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TABLE OF CONTENTS

5 PRESIDENT’S LETTER

6 HOST BIOGRAPHIES

8-9 2021 AWARD NOMINEES

9 2020 AWARD WINNERS

10-11 RECOGNITION OF VOLUNTEERS

12-28 ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

30 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

1 RED CARPET EVENT HELD EXCLUSIVELY ON ACCESS NOW TV APRIL 17 @ 7:00 PM

2 AWARDS SHOW EVENT HELD ON ACCESS NOW TV AND STREAMING APRIL 17 @ 8:00PM


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Once a year the Saskatchewan country music industry gathers together to honour our roots, celebrate

our today and visualize the future. Thirty-two years ago, the Saskatchewan Country Music Association

began as a subcommittee of the Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association, which is now known

as SaskMusic.

You don’t exist for 32 years without a lot of volunteers, including past Presidents and Board Members.

Many people deserve to be honored and recognized for their contributions over 31 years. Thank you!

Over the last year we had much to celebrate. Many Saskatchewan artists landed in the top 100

Canadian Country artists on Canadian country radio. Tenille Arts, Jess Moskaluke and The Hunter

Brothers finished 2019 at #5, #6 and #13, respectively, among all Canadian artists on Canadian country radio. Also included in the

top 100 were Kalsey Kulyk, Jordyn Pollard, Samara Yung, Shantaia, Brock Andrews, Chris Henderson, JJ Voss, Justin LaBrash, Brody

Siebert, Ches Anthony, Donny Parenteau and Roland Corrigal.

Recognition goes to all of the Saskatchewan artists that put out new music to Canadian country radio in 2020. Despite COVID, these

people kept in the game and rewarded us 73 new songs: Alex Runions, Amanda Hagel, Berk Jodoin, Brad Johner, Brock Andrews,

Brody Siebert, Ches Anthony, Chris Henderson, Colter Wall, Conrad Bigknife, Curtis Grambo, Dead South, Donny Parenteau, Elly Thorn,

The Hunter Brothers, Jackie Guy, Jen Lane, Jess Moskaluke, JJ Voss, Jordyn Pollard, Justin LaBrash, Justine Sletten, Kalsey Kulyk,

Karissa Hoffart, Katelyn Lehner, Lane Shields, Poverty Plainsmen, Roland Corrigal, Samara Yung, Shantaia, Steve Gibson, Teagan

Littlechief, Tenille Arts, The Dirt Rich Band, The North Sound, Tommy John Ehman, Topher Mills, Will Ardell, and Zachary Lucky. That is

why Saskatchewan is one of the leading provinces for country talent on a per capita basis. The SCMA couldn’t be prouder.

Next, the organization and the board of directors. We couldn’t do it without the volunteers who give up their personal time each

month to attend meetings, organize events, do fundraising, pay the bills and keep this organization going for 32 years without any

pay! Thank you to VP Leon Gilbertson, VP Jarrid Poitras, Treasurer Gayle Breiter, Secretary Kim Zacaruk, and all the current board

members: Cliff Rose, Leonard Gray, Tim Day, Les Breiter, John Quinn, Candace Finch, Brett Browatzke, Connie Day, and Allissia Smith

as well as the current board advisors: Rick Wanner, Murray Yung, Terry Hoknes, Brittney MacFarlane and Heidi Munro. In addition I

give my well wishes and thanks to those who participated on the board this year but have now moved on: Greg Krienke, Daryl Nelson,

Rod Gjerde, Ken Landers and Reg Wilke.

The new board worked hard to continue the evolution of the SCMA for long term sustainability. In addition to 5 existing committees

(Strategic Planning Committee, Performer Selection Committee, Verification Committee, Awards Host Committee and Governance

Committee) we added 3 new committees (Organizational Structure Committee, Fundraising Committee and Inclusivity Committee).

We also held our first ever virtual Awards Show on Access Now Cable TV, after cancelling the Awards weekend due to COVID. We

implemented the Top 10 Sask Artists Chart and we updated the Awards Rules & Eligibility Rules and the Bylaws based on decisions

made at the last Annual General Meeting.

There are so many people to thank for their contributions to the SCMA Virtual Awards Show, the Red Carpet Show and all the planning

that went into the SCMA Awards. Please take time to read this Show Guide, especially the “Recognition to Volunteers.” You will find

two pages full of names of all the people that deserve our gratitude for donating their time, talents and services.

Also, please take time to thank all the businesses that support Saskatchewan Country Music. Without their support the Virtual

Awards would not be possible. Access Communications is the Exclusive Broadcast partner of the SCMA Awards and Trax Premium

is the official data sponsor of the SCMA. Please make note of all the businesses who are listed in this show guide and who have

advertisements. Without their support, the SCMA would not exist.

Last but not least I wish to thank the country music fans who requested Saskatchewan artists on their local radio stations, attended

SCMA events, tuned in to Facebook lives put on by all the artists, attended live shows, bought tickets and reposted and spread the

news about all the new music put out over the last year by Saskatchewan country artists. You are the reason this industry exists!

Please remember. Music is the glue that binds society together. Country, roots and gospel music is the strongest glue of all.

Wes LaBrash

SCMA President

president@scma.sk.ca

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HOSTS

TIM DAY

Tim became a fan of country music back when he first heard George Strait’s “Ocean Front Property” in the late

80’s and said, ‘this guy is pretty good.’ A few years later he found himself working at his first country radio

station and has worked his entire twenty seven year career in the country music format.

In August of 2014 he moved to Regina to work at Pure Country 92.7 as program director. Since then he has

been immersed in Saskatchewan country music as a member of the SCMA and also on the SCMA board for

the past few years.

He’s become a huge fan of the variety of music created by the province’s diverse artists and the music they

create which not only echo who they are as creators of art but also showcase what Saskatchewan is and

means to each act.

COURTNEY FIELDER

Courtney Fielder is the Country 100 Morning Show host and host of Golden West Radio’s Canadian Country

Showcase Syndicated weekend country show. She was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and has lived in

Moose Jaw and small towns throughout Southern Saskatchewan and Northern Alberta growing up. After

attending the Radio and Television Arts program at NAIT in Edmonton She came back to her hometown to be

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2021 AWARD NOMINEES

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

JJ 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 Stanwyck

“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: JJ 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

JJ 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

JJ 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

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

2020 AWARD WINNERS

FANS CHOICE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Hunter Brothers

MUSIC FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

Country at the Creek (Big River)

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Scott Patrick

FEMALE ARTIST

Tenille Arts

MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR

The Happy Nun Cafe (Forget, SK)

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Luke Hunter

MALE ARTIST

Chris Henderson

COUNTRY MUSIC PERSON OF THE YEAR

Lisa Moen

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jordan Toppings

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Hunter Brothers

TV, RADIO OR ONLINE SHOW OF THE YEAR

Pickin’ It Country – Reg Wilke (CJTR FM)

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

Darcy Deschambault

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Hunter Brothers – Lost

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET

Saskatoon 92.9 The Bull (92.9 FM)

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Janaya Trudel

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 – JJ Voss

(Director: Joel Stewart and Pre-Historic

Productions)

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Jordyn Pollard

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)

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 DEVELOPMENT BURSARY

Micah Walbaum

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lisa Moen

ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR

JJ Voss

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR – SECONDARY

MARKET

Cal Gratton (CJVR-FM)

SIGA INDIGENOUS ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

BURSARY

Yvonne St. Germaine

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RECOGNITION TO VOLUNTEERS

HOSTS

Tim Day and Courtney Fielder

PERFORMERS

Hunter Brothers, Tenille Arts, Chris Henderson, Tucker Lane, Jordyn Pollard, JJ Voss, Samara Yung, Tommy John Ehman, The North Sound, Amy Nelson,

Karissa Hoffart, Amanda Hagel, Brock Andrews, Munro & Patrick, Justin LaBrash, Justine Sletten

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The SCMA Board of Directors is a group of tireless volunteers that contribute their time to assist, promote and enhance the development of

Saskatchewan Country Music. Some have been volunteering for decades. The SCMA depends upon volunteers to guide the organization and ensure

it continues to develop and evolve for the betterment of the industry. We are especially grateful to SaskMusic for their continued support and we

recognize SaskMusic as the birthplace of the SCMA, 32 years ago.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

• President: Wes LaBrash

• 1st Vice-President: Leon Gilbertson

• 2nd Vice-President: Jarrid Poitras

• Treasurer: Gayle Breiter

• Secretary: Kim Zacaruk

DIRECTORS

• Cliff Rose – SCMA Northeast Region

• Leonard Gray – SCMA Northeast Region

• Tim Day – SCMA Regina Region

• Les Breiter – SCMA Prince Albert Region

• John Quinn – SCMA Prince Albert Region

• Candace Finch- SCMA Saskatoon Region

• Brett Browatzke – SCMA Saskatoon Region

• Connie Day- SCMA Southwest Region

• Allissia Smith - SCMA Southwest Region

• Rick Wanner – Membership Coordinator

• Murray Yung – Senior Advisor

• Brittney MacFarlane – SaskMusic Representative

• Heidi Munro - Artist Representative

WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR

• Terry Hoknes

HOST COMMITTEE

The Host Committee worked hard this past year to plan the virtual awards show event.

