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!

November 21 – Behind the Songs: Jay Semko, Eileen Lavery and Nick Faye + Open Mic

BTS Nov 21 Website PhotoDoors at 7:30pm.  Starts at 8:00pm.
$20+GST (advance ticket sales now closed).
Sign up for the open mic at the door and pay the advance price of $15 + GST (save $5).
All Ages.
Cash bar (19+ with valid ID).
Rush seating (preferred seating with the purchase of a series subscription).

On November 21, hear the stories and the songs of Jay Semko, Eileen Laverty and Nick Faye, and share your own at the Open Mic!  Advance tickets are highly recommended to guarantee your spot in our intimate Hague Gallery.  For more information on series subscriptions and to see the full lineup of artists in the Winter Edition click here.

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Behind the Songs: Winter Edition

BTS Winter Edition FB Cover with Open Mic

The new season of Behind the Songs just kicked off on October 17, with a stellar performance by Brandy Moore, Alex Runions and Mike Evin!  Next up we have Jay Semko, Eileen Laverty and Nick Faye on November 21, with an open mic to follow!

This year, we’ve split the season in two with a Winter Edition and a Spring Edition, each consisting of 4 shows. We have a great lineup of artists you won’t want to miss, so get your tickets in advance to guarantee your spot in our intimate 43 seat gallery!

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Nick Faye, Tara Holloway and Ambre McLean, Sept. 20, Doors at 7:30, $10

Tara Holloway

Tara Holloway (Ottawa, ON)

Some artists punch the clock. For others, like Tara Holloway, the membrane between performance and life is thinner, if it’s there at all.

In any setting, Holloway’s pipes are a thing of towering character, seasoned over years of club performance and put to use demoing tracks for the likes of Christina Aguilera and Cher. Told you the back story was a head-turner… Although Holloway takes a less sensational view of her invisible adventures inside the music industry. “I don’t really think about it,” she says. “It’s a paycheck.”

Indeed, one of the breeziest tracks on Sins to Confess, “Heart Goes”, is a co-write with Ben Lee that came out of an uncommonly painful demoing session with the indie-rock cult hero. [Read more…]

Togs, Talent and Turkey Dinner: Fall arrives at the Creative City Centre

I have no idea where September went. I swear it was here a second ago and now I’m hauling myself out of a turkey-induced coma to write October’s blog.  [Read more…]

Culture Days: Nick Faye, Tara Holloway, Tiny, September 30, Doors at 7:30

We are celebrating the final day of Culture Days 2012, with a great concert with a killer lineup, Nick Faye, Tara Holloway, and Tiny! Doors will open at 7:30 and music will start at 8pm. Same as all other Culture Days, this event is free of charge.

Nick Faye is a musician from the dusty metropolis of Regina, SK. After composing his first songs at the age of 16, music took root in Faye like a wild prairie flower. A collection of EP’s and basement recordings followed. The Last Best West is Faye’s latest full-band offering that was released on Urban Planning Records on May 5, 2011. The Last Best West is an eight song collection of windswept thoughts and Prairie contemplations by Nick Faye and the Deputies. Written by Nick Faye over the summer and fall of 2010, the songs revisit vivid memories of small towns and family farms, lost romances and carefree summers spent along the sun soaked Qu’Appelle Valley. Faye’s music was written to be enjoyed while driving with the windows down on a muddy Saskatchewan back road.

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Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk, with Nick Faye, Monday, February 6, 7:30 pm, $10

We are delighted to present Calgary’s Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk, with special guest Nick Faye, on Monday, February 6th.  Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show will start at 8:00 promptly, since it’s a Monday night!  Tickets are $10 at the door.

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Jenny Berkel, with Nick Faye, Thursday, November 17, 8 pm doors

Jenny Berkel


On Thursday, November 17th, we present Winnipeg’s Jenny Berkel in concert, with special guest, Regina’s own Nick Faye.   This is going to be a pretty special pairing of artists, and we hope you will brave the snowy weather to join us!   Tickets are $10 at the door.

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Songwriter Sunday, October 2, 7 pm workshop, 8 pm performance, 10 pm open mic

This is our final night of Culture Days, but it marks the first night of our monthly Songwriter Sunday!  Every month, we will be hosting a songwriter in the round event, sometimes in conjunction with a songwriting workshop, and always with an open mic session to round out the evening.

On Sunday, October 2, we are starting the night with a one-hour songwriting workshop at 7 pm, led by the one of a kind Kathy Stochmal.  Following the workshop, a songwriter-in-the-round performance will be led by Regina’s Rebecca Lascue, with additional performances by Jeans Boots, Nick Faye and Kathy Stochmal.  And following their set, the stage will be opened up to any songwriters who are brave enough to take the microphone.  This is a great opportunity to perform your new material and gain some experience performing as well as some feedback from other songwriters.  Best of all, this event is presented free of charge as part of Culture Days!  Thank you to SaskCulture for their support!

To register for the 7 pm songwriting workshop, click here!  To attend the 8 pm performance, just come to the Creative City Centre at 8 pm.  It’s free!  Free!  Free!

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