Beading Workshop in Leask

April 5th, 2016

Contemporary artist Catherine Blackburn lead participants through an Introduction to Beading Workshop in Leask, SK.  Catherine is a tremendous Saskatchewan talent and the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange was very please to have an opportunity to work with her on this project. Thank you to everyone that came out!

2016 fiddle banner

National Fiddling Day Is Coming Up

Fiddlers in Regina and area –– rosin up your bow and join the celebration of National Fiddling Day with a great evening of fiddle music.

This year’s event takes place Saturday, May 21st at the Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre at 2900 13th Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The evening of fiddle music will begin with an “open mic” session allowing established or pick-up groups of fiddlers to showcase their music. For the rest of the evening there will be a wide-open fiddle jam for players of all ages and skill levels to enjoy group fiddling and maybe even learn some new tunes.

Admission is free of charge and the public is invited.

“Fiddle music is growing in popularity,” said Malcolm McLeod, a fiddler for more than 40 years and the organiser of the event. “This is a great chance for local fiddlers to share tunes and their love for the many genres of fiddle music.”

Two years ago, the Parliament of Canada passed a bill to proclaim the third Saturday in May as National Fiddling Day. Fiddling has a rich history in Canada and has roots throughout our entire nation. Scottish, French, Irish, Slavic, Nordic, and Métis music have all influenced Canadian fiddling. Fiddle music connects all regions of Canada and is a delight to all those who play and listen.

The event is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange. The organization’s support for fiddling goes back to 1985, when they started the Emma Lake Fiddle Camp. For 10 years it was the only fiddle camp east of Ontario and it sparked a movement for the preservation of the fiddle music and playing in Saskatchewan and across western Canada.

For more information please contact the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange at (306) 780-9494 or Malcolm McLeod at (306) 527-6547 or visit the event on our website.


Seniors Memory Journals in Humboldt

Humboldt, SK
Artist’s Talk –– Friday, February 5 at 7 p.m.
Workshop –– Saturday, February 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cultural Exchange Outreach Program in partnership with the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) is presenting a workshop and artist’s talk. This goes alongside the OSAC and Common Weal Community Arts touring exhibition Hello in There/Hello Out There. The exhibition is under the direction of artist Chrystene Ells and will be on display at the Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery from February 1 to March 23, 2016.

About the Project Artist
Chrystene Ells has a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently completing a post-Master’s program in Art Therapy at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. She has been working intensively with seniors for the past two years, and was inspired to begin this work when she was caregiving her father in hospice and palliative care and learned of the loneliness and lack of engagement that can be experienced by older adults in personal care facilities. The Hello In There/Hello Out There project is her response as an artist and an effort to bring connection, engagement, and the joy of creating into the lives of older adults.

Artist’s Talk
Friday, February 5 at 7 p.m.
Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery, 601 Main Street, Humboldt, SK

Chrystene will share her experiences with seniors in permanent care and seniors’ centres. She will “introduce” the artists and explain their processes during the making of the memory boxes currently on display in the museum. She will also share some of the ways that this project has deeply impacted the artists and their families, and its terrific reverberation in the community at large.

Workshop for Families and Seniors
Saturday, February 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery, 601 Main Street, Humboldt, SK
This half-day workshop asks participants to arrive with a senior family member to begin the process of making a memory journal. The focus on this project is to allow each senior an opportunity to share his or her personal story with others. This is a great chance for families to ask questions and learn from the older generation.

Come to the workshop to reminisce on family folklore, and hopefully hear stories that have not been shared before. Participants will create a unique memory collage or other visual arts piece around memory.

To register please contact the Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery at (306) 682-5226 or