Lorena Kelly is excited to get back to in-person presentations and performances for the fifth annual Saskatchewan Music Awards.
“It’s a nice way to gather artists and industry folks from all the different genres, all across the province, together … and just having that sense of community back again,” said the SaskMusic communications and operations manager.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the SMAs haven’t been held in person since 2019. Instead, SaskMusic offered virtual presentations for the last two years.
Kelly said the awards show is a great way to recognize the musical talent in the province, especially now, when people are just getting back out to live shows.
“By celebrating a slate of nominees every year, it’ll draw more attention to our entire music industry here in the province … (and) really celebrate and boost what’s coming out of the province.”
The music industry in Saskatchewan has been doing well this year, and she looks forward to highlighting that, she said.
“We’ve been getting things like gold and platinum records for people working in Saskatchewan that fly under the radar so much that you don’t even realize that these people are actually from here.”
This year, the awards event will be presented in person and over live stream. Organizers hope to continue this hybrid format in future, making the SMAs more accessible, Kelly said.
“We really liked that the live stream the past couple of years allowed us to reach that wider audience.”
A selection of live performances will be held throughout the evening, between awards presentations where winning artists will present their acceptance speeches however they see fit.
“The one thing that we really love is just the variety of how people decide to do their thank yous when they come up to get the award. It’s always, honestly, so heartwarming,” Kelly said.
Similar to last year, when they had all the nominees record acceptance speeches without revealing the winners in advance, artists who can’t make it to the show will be asked to pre-record a speech.
“We want to have them there, either virtually or in person,” Kelly said.
The SMAs will be held Dec. 11 in Regina’s Darke Hall, a recently renovated historic theatre. Tickets to the event are available at darkehall.ca.
In conjunction with the awards, the Very Prairie Music Summit, an educational event for musicians and industry professionals, runs Dec. 8 to 11. The summit will also include nightly public shows.
While most awards will be presented at the show, the Album of the Year award won’t be announced until Dec. 16. The longlist of public-voted nominees will be celebrated, then online voting will remain open for a few more days.
“We like to have that album of the year really being the year that just passed. And we really like the idea of letting the public decide,” Kelly said.
The 2022 awards nominees were announced online on Thursday. Public voting is available Nov. 7 to 16 for Industry Achievement, Music Company and Venue/Festival of the Year.
The nominees are …
Alternative: GreenWing; Gunner & Smith (Saskatoon); Nick Faye (Regina); Ponteix (Saskatoon); Slow Down Molasses (Saskatoon); The Garrys (Saskatoon)
Country: Donny Parenteau (Saskatoon); Hunter Brothers (Shaunavon); Jake Vaadeland (Cut Knife); Jordyn Pollard (Lloydminster); Shantaia (Saskatoon)
Electronic: Factor Eight (Saskatoon); Flatland Funk; Nige B (Saskatoon); Patrick Moon Bird (Prince Albert); Theo Noble (Saskatoon)
Experimental/Contemporary: Marie-Clo x éemi (Saskatoon); mileshigh (Regina); Spencer Krips (Saskatoon); The Corner Hotel (Regina); TOVA (Regina); Zochi (Regina)
Hip Hop: Coleman Williams & Yohan Yemba (Regina); Factor Chandelier (Saskatoon); Lynksfr (Regina); Rooky (Regina); THINKTANK (Regina)
Indigenous: Berk Jodoin (Leader); Donny Parenteau (Saskatoon); Dump Babes (Saskatoon); LJ Tyson (Prince Albert); Patrick Moon Bird (Prince Albert)
Instrumental: bfa Beats; Brian Baggett (Fort Qu’Appelle); Nige B (Saskatoon); Spencer Krips (Saskatoon); The Corner Hotel (Regina)
Metal/Loud: Alien to the Ignorant (Delisle); Flash Back (Regina); Hollow Oax (Saskatoon); Singularity (Saskatoon); Tyler Gilbert (Windthorst); ZAYD (Regina)
R&B: ADEOLUWA (Regina); Ariel (Saskatoon); Katie Tupper (Saskatoon); People of the Sun (Regina); TOVA (Regina)
Rock/Pop: Étienne Fletcher (Regina); Katie Tupper (Saskatoon); Megan Nash (Moose Jaw); Ponteix (Saskatoon); The Garrys (Saskatoon); W3APONS (Saskatoon)
Roots/Folk: Graham Tilsley (Saskatoon); Jake Vaadeland (Cut Knife); Jeff D. Michel (Estevan); Kara Golemba (Indian Head); Last Birds (North Portal); Megan Nash (Moose Jaw)
Music Video: Dylan Hryciuk (Saskatoon), Versa Films, for Halocene (Repent); Dylan Hryciuk (Saskatoon), Versa Films, for Ponteix (Les Annees ft. Témé Tan); Farideh Olsen (Saskatoon), for Farideh (Other Side of Truth); Hot Tag Films (Regina), for Nick Faye (Make it Right); Joshua Stade, for The Gladstone (Never Ending Nights); LJ Tyson & Kurt Binar Lindo (Prince Albert), for LJ Tyson (Home on a Rainbow); Marie-Clo x éemi (Saskatoon), for Marie-Clo x éemi (À Fleur de Pot); Prehistoric Productions (Saskatoon), for Dirty & The Perks (Wasteland), Rob White (Regina) for Surf Dads (Last Night), Ryley Konechny (Saskatoon), RAKK Productions, for Ariel (Layaway Luv)
Single: Shantaia (Broke to Brand New); Factor Eight (Ember); GÅEL, Jesse Brown (Fluttering); Jesse Brown, Denis Turbide (Here and There); Katie Tupper (How Can I Get Your Love); W3APONS (I’m the Horizon); Jess Moskaluke (Knock Off); Katie Tupper (Live Inside); Hunter Brothers (Peace, Love & Country Music)
Industry Achievement: Brent Ghiglione (Regina); CAMP — Community Arts Mentorship Program (Big River); Grey Records (Saskatoon); Nigel Childs; North Sask Music Zine NSMZ
Producer: Bart McKay (Saskatoon); Donny Parenteau (Saskatoon); Factor Eight (Saskatoon); Mario Lepage (St. Denis); Matt Stinn (Saskatoon); Walter Jeworski (Regina);
Venue/Festival: Creative City Centre (Regina); SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (Saskatoon); The Bushwakker Brewpub (Regina); The Capitol Music Club (Saskatoon); The Exchange (Regina); The Happy Nun Café (Forget)
Music Company: Dingwall Guitars (Saskatoon); Music in the House (Regina); Sawchyn Guitars Ltd. (Regina); School of Rock Regina (Regina); Sharp 5 Records (Regina)
Music Professional: Brent Ghiglione (Regina); Jared Robinson (Moose Jaw); Jayson Brinkworth (Regina); Matt Stinn (Saskatoon); Orion Paradis (Regina)
*Hometown information was not available for all artists
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