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What’s in store at city shops near & not so far? Joy to the World, Canadiana and tons more

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SISTERS LOOKING OUT FOR OTHER SISTERS The Princess ryde cycles to help The Princess shop Text by Naomi Zurevinski


SUSTAINABLE SHOPPING FOR ANYONE Tips from a pro on how to give and wrap wisely Text by Tiara Jackle

THE LITTLE BIRD WITH DOLLOPS OF HEART Kim Butcher talks grandmas, gallons and good luck


Interview by Paul Miazga


WHO’S BETTER THAN THE REST AT BEETS? a local chef’s take on Ukrainian cuisine in saskatoon A rundown and recipe by Scott Dicks so many gifts and so little time to shop! But with saskatoon’s many independent boutiques to choose from (for greeting cards, gift boxes or must-have gear), pounding the pavement is so easy. (Amy Thorp Photography)

BITCOIN MADNESS: CRYPTOCURRENCY YXE Once worth pennies, BTC is now attaining ViP status


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Corrections: In the Oct/Nov 2017 issue, we mistakenly placed a photo of Icelandic singer Björk in place of what should have been one of Tanya Tagaq, who was performing with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. We apologize for this oversight.

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editor’s notes

Thank Yous for the Holidays

It’s been a fun five years of doing this: promoting small, independent local businesses. it’s about good ideas, products, events, eats, drinks, and all in the name of keeping the money we spend here rather than sending it off somewhere halfway across the world for a gift that ends up being a re-gift. My best memories of Christmas as a child were when family came over and we’d have these huge celebrations for the Polish side of the family and even bigger ones for the Ukrainian side, complete with cabbage rolls, perogies, borscht and all the trimmings. speaking of borscht, on top of all the other stuff we have going on in the magazine this issue, check out scott Dicks’ reviews of local borscht and his own “rural Borscht” recipe. it’s maybe

not what my baba would’ve deemed correct, but it’s about personality. and again, it’s local. adding to this issue are Tiara Jackle, who wants to help us navigate not just a more local holiday season but a more sustainable one; Naomi Zurevinski, who knows how eating can be overdone at this time of year; and, Tyson Mcshane’s “Under the radar” column, in which he thankfully gives us neophytes in the music world some thoughts on who to actually see among all the competing events during Winterruption. This year, flow magazine will be one of the presenting sponsors of the free, outdoor community events taking place over Jan. 18–20 as part of Winterruption 2018. a storytelling Tipi, sleigh rides, fire pits, Sum Theatre’s Theatre on the Trail and more, it’s probably the place you’ll see a lot of me and my two kids who are now both old enough to enjoy the snow (and Christmas). Make excuses to see extended family and neighbours. Be kind and generous to strangers (we have a list of ways you can do this on p. 26)and make being a good person a habit you wish to continue in the New Year and beyond. The world seems so crazy these days that we all should pitch in a little more to make the world smile back at us.

FreshWest Media Ltd. 220 20th Street West Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7M 0W9 @flowzineSask Published 6 times per year by FreshWest Media Ltd. Readership: 35,000 (estimated) in Saskatoon and area. Copyright (2017) by FreshWest Media Ltd. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the expressed, written consent of the publisher. Publisher & Editor Paul Miazga Senior Art Director Zhanybek Nurgozhayev Map Designer Danna Contreras-Chapa Ad Designers Crystal Klassen, Paul Miazga, Zhanybek Nurgozhayev Proofreader Olga Bondarenko Contributors Scott Davidson, Scott Dicks, Sarah Dorward, Garry Findlay, Susan Gallagher, Tiara Jackle, Tyson McShane, Paul Miazga, Kevin Sturgeon, Naomi Zurevinski Lead Photographer Amy Thorp Contributing Photographers Naz Afsahi, Tasha Altman, Tenille K. Campbell, Scott Dicks, Lorraine Driscoll, Kat Eye Studio, Paul Miazga, Lisa Patrick, Karen Robson, Kelly Rope, Brant Rumpel Printing TC Transcontinental Distribution FreshWest Media Ltd., Canada Post Corp.

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a former sheaf staffer and quickly becoming the campus know-it-all, Naomi is a recent U of s grad whose new job at her alma mater enables her to meet academics, scientists and other ViPs. a quick and avid study, she knows her beets too.

Fashionable sustainability activist and generally everyone’s friend when it comes to local couture, Tiara is as big a proponent of saskatoon and sKbased designers as she is about taking care of business and getting back to nature regularly.

Many who have taken a cooking course at The local Kitchen will know this local chef for his bearded face and tasty recipes. For flow, scott will find out who hits the mark with a given dish then give readers the dish with his own take.



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Ryding for Dresses

The Princess shop and a Broadway cycle studio look to raise money, awareness and support for underprivileged girls hoping to graduate and move forward looking and feeling their very best Text by Naomi Zurevinski Photo by Karen Robson

Continuing until March 2018, ryde YXe Cycle studio is riding for a cause, and not just any cause: they are hosting the Princess Ryde in support of saskatoon’s The Princess shop. The Princess shop (, a nonprofit founded in 2008, creates an enhanced graduation experience for female students in need by providing them with mentorship and resources, including donated or loaned graduation dresses, shoes and accessories, but not only. Other local business have donated corsages, makeup and hair styling services and more. The Princess shop serves all of saskatchewan and to date has supported 756 women on their graduation. as part of fundraising efforts for The Princess shop, ryde YXe Cycle studio (705 Broadway Ave.) will be hosting the Princess Ryde at 8:15 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. The class is free with a cash donation and all proceeds will go to The Princess shop. shaina lynden, cycle instructor and co-owner of ryde, initiated the Princess ryde as a way to raise money and awareness for the organization. “[i] was fortunate to attend the 10th Glass slipper event—their annual fundraiser—in spring 2017,” lynden says. “i was so inspired by everything that the young women had to say about The Princess shop and what they have done for these women that i knew that we had to get involved.” One of the keynote speakers at the 10th Glass slipper event was Kayla rabbitskin, a business owner and a 2013 graduate of The Princess shop

dress program. in her last year of high school, rabbitskin was living in an egadz group home and decided to fill out an application for The Princess shop after her support worker mentioned it. “i fell in love with a beautiful blue princess gown with accessories to match!” rabbitskin says. “On graduation day the limo and photography services were unavailable, but Karen robson [executive director of The Princess shop] didn’t skip a beat, and arrived to chauffeur us in a retro Volvo station wagon, which made me feel beyond special. There are no words to express how important that made me feel.” rabbitskin said that without The Princess shop she likely would never have attended her graduation. she is also currently enrolled in the start smart program with Praxis school of entrepreneurship, and opened her own event planning business with Praxis and The Princess shop’s support. “i am thankful for The Princess shop’s loving support,” rabbitskin says. “They have taught me to hold onto my dreams and take chances even if they don’t seem promising, because it could turn out to be a blessing.” For more information or to sign up for a Princess ryde class, visit You can sign up for classes one week in advance. Upcoming Princess rydes (all times 8:15pm): • Dec. 5, 2017 • Jan. 2, 2018 • Feb. 6, 2018 • Mar. 6, 2018

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Arrives 8:35pm; show from 8:45–9:15pm; raising food and funds for food banks across the country, the CPr Holiday Train isn’t just about lights and a coast-to-coast rail link but about the true holiday spirit, complete with musical acts Colin James and emma lee. This is the 19th year of the holiday train and will pass through dozens of Canadian towns and cities as it makes its way from coast to coast in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. CP Rail overpass on 7th Ave. N at Warburton Ave. (p. 36; map 1, E8)

Tue–Sun 8pm, select matinees 2pm; tickets $36 adventure, buried treasure and a mysterious island beckon in this wonderful adaptation of robert louis stevenson’s classic novel. set sail with young Jim Hawkins, the devilish long John silver and a crew of swashbuckling pirates in this coming of age story that is epic and intimate, hilarious and harrowing. Directed by sarah rodgers. Held over for a second week! Remai Arts Centre (100 Spadina Cres. E;

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Old Man and the River 11am, 2pm; tickets $15 This children’s puppet show from Theatre Direct Canada is the sublime creation of lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones. a curmudgeonly old man out fishing one afternoon and gets an unexpected yet fantastic visitor that threatens to change his life for the better. With no words and only a simple musical score, this beautifully staged piece will delight kids from 3 and up. Remai Arts Centre (100 Spadina Cres. E;


A Very Vintage New Year’s Eve

8pm; tickets $45 rosie & The riveters present their secondannual NYe show, which again features an all-woman line-up, right down to the sound and lighting technicians! special guests include singer/songwriter Megan Nash, storyteller Bonnie logan and the up-andcoming Trudel sisters folk duo, Jay & Jo. There will be a vintage-inspired photo booth and prizes for the best dressed! The show wraps up by 11pm, giving attendees plenty of time to ring in the New Year elsewhere. Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.;



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Sean Kingston

8pm; tickets $35/VIP from $49 The Jamaican dancehall sensation hopes to charm a few “Beautiful Girls” during his one-off show. Opening the show will be Peter Jackson. O’Brians Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S;

Hawksley Workman

7:30pm; tickets $42.50 Hawksley’s classic Christmas album, Almost a Full Moon, was released 16 years ago and celebrates the season, community, family and song. Emmanuel Church (609 Dufferin Ave.;

Christmas Dinner Theatre 6pm dinner, 7:30pm show; $55 Mini Fridge Theatre and Director Terry schroell present this humourous mishmash of various holiday stories (even some you wouldn’t normally expect). German Cultural Centre (160 Cartwright St. E; p. 36; map 1, L6)

Saskatchewan Rush

7:30pm; tickets from $30.75 The Green and Black hope to go one better in 2018 after losing in the Nll finals. The Rush entertain the New England Blackwolves in their first home contest of the season SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.)

Salute to Vienna

7:30pm; tickets from $57.50 Viennese Conductor Christoph Campestrini will lead Patricia Nessy (soprano), adam Fisher (tenor) and the ssO as champion ballroom dancers twirl away in classic Viennese style. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E;

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Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave.; amigoscantina.

