Odds and ends from the local arts-entertainment scene: Cathedral festival, Dead South, Indigenous storyteller, Dunlop Gallery, Show Lounge.

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The Cathedral Village Arts Festival is asking for your help.

Organizers are hosting the Taste of Cathedral fundraiser on Saturday (6 p.m.) at the Canadian Italian Club of Regina, with proceeds to help keep the 33-year-old event alive.

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The 2024 CVAF runs May 20-25 and is considered a “critical year” for its survival.

“The beloved week-long celebration of arts and culture is still struggling financially due to lingering impacts of the COVID pandemic,” says a media release. “Sponsorships are down. Important grants are being reduced. And inflation is affecting the cost of everything from venue bookings to stage rentals.

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“Every arts organization and cultural festival is facing a similar story. But as every show and event put on by the Cathedral Village Arts Festival is free to the public, the only way to raise revenue is to appeal to the generosity of those who value what CVAF offers.”

The fundraising event includes culinary offerings from neighbourhood restaurants, cafés and shops as well as live music by local guitarist David Put. There’s a silent auction featuring gift cards from local business, original art, vintage items, and a signed Connor Bedard jersey.

“We’re committed to keeping all our shows free to the public but, along with that, we’re also committed to paying artists and performers,” says CVAF director Don Young. “We think people want a thriving arts community in Regina and that’s why we work the way we do. So we’re hoping people will really come out to support this year’s Taste of Cathedral and help us fulfill that vision.”

Tickets ($25) are available on Eventbrite and at Dessart Sweets. Donations can also be made through the Friends of the Festival campaign at cvaf.ca/donate.

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Cathedral Village Arts Festival.
Visitors browse the wares for sale at the 2018 Cathedral Village Arts Festival. Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Leader-Post

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Dickie Yuzicapi has been selected as the Regina Public Library’s first Indigenous Storyteller in Residence.

The program offers public access to traditional Indigenous knowledge and history through stories in addition to providing mentorship for aspiring storytellers.

“I am excited to share my knowledge with the community,” Yuzicapi said in a media release. “I look forward to meeting people who want to learn more, especially any aspiring storytellers out there.”

Yuzicapi, the owner of Sioux Chef Catering, is a traditional pow-wow dancer, singer, artist, and Red Seal chef. He’s also a “residential school survivor and a multi-generational trauma survivor of Ojibway, Cree, Métis, and Dakota descent.”

The RPL residency runs now until March 28.

“Dickie is an experienced storyteller with a lot of knowledge to share,” said Wendy Sinclair, RPL’s Indigenous services advisor. “We’re so excited to welcome him as the first Indigenous Storyteller in Residence, and we look forward to seeing the connections he’ll make.”

Appointments can be booked by emailing [email protected]. For more information on Storyteller in Residence events, visit reginalibrary.ca/storyteller.

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The Dead South is bringing the Chains & Stakes World Tour to Regina for a hometown show on Oct. 11 at the Conexus Arts Centre.

Chains & Stakes is the band’s fourth studio album, set for release on Feb. 9. The tour begins one day later at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and includes over 70 stops across the U.S., Canada and overseas.

“The Dead South have never been about constant reinvention, but about full commitment to their own singular way,” says a media release. “It doesn’t really matter what you call their music: progressive bluegrass, alternative Americana, country, folk, and western. What matters is that this is theirs, and people from all different backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, languages and ages love it.”

Tickets available at conexusartscentre.ca.

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The Dunlop Art Gallery’s latest exhibition — “guwasidodi (old agency)” — is open now and runs until April 9 at the Central Library location.

The exhibit was created by tīná gúyáńí (deer road), an artist collective from Calgary featuring the mother-son duo of Glenna Cardinal and Seth Cardinal Dodginghorse.

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“In 2014, they were forcibly removed from their homes and ancestral land on the Tsuut’ina Nation to make way for construction of the southwest Calgary Ring Road,” says a media release. “Their multidisciplinary practice honours their connection to the land and explores the effects of environmental and psychological damage. Tīná gúyáńí’s work is deeply based in culture, language, oral history, family photographs, and museum/archival research. Their art is an act of cultural preservation and a protest against ongoing settler colonialism.”

For more information, visit reginalibrary.ca/dunlopartgallery.

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NOTES: The Casino Regina Show Lounge has announced a string of new performances scheduled for this spring: Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell — The Untold Love Story (April 6); mentalist Ryan Edwards — Limitless (April 14); Destroyer — A Tribute to Kiss (April 20); comedian Steve Patterson (April 26); and, One Night with the King — An Elvis Presley Tribute (May 3). Tickets at casinoregina.com.

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