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WINTER WOW! January brings cold weather and lots


of sunshine. Make the most of it! By Paul Miazga



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Cover photo of Saskatoon kiteboarder Jonathan Storey courtesy of Tourism Saskatoon.

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COLD-WEATHER SOUL FOOD Hearty, heartwarming and heavenly: mid-winter soups! By Ashleigh Mattern

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Saskatoon: Wintry, Sunny and Fashionable Too

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Published 12 times per year by FreshWest Media Ltd. Circulation: 10,000 copies in Saskatoon and area Copyright (2012) by FreshWest Media Ltd. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the expressed, written consent of the publisher. Editor Paul Miazga This winter in Saskatoon: First the good news, then the really good news. The good news: As major Canadian cities go, Saskatoon has some pretty cold winter weather. On New Year’s Day, it will almost certainly be colder here than in Toronto or Vancouver, but when it’s cold here we’re more likely than Torontonians or Vancouverites to wake up to a sunny day with clear, blue skies. In such conditions, all things seem possible. Like strapping on a massive kite and tacking back and forth across the prairies as if it were summer on Lake Diefenbaker. Unsurprising for a province with huge potential for renewable energy, kiteboarding (which shares much in common with sailing) is taking off in Saskatchewan—even in the winter—in part because of the province’s flat, undulating hills—ideal spaces to harness the wind and ride away for a few hours, no lift ticket required. And kiteboarding is just one of various winter leisure activities we feature this month. The really good news: Local designers are beginning to carve out more and greater niches for themselves in the fashion industry. Jacqueline Conway and Mandy Pravda’s Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival begins

work this month with flow to promote Saskatoon and area designers in the magazine on a regular basis (catch up with Laurie Brown on pp. 18–19, “In Vino Veritas”). Their knowledge and industry connections will help focus much-warranted attention on the city’s emerging sense of style, plus monthly must-have items and where to get them. As for the rest of the issue, we highlight why it’s a great month not to stay home (and not just because you should make good on your New Year’s resolution). Coming to the city in January will be the Harlem Globetrotters (8), Method Man (13), Blue Rodeo (15) and Nelly Furtado (17), and don’t forget the PotashCorp WinterShines Festival, which starts Jan. 26. So get out, be active, drink plenty of hot cocoa, tea or coffee, warm the soul with some hearty mid-winter soups or find solace in a semi-tropical urban oasis (there aren’t many, but there don’t have to be). Decide what you want this January and find it in Saskatoon. Even if all you need is to feel the sun on your face, remember that some of the best things in life (ice-skating downtown, cross-country skiing in an urban park or just taking a stroll along the river) are free. Have fun!

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For a Spot o’ Tea or Cup of Joe Beans and leaves are small things that we all love, so keep handy everything you need to enjoy them

Our version of a tea party White Sage & Wild Mint

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Intelligentsia coffee Collective Coffe

220B 20th St. West


8th Street Books and Comics Specialists in adult

graphic novels, manga, materials for young readers, and pop culture merchandise. They’re also Saskatoon’s exclusive magic tricks and supplies carrier. 1006 8th St. East, 343-6624

Indigo The local outlet offers an organized selection of

every genre of reading and listening material, plus all kinds of gift ideas and house wares. With a Starbucks inside, it’s possible to enjoy a coffee while you browse. 3322 8th St. East, 244-5317

McNally Robinson A wide selection of books suitable for

any reader. The store hosts many ongoing events, showcasing local authors (and musicians in the attached restaurant, Prairie Ink), plus has a large area devoted to stuff for parents with infants and young children. 3130 8th St. East, 955-3599

Turning the Tide Located in a cozy little red house just

off Broadway, this is a self-proclaimed alternative bookstore and DVD library/rental shop. Find obscure books and DVDs from independent authors and artists. And more titles all the time—a bonus for the cult film enthusiast. 525 11th St. East, 955-3070

The Vinyl Exchange Carrying tens of thousands of

record titles from punk to jazz and numerous sub-genres, The Vinyl Exchange also carries cassettes, CDs, band t-shirts and other music-related goods. 128 2nd Ave. North, 244-7090


Bernard Callebaut A chocolatier for over 20 years,

this Calgary-based producer and retailer does classic handmade Belgian chocolates, but also artful creations and gift items perfect for the holiday season. 107-1526 8th St. East, 652-0909

Harden & Huyse This family-owned and -operated

chocolate shop does everything by hand in Saskatoon. Find their chocolates at their café/shop just north of the downtown and other locales citywide. 718 2nd Ave. North, 652-6663 Ne

lis w tin Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory The newest g! entrant on the city’s chocolate scene is a California-based franchise that sells a variety of chocolate-lathered treats and a variety of items made entirely in-store. The Centre Mall (3510 8th St. East), 244-2462


David’s Tea Premium loose leaf teas sourced from

around the globe, plus exclusive blends and crazy stuff such as matcha lattes and tea martini kits. Two locations: Lawson Heights Mall, 651-1290; Midtown Plaza, 384-6610

Leven’s Coffee Company Leven’s sells cups of its

100% Arabica coffee roasted in-house and even delivers what it roasts to those who want fresh coffee. Go online to check out their various selections. Located in the back of the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market building. 112-120 Sonnenschein Way, 979-8118

McQuarries Tea & Coffee Merchants Retail sales of specialty coffees and loose leaf teas as well as giftware, McQuarrie’s has been a family-owned and -operated business in Saskatoon for over 75 years. 708 Broadway Ave., 242-6016


The Better Good Owners Corey and Laura sell a range

of goods that fit into several categories: organic, fair trade, local, made from reused/recycled/renewable materials, handmade and natural. Come here for a little bit of everything: for the home, the bath, the kids, the pantry, etc. 640 Broadway Ave., 242-4663

Charter House Interiors A wide selection of leather

and wicker furniture, hammocks, deck gear and items for the

kitchen table besides. Other home decor items they carry include lighting, statuettes and art work spanning the quirky to the mainstream. 331 1st Ave. North, 653-4634

El Mercado Las Palapas

Hand-blown glassware, framed mirrors, colourful Indigenous wall art and bright pottery with a Latin American flare. The store includes a Mexican grocery section with chillies, cheeses and more. 821 Broadway Ave., 244-5566

Metric Design Studio A

combination interior design studio and showroom, Metric downtown allows you to browse their selection of rich accents (Spanish tiles, handcrafted furniture from Mexico, cool lamps) and receive in-house design consultations from their team of specialists. 160 2nd Ave. North, 974-0190

Ten Thousand Villages

These well-known shops offer unique fair trade products from around the world. Find decorative hand-crafted pieces (hammocks, vases, quirky handbags, scarves and more) in an array of colours. Supporting small entrepreneurs across the Third World. Two locations: 143 2nd Ave. North, 242-2991; 600 45th St. West, 665-7525


Bluebox Recycling Starts in January Every family of four in Saskatoon will now be able to cut their trash output in half thanks to a mandatory curbside recycling program that starts this month. Blue bins will be delivered to every home that currently has a black roll-out garbage can. Everything from cans, to glass bottles and cardboard can be thrown together into the new bin—no need to sort anything either; just chuck it all in. Note that it will be at least another year before condos and apartments receive the service, but keep in mind that it’s always healthy to do your part by keeping recyclables out of the landfill.

To find out more, visit

Cheng’s Camera Reliable

sales, parts and service right in the heart of the downtown. They also do passport photos, equipment rentals, and photo negative transfers and reprints. 141 2nd Ave. North, 653-3980

Don’s Photo This Winnipeg-based chain takes top spot in

the minds of most local photographers. Their huge store sells equipment—the basics, plus photo cubes, lenses, flashes, tripods and more. They also do lots of print processing. 1902 8th St. East, 934-3111

Phase 2 Foto Source This smart little shop downtown

carvings, Pandora jewellery, Aboriginal art, Cowichan sweaters and more. 226 2nd Ave. South, 653-1769

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of wine while you shop for cheeses from Quebec, Italian meats, freshly baked breads, but specifically for unique wines (including vintage Italian and French wines), spirits and more than 80 craft beers (including from the adjacent Saskatoon Brewery and more. 618 2nd Ave. North, 668-9463

LB Distilleries The world’s only gin infused with Saskatoon

offers friendly, expert service for all your photography and photofinishing needs. Use their Foto Depot resource to store, print and share images, and create photo-related gifts online. 123 3rd Ave. North, 665-8505

berries; whiskey aged three years in oak; vodka that’s been distilled seven times for absolute purity; world beating liqueurs: that’s Lucky Bastard, a micro-distillery in Saskatoon’s north end. Visit their tidy shop and even go for an impromptu tour. 1925 Ave. B North, 979-7280


Last Mountain Distilleries Producing vodka from

The Gallery Shop Clocks, calendars, jewellery, gift cards,

coffee table books and housewares—much of it by local and Canadian artists. Imported items you won’t find elsewhere. 950 Spadina Cres. East, (in the Mendel Art Gallery), 975-7610 N

corn and whiskey from wheat with their very own recipes, Last Mountain has also developed a honey cinnamon liqueur. Lumsden, SK, (306) 541-9399

lis ew t Handmade House Handcraft Store An artists’ ing ! owned and operated cooperative, this shop sells wares by

Willow Park Wines & Spirits The Calgary-based

its individual members, with many fine pieces of glassware, pottery, jewellery, stuff for the home and a little bit of everything else. 813 Broadway Ave., 653-3616

SaskMade Marketplace Unique local gifts from

Saskatoon berry everything to prairie vista coasters, pottery and even a wide range of produce and locally produced food items (fresh herbs, Chatty brand Indian sauces, Saskatoon berry and haskap berry jams, etc.) 1621 8th St. East, 955-1832

The Trading Post This shop showcases owner Bruce

Garmin’s love for local artists and Canadian artisans: Indigenous handmade moccasins, mukluks and soapstone

franchise provides a wide selection of premium wines, spirits and beers at their only Saskatchewan location. They special order products and do gift certificates also. 3809 Albert St. South, Regina, SK, (306) 585-1661

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tobacco afficionados, the Captain has been serving Saskatoon for more than 30 years from the same location. They even have their own custom-blended tobacco. Market Mall (2325 Preston Ave.), 955-5776

Smoke & Ashes Veteran tobacco proprietor Cliff has a

walk-in humidor where he stocks literally hundreds of cigars from Cuba (Cohibas, Romeo y Julietas, Montecristos), the Dominican Republica, Nicaragua, Honduras and beyond. Lots of premium accessories too, including desktop humidors, cutters and more. 8-405 Circle Dr. East, 652-1117


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BRIT 2013

The world-famous hoopsters arrive for a one-off display of their on- and off-the-court show. Starts at 7pm; tickets from $23.50. Credit Union Centre (3515 Thatcher Ave., 938-7800)

One of the biggest high school basketball tournaments in Western Canada, BRIT welcomes 12 teams for three days of manic hoops action. Bedford Road Collegiate (722 Bedford Road, 683-7650)



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NELLY FURTADO The Spirit Indestructable tour

International recording star Nelly Furtado of Victoria, B.C., is on tour to promote her newest album, The Spirit Indestructable, an album and the title track for which Furtado says reflects a recent period of “intense personal growth” in her life. Opening are Dylan Murray and Jessica Tyler. Show starts at 7pm; tickets from $49.50/VIP $74.50. Odeon Events Centre (219 2nd Ave. South, 975-7761)


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A depressed housewife gets her second wind in life thanks to a good friend and a life-changing holiday in Greece. Various showtimes; tickets from $31. Persephone Theatre (100 Spadina Cres. West, 683-2277)


One of Canada’s most beloved bands, Blue Rodeo features the combined songwriting talents of Jim Cuddy (pictured) and Greg Keelor. They’ve come a long way since their breakout album “Outskirts” (1987). Show starts at 8pm; tickets from $25. TCU Place (35 2nd Ave. South, 975-7761)









DefJam recording star Method Man is coming to bust some rhymes and catch up with his Saskatoon fanbase at the province’s premiere hip-hop venue. Odeon Events Centre (219 2nd Ave. South, 975-7761)

MALANKA 2013 The city’s Ukrainian community celebrates Old New Year’s Eve (Malanka) with varenyky (perogies), horilka (vodka) and dancing. Cocktails at 6pm; tickets $40 (available at McNally Robinson Booksellers). Northridge Centennial Community Centre (901 3rd St. North, Martensville, SK)


The city’s top mid-winter music, art, dance, food and drink spectacle! Doors open at 8pm; tickets $20 in advance (limited number at the door). Mendel Art Gallery (950 Spadina Cres. East, 975-7610)






Saskatoon’s Bonnie Nicholson (piano) joins the city’s acclaimed string quartet to perform works by Hungarian composers. Shows at 2pm and 7:30pm; tickets $30. Third Avenue Centre (304 3rd Ave. North, 667-6400)

POTASHCORP WINTERSHINES FESTIVAL The city’s premiere mid-winter event, the PotashCorp WinterShines Festival is an annual event near the river, and features ice carvers, the WinterShines Ice Park (above), family skates, plus buskers, vendors, crafters and more. Best of all, most events are free. Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (414 Ave. B South, 384-6262)


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Top 5 Live Events

LUGO: Mendel for ‘fun’

This Saskatoon-born pianist has the talent, humour and style of “The Clown Prince of Denmark,” Victor Borge (1909–2000). Good fun. The Bassment (202 4th Ave. North)

Jan. 13 2:30pm: Beethoven Blockbuster (tickets $30;

Principal musicians of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra present their tribute to Beethoven in this highly casual setting. Adam Ballroom (Delta Bessborough Hotel, 601 Spadina Cres. East)

Early January: there’s a lull at the Mendel Art Gallery as one exhibition is taken down and the next one is installed. Then LUGO happens. The Mendel staff re-imagine the gallery space for a party that celebrates the city’s emerging and avant-garde artists (even of the culinary kind). LUGO, which the organizers describe as meaning “fun,” brings together members of the local art, food and music scene for a mid-winter spectacle. It’s worth going just to see the space transformed. To attract the event’s target audience, LUGO is being marketed largely through social media: on facebook, twitter and the event’s own website. Performers and artists also help spread the buzz among their loyal fans, making it an event for those with their ear to the ground and an eye for the new, bold and exciting.

Jan. 17 (8pm), Jan. 18 (9pm): Outside the Wall (tickets $20/members $15.; www.saskatoonjazzsociety.copm)

A two-night tribute to legendary and influential rockers Pink Floyd. The Bassment (202 4th Ave. North)

Jan. 24, 10pm: Hannah Georgas (cover $12;

As Georgas’s star continues to rise, she revisits the city for a solo set, having recently shared the bill with Mother Mother. Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave.)

Jan. 25, 9pm: Carrie Catherine (tickets $18/members $13;

LUGO 2013 Saturday, Jan. 12 (8pm; tickets $20 in advance/limited number available at the door) Mendel Art Gallery 950 Spadina Cres. East, 975-7610

The Saskatoon-born singer-songwriter unveils some of the songs being penned for Somewhere Saskatchewan, a play about the province set to debut in the summer 2013. The Bassment (202 4th Ave. North) LIVE THEATRE

Remai Arts Centre (100 Spadina Cres. West, 384-7727)

Jan. 1–9: King Lear by William Shakespeare (various showtimes; tickets $23). This classic Shakespearean tragedy of lust for power and courtly intrigues is one of the bard’s bloodiest and best. Presented by Theatre Naught on the BackStage Stage. Jan. 10–12, 15–23: Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell (various showtimes; tickets from $31). Shirley’s a middleaged housewife in Liverpool who’s taken to talking to the wall because her life has become a drag. When her best friend wins an all-inclusive vacation to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a new light.

The Refinery (609 Dufferin Ave., 653-5191) Jan. 17–20, 24–27: Girls! Girls! Girls! by Tara Schoonbaert (8pm; tickets $21). Sam, Caroline and Trish are close friends who’ve been there for each other over the years. But this night is different from the rest. The play is a lively comedy about friendship, the pursuit of happiness, and what “scissor sisters” entails. Presented by LiveFive.


