FHQTC mural. Photograph by Josh Goff
When you have as much history as the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, it can be tempting to rest on your laurels. Successful and long-lasting programs like the Workshop Tour have and continue to do much for the province, while everything coming out of the Exchange is important, vital, and an asset not just to Regina but to artists across Saskatchewan. But as a provincial arts organization, the challenges we see in communities and
that face our members change every year, giving us new goals to reach for. This year was a time to strengthen and diversify our programming, renewing old and forming new partnerships with Indigenous groups in the province while also engaging newcomer populations who are so vital to lilife in Saskatchewan. This year saw so much growth in what we do, and we’re planning to do even more in the coming year.
Culture on the Walls A pair of lasting works reflecting their communities saw completion this year, murals made possible with the suppor t and collaboration of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) and the La Loche Community Tribal Council. The FHQTC mural star ted in the spring of 2016 and was finished in May 2017. Ar tist Lloyd Dubois of the Pasqua First Nation worked with youth from the area and community Knowledge Keepers to create a series of compositions that, with the help of mural ar tist Josh Goff and the guidance of FHQTC, became the final design. The work FHQT depicts the return of the buffalo, the strength of the bear, and honouring the land, the water, and family. The mural hangs at the Treaty Four Governance Centre on the Treaty Four Reser ve.
A few months later, Goff went to La Loche to meet with the residents to design and install a mural in that community. The final design was a collaboration with Goff and community Elders, and the community’s youth painted it. “(Ar t is) here and I think that’s ver y “(A positive for someone like myself from a bigger centre where you see more ar t, to be coming here and kind of connecting with those people,” Goff told the Leader-Post about the project. “These little things, these little sor t of pieces to the puzzle, are what make our community better and stronger,” Leonard Montgrand of the La Loche Friendship Centre told CBC News. “And we need to be able to move forward and progress. We can’t live in the past.”
La Loche mural. Photo by Josh Goff.
Board Chair Report
For ty years of ar ts programming! Now, that’s something to be proud of. Many of you, like me, got your star t early Ma with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange. For those of you who are just discovering us, this organization is here for you to showcase your talent and to provide a place where your creative ideas and dreams can incubate and grow. If you’ve seen shows in the venue; performed in the venue; or par ticipated in one of the many cultural and ar tistic experiences or programs this organization provides, we thank you for your par ticipation, and hope that you spread the word. You are the reason why this organization continues to grow, and w hy we have such a strong, diverse, and welcoming community. Without the suppor t of the Saskatchewan Ar ts Board, SaskCulture, the Canadian Heritage Fund, the City of Regina, and anyone else who has helped fund our effor ts, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange wouldn’t exist. We thank these organizations for believing in us and all that we have set out to accomplish. We are ver y for tunate in Saskatchewan to have a lotter y trust fund that provides suppor t to ar t, culture, and spor t for ever yone who lives here. Please continue to buy lotter y tickets
in Saskatchewan; a por tion of that money goes directly towards to keeping the Workshop Tour on the road, towards kids learning traditional Indigenous drumming in La Loche, and our many other provincial outreach programs. John, Zandra, Cherell, James, Rowan, John Carol, Richard, Nathan, the many bar tenders, security members, load-in crews, and other event staff, the board directors past and present, bingo volunteers, and anyone who has ever worked, volunteered, par ticipated, or performed –– we thank you for all your per hard work and unrelenting dedication. The Board of Directors continues to develop policies and a strategic vision that will ensure the organization’s legacy and continued growth in Saskatchewan. On behalf of myself and the Board of Directors, we congratulate the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange for 40 years of ar tistic experiences and programming prog in Saskatchewan. As I wrap up my third term as chair of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, I leave behind my duties with love and pride in my hear t. Thank you ver y much for this experience and all that I have learned. Dawn Brown Board Chair
The Dead South Come Alive
Par t of the mission in the Exchange is suppor ting emerging Saskatchewan talent. We love seeing acts develop their fan base, reach new people, and, if they so desire, launch what could become successful careers in the ar ts. In December 2016, we got to see some of that pay off first hand as the Dead South sold out a string of shows in the Exchange. The Dead South. Photo courtesy of Kevin Roy.
The Saskatchewan bluegrass group had previously won 104.9 The Wolf ’s Queen City Rocks. Regina’s rock station came back to co-present with us three straight nights of the band, along with great openers the Windows Up Above, Del Suelo, Kevin Roy, Wolf Willow, Étienne Fletcher, and Snake River. Each show sold out, leading to a busy mid-December for us and for Regina musicians.