Jan. 13: Martin Janovsky Orchestra (8pm; $25/$20) Jan. 18: Winterruption 2018 feat. Cross Canada Fiddle Fest (8pm; $26.50) Jan. 19: Winterruption 2018 feat. Lindi Ortega w/ Taylor Jade (9pm; $31.50) Jan. 20: Winterruption 2018 feat. Tom Wilson (8pm; $37.50) Jan. 24: Daniel Champagne (8pm; $23/$18) Jan. 26: Jeffery Straker Trio (9pm; $25/$20) Jan. 27: The A/B Trio feat. Kevin Turcotte (8pm; $23/$18) Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; Shows at 8pm except as noted. Dec. 2: The Celtic Tenors (tickets $50.50) Dec. 9: The Good Lovelies Christmas Show (7:30pm; $41.50) Dec. 15: A Louisiana Hayride Christmas (7:30pm; $46.50) Dec. 17: Canada One Five Oh Ho Ho! presented by eclipse Chorus (7:30pm; $25) Dec. 18: saskatchewan express presents All I Want for Christmas is You (7:30pm; $34.50) Jan. 20: Winterruption 2018 feat. The Dead South w/ Gunner+smith ($30.50) Jan. 21: Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II ($49.50) Capitol Music Club (244 1st Ave. N; Shows at 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. Dec. 1: Upper Lakes w/ autopilot, Young James Dec. 2: The Counterfeit Outlaws w/ ray elliott Band, Dirty & The Perks Dec. 4: Aryn El Hefe & Taylor Jade w/ John antoniuk (6pm) Dec. 6: Romaine Calm & Party On—CCFC fundraiser Dec. 8: Highkicks w/ savage Henry & the infamous One Pounders Dec. 10: Ness Creek 2018 Auditions (1pm) Dec. 22: 6th Annual Ugly Cardi Party (8:30pm) Dec. 23: Plan B YXE feat. jOseF kUUsiC, Danger Bay et al Jan. 6: Snowball Dance: Stranger Things 2 Party

com). Shows at 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. Dec. 1: The Wrong Johnsons w/ Malick Dec. 2: The Ellen Froese Rock n’ Roll Show w/ Wolf Willow, The sips Dec. 9: Man Meat w/ Dead Fibres, Black Thunder Dec. 15: Zelda Belladonna & the Deadly Nightshades w/ Good enough, Cryptorchids et al Dec. 29: Live band karaoke w/ The Forks Jan. 11: Daniel Romano w/ guests Jan. 18: Winterruption 2018 feat. Mo Kenney w/ Too soon Monsoon (9pm; tickets $16.50) Jan. 20: Winterruption 2018 feat. Chad VanGaalen (10:30pm; $21.50) The Bassment (202 4th Ave. N; Dec. 1: Randy Woods Band (9pm; tickets $25/ members $20) Dec. 2: Champian Fulton (8pm; $50/$40) Dec. 3: A Classic Christmas w/ Trevor Wingerter & Martin Janovsky (2pm; $25/$20) Dec. 7: Ray Elliot Band w/ Cidne Treen & Harmonica Donna (8pm; $20/$15) Dec. 8: Saskatoon Food Bank Piano-thon (4:30pm; by donation) Dec. 9: Jazz Singer YuleFest w/ the Kim salkeld Quartet (8pm; $28/$23) Dec. 13: Lindsay Beaver & the 24th Street Wailers (8pm; $23/$18) Dec. 15: The Barrelmen (9pm; $25/$20) Dec. 16: Christmas with Solstice (8pm; $35/$25) Dec. 20: The Sultans of String’s Christmas Caravan (8pm; $35/$25) Dec. 22: Nigel Mack Big Band (9pm; $28/$23) Dec. 23: Ian Sinclair Quartet w/ Justice Der & Underline (8pm; $25/$20) Dec. 29: Kenny Marco (9pm; $28/$23) Dec. 30: Vesti & the Vexations (8pm; $25/$20) Dec 31: New Year’s in New Orleans (9pm; $75/$65) Jan. 4: Ellestad Wiik Duo (8pm; $23/$18) Cosmo Seniors Centre (614 11th St. E) Jan. 5: Oliver the Crow (9pm; $23/$18) Jan. 19: Winterruption 2018 feat. Heavy Bell Jan. 6: Gerard Weber Sextet (8pm; $25/$20) (8pm; tickets $26.50) Jan. 12: BC Read Big Band (9pm; $25/$20) Jan. 20: Winterruption 2018 feat. Steve Von Till

w/ respectfulchild (8pm; $21.50)

Dakota Dunes Casino (at Whitecap, SK; 20

min. S on Hwy 219; Dec. 31: Trooper w/ The 100th Meridian (8pm; tickets $45) Delta Bessborough Hotel (601 Spadina Cres. E; in the Adam Ballroom) Jan. 28: Sunday Chamber II: A Bridge Across the seine (2pm; tickets from $15) Emmanuel Anglican Church (609 Dufferin Ave.) Dec. 9: William Prince (8pm; tickets $24.50) Jan. 19: Winterruption 2018 feat. A Special Evening with Close Talker (8:30pm; $26.50) Jan. 20: Winterruption 2018 feat. Begonia w/ Jen lane (8:30pm; $27.50) Knox United Church (838 Spadina Cres. E) Dec. 15: Handel’s Messiah presented by the ssO (7:30pm; tickets from $37) Dec. 16: Sing Along Messiah (2pm; from $37) La Troupe du Jour (914 20th St. W) Jan. 18: Winterruption 2018 feat. Rayannah w/ etienne Fletcher (7:30pm; tickets $14.50) Louis’ Pub (Memorial Union Bldg., 98 Campus Dr.; on Facebook) Dec. 8–9: Colter Wall (7pm; sold out) Dec. 18: All That Remains (7pm; tickets $23.50) Jan. 18: Winterruption 2018 feat. Dehli to Dublin w/ DJ Khanvict (9pm; $24.50) Jan. 19: Winterruption 2018 feat. Red Fang w/ shooting Guns (9pm; $24.50) O’Brians Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S; Dec. 1: The Rural Alberta Advantage w/ Yukon Blonde (8pm; tickets $25/VIP $45) Dec. 16: One Bad Son w/ league of Wolves, Whale & the Wolf (8pm; $30) Dec. 22: Bombargo w/ Ponteix, The ashley Hundred (8pm; $20/VIP $40) Jan. 27: Glorp: Beer Pong Tourney feat. The Classy Chassys w/ soft Cotton (2pm; $12/person, $40/team) Jan. 28: James Barker Band w/ Meghan Patrick, JoJo Mason (8pm; $26/VIP $46)


THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI [STAGED READING] JANUARY 12-14 Hitler/Gangster/President - A call to speak up.

BUTCHER JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 14 Terrifying in its power and dilemma. War Crimes: Do you want peace or justice?

ONEGIN MARCH 21 - APRIL 4 A Hip New Musical. A romantic voice in our time of dark cynicism.


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Time and ticket prices TBD returning after a brief hiatus, this fabulous mid-winter fete features local musicians, great food and lots of visuals to consider from near and far. it’s a great way to see the new gallery between exhibitions and rub shoulders with the city’s trend-setting hipsters. event info won’t be released until later in December, so keep your ears and eyes peeled and your credit card handy: once tickets go on sale, they’ll likely sell out in a few hours (it’s that popular)! Remai Modern (100 Spadina Cres. E;


Winterruption 2018

Various showtimes and ticket prices; it’s the third year in a row for this massive mid-winter music and arts festival, this year featuring the likes of Foam lake, Mo Kenney (pictured), red Fang, Chad Van Gaalen, a host of free outdoor storytelling events for the family and much, much more. Various venues, incl. Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.), The Bassment (202 4th Ave. N) and Amigo’s Cantina (706 Dufferin Ave.)

Jan30 Milky Chance

8pm; tickets $51.50 The German alt-folk duo of guitarist/singer Clemens rehbein, DJ and producer Philipp Dausch, and guitarist antonio Greger have produced several massive hits (“stolen Dance”, “Flashed Junk Mind”, “Down by the river”) and are currently winding up their world tour with a stop in downtown saskatoon. Opening will be lewis Capaldi. O’Brians Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S;



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6:30pm; tickets $45 For the uninitiated, Malanka is a celebration of the old New Year (according to the Julian calendar) and is nothing short of a great excuse to eat, dance and party with Ukrainians. Dancing by the Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet ensemble, with music by prairie polka kings The Western senators. Dakota Dunes Casino (Whitecap, SK; 20 min. S on Hwy 219;

Saskatoon Blades hockey

2pm; tickets from $19 The hometown hockey heroes continue to battle for the WHl east Division title. The Blades’ annual New Year’s Day tilt will pit them against the swift Current Broncos. SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.)

The Sound of Music

7:30pm; tickets from $45 relive the beauty and simplicity of the rogers & Hammerstein musical starring Maria and the Von Trapps. sing along to “My Favourite Things”, “Do-re-Mi”, “edelweiss” and more. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E;


7:30pm; tickets from $25 Guest conductor Tania Miller (a U of s Music Dept. grad) leads soloist Guy Few (trumpet) as they perform works written by Canadian John estacio in honour of Canada 150. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E)

Brett Kissel

8pm; tickets $45 The pride of Flat lake, aB, has won a JUNO award for Breakthrough artist and had five Billboard Canada hits, including raise Your Glass and 3-2-1. Dakota Dunes Casino (20 min. S on Hwy 219;

PotashCorp Wintershines

Various events and times; most events free (Snow Park entry fee $2) ice sculptures. The snow Park. The annual soup cook-off. Full event list at Most events centred on the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (414 Ave. B S)


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Winterruption Underground Open Tue–Sat 10am–5:30pm. Dec. 9–Jan. 20: Intersections by Shelley Miller. Saskatchewan-born, Montreal-based Miller will show works from her two recent series using the tradition of quilting and patchwork in new conceptual ways. These works all continue her interest in aggrandizing craft practices, bringing domestic references out of the home and into the public realm. The play between micro and macro scale also address the value dichotomy traditionally associated between high art vs. low art (art vs. craft).

Affinity Gallery (813 Broadway Ave.; saskcraft-

aka gallery (424 20th St. W;

Open Tue–Fri noon–6pm, Sat noon–4pm. Through Dec. 8: La vie fragile by Anne Brochu Lambert, Zoé Fortier, Jean-Sébastien Gauthier, Michèle Mackasey, Claude Morin, Laura St. Pierre and Adèle Suveges. This collection of works by seven Fransaskois artists assembles pieces of contemporary art solidly rooted in our everyday world. With their bold sense of engagement, these works bear witness to an evolving, sentient universe, holding up a mirror to a reality in flux. Questions that touch on identity, parentage, origins, traditions, places and nature intersect, presenting a real panorama of the questioning engaged in by artists living under the ever-changing skies of Saskatchewan.