Adam Ballroom (Delta Bessborough Hotel, 601 Spadina Cres. East) Jan. 13: Player’s Choice: Beethoven Blockbuster (2:30pm; tickets $20). The SSO’s core musicians perform as part of the aptly named Players’ Choice Series. Featuring Blumer (Woodwind quintet, Op. 52), Dvořák (Bagatelles) and Beethoven (String quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2). For tickets, visit

TCU Place (35 22nd St. East) Jan. 19: “The Great” by the SSO with guest


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conductor Kirk Smith and violinist Haldan Martinson (7:30pm; tickets from $21). Moody, technically demanding pieces featuring Forsyth (Essay for Orchestra ’67), Mendelssohn (Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64) and Schubert (Symphony No. 9, “The Great”). Part of the Gyro Masters Series. For tickets, visit

Third Avenue Centre (304 3rd Ave. North) Jan. 26: Amati Quartet with pianist Bonnie Nicholson (2pm and 7:30pm; tickets $30). This vaunted quartet performs their “Hungarian Rhapsody” program featuring music by Hungarian composers Dohnányi (Serenade for String Trio, Op. 10), Haydn (Piano Trio in G—“Gypsy Rondo”) and Brahms (Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25). For tickets, visit


The Bassment (202 4th Ave. North, 652-4700) Jan. 4: Kacy and Clayton with Ryan Boldt (9pm; $20/15). Influenced by the raw simplicity of roots music, Kacy and Clayton bring their rich sound to life. The Deep Dark Woods’ Ryan Boldt makes a special appearance to play an opening set. Jan. 5: Martin Janovsky Orchestra (9pm; $20/15). Latin, jazz and blues arrangements by the eponymous orchestra of Saskatoon-born pianist Martin Janovsky. Jan. 12: Jan Janovsky Trio (9pm; $16/12). See writeup on this page. Jan. 17–18: Outside the Wall (8pm, 9pm; $20/15). See write-up on this page. Jan. 24: David Fong Trio jazz jam (8pm; $5 cover, free for participating musicians). Jan. 25: Carrie Catherine (9pm; $18/13). See write-up on this page. Jan. 26: Ian Sinclair’s A Series of Tubes and I Got Rhythm Section (9pm; $18/13)

Jan. 31: Joel Fafard (8pm; $18/13). Saskatchewan native Fafard talks about life, his music weaving between the words to create a certain fabric with the audience.


Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave., 652-4912)

All times 10pm and cover charge $12 unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 4: Prop Planes with guests. Guitar-forward rock— sometimes driving and heavy, or even melodic and moody. Jan. 5: Tessa Kautzman with guests. Acoustic guitar and soft, melodic vocals. Jan. 18: Sleepwreck with Mehta. Open-ended electronica; this is a drift through a musical landscape as much as a performance or concert. Jan. 19: Powder Blue (album release party) with guests. Jan. 24: Hannah Georgas with guests. See write up on this page. Jan. 25: Fuse Collective. A local DJ collective playing groovy, upbeat, Detroit-style tech and funky house.

Odeon Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. South, 651-1000) Jan. 13: Method Man “So High” Tour (8pm; $45/VIP $60). See write-up on p. 9. Jan. 16: Gojira with Devin Townsend (7pm; $26). Death metal. Jan. 17: Nelly Furtado “The Spirit Indestructable” Tour with Dylan Murry and Jessica Tyler (7pm; $49.50/VIP $74.50). See write-up on p. 8. Jan. 27: Icebreaker with The Johner Boys, Misterfire and The Rumours (6:30pm; $22.50). A mostly girl cover band plays classic rock hits. Local bands to open.

TCU Place (35 22nd St. East, 975-7777) Jan. 15: Blue Rodeo (8pm; from $25). See write-up on p. 8.


Steve Aoki: A Mid-winter Electro Wonderland Party Text by Nathan Holowaty

in the iPartyinsask VIP experience ($80), which includes direct entry into the club (i.e., skip the lineup—useful in Saskatoon this time of year), champagne and hors d’oeuvres at your table, plus a special meet

The rider in Aoki’s performance contracts often includes an inflatable raft so he can surf the crowd at whichever venue he’s playing

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Got any energy left after the New Year? Then get ready for a massive electro club night to kick off 2013 as Steve Aoki rocks the decks at Tequila Nightclub on Jan. 4. When not at home in sunny California, Aoki headlines some of the largest electronic music festivals in the world: Tomorrowland in Belgium and Creamfields in the UK. Touring in support of his 2012 album “Wonderland,” Aoki is one of the most high-profile artists on the global electronic dance music scene today. He founded his own record label, Dim Mak Jan. 16: Strawberry Shortcake live! (6:30pm; from $21.50). The classic animated children’s character comes to life on stage in a performance filled with fun songs, characters and lots of audience participation.


Credit Union Centre (3515 Thatcher Ave., 938-7800) Saskatoon Blades WHL hockey; start times 7:05pm unless otherwise noted; tickets from $19). Jan. 1: vs. Medicine Hat Tigers Jan. 4: vs. Prince Albert Raiders Jan. 11: vs. Red Deer Rebels Jan. 12: vs. Edmonton Oil Kings Jan. 15: vs. Kootenay Ice Jan. 18: vs. Moose Jaw Warriors Jan. 19: vs. Brandon Wheat Kings Jan. 23: vs. Edmonton Oil Kings Jan. 27 (6:05pm): vs. Moose Jaw Warriors.

Jan. 8: The Harlem Globetrotters (7pm; from $23.50). See write-up on p. 8.


Buds on Broadway Blues is the main attraction at Bud’s,

which over the years has featured some of Canada’s best: Big Dave MacLean, the late Jeff Healey, Jimmy Bowskill and others. Expect cover bands and poorly lit pool tables and stale, but if you’re into motorcycles, then hit this place up. Open daily noon–2am 817 Broadway Ave., 244-4155

Lydia’s Pub A pretty classic pub, Lydia’s attracts a younger

crowd owing to the bar’s preponderance of beer, pool tables and casual dress code. Three levels with a games room, the main floor and loft, and the entertainment is pretty diverse: catch the “Souled Out” party Wednesdays and be inspired at Tonight it’s

Records, and he’s been known to travel with a studio set up so his music releases can keep up with his hectic tour schedule. To get a sense of how busy Aoki keeps himself, in 2012 he cranked the tunes for an estimated 280 gigs while performing some of the most outrageous antics in the DJ world for his avid audiences. The rider in his contract for shows is known to include an inflatable raft so he can surf the crowd, as well as a cake that he can use to throw around in the club. For such a big event, consider indulging Poetry on Sundays. Open Mon–Sat 11am–2am, Sun noon–midnight 650 Broadway Ave., 652-8595

Prairie Ink On Friday and Saturday evenings, listen while

you eat as a mellow band plays some acoustic folk or indie from the corner. More than that, Prairie Ink sometimes features local deejays, poets and or other literature readings. Open Mon–Thu 9am–10pm, Fri–Sat 9am–11pm, Sun 10am–6pm 3130 8th St. East, 955-3579

StaQatto Restaurant and Piano Bar Saskatoon’s only

dedicated piano bar has outdoor seating and a bit of an upscale vibe. You may catch a live band here or just kick back with cocktails to some of their loungey piano music. The place to take your date if you want to get them in the mood! Open Mon–Fri 11am–2am, Sat 5pm–2am 416 21st St. East, 244-8877

Vangelis Tavern A bit rough-looking on the outside,

Vangelis boasts a busy Thursday evening open mic night at which up-and-coming songwriters can be seen and heard before they audition for Canadian Idol or Canada’s Got Talent. The closer to the stage, the better; just bring ear plugs. Open Mon–Sat 11am–2am, Sun noon–2am 801 Broadway Ave., 652-5173


302 Lounge Dubbed Saskatoon’s straight-friendly gay bar,

302 offers a sleek, modern atmosphere in which to dance and enjoy something other than bottled beer. The eclectic mix of house DJs keeps patrons on the dance floor until last call. Open Wed 7pm–2am, Fri–Sat 7pm–3am 302 Pacific Ave., 665-6863

and greet with Steve Aoki himself. It’s just the way to warm up while the night’s opening DJs kick things off since Aoki will likely only start his set after midnight. Clubbers willing to brave the elements and head uptown for a prime night of electrohouse, dubstep and beats that create serious “Turbulence” should expect a rockin’ good time. Steve Aoki Wonderland Tour Friday, Jan. 4 (8pm; tickets $50—available at, Deception Clothing or reps) Tequila Nightclub 1201 Alberta Ave., 668-2582 Diva’s Club Diva’s, the city’s first gay club, is also its most

renowned, its most celebrated and its hardest to find. Look for the small rainbow flat at the alley entrance south of 21st Street, and once inside have your ID ready to show security (no exceptions) and be ready to party: Diva’s stays open later than anywhere else. Open Sun/Wed/Thu 8pm–2am, Fri 8pm–3am, Sat 8pm–5am 110 220 3rd Ave. South (alley entrance), 665-0100

EE Burritos Dinners at this traditional Mexican restaurant

quickly turn to dance parties with free Salsa dance lessons every Friday night. Professional and amateur dancers are welcome on the dance floor, which fairly pulses when the party starts. Open Mon–Thu 10am–9pm, Fri 10am–1:30am, Sat 11am–11pm 102 Ave. P South, 343-6264

Jax One of the city’s most popular downtown clubs, Jax brings a kind of tropical island feel to the party scene, with neon palm trees and some faux thatched decor. Lots of prize giveaways, plus the odd concert by respected international performers. Open Thu–Sat 5pm–3am 302 Pacific Ave., 934-4444

The Long Branch Expect a night of cowboy hats and two-

stepping fun while exploring the city’s country roots. The Long Branch features the latest in country music and old favourites too, so expect as much Toby Keith as Johnny Cash. Open Tue–Sat 11am–2am 806 Idylwyld Drive (Ramada Hotel), 665-6500

Tequila Nightclub From the chic chandeliers to the high-

energy dance floor, Tequila presents itself as a place to dress up for the night and feel a bit more sophisticated. The bar features a wide selection of cocktails and tasty martinis, plus guest DJs. Open Wed–Sat 6pm–3am 1201 Alberta Ave., 668-2582


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Land of Living Skies

Above: Sandra Knoss (“Cobalt Autumn”). Knoss paints bold, graphic depictions of Saskatchewan landscapes and wildlife, imbuing the vast prairies with a vibrancy she finds is often lacking. Showing at void gallery. Right: Tim Fisher (untitled). “Every artist has a muse or an image that speaks to them ... to create a personal language. My image is the sky.” Showing at Luna+Hill (208 3rd Ave. South). void gallery 2-1006 8th St. East, 242-VOID (8643); Open Thu–Fri 6–9pm, Sat–Sun 11am–5pm and by appointment.


#317 220 3rd Ave. South, 955-5701

(801 7th Ave. North)

Council, the gallery offers SCC members inexpensive space in which to display their work, all of which can be purchased. Through Jan. 20: Creativity and Spirituality A multi-faceted exhibition that examines spiritual considerations in the creation of fine crafts, whether of clay, wood, sculpture or mixed media. Curated by former Sask. Premier Lorne Calvert and the SCC’s Leslie Potter. Open daily 1–5pm 813 Broadway Ave., 653-3616

Frances Morrison Library Gallery The second-floor

U of S Art Galleries The University of Saskatchewan

Affinity Gallery Showcase home of the Saskatchewan Craft

aka gallery Contemporary art in the city’s up-and-coming

Riversdale neighbourhood. Jan. 10–Feb. 16: if found – return to me Interdisciplinary artist and published author Elisabeth Belliveau has been screened and exhibited in Cuba, Berlin, London, The Czech Republic, Sweden and across North America. Her latest photographic works are highly subjective, raising questions about public space and common views of western living normally considered mundane. Open Tue–Fri noon–6pm, Sat noon–4pm 424 20th St. West, 652-0044

Art Placement Combo art supply shop, framing shop and gallery, look for the red door of Art Placement in the alley between 3rd and 4th Avenues downtown. Open Tue–Sat 10:30am–5:30pm 228 3rd Ave. South, 664-3385

Darrel Bell Gallery An upper-level loft studio downtown,

the gallery gives the feeling of an urban gallery rivalling spaces in much larger centres. Regular showcases of some of the best local artists and craftspeople. Check out the new gallery gift shop open on 21st Street East downtown. Open Thu–Sat noon–5pm


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gallery in the main branch of the Saskatoon Public Library features local and international artists as well as an annual showcase of materials from the city’s extensive photo archives. Jan. 9–Feb. 7: Finding a Green Photo Barbara Reimer presents her photobased project which considers sustainability and the waste we produce. Film and coffee grounds are used as conceptual elements to convey the natural world and how the world is both perceived and valued. Open Mon–Thu 10am–9pm, Fri–Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 1–5:30pm 311 23rd St. East, 975-7558

Mendel Art Gallery The city’s beloved gallery by the river,

the Mendel often features several exhibits simultaneously, including in its downstairs space. With its tranquil conservatory and cafe, it’s great for spending time admiring the latest exhibits. Open daily 9am–9pm. Free admission (donations welcome). 950 Spadina Cres. East, 975-7610

Rouge Gallery One of the city’s top commercial galleries and one of its most eye-catching. Paintings, sculptures and more by some of the province’s most in-demand artists. Open Tue–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat noon–5pm 200-245 3rd Ave. South, 955-8882

The Stall Gallery Collectively the mobile Stall Gallery has

a large body of collected works; view the work of brash, locally inspired artists at mini-shows hosted throughout the city. Stall Gallery features some of Saskatoon’s and the province’s most talented avant-garde artists. Call 653-0800 for more details. Now showing: Crystal Rassi, Kathy Bradshaw and Kelly Grace (oil on canvas) at The Two Twenty (220 20th St. West) Kelly Grace and Cate Francis (oil on canvas) at City Perks

features several unique galleries, all of which are worth discovering: the Kenderdine Gallery, home of the university’s permanent collection; student and special exhibitions at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery; the Diefenbaker Centre and its archives; and the Museum of Antiquities, with its ever-expanding collection of ancient busts, bronzes, coins and more. Open Mon–Fri 9am–4pm (Kenderdine Gallery, Museum of Antiquities); Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm (Diefenbaker, Snelgrove). U of S Campus

void gallery A new commercial space below 8th Street Books, though one that has also expanded its visual space through collaboration with off-site galleries downtown and on Broadway. Open Thu–Fri 6–9pm, Sat–Sun 11am–5pm and by appointment 2-1006 8th St. East, 242-VOID (8643)


Ukrainian Museum of Canada The UMC is dedicated to

the Ukrainian settlers who contributed in large measure to the development of the prairies. Craftwork on display includes embroidered fabrics, wood carvings, traditional religious items (such as decorated Easter eggs) and ceramics. Open Tue–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm 910 Spadina Cres. East, 244-3800

Western Development Museum Transport yourself back in time with a visit to the WDM’s 1910 Boomtown. More than 30 buildings—including a general store, blacksmith shop and old time jail—recreate the hustle and bustle of a typical Saskatchewan town in the early 1900s. Open Tue–Sun 9am–5pm 2610 Lorne Ave., 931-1910

movies Les Misérables The French classic by Victor Hugo is expertly retold by director Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”). In 19th-century France, pitiable Jean Valjean (Jackman), who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) for breeching his parole, agrees to care for Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), the daugher of his factory co-worker, Fantine (Hathaway). The fateful decision changes their lives forever. Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway UK, 2012 Running time: 157 min. Venues: Galaxy, Centre Cinemas

Broken City (drama/thriller)

Barbara (drama; in German w/ subtitles)

Holy Motors (drama/fantasy)


Centre Cinemas Film distribution giant Cineplex Odeon

Rainbow Cinemas The Rainbow screens second-run

Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon’s largest Cineplex Odeon


Director: Allen Hughesl Starring: Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe Running time: 86 min. Shows: In theatres Jan. 18 Venue: Centre, Galaxy Cinemas An ex-cop (Wahlberg) trailing the wife of New York City’s mayor (Crowe) finds himself immersed in a larger scandal that threatens his job, private life and even his sense of security.

