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Old Posted Sep 6, 2017, 2:11 PM
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Dozens of Saskatchewan Country artists have been converging on Saskatoon over the last few weeks with performances leading up to the Canadian Country Music Awards at SaskTel Centre this coming Sunday.

Just a few of my favourite Saskatchewan Country music artists, but not limited to, and in no particular order are:

Jackie Guy, from Yorkton (same home town as Samara Yung, see post on previous page) has worked with Nashville producer Dean Miller and Emmy award winning Joel Evans videographer for 'Bridges' video.




Bruin, from North Battleford & a sixtime national qualifier in Tae Kwon Do, has performed in Country music's biggest stage outside of Tennessee.. Tamworth Music Festival, New South Wales.




Mabaleka, fresh off of touring Ireland earlier this Summer, the Saskatoon brothers have had accolade of Best Music Video at Ottawa International Film Festival for 'Crashed Upon the Wave' official video.




Elly Thorn, from Saltcoats, SK, honed her musical talent on Norwegian Cruise Lines & has also acted in tv series Rabbit Falls & Corner Gas and stage adaption of Evita at Saskatoon's Persephone Theatre.




Aces Wyld, the Saskatoon band has headlined shows not only in Saskatchewan but also across the country including Canadian Music Week in Toronto last April.




Justin Labrash, from Lumsden,SK just north of Regina & short distance down valley from Craven Country Thunder festival. Justin having worked with Tom Jackson & Nashville associates, has released four singles to date, 'Hooked on You' hit the #4 spot on the 'most active indies for all genres' DMDS National Charts in Canada earlier this year. Justin has toured coast to coast.



Amanda Hagel, from Saskatoon & a finalist in CBC Searchlight, in 2017 Amanda did a 'Women of the 90's' Cover Song series. One of my favourite covers of Lady Gaga is by Amanda.



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The Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards nominees have been announced. I'll italicize my choice.

Album of the Year

This year, album of the year is a ****ing powerhouse. Every single one of these artists is a HUGE deal here, but I have to go with my all-time favourite band, The Once. However, I suspect Janet Cull has this. Her being nominated is like Beiber up for some award that only teenage girls can vote for.

Chris LeDrew – Art of the Confessor
Earle & Coffin – Wood Wire Blood & Bone
Ian Foster – Sleeper Years
Janet Cull – Real Tough Love
Steve Maloney – The Memory Game
The Once – We Win Some We Lose

Alternative Artist of the Year

Category VI
Gavin Simms
Steve Maloney
Town House
Young Manics

Celtic Traditional

Rum Ragged is amazing live. There's just so much passion and raw talent that doesn't need a studio's finesse. I think if enough of the voters have experienced it, they'll win by a landslide.

Colleen Power
Dave Penny
Doug Dorward
Matthew Byrne
Rum Ragged

Country Artist of the Year

Could not care less. But choosing Steve Maloney since I've heard of him and don't even consider him country.

Bev Allen
Steve Maloney
Victoria and The Lyricist

Entertainer of the Year

This is a tough one because it's everything, music, shows, interactions with people around town. The Once is still my favourite but in this category I think I have to go with Kubasonics because they're just so fun. But it's another strong one - I know and enjoy every nominee.

At my neighbourhood local:

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Hip Waders
Ian Foster
Janet Cull
The Kubasonics
The Once
Waterfront Fire

Female Artist of the Year

Janet Cull all the way. The only other remote possibility is Rachel Cousins.

Colleen Power
Janet Cull
Maria Cherwick
Melanie O’Brien
Rachel Cousins
Victoria Doyle

Folk/Newfoundland Roots Artist of the Year

This is the tough one. I'm choosing The Once out of subjective preference, but it could legitimately, objectively be any of these.

