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VOLUME 6 ISSUE 1
The owners of The Local Kitchen in Riversdale make DIY possible when it comes to food, drinks and more.
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EASY WAYS TO DO IT YOURSELF
With so many people trying their hand at laser cutting, 3-D printing and more, why not you?
TWO YOUNG WOMEN ON THEATRE
Artists reflect on the past and the season to come Text by Sarah Dorward
SEARCH NO LONGER FOR SUGARMAN Don’t miss Motown legend Rodriguez Text by Tyson McShane
ABOUT HEALTHY BODIES & MOTHERS Empowering women one womb at a time Interviews by Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz
GET YOUR FRESH-BAKED GOODS HERE! A niche market is thriving at an oven near you Text by Scott Davidson Want to get on board the DIY movement? Grab a laser-cutter at Saskatoon Makerspace or visit one of the growing number of businesses citywide that want to help you create fine art, Christmas decorations, a poster, movie or just about anything you set your mind to. (Courtesy photo)
TALKING DIRTY IN RELATION TO WINE Let’s be frank: terroir and Spanish reds matter Text by Garry Findlay
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PLUS: SUSAN GALLAGHER MAPS
Corrections: In the Apr/May 2016, Apr/ May 2017 and June/July 2017 issues, we erroneously published photos of the Saskatchewan Rush without the correct attribution or permission. We should have credited Josh Schaefer/getmyphoto.ca for all these images. We regret these oversights.
Cover photo by Patricio del Rio Concept by Paul Miazga Shot on location at The Local Kitchen in Riversdale, Saskatoon.
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You Can Learn a Lot in Five Years
It’s hard to believe we made it here. Five years may not seem like a long time, but when you fight and work and sweat and worry and work some more, you learn to take things a lot more lightly than you once did. It’s not the worst thing if the magazine doesn’t go to print at exactly 9am on Monday morning. It helps, but it’s certainly not the most important thing. In chatting with a certain local restaurateur for this issue, she reminded me of the importance of three things: quality ingredients, treating employees with respect, and genuinely wanting to get to know customers, even to the point of developing lifelong friendships. Business is business, but it would be nothing without people. Hundreds of individuals have contributed to the success of flow magazine over these years. Some have purchased ad space in the magazine (a truer mark of faith and goodwill in the print media industry there is not, especially for an
upstart publication such as this one), others have designed those ads, taken photographs for its stories, written those stories, told their stories, shared their piece of Saskatoon with us. I think of the people who helped me deliver the magazines, the people who printed them, those who came to me with ideas for stories or just wrote to say they really like the magazine. There were those who wished me luck and others who I hope to reach for the first time with this issue. There’re the volunteers at the airport who have been my biggest cheerleading squad since day one. Through it all has been my wife, Olga, and now two delightful children. Your love and support mean everything to me. And there’s you, dear faithful reader. You who has sought out copy after copy of the magazine because what and who we tried to present was relevant to you, like Fringe theatre festivals, local eateries, unsung everyday heroines, off-beat coffee shops, and all manner of ideas on where and how to spend your time and/or money on real people, real things, real events. As one hardworking and fearless young lady once said to me, “You only live once.” Celebrate this 5-year anniversary edition of flow by being fearless. Get to know a perfect stranger. Go somewhere you’ve never been. Learn to make something with your own bare hands. Explore your inner self and feed your soul. After all, no one else is going do it for you.
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Not just a pretty face and one of the most chilled moms ever, Jennilee outdoes herself in this issue by highlighting a local musician’s untimely passing and writing on women’s health—something many readers will surely appreciate.
This mild-mannered photographer and sports enthusiast likes to shoot local amateur sporting events, including the Saskatoon Hilltops. Ever up for a challenge or catching up with friends on the fly, Steve is also known to shoot weddings on occasion.
Like any discplined martial artist/writer, Scott can say a thing or two about the benefits of waking up, going for a quick 1km stroll up a mountain and having cold pizza for breakfast. When not enduring physical punishment, he does fun stuff.
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Paying Tribute to a Man Known as ‘Juice’ Justin “Juice” Alexander Lee (May 31, 1977–July 25, 2017) Interviews by Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz (Courtesy photo)
Fan tributes to “Juice” on Facebook: Mark M: This is very saddening, I met Juice at Blues on Whyte in Edmonton. So talented and humble, his soul is very bright. My condolences to his family, take care. Rest easy, Juice. Cynthia B: My condolences to all. He was an awesome musician and he had a wonderful personality. Peace and Love. RIP Juice. Paul C: I’m so sorry guys. There are no words. I was fortunate enough to hang out with Juice a small handful of times. We bonded over our love for Nintendo and music. He was so humble, genuine and down to earth. He will be greatly missed. Kristen C: He has touched so many lives with his smile and music. He will live in my heart forever. Wish I could be there now. Condolences to his family and many friends at this time. I will miss you Juice. Eric F: I got to know (Juice) on the band’s recent tour to China and Korea and he was simply an extraordinary person with a big heart. We instantly made that “brother” connection. I will miss him so much!
IT’S ON AT THE
Best known as the guitarist for island rock band The Steadies, Justin “Juice” Alexander Lee was a much-loved fixture of Saskatoon’s music community. Beloved not only for his musical skills but also his endearing personality and friendly smile, Juice was born in Trinidad in 1977, eventually moving to Canada years later, making Saskatoon his home in 2009 when he moved her to help friend Efren Pereira run Starlab Recording Studio. Soon after this, Justin met Efren’s brother, Earl, and they quickly formed The Steadies, which played a mix of reggae, rock, ska and other styles. The band, for which Justin played lead guitar, spent considerable time on the road, playing approximately 100 shows per year and in May 2017 toured China and South Korea. The grief from his sudden passing was not only felt in Saskatoon but across Canada among the many friends he made here and in Trinidad as well. Most incredible about his brief time on earth is the sheer number of people he touched with his light. Two friends closest to him share their thoughts on the impact he had on their lives:
Earl Pereira Frontman of The Steadies
Justin and I were brothers—maybe not by blood but we always had each others’ back, and we loved and respected one another. I probably spent the most time with him than anybody else in my life as he was also my music partner in The Steadies, and boy what an honour that was for me. As heartbroken and devastated as I am, I take comfort in knowing his spirit is alive in well in myself and everyone he touched with his magical positive energy. I’m going to miss the laughs and crazy adventures we had touring the world together, but those memories will live with me forever.
Kate Matthews Former Manager/Stylist of The Steadies
I travelled thousands of miles across the country with Juice and Earl while on tour. On the road, we shared many laughs and adventures—and over the miles and over the years, we became family. Juice’s soul touched so many—through his music, his unending positivity, and his open and ever-loving heart. He gave those who knew him many gifts, leading by example to find the joy and humanity in every moment. When you were with Juice, he made you feel special, loved and hopeful. His beautiful energy uplifted all those who had the good fortune of encountering this incredible human being, and we will all miss him so, so dearly. May his radiant soul take its rightful place among the stars.
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August events Aug03–12
PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival Various showtimes; theatre tickets $15 Part of an international circuit, the Saskatoon Fringe brings 10 days of live theatre, street performers from all over, vendors, food trucks, sunshine and no cars on Broadway Avenue from 6–10:30pm each night (from noon on weekends). It’s way too much fun to miss out on! As for those who either can’t get to any shows or want help deciding which to see, hit Preview Night (Aug. 2, 7:30pm; tickets $12 or $20/2) at the Broadway Theatre for 2-minute previews of each. For all that and more, see potashcorpfringe.ca. Broadway district (see p. 32; map 3)
Aug17–19 Saskatoon Folkfest
Aug22 k.d. lang
8pm; tickets from $39.50 7:30pm; tickets from $49.50 One of the most relevant artists of his This Albertan ingénue has achieved generation and a master musician and international stardom not just with scongwriter, Beck continues to reinvent her unmistakeable voice but also her his own pop/rock/hip-hop sound and re- ability to transcend genres, including mains a darling to fans and critics alike. rockabilly, bluegrass and gospel. Both shows at TCU Place (35 22nd St. E; tcutickets.ca)
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Dakota Dunes Casino Powwow Grand Entry Tue 7pm, Wed/Thu 1pm; free admission Feel the rythym of the drums and the hypnotic chanting as 100s of dancers from across North America compete over 3 days for $25,000 in prize money. SaskTel Centre (3515 Thatcher Ave.)
8:30pm; free w/ paid admission to the Ex ($16); saskatoonexhibition.ca This 2016 Juno Award winner as Breakthrough Artist of the Year has a golden voice and a gift for writing catchy and clever hip-hop/R n B lyrics. Prairieland Park (503 Ruth St.)
Show ‘n’ Shine Weekend
Various venues and times; ssw.rock102rocks.com This is one for the lovers—of classic rock and classic cars. There’s Rock the River at the Bess each day, cars downtown on Sunday (11am–4pm). Downtown (p.32; map 2, C/D-4/5)
Cdn Ultimate Championship Matches start Thu; free admission Mixed ultimate teams from 10 provinces will compete for national Open and Masters titles for the first time. Venues: SaskTel Sports Centre (150 Nelson Road) and adjacent Forest Park; final Sun (4pm) at SMF Field (1525 Ave. P S; map 1, J5)
Sat/Sun 7pm; tickets from $30 Change is in the air for 2017 as this volunteer-run fashion event turns 5. Runways, conferences and local marketplace in one spot. saskfashion.com Delta Bessborough Hotel (601 Spadina Cres. E)
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Thu/Fri 5pm–midnight, Sat 3pm–midnight; passports $16 It’s the city’s biggest cultural extravaganza and this year most of the pavillions will be located at Prairieland to make for a greater, more cohesive festival as part of Canada 150 celebrations. For full details, visit saskatoonfolkfest.ca. Various venues, incl. Prairieland Park (503 Ruth St.)
