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S A S K AT O O N @flowzineSask VOLUME 6 ISSUE 5





Territorial CEO Daren McLean, design thinking consultant Stephanie Yong and Executive Director Depesh Parmar of Ideas Inc.

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YXE: How the City Got Its Brand On & Other Stories

JANE JACOBS & CITY BUILDING BY FOOT A Jane’s Walk to uncover the city’s Chinese history

From PCS and Agrium to Nutrien: this and other brands that have shaped Saskatoon are themselves changing—and the city’s own brand along with it. (Lisa Patrick)




A don’t-miss concert by a band shortlisted for the 2017 Polaris Prize

Stand-up Jody Peters on the how and why, for TV, he became a foodie

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Cover photo of Daren McLean, Stephanie Yong and Depesh Parmar by Amy Thorp Photography Cover concept by Paul Miazga


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editor’s notes

The Way We See Ourselves

Saskatoon has a brand, or many brands depending on how you see it, and so in this issue we set about exploring what that really means here at 52.1332° N, 106.6700° W (the same latitude as Cambridge, England, and Warsaw, Poland). Via technology and travel, this city is becoming increasingly dynamic and less isolated in the global context. That means more people, more ideas, more attention focused on what this city is about and what it can become. In part, that’s what a brand is: an idea, a hope, a promise; like something malleable, it’s whatever we want it to be. Naomi Zurevinski spoke with a range of people in design, advertising, PR and education about the Saskatoon brand and trying to get at how and why #YXE has started to stick. When we started on this issue, the list of possible approaches was endless: the brands that have put Saskatoon on the map; why Riversdale

has become such a focal point for so many new local brands; the launch of Nutrien following the merger of multinational fertilizer giants PotashCorp and Agrium; etc. In the end, we parsed the ideas list like it was a tweet in the era of 140 characters and went with the most obvious questions: why #yxe? And: why rebrand at all? Beyond branding, Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz found time in her hectic schedule to eat well, spend time with family and friends, plus speak to a one of the city’s professional dieticians about the benefits of eating your greens. Chef Scott Dicks finds that tacos are everywhere these days, so he set out in search of his favourite (using the proper elbow/head tilt technique, of course) and found one he calls the taco. If you want his take on the taco: see p. 28! New mixology columnist Kandra Kergen—manager at The James Hotel Lobby Bar—talks sustainability in the local food & beverage industry, plus former host of The Prairie Diner comedian Jody Peters on why a little humour in the kitchen never hurts. Move around this spring; get out for some fresh air. Go on a date (May begins festival season with Cinergie and Ritornello’s 10th)! Grab a bite to eat. Go for a run (the 40th annual Saskatchewan Marathon goes May 27)! Embrace this place. Make some magic! And don’t forget to wish mom and grandma a happy Mother’s Day on May 13! To all those who nurture and love children, thank you!

FreshWest Media Ltd. 220 20th Street West Saskatoon, SK S7M 0W9 @flowzineSask Published 6 times per year by FreshWest Media Ltd. Readership: 35,000 (estimated) in Saskatoon and area. Copyright (2018) by FreshWest Media Ltd. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the expressed, written consent of the publisher. Publisher & Editor Paul Miazga Senior Art Director Zhanybek Nurgozhayev Map Designer Danna Contreras-Chapa Ad Designers Crystal Klassen, Paul Miazga, Zhanybek Nurgozhayev Proofreader Olga Bondarenko Contributors Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz, Scott Davidson, Scott Dicks, Sarah Dorward, Garry Findlay, Kandra Kergen, Tyson McShane, Paul Miazga, Sheila Ragush, Naomi Zurevinski Lead Photographer Amy Thorp Contributing Photographers Adrian Chappell, Patricio del Rio, Scott Dicks, Food Network Canada, Will Kaufhold, Paul Miazga, Lisa Patrick, Dave Stobbe Printing TC Transcontinental Distribution FreshWest Media Ltd., Canada Post Corp.

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Talking of Spaces and Stories:

Jane’s Walks

Text by Sheila Ragush Photo by Will Kaufhold

“No one can find what will work for our cities by looking at … suburban garden cities, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.”

– Jane Jacobs (1916–2006)

Travellers will tell you some of their best experiences come from exploring a new city on foot. It is the people, sights and sounds that create vivid, lifelong memories of a journey. Our city, too, is more than bricks and mortar. The annual Jane’s Walk guided walking tours offer a view of Saskatoon through new eyes. Jane’s Walk began in 2006 as a commemoration of Jane Jacobs, an American writer and activist who championed the voices of everyday people in neighbourhood planning and city-building. Led by citizen volunteers who are eager to share what they believe makes their neighborhood a special place, Jane’s Walks explore the many threads in the fabric of urban life, including music, art, nature, religion, history and diversity. This year’s free walks will be offered during the international Jane’s Walk weekend in early May. In Saskatoon, Lindsay Herman will lead a walk exploring the past and present of older ChineseCanadian adults in Riversdale. Herman, having recently completed a Master’s degree in urban planning, will immerse walkers in the focus of her thesis, sharing the often unheard stories and contributions of this group within the broader community. As she notes, “There is a vibrant community of older Chinese-Canadian adults in the Saskatoon core. Their accomplishments, struggles and dreams are an integral part of the Saskatoon narrative—something we can’t wait to

share together during their Jane’s Walk!” Herman’s walk will begin at Juniper House (408 Avenue F South) and finish with a tai chi lesson at the Zhongshan Ting in Victoria Park (south of Spadina Crescent West near Avenue C South). Additional walks will include: exploring potential locations for a new downtown arena; growing up in Nutana in the 1950’s; the redevelopment of transit corridors along 8th Street East and 22nd Street West; and more.

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various walk times and locations; open to the public; Anyone who has taken part in a Jane’s Walk knows how quickly the familiar suddenly becomes unfamiliar or new again; how the city and areas you frequent teem with history, details and stories that come to life when there’s someone willing to share what they know. To join a walk (no registration is required), go to the website, find a walk that interests you and simply meet up at the time and place specified. Dress appropriately and bring water or snacks as desired (some walks can last more than an hour and cover a considerable amount of ground). Want to lead your own walk? Contact the organizers—volunteers are welcome!

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April events Apr07


Saskatchewan Rush

Silence is Golden: Charlie Chaplin

7pm; tickets from $35; The race for the NLL title is on and the hometown Rush are early favourites to regain the league crown. Three of their last four matches of the season are at home, pitting them first against the Colorado Mammoth (Apr. 7), followed by tilts against 2017 NLL champions Georgia Swarm (Apr. 14) and rounding out the season against the Calgary Roughnecks (Apr. 28). Get tickets early since every game typically sells out! SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.;


Home Is A Beautiful Word 8pm evenings, 2pm Sun matinees; tickets $28; Back in 2012, local playwright Joel Bernbaum conducted about 500 interviews with homeless
people, but also policemen, business
workers, plus students
schools to create a play (commissioned
interviews, a technique known as “verbatim
theatre journalism”.
The play’s dialogue therefore consists only of words spoken by actual people. It’s
moving, enlightening, funny and surprising. Presented by Persephone Theatre in association with Sum Theatre and the Broadway Theatre. Directed by Michael Shamata. Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)


Modern Woman Show & Exhibition Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 11am–5pm; admission $12

This immensely popular tradeshow, business expo and life skills workshop returns for another year, this time under new management. “The Runway” fashion show (pictured) is back (Sat 6:30pm; VIP tickets $47) and again hosted by CTV Saskatoon’s Chantal Saunders, while greater emphasis this year has been put on the various workshops, more than double compared to last year. Check out the event’s Facebook page or for more. Prairieland Park, Hall B (503 Ruth St.)


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1pm, 7:30pm; tickets from $35 The Saskatoon Symphony again teams with the Roxy Theatre to host two silent film screenings with live orchestra score. This year’s double bill features the great Charlie Chaplin’s The Adventurer (a zany Keystone Cops type of comedy) and The Immigrant (in which Chaplin “comes to America”, survives on his wits and finds love). Note: both films to be screened at both shows. For full details, visit Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W;

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Oliver Hussain—Roving

Regular gallery hours; admission $12 Equal parts moving image, performance, sculpture and installation, Roving (on until Oct. 14) draws viewers into bizarre cinematic experiences. Remai Modern (102 Spadina Cres. E;

An Evening with Sloan

8pm; tickets $41.50 The release of their latest album, 12, signals a return to their distinctive guitar rock with catchy licks, superb harmonies and driving rhythms. Stand up and be counted! Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)

Up in Smoke (1978, 86 min.)

Time TBA; tickets $11 Cheech & Chong cemented their cult-status among potheads with this low-budget flick about deportation to Mexico and their hijinks getting back. Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W;

93/4—The Music of Harry Potter

7:30pm; tickets from $15 It’s been 20 years since the launch of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and the SSO pays tribute with the magical musical scores by John Williams, Patrick Doyle and Alexandre Desplat. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E;

Steve Miller Band

7:30pm; tickets from $39 It’s a farewell tour for the Fresno, CA, rocker and his eponymous band. Joinging them is legendary 60s showman Peter Frampton. SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.;