Adam Baxter
Christian Howse
Ian Foster
The Kubasonics
The Once
Weight of the World

Group of the Year

This one I have to vote for The Novaks. Their return was a BIG ****ING DEAL here. It was the water cooler talk for a couple of weeks. I think that hype, and joy, will overshadow all the rest.

Earle & Coffin
The Kubasonics
The Novaks
The Once
Town House

Instrumental Artist of the Year

Rozalind has this in the bag.

Fretboard Journey
Rozalind MacPhail

Jazz/Blues Artist

This is a fringe category, I imagine Hip Waders will take it as they seem bigger.

Earle & Coffin
Hip Waders

Male Artist of the Year

I think it's between Ian (political, separatist) and Steve (artistic, thoughtful), and I think Steve will take it.

Gavin Simms
Ian Foster
Luke Tremblett
Matthew Byrne
Mick Davis
Steve Maloney

Pop/Rock Arist of the Year

Clare Follett
Janet Cull
Mick Davis
Rough Hands
The Novaks
Land of the Lakes

Music Video of the Year

Adam Baxter – “Poor Cold Hungry Happy” Dir: John Pike
Doug Dorward- “Morag and Binker’s” Dir: Phil Maloney
Ian Foster – “Feels Like It Wants to Rain” Dir: Ian Foster
It Could Be Franky – “Always” Dir: Matthew Thomson
Kellie Loder – “Boxes” Dir: Tom Cochrane
Land of The Lakes – “On These Days” Dir: Duncan De Young

Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year

Unfortunately, I don't follow this genre (locally, though I love it internationally) and, if they're actually born and raised here, I guarantee they're awful. So, whichever of these is a relatively recent Newfoundlander or Labradorian, take it.

Adam Jenkins
Lee Fitz
Tony Delicious

Rising Star of the Year

Rachel Cousins is not that new, so I think Rough Hands will take it. They've been making some pretty impressive headway in local airtime, media coverage, etc.

Clare Follett
Doug Dorward
Melanie O’Brien
Rachel Cousins
Rough Hands
Town House

Songwriter of the Year

This is another stacked category, so voting subjectively for The Once.

Clare Follett
Gavin Simms
Janet Cull
Rough Hands
Steve Maloney
The Once

Electronic Artist of the Year

If it's not Elling, we riot. Although, Repartee should've been nominated (they moved to Toronto this year to try to get bigger, and I suspect that's part of this. Didn't do them any good, though, their songs only became hits here).

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Elling Lien
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Note to self: "The plural of anecdote is not evidence."

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^ In Saskatchewan any Celtic music around usually just mixes & morphs with Country to just be classified as Roots, Folk &/or Country.
Jamaican Dance Hall & Reggae would have a bigger following here as compared to Celtic.. for music coming from any island off the Atlantic..

That said, Kristan Couture from Saskatoon with a Celtic influenced folk/pop debut album 'You Just Fooled Me' was released a year ago. She has played in Cross Canada tours, at Folk Alliance in Kansas City and at Edmonton Folk Fest playing along with UK based folk/pop group Bears Den. Kristan has also worked with Nashville songwriters including Steve Mitchell, Rich Karg, Jesse Labelle.

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and my favourite song by Kristan.
(keep your eyes looking up boys!, don't be lookin' down at her.. uh.. guitar...)



Kristan plays guitar but is also classically trained in piano & violin (fiddle) and has performed with other Saskatchewan artists including Amanda Hagel, Elly Thorn, Aces Wyld (see my previous post), Erin Hill (see post previous page)...


..and with Brayden Bell, a Shawn Mendes sound-alike from Saskatoon...


...and with Scott Richmond, from francophone Gravelbourg, SK

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Congratulations to all the Saskatchewan Nominations at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards this last Sunday in Saskatoon!

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The Hunter Brothers from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan nominated for Interactive Artist or Group of the year.
Raised on Gospel music, and professional sport, JJ under the Edmonton Oiler umbrella, Luke gunning for Las Vegas Wrangler Pro hockey and the boy's Uncle, 'Jungle' Jim Hunter, the first World Championship medalist in alpine skiing won by a Canadian male, two-time Olympian & Professional skier.

