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Coming Back from This Year’s Winterruption

For the second year in a row, the Regina Folk Festival has pulled off the break from your seasonal norm with Winterruption, a multi-venue festival bringing music and life to the darkest months.

In 2017, the Exchange was happy to partner with the RFF for events happening in our space. These included sets from Elliott Brood, Said the Whale, Connie Kaldor, and so many more. Thanks to the RFF and all their wonderful volunteers for making these shows a great experience for everyone involved and for bringing them to our venue.

Check out some samples of the Exchange action from this year’s Winterruption below, and look out for more from the RFF in the coming months!

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Recently Announced: Royal Tusk

The Exchange is proud to present Royal Tusk in the Exchange on February 23 with the Pistolwhips.

The five bearded gentlemen in Royal Tusk are favourite sons of their hometown, Edmonton, AB. Since conquering the City of Champions, they’ve taken their blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll out across the country, winning new fans wherever they go. With a killer album, Dealbreaker, in tow, they’re sure to turn some heads when they return to the Exchange.

The Pistolwhips are no slouches, either. The Saskatoon group have been hard at work, honing their electric rock. They offered up a new taste of it with their latest single, “Voices.”

Doors at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and are available at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, and online at Ticketfly. Tickets available at the door barring a sell-out. 

Philosopher Kings Tour Postponed

The Philosopher Kings date scheduled for the Exchange on March 1 has been cancelled.
Due to some exciting developments, the Philosopher Kings will be postponing their reunion tour to Fall 2017. The band is currently writing and recording a brand new album and will be working hard in the studio to bring fans new music. They will be announcing rescheduled dates in 2017.
 
Tickets purchased online will be refunded automatically. Tickets purchased in person can be returned at the point of purchase.
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SK Cultural Exchange Office Hours

While there will still be a bunch of great events taking place in the Exchange and the Club over the holidays, the offices of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange will be taking some time off.

Our offices will be closed from December 24 until January 2, reopening on January 3.

If you need to leave a message, email us or give us a call at (306) 780-9494.

What Have You Done with the SCES?

Here at the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, we’re under a month away from our 40th anniversary, which we’ll be celebrating all through 2017. We’re looking forward to all the great programing coming from Outreach, the Exchange, and all parts of the organization, while also reflecting on our history.

To that end, we’re looking to hear from you! Have you been involved with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange in the past? Have a story to tell? We want to hear from you! Send us an email today.

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The Philosopher Kings and More Recently Announced

Right now in the Exchange, we’re winding down 2016. There’s a full month of exciting shows going on all through December, with some new and returning events. Already, though, we’re looking forward to what we’ve got planned for 2017.

In the past week, we announced three new shows in our Exchange Presents concert series. First up is Julie and the Wrong Guys in the Club on February 1. Julie Doiron’s been touring and recording as a solo artist and as part of groups like Eric’s Trip for over 20 years. This latest group features members of Cancer Bats and Eamon McGrath.

Another group who have spent decades playing music in Canada is the Philosopher Kings in the Exchange on March 1. With hits like “Cry” and “Hurts to Love You”, the band’s made their mark blending soul, R&B, and pop to the delight of audiences across the nation.

A different kind of cultural flavor is coming with the Real McKenzies in the Exchange on March 22. The Canadian group led the way for Celtic punk when they formed in 1992 and haven’t stopped bringing bagpipes to the pit ever since.

For more information on these and other shows coming up in the Exchange and the Club, check out the Events section of our website.

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Get Your Dead South Tickets Now

We knew Regina audiences would want as much of the Dead South as they could get. Since the Queen City quartet first started performing, they’ve attracted audiences with their storytelling, their style, and their foot-stomping live show.

Originally, the Exchange and 104.9 The Wolf had them in the Exchange for two nights to celebrate the release of their new album, Illusion and Doubt. Openers like Kevin Roy, Wolf Willow, Étienne Fletcher, and Snake River sweetened the deal.

Now, December 15 and 16 have both sold out. So, to give audiences one more chance, we’ve added another date on December 14. Joining them that night will be the Windows Up Above and Del Suelo, a pair of great Regina acts we’re excited to bring back to the Exchange.

There are still tickets in stores at Vintage Vinyl and Madame Yes for December 14 as we write this, but they are sold out online. If you missed out on the other two shows, you won’t want to sleep on this one –– tickets are already selling quickly. Don’t wait!

