hope to see you there!

April 13, 2019

30 years of Saskatchewan Country Music Celebrated!

For the Hunter Brothers the week started with a #1 at Country Radio and ended with four Saskatchewan Country Music Awards.

The five farm boys from southern Saskatchewan were the top award winners at the 30th Anniversary Saskatchewan Country Music Awards celebrated in Saskatoon this weekend.

Of the 32 awards handed out throughout the weekend, the four time CCMA nominated artists claimed Interactive Group or Artist of the Year, Group of The Year, Video of the Year (Those Were The Nights), and Single of the Year (Those Were The Nights). In addition to these group awards, Luke Hunter was named All Star Band- Bass Player of The Year.

Hosted by Warner Recording Artist and CCMA Songwriter of the Year, Aaron Goodvin, the televised awards show honoured the finest talent in Country Music this province has to offer, handing out recognition to artists and musician achievement as well as industry leaders in recording and radio.

Chris Henderson accepted his second Male Artist of the Year award along side Tenille Arts who received her second Female Artist of the Year award and Songwriter of the Year for “Mad Crazy Love”. Samara Yung was the talk of the province this week as her fan’s named her “Fan’s Choice Entertainer of The Year”. Jay & Jo were awarded the Roots Artists of the Year while Shantaia was awarded Emerging Artist of the Year. Album of the Year was presented to Codie Prevost for his latest album “Radio”.

In keeping with honoring 30 years of Saskatchewan Country music, The Myrol Brothers were awarded the Legends and Legacy award. The Myrol Brothers were awarded the Non-Touring Band in 1991 and were the first generation of musicians in the SCMA. Lisa Moen, 2018 Country Music Person of the Year and daughter of Myles Myrol, presented the award to her father and uncles.

Country Music Person of the Year was awarded to Regina’s Reg Wilke, in recognition of his dedication to supporting Saskatchewan artists through his radio show “Pickin’ It Country”.  

In each of the seven major events which took place throughout the weekend, the finest of Saskatchewan’s talent was showcased and celebrated. This year’s Gala Awards Show featured 19 performers from throughout the three decades of the association’s history, making it the greatest entertainment roster in one award show.

And The Winners Are:

Fans Choice Entertainer of the Year

Samara Yung

Female Artist

Tenille Arts

Male Artist

Chris Henderson

Group of the Year

Hunter Brothers

Single of the Year

Hunter Brothers – Those Were The Nights

Songwriter of the Year

Tenille Arts (for “Mad Crazy Love”)

Album of the Year

Codie Prevost – Radio

Video of the Year

Hunter Brothers – Those Were the Nights

Emerging Artist of the Year


Interactive Artist or Group of the Year

Hunter Brothers

Roots Artist of the Year

Jay & Jo

Music Festival of the Year

Country Thunder Saskatchewan

Music Venue of the Year

E.A. Rawlinson Center for the Arts

Country Music Person of the Year

Reg Wilke

TV, Radio or Online Show of the Year

Canadian Coast 2 Coast (CJVR-FM)

Radio Station of the Year – Major Market

Saskatoon 92.9 The Bull (92.9 FM)

Radio Station of the Year – Secondary Market

Melfort FM Country CJVR (105.1FM)

On Air Personality of the Year – Major Market

Jay Richards (600 CJWW

On Air Personality of the Year – Secondary Market

Matt Ryan (CJNS FM)

Music Director of the Year– Major Market

Colin Lovequist (620 CKRM)

Music Director of the Year- Secondary Market     

Cal Gratton

Guitar Player of the Year

Garth Howell

Bass Player of the Year

Luke Hunter

Keyboard Player of the Year

Jordan Toppings

Drummer of the Year

Darcy Deschambault

Fiddle Player of the Year

Janaya Trudel

Specialty Instrument Player of the Year    

Sam Derbawka

Record Producer of the Year

Bart McKay

Recording Studio of the Year

Bart McKay Productions

Legends and Legacy Award

The Myrol Brothers

SCMA Youth Bursary

Graeme Trudel and Cooper Tropeau

SIGA Indigenous Artist Development Bursary

Forrest Eaglespeaker

April 10, 2019

The 30th Anniversary awards show gala will be broadcast to our great province once again, thanks to our amazing partnership with Access TV and Shaw Cable. Tune in to Access 7 or Shaw Cable Channel 10 at 7:30pm Saturday night for our stunning presentation of 30 years of Saskatchewan Country music.

You can also stream it live at

See ya on your flat screen!