The Host committee for this year was comprised of the following SCMA Members

Leon Gilbertson (Chair, Fundraising) Wes LaBrash (Co-Chair, Treasurer) Jarrid Poitras (Fundraising)

Rick Wanner (Showcases and Awards) Allissia Smith (Speeches, Bios & Pictures)

Gayla Gilbertson (Speeches, Bios & Pictures)

PRODUCERS

The Producers worked together investing Hundreds of volunteer hours to build a Virtual Awards Show.

Wes LaBrash (Executive Producer) Graham Condo (TV Producer – Awards Show)

Paul Lomheim (Awards Show Producer) Heidi Munro (Awards Show Producer)

Hal Schrenk (Music & Performers Producer)

Rick Wanner, Brittney MacFarlane, and John Quinn (Verification Committee)

Rick Wanner, Brittney MacFarlane, and Leon Gilbertson (Performer Selection Committee)

Lisa Moen (Producer & Hostess - Red Carpet Show) Wayne Warren (TV Producer – Red Carpet Show)

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CONTRIBUTORS

In addition to the Board, the Host Committee, the Producers, the Presenters and Performers, there are people behind the scenes who helped to get

the job done, get the news out, produce the show guide, content, and the Mikee awards hardware.

Webmaster - Terry Hoknes

Show Guide Producer and Printers - Western Litho Printers

Facebook and Member Emails - Leon Gilbertson

Media Coordinator - Tim Day

Logo Designs - Jared Gottselig

Mikee Awards - Karen and Kevin (K2 Laser Design)

AWARDS SPONSORS AND PRESENTERS:

Female Artist of the Year

Sponsored By: Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport

Presented By: Hon. Laura Ross

Group of the Year

Sponsored By: Access Now TV

Presented By: Tracey Mucha

Country Album of the Year

Sponsored By: Pure Country 92.7

Presented By: Chase Hussey & Lyndsay May

Video of the Year

Sponsored By: GX94 Radio

Presented By: Danny Ismond

Interactive Artist of the Year

Sponsored By: The Happy Nun Cafe

Presented By: Gayla Gilbertson

Fan’s Choice of the Year

Sponsored By: 900 CKBI Radio

Presented By: Cristy Beggs

Drummer of the Year

Sponsored By: Big Bang Studios

Presented By: Hal Schrenk

Guitar Player of the Year

Sponsored By: Long & McQuade Instruments

Presented By: Brad Papp

Radio Station of the Year - Major Market

Sponsored By: SCMA Prince Albert Region

Presented By: Wade Fehr

On Air Personality of the Year

Sponsored By: SaskMusic

Presented By: Lorena Kelly

Record Producer of the Year

Sponsored By: 980 CKRM Radio

Presented By: Abbey White

Music Venue of the Year

Sponsored By: Golden West Radio

Presented By: Bren Forbes

Youth Bursary Recipient

Sponsored By: Saskatoon Recording Studio

Presented By: Terry Hoknes

Male Artist of the Year

Sponsored By: IG Wealth Management

Presented By: Devin Harris

Songwriter of the Year

Sponsored By: Westland Insurance Group

Presented By: Jason Farrell

Roots Album of the Year

Sponsored By: Organization of Sask Arts Councils

Presented By: Skip Taylor

Emerging Artist of the Year

Sponsored By: Principle Projects Music

Presented By: Scott Clements

Single of the Year

Sponsored By: CIAT 98.1 Cat Country Radio

Presented By: Jeff Hayes

Bass Player of the Year

Sponsored By: Westridge Construction Ltd.

Presented By: Colin Olfert

Fiddle Player of the Year

Sponsored By: 1050 CJNB Radio

Presented By: Matt Ryan

Keyboard Player of the Year

Sponsored By: SCMA South West Region

Presented By: Corrine Newton

Radio Station of the Year - Secondary Market

Sponsored By: SCMA North East Region

Presented By: Leonard Gray

Music Director of the Year

Sponsored By: SCMA Saskatoon Region

Presented By: Greg Kozak

Recording Studio of the Year

Sponsored By: 105.1 CJVR Radio

Presented By: Cal Gratton

Country Music Person of the Year

Sponsored By: 600 CJWW and 92.9 The Bull

Presented By: Dave Thomas

Indigenous Artist Bursary Recipient

Sponsored By: Principle Projects Music

Presented By: Scott Clements

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PERFORMING ARTISTS

AMANDA HAGEL

Inspirational/Country Music Artist Amanda

Hagel has established herself as an artist

whose mission is to create music that uplifts,

empowers and inspires her listeners. Amanda

has gained both national and international

recognition as a talented performer and

songwriter. In 2015 Amanda was a national

finalist in the CBC Searchlight Competition, in

2017 the SCMA Country Gospel Album of the

Year award recipient and in 2018 a category

finalist in the USA International Songwriting

Competition for her original song Listen

With Your Heart. With three albums currently

released and plans to release a fourth titled

Be The Light in the spring of 2021, it is clear

that Amanda has fully embraced her musical

calling as her songs and their messages

continue to be heard all around the world

AMY NELSON

At home in Saskatchewan or on stage in

Australia, Amy Nelson is blazing new trails

in country music. Known for her feisty

performances and incandescent vocals, Amy

has earned over 40 Saskatchewan Country

Music Awards nominations— including a

2018 win for Entertainer of the Year.

This former high school music teacher

oversees a successful singing school for kids

and has partnered with businesses such as

Boston Pizza to fund summer music camps

for students with financial barriers.

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BROCK ANDREWS

Brock Andrews is a heartfelt, high-energy artist who

proudly represents Saskatchewan on stages across

North America. Andrews started his country music

career with the launch of his first full length album

“Eight” which spent several weeks in the top ten of the

iTunes charts. Since 2017, Brock has been nominated

for 14 SCMA awards and in 2020 he was the most

played Saskatchewan male artist on Country radio

stations across Canada. (traxreport.com) His band is

a collection of some of the most talented musicians

in the province and they are scheduled to take their

show to several festival stages in 2021. Brock would

like to use the rest of his bio to thank the love of

his life Shannon and his two beautiful girls Lennon

and Hartley for their incredible love, support and

encouragement.

CHRIS HENDERSON

Since his debut album released in 2008, Chris

Henderson has been one of the busiest Recording

Artists in Canada. The former high school teacher has

been touring relentlessly, and has released 17 singles to

National radio including. “Don’t Miss Your Kiss Goodbye”

(peaked at #47), “My Regret” (#47), and many more.

The veteran singer/songwriter released his fourth

studio project, “Point of View” on Oct 4, 2019 and has

already started work on a 5th record. Henerdon has

been nominated for dozens of awards including three

consecutive wins as the, “Male Artist of the Year” at the

Saskatchewan Country Music Awards in 2018-20, and

“Songwriter of the Year” in 2014. He has been featured

in “Country Weekly Magazine” in Nashville, “Country

Music News” on the cover of “Lifestyles”, as well as

many other publications across North America.

