Entries by James

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 […]

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 […]

2015 Workshop Tour Call to Artists

The Cultural Exchange is looking for personable, passionate, and talented artists to join the 2015 Workshop Tour. Every year for the past three decades, the troupe has travelled for a month-plus to deliver artistic workshops at elementary and high schools across Saskatchewan. The troupe requires artists intimately familiar with drama, visual arts, music, or dance. […]

Condolences

The thoughts of all those at the Cultural Exchange are with the family and friends of Narcisse Blood, Michael Green, Lacy Morin-Desjarlais, and Michele Sereda. The loss not only of such great members to the prairie art and education communities but of, by all accounts, such wonderful people is a blow to us all. They […]

Bats Won’t Stop Napalm Death

Napalm Death have been covered in the press for plenty of reasons but, most recently, people took notice for an unlikely interruption. A show in Massachusetts had an impromptu break because of a bat interrupting their set. The group took it in stride, “spontaneously [breaking] into the riff from Black Sabbath’s self-titled 1970 single,” writes […]

The Evolving Sound of the Down Home Boys

Given time, most bands will evolve. Musical interests change or refocus. The dynamic of the group changes. Time pushes acts into new and unexpected territory. The Down Home Boys started as a folk and bluegrass act. That’s the band you’ll find represented on their 2010 album, It’s All Down Home from Here. Since then, though, […]

Planet Eater’s Metal Work Is Never Done

“Sometimes you just want everyone playing in massive, shuddering unison like it’s a particularly brutal form of comfort food.” That’s what Prairie Dog had to say in their review of Planet Eater’s debut EP. The Regina foursome has been at it for a bit, doggedly making capital-m Metal full of workmanlike craft. That’s produced an […]

Concert Announcement: Danko Jones!

104.9 The Wolf and the Cultural Exchange Presents Concert Series are proud to present Danko Jones. The Toronto trio –– guitarist and vocalist Jones along with bassist John Calabrese and drummer Rich Knox –– has made their mark on the Canadian rock scene with over a half dozen blistering records with hit singles like “Lovercall”. […]

We’re Throwing a Party!

The Cultural Exchange wants you to come have a drink with us. On Thursday, January 15, we’re throwing our annual holiday party in the Exchange. It’s a chance to come down and hang out with the staff and the volunteers of the Cultural Exchange, look back on the year that was, and look forward to […]