April 2, 2019

Performers for the 30th annual Saskatchewan Country Music Awards officially announced promising a show unlike any other.

Broadcast by Access Saskatchewan and hosted by Warner Music Canada platinum selling artist Aaron Goodvin, the 30th Anniversary Gala Award show will feature performances by 18 of Saskatchewan’s top artists from throughout the last 30 years.  

“Fitting everyone in this year was a bit of a challenge but we wanted to celebrate 30 years of Saskatchewan Country Music so it was important to us to feature artists from every decade,” explained Hal Schrenk, Music Director of the Gala awards.   

Representing the artists of the first two decades on this year’s show will be five time SCMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Jessica Robinson,  seven time Fiddle Player of the Year Jason Heistad, 1991 Non Touring Band of the Year The Myrol Brothers, 1998 Vocal Collaboration award winners Marty Grambo and Darlene Tuleta, seven time Group of The Year Wyatt, and leading Male Artist of the Year winner, Codie Prevost.  

Current nominees performing on the Gala award show are Female Artist of the Year nominee Erin Hill, Roots Artist of the Year nominee Jen Lane, Group of the Year nominees The Trudel Family, Male Artist of the Year Brody Siebert and specialty instrument nominee Sam Derbawka

2018 award winners from the primary categories will also be taking the stage. This year’s featured artists include Fan’s Choice Artist of the Year Amy Nelson, Male Artist of the Year Chris Henderson, Female Artist of the Year Tenille Arts, Emerging Artist of the Year Justin LaBrash, Roots artist of the Year JJ Voss, and 2018 Group of the Year Aces Wyld.  

Amidst the performances will be presentations of 17 top music and artist awards as well as comments from the first Saskatchewan Country Music Association President and Board member.   

The Gala awards will take place Saturday April 13, 2019 at TCU Place in Saskatoon. Festivities will kick off with the red carpet beginning at 6:30 PM with the award show following at 7:30.    

Tickets to the 30th Anniversary Saskatchewan Country Music Association Gala Awards are available individually or as part of the weekend delegate package now available on Eventbrite.  

March 28, 2019

30th Anniversary SCMA Awards Showcase Performers Announced

The Saskatchewan Country Music Association is so pleased to announce the showcase performers for the 30th Anniversary SCMA Festival and Awards weekend taking place in Saskatoon, April 12 to 14th.

“We are so excited for the awards weekend,” stated Hal Schrenk, Co-Chair of the 30th SCMA Host Committee. “When we were planning the 30th Anniversary we wanted to make it a celebration of 30 years of Saskatchewan country music and a provincially inclusive weekend showcasing the best the province has to offer. I think we have achieved that.”

Throughout the seven events which make up the weekend’s festivities, audiences will experience performances by artists from each of the three decades with over 50 performers taking the stage over the three days.

Friday night will kick off the performances with the Saskatoon FastPrint Fan’s Choice Kick Off Party at the LongBranch Good Times Beverage Company. Taking the stage will be Fan’s Choice Nominees Samara Yung, Tenille Arts, The Trudel Family and Lisa Moen in addition to the winner of the Saskatchewan’s Next Big Star competition, Alex Runions and Lane Shields.

Saturday, an afternoon of music takes off with 12 youth entertainers on the Find The Good Youth Showcase at Centre Mall while 12 seasoned singer songwriters share the stories behind their songs at the K2 Laser Design Songwriters In The Round at Village Guitar.

Saturday night at the ProTouch Gala After Party three bands and their special guests will heat up the Longbranch stage. Showing off their talent will be Aces Wyld, Brody Siebert and his band, and Regina’s very own Tumbleweeds. Joining them on stage will be SCMA nominees L J Tyson, Forrest Eaglespeaker, Tommy John Ehman, and Justin LaBrash.  The evening will also feature a special performance by SCMA Awards host Aaron Goodvin.

Sunday morning the music comes alive at the Country Gospel Music Celebration and Worship at Mayfair United Church. Dispersed throughout the Sunday service will performances by Yvonne St Germaine, Jackie Guy, Amanda Hagel and Catherine Lewans.

The 30th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association will also host two award shows recognizing the artists, musicians, industry personnel and radio stations that make up the Saskatchewan Music industry.

Tickets for individual events as well as full weekend delegate passes are available at Eventbrite.