May 4: Amina Figarova Sextet (9pm; $34/$25) May 5: Séan McCann (8pm; $38/$28) May 10: West of Mabou w/ The Local Group com). Shows at 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. (8pm; $25/$20) Apr. 1: Royal Thunder w/ Pinkish Black (9pm; May 11: Jessica Robinson Sings Eva Cassidy tickets $12 in advance/$15 day of) (9pm; $28/$23) Apr. 6: Holy Hum w/ Library Voices May 12: Florian Hoefner and Subtone presented Apr. 7: The Classy Chassys w/ Apollo Suns, Ellen by the Goethe Institute (8pm; $34/$25) Froese ($10/$15) May 24: Anderson Burko (8pm; $23/$18) Apr. 8: 4th Annual CFCR & Amigos Record Fair (11:30am; admission $2) Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; broadApr. 10: Grieves w/ Mouse Powell ($15/$18) Shows at 8pm except as noted. Apr. 14: Electric Six w/ Northern Faces (10:30pm; Apr. 26: Harry Manx (8pm; tickets $47.50) $15/$18) Apr. 28: The SJO Plays Stan Getz w/ Jeff AntoApr. 18: Dave Hause w/ The Drew Thomson niuk, Tatrina Tai (7:30pm; $36.50) Foundation (9:30pm; $15) Apr. 30: Donovan Woods w/ Wild Rivers Apr. 21: Shades of Psych II ($10/$12) (7:30pm; $32.50) May 18: The Radiation Flowers w/ Archaics, guests May 1: Tre Twitty and Tayla Lynn (7pm; $52.50) May 10: Telling Stories & Storytelling presented The Bassment (202 4th Ave. N; by READ Saskatoon (7pm; $30.50) Apr. 4: Raine Hamilton (8pm; tickets $23/memMay 11: Doc Walker w/ special guests (8pm; $42.50) bers $18) Apr. 6: Alex Goodman Quartet (9pm; $28/$23) Capitol Music Club (244 1st Ave. N; Apr. 7: Jay Semko CD release party (8pm; Shows at 9pm, cover $10 except as noted. $25/$20) Apr. 6: The Damn Truth w/ Smokekiller, The Wolfe Apr. 10: Andrew Collins Trio (8pm; $25/$20) Apr. 7: Bombargo w/ The Ashley Hundred, Kids Apr. 12: Stephen Fearing (8pm; $34/$25) On Coffee Apr. 13: Joel Grundahl Trio w/ Kyle Krysa, Distant Apr. 13: Wenches & Rogues w/ Stone The Witch, Conversation (9pm; $25/$20) Black Magick Apr. 14: Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Apr. 14: The Northbound Brodown presents Boys (8pm; $28/$23) Johnny Don’t w/ Raising Acadia Apr. 15: Lisa Brokop (7:30pm; $44/$34) Apr. 19: Ten Minute Detour w/ Dave Quanbury (8pm) Apr. 18: Madison Violet (8pm; $26/$21) Apr. 21: Black Vienna album release party w/ Apr. 19: Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band (8pm; Dukes Under Fire $28/$23) Apr. 26: So You Think You Can Rap? (7pm) Apr. 20: Manuel Valera Trio (9pm; $34/$25) Apr. 27: Esette & Danger Bay feat. Quinn Apr. 21: Wilma Groenen (8pm; $25/$20) Apr. 28–29: The Beaches w/ Taylor Knox Apr. 22: The Slocan Ramblers (7:30pm; $28/$23) May 17: Supersuckers w/ Great Shakin Fevers, Apr. 23: Steve Dawson’s Travelling Roadshow Heavenly Bodies Revue w/ Steve Marriner, Ndidi Onokwulu et al May 24: Rittz (Strange Music) (8pm; $44/$34) Dakota Dunes Casino (at Whitecap, SK; 20 min. Apr. 26: Ryan McNally Trio (8pm; $23/$18) S on Hwy 219; Apr. 27: Quartango: The Golden Era (9pm; May 5: Gord Bamford (8pm; tickets $45) $44/$34) May 11: Spidey—Make Believe (6:30pm; $45) Apr. 28: Eileen Laverty (8pm; $28/$23)


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Delta Bessborough Hotel (Adam Ballroom, 601

Spadina Cres. E) May 13: Saskatoon Symphony—A Bridge from the Eastside to the Westside (2:30pm; tickets from $15) Emmanuel Anglican Church (609 Dufferin Ave.) Apr. 8: Elixir Ensemble—Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (2:30pm; tickets from $15) Knox United Church (838 Spadina Cres. E) May 24: Royal Wood w/ special guests presented by the Broadway Theatre (7pm; tickets $45.50) May 26: SSO presents Bach Magnificat (7:30pm; from $15) Louis’ Pub (Memorial Union Bldg., 98 Campus Dr.; on Facebook) Apr. 7: Russian Circles w/ King Woman (8pm; tickets $19.50 in advance/$23.50 day of) Apr. 28: Pvris (7:30pm; $27.50/VIP $125) O’Brians Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S; Apr. 25: I Mother Earth w/ Finger Eleven (8pm; tickets from $39) Apr. 27: Deorro w/ Arioso (9pm; from $29) May 3: Infected Mushroom (9pm; $30) May 4: Stargazer Talent Benefit feat. Biz Nico, Warren Flandez, BrownCanShine et al (9pm; $25/VIP $75) May 13: Bamboo w/ guests (6pm; $65/VIP $100) SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.; Apr. 3: Shinedown w/ In This Moment, One Bad Son (7pm; tickets $60) Apr. 4: Rod Stewart (8pm; from $49) Apr. 12: The Illusionists (8pm; from $49) May 9: Dirty Dancing (8pm; from $39.50) May 11: Stars on Ice (7:30pm; from $12) TCU Place (35 22nd St E.; May 3: Rumours—Fleetwood Mac tribute (from $39.50) May 10: Nana Mouskouri (from $49.50) Village Guitar & Amp (432 20th St. W; Apr. 5: Ellen Doty (8pm; tickets $21.50) Apr. 21: Hillsburn (8pm; $21.50) Apr. 27: Bill Bourne (8pm; $21.50) May 4: The Fugitives (8pm; $26.50)

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7pm; tickets from $59.95

Cinergie Festival

Various screenings; festival passes $40; showtimes, special event info and more at You don’t have to speak or understand French to enjoy this Francophone film festival, at which all films are subtitled. Whether fluent or not, enjoy the variety of filmmaking genres and styles presented at this annual event. In addition to festival films (this year featuring two animated children’s shows—Khumba and Mune (pictured)—as well as120 battements par minute, the story of the Paris-led protests in the 1980s demanding the pharmaceutical industry deal with the AIDS crisis; and Patients, about a physiotherapy patient and his family coming to grips with the reality of recent life-altering injuries he’s sustained. Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W;

The queen of Canadian country and pop music, the Timmins, ON, native needs no introduction; her music speaks for itself. After taking a multiyear hiatus from touring and making music due to ongoing vocal issues, Twain is returning with aplomb on a multi-city tour that will stop in Saskatoon for one night only. Sing along strong to classics such as “Any Man of Mine”, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much”. SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.;


Cirque du Soleil—Crystal

Various showtimes; tickets from $40; For the first time in Cirque du Soleil’s 33-year history, performers in the troupe will take to the ice for a show that seeks to defy all expectations for visual and acrobatic theatre on ice. This visually stunning ice “experience” features world-class ice skaters and acrobats performing synchronized, freestyle figures and extreme skating alongside traditional circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial traps and hand to hand. With Crystal, Cirque du Soleil embark on a new frozen playground with speed and fluidity, challenging the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.)

May25–27 Ritornello Festival 10

Fri 7:30pm, Sat 8:30pm, Sun 2:30pm; weekend passes TBA; see Now into their 10th year as chamber music festival organizers, local stalwart musicians Carissa Klopoushak and Jacqueline Woods bring together another bevy of acclaimed musicians for this jubilee event. This year’s lineup: mindbending violinist Mark Fewer (May 25; Convocation Hall, U of S campus) and classically trained jazz guitarist Duane Andrews (pictured)(May 26; Village Guitar & Amp, 432 20th St. W). For the family-friendly finale, various artists will combine onstage or perform solo (May 27; Mayfair United Church, 902 33rd St. W).


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Pride and Prejudice

8pm evenings, 2pm Sun matinees; tickets $26; It’s Jane Austen’s love story of strong, independent heroine Lizzie Bennet clashing with and attracted to aristocratic and aloof Mr. Darcy. Remai Arts Centre (100 Spadina Cres. E)

SSO feat. The Gryphon Trio

7:30pm; tickets from $15 The season finale features The Gryphon Trio (pictured). Expect an epic aural soundscape with David L. McIntyre’s cinematic Through the Glass Darkly: an Elegy for Orchestra. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E;

YXE Air Guitar Championships 7pm; tickets $10 Love to imitate guitar legends like Angus Young of AC/DC or Jimmy Paige of Led Zeppelin? This event sponsored by Glitch Gifts is for you! Visit for details. Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W)

Buffy Sainte Marie

7:30pm; tickets $55.50 She’s a Saskatchewan legend whose songs resonate with heartfelt emotion and tend to capture the gritty, untold side of history. Full details at Knox United Church (838 Spadina Cres. E)

Saskatchewan Marathon

Start time 7:30am; registration $115 It’s the 40th running for this official Boston Marathon qualifier. Its flat, fast, and a portion of the proceeds go to expanding the Meewasin Trail. Starts at Diefenbaker Park (p. 32; map 1, J5)

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Weaves Highlight Sonic Broadway Offerings Open Tue/Fri 10am–10pm, Wed/Thu/Sat/ Sun 10am–5pm. Admission $12. Through Aug. 12: Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World. An exhibition of predominantly sculpture features 175 works dating from 1970 to today in which everyday objects and natural materials are frequently combined with text to expose Western-centric views and prejudices hidden in language, objects and institutions. Apr. 6–Jul. 20: Picasso on View. Linocut prints by Pablo Picasso drawn from the Remai Modern’s extensive collection. The exhibition focuses on one of Picasso’s passions: bull-fighting. Apr. 14–Oct. 14: Echoes. A debut of recent acquisitions featuring four of Canada’s leading Indigenous artists: Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, Raymond Boisjoly and Duane Linklater. The works make layered references to history, tradition and contemporary culture. May 11–Jul. 8: Paul Chan: Bathers at Night. A new body of work which the artist calls “breathers”: sculptural works that act like moving images, animated in three dimensions. aka gallery (424 20th St. W; Open Tue–Fri noon–6pm, Sat noon–4pm. Through Apr. 21: Silent Citizen—a participatory installation by Bambitchell. In 2012, as a part of the Harper government’s aggressive limits on immigration, a mandatory English or French language test became a crucial step in Canadian immigration policy. Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell) takes aim at this administrative affront. In their installation, a participatory sound and video installation playfully makes use of karaoke to engage the audience in Immigration Canada’s language test. The Gallery (228 3rd Ave. S; Open Mon–Sat 10am–5pm (Thu 10am–8pm). Through May 10: Our Enduring Drama by Dawna Rose and Betsy Rosenwald. An exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by two Saskatoon artists whose varied works highlight a decidedly contemporary ambivalence toward the practice of image-making. From May 12: Reverie in Darkness by Jennifer Crane. This work of photography investigates the relationship between the body and the lens in both historical and contemporary works. It explores themes of memory, narrative and archival practices through a fusion of historical, analogue and digital photographic techniques. The Gallery at Frances Morrison Library (311 23rd St. E; Open during regular library hours. Through Apr. 12: In Its Place by Amy Hood. Paintings that chronicle familiar objects used in the rituals of everyday life. The works are staged, produced and constructed in order to examine the historical and contemporary gendered context housed within. Apr. 18–May 17: Reconfigured by Studio on 20th. The 11 artists working from this studio investigate three traditional genres, interpreting and reconfiguring each subject matter in their own unique styles. Kenderdine Gallery (Agriculture Bldg., U of S campus, 51 Campus Dr., 2nd level; Open Mon–Fri 8:30am–4:30pm. Through Apr. 16: HERE + NOW. Artworks by important and critical Canadian artists from the university’s collection who have been influential to contemporary art in Canada. Curated by Leah Taylor.

