Moose Jaw’s own Jared Robinson has been nominated for “Music Professional of the Year” for the upcoming Saskatchewan Music Awards on Dec. 11., in Regina.  

“It’s always great to be nominated and recognized for the work that you’re doing and especially when the industry takes note of what you’re up to,” says Robinson. “I think it’s really great and I’m really pleased to be nominated.” 

Robinson adds that winning this award would mean a lot but he’s just grateful to share the spotlight with all the other nominees.  

“Don’t get me wrong. The awards are great but not receiving an award doesn’t take any value away from the work I’ll continue to do (and have done) over the years. The industry is full of hard-working, talented people, and I’m just honoured to have my name next to them on this list.” 

He explains he’s not 100 per cent sure what got him on the nomination list but says that he worked on a number of projects in the last year that probably played a role.  

“I’ve had some music used for a number of things including the Saskatchewan Roughriders season-opener, movie director James Cameron even used a piece of music for his Masterclass advertisement, which was pretty amazing for me.” 

Another highlight for Robinson is his work with “The Scott Benson Band” and the over 20 million streams on premium platforms and over 2.5 million views on YouTube they got on a couple of their songs. 

“We’re blown away by the unexpected success of a couple of songs and we’ve started making more music.” 

He also helped re-brand the Tunnels of Moose Jaw through music, videos, and photography, and assisted with the city’s Live.Laugh.Local campaign. As well, he received a Platinum Jubilee Medal, was awarded “Best Marketing” at the MJBEX awards, and serves on the board of directors for the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.   

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, he was forced to shut down his recording studio, but made up for the lost time in the past year, honing his musical craft and welcoming artists back into the booth.  

“COVID has changed how I started doing things in the studio and that’s not a bad thing. I’m excited to get a lot more artists back in the lab and punch out some great stuff.” 

His passion for the artists that he works with and the music industry continues to grow every single day.  

“This is one of the best industries to work in but it’s a changing industry and I think everyone is trying to make their own path in it and I’m certainly grateful I’ve been able to make mine. Working with artists is one of the best things and I’ll continue to do as long as I can. I’m also very pleased to be involved with organizations that support the arts. Anyway, I can contribute to this industry I’ll give it a shot.” 

Through his journey, Robinson would like to say thank you to the people who have helped him get to where he is today.  

“So much of what I do, creatively, involves other people, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the person responsible for any/all of what I’ve been able to accomplish this year: My wife, Alyssa, is easily the hardest-working person I know, and I wouldn’t be able to accomplish what I have without her.” 

He mentions that with an award or without he has always felt supported by the Moose Jaw community and considers himself one of the lucky ones.  

Robinson will be joined by Music Professional of the Year nominees Brent Ghiglione, Jared Robinson, Jayson Brinkworth, Matt Stinn, and Orion Paradis 

This year’s Saskatchewan Music Awards will take place on Dec. 11 in Regina at the Darke Hall.