April 18 – Behind the Songs with Belle Plaine, Blake Berglund and Amy Nelson

BTS circle croppedFeatures: Belle Plaine, Blake Berglund and Amy Nelson.
Advance Ticketing is now closed.  Tickets at the door are $10.
Doors open at 7:30pm.  Show starts at 8:00pm.  Open mic to follow.
Cash bar.  All ages.

Behind The Songs is a monthly concert series that features Canadian songwriters in a songwriters circle format.  We take songwriters from various backgrounds, put them on stage, and encourage them to share with the audience their songs, the stories behind the songs, and a bit about their writing process.  This intimate format enables the audience to feel closer to the songwriters and to learn more about them and their creative process.  You don’t have to be a songwriter to enjoy this, as long as you enjoy music, this event is for you! [Read more…]

April 24 – Woman to Woman Chat Lounge, 7:30 pm

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Expand your circle of friends! If you are a gay or bisexual woman looking to meet other gay or bisexual women in Regina, this is a great way to meet new people, or get to know your existing friends a little better! The evening will begin with a super fun and entertaining activity to get people talking and feeling at ease. Later in the evening people can continue to drink, socialize and dance.

$10 advance registration is preferred, but tickets may be available at the door. You must be 19 to attend.  Doors open at 7:30 pm, with the activities beginning by 8 pm.

To purchase tickets in advance, please contact: Donna Smith at donnabsmith@hotmail.com or Dawn Kress at artoutside@me.com

April 25 – Art Battle Canada! (in partnership with Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective)

Art Battle Canada returns to Regina on Saturday April 25th, at 7 pm.

Art Battle image with date   Join us for an exciting night of live competitive painting.  Twelve local      artists take their canvases from blank to beautiful in just 20 minutes. The audience votes to decide who deserves the title of Art Battle Champion, a cash prize and a spot at the Regional Finals in June 2015. Art Battle Canada is proud to be working with Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective and the Creative City Centre to present this awesome event.

Art Battle is live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to take the work home.

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Sneak Peek of upcoming Empty Room series!

We are excited to announce our upcoming Empty Room series with this sneak peek video!  Empty Room is a video series, which will feature live recordings of artists performing to an empty room at the Creative City Centre!  The videos get recorded in the Hague Gallery and yesterday we had our first recording session with the wonderful Megan Nash!  We’re so excited that we’re releasing this video from yesterday in which Megan performs “Deer Head”, a song from her newest album “Song Harvest Volume One” before the official start of the series!   It was lots of fun to do and the song was done in one take, just like it would be during a live performance, only without the audience.  Stay tuned for more information on the Empty Room series and subscribe to our youtube channel for more videos like this!  For more on Megan Nash go to: http://www.megannash.ca.  Her album – which just got released today! – is available on Bandcamp and iTunes.

Word Up! Community Stage featuring Véronique Bachand, March 6, Doors at 7:30, $5-$10


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Word Up This month’s Word Up Community Stage has a bit of a Francophone twist! Montreal-based Véronique Bachand is touring through with her show “M’entends-tu?” In addition to this 60-minute performance in French, we’ll have an open mic open to all languages!

Doors 7:30
Show 8:00

M’entends-tu?: (English version follows)

Au fil d’une histoire contée un poème à la fois, Véronique Bachand, écrivaine et performeuse, s’adresse aux principales figures de son entourage et appelle ainsi les questions délicates de la filiation, des origines, du corps et de la guérison.

Sa performance est appuyée sur la musique du contrebassiste Hugo Blouin et sur le partage des enregistrements sur cassette de la voix de son grand-père disparu.

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Word Up! Empathy Slam featuring Shanda Stefanson, March 20, Doors at 7:30, $10 or PWYC

Shanda Stefanson

Shanda Stefanson

In partnership with UR Pride’s month-long campaign to promote empathy, compassion and connection (#empathynewcool), Word Up presents our first-ever Empathy Slam! (Note: it’s the same as a regular slam, except judges dole out thoughtful feedback instead of numbers).

Admission is $10 (or pay what you can). Cash bar. All ages.
Doors at 7:30pm.