Don’t miss the “bizarro” pop band Weaves this May at Black Cat Tavern

(Brendan George-Ko)

Text by Tyson McShane


Yamantaka // Sonic Titan w/ 3 Ninjasks

10pm; tickets $10 in advance/$12 day of Since extensive touring in support of their Polaris-shortlisted sophomore album, Uzu, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan have been relatively quiet the last couple years. But with the announcement of a new album, Dirt, and a new lineup, it appears they are back and more focused than ever. That still means songs for Dirt shifts wildly from eerie, twinkling dreamscapes to raging thrash guitars and pounding percussion, to Chinese opera-inspired theatrics, but if the first few singles are any indication, every one of those shifting influences blend to create one of the most vital and unique sounds in Canadian music right now. With their last time through town being all the way back in 2012, it’s likely worth making a point to not miss this show. Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave.;


Weaves w/ The Garrys 10pm; ticket prices TBA Since the last time Weaves were through Saskatoon, they released their acclaimed album Wide Open and saw it get shortlisted for the 2017 Polaris Prize (when they blew the roof off the place with their performance of “Scream”, in collaboration with Tanya Tagaq), and then saw that same album get nominated for Alternative Album of the Year at the 2018 Juno Awards. In between, they took their live show across North America and Europe, equally confounding and amazing audiences with their bizarro mix of art damaged noise freak outs and undeniable pop hooks. Their set at the Black Cat Tavern (the new identity of Vangelis Tavern) will inevitably be one of the highlights of the spring concert calendar. As an added bonus, Saskatoon garage/surf/psych trio The Garrys open the show ahead of their just announced UK debut at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, England, a couple of weeks later. Black Cat Tavern (801 Broadway Ave.; on Facebook)

Tyson McShane has toured across Canada, the US, UK and Europe, and released four albums with his band Slow Down Molasses. He also co-curated MoSoFest from 2012 to 2016, presenting some of the most exciting new music from across North America, next to Saskatoon’s finest bands. @TysonMcShane @SlowdownMolasse


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And the winner of f low’s Inspiring Women of YXE contest is... Sage Butler of Saskatoon!

We received more submissions for our Inspiring Women of YXE contest than in all other years combined, so thank you for honouring the inspiring women in your life by sharing your stories about them! Sage (above, at left with her daughter) won a getaway at The James Hotel and a prize package that included tickets (and a backstage meet-andgreet with the dancers!) to the Ballet Jörgen performance of Anastasia. The touching letter penned by Pamela Kenny nominating her perfectly exemplifies the spirit of the contest. Congratulations to Sage, to runner-up Callie Kennedy (above, at right), and to everyone else who took part! Thank you to our generous sponsors, particularly The James Hotel Saskatoon. – Paul Miazga, flow magazine publisher, editor & owner

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Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; broad- May 7–9: Menopause the Musical by Jeannie 1pm; free admission (donations gratefully accepted) Linders (7:30pm; tickets $63.50). This witty and unforgiving comedy (staged to 25 classic hits of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s) makes fun of hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, wrinkles, not enough sex, too much sex, chocolate binges and more! Four women in a department store, with nothing in common but a black lace bra, come to realize they have more in common than they ever imagined. $1 from each ticket sale goes to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Dakota Dunes Casino (at Whitecap, SK, 20 min. S on Hwy 219; Apr. 21–22: Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding by Artificial Intelligence (6:30pm; tickets $65). The longestrunning comedy in Off-Broadway history, this wedding spoof has toured for over 25 years Known as the “granddaddy of interactive theatre,” this immersive dinner theatre show has audience members playing the roles of invited guests at the wildest wedding they’ll ever attend. Eat, dance and laugh out loud often at a comedy the NY Times calls “audaciously imaginative!” A documentary about a group of Czech teenagers La Troupe du Jour (914 20th St. W; that set out on a journey to the north. Without Apr. 20–22: Avant l’archipel by Emily Pearltheir parents or any one else to look after them, man (Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; tickets $28). Two they spent most of World War II in Denmark, an delightfully energetic performers (Danielle Le oasis amidst the carnage elsewhere. It’s a coming- Saux-Farmer and André Robillard) bring to life of-age refugee story with a happy ending courtesy two quirky characters about to discover the of thousands of openhearted Danes. Hosted by baffling, bewildering and beautiful things that the Congregation Shir Chadash. 89 min. happen when romance is in the air. A whimsical The Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W; tale of first love in all its unpredictable glory! Surtitles in English for Friday and Saturday. Directed by Joel Beddows. May 12: Les trois points de Tryo by David Baudemont (9:30am, 11am; ticket prices TBA). Black Panthers (1968, 20 min.) A children’s show for ages 2–6 in which Tryo wants to know why he has three spots on his À bientôt, j’espère (1968, 39 min.) back. It bothers him so much that he travels 7pm; free with paid admission across the country to find answers, meeting many along the way but all offering different answers. In fact, nobody knows exactly what they’re talking about. Did Tryo go on this journey for nothing? Directed by Isabelle Payant. The Refinery (609 Dufferin Ave.) Apr. 27–May 6: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (8pm evenings, 2pm Sun matinees; tickets $25). Theatre Naught, which has also produced Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Cherry Orchard, presents Miller’s canonical, PulitzerPart of the Après May film series co-presented winning tale of the American Dream unrealized. by the Cinergie Festival and the Remai Modern, In the role of crumbling patriarch Willy Loman, several films directed by Francophones will be Bruce McKay leads a seasoned homegrown screened at the Remai Modern in advance of cast and to retell this potent, engaging drama the festival. Among them are Agnès Varda’s short whose relevance remains stark 60 years on. Visit film Black Panthers about Oakland in the late for more details. 1960s (in English), followed by Chris Marker and Persephone Theatre (100 Spadina Cres. E.; Mario Marret’s documentary of a workers’ strike in Besançon, France, just prior to the massive May 5: Goodnight Moon and The Runaway student protests in 1968 (in French w/ Eng. s/t). Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (2pm; tickets Remai Modern (SaskTel Theatre, 102 Spadina $15). Adapted from this 60-year-old classic, Cres. E; Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar

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night-time rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mom. Both feature endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for Nova Scotia’s Mermaid Theatre. For ages 2–7 years. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E; May 30–31: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (7:30pm; tickets $44). Saskatoon’s very own Fireside Singers present this riveting story of faith, power, discrimination, hypocrisy, isolation, strength and sacrifice. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris revelling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his caretaker, the Archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Based on Hugo’s gothic novel with a musical score by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Directed by Albert Couture.


Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; broad- Apr. 27: The Saskatoon Soaps Improv Comedy Troupe (9:30pm; tickets $12) May 18: The Saskatoon Soaps (9:30pm; $12) Capitol Music Club (244 1st Ave. N; on Facebook) Apr. 4: Casey Corbin Comedy Night (8:30pm; tickets $10) Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (924 Spadina Cres. E, in the Park Town Hotel; 9pm start time; tickets from $20. Apr. 6: Brittany Lynseng w/ Amy Edgar Apr. 13: Ken Hicks w/ Matt Alaeddine Apr. 27: Jody Peters w/ Susan Thompson


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Apr. 27: How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? (7pm; free admission) 78 min. May 18: Barbicania (7pm; free admission) 92 min. Remai Modern (SaskTel Theatre, 102 Spadina Cres. E; Apr. 7: The Wizard of Oz (1pm) 102 min. Apr. 13: Brasilia: Life after design (7pm; in English and Portuguese w/ English subtitles) 88 min. Apr. 27: Tout va bien presented by Cinergie Festival (7pm; in French w/ Eng. s/t) 96 min. May 18: Après mai, Something in the Air presented by Cinergie Festival (7pm; in French w/ Eng. s/t) 122 min.; 14A May 19: The Breadwinner (1pm) 94 min. May 25: Relics of the Future (7pm) 62 min. Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W; Apr. 6: Best F(r)iends Vol. 1 and The Room double feature (9:30pm; tickets $20) 255 min. Apr. 13: The Great Dictator (7:30pm; $10) 125 min. Apr. 15: Walk With Me—A journey into mindfulness (7pm; $10) 94 min.


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fashion Wedding planning can be difficult as it is: who to invite, where and when to hold it, what kind of cake to order, but what about the rest? flow magazine spoke to a variety of local niche bridal businesses to learn what they do best

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Interviews by Sarah Dorward

It’s All in the Details W Bridals (year founded: 2014)

Founders: Kimberly and Kayla Camboia Bridal market niche: dress sizes 16 and up Kimberly Camboia: “We offer options for plus-sized brides, which is something that often gets overlooked in Canada. People can be scared to identify as being plus-sized, which is a stigma we are looking to break. People would often rather be an XXL at Bootlegger than an XS at Addition Elle, simply because they fear being labelled. Being plus-sized also has a range, where a size 14 is on the smaller side of plus-size clothing. We offer sizes across the plus-size spectrum, and provide dresses for all different body shapes and in numerous styles— women can be curvy in all sorts of ways. “People often have the misconception that as a business owner you can take vacations whenever you want and spend your days relaxing—this is far from true. While I can be there for my daughter whenever she’s ill, running your own business is anything but easy. The biggest advantage, though, is that I get to run my own business. It’s not very often in life that you get to give birth to an idea and watch it grow. It’s really rewarding to watch something develop that has been a vision of ours for a long time.”

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Founder: Melissa Squire Bridal market niche: custom bridal & grad gowns Melissa Squire: “About 90 percent of what I do is custom work, and I focus on sustainability and versatility: for example, reversible gowns that can work for a variety of occasions. (I’ve worn my own


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wedding dress—which has four different looks to it—multiple times); gowns with removable pieces; accessories made from recycled materials like car tires; and, materials like hemp and organic cotton. “I design things that aren’t readily available in Saskatchewan. I do lots of funky stuff and things that are off-beat [such as] pin-up rockabilly style gowns, steampunk themes with gears and edgy things like that. I work closely with the brides and go with whatever theme they’re looking for, whether it’s 17 different details, specific themes or colours, incorporating part of their grandma’s lace veil, or making something sustainable/environmentally conscious. “My challenges mostly relate to pricing. Overhead is high; you’re competing with manufacturers that have a lower cost because their things are produced in non-sustainable and socially unconscientious ways. However, the benefits ultimately outweigh the cons, as I get to work closely with brides and see their dream come to fruition. It’s a cool experience for both of us! I get to make things that are good for the environment, work with other local businesses, and support local organizations and charities— something I’ve made part of my mandate.”