Henderson has appeared on stages such as the Craven

Country Jamboree, Big Valley Jamboree, Boots & Hearts,

Dauphin’s Country Fest, The Gateway Festival, the

Telemiracle cast, and more. He has also showcased at

the CCMA’s for the songwriter series, the WCMA’s, and

served on the CCMA Board of Directors.

HUNTER BROTHERS

Real life brothers, J.J., Dusty, Luke, Brock and

Ty, are no strangers to hard work, perseverance

and discipline. Life on a family farm wasn’t

always easy, but the brothers attribute much

of their success to their rural upbringing in

a home dedicated to faith, music and sport.

Winters were spent playing hockey (several

brothers reached pro-level), and summers for

touring as a family band. Since signing their

record deal in 2014, Hunter Brothers have

amassed a large volume of industry credibility

in a record amount of time, including multiple

CCMA Award nominations, JUNO Award

nominations and SCMA Award wins. Their

sophomore album, State of Mind, released in

2019, remained the #1 selling country album

for four consecutive weeks following its

release. “Lost” (their first #1 single at country

radio), “Those Were the Nights” (from their

debut album Getaway) and their Top 10 smash

hit “Born and Raised” have all been certified

Gold in Canada. “Born and Raised” was

selected as the official anthem for the 2018

IIHF World Junior Hockey Tournament. Known

for their energetic and entertaining live shows,

the group has played major country festivals in

Canada and U.S., and toured with country icon

Paul Brandt.


Saskatchewan Artists who released

songs in 2020 we played on

Alex Runions – Take it Out on Me • Brock Andrews –

Radio – What I See • Brody Siebert – Dippin’ in a Deer

Stand • Chris Henderson – Didn’t Want My Sweater

Back • Colter Wall – Big Iron • Donny Parenteau &

Brad Johner – Bring It On • Donny Parentaeu – Never

Came Down Again • Hunter Brothers – Hard Dirt – O

Holy Night – Santa Claus is Coming to Town • Jackie

Guy – I did it Anyway – What Child is This/Child of the

Poor • Jess Moskaluke – Halfway Home – Mapdot •

J.J. Voss – Come Along with Me – The Kind of Man –

Farmer’s Song • Jordyn Pollard – Boomerang – Back

to Us • Justin Labrash – Miles Ago • Katelyn Lehner –

Red • Rachel Dancsok – You Can Have it Too • Samara

Yung – In case you missed me – Proceed with caution •

Shantaia – I Wish You Would – Two Cents • Steve

Gibson – Live Forever • Tenille Arts – Somebody Like

That – Everybody Knows Everybody • Tommy John

Ehman – Maria Queen of San Antone

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PERFORMING ARTISTS

JJ VOSS

With over two decades of dedication to his

craft, JJ Voss has taken his passion for music,

along with his many experiences in life and

built an authentic solo career rooted in the soil

of the working class.

Raised on a small farm in Southern

Saskatchewan, Voss began his journey in music

at the age of 8 when he picked p his Dad’s old

dobro and has been following in the fottsteps of

legendary troubadours like Steve Earle, Charlie

Major, and Bruce Springsteen ever since.

In March of 2020 Voss’ released his 3rd album

‘Come Along With Me’ to critical acclaim. A

timely record tackling the current trends of

nationalism, tribalism, division, and violence.

Recent highlights include nominations for 7

SCMA awards (including Entertainer of the Year,

Roots Album and Male Artist. His current album

was voted Sask Music’s #2 Album of the year

(all genres), SCMA awards for ‘Roots Artist of

the Year” in 2020, and ‘Music Video of the Year’

(for ‘Some People’) World wide rotation with 3

singles on Sirius/XM Satellite radio and being

named Saskatchewan’s Artist of the year by the

North Saskatchewan Musiczine.

Adjusting to the reality of the pandemic, JJ

has pivoted from touring and embraced live

streaming in order to take his music to the

people. With over 25 on-line concerts under

his belt, JJ has been winning new fans globally,

growing his brand and cross promoting with

other artists and small business to make the

best of these challenging new times. What ever

the future will hold, JJ will adapt and thrive.

JORDYN POLLARD

Exuding a natural charm, infused with

positive energy and a mischievous sense

of fun, Canadian pop/country artist Jordyn

Pollard. With a unique combination of talent,

determination, and self-assuredness, Jordyn

is already on the path chasing her dreams,

earning a reputation as a top up and coming

singer songwriter on the western Canadian

music scene.

There has already been a real buzz filtering

throughout the music industry, as well as

Jordyn’s even-expanding fan base, thanks to

the wonderful reception afforded the single

Good on Me, which made the top-100 on BDS

and continues to garner airplay. This is truly

great achievement for a newcomer to the

music business, but also an indication of what

is yet to come from this talented resident of

Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, who grew up on

the family farm, singing along to her favourite

artists. Subsequently, Jordyn has released two

follow up tracks, BOOMERANG and BACK TO US.

The track BACK TO US, garnered her to be the

inaugural STINGRAY MUSIC TRENDING TRACK

in 2020, reaching its peak in the Top 40 on

Neilson BDS.

Fast becoming a household name in her home

province of Saskatchewan, it is only a matter of

time that Jordyn Pollard’s unmistakable talent,

her drive and her commitment to credibility

and integrity, will see her burst forth onto the

wider Canadian audience – and far beyond.

Jordyn is currently getting ready to record her

sophomore album with an anticipated release

in fall of 2021.

JUSTIN LABRASH

Fresh off #driveinsask 2020, North America’s

first and only drive in concert tour, Justin

LaBrash just released his tenth single to

Canadian radio along with a unique official

music video. Award-winning, Saskatchewan

country recording artist, Justin LaBrash,

entertains audiences with originals as well

as country and rock hits from the past right

up to today’s hottest songs. He has played

throughout Canada from Vancouver to St.

John’s to the Northwest Territories and

many points in between. LaBrash is the

2018 SCMA Emerging Artist of the Year and

multiple SCMA and SMA nominee, as well

as a two-time finalist and runner-up for the

CKRM Proudly Saskatchewan Showcase.

Justin just released his third album and his

last five singles have progressively charted

on the Canadian Top 100, including, “See

You in the Stars”, which reached #72 on

the Traxx Chart and all the way to #1 on the

Canadian True North Country Indie chart!!

Justin released his debut EP in 2016, his first

full length album in 2018, and an acoustic

EP in 2020.

Justin is proud of his roots and where he

comes from. He believes strongly in building

communities and “paying it forward”. Justin

is an official ambassador for the Teddy

Bears Anonymous and each concert during

the #driveinsask Tour 2020 spotlighted

a local charitable organization, raising

awareness and thousands of dollars for

more than a dozen Saskatchewan charities.

Supporting locally is very important to Justin

and his team. Justin utilizes the resources

from local Saskatchewan businesses and

musicians whenever possible.

Justin has been lucky enough to have shared

the stage and studio with some of the best

musicians in North America including The

Washboard Union, Charlie Major, Blackhawk,

The Wilkinsons and more. With his country

roots running deep, his big heart, and

endless enthusiasm, there is no limit to

where life will take him.

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PERFORMING ARTISTS

JUSTINE SLETTEN

A singer/songwriter firmly on the fence between

country and pop, Justine Sletten hails from small

town Saskatchewan, Canada. From the first notes

of “Up” by Shania Twain, Justine was hooked and

spent her youth building her skill set in the music

industry. Over the last year Justine has focused

on the release of her two latest singles, entitled

All Bad and Eighteen, that she was incredibly

excited to share with the world. Justine working

towards some exciting new music and she hopes

that it will help put her career on the right track.

Although she will always love her Saskatchewan

home she is hopeful that her hard work and

determination will one day help her share her

music around the world

KARISSA HOFFART

Karissa Hoffart is a Saskatchewan country recording

artist, who has taken this challenging year as a way

to show resilience. Growing up on her family ranch

in the Big Muddy, Karissa has worked hard at her

singing career to bring her audience a voice of

inspiration and passion.

