The cultural center continues to hope for future performances despite recent cancellations

“For most of our shows that we have had, we have tried to reschedule them as soon as possible…. We just keep pushing ourselves and trying to get some performance when we can.

While a resurgence of COVID-19 forced the Moose Jaw Cultural Center to cancel several events in January, General Manager Derik Cronan believes future performances will still take place.

Music Row at the Mae, a production organized by River Street Promotions and which would feature American artists, was scheduled for Friday, January 28 but has been postponed to a later date. Anyone who purchased tickets will be refunded to the original form of payment.

Anyone with questions can call the box office at 306-693-4700.

Meanwhile, the cultural center and Festival of Words had scheduled folk singer Dayna Manning for Jan. 17 and country singer Clerel for Jan. 22 at the Mae Wilson Theater. However, they have postponed these acts and are working to find new dates for the performers.

“Your tickets will simply be applied to the new event date once we have them,” the cultural center said on its Facebook page.

Performance cancellations have happened regularly during the pandemic and more often than desired, Cronan told the Moose Jaw Express. The entertainment industry relies heavily on tours that cross a region, making it easier for smaller venues to book shows at lower cost.

“Just with a lower budget, we often don’t have a budget for flights for artists, so if we can catch them on a tour that comes through here, that can definitely reduce the costs of those shows,” said he declared. “But also, if other provinces have restrictions in place, it may impact the shows we do here if they were part of a tour.”

The cultural center took every opportunity during the pandemic to bring in performers when possible, Cronan continued. After the first shutdown in March 2020, the venue reopened in July and hosted a few performers before restrictions forced it to close again.

With a chuckle, Cronan noted that the cultural center needs to keep moving forward by providing a stage for performers and acts for ticket holders.

“For most of our shows that we’ve had, we’ve tried to reschedule them as soon as possible…” he continued, pointing out that Saskatchewan has few restrictions while other provinces have more. “We just keep plugging in and trying to get performance when we can.”

The cultural center is presenting several shows over the next few months, including fall 2022 and spring 2023. Cronan directed people to the venue’s website at www.moosejawculture.ca for the full schedule.

“We hope that the majority of them will go ahead,” he added.

While the pandemic wiped out January performances, the February schedule still looks intact. This includes appearances by award-winning actor and comedian Shaun Majumder on February 9 for his “The LOVE Tour”, concert pianist Sarah Hagen on February 10 for her “Perk Up, Pianist!” tour, the “Snowed In Comedy Tour” on February 24 and “An Evening with Vivek Shraya” on February 26.

The full schedule can be found at www.moosejawculture.ca.

James C. Tibbs