Lilacs & Whiskey Creations (2017) Founder: Catherine Cameron Bridal market niche: accessories for weddings & special events Catherine Cameron: “Usually bridal shops focus on the dresses [while the] accessories are from the 1980s: they’re out-dated, awkward and you find the same standard things in any bridal shop.

There’s a need for quality, handmade pieces that suit the dress they’re being paired with. Instead of just going with what’s out there, I offer accessories that are customized for the bride, including attention to colour, lace, texture and beading. “It can be difficult to access materials locally. But the advantages are huge: I get to meet the brides and have an intimate experience—get to know them and their wants and needs so that I can deliver exactly what they want. I also get to work with other local artists, which allows me to be in a community where there is a lot of support from people who want you to succeed.”

Crossing Cultures Catering (2015) Founder: Laura Jones Niche bridal market: mobile, on-the-spot catering (sweet and savoury crepes) Laura Jones: “Whereas other businesses may prep food ahead of time and just bring it to the venue, I make everything made-to-order and on the spot, right in front of people. I’m targeting people who want both the experience and a quality product. “I get to meet different people and work with them directly. There’s flexibility and experimentation built into what I do. The challenges are mostly financial and motivational: you’re on your own and it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.” GMG Jewellers (1984) Founders: (family owned and operated) Niche bridal market: exclusive Tacori and Noam Carver dealer in Saskatoon; only Hearts on Fire diamond dealer in SK; custom design & repair work by on-site goldsmiths


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The New Brand of YXE In recent years, there’s been a new name in town changing how Saskatonians view their city, bringing a sense of prairie pride and a desire to prove that yes, we do in fact have more than snow to offer. From its start as a hashtag to becoming an important part of many local companies and organizations, “YXE” is changing how we think about Saskatoon, and putting this growing city on the map.

The Rise of “YXE”

The term “YXE” originally stems from Saskatoon’s airport code but began gaining popularity on social media as a hashtag in the last 10 years, with many companies and individuals using it on posts about the city. Daren McLean, the CEO of Territorial—a website design and marketing company based in Saskatoon’s Riversdale district—notes that local companies have been able to capitalize on “YXE”. “The hashtag #YXE really took off on social media [e.g. Twitter, Instagram] and then busi-


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nesses started using it. I think Hardpressed (Print Studio) was one of the first ones to really attach visuals and an aspect of consumerism to it,” McLean says of the tee-shirt and apparel maker also based in Riversdale. “It would be interesting to go back and see statistically how often YXE was used as a hashtag on social media over other airport codes. Was YXE used more per capita than other airport codes? I’m not sure. But there is something about it that took off locally.” Stephanie Yong, a consultant and sessional lecturer of Marketing and Management at the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan, thinks that the reason “YXE” took off locally was due to a shift in Saskatoon’s culture.

“I’m from Saskatoon, but I moved away for eight years in my 20s and it was never my plan to come back or stay here. But there’s been a really big shift in culture with the development of new buildings and restaurants, and an influx of young people back into Saskatoon,” Yong says. “I think

it makes people realize that we have a real gem here,” she says of the city, adding, “We should really wear that with a lot of pride.” Tyler Babiy, the owner of T Squared Social in Saskatoon—a social media promotion agency— believes that the transition from YXE on social media to becoming a physical brand was a logical move. “With the rise in popularity of YXE, it was inevitable that it would cross over into physical signage. The things we see on social media don’t usually stay there; it’s really intended as a way to move information, so it [makes sense] that it would become part of our everyday life,” he says. For Yong, YXE has become a way to highlight all that Saskatoon has to offer, allowing Saskatonians to see their city in a whole new light. “I would even say that something like Rider Pride, which stems back over 20 years, was the foundation for feeling proud that you’re from the prairies and being from a tight-knit community

that is very grassroots and has a strong work ethic. YXE is about capitalizing on something that we’re proud of,” Yong adds. Beyond a shift in culture, Yong notes that from a logistical and design standpoint, the word Saskatoon is much longer than YXE, which can be difficult to work with when companies are thinking about design and branding. McLean notes that the rebranding of the Saskatoon Airport Authority has been something that was also very well executed, and the airport’s website even explains the “YXE” part of their name as “you know it, you love it,” which goes to show its popularity. Chris Kleiter, who works at Saskatoon-based marketing and advertising company LMNO, and a member of the team that worked on the airport’s rebranding, says its new moniker, Skyxe, reflects the need to find something “consumer-friendly” and “approachable”. “Sometimes when we do a rebrand the name doesn’t always need to change, but the [former] name ‘Saskatoon Airport Authority’ wasn’t really

“Sometimes when we do a re-brand the name doesn’t always need to change, but the [former] name ‘Saskatoon Airport Authority’ wasn’t really consumer-focused and we wanted a name that was contemporary and approachable: skyxe.” – Chris Kleiter, LMNO customer-focused and approachable [...] so we wanted a name that was contemporary and friendly. The most obvious thing in front of us was YXE— other airports have done that with just their airport code,” Kleiter says. “But we did a bunch of research and found that YXE is incorporated all over the city already, and so the airport needed to find something that incorporated YXE but was still different and ownable. SK represents Saskatchewan, and Sky is for ‘Land of the Living Skies’ and the mystique of flight, and then you have the airport code in there.” YXE is therefore a part of the airport’s new brand, but not the sole feature. McLean dives into this, noting that “YXE” is just one layer of the Saskatoon brand, with the overall brand of Saskatoon being much larger and encompassing many different parts. “I don’t think YXE is big enough to be its own overarching brand of Saskatoon—it’s a sub-brand of Saskatoon. I think there’s still a larger brand of what Saskatoon is,” McLean says. “Other layers of the brand include Saska-

Edwards School of Business lecturer Stephanie Yong (google images) toon Shines, and the brand is tied to the province too in its colour scheme. I think Mayor Charlie Clark is also a layer of that brand. Locally, and outside of Saskatoon: who he is and what he stands for is definitely a significant part of (the city’s) new brand.” “YXE is something that’s catchy, unique and simple—it’s neat too and can easily be put into an icon, you can put it underneath wording, which is really key in the world of design. As for aesthetics, to take ‘Saskatoon’ and manipulate the shape and size is really, really hard,” Yong says. [With Saskatoon’s Continues on p. 22

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feature Rebranding:

Breathing New Life into Places, People & Ideas Like a fresh coat of paint, a new look carries with it all kinds of possibilities (DTNYXE)

Text by Paul Miazga Photos as noted For three decades (1986–2016), the Downtown Saskatoon Business Improvement District (BID) was known as The Partnership—not exactly evocative of a specific place or name, especially to anyone not from the city. Since residents and visitors normally referred to the district as Downtown Saskatoon, the organization decided to make the name official to embrace the area’s culture of eating, shopping and socializing, and brand itself accordingly. In spring 2016, on the 30th anniversary of The Partnership, an updated brand strategy complete with conceptual and visual components was presented to the public. “As our district grew and evolved, we decided to undergo a brand refresh

so our visual identity would better align with our modern reputation,” says Downtown Saskatoon Executive Director Brent Penner. Downtown Saskatoon, officially abbreviated as DTNYXE, “promises an upscale urban experience in the heart of Saskatchewan”, according to the brand book created for the organization by the downtown communications firm Creative Fire. Four vibrant colours were chosen to represent the brand and district on street banners, lighting, bottle recycling containers, and speak to the inviting, upscale and urban identity of the district. “The new, shorter name captures the essence of Downtown. It’s modern, concise, and since YXE is already understood by a wide audience

and resonates well, it helps to position our BID as a modern, entertaining place to be. “Our new brand carries our new personality traits: open, upscale, vibrant, urban and colourful,” Penner adds. Regarding the process of branding, which involved considerable stakeholder consultation and support, Penner says “it was a fun and exciting process to go through.” “I value now having a brand to work with that I know has staff, board and community buy-in, that we all helped to create.” More rebranding stories on p. 22

Earth Bound Bakery + Kitchen

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Daren McLean, the CEO of local boutique branding agency Territorial—responsible for the rebrands of such iconic city organizations as the Broadway BID and the Saskatoon Public Library— put his own company through a complete rebranding (and renaming) in 2015. Why go through the hassle for an already successful business? “We were building a brand strategy service to offer clients, and as per usual, tested the strategy system on ourselves. An outcome of this exercise was the realisation that our old name didn’t offer an effective brand position for who we were and what we wanted to do as a company.

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During the year that this rebranding took place, McLean and his team considered what they wanted the company name to say and what kinds of values they wanted to imbue it with. “Very broadly, it says that a small company from Saskatoon can do things differently and can achieve a very high level of quality in doing it,” he adds. Ultimately, what does the brand mean to him? “In short, Territorial's values—human, unexpected, inspired, adaptive, focused and balanced—sum it all up. This is a vehicle to do great work with people we enjoy on projects that we care about.”

When local business owner and entrepreneur Drew Elder took over the reins of Earth Bound Bakery from founder Trent Loewen in late 2017, he felt “sensitive to the legacy and persona that (Trent) established with customers and a great, experienced staff that were willing to put up with me. I wanted to honour and learn from that legacy.” One of Elder’s first wishes was to modernize the brand, but he didn’t want to do so until the staff and customers felt comfortable with his involvement. Eventually, the time came for a “fresh new look” and preparations were made to expand the bakery’s services. It wasn’t just an update to the brand but to the look and feel of the business, which since reopening on Jan. 24 can now serve more than twice as many customers as before. For the logo re-design, Elder worked with Greg Hargarton of Ricasso Design for a look that incorporates wheat sheaves and a simpler, bolder font. The change in the name from delicatessen to kitchen also reflects Elder’s desire for a welcoming atmosphere and sense of community for customers. The expanded interior, meanwhile (done by designer Kari Hollingsworth), improves customer flow and creates a comfortable, welcoming, professional eating environment. “Since the reopening, the response from customers has been fantastic,” Elder says. “People have a difficult time believing it’s the same space.”


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imagery], “typically we always use the wheat sheaves. But new companies have reshaped how we look at the city and reformatted that, so there’s a hint of the old-school branding but with a new spin, and I think that’s really refreshing for people.” Babiy added that he thinks YXE has been so successful due to its simplicity. “On social media, things need to be quick and easy to remember. It’s a question of finding a unique username on social media and adding YXE to the end of a name—[especially] if that name may already be taken—which is a simple fix without having to add the bulk of the whole city name,” he adds. YXE can be easily attached to already recognizable company and brand names, making it easier for consumers to spot a local organization. The rebranding of Downtown Saskatoon using DTNYXE, and the Skyxe rebranding of the airport are just two examples of how the term is successfully being incorporated Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark into already existing brands or used (Dave Stobbe Photo) as a rebranding mechanism.

