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

Split The Bill’s 2015 Video Mixtape! Friday, February 27, 7:30 pm

Split The Bill Feb 2015Split the Bill is back with a top to bottom, left to right, 100% brand new show. This go around we wanted to try things a little differently, so we’re shooting straight from the soul with films inspired by songs. This level of inspiration ranges from a complete visualistation of the story, to romps just playing off the title. To be clear these are not music videos. They are still our style of shorts from ridiculous comedies to more sincere films.

Following the theme of the mixtape we are joined by two local artists, Josh Gonzales and Legends. We couldn’t be more pleased, as their incredible skills shoot our show into the stratosphere of coolness.

As always, there will be unpredictable twists and turns as our show unfolds with live skits, comedy, and musical numbers that you cannot find anywhere else. Heck, you won’t even leave the show empty handed. It’s pretty awesome.

Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8PM.

$5 at the door.

Be there!

Launch: A Grand Opening Party, April 4th, doors at 7:00, tickets $10 for members, $15 for public

image001-1The Queen City Hub is a new co-working space that has recently taken over the second floor of the Creative City Centre! Over the past four months, we have been working to set up the Hub so that it can grow into a vibrant and collaborative community space – and although we have more planned, we are ready to show ourselves to the world.

 Join us for a dynamic night of member showcases, live music, food, drinks, and an all-around-party!

7:30 – Workshops: articulate ink Silk Screening, Haiku on Demand, and DIY Headshots

9:30 – Music: Orphan MothersThe Broletariat, and Belle Plaine

This is an all ages event. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets (only available at the door):

Hub Members $10

Public $15


Word Up Wednesday Featuring Aaron Simm, Feb. 19 2014, Doors at 7:00, $5

Join us for another high-spirited battle of words and wit!Aaron Simm 2

Aaron Simm was raised on cap guns and candied cigarettes, but he grew up to be a pacifist and an anti-tobacco activist. But aside from that, he is also a performance poet, hip-hop artist, workshop facilitator, and llama enthusiast living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a multiple time Grand Slam Champion, and has been a member of four Winnipeg Slam Poetry teams. His work has been published in CV2, and he has been featured at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, and the Brandon Folk Festival. Aaron also enjoys writing raps, rants, haiku, short stories, and biographies about himself.
twitter: @aaronsimm

The evening will also feature our regular monthly slam. Slammers should come prepared with 3 original pieces of less than 3 minutes each. No props, no nudity, no hate speech. Audience members, come prepared with snapping fingers and a good pair of lungs.

Time permitting, we may also have a community stage – feel free to bring a song/monologue/poem/rant to share.

We are grateful to the following funders for their support of Word Up Wednesday:
-the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Creative Partnerships Program, supported by SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries
-the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Arts Presentation Fund

Ross Neilsen – February 22, Doors at 7:30, $10

ross_neilsen_clr-200x300Canada’s hardest working blues rock musician, Ross Neilsen, does it right. He’s taking strong, timeless material to the place that matters: The People. Six Years, over 1000 shows and more than half a million kilometers traveled. In a time of corporate cookie-cutter music, this is the return to real. Proving hard work pays off Neilsen has been honoured with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards in 2010, two Rising Star nominations from CBC, back to back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association, a win for Best Blues Recording for Redemption at the 2010 MusicNB awards, a semi finalist in the solo/duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2012 and most recently Five nominations from Music New Brunswick including Album of the year, best group and best rock recording for RESURRECTION as well as Best male solo Recording for THE SHACK UP SESSIONS  and a win for best blues recording for THE SHACK UP SESSIONS. He is a real, old-school kind of artist. Write. Tour. Record. Tour. Repeat.