Karissa pushed through the challenges of 2020

by organizing two Drive In Concerts, releasing

three songs to country radio, releasing two music

videos, and finally released her first album this past

October. She continues to be creative by starting up a

Virtual Saskatchewan School Tour through spreading

inspirational messages that go along with the songs

she personally wrote on her album called “Life of

Mine”. You can find Karissa Hoffart on Facebook,

Instagram, Apple Music, YouTube, Spotify, Amazon

Music, and all other digital streaming outlets!

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MUNRO & PATRICK

With countless accolades and reputations as two

of the hardest working artists to come out of

Saskatchewan, Heidi Munro and Scott Patrick

have quickly gained notoriety throughout this

province as “the dynamic duo”.

After working in different solo projects and bands

over many years in the industry, this partnership

has created performances and original songs

that are fresh, polished and real. Heidi and Scott

are both SCMA awarded artists, these accolades

are amongst many others they have individually

received on a provincial and national level.

Munro and Patrick are Group/ Duo of the Year

nominees with the 2020 Saskatchewan Country

Music Association, with Scott winning Guitar

Player Of The Year.

Munro & Patrick have released 2 live off the

floor music videos “Give Up or Give In” and “

Safe”. They are set to release their debut EP

“Give Me Your Rain”.

SAMARA YUNG

Samara Yung isn’t afraid to pave her own

path. Her new release Things I Can’t Turn Off

encompasses Samara’ journey and where she is

both musically and personally. The six song EP

features the singles “Too Cool” & “Swerve” which

was her highest charting single and her first Top

30 at Canadian country radio.

Years of experience from her beginnings as a

performer in her father’s band, Samara has roots

that run deep into many genres of music. Music

is truly a family affair for the Yungs; with her dad

on bass, and her mom and husband waiting in

the wings with their young daughter Nova, music

is not just a job - it’s a lifestyle.

Samara received the coveted iHeart Radio

Future Star spotlight for May & June 2019 with

“Swerve” and was also named 2019’s SCMA Fan’s

Choice Entertainer of the Year. 2019 included

a run of shows at Dauphin’s Countryfest in

Manitoba, Extreme Mudfest in Alberta, and at

Raymore Summer Slam in her home province

of Saskatchewan. Things I Can’t Turn Off was

released during the COVID-19 pandemic in

October 2020, but still has wracked up nearly

1 million global streams combined. The project

is now nominated for Album of the Year at the

2021 SCMA Awards, where Samara is also up for

Female Artist & Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the

Year.

TENILLE ARTS

In a world of dreams, Tenille Arts has seen more come true in the last couple of years than even

she could have imagined, and the latest of which is the release of her new full-length album. Love,

Heartbreak, & Everything in Between is a collection of 12 songs that takes the listener on emotional

journey with a glimpse into dreams that have come true, sacrifices made along the way and…well…

everything in between.

“I’m so excited about this album,” said Tenille. “It’s everything I’ve been through this past year, so the

title is very appropriate. It’s four love songs, four breakup songs and four songs about everything else

in life.”

Tenille wrote two of the songs solo and partnered with the likes of Allison Veltz Cruz, Whitney Duncan,

Derek George, Alex Kline, Palmer Lee, Josh Logan, Lizzy McAvoy, James Slater, Grand Vogelfanger

and Adam Wheeler on the other 10 cuts. Kline, Vogelfanger and Wheeler, along with Matt Rovey, have

production credits on the collection, which was released on 19th & Grand Records.

“I got to collaborate with new songwriters and producers, and I’m so proud of the creativity on this

album.”


PERFORMING ARTISTS

THE NORTH SOUND

The North Sound is cold like a Saskatchewan

winter, humid like a summer day in the

streets of Montreal and is unpredictable like

the weather on a singular day in Calgary.

The North Sound is ever-changing with lyrics

spanning across haunting metaphors and

a sound balanced between today’s modern

production and the era of Gram Parsons

and Emmylou Harris blazing the highways.

Formed in 2014 by Forrest Eaglespeaker

supported by his partner Nevada Freistadt,

The North Sound was created as a way to share

stories in keeping true to Forrest’s Blackfoot

identity and traditions from Treaty 7 Territory.

The North Sound has had four singles

reach number one on the Indigenous Music

Countdown as well as Saskatchewan’s

MBC Radio, won Indigenous Artist of the

year at the 2020 SaskMusic Awards as

well as being voted #5 on “Best Albums

of Saskatchewan 2020” for As The Stars

Explode released October of 2020 and has

received six nominations from the SCMA.

Sharing the stage with the likes of Blue Rodeo,

Kathleen Edwards, Eagle and Hawk, Derek

Miller, Susan Aglukark, Celeigh Cardinal,

Logan Staats, and many more, The North

Sound has performed at multiple venues and

festivals across Canada and the United States.

TUCKER LANE

Tucker Lane are Leslie Stanwyck (vocals),

Johnny Sinclair (bass), Brent Carlin (guitar)

and Warren Medernach (drums) and are

from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Leslie and Johnny were members of the

internationally acclaimed Toronto band

The Pursuit of Happiness. They made two

albums with TPOH, ‘Love Junk’ which went

platinum and featured the hit songs, ‘I’m An

Adult Now’, ‘She’s So Young’, and ‘Hard To

Laugh’, and the second TPOH album, ‘One-

Sided Story’ which went gold. They also

toured through Europe with the Eurythmics

and the U.S. with Duran Duran. Leslie and

Johnny then left to form another wellknown

band called Universal Honey and put

out another seven albums including charting

songs, ‘Just Before Mary Goes’, ‘Any Road

Back’, ‘Invincible’ and ‘Think You Know’

among others. During this time, they toured

North America for many years and opened

over 100 shows for the Goo Goo Dolls, as well

as multiple headlining club tours.

In 2015, they released their debut album,

‘West of Minnesota, North of North Dakota’

and in 2017 they were nominated as SCMA

(Saskatchewan Country Music Association)

Best New Group.

In 2018, with plenty of performances and

festivals under Tucker Lane’s belt, they

earned a spot on the national cast of the

beloved Telemiracle 43.

At the beginning of 2020, Johnny and Leslie

launched their indie label and production

house Honeytunes. Tucker Lane has been the

backing band for the Honeytunes produced

TOMMY JOHN EHMAN

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Tommy is

faithful to his rural roots in his music and in

his life. He lives with his family on their fifthgeneration

farm at Craik in a “catalogue” house

built by his great grandpa more than 100 years

ago. Tommy has a degenerative eye condition

called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP for short), which

forced him to take a step back from day-to-day

farming, but didn’t deter him from writing songs,

performing live and pursuing his musical passion

with the same commitment and drive as in his

younger days, when he toured Western Canada

with his bands Midnight Highway and Idle Rains.

With six studio albums to his credit, Tommy has

had multiple radio singles that cracked the top

100 country music charts, several Saskatchewan

Country Music Award nominations, a long, long

list of live performances that include opening for

Doc Walker and Michelle Wright, among others,

and eight years as a full-time touring musician.

He is currently promoting his Brand New Single

“Hungry Heart,” a cover of the classic Sprinsteen

song, to Canadian country music radio and

working on new original music to carry him

throughout 2021.

and recorded track ‘I’ll Cheers to That’ by

Saskatchewan country music artist Lane

Shields and 3 tracks for another upcoming

Saskatchewan artist Katelyn Lehner, including

her current release ‘Red’ which was written by

Leslie and Katelyn.

Tucker Lane wrote and recorded another

album’s worth of material called ‘Random

Fireworks on a Beach Obscured by Trees’,

which was mixed by Bart McKay, and was

released in January 2021. The album has

received critical praises and their first single

‘Paper Wings’ went to #4 on the Canadian

Indie Country Countdown.

Also, in 2021, Tucker Lane are nominated for

a SCMA Group of the Year award and in April

they have an upcoming live streaming event in

support of the Unison Benevolent Fund. Their

third release “Ghost”, from the new album, is

out now! It is also the bands first release to

commercial radio.