Executive Director’s Report 2017 marks the 40th anniversar y of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange and one of the busiest in our histor y. We remain true to our original vision, continuing to provide relevant and high quality cultural oppor tunities to the province. Outreach continues to grow. The Workshop Tour continues providing outstanding ar ts programming to children all over our province. Our Ar tists in Communities program had its busiest year yet, including some outstanding programming in the nor th. Building on this success we are launching a new nor thern engagement strategy for 2018 to ensure relevant and expanded programming to the area and look to get to par ts of the province that remain tremendously underser ved by cultural programming. Our Regina venue continues as the best live music space in the province. New investments in the coming year, like gender-neutral, accessible washrooms, will be crucial going forward. The Board of Directors continues to provide solid leadership and guidance to the organization. A number of directors are leaving this year, and I hope they are proud of the hard work they’ve done to leave the organization with a solid foundation on which to build the future. I am ver y grateful for the staff of the organization. They are a dedicated and talented group of people. Cherell continues her excellent work as our finance manager, suppor ting our programming with a professional stewardship second to none. Zandra’s work as venue manager ensures the space wo remains an impor tant par t of Saskatchewan’s cultural ecology and music scene and has made her one of the top managers and music promoters in
western Canada. James continues his outstanding communications work, promoting our expanding programming while providing amazing administrative suppor t. Carol filled in admirably as a maternity leave replacement and immersed herself in the work, expanding our reach and programming through her personal, impressive professional network. We pe look forward to working with her in the future. Richard remains the longest standing employee of the organization and looks after us all while spinning amazing stories of the histor y of the organization. We look forward to Rowan rejoining the team in early 2018. It was a challenging year financially, as our venue revenue took an early hit and never recovered. It is a credit to the board that we were able to continue with our ver y impor tant programming despite the shor tcoming. I look forward to working with them through 2017/2018 to ensure the long term financial viability of the organization. o Finally, the gratitude I feel towards our funders cannot be overstated. We are truly blessed to have a lotter y system in this province dedicated to spor t, culture, and recreation. SaskCulture is an amazing steward of these funds. Please buy a lotter y ticket regularly this year with the understanding that all funds raised go directly towards cultural programming in this province. The Saskatchewan Ar ts Board has also been a wonderful par tner, as has the City of Regina. We would not be able to do what we do without their suppor t. Please acknowledge their suppor t however you can. And now on to the next 40 years. I look forward to continuing to ser ve this organization as we strive for new, expanded, and innovative programming for all the people of Saskatchewan. John Kennedy Executive Director
The celebration of creative expression is at the hear t of what the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange endeavours to inspire. To that end, in the past year, our Outreach effor ts have been able to put forward our most robust range of programming in years. Our provincial reach is something we’re proudest of, with the Workshop Tour being a strength of ours across Saskatchewan. We were able to add to it with the Ar tists in Communities banner that brought so many creators into small and rural communities across Saskatchewan. None of this would be possible without strong relationships with our community par tners and our funders, connections we’re strengthening all the time. We simply couldn’t do this alone. Time and time again, we find situations where our organization and ar tists are engaging with histor y and culture that’s vital to understand if we’re to succeed in all the communities we’re working in. Consultation with the communities themselves is absolutely necessar y, and our par tners are essential in that process. We’re always reconsidering how we fund and deliver our programs, tr ying to find what’s most effective. We’re looking at private sponsorships and whatever else can get us to ever y corner of Saskatchewan that we can ser ve, all with the guiding principle of ar t for ever yone. Carol Rose Daniels Ca Outreach Coordinator
“We stretch the province completely and we run programs in rural Saskatchewan. So, instead of focusing on the cities and the major centres, we tr y to find ar tists in rural centres to give programs to those communities.” Outreach Coordinator Rowan Pantel Out talking to CTV Morning Live
Meet Our Arts Ambassadors
We’re happy to introduce our Ar ts Ambassadors from summer of 2017! Throughout the warm months, the two university students went across Saskatchewan to events to talk about what the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange does and to spread ar t and goodwill. Ringo, a musician and Political Science undergrad student at the University of Regina, and Sarah, who’s studying towards a Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia, travelled to over 20 different communities over the course of the summer. This program was made possible with funding from the Canada possi Summer Jobs program through Ser vice Canada.
The 2017 Arts Ambassadors.
The 2016 Workshop Tour Troupe.
