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We’re Back at the Gateway Festival

The Gateway Festival in beautiful Bengough, SK has been good enough to have the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange down for the party. In 2017, we’re coming back to present the Pool Stage with one of the best lineups yet.

On Saturday, July 22, come down to see:
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. –– a songwriter circle with Gavin of the Wooden Sky, Ava Wild, Northcote, and Carl of Library Voices
1:45 to 2:45 p.m. –– a songwriter circle with Dan from the Dudes, Kirby Criddle, Marshall Burns, and Piper Burns
3 p.m. –– Northcote
3:45 p.m. –– Megan Nash

Come on out, enjoy the water and some great music, and say hi to our arts ambassadors while you’re at it. For full details on the Gateway Festival, go to their site.

Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Spearheads Mural Project in La Loche, SK

Through the month of July 2017, the provincial arts organization the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is providing an artistic outlet this summer for youth in the northern community of La Loche, SK.

As part of the Outreach program which seeks to bring art to remote and rural areas, the organization has hired artist Josh Goff to work with residents of the community in designing a large mural that will be prominently displayed on Main Street in La Loche.

Since the tragedy at the La Loche Community School in 2016, community leaders have been calling for more opportunities for youth. They will be a special focus in assisting in the design and creation of the mural.

“We are lacking arts programs in this community and this project will be a positive way for our young people to express themselves,” says La Loche educator Holly Toulejour.

Goff will collaborate with community Elders in confirming a final design. The community’s youth will paint the mural itself.

This mural project is part of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange’s Artists in Communities program, which is possible thanks to the generous funding of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. This project in particular was helped by funding from SaskTel. The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange also thanks SaskCulture for their continued funding and support.

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange would like to thank the La Loche Community School and the community of La Loche for welcoming and facilitating this project.

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Recently Announced: the Sadies and the Deep Dark Woods

You’re cruising through spring. You’re planning a massive of summer. We’re happy for you –– really, we are. But we also want you to look a little bit further ahead, to this fall, when we’ll be hosting two great live bands in the Exchange!

The Sadies in the Exchange
September 14
Maybe you can’t believe they’ve released 10 albums on their own; maybe you can’t believe it hasn’t been more. Brothers Dallas and Travis Good and bandmates Sean Dean and Mike Belitsky are a pillar in the alt-country scene, mixing western, surf, psych, and more on their and while backing some of the greats. The spark becomes a flame when the four gather for their barn-burning live shows.

The Deep Dark Woods in the Exchange
October 21
This Saskatchewan group is fresher to the scene, comparatively, but has a renown of their building all the same. Following the touring and release of their 2013 album, Jubilee, front man and creative force Ryan Boldt’s come back with a new iteration. Their latest record, Yarrow, comes out in 2017.

Tickets for both of these are available at Vintage Vinyl and Hemp Emporium Inc., Madame Yes, and online at Ticketfly. Keep an eye on the Exchange’s Facebook page for more exciting announcements!

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Community Arts at Athabasca Health Authority

The Athabasca Health Authority invites members of the community to contribute to two collaborative artwork projects developed and hosted by visiting community artist Laura Hale. Laura is working with Stony Rapids and Black Lake until the end of June and then in Fond du Lac until the end of July as part of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange’s Artists in Communities programs.

All projects are held in the Multipurpose Room at the AHA facility.

Make Your Mark Beading Project
Thursdays (June 8, 15, and 22) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Laura has brought a deer hide up with her in hopes of getting as many people as possible to bear a simple mark or design on it before she returns home. She will find a special place to display this collaborative artwork when she heads back down south. No beading experience necessary –– just come, contribute, and make your mark.

Greetings from the North Postcard Project
Saturdays (June 10, 17, and 24) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
On one side of the postcard, share a story that you would like our friends int he south to know about the north, or about your community, yourself, or your culture. On the other side, draw, colour, and customize your postcard. Laura will mail out all postcards randomly to people in the south.

Support provided by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture. The Athabasca Health Authority provides health services to the five main communities in northern Saskatchewan.