Businesses of all shapes and sizes have a brand, and even the smallest give consideration to rebranding as a way of refreshing their look, especially when it can be timed to coincide with a move to a new location or the launch of a new product line. Case in point, Alissa Ramage, the jewellery maker behind Oneiro [oh-NAIR-oh] Designs. “I’ve had the same logo for about three years now and thought it needed to be freshened up. The timing was perfect to launch with my new spring/summer collection and with the renewal spring brings, the new logo fit in at a perfect time,” Ramage says. “(The new logo) is a lot more polished and modern, which is also the direction my jewellery has taken over the last year or so.” For her logo redesign, Ramage worked with a Winnipeg-based graphic designer whose work she’s followed for years. “I think choosing someone who matches your style is easier to work with, and I ultimately loved everything he made for me,” Ramage says. “My main goals for the rebrand were for my logo to be readable, clean, modern, interesting and edgy.“ While the new Oneiro Designs brand will only be launched this spring along with Ramage’s new Spring Summer Collection, she’s pleased with how it’s coming together. “I wanted something that felt strong and polished (so) my customers feel confident and powerful in my jewellery. If I had a logo with too much going on, it wouldn’t be as fitting.”

In a 2008 paper he delivered at the annual Canadian Political Science Association conference, Hugh Mellon of the University of Western Ontario wrote, “Provinces are now in the identity promotion field and brand creation is a going concern.” Fast-forward to 2013 and a variety of branding and communication firms variously worked with the Government of Saskatchewan on an official update to its logo. Gone was the iconic golden wheat sheaf, replaced by a yellow swoosh overlaid atop a stylized green rectangle. Controversy quickly ensued. Love it or hate it, designers have mourned the loss of a “charming” and iconic brand. One professional designer in the online forum suggested that the new logo looked as if Saskatchewan had been “obliterated by some massive pointy thing coming from Montana.” The official opposition, the NDP, decried the change, noting that the new logo and colours closely resemble those of the governing Saskatchewan Party.

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Putting YXE on the Map

Traditionally, Saskatoon has been associated with the Delta Bessborough, the downtown area, and the “Saskatoon Shines” motto—all things that have developed and changed over the years. More recently, companies like Hardpressed, Vendasta, Noodlecake Studios, 9 Mile Legacy Brewery, LB Distillers, Prairie Proud and the Remai Modern are gaining headway, and will likely attract newcomers and visitors alike to the city to see what’s taking shape here. “I think we still have a lot of work to do on the tourism end, with convincing people why they should come here, since we are a smaller centre,” Yong says. “But people are curious about the city: Why is the city getting so much attention? Why is the province getting so much attention? I think it has really peaked people's curiosity.” Kleiter says regarding Skyxe, the rebranding was about more than just a name. “People's’ expectations of airports have changed. Many airports now are also shopping malls, spas, restaurants, etc., so the new focus was around customer experience within the terminal. The airport wanted to look at that and see how they could create a more customer-focused experience and brand. They had just done a renovation, the building was much nicer, but how could we continue to make the space more pleasant? So really, the name was important, but it was so much more than that too.”

Other than the airport and some of the city’s emerging iconic brands, Mayor Charlie Clark as a layer of Saskatoon’s brand might have more to do with a general shift in the city’s culture, which McLean calls the “changing vibe of Saskatoon.” Yong agrees: the rebranding is about a lot more than just a hashtag and encompasses what the city actually has to offer. “I don’t think this is just a local thing. I think where this change actually started was when people started realizing that Saskatoon was a gem. It’s a real secret in Canada that this city has all these cultural offerings, restaurants, the friendliest people, etc. In the past we just saw it as a city that has really cold winters, but there’s been a shift in perspective externally that has affected how people feel about it here,” she says. While new businesses and companies may be putting Saskatoon on the Canadian and global map, Yong notes that there is still work to be done, with room for old brands to be included. “Festivals and companies that have been around for a long time are amazing, but I think we could use a refreshment of these types of things, otherwise they might be left behind with other, newer things that are put into place,” she she. “I work with a lot of start-ups and I’m working with the City of Saskatoon on a downtown project, but we’re not trying to refurbish it or revitalize it. The purpose is more about enhancing the great foundation that’s already here.”

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Going Green Interview by Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz

“Plant-based diet”. We hear the term often and know that incorporating more vegetables and fruit into our diet is a good thing, but how to do this, especially when busy or the family includes picky eaters?

To learn how to integrate more plant-based eats into everyday eating, Flow magazine spoke to Brooke Bulloch (pictured, opposite page), a registered dietician and founder of Food to Fit Nutrition Inc., for her tips and tricks. FM: What are some easy ways for a busy person/ family to incorporate more plant-based or vegan dishes into their diet? BB: When individuals or families are new to eating plant-based protein, such as pulses (i.e. beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils), the easiest place to start is by incorporating them into their meat-based dishes first. For example, when making a tomato pasta sauce with ground beef, add 1/3 cup split red lentils as well. The split lentils are so small you hardly notice them, but they add fibre, folate, magnesium and potassium to your dish, not to mention making the dish go further (i.e. feeding more bellies). Other examples include: adding black beans to your rice dishes; adding chick peas to a chicken pasta salad; adding black beans to a chicken quesadilla; or, adding kidney beans to your ground beef mix on taco night. FM: Do you have any favourite websites/books to source vegan recipes from? BB: Yes! A few of my favourites sources for vegan recipe inspiration include: Minimalist Baker (, Love and Lemons (, Oh She Glows (, Thug Kitchen (, and I have a few on my own blog as well ( FM: What are some of the benefits of eating more vegetables and fruit? BB: The benefits are huge: (you get more) vitamin C, which is important for helping the body to absorb non-heme iron from pulses, nuts/ seeds, grains, and eggs; potassium, which can lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease; soluble and insoluble fibre, which both lower or

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manage LDL cholesterol, manage blood sugars, keep our bowel movements regular, reduce the risk of colon cancer, and even feed healthy gut bacteria, which helps to diversify our gut microbiome; they are rich sources of antioxidants, which “scavenge” free radicals and help to reduce oxidation and inflammation throughout the body. FM: Chickpeas and lentils are becoming more and more popular in Canadian dishes (as they should be because we grow most of them). What are the benefits of these legumes? BB: Legumes (particularly pulses within the legume family) include: chickpeas, beans (e.g. black beans, navy beans, kidney beans), lentils, and dry peas (e.g. split peas). Pulses are high in fibre, a good source of micronutrients such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, zinc and folate, and a great source of protein for those who limit or avoid animal proteins. Along with pulses, another legume important to the health of a vegan diet includes soybeans in the form of tofu, tempeh, edamame beans and soymilk. Soybeans offer a high-quality protein source close to that of meat. In other words, it contains all the essential amino acids (unlike other pulses which may be lacking in one or more of them) and is readily absorbed and utilized by the body. You can read more on soy from my blog “Soy Good or Soy Bad?” While more research is needed, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that incorporating a variety of pulses into the diet (approx. 150g/day) may have positive effects on cardiovascular health and help prevent diabetes. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have shown pulses to lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while maintaining HDL cholesterol ( Another meta-analysis of RCTs also showed pulses to reduce high blood pressure ( articles/PMC5391775).

FM: Are there cooking methods that take away from the benefits of plant-based foods? BB: Deep-frying any food reduces its nutritional value, but there is always room to indulge in our favourite greasy items from time to time! I would say this should be the least of people’s worries. If an individual is consuming more plant-based nutrients (which includes plant-based protein sources, vegetables, fruit, and a variety of grains and whole grains), then they are likely eating more whole sources of food as opposed to highly processed items. That being said, any diet can be less healthful when an individual relies heavily on ultra-processed foods (i.e. foods that contain more salt and sugar per serving than their whole or fresh counterpart and which have a lengthy ingredient list of non-food items). Pulses are also nitrogen fixers, have a lower carbon footprint than raising meat and make for an environmentally sustainable crop for farmers to have in rotation. They are also very inexpensive and can support families eating on a budget. FM: What plant-based foods do you suggest for snacking on throughout the day? BB: When it comes to snacks, I find the best way to feel energized and satisfied is to match a protein source with a fruit, vegetable or other carbohydrate source. For example: fresh fruit with cheese or yogurt if you eat dairy; dried fruit with unsalted nuts (throw in a tbsp. of vegan chocolate chips too if you’re really craving something sweet); hummus with whole grain crackers or pita bread; roasted, flavoured chickpeas; raw vegetables with hummus or vegan tzatziki; apples or celery with natural peanut or almond butter; and, homemade granola with soy milk or yogurt. FM: What else should those wanting to incorporate more plant-based dishes into their diet know? BB: Plant-based eating does not mean you have to fall into a category or label yourself as “vegetarian”

or “vegan”. I see it as an opportunity to explore new dishes, new whole foods and new ingredients at your own pace without pressure or guilt. If someone is exploring a strict, vegan diet, I suggest they meet with a dietician to ensure key nutrients are still there. Nutrients of concern may include: B12, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and iron. I like to remind people that food has no moral value and eating a certain way does not make you a “better/good” or “worse/bad” person for it. I always remind individuals who are exploring a more vegetarian or vegan eating pattern that there is never a “point of no return” in that a person is free to explore at their own pace, and if they felt it too restrictive or no longer enjoyable, not to feel badly about returning to eating meat or other animal-based foods. I highly encourage every household to start incorporating more vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds and pulses! You do not have to remove meat or animal proteins from your diet but simply make a little room for other, nutrient-dense foods that offer our bodies a host of nutritional benefits.

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Lacto-ovo vegetarian: Includes animal-based milk, cheese and/or yogurt as well as eggs Lacto vegetarian: Includes animal-based milk, cheese and/or yogurt but does not include eggs Vegan: Avoids all animal-based protein sources For more information on vegetarian or vegan diets, consult Gluten-free: Made without the grains wheat, barley, rye, or hybrids of these. Fasting: To abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, especially as a religious observance.