The Workshop Tour The Workshop Tour is the longest-running program for the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange and something we’re immensely proud of. Each fall, five ar tists come together to travel to schools across the province, instructing students in their various disciplines and allowing kids from small and rural communities direct access to practicing, professional ar tists. In the fall of 2016, our troupe was as accomplished as any we’d seen. We gathered musician Nathan Coppens, actress Lacey Eninew, visual ar tist Josh Goff, dancer Alex Har tshorn, and writer Danica Lorer. Our troupe inspired the creative process of thousands of students from Kindergar ten to Grade 12. While each ar tists focuses on encouraging creative expression, students also learn teamwork as par t of the workshop experience. They collaborate to create songs, stories, dances, and more. mor What the Workshop Tour offers to schools can’t be underestimated. A full day of stimulating the imagination of students
has a lasting impact, one that we hear about years and decades after students have experienced the tour. The future of the tour looks bright. As we write this, a robust 2017 Workshop Tour is behind us and we’re already looking forward to 2018 and ways that we can continue to make accessible to schools across the province, including in the nor th.
“We look forward to the Workshop Tour ever y fall. Without question, what they leave behind is enthusiasm and inspiring to the students. We wouldn’t miss the oppor tunity to take par t.” Principal Jane Laxdal of Minahik Waskahigan Elementary in Pinehouse Lake
Bringing Artists and Communities Together One of our new experiences this year was the Ar tists in Communities program. It star ted out with the simple idea of finding ar tists from small and rural communities, to par tner with groups in those areas, and to put on ar tist in residencies to present these ar tists to the area and share their craft. From that seed, the program grew, encompassing over half a dozen ar tists, sometimes coming into new communities to share what they do. The program was possible with suppor t from the Saskatchewan Ar ts Board, as well as our par tners in each community. Over the course of this year, musician Kara Golemba was in Indian Head, visual ar tist in Stony Rapids and Black Lake, Marcel Petit in Pinehouse Lake, and felter Melanie
Rose was across the southeast of the province. Our murals, drumming workshops, and collaboration with the Common Ground Project also took place under the Ar tists in Communities banner. Playwright Maureen Ulrich shared her Pl ar tistr y with the community of Estevan, and talked with the Estevan Mercur y ahead of her residency: “I’m looking forward to meeting with people to talk about their writing, I’m looking forward to working on the play and having some feedback and input from some of the local kids into the content and characters and I’m really looking forward also to the notion of working on a play on my own.”
The Drumming Tradition Returns The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, in par tnership with the Amiskusees Semaganis Worme Family Foundation and the La Loche Friendship Centre, helped the sound of the drum ring out again in the nor thern Saskatchewan community of La Loche. In mid-August and in conjunction with the Yanessa Days celebrations, the organization held a series of workshops to help rejuvenate the tradition of Indigenous drumming in the area. The series of drum-making and song-
creation workshops were conducted by our own Outreach Coordinator Carol Rose Daniels. Already, we’re hearing that the drumming Alread tradition, absent in the area since 1885 when the Canadian government outlawed the traditional practices of Indigenous peoples, is returning, with regular drum circles being held at the Friendship Centre and the local high school, as well as being a par t of suicide prevention workshops. pa
Age of Electric. Photo courtesy of Danette Williams.
Venue Manager Report “Being eighteen seeing SNFU or going to see metal bands, I always daydreamed to play that stage. It always seemed so far away and unattainable. They laid the foundation for live music in Regina. The building isn’t just a place to play, people there ... have always backed us.” That’s Andrés Dávalos of Andino Suns That talking to the Leader-Post before one of their shows at the Exchange and, for obvious reasons, I can’t tell you how much that warms my hear t. The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange’s mission –– of making ar t available to ever yone in Saskatchewan and suppor ting ar tists who are doing just that –– is such a wor thy one, and ever ything we do in the Exchange fits well into it. We’ve been keeping the light on for all-ages ar tistic experiences in the Queen City for more expe than two decades now, providing a safe,
professional space for events of all sizes to take place. We suppor t all kinds of audiences, from the Friday night par ty rock crowds to quietly attentive folk lovers, from theatre goers to rowdy standup comedy enthusiasts. We suppor t all kinds of ar tists, from those on their way to big careers to those working in other fields but still looking for ar tistic fulfillment. Through our Exchange Presents Series, we’re still bringing established acts to the city alongside new, exciting talents who could be household names tomorrow. With the Emerging Ar tists Series, we helped suppor t Regina ar tists put on shows in our space risk free. And going forward, we’re looking at new ways to improve our space for ar tists and audiences, with some exciting things on the way. Zandra Kaszas Venue Manager and Programmer
Wintersleep in the Exchange.
