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BreakOut West 2016 Lineup Announced

IMG_2411What are you doing this October? Well, let us tell you: you’re coming to BreakOut West 2016.

The festival, which annually precedes the Western Canadian Music Awards, is taking place in Regina October 14 and 15, 2016. Today, the lineup was announced in the Exchange, and what a lineup. After a performance from Saskatchewan’s own Blake Berglund, WCMA-nominated music supporters Susan Busse and Taron Cochrane read out the list, which included a wealth of Saskatchewan talent:

Alex Runions / Andino Suns / Belle Plaine / Blake Berglund / the Dead South / DGS Samurai Champs / Jay Semko / Jeffery Straker / Megan Nash / Nick Faye and the Deputies / Poor Nameless Boy / Rah Rah / Rosie and the Riveters / Surf Dads / Third Ion

Wristbands allowing you access to all 11 venues are on sale now at Coda Clothing, Rebellion Brewing Co., and X-Ray Records. For more information on BreakOut West and the WCMAs, including the complete lineup, go to their website.

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City of Regina Helps Shed Some Light in the Exchange

IMG_2377Patrons of the Exchange in late July were the first to see the latest improvement to Regina’s historic venue: a brand new lighting system. If the reviews that have come back from a few test runs are any indication, the rig is sure to improve the experience in the room for years to come, as well as open the space up to more kinds of performances.

The system was made possible by a New Initiatives grant from the City of Regina’s Community Investment Grants Program. Their initial investment allowed the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange to upgrade over the decades-old previous system. The new lights open up the Exchange to new events, making the venue more suitable for a wider variety of music, theatre, and more, making the venue a greater asset to the community.

Watch the Events page of the website for the next opportunity to come out and see the light show first hand.

This system would not be possible without the support of the City of Regina, and the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange sincerely thanks them for their continued support of arts and culture.

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The Exchange Hits the Gateway Festival

The Exchange is happy to come back to the Gateway Festival in 2016! The festival is taking place from July 22 to 24 in Bengough, SK and, on the Saturday, we’ll be presenting the Pool Stage for the second year in a row. The daytime spot will hear performances from prairie musicians while audience members can lounge, float, and listen. (Yes, there actually is a pool!)

12:15 p.m. –– 1 p.m.
Brady Frank (of Bears in Hazenmore) / Karpinka Brothers / Carl Johnson (of Library Voices)

1:15 p.m. –– 2:15 p.m.
Tenille Arts / Kirby Criddle / Poor Nameless Boy

2:30 p.m. –– 3:30 p.m.
Del Barber / Del Suelo / Kara Golemba / Etienne Fletcher

Come out, listen to some great music, and say hi! Full details for the whole fest are available at the Gateway Festival’s website.

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Castle Bring Classic Metal to the Club

The Exchange presents Castle in the Club on Monday, September 26.

The title of the group’s fourth album fits just about perfectly. Welcome to the Graveyard is a name that’s appropriately morbid and simply feels right for a style of metal that harkens back to the classics.

Led by vocalist Elizabeth Blackwell, the group administers doses of darkness, mixed in riff-centric metal that can’t be faulted. Powerful three pieces like this one can take over a room; expect them to do no less in the intimate Club.

Openers to be announced.

Advance tickets are $10 plus service charges and will be available at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online at Ticketfly. For more information, go to the event page on our site.

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Tokyo Police Club Are Coming Back

Zandra Productions and the Exchange present Tokyo Police Club in the Riddell Centre Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, September 28.

The group, formed in Newmarket, ON, have long been a staple of Regina live music calendars, from their days touring their first EP, 2006’s A Lesson in Crime, on. That recording and a wild in-concert experience earned them a reputation as one of Canada’s most frenetic and energetic indie-rock bands.

Fittingly, their latest material is being called something a return to that feel. They’ve embarked on a series of EPs called Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness that reclaims some of the vitality of their early material.

The night also features Ontario indie-roc bands Born Ruffians and the Elwins.

Advance tickets will be available at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online at Ticketfly. For more information, go to the event page on our site.

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Junior Boys in September

The Exchange presents Junior Boys in the venue on Friday, September 16.

Hamilton, ON duo Matt Didemus and Jeremy Greenspan were there as a Canadian electronic pop scene came to true fruition, and have stayed the course ever since. Together, they make electronic music that still reaches for melancholy and real emotion.

Their latest album, Big Black Coat, came out in 2016 and was their record in five years. The rest served them well –– Exclaim! called it their “sleekest, sharpest, and most complicated to date.”

The night also features electronic artists Egyptrixx (Toronto, ON) and Borys (Edmonton, AB).

Advance tickets are $18 plus service charges and are available at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online at Ticketfly. For more information, go to the event page on our site.

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Black Wizard Around the Corner

The Exchange presents Black Thunder in the venue on Saturday, June 25.

When talking about the Vancouver, B.C. group’s latest, Exclaim! called it “their most fun and assured record yet,” a sign that they’re on the right path. Further good indications: spots on tour with heavyweights Red Fang and Bison.

They’re proving it all right with their music. You can hear it on their latest album, New Waste, out now on War on Music, or at their head-banging live shows.

The night also features Vancouver, B.C. stoner rock group Dead Quiet and Regina rock group Black Thunder.

Advance tickets are $10 plus service charges and are available in stores at Vintage Vinyl and Madame Yes. For more information, go to the event page on our site.

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The Besnard Lakes Are Coming Up

The Exchange is proud to present the Besnard Lakes in the venue on Thursday, June 23.

The group is no stranger to Saskatchewan. Though the band is based out of Montreal, QC, the core duo of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas have deep roots in Saskatchewan, with the quintet even taking their name from a body of water in the north of the province.

Psychedelics, indie-rock, and more are sources for the group’s music, an impressive discography stretching back to 2003. Their latest album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, came out in January 2016.

On this night, they’re joined by Saskatoon shoegaze band Slow Down Molasses and Montreal, QC post-punk group Traces.

Advance tickets are $20 plus service charges and are available at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online at Ticketfly. Tickets available at the door barring a sell-out. For more information, go to the event page on our site.

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Deaf Crows

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is proud to support Deaf Crows, a new hour-long, beautiful physical theatre play, written and performed by deaf and hard of hearing youth and other members of the deaf community. The play uses puppetry, mime, mask, projection, and American Sign Language poetry to tell personal stories about growing up deaf and living as a deaf person in a hearing world.

Deaf and hearing audiences welcome! Both ASL and voice interpreting are provided as part of the performance.

The play is being performed at Artesian on 13th on Friday, June 17. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. Reception to follow. Advance tickets are available by donation online through Eventbrite. For more information, go to the Deaf Crows website.

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Stop Motion Animation Workshop

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange present a stop motion animation workshop at MoSo 2016 on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18.

The drop-in workshop allows anyone who comes by to work on a short piece animation, learning about the technique and getting the opportunity for some creative expression in the midst of Saskatoon’s great community-driven festival.

The workshop is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 17 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the Saskatchewan Craft Council at 813 Broadway Avenue. It’s free of charge. For more information on all of the MoSo Talks Community Day events, go to their Facebook event.