Third Ion

About Third Ion

THIRD ION is the product of a mutual love of prog, video games, and science. A project talked about, envisioned, and anticipated by Justin (ex-Into Eternity) and Aaron since they met, in mid-2010. A few of the songs have been in the works since shortly after that, but meeting Mike (ex-Devin Townsend Band) and getting him on board was the jump start needed to truly get this band off the ground.

With the addition of Tyler Gilbert on lead vocals, THIRD ION has completed recording their debut album “13/8Bit”, and with the help of Clawhammer PR have received worldwide airplay with an early released single of the song “Capitol Spill” before their fall 2014 tour.

Recently signed to Glasstone Records, the album is slated for release in May of 2015, with plans to tour Canada and Europe to promote the record.

2014 Headlining Tour Dates:

09/11 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo (w/ Grand Master and Dissolution)
09/12 Regina, SK – The Exchange (w/ Magnetic and Room 333)
09/13 Red Deer, AB – The Vat (w/ Demise Without Reason, Valria, Plaguebringer, Wraith Risen)
09/14 Calgary, AB – Lord Nelson’s (w/ Kyoktys and Illuminated Minerva)
09/15 Edmonton, AB – Rendezvous (w/ The Noumenon and The Universe Machine)
09/17 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret (w/ Omnisphere and Wolfbourne)

Genres: prog, prog metal, metal, prog rock


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KRAZY MADNESS, a professional band of old s’kool rockers have great showmanship and many family, friends and fans in Southern Saskatchewan, our bassist a.k.a the son of the lead singer was raised there.

KRAZY MADNESS is a Manitoba favorite band performing family friendly functions, bars, hotels, corporate events and venturing into Ontario. They have rocked The Red River Ex’s Red Barn Stage prior to Eddie Money’s headlining act in 2014 and performed the same stage in 2013, KRAZY MADNESS also successfully opened for ‘Harlequin’ for Dawson Trail Days 2014 for thousands of spectators. All our prior shows are listed below.

The talent that KRAZY MADNESS portrays on stage stuns the audience, because being able to sing and create the music of several legendary rock bands is quite an achievement. KRAZY MADNESS performs timeless popular music from the 70s, 80s, 90s, up until today in the hard rock genre. It is the same music that is played internationally on rock radio daily and during professional sports games.

Formed in 2007, the KRAZY MADNESS band includes Martin Valach on drums, Baz Ganglia on lead guitar / lead and back-up vocals, Patrick Bellemare on rhythm guitar / lead vocals and Kelsey Bellemare (Patrick’s Son) on bass guitar / back-up vocals. The entire band KRAZY MADNESS is immensely talented and hard working.

Here is the songlist for KRAZY MADNESS live performances:

Led Zeppelin: Rock n’ Roll, Immigrant Song, Moby Dick, Thank You, Black Dog, Heart Breaker, Living Loving Maid, Whole Lotta Love
George Thorogood: Get a Haircut
Alice Cooper: Billion Dollar Babies, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Lost in America
Judas Priest: Electric Eye, Wheels of Fire, Worth Fighting For, Breaking The Law
Quiet Riot: Bang Your Head (Metal Health), Cum On Feel The Noize
Pink Floyd: Young Lust, Comfortably Numb
Neil Young: Hey Hey My My
Jimi Hendrix: Hey Joe
Ted Nugent: Cat Scratch Fever
Guns N’ Roses: It’s So Easy
Poison: Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Anvil: March of the Crabs, Metal on Metal
Saxon: Rock City
Krokus: Screaming In The Night, Hoodoo Woman
Y & T: Mean Streak
AC/DC: Dirty Deeds, Whole Lotta Rosie
Nazareth: Hair of the Dog
Metal Church: Metal Church
Sword: Stoned Again
Billy Idol: White Wedding
Deep Purple: Smoke On The Water, Maybe I’m a Leo
Dio: Rainbow In The Dark, Stand Up and Shout, We Are Stars
Van Halen: You Really Got Me, Panama
Black Sabbath: War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots, Black Sabbath, The Wizard, Paranoid, Children of the Grave, Sweet Leaf
Ozzy Osbourne: Krazy Train, I Don’t Know, Goodbye To Romance, Mama I’m Coming Home, Shot in the Dark, Bark at the Moon, Flying High Again, Dreamer, Mr. Crowley, S.A.T.O.,
Bob Marley: Kaya ‘METAL’ version, Redemption Song, Natural Mystic
Bob Dylan: Rainy Day Women 12×35 (the Krazy Madness way)
Twisted Sister: Be Cruel To Your S’kool!
Blue Oyster Cult: Godzilla, Burning For You
Tom Petty: Last Dance with Mary Jane
Les Colocs: Tassez Vous D’La

KRAZY MADNESS has performed many shows in the 5 years that they have been performing together.