Text by Tyson McShane (@TysonMcShane)

Winter is here, which usually means things slow down a bit; we tend to hide away or at best slouch in the corner of a cosy cafe (or bar, or bathtub) with a warm (or stiff) drink. Fortunately, The Broadway Theatre has seemingly made it their mission to remind us that winter is indeed a time to get out of the house thanks to their (relatively) new festival, [in partnership with the Regina Folk Festival], Winterruption. Here are a few highlights from the more underground side of the festival’s 2018 lineup.

Jan18 Tim Hecker

8:30pm; tickets $28.50 Legendary experimental ambient-noise peddler Tim Hecker brings his massive sound to Emmanuel Anglican Church. Hecker’s most recent album, Love Streams, “takes inspiration from 15th century choral scores transposed to an artificial intelligence-era language of digital resonance and bright synths.” Mid-winter in the lovely, warm confines of an old church seems like the perfect place to take in, and be overwhelmed by, Hecker’s legendary live show. Emmanuel Anglican Church (609 Dufferin Ave.)


Partner w/ Duchess Says 10:30pm; $16.50 Partner (pictured above) are two best friends from Nova Scotia who write ripping, power pop singalongs. Their festival closing set at MoSo2016


ended with half the crowd singing along, even though most of the songs hadn’t been released yet. The songs are that infectious that by the second chorus, they feel like an old favorite that you’ve had on repeat for weeks. It’s catchy and they are great. Duchess Says first played Amigo’s back in the mid-2000’s when they’d just come off a tour opening for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs: taking their stadium-ready live show and squeezing it into tiny Amigo’s made for one of the most intense shows I’d been to in a long time. My clearest memory is lead singer Annie-Claude Deschenes spending half the set in the audience, often resulting in audience members not being sure whether it was terrifying or exhilarating. To say they put on an engaging show is a massive understatement. Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave.) Tyson McShane has toured across Canada, the US, UK and Europe, and released four albums with his band Slow Down Molasses. He also cocurated MoSoFest from 2012 to 2016, presenting some of the most exciting new music from across North America, next to Saskatoon’s finest bands. @TysonMcShane @SlowdownMolasse


The Gallery (228 3rd Ave. S; Open

Mon–Sat 10am–5pm (Thu 10am–8pm). Dec. 2–30: Group Show. This group exhibition to finish off the year includes select works fresh from a variety of artist’s studios as well as some hidden treasures from the racks. Featuring new landscape paintings by Rebecca Perehudoff and a series of expressionistic abstract-figurative works by Leesa Streifler.

The Gallery at Frances Morrison Library (311 23rd St. E; Open during regular library hours. Through Dec. 21: Liquid Luxury by David Stonhouse. In ancient times, Roman bathhouses served as luxurious cultural centre. Commoners and elites alike could relax and view great works of art amongst highly adorned surroundings. The artist’s view is a return to that tradition. Ukrainian Museum of Canada (910 Spadina Cres. E; Open Tue–Sat 10am–5pm.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park (RR4, Penner Road; Open during regular park hours. Through Jan. 31: The Next 150—Visions of Canada’s Future by the Sakewewak Artists’ Collective. With artists Kevin McKenzie, Paulette Poitras, Jamie Reynolds, Bill Stevenson, Nadya Kwandibens, Jason Baerg, Larissa Kitchemonia, Christi Belcourt and Theresa Vander Meer-Chasse, each exploring the question: “What will the relationship between Canada and Indigenous people be like in the next 150 years?”. Through Jan. 31: Oskâyi Askîy by Jason Baerg. Oskâyi Askîy, which means The New World in Cree, explores themes of human survivance as engaged by Anishinaabe cultural theorist Gerald Vizenor, who he writes about “the enunciations of dominance, tragedy and victimry.” The exhibition carries survivance into reflective spaces of activation, as we now witness international artistic trends engulfing the apocalyptic.

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arts&theatre Jan. 25–28: Peach by Danielle roy (Thu–Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; $25). Peach is a young girl longing for true love, but will it be all she’s hoping? as she soon discovers, love isn’t all that TV makes it out to be. Based on a harrowing and beautiful true story, Peach is a gritty coming-of-age tale exploring sex, love, beauty and the games we play in order to deal with raw emotions. Presented by saskatoon’s Gumshoe Productions. see

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Greystone Theatre (118 Science Pl., U of S

campus; Dec. 1–2: Season’s Greetings by Morris Panych (8pm; $22). Directed by Pamela Haig Bartley, this dark comedy set at Christmas upsets the traditional notions of peace, love and goodwill to all. a handsome novelist invited to join the Bunker household’s festivities finds himself immersed in old family tensions, petty jealousies, and a malfunctioning toy wreaks havoc on their (largely) well-intentioned holiday plans. equally poignant and farcical, it’s social satire at “the most wonderful time of the year”.

Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre (at the Broadway Theatre; 715 Broadway Ave.) Dec. 6–10: Vegas Vacation—A Rez Xmas Story by Curtis Peeteetuce (Wed–Fri 8pm, Sat–Sun 2pm; tickets $23.50). Zula, Clare and sihkos are determined to have a Christmas vacation, so the ladies head off to Vegas with hopes of catching a glimpse of Tom Jones and playing the biggest game of bingo ever. it’s a Christmas road trip with lots of clever jokes that showcase a wry aboriginal sense of humour. Visit La Troupe du Jour (914 20th St. W;

Dec. 2: Madame Diva chante Noël by Jocelyne Baribeau and alexis Normand (10am, 2pm; tickets $22). This magical and touching show presents Madame Diva in a softer light as she reminds her public of the importance of staying true to one’s convictions. it’s educational, amusing, and features a perpetually smiling snowman, a camel, musician elves and the Diva herself.

Persephone Theatre (100 Spadina Cres. E.; Jan. 12–14: The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertold Brecht (8pm; $15). Kevin Williamson directs a staged reading of Brecht’s poignant 1941 piece (as translated by George Tabori). The German heavyweight wrote Arturo Ui while waiting for a visa to enter the Us. it sounds the alarm against the complacency of believing that the events of an era could never be repeated at another time in another place. in these strange days when we can hardly believe what we see in an era of fake news and state capture by corporate interests, this play demands of artists to frame a response. This will be Persephone’s.

The Refinery (609 Dufferin Ave.)

Jan. 18–20: Winterruption feat. SPIN by Evalyn Parry (7:30pm; tickets $30.50). an innovative, award-winning Toronto artist takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey as her tour-de-force performance celebrates the bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent of social change. inspired in part by the incredible true tale of annie londonderry—the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894—this web of stories travels from the 19th century women’s emancipation to 21st century consumer culture, peeling back layers of history to ultimately reveal a profoundly contemporary and personal aspect to the show.



Riversdale Community Free Movie Day Showtimes start at 1pm; free admission

TCU Place (35 22nd St E.;

Dec. 15–16: The Wizard of Oz (Fri 7:30pm/ Sat 1pm, 7:30pm; tickets $53). There’s no place like home as this wonderful Broadway musical twists its way into saskatoon. Children and adults alike will be captivated by this trip down the Yellow Brick road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly lion, Tin Man and scarecrow. a lavish production, TWOO features breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and all the iconic songs.


Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; Dec. 1: The Saskatoon Soaps Improv Comedy Troupe present Pretty Paper, Pretty (9:30pm; tickets $12) Jan. 26: The Saskatoon Soaps (9:30pm; $12)

Dakota Dunes Casino (at Whitecap, SK; 20

min. S on Hwy 219; Jan. 11: Brent Butt (8pm; tickets $40)

Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (924 Spadina Cres. E,

in the Park Town Hotel; All regular shows start at 9pm; tickets from $20. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve feat. Matt O’Brien & Marito Lopez (7:30pm; tickets $69)

it’s a triple bill of Christmas stories at one of the city’s two beloved old-school theatres. starting off this annual holiday movie extravaganza will be “The Polar express” (2004; 100 min), followed by “Jack Frost” (1998; 101 min) and finishing up with the Hugh Grant rom-com “love actually” (2003; 145 min). Heap on the real butter topping and enjoy! The Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W;

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TCU Place (35 22nd St E.;

Dec. 2: The Nutcracker Meets Duke Ellington presented by the ssO w/ the saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (7:30pm; tickets from $53) Dec. 4–5: K of C Christmas Carol Festival (7pm; from $3) Dec. 21–22: The Fireside Singers’ Christmas (7:30pm; $40)

Vangelis Tavern (801 Broadway Ave.; on Face-

book). All shows 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. Dec. 9: Maelstrom Vale w/ Northern Fallout, Nuclear Feedback et al Dec. 21: Faith Healer w/ Cecil Frena, slow Down Molasses et al Jan. 18: Winterruption 2018 feat. Foam Lake (9pm; tickets $14.50) Jan. 19: Winterruption 2018 feat. Today is the Day w/ adolyne ($21.50) Jan. 20: Winterruption 2018 feat. Guantanamo Baywatch w/ raeburn ($16.50)

Village Guitars (432 20th St. W;


Dec. 4: Mike Plume (8pm; tickets $16.50) Dec. 31: A Village New Year’s Eve with Big Stuff (7:30pm; $55) Jan. 11: Danny Michel (8pm; $21.50)

swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn (pictured) arrives to engage gallery goers for a month in an honest exchange of ideas, learning and beyond. any member of the public can be part of his ongoing presentation but must be prepared to present a 30-minute workshop on something of value that can be taught to him (and others). There’s no catch and paid remuneration will be forthcoming to those who decide to engage Hirshhorn during the month he will be in-house at the gallery. Remai Modern Gallery (100 Spadina Cres. E;

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health&beauty Munching on gingerbread cookies and a few potato chips shouldn’t come with the added guilt that you’ve undone all your healthy habits: Tips from an expert on surviving the gauntlet of holiday buffet tables

Be Mindful of What’s on the Plate Text by Naomi Zurevinski

time of year. Humans don’t have great willpower anyway, and that’s just a self-sabotaging mentality,” Brooke says. “You don’t need better will-power; what you need is to be mindful and to feel okay about your choices.” Let it go: the holidays are about more than just food and it’s a time to enjoy friends and family. “Just don’t sweat it. In the New Year—not that you have to hit the gym and go crazy—just get back into your healthy normal routine. Get back to your food routine, get back to your work routine, and whatever exercise routine you have. You’re going to bounce back quickly if you get back to your routine, and you don’t have to feel like it has to be a three month recovery.” For anyone really struggling with their food relationship, Bulloch suggests talking with a dietician. “It’s good to talk with a dietician who understands disordered eating or mindful eating. I would say most of the population has some sort of disrupted relationship with food; nobody’s alone in that.”