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Text by Paul Miazga Photo courtesy of Food Network Canada

Former host of The Prairie Diner, comedian Jody Peters quips about his start in TV and why it’s good to get paid to be yourself

“We ate a lot of potatoes, carrots, roasts, root vegetables, pork chops and always with gravy,” says Jody Peters of growing up on a farm near Aberdeen, SK. The professional comedian and B-list actor adds: “We butchered everything, milked our own cows, and our ‘spices’ were salt and pepper.” In hindsight then, Peters seems an unlikely choice to have hosted The Prairie Diner, a City TV production that planned to showcase the best restaurants in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It started when Lanny Westgard—a friend and sound guy who’d worked on the set of a movie Peters had acted in years before—recommended he audition for the part. “He told me I’d get an email and not to delete it,” Peters says. Eventually the show’s producer emailed Peters to do an audition in Saskatoon. As a veteran comic, Peters loves the thrill of getting up in front of audiences and making them laugh, but he felt a bit intimidated at this audition. His competition was an experienced chef who knew his way around the kitchen; all Jody had was his experience on the farm, and memories of visiting a pizza joint as a teenager— the first time he ever saw chilli flakes and Tabasco sauce. “My palate had expanded since high school, but this was still a surprise,” he says. To complicate matters, Peters was visiting his dying father on a farm near Winnipeg when his wife reminded him of the audition. “I didn’t have a shirt picked out, had no description of the

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show or lines to memorize, and I had to drive through a terrible storm to get back. “I just really didn’t care,” Peters says. “All I could think about was my dad, and the only food TV I’d ever watched were a few episodes of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.” It was still snowing when Peters met the crew and producer at Summer Palace restaurant. “They said, ‘Do an intro’, so I began with: ‘It’s snowing outside but we’re in the Summer Palace…’. They didn’t like it; they didn’t want me to mention snow,” Peters says.

“I’ve got two young kids, so I can’t go out to eat now unless the restaurant has a slide.” – Jody Peters “So we meet the owners and the mom speaks English but the dad doesn’t speak a word and doesn’t want to be on camera. The dish they were cooking was pork intestine,” he adds. “I’d grown up on the farm and said, ‘We used to make sausage out of pig intestine,’ only she pulls out a large intestine, and I go, ‘That’s not what we used’. “As they’re heating up the wok, she’s got a mitt full of dried chilli peppers and so I made a joke about China being a small place, which the mom liked,” Peters says. “At this point, I didn’t care if

I screwed up the audition, so I eat this pig’s ass and it tastes fantastic: fatty, rich and spicy. You don’t eat this regularly though unless you want to have a heart attack.” In the end, Peters got the job and shot 32 episodes of The Prairie Diner over 2013–2015, visiting 96 restaurants in the process, from highprofile Deer + Almond in Winnipeg (his favourite of all the places the show ever took him) to obscure eateries such as Harvest Eatery in Shaunavon, SK, and The Grotto in Vibank and dozens of spots in between. The experience has left an indelible impression on the popular stand-up. “I’ve got two young kids, so I can’t go out to eat now unless the restaurant has a slide,” Peters says. “But the show gave me an opportunity unlike I’d ever had. And it was a lot like comedy in terms of how much fun I got out of it. (On the show) I got to speak as I normally would in any given situation: no lines, no memorizing. I think everyone should have a job like that: being yourself and someone says, ‘That’s absolutely perfect! And here’s money!’” What takeaways did the show bring Peters, other than the obvious? “I have a greater appreciation for slowly cooked meat—like barbecued or braised meats, that sort of thing,” he says. “And I’m a little more adventurous when cooking for company, though I still get nervous unless I’m marinating meats for the barbecue.” To view episodes of The Prairie Diner online, search for them on


Genesis 901 22nd St. W. Lots of seafood at this organic-

focused eatery. Try their Crab Rangoon, paper-wrapped chicken or vegetarian options. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$ Jin Jin Cuisine Dumpling 416 20th St. W. Try the dumplings, scallion pancakes or other items suggested by the owner. Open daily 10:30am–9:30pm. $ Mandarin Restaurant 245 20th St. W. One of the city’s tried-and-true dim sum spots. Order ahead for Peking Duck or dine on fresh seafood. Open Thu–Tue 11am–8pm. $$ Odd Couple 228 20th St. W; Try any suggested wine pairing for the pan-Asian cuisine at this hip spot in Riversdale. Open Mon–Thu 11:30am–2pm, 4:30–11pm, Fri–Sat 11:30am–11pm. $$ Saskatoon Asian 136 2nd Ave. South, 306-6655959. Pan-Asian cuisine in a sunny upstairs dining room. Open Mon-Sat 11am–2:30pm, 4:30–9pm. $$ Summer Palace 3A 3602 Taylor St. E. The local Chinese community prefers this eatery to all others and it’s no secret as to why. Open Wed–Mon 11am–9:30pm, Sun 11am–8pm. $ Yip Hong’s 40-1505 8th St. E; yiphongs-saskatoon. com. Arrive early on weekends for dim sum: their’s is the best in town. Open Mon, Wed–Sat 11am– 10pm, Sat 10am–10pm, Sun 10am–9pm. $$


Gibson’s Fish and Chips 1025 Louise Ave.; gib- English-style halibut and chips from a family-owned and -operated business. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11:30pm. $$ Joey’s 101-2100 8th St. E, 3 Worobetz Pl.; Weekly AYCE specials on fish, plus they do chicken. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun noon–8pm. $$

FUN & GAMES Bartari 511 20th St. W; Retro and new gaming with consoles rented by the hour, plus food and drinks. Open Tue–Thu 5–11pm, Fri 5pm–2am, Sat 11am–2am, Sun 11am–11pm. $ Mana Bar 523 20th St. W; The city's first e-sports bar: video games, arcades, tournaments, plus food and drink. Open Mon–Thu 4pm–midnight, Fri 4pm–1am, Sat 1pm–1am. $$ King Me Boardgamery 527 20th St. W; Monopoly, Carcassonne, Cards Against Humanity, the works. Open Mon–Wed 5–11pm, Thu– Fri 3pm–1am, Sat noon–1am, Sun noon–10pm. $ Pokey's Pinball Café 211B 33rd St. W; Dozens of classic pinball selections to tilt. Open Tue–Wed 4–10:30pm, Thu 11am–10:30pm, Fri–Sat 11am–midnight. $


Angeethi 325 Ave. C S; on Facebook. Lunch and supper buffets, plus Punjabi fare on a detailed menu. Open Wed-Sun 11am–10pm, Tue noon–9pm. $$ Samosa King 106-3120 8th St. E; South Indian fast food (dosas, samosas, soups). By the LBS. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun noon–6pm. $ Spicy Bite 113 3rd Ave. S; Indian buffets for lunch or supper downtown in the Drinkle Building. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$ Urban Spice 50-622 Circle Dr. E; on Facebook. Flavours of Punjab, Mumbai and South India on the menu, plus lunch and dinner buffets. Open Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat–Sun noon–9:30pm. $

new food+drink openings

1. Little Sheep Mongolian Hotpot Lamb features on the menu at this bright and friendly hotpot hotspot. A must for group get togethers. (140-1701 Preston Ave. N; 2. One Drip Owner Harry serves up four daily sammies, including a wide range of snacks and coffee to go from this very understated space. (438 Ave. H S)

3. El Coyote Café & Bar Regular musical acts from near and far at this downtown bar in a location that’s seen lots of traffic and little action for years. (120 2nd Ave. N; on Facebook) 4. Carson’s BBQ Smokehouse The real deal has come to Sutherland. (821 Central Ave.; on Facebook)


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Tacos: Who doesn’t love em? Scott Dicks’ Oaxaca Braised Beef Tacos

Text, photo and recipe by Scott Dicks

(serves 4)

Beef filling

1 pound (400g) chuck roast 1 cup (250g) chipotle peppers 3 onions, sliced 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 pint (450g) cherry tomatoes Cover beef in beef stock (or water) and very gently simmer about 3 hours until tender. Let the meat cool in the liquid then strain. Reduce the cooking liquid to 2 cups and pull the beef apart gently with a fork before setting aside. Sauté onions and garlic until soft, add chipotles, tomato, the beef and reduced liquid. Season with salt, pepper and some cider vinegar (to taste). Simmer together for 15 minutes and keep warm.

Candied jalapeños

Plenty of places in Saskatoon serve up a good taco, with an exhaustive array of flavours and combinations. Question is, which one hits the mark? Now much more than street fare, tacos have become specialized; everyone’s signature is a little bit different, and those subtleties are what make you say, “I want that taco” instead of “I want a taco.” Hopping from tortilla to tortilla across the city, we delved into a few places doing some very nice work, staying true to the simplicity of this food while creating something truly their own. How to chooset?!

restaurant that’s having fun with some good results. The fish taco is the go-to here: cornmealfried local whitefish and a well-balanced topping of avocado, cabbage and morita. You might also ask for the chef’s special, the “#roguetaco”, for a surprise. Maybe you’ll get a meatball taco. Whatever it is, you’ll help feed someone in need as part of the eatery’s Mealshare commitment.

Spring Fling

An Old Haunt Made New

Tucked away just off of Broadway, Las Palapas (910 Victoria Ave.) is a great getaway to the tropics. Of course, the coconut shrimp are a must, followed by the Chicken Adobo and Pablano Pork taco. The chipotle-braised chicken breast with salsa fresca comes across fresh and clean, perfectly complimenting the braised pork and quesa fresca. Once the spring is in full swing, get a spot on the patio and waste away an afternoon chowing down on these.

Market Mastery

Their tacos are arguably the best eats in the market, and very authentic at that. La Taqueria Mexicana (in the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, 414 Ave. B South) serves up the city’s only taco featuring Lengua (slow-braised beef tongue), though another good choice is the Champinones (sautéed mushrooms and onions). They won’t disappoint: very simple, very fresh, and cooked with lots of love. Just save room for a Huevos Torta as dessert!

Rogue One

“Rogue tacos—a purposely inauthentic but inspired version of the original”, or so they say at Picaro (101 20th St. West). This hip room with a nice bar bills itself as a “Latin local” Riversdale

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It feels weird to be in the old Prairie Harvest Café space, but Güd Eats Inc. (2917 Early Dr.) has done well to make it all their own. It’s a great lunch spot that’s bright and inviting. With a plantbased (vegan) food menu, Gud does tacos—an obvious menu staple. The fried avocado and shiitake taco with black beans, fresno chili and citrus slaw comes across well-balanced: the fried shitakes were delicious, with nice brightness added by the cilantro and slaw. It’s a licensed establishment that also serves kombucha and craft sodas.

Spanish Fry

For well more than a year now, Leyda’s Restaurant (112 20th St. West) has been offering up fish tacos on Thursday nights that leave nothing to chance: fresh organic toppings, classic battered and fried Pacific mahi mahi paired with a zesty avocado cream sauce. Everything works here, including a glass of house white on special.

