BuzzCity editor, Brian Bowman, speaks with Regina, SK, singer/songwriter Kerri Senkow, at the Rock Creek Tap and Grill Interview video:
Regina, Saskatchewan singer/songwriter Kerri Senkow released her debut 5 Song EP titled ‘Underneath My Skin’ recorded and produced by WCMA Winner David J Taylor in April of 2010 and has already received regular airplay on several stations across the province. Her hard work over the last year paid off when she was awarded the 10k20 Project Grant through Rawlco Radio to record a full length album. She expects the album to be released early spring of 2011.
A community dream: Loggies building Arts/Fashion/Music Centre
Marian Donnelly is building a dream. And she could use a little help. Through her company: Inner Circle Creative City Development Corp., she has acquired the top two floors of a three storey building at 1843 Hamilton and is turning them into a place for artists to collaborate, network and learn from each other. To date, she has secured a commitment from a new fashion design collective who will share work areas, equipment and a retail space on the second floor. The third floor will house and welcome artists, independent filmmakers and musicians. There’ll be a performance space, too, perfect for a shoebox theatre and/or a music venue. Loggies Shoes, located on the main floor, owns the building and holds the lease on the upper floors which have been unused since 1951.
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These floors are a window on an earlier age when hallways had hardwood floors and office walls, windows and doors were framed in oak and other hardwoods. There’s plaster and lathe on the walls. The ceilings are vaulted, and the effect, overall, is pretty funky, especially under its shroud of 60 odd years of frozen time and silence.
“This will provide young fashion designers with a place to create and sell their clothing and jewelry. The third floor of the building will house five artist studios, and a small performance venue that we'll use to screen independent films, present music concerts, and provide rehearsal space for local bands,” says Donnelly.
But that’s in the future. Some of the fundamental work, like electrical and plumbing, is done. Right now this dream still needs hammer and nails, wall board, paint and polish to give it shape and bring it to life. Helping hands make light work, so they say. And it’s true. Getting together around interesting people with a shared vision can be fun, especially when the venue is a space as cool as this one. Marian does organize work events and people do come out. More would be better. More would make the work go faster. You can be part of this dream and invest a bit of your time. It’s for all of us folks, ands when it opens there’ll be a downtown anchor for the Arts in Regina and a great place to hang out.