List of prior KRAZY MADNESS shows:
Sherbrook Street Festival Sept. 11, 2010

Osbourne Street Festival – Wild Planet Stage July 2011, July 1 and July 2 2012

The Park Theatre Presents KRAZY MADNESS Apr. 12, 2011 and June 28, 2011

Long and McQuade Music Store June 18, 2011

Kelvin High School 100th Anniversary Winnipeg Convention Centre May 5, 2012

Lone Star Harley Davidson Show n’ Shine June 2, 2012

Thunder Jam Gimli Drag races and Monster trucks July 14, 2012

Lone Star Harley Davidson 2013 Bike reveal at The Park Theatre Oct. 25, 2012

Long & McQuade Music Store June 15, 2013

The Red River Ex’s Red Barn Stage June 18, 2013

Osbourne Street Festival – Wild Planet Stage July 1, 2013

Frog Follies Family Festival July 13, 2013

Lone Star Harley Davidson Show n’ Shine July 27, 2013

The Pony Corral downtown C4 Comic After Party Nov. 1, 2013

North Warren Inn, ‘The Woody’ February 28, Mar. 1, 2014

Rock’s Bar and Grill, Morden MB Manitoba Games March 3, March 6, 2014

The Falcon Lake Hotel ‘Falcon Lake Fish Off’ March 14, March 15, 2014

La Broquerie Hotel, La Broquerie MB, April 17, 2014

The Red River Ex’s Red Barn Stage, June 16, 2014 with Eddie Money headlining on main stage.

Pinawa Pioneer Campground June 28, 2014

Cat & Fiddle Midtown Motor Inn in Portage La Prairie, July 26, 2014

The Dauphin Chamber of Commerce Street Fair, July 31, 2014

The Falcon Lake Hotel, Aug. 9, 2014

The Birchwood Hotel in Traverse Bay, Aug. 30, 2014

The Dawson Trail Days, Ste. Anne MB (opening band for Harlequin), Aug. 31, 2014

The Sherbrook Street Festival, Winnipeg, MB, Sept. 6, 2014

Joe’s Pandora Inn, Winnipeg, MB Oct. 17 & 18

The Watson Arts Centre ‘Hallowe’en Show’, Dauphin, MB, Oct. 31, 2014

Virden Central Hotel, Virden, MB, Nov. 1, 2014

The Lake of the Woods Hotel, Shooters Pub, Kenora ON Nov. 14 & 15, 2014

The Marchand Inn, Marchand, MB, Dec. 31, 2014

Papertown Motor Inn, NiteCrawlers Nite Club, Pine Falls, MB January 23 & 24, 2015

The Elm Creek Hotel, Elm Creek, MB, Jan. 30, 2015

The Hub Pub, The University of Manitoba, Feb. 19, 2015

Upcoming KRAZY MADNESS shows:

Joe’s Pandora Inn, Winnipeg, MB, March 13 & 14, 2015

The Fox and Fiddle Pub, Winnipeg, MB, March 17, 2015

The Vivian Hotel, Neepawa, MB, March 20, 2015

Rock’s Bar N’ Grill, Morden, MB, March 21, 2015

St. Malo Hotel, St. Malo MB, April 2, 2015

The Notre Dame Hotel, Notre-Dame-De-Loudres, MB, April 4, 2015

The Lincoln Motor Inn, Winnipeg, MB, May 8 & 9, 2015

The Marchand Inn, Marchand, MB, Oct. 30, 2015

Shooters Pub, Lake of the Woods Hotel, Kenora, ON, Oct. 31, 2015

Some songs KRAZY MADNESS performs are light hard rock. Depending on the audience the KRAZY MADNESS set list can vary between lighter rock sets and heavy rock sets, usually starting mild and going wild. All the songs performed are very popular and memorable.

Here are a couple of videos of KRAZY MADNESS live in action:

This is KRAZY MADNESS live on Canada Day 2013 at The Osbourne Street Festival (performing Black Sabbath ‘War Pigs’ a heavy metal tune).

This is KRAZY MADNESS live at Long & McQuade Musical Instrument Store, Customer Appreciation Day June 2013 (performing Anvil ‘March of the Crabs’ a heavy metal instrumental tune, not usually performed live)

These videos are heavy rock songs, however our sets include many light and hard rock songs to balance the music for the audience.