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The holidays are nearing and your calendar is starting to fill with parties, potlucks, and get-togethers with family and friends. But as the holiday season approaches, with it comes the all-too-familiar overabundance of food. It often leaves many of us feeling stuffed, uncomfortable, and yet somehow reaching for more. Although it’s a time for celebration and enjoyment, late December can also be a source of stress and anxiety, especially for those who have a disordered or difficult relationship with food. Trying to stay healthy or stick to a food plan can be impossible when you face the looming presence of endless platters of holiday baking and dinners that are more than 50 per cent carbohydrates. Brooke Bulloch, a registered dietician and the president of Saskatoon’s Food to Fit ( dietician and nutritionist team, notes that holiday food anxiety often comes from the fear of weight gain. “I think people really fear that they’re going to totally sabotage their nutrition goals, and often in our society, the goal is weight loss or concerns weight issues. People fear they’re going to gain 20 pounds over the holidays and not lose it, and that they don’t have any self-control around food,” Bulloch says. “For people who have food anxiety or who have some binge-eating tendencies, it’s important to address that prior [to the holidays], so that you can come up with some


strategies that will work for you.” Interestingly, a 2016 study in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at holiday weight gain in Japan, Germany and the US. The average weight gain over the holiday season: only not even 1kg. Minimal weight gain or not, Bulloch has some keen suggestions for how to better navigate the buffet lines and office parties this year. Mindful indulging means being choosy about your favourite foods and leaving the rest behind. Before picking up a plate, take a look at what is being served and decide what you really want to eat. “There’s a quote that I often use, and it comes from a dietician in the United States named Evelyn Tribole: ‘If you don’t love it, don’t eat it. And if you love it, savour it.’ And so much of what’s going on [during the holidays] is that we’re just slamming back food, and we’re not even tasting it,” Brooke says. “I love (Tribole’s) mantra because it gets people thinking about what their favourite things are. For me, I can totally do without Nanaimo bars, but a sugar cookie—that has to be on my plate.” When it does come to nutrition and diet, what we do during the other 11 months of the year is more important than what we do during the holidays. “It’s not about willpower, especially at this


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• Avoid classifying food as good or bad, healthy or junk. although some food is healthier than others, labelling food this way isn’t helpful for anxiety or for enjoying your choices. • Drop the all-or-nothing mentality. Throwing in the towel during the holiday season and completely letting go will only lead to feeling more poorly and further guiltridden overeating. • Stay hydrated. sometimes when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. Drinking enough water can keep you feeling full and energized. This is especially important when it comes to alcohol and caffeine consumption during the festivities. • Change your food environment to reduce mindless munching. Bring out the treats after supper—not before—so that everyone can have their fill but then put them away; out of sight, out of mind. • Use The Plate Method. During the main meal, divide your plate up: half for vegetables, a quarter for proteins and a quarter for starches. if you only have a quarter of your plate for starches, you will be more choosy about what you actually want to eat, which gets you thinking about mindful indulging. For more helpful hints, see

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Keep It Simple, Shoppers


Flock & Gather Winter Wonders Craft Market Fri 4:30–9:30pm, Sat 10am–5pm; free admission Arguably the most-anticipated little Christmas market in the city. St. Joseph’s Parish Hall (535 8th St. E)


Sundog Arts & Entertainment Faire Fri 5–10pm, Sat 10am–9pm, Sun 11am-5pm; $10/day/2-day pass $15 (Google images)

The point of the holidays isn’t to outspend your family or to buy the most expensive gift. It’s not what’s under the tree that counts but what our giving says about ourselves, especially when thinking about those who’ve yet to enjoy Christmas Text by Tiara Jackle Christmas is right around the corner, which means many people are in the process of purchasing gifts. Finding the right gift can be stressful, but supporting local businesses and purchasing sustainably made products makes it less so since what you spend your money on speaks about the type of world that you support. Support local and you support a healthier planet. It sounds difficult, right? But it is really simple! Avoid plastic, resist fads and invest in products of high quality that will have a long lifespan. I hope this article helps you make this Christmas season that much more sustainable and inspires you to bring a level of sustainability into all other aspects of your life. We only have one planet. Let’s ensure future generations get to enjoy it too.

Shop where, specifically?

Shopping sustainably really can be easy, even here in Saskatoon. Many stores and local businesses provide opportunities to shop smart, buy local and minimize your impact on the environment. Buying for Aphrodite? Green Tree Beauty ( is located in Alchemy*Salon*Tattoos*Piercings (615 2nd Ave. N) and offers sustainably made and natural cosmetics, likewise Uncle Mike’s All Natural Products (, the skin and body products producer at the Saskatoon


Farmer’s Market (414 Ave. B S; The market itself gathers food vendors, crafters, cafes and more under one roof to help you keep your money in the province. Locally owned stores such as Hazlewood Vintage (120 20th St. W;, Better Off Duds (510A 33rd St. W; betteroffduds. ca) or 33rd Street Vintage Market (410 33rd St. W; @33rdstvintagemarket), for example, offer high-quality vintage items. These expertly curated stores feature very well made items that still have many more years of life left in them—not to mention many are handcrafted! Also, most vintage items are made from natural fibres, real wood, glass or metal, meaning that they will all naturally decompose when thrown away or that they can be safely recycled. Also, by purchasing an item second hand saves a perfectly good item from the landfill and promotes less wasteful manufacturing of unnecessary products.

Spend time, not money

Some Christmas gifts do not need to be expensive at all! Try hand-making your gifts! If you have some glass jars lying around (and if you don’t, Value Village is a great place to look) and simple ingredients found from the kitchen, put together some DIY body scrubs, lip scrubs, lotions and other natural products; they’re easy to make and to give! A handmade gift shows that you put some thought and effort into making it.


Now in its 40th year is the city’s biggest preChristmas craft event with 100s of vendors. SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.)


Christmas Night Market 4–8pm; free admission Browse for gifts and enjoy holiday cheer with your favourite vendors. Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (414 Ave. B S) Even a promise of spending time with a friend/ family member or making special treats for someone is another way to make the season more joyous and memorable.

Re-useable wrapping

Another big aspect of Christmas is the gift packaging. Most wrapping paper and gift bags cannot be recycled, so it ends up going into the landfill. This can be easily avoided by switching to some eco-friendly methods: Have extra pillowcases, sheets, scarves or tablecloths lying around your home? Wrap your gifts using the “furoshiki” practice—there are tons of tutorials on youtube. You can knot the fabric, or secure it with a broach, and fabrics can be continually reused to wrap presents over and over! Another way to wrap gifts is with newspapers, paper bags or old road maps, which can all be recycled afterward! For more tips on how to make this Christmas more sustainable, check out sustainablescientists. org/18-tips-for-how-to-have-an-eco-friendlychristmas. Tiara Jackle is the blogger behind Raw Fashion Blog (@rawfashionblog). She studies Renewable Resource Management at the University of Saskatchewan. In her pursuit to live a more sustainable life, she incorporates her love for vintage and environmentally friendly products into her everyday life.

The Joy of Giving: Make a difference Text by Susan Gallagher We have the honour and pleasure of helping our customers find something beautiful to give to someone they love or care for. as i watch faces light up when discovering that special gift, i ask myself, “Why do we find such joy in giving and why is it so much more joyful during the holiday season?” i believe it is because this season is a time when we traditionally reflect on the past year and remember the good fortune we have experienced. it is a time to get cozy and gather to celebrate and be

“is this the world you want? // You’re making it. // every day you’re alive. // You change the world.” – Switchfoot thankful for the love and support we have been given. This time of year inspires us to share these feelings of love and goodwill, so we reach out to those around us and to those who haven’t had a good year—those who need someone in their corner. True giving from our hearts feeds our souls and brings joy to our lives. The really great thing about giving is that it is contagious. if i’ve been given a gift of kindness, time or something pretty, it makes me feel so good and i want to share

that feeling with someone else by giving back to them. The more we give, the better we feel. The better we feel, the happier we are and so the circle goes. saskatoon is an amazing city; year round there are philanthropic events going on but especially during the holidays. in our little shop we will again this year be offering a wrapping service with proceeds going to the lymphedema association of saskatchewan ( We do this to raise awareness of this disease and provide a few dollars

to help those who need it. You will find many opportunities to make a difference for someone throughout the city. Check out the box on p. 26 to learn more. We love the generosity of spirit that comes at this time of year and look forward to sharing the joy of the season with you! We all make a difference. Susan Gallagher is the owner and happiness maven of Soul Paper (@ lovesoulpaper). She strives to encourage joy every day through her love of people, paper, art and stationery.


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On Olivia: Navy asymmetrical Hi-Lo top, Waterloo Yoga jeans, INZI crystal and gold clutch, Stuart Weitzman black suede flat w/ jewels and pearls; on Kylie: Coming Up Roses gown w/ tulip-style skirt, Stuart Weitzman black leather boot-style sandal; on Kelsey: Luxe Lace dress w/ keyhole detailing, INZI black leather pearl handbag, Stuart Weitzman black suede and pearl pump; on Chantelle: Purple Passion satin finish dress, VAN ELi black leather lace-ups; on Kristen: grey Bossbabe dress w/ open back, black and metal INZI shoulder bag, Stuart Weitzman black suede ankle boot; on Mykaela: long-sleeve Beaded Beauty dress, Onex studded black leather sandal. All clothing provided by Luxquisite Boutique. All shoes and handbags provided by Bricker’s Shoes. Olivia, Kylie, Kelsey, Chantelle, Kristen and Mikhaila appear courtesy of the Original 16 Saskatchewan Crush Dance Team. Photography: Amy Thorp Photography. Location: Cactus Club Cafe, Downtown Saskatoon.

