Season 2 – Week #24: An Empty Room with Nick Faye – “Kansas”

With Nick Faye’s performance of his song “Kansas”, season 2 of the Empty Room series comes to a close.  Nick Faye & The Deputies are a band from the deepest depths of the Canadian Prairies (Regina, SK). They make music that sticks to your ribs, like a big plate of perogies and sour cream. They will be heading into the studio in November to record their third full length album.  For more information go to:

With all 24 videos from this season now on YouTube, you can watch these 12 talented Saskatchewan artists perform anytime you want!  There is so much talent in our home province and we’re grateful to SaskMusic and CBC Radio for helping us share some of that talent with all of you through this series.

You’ve seen the videos of these 12 talented artists, but let’s not forget about the talented man behind the scenes – artistic director for the series Brent Nielsen!  We’d like to give a big thanks to Brent for all the hard work he has put into the series over the last two years.  As camera man, sound tech, editor, and creator of the series, Brent really does it all!

Thank you to everyone who has been following the series and supporting Saskatchewan music!

March 18/17 – Album Release: Brent Nielsen with Rugged Little Thing

Brent and Rugged (1)Album Release: Brent Nielsen with Rugged Little Thing
Saturday, March 18/17
Doors 7:30pm
All ages/+19 Cash Bar

March is music month at the Creative City Centre with a star studded line up and an incredible chance to let go and go in. Celebrate Brent Nielsen’s solo album release with a rich evening of foot tapping and hip swaying songs that will make you believe in love, and maybe even yourself, a little bit more. [Read more…]

October 8 – Suns & Poets

Suns & Poets Website PhotoThe infectious Latin vibe of Andino Suns together with the foot stompin’ grit of The Stillhouse Poets.

Saturday October 8, 2016
Doors at 7:30pm. Starts at 8pm.
$15 + GST in Advance; $17 + GST at the Door
All ages.  Cash bar (19+ with valid ID).

Five musicians, two acts, one night – Suns & Poets join forces to light up the stage of our intimate Hague Gallery for the first time!  Advance tickets are now closed.  There are only a few seats left that will be available at the door.

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Season Two premieres next week!

The second season of our Empty Room series starts next week on Monday, May 9 – exactly 5 years after the Creative City Centre opened it’s doors in Regina.  We are so excited to kick off our week long 5-year anniversary celebration with the first Empty Room video from Season 2!  Tune into CBC Radio at 8:15am on Monday to catch the premiere of the first recording on the Morning Edition with Sheila Coles.  Then, check out our YouTube channel to watch the first of this season’s 24 videos.

These videos are shot in our Hague Gallery by Brent Nielsen, who not only records the audio and shoots the video, but also mixes, edits and prepares the final product for audio airplay on CBC radio, and for video distribution through our YouTube channel.  Twelve Saskatchewan artists were selected to record two songs each, live off the floor to an empty room.  Join us each week to discover some of our homegrown talent!

Thank you to our sponsors, SaskMusic and CBC Radio, for helping bring the Empty Room back for a second season!

While you’re waiting for next week, check out this clip of “In With the Old”, one of the 12 artists you’ll be seeing this season.


Week #8: An Empty Room with Jen & John – “Crazy”

This week, the Empty Room series features Jen & John’s performance of “Crazy”!  Jen Lane and John Antoniuk (a.k.a. Smokekiller) are both established solo artists from Saskatoon, but when they combine their talents, they form the duo Jen & John.  The two will be hitting the road  together on July 27 for a Western Canadian tour.  Check out their Empty Room video to get a taste of what you would see on that tour, then check their websites for dates and more music!

Scroll down to read about past Empty Room artists or watch all the videos on youtube!   Tune in to CBC Radio every Monday at 8:15 a.m. to hear the audio broadcast on the Morning Edition with Stefani Langenegger!

Week #7: An Empty Room with Kirby Criddle – “You Are A Cyclone”

Saskatoon’s Kirby Criddle is our 7th featured artist, performing her song “You Are A Cyclone” to an empty room at the Creative City Centre. Kirby recently performed to a live audience in this same space at our June 20 Behind the Songs.  Whether you were at that show or not, you can now see her Empty Room performance from anywhere.  On July 4, Kirby will be perform alongside Alexis Normand (last week’s Empty Room feature) and Theresa Sokyrka in the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Songwriters’ Circle.  The show will be held at Village Guitar and Amp in Saskatoon.  For more information on the July 4 show click here and for more information on Kirby Criddle go to:

To see more videos from the series, go to our youtube channel (and click subscribe so you don’t miss any upcoming episodes – this is only week 7 of 24).

Listen to CBC Radio’s Morning Edition with Stefani Langenegger every Monday morning at 8:15am to hear the debut of each Empty Room track before you see it!

Week #5: An Empty Room with Belle Plaine – “Squared Up”

This week’s episode of an Empty Room features a performance of “Squared Up” by Saskatchewan songstress Belle Plaine.  It seems only fitting that a song about touring be released while Belle and her longtime collaborators Jeremy Sauer and Elizabeth Curry are away on tour.  This month-long tour takes their classic country, swing and folk music performance to urban and rural communities in the Maritimes.  Fortunately, this Empty Room video allows the rest of us to see Belle perform from anywhere!  For more information on Belle Plaine and upcoming tour dates, go to

Five down, nineteen to go – subscribe to our youtube channel to watch every episode!  Tune in to CBC Radio every Monday morning at 8:15am to hear the audio from the latest Empty Room recording on the Morning Edition with Stefani Langenegger.  If you missed any previous episodes, head to youtube to catch up.

Week #2: An Empty Room with Danny Olliver – “Speak to You”

The second instalment of the Empty Room series features Danny Olliver’s performance of “Speak to You” with his sister, Samantha Goertz, singing harmony!  Danny, a singer-songwriter from Regina, will be touring Eastern Canada over the summer.  For more on Danny Olliver, go to

If you missed last week’s episode with Megan Nash, scroll down to check out her performance.  Subscribe to our youtube channel to follow the Empty Room video series and tune in to CBC Radio every Monday at 8:15 a.m. to hear the audio broadcast on the Morning Edition with Stefani Langenegger.

Week #1: An Empty Room with Megan Nash – “Try”

We are so excited to launch “An Empty Room” with Megan Nash’s performance of “Try”!  Watch the video today and tune into CBC’s Morning Edition tomorrow (Tuesday) morning for the official Radio launch of the series!  CBC will be airing the audio of this recording and Brent Nielsen, the artistic director of the series, will on at 8:15am to tell you all about it!  Subscribe to our youtube channel to follow this weekly series and tune into CBC every Monday morning to hear the audio from each live off the floor recording.  For more on Megan Nash, go to

May 9 – Stillhouse Poets CD Release with Kenzie

Stillhouse Poets

Stillhouse Poets

Doors at 7:30pm.  Show at 8:00pm.
$10 admission.  All ages.  Cash bar.

They played to a sold out crowd here at the CCC for the launch of their self titled debut – and now The Stillhouse Poets are back to release their sophomore album “Hangin’ Crows”. The Poets are a roots duo from Regina.  Their influences are drawn deep from the musical well waters of the Mississippi Delta and the Appalachian mountains.  With songs about blood & dusty bibles, black crows & barbed wire, there’s a  “prairie gothic” theme that runs through the music.  Advance ticket sales are now closed.  $10 Admission at the door. [Read more…]