Friday, April 12th – 8:00pm – Saskatoon FastPrint Fans’s Choice Friday Kick-Off
Location: Longbranch Good Times Beverage Company

Acoustic Performances:
8pm – Saskatchewan’s Next Big Star winner – TBD
8:15pm – Samara Yung
8:30pm – Tenille Arts
Full Band Performances:
9pm – Alex Runions
10pm – The Trudel Family
11pm – Lisa Moen
12pm – Lane Shields

Saturday, April 13th – 1:00pm Find The Good Youth Showcase
Location: Centre Mall

Caledomia Donahue
Danni Jamieson
Mery Glover
Ethyn Beggs
Cooper Troupeau
Jordyn Pollard
Rebecca Strong
Taya Lebel
Jayde Laughren
Hannay Gaudry
Layton Ferster

Saturday, April 13th – 1:00pm – K2 Design Songwriters In The Round
Location: Village Guitar

Anthony Kelly
Marney Duncan Carey
Doug Sylvester
Lane Shields
Jodi Faith
Forrest Eaglespeaker
Jackie Guy
Berkley Jodoin
Jordyn Pollard
Glen Strong
Lyn Besse McGinnis

Saturday, April 13th – 10:00pm ProTouch Gala Awards After Party
Location: Longbranch Good Times Beverage Company

10:15 – Aces Wyld with guests Lj Tyson and Forest Eaglespeaker (The North Sound)
11:15pm – Brody Siebert with special guests Tommy John Ehman and Arron Goodvin
12:30pm – The Tumbleweeds with special guest Justin LaBrash

Sunday, April 14th- 10:00am Country Gospel Showcase & Worship
Location: Mayfair United Church

Yvonne St Germaine
Jackie Guy
Amanda Hagel
Catherine Lewans

March 22, 2019

Program Ads and Mikees Available Now! Promote your business or share your passion for music by purchasing advertising in our souvenir program or sponsoring a Mikee.

The SCMA Awards weekend program is essential reading for every delegate and participant of this music filled weekend. In full colour, with artist bios, showcase and award schedules and information, it’s a guide that is read cover-to-cover many times throughout the three-day weekend and often treasured for years afterwards.
Program ads are available in various sizes and placed prominently among the artists listed throughout the pages. Click here to see the full rate card. Ads must be booked prior to April 1st with design files submitted by April 4th.

Perhaps you would rather be a part of the Industry awards. Mikees are now available in the Industry categories honoring the musicians, producers, and radio personnel who make up the Saskatchewan Country Music Association. You can get your commemorative 30th Anniversary SCMA mikee to present during the awards show for $350.00. These are limited in number so don’t delay. All Mikees are available on a first come, first served basis and are reserved in the order emails are recieved.

To purchase yours, email Candace at: before April 4th stating your requested category and contact information for payment.

March 2019

In Tune Newsletter

Hello my fine tuned friends!
It’s March, the month that shows promise that Spring is going to arrive. It’s also the month before our 30th Anniversary SCMA Awards weekend. Now that I’ve pointed out the obvious, I’m going to apologize to you all for the many emails you are going to be receiving from me. Truth is, there is so much you need to and will want to know leading up to April 12th to 14th. So please be patient and don’t unsubscribe or unfriend me! I promise it will be worth the read. Take Care, stay warm and you’ll be hearing from me soon!

Congratulations to the SCMA Artists who made up the cast of this year’s Telemiracle. Brad Johner, Chris Henderson, Jess Moskaluke, Lisa Moen and Tucker Lane were hosts and naturally, part of the musical entertainment who kept the 20 hour telethon going resulting in a final total of $5,619,214 for the Kinsmen Foundation.

Watch for Jess at the 2019 JUNO Awards, broadcast live on Sunday, March 17th on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem Streaming service in Canada, and globally at

Accomplished singer, songwriter, painter, poet and now author. Award winning artist Eli Barsi adds one more title to her credit as she prepares to release her first book. Set to be released March 11th, the book will feature 34 poems adapted from her many songs and complimented by 44 photos of her heart felt paintings. To get your “perfect compliment to any coffee table, dashboard or night stand” click here.

Lyn Besse McGinnis: New Album, TV Appearance & Pre-SCMA Show

2019 is off to a busy start for Lyn Besse McGinnis. Lyn’s new album “A Simple Life” was released digitally in October 2018 and is now sporting a new design for its physical release. “I wasn’t going to do a physical release,” explained Lyn, “but I just had to.” Lyn then was a featured guest on the multi-award winning Timberline Music Show. Conducted by the show’s host and multi SCMA Award winner, Larry Krause, the interview consisted of an interview and a musical performance. You can watch the interview now on Youtube, or you can catch it three times a day on Shaw TV.