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1. Prairie Proud toque in forest green. Prairie Proud (120 Sonnenschein Way; 2. Now Designs flannel deer Christmas stocking. Anthology Home Collection (126 20th St. W; 3. Clock made from found wood and wagon wheel hub. Hen & Chick Studios (120 Sonnenschein Way.; 4. Deerhide and rabbit fur mukluks by Mary Masuskapoe. Wanuskewin Heritage Park gift shop (RR4, Penner Road; 5. #IndianLovePoems by Tenille K. Campbell. Turning the Tide (615 Main St.; 6. Cavallini Canadian Pacific Canada 2018 wall calendar. Soul Paper (118 20th St. W; 7. Handmade cherry wood canoe paddle by Mark Prefontaine. Handmade House (710 Broadway Ave.; 8. Handmade felted loon by Heike Fink. Handmade House

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1. Mountain Fir greeting card by Brant rumpel. Joyne Market Place (101-733 Broadway Ave.; 2. standout Puzzle featuring artwork by Denyse Klette. Hen & Chick Studios (120 Sonnenschein Way; 3. little Bird Patisserie & Cafe onesie. Anthology Home Collection (126 20th St. W; 4. Motte Jewelry handmade crystal and silver necklace. Joyne Market Place (101-733 Broadway Ave.; 5. leather belt by Ted Jordan. Broadway Shoe Repair (638 Broadway Ave.; 6. ChickskiPress “saskatoon” print. Joyne Market Place (101-733 Broadway Ave.; 7. “starchild” (30cm x 60cm) by Kevin Peeace. ( 8. Prairie Proud tank top. Prairie Proud (120 Sonnenschein Way; 9. little shop of ellesee “Paris of the Prairies” t-shirt. Soul Paper (118 20th St. W;




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DEC. 2 ND Author ReNEE KOHLMAN recipe book signing: Meet the Author and sample sweets from her new cookbook

Dec. 9th SANTA IS AT THE MARKET 10am-12 noon: Bring a donation for the Saskatoon Food Bank and Get your photo taken with Santa

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1. Main and local poutine snow globe. Glitch Gifts (120 Sonnenschein Way; 2, 3. abbott Canada Christmas ornaments. McQuarries Tea & Coffee Merchants (708 Broadway Ave.; 4. little Bird Patisserie & Cafe onesie. Little Bird Patisserie & Cafe (258 Ave. B S.; 5. Busy Box shop upcycled, handmade activity boxes. The Whimsy Store (477 33rd St. W; 6. Mashenka rose mini crayon art folio. Joyne Market Place (101-733 Broadway Ave.; 7. Fidoodle wooden story block sets. Green Ark (212 20th St. W; 8. Nooks handmade upcycled baby booties. The Better Good (714 Broadway Ave.; 9. saskatchewan rush baby replica jersey. Saskatchewan Rush Lacrosse Club (9-123 2nd Ave. S;

Got some extra time, food or money this holiday season? Consider giving a helping hand to these worthy local causes: Big Brothers Big Sisters Saskatoon ( Friendship Inn ( Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre ( Saskatoon Open Door Society (

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For the Love of Seriously Good Baking Interview by Paul Miazga Main photo by Tasha Altman

little Bird Patisserie & Café founder and co-owner Kim Butcher went from 0 to 60 in the baking world almost overnight thanks in part to grandma Gwinn and mom she’s been to Paris a few times and was featured in November on the Food Network Canada program The Baker Sisters. After five years as a baker, Kim Butcher of little Bird Patisserie & Café is now starting to see the fruits of her labours, even if her sole consolation these days is not having to show up for work before dawn. Five years ago this Christmas, Butcher started selling her little Bird Patisserie macarons in those cute little blue and white packages over at ingredients artisan Market. What started as a simple request of her then boss to bring in some treats for staff quickly steamrolled into a sales opportunity at the market and then a fully operating and functioning pastry and café business just 12 months later. she smiles thinking back on how it all came together.

Where it all started “i always wanted to do a café,” Butcher says. “When i was 5 i really wanted an eZ-Bake Oven but my mom said, ‘No. If you want to learn to bake, you will not be doing it with a light bulb.’” Butcher liked to hang around the kitchen during her childhood and

looked forward every Christmas to her grandma. at the age of 11, her mom Trudy suggested she learn her grandmother Gwinn’s recipe for shortbread cookies since dementia was swiftly robbing her of the ability to think and function independently. “The very next year, she wouldn’t have been able to do it,” Butcher says, adding that the recipe they use in the café today is the same one she learned back then. “i have this emotional connection to these cookies and baking them, like i’m carrying on something of her.” in getting the café started, Butcher teamed up with former U of s classmate Tasha altman, someone she met during an indigenous literature class more than 12 years ago. “Tasha sat down beside me because she liked my water bottle,” Butcher says. The two did a class project together on “Half Breed” by saskatchewan-born Maria Campbell, and the Metis author visited the café just months after it opened in December 2013.

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keys to her hard-won success (she has only recently been able to cut back her hours and now starts work at 6am instead of 4am), Butcher credits her success on a few things: a solid business plan [to survive they had to serve more than just desserts]; the emphasis on nice packaging at ingredients [her logo was designed by SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Marketing Coordinator Jacqueline Conway]; an unexpected business opportunity to open a stand-alone café in riversdale courtesy of Carla scharback [her neighbour at Anthology in the old Adilman Building]; her grandmother’s recipes; and, not skimping on quality ingredients. “early on, people came into the bakery expecting puffed wheat cake, marshmallow squares—that sort of thing,” Butcher says. “We had to politely explain what we were really about, and if people bought something they didn’t know we’d tell them that if they don’t like it, they could bring it back. No one ever brought anything back.” Today, the café rolls out shortbread cookies, macarons, croissants

Little Bird Patisserie & Café by the numbers (per week): • Butter: 40-50kg • Milk: 50L • Cream: 32L • Sugar: 40kg • Eggs: 75 dozen and their signature cruffins by the hundreds each week, with customers often lined up at the door before they open in the mornings. The day of their Food Network Canada appearance, they had twice as many people as they needed for the shoot.

No surprises here What would surprise most people then about working in a fairly classic French patisserie? “Most people would walk in off the street and recognize everything we have in the kitchen—we do lots on a regular stove top,” Butcher says. “about the only thing people wouldn’t recognize is the sheeter, for rolling all the cookie and pastry dough. “it’s hard to do what we do using local products,” she says, adding that for the lunch menu (which features breads from The Night Oven, meats from The Cure and eggs from a vendor just outside the city), it’s a lot easier. “But to make the pastries you need the right kinds of super-fine pastry flours and sugars. People want tasty, pretty things and that’s what they expect when they come here.”

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Ramen bowls, Pho and Bento Box sushi sets, including vegan & vegetarian options

Primal 423 20th St. W; experienced

local chefs Christie Peters and Kyle Michaels (of The Hollows fame) serve fresh pasta and more in this dark, earthy space. Open Wed–Sat 5pm–10pm. $$$

Taverna 219 21st St. E; on Facebook. a downtown staple for italian dining since the 70s, the new makeover has created a more open atmosphere. Open Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat–Sun 5–10pm. $$$


Christie’s Il Secondo 802C Broadway Ave.;

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Famoso Pizzeria 2921 8th St. E, 134 Primrose

Dr. (by Lawson Heights Mall); on Facebook. This Canadian chain produces out-of-this-world pizza and daily specials to tempt you into appetizers or desserts. Open Tue–Sat 10am–8pm. $$

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Una Pizza 707 Broadway Ave.; This locally owned joint serves California-influenced cuisine, thin-crust pizzas and wine by the glass. Open Sun– Thu 11:30am–10pm, Fri–Sat 11:30am–midnight. $$


Asian Hut 320 Ave. C S. The best pho soup in town and daily lunch deals at this gem in riversdale. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, 5–9pm, Sat–Sun 11am–9pm. $ Golden Pagoda 411 2nd Ave. N; goldenpagoda. ca. Try the green tea salad or coconut chicken soup, and chat up owner lujo for some friendly banter. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, Mon–Sat 5–9pm. $$ Keo’s 1013 Broadway Ave. lao, Cambodian and Thai mainstays in one locale. Not cheap, but good food shouldn’t be anyway. Open Sun–Mon 4:30–10pm, Tue–Sat 11am–2pm, 4:30–9pm. $$ Royal Thai 2-325 3rd Ave. N; Tasty Thai curries, spicy tom sum, noodle dishes and beyond. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 4–9pm. $$

Saskatoon Asian 136 2nd Ave. South, 306-665-

5959. Pan-asian cuisine in a sunny upstairs dining room. Open Mon-Sat 11am–2:30pm, 4:30–9pm. $$ Seasoned Fusion Tastes 230 21st St. E; on Facebook. a must for pho, Bento boxes, ramen and sushi. Open Mon–Thu 11am–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm. $$ White Lotus 4-15 Worobetz Pl.; whitelotusrestaurant. net. Top noodle bowls, spring rolls and service put this spot top of the heap when it comes to Vietnamese dining in town. Open Mon–Sat 11am–8:30pm. $


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Karma Conscious Café & Eatery 2-157 2nd Ave.

N; a downtown delight serving lattes to go and delicious lunches. The cuisine fuses Mediterranean, Indian and other influences. Open Mon– Fri 7:30am–6pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–5pm. $$

Nosh Eatery & Tap 820 Broadway Ave.; artful vegetarian meals that are tasty and yet satisfy one’s daily nutritional needs. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun noon–11pm. $$

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Fresh, organic, cold-pressed juices, super-food smoothies, lunches and more. Open Mon–Tue 8am–6pm, Wed– Fri 8am–7pm, Sat 9am–6pm, Sun 10am–4pm. $$

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Besting the Rest at... Borscht Text, recipe and photo by Scott Dicks

Scott Dicks’ Rural Borscht 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil 1 onion, sliced 1 large potato, halved and quartered 2 large beets, peeled, halved and quartered 6 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced salt and pepper some thyme, 1 bay leaf 2 litres chicken stock Pinch of dried chilis sauté vegetables in olive oil for 5-7 minutes. Cover with stock, simmer until soft (about 30 min.), season, blend and strain. Garnish with dill yogurt, soured cabbage, and pickled beets

Soured Cabbage ¼ head of cabbage, thinly sliced salt, pepper, white wine vinegar season cabbage with a nice amount of salt, add a few cracks of fresh black pepper and a splash or two of white wine vinegar. leave on your counter, covered, for 2-3 days.

Dill Yogurt

if saskatchewan could have a provincial dish, borscht would probably be it. With the influx of Eastern European settlers in the early 20th century came the cuisine that still influences how we cook and what we eat today. As for who really knows how to work the beets, we have our say: Borscht is a beautiful thing for so many reasons. sour, salty, sweet, earthy, warm, refreshing; it’s truly a soup that eats like a meal. What makes borscht so fantastic is the fact that no two bowls will be the same: every country, every region, every family will have their own personal take on the “recipe”…which in itself seems so beautifully inconsistent and individualistic, like you’re tasting someone’s signature version with every spoonful. From the broth (pork, chicken, beef, vegetable) to the garnishes (sour cream, yogurt, pickles, herbs) and everything in between, borsht really does feel like an invitation into a family’s culinary history. Staffers from flow magazine went around recently, sampling for your benefit various local takes on this iconic beetroot soup.