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NOMINEES

ANDREA AN

Andrea An is a Vietnamese-Canadian singer/

songwriter, a multi-talented pop, R&B, and country

artist. She started taking piano lessons at age six and

by the time she was a teenager, she had also taught

herself to play guitar.

Andrea has generated over 500,000 views on YouTube

and Facebook and played festivals like the Trifecta

Music Festival and the Country Thunder VIP area.

She captures themes of love, heartbreak, selfempowerment,

and reflection. Her voice can be a

quiet, falsetto birdsong that raises goosebumps, or a

belted out, raging symphony of broken hearts.

Andrea An is on a mission to share her music with the

world --- and to show that it’s possible for women of

colour/Asian-Canadians to be visible in the Canadian

music industry.

THE DIRT RICH BAND

The Dirt Rich Band began in 2013 and has been

growing and maturing ever since. The spring

of 2016 started the recording of what would

eventually become their debut album “Cash

Poor, Dirt Rich”. The boys took several trips to

Nashville to finish writing their second album

“One More Round”. The first two albums were

completed by working closely with Bart McKay.

In March 2020 they guys decided to head

to Nashville again. This time to work with

Joel Breyure (The Drawing Room) on a set

of songs written in part by Stuart Walker,

Jonathan Singleton and Sam Ellis. The trip was

unfortunately cut short to only 4 days due to

Covid. On March 15th, “the day the music died”

in Nashville saw the entire Broadway strip close.

Thanks to fellow entertainer Donny Lee and his

band, The Dirt Rich Band was invited up briefly

to play on stage at both Jason Aldean’s rooftop

bar and Tootsies Orchid Lounge just hours before

the music stopped. A memory/opportunity all the

guys will surely never forget.

BRODY SIEBERT

Brody Siebert is well on his way to proving he

is a part of the new crop of artists on the rise

in Canadian country music. Born and raised

in the small farming community of Spiritwood

Saskatchewan, Brody grew up in a family full

of musical talent. He grew up being heavily

influenced by older brother Riley, as well

as the greats such as Waylon Jennings and

Garth Brooks. Brody flew down to Nashville

in November 2014 where he recorded three

songs with fellow Canadian Aaron Goodvin.

The first two single releases “Lay it On Me

Tonight” and “Back In Mine” hit Top 65 status

on Mediabase Canada.

Coming from a family of musical talent,

Siebert has worked hard to be the musician

he is today. He began learning guitar at 15,

and singing came just as natural. His love for

writing songs is where is passion lies and is

something that speaks true to the artist that

Brody is. In the short time he’s been on the

scene, Brody has played Craven Country

Jamboree, Rockin’ River Music Fest, Country

at The Creek and has opened for the likes of

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Terri Clark and Emerson

Drive. Following the success of his single “I’m

in a Bar” in 2017, Brody walked away with the

Saskatchewan Country Music Association’s

Male Artist of the Year award. That same

year, he also was tapped to perform in his

hometown of Saskatoon at the CCMA Rockin’

Country Cabaret alongside industry heavy

weights like Chad Brownlee and the Road

Hammers.

With a love of the outdoors, hunting and

fishing, Brody stays true to his rural roots

and is currently working on new music that

reflects his love of both. He lives out the lyrics

he sings about, making him an authentic fresh

breath of country.

JAY & JO

Hailing from the Saskatchewan prairies, Janaya

and Jolissa Trudel pair up to form a vibrant folkroots

sister-duo, embodying both joy and depth in

one double-batted swing. Reminiscent of Nickel

Creek, First Aid Kit, and the nostalgia of Joan Baez

and Joni Mitchell, their soul-stretching lyrics and

airtight harmonies are a force to be reckoned with.

Since the successful release of their debut album

“Grounded and Light” in 2017, Jay & Jo have toured

Canada from coast to coast, taken part in Breakout

West’s showcase at Americanafest in Nashville in

2019, and been crowned “Roots Artist of the Year”

at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards, 2019.

In the midst of the pandemic and great hush of the

arts, they dropped their timely and hopeful album

“Victory” in July of 2020. Since then, the album

has been recognized as on of the top 3 best albums

in Saskatoon by PlanetS Magazine, the #6 album

in Saskatchewan by Saskmusic, and has received

numerous Saskatchewan Country Music Award

nominations. Canadian Beats media describe them

as, “ambient, angelic, ASMR inducing mix of roots,

folk, and country with tenderly strong vocals and an

over-all sophistication.”

JARRID LEE

Jarrid Lee is an Award-Winning Songwriter,

Indigenous Canadian Country Music Artist from

St.Paul Alberta who now resides in Saskatoon

Saskatchewan.

Over the past 6 years Jarrid has been blazing a trail

in the country music scene sharing the stage with

artists such as Trooper, David Lee Murphy, Luke Bryan

and has assisted on shows with Tom Cochrane and

the Legendary Tanya Tucker.

Jarrid’s highly anticipated 5 song debut EP album

entitled “Up on Stage” is now available on all digital

platforms.

Be sure to connect and follow Jarrid’s journey and

love for music on www.jarridlee.com

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NOMINEES

KATELYN LEHNER

Prince Albert Saskatchewan’s, Katelyn Lehner, first

stepped on stage at the early age of 3. Katelyn

received Royal Conservatory of Music vocal training,

won RCM awards for the highest provincial exam

marks, and performed at events and competitions

around Saskatchewan. A highlight was capturing

first place at GX94s’ Jr. Star Search.

Another passion of Katelyn’s is Track and Field.

She has competed all over North America, and was

named to Team Canada for the Pan American Junior

Games. She brought home multiple national medals

during her University career, while completing a

degree in Kinesiology.

After graduating, Katelyn began performing

publicly again and released her debut single “Red”

on October 9th, of 2020. A highlight of last year

was performing for a sold-out audience at her live,

single release show at the Capitol Music Club in

Saskatoon.

She ended off the year being part of Stealth

Media’s “Home for Christmas” livestream event

which was a fundraiser for the Saskatoon Food

Bank and headlined by Jess Moskaluke and the

Hunter Brothers. In January, “Red” debuted on

the Trax Canadian Country Radio Chart in the 93rd

position and so far, has peaked at #82. At the end

of February, Katelyn cracked the top 10 of the

Canadian Country Female Radio Charts and top 50

of the Canadian Country Radio chars. Katelyn is

looking forward to her next single, which is to be

released in spring of this year.

SHANTAIA

Shantaia is a Nashville based singer/songwriter

who was born and raised in Saskatchewan. With

her powerful vocals, Shantaia’s voice, much like her

name, is unforgettable. Shantaia has opened for

names such as; Kane Brown, Chris Lane, Ryan Hurd,

Emerson Drive, Charlie Major and more.

The 2019 SCMA Emerging Artist of the year

released her comeback single on January 3rd

2020 called “I Wish You Would” which curated over

100,000 streams on Spotify in less than a month,

hit 69 on Mediabase charts, 72 on BDS, had radio

play in the United States and now is onward to 350k

streams on Spotify alone. Her debut EP “Chapter

One” was released on April 3rd, 2020, with her

follow up radio release “Two Cents” in August 2020

also hitting over 200k streams on Spotify. Recently

being nominated for her first Saskatchewan Music

Award in the Country Artist of The Year category,

Shantaia was in amongst Tenille Arts, The Hunter

Brothers and Samara Yung based on her successful

2020 year. Shantaia is currently living in Nashville

working on new music, writing with some of the

biggest writers in music city, playing shows, and

making noise around town. Excited to keep sharing

new music in 2021, Shantaia released her newest

single, “Had A Good Weekend” on February 26th

to all digital platforms, getting on major Spotify

playlists and on Canadian Country Radio with a

music video to follow!

YVONNE ST GERMAINE

Yvonne St Germaine is an established Independent

Metis artist. She expresses a positive spiritual

message from a variety of styles such as Country

Gospel, contemporary and some soft blues that has

captured a fan base throughout Canada/ U.S.A.

Like many she is a huge fan of the Old Style of

Country Music, influenced by Patsy Cline, Loretta

Lynn and Martha Carson. Sticking to her roots Saint

G has created her own twist to Country Gospel, which

has been very well received.