The Hunter Brothers worked with Grammy award-winning producer Seth Mosley on their first single last year called 'El Dorado'. The brothers released their debut album earlier this year with CMT playing their video 'Getaway' on high rotation.


a couple of great video's to get to know the boys, the second one totally cracks me up, & shows their charisma for Interactive Artist nomination


Other Saskatchewan nominees at this year's CCMA Awards 2017:


JoJo Mason born and raised in Regina, SK nominated for CCMA Raising Star Award
His debut album 'Both Sides of the Bar' had two top 10 songs in Canadian Country charts.
A couple of videos from this year:


Cal Gratton - CJVR-FM - Melfort, SK, nominated for Canadian Music Director of the Year in Medium/Small Market,

Bart McKay Productions - Saskatoon, SK winner for CCMA Recording Studio of the Year…



Jess Moskaluke from Langenburg/Rocanville, Saskatchewan nominated for Female Artist of the Year,
Single of the Year for 'Take Me Home' and
Video for 'Drive me Away' for Director of the year (Ben Knechtel).

3 time CCMA female artist of the year, 2017 Juno Country album of the year.
Jess became the first female Canadian country artist since Shania Twain to achieve Platinum single status with her hit track 'Cheap Wine and Cigarettes',

In 2015, with 'Kiss Me Quiet' Jess was the most spun solo female Canadian artist on Canadian Country radio, only behind Carrie Underwood that year for individual female Country artist.
In 2016, Jess had the #1 Most Played Song of any Canadian for 'Take Me Home' on Canadian Country radio.

Jess has over 32 million World wide youtube video hits with her cover songs of other artists routinely get over a million hits each.
As a side note, Jess has partnered with Sexton in the City to come up with her very own make-up line called 'Light up the Night'.


Jess has come a long ways since hitting the North American music scene five years ago..


I love the juxtaposition of her songs, from last year's 'Take me Home' to 'Drive me Away' from her album this year.

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The Western Canadian Music Awards were this last week in Edmonton and the Big Winner of the Awards was Andy Shauf from Regina.

Andy received awards for Pop Artist of the year, Songwriter of the year and Recording of the year,
Andy plays all the instruments in his latest album recording 'The Party', with the exception of the strings, handled by Colin Nealis.
Andy recently finished his 2017 American /European concert tour, but he's back to London and Paris for concerts next month.

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As much as I love Andy Shauf's directed video productions, its his live performances that I like the most.
Here's a couple live video recordings from NYC and from Chicago.


Other Saskatchewan Winners at the 2017 WCMAs :

Impact in Music Marketing,
Susan Busse - Susan Busse PR

Francophone Artist of the Year

Video Director of the Year for 'In Hell I'll be in Good Company' The Dead South
Zach Wilson

World Artist of the Year
Andino Suns for their third album Madera


Also from Regina, 'The Suns' were nominated for the same award for their sophomore album It’s Time to Rise in 2015.
Aire Libre, one of their singles from last year…

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...and a couple more videos all shot in Saskatchewan for Andino Suns, the 2nd one is at Great Sand Hills near Sceptre, SK. and has a bit of a Mad Max vibe.

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The nominees were announced for the Gala de l'ADISQ, which, though based in Quebec, is the french canadian equivalent of the Junos (where we are absent most of the time anyway). The trophies are called Félix, in honour of Félix Leclerc.

Here are some of the categories and nominees, for those who'll be interested. There are some youtube links to my favourites... of course. (And btw, thanks guys - I've discovered a few artists while reading this thread).

