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Recently Announced: Jason Collett with Zeus

The Cultural Exchange is proud to present Jason Collett in the Exchange on Tuesday, April 19.

Collet’s got a career to reckon with, his releases counting six albums to date along and his collaborators in the dozens and dozens. He’s been a part of Broken Social Scene and has bounced around the Toronto music scene for years, hooking up on and off with the likes of Bahamas’ Afie Jurvanen and Zeus.

Those partnerships carry through to his latest, Song and Dance Man. Jurvanen produced and played on the record, helping bring out a bouncy, dancier side to Collett’s singer-songwriter musings while keeping true to his songwriting voice. Members of Zeus also joined him in the studio, and that Toronto-based rock group will be with him on tour as his backing band.

Advance tickets will be available at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online at Ticketfly. Be sure to keep an eye on our page for the event for any other further information!


Rugged Little Thing

About Rugged Little Thing

Saskatoon’s Rugged Little Thing blends together a perfect cocktail of old time, bluegrass, and folk music that feels like home. Born out of kitchen jams and late nights by campfires in Canada’s north, these two have fallen into sweet harmonies and catchy rhythms that are sure to get your toes tapping.
With the release of a new album and an upcoming wedding, 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for this ambitious duo.

Contact: ruggedlittlething@gmail.com
Website: http://ruggedlittlething.wix.com/music
Genres: Folk Bluegrass Duet


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ruggedlittlething
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruggedthingsask
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rugged-little-thing
Bandcamp: http://ruggedlittlething.bandcamp.com/


Seniors Memory Journals in Humboldt

Humboldt, SK
Artist’s Talk –– Friday, February 5 at 7 p.m.
Workshop –– Saturday, February 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cultural Exchange Outreach Program in partnership with the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) is presenting a workshop and artist’s talk. This goes alongside the OSAC and Common Weal Community Arts touring exhibition Hello in There/Hello Out There. The exhibition is under the direction of artist Chrystene Ells and will be on display at the Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery from February 1 to March 23, 2016.

About the Project Artist
Chrystene Ells has a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently completing a post-Master’s program in Art Therapy at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. She has been working intensively with seniors for the past two years, and was inspired to begin this work when she was caregiving her father in hospice and palliative care and learned of the loneliness and lack of engagement that can be experienced by older adults in personal care facilities. The Hello In There/Hello Out There project is her response as an artist and an effort to bring connection, engagement, and the joy of creating into the lives of older adults.

Artist’s Talk
Friday, February 5 at 7 p.m.
Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery, 601 Main Street, Humboldt, SK

Chrystene will share her experiences with seniors in permanent care and seniors’ centres. She will “introduce” the artists and explain their processes during the making of the memory boxes currently on display in the museum. She will also share some of the ways that this project has deeply impacted the artists and their families, and its terrific reverberation in the community at large.

Workshop for Families and Seniors
Saturday, February 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery, 601 Main Street, Humboldt, SK
This half-day workshop asks participants to arrive with a senior family member to begin the process of making a memory journal. The focus on this project is to allow each senior an opportunity to share his or her personal story with others. This is a great chance for families to ask questions and learn from the older generation.

Come to the workshop to reminisce on family folklore, and hopefully hear stories that have not been shared before. Participants will create a unique memory collage or other visual arts piece around memory.

To register please contact the Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery at (306) 682-5226 or humboldt.museum@sasktel.net.

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The Cultural Exchange Presents Act of Defiance, Twice

For years, the Cultural Exchange has presented artists in a variety of venues and formats, from shows at the Exchange and the Club in Regina to our Workshop Tours and more. The Cultural Exchange Presents is moving into new territory now, co-presenting Act of Defiance in Saskatoon on February 8 and in Regina on February 9 with Zandra Productions.

The Los Angeles, CA foursome is made up of metal veterans, finding members from Scar the Martyr, Shadows Fall, and, most notably, Megadeth. The extreme metal group’s latest release, Birth and the Burial, came out in 2015.

We’re teaming them up with a pair of Saskatchewan bands. Saskatoon’s own Untimely Demise will be playing with Act of Defiance at both dates, while Moose Jaw’s Northern Fallout will be joining them in Regina.

This is an exciting, new effort here at the Cultural Exchange, and we’re looking forward to what’s coming next.

For more information, go to our individual posts about the Saskatoon date and the Regina date.

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Holiday Office Hours

The offices of the Cultural Exchange are taking a quick break. From December 24 to January 3, our offices at 2431 8th Avenue won’t be open regular business hours. If there are any questions or concerns during this time, please email zandra@culturalexchange.ca or james@culturalexchange.ca. We’ll be back to regular hours starting January 4.

During this period, the Exchange and the Club will still be going strong. Go to our Events page to have a look at the many upcoming events you can see through the holidays.

Whatever you’re celebrating this December, we wish you all happy holidays! We’re looking forward to telling you what we’ve got ready for the new year.