Broadway Theatre The Broadway is an art, film and

performance theatre and Canada’s only community-owned, non-profit reperatory cinema. This municipal heritage property shows many foreign and limited release films, but also hosts many public and private events. Wheelchair accessible. 715 Broadway Ave., 384-3456 (movie line), 652-6556 (office)

MLT Roxy Theatre The always charming Roxy shows

alternative films and limited releases. Lean back as the lights dim and check out the twinkling ceiling lights. Wheelchair accessible and access for the hearing impaired. 320 20th St. East, 955-8642

Director: Christian Petzold Starring: Nina Hoss, Robert Zehrfeld and Rainer Bock Running time: 105 min. Premier: Jan 2–12 Venue: Broadway Theatre A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital. Everyone has secrets they daren’t tell, and emotions can be dangerous things.

has one of its two local theatres on the city’s east side in the Centre Mall across from Rainbow Cinemas. Its seven screens show first-run movies but at lower prices (from $4.50 to $9) than Galaxy downtown. Wheelchair accessible. Centre Mall (3510 8th St. East), 955-1938 theatre is Galaxy. Set in the south downtown, Galaxy has 12 screens showing first-release films and big performances such as opera and classical music concerts. Wheelchair accessible. Party rooms for private events. 347 2nd Ave. South, 664 5060

Director: Leos Carax Starring: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob and Eva Mendes Running time: 115 min. Shows: Jan 2–12 Venue: Broadway Theatre From dawn to dusk we follow Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, an entrepreneur, beggar, monster, family man...

movies for cheap. Prices from $2 on Tuesdays, with $3.50 matinees and $4 for evening showings. Wheelchair accessible and access for the hearing impaired. Birthday packages for kids available. Centre Mall (3510 8th St. East), 955-8642

Kramer IMAX Theatre The province’s only IMAX

theatre offers this unique dive-right-in film experience. The Kramer IMAX Theatre is part of the larger and very impressive Saskatchewan Science Centre. 2903 Powerhouse Dr. (Regina, SK), 1-800-667-6300


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local essentials Saskatoon holds a wealth of local attractions given its important position along long-established migration routes (evidence of human settlement just north of the city dates back at least 6,000 years). The area is home to various flora and fauna, including dozens of migratory birds, though it was the city founders that gave rise to Saskatoon’s picturesque bridges and riverbank parks, the beautiful stonework at the University of Saskatchewan, plus skating and curling rinks, art galleries, museums and much, much more.


Beaver Creek Conservation Area The BCCA

showcases the Meewasin Valley in microcosm and contains one of the few uncultivated short-grass prairie sites in the province. Visitors can enjoy the site’s four nature trails and visit the Interpretive Centre, where staff help facilitate public programming. BCCA is a four-season destination, ideal for a hike close to nature. 13 km south on Hwy 219, 374-2474/665-6888

Bessborough Hotel and Gardens

Saskatoon’s “Castle on the River,” the iconic Delta Bessborough Hotel is arguably the city’s most photographed landmark, intentionally designed by Montreal architects Archibald and Schofield in the late 1920s to resemble a Bavarian castle. Built by the Canadian National Railway and completed in 1932, the “Bess” (pronounced “Bez”) plays host in its garden space to shows of the annual Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in June as well as various public and private events. 601 Spadina Cres. East, 244-5521

Canadian Light Source Synchrotron A football field-

sized research facility for light optics, particle acceleration and more, the Synchrotron is one of the largest laboratories in Canada. Guided tours allow the public to see how extremely bright light is used to peer inside matter. It is one of the world’s most powerful microscopes, shedding X-ray “light” millions of times brighter than the sun. 44 Innovation Blvd. (U of S campus), 657-3500

Cosmopolitan Park The lookout of this park below

Saskatchewan Crescent East is one of the best bird-watching sites in the city. During spring and fall migration, songbirds fill the area, while nesting birds shelter in the dense canopy of Saskatoon berry bushes, willows, dogwood and chokecherries. Watch for beavers and muskrat along the riverbank in the evening. Signage at the lookout shows how the city’s downtown developed from a mess of settlers’ tents to today’s skyline.

Diefenbaker Canada Centre The only combined Prime Ministerial archives, museum and research centre in Canada, the Diefenbaker Centre next to the Education Building on the U of S campus features cultural, educational, and historical collections that represent the life and times of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, John G. Diefenbaker. He and his second wife, Olive, are buried on the grounds nearby. Free admission. Open Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm 101 Diefenbaker Place (U of S campus), 966-8384

Diefenbaker Park Diefenbaker Park is a beloved spot

for enjoying nature as well as for picnicking, barbequeing or viewing the Canada Day fireworks. Also located within the park is the city’s first cemetery, the Nutana Pioneer Cemetery, the final resting place of many early city residents.

Forestry Farm Park and Saskatoon Zoo Open

year-round, the Forestry Farm Park (formerly Sutherland Forest Nursery Station) is a designated National Historic Site. The Saskatoon Zoo welcomes more visitors per capita each year than any other zoo in Canada. The zoo is home to indigenous plants and animals, plus exotic animals from similar climates. Tours of the historic former Superintendent’s Residence and the grounds can be made through the Friends of the Forestry Farm House (249-1315). 1903 Forestry Farm Park Dr. (off Attridge Dr.), 975-3382

Friendship Park This park has a few tables for picnicking

and features a lifesize bronze of Métis hero Gabriel Dumont on his horse. The park surrounds the Meewasin Valley Centre at the bottom of the Broadway and Traffic Bridges. It’s a quiet place during the winter with great views of the river.

Gabriel Dumont Park Gabriel Dumont Park is named

for one of the Métis leaders of the North-West Resistance of 1885. The park includes a natural prairie ecoscape and is a typical urban park featuring a children’s play village and picnic tables, plus washroom facilities. Parking is accessible via Saskatchewan Crescent West.


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Photo of ice-skaters downtown courtesy of Tourism Saskatoon

Just Slightly Ahead of Our Time The massive and highly significant Synchrotron laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan is the centrepiece for innovation and technology on campus, with a particle accelerator, isotope imaging and other technology used to study dinosaurs, superconductors and more.

Canadian Light Source Synchrotron Free guided public tours Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30–4:30pm. Kinsmen Park Located at Spadina Crescent and 25th

Street, Kinsmen Park is a popular children’s amusement destination, though the train ride and merry-go-round are now gone as part of a large park makeover initiated by PotashCorp. In winter the park is a prime spot for crosscountry skiers, who take advantage of a warming hut there.

Kiwanis Park & Vimy Memorial Bandshell

Kiwanis Memorial Park, located along Spadina Crescent, is a tribute to Saskatoon’s war veterans. The Vimy Memorial bandshell, south of the Delta Bessborough Hotel, honours WWI veterans. A large water fountain, just to the north of the hotel, honours those who fought in WWII. The park features picnic tables, barbecue pits and statues to such noteworthy Saskatonians as Denny Carr and Ray Hnatyshyn.

Knox United Church This church is a designated

municipal heritage building whose congregation was established as part of the Saskatoon Presbyterian Field Mission in 1885 following the North-West Rebellion. Architects Brown and Vallance of Montreal designed it in the Collegiate Gothic style; it was finished in 1914. The two-storey, dark red brick building boasts beautiful stained-glass windows and acoustics that make it a regular venue for chamber music performances, plus other social and cultural events. 838 Spadina Cres. East, 244-0159

Marr Residence Located on the city’s east side, the Marr

Residence is the oldest house in Saskatoon on its original foundation. Built in 1884 by Alexander (Sandy) Marr, the home was used as a field hospital during the 1885 North-West Resistance. The Marr, a civic heritage site, is thought to be haunted. 326 11th St. East, 652-1201

Meewasin Park Located in the city’s north-west,

Meewasin Park features a playground, barbeque pits, picnic tables, a shelter with washroom facilities open year-round and a canoe launch. Parking is accessible from Spadina Crescent.

Meewasin Valley Trail and Visitor Centre The

Meewasin Valley Centre (MVC) near the river in downtown Saskatoon offers many public programs and services focusing

on the city’s natural and cultural heritage. It’s a great place to learn about local history, the South Saskatchewan River, and the future of the Meewasin Valley. It also has interactive displays, an art gallery, gift shop and information on the Meewasin Valley and other city attractions. See their website for more information. Open (fall/winter) Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat–Sun noon–5pm 402 3rd Ave. South, 665-6888

Mendel Art Gallery and Civic Conservatory

Overlooking the South Saskatchewan River, the Mendel Art Gallery is Saskatoon’s premier destination for contemporary and classic art, with exhibitions changing every three months. The Gallery’s permanent collection includes nearly 6,000 works by local, regional and national artists. In addition to exhibitions and public programs, visitors can enjoy the Gallery Shop, the balmy confines of the Civic Conservatory and Muséo Coffee. Admission is free (donations kindly accepted). Open daily 9am–9pm 950 Spadina Cres. East, 975-7610

The Mendel Riverbank and Island Sanctuary

The Mendel Riverbank and Island Sanctuary offers a quiet place to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the South Saskatchewan River. During summer, beavers, ducks, geese and pelicans can often be seen from the lookout point and ferry dock. In July and August, the site features the annual Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan theatre event.

River Landing This uniquely Saskatoon focal point

combines meeting space, an outdoor amphitheatre and children’s water play area. The river outlooks offer great, upclose views of the water.

Rotary Park Rotary Park, with its flat space, picnic tables

and washroom facilities, is well known for its public tennis courts and groups practicing tai chi or yoga in the early morning. Tthe Peace Prayer Pole—part of a 160-country network supported by the UN—was custom-designed by artist Doug Bentham and inscribed with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in Cree, English, French and Japanese.

St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Saskatoon’s first

Anglican parish (1902) incorporates brick, Tyndall stone and terra cotta in an unornamented neo-Gothic style; its foundation is made of fieldstone (including granite, gabbro, diorite, gneiss, schist and dolomite). Completed in 1917, the cathedral features a rood screen at the chancel steps, and it, the pulpit, lectern and high altar are made of Carrara ware (Doulton white terra cotta, which resembles Italian Carrera marble). The cornerstone was laid in 1912 by then Governor General of Canada, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. 816 Spadina Cres. East

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Cathedral The

cornerstone of St. Paul’s, which sits on Spadina Crescent across from Kiwanis Memorial Park, was laid by former Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1910. Originally built as parish church, St. Paul’s only became a full cathedral in 1934 when the diocese of Saskatoon was established. The stained glass was added in 1945 to commemorate those who lost their lives in WWII and in 1976 for those that lost their lives to a fire. 720 Spadina Cres. East, 652-0033

Saskatoon Natural Grasslands Located on

Konihowski Road near the Forestry Farm Park, the SNG is a unique urban park that shelters nearly 200 species of plants and a variety of native birds and animals. The site is also home to more than 25 kinds of butterflies.

Ukrainian Museum of Canada The UMC is dedicated

to the Ukrainian settlers who contributed in large measure to the development of the prairies. Craftwork on display includes embroidered fabrics, wood carvings, traditional religious items (such as decorated Easter eggs) and ceramics. Open Tue–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm 910 Spadina Cres. East, 244-3800

The University of Saskatchewan The U of S, with its

many greystone buildings, requires time to explore properly. Originally located at Broadway Avenue and 12th Street, the Little Stone Schoolhouse was built in 1887 to house Victoria School. Among its more impressive sites are the neo-Gothic Thorvaldson Building, the College Building with its classic Elizabethan shape in Collegiate Gothic style and Nobel Plaza (east end of the Bowl), so named for the two people from the university to win this prestigious prize.

U of S Observatory The observatory facilities

(telescopes, other scientific equipment) at the U of S are available for use by both both students and visitors alike, with the facility staffed year-round on Saturday nights for public viewing of the cosmos. Phone 966-6393 to book a guided tour. Free admission. Open Sat (in December) 7:30–9:30pm

Victoria Park Victoria Park features a playground, picnic

tables and the popular Lions Skateboard Park. It is also home to the Riversdale Pool (public swimming), the Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club and the Riversdale Lawn Bowling Club. The Boathouse was built for the 1989 Jeux du Canada Games and now houses canoeing, kayaking and rowing clubs. Accessible from Avenue H South.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park The Northern Plains Cree

have used the site called Wanuskewin (Wah-nus-KAY-win; “living in harmony”) for 6,000 years, gathering to share teachings and ceremonies, and to hunt the great bison of the Northern Plains. Trails wind over more than 6 km at the site, which includes a centuries-old camping area and an active archaeological dig. The interpretive centre has galleries, a theatre, a restaurant serving First Nations cuisine and a gift shop. Adults $8.50, students 13-30 $6.50, children 5–12 $4.00, free for kids under 5. Open daily 9am–4:30pm, 11am–4:30pm on holidays 5km north of Saskatoon on Wanuskewin Road, 931-6767


Hunter’s Bowling Centres The city’s two bowling

centres both provide a mix of 5- and 10-pin bowling, with organized leagues for all ages, options for glow bowling, and licensed lounges for thirsty crowds. Eastview Bowl: 2929 Louise St., 373-4333; Fairhaven Bowl: 3401 22nd St. West, 382-2822


Dakota Dunes The only casino serving Saskatoon features

slot machines, Texas Hold’Em poker, Blackjack, Roulette and other games of chance. Check their online schedule for free regular shuttle service from pick-up points city-wide (includes various city malls, the Delta Bessborough Hotel). They also have two restaurants and weekly live concerts. 204 Dakota Dunes Way (20 min. south on Hwy 219), 667-6400


Dez Reed’s Comedy Club The city’s longest continually running comedy act is the hard work of an all-local group of comedians led by nationally recognized Dez Reed, former Seinfeld writer Keith Barany and others. Thursday and Friday nights beginning at 8:30pm; shows start at 9:15pm. Joe’s Sports Bar and Grill (345 2nd Ave. North), 244-1403

The Laugh Shop The doors in the Cedar Room

downstairs open every Friday for comedy at 8:30pm, with shows featuring national and international stand-ups from 9:30-11:30 pm. Tickets are only $15 but reservations are recommended. In reality, the club is a banquet room at the Park Town Hotel but it’s always worth a laugh. Park Town Hotel (924 Spadina Cres. East), 244-5564


CN Curling Club In October the club, which CN employees opened in December 1939, hosts its annual CN Senior Men’s / Open Bonspiel. League times and fees are listed online. 1602 Chappell Dr., 382-3088

Granite Curling Club The venerable Granite has the only curling sheets downtown (it can be found just south of the Great Western Brewing Company), making it a convenient place to play for many right after work. Leagues for all levels, with adult learn-to-curl league Wednesdays from 8:15–10pm. 480 1st Ave. North, 653-2811

Nutana Curling Club The eight sheet Nutana Curling Club makes it easy to get into this quintessentially prairie pastime, with leagues for all levels of skill, open times and even glow curling. Check out their adult learn to curl instructional league on Sundays at 1pm. 2002 Arlington Ave., 374-2422

Sutherland Curling Club The SCC Ladies Bonspiel, an

annual event in October, enables the club to raise money in support of breast cancer awareness. Various leagues, and ice time can be booked. 141 Jessop Ave., 374-8400


Children’s Discovery Museum Set to move to the

Mendel Art Gallery site in 2014, the CDM is all about giving children the chance to learn through play. Exhibits and programming help foster creativity, curiosity and an enduring love of learning. Find it next to the mini-golf. Market Mall (2325 Preston Ave. South), 683-2555

Fudds Fun Centre The Fudds Fun Centre includes a

game zone, batting cages and mini-golf, plus an ever-popular Fuddrucker’s hamburger restaurant franchise. 2910 8th St. East, 934-2637 (93-GAMES)

The Fun Factory This indoor family fun centre offers

various kinds of excitement, with a two-storey soft play unit. Toddler space, party rooms, laser tag, lunch bar and games. 1633C Quebec Ave., 955-3778


Ramada Hotel Golf Dome This 35,000 indoor driving range is the only one of its type in the city. Winter duffers have 37 stalls to choose from, with lessons from pros and club rentals too. Open weekends 10am-6pm in the winter. 806 Idylwyld Dr. North, 249-4653


Merrill Dunes Adventure Outdoor paintballing and

laser tag are the draw at Merrill Dunes Adventure, which also features two separate fields, a mechanical bull, plus sales of smoke bombs and fireworks for any occasion. 13km south on Valley Road, 382-2728


Saskatoon Leisure Services The City of Saskatoon

operates three indoor pools, with indoor gyms, saunas and more. For public swim times and other information, visit the Leisure Services Department online. Adult day pass is $8.30. Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre (1110 Idylwyld Dr. North, 975-3321) Lakewood Civic Centre (1635 McKercher Dr., 975-2944) Lawson Civic Centre (225 Primrose Dr., 975-7873)

YMCA The venerable “Y” has long been a facility that

attracts a crowd serious about fitness but who also feel like belonging to a very community-focused organization. The Saskatoon YMCA has a 25m pool, updated cardio equipment, a sizable gym and classes for all kinds of fitness. They also have daycare and a café. Adult day pass is $10. 25 22nd St. East, 652-7515


Riverside Badminton & Tennis Club The city’s only

private club boasts immaculate indoor badminton courts, change rooms with showers, plus a pro shop. 645 Spadina Cres. West (Victoria Park), 242-5584

Saskatoon Leisure Services

The City of Saskatoon operates indoor tennis courts at the Saskatoon Field House near the U of S and in the Tennis Dome near Lakewood Civic Centre. For a full list of city leisure services, visit the city’s Leisure Services Department online. Saskatoon Field House (2020 College Dr., 975-3354) Lakewood Civic Centre (1635 McKercher Dr., 975-2944)

The Weir The Weir, built as a make-work project during

the Great Depression, is a classic fishing site for the American White Pelican. Every spring, a few of this once-endangered species return to the Weir and stay on until early September. Climb the stairs to the top of the CPR bridge for a spectacular birds-eye view.

