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Paul George and Margaret Showcase 2010 004OSAC was saddened to hear of the recent passing of George Zukerman.

George played an important part in the early days of OSAC, as his roster of artists that were part of Overture Concerts, toured through our network of volunteer community presenters. As the years passed, and the business changed, George remained active in bringing world-class artists to Saskatchewan through OSAC. From Michael Kim to The Little Eagles of Siberia, many artists visited a number of Saskatchewan communities throughout the years' thanks to his vision and persuasive ways.

George was a performer, encouraging many young bassoon players throughout the years, and in recent years, he lent his name and expertise to European river cruises featuring live music. George also felt all parts of Canada should be exposed to quality live music experiences, and organized tours, including his own, to Canada’s far North, including Northern Saskatchewan.

His legacy will be the audiences everywhere, including Saskatchewan, that were developed through learned appreciation and exposure to live performances of the artistic disciplines of classical music, dance, and theatre.

He packed a lot into his 95 Years, including going to the North Pole, and traveling throughout the world. Rest Well, George !!

George seated between Paul Rezansoff – Swift Current Arts Council and Margaret Cugnet Yorkton Arts Council – Showcase 2010

OSAC is excited to announce that we are expecting the applications to showcase to open on Thursday, Feb 9th. 

Showcase 2023 will take place in Regina, October 13-15. Check back for details!
awardsThe inaugural award ceremony celebrates Indigenous artistic & cultural achievements from within their membership community. This nomination program recognizes Indigenous Individuals working professionally in the performing arts sector. Nominees will demonstrate how their work in the arts and in the community has positively contributed to the Indigenous arts and culture ecology.

One recipient will be selected by a jury of their peers to receive a $500.00 CAD monetary award, an all-expenses-paid trip (travel and accommodation) to Intertribal Gathering 2023, and a written feature. The award recipient will receive an in-person honouring at the Intertribal Gathering’s Opening Feast in Nova Scotia (May 10-12). Nomination Deadline: February 21, 2022, 11:59 PM EST.
darke hall

OSAC is so pleased to announce that Showcase 2023 performances will be held at the renovated and stunning Darke Hall at the University of Regina.

Darke Hall is a 474-seat premier concert and performance venue focused on programming and promoting the work of local, national, and international artists. In partnership with the University of Regina, the non-profit Darke Hall Society offers a state-of-the-art venue where artists and arts organizations can thrive in an environment that is affordable, accessible, and respectful of diverse artistic and cultural practices.
Prairie Debut
Prairie Debut extends an invitation to established and emerging professional Canadian classical and global-music artists to tour in the 2024-2025 season.

Applications to tour with Prairie Debut are submitted through Acceptd. More details and the application link are now up on our website.

The application deadline is March 17, 2023.
Simple Diversity Workshop PostOSAC is hosting a Virtual Diversity Workshop with Pauline Streete | February 15, 2023 | 7pm-8:30 | Zoom Platform

The focus of the training session is to examine the benefits, opportunities, and some of the factors that influence the successful implementation of diversity initiatives. The benefits of diverse groups working towards a common objective will be explored.

Participants will also explore some of the less obvious challenges that impact decision-making concerning diversity. Tools to guide imbedding diversity within the arts will be shared.

Please register This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 13, 2023 - sign-in details will be emailed out before the workshop.
Brandy Jones
Brandy Jones is one of the artists in the exhibition ᑌᐸᑯᐦᑊ/Tepakohp/7 which is touring through the OSAC Arts on the Move Program. Tour details HERE

Read more about Brandy and her art HERE 

The fifth annual Saskatchewan Music Awards were held recently, celebrating the Saskatchewan music industry in a sold-out show held at the beautiful Darke Hall in Regina. Congratulations to all this year's nominees and winners!  Some OSAC past touring artists. Read press release HERE
Future of Live















Are you concerned about the future of performing arts funding?

In 2019, after sustained advocacy efforts by the performing arts community, the federal government granted temporary funding increases to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. These supplementary funds are currently set to end in March 2024.

Visit the CAPACOA Campaign page to learn what you can do about it. #FutureOfLive
Skip Taylor (Performing Arts Coordinator) and Marianne Woods (School Tours Coordinator) of OSAC took part in a webinar hosted by On Cue Performance Hub - thank you On Cue!

This session focused on how OSAC can help you tour your production across Saskatchewan on the school and arts organization circuit. They discuss the application, jury process, showcase, booking period and finally the tour! Learn best practices in each of these steps from the pitch to the performance.    

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