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Yukon Blonde 2016 Headlining Tour Hits the Exchange

“…every song on the Vancouver rockers’ second album is an utter and complete summer jam: 10 euphoric exercises on saccharine, psychedelic pop fit for the cottage, the patio or for turning up so loud in your car that people on the sidewalk start to walk in sync with the uplifting synth notes and frantic high hats.”
–– CBC Music (Top Albums of 2015)

Two weeks ago, Vancouver’s Yukon Blonde returned home from a tour with Hey Rosetta! that saw them travel clear across the country playing sold-out shows at historic venues like Massey Hall, The Vogue, National Arts Centre, the Jack Singer, and more. Now, they’re ready to do it all again. Beginning February 5 at home in Vancouver, the JUNO Award-nominated and twice Polaris Music Prize-listed band will take to the road for a month long tour that makes sure to stop in almost every province along the way.

The tour hits the Exchange on February 16, 2016. Tickets for the Cultural Exchange Presents show will be available at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online. Tickets will be in stores on Friday, December 11. We’ll be updating the event in our website listings with all the details, including special guests as soon as they’re announced.

Out now via Dine Alone Records, Yukon Blonde’s On Blonde, produced and mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Beck, Foster the People, Air, Depeche Mode), gazes wistfully away towards the more shadowy elements of pop production, soft synthesizers, punching bass lines, crushed drums, 80s cosmic pop compositions, and saturated psychedelic guitar effects. It’s more dynamic, more visceral, instantly accessible, and sonically denser than its predecessors — an ambitious, fully realized psychedelic pop record from a band truly in its ascendancy.

Visit Yukon Blonde’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, and Dine Alone Records website.

Thanks for a Successful Annual General Meeting

Once year, the Cultural Exchange gets an opportunity to share our accomplishments from the past twelve months and our plans for the next. It’s our Annual General Meeting, and we held one on November 21, 2015. We’d like to thank the almost two dozen people who showed up to learn more about our organization and help guide it in the right direction. Your participation means the world to the staff and board.

In part of the meeting, elections were held to form our new Board of Directors. Seven directors from 2014/2015 were acclaimed for new terms: Barbra Bailey, Dawn Brown, Jesse Chatterson, Nick Faye, John Fettes, and Billy Patterson. Additionally, we welcome three new directors who were acclaimed at the meeting: Steven Dribnenki, Jon Josephson, and Caelan Reilly. Watch the Staff and Board section of our website in the near future to learn more about all our current board members.

As we welcome new faces, we say goodbye to old ones. Thanks goes out to outgoing directors Keegan Duck, Dylan Ludwig, and Josh Morrison. Their service to the Cultural Exchange has been invaluable.

This was also our opportunity to share our annual report, where our staff and board talk about the health and goings-on of the previous year. You can find a copy online here.

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Our 2014/2015 Annual Report

At our Annual General Meeting, the Cultural Exchange presented the 2014/2015 Annual Report. In it, we take the opportunity to talk about some of our accomplishments from the past year, look forward to new ones, and thank the volunteers and our funders, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, for their support.

We have physical copies in our Regina office if you care to stop by, but you can also read it online here.


The Exchange Named Regina’s Best Live Music Venue

Have you had a look at Prairie Dog‘s Best of Regina? You should take a peek, at least to read about how the Exchange is the city’s Best Live Music Venue.

Every year, Regina’s alternative paper asks readers to vote on the best the Queen City has to offer in art, entertainment, and more. Looking at the list of venues the Exchange was up against, we just have to echo the sentiment of our write-up: there are so many wonderful places to see live music in this city, and we’re honoured that some of you have said we’re the best.

So thanks for voting, Regina. We’re working hard to keep being your Best Live Music Venue. And congratulations to all the winners and nominees. You’re an inspiring bunch.


The Cultural Exchange Announces Annual General Meeting

The Cultural Exchange is always happy to share our accomplishments. On one occasion every year, we get the opportunity to give a grand overview: the Annual General Meeting. From the Workshop Tour to our provincial outreach to our activities with the Exchange and the Club, we’ll be discussing it all.

The AGM is your opportunity to hear from Board Chair Dawn Brown, Interim Executive Director John Kennedy, and the rest of the board and staff about what our organization has done in the past year and what we’ve got planned for 2015/2016.

Set your calendars: the meeting is taking place Saturday, November 21 at 1 p.m. in the Club. The agenda for the day is posted below. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, November 21, 2015

1 p.m.

The Club

2431 8th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan

1. Call to order.

2. Approval of the agenda as distributed.

3. Approval of November 22, 2014 AGM minutes as distributed.

4. SCES reports.

4.1. Chair’s report.

4.2. Interim Executive Director’s report.

4.3. Financial report.

4.4. Nominations Committee’s report and election.

5. Old business.

6. New business.

7. Adjournment.