Saskatchewan Music Awards Launched Live Sunday Night

No one act or artist hogged the spotlight but familiar names such as The Sheepdogs, Jess Moskaluke, the Hunter Brothers, and Megan Nash earned honours at Sunday night's event in Regina.

Saskatchewan Music Awards Launched Live Sunday Night

By FYI Staff

Last night, SaskMusic presented the winners of the inaugural Saskatchewan Music Awards at Regina’s The Exchange.

Kris Alvarez and Jayden Pfeifer hosted the live show that included performances by Andino Suns, Megan Nash, Eekwol and T-Rhyme, Chris Henderson with Poor Nameless Boy, Natural Sympathies, and Factor Chandelier.

In addition to eight genre-based Artist of the Year categories, Indigenous Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, and three industry-focused awards, the Derek Bachman Foundation presented their first “Breaking Borders” Award. The recipient for 2018 was Megan Nash. The award, presented in memory of musician, community builder and SaskMusic Executive Director Derek Bachman. 


The Long List of the Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2018 was also announced, with online public voting commencing November 26 to determine the Top 10. The Long List comprises 42 albums selected by an industry jury from among all known commercially released albums by Saskatchewan artists.

As part of Saskatchewan Music Week, SaskMusic is inviting artists and industry professionals to attend the Very Prairie: Saskatchewan Music Summit, taking place Nov. 28-December 2 in Saskatoon. A contingent of local, national, and international industry panelists will be discussing a variety of subjects of interest to artists – including marketing, release strategies, and revenue sources. 

Official 2018 Saskatchewan Music Award Winners

Alternative Artist of the Year: Close Talker

Avant Garde/Experimental Artist of the Year: respectfulchild

Country Artist of the Year: Jess Moskaluke

Electronic Artist of the Year: Natural Sympathies

Hip Hop Artist of the Year: Factor Chandelier

Indigenous Artist of the Year: Joey Stylez

Metal/Loud Artist of the Year (Two Recipients): Altars of Grief and Shooting Guns

Rock/Pop Artist of the Year: The Sheepdogs

Roots/Folk Artist of the Year: Kacy & Clayton

Single of the Year: Hunter Brothers: Born and Raised

Breaking Borders Award, presented by the Derek Bachman Foundation:  Megan Nash


Venue of the Year (Two Recipients): Ness Creek Music Festival, Big River and The Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon

Producer of the Year: Bart McKay

Industry Achievement Award (Two Recipients): 91.3FM CJTR, Regina Community Radio and Shann Gowan


The Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2018: Long List

Abscission - Palimpsest

Alex Bent + the Emptiness - Vanilla Blue

Altars of Grief - Iris

Anna Haverstock - Coasting in Dreams

Autopilot - Afterglow

Bears in Hazenmore - Atlas

Belle Plaine - Malice, Mercy, Grief and Wrath

Black Hell Oil - Choke on This

Blue Youth - Dead Forever

Brian Baggett - Bookmarks

Colter Wall - Songs of The Plains

Conrad Bigknife - A Tribute to Country Legends

Dagan Harding Band - I Learned How

Dayda Banks - Vagabonds

Dayda Banks & Filth the Enabler - Emulator

Del Suelo - The Musician's Compass: A 12 Step Program

Eli Barsi & Doris Daley - One Upon the West

Etienne Fletcher: Side A / Face A

Factor Chandelier - Wisdom Teeth

Hell Hounds - Paint the World

Hook & Nail - Ghosts of Taylorton

HYV - Times Are Tough

Into Eternity - The Sirens

Jack Semple - Can't Stop This Love

Jay Semko - Never Sent


Jesse Brown - Sadness

Joey Stylez - The Star Chief

LOA - Tide EP

LTP - Zenith

Marie-Véronique Bourque - une porte s'ouvre

Nick Faye & The Deputies - Stumbling Distance

Pimpton - The Pimpton LP

Rosie & The Riveters - Ms. Behave

The Sheepdogs - Changing Colours

Shooting Guns - Another WolfCop OST

Sleepwreck - Hypersigil Megaprayer

Snake River - Tread on to the Unknown You

Toria Summerfield - Planet X

Untimely Demise - No Promise of Tomorrow

West of Mabou - The Bridge

The Wolfe - Strange Words

Yellowsky - Mixed Medicine

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