Serving Saskatoon for Over 80 Years

Western Development Museum Transport yourself

back in time with a visit to the WDM’s 1910 Boomtown. More than 30 buildings—including a general store, blacksmith shop and old time jail—recreate the hustle and bustle of a typical Saskatchewan town in the early 20th century. One of three such branches of the museum that exist province-wide. Open Tue–Sun 9am–5pm 2610 Lorne Ave., 931-1910

709 43rd Street East. Saskatoon, SK Ph: (306) 664-3458


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It’s Winter,

So Make the Most of It!

Text by Paul Miazga

Photo of the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink at PotashCorp Plaza by Paul Miazga

Setting Sail on the Prairies “The best thing about kiteboarding is you don’t need a hill, or a lift ticket, or someone to drive the boat. You just go whichever way the wind takes you,” says Jonathan Storey, 33, a kiteboarding enthusiast who picked up on the sport seven years ago. When Storey started out, there was no one around to teach him kiteboarding, so he taught himself everything from how to tack (a sailing term which refers to maneouvering upwind), how to handle bigger and bigger kites, and now—as co-owner of Escape Sports—how to promote the sport. “There are perhaps 40 decent riders in the city,” Storey says, adding that local kiteboarders typically go in very small groups (most often east of the city onGoogle Hwy 5images or to Blackstrap Lake) whereas in Regina the presence of two IKO-certified instructors (Victor LaBar and Aaron Hackle) seems to have spawned larger groups outings. Photo of kiteboarders in a field east of Saskatoon courtesy of Tourism Saskatoon


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Prairie Kiteboarding

Ice Skating in the Downtown (psst: It’s free!) For relative newcomers to the province, the chance to borrow a pair of skates in exchange for a donation makes ice skating in Saskatoon an appealing and affordable prospect in winter. Since many new city residents don’t own a pair of skates, the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink at PotashCorp Plaza next to the Delta Bessborough Hotel makes ice skating an accessible sport. The fact that the rink is also free makes it even more so. Each year, thousands learn to skate for the first time in this idyllic downtown setting. And no wonder: the rink boasts a cozy warm-up hut, they have supports to help toddlers, and the space can even be booked for private events. Public skating Mon–Sat noon–9pm, Sun 11am–9pm. Call 229-8827 to learn more. Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink at PotashCorp Plaza

When the mercury falls, do what comes naturally:

Have fun! Strap on Some Skis and Go “(For me,) photography started half a century ago in high school, (though I began) skiing only in the ‘80s. I got more serious about both in the ‘90s and then, after retiring, I have been enjoying both and constantly learning since then,” says Kneale Quayle, an amateur shutterbug and cross-country skiing enthusiast. Quayle and his wife Dorothy (a banker) are both active in the city’s cross-country skiing community: Kneale as a club booster and Dorothy as vice-president of the Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club. “We embraced cross-country skiing in the Okanagan and found it to be a lot easier on the body. We enjoy helping out in clubs that promote healthy, active outdoor exercise,” says Quayle. The SNSC maintains three of the four main trails found in and around the city: at Wildwood Golf Course, in Kinsmen Park downtown and Eb’s Trails (20 minutes north of town on Hwy. 11 near Duck Lake). The city maintains the trails at Holiday Park near the public golf course, and all are free, with warming huts found at each. Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club

Photo of cross-country skiers at Holiday Park courtesy of Kneale Quayle (SNSC)

The Boreal Forest on Adrenaline: Snowmobiling

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It’s a sport for people who already have a fondness for toys, such as 25-year-old Lenny Gaudet, an electrician from Birch Hills, SK. For him, snowmobiling was a part of growing up and remains a sport he, his friends, family and neighbours all enjoy. “It’s hard to beat carving through fresh powder or dusting a roadside trail at over 160 kilometres per hour,” says Gaudet, who’s been an avid snowmobiler since childhood. For everyone’s sake, the Saskatchewan Snowmobiling Associaton tries to make sure everyone can enjoy safe and responsible recreational snowmobiling. To better promote what they love, SSA members have built and still maintain over 10,000 kilometers of trails province-wide. One of Gaudet’s favourite spots is near Candle Lake, where SSA trails cut right through the heart of the boreal forest—a place that makes the sport easy to fall for in a big way. Saskatchewan Snowmobiling Association


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fashion/lifestyle Like vintage wines, pieces from the 2012 Laurie Brown fall/ winter collection reveal hidden layers and delicious textures

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Text by Mandy Pravda Photos by Laurie Brown and Kassy Meon Hair/Makeup by Kassy Meon Models Mandy Gourlay and Irene Elliot Shot on location at Ingredients Artisan Market

With great local boutiques popping up across the city and a growing number of local designers emerging from their personal studios, fashion in Saskatoon is booming. One new must-watch designer is award-winning graduate of Toronto’s Seneca College, Laurie Brown. Laurie produces ready-to-wear col-

lections well-suited to Saskatchewan and its ever-changing seasons. With eclectic tastes developed in Toronto and her home, which she says serves as a fashion incubator, Laurie continues to build her career and reputation on Canada’s stylish prairies. In her most recent collections Laurie has received high praise, particularly for incorporating paper detailing and origami into her 2009 “Green Movement.” Since then she’s gone even further with garments tailored to suit an active lifestyle. Handcrafted and designed to move, pieces from Laurie Brown’s 2012 collection (pictured) go deeper into themes

she explored in 2010, with what she calls “motorized” dresses that change shape before your eyes. “I don’t wear a lot of graphic prints or patterns,” Laurie says. Instead, she explains, she likes to work with textured material, layers, unique cuts and her own stylized sewing techniques to catch the eye. That layered look, with a particular emphasis on street fashion, defines this innovative young designer’s fresh and very wearable pieces. Aside from working on her own collections and specialty pieces, Laurie is committed to developing the Saskatoon fashion community by participating in events such as the Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival and Mix & Match: An SFDF Shop. In addition, she provides support to community social and health-focused organizations, while another project for her is to found a fashion collective to support emerging designers in Saskatoon. We feel confident that Laurie Brown

designs will leave their mark on the city and far beyond. To find out more about Laurie Brown, visit To learn more about the Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival, visit www. or www.facebook. com/sfdffanpage.

sweater REPEAT leggings & scarf DEPT handbag DENYSE KLETTE bangle bracelet DEAN DAVIDSON boots ARA model BRYNN image CHELSEAKLETTE.COM

Dena’s 5-105 21st St E Saskatoon, Sask S7K 0B3 306-373-6966


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Winter Wonderland: What to Wear When

Text by Jennifer Machnee Photos by M Steigman

For versatile winter sportswear, the outerwear brand Holden has you covered. Their styles are classic and their attention to detail is impeccable. As if that’s not enough, this decades-old company has an environmental and social conscience: fleece linings made of recycled coffee grinds, the world’s first waterproof breathable hemp fabric, and a commitment to making “eco-friendlier” products that last. Together, they make Holden a worthwhile investment in winter outerwear. Holden men’s and women’s winter jackets (Outtabounds, 105 Ave. B South; Momentum, 160-2102 8th St. East and 2-960 Attridge Dr.) Saskatchewan is famously flat, but that doesn’t stop locals from hitting the slopes. Table Mountain is a popular day-trip destination for anyone who wants to tube, ski, or snowboard without leaving the province. Located 90 minutes northwest of Saskatoon off Hwy 16, Table Mountain is open from 9am to 5pm daily (and on Friday nights when temperatures are above -20C) until the end of March.

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What’s next in denim? Two things, actually: cotton that’s coated in polyurethane for a pant that looks like leather but isn’t. Add reversibility, and you’ve got a dream jean. Throw on a soft, pretty knit by Canadian label Erdaine and finish with a pair of Hunter boots—and even Hunter’s boot socks to help this footwear transition seamlessly from winter to spring. Bleulab reversible coated denim (Era Style Loft, 234 21st St. East) Erdaine white knit sweater (Luna+Hill, 208 3rd Ave. South) Hunter rubber boots (Swank Shoe Lounge, 1-157 2nd Ave. South) For a northern escape with all the comforts of a four-star hotel, Elk Ridge Resort is the perfect option. Located just outside Prince Albert National Park, and only 90 minutes north of Saskatoon on Hwy 11, Elk Ridge offers stellar lodge guest rooms and suites. They also have cabins, cottages and townhouses for enhanced privacy, with some featuring fireplaces and/or hot tubs. Watch the Northern Lights, and go snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, curling or tobogganing.

Shawl collar sweaters are making more frequent appearances lately and are great for light layering—especially useful when you want to be active without overheating. Typically worn with a dress shirt and tie, these sweaters don’t have to be preppy. For a touch more casual, lose the tie and wear with a casual pant. Culturata shawl collared sweater (Luna + Hill) Tvente dress shirt (Lino Men’s Boutique, 154 2nd Ave. South) Citizens of Humanity straight-leg “Sid” pants (Manhattan Casuals, 124 21st Street East) Skating is a winter activity that begs for a cinematic moment. Be ready for your on-ice close-up or for someone to brush up close to you: go with elegant details, a combination of textures and this season’s hottest colour: burgundy. Miss Patina crochet-trimmed burgundy coat (La Vie Lente, 155 2nd Ave. South) Ya Los Angeles mustard dress (Frakas, 1-183 2nd Ave. South; 9-410 Ludlow St.) Prophecy suede boots (Durand’s, 255 2nd Ave. South) Forest First One of the most beautiful things about Saskatchewan in the winter is its northern lakes. Take in a uniquely tranquil experience without having to pack a lot at Flora Bora. Located between Emma Lake and Christopher Lake, 100 minutes north of Saskatoon on Hwy 11, this resort features private dwellings called “yurts” that are inspired by the traditional homes of Mongolian yak herders. In general, the key to a classic look is patiently seeking out great basics. We’ve done the work for you here: wear these pieces together or with other items from your wardrobe. Without doubt you’ll have them until they become threadbare. Tvente grey sweater (Lino Men’s Boutique) Insight denim shirt (Guys & Dawls, 212 1st Ave. South) 7 For All Mankind chinos in tobacco (Manhattan Casuals)


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Winter is Long: Take a Breather in an Urban Oasis Text by Ashley Wills Photo by Hillary Simon-Worobec

Civic Conservatory – Mendel Art Gallery As the doors to the glass conservatory open, you immediately enter a tropical paradise of sorts. The floor to ceiling windows may look out onto a snow-covered landscape, but the sights and relaxing quiet indoors provide a welcome distraction during the harshest days of winter. Humid air fills the lungs as you travel the path that leads around the tropical indoor garden established nearly 50 years ago. A unique collection of exotic trees, orchids and even cacti grow around benches where you can sit and take it all in. The garden evolves throughout the year, with seasonal flower displays that change each month: in January, expect to see kalanchoe and primula, while in February visitors will also catch an array of daffodils, tulips, muscari and hyacinth. To add to the calming atmosphere, a fountain in the centre of the room bubbles with a barely audible whisper. Toss in a coin, make a wish and help support the city’s most beloved green space (which attracts more than 80,000 visitors a year). For more information, contact Greenhouse Supervisor Mark Heit at 9752546 or email 950 Spadina Cres. East, 975-7610

Botanica Restaurant – Saskatoon Inn

Above: the lush interior of the Civic Conservatory at the Mendel Art Gallery has been a tropical oasis for Saskatonians since the 1960s.


Bill’s House of Flowers Located on Broadway, Bill’s

boasts of having the some of the most superior flowers in Saskatoon. With a vast selection of upscale arrangements, these flowers are sure to put smiles on those dear to you. 712 Broadway Ave., 242-8809

Blossoms Living Fresh ideas and stylish suggestions on flower arrangements for any occasion. Unique concepts, gift ideas and organic designs. Their website hints at the many possibilities. 111-1526 8th St. East, 955-3355

Creative Compliments A home-grown franchise that now spans the province, Creative Compliments does ready-to-order items and custom gift baskets; plus, they deliver. No time to

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get to one of their stores? Browse and purchase online. 109 3rd Ave. North, 664-3618

Dutch Growers Garden Centre For over 50 years,

Outdoor barbeques are long gone at this time of the year, but for a change of scenery, head to Botanica Restaurant for a lunch that lets you get away, even if it’s just for an hour. Once past the hotel pool and through a maze of tropical greenery, you’ll find a table to take it all in. Overhead skylights let in an amazing amount of sun (for which Saskatoon is well known), creating a warm, inviting atmosphere. Best of all it’s rarely busy and a great place to escape for a while. 2002 Airport Dr., 668-9621 photographers, florists and wedding planners that provides customized wedding packages ( 6-3310 Fairlight Dr., 651-3444

Dutch Growers has been serving Saskatoon with a wide selection of trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, annuals, garden gifts and accessories. More recently, a bistro has been added as well as a fashion boutique. Look for the big windmill just off Central Avenue and Attridge Drive. 685 Reid Road, 249-1222

Saskatoon Blossoms Fresh Fruit Arrangements

Michelle’s Flowers Michelle offers not only a wide

Sheila’s State of the Art Flowers Clients of owner

range of top floral arrangements for any occasion, but also photography packages for weddings, engagements, new babies and other memory-making moments. She is also a co-founder of Sweet and Smitten, a chic collective of

If you’re looking for something unique, fun and edible, Blossoms will have something for you. With themed arrangements (of all manner of fruits) for all occasions, there’s a beautiful piece for everyone to nibble on. 613 8th St. East, 955-2556

Sheila Beck come for “more than a nice bouquet of flowers. They want a conversation piece!” Arrangements use fresh tropical, exotic and seasonal flowers. Cool gift selections too. Scotia Centre (123 2nd Ave. South), 975-1957


Momentum These urban and sport-oriented clothing shops

has a history that dates to 1670. Find everything here: brandname clothing, shoes, underwear, outerwear and accessories for men, women and children. Three huge levels of retail space. Midtown Plaza (north end), 242-7611

Squire Shop Attention to detail, lots of space and great

The Bay Canada’s national department store chain, the Bay

The Clothes Café/Frank and Lucy Two conjoined shops

on Broadway that have separate entrances but share a semidivided space. Funky hip-hop wear, with a selection of sneakers, hoodies and t-shirts by Wesc, Scotch and Soda, Stussy and more. 725 Broadway Ave., 242-0366

provide lots of shoes, belts, button-ups, pants and more. Two locations: 160-2102 8th St. East, 955-2381; 2-960 Attridge Dr., 384-8411

choices for smart, made-to-measure suits and other formal wear. Occupying the other side of this shop is classy Mansize Men’s Wear, for big and tall people who like to dress well. 142 2nd Ave. North, 244-8063


Deception Clothing Found just north of the downtown, this

Davinia Boutique Rack after rack of dresses, skirts, tops

tidy space sells funky, hip urban wear. Lots of ballcaps for guys. 410 2nd Ave. North, 955-4855

and in all the colours of the rainbow. Accessories and the overall style are for women with a sense of personal flair. Scotia Centre, 652-5427

Guys & Dawls Great merchandise combines with

Dena’s Upper-end women’s everyday apparel, plus lots of

personalized service here. Good variety of all sorts of colourful and youthful clothing and accessories. Lots of possibilities here. 212 1st Ave. South, 249-1911

Luna & Hill Check out this bright, airy casual clothing space

for women and men, which includes a central table filled with cool accessories, candles and greeting cards, plus an upstairs art loft showcasing local contemporary art courtesy of void gallery. 208 3rd Ave. South, 244-5862

Manhattan Casuals Make your way through the racks of

Diesel, G Star Raw, Lacoste, True Religion, Joe’s, and more. It’s all here thanks to the store’s excellent selection. 124 21st St. East, 664-6686

Mint Fashion Company Lots of space to browse and

consider splurging on Lipsy, Michael Kors, Made for Loving, gsus industries, Colcci and several others. Near equal selection of men’s and women’s in a funky, inviting space. 731 Broadway Ave., 477-1233

