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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.

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Read Up on Our 2015/2016 Year

Earlier this fall, we here at the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange wrapped up another year in our decades-long history. On November 19, we held our Annual General Meeting in the Club, filling members in what we’ve been up between September 2015 and August 2016.

This year, our building had its bricks repointed. We’re not sure when this last took place –– our headquarters in Regina’s Warehouse District has a history beyond our 25 years in this space, with the building taking on new life with every tenant.

This has us thinking about what we’ve accomplished in 2015/2016. The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange has a long history in our province –– we’ll be celebrating our 40th anniversary next year –– but there’s always room for refinement, for refurbishment.

That’s exactly what we’ve accomplished in the past 12 months. Our Outreach program continues to grow, finding new opportunities across the province. The Workshop Tour continues to bring artists to schools in small and rural communities. And the Exchange is still an all-ages art hub in Regina. We’re building some new things while refining others. You can read our full annual report to find out what we’ve been up to. Find it over here.

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Cindy Lou Twist Art Opening

Starting November 9, there’s a new exhibition in the Eight Track Gallery. Cindy Lou Twist is a Regina visual artist who finds inspiration in music festival culture. Throughout 2017, she’s hoping to mount art installations in festivals and spaces around the province, and the Eight Track is lucky enough to get to see an early sample.

img_2650The installation features transparent acrylic plastic on which Twist has drawn designs. From her artist’s statement:

One by one I began to use the intuitive painting method where I layered each panel using neon and neutral aerosol spray paints, placing each stencil pattern and color according to my current heart’s desire instead of pre-meditating a finished product. After the spray paint had set, I then took neon acrylic paints and mixed them onto the panels using pressure from another piece of flexible plastic to give it an electric texture so that it gives the impression that it’s growing. After each panel had dried, it was time to figure a way to mount and display. With the amazing help of my step father we designed and built a frame based off of a common house hold room divider. Finally, I wired LED strips to the frame so that each LED colour accentuates each hand-drawn detail.

The opening for the installation is on Wednesday, November 9 in the Club. The installation can be viewed whenever the Club is open for a show or by coming by the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange offices during regular business hours.

Artist in Communities Thanks to SK Arts Board

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is thrilled to announce we have received funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board towards our Artist In Communities program. Over the next year, stay tuned for announcements –– we have artists in residence coming to communities across Saskatchewan including with Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, the Grand Theatre in Indian Head, Pinehouse Lake, and more!

Thank you to Saskatchewan Lotteries, SaskCulture, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board for making the arts accessible in communities across this province.