St. Patrick’s Day

Along with another activity that we won’t get into here,  checking out live music is one of the popular ways of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. With most of the SPD-themed gigs that are happening in Regina in the next few days, Celtic music is the go-to option. But there is a metal SPD show happening on March 18 at the German Club, so that’s a little different.

Here’s a breakdown of shows that are happening in Regina to celebrate the Irish holiday.

Wednesday 16

BILLARNEY at Bushwakker, 9 p.m.

Thursday 17

St. PADDY’S DAY with Pile ’O Bones Brass Band, the Celtically Hip, Tiny and Dave Flett at O’Hanlon’s.

ST. PADDY’S DAY with the Humdingers, an Irish pipe band, dancers and more at the Fat Badger.

THE CELTICALLY HIP at Capitol Jazz Club, 3 p.m.

St. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY with entertainment from the Regina Police Pipes & Drums, the Prairie Gael School of Irish Dance and Squeeze of Scotch at Bushwakker, $5 cover after 5 p.m.

St. PATRICK’S DAY with the Tilted Kilts at McNally’s Tavern.

THE BLAZERS at Cloud 9 Live.

JOHN MICHAEL LIND at Beer Bros., 8 p.m.

Friday 18

St. PADDY’S DAY BASH with the League of One, Furious George and Daytrip at the German Club. $10 advance, $12 door.

St. PATRICK’S DAY CONCERT with the Tilted Kilts presented by Regina Jazz Society at LeBistro, 8 p.m. Tickets range between $5 and $25 depending on your age and RJS affiliation.

Saturday 19

BOOMTOWN at Shannon’s Pub.
Sunday 20

Beer Bacon Bands

This is the second annual celebration of the three Bs mentioned in the title. The event goes Friday Jan. 29 and Saturday Jan. 30 at Conexus Arts Centre.

If you check out the Beer Bacon Bands website you can learn more about all the food and drink vendors that will be showcasing their products at the event.

As far as the live music goes, bands that have been booked to perform include the Dudes, Johnny McCuaig Band and your choice for Best Regina Band of 2015 the Dead South.

Beer Bacon Bands runs from 7 p.m. to midnight both nights at Conexus. To close, here’s the Dead South performing “Honey You” off their debut album Good Company:

Boxing Day Bashes

Falling on a Saturday and all, there’s probably not too many people who will want to head out to celebrate Boxing Day after the festivities that are about to unfold over the next two days. But on the off chance that you are up for some merriment here’s some stuff that’s happening in Regina on Boxing Day.

BOXING DAY BASH with the Bureau and Mackenzie Jackson at O’Hanlon’s.

DESPISTADO with Carl and Tiny at the Fat Badger.

BOXING DAY BASH with EMO, Psyborum and Itchy Stitches at the Exchange, 8 p.m. Pay what you want.

SALSA BOXING DAY BASH at the Artful Dodger.

AFTERNOON JAM hosted by Kate Belchinger at the Capitol Jazz Club, 1:30 p.m.

CARL BRAY at the Capitol Jazz Club, 9 p.m.

BOXING DAY BASH with Wonderland at McNally’s Tavern.

LIVE JAM hosted by Erroll Kinistino and Dog River at Sip Nightclub, 4-8 p.m.

BUMP CITY JAM with DJs from popular Regina nightclubs of the past at DoubleTree Hilton, doors at 8 p.m. $65 advance.

Halloween Fun

Halloween is on Saturday this year, which always opens the door adults who celebrate the day to do so with a bit more gusto than when it’s in the middle of the week.

Here’s some party options that have come to my attention so far:

Sunday 25

BLACK MUSEUM Halloween-themed exhibit of criminal artifacts inspired by Scotland Yard’s Black Museum of British Crime. RCMP Heritage Centre, until Oct 31.

Tuesday 27

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Halloween production of the popular Broadway musical. Presented by Sterling Productions at Conexus Arts Centre Convention Hall, Oct. 27-29, 8 p.m. $28.75. See

Friday 30

HALLOWEEN HOWL with Big Sugar, Leather Cobra and Trigger Finger at the Can-Sask Sound Stage, doors at 7 p.m. $32.50.