Outter Limits They sell casual outdoor gear from Icebreaker,

North Face, Merrel and others, with a huge selection of boots and five-fingers by Vibram, Teva and inov-8. The best place in the city if going for the sporty casual look. Handy website too. 630 Broadway Ave., 374-1663

Tonic For girls, lots of party dresses and ready-to-wear items,

especially at the original shop on Broadway, but on 2nd Avenue downtown there’s lots for guys too in the half of the store called Banjo (hats, ties, shirts, sweaters and jeans). Two locations: 122 2nd Ave. North, 975-1529; 102-802 Broadway Ave., 652-2252

Ultimo Euromoda The shop has some everyday pieces

but mostly you’re going to find clothing for a night out. Their selections offer the latest in European ready-to-wear apparel for both men and women. Owner Barry Flynn offers helpful advice. 204 3rd Ave. South, 664-6640


Anthonys Fashion for Men Locally owned and operated, this store caters to fashion-conscious men of all ages. Broad selection of brands in contemporary clothing from formal to casual and more. Solid focus on service, quality and value. 600 234 1st Ave. South, 665-0181

Caswell’s Well-known in Saskatoon for carrying classic and

stylish men’s dressy casual and more formal wear, Caswell’s carries Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and other established brands. Scotia Centre, 242-8804

Elwood Flynn One of the city’s top men’s clothiers, Elwood Flynn offers signature clothing from respected names such as Warren K. Cook, Paul & Shark, Allen Edmonds, Hugo Boss, Arnold Brant and others. 200 3rd Ave. South, 242-4881

Goodfellas Warm, personable service for suits, dressy casual and formal wear, plus some nice ties and other accessories. 206 22nd St. East, 683-8663

Lino Boutique This new shop near the 23rd Street bus mall offers formal and dressy casual wear from emerging European designers, but with a fresh approach to service. 154 2nd Ave. North, 652-5466

shoes, handbags and more. Their list of brands includes Guess, Michael Kors, Franco Mirabelli, BCBG, Arturo Chiang and others. Their smart website makes it easy to find what you’re keen on. 5-105 21 St. East, 373-6966

Gentries Lots to choose from here, from established European and American designers to lesser-known gems. Personable, professional service. Scotia Centre, 652-3929

La Vie Lente Fashion Boutique This elegant little shop

feels as if transplanted from London. Check out their exclusive lines from UK brands Miss Patina, Max C and Love Milly. 155 2nd Ave. South, 652-0516 Ne l w

ist in g Laundry Liz and Lauren have a small space tightly crammed ! with designs from trendy L.A. boutiques and lesser-known designers. New stuff seems to arrive every week. 133 21st St. East, 652-3039

Sandbox in the City Packed full of women’s clothing and accessories, it’s hard to know where to begin in a store with so many options. Expect unique pieces from yummie, Spanx, Desigual, Esprit and others. 1002B Broadway Ave., 955-6600


Al Anderson’s Source for Sports The focus here is

on outfitting people and teams for big team sports, namely hockey (check out their RapidShot hockey stick try-out space), baseball, lacrosse, football, soccer and even rugby. Just off Idylwyld behind Quinn the Eskimo. 208 Ave. B South, 652-9412

Backside Board Shop Walk in, say hi and then adore

the cavernous spaces here for jackets, pants, boots, boards and the rest. Massive selection of boards and bindings. 1102 3rd Ave. North, 653-5535

Eb’s Adventure Eb and his friendly crew do mostly

kayak and canoe sales and rentals during the summer, though they also have a strong sailing section and roof racks for cars. Good selection of clothing and hard-to-find camping/outdoor activity gear. 1640 Saskatchewan Ave., 652-0385

“Ensemble” is the inaugural evening of beautiful fashion and food in support of Dress for Success® Saskatoon presented by Cameco. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and life. The “Ensemble” gala event will include a runway fashion show presented by Jacqueline Conway (Trend Blazer Marketing) spotlighting local retailers and designers, including Durands, Era Style Loft, Hillberg&Berk, Laurie Brown, Shallon Dahl, Sova Designs and Ultimo Euromoda, with performances by The Dance Project. In addition to the shows, attendees will sample gastronomic delights from Sushiro, Duck Duck Goose, The Hollows, and Chef Jenni, while browsing through the fashions on sale at the pop-up shops; a percentage of proceeds will go to Dress for Success Saskatoon.Following the show, DJs Michael Wyant and ChrisK will help transform the spacious hangar into a club-like atmosphere.

Escape Sports Long boards, disc golf gear, kiteboarding

equipment, minimalist running, unicycles and lots besides. Located across from the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. 110 19th St. West, 244-7433

Olympian Sports Located at the busiest intersection in

the city, Olympian does individual and team sales for baseball, football, soccer, hockey and other sports equipment, plus fan gear and apparel. Get your favourite player’s jersey and number. 101 Idylwyld Dr. North, 934-6771 Ne l w

ist in g Xtratime Sports The focus is on soccer at Xtratime (though ! they have rugby stuff too). Jerseys, shorts, shin guards, cleats, balls and the like. Good selection of balls and training equipment. 477 2nd Ave. North, 244-8933

A Dress For Success Benefit

“Ensemble” Kreos Aviation Hanger (18 Wayne Hicks Lane) Thursday, March 7 (time tba; tickets $200*; email or call 956-6366). *—partial tax receipt Presented by Cameco in partnership with Lori Leach of Kinetic.


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Soup: Warming Up, Inside Out January is Cold; We Suggest Feeding the Fire Within Nothing tastes better on a snowy day than a hearty, homemade soup. These Saskatoon restaurateurs serve up some satisfying dishes to keep you warm

Text by Ashleigh Mattern Photos by Ryan Grainger and Hillary Simon-Worobec

Facing photo: carrot and spinach soup with bannock at JaKe’s on 21st; below at left: roasted beet, carrot and parsnip soup with sandwich of cucumber, sprout and white bean Brabande at Earth Bound Bakery and Delicatessen.

Earth Bound Bakery and Deli owner Trent Loewen loves to get creative: he has never made the same soup twice in four years. On a stormy, snowy day, he’ll make a hearty soup; if it’s frigid, he’ll make a spicy soup; and he always makes two soups that contrast each other. “If I know I’m making a creamy mushroom-celery soup with leeks and fresh thyme, the other would be a roasted tomato with saffron,” he says. Eat in, grab a small container for lunch, or take home a family-sized mason jar for supper. Earth Bound Bakery and Delicatessen 220-1820 8th St. East, 955-2184 Root Down Workers’ Cooperative Café and Books is new to the local food scene, and they’re offering something no one else does: a fully vegetarian and vegan menu. Expect creative options: cook Shanda Stefanson says a popular soup is the Root and Fruit soup with butternut squash, apples and white wine. “We try to make them really hearty with different flavours that people might not

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be used to in their everyday soups,” Stefanson says. “Even people who normally eat meat wouldn’t miss the fact that [the soups] are vegetarian.” Root Down—a true workers’ cooperative in which everyone takes part in the decision-making process— has daily soup and sandwich specials, and a growing library of books to nurture your inner vegetarian. Root Down Workers’ Cooperative Café and Books 117-120 Sonnenschein Way, 955-3079 A few years ago, Bliss Fine Food took its potato bacon soup off the menu. Almost immediately, customers demanded it be brought back. “It’s a house staple,” says chef and owner Derek Cotton. Staples aside, Cotton gets creative with the restaurant’s others soups: maple roasted squash, carrot and vanilla, and spicy fish and barley, to name a few. As you’d expect from a dedicated gourmand, all his soups are made with love. “Soup is a big deal for me to make because it’s my daughter’s favourite food,” says Cotton. “I always try to make them the way she likes.” Bliss Fine Food 1002 Broadway Ave., 477-2077 JaKe’s on 21st features two different soups daily: one cream-based and the other vegetarian. Recent feature soups

have included traditional borscht, potato cheddar bacon and Cuban black bean—the unabashed favourite of mild-mannered owner Laurie Forseille. Due to the restaurant’s limited space, Forseille purchases new ingredients daily, so soups at JaKe’s are guaranteed fresh. Similar to other places around town, her chefs don’t use recipes for their soups; you’re likely to notice a slight change the next time you try the same soup—tweaked to make it work with seasonal ingredients. “A good cook can cook to taste and not measure,” says Forseille. Her soups offer ample evidence of that. JaKe’s on 21st 307 21st St. East, 373-8383 Souleio’s recipes strongly emphasize local produce: during winter months that means a lot of homey root vegetables in the soups, including beets, carrots and squash. This daytime restaurant serves about four different soups per week, always with one vegetarian or vegan option available. Occasionally they’ll run a special soup like shrimp bisque or seafood chowder—a diversion from the notion of locally sourced, but delicious nonetheless. “We kind of just know the soups from experience,” says chef Paolo Fenu. “We don’t follow any recipes; we go with what tastes good and adjust the taste from there.” Souleio 265 3rd Ave. South, 979-8102

Saskatoon’s diverse dining scene in many ways reflects the rich ethnic diversity of the city, and for its size, it has a great variety of ethnic eateries: Brazilian, Ethiopian, German, Jamaican, Korean, Ethiopian, Pakistani and lots more. Now that’s something to sink your teeth into! With so many establishments from which to choose, we nevertheless hope this guide will serve as the solution to that always tricky question: What’s for dinner?


Average price for an entree with soup or salad, excluding drinks or gratuity: $$$ $$ $

more than $30 per person from $15 to $30 pp under $20 pp

Come here for their hand-pulled noodles (Japanese udon, Vietnamese rice vermicelli, etc.), their extensive sushi and dim sum menus, or choose from their list of 40 gelato flavours. $ Open daily 11am–9pm 803 2nd Ave. North, 979-4233

Red Pepper Emphasizing Vietnamese, Thai and Singaporean food, Red Pepper brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to its stretch of the downtown dining scene. The special south Vietnamese soup garners rave reviews, as does their tofu satay and their shrimp and pork balls. $ Open Mon-Sat 11am–8pm 145 3rd Ave. South, 477-1977

Saskatoon Asian Serving up a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese,


Afghan Kabob & Donair The only Afghan restaurant in

the city is also one of its newest lunch and evening dining spots. Try the baked mantoo, the layered eggplant or various delightful combo platters, though the donair kabobs are what most people come for. Imran and his staff are big soccer fans, so expect to see big European matches on the flat screen TVs. They also offer hookah (Egyptian water pipe) nightly beginning at 7pm. $ Open Mon–Sat 11am–10pm 3-100 2nd Ave. South, 477-2255


Prairie Ink Prairie Ink shares space with the McNally Robinson Bookstore near Circle and 8th, so it tends to draw an arty crowd that comes to browse books and do lunch in one go. This spot serves signature breakfasts, lunches and dinners using lots of local produce and combining local with international flavours. Regular live music adds to the charm of this bistro-style setting. Reservations recommended. $$ Open Mon–Thu 9am–10pm, Fri–Sat 9am–11pm, Sun 10am–6pm 3130 8th St. East, 955-3579

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market The city’s trailblazing

year-round market has various food concessions that are all worth a look. The Riverbend Plantation Market Café offers fresh sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and more. Their breakfasts and desserts are also yummy. The Garlic Guru offers an array of soups, salads and snack items all prepared fresh using local market ingredients. Get your fill of healthy foods for cheap. $ Open Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 8am–2pm, Sun 10am–3pm 110 Sonnenschein Way, 975-2010 (Riverbend), 370-0033 (GG);


Ding Dong For downtown diners looking to grab quick and

authentic Chinese, Thai or Vietnamese food, a trip to Ding Dong beats venturing into the nearby mall and waiting in line. Grab some coconut curry beef and a small soup, find a spot in that little alcove next to the RBC building and then tuck in. $ Open Mon–Sat 11am–8pm 105 21st St. East, 664-2232

Noodle King & Ice Cream Queen Embrace the unlikely combination of a Pan-Asian noodle shop and ice cream parlour.

Thai and more, Saskatoon Asian covers all the bases, with quick turnover at lunchtime guaranteeing happy diners and massive repeat business. The upstairs dining space brims with sunlight throughout the year, though it’s the pho with beef and the noodle dishes that make Saskatoon Asian popular. $$ Open Mon-Sat 11am–2:30pm (lunch), 4:30–9pm (supper) Ne 136 2nd Ave. South, 665-5959

lis w tin Wok Box Two franchises of this Vancouver-based outfit serve g! up healthy and zippy portions of Asian noodles (Shanghai, udon, rice vermicelli, etc.) with meats, sauces and options galore. $ Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun noon–8pm Two locations: 154-1824 McOrmond Dr, 244-4421; 120-3055 Clarence Ave. South, 374-6565


Saboroso For a classic take on Brazilian steakhouses, look

no further. Offering all types and cuts of juicy beef, chicken and more served from a long skewer, Saboroso has just what meat lovers want (plus delicious grilled pineapple!). A deep wine menu too. Reservations recommended. $$$ Open Mon–Thu from 4:30pm, Fri–Sat from 4pm, Sun 10:30am–2pm 340-2600 8th St. East, 249-4454


and minds with their freshly made all-beef burgers and signature fresh topping station. Their bison burger and blue cheese burger also deserve attention, as do their wedge fries and delicious cookies. The Fudd’s Fun Centre includes mini-golf, batting cages and the Ruckers game zone. $ Open Mon–Thu 7am–11pm, Fri–Sat 7am–midnight, Sun and holidays 8am–11pm 2910 8th St. East, 934-2637 (93-GAMES)

Jerry’s Food Emporium Owner Jerry Kristian has become rather well-known for the many good things that he does at his restaurants: all-day breakfasts, Italian gelato and, more than anything, artisanal burgers. Of those, it’s hard to beat the Hawaiian (with pineapple, hickory ham and teriyaki sauce) or the Double Smoke (with double-smoked cheddar, back bacon, sauteed onions and horseradish mayo). $ Open Mon–Fri 6:30am–11pm, Sat 7am–11pm, Sun 8am–11pm Two locations: 1115 Grosvenor Ave., 373-6555; 844 51st St. East, 974-6777


Golden Pagoda As Burma continues to open up towards

the West, more and more people are trying—and liking—the wonderful combinations of flavours found in this spicy and aromatic cuisine. Try their tiny but tasty version of samosas before digging into some tempura squash sticks, pickled green tea salad or one of their signature curries. $$ Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm (lunch), Mon–Sat 5–9pm (supper) 411 2nd Ave. North, 668-9114


Mardi Gras Grill Self-taught chef Robert Tingey knows the Louisiana bayou well, sourcing many of his ingredients from there, though using lots of local produce as well to produce meat-laden Po’ Boys at lunch and shrimp gumbo, blackened catfish and other favourites at supper. $$ Open Mon–Sat noon–10pm 239 Idylwyld Dr. South, 382-1795

Poached Breakfast Bistro Poached, which becomes the


Grainfield’s A local staple of sorts, especially well-known for

lemon chicken and the chock-full-of-veggies fried rice, Genesis makes top-notch food that’s relatively easy on the pocketbook. One of the best Chinese restaurants in town for years, they naturally do great Dim Sum that, along with all their other food, lives up to the hype. $$ Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm 901 22nd St. West, 244-5516

hip cocktail lounge Flint by night, is one of the city’s premier breakfast spots by day, offering poached eggs with asparagus, stuffed French toast, maple pecan bacon and other sumptuous breakfast treats. A big boost for the city’s breakfast scene. $$ Open daily 8am–2pm 259 2nd Ave. South, 651-2255 their pancake stacks, greasy spoon—style breakfast eggs and bottomless coffee best ordered with breakfast (served all day long). Stick to the staples and enjoy. $ Open daily noon–11pm Two locations: 2105 8th St. East, 933-1986; 3124 Millar Ave., 955-4040


Fuddrucker’s Possibly the best burger joint in town,

Fuddrucker’s is a Texas-based franchise that has won over hearts

Genesis From the stellar crab Rangoon to the really succulent

Jasmine Order the spring rolls, the impressive hot and sour

soup, the Jasmine Special combo or just about anything on the menu. Tucked away in the city’s north industrial area. Cheap and friendly, with lots of gluten-free options. $$ Open Mon–Sat 11am–8pm 510 Circle Dr. East, 244-9956

Jin Jin Cuisine Dumpling The Chinese lettering on the sign out front translates as “To feed the snake,” which here implies



