Since 2007, SaskMusic, a non-profit representing the music and recording industries of Saskatchewan, has celebrated and promoted the province's considerable music talents with the In Tune compilation series.
This year's edition is an eclectic, 40-track double-disc that puts twangy hard rock acts, earnest singer/songwriter types and moody psych bands beside young rap upstarts and devotional reggae.
When the scope of Canadian music is too often just the happenings of Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Halifax, In Tune's a portal into the various sounds of Canada's Middle Coast. It's not perfect: it doesn't place much emphasis on Saskatchewan's exploding hip-hop scene and, most tragically, it's conspicuously devoid of Indigenous artists, when there are so many tremendous talents. Both are areas of attention that could only make the 2017 edition stronger.