PARAB POET & THE HIP HOP HIPPIES with Bombargo, InfoRed and Merky Waters at O’Hanlon’s.

THE HAUNTED CIRCUS with Organic Mechanic, Dreadbeat, Krooked King, Psyborum, Gremlin Groove and more at the Hungarian Club (1925 McAra), doors at 8 p.m.

H​ALLOWEEN PRE-PARTY & MYLA EP RELEASE PARTY with DJs 2Beats & Smash Cox ​at the Mercury​, 9:30 p.m. $10. 19+.​

OWLLOWEEN featuring DJs, a costume contest at the University of Regina campus pub the Owl, 8:30 p.m. $10, or two for $15.

HALLOWEEN BASH with F.O.G.D.O.G. at McNally’s Tavern.

MONSTER BASH Family-friendly Halloween party with crafts, games, treats, dancing with DJ Jeremy and plenty of glow-in-the-dark fun. Royal Saskatchewan Museum, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5, kids two and under free. Continue reading “Halloween Fun”

Redneck Assholes Flying The Confederate Flag At Craven

The Redneck Asshole Flag. Also known fondly as the Stars 'n' Farts.
The Redneck Asshole Flag. Also known fondly as the Stars ‘n’ Farts.

The CBC is reporting that some dimwits at the Craven Country Jamboree are flying Confederate flags. And I hope we can all agree that’s an extremely uncool thing to be doing right now.

The excuses offered by the dimwits are of the “I don’t see the big deal,” variety.

“Everything’s getting blown up way too much. It’s just a flag,” says one of the Confederate flag lovers.

And that got me thinking. We need a flag we can fly in protest of such idiocy. Up top is my first, hasty attempt.

It’s the Redneck Asshole Flag.

Continue reading “Redneck Assholes Flying The Confederate Flag At Craven”


For the past few years, the Art Gallery of Regina has held annual fundraisers tied to different locations such as New York, New Orleans and Spain. Food and other refreshments, entertainment, visual art and decoration are some of the special touches that help make each evening a unique experience.

With this year’s fundraiser, though, the AGR has switched things up. Instead of a particular locale, the gallery has chosen the colour orange as the theme.

You can get all the details on the AGR website. The gala goes Saturday June 20 from 8-11 p.m., and tickets are $40 advance and $45 door. Eight local restaurants will be serving up some special orange-themed treats, and the Matt Kaip Group will be providing music. There’s also a silent auction, and the money raised will be used to support programming at the gallery.

Taste Of Spring

This event has been around for a few years now. And in that time the roster of potential exhibitors has grown significantly. No longer is it unusual to find locally sourced producers of wine, spirits, beer and gourmet food items, and on Friday May 8 and Saturday May 9 you’ll have an opportunity to check out the current crop at this annual showcase.

Exhibitors will be exhibiting, and patrons consuming, all manner of food and drink products at the Credit Union Eventplex at Evraz Place. Doors both nights are at 6:30 p.m., and tickets (which are limited to the 19+ crowd), are $45. You can find out more information on the Brandt Centre website.

Taste of Cathedral

The 2015 Cathedral Village Arts Festival runs May 18-23. It will be the 24th annual, and the theme this year is From the HeART. Before that happens, though, we’ve still got a few months of winter to slog through along with what’s typically a sketchy spring.

To help set the mood for May, plus also raise funds for the 2015 CVAF, the organizing committee is holding this fundraiser on Saturday Jan. 31. As the title implies, the event will showcase neighbourhood restaurants along with other food and drink-related businesses in the Cathedral area.

Taste of Cathedral will be held at the Italian Club. Start time is 6 p.m., and admission is $20, with taste tickets $1 each. For more information, visit the CVAF website.


MaltaAs regular Dog Blog readers have known for some months now, and the rest of Prairie Dog readers found out in our Dec. 26 issue (via this cover story), our city hall reporter Paul Dechene is currently in Malta with his family while his math prof wife is on sabbatical.

