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SaskTel and Saskatchewan Country Music Association to offer free live broadcast of 26th Annual SCMA Gala Awards on maxTV

SaskTel and Saskatchewan Country Music Association to offer free live broadcast of 26th Annual SCMA Gala Awards on maxTV

SaskTel maxTV™ customers will have the exclusive opportunity to watch free live coverage of the 26th Annual Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) Gala Awards Show on Sunday, April 26, 2015.  Live broadcast of the awards show will begin at 7:00 p.m. The awards show will be on channel 49 and channel 349 (HD), and will also be available on maxTV Local on Demand immediately following the broadcast on channel 48 and channel 348 (HD).

maxTV is always looking for opportunities to showcase local Saskatchewan talent,” said Stacey Sandison, SaskTel’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re pleased to be able to partner with the Saskatchewan Country Music Association to offer maxTV customers the opportunity to watch the awards and performances of some talented home grown artists.”

“What a great opportunity for those who cannot Join us in person in Yorkton to have the ability to watch the 26th Annual SCMA Awards Gala LIVE,” said Murray Yung, SCMA President. “It provides exposure to Saskatchewan’s best country music artists and allows local fans to share in the excitement of their performances and achievements at this annual gala. This is a fantastic way for us to showcase these amazing and talented Saskatchewan Artists right here at home”

The SCMA Awards Gala Show will be hosted by the 2014 CCMA Songwriter of the year Deric Ruttan. Deric Ruttan has multiple nominations from SOCAN and CCMA for various awards over the years and his songs have been recorded by artists such as: Dierks Bently, Eric Church, Gary Alan, Jason Blaine, Doc Walker and dozens of others.

Deric Ruttan’s successes includes the rise of the lead single from his album Take the Week Off – this was the fastest rising single to date and the #1 most added song in Canada in its first week of release. A second track of this album – ‘Mine Would be You’ cracked the top 5 and top 10 Canadian and US country charts and was a runaway hit for Country superstar Blake Shelton.

Leading the field of 2015 nominees is Jess Moskaluke (Langenburg, Sask) who recently received the 2014 CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Codie Prevost (Saskatoon, Sask), 2014 SCMA Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year.  Codie just completed a tour of Australia.  Will Ardell has received the 2013 SCMA Rising Star Award and many other nominations. 

Alex Runions (Regina, Sask.), Samara Yung (Yorkton, Sask), Kelsey Fitch (Parkside, Sask), Amy Nelson (Regina, Sask) and Wyatt (Saskatoon, Sask) are following close in nominations.

SaskTel maxTV Entertainment Services offers digital TV and sound plus High Speed Internet and e-mail. With maxTV service, you get 320 digital TV channels (including over 100 in HD), video on demand, commercial-free music channels, DVD quality picture and sound, unique local content and so much more.

About SaskTel

SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 618,000 wireless accesses, 437,000 wireline network accesses, 258,000 Internet accesses and over 103,000 maxTV™ subscribers. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at

About SCMA

The Saskatchewan Country Music Association is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion, development, and enhancement of all aspects of Saskatchewan country music at the local, national, and international level. The SCMA endeavours to create venues for the promotion of Saskatchewan country artists through sponsorship of its own events, such as the annual SCMA Awards, and involvement in other organization’s events. The 2015 SCMA Awards & Country Music Festival is April 24 to 26 at The Gallagher Centre and Painted hand casino in Yorkton. Visit

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