Who’s Your Baba? a saskatoon staple for over 30 years, Baba’s Homestyle Perogies (720B 51st St. E) keeps its main focus on the dumplings, but they do have a little eatery and the city’s only drive-thru for cabbage rolls and coffee. Perogies, their smokies and pies are the staples here, and of course so is their Borscht and a Bun. Very reasonably priced and

served with a generous dollop of sour cream, this was a pretty tasty encounter. Baba’s gives a nice long stew to its borscht: soft textures, concentrated flavours and worth the trip up to 51st.

Pairs Well with a Pint Winston’s Pub (243 21st St. E) in the old Hotel Senator: Went for a pint, left with a borscht. Winston’s is known for their beer selection and vibrant atmosphere, but turns out they have a pretty decent Tomato Borscht. slightly sour, nicely cooked veggies, and it pairs really well with a pint of Nokomis Brown ale.

While Over in Riversdale… For summer Borscht in the wintertime, familyrun A-R Perogies (810 Ave. L S) sells perogie soup, pickles, pies and farmer sausage out of a tiny retail space in the alphabets. Their take on take home borscht is very nice: lots of herbs, potatoes and sausage mean it’s packed with flavour. Definitely worth the visit to see beautiful King George school across the street and get frozen perogies by the dozen.

D-Drifters 5-star Stuff Known for their crepes, Drift Sidewalk Café (339 Ave. A) also makes a fantastic bowl of

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1 cup full fat yogurt, drained in cheesecloth or in a coffee filter overnight 1 tbsp (30g) chopped fresh dill salt and pepper to taste Mix all ingredients together in the morning and allow flavours to develop before serving.

Borscht. Thinnish, this extremely flavourful beet broth comes with fresh dill, sour cream and a nice piece of panini’d toast. For a light lunch, tea latte afterwards and some sunshine through the windows, it’s fantastic and tops among sit-down restaurants in town. it’s on the menu only occasionally, so try asking Shereen nicely: maybe she can make an inquiry for you in the kitchen.

A True Touch of Ukraine lyzanne Foth, aka Soupr ( eatsoupr) has been making soups for a while now, so don’t sleep on this gem—tops around town according to my tastes for best overall. Her beet-based borscht comes across earthy, hearty and delicious, with a very nice broth, chunks of potato and shredded beets. it’s rich without being too thick, hearty without weighing you down.

Scott Dicks is the Chef/Owner of Rural, specializing in private dinners, catering, restaurant consulting, and cooking classes at The Local Kitchen. You can contact him at 306-222-5923 or







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North End Lunch Ideas ignoring for now the likes of Tim Hortons, smiley’s, Famoso and Jasmine, consider these alternative eateries for a bit of extra ethnic diversity Text by Kevin Sturgeon with files from Paul Miazga Photos as noted

Above left: Butter chicken at Urban spice (courtesy photo); bratwurst, grilled cheese, soups and a beer from Prairie Harvest Café (Paul Miazga); Baba’s drive-thru convenience (courtesy photo). Mi Casa Restaurant (622 Circle Dr.) serves up delicious tacos, pasteles, flautas, and enchiladas, but don’t show up expecting the same taste as the city’s Mexican kitchens. Mi Casa is flavour from El Salvador. The enchiladas are crispy, flat, and covered in meat, cabbage and a slice of egg. if you’re looking for some variety, try one of the combination platters at lunch with rice and beans. For more of a culinary adventure, have the Pescado Frito, a whole pan-fried fish, or the Sopa de Mariscos. Top it all off with one of their freshly squeezed (or blended) tropical fruit juices. They bring in all the classics, and even have some fruits brought in through a Vancouver distributor. Their house specialty is a seven-fruit blend. literally just down the parking lot is Urban Spice (622 Circle Dr.), the north end’s only indian restaurant. This bright, cheery spot offers a traditional lunch buffet common at many indian restaurants. Theirs is as good as any, and the price is right. But look to the menu for their true gems. Urban spice is one of only two places in saskatoon serving south india’s signature dish, dosa, with your choice of filling. Try the Paneer Masala Dosa, a crèpe-like, savoury rice pancake stuffed with potatoes, spices and paneer cheese. all dosas are served with chutney as dip and sambar, a type of lentil stew with a deliciously picant flavour. For a calorie-laden indulgence, the Malai Kofta is a creamy, nutty, spicy sensory overload. leave your forks on the table, grab some naan and dive in. like the rest of the city, the north end is full of Vietnamese restaurants. and like many north end

restaurants, most of them are pretty full most days at lunch time. But Mi Hong (811 51st St.) seems even more popular than most, so there might be something special about it. It might be that the flavours pop just a little bit more. it’s hard to say, but the experiment to find out is going to be well worth it. Their spicy beef and pork noodle soup is a feast for anyone with a taste for spice and a hearty appetite. somewhat bold and experimental in its lunch menu, at least for a brewery café, this microbrewery’s take on the midday meal is adequate in speed, price and quality for its surroundings. almost a bit too tempting at Prairie Sun Brewery Café (2020 Quebec Ave.) is to have even a small beer—the 5oz tulip—with the house bratwurst or the 1/3-pound smoked burger and still expect to get some work done after 1pm, especially on a Friday. Note that the place is pet-friendly, so bring the dog inside if thinking of stopping in for a bite. They are the only drive-thru perogies anywhere. a long time passed between the closing of the O & O Drive-in on 20th street and ave. l and the opening of Baba’s Homestyle Perogies (720B 51st St.): an entire generation of Saskatonians lived without drive-through service for Ukrainian staples such as perogies, sausage, cabbage rolls and hot, black coffee served in a styrofoam cup. Well, that good idea made a comeback and for years now Baba’s has been serving up drive-thru and walk-in customers, all of whom leave full and feeling a tad more Ukrainian. Thinking of going to Baba’s on a Friday? Keep the car warm: you might be waiting a while for a seat.

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Key: $ - meals under $15; $$ - $15–30; $$$ - over $30

CAFÉS & DINERS City Perks 801 7th Ave. N, 627 Brand Court; Tastefully lit, great coffee and a fine weekend brunch. Open Mon–Fri 7am–10pm, Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $ Citizen Café & Bakery 18 23rd St. E; sandwiches, soups and hot bevvies named for revolutionaries. Open Mon–Fri 7am–5pm, Sat 10am–4pm. $$ Collective Coffee 220B 20th St. W, 210 Ave. P S; it’s where to get coffee (and now breakfast and lunch to go) in riversdale. Open Mon–Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $ d’Lish by Tish Café 702A 14th St. E; on Facebook. a sublime hideaway off Broadway with cozy nooks and delicious, fresh food. Open daily 8am–10pm. $ Drift Sidewalk Café 339 Ave. A S; This creperie is airy, sunny and always buzzing with energy. Open Tue–Sat 8am–4pm, Sun 10am–3pm. $$ Earth Bound Bakery & Deli 220-1820 8th St. E. a wholly organic bakery serving memorable sammys and soups. Open Tue–Sat 9am–5pm. $$ Little Bird Patisserie & Café 258 Ave. B S; Croissants, macrons and other French pastries, plus High Tea that is the toast of the city. Daily lunch options too. Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm. $$ Museo Coffee 730A Broadway Ave.; museocoffee. com. european feel, plus lots of baked goodies. Open Mon–Sat 8am–5:30pm, Sun noon–5pm. $ Park Café 512 20th St. W; a fan favourite in riversdale, this classic diner serves up daily specials, dessert and bottomless coffee. Open daily 8am–4pm. $ Underground Café 430 20th St. W; Grilled panini, the dreamy etta James latte and live bluegrass Fridays at 7pm. Open Mon–Thu 7:30am– 6pm, Fri 7:30am–midnight, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm. $

LOUNGES & PUBS 6Twelve Lounge 612 Spadina Cres. E. Known for house

infusions that liven up all sorts of cocktails. Open Sun– Thu 4:30–11:30pm, Fri 4:30–1am, Sat 3pm–1am. $$ 9 Mile Legacy Brewing 229 20th St. W; 9milelegacy. com. The city’s premiere taproom has rortating taps, the simplest of decor and nibbles. Open Tue–Thu 1–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun noon–8pm. $$ The Burning Beard 731 Broadway Ave.; Buckets o’ bacon, beards and more to go with a deep drinks menu. Open daily from 11am. $$$ The Capitol 244 1st Ave. N; The best in live music, plus food and drink specials in this venerable space. Open daily 4pm–2:30am. $$ Flint Saloon 259 2nd Ave. S; Martinis, charcuterie platters, chill music and cozy little nooks in the back. Open daily 4pm–2am. $$$ O’Shea’s Irish Pub 222 2nd Ave. S; a classic pub with a great rooftop deck and a wee little door for leprechauns. Open Mon– Fri 11am–2am, Sat–Sun 10am–2am. $$ Winston’s English Pub 243 21st St. E; winstonspub. ca. The most beers on tap in the city, heaps of Old World charm. Open daily from 11am. $$ The Woods Ale House 148 2nd Ave. N; on Facebook. Craft beers on tap (local and beyond), plus tasty nosh. Open Tue–Sat from 11am, Sun from 4pm. $$

Key: $ - meals under $15; $$ - $15–30; $$$ - over $30

FINE DINING Calories 721 Broadway Ave.;

We bake tasty gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan stuff!

an ever-changing menu with local produce, desserts to die for and a deep wine list. Open Mon–Thu 11am– 10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm, Sun 10am–4pm. $$$

Carver’s Steakhouse 612 Spadina Cres. E (in the

Sheraton Cavalier Hotel); Top steaks and lots of special-order wines. recently renovated. Open daily 5–10pm. $$$

Chandeliers Fine Dining 119 3rd Ave. S; steaks, seafood, private dining rooms, live music weekends and 100-year-old art deco lighting. Open Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat 4–10pm. $$$ Flanagan’s Steak House 243 21st St. E; edwardian décor, aaa steaks and the city’s deepest wine list. Open Mon– Fri 7am–11pm, Sat 8am–11pm, Sun 8am–noon. $$$

And WE’RE MOVING in January across from City Perks! Until then you’ll still find us at 10-3311 8th St. E (beside JYSK)


Little Grouse on the Prairie 167 3rd Ave. S; antipasti, squid ink taglierini, game meats and wine pairings highlight their price fixe menu. Open Tue–Sun 5:30–11pm. $$$