Still the Real Deal

Now open for over 10 years, La Bamba (1025 Boychuk Dr.) is still going strong, and if I had to choose a favourite taqueria in town, this would be it. Regionally authentic with recipes from the

1 cup (250ml) cider vinegar 3 cups (750g) sugar 1 tsp (5mg) salt 2 tsp (10mg) cayenne pepper 1 tsp (5mg) coriander seed 1 pound (400g) jalapeno peppers, sliced Bring everything except for the jalapenos to a boil, simmer 5 minutes, add jalapenos and simmer 5 minutes more, remove jalapenos and simmer additional 5 minutes. Add jalapenos back to the liquid, let cool and store in the fridge for one week.

Scallion vinaigrette

6 scallions, bulbs and greens separated 1 cup (250ml) grapeseed oil 1 tbsp (15ml) white wine vinegar Olive oil (for grilling) Blanch greens in boiling water for 30 seconds then transfer to ice water. Toss bulbs in olive oil, salt and pepper and cook on a grill (or under a broiler in the oven) until charred. Squeeze excess water from the greens, chop then blend them with oil for 1 minute. Roughly chop the charred bulbs, add to the greens/oil mix, add a pinch of salt and a splash of vinegar then serve in tortilla atop taco filling and candied jalapeños. south-central state of Tlaxcala, nothing beats their Chicken Mole taco. Rich, juicy, sour and sweet tastes all mingle on Saskatoon’s best tortilla. The atmosphere is welcoming and fun, and with a side of rice and beans, the price of this taco is right. Add a little shot of Valentina and you’re on your way. And so I don’t forget: the vegetarian enchiladas verdes here are fantastic.

Scott Dicks is the Chef/Owner of Rural, specializing in private dinners, catering, restaurant consulting, and cooking classes at The Local Kitchen. He can be reached at 306222-5923 or

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JAPANESE, KOREAN Go for Sushi 2105 8th St. E; All-you-can-eat sushi and a Chinese buffet for under $20 at this popular spot in a busy strip mall. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$ Japa Bowl 821 Broadway Ave.; Homecooked Japanese and Korean noodle bowls are their thing, like Chicken in Heaven. Open Mon–Fri 11am– 2pm, 4:30–9pm, Sat 11am–10pm, Sun 11am–8pm. $

Jeju Korean BBQ 1527 Idylwyld Dr. N; on Facebook. The barbecue is as authentic as it comes, while the kimchee and other appys are worth the visit alone. Open daily 11am–10pm. $ October 3010 Arlington Ave.; octoberasiancuisine. com. Hand-rolled maki sushi and nigiri, plus ramen, salads, appys and donburi. Open Wed–Mon 11am– 3pm, 5–9pm. $$ Otowa 227 2nd Ave. S;

Lunch deals for under $12 (sukiyaki beef, teriyaki salmon) to go with Japanese Bento boxes, and ever-

cozy evening dining. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$ Samurai 601 Spadina Cres. E (in the Delta Bessborough Hotel). True Japanese teppan yaki— grilling on stainless steel with all the fire and flair. It’s worth checking out just for the show. Open daily 5–10pm. $$$ Seoul 334 20th St. W; Use the iPad menus to order soups with kimchee, everpopular bibimbap or table-top barbecued meats. Quick service and free appetizers. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$ Sticks & Stones 226 2nd Ave. S; This place has everything: ramen, gyoza, steamed buns, sushi rolls and cocktails. One of Open Table Canada’s Top 100 restaurants. Open Sun, Tue– Thu 11:30am–1am, Fri–Sat 11:30am–2am. $$

Sushiro 737B 10th St. E; Broadway has top-notch sushi in this little hideout, but also other eclectic Japanese fare. Cocktails are recommended here, as are reservations on weekends. Open Mon–Sat 5pm–midnight. $$$


Ayden Kitchen & Bar 265 3rd Ave. S; aydenkitch- Owner Dale MacKay is putting the city on the map foodwise for good reason. Open Mon–Fri 11:30am–2pm, 5:30–11pm, Sat 5:30–11pm. $$$ Boffins Public House 106-111 Research Dr.; Beautiful plating of artful food at this hideaway in Innovation Place. Open Mon 9am–2pm, Tue–Thu 9am–8pm, Fri 9am–9pm. $$ The Hollows 334 Ave. C S; An eclectic Riversdale eatery using locally sourced ingredients in every delightful dish. Open Wed–Sat 5:30–10pm, Sat–Sun 11am–2pm. $$$ Leyda’s Restaurant 112 20th St. W; Gluten- and nut-free, organic whole foods, and a Spanish accent on health-positive dishes. Mid-week dining specials too. Open Tue–Sat 11am–10pm. $$ SHIFT 102 Spadina Cres. E, in the Remai Modern; The city’s newest and most visible spot does its take on modern Canadian flavours. Open Tue–Thu 10am–10pm; Fri–Sat 10am–10pm. $$$

Saskatoon’s Persian-inspired tea house and eatery featuring fair trade teas, sweets & artful, home-cooked fare.

Timeless traditions & family-friendly hospitality in our little corner of Riversdale.

117-123 Avenue B South Open daily 10 a.m. to midnight

Refreshing Atmosphere. Traditional Quality.

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Tannins That aspect of wine often described as “dry”? There’s so much more to it for the oenophile For those of you who are unsure, in wine tannins are a naturally occurring compound found in grape skins, seeds and stems that add bitterness and astringency. For those of you who do know, everything you think about tannins in wine is probably not entirely correct. Most consumers like a “big” tannic wine and if they are not getting that overwhelming punch-in-theface flavour, they feel the wine is inferior. I often refer to it as “grip” in a mouthfeel sort of way and most people get it, for some reason. Tannins in wine are complex and the drinking public has turned them into one of the least understood aspects of wine drinking. Saying a wine is tannic as a characteristic has nothing to do with the taste profile of said wine. It is agreed that tannins come from the skins of grapes and technically they are present as a result of a defence mechanism in the plant. Tannins break down proteins, which dissuades grazing herbivores from eating them and assists the healing process in cut or wounded plants. But mortal as we are, even misunderstood, we like the way they affect our palate. The confusion starts with the fact that we often describe tannins as having a taste profile, namely “dry”. Every savoury wine drinker likes “dry”; it’s a bit of a buzzword, leaving me at a loss as to how dry the costumer wants it. I always inquire as to their perception of dry and suggest if they want dry, get their head around an old world Barolo from Italy. The big mouthfeel of this offering will shock your palate in short order. Oddly enough, it doesn’t look even slightly opaque and rusty in colour as opposed to bright purple and red hues associated with big, seemingly tannic wines. This wine in combination with a wine tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah will have your tastebuds

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Botté Chai Bar 117-123 Ave. B S; bottechaibar.

com. This Persian-influenced nook has light breakfasts and lunches, with infused teas, baklava and other sweets. Open daily 10am–midnight. $$ City Perks 801 7th Ave. N, 627 Brand Court; Tastefully lit, great coffee and a fine weekend brunch. Open Mon–Fri 7am–10pm, Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $ Collective Coffee 220B 20th St. W, 210 Ave. P S; It’s where to get coffee (and now breakfast and lunch to go) in Riversdale. Open Mon–Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $ d’Lish by Tish Café 702A 14th St. E; on Facebook. A sublime hideaway off Broadway with cozy nooks and delicious, fresh food. Open daily 8am–10pm. $

Text by Garry Findlay (

looking for a re-boot. At this point in time, that nice, fresh, clean white wine offering that you would not normally drink certainly will assist you in getting your mouth pH back to normal. Give it a try; it works. Further to that, failing to do so will result in you signing up for a new wine club and buying 36 bottles of that full tannic offering you sampled. There following, when you’re back at home and your palate is fresh and clean, that amazing wine you purchased will now feel pretty mediocre. Lastly, the idea of a tannin allergy is nonsense. You say you get a headache when you drink “big” tannic wines? Yes, because typically high tannin wines, or “grippy” as I suggest, are high in alcohol as well and the headache is a by-product of the same. As we all know and have experienced in our younger years (or since), residual sugar and high alcohol content equate to not great mornings. It’s often called a hangover. I myself often defer to lighter, more balanced wines. As I result, I don’t have as many headaches. Go figure! If you want your wine with some “grip”, get an Old World offering of an Italian Barolo. There aren’t loads of it in Saskatchewan, but Metro Liquor is opening a new store in Rosewood, and they are renowned for boutique, small production offerings. This would be a good a place start. (I believe they are slated to open in May of this year. Look for them. Their reputation precedes them as first-class professionals.) Lastly, be sure to decant a Barolo for at least five hours prior to drinking. Garry Findlay is a wine enthusiast and educator who is currently Wine Director at Vintage Wine Bar in the Hotel Senator. He also the principal of Wine Ideology, a wine tasting and educational experience, operating in Saskatoon. @WINEideology

Drift Sidewalk Café 339 Ave. A S; This creperie is airy, sunny and always buzzing with energy. Open Tue–Sat 8am–4pm, Sun 10am–3pm. $$ Earth Bound Bakery + Kitchen 220-1820 8th St. E. A mostly organic bakery serving memorable sammys and soups. Open Tue–Sat 9am–5pm. $$ Little Bird Patisserie & Café 258 Ave. B S; Croissants, macrons and other French pastries, plus High Tea that is the toast of the city. Daily lunch options too. Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm. $$ Museo Coffee 730A Broadway Ave.; museocoffee. com. European feel, plus lots of baked goodies. Open Mon–Sat 8am–5:30pm, Sun noon–5pm. $ Underground Café 430 20th St. W; Grilled panini, the dreamy Etta James latte and live bluegrass Fridays at 7pm. Open Mon–Thu 7:30am– 6pm, Fri 7:30am–midnight, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm. $


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

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


Asian Hut 320 Ave. C S. The best pho soup in town

and daily lunch deals at this nook in Riversdale. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, 5–9pm, Sat–Sun 11am–9pm. $ Golden Pagoda 411 2nd Ave. N; goldenpagoda. ca. Try the green tea salad or coconut chicken soup, and chat up owner Lujo for some friendly banter. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, Mon–Sat 5–9pm. $$ Keo’s 1013 Broadway Ave. Lao, Cambodian and Thai mainstays in one locale. Not cheap, but good food never is. Open Sun–Mon 4:30–10pm, Tue–Sat 11am–2pm, 4:30–9pm. $$$ Royal Thai 2-325 3rd Ave. N; Tasty Thai curries, spicy tom sum, noodle dishes and beyond. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 4–9pm. $$ Seasoned Fusion Tastes 230 21st St. E; on Facebook. A must for pho, Bento boxes, ramen and sushi. Open Mon–Thu 11am–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm. $$

Kandra’s Cocktails

Bars on the 3 Rs: Reduce, Re-use & Recycle

“ There’s enormous satisfaction in knowing that our holistic farm management is making a difference for the land, the planet, the animals we raise and our loyal customers.“

306-381-8931 /farmoneforty

- Arlie LaRoche

Text by Kandra Kergen

Photo by Adrian Chappell

Kandra Kergen, a lover of all beverages, manages The James Hotel Lobby Bar (620 Spadina Cres. E). On Instagram: @kandra_kergen

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“We bake stuff! Gluten-free and vegan-friendly stuff, plus lunches to go!”


