The Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Society Inc. has been formed to teach, promote, encourage, foster and cultivate the education, preservation, appreciation, understanding, enjoyment, accessibility, support and performance of traditional instrumental and vocal music in Saskatchewan. The education component and connection to our prairie heritage makes the organization more than a festival and entertainment provider – it is part of the culture of the province and an active participant in making and preserving music history.

To meet our mandate, our goals are to:

  • Foster and cultivate the growth of bluegrass and old tyme music in Saskatchewan;
  • Support and encourage Saskatchewan and Canadian artists;
  • Provide an audience for emerging local artists by promoting local talent;
  • Provide educational workshops and an environment for learning and passing the music to new and experienced artists alike;
  • We will create partnerships and encourage new opportunities for bluegrass and old tyme music in Saskatchewan.


Tanya Wagner – Executive Director

Meet Our Board

Ryan Shotton – Board Chair
Kasia Thorlakson – Vice Chair
Don Cook – Secretary
Pamela Muench – Treasurer
Neil Bruce – Member at Large
Olivia Morelli – Member at Large
Nathan Ottenson – Member at Large
Cordell Anderson – Member at Large



  • We host a three-day Music Festival the third weekend every August at the beautiful Ness Creek site in Northern Saskatchewan.
  • The week prior to  the fest we hold a Music Camp, bringing some of the main stage acts in early as instructors in traditional instruments for all ages and skill levels – from beginner to virtuoso.
  • Every June we hold a one day mini-festival called Bluegrass At The Barn in both Saskatoon and Regina 
  • We host bi-monthly jams in both Regina and Saskatoon
  • Throughout the year we host bluegrass and old-time concerts, workshops, dances and community events. We have been across the province and beyond – from Dorintosh to Carlyle, Tisdale to Bienfait and many a place in between. 
  • On the first Tuesday of every month, at 11 am to Noon (CST) we host Northern Lights Music Hall on CFCR radio’s So Many Roads show. 90.5 fm in Saskatoon / for live streaming.