Job Opportunity: Arts Ambassadors

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is looking to hire two summer students for terms beginning June 15 and ending August 31, 2017.

Preference will be given to Regina residents and to university students studying art, although applications from outside of the City will also be seriously considered.

Established in 1977, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is an organization grounded in values of inclusivity and openness, delivering art programs to the people of Saskatchewan in collaboration with other groups and individuals, as clients, as audiences, artists, and participants. We develop programming to engage youth and adults, partnering with community organizations, schools, and more in media including visual art, theatre, music, dance, film, and writing.

DUTIES
– Updating files
– Visiting festivals and informing Saskatchewan residents about the role of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange and its Outreach programs
– Researching relevant funding opportunities, including sponsorships
– Potentially facilitating artist workshops

REQUIREMENTS
– Experience working with a non-profit organization
– Valid driver’s license
– Current criminal record check
– Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends and with a wide variety of people is required

Deadline to apply –– 12 p.m. on May 31, 2017
To apply, please send cover letter and CV to Outreach Coordinator Carol Rose Daniels.

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The Emerging Artists Series With the City of Regina

In September of 2016, the Exchange started its Emerging Artists Series. Through the end of April 2017, the program aided Regina artists playing, performing, and presenting in our venue, helping them with the costs of these evenings so they could bring their work to Queen City audiences.

In that time, 50 shows benefited from the program, and all that was possible thanks to a grant from the City of Regina. The Exchange and the local artists helped by this program greatly appreciate their support, which helps foster a community of creative people of all varieties locally.

Photo from Room 333’s show in the Club during the course of this program.

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The Exchange Nominated for WCMA

We’re deeply honoured to have been nominated for BreakOut West’s Community Excellence Award. We’ve spent 25 years serving Regina in this space and we’re looking forward to continuing to be a big part of the community in years to come!

Congratulations to the other nominees: Fire Aid, Sunshine House, The Dungarees, West End Cultural Centre, and Winnipeg Folk Festival. Whoever wins, it’ll be well deserved.

There are also a great number of Saskatchewan artists and groups who’ve been nominated. Check them all out at BreakOut West’s website.

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New Lineup for Truckfighters Show

As some of you may have heard, Greenleaf have had to drop off this bill due to visa issues. While we’re looking forward to a day when they can make it here, for this show, Yawning Man have stepped up to take their place.

So, on March 26, you’ll still get a riff-packed night with Truckfighters, Yawning Man, We Hunt BuffaloBlack Thunder, and Orbital Express. Don’t sleep on this one, folks. Find all the tickets and event details over here.

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Recently Announced: The Age of Electric

104.9 The Wolf, the Exchange, and Zandra Productions are proud to present the Age of Electric in the Exchange on April 4.

The two pairs of brothers who make up the band –– Ryan and Kurt Dahle and Todd and John Kerns –– are ready to release their first new music in 20 years. That should be exciting news from any of the fans they gained as an independent rock sensation or any they’ve picked up since. They’ll be celebrating that long run of success by re-releasing their beloved 1997 album Make a Pest a Pet as a remastered double LP for this tour.

Advance tickets are on sale now! Find them at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, or online at Ticketfly.

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Artist in Residence –– Indian Head

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is pleased to announce Kara Golemba as the singer/songwriter Artist in Residence in Indian Head, SK from February 1 to March 31. Kara will be working with the community through projects with school groups, care homes, and events and workshops hosted at the Grand Theatre. This program is funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board Artist in Communities Grant. Indian Head is one of seven rural communities that will be hosting an artist over the next few months through the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange’s Artist in Residence program.

A huge thank-you to our community partners: the Grand Theatre in Indian Head and the Southeast Connection Sport, Culture, and Recreation District. These organizations have been working hard to ensure a successful start to Kara’s residency, and we could not have done this without their enthusiasm and commitment to this project.

If you are in the area, save the date to meet the artist! Kara is introducing herself to the community on February 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Theatre. Full details can be found at the Facebook event.

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