Attached is one picture. Feel free to check out our Band Page on Facebook which is attached. We have 3,400 fans on Facebook and we inform all our fans about our shows.

We certainly look forward to partnering with you for a rock performance at The Exchange or any events in Regina! KRAZY MADNESS uses costumes to bring out the affect of the bands whom they are covering and their show is outstanding.

KRAZY MADNESS does have original music, some of which are featured in the movie ‘H & G’ and on their Unreality-Reality series on YouTube. Their debut album is set to be released in 2015. KRAZY MADNESS do not perform their original songs live yet.

Thank you for your time and interest, please take very good care of yourselves.

Genres: Rock n’ roll, hard rock, classic rock




Vagina Monologues Raises Funds and Awareness

For close to 20 years, The Vagina Monologues has been a worldwide sensation, entertaining and inspiring awareness in countless audiences. The pieces, ranging from comic to serious, draw light to the different experiences of women. It’s returning to the Exchange this year for what may be another sold-out performance.

Funds raised at this year’s performance are going to SOFIA House, a Regina-based organization providing shelter to women and children who are survivors of abuse and raising awareness of such issues.

The Vagina Monologues are taking place in the Exchange on Sunday, March 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. Go to the Facebook event for more information.

Seize These Cultural Exchange Opportunities Quickly!

If you’ve ever been looking to get involved with the Cultural Exchange, we’ve got two such opportunities open right now.

We’re looking for an Interim Executive Director. A complete job description is elsewhere on our website, including details on how to apply. Applications need to be in by Friday, February 27 at 5 p.m.

We’re also looking for Workshop Tour artists for 2015. Those details are also over at our website. Applications need to be in by Monday, March 16.

Queen City Rocks Week #1 Recap

Queen City Rocks, now in its third year, is a big undertaking for 104.9 The Wolf, featuring six nights of rock music in the Exchange. There’s a lot left to go with Week #2 coming up on Friday, February 27 in the Exchange, but there’s already a lot of action to recap from Week #1 of the epic battle of the bands.

The Wolf was here before anyone else, getting the Exchange ready for bands.

First up for the evening was Gunner.

Gunner kicking off #QueenCityRocks

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From there, the night moved on to Random Honesty.

Braindead Romeo, who’ll be playing in a later week of Queen City Rocks, recognized someone onstage during Vudu Hounds‘ set.

While it seems like there was an enthusiastic fan for the band in the crowd.

Next up, the League of One played.

Wow. @league_of_one kicking ass & taking names! @theexchangelive #queencityrocks

A photo posted by Music Regina (@musicreginalive) on

Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities will be playing in the Club on Friday, March 13, but before that, they closed out Week #1 of Queen City Rocks.

Then, the results of the judging were announced.


Recently Announced: the Electric Revival

The Cultural Exchange is pleased to announce its first New West Concert Series show of 2015: the Electric Revival!

The Calgary, AB group are a classic rock trio, not in that they play classic rock but that they’re dedicated to the notion of guitars, drums, and bass coming together and rocking out, hard. Their new album, Freaks, came out in 2015.

Also appearing are Moose Jaw’s Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities, a rock band who’ve made a real splash at their appearances during 104.9 The Wolf’s Queen City Rocks competitions.

The Electric Revival are playing the Club on Friday, March 13. Doors at 8 p.m. $10 at the door. All ages and licensed.


Congratulations to Michael Dawson

The Cultural Exchange has a long history with Michael Dawson, from his time here as our Artistic Director to the many times he’s played in the Exchange and the Club with Library Voices or any of the other acts he’s been involved with.

So, we’re happy to hear that he’ll be moving into SaskMusic’s offices –– right around the corner from our own! –– as their new Executive Director. It’s a challenging role to fill in an organization crucial to our province’s arts ecology, and we’re sure Dawson’s up for it.

For more information, go to SaskMusic’s website.

Job Opportunity: Interim Executive Director

The Cultural Exchange is currently looking for an Interim Executive Director. Below, you’ll find all the details for the position, along with information on how to apply at the very bottom. Applications are due Friday, February 27 at 5 p.m.

