Opportunity: Singer/Songwriter Artist in Residency

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange (SCE), is an organization grounded in values of inclusivity and openness, delivering art programs to the people of Saskatchewan in collaboration with the communities, audiences, artists, and participants it serves.

The SCE, in partnership with the Grand Theatre in Indian Head, is searching for a singer/songwriter for an artist-in-residency program servicing the community of Indian Head and surrounding area as part of their Artist in Communities program.

The artist would be required to be in the community for two months, with a possible extension to three months. They can expect:
– 20 hours per week working with the community through workshops and presentations
– providing programming for youth and adults
– 20 hours per week on their own personal practice in the studio provided by the community

Qualifications: Successful candidates will have an interest in delivering community arts programming, a minimum of four years experience in their field, and/or a BFA.

Workshops will be created through consultation with the SCE and the Grand Theatre in Indian Head, SK. Preference is given to singer/songwriters and to artists residing in nearby communities.

Applicants must be:
– Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
– active in their profession; and
– be willing to engage with the surrounding community and interested in working with any age from Kindergarten to residents of retirement care homes.

If accepted, applicants must:
– be able to provide a criminal record check to be approved to work with youth;
– have demonstrated effective interpersonal skills in dealing with the public and co-workers;
– have demonstrated the ability to work independently, organize work, and meet deadlines; and
– have demonstrated reliability, initiative, and willingness to try new ideas.

Interested applicants must submit:
– CV/Resume (Maximum three pages)
– Artist statement
– Biography (Please include past workshop experience)
– Project description (Maximum two pages)
– Sample of workshop
– Interest in working with the community
– Sample of work (Maximum of two audio tracks for jury purposes only)
– One to three photos to be used by the SCE and the Grand Theatre for press releases and promotion of the residency program
– Equipment and studio needs
– An indication of preference and/or flexibility for dates between February 1st, 2017 and April 30th, 2017. Artist must be available for consultation in the month leading up to the start date of the residency.
– One or two letters of recommendation

Applications due by November 18th, 2016 at 5 p.m. Submit materials via email with the subject line “Grand Theatre Air 2017 Application.”

We acknowledge the support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, and Sask Lotteries for providing the funding for the Artist In Communities program.

Deadline: November 18th, 2016, 5 p.m.
Contact: Rowan Pantel – Outreach Coordinator
Email: outreach@culturalexchange.ca
Website: culturalexchange.ca
Phone: (306) 780-9494

Start Date: Early February 2017
Salary: $3,333 / month


Thanks for the Workshop Tour Memories

Another year has passed and so has another Workshop Tour. For over 30 years, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange has sent a troupe of artists out across the province each fall to teach workshops to elementary and high school students. This is such an exciting program, and we’re already looking forward to doing it again in 2017.

Luckily, we can still relive all the great memories from this year. This year’s tour manager, Danica Lorer, documented some of the stops along the way. As well, Preeceville School gave us a look into their classrooms for some of the workshops. You can find those below.

Are you interested in learning more about the Workshop Tour? If you’re an artist looking to join, a school looking to sign up, or are just curious, check out all the details here.


An Exchange Presents Story

For years, we’ve  supported new and emerging artists through our Exchange Presents concert series. If you’ve followed along and gone out to the shows, you’ve probably seen your new favourite, caught wind of an up-and-coming act, or simply come into contact with something new and intriguing.

On the occasion of our most recent concert series show, the Motorleague on October 28, we asked fans to tell us about an Exchange memory. Taneesha told us one about a recent concert series show.

From Facebook:

I won tickets through your page to see The Glorious Sons for the first time. I’m now friends with a couple of them and have never missed any of their following shows. That first show, little did I know I would meet a now really great friend! I saw a lady dancing and she dropped a $20 bill. I saw some people beside me were planning to pick it up to take it so I quickly jumped on it and gave it back to the lady that dropped it.

We love to hear these kind of stories, and there are many more to come in the future. Keep coming out to those Exchange Presents shows, folks!

(And while you’re at it, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Not only post about everything happening in the Exchange and the Club and all that the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange does around the province, but we also have a contest for some concert tickets every now and again.)


A New Opportunity for Regina Musicians

We’re starting a new concert series for Regina musicians, hoping to support our local artists. We understand that putting on shows can sometimes can with some risk, so we’re offering some nights with free rent and some support to help make your concert happen. Spots are available as early as November and throughout 2017. Email our venue manager for full details or to express interest.