In recent years, the conversation around sustainability in the drinks industry has helped take the term from trendy label to consequential movement. As the discourse around food waste continues to rise, even environmentally conscious bartenders (and distillers) are spreading the word on ways to manage and implement changes for the greater good. At The Hollows (334 Ave. C South), bar manager Adrian Chappell regularly adapts her beverage program to correspond with leftovers from the kitchen. Whether using cherry pits in a vodka infusion, or fat washing cognac with bone marrow, there is a clear effort in her workplace toward practicing sustainability. Adrian also recently started a #StrawsSuckYXE campaign to bring awareness to single-use plastic straw waste and to promote compostable options. High-volume establishment Congress Beer House (215 2nd Ave. South) is also joining the movement. Bar manager Jake Grasby and his team compost two five-gallon (22L) pails of bar waste on a busy night, effectively saving organics from the landfill. To further reduce waste, citrus wheels are candied and dehydrated for garnishes, and the restaurant no longer uses coasters when serving beverages. Cutlery changes between courses are avoided to save on water, and the staff turn the heat and lights off when closing. Bartenders are dealt a creative challenge when deciding how ingredients can be further used, but ultimately the consumer helps sustainability movements continue by putting thought into action. How is your favourite watering hole managing its waste? What are you doing to help out?


The Hollows uses fat-washed cognac with bone marrow in their To The Bone cocktail.

50-741 7th Ave. N (across from City Perks)

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The Refinery

Broadway Theatre

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Darrell Bell Gallery 9 21 ST 10 STR EET E The Rouge Gallery Gallery

Scotiabank Theatre






Ukrainian Un The Bassment ive Museum rs Tourism ity of Canada Saskatoon Br id ge Frances Morrison Library




O’Brians Event Centre


Scotia Centre

Nutrien Playland at Kinsmen Park



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Midtown Plaza

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Traffic Bridge



City Downtown Hall bus terminal STR EET E



Sen. Sid Buckwold Bridge

19TH STREET W Saskatoon Farmers’ Market





Hwy 16




20TH STREET W void gallery




aka Roxy gallery Theatre


Dakota Dunes Casino (20 min. S)





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The Capitol




The Willows GCC


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Saskatoon GCC





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Market Mall



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Holiday Park GC



VIA Rail passenger terminal

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Saskatoon Field House

Griffiths Stadium





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Hwy 219

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Shaw Centre

Erindale Centre





SaskTel Soccer Centre





University of Saskatchewan



Preston Landing





Forestry Farm Park


The Weir


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Civic Centre

Circle Drive Bridge

Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre

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Confederation Mall






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Flight arrivals & departures:


Commercial area



Transportation hubs




Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE)

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Comfort Cabs Radio Cabs 306-242-1221 United Cabs 306-652-2222


Wanuskewin Heritage Park (5 min. N)

Hwy 11, 12


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Greyhound bus depot

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

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

3. Colonial Square Inn & Suites (I8; 1-1301 8th St. E,


4. Comfort Inn (D7; 2155 Northridge Dr., 306-934-1122) 5. Comfort Suites Saskatoon (A5; 203 Bill Hunter Ave.

Remai Modern Named for city art patron Ellen Remai, who donated $15 mln to its construction as well as her collection of Picasso linocuts, this contemporary art gallery on the South Saskatchewan River has three floors of exhibits. One of its goals is to showcase local Aboriginal art within the modern context. The building, designed by Canadian architectural firm KPMB (Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg) and Smith Carter Architects and Engineers, also houses the extensive collection from the old Mendel Art Gallery. New exhibitions on through October. Admission $12. Open Tue 10am–10pm, Wed–Sun 10am–5pm. 102 Spadina Cres. E, 306-975-7610;


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

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

12. Heritage Inn (E5; 102 Cardinal Cres., 306-665-8121) 13. Home Inn & Suites (K9; 253 Willis Cres., 306-657-4663) 14. MainStay Suites (E5; 317 Aerogreen Cres., 306-933-2622) 15. Marriott Courtyard Saskatoon Airport (E5; 333

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

1. Delta Bessborough

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

2. Hilton Garden Inn

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

3. Holiday Inn Saskatoon

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

4. Holiday Inn Express

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

5. The James Hotel

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

7. Park Town Hotel

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

8. Radisson Hotel Saskatoon

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

9. Hotel Senator

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

10. Sheraton Cavalier Hotel

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

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

Saskatoon features slot machines, Texas Hold’Em poker, Blackjack, Roulette, a restaurant and regular live events. Check their online schedule for free regular shuttle service from pick-up points citywide. 204 Dakota Dunes Way (20 min. S on Hwy 219), 306-6676400; Diefenbaker Canada Centre The only combined Prime Ministerial archives, museum and research centre in Canada features cultural, educational, and historical collections from the life and times of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, Saskatchewan-born John G. Diefenbaker. Free admission. Open Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm. 101 Diefenbaker Pl. (U of S campus), 306-966-8384; Forestry Farm and Saskatoon Zoo Open year-round, this designated National Historic Site is home to indigenous plants and animals, plus exotic creatures from similar climates. Open daily 10am–8pm. Off Attridge Dr., 306-975-3382; Kiwanis Park Found along Spadina Crescent East, the city’s most scenic park sprawls along the South Saskatchewan River and pays tribute to the city’s war

veterans. The Vimy Memorial bandshell, south of the Bessborough, honours those who served in WWI. A fountain along the river remembers those who died in WWII. The park also features statues of noteworthy Saskatonians Denny Carr and Ray Hnatyshyn. Knox United Church A designated municipal heritage building that was completed in 1914, this two-storey, dark red brick building boasts beautiful stained glass windows and acoustics that make it a regular venue for musical performances. 838 Spadina Cres. E, 306-244-0159. St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Saskatoon’s first Anglican cathedral incorporates brick, Tyndall stone and terra cotta in an unornamented neo-Gothic style. Completed in 1917, the cornerstone was laid in 1912 by then Governor General Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught. 816 Spadina Cres. E. U of S Observatory The observatory facilities (telescopes, other scientific equipment) are available to both students and visitors alike, with the facility staffed year-round on Saturday nights for public viewing. Call to book a guided tour (306-966-6393). Free admission. Open in March 9:30–11:30pm and April 10–11:30pm. Ukrainian Museum of Canada Dedicated to the Ukrainian settlers who contributed in large measure to the settlement of the prairies. The museum, which also has an art gallery and gift shop, boasts one of the largest collections of handwoven textiles in the country. Open Tue–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm. 910 Spadina Cres. E; Wanuskewin Heritage Park The Northern Plains Cree used this site (pronounced Wah-nus-KAY-win; “living in harmony”) for millennia as a gathering and hunting place. Trails wind over more than 6km of parkland. On-site art galleries, a theatre, café serving First Nations cuisine and gift shop. Admission: $10 for adults. Open Mon–Sat 9am–4:30pm. 5km north on Wanuskewin Road; Western Development Museum Go back in time with a visit to 1910 Boomtown. More than 30 buildings— with a general store, blacksmith shop and jail—recreate the scene of a typical prairie town in the early 20th century. One of four such museums province-wide, this WDM has an extensive collection of rare and antique automobiles. Open daily 9am–5pm. 2610 Lorne Ave., 306-931-1910;


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secret Saskatoon

One of the Good Guys

Text by Scott Davidson Photo by Lisa Patrick Whether you’ve seen it from your car or during a walk on the Meewasin Trail, you’re probably familiar with the statue of Denny Carr at the base of the University Bridge along Spadina Crescent East. If the name doesn’t ring a bell (at least for those under 40), maybe you’ve seen the statue dressed up in winter clothing or as comic book anti-hero Wolverine. Dressing the statue up is somewhat of a tradition in Saskatoon, and while many people are familiar with the statue and its many guises, some might not know the man the monument remembers. Denny Carr was a local radio personality in Saskatoon through the 1980s and 1990s. A Quesnel, BC, native with years of radio experience, Carr became a fixture on Saskatoon’s airwaves during his 17 years with local station CFQC and co-host Wally Stambuck. After leaving the station, Carr spent his final years working for another local broadcaster, CJWW, before his death from cancer in 1999.

Broadcaster Denny Carr charmed many Saskatonians with his on-air antics, but his contributions to the city’s less fortunate remain his most enduring legacy

The statue of Denny Carr (sometimes mistaken for Terry Fox, a fellow British Columbian) as seen in Kiwanis Memorial Park near the river.

While Carr was well known for his voice as a radio personality, he is perhaps more famous for his philanthropic work in Saskatoon, particularly the Secret Santa Foundation. While Carr was well known for his voice as a radio personality, he is perhaps more famous for his philanthropic work in Saskatoon. Carr was the founder of the Secret Santa Foundation, an organization that works alongside the Salvation Army to ensure that no child in Saskatoon goes without a Christmas present. Since Carr founded the organization in 1983, Secret Santa has grown every year and, on average, donates food and toys to 3,000 people annually. In 2000, the year after Carr’s death, CJWW took over the organization and now maintains his commitment to Saskatoon’s less fortunate. Additionally, Carr volunteered for many other charitable organizations in the city, including the RUH Foundation and the Riversdale Walkathon.

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For his selfless efforts, Carr received the Order of Canada just prior to his death. The statue commemorating Carr was placed on Spadina Crescent East at the northeast end of Kiwanis Memorial Park in 2003 to honour the broadcaster’s many charitable endeavours in the city. The statue, which depicts Carr jogging, represents his daily runs along the Meewasin Trail. A funny thing about the statue that the affable Carr would doubtless have appreciated: During cold weather, the statue has been draped in heavy, winter clothing while it hot weather, it is sometimes seen bearing a t-shirt or muscle shirt. Halloween has also seen his likeness adorned

with elaborate costumes ranging from comic book heroes to Optimus Prime of Transformers fame. It’s unclear where the tradition of dressing up Carr’s statue came from or when exactly it started, but it’s become a continuing source of good humour over time.

Denny Carr (1939–1999) To contribute to the Saskatoon Secret Santa Foundation, donate online at Canadahelps. org, drop off new, unwrapped toys for children 14 years or younger year-round at Saskatoon Media Group (336 3rd Ave. S), or see for seasonal drop-off locations citywide.

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