LIVE MUSIC & EVENTS
Dr.; on Facebook) Sept. 3: Against Me w/ Bleached, The Dirty Nil (7pm; tickets from $26.50) com). Shows at 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. Sept. 14: Randy and Mr. Lahey live (7pm; $12.50) Aug. 2: Petunia and the Vipers Sept. 22: State Champs w/ Homesafe, Sleep On It Aug. 5: Lavagoat w/ Orbital Express, The Speedet al (6pm; from $23.50) hammers Aug. 11: Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities w/ McNally Robinson Booksellers (3130 8th St. E; Moon Tan mcnallyrobinson.com). All shows 8pm and free. Aug. 12: Kaye & Co. w/ guests Aug. 11: Brian Paul D.G. and friends Aug. 18: Summer Fling 2017 feat. Mickey Avalon Aug. 12: Alexa and Katelyn w/ Bleek, Cquel et al (tickets from $20) Aug. 19: The Renner Shia Rayner Trio Aug. 26: Me The Guts w/ Herd of Wasters, StickSept. 1: While Rome Burns around et al Sept. 2: The Lost Keys Sept. 13: Com Truise w/ Nosaj Thing, Cleopold O’Brians Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S; obrian(from $15) seventcentre.ca) Sept. 19: The Cave Singers w/ Chris Cheveyo Aug. 12: Gojira w/ Pallbearer (8pm; tickets $36) Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; broadSaskTel Centre (3515 Thatcher Ave.; sasktelcentre.com) waytheatre.ca). Shows at 8pm except as noted. Aug. 17: OneRepublic w/ Fitz & the Tantrums Aug. 20: Chitravali (6:30pm; tickets $18.50) (7pm; tickets from $20) Sept. 9: Debra DiGiovanni (8pm; $31.50) Aug. 19: Brad Paisley w/ Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell Sept. 13: Kenny & Dolly… together again (7pm; from $15) (7:30pm; $50.50) Sept. 16: Daniel O’Donnell (7pm; from $60) Sept. 20: Elliott Brood (8pm; $32.50) Sept. 29: Elvis: If I Can Dream (7:30pm; $55.50) Sept. 23: Nickelback w/ Cheap Trick, Shaman’s Harvest (6pm; from $25) Capitol Music Club (244 1st Ave. N; capitolclub.ca). TCU Place (35 22nd St E.; tcutickets.ca) Shows at 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. Sept. 30: An Evening w/ Jane Goodall (7pm; from $50) Aug. 3: Band of Rascals (9pm; tickets $10) Aug. 5: Mostly Wanted w/ Stone the Witch, Chas- Vangelis Tavern (801 Broadway Ave.; on Facebook). All shows 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. ing Illusions (9pm; $10) Aug. 4: If I Look Strong; You Look Strong w/ Sept. 15: The Sadies w/ guests (10pm; $20) Firestarter, The Jump Off Sept. 23: Austra w/ guests (10pm; $20) Aug. 5: Nuclear Feedback w/ Silverhound, Sept. 29: Lisa Leblanc (9pm; $16.50) Senexanova Dakota Dunes Casino (at Whitecap, SK; 20 min. Aug. 10: 3 Ninjasks w/ Dri Hiev, Thawed Out S on Hwy 219; dakotadunescasino.com) Aug. 11: Look Vibrant w/ ZAUM, Flying Fortress Aug. 5: Thunder from Down Under (7pm, Aug. 12: Adera w/ Too Soon Monsoon 9:30pm; tickets $30) Aug. 16: Eddy Blake Trio w/ The Hook Up Aug. 17: Aaron Goodvin (8pm; $30) Aug. 18: Ecila EP release party w/ guests Sept. 15: Dreams—Fleetwood Mac tribute Aug. 26: REGRESS w/ Mechanical Separation, (6:30pm; $45) Chronobot et al Sept. 16: Arrival—Abba tribute (5:30pm; $45) Aug. 30: Dent May w/ Caves, The Hope State Sept. 23: April Wine (8pm; $40) Sept. 9: Hell Hounds, Sakred Double EP release party Louis’ Pub (Memorial Union Bldg., 98 Campus Sept. 30: Bliss n Eso
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Village Guitars (432 20th St. W; villageguitars.ca)
Aug. 18: Danny Michel (8pm; tickets $21.50) Sept. 11: Keith Harkin (8pm; $31.50/VIP $51.50)
Persephone Theatre (100 Spadina Cres. E.; perse-
phonetheatre.org) Aug. 8–20: BOOM, written, directed and performed by Rick Miller (weeknights 8pm, Sun matinees 2pm; tickets $44). A massive solo show that showcases the music, culture and politics of the Baby Boom generation (1945–1969). Covering 25 hectic years and giving voice to more than 100 influential figures and musicians, this show has cutting-edge multimedia, unforgettable characters and tour-de-force storytelling. Sept. 13–27: “Art” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton (weeknights 8pm, Sun matinees 2pm; $44). Marc’s best friend Serge has bought a very expensive minimalist painting that’s all white. Serge loves it, but Marc is stupefied. Is Serge’s purchase ‘art’ or a meaningless, empty square? A witty, incisive dialogue on the meaning of “Art” and the true meaning of friendship. The Refinery (609 Dufferin Ave.) Sept. 21–Oct. 1: Grounded by George Brant, directed by Gordon Portman (weeknights 8pm, Sun matinees 2pm; tickets $25). A top fighter pilot suddenly finds herself pregnant and is reassigned to operating drones from a windowless trailer in the Nevada desert. As her inner tensions grow, reality becomes dangerously blurred. Featuring an immersive multimedia design and internationally acclaimed script. Presented by Live Five (livefive.ca).
Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)
Aug. 19: Can’t Be Stopped (9pm; $14.50). A documentary about Hollywood graffiti artists who raised their medium to the level of high art. Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W; theroxytheatre.ca) Aug. 23: RAIS Student Film Festival (7pm; free). A variety of students’ short films will be screened.
September 13 - 27, 2017
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September events (Chris Hendrickson Photography)
Sept10 Art in the Park
noon–5pm; open to the public; caswellartsfestival.com It’s year 16 of this whimsical event set in a gorgeous park. As ever, there’s the artists village and treasures galore, the Kids Artsfest and live music. Ashworth Holmes Park (Ave. D/E N & 31st St. E; see p. 32; map 1, F6)
33rd Street Fair
Broadway Street Fair 10am–5pm; open to the public Area merchants use this annual event to unload all kinds of deals on overstock merchandise, but it’s also got stuff for the kids and the kid in us all. broadwayyxe.com Broadway district (see p. 32, map 3)
10am–5pm; open to the public This street fair represents in part the efforts of local vendors and volunteers in achieving formal civic designation of 33rd Street as a business improvement district (BID) in 2013. Fun for the whole family! 33rd.ca Mayfair district (see p. 32; map 1, F6)
CCMA Awards Show 4:45–7pm; tickets from $42 Canadian country music’s biggest awards show comes to town to fete nominees, announce the 2017 winners and then start the real party. Following the televised event, the CCMA Legends Show (7:30pm; $45) will go at TCU Place (35 22nd St. E; tcutickets.ca) feat. Paul Brandt, Lisa Brokop et al. SaskTel Centre (3515 Thatcher Ave.; sasktelcentre.com)
SSO Opening Night 7:30pm; tickets from $50 The Saskatoon Symphony enjoyed a banner season last year, capping it with the announcement that the SSO had turned a new page, having successfully retired its outstanding debts. To start the 2017/18 season with a flourish then comes celebrated violinist James Ehnes (pictured) to play Beethoven’s masterful Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61. Also on the bill: For Home, Kevin Lau’s newest work, and Symphony No. 8 in G Major Op. 88 by Antonin Dvorak. saskatoonsymphony.org TCU Place (35 22nd St. E; tcutickets.ca)
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PotashCorp Fireworks Festival
5–10pm; open to the public It’s a spectacle that truly has to be seen, heard and felt to enjoy. Bring bug spray, something comfy to sit on and plenty of cash for all the food trucks at this fun fireworks display. River Landing (see p. 32; map 2, F4–5) (Tourism Saskatoon)
8pm; tickets $40 Comics Dustin Williamson, Joel Jeffrey, Myles Morrison, Darryl Koszman, Jody Peters and Dylan Williamson (not shown) perform at 3 different venues, starting at Yuk Yuk’s. Park Town Hotel (924 Spadina Cres. E)
Word On The Street Festival
11am–5pm; open to the public WOTS is: book and magazine publishers; literary groups; readings by authors; celebrity guests giving inspiring talks. In short, books, more books and story time. New location. Broadway district (see p. 32; map 3)
NHL Pre-season: Edm vs. Car
7pm; tickets from $47.25 Conor McDavid and the bullish Edmonton Oilers take on the Carolina Hurricanes in a “home” contest for the Oil, now legitimate Stanley Cup contenders after a deep run last year. SaskTel Centre (3515 Thatcher Ave.)
6–10pm; open to the public Expect to be surprised, enchanted, intrigued and entertained by this engrossing nighttime art walk/discovery in a large, riverside park setting. nuitblanchesaskatoon.ca Victoria Park (p. 32; map 2, F2–3)
Dinner and a Movie
Oct. 17th • 6:00pm at The Royal Canadian Legion, Spadina Cr. Presented by the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council, Rubbish is a dining experience like no other. It will change how you think about food waste. Enjoy a gourmet meal and a custom beer featuring creative uses of fresh local ingredients that are often thrown away. Dinner to be followed by a documentary about the food waste revolution.
$75/ticket earlybird until Sept. 30th $100/ticket after Oct. 1st
For tickets visit swrc.ca/rubbish or call 306-931-3242
Food by The Hollows • Beer by 9 Mile Legacy
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For the Love of Theatre & Thespians Saskatoon’s indie theatre scene has its roots deep in local culture, with members of local companies such as Live Five and Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre embodying the spirit of the local arts scene: passionate, bold, multi-talented and excited to share their voice with the community. Text by Sarah Dorward Jennifer Dawn Bishop, Artistic Director of Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre, was inspired to pursue theatre after joining the first Circle of Voices program, which started in 1999 under the erstwhile Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (now GTNT). Then just 13, Bishop can quickly recall the moment when it “clicked”—when she knew theatre was her calling in life. Since that fateful moment, her career trajectory has gone on to include acting, stage management, assistant directing and writing her own plays. This year, in addition to her ongoing work as coordinator for COV, Bishop is now a playhouse program facilitator and a recent graduate of Regina’s Globe Theatre Conservatory Program. Bishop is also the new Artistic Director of GTNT where she is striving to maintain and develop the Cree language in Saskatoon by sharing it on the stage. “(The Cree language) is a part of who we are, and it’s a (form of) teaching for others among our diverse audiences,” Bishop says. “I admit I struggle in identifying the ways of my culture and (ancestral) language, but I love learning more about my heritage through the stories and experiences obtained by working with the company.”
In a similar fashion, Live Five Independent Theatre President and Board Chair Kate Herriot has been involved in the local theatre scene since moving to Saskatoon from Medicine Hat in 2012. Though she didn’t have much theatre experience, she was eager to become involved and quickly rose to prominence at Live Five as well as becoming a co-host on Mom, I’m a Thespian, a weekly community radio program that promotes the city’s theatre scene. Acknowledging the challenges that face her small organization, which hosts five productions each year by smaller local theatre troupes using performance space that isn’t even theirs (The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre), Herriot appreciates what volunteers mean to the success of each season. “It’s a very personal investment (in one’s time),” Herriot says, adding that the support of artists, fundraisers such as the annual Chef’s Gala in February, and the work of emerging artists from Live Five’s Mentorship program truly breathes life into the organization. “We are inspired by the passion shown by the production companies, which work tirelessly to bring thought-provoking shows to the stage, and by our audience members, donors and supporters who invest in us in so many ways,” Herriot says.
Upcoming GTNT shows for 2017/2018: Season Dominion by Andrea Ledding; Vegas Vacation by Curtis Peeteetuce; Pimatisiwin by Curtis Peeteetuce; and, Gabriel Dumont's Wild West Show jointly presented by Persephone Theatre, La Troupe du Jour and Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre.