SCES Announces Annual General Meeting

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 19 at 1 p.m. in the Club at 2431 8th Avenue, Regina, SK.

The event includes:

  • Elections for directors to the organization’s board;
  • Updates from the staff and board on the organizations activities in 2015/2016; and
  • The presentation of the 2015/2016 annual report.

The current board will be putting forward bylaw changes for the organization. You can read the minutes from the 2015/2016 AGM here, as they will be up for approval at this meeting.

Any Saskatchewan resident who has interacted with SCES programming is a member and is thus eligible to attend the AGM. We invite everyone to come and learn the full scope of our programming, share feedback, and help shape the direction of the organization. Refreshments will be made available.


Workshop Tour Thanks

Every year, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange gather up a group of artists to travel the province as part of our Workshop Tour, a continuing effort to bring arts education directly to elementary and high schools. For our musicians and visuals artists and more, this means one-on-one interaction with students of all ages that plants the seed for generations of creatives to come.

The tour’s wide-reaching schedule also means a lot of hours in our van, and the safety of our Workshop Tour artists is paramount as we send them around the Saskatchewan to teach and inspire.

With that in mind, we’d like to thank Market Tire in Rosthern, SK for fitting us in last minute for some winter tires on the van. This week’s sudden snowfall took us by surprise, and their quick action helped us stay on the road.


Workshop Tour 2016 Is on the Road


Our 2016 Workshop Tour hit the road on Monday, September 26. The five artists on the road this year will be in 17 schools for 19 days of arts programming across this province. Each school gets 20 arts workshops per day, totalling 380 workshops by the end of October provided to schools in Saskatchewan. From music to visual arts to dance to theatre to writing, there is something for everyone.

The artists will travel from Sandy Bay in Northern Saskatchewan to 900 kms south in Lafleche to east and west and many towns in between! As this is being posted, the tour is wrapping up their second day in Pinehouse Lake where Tour Manager Danica Lorer took this beautiful photo. Look out for more beautiful views and inspiring communities to come in the next month!

If you have a school that would like to learn more about the Workshop Tour or is interested in booking for the 2017 tour, please email our Outreach Coordinator Rowan Pantel.


Felting Workshops with Melanie Rose

kids-needle-felting3In partnership with the Southeast Connection, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is pleased to announce four opportunities for you to take part in local arts workshops. From September 29 to November 5, artist Melanie Rose will be bringing felting workshops to various communities within the Southeast Connection Sports and Culture District. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill or hobby and is great for any age.

Workshops take place in White City (September 29), Stoughton (October 13), Radville (October 27), and Weyburn (November 5). To find out how to participate, send us an email.


What’s Going on the Last Week in September?

For some people, September is a time of getting back into the flow of things. Students go back to school, summer vacations are over, and everyone’s steeling themselves for the cold months to come.

At the Exchange, we’re getting back into the swing of things with our Exchange Presents Concert Series, including three shows bringing you some loud guitars in Regina.

On September 26, San Francisco heavy metal band Castle will be joined by Regina metal heads Bones to Dust in the Club. Tickets at Vintage Vinyl and online at Ticketfly. More info at the Facebook event.

On September 27, Edmonton, AB folk-punk act Fire Next Time are in the Exchange along with Queen City ska act the Skamunists. Tickets at Vintage Vinyl and online at Ticketfly. More info at the Facebook event.

On September 28, Canadian indie-rockers Tokyo Police Club are in the Riddell Centre Multi-Purpose Room with Born Ruffians and the Elwins. Tickets at Vintage Vinyl and online at Ticketfly. More info at the Facebook event.

As always, keep an eye on our website’s Events page for the latest updates, as well as our Facebook page and Twitter feed.


Dead South Shows Getting Better and Better

We were ecstatic when the Exchange Presents and 104.9 The Wolf got to announce two nights of Regina’s own the Dead South in the Exchange. We’re even happier now that we get to share just how great each of these nights will be.

Each night still features a full headlining set from the world-touring, rocking bluegrass sensations. Now, we can tell you the great groups who’ll be joining the South.

On December 15, alt-country artist Kevin Roy will be coming in from Winnipeg, MB to play, along with roots band and country radio hour Wolf Willow. On December 16, Regina songwriter Étienne Fletcher opens, along with the heavy psych-country of Snake River.

By now, you should be convinced that you don’t want to miss these shows. More information can be found here. Find tickets at Vintage Vinyl, Madame Yes, or online at Ticketfly.