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UpStage at the Centre presents ‘The White Room’ by Ian Nelson, March 8, doors at 7:30, admission by donation

whiteroom-360x240The Creative City Centre in partnership with The Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre and through the generous assistance of the Department of Canadian Heritage, presents The White Room by Ian Nelson. After a successful run with Saskatoon’s francophone theatre, La Troupe du Jour, Ian Nelson brings us the latest incarnation of his play La Chambre Blanche. As the latest play in the UpStage at the Centre series, La Chambre Blanche has been workshopped into the fully bilingual ‘White Room’  and will be premiered as a staged reading on Saturday, March 8th.  According to the Saskatoon StarPhoenix:

The White Room takes place in a Canadian consulate somewhere in the Mideast. Daniel has stormed in and, for that, gets locked in a room, his wrists zip-strapped. The interrogator seems to think he’s a terrorist. The mood would be more intense if we did as well, but Daniel comes across as a guy just desperate to get home rather than one who might be wearing a bomb vest.

What we don’t know about Daniel is why he needs out of the country. We also don’t know why [the interrogator’s] character is unhinged, going way too far in his aggressive treatment of the man. These two questions form the foundation of the plot.

The White Room is an exciting second installment to the UpStage at the Centre series and asks important questions about prejudice and suspicion while using language as an unexpected tool in this two man drama.


The Adirondack Haystack Still Floats – Book Launch, April 19, doors at 8:30, free admission with books on sale for $10.

FrontCover2THE ADIRONDACK HAYSTACK STILL FLOATS is a study of the North American working class through the stories of twelve individuals scattered throughout the continent like chickenfeed, landing only in towns with Greyhound bus service. Touching on themes such as class struggle, modernization, ideology, and morality, THE ADIRONDACK HAYSTACK STILL FLOATS focuses on the less-praised individuals that one might walk past on a street in a strange neighbourhood; people hanging on to the edges of the industry boom in their crumbling hometowns. Book launch will begin and conclude with short readings by the author, Nicholas Olson, and will be highlighted by music from Regina foursome, Foxwarren ( For more go to

Jonathan Byrd, May 17, doors at 7:30, $15

Burning-Ring-of-Fire_hires-598x398Jonathan Byrd is “one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,” says Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe says,“This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image.” Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to home to play in rock bands. It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, Byrd wrote new songs in an ancient style. After 10 years as a full-time touring songwriter and 7 acclaimed albums, it seems this native of Cackalacky is getting the attention he deserves.

Jonathan’s new album ‘You Can’t Outrun The Radio’ will be made available in Fall 2014. Select premiere shows are scheduled to take place in Canada, Spring 2014.


Paul Federici with Roxie Lenton – June 3, doors at 7:30, $10

img_4071A two-time Niagara Music Award winner and Hamilton Music Award nominee, Paul Federici a singer/songwriter whose story of overcoming depression through music has been captivating listeners since he became a full-time musician in 2011. His two independently released albums Relative Importance (2012) and Now and Then (2013) have won over fans and critics from a variety of genres and drawn comparisons to artists like City and Colour and Ed Sheeran, while garnering positive attention from national media outlets like Exclaim Magazine. Federici’s songs have been played on CBC radio, as well as college and university radio stations across the country, reaching #1 on CFBU 103.7 FM.



ImageRoxie Lenton is one of many exciting new emerging singer/songwriters who are enriching the ever-expanding cultural landscape in Regina. Like most inspiring artists of her generation, the forces influencing her music reflect an eclectic taste that crosses over the increasingly blurred boundaries of music’s genres and styles. Drag her away from the classical piano of her training, throw a slide-guitar into her hand, and much of her music easily segues from pop to country, particularly the intimate ballads from her three-month sojourn in Toulouse a few years ago. Travelling abroad to study French language and culture at university, the distance from home revealed a deeper understanding of love, separation and loss that is heart-wrenching in the raw honesty of the lyrics from that period of her life. “The loneliness really kick started my writing,” she says, “and in the end it was a great learning experience. Every song has to take the listener on a journey, one that tells a truly personal story, happy or sad.” And ever since returning from her journey to France, having decided to leave university and devote herself full time to creating music, the hallmark of that music continues to be the poignancy and power of the lyrics in telling the story.