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food+drink dumplings, pan-fried buns and other tasty things prepared “whole,” though the scallion pancakes are also a treat. Look for items circled on the English-Mandarin menu in blue pen. $ Open Mon–Thu 9:30am–10:30pm, Fri–Sun 9:30am–11:30pm 416 20th St. West, 244-1891 Mandarin One of the city’s tried-and-true places for Dim Sum, Mandarin does the staples well. Never mind the décor: this place is a showstopper on the weekends with lineups out the door. Don’t expect too many smiles, but be sure to get your fill of Peking Duck on weekends—unbeatable. $$ Open Thu-Tue 11am–8pm 245 20th St. West, 244-1818

Szechuan Kitchen Serving up quick and delicious portions of Szechuan and Cantonese fare, this place offers the likes of Koo Loo Pork, Beef and Tomato Chow Mein and Lemon Chicken. The place to go for Asian on Broadway for a decade. $$ Open Sun–Thu 11am–9:30pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10:30pm 835E Broadway Ave., 664-8668

Taste Legend Never mind the typo on the sign; just come

in and try some of the city’s most authentic old-world Chinese cuisine. Noodles are made fresh, and the style tends towards northern Chinese and Szechuan fare, meaning simpler, honest dishes with more garlic, spice and (therefore) taste. $ Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm 423 20th St. West, 665-3388

Tsui King Lao Expect prompt, friendly service and great

food at this spot next to Konga Kafe. Nicely varied selection of seafood and hot pot ideas, plus Peking Duck, spicy ginger beef and vegetarian mains. $ Open Tue–Sat 11am–9:30pm, Sun 11am–9pm 208 Ave. H North, 665-8866

Yip Hong’s Dim Sum Many regard Yip Hong’s as having the best Dim Sum in the city, and the long lineups outside certainly attest to its popularity. Get there before 10am on weekends or be prepared to wait. This Cantonese restaurant does eggplant and chicken dishes well, but it’s the steamed dumplings and proper Dim Sum options people rave about. $$ Open Mon-Fri 11am–10pm; Sat 10am–10pm; Sun 10am–9pm 1501 8th St. East, 956-3375


The Great North American Grill Executive Chef Kelly

Oliver C.C.C. at the Hilton Garden Inn downtown cooks up a healthy buffet lunch, with Fridays being particularly noteworthy. From the set menu, order the pan-seared duck breast or organic chicken supplied by Pineview Farms. $$ Open Mon–Fri 6:30am–10pm, Sat–Sun 7am–10pm 90 22nd St. East (in the Hilton Garden Inn), 667-5300

Haywood’s Grill A cozy meeting place for locals serving

good, quality food that truly satisfies. Their hearty breakfasts make them a neighbourhood favourite, but diners should also consider their lip-smacking sandwiches, appetizers and pizzas. $ Open Mon–Sat 8am–midnight, Sun 9:30am–2pm 3016 Arlington Ave., 242-7699

The Hub at Holiday Inn Ideally located across from

concert and convention centre TCU Place, this restaurant in the new Holiday Inn offers a range of classic sandwiches, salads, grilled fare and some surprises too. They also have one of the earliest brunches in town. $$ Open Mon–Sat 6:30–10:30am (brunch), 10:30am–11pm (lunch and supper), Sun 7–11am (brunch), 11am–11pm (lunch and supper) 101 Pacifica Ave., 986-5000

The Art of Making Sushi It’s easy to appreciate sushi that’s fresh, delicious, artfully prepared and served in a cute little space. Sushiro 737B 10th St. East, 665-5557


Park Café Park Café takes pride in providing locally sourced,

Building north of the downtowni is actually a chain restaurant that has become a household name in Western Canada for its surprisingly eclectic and inspired menu. Check out the adjacent draught beer pub, or the exclusive martini bar upstairs. $$ Open daily from 11:30am 610 2nd Ave. North, 664-4060


Earl’s This iconic restaurant set in the old McGavin’s Bread

The Hollows This locally owned and operated restaurant in

the historical old Golden Dragon building serves contemporary dishes with a stress on fish, vegetables, fresh ingredients and seasonal products. Brunches here are top-notch thanks to their emphasis on sustainably raised produce from small farmers. $$ Open Wed–Fri 11:30am–2pm (lunch) and 5:30–10pm (supper), Sat 11am–2pm and 5:30–10pm, Sun 11am–3pm 334 Ave. C South, 652-1505

Prairie Harvest This spot deep in the city’s east side proudly

sources its meat, veggies and beers (among other goods) from local producers. Their eclectic menu includes turducken (turkey, duck and chicken) burger, a lasagne of pork belly and beef short ribs, perogies with potato, corn, Edamer cheese and basil, plus a vegan chocolate cherry cake. $$ Open Tue–Thu 11am–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm 2917 Early Dr., 242-2928

Souleio It’s hard to imagine a greater expression of

the food (steaks, ribs, big salads, pasta dishes, pizza) and their deep wine list. Busy during the lunch hour. $$$ Open Mon–Fri 11am–midnight, Fri–Sat 11am–1:30am, Sun 10am–midnight 200-1820 8th St. East, 955-5555

Saskatoon’s emerging local food culture than Souleio (“sun”), which bills itself as “a way of life” and a “state of mind.” Whatever you call it, bright and spacious Souleio is one of the city’s top lunch spots. Private dining by reservation available. $$ Open Mon–Fri 7am–6pm, Sat 8am–6pm. 265 3rd Ave. South, 979-8102

Rock Creek Tap and Grill A Regina-based restaurant that

Weczeria Food and Wine Weczeria (“Evening meal”) owes

covers all the bases, Rock Creek Tap and Grill offers steaks, pizzas, Tex-Mex favourites and a Sunday brunch. Off the beaten path, this stylish eatery shows live sports in the lounge and has free Wi-Fi. $$$ Open Mon–Wed 11am–11pm, Thurs 11am–midnight, Fri–Sat 11am–1:30am, Sun 10am–11pm 102-1820 McOrmond Dr., 979-7337

its stellar reputation to Daniel and Nicole’s emphasis on fresh local and seasonal produce; therefore, their menu changes as often as the seasons. Dishes with wild game abound (wild boar, elk, bison, rabbit), as do classic French desserts and good beers. It’s fun getting recommendations from their deep wine list. $$$ Open Mon–Sat 11:30am–2pm (lunch), from 5pm (supper) 820 Broadway Ave., 933-9600

Saskatoon Station Place The Station Place has the most


Mano’s Restaurant and Lounge The emphasis here is on

unique dining room in the city given that it has seating in two converted railroad passenger wagons. The site itself is also famous for once being the old CPR railway station. The Station Place offers North American staples fit for any dining car. $$$ Open Mon–Sat 10:30am–10:30pm, Sun 9:30am–8:30pm 221 Idylwyld Dr., 244-7777

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Broadway Café This 1950s American-style diner serves up

hearty and inexpensive portions of everything from pancakes to nachos in addition to the thickest milk shakes in town. Courteous, personable service and vintage décor make the Broadway Café a place worth revisiting. $ Open Mon–Wed 9am–8pm, Thu–Sat 9am–9pm; Sun 8am–8pm 814 Broadway Ave., 652-8244

certified organic Angus in its burgers and beef dishes. Try the classic Reuben, beef dip and burgers at this retro diner. Acknowledged as having one of the city’s best breakfasts. $ Open daily 8am–4pm 512 20th St. West, 652-6781

Saba’s African Cuisine More cultural experience than

restaurant, Saba’s does perfectly authentic East African food, so lovers of injera and eating with your hands take note. The warmth and charm of this place make it a good alternative for something out of the ordinary! They do an authentic coffee ceremony on Sundays. $$ Open Tue–Sun 4:30–10:30pm 901 22nd St. West, 933-4447


Cesar’s Cakes & Café A welcome spot for city Filipinos,

Cesar’s serves breakfast with marinated meats, plus all-day “Pinoy” lunch options with the same, chicken or pork Adobo, Pansit Palabok (thick noodles in shrimp sauce) and desserts. $ Open Mon–Sat 8am–4pm 113 3rd Ave. South, 244-1188


12 Grill Book the 12 Grill limousine service (from $60 per

couple, round-trip) and begin an evening out in style. At the restaurant, start with some cocktails, order Champagne Oysters and follow up with the Seafood Manicotti or Angus steak. A lovely setting and fresh country air. Reservations preferred. $$$ Open Mon–Sat 10:30am–2pm (lunch), Wed–Sat from 5pm, Sun 10am–2pm Greenbryre Golf Course (0.5km south of Boychuk Drive off Hwy 16), 373-7600 ext. 3

Bliss Fine Food Bliss offers fine dining without being

pretentious. Appetizers and salads always have a touch of something unique (watermelon with feta, chicken brochettes with a spicy banana ketchup), as do their entrees (short-rib “Wellington” and lamb shank “mojito”). Excellent food combined with a nice cocktail list make this special for any occasion. $$$ Open Tue–Sat 11am–2pm (lunch) and from 5pm (supper) 1002 Broadway Ave., 477-2077

Calories Calories has earned its reputation as a place to see

and be seen in Saskatoon. The ever-changing menu features locally produced foods, meaning locavores can indulge guilt-free. Check out their extensive wine list and dessert menu (their cheesecakes are especially good). All-inclusive lunch specials for around $13 make this a Broadway standout. $$$ Open Mon–Sat 10am–11pm; Sun 10am–5pm 721 Broadway Ave., 665-7991

The Ivy Dining and Lounge A cool location in Saskatoon’s

old warehouse district adds to the inviting atmosphere at the Ivy. The steaks stand out on a menu deep in grilled meats (lamb, duck, pork), fresh and inventive salads, plus fish from Canada’s three oceans. The adjacent lounge is popular after work. $$$ Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm (lunch), 4–11pm (supper); Sat 4pm– midnight; Sun 5–9pm 301 Ontario Ave., 384-4444

Rembrandt’s Rembrandt’s is a true masterpiece in the

downtown owing to its exquisite Edwardian decor, attentive service and sumptuous food from Red Seal chef Evan Niekamp. Rub shoulders with some of the city’s biggest power brokers while trying to decide between the honey-balsamic whipped goat cheese with naan or the butter-sauteed pickerel cheeks. $$$ Open Mon–Thu 7am–11pm, Fri 7am–midnight, Sat 8am– midnight, Sun 10am–2pm 243 21 St. East, 244 8555

Tusq Meat is the thing on the menu, with all mains and virtually all starters featuring at least one kind. The open-kitchen design creates a vibrant dining atmosphere, and the chef’s tasting menu (your choice of 3 to 7 items) is worth exploring. Book the semiprivate View Wine Room for exclusive groups or occasions. $$$ Open Mon–Fri 11am–11pm, Sat–Sun 5–11pm 416 21st St. East, 244-8877


St. Tropez Bistro Simple, refined and attentive to details,

St. Tropez Bistro presents French fusion of a sort, with regional ideas influencing myriad dishes, from Saskatoon Berry Salmon to Tortiere (French Canadian meat pie using local beef) and many featuring herbs grown on the restaurant’s roof-top garden. Diners paying cash receive a $5 gift certificate for every $50 spent. $$$ Open Wed–Sun 4–11pm 238 2nd Ave. South, 652-1250

Truffles Bistro Truffles combines its Parisian charm with

superb food and impeccable service to create one of Saskatoon’s most beloved restaurants. “Progressive French cuisine; respectful of tradition” is the place’s moniker, and the food definitely does not disappoint. Their three-course Table d’hôte ranks among the best fine-dining meals available in town. $$$ Open Mon–Fri 11:30am–3pm (lunch); Mon–Sat 5pm (dinner); Sat 10am–2:30pm, Sun 10:30am–2pm (brunch) 230 21st St. East, 373-7779

8th Street strip mall. The restaurant has its own tandoor oven, so the naan always comes crisp and fresh. Nice vegetarian dishes as well as lamb offerings such as the Rogan Josh. $$ Open Tue–Fri 11:30am–2pm, Fri–Sat 5–9pm #5 1501 8th St. East, 244-6777

dancing performances weekly. Open daily 11am–3pm (lunch), 5–9:30pm (supper) 415 Circle Dr. East, 664-8989

Passage to India Start with the impressive butter chicken

food makes it worth the trip out, with vegetarian options galore. Be bold and ask your server for a recommendation; be bolder by allowing them to determine the spice level. Great curries too. $$

and don’t look back. The mother-in-law curry and palak paneer (spinach with curd cheese) is definitely worth a try, and the prices and friendly service make it worth a return visit. $$ Open Mon–Sat 11am–2:30pm (lunch), 4:30–8:30pm (supper) 440 2nd Ave. North, 477-7164

2115 22nd St. West, 343-5005

Swadesh Restaurant Better known for their Asian

Mogul Divaan The location is a bit out of the way but the

Open Tue–Sat 11:30am–3pm (lunch), 4:30–10pm (supper), Sun 1–10pm

N lis ew tin The New Taste of Bombay Located in the city’s north g! end, this spot has great Sri Lankan-influenced curries and other dishes on their lunch and supper buffets, plus it’s seldom busy and they have a hookah lounge next door that offers free belly

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supermarkets, Swadesh provides a choice of classic South Asian dishes in a relaxed setting. Lots of curries, sizzling BBQ meats and more to choose from in the buffet or on the full menu. $ Open daily 8am–11pm 2107 22nd St. West, 978-1300

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Concordia Club Take the short drive past the WDM to sample

classic German schnitzel, mushroom strudel, Bavarian sauerkraut rolls, beef goulash, classic bratwurst and lots of good German beer to wash it down with. $$ Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm; Sun 11am–2pm (brunch), 5–9pm (supper)

160 Cartright St. East, 244-6869


Aroma For a chain hotel restaurant, Aroma does a good job of pleasing many palates, with wood oven-fired pizzas (half-priced on Wednesdays), steaks and truly iconic Mediterranean-inspired dishes (smoked white cheddar fondue, arancini balls, beet and fig salad). Popular with the breakfast and lunch crowds, as well as among vegans. Lots of gluten-free options. $$ Open daily 6:30am–2pm and 4:30–10pm 405 20th St. East (Radisson Hotel), 667-2358

The Olive Tree Resturant & Black Top Diner It’s

worth the drive out near the old Petroffka Bridge to get amazing Greek food (Chef Georgia hails from Crete) in a 50s diner setting. They also sell their very own olive oil. $$ Open Wed–Mon noon–9pm Waldheim, SK (60km north on Hwy 12), (306) 945-5551

Mediterranno The transformations underway here should

soon result in an establishment that combines fine dining, a cafe, Mediterranean market and tapas bar. Fine dining here features family recipes spanning Greek, Italian and French, all complemented by a deep wine list. Try their saganaki (cheese flambé), hot stone-baked pizzas or a shared appetizer platter. $$ Open Mon–Thu 11am–9pm; Fri 11am–10pm; Sat 4–10pm 119 3rd Ave. South, 244-4777


India Palace Choose your spice levels (mild, medium, hot)

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food+drink 5 best local shops for bacon 1. Maggie’s Sausage House & Deli (1032 Louise Ave., 477-2213). Not only the city’s best home-smoked bacon, but great sausages of all kinds, made from scratch.

2. Odessa Deli (317 20th St. West, 6650880). A close second for this classic little shop. 3. Summit Meats (3-1418 Central Ave., 978-8838). Worth the trip out to Sutherland for meat of all kinds, plus deli and other grocery items.

4. Clarence Avenue Market (516 Clarence Ave., 244-3866). The bacon and their homemade sausages are worthy of note.

5. EMCO Finer Foods (2228 Ave. C North, 242-8877; 116-3501 8th St. East, 343-8877). Their stuff is good enough to supply two stores.

5 best winter warmers

1. LB Distiller’s Eau de Vie (LB Distillers,; $35). Distilled from the pressings of their wonderful fruit liqueurs, LB’s local dry spirit is a perfect digestive and pick-me-up!

2. “Writer’s Tears” hot toddy (Ingredients Artisan Market, 618 2nd Ave. North; $57.42). Stave off the winter cold by combining this smooth Irish whiskey with a concoction of hot lemon, ginger, cardamom and honey water.

3. Mulled Wine (various locales; prices vary). Not just for Christmas, this is a great treat for any winter evening. The better the wine, the better the mull, but don’t go too crazy. Simmer (but don’t boil) with cinnamon, orange, cloves and allspice.

4. Grand Marnier, Cuvee Louis Alexandre (SLGA, various locations; $59.99). A step up from the more common GM, this amber liqueur has intense, sweet dried orange rind and mild spice aromas.

5. “Romeo” port-style cherry wine (Living Sky Winery,; $25). Rich dark cherries and smooth warm fruits.