Upcoming Live Five shows for 2017/2018: Grounded by George Brant (starring Kate Herriot); Naked Tourist Sacred Mountain by Rod MacPherson; by Danielle Roy; boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; and, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.
For more information about GTNT, visit gtnt.ca.
Under the Radar:
For more information about Live Five, visit livefive.ca. Text by Tyson McShane
The Near-forgotten Motown Artist Who Inspired Millions Aug11
7:30pm; tickets from $55 In 1970 and 71, Detroit native Sixto Rodriguez released two albums, Cold Fact and Coming from Reality. They were met with little fanfare in America and in 1976 he quit pursuing his music career and returned to a humble life sweeping floors as a janitor. Unbeknownst to him, by the mid-seventies, his albums had quietly become much-loved recordings throughout South Africa and Australia, with one album going platinum in the former and some songs serving as antiapartheid anthems. Despite this fame overseas, Rodrigeuz remained unaware of his fame until 1997 when his daughter discovered a website dedicated to him. This lead Rodriguez to return to
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music and perform to thousands of adoring fans throughout South Africa in 1998, an experience chronicled in the 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man. It’s a pretty remarkable story, and he’s got some pretty remarkable songs, so you might want to hit this one-off show. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E; tcutickets.ca)
The Radiation Flowers w/ Betrayers 10pm; tickets $15 Edmonton’s Betrayers have toured Europe, had members play as part of Daniel Romano’s band, and released two solid gold albums of hazy garage rock gems, but they’ve only played Saskatoon once before. They return to town this September, so help welcome them back to ensure they don’t make a habit of avoiding us. Conveniently, the bill is a complete rager, with Saskatoon’s psych rock darlings The Radiation Flowers presenting songs for their two new releases (Summer Loop, and a split LP with Hawkeyes), and Regina’s Spationauts (featuring members of Library Voices and Snake River) opening the show. If you like reverb, harmonies and layers upon layers of guitar, you’ll dig this. Amigo’s (806 Dufferin Ave.; amigoscantina.com) Tyson McShane has toured across Canada, the US, UK and Europe, and released four albums with his band Slow Down Molasses. He also cocurated MoSoFest from 2012 to 2016, presenting some of the most exciting new music from across North America, next to Saskatoon’s finest bands. @TysonMcShane @SlowdownMolasse
GROUNDED KICKS OFF OUR 14TH SEASON OF LIVE THEATRE!
SEPT. 21ST - 24TH & SEPT 28TH - OCT. 1ST FEATURING KATE HERRIOT DIRECTED BY GORDON PORTMAN
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Fostering More than Just Fitness From providing childcare spaces to welcoming underprivileged families, the ‘Y’ continues to adapt to meet the needs of its members and the community at large Text by Paul Miazga
Current YMCA Saskatoon CEO Dean Dodge wants to hear more noise in the hallways of the charity’s landmark building downtown next to TCU Place. Back when he attended the Y as a kid, you’d be shushed for raising your voice above a whisper, but times have changed and so too has the Y. “We encourage the kids to talk or sing,” Dodge says. “We want to hear small kids’ feet in the hallways.” To him it’s a sign that they feel safe, they’re having fun and their parents have a stake in the organization’s goals of healthy living, helping families and belonging to the community. “The YMCA in Vancouver did some great research a few years ago and it didn’t show that members are more fit than the general public, but importantly it showed that members felt that they belonged to their community more,” Dodge says. “Our goal is to get people to connect and build relationships.” One of the main ways the YMCA Saskatoon makes that happen comes from its Strong Kids Campaign, which over March to July raised $137,000 for things such as subsidizing membership costs for children from qualifying families, sending kids to Blackstrap Summer Camp or attending school year day camps. This can mean opportunities to get fit, enjoy socializing with other children and develop leadership skills. And all of it helps families and youth stay healthy and happy. “I got a sponsored membership as a kid through this type of support,” Dodge says. “It makes membership attainable for families or children that can’t afford it. “We have one mom whose children we’ve been able to support, and she spends more on parking each month than she does on membership.” Dodge adds that many Saskatonians who have been to a Y camp approach him about their interest to give back in some way, whether as a volunteer or by helping fund the organization. A main focus of the YMCA, which first offered programs in the city in 1908 and opened its first building in 1912 at Spadina Crescent and 20th Street East), is to make the facility and its programs more attractive and accessible for women, Dodge says. “More female members, including moms, means that the organization feels safer, more welcoming and more social.” The YMCA offers free childminding services to members to help parents get the opportunity for exercise they need to stay healthy.
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Above: Playing to Learn is key philosophy of YMCA childcare programs. Below: Peggy Anderson is a long-time volunteer instructor for YMCA noon-hour fitness classes. (Courtesy photos)
And full-time childcare has become one of the charity’s most valuable offerings to families. The Y is already the largest licensed childcare provider in the province and the country, and here in Saskatoon it has expanded its childcare services in the greater Saskatoon area, providing a place for children to develop in a safe and nurturing environment at its downtown location as well as in Sutherland and now Martensville. Childcare spots and more before-and after-school programs and locations form a vital part of the organization’s 2016–2020 strategic plan. Factor in the YMCA’s increasing partnership in recent
years with other community organizations, such as Saskatoon Family Services, the Open Door Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters and the sense of community the Y is trying to foster becomes all the more apparent. “The staff does a great job of connecting with kids. We just need to do a better job explaining what we’re doing overall and how donations will benefit the community,” Dodge says. For more information on donating to the YMCA Saskatoon, visit ymcasaskatoon.org/ donate or call 306-652-7515.
Big Games Afoot on the Gridiron
Spoiled for choice when it comes to tailgate party options, local fans of Canadian football will see their teams host some big match-ups this fall* Text by HenryTye Glazebrook Photo by Steve Hiscock
As powerhouse football programs go, the Saskatoon Hilltops rank near the top of the heap in Canada. The defending and near-perennial national champions (19 national titles, incl. 2011–2012 & 2014–2016) are known coast to coast for producing elite-level teams under longtime head coach and team alum Tom Sargeant, producing winning seasons and exciting gridiron action year-in, year-out. Though perhaps not as widely known as their collegiate-level cousins the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and University of Regina Rams, the Hilltops are always a fearsome, formidable force when they take to the field. The first home game of the season at SMF Field (1525 Ave. P South) pits the local Blue and Gold warriors takes place Aug. 26 (7pm; ticket prices TBA) against the Ottawa Sooners in a rare interconference matchup—one of six such promotional games scheduled by the Canadian Junior Football League this season. The match is sure to draw big crowds and even bigger excitement as the Saskatoon community comes out to support their homegrown athletes. saskatoonhilltops.com
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The University of Saskatchewan Huskies technically kick off the 2017 football season with an away game at Manitoba, but every long-time fan knows the main event comes just a week after this, when fans cram shoulder-to-shoulder into Griffiths Stadium (48 Stadium Cres., U of S campus) for the Dawgs’ annual home debut, this time under new head coach and CFL veteran Scott Flory. Hosting the Alberta Golden Bears on Sept. 8 (7pm; from $22), the Dawgs’ homecoming never fails to draw big crowds from first-year students to longtime alumni alike. To say the game is high
energy hardly captures its rapturous and raucous spirit: for a clear picture, it’s best to find some space in the bleachers and experience the echoing howl of the pack firsthand. huskies.usask.ca
Legions of fans will pour into the newly constructed Mosaic Stadium in Regina on the September long weekend when the Saskatchewan Roughriders once again host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for another heated, nail-biting Labour Day Classic on Sept. 3 (1pm; from $40). Having won 11 of the last 12 matchups against their Manitoba rivals, the Riders are sure to step onto the turf with confidence matched only by the enthusiasm of sideline mascot Gainer the Gopher and the waves of green and white cheering them on from the stands. This will be the inaugural Labour Day Classic to be hosted at the newly constructed Mosaic Stadium, the field having only officially welcomed CFL fans for the first time on July 1, 2017. With expandable capacity of up to 40,000, the open-air stadium will ensure every touchdown is accompanied by a roar of applause more thunderous than ever before. riderville.com
The city also boasts a talented bunch of female footballers known collecetively as the Saskatoon Valkyries. These WWCFL title contenders don’t play in lingerie and are every bit as tough as the guys who play for the above mens teams. Getting excited to see them play? Be patient: their next action (played at Griffith Stadium) isn’t until May 2018. Cool fact: eight current team members represented Canada in an international competition in Langley, BC, against squads from the US and Australia. saskatoonvalkyries.com
What Women Really Want flow magazine recently spoke with two women in the city working to promote awareness when it comes to women’s sexual and reproductive health. Although both work in different areas of this sphere, they share a common goal: better education for women about their bodies. Interviews by Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz Imagine your daughter, sister or girlfriend not having access to education about reproductive health or not understanding what consent means. What if she didn’t have a circle of support while pregnant or about to give birth? For most women this isn’t something they have to imagine: we all know someone who has been through these struggles when it comes to our sexual and reproductive health.
happen. We also need to be more open towards talking about and supporting young women during their menses [blood and other matter discharged from the uterus at menstruation] time. Young girls and women carry around too much shame about their bleeding time, which creates unnecessary stress.”
What advice would you give to any young woman or girl reading this? Carly Rae Beaudry “Women need to remember and honour the Structural Integration Practitioner, Arvigo Therapy® sacredness of our bodies, and we need to develop and Holistic Pelvic Care™ Therapist, full-spectrum a healthier relationship with our bodies. I believe doula and radical humanitarian; carlyrae.ca if we talked and listened to our bodies more, What are you doing to promote awareness of sexu- touched and honoured them more, many of the physical imbalances women experience today al and reproductive health among young women? “I teach women's and teen girl health workshops would not occur.” about womb and vaginal health, plus my one-on- Carrie Pratt one work with young women in my private pracRegistered Nurse in Saskatoon Health Region, graduate student and research assistant with Dr. tice. I teach them about their menstrual, sexual, Angela Bowen (University of Saskatchewan) hormonal, nutritional and physical health.” What are the biggest issues and concerns about sexual and reproductive health among young women? “The biggest issue for young women is the lack of access to proper full-spectrum education that teaches them embodiment, autonomy, boundaries and consent. We also need more mentors to empower young women in regard to their menstrual, sexual and reproductive health.” What can we do better as a community when it comes to these issues? “As a community, I believe we need to educate ourselves more about the female body. When we properly educate ourselves about these issues we bring more awareness to them and then change can
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necessity, many of these women must leave their communities and support circles to come to the city to deliver their baby. This can cause a lot of stress—emotionally and financially—and that can set a foundation for motherhood that is less than ideal. Racism and prejudice is undeniably rampant in our province; the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for cultural competency training for all health care providers. Providing sensitive and respectful care is important for anyone receiving care, but is especially necessary in regards to sexual and reproductive health with young women. This goes back to the importance of honouring and respecting women’s choices.”
