Season 2 – Week #3: An Empty Room with Annette – “Insanely Beautiful”

The third instalment of the season features bilingual songstress Annette in a performance of her song “Insanely Beautiful”.  This Folk/rock singer-songwriter has been part of the music scene for over twenty-five years, having worked with groups Folle Avoine and Hart Rouge before embarking on a solo career.  Annette, who is currently on tour in Europe, is poised to release her latest album featuring a return to what she does best; ‘acoustic rock weaved together by strong pop melodies and dynamic rhythms.  The album, “Papillon Amiral” features songs in both French and English.  For more information on Annette, go to

To see more Empty Room videos, subscribe to our youtube channel and be sure to tune in to CBC Radio every Monday morning at 8:15am.  The audio from each episode will be broadcast every week on the Morning Edition with Sheila Coles.

Season 2 – Week #2: An Empty Room with Eric Taylor – “Dreams in Colour”

Saskatoon’s Eric Taylor is our 2nd feature artist this season, performing his song “Dreams In Colour” to an empty room at the Creative City Centre.  Eric is one of Canada’s newest up and coming alternative rock projects. His strength in songwriting has found him an audience with Grammy Award winning producer Garth Richardson (RATM, RHCP, Rise Against) and a project at his personal studio resulting in the first single from his debut album “Dreams in Colour” titled “Caught Me”.  Hear that song along with the title track and many others when Eric’s debut EP comes out on May 24.   For more information Eric Taylor and his upcoming album release, 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 2 of 24).

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

Season 2 – Week #1: An Empty Room with Allyson Reigh – “Bye Bye Baby”

Five years ago, the Creative City Centre opened its doors in downtown Regina and today, to kick off our week-long birthday celebration, is the premiere of Season 2 of the Empty Room series!

Allyson Reigh’s performance of “Bye Bye Baby” is the first of 24 videos by 12 Saskatchewan artists in this season of the Empty Room.  Allyson is an award-winning singer-songwriter whose original compositions have been sung by choirs internationally, received endorsement from 3-time Grammy winning conductor, Charles Bruffy, and continue to be played across Canada via CBC Radio One and Radio 2.  She is also a member of the vintage-inspired band, Rosie & the Riveters, and has shared the stage with Canadian favourites Fred Penner, The Bros. Landreth, and Jeffery Straker.  When not touring with Rosie & the Riveters, she performs as a solo artist and has a handful of upcoming shows which are kept up to date on her facebook page

Subscribe to our youtube channel to follow this weekly series and tune into CBC Radio every Monday morning at 8:15am to hear the audio from each live off the floor recording on the Morning Edition with Sheila Coles.


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.


April Events 2016

April 6 – Sherman Downey with special guest Megan Nash!

Sherman Downey

Sherman Downey

On April 6, experience the music of CBC Searchlight Winner and Newfoundland’s SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Sherman Downey, as he performs live in our intimate Hague Gallery.

Doors at 7:30pm.  Starts at 8:30pm.
$17 + GST OR $15 + GST in advance (click here to purchase tickets)
All ages. Cash bar (19+ with valid ID).

With infectious melodies, toe-tapping rhythms, and a story to tell, SHERMAN DOWNEY presents his craft with a charm and poignancy that leaves a lasting impression.

After releasing his 2009 debut “Honey For Bees”, Sherman took his energetic performances to stages ranging from the Vancouver Olympics to Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival, earning international radio play. His highly anticipated second release “The Sun In Your Eyes” was awarded MusicNL’s ‘Pop/Rock Recording of the Year’ and earned him Newfoundland and Labrador’s ‘SOCAN Songwriter of the Year’ distinction. The album’s first single ‘Thick as Thieves’ won CBC’s inaugural Searchlight Prize and ‘Canada’s Best New Artist’ accolade, while increasing his profile as a touring act and garnering an even broader fan base. [Read more…]

Sew My Idea! Spring classes!

SewMyIdea_Poster_SpringSaturday mornings starting April 9, 10:00 am and 11:15 am, for Beginner level sewing.

Our sewing instructor in residence, Jeanniene Tazzioli, has just confirmed her spring sewing class schedule!

Beginner level classes will be offered on Saturday mornings at two different times, 10 am to 11:15 am, and 11:30 pm to 12:45 pm.  To register for the Beginner level class, click here!

Intermediate classes will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  This class is already full, but don’t hesitate to contact Jeanniene if you want more information or if you want to be put on a waiting list for future classes.  Jeanniene can be reached at





Apr 15 – Industry Happy Hour with the CCC!

Hague Gallery Empty with ArtFREE
All ages
Cash Bar with Valid ID
Feature Drink: Gin + Tonic
Join us for $5 drinks and complimentary snacks as we ease into our weekend with good company, conversation, and a slight reprieve from the daily hustle. Check out our new exhibit: Birds & Bees by Monique Martin; take a handbill to stay up to date with our newest events, or dream up your next big collaboration and talk to us about making it a reality!
With the right people, and the right room, anything can happen!

April 8: Birds & Bees by Monique Martin

Opening reception, April 8, 5 pm to 8 pm, free to attend, all ages welcome!

Equal 1 by Monique Martin

Equal 1 by Monique Martin

Exhibition runs April 8 to May 7 inclusive


Using bees as the subject, the works explore the fragile nature of existence, the interplay between humans and small creatures, and the communication patterns of our world. The large-scale interconnectable prints explore the relationships within the hives and how those relationships mimic and contradict those in the human population. The cyclical nature of both bee and human populations is represented through the sequential nature of the artwork. The newly recognized loss of bee populations is commented on through the artwork as well as the historical links bees have with humans.

Monique Martin is a multi-disciplinary artist with an extensive exhibition history.  Her work often uses historically significant symbols or comments on contemporary social issues.  For more information, check out

Apr 15 – Regina Word Up Poetry Slam ft Rafay Ansari

Admission is $10 + GST or PWYC (No one turned away.)
Doors at 7:30
Show around 8
All ages/+19 Cash Bar and bake sale fundraiser!

Bring your baking A-game and let’s send our Regina Representative, Johnny Trinh, to the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in Vancouver right! It takes a community! (And this time it involves sweets!)

Regina Word Up is held on the first and third Friday’s of every month. Regularly, the first Friday is a community stage, and our third Friday is a poetry slam.

A poetry slam is a dialogue between audience and performer. It is a competitive event wherein spoken word artists share their work in a high-spirited, fast-paced environment to an often uproarious crowd.

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