5 best sports bars for food 1. Sports On Tap (2610 Lorne Ave., 6838921). Heaps of everything here—specials on beer and bevvies, starters, salads, wraps and burger fixings. Few obstructed views.

2. Joe’s Sports Bar & Grill (345 2nd Ave. North, 653-3647). Huge screens abound on all sides—good to match the portion sizes.

3. Haywood’s Grill (3016 Arlington Ave., 242-7699). A surprising little gem in the ‘burbs that provides home-cooked taste and the right environment to watch the game.

4. BP’s Lounge (1601 8th St. East, 3 other locations, 955-3400). Well-known franchise standards and lots of pizza options in an always-friendly environment.

5. Fox & Hounds (7 Assiniboine Dr., 664-2233). Not as loud as other places. Too bad their beer and burger night isn’t on Sundays.

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The perogies, boiled wheat and cabbage rolls at Ukrainian Christmas supper are filling enough without added congealers or fillers in the sour cream (your baba knows what we’re on about). Liberty sour cream From $3.49 per 500ml container; available at Sobeys (

Spicy Bite A modest little place on 8th Street serving up

Pakistani standards such as paneer tikka masala, karahi chicken, aloo gobi and lamb biryani during their tasty daily lunch buffet. $ Open Sun–Thu 11am–10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm 4-3401 8th St. East 373-4747

Taj Mahal From its orginal location on Broadway Avenue to

its current location downtown, the Taj Mahal has consistently garnered high praise for providing delicious food in a richly decorated setting. This small, family-run eatery is always topnotch. For supper consider a Vegetarian Thali (a multi-part meal for two), a classic tandoori option or their murgh (chicken). $$$ Open Tue-Fri 11:30am–1:30pm (lunch), Tue-Sun 5–10pm (supper) 5-157 2nd Ave. North, 978-2227


Chianti’s This Alberta-based chain restaurant has held the fort

at the city’s busiest intersection by serving solid takes on a range of appetizers, salads, soups, lots of pasta dishes and meatier mains. Cheap, cheerful, and with lots of space they easily cater to large groups. $ Open Sun–Thu 11am–10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm 102 Idylwyld Dr. North, 665-8466

Il Salici Ristorante The city’s most authentic Italian

135 20th St. West, 380-5209


Konga Café The lone Jamaican/Caribbean restaurant in the

city, Konga Café does wonderful takes on Jamaican patties, jerk chicken, ox tail ragout and West Indian curried chicken among other ideas. The neighbourhood isn’t reflective of the spirit of this place, which is lively and down home. $$ Open Tue–Thu 11am–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm 204 Ave H North, 244-7867


Nisen For all-you-can-eat sushi, it’s hard to fault Nisen, which keeps the nigiri and maki sushi combos flying all day long. Cheap, easy on the wallet and always busy. $ Open Tue–Sun 11am–9:30pm 240 22nd St. East, 653-8188

Otowa Popular as a lunch spot (most business lunches under

$12), Otowa puts the focus on the food rather than the décor or lighting. Their teriyaki beef and salmon dishes speak well for this place, but not as much as their cherry blossom sushi rolls. $$ Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm 227 2nd Ave. South, 651-3888

Samurai The city’s only Japanese restaurant doing authentic

restaurant, Il Salici at the Willow’s Golf Course raises the bar in Saskatoon for Italian fare. This delightful and spacious lounge offers a variety of delicious soups, salads and mains. Live piano music Fridays and Saturdays. $$$ Open Mon–Sat 11am–2pm (lunch), 5–10pm (supper), Sun 10am–2pm (brunch) 382 Cartwright St., 956-1100

teppan yaki (where they chop and cook the food on a stainless steel grill in front of diners), Samurai in the Bessborough does a great job of entertaining as much as feeding the local population. Start with something light before going for either sushi or the Shogun (steak with lobster) dinner. $$$ Open daily 5–10pm 601 Spadina Cres. East, 683-6926

Taverna A staple for Italian dining in the city centre for

get a seat? Definitely not! Sushiro’s stock in trade is the quality of its food, a fusion of classic Japanese dishes with western influences. Try the salt cod fritters, ceviche or soba noodle salad before diving into the mains. $$$ Open Mon–Sat 5pm–midnight 737B 10th St. East, 665-5557

decades, Taverna offers a taste of Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. Daily specials are printed on the wipeboard outside. $$ Open Mon–Fri 11am–5pm, Sat–Sun 5–10pm 219 21st St. East, 652-6366

Two Gun Quiche House With a name recalling a famed

neighbourhood gangster from the 1920s, Two Gun Cohen, this newest restaurant on 20th Street has a gangster theme and decor to match. Italian soups and sandwiches are featured on the menu, as well as homemade quiche, naturally. $ Open Tue–Fri 8am–5pm, Sat–Sun 7am–5pm

Sushiro The best sushi in town? Quite possibly. Is it easy to


Seoul Tuck into real Korean cuisine on 20th Street West with bulgogi jeongul (pork barbecued on a table-top grill), japchae (glass noodles with stir-fried vegetables) and kimchee jigae

(spicy pickled cabbage with tofu). Cool touch: iPad menus. $$ Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm 334 20th St. West, 652-2310


EE Buritos Popular mainly as a Latin music dance club where lessons are taught on a weekly basis, EE Burritos (just off 22nd Street) has tasty farecuisine, serving flautas (deep-fried corn tortillas with shredded meat), pozole soup (a hearty pork, cilantro and onion soup) as well as Salvadorean pupusas (a stuffed corn tortilla). $$ Open Mon–Thu 10am–9pm, Fri 10am–2:30am, Sat 11am–9pm 102 Ave. P South, 343-6264

The Hole In The Wall One of the great dining experiences

in or around Saskatoon, The Hole in the Wall lives up to its reputation for great food. Tempting fish and grilled meat dishes to go with original and delicious appetizers such as higados (spiced chicken livers), pastelitos (pastries layered with jalapeño, brie cheese and apricot) and mariscos (raw scallops marinated in lemon and cilantro). By reservation only. $$$ Open Wed–Sun from 6pm 25 min. south on Hwy 11 near Blackstrap Lake (Shields), 492-4804


243 21st St. East, 374-7468

downtown Saskatoon knows this place inside and out. The Rook serves delicious gastro pub meals in a jiffy, which makes this the go-to place for food or drinks anytime. $$ Open Mon–Sat 11am–3am, Sat 10am–3am, Sun 11am–midnight 154 2nd Ave. South, 665-2220

The Woods Ale House Saskatoon micro-brewery Paddock

The Rook and Raven The business lunch crowd in

Spadina Freehouse A wood-fired oven for pizza, a menu

that features vegetarian and gluten-free options, plus live music are just some of the highlights of the Spadina Freehouse. A good selection of beers on tap, plus a long drink list make this a great place to meet up after work. $$ Open Mon–Thu 11am–midnight, Fri–Sat 11am–1am, Sun noon–10pm 608 Spadina Cres. East, 668-1000

Winston’s English Pub Known for their selection of bottled and draught import and domestic beers (more than 120 in stock at a time), Winston’s also does lunches of classic pub starters, soups, sandwiches (vegetarian, pulled pork) and pizza. $$ Open Mon–Sat 10am–2am, Sun noon–1am

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Wood has this eatery downtown at which they serve up their craft beers and enjoyable food. Live music plays regularly. $$ Open Mon–Thu 11am–midnight, Fri–Sat 11am–2am 148 2nd Ave. North, 652-5883


Gibson’s Fish and Chips The Gibson family has been doing classic English fish and chips (but not only) for more than 30 years. Don’t be put off by the rather mundane décor since some claim Gibson’s serves the best fish this side of Liverpool. $$ Open Mon 11:30am–7:30pm, Tue-Sat 11am–8pm 1501 8th St. East, 374-1411

Joey’s Straight out of Calgary comes this chain for seafood-

lovers: fish and chips (with choice of cod, halibut or haddock), AYCE specials on fish and shrimp, plus some great starters. $$ Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun–Mon 11am–8pm 101-2100 8th St. East, 343-5639


Lebanese Kitchen The city’s only Lebanese dining option

serves up delicious standards: falafel, hummus, savoury little turnovers called fatayer and pies called manaeesh, and the best tabbouli this side of Tangiers. Service is always fast and friendly, making this an ideal quick-hit eatery along 8th Street. $ Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm 1206 Emerson Ave., 242-8892


2nd Avenue Bar and Grill Much of the city’s downtown

9-5 crowd heads to the 2nd Avenue Bar and Grill for happy hour. It has an upscale feel and solid selection of martinis and other cocktails. A signature food menu helps keep patrons happy. $$ Open Mon–Thu 11:30am–10pm, Fri–Sat 11:30am–11:30pm 123 2nd Ave. South, 244-9899

Wood-fired pizza oven Vegetarian lunches Nightly drink specials

6Twelve Lounge 6Twelve has long been the city’s lounge

of choice due to its locally sourced cocktail list (Bacon Caesar or beetroot vodka, anyone?) and weekend DJ sets that give the place an uber-urban, big city vibe. Nice munchies on the menu and a deep wine list. $$ Open Mon–Thu noon–midnight, Fri–Sat noon–1am, Sun 1–10:30pm

612 Spadina Cres. East (Sheraton Cavalier Hotel), 652-6770

Flint Saloon Lots of white, funky accents, a roll-up garage

door front and a deep cocktail list attract a well-heeled crowd to Flint, which shares space with the Poached Breakfast Bistro. Signature cocktails, a good selection of beers on tap and charcuterie platters to satisfy small cravings. $$ Open daily 4pm–2am 259 2nd Ave. South, 651-2255

Mon - Thu 11am till 12am Fri & Sat 11am till 2am Closed Sunday 668-1000 608 Spadina Cres E


Amigo’s Cantina The city’s longest-serving Mexican

restaurant has daily specials on the big chalkboard (their huevos rancheros is stellar). In the evenings, live bands from far and wide take to the stage in this celebrated night spot. $$ Open Mon–Sat 11:30am–2am, Sun 11:30am–midnight 806 Dufferin Ave., 652-4912

La Bamba Café A successful take on a true Mexican meal

experience here with family recipes for chilaquiles (crisp tortillas and chicken in a spicy sauce), entomatadas (chicken enchiladas in tomato sauce), plus vegetarian and gluten-free options. $$ Open Sun–Thu 4–8pm, Fri–Sat 11:45am–8:30pm 3-1025 Boychuk Dr., 242-2622

Live music Wed, Fri, Sat No cover


Las Palapas Resort Grill Fresh food and impressive

portions keep this place buzzing with activity all day. Try the enchiladas with their signature sangria or have a burrito with one of the many imported Mexican beers available by the bottle. $$ Open daily 11am–11pm 901 Victoria Ave., 244-5556

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Christie’s Il Secondo From a place with a serious pedigree in baking, Christie’s does proper thin-crust pizzas in their wood-fired oven. Tasty sandwich selections are made from their selection of fresh-baked goods. $$ Open Tue–Sat 10am–8pm 802C Broadway Ave., 384-0506


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Red Lobster The North American standard for fish, seafood

and all the trimmings, Red Lobster does a lot of things well. It’s the place to get the staples done the way you like. $$ Open Sun–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri–Sat 11am–11pm 2501 8th St. East, 373-8333


Duck Duck Goose Tapas Bar Cozy, tiny, laid back—lots of things describe DDG, including tasty. In Saskatoon, they’re the only Spanish tapas bar, and they have a wealth of unique cocktails to go with the excellent menu options. Good sangria, plus numerous beer and wine choices. $$ Open Mon–Fri 4pm–midnight, Sat 11am–midnight 616 10th St. East, 649-3825


Carver’s Steakhouse Carver’s inside the Sheraton Cavalier

For Scots and anyone who loves organ meat (and Scotch in roughly equal measure), January 25 is a unique celebration of Scotland’s national poet and its national dish. But Robbie Burns Day isn’t just about quaffing lots of Scotch whiskey. Back in 1787, Burns penned words of praise for an unseemly dish consisting of sheep’s stomach stuffed with a mix of heart, lungs and liver, plus suet (hardened animal fat from the kidneys), oatmeal, onions and spices. There’s a certain beauty in the haggis—or more generally in organ meat—but you don’t have to be a Scot to appreciate it. At least, not in Saskatoon. A tour of city and area restaurants reveals many openly embracing the richness (in taste and nutrients) of organ meat: foie gras at Weczeria Food & Wine and Rembrandt’s; grilled chicken livers at the Rook and Raven; steak and kidney pie at the Yard and Flagon. There aren’t so many offerings out there as there once were. I mean, you can still get calf’s liver and onions on the senior’s menu in many places, but that’s often a half-baked attempt at preparing food that can be truly savoury and satisfying. For anyone worrying about how to get more trace minerals in their diet, even small servings of liver, kidney, tripe (stomach) and other offal provide the body with vital nutrients such as iron, zinc, copper, selenium, phosphorous and vitamin B 12. Haggis might not be the prettiest dish, but it deserves its due. So maybe the local food economy—or the appetite of most Saskatonians—isn’t about to redefine itself in this way overnight; demand has to be organ-ic. That said, it’s important to keep in mind that in our search for more local whole food alternatives and food providers, we don’t overlook what was once a staple of virtually every healthy western diet. Today, we might be able to live “high on the hog” (eat muscle fibre over organ meat), but why should we restrict ourselves? Want to try haggis? Attend the annual Robert Burns Supper hosted by the Prince Albert Caledonian Society. The event begins at 8pm on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Travelodge Hotel (3551 2nd Ave., Prince Albert, SK). For more information, call (306) 763-5601 or email

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Hotel has AAA steaks and a top-notch wine list given that everything is special ordered—you’ll not find their Spanish, Italian or French Bordeaux selections anywhere else in town. Their tableside Caesar salad lends a nice touch. $$$ Open daily 5–10pm 612 Spadina Cres. East, 652-8292

The Granary That little building on 8th Street that looks like

a mini grain elevator houses the city’s most iconic steak house. Prime ribs, chicken and fresh fish stand out on the menu, and with every order of an entrée comes a trip the salad bar for just $4.50 more. $$ Open Mon–Thu 5–10pm, Fri–Sat 4:30–11pm, Sun 5–9pm 2806 8th St. East, 373-6655

The Keg The Keg has set the standard in Saskatoon and across Canada for many years with respect to its steaks, all of which are AAA and aged a minimum of 21 days to ensure they turn out tender and tasty. They do New York, prime rib, sirloin, special cuts and a great Caesar salad. Reservations recommended. $$$ Open Mon–Thu 4:30–10:30pm, Fri–Sun 4:30–11:30pm 1110 Grosvenor Ave., 653-3633

Montana’s Montana’s is for meat lovers, and this Canadian

chain unabashedly adores this food product, lavishing large portions of sticky beef or pork ribs on their customers, along with a few other notions of, well, beef, pork, chicken and even some fish, pasta and salads to round things out. $$ Open daily 10am–10:30pm 1510 8th St. East, 384-9340

Tony Roma’s A standout chain that serves lots of ribs (St.