Lyn & Terry Hoknes (Saskatoon Music Recording Studio) are hosting Country At The Capitol Music Club on March 29, 2019 promoting SCMA artists, the SCMA & the upcoming 30th Anniversary Awards weekend.

It seems the Hunter Brothers were not immune to the whole Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper “Shallow” epidemic. While many of us can not get the song out of our heads for musical appreciation reasons and others are debating the actual capacity of the relationship between the two star studded actors, the brothers are sharing their own rendition of the hit song. Check it out Here
Four-time CCMA Award nominees, three-time SCMA Award winners Hunter Brothers released their sophomore album, ‘State of Mind’ last month and had it hit number 1 only weeks later. The brothers are currently touring the Maritimes with High Valley.

It’s a busy March for Lisa Moen. After kicking off the month with a Telemiracle cast tour, Lisa was among the national cast of the 20 hour telethon in support of the Kinsmen Foundation which provides much needed assistance for individuals with medical needs. Days later, Lisa will once again MC and host the Saskatchewan’s Next Big Star Singing Competition which will take place each Wednesday throughout March at the Longbranch.
March 11th will see the release of Lisa’s latest single “Tell Me”. Written by Lisa Moen and Garth Howell, “Tell Me” was recorded and produced by multi award winning producer Bart McKay with the video being recorded and produced by Nolita Studios at the beautiful Solar Gardens.
If you’d like to see her perform in person, March 14th and 28th you can find Lisa at the Stonebridge Rock Creek where she will light up Ladies Night and possibly your meal tab!
The month will wrap up with a lively cabaret in Dinsmore on March 30th.

Week one of the Saskatchewan’s Next Big Star is in the books, and the competition is heating up. Forty one contestants will vie for the grand prize valued at over $11,500. Kicking off the competition on February 27th were Justine Sletten, Nathan Davis, Teagan Littlechief, Jordyn Pollard, Paul Amante, Cooper Tropeau, Bernadette Wolfe, Trevor Petty, Greg Kozak, Brayden Paul, and Michelle Krasko.
Contestants taking the stage for the remaining three weeks are as follows:

March 6
Atlanta Jane
Brookelynn Tetzlaff
Ethan Fedorchuk
Jayde Laughren
Emry Tupper
Raya Zuzak
Heaven Smith
Shanice Missens
Randell Martell
Ethyn Beggs

March 13
Darryl Anderson
Katie Morgan
Alexy Bull
Kriss Atcheynum
Annika Tupper
Adria Blind
Danielle Boulet
Hannah Marie Gaudry
Alyssa Pettit
Amanda Thompson

March 20
Niki Kish
James Desjardins
Ryan Paquette
Jarrid Poitran
Lane Rathgeber
Cole Walker
Chelsea Doerksen
Katelyn Lehner
Makenna Gallagher
Danica Jayme Veloso


March 4, 2019

The Saskatchewan Country Music Association released the nominees for the 30th Annual Saskatchewan Country Music Awards yesterday. The final nominees in the 31 categories represent Saskatchewan’s top musicians and industry personnel as recognized by their peers and Board of Directors.

Tenille Arts and Lisa Moen lead the charge with six nominees each and share each other’s company in the categories of Female Artist of the Year, Fan’s Choice Entertainer of The Year, Songwriter of the Year, Interactive Artist of the Year and Video of the Year. Tenille tops her nominations in the Single of The Year category while Lisa completes her accolades in the Country Music Person of the Year category.
The Hunter Brothers follow close behind the leading ladies with five nominations also in the categories of Fan’s Choice Entertainer of The Year, Interactive Artist of the Year and Video of the Year. They are also recognized in the Single of The Year and Group of the Year category.

Samara Yung, Justin LaBrash, and Amy Nelson follow with four nods each while Chris Henderson, Erin Hill, Codie Prevost and Arron Rigden each received three mentions.

Hosted by 2018 Canadian Country Music Association Songwriter of the Year and Platinum-selling artist, Aaron Goodvin, the 30th Anniversary awards weekend will be taking place April 12th, 13th, and 14th in Saskatoon with the final awards being presented on the televised awards show the evening of April 13th.

Tickets for the awards show as well as delegate packages for the entire weekend are on sale now at Eventbrite. Early Bird pricing of $120 for the weekend is in effect until March 15th with regular ticket prices in place March 16th.

