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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.

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Congratulations to Michael Dawson

The Cultural Exchange has a long history with Michael Dawson, from his time here as our Artistic Director to the many times he’s played in the Exchange and the Club with Library Voices or any of the other acts he’s been involved with.

So, we’re happy to hear that he’ll be moving into SaskMusic’s offices –– right around the corner from our own! –– as their new Executive Director. It’s a challenging role to fill in an organization crucial to our province’s arts ecology, and we’re sure Dawson’s up for it.

For more information, go to SaskMusic’s website.

Job Opportunity: Interim Executive Director

The Cultural Exchange is currently looking for an Interim Executive Director. Below, you’ll find all the details for the position, along with information on how to apply at the very bottom. Applications are due Friday, February 27 at 5 p.m.

Job Purpose

The Interim Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society, Inc. (the SCES) according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. The regular duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director contained herein apply to the Interim Executive Director as appropriate.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Interim Executive Director performs some or all of the following:

Leadership

  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the SCES
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the SCES’s activities
  • Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
  • Along with the Chair of the Board, act as a spokesperson for the SCES when appropriate
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as directed by the Board and jointly with the Board when appropriate
  • Represent the SCES at community activities to enhance the SCES’s community profile

Operational planning and management

  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction and the Ends of the SCES
  • Ensure that the operation of the SCES meets the expectations of its clients, Board and Funders
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the SCES
  • Draft policies for approval by the Board and prepare procedures to implement SCES policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
  • Ensure that personnel, member, donor, and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
  • Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials

Program planning and management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the SCES’s programs and services
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the SCES contribute to the SCES’s mission and ends and reflect the priorities of the Board
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the SCES to maintain or improve quality
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation of special projects

Human resources planning and management

  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources (HR) policies, procedures and practices including the development of job description for all staff (altogether, the “SCES HR Manual”)
  • Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
  • Recruit, interview, and select staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the SCES’s mission, as needed and in accordance with the budget
  • Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the SCES and that appropriate training is provided
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
  • Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance
  • When necessary, discipline staff in accordance with the SCES HR Manual and all applicable legal obligations

Financial planning and management

  • Work with staff and the Board to prepare a comprehensive budget
  • Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the SCES
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the SCES
  • Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
  • Administer the funds of the SCES according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the SCES
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the SCES
  • Ensure that the SCES complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments

Community relations/advocacy

  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the SCES and to identify changes in the community served by the SCES
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the SCES

Risk management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the SCES’s people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control those risks
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors and the SCES carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage
  • Ensure that the Board and staff understand the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage

Authority

  • The Executive Director’s authority is limited by the Executive Limitations as set out in the Board’s Governance Policy Manual

Qualifications

Education and experience

  • Post-secondary graduation in a related field with five or more years of progressive management experience in a voluntary sector organization

Knowledge of:

  • Leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/voluntary organizations
  • All federal and provincial legislation applicable to non-profit sector organizations including but not limited to: employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, CPP, EI, health coverage
  • Current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the SCES
  • Human resources management principles
  • Financial management principles
  • Project management principles

Proficiency in the use of computers for:

  • Word processing
  • Financial management
  • Email
  • Internet

Personal characteristics

The Executive Director should demonstrate the following:

  • Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile, and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Ethical Behaviour: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the SCES.
  • Effective Communication: Speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough, and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the SCES and to create new opportunities.
  • Ability to Focus on Member Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the parameters of SCES.
  • Ability to Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance the effectiveness of SCES.
  • Leadership: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the SCES.

Terms of Employment

  • The Interim Executive Director will receive an annual salary on a pro rata basis
  • The Executive Director will primarily work in the SCES office, but the mission of the SCES may sometimes take them to non-standard workplaces.
  • The Executive Director shall work a standard work week, but may be required to work additional hours to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and representing the SCES at public events.

Interested persons should email their resumes to scessask [at] gmail.com. The deadline is Friday, February 27 at 5 p.m. The SCES thanks all applicants for their interest, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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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 trying to complexify their life towards something richer and [to make things] a little bit better of an expression of what they are trying to do or say,” guitarist Justin Thompson told Beatroute.

Formed in 2011, the group most recently put out an EP, Time Lapse City, in mid-2014. On their first tour, they’re getting the chance to bring it to audiences across the prairies.

The Basement Paintings are in the Club on Sunday, February 22 with Beautiful UFO and Pulsewidth. $10 at the door. All ages and licensed.

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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 to play for enthusiastic audiences of ten of thousands of metal fans.

One lucky band from Canada is going to get the opportunity to do just that, but they’ll have to earn their place. That’s why the festival is holding the Wacken Metal Battle, a cross-Canada battle of the bands among all the up-and-coming metal bands the nation has to offer. The prairie finals are happening at the Exchange, so it’ll be your opportunity to see the act that might take it all.

The Wacken Metal Battle Prairie Final is in the Exchange on Friday, February 20 with Endless Chaos, Harmful Effects, Maelstrom Vale, and Vathek. Doors at 8 p.m. $10 at the door. All ages and licensed.

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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. They need to be comfortable working with students and should be bondable.

Artists in the troupe will each need to develop a workshop that they can modify for students of various ages. They will make themselves available prior to the tour to meet with the tour manager. Then, in the fall of 2015, they will travel with the troupe, delivering the workshop multiple times a day. Overnight trips to Saskatchewan communities will be required.

This is an exciting opportunity to practice your craft and meet who will be the next generation of Saskatchewan artists.

Go to the Cultural Exchange’s website for more information on the Workshop Tour. Contact Kelly-Anne Riess via email at kellyriess [at] gmail.com for further details. Those applying must include a resume and a lesson plan appropriate for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Applications must be in by Monday, March 16 at 11:59 p.m.

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 will be sorely missed.

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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.

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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.