GLOBAL Afghan Kabob & Donair 3-100 2nd Ave. S; on

Facebook. The full menu is worth the wait, the kebabs are delicious and they also have regular hookah pipe nights. Open Mon–Sat 11am–10pm. $

Bon Temps Café 223 2nd Ave. S;

seafood creole, chicken and sausage Jambalaya, big crawfish boils, bartenders slinging cocktails and regular live music. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$

Cesar’s Cakes & Café 11-3000 Diefenbaker Dr.;

on Facebook. Filipino kare kare (peanut stew w/ beef), tokwat baboy (steamed pork and fried tofu) and more. Open Tue–Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 8am–5pm. $

Konga Café 204 Ave. H N; it’s

the place to go for classic Jamaican jerk or curried chicken (or goat). Yeah, mon! Open Tue–Thu 4–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm. $

Lebanese Kitchen 1005 Broadway Ave.; on

Facebook). Middle eastern tastes (falafels, fatayer, shawarmas, hummus, tabbouleh and more) always served with a smile. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $

Pars 8-3311 8th St. E. The city’s only Persian

restaurant makes up for what it lacks in charm with delicious kebabs, vaziri, bakhtiari, stews and more. Open Tue–Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 10am–4pm. $

Saba’s African Cuisine 901 22nd St. W. Use the

bread, called injera, and with your hands scoop up spicy servings of delicious ethiopian/eritrean food. Open Tue–Sun 4:30–10:30pm. $$

Wanuskewin Restaurant RR 4, Penner Road; enjoy the surroundings and “First Nations cuisine with a modern flair.” Open daily 9am–4:30pm, holidays 11am–4:30pm. $

SEAFOOD Gibson’s Fish and Chips 1025 Louise Ave.; gib- english-style halibut and chips from a family-owned and -operated business. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11:30pm. $$

Joey’s 101-2100 8th St. E, 3 Worobetz Pl.;

Weekly AYCE specials on fish, plus they do chicken. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun noon–8pm. $$

FUSION/GASTRO Ayden Kitchen & Bar 265 3rd Ave. S; aydenkitch- Owner Dale MacKay is putting the city on the map foodwise for good reason. Open Mon–Fri 11:30am–2pm, 5:30–11pm, Sat 5:30–11pm. $$$

The Hollows 334 Ave. C S; an

eclectic riversdale eatery using locally sourced ingredients in every delightful dish. Open Wed–Sat 5:30–10pm, Sat–Sun 11am–2pm. $$$

Leyda’s Restaurant 112 20th St. W; Gluten- and nut-free, organic whole foods, and a spanish accent on health-positive dishes. Mid-week dining specials too. Open Tue–Sat 11am–10pm. $$ Vista Lounge 339 Ave. A S; This airy, upstairs bar with roll-top windows feels like it’s set in

spain, and the tapas menu (and sangria) accentuate the charm here. Open Wed–Thu 4–10pm; Fri–Sat 4pm-midnight; Sat–Sun brunch 10am–2pm. $$

EUROPEAN German Cultural Club 160 Cartwright St.; schnitzel, sausages, struedel and German beers. Now celebrating 60 years. Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm; Sun 11am–2pm. $$

St. Tropez Bistro 238 2nd Ave. S; sainttropezbistro. ca. a family-run spot presenting French cuisine with regional influences, plus house-grown herbs and edible flowers. Open Wed–Sun 4–11pm. $$$ Upstairs Fondue 613 8th St. E; The only place in the city serving this swiss treat. Choose from cheese, oil and chocolate, or do all three. Open Tue–Thu 5–8pm, Fri–Sat 4–9:30pm, Sun 5–7:30pm. $$$


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Taking a Leap: “She’s Got Legs”

They say nothing about a wine’s quality but everything about how much punch it packs Text by Garry Findlay My apologies for thinking outside of the box again, but i was curious about the notion of “legs” in wine. On more than one occasion, educating a class in basic Wine ideology, a student would look at his or her glass of wine, swirl confidently and state, “look at these legs—they are outstanding! Truly a high-quality wine.” legs, or whatever you might call those little droplets of wine that fall down the side of the glass after the wine is swirled, is a favourite term of the self-proclaimed enophile. (Namely, one who aims to sound very fancy and knowledgeable). although they are often referred to as indicators of quality, wine legs actually tell the drinkers nothing about how the wine will taste or the integrity of the wine in hand. Take that, wine snobs! as of late, i have not run into a lot of “Uncle Bobs” that have made a legs statement pertaining to quality, so perhaps i am remiss. However, i thought i would explain why they may have been so forward with this term in the first place. I am sure you are all curious! The reason for how and why legs fall the way they do is somewhat complicated but relate to the chemical structure of the wine and its alcohol content. The alcohol in the wine (ethanol) evaporates along the rim and sides of the glass. The phenomenon is called the “Maran( goni effect”, which Wikipedia describes as the mass transfer along an interface between two fluids due to surface tension gradient. In case

of temperature dependence, this effect is called Marangoni convection. Need i say more? subsequently, the higher level of alcohol in the wine, the slower and thicker the “legs” will be. in the booming 1980s, lots of alcohol and legs guaranteed a 100-point wine; today they mean very little. Pay more attention to a wine’s depth, balance, mouthfeel and, more importantly, finish and length. let’s not chide Uncle Bob in his quest for legs, so go out and buy a high-alcohol content wine for Christmas dinner; suggested is a Petite sirah/syrah.

The reason for how and why legs fall the way they do is somewhat complicated but relate to the chemical structure of the wine and its alcohol content. The phenomenon is called the “Marangoni effect”. Well-rounded tannins and high alcohol will give those curious leg seekers all they need here. as but one example, try the stags’ leap Petite sirah (available at Sobeys Liquor, Co-op Wines & Spirits and some SLGA stores; ~$40): super inky and purple in colour, it may not define a high alcohol wine for the sake of legs but it will express the same, i assure you. it is a super eloquent, high finesse wine for those who like mouthfeel

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and, let’s say, legs. p.s. White wines also have legs—just saying. Happy Holidays to everyone and enjoy the season! Garry Findlay is a wine enthusiast and educator who is currently Wine Director at Vintage Wine Bar in the Hotel Senator. He also the principal of Wine Ideology, a wine tasting and educational experience, operating in Saskatoon. @WINEideology

new food+drink openings

The City Arts Fundraiser Finally a holiday gift idea for the person who has everything: an experience in decadent food and wines paired with live professional opera, classical music, theatre and more!

1. SHIFT Believe the hype about this fusionstyle eatery in the Remai Modern Gallery. Open late for dining daily, Shift offers deft touches on local and regional cuisine. (102 Spadina Cres. E; 2. Shova’s Diner Hearty breakfast, lunch and supper options in the Northgate Motor Inn. (706 Idylwyld Dr. N; on Facebook)

3. güd eats inc. Their motto is “Craveworthy, plant-based eats.” Opening in the old Prairie Harvest Café space. (2917 Early Dr.;

FUN & GAMES Mana Bar 523 20th St. W; The city's first e-sports bar: video games, arcades, tournaments, plus food and drink. Open Mon–Thu 4pm–midnight, Fri 4pm–1am, Sat 1pm–1am. $$ King Me Boardgamery 527 20th St. W; Monopoly, Carcassonne, Cards against Humanity, the works. Open Mon–Wed 5–11pm, Thu– Fri 3pm–1am, Sat noon–1am, Sun noon–10pm. $ Pokey's Pinball Café 211B 33rd St. W; Dozens of classic pinball selections to tilt. Open Tue–Wed 4–10:30pm, Thu 11am–10:30pm, Fri–Sat 11am–midnight. $

Text by Sarah Dorward (Courtesy photo)

Call it an opportunity to indulge one’s self; an event at which to feel transported to another world in the depths of a saskatchewan winter. Bringing in some of the city’s finest chefs, The saskatoon Chefs’ Gala in early February features stand-out local chefs from the rook & raven, The Saskatoon Club and other fine establishments presenting a 7-course meal paired with wine, inventive appetizers prepared by culinary students at saskPolytechnic, and in between each course the creative companies that directly benefit from this fundraiser will perform 5-minute snippets from their respective upcoming seasons! To make such an a-list party happen, the Chefs Association of Saskatoon works to help benefit independent liveFive theatre, the ritornello Chamber Music Festival and lOOP (little Opera on the Prairie). as tables are cleared, diners will soak up op-

era, classical arias, string quartets, piano music, and sketches by liveFive. This year’s theme is romantic comedies: get ready for “When Harry Met sally”, “sleepless in seattle” and “The Breakfast Club” to be rolled into one night! The event is electric, elevated and engaging, with champagne on the red carpet, paparazzi photography and a buzzing cocktail hour beforehand to get the night rolling. liveFive President Kate Herriot promises another can’t-miss event for 2018. Her favourite part of the night? “The end, always,” Kate says. “People cry out ‘Nooo!’ because they can’t believe the night is really over!” The Saskatoon Chef’s Gala will take place on February 10, 2018, at Prairieland Park. For tickets, head to or stop by any location of event sponsor Prairie Meats (

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local attractions 00 Accommodations (map 1) 1. Best Western Blairmore (H2; 306 Shillington Cres., 306-242-2299)

2. Best Western Plus east side (I10; 3331 8th St. E, 306-986-2400)

3. Colonial square inn & suites (I8; 1-1301 8th St. E,


4. Comfort inn (D7; 2155 Northridge Dr., 306-934-1122) 5. Comfort suites saskatoon (A5; 203 Bill Hunter Ave. 306-955-6565)

6. Confederation inn (H3; 3330 Fairlight Dr., 306-384-2882) 7. Country inn & suites (D6; 617 Cynthia St., 306-934-3900) 8. Days inn saskatoon (E7; 2000 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-242-3297) 9. Four Points sheraton Hotel (K8; 103 Stonebridge Blvd., 306-933-9889)

10. Hampton inn (K8; 105 Stonebridge Blvd., 306-665-9898) 11. Hampton inn & suites (E5; 110 Gateway Blvd., 306-933-1010)

12. Heritage inn (E5; 102 Cardinal Cres., 306-665-8121) 13. Home inn & suites (K9; 253 Willis Cres., 306-657-4663) 14. Mainstay suites (E5; 317 Aerogreen Cres., 306-933-2622) 15. Marriott Courtyard saskatoon airport (E5; 333

