Recently Announced: Great Lake Swimmers

We’re very happy to tell you that the Regina Folk Festival Concert Series is presenting Great Lake Swimmers in the Exchange on Tuesday, May 26 with the Weather Station. Tickets are on sale right now online over at TicketBreak.

Great Lake Swimmers’ latest, A Forest of Arms, is coming out in April 2015 and, from what’s been released so far, continues the great progression they’ve made over the course of six albums. The Tony Dekker-led band keeps with a folk tradition both beautiful and rocking, mixing themes both personal and pulled from the natural world.

The inclusion of the Weather Station, Tamara Lindeman’s wonderful project, ensures this’ll be a great night.

While you’re thinking about the Regina Folk Festival, why not have a look at their 2015 lineup? On August 7, 8, and 9, they’ll be bringing incredible artists like Sinead O’Connor, Vance Joy, Blue Rodeo, the Sheepdogs, and Jenny Lewis to Victoria Park. Go to the RFF’s website to see more artists who’ll be playing.

Sâkêwêwak Calls for Submissions

Sâkêwêwak Artists Collective and the First Nations University of Canada Pow Wow Committee are hosting a pop up gallery at the FNUniv Spring Celebration Pow Wow and are looking for visual art submissions. Email samples to saskewewak [at] gmail.com with the subject line “Pow Wow”. Deadline is March 27.


Not Much Time Left to Get In on Queen City Rocks

So far, three bands have already advanced to the finals: the League of One, Mother Night, and Braindead Romeo. That leaves just two more weeks of competition before we move on to the finale of Queen City Rocks, 104.9 The Wolf’s annual battle of the bands in the Exchange.

As this is being written, we’re waiting to see who will win the Thursday, March 12 edition, whether it be Bad Comrade, Johnny Hatch and the Lost Disciples, Iron Bison, Legends, or Majetik. On Thursday, March 19, we’ll see performances from Almost Alien, Hello, Lady, Newera, Slough Sharks, and Son Howler. After a week rest, all the finalists will return to find out who wins the grand prize.

Every night is just $10 at the door. For more information, go to the Wolf’s website.


The Electric Revival Are Bringing Rock Energy to the Club

You may have seen this before: three scruffy dudes who, if they aren’t currently clad in leather look like they were in the recent past. They take the stage, taking up guitar, bass, and drums, and proceed to play a rock show.

If the scene’s familiar by now, it might be because it can still strike a chord with audiences. Calgary, AB’s the Electric Revival know that chord well. They take in disparate influences –– rock, blues, punk –– and give it energy, make it personal, and keep it fun.

They’ve kept busy in their hometown for years now, releasing their debut full-length, Presenting: the Electric Revival, back in 2012. After a few more records, they spent three weeks in the studio making Freaks, their new album that came out earlier in 2015.

The Electric Revival play the Club on Friday, March 13 with Whiskey Manner and Johnny 2 Finger and the Deformities. Doors at 8 p.m. $10 at the door. All ages and licensed.

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Have You Signed Up for the Presenters Network?

Are you an artist? Or a presenter? Do you work with a venue here in Saskatchewan? Or are you looking for any of those kinds of people? Then the Cultural Exchange’s Presenters Network is for you.

So many of the best things to come out of the Saskatchewan arts community have been due to just that, a community of people collaborating, helping each other, and working towards common goals. The Presenters Network is here to bolster this, increasing the visibility of those who work with the arts and helping them connect with likeminded people.

The recently launched database collects profiles of artists, venues, and presenters from Saskatchewan, which are then available to be browsed to the public. Anyone can submit a profile –– it’s a simple, quick, and free process. Browsing the database is even simpler.

Go over to the Presenters Network on our website to sign up or just to have a look around.

The Workshop Tour Is a Great Opportunity for Artists

Dancers, musicians, visual artists, actors –– we’re looking for all of you for the 2015 Workshop Tour. Every year for the past three decades, the Cultural Exchange has put together a troupe of artists to travel for a month-plus across Saskatchewan and deliver workshops to elementary and high school classes.

This is an exciting opportunity to practice your craft and meet who will be the next generation of Saskatchewan artists. Applications are due Monday, March 16. For more information on the troupe and how to apply, look at our call to artists.


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

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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.