Saskatchewan country musicians set to shine

The Saskatchewan Country Music Association is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Nipawin this weekend.

Artists gathering in Nipawin to celebrate 25th anniversary

Jess Moskaluke has been nominated for three SCMA awards this weekend. They will be handed out in Nipawin. (Nathan Elson)

It's a place for old friends and new music. The Saskatchewan Country Music Association is celebrating its silver anniversary this weekend in Nipawin.

The festival has grown a lot in the last 25 years. These days, many of this province's musicians are now making an impact across the country and around the world. 

Three-time Juno and seven-time Canadian Country Music Award winner Charlie Major is hosting the awards show. "Saskatchewan is almost like a second home to me, I've played out here so often," says Major. "The people out here are great, have always been great to me, supported me and it just kinda feels like home."

For local performers, the awards are a chance to get together and see and hear what each other have been up to.  
Guitarist Brennan Wall (left) and country singer Jess Moskaluke are gearing up for the big SCMA party in Nipawin. (Britainy Robinson)
​Langenburg's Jess Moskaluke is nominated for three awards this year. Moskaluke says the music scene in this province is exploding.

"I can't remember a time where you could just rattle off so many big names in country music," she said. "I think our province is in really good hands over the next couple of years." 

There are also plenty of extra performances that fans can take in this weekend. Wyatt, Codie Prevost and Blake Berglund will all be playing all ages shows.The awards will be held on Sunday night.