Louis style, Tony Roma’s pork rib tips, beef ribs), but plenty more besides. Grab a slab or tuck into their other fare (burgers, salads, chicken and even seafood). $$ Open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 11am–10pm Two locations: 125 Circle Dr. East, 384-7427; 3007 Clarence Ave. South, 979-3111


Keo’s Feature foods at Keo’s go beyond Thai, with Lao and

Cambodian also featured. Give the Lao and Cambodian a go, even if it means asking your server which is which. A quaint little space that fills up quickly. Good-sized portions and optional spice levels to suit any taste. $$ Open Tue–Sat 11am–2:15pm (lunch), 4:30–9pm (supper) 1013 Broadway Ave., 652-2533

Royal Thai This spot in the north downtown is popular for its cheap lunch buffet (under $10), but also for the quality of its food. To get the most out of Royal Thai, try the buffet or order their fiery tom yum soup with shrimp, orlarb, a salad of ground meat and unusual spices, or one of their superb fish dishes. $$ Open Mon–Sat 11am–8pm #2 325 3rd Ave. North, 244-8424 (244-THAI)

Sawadee Bistro As Thai restaurants go, Sawadee does

everything exceedingly well, and all of it for under $16. Their som tum (a fresh and spicy green papaya salad), tom kha gai (coconut and lemongrass soup with chicken) and classic curries are the real deal. Get here early to be sure of finding a seat. $$ Open Tue–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm (lunch), 4:30–9pm (supper), Sat 11:30am–9:30pm, Sun 11:30am–2:30pm (lunch), 5–9pm (supper) 101-129 2nd Ave. North, 652-5367


Istanbul Diner Rarely if ever busy and often empty, the

Istanbul Diner has kebabs galore, lots of amazing grilled meat,

and for those unfamiliar with Turkish food, many unique and savoury spice combinations to go with yogurt, eggplant and peppers. Friendly and efficient, though with drab décor. $$ Open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 11am–10pm 225 3rd Ave. South, 974-4746


Touch of Ukraine The limited business hours don’t exaclty

make Touch of Ukraine easy to appreciate (it’s not open on weekends), but the homey food and simple approach to the food have kept this place going for years. The lunch buffet will fill any stomach for $14. $ Open Wed–Fri 11:45am–2pm (lunch); 4:30–7:30pm (supper) 2401D 22nd St. West, 382-7774


Root Down Workers’ Cooperative Café The city’s only dedicated vegetarian restaurant serves up homemade sandwiches, wraps, soups, breakfasts and beverages too. It’s delicious food that just happens to not contain any meat. $ Open daily 8am–4pm 200 Sonnenschein Way, 955-30790


Lien Thanh An ever-smiling couple serves up mainstays of

Vietnamese cuisine: pho beef soup, coconut soup with crispy tofu, chicken and beef satay, great spring rolls and wonton soup. The steamed buns are worth picking up if they have any left. $ Open Tue–Sat 11am–8pm 311 Ave. A South, 933-4299

Saigon Rose Saigon Rose is hidden away in the city’s

warehouse district, a rather unassuming place that conceals quality food such as the beef in black bean sauce, the peanut chicken and their soups. The location helps keep lineups small and service speedy. $$ Open Mon–Sat 11am–8pm 69 24th St. East, 242-1351

Spicy Garden A laid back spot on 8th Street to dive right into

Vietnamese food, Spicy Garden holds its own in a strip mall that also features great Indian, Chinese and other dining options. Steamed buns, pho soup, spicy peanut chicken in hoisin sauce and lots of vegetarian options, it’s the best option for Vietnamese on the east side of the river. $$ Open Tue–Thu 11am–8pm, Fri–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 11am–8pm 1501 8th St. East, 373-8585

Vietnamese Diner Expect more than just the staples in this simple but efficient eatery in a strip mall. Lots of lunch specials for under $10 (including many kinds of Pho), but the food worth sharing here comes from the Chef’s Specials menu: pan-fried prawns in spicy salt, spicy peanut chicken, special beef Luc Lac and spicy lemongrass beef. $ Open daily 11am–3pm (lunch), 4–9pm (supper) 1-702 22nd St. West, 242-1884


Broadway Roastery It’s not the first place in Saskatoon

to roast, sell and brew its own coffee beans, but the Roastery is the most well known. Grab a cup of one of their daily roasts and grab a seat among the regulars sunning themselves out front. A second location is on 8th Street near Preston Ave. Open daily 7am–10pm Two locations: 614C Broadway Ave., 652-8888; 2318 8th St. East, 955-7434

Caffé Sola This rustic, well-lit spot next to the Bus Depot

downtown does great coffee and loose-leaf teas to go with a Medierranean-accented food (think tapas) that’s organic and largely from local sources. Great for a quiet escape during the workday, with evenings livening up with occasional live music. Open daily 8am–8pm 38 23rd St. East, 244-5344

City Perks For City Park residents and the City Hospital staff, City Perks is the go-to place for great coffee, salads, wraps, sandwiches, soups, or Saturday morning brunch (arrive early to get a seat). Set in a prime spot in the heart of an easygoing neighbourhood surrounded by some of the city’s oldest trees. Open Mon–Fri 7am–10pm, Sat 7am–6pm 801 7th Ave. North, 664-2060

Collective Coffee The favourite coffee shop in Riversdale

serves up all the cappuccinos, lattes, flat whites and other caffeinated beverages you could want, plus has takeaway food: sandwiches, scones, cookies, muffins and other stuff. Open daily from 8am–6pm 220B 20th St. West

Earth Bound Bakery and Deli It’s easy to fall in love

with this little corner of a busy strip mall on 8th Street because Earthbound does amazing fresh breads—sourdough, hemp and sesame seed and properly crispy baguettes. To-die-for croissants, pain au chocolate and great fresh sandwiches and soups. Open Tue–Sat 9am–5pm 220-1820 8th St. East, 955-2184

JaKe’s on 21st For a coffee shop, JaKe’s does brisk business

at lunchtime, when seats are scarce (it is admittedly small) and the foccacia bread flies out to hungry, waiting customers. Great soups (borshch!), sandwiches (if undecided, get the Monte Cristo) and desserts under the glass at the counter. $$ Open Mon–Fri 8am–5pm 307 21st St. East, 373-8383

Museo Espresso The Mendel Art Gallery’s only café evokes

an aura of 1950s Italian cafes and draws an eclectic mix of studious university professors, colourful city personalities and gallery drop-ins from all over. It’s a great place to people watch over an amazing lunch, afternoon cappuccino or tea. $$ Open daily 9am–6pm (kitchen closes at 3:30pm) 950 Spadina Cres. East, 651-3933

Strongfield’s Coffee The Korean family that runs

Strongfield’s are practical folk. They serve classic lunch food (their Korean dishes are always worth a go) and they keep the coffee flowing. Strongfield’s is underrated for their espressos, cappuccinos and breakfast options. $ Open Mon-Sat 7am–3:30pm 167 2nd Ave. South, 665-9901

Tastebuds Extra-large soups, paninis with all kinds of fillings

and cakes, pies and more all homemade. It’s not surprising Tastebuds can count award-winning authors and locally renowed artists among its faithful. Open Mon-Fri 8am–10pm, Sat 9am–10pm, Sun 10am–10pm Ne 1624 Lorne Ave., 664-6969 l


Ingredients Artisan Market As the name suggests,

An-An Market This sparesely decorated store sells lots of

artisan everything here: cheeses from Quebec, Italian meats, freshly baked breads, hundreds of unique wines (including vintage Italian and French wines) from around the world, exclusive spirits, more than 80 craft beers (including from the adjacent Saskatoon Brewery and more. As a bonus, customers can enjoy an espresso or glass of wine while they shop. 618 2nd Ave. North, 668-9463

Bistak Afro-Caribbean Market For anyone hankering for

Maggie’s Sausage House & Deli As the name suggests,

quality goods, with a greater selection of Philippino, Vietnamese and Thai ingredients than the city’s other Asian food markets. Good range of fish and soya sauces, plus various sizes of rice paper for making spring rolls. Just below Hot Yoga on 20th. 115 20th St. West, 978-5686 the tastes and foods of Nigeria and West Africa, this is the place for everything from ackee and plantains to jerk sauces for all kinds of barbecueing. 419 20th St. West, 649-0478

Brit Foods Owner Tony Badger tries to stock top English

brands, meaning soups by Marks & Spencer and Baxter’s, Heinz beans, Walker’s chips, Rose’s preserves, Yorkshire and Typhoo tea, and Thornton’s chocolates. Many hard-to-get items too. Cumberland Square (7-1501 8th St. East), 384-2748

Bulk Barn Virtually everything in bulk: candies, coffee, dried


olive oils, cheeses, pulses, rice and many prepared goods as well as desserts shipped in from Calgary. 6A-234 Primrose Dr., 974-3293

Steep Hill Food Co-op A non-profit bulk food shop that’s

Bulk Cheese Warehouse The city’s go-to cheese monger

Swadesh Supermarket Swadesh provides a bit of

Two locations: University Heights, 649-0243; 219 Betts Ave., 933-3903

on Broadway for the likes of Canadian and import cheeses, pâtés, foie gras, steaks, fresh pastas and sauces, deli crackers, plus meat and fish that comes frozen or vacuum-sealed. 732 Broadway Ave., 652-8008

Dad’s Organic Market There’s no arguing the moniker of

this great little grocery: “Everything you expect in a grocery store... just a little healthier.” Dad’s supplies organic dairy, frozen meats, vegetables, snacks, drinks, dried goods and supplements (among other things). 240A-1820 8th St. East, 373-7999

pan-Asian cooking needs. Find everything for doing Indonesian, Thai, Japanes, Chinese and more. Just off Idylwyld Drive near Al Anderson’s Source for Sports. 218D Ave. B South, 244-5502

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Petra Market A Mediterranean/Arab grocery store with olives,

truly a cooperative, Steep Hill provides its working members with a 10% discount on most in-store items. Specializing in organic, local and natural foods, with gluten-free and diet-specific goods. 730 Broadway Ave., 664-4455

fruits, nuts, sugar, flour, pasta, cereals, spices, organic peanut butter, snack foods and more. Discounts for students and seniors, plus tempting weekly specials.

ist w Eastern Market TWant fresh bean sprouts? They sell them in The Underground Cafe As a combination record store and g! here three times per week at this one-stop shop for all your coffee shop, this place makes it worthwhile to stop in and peruse the music selections as much as the tasty lunch and drink menu. 430 20th St. West, 370-7963

Maggie’s carries a wide variety of homemade and local cured meats, plus a broad assortment of quality deli items. Sausages here made with game meat (whether bison or deer) are superb. 1032 Louise Ave., 477-2213


everything: fresh beef and chicken(all certified halal), fresh herbs, pre-packaged spices, fruits and vegetables, atta, huge bags of rice and delicious samosas by the counter for takeaway. Two locations: 2102 22nd St. West, 649-0226; 1902 8th St. East, 242-6388

Ne ct w i Crave Cupcakes A franchise from Calgary that does mean on! se


cupcakes and cookies from its location on Broadway Avenue. A bright, friendly place to find something to go with coffee or tea. 802 Broadway Ave., 974-1497

The Griffin Takeaway The sandwiches, baked goods

(meaning cookies, pies and other desserts made here are either gluten-free, vegan or both. Tasty stuff that’s healthy to boot. 10-3311 8th St. East, 933-3385

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00 Accommodations 1. Best Western Blairmore (H2; 306 Shillington Cres., 242-2299) 2. Best Western Harvest Inn (E6;1715 Idylwyld Dr. North, 244-5552) 3. Colonial Square Inn & Suites (I8; 1-1301 8th St. East, 343-1767) 4. Comfort Inn (D6; 2155 Northridge Dr., 934-1122) 5. Confederation Inn (H3; 3330 Fairlight Dr., 384-2882) 6. Country Inn & Suites (D6; 617 Cynthia St., 934-3900) 7. Days Inn (E6; 2000 Idylwyld Dr. North, 242-3297) 8. Four Points Sheraton Hotel (K8; 103 Stonebridge Blvd., 933-9889) 9. Heritage Inn (E6; 102 Cardinal Cres., 665-8121) 10. Sandman Hotel Saskatoon (D6; 310 Circle Dr. West, 477-4844) 11. Saskatoon Inn (E6; 2002 Airport Dr., 242-1440) 12. Super 8 Saskatoon (D7; 706 Circle Dr. East, 384-8989) 13. Super 8 Saskatoon West (G6; 1414 22nd St. West, 974-2900) 14. Travelodge (D6; 106 Circle Dr. West, 242-8881)





Key city bus routes #23 Montgomery/ Hampton Village #60 Confederation/ Lakeridge #2 8th Street/ Meadowgreen #17 Market Mall/Lorne Stonebridge/Clarence #70 Lawson Heights/ Silverspring #40 Airport/Downtown

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Behind Door #1 Safe and Sound The beautiful historic Tees & Persse Warehouse building was constructed in downtown Saskatoon in 1911, making it one of the oldest buildings in the city. At six storeys tall, it is a statuesque landmark that has seen its share of action and adaptation (the top three floors were added in 1913). Over the years, the building has been used as a warehouse and storage unit, and it has housed various retail outlets. There are little traces of history everywhere you look: there was once an old railway which traversed right behind the building to unload goods through an old loading door, which made for quite the dynamic enterprise.Though the loading door has long since been bricked over, you can still imagine the sound of an old locomotive rolling through the heart of the downtown district to deliver its cargo. Another touch of history: In today’s world we think of a firewall as a computer’s virtual security apparatus, not brick and concrete walls made three feet thick. Despite what the modern world calls to mind for document security, strong physical barriers were exactly what they had in mind when building the Fort Knox-esque basement of what is now Charter House Interiors, the main occupant of the Tees & Persse building. With the aforementioned three-feet thick walls, a set of internal fire doors and a huge combination lock created what was an impenetrable vaultfor fire safety. Back in the day before computers, serious fire protection was needed when it came to payroll and bookwork (which of course was all printed on paper). In the event the entire building burned to the ground, everything in the safe would remain secure from potentially catastrophic damage. Today these vaults are only used for cardboard boxes and extra storage; nevertheless, they remain a fascinating piece of local history. Text by Adina Applebum Photo by Paul Miazga

A bank-type vault door in the Tees & Persse Warehouse building on 1st Avenue North. 34 f low JANUARY 2013

flow can be found at these important hubs and a host of fine city businesses listed below*: SASKATOON DIEFENBAKER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (YXE)


ART GALLERIES aka gallery Art Placement Gallery Darrell Bell Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Rouge Gallery SCYAP void gallery

BARS AND RESTAURANTS 12 Grill 2nd Avenue Grill Afghan Kabob & Donair Amigo’s Cantina Bliss Fine Food Broadway Café Cesar’s Café and Cakes Christie’s El Secondo Ding Dong Duck Duck Goose Earl’s EE Burritos Flint Saloon Genesis Gibson’s Fish and Chips Golden Pagoda The Great Canadian Bagel Company The Hollows The Hose & Hydrant Hudson’s Taphouse Il Salici/The Willows India Palace JaKe’s on 21st Jerry’s Food Emporium The Keg Lounge Keo’s Konga Café Jin Jin Cuisine Dumpling La Bamba Café Las Palapas Resort Grill Lebanese Kitchen Lien Thanh Lydia’s Pub Mandarin Mano’s Restaurant and Lounge Mardi Gras Grill Meg’s Restaurant Mogul Divaan Montana’s Noodle King & Ice Cream Queen O’Shea’s Irish Pub Otowa Park Café Passage to India Poached Breakfast Bistro Prairie Harvest Prairie Ink The Real Greek Red Pepper Rock Creek Tap & Grill The Rook and Raven Root Down Workers’ Cooperative Café


Royal Thai Saba’s African Cuisine Sabaroso Saigon Rose Saskatoon Asian Saskatoon Farmers’ Market Saskatoon Station Place Sawadee Bistro Seoul Souleio Spadina Freehouse Spicy Bite Spicy Garden Swadesh Restaurant Sushiro Taste Legend Taverna Total Happiness Truffles Bistro Tusq Two Gun Quiche House Weczeria Food & Wine Winston’s English Pub The Wok Box Woods Ale House The Yard and Flagon Yip Hong’s Dim Sum


Luna+Hill Manhattan Casuals Mint Fashion Company Modern Dame Boutique Momentum Outter Limits Pedestrian Shoe Fitting Centre Sandbox in the City Swank Shoe Lounge Tonic Willey’s Jewellers

CULTURAL ESTABLISHMENTS Broadway Theatre CFCR 90.5FM Diefenbaker Canada Centre Persephone Theatre Productions Centre 914 Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre MLT Roxy Theatre Ukrainian Museum of Canada Western Development Museum



Booster Juice Broadway Roastery Broadway Roastery on 8th Caffé Sola City Perks Collective Coffee Earth Bound Bakery and Deli Grandma Lee’s Leven’s Coffee Company Strongfields Coffee Tastebuds The Underground Café



American Eagle Outfitters Backside Board Shop Broadway Shoe Repair The Clothes Café/Frank and Lucy Deception Clothing Dena’s Durand’s Era Style Loft Foster’s Shoes Frakas Hats & That La Vie Lente Fashion Boutique long tall sally

Best Western Harvest Inn Days Inn The Delta Bessborough Hotel Four Points Sheraton Heritage Inn The Hilton Garden Inn The Holiday Inn Saskatoon The Holiday Inn Express The James Hotel Obasa Suites The Park Town Hotel The Radisson Hotel The Ramada Hotel The Sandman Hotel The Saskatoon Inn The Hotel Senator The Sheraton Cavalier Super 8 Motel Saskatoon Super 8 Motel Saskatoon West The Travelodge

SPECIALTY RETAILERS Brit Foods Dad’s Organic Market Eastern Market Indigo Books McNally Robinson Booksellers SaskMade Marketplace Swadesh Supermarket Ten Thousand Villages The Trading Post Turning the Tide

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January 2013 flow magazine  
January 2013 flow magazine  

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