Presenting in the Exchange
Our Exchange Presents series allows us to fill in gaps in concer t presenting. We’re always looking to suppor t new and emerging talent, especially those from Saskatchewan and Canada. We’re also hoping to nourish and grow an audience for live music in the province. In 2016/2017, we took on a lot of shows, coming close to two dozen concer ts with brand new ar tists, established veterans, and ever ything in between. Among them were more than a few sold-out shows. Canadian rock institution Bif Naked brought her new memoir for an intimate, acoustic night, Wintersleep were welcomed back by a full, enthusiastic audience, and Age of Electric recognized their Saskatchewan roots with a packed
date in our room. We had more than a few Canadian mainstays come through. Acts like Hollerado, Tokyo Police Club, the Real McKenzies, and Hollerado will be familiar to Regina audiences and all of them hit the Exchange, while we put on a big show with Tokyo Police Club at the Riddell Centre. (We didn’t exclude our international friends, either, putting on Swedish group Truckfighters and Weedeater from the southern United States.) The ranks really swell when you look at all the swell emerging groups we brought in: Close Talker, Bison, the Motorleague, Julie and the Wrong Guys, Fake Shark, Royal Tusk, the New Electric Diemonds, Fire Next Time, and the Silence Factor y.
No Rent, No Worries
Along with our regular concer t series, we ran our Emerging Ar tists Series through September 2016 to April 2017. With funding from the City of Regina, we helped local ar tists put on events in our space rent free, with all the promotion and guidance we could offer. Through these months, we saw singer-songwriters, comedians, visual ar tists, video ar tists, folk musicians, punks,
metalheads, and playwrights as par t of the series. A par ticularly interesting initiative we were able to suppor t with this series was Open Aper ture, a run of multi-media events put on Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative. We’re pleased with the variety of events we were able to suppor t through the series and we’re looking forward to revisiting it in the future! Room 333 as part of the Emerging Artists Series.
Sharing Culture in Prince Albert
From August 1 to 3, 2017, the Common Ground Project and the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange hosted a series of ar t and culture workshops looking to bring understanding, acceptance, and friendship among Prince Alber t’s Indigenous and newcomer communities. Educator and traditional singer, dancer, and stor yteller Victor Thunderchild facilitated workshops educating students in First Nations culture, with the students coming evenly from the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre and from the children of recently settled immigrants working with YWCA Settlement Ser vices. YW
“It’s really impor tant that they learn where First Nations people come from, their historical background (and) why things are the way they are,” Thunderchild said to the Prince Albert Daily Herald. Later, he told paNOW, “We are teaching others about Aboriginal people but also helping our own children identify who they are and where they came from.” The project was possible with the suppor t the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, as well as SaskCulture and the Common Ground Project’s par tners.
Ever y year, we see thousands and thousands of people walking through our home base on 8th Avenue in Regina. With so many pairs of feet wandering around with their accompanying eyeballs, the Eight Track Galler y remains an interesting spot for emerging visual ar tists to display their work and get an exposition under their wo belts. The galler y, which is connected to the
Club and is open whenever there are events in the building, is open to visual ar tists in the area. We help organize an opening night and ask for no commission on pieces sold. This year, a few of the exhibitions were a photography series with the Caligari Project and an installation work from Cindy Lou Twist. We’re looking forward to many more in the coming year!
The Eight Track Galler y.
Amorphis. Photo courtesy of Santeri Kallio.
Board of Directors 2016/2017 Chair –– Dawn Brown Vice Chair –– John Fettes Treasurer –– Scott Assman Secretar y –– Donovan Lautsch Past Chair –– Jesse Chatterson Directors –– Barbra Bailey, Steven Dribnenki, Nicolas Faye, Billy Patterson, and Caelan Reilly
A Word of Thanks to Our Funders
Among all the ways that the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange receives suppor t –– whether it’s through our volunteers, in collaboration with communities or other organizations, or through audiences coming out and par ticipating –– there’s one source of which we need to make special note: our funders. Thanks to them, we can continue to funde innovate new programming across our province. Our sincerest thanks goes out to SaskCulture, the Saskatchewan Ar ts Board, the City of Regina, and the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust for Spor t, Culture, and Recreation.
Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society Annual General Meeting Saturday, December 2, 2017 1 p.m. The Club 2431 8th Avenue, Regina, SK 1 . Call to order. 2. Approval of the agenda as distributed. 3. Approval of November 19, 2016 AGM minutes as distributed. 4. Bylaw amendments. 5. SCES repor ts. 5.1. Chair’s repor t. 5.2. Executive Director’s repor t. 5.2 5.3. Venue repor t. 5.4. Outreach repor t. 5.5. Financial repor t. 5.6. Appointment of auditors 5.7. Nominations Committee’s repor t and election. 6 . Old business. 7. New business. 8. Adjournment.
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