Planet Eater’s Metal Work Is Never Done

The Exchange Regina Events - Planet Eater“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 EP so far, released late last year, but soon, they’ll have a music video on top of that. In fact, they’ll be filming that video in the Exchange. But while they’re doing that, they’ll also be putting on a big show with local metalheads Kelevra, Deadrot, and Oracles of Oppression.

Planet Eater play the Exchange on Saturday, January 17 with Kelevra, Deadrot, and Oracles of Oppression. Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. $10 at the door. All ages and licensed.

Concert Announcement: Danko Jones!

Danko-Final2104.9 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”. The latest, Fire Music, comes out on New Damage Records in February 2015.

Danko Jones and guests are playing in the Exchange on Friday, April 10. Advance tickets will be $25 plus s/c and will be available at Vintage Vinyl and online at TicketEdge. We’ll post when they’re available, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed!

We’re Throwing a Party!

holiday partyThe 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 what’s to come in 2015. It’s free, open to all ages, and we’re getting someone cool to DJ it. Doors at 9 p.m. Come on down!

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2015 Mid-Winter Blues Festival Lineup Announced

midwinterAfter 21 years, the Mid-Winter Blues Festival isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

The event’s scale hasn’t diminished at all, in fact; for 2015, the Regina Blues Association will be putting on six days of blues music in venues across the Queen City, including the Casino Regina Show Lounge, the Regina Performing Arts Centre, Bushwakker, and Lancaster’s.

The Exchange isn’t being left out. On Thursday, February 26, there’ll be a full night of blues-rock on the stage, featuring Apollo Cruz, Regina, SK’s Spellbound, Regina, SK’s Billy Hughes and the Double Down, and Regina, SK’s Richie Pollack and Someone Else’s Kids.

Go to the Regina Blues Association’s website for more information on the festival.

Season Greetings from the Cultural Exchange

We hope everyone has a fulfilling holiday season in 2014 and into the New Year.

Over the holidays, the Cultural Exchange offices will be open limited hours. If you’d like to leave a phone message, call (306) 780-9494. Emails can be sent to Zandra or James. Information about upcoming shows is up at our website, as well as on our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed.

The Cultural Exchange returns to regular office hours on Monday, January 5.

GrassRoots Regina Already Planning for 2015

The people behind GrassRoots Regina are some of the most prolific presenters to bring shows to the Exchange and the Club, and they’re already planning to continue into 2015. So far they have Kim Beggs booked in the Club on Saturday, January 31 and J.P. Cormier in the Exchange on Wednesday, April 8. Go to their website for more information on these and whatever other shows they add to our venues in the next bit.

Show Announcement: Napalm Death!

Zandra Productions recently announced that Napalm Death will be in the Exchange on Friday, February 13, 2015 with Voivod, Exhumed, and Iron Reagan. Advance tickets will be $30 at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online at TicketEdge. This is the kind of show that will almost certainly be a sell-out, so grab your tickets as soon as you can or risk being disappointed.

Watch the Facebook event for more details, including a link to where to buy tickets online as soon as they go live.

COTERC Fundraiser

On Saturday, September 13, there’ll be a fundraiser for the Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation in the Exchange. COTERC is a non-profit educating people on the value of tropical forests and furthering research into their conservation.

The evening is full of entertainment, including performances from comedian Braidy Brown, acoustic musician Tessa Herzberger, alternative cover band Crash Landing, alt-rock band El Camino, 80s and 90s rock cover band Suckerpunch, and alt-rock cover band One Night Stand.

Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and are available by contacting Darren at 306-737-7530. $15 at the door. All ages and licensed. Go to the Facebook event for more information on the fundraiser and to COTERC’s website for more information on the organization.

A New Face for the Cultural Exchange Van

Every year, the Cultural Exchange sends out a group of artists to communities throughout Saskatchewan for the Workshop Tour. For decades, the troupe has travelled to every corner of the province, bringing students workshops in dance, writing, music, theatre, and more.

All this travelling is done in the Cultural Exchange Van. Before the troupe takes off this year, it’ll be getting a facelift thanks to 2014 Troupe member Josh Groff. We’ll keep you up to date on the van’s progress.

The Cultural Exchange Supports Creative Kids

The Cultural Exchange is please to support Creative Kids. The Regina, SK-based charitable giving organization helps upwards of 200 youth achieve their creative dreams. This fall is just starting, and there are hundreds more children and youth wishing to participate in artistic and cultural activities this year.

Like Creative Kids on Facebook to see the exciting fundraising events planned this fall and consider donating to the organization to help reach even more families experiencing financial challenges that prevent participation in a variety of arts and creativity activities. If you know a family facing challenges in this area with a child eager to experience the arts, let them know the next Creative Kids application deadline is Friday, September 19.