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Catch Up with the SK Cultural Exchange This Holiday Season

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange invites you to our holiday wine-and-cheese come-and-go. We’re almost two weeks from the new year, so before the calendar flips over, come out for a few free drinks and some refreshments. Join the staff of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange for some mid-week merriment, complete with beverages and food. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Wintersleep’s Sold-Out Show

On November 25, we hosted Wintersleep in the Exchange. If you wanted to go, with any luck you bought your tickets in advance, because the show sold out before the doors even opened.

Thanks to Regina’s rock station, 104.9 the Wolf, for supporting the show, Wintersleep and openers Fake Palms for playing a great concert, and everyone who came out. It was a memorable night and we’re already looking forward to the next time these bands come to town.

We’ve got plenty more great music coming to the Exchange, including Diemonds and Pigeon Park on December 10 and the Dead South on December 15 and 16. For more information on these and other upcoming shows, keep an eye on the Events page on our site and our online ticket page at Ticketfly.

Job Posting: Outreach Coordinator

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is looking to hire an Outreach Coordinator for a one-year position on a maternity-leave contract.

Preference will be given to Regina residents, but applications from other residents outside of Regina will be seriously considered.

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Outreach Program collaborates with Saskatchewan’s rural communities to bring arts programming where it is otherwise unavailable. The program looks to partner with communities, artists, and organizations across Saskatchewan in an effort to bring arts to all corners of our province.

We develop art programs to engage youth and adults with community organizations and schools, working in the visual arts, theatre, music, dance, film, and writing.

Our philosophy is that every person in Saskatchewan should have access to arts programming no matter their age, gender, cultural background, or location.

The Outreach Coordinator works to develop programming in the various arts sectors and find community partners that are interested in increasing the access to the arts in their community.

Working with the provincial Sport, Culture, and Recreation districts, communities, organizations, festivals, and artists, this position strives to ensure quality and affordable programming.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Develop arts outreach programs, ranging from half-day workshops to year-long residencies, in consultation with community partners.
• Hire artists and facilitators as necessary and administer their contracts.
• Maintain and stay within the yearly operating budget as set by the organization.
• Work with artists, facilitators, and partner organizations to ensure adequate staff support, space, and materials for workshops are in place.
• Work with artists and facilitators to secure program materials and art supplies.
• Provide ongoing verbal reports to the Executive Director and detailed written reports every quarter.
• Identify and resolve any issues in program delivery.
• Work with the Marketing and Administrative Assistant to maintain Outreach website and news postings.
• Assist community partners with marketing and promotion of programs.
• Enhance and maintain existing relationships with partner organizations and artists.
• Build and develop new relationships with partners and artists.
• Write contracts and administer partnership agreements.
• Research relevant funding opportunities (including grants, sponsorships, etc.) and lead funding applications for municipal, provincial, and federal funding.

Program Evaluation
• Provide written reports at the conclusion of projects for final report purposes.
• Administer surveys to communities, artists, and participants.
• Collect workshop data (i.e. attendance, participant feedback, demographic information, etc.).

Details of Position
• 27.5 hours/week
• $20-$23 per hour, depending on experience
• Group benefits available after three-month probation period

Position Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree or a Masters focusing on visual arts, theatre, music, dance, film, or creative writing or equivalent experience
• Experience working with a non-profit is an asset
• Occasional evening/weekend work
• Valid driver’s license
• One to three years experience in a program management role and/or supervisory experience an asset
• Excellent relationship-building and communications skills, both in person and in writing
• Able to work with a wide variety of people
• Strong administration and computer skills, including word processing and Excel
• Proven ability to work both as part of a team and independently
• Dependable, self-motivating, well-organized, adaptable, and resourceful
• Personal connections with the Saskatchewan arts community, including organizations and individual artists
• Passion and vision for the role of the arts in growth and healing in Saskatchewan
• Experience with grant writing for non-profits and/or artist collectives for municipal, provincial, federal, and private sector funding
• The Outreach Coordinator will have a commitment to their surrounding arts community and be able to create healthy partnerships with organizations across the various arts sectors including visual arts, theatre, music, dance, film, and writing.

Applications due by December 31st, 2016 at 5 p.m. To apply, email the following to outreach@culturalexchange.ca: a CV or resume; two or three references, and a cover letter demonstrating how you meet the above requirements.