As a Strong Metis Woman with faith and perseverance,

Yvonne is now currently a 17X Indigenous Gospel

Award Winner also recognized as an Inspiring role

model.

Yvonne’s heart is for our Indigenous communities to

bring hope and love through music and her testimony

Currently, still doing what she loves to do, create,

encourage and believe that all things work together

for the good.

Some Highlights, just to name few

• 2019 Graced the stage in Nashville Tennessee at

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch

• Opening singer Evangelist, Kenneth Copeland

• Performed alongside – Duane Steel, Billy Ray

Cyrus, George Canyon, Crystal Shawanda, Jason

Crabb, Donny Parenteau, Tom Jackson, Julian Austin,

Don Burnstick, Ray St German and we can’t forget our

very own King of the North Ernest Monias,

Yvonne’s Motto “I am who I am by the Grace of God”

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WADE FEHR

Wade Fehr has been performing around Saskatchewan for over 20 years, recently as a

founding member of the Prince Albert based band The Goats. Born and raised on the prairies,

his song writing reflects the wide open spaces and living skies. Fehr paints a picture in his

listener’s mind whilst singing the stories of his life as well as the people and places he

has encountered. Playing an eclectic mix of country, blues and singer/songwriter styles he

reaches a large variety of music lovers. A talented guitarist, Wade also mixes in the sounds

of the harmonica and other instruments. Music has always been more than a passion for

Wade, but an essential part of life.

Over the past few years Wade has performed at the Ness Creek music festival, the Northern

Lights Bluegrass festival, Prince Albert’s Chesterfest and opened for the legendary Burton

Cummings.


NOMINEES

CANDACE FINCH

COUNTRY MUSIC PERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

The country music industry is a natural home

for Candace Finch. Her lifelong involvement has

grown from a child falling asleep next to the

stage in her parent’s dance hall to coordinating

national album releases and media tours and

confirming artists to perform on the annual

community stage. Her involvement as a member

of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association

over the years has nurtured her passion for

the local music industry and has enabled her

to support and celebrate Saskatchewan artists

and their music. Since becoming a SCMA

member, Candace has spent 12 years on the

SCMA Saskatoon Executive as Advisor, President

and Treasurer, sat on four SCMA Awards Host

Committees, and was the Co-Chair of the 30th

Anniversary SCMA Awards. She is a two-time

recipient of the Matador Award as presented by

the SCMA Saskatoon chapter in recognition of her

Organizational and Coordinator skills. Candace

has also spent 6 years on the provincial board

holding the positions of Treasurer, Membership

Coordinator, and Director.

WES LABRASH

COUNTRY MUSIC PERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Wes LaBrash was elected President of the

Saskatchewan Country Music Association in April

2019. As the President, Wes volunteers his time to

help promote country music and help develop local

independent country artists. Wes plays a little bit of

guitar, but only for himself. He became involved in

the SCMA to support his son, Justin LaBrash. Wes

is a songwriter and audio/lighting technician.

Wes has a Marketing and Business Degree from

the University of Saskatchewan. In his current day

job, he is the Acting VP of Business Development &

IT at SecurTek and previously spent over 25 years

at SaskTel and SaskTel Mobility in various Manager

and Director positions.

In the early 2000s Wes was an avid marathon

runner, golfer, curler and competitive fastball

player. Now he spends his time sitting in a chair,

running through agendas, pitching lyrics and

teaming up with country music professionals.

Wes is excited to help grow country music in

Saskatchewan.

MATT RYAN

ON AIR PERSONALITY NOMINEE

Saskatoon’s Matt Ryan, at an early age has always

had a love and passion for music. As he enjoyed

listening, going to concerts and supporting local

artists, he knew he wanted to be in radio. This

brought him to study at Western Academy of

Broadcasting College and graduate. Now coming

up, it will mark 13 yrs in radio and a full time

job which he loves .. Matt says “I love playing,

promoting and interviewing artists especially

locals across the province of Saskatchewan to

help spread the work of their talents· Through

all this he has received honours by winning 3x’s

SCMA On-Air Personality Of the Year. Due to

cancelled MC’ing events due to COVID Matt is

still on air to bring you country music.

JASON LEE

ON AIR PERSONALITY NOMINEE

Been on air for 25 years, 18 of those with CJWW

• Host the afternoon show which includes The

Homestretch Drive.

• Music Director for CJWW

CHASE HUSSEY

ON AIR PERSONALITY NOMINEE

Chase is born and bred in Saskatchewan

growing up on Country music in Churchbridge!

For the last 8 and a half years he has worked

with Pure Country 92.7 in Regina helping

the station grow and flying the flag for

Saskatchewan Country music. You can catch

him on the airwaves waking up Regina Monday

through Friday hosting Pure Country Mornings

with Lindsay May!

CAL GRATTON

ON AIR PERSONALITY NOMINEE

Cal Gratton is the Morning Show Host and

Program Director of 105 CJVR in Melfort , and

the Afternoon Drive Host of Saskatchewan

Country CKBI in Prince Albert Saskatchewan

( both stations are part of the Jim Pattison

Broadcast Group) His Broadcasting career has

spanned almost 35 years, all of which has been

in a Country Music format. To help promote and

nurture Canadian Independent/Emerging Artists

is a part of his DNA, and he has been honoured

with many SCMA awards and CCMA nominations.

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NOMINEES

JESSE DAWSON

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Jesse cut his teeth touring Canada with several

bands encompassing several styles from Funk,

R&B, Rock, Punk and Country. In recent years he

has been nominated for the Saskatchewan Country

Music Association’s bass player of the Year 2017,

2018, 2019 Performing on the Saskatchewan

Country Music Awards Broadcast as the house band

bass player and one of the backround vocalists

for the 2017 and 2018 awards show. He has built

a reputation as a strong side musician among many

Saskatchewan artists and musicians in all genres.

From 2017 to 2019 he was back and forth between

Canada And Australia working in Canada as a

session player in studio and live performance.

And in Australia working as a bass player On P&O

Australia cruise ships in which he has completed

four contracts.

Jesse is currently adapting to the current 2020

climate doing everything from teaching lessons, the

occasional performance, to constructing R & B and

funk bass loops to hip hop artists to add to there

libraries for original samples.

BRANDON ZIOLA

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Brandon Ziola has been the bassist and backing

vocalist for both Brock Andrews and Brody Siebert

since 2018. During this time, Brandon has also had

the opportunity to back up Canadian Country artists

Aaron Pritchett and Aaron Goodvin, and shared the

stage with such Canadian acts as Emerson Drive,

Terri Clark, and the Hunter Brothers. Brandon

counts the video for Brock Andrews’ single “What I

See” as a 2020 highlight, and is looking forward to

getting back on the road with Brock and Brody and

their a/I-star team as soon as possible!

JOHNNY SINCLAIR

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Johnny got his start playing in Saskatoon bands

that included future members of The Northern

Pikes. After moving to Toronto, he was one of the

founding members of Gold and Platinum selling,

‘The Pursuit of Happiness’. In Toronto he also

formed Universal Honey with his musical partner

Leslie Stanwyck, together they released 7 albums.

Upon returning to Saskatoon, formed Tucker Lane

with Stanwyck and childhood friend Brent Carlin.

After the release of Tucker Lane’s first album,

the band added Warren Medernach on drums and

recorded, “Random Fireworks on A Beach Obscured

by Tree’s. Through the pandemic Johnny has kept

busy releasing music, videos and the Tucker Lane

Campfire Sessions. Tucker Lane is involved with

UNISON Benevolent Fund and are presenting a Live

streaming event in support on 04/24/21.

MYLES MYROL

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

I was born & raised in Saskatchewan, and have

lived my entire life in the province. I started playing

live for gigs at age 13. I have played professionally

& semi-professionally since then. I have been

a member of numerous groups, to name a few,

The Myrol Bros, Lisa Moen Band, The Magic Band,

Full Throttle, Blue Collar, and Bull Rush, as well

as others. I have performed on radio, t.v., music

videos, and in numerous recording sessions. I am

proud to say I have won 5 SCMA Awards over the

years.