During his time away, Dechene has begged off doing much writing for Prairie Dog, claiming that he’s too busy keeping an eye on his two children and checking out all the sights and sounds of his new Mediterranean island home. Certainly, we were prepared to cut him some slack. I mean, how many times does an opportunity like this to travel with your family and soak up some island culture (and weather) come along?

Turns out, though, Dechene has been doing some writing after all. In fact, he had a feature article in the Leader-Post’s Travel section on Friday (see photo above, double click to enlarge). He probably thought he could trick us by publishing under the name “Lucy Hyslop”, but we’re too smart to fall for the old gender switcheroo pseudonym trick Paul.

You can read Dechene’s Prairie Dog story via the above link. And for comparison purposes, you can read his sorry-ass Postmedia story, in which he doesn’t once — not once! — bitch about Malta being overrun with cars and having crap transit service, here.

Chicken & Wine

Chicken & WineAfter a hiatus of a year or two this informal lecture series is back for another run. The venue is the Artful Dodger (1631 11th Ave.), and the first Chicken & Wine of the 2014-15 season goes Tuesday Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Here’s the three speakers, and the topics they’ll be discussing:

Jenelle Jacobsen I Have Made You a Mix Tape. A personal journey through the Canadian indie music renaissance.

Aidan Morgan A Cultural, Chemical and Personal History of the Ampersand.

Ken Wilson El Camino de Santiago.

If you’d like to speak on a topic of interest to you at a future gathering, you can contact the organizers via the Chicken & Wine Facebook page or e-mail

Pub Trivia: A Fun Thing To Do Tonight

Pints and prose triviaFriend O’ The Dog Brad Joyce co-hosts Pints & Prose Trivia tonight at O’Hanlon’s and he asked me to get the word out. Well, why wouldn’t I? Trivia is a hoot! Brad is tolerable! There are prizes!

The fun starts at 8:30, and it only costs five dollars to play (plus all the beer you’ll drink). Check it out! 

Feast For The Eyes

Bahamas. Bermuda. Cuba. Jamaica. Aruba. Turks & Caicos. Those are just some of the better known islands in the region known as the Caribbean. Oh, to be there for a month or so in the middle of a typical Regina winter, right?

Short of erecting a giant inflatable tent in Les Sherman Park, the Art Gallery of Regina won’t be able to do anything about the weather should it happen to be non-Caribbean-like on Saturday, June 21. But inside the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, where the AGR is located, a definite island vibe will prevail at its A Taste of the Caribbean fundraiser.

The AGR has a fundraiser like this annually. Spain, New Orleans and New York are some of the previous themed destinations. Food, drink, music, art and dress — it’s all there, with participation by a number of local businesses.

Tickets are $40 advance and $45 at the door, and proceeds go to support the AGR and its programming. They can be obtained by calling 306-522-5940.

Weekly Reckoning: Too Much Showgirls Edition

weekly-reckoningGood afternoon. I write to you from what remains of my crumbled psyche. Last week I read a book on Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven’s softcore exploitation film from 1995. The book maintains that Showgirls doesn’t suck (the book is even titled It Doesn’t Suck). So I sat down and watched it. Then I watched the 2012 sequel Showgirls 2: Penny’s from Heaven, which posits that the world of dance is secretly controlled by sleazy Theosophists.

The book is wrong, by the way: that film sucks.

1. A PATHOGEN IN EVERY POT  Feeling comfortable? Good. Here’s a terrifying article about diseases escaping from labs.

2. AND A VAGINA IN EVERY PATIENT  Are you bummed out over being biologically female but born without a vagina? Worry no more! Scientists have successfully grown and implanted four vaginas using the patients’ own cells, and everything seems hunky dory so far.

3. LET’S MAKE A VENN DIAGRAM OUT OF THIS ONE  If you’re wondering whether you like booze, first ask yourself if you’re a Saskatchewan resident. Chances are, one positive answer will entail the other. Now go buy more booze and keep this economic boom going.

