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Wrapping up 2016/2017

On December 2, 2017, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange held its Annual General Meeting for its 2016/2017 fiscal year. Thanks for everyone who was able to come out and participate in the governance of the organization.

Four new members were elected to the Board of Directors. Welcome to Micki Cowan, Michele Geres, Edith Skeard, and Kathleen Wilson –– everyone’s excited for what you bring to the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange.

Thanks to departing board members Jesse Chatterson, Nick Faye, and Caelan Reilly. Your hard work is very much appreciated.

Read our annual report for 2016/2017 over here.

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A History of Shows in the Eight Track

With any luck, you’ve heard of what we’re celebrating this year: 40 years of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, the non-profit organization supporting arts for everyone in the province, and 25 years of the Exchange, our all-ages performance venue on 8th Avenue in Regina.

Over in the Eight Track Gallery, we’re dipping our toes into that history with our latest show. When you come through next, you’ll see dozens of posters for past shows. A huge number of artists are represented, only a fraction of the larger-still group who’ve passed through the doors of the Exchange and the Club.

Take a look, either to take a trip down memory lane or just take in the history of the space.

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Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange 2017 AGM Coming Up

Curious about what our organization has been up to over the last year? Want to hear about everything we’ve done across the province?

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is holding it’s annual general meeting on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 1 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Club at 2431 8th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan.

No RSVP is required. Everyone is welcome to come, though only members of the organization have voting rights. By signing up for the organization’s newsletter –– which you can do here –– you’re considered a member if your listed address is in Saskatchewan.

Part of the AGM every year is the election for the Board of Directors. Interested in joining? We have a form to express interest over here.

The agenda is as follows:
Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society
Annual General Meeting
Saturday, December 2, 2017
1 p.m.
The Club
2431 8th Avenue, Regina, SK

1. Call to order.
2. Approval of the agenda as distributed.
3. Approval of November 19, 2016 AGM minutes as distributed.
4. Bylaw amendments.
5. SCES reports.
5.1. Chair’s report.
5.2. Executive Director’s report.
5.3. Venue report.
5.4. Outreach report.
5.5. Financial report.
5.6. Appointment of auditors
5.7. Nominations Committee’s report and election.
6. Old business.
7. New business.
8. Adjournment.


Congrats to the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards Winners

Here at the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, we know we live not only in a province but in an area of Canada that’s rich with musical talent. BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards celebrate this every year and 2017 saw some great talent taking home some honours.

There’s a lot of great artists who won who we’ve seen come through the Exchange in years past. Dan Mangan took home Rock Artist of the Year and Corb Lund was named Roots Solo Artist of the Year. We’ve also been pleased to have Instrumental Artist of the Year Five Alarm Funk and Roots Duo/Group of the Year 100 Mile House in our space in the past. (And hopefully in the future, too!)

Of course, musicians from our home province hold a special place in our hearts. Ponteix has been a fixture around Saskatchewan over the past year, and anyone who’s seen them will know it’s no surprise they won Francophone Artist of the Year.

We also have two acts who will be performing in our Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Anniversary Series: Andino Suns, who’ll be performing here October 14, won World Artist of the Year and Andy Shauf, who’s in the Exchange on November 18, won Pop Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Recording of the Year.

To check out all our announced anniversary shows, click here. To see all the WCMA winners, go over to their website.

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Stay in Touch!

Looking to keep up to date with everything the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is doing? Want to find out about all the great events going on in the Exchange? Then why not sign up for our newsletter? It’s an occasional update on everything going on in the world of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, from the next great show to information on programs we’re running across the province.

Signing up for our newsletter also registers you as a member of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange. This gives you voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting, coming up soon.

Don’t wait! Sign up now!

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Announcing the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Anniversary Series

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is announcing an anniversary series, celebrating 40 years as an organization and 25 years in the Exchange. The first round of events includes performances from Andy Shauf and more a day of artists workshops.

“Forty years of making art for everyone in Saskatchewan isn’t something we could celebrate with just a single day,” says Executive Director John Kennedy. “The run of events we’re putting together will be some of the best and most eclectic you’ll see this fall.”

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange was founded in 1977 with the goal of making art accessible all across the province. In that time, in addition to programs serving small and rural communities, the organization founded the Exchange, a performance venue that found its current home on 8th Avenue in 1992.

In the midst of a 40th anniversary for the organization and their 25th year in the Exchange, the organization has put together the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Anniversary Series, a collection of events showcasing their history in the province and the wealth of Saskatchewan artistic talent.

The series kicks off with a day of celebrations and artists workshops in the Exchange on October 14. Saskatchewan artists will be guiding participants through beading, music making, and more. Free cake, face painting, and family fun will be available for all.

That night is also the first of the series’ concerts, with Andino Suns joined by Del Suelo in the Exchange. Other shows include Saskatoon roots luminaries the Deep Dark Woods on October 21 and a homecoming for Andy Shauf on November 18. More concerts are set to be announced soon.

