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 will be sorely missed.


Lineups Announced for Queen City Rocks 2015

104.9 The Wolf has brought back Queen City Rocks, and the real action is about to start. Going into its third year, the competition is a massive, six-week battle of the bands hosted in the Exchange where Saskatchewan acts compete for thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

With the first night coming up quickly on Thursday, February 19, the Wolf has announced all the artists who’ll be competing:

Almost Alien, Bad Comrade, Beautiful Thieves, Braindead Romeo, Diffusing Grey, FPG, GLIEM, Gunner, Johnny Hatch and the Lost Disciples, Hearts&Knives, Hello, Lady, Herb and the Humans, Iron Bison, Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities, the League of One, Legends, Majetik, Mother Night, Newera, Port Noise, Random Honesty, Slough Sharks, Small City Blues, Son Howler, and Vudu Hounds.

Each night costs $10 at the door, with a portion of proceeds going to Music Heals, a charity supporting music therapy services. For all the dates and more information, go to the Wolf’s website.


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 Metal Hammer, before continuing their concert.

Rest assured, we’re checking the Exchange for any spots where a furry, flying friend might sneak in. There should be nothing to distract you from this monumental metal act, whose over 30-year history and 16 albums stands as one of the great bodies of work for a grindcore and death metal band.

Napalm Death are in the Exchange on Friday, February 13 with Voivod, Exhumed, and Iron Reagan. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $30 and are available at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online at TicketEdge. All ages and licensed. 

Not done with metal for the weekend after the Valentine’s Day Massacre? The mayhem continues with the Valentine’s Day Massacre Aftermath in the Exchange on Saturday, February 14 with Nachtterror, Psyborum, and Altars of Grief. Go to the Facebook event to learn more.

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, the Saskatchewan quartet have found their rock side coming out, a shift that will no doubt be showcased on their upcoming album, Poised with Pride.

The Down Home Boys play the Exchange on Saturday, January 23 with Nick Faye and the Deputies. Doors at 8:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. $10 at the door. All ages and licensed.

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!

The Exchange Regina Events - Mid-Winter Blues Festival

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.