• population: 4,610,000
  • capital city: Regina
  • area: 651,900 sq. km. – 7th largest province in Canada
  • principal industries: mining, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture
  • Saskatchewan stays on Central Standard Time the entire year and does not switch to Daylight Saving Time

Saskatchewan has a rich eclectic music scene, exporting internationally recognized artists from all genres. Historically recognized for The Johner Brothers, Streetheart, Jack Semple, Age Of Electric, The Northern Pikes, and Wide Mouth Mason – in recent years The Sheepdogs, Jess Moskaluke, One Bad Son, The Deep Dark Woods, and Def 3 have garnered attention.

SaskMusic envisions a music industry that is healthy, progressive, and diverse


SaskMusic (The Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association) is a member-based, non-profit corporation representing the four components of the music and sound recording industries – Creation, Interpretation, Technical, Administration and Delivery.

SaskMusic stimulates the growth and development of the Saskatchewan music industry through leadership, promotion, training, advocacy and partnership.

We work for Saskatchewan music artists and the music industry on provincial, national and international levels, including:

  • Workshops and personal career consultations throughout the province
  • Funding guidance with applications to FACTOR and other agencies
  • Networking and showcase opportunities
  • Advocacy – we speak for your interests and update you on information that could affect your career

SaskMusic is a music industry association partner of the Western Canadian Music Alliance.

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Explore the Province of Saskatchewan


Saskatchewan is located in the heart of North America. To the east and west are the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Alberta. To the south it borders the American states of Montana and North Dakota. To the north are Canada’s Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Stereotypically referred to by most touring artists as “flat”. Admittedly, winter travel can prove a challenge with weather and temperatures, but this is offset by one-of-a-kind skylines and the warmth of the people.

On the whole travel across the province is a beautiful experience with significant chances of seeing the Northern Lights in spring, endless sunsets all summer long, and the occasional, incredible, lightning storm.

The province is full of countless cultural and historical points of interest including Western Development Museum, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina Floral Conservatory, Saskatchewan Science Centre, Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Ukrainian Museum of Canada, and Wanuskewan Heritage Park.


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Key Regions in the Province of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon population 272,994

Key venues/clubs: Sutherland Hall, The Bassment, Tequila, Lepps, Amigos, Vangelis Tavern, Roxy on Broadway, The Odeon

Key radio: CFCR, 92.9 The Bull, CBC Radio 1 Saskatoon, C95, Cruz FM, 98 Cool, Rock 102, CJWW, Première Saskatchewan, CITT-FM, CIRN-FM

Universities and Colleges: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Regina population 225,057

Key venues/clubs: Brandt Centre, Credit Union Eventplex, Conexus Arts Centre, Mosaic Place, The Exchange, McNally’s Tavern, Bushwakker Brewing Co., The Pump Country Roadhouse

Key radio: MBC Radio, My 92.1, Big Dog 92.7, CBC Radio 2 Edmonton, Première Saskatchewan, Z99, CCB Radio 1 Regina, The WOLF, CKRM, SaskMusic Radio

Universities and Colleges: University of Regina, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, First Nations University of Canada, Luther College

Saskatchewan's major festivals

Breakout West 2016 – West Canadian Music Awards, SK

The Western Canadian Music Alliance is pleased to announce that Regina, Saskatchewan has been named host city for the 14th annual BreakOut West, taking place October 13-16, 2016. The Western Canadian Music Awards will be held Thursday, October 13th in Regina.

SaskMusic, Creative Saskatchewan, Tourism Saskatchewan, City of Regina, and Regina Hotel Association have all taken part in bringing the annual festival, conference and Western Canadian Music awards back to Regina, which last hosted the event in 2012. The first Western Canadian Music Awards was also hosted in Regina in 2003.

Gateway Festival, SK

From July 24 to July 25, thousands will descend to beautiful Bengough for two things: to dance and drink.

This year’s acts include: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joel Plaskett With the Emergency, Coldest Night of The Year, Ian Tyson, and Orphan Mothers.

Ness Creek Music Festival Creek, SK

The Ness Creek Music Festival is the only one of its kind; fabulous music combined with community, ecology, and the arts, nestled in the forests of rural northern Saskatchewan.

You’ll discover cutting edge new Saskatchewan, Canadian, and international music, that’s grounded in the bedrock of traditional roots.

Ness Creek is also home to a myriad of artistic expressions, including dance, theatre, spoken word, and visual art.

If you like mind-blowing musical performances, magical hikes in Saskatchewan’s boreal forest and campfires, then this music fest is for you.

Regina Folk Festival, SK

Situated in Victoria Park downtown, you don’t need tickets to hear the music, but this year’s lineup will make you want a front row seat.

Headlining acts include Vance Joy, The Sheepdogs, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Basia Bulat, and Jenny Lewis.

Previous headliners include: Serena Ryder, Sam Roberts Band, Los Lobos, Rosanne Cash, and Feist.

Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, SK

This jazz festival always manages to attract big named artists who rarely get the chance to perform in the province.

This year’s festival takes place from June 25 to July 5 and will feature headlining acts such as The Roots, Lights and Erykah Badu.

Previous year’s headliners include: Galactic, Maceo Parker, Lauryn Hill, Charles Lloyd, St. Vincent, Herbie Hancock, and Tegan and Sara.

Connect Music Festival Campground, Moose Jaw, SK

This is Canada’s longest running electronic music festival. “On a secluded Saskatchewan hillside…the tribes of the North and the West will gather for a flow of positive minds and hypnotic music,” reads the festival’s website.

Connect Festival started 20 years ago with international talent and urban culture in a beautiful Southern Saskatchewan setting. Since then, it has grown into Canada’s most illustrious grassroots electronica and alternative culture festivals. People from all walks of life come out and let their hair down.

Long Day’s Night Music Festival Current, SK

Celebrate the five longest days of the year with great music under the living skies of Swift Current.

This festival is part of the Windscape Kite Festival (which is a must-see as well) with concerts taking place every night between June 17 to 21.

Acts include Mad Caddies, Yukon Blonde, Bend Sinister, LeE HARVeY OsMOND and Shred Kelly.

JazzFest Regina, SK

What better way to beat the summer heat than with cool jazz? From June 17 to 20, you can experience all forms of jazz as the festival showcases up and coming local and Canadian mass musicians in addition to internationally known headliners.

The 2015 line-up includes, Ester Rade, Gypsophilia, Heavyweights Brass Band, Christine Jensen Big Band, Little Miss Higgins and our Sunday Line up at the Ramada Jodi Scott & RJO, Joyce Moreno, and Dead South.

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