“We can’t think of a better capper to 40 years in this province and 25 years down at the Exchange then with a run of great concerts and great workshops,” says Venue Manager and Programmer Zandra Kas. “We’re really excited to celebrate this anniversary and showcase some of the great people who’ve helped us come this far.”

Tickets for the concerts in the series are available now at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online at Registration for the artists workshops is free and can be found on our website.

The Drumming Tradition Returns to La Loche, SK

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, in partnership with the Amiskusees Semaganis Worme Family Foundation and the La Loche Friendship Centre, is helping the sound of the drum ring out again in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche. In mid-August and in conjunction with the Yanessa Days celebrations, the organization is holding a series of workshops to help rejuvenate the tradition of Indigenous drumming in the area.

“Due to historical reasons, the drumming tradition has been all but silent in parts of the north,” says Leonard Montgrand, executive director of the La Loche Friendship Centre. “This unique partnership aims to bring this First Nations tradition back to our people, especially to benefit our youth.”

Musician and Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Outreach Coordinator Carol Rose Daniels will be conducting drum-making and song creation workshops in La Loche from August 17 to 25. She is a multi-disciplined Cree/Chipewyan artist who has taught singing, drumming, and drum making for two decades.

“I am honoured at this opportunity,” says Rose Daniels. “When I lived in the Northwest Territories, the drum dance was a regular part of celebrations, especially winter community gatherings. People gathered, brought food for an impromptu potluck, and visited into the night, enjoying drumming, dancing, and singing. It was a family-friendly event and I hope this tradition is resurrected as a way of life for the people of La Loche.”

The drum-making and song creation workshops are taking place from August 17 to 25, encompassing the community’s annual Yanessa Days Festival. Rose Daniels will remain in the community, facilitating song and storytelling workshops at the La Loche Friendship Centre.

This project is part of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange’s Artists in Communities program, which is possible thanks to the generous funding of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. The program seeks to bring artists into small and rural communities. This project in particular was helped by funding from the Amiskusees Semaganis Worme Family Foundation. The Saskatchewan Cultural also thanks SaskCultural for their continued funding and support.

The Common Ground Project Partners with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange

The Common Ground Project and the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange are hosting a series of art and culture workshops looking to bring understanding, acceptance, and friendship among Prince Albert, Saskatchewan’s Indigenous and newcomer communities.

From August 1 to 3, Victor Thunderchild will facilitate workshops educating students in First Nations culture. The students will come evenly from the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Prince Albert and from the children of recently settled immigrants working with YWCA Settlement Services. The workshops will be held at the Friendship Centre.

Prince Albert’s Common Ground Project works to bring together First Nations and Métis peoples with newcomers to bridge any gap among them. They work with programming to bring the groups together and realize the commonalities of our shared humanity.

After a successful Phase II pilot project, the Common Ground Project begins Phase III with a fantastic partnership with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange. This is also part of Artists in Communities, a Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange program looking to support artists working and interacting with small and rural communities across the province.

Thunderchild is well known in Prince Albert as an educator and a traditional dancer with a strong background in First Nations traditional stories and songs. In a fun environment, he will involve the students in the history of First Nations and Métis people, Cree language, and traditional drumming. Prince Albert-based music educator and vocal coach Pamela Cochet will assist Thunderchild.

The Artists in Communities program is possible because ofthanks to the generous funding of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. This project in particular was helped by funding from the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators as well as in-kind donations from the Saskatchewan Choral Federation. The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange also thanks SaskCulture for their continued funding and support.

In Phase III, the Common Ground Project is working with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan with local partners Prince Albert Multicultural Council, the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Prince Albert, and Prince Albert YWCA Settlement Services.


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Join Our Board

It might seem like it’s far off –– or maybe you just wish it was –– but fall is right around the corner. For us at the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, this means we’re gearing up for another Annual General Meeting and elections for potential new board members.

The Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange meets quarterly to help guide the organization. Through four decades of history, it’s been their foresight and care that’s kept us going, and you could be the one to help get us through the next forty years.

If you’re interested, fill out a board application over here. A current board member will get in touch to talk about what’s involved with being on the board for the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange.

Looking forward to hearing from you all soon!

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Meet Our Arts Ambassadors

We’re happy to introduce our new Arts Ambassadors, Ringo and Sarah!

Throughout the summer of 2017, we’re sending these two students across Saskatchewan to events to talk about what the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange does in the province and also to spread art and goodwill.

So far, they’ve made it out to the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, the Regina Beach Farmer’s Market, the Festival Francophone Saskatchewan in Pine Lake,  the Creelman Agriculture Society’s Summer Fair, and the Kawacatoose First Nation Powwow.

Coming up, find them at the Gateway Festival in Bengough, the Mid Summer’s Art Festival in Fort Qu’Appelle, the John Arcand Fiddle Festival outside of Saskatoon, and the Bow Valley Jamboree in Oxbow, with more to come. Keep an eye out at any arts festival or cultural event happening now through the end of August in Saskatchewan –– you might just see our Arts Ambassadors!

This program is made possible with funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program through Service Canada. The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is pleased to recognize their support.