June 8, 2017 

Each spring we come together with a week long celebration of Art and Community. This year we were inspired by Canada's 150th year since Confederation, and our theme, Our Streets Our Stories explored the construction of local history through telling our stories. We would like to thank everyone who joined us at the 26th annual Cathedral Village Arts Festival.

This year at the Victoria Day Monday Kick-Off Picnic and Open House at the Neil Balkwill Civic Art Centre, we invited everyone to stop in for an afternoon and draw collectively. We loved your drawings from the comic jam, and now you can view the whole Comic Jam Book on ISSU. Your stories were funny, amazing and great!

Hope to see you again next year,

Margaret Bessai (CVAF Visual Art Coordinator 2017)
Christine Moleski (CVAF Comic Jam Editor 2017)

May 13th, 2016

It's the Cathedral Village Arts Festival's 25th Anniversary, and all are welcome to attend approximately 100 FREE performances, events and activities we're hosting during Festival Week between Victoria Day (Monday May 23rd) and Saturday May 28th!

Since this is a special year for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival, we’re holding an all ages, family friendly gala celebration on Friday May 27th under the big top tent in Holy Rosary Park (between Holy Rosary Cathedral and Athol Street). The event is called “5x5”, and it features five acts reflecting our five key artistic disciplines of music, theatre, literature, visual arts and dance. For the first time ever, we’ve contracted an Artistic Director to create a unique production involving 30 diverse groups. The first act, which starts at 6 pm, is a dancing and drumming event to welcome you to the heart of Cathedral with ethnic music and dance. The stage show, which starts at 7 pm, includes artists and performers such as the beloved Saskatchewan poet Ken Mitchell (also the very first Chair of the CVAF), Marshal Burns of Rah Rah and rocker Val Halla. We will end the evening with a light show and dance in which everyone is welcome to participate.

Like all of our Festival Week events, 5x5 is free and has been organized through the year round efforts of the 20 member Festival Committee, staff support from the Cathedral Area Community Association, and 300 volunteers, not to mention support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the City of Regina, the Cathedral Area Community Association, Canadian Heritage, Sask Lotteries, Sask Culture, RAWLCO Radio, GV Audio, A1 Rentals, Prairie Dog, Potash Corp, Kiwanis Club of Regina, ICR, Dream, and many others, including local businesses, corporate sponsors, individual donors, and our artistic and cultural partners! 

Please pass this message along to your friends, families, coworkers, and especially newcomers and visitors to join us during Festival Week as we prepare to launch the CVAF into another 25 years of celebrating community through creativity and passion for the arts!

April 9th, 2016

The Cathedral Village Arts Festival (CVAF) is turning 25, and the Festival Committee is planning extra special events to “Paint the Town!” as we celebrate from May 23rd - 28th! The CVAF is a weeklong celebration of community art and culture, with local businesses and organizations hosting workshops and events for all ages. Our activities begin with the Victoria Day picnic and parade and are capped off with the legendary Saturday Street Fair.

Thanks to the generosity of funders, sponsors and donors, the Festival is FREE for all to attend. We hope you will join us during the third week of May as we “Paint the Town!” to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with these and many other excellent events!

#CVAF2016 highlights include:

Monday, May 23rd

The Festival kicks off on Victoria Day with a Parade and Picnic. Join us at 11:15 am at the corner of 13th Ave. and Athol St. for a community parade to Les Sherman Park, where we’ll enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment and activities. In honour of our 25th Anniversary, attendees are encouraged to wear their festival gear from previous years. Our weeklong programming starts on Monday with a sweep of literary events: the launch of Windscript magazine, a spoken word workshop and the Vertigo Series Open Stage at the Artesian on 13th Ave.

Tuesday, May 24th

Actors from the disabled community make up the troupe Listen to Dis! This unique group is bringing a new performance to the Artesian on 13th Ave. on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, May 25th

On Wednesday, #CVAF2016 will celebrate science fiction writer Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, with “Towel Day”, an all-ages party at the Artesian featuring a reading by author Elizabeth Lang, music by the Marching Martian Marshmallowtrons, and contests for “best costume” and “best decorated towel”!

Thursday, May 26th

Paint the Town Red on Thursday with a family-friendly clown act and a hilarious variety show at the Artesian. The festivities continue late into the evening with over 20 bands playing from Thursday to Saturday, featuring everything from a Youth Stage, a Women in Song Stage and A True Bluegrass evening at venues throughout the neighbourhood.

Friday, May 27th

On Friday, join us for #CVAF2016’s signature event – 5x5 – in honour of our 25th Anniversary! 5x5 will celebrate the Festival’s past, present and future by presenting talented artists with local roots for a cabaret-style performance directed by musician and past Festival Chair Joanne Crofford. 5x5 is a unique five-act production featuring five key artistic disciplines: music, literature, theatre, dance and visual arts. Join us for this all-ages gala under the Big Top in Holy Rosary Park. (Special thanks to the City of Regina for supporting this event!)

Also on Friday night, we’ll continue the tradition of having the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative film screening in the Artesian.

Saturday, May 28th

On Saturday, take part in the legendary CVAF Street Fair, which includes Saskatchewan’s largest outdoor craft sale as well as a parade, food vendors, and children’s events at Fun Palace in Holy Rosary Park.

That afternoon, New Dance Horizons will present a short performance at the Artesian to honour their 30th Anniversary as well as the CVAF’s 25th.Open arms and heARTs in Cathedral Village April 16th, 2015 

For additional information, contact:

Deb Jones, Executive Administrator (Office Hours 9:30 am – 1 pm) cathedralfestival@sasktel.net 306-569-8744
Barbara Tomporowski - Festival Chair cvafchair@gmail.com