I have opened for some well known acts, such

as Ian Tyson, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Trooper,

Clay Walker to name a few. I have performed

in countless towns, villages and cities here is

Saskatchewan. Gigs large & small.

LUKE HUNTER

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Real life brothers, J.J., Dusty, Luke, Brock and

Ty, are no strangers to hard work, perseverance

and discipline. Life on a family farm wasn’t

always easy, but the brothers attribute much

of their success to their rural upbringing in

a home dedicated to faith, music and sport.

Winters were spent playing hockey (several

brothers reached pro-level), and summers for

touring as a family band. Since signing their

record deal in 2014, Hunter Brothers have

amassed a large volume of industry credibility

in a record amount of time, including seven

CCMA Award nominations, two JUNO Award

nominations and 10 SCMA Award wins. Their

sophomore album, State of Mind, released in

2019, remained the #1 selling country album

for four consecutive weeks following its

release. “Lost” (their first #1 single at country

radio), “Those Were the Nights” (from their

debut album Getaway) and their Top 10 smash

hit “Born and Raised” have all been certified

Gold in Canada. “Born and Raised” was

selected as the official anthem for the 2018

IIHF World Junior Hockey Tournament. Known

for their energetic and entertaining live

shows, the group has played major country

festivals in Canada and U.S., and toured with

country icon Paul Brandt. Their latest single,

“Hard Dirt” celebrates growth through times

of adversity and is available now.

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NOMINEES

DARCY DESCHAMBAULT

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Darcy began drumming at the age of 12 and starting

regularly performing at the age of 14. He gained a

majority of his early knowledge of music immersed

in concert band, concert choir, jazz band, jazz choir

and a 3pc rock band, while living in Esterhazy, Sk.

With a love of most all music including blues,

rock, metal, classical, country, pop and punk,

he continued performing in various bands over

the years and did some garage style eight track

recording and studio recording on three albums. He

had a short stint of success in an original project

called Full Tilt, winning a band wars and playing

larger stages. In 2015 he began performing in the

Saskatchewan country scene and has recieved 5

nominations and 2 awards for Drummer of the year.

SAM DERBAWKA

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Sam Derbawka began performing at the age

of 8 playing fiddle at local competitions in his

home town of Borden Saskatchewan, he co

founded Redberry Grass and performed with

his brother and sister until the age of 17 when

the three members decided to go separate

ways. Balancing weekend performances and a

weekday job, Sam toured with several artists

over the years such as Aces Wyld, Amy Nelson

and Hayley Jensen. Once he topped out in

the powerline trade, he began touring and

performing full time with The Dirt Rich band.

He’s also been performing with Lane Shields,

Will Ballantyne, Jake and the Sturgeon River

Boys and Greg Kozak. Playing music full time

has allowed him to be able to tour Canada

and experience his first international tour in

Australia. In 2019 and 2020 Sam was awarded

SCMA specialty instrumentalist of the year.

SHAWN BLACKMAN

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Guitarist for the Heard, Shawn has established

a reputation as a versatile, strong and song

oriented supporting musician across genres

having performed with multi-award winning

artists including, Jully Black, Kenny Shields,

Jess Moskaluke, Aaron Goodvin, Codie Prevost,

Kelsey Fitch, Donny Parenteau and Jessica

Robinson. Shawn has performed across

Canada at such venues as the Roger’s Centre

in Toronto, Tom Jackson’s Huron Carole, the

Ness Creek Music Festival, Big Valley Jamboree,

Saskatchewan County Music Awards, Canadian

Country Music Awards Songwriters’ Circles, The

JUNO Gala Dinner, Canadian Aboriginal Music

Awards, and Indigenous Music Awards and

has performed live numerous times on CTV’s

Canada AM and CBC’s News: Sunday.

EVAN FRIESEN

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Evan is a musician and teacher from Saskatoon,

SK. His family supported his passion for music

from a young age, which led him to get an Honours

Music Degree in Violin from the University of

Saskatchewan. During his time in University, he

secured a seat in the violin section of the Saskatoon

Symphony Orchestra and played with the ensemble

for 7 years. Along with his academic pursuits, Evan

has been playing in bands for his whole life. His

diverse music tastes are reflected in the colourful

history of bands he has played with, ranging

from Heavy Metal to Traditional Irish music. Most

recently, he has been brought on as the fiddle,

mandolin, keyboard and acoustic guitar player in

the live band for Country recording artists Brock

Andrews and Brody Seibert.

SCOTT PATRICK

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Scott Patrick was the lead vocalist and

guitarist for the multi award winning band

Wyatt. Wyatt performed on stages across

Canada and had radio success on Canadian

Country Radio. Since the band has stopped

performing, Scott has performed with many

SCMA artists including Heidi Munro, Topher

Mils, Aaron Rigden, and Amanda Hagel.

Currently Scott is working on new music in

the duo Munro & Patrick.

TERRY HOKNES

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Terry Hoknes has been nominated at the SCMA

20 times since 1994 in various music instrument

categories as a multi-instrumentalist playing 10

instruments.

Terry is most famously known as the piano

player and lead singer of Dueling Pianos show

which tours around Saskatchewan all year

around. Terry is the host of the SCMA TV Show

series currently running online

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DEAN BERNIER

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

NOMINEE

Dean Bernier received his B

Mus. (Mus. Ed) degree from

the U of S and has remained

in Saskatchewan in order to

develop string programs in

this province. Although he

has taught clinics/workshops

throughout western Canada

and in the USA, Saskatchewan will always be home. After founding Bernier

Music (since 1990), teaching for the extension division at the U of S (1990-

1993), conducting/director of the Prince Albert Strings Orchestra (since 1995),

he also wrote and taught the string orchestra curri culum (2003-2017) for Rivier

Academy School. The past seven summers were spent teaching violin and

guitar for the Dream Brokers program in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert.

Working in several weekend bands, Dean is always willing to do studio work or

freelance, whenever called upon. Some accolades include: three time RCM silver

medalist, 1990 Saskatchewan Grand Champion Fiddler, seven time Saskatchewan

Country Music Association award winner (including 2003 Humanitarian of the

Year recipient}, 2010 Saskatchewan Music Educators Association Outstanding

Achievement Award, 2014 Saskatchewan Orchestral Association Orchestral

Development Award recipient.

Currently, Dean is teaching in Prince Albert at St. Francis School, a fiddle program

for Riverside School, after school program (Sistema) at King George School,

private students at Bernier Music, fiddle and mandolin workshops for the Alberta

Society of Fiddlers (since 1994), and had been performing most weekends either

as soloist or back up for other performers prior to COVID 19.


NOMINEES

JEFFERY STRAKER

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Jeffery Straker grew up taking piano lessons in

small-town Saskatchewan and has gone on to

perform over 100 shows per year across Canada,

Europe and Latin America. The rootsy-storytelling

of his songs has the power to transport a listener

- out onto a lake in Canada’s North or to the main

street of a prairie town. A clever lyricist with an

energetic piano style his song writing has drawn

critical comparisons to the likes of Harry Chapin,

Kris Kristofferson & Billy Joel.

Straker’s 2017 album “Dirt Road Confessional”

reached #5 on the iTunes Canada singersongwriter

charts and saw him debut at Canada’s

National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He’s licensed his

piano-driven songs for film, TV and theatrical

productions and has performed his music in

sold-out shows with symphony orchestras.

He’s a Western Canadian Music Award winner

(2019) and received the Saskatchewan Music Award

for Roots/Folk Artists of the Year in 2020. He’ll

release his next full-length album in 2021.

GARTH HOWELL

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Garth Howell grew up playing music since

early childhood. He found early success as a

lead guitar player, playing at a youthful age

in the touring band Kidd Country, and later

to have continued success with Tyler Lewis

and Buckshot as well as Canadian Country

Recording Artist Lisa Moen. He has the ability

to adapt to all genres of music and styles.

GLENNA SWITZER

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Glenna Switzer is a veteran of the Saskatchewan

country music scene, playing keyboards onstage

and in the studio with established artists like

The Vern Michaels Band, Laura Hayes, Corinne

Newton, and Mark Penner.