Aerogreen Cres., 306-986-4993) 16. Motel 6 saskatoon (A5; 231 Marquis Dr., 306-665-6688) 17. Northgate Motor inn (G7; 706 Idylwyld Dr. N; 306-664-4414) 18. Northwoods inn & suites (G7; 610 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-244-2901) 19. Quality inn & suites (E6; 1715 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-244-5552) 20. ramada Hotel (F7; 806 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-665-6500) 21. refresh inn & suites (H8; 1220 College Dr., 306934-5555) 22. riviera Motor inn (E6; 2001 Ave. B N, 306-242-7272) 23. sandman Hotel saskatoon (D6; 310 Circle Dr. W, 306-477-4844) 24. saskatoon inn Hotel (E6; 2002 Airport Dr., 306-242-1440) 25. super 8 saskatoon (D7; 706 Circle Dr. E, 306-384-8989) 26. super 8 saskatoon West (G5; 1414 22nd St. W, 306-974-2900) 27. Thriftlodge saskatoon (E6; 1825 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-244-2191) 28. TownePlace suites by Marriott (K9; 247 Willis Cres., 306-952-0400) 29. Travelodge Hotel saskatoon (D6; 106 Circle Dr. W, 306-242-8881) 30. Westgate Motor inn (H5; 2501 22nd St. W; 306-382-3722)

1. Delta Bessborough

(map 2, E6; 601 Spadina Cres. E, 306-244-5521)

2. Hilton Garden inn

(map 2, C4; 90 22nd St. E, 306-244-2311)

3. Holiday inn saskatoon

(map 2, C3; 101 Pacific Ave., 306-986-5000)

4. Holiday inn express

(map 2, D4; 315 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-384-8844)

5. The James Hotel

(map 2, E7; 620 Spadina Cres. E, 306-244-6446) 6. Obasa suites* (3 locations; map 2, B4, B6; map 3, B2; 1-877-996-2272)

7. Park Town Hotel

(map 2, B7; 924 Spadina Cres. E, 1-800-667-3999)

8. radisson Hotel saskatoon

(map 2, E5; 405 20th St. E, 306-665-3322)

9. Hotel senator

(map 2, D4; 243 21st St. E, 306-244-6141)

10. sheraton Cavalier Hotel

(map 2, D5; 612 Spadina Cres. E, 306-652-6770)

Bessborough Hotel and Gardens saskatoon’s “Castle on the river,” the “Bess” is arguably the city’s most photographed landmark, intentionally designed by Montreal architects archibald and Schofield to resemble a Bavarian castle. Built by the CNR, it was completed in 1932. In 2015, Reader’s Digest named the adjacent Cameco Meewasin skating rink ( as one of the country’s top spots to lace up (and it’s free). 601 Spadina Cres. E, 306-244-5521. Beaver Creek Conservation Area The BCCa showcases the Meewasin Valley in microcosm and, as a four-season destination, is ideal for a hike close to nature. Visitors can enjoy the site’s four nature trails and the interpretive Centre, where staff help facilitate public programming. Open Mon–Fri 9am–5pm. 13 km S on Hwy 219, 306-374-2474; beaver-creek-conservation-area. Canadian Light Source Synchrotron a football field-sized research facility for light optics, particle acceleration and more that is also one of the largest laboratories in Canada. Guided tours (Mon, Wed, Fri 2:30pm) allow the public to see how extremely bright light is used to peer inside matter. 44 Innovation Blvd. (U of S campus), 306-657-3500; Dakota Dunes Casino Celebrating its 10th

anniversary, the lone casino serving saskatoon features slot machines, Texas Hold’em poker, Blackjack, roulette, a restaurant and regular live events. Check their online schedule for free regular shuttle service from pick-up points citywide. 204 Dakota Dunes Way (20 min. S on Hwy 219), 306-667-6400; Diefenbaker Canada Centre The only combined Prime Ministerial archives, museum and research centre in Canada features cultural, educational, and historical collections from the life and times of 13th Prime Minister, saskatchewan-born John G. Diefenbaker. Free admission. Open Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm. 101 Diefenbaker Pl. (U of S campus), 306-966-8384; Forestry Farm and Saskatoon Zoo Open year-round, this designated National Historic site is home to indigenous plants and animals, plus exotic creatures from similar climates. Open daily 10am–8pm. Off Attridge Dr., 306-975-3382; Kiwanis Park Found along spadina Crescent east, the city’s most scenic park sprawls along the south saskatchewan river and pays tribute to the city’s war veterans. The Vimy Memorial bandshell, south of the Bessborough, honours those who served in WWi. a fountain along the river remembers those who died in WWii. The park also features statues of noteworthy saskatonians Denny Carr and ray Hnatyshyn.

Knox United Church a designated municipal heritage

building that was completed in 1914, this two-storey, dark red brick building boasts beautiful stained glass windows and acoustics that make it a regular venue for musical performances. 838 Spadina Cres. E, 306-244-0159. St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Saskatoon’s first anglican cathedral incorporates brick, Tyndall stone and terra cotta in an unornamented neo-Gothic style. Completed in 1917, the cornerstone was laid in 1912 by then Governor General Prince arthur, the Duke of Connaught. 816 Spadina Cres. E. Saskatoon Farmers’ Market Dozens of vendors selling farm-fresh produce, eggs, meat, fish, bread, preserves and more. Open Tue–Fri 10am–5pm; market days Wed (10am–3pm), Sat (8am–2pm) and Sun (10am–3pm). 414 Ave. B S; U of S Observatory The observatory facilities (telescopes, other scientific equipment) are available to both students and visitors alike, with the facility staffed year-round on saturday nights for public viewing. Call to book a guided tour (306-966-6393). Free admission. Open in December and January 7–9:30pm. physics. Ukrainian Museum of Canada Dedicated to the Ukrainian settlers who contributed in large measure to the settlement of the prairies. The museum, which also has an art gallery and gift shop, boasts one of the largest collections of handwoven textiles in the country. Open Tue–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm. 910 Spadina Cres. E; Wanuskewin Heritage Park The Northern Plains Cree used this site (pronounced Wah-nus-KAY-win; “living in harmony”) for millennia as a gathering and hunting place. Trails wind over more than 6km of parkland; also find art galleries, a theatre, café serving First Nations cuisine and gift shop. Admission: $10 for adults. Open Mon–Sat 9am–4:30pm. 5km north on Wanuskewin Road; Western Development Museum Go back in time with a visit to 1910 Boomtown. More than 30 buildings— with a general store, blacksmith shop and jail—recreate the scene of a typical prairie town in the early 20th century. One of four such museums province-wide, this WDM has an extensive collection of rare and antique automobiles. Open daily 9am–5pm. 2610 Lorne Ave., 306-931-1910;


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Coins Worth a Whole Lot The rise in value of Bitcoin has also meant its growth in popularity as a store of value and a means to transfer money without the need for brokers. Just hold on to that wallet. Text by Scott Davidson Photo by Paul Miazga

The Bitcoin ATM at Canadian Grocery & Confectionery sees considerable business from a wide range of people, and not just those sending remittances back home to family overseas.

FAST FACTS: Bitcoin (BTC) was started in 2009 by satoshi Nakamoto (a pseudonym). Value of Bitcoin in July 2010: $0.08 (USD) Value of Bitcoin in December 2017: $9,301.05 (USD) Estimated number of Bitcoin users worldwide: 5 million For some years, Calories Café on Broadway avenue had an aTM placed inconspicuously along the wall near the washrooms. You may (or may not) have noticed it, and it was no ordinary aTM from which to withdraw cash. Instead, it was the first Bitcoin ATM in Saskatoon. That aTM has since moved to the back of Canadian Grocery & Confectionery (924 Northumberland Ave.) on the city’s west side, where it attracts a mix of people from all over, and not just curious onlookers, either. A quick chat with one of the owners of the confectionery confirms that the machine does solid, consistent business. Many people have heard of the term “Bitcoin”, at least in passing, but may not know what it is. a so-called “cryptocurrency”, Bitcoin is essentially a means of exchange like a currency, which instead of existing in physical forms like coins and bills, is entirely digital. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were founded on a Libertarian philosophy: no regulatory structures, no bank fees, beyond government control and, perhaps most importantly, totally anonymous.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were founded on a Libertarian philosophy: no regulatory structures, no bank fees, beyond government control and, perhaps most importantly, totally anonymous. Bitcoin holds real world value and over the past few years that value has skyrocketed. While several years ago a single Bitcoin may have been worth a few pennies, it is now worth more than $11,000 Canadian. its value comes from the trust that the millions of users worldwide put into Bitcoin as a store or safe harbour of value much like gold. However, while many online stores and services accept Bitcoin, very few brick and mortar stores do (though that number is growing). as a result, the demand for exchange services such as Bitcoin aTMs has grown rapidly. at present, no local businesses accept Bitcoin as payment, though online it’s a different story, where travel site expedia as one example accepts it as payment. adam O’Brien, the president of Bitcoin solutions in edmonton, installed the first Bitcoin ATM at Calories in May 2014. Since then, the city has added a second Bitcoin aTM, run by Honeybadger Bitcoin out of Vancouver, at King Me Boadgamery (527 20th St. W). When people use the aTM, then can deposit their Canadian dollars in exchange for a code for a digital “wallet,” which contains the equivalent amount in Bitcoin. Without the code, the wallet—and Bitcoin—cannot be accessed or spent. For more information about Bitcoin, visit

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Thursday January 18

Broadway Theatre


Friday January 19 Eh! Oh! Let’s Go!

Live Tribute to the ramones + Rock N’ Roll High School film

The Refinery

Spin by Evalyn Perry In case we disappear by Vanessa SmythE

Emmanuel Church

Tim Hecker


Vangelis Tavern The Bassment La Troupe Du Jour

A special Evening with

Close Talker

visuals by stephanie Kuse

Delhi 2 Dublin

The Dead South with Gunner + Smith Free Bike Valet By Saskatoon Cycles at all spin shows


with Jen lane

Red Fang

with DJ Khanvict

with Shooting Guns

Heavy Bell

Cosmopoliton Seniors Hall Amigos Cantina

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By Grand Central Station I sat down and wept

with RespectfulChild

with Too Soon Monsoon

with Duchess Says


Chad Van Gaalen

Foam Lake

Today is the day

Guantanamo Baywatch

Cross Canada Fiddle Fest

Lindi Ortega

An evening of stories and song

Mo Kenney



with ADOLyne

with Taylor Jade

with Mauno

with Raeburn

Tom Wilson

Stay Cool Saskatoon!

with Etienne Fletcher


Broadway Theatre

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