What can we do better as a community when it comes to these issues? “Education is the most important thing we can help—making a real effort to learn about Indigenous history, and really challenging ourselves to be openminded about mainstream health care. What is the focus of your research? Yes, Canada has a great health care system, but “My research focusses on promoting culturally there are areas where we need to improve and that secure birth for Indigenous women. I wish to see requires innovation—thinking outside the box. women reclaim their power in terms of traditional “The TRC calls us to recognize the value of knowledge and roles, and to have positive experiAboriginal healing practices (Call to Action ences in labour—where they are in control and their #22), and provide cultural competency for all decisions are respected. It’s really about challenging health care providers (#23). Promoting a culturthe western paradigm of knowledge, and opening up ally secure birth is a part of a larger picture of our minds as to what models of care can look like.” building healthy communities. When women What are the biggest issues/concerns about sexual are empowered through birth, ripple effects can and reproductive health among Indigenous women? occur that have the ability to empower families “For young women in northern and rural Sasand communities. katchewan, geographical boundaries are a huge For more information on women’s sexual and reprobarrier when it comes to accessing care. Out of ductive health, visit cfwh.org or skprevention.ca.
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feature In an age of consumerism when so many of us rely on the efforts of others to produce all the goods we consume, “makers”—those who create actual things with their own hands—are literally and figuratively creating a counter-trend brimming with possibilities
DIY in YXE? Why Not! Text by Erika Faith Photos as noted Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is a growing trend in many industries across the world. The popularity of DIY TV shows, the social media site pinterest, tutorials on YouTube, websites such as etsy and e-zines such as Makezine.com, testify to this trend. While the DIY trend is inspiring, it can also be intimidating and overwhelming to join in. Beginners may lack the necessary skills, confidence and access to the specialized tools required to take on a specific DIY project. That’s where some of Saskatoon’s most creative businesses and co-operative workspaces come in. Whether in creating a gourmet meal, a new business sign, a piece of artwork, a silk-screened t-shirt,
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event poster, video or custom wedding invitation, various local businesses and workspaces offer their professional skills and expertise, specialized equipment, and access to necessary supplies to make DIY part of anyone’s reality.
Making and Creating
Located in rather nondescript building in Riversdale district, Saskatoon Makerspace (saskatoonmakerspace.com)—which just opened in March—provides members with access to highly specialized tools required for graphic design, woodworking, silk screening, laser cutting, soldering and 3-D printing. Devon Plett’s own solitary struggles with DIY projects is part of what motivated him to create Maker-
space with his wife Kendra, “so that we could create community by bringing together people who are interested in learning new skills and tools, and to learn from one another in a fun, spacious and friendly social environment.” “I wanted members to be challenged only by their own creativity” Plett says. Vivian Orr, who is a juried artist and the in-house graphic designer for the Saskatchewan Craft Council, has been using the laser cutter at Makerspace to cut birch plywood for hanging mobiles she creates. Making artwork to sell is Orr’s way of “subsidizing my habit of learning new continues next page
Above left: candles made from 3-D printed moulds; above; Void Gallery’s Michael Peterson (at right) leads a print-making class; below left:
inside CreativeCafé (courtesy photos). technologies,” she says, jokingly. Orr is passionate about exploring what she calls the DIY “intersection between technology and handcraft”. “People approach this intersection either from the technical angle—using 3-D printers for example—or the handcraft angle, as artists who are seeing possibilities using new technologies,” she says. Orr has also utilized the highly sophisticated tools at Saskatoon’s TechWorks (sktechworks.ca) in the city’s North Industrial area. It is a self-identified “hackerspace” (a community operated work space) that brings together those passionate about science, technology,
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mechanics and the digital arts. As well, in order to design the silicone molds for her razor-edged beeswax candles [available at Handmade House and the SCC Fine Craft Boutique on Broadway Avenue], Orr used the largest 3-D printer in North America at CreateCafe (createcafe.ca).
feature skill-building, from p. 21 current situation where almost all the material goods of our lives are pre-made and designed by others who are invisible to us?’” Void Gallery, a registered non-profit funded by Creative Saskatchewan and run by the Saskatchewan Craft Council, opened its space in Riversdale in early 2016 specifically to meet the skill-building needs of emerging artists looking to learn how to present their work to the public, write grant proposals, develop an online presence, plus price and photograph their work.
“Creating things saved my life. Creating something you’re proud of is just as addictive as drugs or alcohol.” – Jane McWhirter
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In Void’s upstairs Creative Commons, which includes a full printmaking studio and an interdisciplinary production space, the gallery offers both introductory and immersive classes on techniques such as printmaking as well as free bi-weekly drop-in art nights, which are open to the public. It was her own sense of the “natural high” that comes from making things herself that led Jane
Above: Jane McWhirter (at right) works with students at SCYAP (courtesy photo); facing photo: students of various ages take part in a cooking class at The Local Kitchen. (Bob Deutscher Media)
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McWhirter to take on this special summer project. “Creating things saved my life,” McWhirter says. “Creating something you’re proud of is just as addictive as drugs or alcohol.” McWhirter, who has overcome adversity and addictions in her life, found healing and a sense of empowerment through the arts-based programming for at-risk youth downtown at Saskatoon Community Youth Arts
Programming Inc (scyapinc.org). Beginning as a program participant in 2010, she learned to use art for such things as anger management and to help boost her flagging self esteem. She stayed on at SCYAP for six years, eventually becoming the gallery’s co-ordinator. She was most recently a facilitator at PAVED Arts in its ‘Direct it Yourself’ music video workshop for teens. PAVED Arts (pavedarts.ca) is a member-driven non-profit organization that provides tutorials to members in photography, lighting, editing, sound mixing and more, plus it loans equipment out to members for their own projects. Members such as McWhirter are encouraged to upgrade their skills and gives them the means and opportunities to do so. Today, McWhirter, who is working on her BFA at Concordia University in Montreal, is passing on the skills and confidence she has found through creative selfexpression. cooking classes, p. 23
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COMMERCIAL KITCHEN RENTALS Space and support for food entrepreneurs and their businesses. Facility rentals starting at $28/ hour. Bulk and after hours discounts available. COOKING CLASSES Average $75/class Aug. 3: SoCal at The LoCal with Chef Dana Chadorf Aug. 8-11: Kids in the Kitchen (Level 1; min. age 6) Aug. 11: Mid-Summer Tapas with Chef Scott Dicks Aug. 25: Italian Summer with Chef Lindsay Janzen PRIVATE EVENTS Choose from a list of events or book a la carte. $300 for facility only (4 hours) $600 starting point for organized events
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Private Events Cooking classes, private dinners or cocktail receptions are some of the events you can book for your group. We are fully licensed and can also arrange specific drink pairings for your event. Great for team building, client appreciation, birthdays, anniversaries, bachelor/bachelorette parties etc. Capacity is 14-25 depending on the style of event. We can take menu requests or provide a list of great options for you to choose from. You can also go totally independent and book the event space just for you or have a chef of your choice do the cooking.
Commercial Kitchen Rental We are an inspected facility, so working here allows you to meet regulations for selling food to the public. Access commercial-grade equipment such as ranges, ovens, flat top, charbroiler, stockpot range, etc., to allow you to increase your hourly production without making a large investment in overhead. Available for use 24 hours a day so you can work according to your own schedule. Members are supported with social media promotion, free access to the table at Street Stall Saturdays, small business workshops, and a strong network of suppliers, consumers and like-minded businesses. www.thelocalkitchenyxe.com email@example.com Unit 115 - 123 Ave. B South, Saskatoon, SK /thelocalkitchenyxe @thelocalkitchen_yxe
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A similar shared passion for the creative art of cooking led Bailey Wilmot, Julie Gryba and Caitlin Olauson to create The Local Kitchen (thelocalkitchenyxe.com) at the beginning of 2017. Featuring a large, naturally lit commercial kitchen area, The Local Kitchen was specifically designed for use by private off-site caterers, and to host cooking classes and private events. At workshops held in the gleaming white and polished steel space, participants learn from some of Saskatoon’s finest chefs and take home new DIY food production skills, resulting in a sense of delight and empowerment for many. Located just one block away from The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre on Avenue B South in Riversdale, The Local Kitchen was also developed to build capacity for local food entrepreneurs. Members interested in taking food products they have developed themselves to the next level can use the workspace to make their products and draw upon
expert advice as to how to develop, launch and market their food-based business or ideas. The success story of The Local Bar (a healthy snack bar made with local pulse products and blueberries), which was the impetus for Olauson and Gryba to team with Wilmot and create The Local Kitchen, is proof of their knowledge, skills and expertise. [Note: The Local Bar and other locally made food products, including charcuterie and fresh pasta, are available for purchase at The Local Kitchen.]
A Personal Touch
Similarly, Susan Gallagher and Alexsandor Pozsonyi, the owners of Soul Paper (soulpaper.ca) on 20th Street West, offer their years of professional design expertise to customers interested in designing and making their own custom invitations for special events like weddings, anniversaries, graduations, showers, retirements, etc. “People can be as hands on in the whole process as they like,” Gallagher says, adding that the option to hold gatherings in the store’s workshop area to assemble the printed invitations as a group
can be fun and enhance one’s sense of creativity. Taking time and care to customize every detail of an invitation (from the colour and style of paper used, to its layout and design, even the option of custom seals and monograms, is important “because the invitation is the formal introduction to your event, and sets the tone for what is to come,” Gallagher says. DIY is all about putting a personal touch on a project, learning new tools and skills, and creative selfexpression. Such businesses and workspaces in Saskatoon are there to help “makers”—whether hobby hand-crafters or professional artists, tinkerers or tech enthusiasts—take their skills to a whole new level. Chances are, you already know a “maker”. If not, get started. Not surprisingly, those who run these dynamic DIY businesses and work spaces are as passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise as they are about keeping the lights on. Each in their own way is nurturing creativity and providing a sense of community in a world that often seems overrun with cheap, mass-produced stuff with no soul.
OTHER WAYS TO DIY IN YXE Beer Finally, a good reason to grow hops. Harvest Brewing Co. (@harvestbrewingsaskatoon) Custom tee-shirts For when you want to feel “special”. Schmatta (schmattabodypiercing.com) Fillet your own fish Cast, catch, club, scale then gut. Rinse and repeat. Forestry Farm Park & Saskatoon Zoo (saskatoon.ca/parks-recreation-attractions) Hand-painted pottery Unleash your inner Picasso. Wet Paint Pottery (wetpaintpottery.com) Pizza They prep it, you bake it and eat it. Yellowhead Pizza (yellowheadpizza.com) Restaurants with salad bars Freshness and cleanliness are key. The Granary (Ithegranary.ca) Wine Be your own wine snob. Wine Kitz (winekitzsaskatoon.ca) Just about everything else Try before you buy (or instead of). The Rent It Store (therentitstore.com)
“The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”
– Henry Van Dyke
Being Creative: Do It Anyway Text by Susan Gallagher I have a confession to make. For years I didn’t do much creatively because I compared myself to others, thinking I just didn’t have the “artist” gene. “Who am I to think I can do this?” I would ask. “I’m not an artist”. I hear this a great deal at work. The thing is, we are all artists! Think back to when you were young; everything was a world of imagination. A toothpick poked onto a leaf and then stuck in a larger twig suddenly became a boat sailing down the “river”—a wash of water in the gutter follow-
ing a rain shower on the street. We all yearn for those carefree days, and you can have them! The youthful imagination still lives in each of us. Have some fun in this beautiful life and do something that scares you a little bit. Take classes you wanted to take, get your hands dirty with ink and paint, find your creative voice—the voice that brings you joy and peace. Even if you are your own harshest critic or comparing yourself to others, do something creative anyway. You will be so glad you did, and if you need a cheerleader, come talk to me; I’ve got your back!