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.
Slammers should come prepared with 3 original pieces of less than 3 minutes and 10 seconds each. No props, no nudity, no hate speech. Sign-up starts at the door at 7:30. Maximum of 12 poets, first come first served.

At this special event, instead of numbers, judges will have the liberty to provide any feedback they want in any form (so long as it fits on the whiteboard). At the end of each round, they will privately rank the poets in that round, and give their rankings to the host. So there will still be a winner, and the slam will still count toward the Word Up Finals to make a team for CFSW.

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Behind the Songs: A songwriting workshop with Amelia Curran, March 28, 1pm-3pm, $20


BTS circle cropped Saturday March 28; 1pm-3pm; $20; registration is now closed

This workshop is presented by the Regina Folk Festival & Creative City Centre.

Workshop Outline:

Whether you’ve been songwriting for years or are thinking of trying it for the first time, this workshop with Juno Award winning songwriter Amelia Curran will help you develop new skills and explore different ways of approaching songwriting. Amelia’s workshop will focus on overcoming crucial challenges all songwriters face, such as writing every day, fighting writers block and letting go of the preciousness of creativity to let in arrangers and producers. This event is intended for songwriters of all kinds, at any stage and pre-registration is required (click “read more” or scroll down to register). Don’t miss your chance to learn from this amazing songwriter!

Amelia Curran

Amelia Curran

Amelia Curran is a powerful songwriter who produces pure and powerful lyrics. She has received many accolades for her music including a Juno Award, 4 Music Newfoundland awards, numerous WCMA nominations as well as a place on the Polaris Prize Long List. Her music speaks of frailty, restlessness, time and its finitudes, as well as peace and joy.

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Word Up! Workshop with Moe Clark: Looping Landscapes, March 28, 3:30-5:30PM, $15

“Looping Landscapes” with Moe Clark
Spoken word performance and looping pedal workshop exploring body and voice as landscape.

Moe Clark

Moe Clark

$15 (pre-registration is required as there is a maximum of 12 participants; see below or click “see more” to register)

Looping Landscapes is ideal for various types of performers including spoken word artists, songwriters, musicians and generally anyone who is interested in learning how to use a looping pedal.  It will provide you with the skills to add new dimension to your spoken word poetry, songwriting/written works and performance.

Moe will cover the following aspects:

  • collaborative voice exploration
  • looping pedal techniques
  • circle sharing
  • writing from personal experience, visualization + poetic prompts

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Cunning Linguists: an evening of consensual, queer, sexy, funny, erotic spoken word, music and art, March 28, Doors at 7:30pm, $10

10985524_718100278309153_6579663212049572156_oSaturday March 28.
Doors at 7:30pm.  Starts at 8:00pm.
$10 at the door (or pay what you can).

Join Jacq Brass and some friends for this fundraiser* at the Creative City Centre to help her get to the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in Vancouver, BC.

The larger spoken word community has been dealing with hard times of sexual and misogynistic violence.  It’s time that we celebrate the folks in Regina who try and make our community a safe, consensual, queer, hilarious and sexy place to be.

Get ready to laugh, cry and maybe even get a little excited at Cunning Linguists. Come over to the CCC for an evening of consensual, queer, sexy, funny, erotic spoken word, music and art.

The evening involves:
– performance by Moe Clark
– poetry by Shayna Stock Spoken Word
– sailor serenade by Leo Keiser
– poetry by d’j
– storytelling by Merkin Ortman
– poetry by Jo Simon
and some other special guests.

All performances to touch on consent, queerness, sex, funniness or erotica. Whatever that may mean for them.

It’s time to Save Our Selves.

*All funds raised will be split 50/50 between Jacq Brass and the fund for Rusty and Ruthanne. For those wishing to donate separately to each cause, there will be separate donation jars at the event.

Sandra Knoss, It’s All About Saskatchewan, January 15, 5-7pm

Join us for the opening reception of our first exhibit of 2015, featuring painter Sandra Knoss!

Sandra paints the landscape of Saskatchewan in vivid colour and dynamic lines. Her energetic patterns capture a sense of motion that is evocative of her experience of life on the prairie. Visit the Hague from January 15th until February 23rd to view this new body of work.

Reception January 15, 2015   5:00 to 7:00 pm

Mule Buck, Sandra Knoss