Switzer has been nominated for twelve

Saskatchewan Country Music Awards, taking

home three trophies: 2011 Country Music Person

of the Year, 2012 Keyboard Player of the Year,

and 2017 Roots Album of the Year for her debut

album “Long Time Comin’.

Many of her musical colleagues report, Switzer

is passionate about helping other artists

achieve theirdreams. She has established a

fantastic reputation for being a knowledgeable,

empathetic, and inspiring teacher and mentor for

young musicians. Her past students include Dana

Rempel (Bears in Hazenmore, Megan Nash) and

Colter Wall.

JAYSON BRINKWORTH

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

With a career spanning 30 + years in the Canadian

music industry, Jayson Brinkworth finds himself in

a VERY unique position as a player, studio musician,

educator, business owner, author and industry

builder.

Jayson has had the amazing fortune of sharing the

stage with some exceptional musicians over the

years as well as playing on MANY radio singles, #1’s

and gold / platinum hits ! He has travelled the world

performing to countless music fans and performed

with artists spanning many musical genres. A short

list of artists include Aaron Pritchett, Jason McCoy

,JD Fortune, Deborah Cox, Beverly Mahood, Shaun

Verreault, Patricia Conroy, One More Girl, Jess

Moskaluke, Shane Yellowbird, Bjorn Again, JJ Voss,

Dallas Smith, Tim Hicks, Kira Isabella, Small Town

Pistols, Chris Henderson and MANY others.

J.J. HUNTER

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Real life brothers, J.J., Dusty, Luke, Brock and

Ty, are no strangers to hard work, perseverance

and discipline. Life on a family farm wasn’t

always easy, but the brothers attribute much

of their success to their rural upbringing in

a home dedicated to faith, music and sport.

Winters were spent playing hockey (several

brothers reached pro-level), and summers for

touring as a family band. Since signing their

record deal in 2014, Hunter Brothers have

amassed a large volume of industry credibility

in a record amount of time, including multiple

CCMA Award nominations, JUNO Award

nominations and SCMA Award wins. Their

sophomore album, State of Mind, released in

2019, remained the #1 selling country album

for four consecutive weeks following its

release. “Lost” (their first #1 single at country

radio), “Those Were the Nights” (from their

debut album Getaway) and their Top 10 smash

hit “Born and Raised” have all been certified

Gold in Canada. “Born and Raised” was

selected as the official anthem for the 2018

IIHF World Junior Hockey Tournament. Known

for their energetic and entertaining live shows,

the group has played major country festivals in

Canada and U.S., and toured with country icon

Paul Brandt.

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NOMINEES

BROCK HUNTER

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Real life brothers, J.J., Dusty, Luke, Brock and

Ty, are no strangers to hard work, perseverance

and discipline. Life on a family farm wasn’t

always easy, but the brothers attribute much of

their success to their rural upbringing in a home

dedicated to faith, music and sport. Winters were

spent playing hockey (several brothers reached

pro-level), and summers for touring as a family

band. Since signing their record deal in 2014,

Hunter Brothers have amassed a large volume

of industry credibility in a record amount of time,

including multiple CCMA Award nominations, JUNO

Award nominations and SCMA Award wins. Their

sophomore album, State of Mind, released in 2019,

remained the #1 selling country album for four

consecutive weeks following its release. “Lost”

(their first #1 single at country radio), “Those Were

the Nights” (from their debut album Getaway) and

their Top 10 smash hit “Born and Raised” have all

been certified Gold in Canada. “Born and Raised”

was selected as the official anthem for the 2018

IIHF World Junior Hockey Tournament. Known for

their energetic and entertaining live shows, the

group has played major country festivals in Canada

and U.S., and toured with country icon Paul Brandt.

JESSE WEIMAN

KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Veteran Bridge City artist, musician, songwriter

and producer rebuilding the traditional recording

approach one sound, beat and tone at a time.

Jesse Weiman utilizes passion, creativity and

technology to help his clients make forgettable

music. Jesse has over 18 years experience creating

music and play all types of instruments.

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DEAN KUSHNERYK

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Started playing live gigs at age 13

in Fathers weekend wedding band.

First recorded at age 16. Bob Porters - Make

Mine Country which included the Woodpecker

Song, which many remember to this day.

Spent many years teaching the art of drumming.

Long time SCMA member, including winning

SCMA Drummer of the year in 2010.

Very active in the music scene around Prince

Albert playing live shows and recording.

Most recently played PACMA Tribute to Country

Show at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre in Nov of 2019

and PACMA Christmas Show in Dec of 2019.

AARON PRITCHARD

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

While growing up in Regina, Sk, Aaron developed

a passion and ear for music at the ripe age of ten

when he purchased his first drum kit. Until then he

could be found “borrowing” his Mom’s pots, pans

and wooden spoons, heading out to the living room

and keeping time with the oldies his Dad played on

the radio, records, and eight tracks.

Aaron continued to perfect his self-taught drumming

skills which eventually earned him a spot on stage

with talented local Saskatchewan artists. He’s had

the pleasure of sharing the stage with Kal Hourd,

Tenille Arts, Tim Romanson and Cattledrive, Alex

Runions, Stephanie Thomson, Sheila Deck, Darlene

Tuleta, Jeffery Straker, Chris Henderson, Sean

Burns, Bros. Chester, JJ Voss, and Conrad Bigknife.

This life-long passion has taken him to gigs across

Western Canada, through countless night clubs,

casinos, festivals, small towns, and big cities.

Thirty years later, Aaron’s passion continues to grow

along with his reputation as one talented musician.

DUSTY HUNTER

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Real life brothers, J.J., Dusty, Luke, Brock and

Ty, are no strangers to hard work, perseverance

and discipline. Life on a family farm wasn’t

always easy, but the brothers attribute much of

their success to their rural upbringing in a home

dedicated to faith, music and sport. Winters were

spent playing hockey (several brothers reached

pro-level), and summers for touring as a family

band. Since signing their record deal in 2014,

Hunter Brothers have amassed a large volume

of industry credibility in a record amount of time,

including multiple CCMA Award nominations,

JUNO Award nominations and SCMA Award wins.

Their sophomore album, State of Mind, released

in 2019, remained the #1 selling country album

for four consecutive weeks following its release.

“Lost” (their first #1 single at country radio),

“Those Were the Nights” (from their debut album

Getaway) and their Top 10 smash hit “Born and

Raised” have all been certified Gold in Canada.

“Born and Raised” was selected as the official

anthem for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey

Tournament. Known for their energetic and

entertaining live shows, the group has played

major country festivals in Canada and U.S., and

toured with country icon Paul Brandt.


NOMINEES

HAL SCHRENK

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Hal Schrenk’s music career began one Halloween when he was discovered

banging out a groove with two bic pens on a couple of plastic pumpkins... it

wasn’t long before his parents enrolled him in the snare drum corps of the local

marching band. His first professional gig was at the age of ten in a Canadian

band war which earned him a trip to Disneyland. Since then Hal has gained a

reputation as a versatile studio musician and consummate sideman. His busy

touring schedule has encompassed a diverse range of musical genres including

Country, Rock, Punk, Jazz, Folk and Roots. His award cabinet includes a Juno, a

Western Canadian Music Award, seven SCMA awards (Drummer of the year) and

a Saskatchewan Showcase Award. He seems to have an almost pathological urge

to push himself to the absolute limit of his abilities, creating an atmosphere of

palpable tension that is simultaneously mesmerizing, and just a little scary.

MURRAY YUNG

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Murray began his love of music after watching the Beatles on TV! He

started guitar lessons at the age of 10 years and began playing in his

dads dance band at the age of 12. Murray did attend the U of S studying

music education (played trumpet in the wind ensemble and quitar in

the jazz band) but decided that wasn’t for him! He switched to playing

bass in 1987 when he joined a rock band called Zak Sniper! Murray has

played in numerous bands throughout his music career but his favourite

is sharing the stage with his daughter Samara! He has played on many

stages from Dauphin Countryfest, Craven Country Thunder, Big Valley

and many others throughout Canada.

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