Album de l'année - Adulte contemporain
Album of the year - Adult contemporary (ARTIST _ Album or song)
  • LUC DE LAROCHELLIÈRE _ Autre monde
  • CÉLINE DION _ Encore un soir
  • CATHERINE DURAND _ La pluie entre nous
  • DAMIEN ROBITAILLE _ Univers parallèles

Album de l'année - Alternatif
Album of the year - Alternative
  • ANTOINE CORRIVEAU _ Cette chose qui cognait au creux de sa poitrine sans vouloir s'arrêter
  • LES HAY BABIES _ Quatrième dimension
  • KLÔ PELGAG _ L'étoile thoracique
  • JULIEN SAGOT _ Bleu Jane
  • SAMUÈLE _ Les filles sages vont au paradis, les autres vont où elles veulent

Album de l'année - Folk
Album of the year - Folk
  • AVEC PAS D'CASQUE _ Effets spéciaux
  • ÉMILE BILODEAU _ Rites de passage
  • PHILIPPE B _ La grande nuit vidéo
  • ALEXANDRE POULIN _ Les temps sauvages
  • SARATOGA _ Fleur

Album de l'année - Hip-hop
Album of the year - Hip Hop
Album de l'année - Jazz
Album of the year - Jazz
  • RÉMI BOLDUC _ Swingin' avec Oscar
  • LORRAINE DESMARAIS _ Danses Danzas Dances
  • ANDREA LINDSAY _ Entre le jazz et la java
  • SIMON DENIZART TRIO _ Beautiful People
  • JEAN-PIERRE ZANELLA _ Quattro Venti

Album de l'année - Musiques du monde
Album of the year - World Music
  • AFRIKANA SOUL SISTER _ Afrikana Soul Sister
  • BRIGA _ Femme
  • ROBERTO LOPEZ _ Criollo Electrik
  • Artistes variés _ Plante : La bibliothèque interdite
  • SAMITO _ Samito

Album de l'année - Pop
Album of the year - Pop
  • PATRICE MICHAUD _ Almanach
  • ALEX NEVSKY _ Nos eldorados
  • VINCENT VALLIÈRES _ Le temps des vivants
  • PETER PETER _ Noir Éden
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Album de l'année - Rock
Album of the year - Rock
  • CARAVANE _ Fuego
  • CHOCOLAT _ Rencontrer Looloo
  • GAZOLINE _ Brûler ensemble
  • LES DALES HAWERCHUK _ Désavantage numérique
  • LES TAVERNEUX _ Mort de rire

Album de l'année - Classique / Orchestre et grand ensemble
Album of the year - Classical / Orchestra and large music ensemble
  • ANGÈLE DUBEAU _ Silence on joue
  • JULIE BOULIANNE _ Vivaldi & Handel : Arias
  • ALEXANDRE DA COSTA _ Stradivarius à l'opéra
  • LES VIOLONS DU ROY _ Mozart: Horn Concertos & Bassoon Concerto

Album de l'année - Classique / Soliste et petit ensemble
Album of the year - Classical / Soloist and small music ensemble
Album de l'année - Traditionnel
Album of the year - Traditional
  • BON DÉBARRAS _ En panne de silence
  • GALANT, TU PERDS TON TEMPS _ Nous irons danser
  • LA FAMILLE SOUCY _ Rouge & noir
  • MAZ _ ID
  • YVES LAMBERT TRIO _ Laissez courir les chiens

Auteur ou compositeur de l'année
Songwriter or composer of the year
Chanson de l'année
Song of the Year
Groupe ou duo de l'année
Band or duo of the year

Interprète féminine de l'année
Female singer of the year

Interprète masculin de l'année
Male singer of the year

Révélation de l'année
Revelation of the year
  • KNLO
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Plus another of Shayla Souliere's songs from previous album..


..This week i'm spotlighting Shayla Souliere

Splitting her time between home city of Regina and LA, Shayla's career in music took off when she met Grammy-award nominated producer and songwriting Alex Cantrall.


Shayla's latest single 'Over' released a couple months ago features Pimpton, also from Regina, SK

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