Click Here For the full list of Nominees

February 13, 2019

Saskatoon Region, in conjunction with their partners, the Long Branch Good Times Beverage Company, U of S Agriculture Student Society, Access TV, Saskatoon Media Group and their Country Stations 600 CJWW and the 92.9 the Bull, will be hosting the first Saskatchewan’s Next Big Star singing competition
“Saskatchewan is home to some of the finest singing talent in Canada” commented Darcey Rathgeber, President of the SCMA Saskatoon and Region, adding “Saskatchewan’s Next Big Star Singing competition is sure to provide a wonderful musical and fun experience for the competitors and fans alike. We are grateful to our fantastic sponsor support who will be providing over $11,500 in prizes to the finalists.”
The competition, hosted by SCMA Awards winner Lisa Moen, will be held at the Long Branch in the Ramada Hotel beginning February 27, 2019 at 8:30pm and continuing every Wednesday until April 3, 2019. The grand finale will take place Saturday April 6, 2019 at 8pm in conjunction with a Saskatchewan Country Stars Show and Dance.
We will feature up to 40 competitors competing to be Saskatchewan’s Next Big Star!!
The event will be broadcast, in its entirety, by our television partner ACCESS TV.

February 2019

In Tune News Letter

New Year, new music! What a great start to 2019! If you haven’t checked out these new releases you need to.

Lyn Besse McGinnis is proud to present her first music video YOU SHINE.  Lyn wrote the song for her sister-in-law Pat McGinnis (1953-2015) and composted a variation for her friend Marsha DeLouchery-Day (1950-2016).  Written from a child’s perspective about love for a parent, Lyn dedicated the video to her own parents Bud & Shirley Besse, the stars of this video, who are still dancing in the kitchen after 66 years of marriage! Filmed & directed by Terry Hoknes December 2018 in Buena Vista Park, Saskatoon SK.

Award-winning country music artist Codie Prevost has released his brand new single “In My Book” to Country radio. “This is a song about beliefs, core values, respect, kindness, and taking the time to be a good person. Stay true to what you believe and make your mark on the world.” Says Prevost.

Jackie Guy, five-time Saskatchewan Country Music award nominee, is proud to announce her newest single, “Got Away”, produced by Beaird Music Group (Nashville) and Mosaic Music (Prince Albert). “Got Away” is featured on Jackie’s third album I Did It Anyway also released in February 2019.

Samara Yung released her newest single Swerve January 11th! Written by Madeline Merlo, Karen Kosowski, and Emma-Lee and produced by Danick Dupelle, “Swerve” is what Samara refers to as “one of my favourite songs to date!”

Blake Berglund has released the sixth video single, “Men My Age”, from his spacey post-country release Realms. “Men My Age” captures the moment where it is essential to reach for help and the difficulty and frustrations of the healing process.

Brock Andrews released his latest single “I Do” on January 7th. “It’s a testament to the relationships that you’re in and that you don’t give up on each other.” He says he wrote it about his fiancé and how much they’ve been through and how much they believe in each other and support each other.

Saskatchewan Country Stars Show and Dance

The SCMA Saskatoon Region is proud to announce our next two “SASKATCHEWAN COUNTRY STARS SHOW & DANCE” shows.
The next events will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at The Long Branch and Saturday April 6, 2019. The April 6th show will be in conjunction with a fantastic new initiative that will be announced in the next few days. So stay tuned!!
We have partnered with the Long Branch and the University of Saskatchewan Agriculture Students Society (Agros) to show off some of our great Saskatchewan Country Music talent and to provide entertainment to the largest group of country music supporters in Saskatchewan.
For the March 9th show, starting at 8PM we will have four youth performers each performing a 15 minute set with the SCMA Saskatoon region all star house band, then follow up with 4 bands starting at 9:15pm. Performance applications close Wednesday, February 13th at 10PM.
For more information on how to apply and get involved contact Garnet Rathgeber at:

Congratulations to Blake Berglund and Belle Plaine on your December 27th wedding. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Congratulations to Erin Hill and Alex Runions on your engagement.
Best wishes to Roland Corrigal and Heidi on your upcoming nuptials

Looking back on the Memories – The Myrol Brothers

The Myrol Brothers were a country music vocal group that was professionally active in the late 1980’s to the mid 1990’s . Early members and supporters of the SCMA, they were known as Saskatchewan’s premiere vocal group with exceptional polished three-part harmonies. The group consisted of three brothers, Rick and Keith on vocals and guitars, Myles on vocals and bass, who were supported by various drummers including Kent Cadman, Tom Cunningham and Gary Anderchuk.

