Script Writing Workshop with Maureen Ulrich in Estevan

Script Writing Workshop with Maureen Ulrich.  Hosted by the Estevan Art Gallery and in partnership with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange and the Southeast Connection Sports & Culture District.

Join Maureen Ulrich who will teach those new to writing techniques to develop stories and how to create compelling works for the stage.  This is a great workshop for anyone to stretch their writing skills.

When: November 23rd

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Cost: $1/person

* Pre-register before November 20th by contacting the Estevan Art Gallery & Museum at (306)634-7644 or email galleryed@sasktel.net

 

 

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Workshop Tour 2016 is on the road!

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Our 2016 Workshop Tour hit the road on Monday Sept 26th. The 5 Artists on the road this year will be in 17 schools, for 19 days of arts programming across this province. Each school gets 20 arts workshops / day, totalling 380 workshops by the end of October provided to schools in Saskatchewan.  From Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Theatre, and Writing there is something for everyone.

The artists will travel from Sandy Bay in Northern Saskatchewan, to 900 kms South in Laflech, East and West and many towns in-between!  Just wrapping up our second day in Pinehouse Lake where this year’s Tour Manager Danica Lorer took this beautiful photo.

Looking forward to the next month.

If you have a school that would like to learn more about the Workshop Tour, or is interested in booking for the 2017 Tour please contact our Outreach Coordinator Rowan Pantel at outreach@culturalexchange.ca .

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Felting Workshops with Melanie Rose

kids-needle-felting3In partnership with the Southeast Connection, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is pleased to announce four opportunities for you to take part in local arts workshops. From September 29 to November 5, artist Melanie Rose will be bringing felting workshops to various communities within the Southeast Connection Sports and Culture District. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill or hobby and is great for any age.

Workshops take place in White City (September 29), Stoughton (October 13), Radville (October 27), and Weyburn (November 5). To find out how to participate, send us an email.

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What’s Going on the Last Week in September?

For some people, September is a time of getting back into the flow of things. Students go back to school, summer vacations are over, and everyone’s steeling themselves for the cold months to come.

At the Exchange, we’re getting back into the swing of things with our Exchange Presents Concert Series, including three shows bringing you some loud guitars in Regina.

On September 26, San Francisco heavy metal band Castle will be joined by Regina metal heads Bones to Dust in the Club. Tickets at Vintage Vinyl and online at Ticketfly. More info at the Facebook event.

On September 27, Edmonton, AB folk-punk act Fire Next Time are in the Exchange along with Queen City ska act the Skamunists. Tickets at Vintage Vinyl and online at Ticketfly. More info at the Facebook event.

On September 28, Canadian indie-rockers Tokyo Police Club are in the Riddell Centre Multi-Purpose Room with Born Ruffians and the Elwins. Tickets at Vintage Vinyl and online at Ticketfly. More info at the Facebook event.

As always, keep an eye on our website’s Events page for the latest updates, as well as our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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Dead South Shows Getting Better and Better

We were ecstatic when the Exchange Presents and 104.9 The Wolf got to announce two nights of Regina’s own the Dead South in the Exchange. We’re even happier now that we get to share just how great each of these nights will be.

Each night still features a full headlining set from the world-touring, rocking bluegrass sensations. Now, we can tell you the great groups who’ll be joining the South.

On December 15, alt-country artist Kevin Roy will be coming in from Winnipeg, MB to play, along with roots band and country radio hour Wolf Willow. On December 16, Regina songwriter Étienne Fletcher opens, along with the heavy psych-country of Snake River.

By now, you should be convinced that you don’t want to miss these shows. More information can be found here. Find tickets at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, or online at Ticketfly.

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Exchange’s Fall 2016 Coming Together

We’d already announced what for some could be a full slate of shows in the Exchange Presents series for fall 2016. Junior Boys on September 16; Castle on September 26; Fire Next Time on September 27; Tokyo Police Club in the Riddell Centre on September 28 –– and those are just the shows we’re putting on our ourselves, without including the many great performances coming up from outside presenters. (Have a look at our Events section for a full, up-to-date listing.)

This week, the Exchange Presents and 104.9 The Wolf have added three more, in case those weren’t enough for you. And they’re big ones, too. All tickets will be available soon at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online at Ticketfly.

Bif Naked’s Songs and Stories Tour on November 8
Tickets online here. See the Facebook event here.

Wintersleep on November 25
Tickets online here. See the Facebook event here.

The Dead South on December 15 and 16
Tickets online here. See the Facebook event here.

September 18 Club Show Cancelled

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange has decided to cancel the show previously booked by an outside presenter for the Club on September 18.
 
Artistic freedom has been a value for the organization over its decades-long history across the province.
 
In managing the Exchange and the Club, two Regina venues that self-sustain through outside bookings, our venues sometimes host artists who provoke thought and challenge audiences.
 
In this case, those values are superseded by this artist’s creative choice in the band name Black Pussy, which is appropriative and contributes to a culture of objectification of Black people, people of colour, and women.
 
The final decision was reached through a collective conversation within the organization. As an organization that strives to reflect and represent a province as vibrant and diverse as Saskatchewan, we felt it necessary to take the extraordinary step to cancel the show. It is our hope that this contributes in a small way to increased awareness on these important issues.
 
The feedback received on this issue is appreciated.
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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.