Artists Residency Program continues in Val Marie with Dave Cyca

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At Val Marie's provincially recognized ecomuseum Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, the summer 2014 Artist Residency program continues, in partnership with Grasslands National Park, funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture. During the first part of September Swift Current's own Dave Cyca brings his Open Song projects to the southwest.

For anyone who has ever wanted to explore songwriting, or for those who have some experience but want to get more feedback, artist in residence Dave Cyca and PWSS are hosting a Songwriting Workshop on Sept. 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seniors' Centre in Val Marie. This workshop will cover song structure, writing lyrics and creating a hook, and will offer many tips and ideas for getting started in songwriting. Bring your instrument if you have one. This workshop for teens to adults costs just $20 is and preregistration is required. Preregister by emailing laureen@grasslandsgallery.com or phone 306-298-7782. Participants are limited to 10.

And there's an Open Mic at the Val Marie Hotel on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. Come to read, perform a couple of songs, or just to cheer. The last open mic, hosted by Rhonda Gallant-Morari as part of her Open Poetry Residency earlier in August, was a big success.

Dave Cyca is the second artist in residence in Val Marie this summer, with a great range of song-focused projects to look forward to. Cyca is a small town Saskatchewan farm boy now living in Swift Current. He has shared his music as a solo performer and collaborated with many other musicians, where his bang-on vocal harmonies are always a pleasure. Cyca’s album One of These Days, with its thoughtful lyrics and strong melodies, was nominated for the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Best Roots Album of the year award 2012.

Cyca also performs with the band Creek City and he's bringing them along to Val Marie for a concert, one evening only. Cyca and the guys performed at the Val Marie Elevator Committee's very successful Harvest Supper fundraiser last November, and once again will show off their balanced and easy blend of vocal harmonies, expressive guitar work and thoughtful lyrics - Cat Stevens meets Blue Rodeo meets James Taylor. Creek City will be at the Val Marie Hotel on August 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.

There will also be campground sing-a-longs and other song events throughout Dave Cyca's artist residency. More information is available at www.pwss.org

Organizations: Saskatchewan Arts Board, Val Marie Hotel, Val Marie Elevator Committee

Geographic location: Val Marie, Swift Current, Grasslands National Park Saskatchewan

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