Their kin folk harmonies, tight musicianship and professional stage presence put them in high demand and saw them performing in top venues throughout Canada such as The Canadian Brier curling championships, Craven country Jamboree, the Calgary stampede, the Gateneau Clogg in Quebec, and for the Saskatchewan Roughrider football team and the Saskatoon Blades. In addition to appearing in several TV shows, they toured on behalf of the Saskatchewan Arts Council doing sold out concerts right across the province. They headlined after concert parties for Garth Brooks and Brooks and Dunn and shared stages opening for Ian Tyson, George Fox, Patricia Conroy, and many others.

They charted with their original songs on Canadian radio, as well as over seas. At their peak they performed multiple shows per each week across Sask and Alberta making them one of the busiest acts of the era. During this time, they were the most nominated act ever at the annual SCMA awards, with multiple wins to their credit.

Today, Rick lives in Outlook, Keith in Red Deer Alta, and Myles in Saskatoon. The brothers still perform live periodically, and do an annual show in their home town of Outlook in support of the local Hockey team.

February 12, 2019

Warner Music Canada Artist Aaron Goodvin
to host 30th Anniversary Saskatchewan Country Music Awards Show

The Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) is excited to announce Warner Music Canada recording artist Aaron Goodvin as the host for the 30th Anniversary Saskatchewan Country Music Awards, taking place Saturday, April 13, 2019 at TCU Place in Saskatoon. Tickets are on sale now.

The 2018 Canadian Country Music Association Songwriter of the Year and Platinum-selling artist will bring an incomparable live performance to the show as well as sharing insights through a keynote interview. “We are absolutely thrilled to have Aaron join us for this year’s awards,” stated SCMA President Aaron Rigden. “He’s a fantastic artist and musician, a great entertainer and all-around genuine person. We are so thankful to SaskMusic for their support in securing him as our host this year’s milestone celebration.”

Goodvin is originally from Spirit River AB, and currently resides in Nashville TN. After penning “Out Like That” for Luke Bryan’s multi-platinum album “Crash My Party,” Goodvin released his own self-titled debut album, which launched three Top 10 singles, including “Woman in Love,” “Lonely Drum,” and “Miss Me Yet,” sending Lonely Drum to Platinum status; it also garnered the CCMA for Song of the Year, as well as nominations for Single of the Year, and Rising Star for Goodvin. He has also had tracks cut by artists including Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell.

To date his songs have achieved over 18 million streams, and just this week he is celebrating his first #1 hit for “You Are,” from his forthcoming new album (Warner Music Canada / Reviver Records U.S.).

 Aaron is as comfortable on the stage as in the writing room and has toured with Johnny Reid and Gord Bamford, as well as appearing at major festivals and headlining his own shows across Canada.

In addition to hosting the awards, Goodvin will share his experiences and insights in keynote interview, co-sponsored by SaskMusic, which will take place April 14 at the Holiday Inn Downtown, Saskatoon. Tickets available for the keynote are available as part of the awards weekend package, as well as individually.

February 8, 2019

2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association, and you’re all invited! Taking place in Saskatoon April 12th to 14th, the three day festival and awards celebration will be a celebration like no other.

“This year we made it our mandate to really celebrate 30 years of Saskatchewan country music history by involving as many artists as possible from the three decades,” explained Darcey Rathgeber, President of the SCMA Saskatoon and Region. “Each event throughout the weekend will feature a minimum of one award winner from the three decades which will provide a variety of music styles and a unique element that we have never showcased before.”

The event will kick off Friday night with a Kick off Festival and continue Saturday with musician workshops, a youth showcase, songwriter event, and of course the Industry Awards and televised Gala awards show. Sunday will feature the Gospel showcase and Keynote address by this year’s celebrity host.

Keeping with the theme and promoting public attendance and participation, all events are open to the public and many are free or at a low ticket price so they are easily accessible to music lovers throughout the city.  Events will be taking place throughout the city as well to encourage community involvement.

“We have utilized venues throughout the city this year. We have events at the Longbranch, Mayfair United Church, Centre Mall, as well as Long & McQuade and Village Guitar. There is so much to be celebrated we just want to share it with everyone. ” commented Rathgeber.

Once again, Holiday Inn Downtown will be the host hotel with the Gala Awards and President’s Brunch taking place at TCU Place.  Tickets for the weekend festival go on sale this weekend at Picatic for an all-inclusive, low cost early bird price of $125.00.


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