4. TWO HOUSES, COMPLETELY UNALIKE IN DIGNITY  On Buzzfeed, Drew Philp explains at fascinating length why he bought a house in Detroit for $500; meanwhile, Thomas Frank blames America’s domestic and foreign policy woes on suburban McMansions. And he’s right. Those houses suck more than Showgirls.

5. FINALLY, A REASON TO STAY UP LATE ON TUESDAY  Don’t go to bed after The Tonight Show on Tuesday. Why? Celestial magic, that’s why. We naked apes of the sublunar plane will be witness to the massive clockwork of the cosmos when the moon, earth and sun align, transforming the moon into a baleful orange eye staring down at us in pitiless judgment. We call it a lunar eclipse and it gets going around 2:00 a.m. EDT.

St. Patrick’s Day

It’s a busy Monday music-wise in Regina. That’s partly due to it being St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening that’s tied specifically to Kiss Me I’m Irish goings-on, along with two other gigs that are more in the vein of straight concerts.

First off, Bushwakker is hosting a party that will feature performances by the Tilted Kilts, Daniel Whitmore, the Prairie Gael School of Dance and the Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums Band. Things get going at 6 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover charge. At McNally’s Tavern, the Johnny McCuaig Band is playing. Finally, at O’Hanlon’s Pub the Pile of Bones Brass Band will be in the house along with a few hundred kegs of Guinness.

As for non-St. Patrick’s Day gigs the American pop-dance group Electric Six is at the Exchange. Backing them up is a Toronto rock band called the Mohrs. Tickets are $15. And at the Artful Dodger, the string group the Fretless are playing. Winners of 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Ensemble of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year, the Fretless are composed of Karrnnel Sawitsky (fiddle), Ivonne Hernandez (fiddle), Eric Wright (cello) and Trent Freeman (fiddle). Tickets are $15 advance, and $20 door.

To close, here’s video of the Fretless performing a song called “June Tune”:

Weekly Reckoning

weekly-reckoning1. YOUR BOOM HAS BEEN DELAYED BY INCLEMENT WEATHER The provincial government is withdrawing $135 million from its “rainy day fund” to patch up a few leaky holes in its budget. The hole is called “potash revenues that we were so sure about because primary resource economies are so endlessly resilient.” At least we have a rainy day fund.

2. IN POST-SOVIET RUSSIA, CUSTOMS BLOCKS YOUR FREE DRUNK My favourite story from Sochi so far – even more than mass canicide or dangerous face water – is the Molson beer fridge that only opens for people with Canadian passports. It turns out, though, that the fabled fridge is largely empty. Russian customs is apparently holding up the delicious, delicious beer at the border.

3. BLACK MARKET STARBUCKS! More Sochi weirdness: squirreled away at NBC headquarters in Sochi is a secret Starbucks with 15 baristas (Starbucks is not an Olympics sponsor, so they’re forbidden from having any official presence at the games). I guess NBC didn’t get the news (zing) that Starbucks coffee is pretty lousy.

4. SO MUCH FOR 3D PORN It seems that 3D pornography is just not delivering on its “promise”. Much like strapping men who deliver pizzas to oversexed women in satin underwear, only to accept money and move on to the next address.

5. A FAREWELL TO STADIUMS. STADIA? Here’s a tale of what happens to aging stadiums. Stadia? Lots of photos! Much graffiti. So dead tech.

Taste Of Cathedral

toc2014sLast Thursday we met with members of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival planning committee to coordinate things for the program guide that we produce for the festival each year.

The 2014 Cathedral Village Arts Festival runs May 19-24. The theme this year is “Fabric of Life”. Before all that happens, though, the CVAF committee is hosting a fundraiser showcasing Cathedral area restaurants and other food and drink-related businesses.

Taste of Cathedral will go on Saturday at the Italian Club starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $20, with taste tickets to sample the different food and drink items available for $1 each.