Job Purpose

The Interim Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society, Inc. (the SCES) according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. The regular duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director contained herein apply to the Interim Executive Director as appropriate.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Interim Executive Director performs some or all of the following:


  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the SCES
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the SCES’s activities
  • Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
  • Along with the Chair of the Board, act as a spokesperson for the SCES when appropriate
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as directed by the Board and jointly with the Board when appropriate
  • Represent the SCES at community activities to enhance the SCES’s community profile

Operational planning and management

  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction and the Ends of the SCES
  • Ensure that the operation of the SCES meets the expectations of its clients, Board and Funders
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the SCES
  • Draft policies for approval by the Board and prepare procedures to implement SCES policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
  • Ensure that personnel, member, donor, and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
  • Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials

Program planning and management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the SCES’s programs and services
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the SCES contribute to the SCES’s mission and ends and reflect the priorities of the Board
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the SCES to maintain or improve quality
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation of special projects

Human resources planning and management

  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources (HR) policies, procedures and practices including the development of job description for all staff (altogether, the “SCES HR Manual”)
  • Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
  • Recruit, interview, and select staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the SCES’s mission, as needed and in accordance with the budget
  • Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the SCES and that appropriate training is provided
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
  • Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance
  • When necessary, discipline staff in accordance with the SCES HR Manual and all applicable legal obligations

Financial planning and management

  • Work with staff and the Board to prepare a comprehensive budget
  • Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the SCES
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the SCES
  • Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
  • Administer the funds of the SCES according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the SCES
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the SCES
  • Ensure that the SCES complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments

Community relations/advocacy

  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the SCES and to identify changes in the community served by the SCES
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the SCES

Risk management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the SCES’s people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control those risks
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors and the SCES carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage
  • Ensure that the Board and staff understand the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage


  • The Executive Director’s authority is limited by the Executive Limitations as set out in the Board’s Governance Policy Manual


Education and experience

  • Post-secondary graduation in a related field with five or more years of progressive management experience in a voluntary sector organization

Knowledge of:

  • Leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/voluntary organizations
  • All federal and provincial legislation applicable to non-profit sector organizations including but not limited to: employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, CPP, EI, health coverage
  • Current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the SCES
  • Human resources management principles
  • Financial management principles
  • Project management principles

Proficiency in the use of computers for:

  • Word processing
  • Financial management
  • Email
  • Internet

Personal characteristics

The Executive Director should demonstrate the following:

  • Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile, and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Ethical Behaviour: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the SCES.
  • Effective Communication: Speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough, and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the SCES and to create new opportunities.
  • Ability to Focus on Member Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the parameters of SCES.
  • Ability to Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance the effectiveness of SCES.
  • Leadership: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the SCES.

Terms of Employment

  • The Interim Executive Director will receive an annual salary on a pro rata basis
  • The Executive Director will primarily work in the SCES office, but the mission of the SCES may sometimes take them to non-standard workplaces.
  • The Executive Director shall work a standard work week, but may be required to work additional hours to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and representing the SCES at public events.

Interested persons should email their resumes to scessask [at] The deadline is Friday, February 27 at 5 p.m. The SCES thanks all applicants for their interest, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Not Singing Won’t Stop the Basement Paintings from Saying Something

Just because you’re an instrumental band doesn’t mean you don’t have something to say.

Case in point: Saskatoon’s the Basement Paintings. The group synthesizes genres and influences into an ambitious post-metal instrumental sound, but there’s a current of meaning beneath it all that they hope you pick up on.

“Every person on Earth is slowly trying to complexify their life towards something richer and [to make things] a little bit better of an expression of what they are trying to do or say,” guitarist Justin Thompson told Beatroute.

Formed in 2011, the group most recently put out an EP, Time Lapse City, in mid-2014. On their first tour, they’re getting the chance to bring it to audiences across the prairies.

The Basement Paintings are in the Club on Sunday, February 22 with Beautiful UFO and Pulsewidth. $10 at the door. All ages and licensed.

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Metal Bands Duke It Out For Spot At Wacken

The Wacken Open Air Festival is a great opportunity for audiences. In 2015, it’s already confirmed that those that make the trek out to Wacken, Germany will get to see artists like Judas Priest, Black Label Society, Opeth, Dream Theatre, and dozens more.

It’s also a great opportunity for the bands. They get the chance to play for enthusiastic audiences of ten of thousands of metal fans.

One lucky band from Canada is going to get the opportunity to do just that, but they’ll have to earn their place. That’s why the festival is holding the Wacken Metal Battle, a cross-Canada battle of the bands among all the up-and-coming metal bands the nation has to offer. The prairie finals are happening at the Exchange, so it’ll be your opportunity to see the act that might take it all.

The Wacken Metal Battle Prairie Final is in the Exchange on Friday, February 20 with Endless Chaos, Harmful Effects, Maelstrom Vale, and Vathek. Doors at 8 p.m. $10 at the door. All ages and licensed.