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40 Years of Art for Everyone

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is getting ready to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2017.

In 1977, a community of like-minded artists and art lovers established the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society. In the four decades to follow, they managed venues showcasing all forms of creative expression, helped bring art education to schools in small and rural communities, and gave opportunities to Saskatchewan artists while increasing access to the arts across the province.

We’ve got a lot planned to celebrate the occasion. We’ll be using our site to share stories from the past 40 years from the people who made this organization what it is today. Our Exchange Presents and Emerging Artists concert series will be featuring a huge number of phenomenal artists from inside and outside of our province. Our Outreach program, connecting artists with communities for public programs, will be out in the province more than ever before, while our Workshop Tour will be looking forward to another strong year of bringing artists to schools in 2017.

And in addition to all that, we just might have a surprise to announce a little later in the year.

After 40 years, we still believe art is for everyone. If you hold that conviction, come out and celebrate with us in 2017.


Workshop Tour Artists Fall 2017

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is looking for artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, music, and writing to be part of our 2017 Workshop Tour. Artists from across Canada are welcome to apply, but preference is given to Saskatchewan residents.

Each artist on the tour will teach four one-hour workshops per day to students in schools across Saskatchewan. Successful applicants will have previous experience teaching workshops and working with youth.

The tour runs through Saskatchewan from September 24 to October 31, Monday through Friday.

Please include the following:
– Résumé/CV
– 50-minute workshop lesson plan, adjustable for K to 12 with up to 25 students per workshop
– Budget for supplies. Note that you will teach approximately 1,500 students over the course of the tour
– Two references
Successful applicants must have valid driver’s license and will have to obtain criminal record checks prior to the tour.

All applications must be received by March 3 (11:59pm) via email or post.

Every fall, students get to learn directly from professional artists and experience artistic creation first hand.

The tour assembles a group of working artists, sending them out for full days of giving workshops in their fields. With the Workshop Tour, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange strives to nurture independent thinking, the imagination, respect for one another, and enthusiasm for life in students through balanced programs integrating multiple forms of artistic activity.

What does the school get? One Day –– Five Artists –– 20 Workshops

Workshops are specifically tailored for any age group from elementary to high school. The program has long been referenced by artists who have chosen their profession in part due to early interaction with the Workshop Tour. The tour continues with the goal of encouraging the next generation of independent and creative thinkers.

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is excited to share the Workshop Tour with as many Saskatchewan communities as possible each fall.

Find out more on the Workshop Tour’s page.

For more information please contact our Outreach Coordinator via email or phone (306) 780-9494.

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The Caligari Project Photo Series

The Caligari Project is a unique, multi-disciplinary, city-wide public festival celebrating German Expressionism in its many forms. It encompasses visual art, film, music, dance, theatre, puppetry, and a speakers series that originally happened in Regina, Saskatchewan from September to December 2016.

The series of photos displayed in the Eight-Track Gallery shows some of the many artists, arts administrators, and organizers who came together to take part in the festival.

The exhibition is up now until late March 2017. Photo credit goes to Regina based photographer Eagleclaw Thom. To find out more about the Caligari Project, go to their website.

The Eight-Track Gallery is located in the Club at 2431 8th Avenue, Regina, SK. It is open for events or whenever the offices are open.

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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.

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.


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.


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!