What’s happening in December?

A person trapped behind glass in a Santa hat and mask, presumably from a year ago because I think we’ve all gone back to not missing the monotony of Christmas parties again. Volodymyr Hryshchenko via Unsplash

Holiday events for some solo study break time or quality time with your family

Happy holidays! ‘Tis the season to spend time with your families and go to events with those you love. Or go alone – we won’t judge you! Here in Regina, there’s plenty to do over the holiday season.

On December 4, Mitchell Lawler will be at The Mercury Cafe & Grill as part of his Day One Tour. “Day One” refers to Lawler’s upcoming EP. Lawler’s music falls under a combination of different genres including pop and hip hop. He has played at large music festivals across Canada and shared the stage with many of hip hop’s current biggest names. Tickets to Lawler’s show are relatively affordable compared to big name tickets, and to attend the show you must be fully vaccinated. 

On December 8, Cat & Nat will be putting on a show called “In Real Life & Real Clothes” at the Conexus Arts Centre. Cat and Nat are mothers that have an audience of primarily women and moms. They have a best-selling book and have garnered millions of views on multiple social media platforms. For those looking for a night of comedy and realism, or an early Christmas gift for Mom, Cat and Nat will be here in Regina.

If you’re single and looking to mingle, Excalipurr Cat Café is hosting a singles mixer on December 9 at 7 p.m. The event takes care of the “are you a cat person or a dog person?” question, because that can definitely be a deal breaker if not addressed right away. Snuggle some adorable kitties, play some board games, and meet some new people!

Closer to Christmas Day, there is a three-night show featuring Elvis tribute act Rory Allen. Allen will be performing on December 17, 18, and 19 at the Regina Casino Lounge. The show is called “A Rockin’ Elvis Christmas.” Allen was born in Saskatchewan and has previously shared a stage with Regina’s own Symphony Orchestra. This is a great early gift for family members who only listen to the holiday songs from the King of Rock.

For students looking for a quick break from all their studying as the semester draws to a close, the University of Regina Music Department has a plethora of upcoming music events.

On the evening of December 2, The U of R Concert Band under conductor Brent Ghiglione will be performing their concert entitled “Where Words Fail, Music Speaks.” They will be accompanied by the Queen City Brass Band who is conducted by Mark Preece. The Concert Band’s performance is free for all U of R students so long as they have their student ID. The concert will be streamed live on their Facebook page or can be viewed in person at the Riddell Centre here at the university.

The following night, December 3, the University of Regina Percussion and Ensemble and New Music Ensemble will be performing their winter concert. The performance will be held at the ShuBox Theatre in the Riddell Centre at the university or streamed through Facebook live on Friday evening. Similar to the Concert Band’s performance, it will be free for U of R students with their student ID.

And there are some things to do this December in Regina! I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends and experience some arts and culture, wherever you may be for the holidays.


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