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Being an artist... is about exploring your imagination and expressing it in whichever way you desire.
Creativity means something different to each of us. It may be writing that sets you on fire. Perhaps it’s singing or sewing, dancing or drama. Being an artist isn’t about drawing or painting, or at least not with a brush. It’s about exploring your imagination and expressing it in whichever way you desire. Every voice singing in the woods comes together to create a beautiful song. So, yes, we are all artists. Check out the list of fall classes on the store website and find something to inspire you. Remember to feed your soul every day. You are so worth it! Susan Gallagher is the owner and happiness maven of Soul Paper (soulpaper.ca). She strives to encourage joy every day through her love of people, paper, art and stationery. @lovesoulpaper
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From Refugee to Restaurateur One-time Calgary office drone Trinh Nguyen of likeable Vietnamese eatery White Lotus has seen it all and done it all in her short life—and with a smile on her face Interview by Paul Miazga most of the time, too. As restaurateurs go, owner/operator Trinh Nguyen of White Lotus has seen her share of bad days. But even on days when she feels “trapped” at work (“like I’m in prison”), she knows she will never have it as tough as her parents did fleeing war-torn Vietnam with nothing but a small sack of hairdressing equipment (her parents’ profession) and the clothes on their backs in the early 1980s. “It was hard,” Nguyen says with emphasis. From the Mekong River delta in the southernmost reaches of Vietnam Nguyen, her parents, four brothers and one sister arrived in Cambodia with next to nothing, at first moving into a square room in which they all slept before literally having to clear jungle for the wood with which to build a house. For two years, her parents and oldest brother Hai (then 19) went from village to village offering free hairstyling in hopes of having one person like their work enough to show others in the village who would pay. They eked out a living with a plan to eventually escape to Thailand and from there anywhere they could. “We had to learn the language, none of us were in school, and we had very little to eat,” Nguyen says. “Dad learned to fish and eventually moved us closer to the sea near the border with Thailand.” That would be their staging point for an early morning escape they would eventually make using two tiny boats. She, her parents and all but her oldest brother (since married) reached the Thai coast. “We landed right at an army base and were immediately placed in a refugee camp. They gave us plenty of fish and so we had lots to eat for a change.” In the camp, a man befriended Trinh’s mother and gave her a Bible. Originally devout Buddhists, the family quickly adopted Christianity at the camp as their new faith and were eventually sponsored by a Vietnamese Mennonite church in Calgary. They arrived in September 1989 when Trinh was 10, accepted six months of free rent from their sponsor upon arrival and largely managed without any further charity help from that day forward. Despite early setbacks in school due to her lack of English, Trinh adjusted well and by Grade 8 was allowed to skip Grade 9 and enter high school. Following graduation she interned with the Geological Survey of Canada, took night courses in geology and worked as a geo-mapper by day. She ended up spending 10 years with the organization before moving to downtown Calgary and working for companies large and small in the oil & gas sector. Corporate life didn’t suit Nguyen well and so a year before the 2008 financial crisis, she started to plan her next move. “I’m a happy person,” Nguyen says, “and it was not hard to find a job as a waitress in a Vietnamese restaurant. After some time, I started asking to do other jobs, like cleaning and working in the kitchen without wanting any extra pay.” At each restaurant, many of which such as Basil were run by friends, she learned a little more about various aspects of the business. “What I liked about Basil was how they treated employees and how clean their kitchen was.” When the big crash hit, she had a wealth of first-hand knowledge about cooking, cleaning, serving, food prep and more, and was more than ready to move on. Nguyen also decided then that her first restaurant would open not in Calgary, but in Saskatoon. In late 2011, Nguyen’s mom met a couple from Saskatoon through their church who was very positive about the city and talked about the boom it was experiencing. Trinh and her mom Kha made their first trip in April 2012 to try out local Vietnamese eateries. What she tried left her mostly unimpressed and even more certain she could succeed. She also found the spot where White Lotus would open just one year later (and remains there
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Above: White Lotus owner Trinh
Nguyen (photo by Paul Miazga); at left: the restaurant’’s barbecued pork
on rice vermicelli, one of many classic Vietnamese dishes that Nguyen (courtesy photo).
to this day): in Confederation Park strip mall surrounded by other eateries whose employees often frequent her establishment. “As a first-time owner, you learn a lot of lessons the hard way,” Nguyen says. “I came here single, with a six-year-old daughter and no support—my whole family is back in Calgary. But what I learned was quality is the most important thing of all. “If I was to go out to eat, it has to be healthy, it has to be fresh and it has to be clean. A decent person should respect their customers enough to make sure the food is tasty, clean and good.” Today, White Lotus is the top-ranked Vietnamese restaurant in the city according to TripAdvisor.com—a fact that underscores the importance of being a diligent student and learning while doing. Four years on Nguyen buys most of the restaurant’s ingredients herself, the restaurant still serves food made from family recipes passed down from her mom, and she remains a people person at heart despite admitting that “…some days I feel like I’m trapped at work. “I genuinely like what I do and I want to become friends with my customers,” says Nguyen, a devout Mennonite. “I get to share my life with them, and some customers are now very good friends.” And her daughter is learning too, namely how to share responsibilities and even help out around the restaurant. “I want to teach her what my mom taught me,” she says. “When you live under one roof, you should help each other. And if you want something done, be prepared to do it yourself because no one is going to do it for you.”
4-15 Worobetz Pl.; open Mon–Sat 11am–8:30pm whitelotuscuisine.net
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CHINESE Genesis 901 22nd St. W. Lots of seafood at this
Our patio is now open!
Mandarin Restaurant 245 20th St. W. One of
It’s your new summer cool down zone!
organic-focussed eatery, plus Crab Rangoon, paperwrapped chicken and various vegetarian mains. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$ the city’s tried-and-true places for dim sum. Order ahead for their Peking Duck or sample their fresh seafood. Open Thu–Tue 11am–8pm. $$
SUMMER COCKTAILS More than 10 to enjoy!
Odd Couple 228 20th St. W; oddcouple.ca. 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. $$
Oriental Aroma 928 8th St. E. Authentic pork,
2 fish tacos $11 $5 glasses of wine
lamb, fish and vegetarian dishes that’ll make your mouth water. Open Tue–Sun 11am–9:30pm. $$
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. $ Tsui King Lao 208 Ave. H N. Lots of seafood, plus
Peking Duck, spicy ginger beef and vegetarian mains. Open Tue–Sat 11am–9:30pm, Sun 11am–9pm. $
Yip Hong’s Dim Sum 40-1505 8th St. E; yiphongssaskatoon.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. $$
FRESH SEAFOOD Ask about our daily specials and tempting shared plates.
Fresh, whole foods — a unique dining experience!
112 20th St. W Leydas.ca 306-244-0707
EE Burritos 5-705 Central Ave.; eeburritos.com.
Friday night salsa dance parties, pupusas, flautas and the whole enchilada. Open Mon–Thu 11am– 8:30pm, Fri 10am–midnight, Sat 11am–9pm. $$
La Bamba Café 3-1025 Boychuk Dr.; labambarestaur-ant.ca. It’s fresh, authentic and a true taste of Mexico. Open Sun–Thu 4–8pm, Fri–Sat 11:45am–8:30pm. $$ La Taqueria Mexicana 414 Ave. B S; on Facebook. Nearly 20 soft-shell taco fillings to choose from. Open Tue–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 8am–2pm, Sun 10am–3pm. $ Las Palapas Resort Grill 901 Victoria Ave.; laspalapas.ca. Always hopping and close to Broadway. Open daily 11am–11pm. $$
Saboroso 40-2600 8th St. E; saboroso.ca. AYCE beef, chicken and more roasted on the rodizio. Open Mon–Thu from 4:30pm, Fri–Sat from 4pm, Sun 10:30am–2pm. $$
Uno Mas 243 2nd Ave. S. Mexican cuisine and lots of tequila-based cocktails in the old Royal Bank building. Open Mon–Sat from 11am, Sun from 10am. $$
SOUTH ASIAN Angeethi 325 Ave. C S; on Facebook. Lunch and
supper buffets, plus fine Punjabi dishes on an extensive menu. Open Wed-Sun 11am–10pm, Tue noon–9pm. $$ Mogul Divaan 2115 22nd St. W; moguldivaan.com. Lovely Pakistani fare made fresh daily. Open Tue–Sat 11:30am–10pm, Sun 11:30am–9pm. $ Samosa King 106-3120 8th St. E; thesamosaking. ca. South Indian fast food means dosas, samosas and more. By the large LBS. Open Mon–Tue, Sat 9:30am– 6pm, Wed–Fri 9:30am–9pm, Sun noon–5pm. $ Spicy Bite 113 3rd Ave. S; myspicybite.com. Indian buffets for lunch or supper downtown in the Drinkle Building. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$
Famoso is a neighbourhood pizzeria where you’ll find a fun and vibrant atmosphere any day of the week. Enjoy our hand-tossed dough, fresh fior-di-latte mozzarella, tomatoes straight from Italy, and that perfectly blistered crust, paired with our specially selected list of wine, craft beer and signature cocktails.
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Fresh-baked Goodness Saskatoon’s embrace of small-scale niche bakeries seems like the logical expression of support for the province’s long and rich agricultural history Text by Scott Davidson The past several years have seen the local food scene flourish on all fronts. In the charge to provide Saskatonians with locally sourced baked goods, some superb, specialized bakeries have come to the fore, each offering their own unique twist on homegrown Saskatchewan grains. The Night Oven Bakery (629 1st Ave. N; thenightoven.ca), located just north of the downtown, offers a different bread each day of the week and all made with flour that is 100-percent organic, Saskatchewan-made and milled on site. The Night Oven does fresh-baked baguettes, croissants and other pastries too, all of them browned to perfection in their own wood-fired brick oven to give them an even more authentic touch. On Fridays, the bakery serves delicious, fresh-made pizza, the crust receiving the same care and attention as the breads. You have to check this place out to believe it. Across the river, Earth Bound Bakery (1820 8th St. E; earthboundbakery.ca) likewise offers a variety of daily breads straight out of the oven. Found along the city’s busiest commercial strip, Earth Bound typically offers a few different breads each day from Tuesday to Saturday as well a number of staple items on a regular basis, including EVOO hamburger buns for memorable summer BBQs. At Earth Bound, simplicity is paramount, as is openness: their menu has a complete list of ingredients that go into each and every item. Great housemade soups, sammies and hot beverages can be found here too. Further down the street, the Griffin Takeaway (3311 8th St. E; griffintakeaway.com) specializes in gluten-free and vegan baking. The Griffin proves that gluten-free breads (made from potato and spelt, among other options) can be every bit as good as their traditional counterparts, if not better. The Griffin’s selection of breads, desserts and other munchables, are available in limited numbers and often sell out, so be sure to go earlier in the day to avoid missing out. The Griffin also does freshly made deli sandwiches, which feature their delicious, moist gluten-free bread. Riverdale’s Little Bird Patisserie & Café (258 Ave. B S; on Facebook) scores big points for anyone with a sweet tooth in Saskatoon. Little Bird produces cookies, French pastries, their signature macrons, and other sugary treats that, when photos of them are posted on their instagram feed, tend to create a stampede at the door. More than just a busy bakery, the Little Bird also features a beautifully sun-lit dining room for those looking to grab a cup of French-pressed coffee or individual serving of leaf tea to go with their favourite treat or lunch.
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Above: croissants from The Night Oven; be-
low: macrons are a staple at Little Bird Patisserie & Café; at bottom: there’s lots under the glass at The Griffin Takeaway (courtesy photos).
CAFÉS & DINERS City Perks 801 7th Ave. N, 627 Brand Court;
cityperks.ca. Tastefully lit, great coffee and a fine weekend brunch. Open Mon–Fri 7am–10pm, Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $ Citizen Café & Bakery 18 23rd St. E; citizencafeandbakery.ca. Sandwiches, soups and hot bevvies named for revolutionaries. Open Mon–Fri 7am–5pm, Sat 10am–4pm. $$ Collective Coffee 220B 20th St. W, 210 Ave. P S; collectivecoffee.com. It’s where to get coffee (and now breakfast and lunch to go) in Riversdale. Open Mon–Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $ d’Lish by Tish Café 702A 14th St. E; on Facebook. A sublime hideaway off Broadway with cozy nooks and delicious, fresh food. Open daily 8am–10pm. $ Drift Sidewalk Café 339 Ave. A S; driftcafe.ca. This creperie is airy, sunny and always buzzing with energy. Open Tue–Sat 8am–4pm, Sun 10am–3pm. $$ Earth Bound Bakery & Deli 220-1820 8th St. E. A wholly organic bakery serving memorable sammys and soups. Open Tue–Sat 9am–5pm. $$ Honey Bun Café 167A 2nd Ave. S; honeybun.ca. One of the downtown’s best and quickest lunch spots. Open Mon–Fri 7am–4pm, Sat 9am–4pm. $ Little Bird Patisserie & Café 258 Ave. B S; thelittlebird.ca. Croissants, macrons and other French pastries, plus High Tea that is the toast of the city. Daily lunch options too. Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm. $$ Living Sky Café 950 Spadina Cres. E; mwlfoods. ca. In the Civic Conservatory, serving coffees, teas, other beverages and lunch. Open Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm, Sat–Sun 10am–4:30pm. $ Museo Coffee 730A Broadway Ave.; museocoffee. com. European feel, plus lots of baked goodies. Open Mon–Sat 8am–5:30pm, Sun noon–5pm. $ Mystic Java 128 4th Ave. S; 303 Pacific Ave., +1; mysticjavasaskatoon.com. Inviting spaces serving coffees, loose-leaf teas, desserts and nibbles. Open Mon–Sat 8am–11pm, Sun 8am–6pm. $ Park Café 512 20th St. W; parkcafe.ca. A fan favourite in Riversdale, this classic diner serves up daily specials, dessert and bottomless coffee. Open daily 8am–4pm. $ Poached Breakfast Bistro 259 2nd Ave. S; on Facebook. Tempting breakfast/brunch options in this slim, tastefully decorated space. Open daily 8am–2pm. $$ Underground Café 430 20th St. W; undergroundcafe430.ca. Grilled panini, the dreamy Etta James latte and live bluegrass Fridays at 7pm. Open Mon–Thu 7:30am– 6pm, Fri 7:30am–midnight, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm. $
VEGETARIAN Karma Conscious Café & Eatery 2-157 2nd Ave.
Located in Saskatoon’s downtown core, Citizen Cafe & Bakery (18 23rd St. E; citizencafeandbakery.ca) is a great place for those wanting either a quick meal or just a place to chill in an urban setting. Citizen offers breakfast and lunch options, plus fresh-made cookies, muffins and more, including coffees and teas to wash it all down. All menu items have meat, vegetarian and vegan options.
N; thekarmacafe.ca. A downtown delight serving lattes to go, lunch and now supper. The cuisine fuses Mediterranean, Indian and other influences. Open Mon– Fri 7:30am–6pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–5pm. $$ Nosh Eatery & Tap 820 Broadway Ave.; nosheateryandtap.com. Artful vegetarian meals that are tasty and yet satisfy one’s daily nutritional needs. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun noon–11pm. $$ Thrive Juice Bar 137 20th St. W; thrivejuiceco.com. Fresh, organic, cold-pressed juices, super-food smoothies, salads and more. Open Mon–Tue 8am–6pm, Wed–Fri 8am–7pm, Sat 9am–6pm, Sun 10am–4pm. $$
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BURGERS, ICE CREAM, ETC.
Homestead Ice Cream 822 Victoria Ave.;
homesteadicecream.ca. Dozens of novelty and gourmet flavours of hard ice cream, plus all kinds of other treats. Open daily noon–10:30pm. $$ Jerry’s 1115 Grosvenor Ave., 844 51st St. E; jerrys.ca. Artisanal burgers, housemade gelati and sorbets, ice cream cakes, a kids play area and licensed. Open Sun–Thu 7am–11pm, Sun 9am–11pm. $$ Pink Cadillacs 113-412 Willow Grove Sq.; pinkcadillacs.ca. A 1950s-themed diner with burgers, sandwiches, milk shakes, malteds and more. Mon–Thu 11am–10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 10am–9pm. $$
FINE DINING Bliss Fine Food 1002 Broadway Ave.; blissfinefood. com. Appetizers, salads and mains with a touch of elegance. Open Tue–Sat 11am–2pm and from 5pm. $$$ Calories 721 Broadway Ave.; calories-restaurant.ca. An ever-changing menu with local produce, desserts to die for and a deep wine list. Open Mon–Thu 11am– 10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm, Sun 10am–4pm. $$$ Carver’s Steakhouse 612 Spadina Cres. E (in the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel); carverssteakhouse.ca. Top steaks and lots of special-order wines. Recently renovated. Open daily 5–10pm. $$$ Chandeliers Fine Dining 119 3rd Ave. S; chandeliers.club. Steaks, seafood, private dining rooms, live music weekends and 100-year-old art deco lighting. Open Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat 4–10pm. $$$ Cut Casual Steak & Tap 416 21st St. E; cutcasualsteak.com. An open kitchen, a decadent wine room and live music on weekends. Open Mon–Sat from 11am, Sun from noon. $$$ Flanagan’s Steak House 243 21st St. E; flanaganssteakhouse.com. Edwardian décor, AAA steaks and the city’s deepest wine list. Open Mon– Fri 7am–11pm, Sat 8am–11pm, Sun 8am–noon. $$$ St. Tropez Bistro 238 2nd Ave. S; sainttropezbistro. ca. A family-run spot presenting French cuisine with regional influences, plus house-grown herbs and edible flowers. Open Wed–Sun 4–11pm. $$$
Food & More at These End-of-Summer and Fall Events
Ukrainian Day in the Park
11:30am-7:30pm; open to the public 4–7pm; tickets $75 Like most things in Ukrainian culture, perogyThe name says it all at this dinner prepared by pinching and dancing symbolize what comes Christie Peters of The Hollows and hosted by a of doing things together. Likewise, this annual local food producer championing ethical eating vontueer-driven festival serves up lots of holubtsi, and sustainability. Buy tickets on the farm’s website holomenka and even horilka. See ukrainiandayin(farmoneforty) and learn more about the farm’s thepark.ca for performance schedules, history, etc. philosophy and inspiration for the dinner. Kiwanis Memorial Park (see p. 32; map 2, D6) Farm One Forty (Vanscoy, SK; 25 min SE on Hwy 7)
Various events, times & ds prices Several diverse events come together for this year’s exploration of dining in trendy Riversdale. Noteworthy among them is the Gold Table Dinner on Sept. 9 (6pm; tickets $150) in the greenhouse at Garden Architecture & Design (315 Ave. A S). For full ticketing and event details, go to yxeats.squarespace.com. At locations across Riversdale district
Il Salici Ristorante 382 Cartwright St.; willowsgolf. com. Rustic Italian fare at the delightful Willow’s Golf & Country Club. Open Mon–Sat 11am–2pm, 5–10pm, Sun 10am–2pm. $$
Little Grouse on the Prairie 167 3rd Ave. S; littlegrouse.com. Antipasti, squid ink taglierini, game meats and wine pairings on their price fixe menu. Open Tue–Sun 5:30–11pm. $$$ Primal 423 20th St. W; primalpasta.ca. Experienced
local chefs Christie Peters and Kyle Michaels (of The Hollows fame) serve fresh pasta and more in this dark, earthy space. Open Wed–Sat 5pm–10pm. $$$
Taverna 219 21st St. E; on Facebook. This
downtown staple for Italian dining has been around since the 70s. Claim to fame: Oprah has dined here! Open Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat–Sun 5–10pm. $$$
Gibson’s Fish and Chips 1025 Louise Ave.; gib-
sonsfishandchips.com. English-style halibut and chips from a family-owned and -operated business. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11:30pm. $$
The Glen at Crossmount Presents our 3rd Annual:
Fall Fest 2017 VENDORS
9am–10pm; ticket prices TBA free admission B B10am-7pm; Q Help brewery owners Heather and Cameron tap Vendors on site, guided tours of the cidery and into the first keg of Sasktoberfest, traditionally a country Gguided U I Dtastings E D in Cthe I DHighlander E R T ARoom, STIN GS their seasonal Harvest “Moonkin” ale. Various lolunch at the Arts Barn, horse and carriage rides, a I Nand I Amore T UforR families E HO E S with hayM maze or R anSouting cal bands will play, with a Beer Olympics to boot. Check prariesun.ca or Facebook for updates. H O R S E +friends. C AVisit R Rtheglenatcrossmount.ca. IAGE RIDES The Glen at Crossmount (10 min. S on Hwy 219) Prairie Sun Brewery (2020 Quebec Ave.)
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Spanish Expressions in Terroir
When you come across an Old World wine born from soils full of character and potential, buy all you can get your hands on
Text by Garry Findlay Most wine enthusiasts have heard about the expression of terroir (tehrWAHR), which is described by Vinepair.com as “the unique elements of a place, or region and soil type that are smell-able and taste-able in a finished wine”. If you ask collectors, wine enthusiasts and wine makers, they say it isn’t the alcohol but rather the terroir that makes a wine so special. Just as winemaking styles differ, so do people’s thoughts on the elusive notion of terroir. It is understood that winemakers cannot do the same things in the Burgundy region of France as in the Napa Valley in California or Mendoza in Argentina, and that grape growing requires time and patience. But if you have both of these elements in place, you are able to interact with more respect towards terroir, learning from it and harnessing its qualities and potential. One of the most important factors, they all contend, is soil. Soil is alive and, as a result, what is living in it has to be managed in favour of the plant. The question is, do people really consider the concept of terroir when ordering a glass of wine at a
restaurant? Probably not! If they ask the question “Where is this from?” versus “What is this?” they have probably begun the exploration into the said expression of terroir and the differences in growing regions. I spoke to a winemaker who said that the perception of flavour profiles extracted from the soil, then rootstock, into the vine and then the grapes themselves is not within our capacity as human wine drinkers to taste. He said that, “a specific micro-climate imparts more flavour profiles onto the fruit itself as opposed to soil type only”. He encouraged his employees to grow gardens, plant flowers and vegetables, and keep honeybees. His vineyard surrounded by oak trees has developed its own microclimate. This he said imparted more oils and more flavour profiles on his fruit versus the soil alone. (He said not to tell anyone as he was writing a book, but I couldn’t help myself.) With this in mind, my thoughts turn toward Spanish wines, which many agree drink at twice their value. Each Spanish wine I have tried is a great example of both
top users of seasonal produce
terroir and micro-climate. Often over-looked as a result of, perhaps, selection and branding, they are great value. Think outside of the box when looking to pick up a bottle of Copper Moon and next time try a Spanish offering. You will be pleased! One in particular and locally available is the Juan Gil Silver Label: it’s 100 percent Monastrell, scoring
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LOUNGES & PUBS 2nd Avenue Bar & Grill 123 2ndAve. S; 2ndavegrill. com. A downtown fave for Friday lunch and after-work drinks. Open Mon–Sat from 11am. $$ 6Twelve Lounge 612 Spadina Cres. E (in the Sheraton
Cavalier Hotel); 6twelve.ca. Original, house-infused cocktail creations, a funky atmosphere and live DJs. Open daily from 11am. $$$
The Burning Beard 731 Broadway Ave.; thebeardon-
broadway.com. Buckets o’ bacon, beards and more to go with a deep drinks menu. Open daily from 11am. $$$
1. Prairie Harvest Café Whether for
brunch or a special occasion, Mike McKeown serves up food worthy of the farmers who supply him. (2917 Early Dr.;
prairieharvestcafe.com) 2. The Hollows Chefs Christie Peters and Kyle Michales continue to support local in actions and deeds. (334 Ave. C S; thehollows.ca) 3. Calories The acknowledged trailblazers as far as supporting local food producers goes. (721 Broadway Ave.; caloriesrestaurant.ca)
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92 points. It’s a stunning offering (available at Coop Wines & Spirits; $32), but if you can get its big brother Clio, buy all you can find. 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
Senator); flanaganssteakhouse.ca. A cozy corner nook featuring 2oz. wine flight tastings, mixed drinks and nibbles. Open Mon–Sat 4pm–midnight. $$$ Winston’s English Pub 243 21st St. E; winstonspub. ca. The most beers on tap in the city, heaps of Old World charm. Open daily from 11am. $$ The Woods Ale House 148 2nd Ave. N; on Facebook. Craft beers on tap (local and beyond), plus tasty nosh. Open Tue–Sat from 11am, Sun from 4pm. $$
EUROPEAN German Cultural Club 160 Cartwright St.;
The James Hotel Lobby Bar 620 Spadina Cres. E;
saskatoongermanculturalcentre.ca. Schnitzel, sausages, struedel and German beers. Now celebrating 60 years. Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm; Sun 11am–2pm. $$
O’Shea’s Irish Pub 222 2nd Ave. S; osheasirishpub.ca. A classic pub with a great rooftop deck and a wee little door for leprechauns. Open Mon– Fri 11am–2am, Sat–Sun 10am–2am. $$
Prairie Sun Café 2020 Quebec Ave.; prairiesun.ca.
The Rook & Raven 154 2nd Ave. S; on Facebook.
Upstairs Fondue 613 8th St. E; ufondue.ca. The only place in the city serving this Swiss treat. Choose from cheese, oil and chocolate, or do all three. Open Tue–Thu 5–8pm, Fri–Sat 4–9:30pm, Sun 5–7:30pm. $$$
thejameshotel.ca. Decadence defined in this swank space by the river. DJ music on weekends. Open 24/7. $$$
A staple in the city centre for lunch, a wee dram, a pint or all three. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$
Vintage Wine Bar 243 21st St. E (in the Hotel
They’ve got new seasonal beers on tap, a menu big on local meat, cheese and more and a patio. Open Mon–Sat 11am–7pm. $$
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GLOBAL Afghan Kabob & Donair 3-100 2nd Ave. S; on
Facebook. The full menu is worth the wait, the kebabs are delicious and they also have regular hookah pipe nights. Open Mon–Sat 11am–10pm. $
Bon Temps Café 223 2nd Ave. S; bontempscafe.ca.
Seafood creole, chicken and sausage Jambalaya, big crawfish boils, bartenders slinging cocktails and regular live music. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$
Cesar’s Cakes & Café 11-3000 Diefenbaker Dr.;
on Facebook. Filipino kare kare (peanut stew w/ beef), tokwat baboy (steamed pork and fried tofu) and more. Open Tue–Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 8am–5pm. $
Konga Café 204 Ave. H N; kongacafe.com. It’s
Asian Hut 320 Ave. C S. The best pho soup in town
Fuzion Sushi & Deli 2-100 2nd Ave. S. Various
and daily lunch deals at this gem in Riversdale. Arrive early to avoid missing out. 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, plus chat up owner Lujo for some friendly banter. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, Mon–Sat 5–9pm. $$ Keo’s 1013 Broadway Ave. Lao, Cambodian and Thai mainstays in one locale. Not cheap, but good food shouldn’t be anyway. Open Sun–Mon 4:30–10pm, Tue–Sat 11am–2pm, 4:30–9pm. $$ Royal Thai 2-325 3rd Ave. N; Come.to/RoyalThai. Tasty Thai curries, spicy tom sum, noodle dishes and beyond. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 4–9pm. $$ Spicy Garden 2105 8th St. E; spicygarden.ca. Cheap daily lunches in a busy strip mall. Open Sun, Tue–Thu 11am–8pm, Fri–Sat 11am–9pm. $ White Lotus 4-15 Worobetz Pl.; whitelotusrestaurant. net. Top noodle bowls, spring rolls and service put this spot top of the heap when it comes to Vietnamese dining in town. Open Mon–Sat 11am–8:30pm. $
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the place to go for classic Jamaican jerk or curried chicken (or goat). Yeah, mon! Open Tue–Thu 4–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm. $
sushi rolls, rice and noodle bowls for cheap, plus bubble tea. An easy choice for many at lunch time. Open Mon–Sat 10:30am–9pm. $
Go for Sushi St. E; Vegetarian2105 | Vegan8th | Gluten Freegoforsushibuffet.com. | Egg Free All-you-can-eat sushi and a Chinese buffet for under 2-157 2nd Ave N Saskatoon SK (306) 249-2554 $20 at this popular spot in a busy strip mall. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$ 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. $
flash from the peeps at Congress Beer House. (210 20th St. W; on Facebook) 3. The Viillage Bistro A range of eclectic eats with lots of meat options (but not only) in suburban Stonebridge. (110-250 Hunter Ave.; thevillagebistro.ca)
Facebook). Middle Eastern tastes (falafels, fatayer, shawarmas, hummus, tabbouleh and more) always served with a smile. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $
Mardi Gras Grill 239 Idylwyld Dr. S; mardi-gras-grill. com. Gator, frog legs, blackened catfish, southern-style grits and heaps mo’. Open Tue–Wed noon–8:30pm, Thu–Fri noon–10pm, Sat 10am–10pm. $$ Pars 8-3311 8th St. E. The city’s only Persian
restaurant makes up for what it lacks in charm with delicious kebabs, vaziri, bakhtiari, stews and more. Open Tue–Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 10am–4pm. $
New Island Sushi 2036 Quebec Ave.; on Facebook. Some people swear by their unagi rolls, but the price for sushi is right here whatever you order. Open daily 9:30am–11pm. $$
Saba’s African Cuisine 901 22nd St. W. Use the
Nisen 240 22nd St. E; nisensaskatoon.com. Wait to be seated here for all-you-can-eat sushi and Thai food in the heart of the downtown. Open Tue–Sun 11am–9:30pm. $
Wanuskewin Restaurant RR 4, Penner Road;
October 3010 Arlington Ave.; on Facebook. A
mix of Korean dishes and Japanese sushi here, plus a wide variety of platters and other options. Open Wed–Mon 11am–3pm, 5–9pm. $
Otowa 227 2nd Ave. S; otowasaskatoon.com.
Lunch deals for under $12 (sukiyaki beef, teriyaki salmon) to go with Japanese Bento boxes, and evercozy evening dining. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$
Samurai 601 Spadina Cres. E (in the Delta Bessborough Hotel). True Japanese teppan yaki— grilling on stainless steel with all the fire and flair. It’s worth checking out just for the show. Open daily 5–10pm. $$$
1. Venn Coffee Roasters Locally roasted coffee beans in the alley behind Amigo’s, plus The Night Oven baking. (830 Dufferin Ave.; drinkvenn.com) 2. Hometown Diner Breakfast and lunch in a
Lebanese Kitchen 1005 Broadway Ave.; on
Seoul 334 20th St. W; seoulsaskatoon.com. 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. $$
bread, called injera, and with your hands scoop up spicy servings of delicious Ethiopian/Eritrean food. Open Tue–Sun 4:30–10:30pm. $$ wanuskewin.com. Enjoy the surroundings and “First Nations cuisine with a modern flair.” Open daily 9am–4:30pm, holidays 11am–4:30pm. $
FUSION/GASTRO Ayden Kitchen & Bar 265 3rd Ave. S; aydenkitch-
enandbar.com. 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. $$$ Congress Beer House 215 2nd Ave. South; on Facebook. A good selection of beers on tap, lunch specials, signature house-made twists of pub fare and lots of elbow room. Open daily 11am–2am. $$
The Hollows 334 Ave. C S; thehollows.ca. An eclectic Riversdale eatery using locally sourced ingredients in every delightful dish. Open Wed–Sat 5:30–10pm, Sat–Sun 11am–2pm. $$$ Leyda’s Restaurant 112 20th St. W; leydas.ca. Gluten- and nut-free, organic whole foods, and a Spanish accent on health-positive dishes. Mid-week dining specials too. Open Tue–Sat 11am–10pm. $$
Sticks & Stones 226 2nd Ave. S; sticksandstone-
Prairie Harvest Café 2917 Early Dr.; prairieharvestcafe.
syxe.com. This place has everything: ramen, gyoza, steamed buns, sushi rolls and cocktails. Open Sun, Tue–Thu 11:30am–1am, Fri–Sat 11:30am–2am. $$
com. Head Chef Mike McKeown’s use of local, in-season produce has made him a standout on Canada’s food scene. Open Tue–Sat 5–9pm, Sat–Sun 10am–2pm. $$
Sushiro 737B 10th St. E; sushiro.com. Broadway has top-notch sushi in this little hideout, but also other eclectic Japanese fare. Cocktails are recommended here, as are reservations if you want to get a seat. Open Mon–Sat 5pm–midnight. $$$
Vista Lounge 339 Ave. A S; driftcafe.ca. This airy, upstairs bar with roll-top windows feels like it’s set in Spain, and the tapas menu (and sangria) accentuate the charm here. Open Wed–Thu 4–10pm; Fri–Sat 4pm-midnight; Sat–Sun brunch 10am–2pm. $$
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local attractions 00 Accommodations (map 1) 1. Best Western Blairmore (H2; 306 Shillington Cres., 306-242-2299)
2. Best Western Plus East Side (I10; 3331 8th St. E, 306-986-2400)
3. Colonial Square Inn & Suites (I8; 1-1301 8th St. E,
4. Comfort Inn (D7; 2155 Northridge Dr., 306-934-1122) 5. Comfort Suites Saskatoon (A5; 203 Bill Hunter Ave. 306-955-6565)
6. Confederation Inn (H3; 3330 Fairlight Dr., 306-384-2882) 7. Country Inn & Suites (D6; 617 Cynthia St., 306-934-3900) 8. Days Inn Saskatoon (E7; 2000 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-242-3297) 9. Four Points Sheraton Hotel (K8; 103 Stonebridge Blvd., 306-933-9889)
10. Hampton Inn (K8; 105 Stonebridge Blvd., 306-665-9898) 11. Hampton Inn & Suites (E5; 110 Gateway Blvd., 306-933-1010)
12. Heritage Inn (E5; 102 Cardinal Cres., 306-665-8121) 13. Home Inn & Suites (K9; 253 Willis Cres., 306-657-4663) 14. MainStay Suites (E5; 317 Aerogreen Cres., 306-933-2622) 15. Marriott Courtyard Saskatoon Airport (E5; 333
Aerogreen Cres., 306-986-4993) 16. Motel 6 Saskatoon (A5; 231 Marquis Dr., 306-665-6688) 17. Northgate Motor Inn (G7; 706 Idylwyld Dr. N; 306-664-4414) 18. Northwoods Inn & Suites (G7; 610 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-244-2901) 19. Quality Inn & Suites (E6; 1715 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-244-5552) 20. Ramada Hotel (F7; 806 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-665-6500) 21. Refresh Inn & Suites (H8; 1220 College Dr., 306934-5555) 22. Riviera Motor Inn (E6; 2001 Ave. B N, 306-242-7272) 23. Sandman Hotel Saskatoon (D6; 310 Circle Dr. W, 306-477-4844) 24. Saskatoon Inn Hotel (E6; 2002 Airport Dr., 306-242-1440) 25. Super 8 Saskatoon (D7; 706 Circle Dr. E, 306-384-8989) 26. Super 8 Saskatoon West (G5; 1414 22nd St. W, 306-974-2900) 27. Thriftlodge Saskatoon (E6; 1825 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-244-2191) 28. TownePlace Suites by Marriott (K9; 247 Willis Cres., 306-952-0400) 29. Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon (D6; 106 Circle Dr. W, 306-242-8881) 30. Westgate Motor Inn (H5; 2501 22nd St. W; 306-382-3722)
1. Delta Bessborough
(map 2, E6; 601 Spadina Cres. E, 306-244-5521)
2. Hilton Garden Inn
(map 2, C4; 90 22nd St. E, 306-244-2311)
3. Holiday Inn Saskatoon
(map 2, C3; 101 Pacific Ave., 306-986-5000)
4. Holiday Inn Express
(map 2, D4; 315 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-384-8844)
5. The James Hotel
(map 2, E7; 620 Spadina Cres. E, 306-244-6446) 6. Obasa Suites* (3 locations; map 2, B4, B6; map 3, B2; 1-877-996-2272)
7. Park Town Hotel
(map 2, B7; 924 Spadina Cres. E, 1-800-667-3999)
8. Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
(map 2, E5; 405 20th St. E, 306-665-3322)
9. Hotel Senator
(map 2, D4; 243 21st St. E, 306-244-6141)
10. Sheraton Cavalier Hotel
(map 2, D5; 612 Spadina Cres. E, 306-652-6770)
Bessborough Hotel and Gardens Saskatoon’s “Castle on the River,” the “Bess” is arguably the city’s most photographed landmark, intentionally designed by Montreal architects Archibald and Schofield to resemble a Bavarian castle. Built by the CNR, it was completed in 1932. 601 Spadina Cres. E, 306-244-5521. Civic Conservatory Completed in 1964, this glass and concrete structure is home to plants from tropical, desert, temperate and other climates. Catch the blooming cycles of various plants year-round in this heated oasis near the city centre. Open daily 10am–5pm. 950 Spadina Cres. E; saskatoon.ca/parksrecreation-attractions. 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; saskatoon.ca/parksrecreation-attractions. Map 1, E11. 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. The Marr Residence Set in Nutana district, this is the oldest house in Saskatoon on its original foundation. Built in 1884 by Alexander (Sandy) Marr, the home was used as a field hospital during the 1885 North-West Rebellion. The Marr is a civic heritage site and opens for special events on long weekends during the summer. 326 11th St. E, 306-652-1201; themarr.ca. PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park With a Ferris wheel, miniature train, carousel, two zip lines, slides and heaps of play space, this children’s park downtown offers fun for kids and parents alike. Washrooms and concession on site. Open Mon–Sat 10am–8pm, Sun noon–8pm. Off Spadina Cres. E opposite the Civic Conservatory; saskatoon.ca/parks-recreation-facilitiesattractions. St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Saskatoon’s first Anglican cathedral incorporates brick, Tyndall stone and terra cotta in an unornamented neo-Gothic style. Completed in 1917, the cornerstone was laid in 1912 by then Governor General Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught. 816 Spadina Cres. E. Saskatoon Farmers’ Market Dozens of vendors selling farm-fresh produce, eggs, meat, fish, bread, preserves and more. Open Tue–Fri 10am–5pm; market days Wed (10am–3pm), Sat (8am–2pm) and Sun (10am–3pm). 414 Ave. B S; saskatoonfarmersmarket.com.
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anniversary this year, the lone casino serving Saskatoon features slot machines, Texas Hold’Em poker, Blackjack, Roulette, a restaurant and regular live events. Check their online schedule for free regular shuttle service from pick-up points citywide. 204 Dakota Dunes Way (20 min. S on Hwy 219), 306-667-6400; dakotadunescasino.com. Map 1, L6. U of S Observatory The observatory facilities (telescopes,
other scientific equipment) at the U of S are available for use by 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 August 9:15–11:45pm and September 8:30–11pm; physics.usask.ca/observatory. Ukrainian Museum of Canada Dedicated to the Ukrainian settlers who contributed in large measure to the settlement of the prairies. The museum, which also features an art gallery and gift shop, has one of the largest collections of handwoven textiles in the country. Open Tue–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm. 910 Spadina Cres. E; umc.sk.ca. Wanuskewin Heritage Park The Northern Plains Cree used this site (pronounced Wah-nus-KAY-win; “living in harmony”) for thousands of years as a gathering and hunting place. Trails wind over more than 6km of parkland; also find art galleries, a theatre, café serving First Nations cuisine and gift shop. Open Mon–Sat 9am–4:30pm. 5km north on Wanuskewin Road; wanuskewin.com. 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, the WDM here has an extensive collection of rare and antique automobiles. Open daily 9am–5pm. 2610 Lorne Ave., 306-931-1910; wdm.ca.
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A Seamstress for All Seasons Text by Sarah Dorward Photos by Debra Marshall Photography
Award-winning costume designer Beverley Kobelsky uses deft hands to add colour and texture to productions at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and Greystone Theatre University of Saskatchewan professor, theatre aficionado and superb seamstress Beverley Kobelsky continues to inspire and assist through her many involvements in the local drama scene. Teaching students young and old both in and outside of the U of S Drama Department, designing and teaching together with the university’s Greystone Theatre, and working with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan every summer, Kobelsky is arguably the woman of costuming and theatre in Saskatoon. While studying printmaking and drawing during her undergrad, Kobelsky discovered a love for design early on. She completed her Bachelor’s of Arts at the U of S and later moved to Edmonton where she did just one year at the University of Alberta on a Master’s in Art—something her passion for theatre interrupted. A stagecraft course during her undergrad made Kobelsky realize she loved putting her artistic skills to use in a more collaborative environment. Following a stint as a production assistant in White Rock, BC, she became a wardrobe as-
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Main photo: Costume designer Beverley Kobelsky; above left: Greg Ochitwa performing as the Earl of Richmond in Richard III; Josh Beaudry as Malvolio takes the hand of Caitlin Vancoughnett playing Olivia in Twelfth Night.
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Tue–Sat 7:30pm, Sun matinees 2pm; tickets from $28 Another season of the Bard’s canon comes to life on the prairies with veteran and emerging local actors. This year’s cast put a bluegrass spin on the musical comedy Twelfth Night, while for the gripping tragedy Richard III they rediscover the story’s roots. Bios, special event details, etc., at shakespearesask.com. Festival site along the South Saskatchewan River (see p. 32; map 2, A8)
sistant for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan in 1988 and quickly established herself within the Saskatoon theatre scene. Back then, the festival’s costuming team consisted of Kobelsky and a friend, though today she has the assistance of friends and costuming students in the months leading up to the shows. Good thing, too, since it takes around 9–12 weeks for the many intricate pieces to be ready for a full Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan production. In addition to decades with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Kobelsky has intimately tied herself to the city’s theatre community, having spent 10 years with Persephone Theatre as their Head of Wardrobe and Resident Costume Designer. Outside of teaching and Greystone-related productions, she assists emerging designers and volunteers her time with smaller theatrical organizations, including the Saskatoon Summer Players, the Saskatoon Opera, the Live Five theatre company, and even students at Tommy Douglas Collegiate in their recent production of The Little Mermaid.
Despite her busy schedule, Kobelsky—who has won five Saskatoon Area Theatre awards for her work—spends most of her year with students and colleagues at the U of S, particularly Greystone Theatre, where she works closely with the director of each production to research and design each piece with accuracy and care. Greystone, with four productions per year, has students working under Kobelsky’s tutelage (and other design instructors) on lighting and set design, costuming, plus helping as dressers backstage and even doing stage makeup for each play. The main course she teaches is Drama 210 (costume design and construction), which is offered year round. Though many students enrolled in her classes are acting students, Kobelsky also teaches visual arts students and others interested in learning basic sewing and fitting techniques, plus some basic theatre history. However, as all drama courses do, it ultimately promotes collaboration and creative thought—something Kobelsky truly believes the world needs.
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Saskatoon embraces DIY! From kitchen endeavours to laser-cutting, printmaking and more! Plus: heaps of concerts, theatre and events, includi...