As you can see from the adjacent poster, in addition to the refreshments, there will also be a silent auction and live music courtesy of Lost Souls. For more information visit the CVAF website.

Weekly Reckoning: The Hot Button Edition

Weekly ReckoningDon’t touch those buttons! They’re hot.

1. THE FUTURE IS DARK AND STORMY.* Increasingly lousy weather is one of the most easily observable and predictable effects of climate change. Oceans heat up, moisture increases, storms a-brew. Even Toronto Hydro had this one figured out. A 2012 study predicted increased incidence of storms, ice storms, rain storms, dark skies, massive charges of electricity leaping between the earth and heavens, that kind of thing. So Torontonians should buckle down, because power interruptions, fallen trees and ice coating everything like a crystal skin are here to stay.

2. RACIST BABE. Remember the early ’90s, when folk music got a jolt of energy from musicians like Ani DiFranco? I first saw her over 20 years ago playing “Both Hands” at one of the workshop stages at the Winnipeg Festival. She blew everyone else off the stage (with the possible exception of Greg Brown, who’d keep his cool in a tornado). Anyway! DiFranco has re-entered the zeitgeist, because she’s holding a retreat for fans at… a plantation. You know, one of those grand old Southern mansions where black people were reduced to the status of cattle (even though Nottoway Plantation would prefer not to tackle that topic). The backlash has been swift but ongoing, with former fans castigating DiFranco and one of the featured musicians respectfully backing out of the retreat. But if you like DiFranco and don’t care about racist things, buy a ticket, because “there’s room in the circle for everyone.” That is, everyone who a) isn’t bothered by the gaudy status symbols of slavery and b) has anywhere from $1100 to $4000 to plunk down on a mind-expanding good time.

UPDATE: Ani DiFranco has cancelled the event. She also released a long, thoughtful, considerate, self-justifying statement on Facebook in which she neglected to actually say that she was sorry.

3. THE DREADED D’S. Phil Robertson, the douchetastic dickhead of Duck Dynasty, has been reinstated on his show. He’s the biggest draw on A&E’s biggest show, so if you were looking for further proof that life is a popularity contest and popular people can say any old thing they like, knock yourself out. Son Alan Robertson  says that “[w}e will continue to represent our faith and values in the most positive way through Duck Dynasty.” Because nothing represents faith like standing around in front a couple of cameras while producers shout lines at you. Oh, and shooting ducks. Oh, and being bigots.

4. IT IS NOW THE LAW that all headlines about Russia must contain the phrase “as the Olympics near.” Because that’s clearly the most important thing in a story about a train station bombing that killed at least 16 people.

5. THE SHOCKING TRUE HISTORY OF “THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.” Have you ever wondered about the implicit status marker of Santa’s pipe? Are you curious about the sociocultural matrix in which one of our founding Christmas stories was embedded? More importantly, do you have nothing going on tonight? Because this is a long one.

*Dark & Stormy:

1 can Barritt’s Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer

1 oz (or more) Gosling’s Black Seal Rum (151 overproof, no less)

Combine. Add ice. Garnish with the will to destroy your brain.

Pick Of The Day: Extreme Gold

FadaDance was voted Best Dance Studio in our 2013 Best of Regina Reader’s Poll. Apart from the work the three principals (Misty Wensel, Heather Cameron and Fran Gilboy) do in the studio, and at various festivals around town, one of the things that makes FadaDance so popular is the biannual parties that they hold at the Exchange around the time of the Winter and Summer Solstice.

The Winter Solstice is tonight, and the theme of this year’s FadaDance party is Extreme Gold. Whether or not that’s a riff on the cheesy ’80s American music show Solid Gold hosted by Andy Gibb and Marilyn McCoo (among others) I don’t know. But if you’re planning to go to tonight’s party, you could probably do worse than to use that show as inspiration for your outfit.

Extreme Gold goes at the the Exchange tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are Adults $12 and Students $10. And to give you a taste of what Solid Gold was like here’s a 10-minute except from a special salute to music from the ’70s: