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S A S K AT O O N @flowzineSask VOLUME 6 ISSUE 2
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A NEW GENERATION OF SASKATCHEWAN CRAFTERS “HIDES” IN PLAIN SIGHT
BIG CHANGES – AND SHOWS – COMING TO THE ROXY 07 THE FIRST EXHIBITS OF THE NEW REMAI MODERN ART GALLERY 12 HIDDEN GEMS OF THE FOOD+DRINK SCENE: WHICH DO YOU KNOW? 30 Extensive listings for dining, shopping & more at www.flowmagazine.ca
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REAL CREATURES OF LEATHER
What there is to say about this amazing material from local leatherworkers, in their words
BROTHERS IN HARMONY AT THE ROXY The Karpinkas and a must-see show by Tribe Text by Tyson McShane
A LONG-AWAITED OPENING EXHIBITION Here’s what the Remai Modern has in store Text by Sarah Dorward
SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR...HEALTH Three local practitioners are leaving positive marks
Interviews by Erika Faith
IS HE THE CITY’S BURGERMEISTER? Cole Dobranski of Congress, Ace Burger & Hometown Interview by Paul Miazga
Slice it and dice it anyway you like, leather is one material that will always have a market. Veteran journalist and fashionista Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz finds out why. (Amy Thorp Photography)
GOOD REASONS TO FIND HIDDEN EATERIES Lead the talk around the office water cooler for once Text by HenryTye Glazebrook
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Corrections: In the Aug/Sept 2017 issue, we incorrectly suggested Bailey Wilmot of The Local Kitchen was one of the creators of The Local Bar when in fact it was Julie Gryba together with Caitlin Olauson who did so.
Cover photo of Devon Fiddler by Amy Thorp Concept by Paul Miazga Shot on location at The Two Twenty in Riversdale, Saskatoon.
Autumn Leaves, Pumpkin Carving
My daughter for weeks (months?) has been pestering me to get a pumpkin so we can carve it up for Halloween. The words “Not yet” have not entered into her vocabulary. We make do instead with pumpkin soup, fall vegetables from the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market and colouring at home with lots of oranges, yellows, browns and ochres. She’s become a fast study of her mom’s Still life with leaves. While I’m not particularly big on fall (I prefer summer, and the hotter the better), my wife is and my daughter even more so since it inevitably leads into winter. (“Daddy, you know I really like winter because we can make snowmen!”) There are all sorts of things to do in the coming months (as per usual; just check our packed event pages, plus mentions of other significant happenings here and there in this issue), but for me fall is a time for reflection. It’s not for any reason that in some cultures, the fall is considered the end of the year since
that’s when things stop growing. Temperatures drop, winds blow harder and leaves gather at the base of trees before being tossed in the air to dance for a while. It’s also a time when some go out to hunt or trap, so it makes sense then that we decided in this issue to give some consideration to some of the city’s leatherworkers. This growing cottage industry has led to the revival of old traditions, whether of elegant shoemaking or eons old Aboriginal hide tanning, and as journalist Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz isn’t afraid to admit, leather has personality and becomes a part of you. Wearing a great leather jacket or pair of comfortable shoes reminds us of the endearing, enduring qualities of this wonderful fabric with which this province is blessed with abundance. Elsewhere in this issue, writer Erika Faith has delved again into the topic of women’s health, this time regarding active practitioners, while in food+drink HenryTye Glazebrook actively sought out some of the city’s best-kept secrets to expose them in all their glory for you to explore. But most of all, the timing of this issue might best be remembered for it falling during the grand opening of the much-awaited and longoverdue Remai Modern Art Gallery on Oct. 21. Expect lineups for the first few weeks, keep an open mind as to all the exhibits (this is modern art, after all), and keep your feet moving, even if you feel it’s time to slow things down the way nature is suggesting we should.
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Part-time graphic artist and full-time mom, Crystal made time on her daughter’s 2nd birthday to pre-flight this entire issue of flow and eat her cake too. If you need a great designer and nobody else can help, and if you can find her...
A Dene and Métis blogger, poet and photographer from English River First Nation, Tenille has helped represent Devon Fiddler and SheNative to the world through her Sweetmoon Photography. She’s got a few stories to tell, so lend her your ears.
Yet another Sask. export, Henry has recently moved to the coast, but not before penning two final articles: one on an old cemetery and the other on his favourite topic, food. And just so he knows: The cheque is in the mail.
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Partnering for Success With committed local partners, a sprinkle of vision, and a dash of timeless appeal, a beautiful new plan for an aging beauty is taking shape
Text by Paul Miazga Anyone visitor to Riversdale’s timeless The Roxy Theatre can appreciate the unique vibe it possesses as one of Canada’s last atmospheric theatres. The ambiance of the Spanish courtyard and quaint murals by Canadian artist Fred Harrison have made this theatre a cornerstone of the community since it was built in 1930. But to move boldly ahead into the 21st century, the Roxy Theatre will embark on major sound, lighting and space upgrades thanks to a partnership with Dan Canfield, owner of Village Guitar & Amp—a much newer boutique guitar shop nearby that hosts small live music events by night. Under Canfield’s guidance, The Roxy Theatre will be transformed into the best sounding live music venue in the city. “The changes are going to be transformational,” says Roxy Theatre General Manager Jordan Delorme, who added that when Canfield approached the theatre’s ownership with his idea, “the ownership gave him a green light and basically told him they’d back his entire plan.” When Shift Development CEO Curtis Olson heard the lineup of shows that would follow the big changes—starting with Andy Shauf on Nov. 17—he signed on as presenting sponsor to host the first five events at the revived Roxy.
“We’ve always been a developer that does more than build buildings,” Olson says. “We contribute to the whole ecosystem of a neighbourhood, and we’re excited about this next step—a vibrant nightlife and live music series that enhances life in Riversdale and gives back to the community that has been here from the start.” To all involved, giving back means partnering with local non-profits like the Friendship Inn, whose monthly giving campaign will be featured at the Shauf concert. There will also be also a ticket sponsorship program whereby anyone can buy an extra ticket to the show and earn a premium seat, with the extra ticket going to a fan who can’t afford it. The partnership between Shift Development, Little Village Entertainment and The Roxy Theatre reflects positively on the character of the district, where mom-and-pop shops continue to business alongside new merchants. A true hub for creativity, the area is home to art galleries, design bureaus, the Saskatoon Symphony, and other organizations that often cooperate on big events. Creating a world-class, 490 soft seat theatre for live music will provide another venue for collaboration and significantly enhance Riversdale’s profile as a destination for art and nightlife.
8pm; tickets $25 A world-famous story of fate and temptation, renowned as an opera, and dramatically immortalized on the silver screen. Part drama, fantasy and horror, F.W. Murnau’s “Faust” will be brought to life with a brand new original music score written and performed live by Winnipeg’s Mahogany Frog. Mahogany Frog headlines the latest Riversdale Silent Series event, taking their instrumental electronic rock (with an arsenal of keyboards, feedback-ridden guitars, fuzz-bass and walls of sound) to create dynamic, multi-layered songs to explore the sombre film’s tone, mood and composition. The last event in this series sold out, so don’t wait to buy tickets for this one!
8pm; tickets $20 Outstanding songwriter, producer and multiinstrumentalist, Shauf’s 2015 LP The Bearer of Bad News turned heads and the track “Wendell Walker” was shortlisted for the 2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize. Even bigger things were expected of The Party, which Shauf released in 2016. On the album, the Estevan native played all instruments except for strings, and for his efforts he was nominated for 4 Junos and many other awards. It’s a show for the ages in the newly renovated Roxy. Tickets available at villageguitars. ca/collections/live-music; proceeds go to support Friendship Inn. Presented by Shift Development in collaboration with Village Guitar & Amp.
Riversdale Silent Series: Faust
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Both shows at The Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W; theroxytheatre.ca)
October events Oct14
Stardust: The Music of David Bowie 7:30pm; tickets from $15 The Jeans ‘n Classics band with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra present the best of David Bowie’s music over three decades. With Ziggy Stardust, Heroes, Rebel Rebel, Bowie blazed a trail and became one of the greatest pop/glam/rock enigmas in pop culture. Iconic, controversial, and unafraid to push creative boundaries, Bowie ensured his music pleased, challenged and amazed with equal measure. For more details and a full play list, visit saskatoonsymphony.org. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E; tcutickets.ca)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rubbish 11 6pm; tickets $100 12 Presented by the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council, Rubbish is a dining 13 experience like no other and will change how you think about food waste. Enjoy a gourmet meal and a custom beer featuring creative uses of fresh local 14 ingredients that are often thrown away. Dinner will be followed by a documen15 tary about the food waste revolution. Learn more about eliminating food waste 16 in Saskatoon by checking out swrc.ca. Royal Canadian Legion Hall (606 Spadina Cres. W) 17 18 19 20 Quick Bright Things 21 Evening shows 8pm, Sun matinees 2pm; 22 tickets $36 23 In this world premiere written by Christopher 24 Cook and directed by Del Surjik, Nick travels home to his family with his adopted teenage son, 25 Gerome, to meet the teen’s biological mother. 26 Gerome’s recent schizophrenia diagnosis has left some around him unsettled, but that doesn’t stop 27 them from trying to weigh in on it. This touching 28 and decidedly honest play gives a deeply authentic picture of a young man’s struggle with mental 29 health, while revelling in the ordinary intimacy of 30 family relations. See persephonetheatre.org. 31
Remai Arts Centre (100 Spadina Cres. E)
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SIGA Poker Championship
Starts at noon daily; entry fee $675 Get your best poker face on and play to win part of a total prize pool of $240,000. Feeling lucky with that 2-7 off-suit? It’s your call! Dakota Dunes Casino (Whitecap, SK; 20 min S on Hwy 219)
8pm; tickets $41.50 Her first album in five years, Metaphysics, gives production nods to Peter Gabriel, Dan Lanois, Tori Amos, Radiohead and even Gustav Mahler. Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; broadwaytheatre.ca)
The Deep Dark Woods
8pm; tickets $31.50 Proud native sons of Saskatoon, this alt-country/folk rock band hits its Americana sound on all levels, with rustic vocals tto go with big sound on their newest album, Yarrow. Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)
8pm; tickets $55 The godfather of Canadian rock ‘n’ roll feels right at home behind a keyboard and mic. Revel in hits “These Eyes”, “American Woman” et al. Dakota Dunes Casino (20 min. S on Hwy 219; dakotadunescasino.com)
Sask. Wearable Arts Gala
7pm; tickets $106.40 It’s art that also happens to be wearable, and vice versa. Cash prizes to the top 2 placers at this annual fashion show. See picatic.com/SWAG2017. Cathedral of the Holy Family (123 Nelson Road)
LIVE MUSIC & EVENTS
Nov. 4: Mallory Chipman Quintet (8pm; $28/$23) Nov. 6: Guy Davis (8pm; $29/$24) Nov. 9: Laila Biali (8pm; $28/$23) com). Shows at 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. Oct. 6: CFCR FM-Phasis 2017 feat. Library Voices Nov. 10: Ellen Froese (9pm; $23/$18) Nov. 11: The North w/ David Braid & Mike Murw/ Raeburn, Ritual Rabbits (tickets $12) ley (8pm; $28/$23) Oct. 7: CFCR FM-Phasis feat. Parab Poet & The Nov. 12: Dirty Catfish Brass Band (7:30pm; $28/$23) Hip Hop Hippies w/ soso, Crabstyle ($12) Nov. 13: Brock Zeman w/ Blair Hogan (8pm; Oct. 12: Belle Game w/ guests $20/$15) Oct. 13: CFCR FM-Phasis feat. The Seahags w/ Nov. 16–17: Jack Semple’s B.B. King Tribute The Steves, Foam Lake (8pm; $37/$27) Oct. 14: An Evening with Hey Ocean! ($15 in Nov. 18: Flying Colours (8pm; $25/$20) advance/$18 day of) Nov. 22: The Once (8pm; $37/$27) Oct. 18: Rosetta w/ North ($15/$18) Nov. 24: Megan Nash w/ Bears in Hazenmore Oct. 20: Peach Pit w/ Andrew Phelan, Kirby (9pm; $25/$20) Criddle et al Nov. 25: Karl Roth (8pm; $35/$25) Oct. 25: Live Group Sex Therapy w/ Menagerie Burlesque Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; broadOct. 28: Special Ops Take it All Halloween Bash waytheatre.ca). Shows at 8pm except as noted. Tour w/ special guests Oct. 6: The Bros. Landreth w/ Roman Clarke Oct. 31: New Jacobin Club Halloween Sideshow (tickets $31.50) & Burlesque Party Oct. 12: Whitehorse ($45.50) Nov. 1: The Pack A.D. w/ Off The Top Rope Oct. 17: Gavin DeGraw (prices TBA) ($10/$12) Oct. 21: Martha Wainwright ($40.50) The Bassment (202 4th Ave. N; thebassment.ca). Oct. 23: Shane Koyczan ($39.50) Oct. 29: SJO present Prairie Fire (7:30pm; Oct. 7: The PianoMen (8pm; tickets $25/mem$34.50) bers $20) Oct. 10: Twin Bandit w/ Oliver Swain (8pm; $20/$15) Nov. 4: Downchild Blues Band ($45) Nov. 12: Little Miss Higgins ($31.50) Oct. 11: Adyn Townes (8pm; $20/$15) Nov. 20: Skydiggers ($40.50) Oct. 12: The Piano Chameleons: Herskowitz and Nov. 22: Corb Lund (TBA) Roney (8pm; $35/$25) Nov. 24: Current Swell ($27.50) Oct. 13: Pretty Archie (9pm; $25/$20) Nov. 25: The Northern Pikes ($41.50) Oct. 14: U of S Jazz Ensemble (8pm; $20/$15) Oct. 18: Tony McManus (8pm; $25/$20) Capitol Music Club (244 1st Ave. N; capitolclub.ca). Oct. 20: The Accordion Project: Ray Penner & Shows at 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. Ken Pizurny (9pm; $25/$20) Oct. 6: Ivory Hours w/ Soft Cotton, Too Soon Oct. 21: The Willows (8pm; $28/$23) Monsoon Oct. 22: The Royal Foundry (7:30pm; $20/$15) Oct. 7: For Juice with Love feat. The Steadies All-Stars Oct. 25: AHI (8pm; $20/$15) w/ guests (tickets $15 in advance/$20 at the door) Oct. 26: Matt Patershuk (8pm; $20/$15) Oct. 10: Open Stage w/ Caleb Hart & The Royal Oct. 27: Donny Parenteau (9pm; $25/$20) Youths, Buckman Coe Oct. 28: OctoBeerFest with the Heidelberg Band Oct. 11: Bizarre Ride II—The Pharcyde 25th Anfeat. Sylvia Bender (8pm; $40/$30) niversary Tour (sold out) Oct. 29: Mairi Rankin & Mac Morin (7:30pm; $25/$20) Oct. 12: Jordan Welbourne w/ Ava Wild and Scott
Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave.; amigoscantina.
October 18 - November 1
Pettigrew ($8) Oct. 13: The Great Fuss CD release party w/ All Mighty Voice Oct. 14: Positive Vibrations Reggae Party Oct. 21: The 100th Meridian Oct. 22: Bend Sinister w/ Band of Rascals, Johnny Don’t Oct. 27: Megan Lane w/ Apollo Suns, Lindsey Walker Oct. 28: Von Jumbo w/ Brodie Moniker Trio, The Mordrakes ($10/$12) Oct. 31: Halloween Open Stage feat. Parab Poet HHH w/ Aha Shake Nov. 1: The Elwins w/ Fast Romantics Nov. 3: Robbie G w/ guests Nov. 25: Caught In A Dream (Alice Cooper Tribute) w/ Black Sea Hollow
Dakota Dunes Casino (at Whitecap, SK; 20
min. S on Hwy 219; dakotadunescasino.com) Oct. 14: Chris Collins & Boulder Canyon: A Tribute to John Denver (6:30pm; tickets $45) Nov. 2: Chilliwack (8pm; $35) Nov. 14: The Legend of George Jones feat. Duane Steele (6:30pm; $45)
Louis’ Pub (Memorial Union Bldg., 98 Campus Dr.; on Facebook) Oct. 31: Scott Helman w/ Ria Mae (8pm; tickets $20) Nov. 9: The Glorious Sons w/ special guests (8pm; $25) O’Brians Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S; obrianseventcentre.ca) Oct. 5: The New Pornographers (8pm; tickets from $35) Oct. 6–8: Saskatchewan Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup (weekend pass $85) Oct. 12: Emerson Drive ($49.50/VIP $69.50) Oct. 13: 3Peat ($5) Oct. 16: Japandroids ($27.50) Oct. 20: Wide Mouth Mason ($40) Oct. 27: Halloween feat. Dr. Strango w/ Dorian Thorson ($20) Nov. 16: Hollywood Undead (from $38.50) Nov. 18: The Headstones ($45/$65)
November 22 - December 6
Box Office: (306) 384-7727 | 100 Spadina Cres. E. persephonetheatre.org OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017
November events Nov03 Alex Cuba
9pm; tickets $41/members $35 Winner of a Latin Grammy, singer-songwriter Alex Cuba is known for his sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks, and powerful guitar riffs. Great showmanship and heaps of talent too. The Bassment (202 4th Ave. N; thebassment.ca)
8pm; tickets $35/members $25 One of the country’s most respected Acadian bands, this trio from Quebec’s Magdalen Islands has released 4 albums and won numerous awards with their fiery, imaginative music. The Bassment (202 4th Ave. N)
7:30pm; tickets from $15 The Polaris Prize-winning Inuit throat singer debuted her new work, Qiksaatuq, with the Toronto Symphony in March and it was instantly hailed as captivating, profound and devastating: it’s a musical dialogue about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women featuring powerful strings, improvised brass, and Tagaq’s inimitable sound. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E)
The Great Russian Nutcracker 2pm; tickets from $40 For the 25th anniversary of this all-star Russian ballet cast, the Moscow Ballet this year brings an over-the-top production with even more grandiose staging, costumes and choreography than ever before. One of the few professional ballet troupes to visit the city each year, the Moscow Ballet should not be missed! TCU Place (35 22nd St. E; tcutickets.ca)
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7:30pm; tickets $36.50 Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, the musical features an entirely local cast and live band. Music by Jason Howland, presented by the Saskatoon Summer Players. Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)
S’toon Fantastic Film Fest
various showtimes; festival passes TBA It’s the 8th year for filmgoers to get a mix of short and longish films of various genres representing the best of independent international cinema. See skfilmfest.com. Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)
Taggart & Torrens
8pm; tickets $18.50 Torrens (or J-Roc to Trailer Park Boys fans) teams with Taggart (former drummer of Our Lady Peace) for this live podcast recording. Who knows what’s going to happen! Maybe funny? Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)
Death from Above
8pm; ticket prices TBA The Toronto-based punk rock duo returns to the city in support of their latest album, Outrage! Is Now, which includes the decidedly catchy single “Freeze Me”. O’Brians Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S)
8pm; tickets $39.50 The former CBC anchor has gone on tour to promote his dedication to youth literacy, and commitment to helping Canadians better understand their country and the world. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E; tcutickets.ca)
Under the Radar:
Harmonies & High Energy OCTOBER
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The Karpinka Brothers w/ The Garrys 7pm; tickets $10 The Roxy Theatre just got a brand new, stateof-the-art sound system and is now ready to start presenting concerts on a regular basis. Andy Shauf kicks things off on November 17, but you should also mark November 24 on your calendar as local duo The Karpinka Brothers release their new album Talk Is Cheap alongside local surf/ doo-wop trio The Garrys. The K-Bros have been melting hearts with their harmony drenched sing alongs for a few years/albums now, but this new album takes them to another level. Recorded with Leonard Cohen and Arcade Fire producer Howard Bilerman and featuring backing from members of some of Montreal’s finest bands (Timber Timbre, the Unicorns, Godspeed You! Black Emperor), the album is full of timeless folk melodies and 60’s pop hooks. It’s great and this show will be too. The Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W)
A Tribe Called Red w/ Smalltown DJs 9pm; from $20 A Tribe Called Red are one of the best live bands in Canada. And I say live “band” deliberately. Yes, they are three (incredibly talented) DJs/ producers, but they put on a show as energetic and engaging as any rock band touring today. They use their mix of EDM, hip-hop beats and traditional First Nations music samples to build a show that incorporates dancers taking cues from traditional Indigenous dance as well as hip-hop inspired street style. This they set to a backdrop of visuals ranging from historical images of life in Canada (both the good and the bad) to contemporary pop culture imagery, all coming together to create a can’t-look-away visual whirlwind of a show. It’s exactly the show that our country needs. It’s inspiring while not shying away from any uncomfortable truths, and it shows how much mainstream Canada has missed out on by not embracing and celebrating the incredible contemporary Indigenous art scene that exists across this country. If you make it out to one club show this fall, make it this one. O’Brians Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S)
Stop Waiting; Go!
Affinity Gallery (813 Broadway Ave.; saskcraft-
council.org). Open Tue–Sat 10am–5:30pm. Through Oct. 28: Prairie Woven. An exhibition of contemporary works and demonstrations by the Saskatooon Spinners & Weavers Guild and fibre artists of the province. Historical information and artifacts reflect the importance of a 1940s weaving initiative to the daily lives of prairie women in the province.
aka gallery (424 20th St. W; akaartistrun.org).
Open Tue–Fri noon–6pm, Sat noon–4pm. Through Oct. 21: Here and now and then by Derya Akay and Anne Low, Meghan Price and Matthew Walker. Price presents Watching Rocks: Hamilton, a live-stream of Matthew Walker’s Extinction Event (2015), inserting the glacial erratic boulder into digital time and space. Adding to Watching Rocks: Hamilton, Elaine presents a shared meal for 35 guests, the remnants of interactions and performances left behind as records. Akay and Low’s informal banquet accompanies Price and Walker’s work as a foundation for gathering and exchange.
Above: Thomas Hirschhorn will surely take audiences by surprise with his launch exhibit as part of the Remai Modern opening collection, Field Guide. At right: a curated glimpse of the Remai Modern’s Picasso linocut collection will be shown. (Courtesy photos)
The Gallery (228 3rd Ave. S; artplacement.com). Open
Mon–Sat 10am–5pm (Thu 10am–8pm). Oct. 7–Nov. 2: Bliss and the Dreadful Sublime by Allyson Glenn. Paintings drawn from two bodies of work the artist has been developing concurrently. A different residency inspired each: one in Greece, the other in Spain. In both cases, Glenn took interest in exploring the landscapes of her host countries, each offering a different and dramatic setting for her works. Nov. 4–30: Familiar and Unfamiliar by Kelly Goerzen. The latest solo exhibition by this Saskatoon artist is primarily in acrylic with an impressionistic style that maintains the looseness and vitality of her earlier watercolours. In addition to natural landscapes, Goerzen focusses on the city’s urban environment, presenting narratives of city life with brilliant, nearly photographic realism and unusual compositions.
At long last, the Remai Modern Art Gallery opens to the public Oct. 21. Expect eye-popping exhibits, Picasso linocuts—and lineups.
Clay Studio Three (3-527 Main St.; claystudiothree. org). Open Mon–Sat 10am–5:30pm. Darrell Bell Gallery (405-105 21st St. E; darrellbellgal-
Text by Sarah Dorward After many months of delays and cost overruns, the Remai Modern gallery finally opens October 21, and its highly anticipated opening exhibition, Field Guide, should not disappoint. The launch exhibition features contemporary pieces, including installations by nearly 80 Canadian and world-renowned artists. Field Guide works to rethink and rework our conception of “modern” in terms of geographical, historical, cultural and personal perspectives. Pieces and history from the Mendel Art Gallery archive will also be featured in the museum, placed with new acquisitions so that visitors, as Remai Modern Chief Curator Sandra Guimarães says, “will confront a number of singular positions through these constellations”, referring as they will to the relationship between art and modern life. Some previously announced commissioned projects will also appear: Look what I can learn from you. Look what you can learn from me, a critical workshop by German-born Thomas Hirschhorn; a collaborative event by Tanya Lukin
lery.com). Open Thu–Sat noon–5pm, Sun noon–4pm.
Linklater and Duane Linklater titled Determined by the river; and Faces of Picasso: The collection selected by Ryan Gander, featuring some of the Remai family’s donated collection of linocut prints by the legendary Spanish artist. Site-specific works by Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and Lawrence Weiner engage with the museum’s riverbank location through geometric cutouts and porous curtains as well as through textural “sculpture”. Responding to the atrium space of the museum are Haegue Yang and Pae White, who together create an immersive experience with venetian blinds, and neon as a kind of light therapy. Among recent significant acquisitions of the gallery are are Stan Douglas’ The Secret Agent (2015), Ryan Gander’s Fieldwork (2015), Jimmie Durham’s Black bear (2017), and works by Saskatchewan-based artists Eli Bornstein and Kara Uzelman. Remai Modern Art Gallery (102 Spadina Cres. E; remaimodern.org)
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The Gallery at Frances Morrison Library (311 23rd St. E; saskatoonlibrary.ca). Open during library hours. Oct. 5-Nov. 16: East & West: Creating Bridges of Cultures & Art by Muvedett Al-Katib. An exploration of the rich artistic traditions that span the globe, now intertwined here. Al-Katib’s artistry brings to life works that bridge the historical, cultural and emotional gaps dividing two cultures.
Rouge Gallery (245 3rd Ave. S; rougegallery.ca). Open Tue–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat noon–5pm
SCYAP Gallery (253 3rd Ave. S; scyapinc.org). Open Mon–Fri 10:30am–6pm.
Ukrainian Museum of Canada (910 Spadina
Cres. E; umc.sk.ca). Open Tue–Sat 10am–5pm. Through Oct. 7: Terra Cossacorum—Ukrainian Lands on Maps from the XVII to XXI Century. The maps in the permanent collection can be interpreted in many ways. As historical artifacts, they are irreplaceable and invaluable; as works of cartographer’s art they spark the adventurer’s and traveller’s wanderlust and imagination. Wanuskewin Heritage Park (RR4, Penner Road; wanuskewin.com). Open during regular park hours.
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better future. Halfway through her trip, she becomes anxious on the plane and starts to wonder if leaving was the right choice. As her memories of the Congo (smells, sounds, personalities) come flooding back, audiences receive a guided tour through the streets and districts of Kinshasa. Directed by Philippe Ducros.
Persephone Theatre (100 Spadina Cres. E.; persephonetheatre.org) Oct. 3–15: Jake’s Gift by Julia Mackey (evening shows 8pm, Sun matinees 2pm; tickets $38). A Canadian WW2 veteran reluctantly returns to Normandy for the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. While revisiting the shores of Juno Beach, Jake encounters Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old from the local village whose inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long-ignored ghosts, namely the wartime death of his eldest brother, Chester, a once promising young musician. Directed by Dirk Van Stralen. Nov. 1–12: Fish Eyes by Anita Majumdar (evening shows 8pm, Sun matinees 2pm; tickets $25). Two expansive dance-plays (Fish Eyes and Let Me Borrow That Top) by celebrated theatre, television and film actress Anita Majumdar tell the coming-of-age stories of two teenage girls of South Asian descent in small town Canada. Fusing Bollywood dance and lively Kathakali storytelling to create one spectacular show. Nov. 22–Dec. 6: Treasure Island by Ken Ludwig (evening shows 8pm, Sun matinees 2pm; $44). Adventure, treasure and a mysterious island beckon! Set sail with young Jim Hawkins, the beguiling Long John Silver and a crew of swashbuckling pirates as Treasure Island regales thrill-seekers with a coming of age story that is epic and intimate, hilarious and harrowing. A magnificent adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. Directed by Sarah Rodgers.
Greystone Theatre (118 Science Pl., U of S
campus; arts.usask.ca/drama/greystone) Oct. 11–21: Girl in the Goldfish Bowl by Morris Panych (8pm; tickets $22). A Governor General’s Award-winning play, this satirical romp depicts the unstable political climate of 1960’s North America while taking the audience on the philosophical journey of bright, young 10-year-old Iris who’s trying to grow up in this environment. Out looking for her missing goldfish, she befriends an aimless drifter who has “washed” up on the shore and believes he is the reincarnation of her goldfish, who stands to keep her family united. Directed by Natasha Martina.
Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre (914 20th St. W; gtnt.ca) Oct. 12–22: Dominion by Andréa Ledding (8pm; tickets $15). In this innovative play, two couples simultaneously occupy a home: Jack and Marie-Phillipe, the new owners, and Tatawaw and Nimitaw, the previous owners who now find themselves locked up in the bathroom. An exploration of colonial relationships and the history of Canada.
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Nov. 10–19: Naked Tourist, Sacred Mountain by Rod MacPherson (Thu–Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm). After posting naked photos of themselves atop the sacred Mount Kinabalu, two climbing partners sitting in a Malaysian hotel room must decide their next move. They’ve caused a major stir in Borneo, and now an angry crowd is gathering outside and a government official is asking for their passports. Directed by Andrew Johnston. For further details, check out livefive.ca.
Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (924 Spadina Cres. E, in the Park Town Hotel; parktownhotel.com). All shows start at 9pm; tickets from $20. Oct. 13: Lori Ferguson-Ford w/ Tommy Mellor Oct. 20: Sharon Mahoney w/ Dusty Williamson Oct. 27: Jasen Fredrickson w/ Sam Walker Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; broadwaytheatre.ca) Oct. 24: Canada: It’s Complicated feat. Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) (8pm; tickets $24.50) Oct. 27: The Saskatoon Soaps improv comedy troupe performs S*IT: A Steven King–inspired Improv Show (9pm; $12) Nov. 2–3: Ron James… Full Throttle (7:30pm; $56.60) The Capitol (244 1st Ave. N; capitolclubyxe.com) Oct. 27: Comedy Night feat. Efthimios Nasiopoulos (8pm; tickets $10)
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Oct. 11: Food Evolution (documentary; US; 92 min); 7pm; free screening. Oct. 14–Nov. 1: Lucky (adventure; US; 88 min); various showtimes; $12. Oct. 31: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (musical; US; 101 min); 8pm; tickets $17.50. Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W; theroxytheatre.ca) Oct. 6: The Room (drama; US; 99 min); 9pm. Oct. 7: Labyrinth (fantasy; US; 101 min). Nov. 11–13: The Gardener (documentary; Can; 88 min).
La Troupe du Jour (914 20th St. W; latroupedujour.ca) Oct. 27–29: Bibish de Kinshasa by Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu (Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; tickets $28). A journalist leaves her hometown, her loved ones and her pain in hopes of finding a
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Oct. 7: Pavlychenko Folkloric Ensemble’s 50th Anniversary Celebration (7:30pm; tickets from $23) Oct. 15: Chris de Burgh (7:30pm; from $59.50) Oct. 17: Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary Tour (7:30pm; from $69.50) Oct. 21: The Mavericks (8:30pm; from $52.50) Oct. 23: Jan Lisiecki w/ National Arts Centre Orchestra (7:30pm; from $30) Oct. 31: Gordon Lightfoot (8pm; from $65) Nov. 3: Let It Be Beatles musical (8pm; from $55) Nov. 4: Dallas Smith (7:30pm; sold out) Nov. 9: The Simon and Garfunkel Story (7:30pm; from $39.50) Vangelis Tavern (801 Broadway Ave.; on Facebook). All shows 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. Oct. 9: Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs w/ Me The Guts Oct. 10: The Penske File w/ Swayze, guests Oct. 12: Aviator Shades w/ Black Vienna, Jeremy Grey Oct. 13: Rococode w/ Castle River, 3 Ninjasks Oct. 19: Hollow Oax w/ King Buzzard, Raeburn Nov. 2: Mokomokai w/ Despite the Reverence, guests
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Healthy Practices, Healthy Bodies Through their passion to create wellness in their own bodies, minds, and spirits, three women—each from different backgrounds—have become powerful forces of healing for others. What they have synthesized from their many years of intensive training in holistic health today enriches the broader community, as each continues to share the many teachings and tools acquired from her own healing journey.
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Jo-Ann Sutherland To deal with chronic bronchitis, allergies and debilitating back pain that troubled her since childhood, Jo-Ann at the age of 26 sought out yoga to help. Discovering that yoga breathing and movement practices significantly helped not only her back pain, but also cleared up her bronchitis, Sutherland was hooked. Six years later, she took a yoga teacher training course in Winnipeg and dove into her practice. When she moved to Saskatoon in 1984, she started teaching yoga for the YWCA and began to attract students who were drawn to the therapeutic style of Iyengar yoga she taught, which is based on the use of specially designed props to make yoga asanas accessible to every student, regardless of health condition, fitness level, flexibility, injury, age or skill level. Lacking a fully equipped studio and limited in what she could offer her students, Sutherland in 1990 quit her day job and opened the city’s first yoga studio in what is today the back of City Perks Coffeehouse. Quickly out-growing that tiny space, she moved JNS Yoga a year later into its current location on 33rd Street. She outfitted the space with specialized props, installed a custom “yoga wall” (the first of its kind in Canada) and went from teaching up to 16 classes per week before she began training teachers herself to help meet the growing demand for her studio classes. Word spread of the physical, mental and emotional benefits experienced by her students, and soon doctors, psychologists as well as other students were referring more people to the studio. Over the past two decades, Jo-Ann has worked tirelessly and seen the studio she founded grow and thrive. She has trained more than 100 teachers herself, written a yoga manual, and taken regular trips to study with her own teachers, both in North America and India, all while maintaining her own yoga practice of about two hours a day. Today, at age 72, Sutherland is retired, having sold her studio to one of the teachers she trained. JNS maintains the Iyengar tradition, while exploring new forms of teaching this ancient practice in ways that appeal to the studio’s wide range of current students. jnsyoga.com
Carly Rae Beaudry Similarly, for Carly Beaudry, it was a personal journey of many years to find health and well-
Clockwise from above left: Jo-Ann Sutherland helps a student of lyengar yoga do an asana more comfortably (Diane Barker); multi-disciplined health practitioner Carly Rae Beaudry (courtesy photo); Jackie Jenson doing Reiki therapy in her studio off 20th Street West (Olivia Maurice). ness—of mind, body and spirit—which led her to eventually become a holistic healer. From her own journey of healing from addiction and abuse, Beaudry went on to become a full-spectrum doula, a trained practitioner of a number of holistic modalities—pelvic care and strengthening for women, Arvigo therapy to facilitate correct organ function, and Rolfing (a type of deep-tissue and even organ massage) among others—and a passionate advocate of women’s reproductive health. “Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated with the flow of life’s cycles and natural therapeutic methods. On the farm, I’d help dad with the calves being born, and my mom opened my eyes to yoga, Reiki and other forms of holistic healing,” Beaudry says. A self-described “wombmama”, Beaudry combines “the sacred and the science” and seeks to support and empower women not just through the process of giving birth, but also through her broader education efforts in which she teaches women at all stages of life about sexual health,
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reproductive rights, and how to develop a healthy relationship with one’s own body. carlyrae.ca
Jackie Jenson Jenson, who is a licensed Reiki teacher, reflexologist and certified yoga instructor, also came to be a holistic healer because of her own healing journey. Over the course of many years of intensive training in a range of therapeutic modalities, Jenson learned to transform “earlier experiences of loss” into highly developed tools for “holding space” for others to do their own healing. Jensen, co-owner of the handmade goods and specialty foods store Twig & Squirrel’s Wild Goods in Riversdale, is helping connect people in the community. She recently created a tranquil therapy space behind the shop where she leads classes, offers reflexology and Reiki treatments, and shares the space with other holistic practitioners, plus Aboriginal groups looking to host talking circles to discuss important issues. facebook.com/wildgoods
Journaling: For All the Right Reasons Text by Susan Gallagher Many moons ago, I was an avid journaler. I would get up in the wee hours of the morning before the rest of the house woke up and I would write. Nothing specific, just what came to mind. It brought me joy, grounded me and set the tone for my day. I filled notebook after notebook. So many important decisions were made because I took the time to write, the biggest being my decision to create Soul Paper. Had I not written it down, it would never have come to fruition.
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Creatures of Leather At a time when terms such as “fast fashion” and synthetic fibres are (sadly) the norm, the negative environmental impact of the “disposable” apparel industry has become a very real and scary thing. Owning a well-crafted leather garment, pair of footwear or accessory remains incredibly special as a result. Text and interviews by Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz Photos as noted Virtually everyone owns at least one piece that they adore and which has been with them through thick and thin. What is your cherished piece? For me, it’s a pair of vintage red leather cowboy boots I purchased on Etsy for $30. They made me feel confident, were a conversation starter and took me to photo shoots, concerts and on dates. To this day, I always find a way to squish them into my suitcase while travelling. Although my chaotic life has weathered them, they have still managed to gracefully walk me through all four seasons, every year for years. [Sadly, they were lost in a move; RIP, beautiful boots!] If those boots could talk, the stories they would tell. Saskatoon is home to many talented designers who work with leather. Leather is certainly not easy or cheap to work with. A different set of tools is required for leatherwork versus other material or textiles; as any leatherworker will tell you, mistakes can’t be fixed. Passion and
commitment to the craft are definitely required. I was keen to chat with some local designers and leatherworkers to find out why they love leather.
MB Designs by Scarlett Dahlia How would you describe your leatherwork? I would describe my accessories collection as vintage meets modern. I am inspired by a lot of Victorian through Art Deco period motifs and patterns. Within the last year, I have also been incorporating my leatherwork into fine art pieces for display in the home. This format gives me more creativity and room to experiment with size and
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Upper left: The trained hands of local cobbler Adam Finn as he begins the process of turning a piece of leather into footwear; above: a leatherdetailed purse by Saskatoon-based designer Amanda Brown. (Courtesy photos)
utilizing other materials. What techniques do you use? I use mainly traditional leatherworking techniques and tools, but I also use a number of art tools— mostly clay shaping ones. Wet leather and clay have similar properties. I do a lot more stylus and sculpting methods than I do stamping. My finishes are all done by hand as well. I incorporate fine art painting, and sometimes mix my paints by hand from powdered pigments to get the finish I want. What do you love about leatherwork? I love that it’s a medium that has a mind of its own. A hide is not a solid piece that reacts the same way to each thing you try to do to it, like a canvas would. There’s some give and take, and that makes it interesting for me. I have my own unique style of leatherwork, and I have some great things planned for 2018, including (hopefully) a showing of my leather art pieces.
SheNative (shenative.com) How would you describe your leatherwork? I would say that it is still pretty minimal and simple. We don’t over-complicate our designs at this point. We have been doing some experimenting in the design process, but we tend to want to keep it modern and simple. We like to complement our leatherwork with beadwork, mostly as an add-on because beading directly on leather is a challenge. We source out different artisans to complete the beadwork on a contract basis. Finding artists to source out the beading has been a challenge, so we are looking for other ways to showcase Indigenous culture in our designs, and that’s something new that we are working towards right now. We want to use a community feedback design process to integrate storytelling into our goods.
machine (also called lockstitch). We do some hand stitching using a needle and sinew for our more traditional items, such as the medicine pouch we have recently created. However, we need more practice and more work with it.
turning out the way I wanted them to look. After personally working with leather, I’ve learned about the tanning processes, what you can do with the differing weights of leather, and how to make a bag feel right.
How did you get into working with leather? I had no real experience when I started out; I actually sourced out everything from the beginning: designers, pattern-makers, sample-makers and my manufacturer. I learned by just starting. I learnt through the process of working with all of our contractors, and learnt even more when we started to produce in-house last year! I worked with Adam Finn of Last Shoes and local designer Laurie Brown. They trained me and my staff about leatherwork, pattern-making and production principles.
What do you love about leatherwork? In the past, when I was sourcing out everything, I felt so frustrated over why my designs weren’t
Last Shoes (lastshoes.ca) How would you describe your work? My work as a shoemaker focusses on the relationship between form and function. I always try to make shoes that are both comfortable and durable with a refined aesthetic. My shoes are classically styled and the patterns would be considered traditional. What techniques do you use? When it comes to shoemaking. I use a wide range see leather, p. 22
SheNative founder and Chief Changemaker Devon Fiddler (at right) leads a design meeting to determine her newest line of leather accessories. (Tenille Campbell)
What techniques do you use? Generally, for our handbags, we use machinesewn techniques with an Industrial walking foot
feature leather, from p. 21 of construction methods. From cement construction to a fully welted shoe*. Different construction methods have their pros and cons, whether it be durability, flexibility, longevity, fixability or the time it takes to construct. In my practice I try to maintain a wide range of construction methods and styles, which results in a sliding financial scale for clients to access my products.
Facing photo: belts and other accessories by Creature Leather; below at right: a blue leather duffle bag from Martensville’s Ashryla Boutique. (Courtesy photos)
How did you get into working with leather? I grew up working in ceramics. I have always been drawn to the process and the relationship we build with the things we interact with every day, such as your favourite cup, sweater or pair of shoes. I was drawn to the craft of shoemaking and as a result started to learn more about leatherworking and became fascinated with the process of how leather is produced. I work closely with Maverick Tanneries in Unity, SK. Leather also has an interesting set of characteristics; each hide is different with varying blemishes (like human skin). This makes working with leather a constant negotiation: navigating the way it stretches, any scars, and its density. What do you love about leatherwork? I love that leather is durable, renewable, and natural. Leather ages beautifully. It is one of the only materials that I can think of that gets better with age. *For more on shoemaking terminology, see primermagazine.com.
Creature Leather (creatureleather.com) How would you describe your leatherwork? Intentionally crafted and made to last a lifetime. I design our goods with functionality and minimalism in mind. What techniques do you use? All of our leatherwork is hand cut, hand see traditional, p. 25
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“Leather has an interesting set of characteristics...that makes working with it a constant negotiation: navigating the way it stretches, any scars, and its density.” – Adam Finn
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feature A little-known fact about Filipino moccasin-maker and designer Rosy Menard is that she has conducted workshops for dozens of Aboriginal bands in traditional hide tanning in addition to her custom business in footwear and beading. Rosy, who came to Canada in 1978 and married a Metis man, has become synonymous for her quality workmanship and authentic designs. (Amy Thorp)
What Makes Leather
so Sexy and Appealing Text by Paul Miazga “Leather forms or molds to your body. It becomes your second skin,” says Eva Vas, a Saskatoon-based designer who has had a love affair with leather her whole life. “It’s a versatile, durable and breathable fabric,” says Eva, adding that it’s a healthier option than something made out of petrochemicals or other non-natural sources. Her business, Opinion Atelier, specializes in custom leatherwork for her clients, making skirts, corsets and even fetish underwear for them. Her preference? A good leather jacket. “There’s something about leather jackets: they can be dressed down and yet it’s acceptable to wear them to elegant events over top a dress. “Leather is a material you learn about as you work with. It’s very personal,” Eva says. “You have to stretch it, bend it, the oil in your sweat changes it as you manipulate it, and you have to use natural threads or sinew with it or it can tear. And as anyone who works with leather knows: one mistake can ruin it; you cannot change it back.”
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traditional, from p. 22 punched and hand stitched using a traditional saddle stitch. Our leather is then coated with a traditional saddle oil, which is used to keep the leather flexible and supple while adding a water repellant. For our canvas products, we use an old industrial Pfaff walking foot sewing machine. How did you get into working with leather? I started out making a wallet for myself that was inspired by an artisan in the UK. Then I made a camera strap and key fob. A few of my friends saw them and wanted wallets, so I made a few for them and it just kind of started from there. What do you love about leatherwork? I love using leather because if you make things properly they will last a lifetime. It’s a material that can withstand so many elements and look better after years of wear. It goes against the mentality of purchasing something to just throw it out and buy the same thing in a few months or a year. The items you carry end up telling a story over the duration of the time you own them.
Ashryla Boutique (ashryla.etsy.com) How would you describe your work? I would describe my leatherwork as constantly evolving. I’m self-taught and feel that it’s important to always keep learning. So my work changes gradually as I learn. What techniques do you use? I work with upholstery leather, so I mainly use basic sewing techniques on a heavy-duty industrial sewing machine. I have to make some adaptations to accommodate the leather. One example is that I frequently use rivets in places where the leather is too thick to sew through. I also double stitch every seam for added durability.
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10am-3:30pm; cost $120 Follow along as patient and helpful guide Belinda Bourassa leads crafters as they learn to ream, sew and otherwise transform a few pieces of animal hide into a pair of traditional moccasins. All materials will be provided. Part of a series of workshops being offered through the city’s foremost Aboriginal cultural venue. Wanuskewin Heritage Park (5 min. N off Wanuskewin Road; wanuskewin.com)
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The Beer House Burger Baron At just 34, Calgary-born chef Cole Dobranski has already seen and done a lot in his life as far as cooking goes. This rising kitchen star has started two local restaurants and a food truck, continually honing his skills and never straying from his desire to bring locally sourced, home-cooked goodness to everything he does. Is his mom proud or what?! Interview by Paul Miazga Courtesy photos anything, has changed since then? My goal was to bring home-cooked food with everything made from scratch and nothing out of the package to our menu at Congress. We also worked to support other business in our community who supply us, such as The Cure and Baba’s Perogies. Every year I go work in another restaurant in another city for a few weeks to learn as much as I can and keep up with the latest food trends. Our kitchen crew also has had a big influence on our menu.
When did you decide to become a chef? I always wanted to be a chef. My mom put me in “Mini-Chefs”, a community program, when I was 5 years old. I was the only boy. Were you self-taught in your culinary skills or did you go to a cooking college? If so, which one(s) and how long were you in school for? I went to 1st Year Culinary program in Moose Jaw and then while I worked in the business, I completed the remainder of my Red Seal. Tell us a bit about your cooking career. Where did you first start work? What does your experience in Calgary help you bring to the table here in Saskatoon? My cooking career started in Regina at La Bodega where I helped to open the restaurant. Then I went and worked on cruise ships in Antarctica for a time. I moved to Calgary and worked at Bonterra and Cibo under Glen Manzer. The Calgary scene is where I learned about execution and quality in a face-paced environment. What are your main cooking influences? How do they inspire your future creations? My mom! She taught me about simple, comfort food and always using the freshest ingredients. I try to apply this to every dish I create. You’ve been involved as Executive Chef at Congress Beer House since its creation in 2014. What kinds of expectations did you have when starting out there with regard to how you could influence the local dining scene? What, if
You have had a food truck, Ace Burger, for a few years now. Is there anything you did differently with it this summer than before? How do you handle managing the food truck along with your other responsibilities at Congress Beer House and Hometown Diner? We are lucky to have Congress to prep our food for Ace Burger. This summer we simplified the menu and focused more on quality and consistency rather than more items on the menu. We are also lucky to have solid staff at Congress that have applied to work on the truck each summer, so we have promoted from within. We have a great management team and staff, many of whom have been with us from the day we opened Congress. It’s their strength that has allowed us to maintain Congress and Ace and to open our new place, Hometown Diner. Congress, Ace Burger and Hometown Diner all serve hamburgers—and they’re very popular. What are the three keys to a great burger? A good quality patty that’s never been frozen. A perfectly grilled patty to medium rare. The freshest ingredients possible. You’ve started a your new restaurant, Hometown, in Riversdale. What’s the inspiration behind it, and how much of this is your own idea and how much is it responding to what the market wants? Saskatonians love their breakfast! So yes, we felt that it would be a good thing to have another spot to cater to the best meal of the day! And I have really enjoyed the challenge of creating a breakfast and lunch menu for Hometown. The inspiration was a collaborative effort of our whole team! Any secret ingredients you favour? Are there specific ingredients you like to use in your dishes? Do you have to import any of them or are they locally sourced? There’s no secret to ingredients here—just hard work and a passion to make good food. Our menu will always be evolving with the seasons so we will always be influenced by what ingredients are available.
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Talk about your approach to food. What goes through your head when you’re making a new dish? What limits do you place on yourself as regards to what you would like diners to try? Food is about creativity. If you overthink it, it’s tough to get creative. Usually I make something a few times and feed it to everyone to get their input before it’s finalized. The limits are only set by the diners. If they are willing to eat something and pay for it at your place, then you’ve got a dish for the menu. I try different things all the time to see what our diners will like and often there are things that go over really well that I thought might not have! Diners here are becoming more and more adventurous. What are your favourite dining destinations or types of food/restaurants that you like to try when travelling out of the city? I love to eat ethnic cuisine and any place that that’s new and that people are talking about! Any favourite restaurants you enjoy or local chefs you admire? I really enjoy Primal and JinJin. Dale McKay and Nathan Guggenheimer are doing great things on the food scene here too. What advice do you have for aspiring young chefs? Work your ass off and expose yourself to as many quality cooking experiences as you can and one day it will pay off.
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ITALIAN Little Grouse on the Prairie 167 3rd Ave. S;
littlegrouse.com. Antipasti, squid ink taglierini, game meats and wine pairings highlight 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. A downtown staple for Italian dining since the 70s, the new makeover has created a more open atmosphere. Open Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat–Sun 5–10pm. $$$
Mon-Thu 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm 230 21st St. E 306-653-5202
Genesis 901 22nd St. W. Lots of seafood at this organic-
focused eatery. Try their Crab Rangoon, paper-wrapped chicken or vegetarian options. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$
Jin Jin Cuisine Dumpling 416 20th St. W. The sign out front translates as “To feed the snake,” which here implies dumplings, scallion pancakes and other tasty offerings. Open daily 10:30am–9:30pm. $ Mandarin Restaurant 245 20th St. W. One of
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. $$
Odd Couple 228 20th St. W; oddcouple.ca. Try any suggested wine pairing for the pan-Asian cuisine at this hip spot in Riversdale. Open Mon–Thu 11:30am–2pm, 4:30–11pm, Fri–Sat 11:30am–11pm. $$ Oriental Aroma 928 8th St. E. Authentic pork, lamb, fish and vegetarian dishes that’ll make your mouth water. Open Tue–Sun 11am–9:30pm. $$
Bento Box Sushi Sets, including vegan & vegetarian options
Summer Palace 3A 3602 Taylor St. E. The local
Organic bison burgers $10 & pints $5
Chinese community prefers this eatery to all others and it’s no secret as to why. Open Wed–Mon 11am–9:30pm, Sun 11am–8pm. $
Yip Hong’s 40-1505 8th St. E; yiphongs-saskatoon. com. Arrive early on weekends for dim sum: their’s is the best in town. Open Mon, Wed–Sat 11am– 10pm, Sat 10am–10pm, Sun 10am–9pm. $$
1lb red curry mussels $10 & glass of Pinot Grigio $5
VIETNAMESE, THAI,... Asian Hut 320 Ave. C S. The best pho soup in town and daily lunch deals at this gem in Riversdale. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, 5–9pm, Sat–Sun 11am–9pm. $ Golden Pagoda 411 2nd Ave. N; goldenpagoda. ca. Try the green tea salad or coconut chicken soup, and chat up owner Lujo for some friendly banter. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, Mon–Sat 5–9pm. $$ Keo’s 1013 Broadway Ave. Lao, Cambodian and Thai mainstays in one locale. Not cheap, but good food shouldn’t be anyway. Open Sun–Mon 4:30–10pm, Tue–Sat 11am–2pm, 4:30–9pm. $$ Royal Thai 2-325 3rd Ave. N; 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. $
THURSDAYS 2 fish tacos $11 & 1/2-price wine by the glass
FRIDAYS Oysters $2 each, no min. order! Fresh, whole foods — a unique dining experience!
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Varsity Common 107 - 1526 8 th Street East Saskatoon
Find the Hidden Gems Part of the fun in knowing about these places is feeling like you finally belong to some secret club Text by HenryTye Glazebrook Photos as noted True to its name, Fable Ice Cream (635E Ave. H S) has frosty treats well worth mythologizing. Don’t expect any Aesop-esque twists, though; there’s no red riding hoods or little pigs decor tainting Fable’s simple, classic aesthetic. Instead, drop by if you’re looking to take out a scoop or two of roasted pistachio, white tiger, 9 Mile beer or any of their other rotating flock of pitch-perfect iced delights. And trust us, you won’t want to skip out on a waffle cone so good it nearly dethrones the very ice cream it’s made to carry. Meanwhile, Kelly’s Kafé (2520 Jasper Ave.) is the best kind of hole in the wall: off the beaten path, packed full with regulars and positively dripping with greasy, diner-style food that’s the best cure for a hangover this side of hair of the dog. First-timers may struggle to pinpoint the restaurant, but its great eats, friendly staff and charming, mismatched tableware will make sure they never forget the path back. La Bamba Café (1025 Boychuk Dr.) is precisely the kind of strip mall, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it eatery that seems to be quickly becoming an endangered species in Saskatoon, and the city’s all better off that it’s held on as similar restaurants have closed off shop. This family-run business comes straight from the heartland of Mexico, offering authentic cuisine and an atmosphere that feels less like a night out and more like an open-armed invitation to sunday dinner. If you sneak past the stumbling youth of the Crazy Cactus and ignore the grandiose allure of Ayden, you might just tumble into a jazz club throwback that feels torn straight from a far off city in a long-past age. Melody Bar (255 3rd Ave. S)— with the dazzling, neon pink sign scrawled across its window the only clue to its existence—has a transatlantic buzz that will make even the wettest of blankets wish they could still light up a smoke indoors. Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, you'll be glad you walked in. Sandwiched into the alleyway between Amigo’s Cantina and Bike Doctor lies Venn Coffee Roasters (10-830 Dufferin Ave.), a newcomer to Saskatoon’s burgeoning cuppa joe community that’s more than put its best foot forward even in its short existence. Home brewers will likely already be familiar with the brand, which has been hawking its freshly-roasted beans at shops around town since winter of last year, but it’s well worth a neighbourly stop-in at what’s sure to be a longstanding success story in the city’s local food and beverage scene—and be sure to pick up a damn fine cup of coffee, while you’re at it.
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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. $$ Museo Coffee 730A Broadway Ave.; museocoffee. com. European feel, plus lots of baked goodies. Open Mon–Sat 8am–5:30pm, Sun noon–5pm. $ Mystic Java 128 4th Ave. S; 303 Pacific Ave., +1; mysticjavasaskatoon.com. Inviting spaces serving coffees, loose-leaf teas, desserts and nibbles. Open Mon–Sat 8am–11pm, Sun 8am–6pm. $ Park Café 512 20th St. W; parkcafe.ca. A fan favourite in Riversdale, this classic diner serves up daily specials, dessert and bottomless coffee. Open daily 8am–4pm. $ Poached Breakfast Bistro 259 2nd Ave. S; on Facebook. Tempting breakfast/brunch options in this slim, tastefully decorated space. Open daily 8am–2pm. $$ 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. $
FUN & GAMES Bartari 511 20th St. W; bartari.net. Thousands of old-
Starting at top: A Fable Ice Cream treat (Shannon Richards); Kelly’s Kafé (google images); Melody Bar neon signage (google images); Venn Coffee Roasters’ deck (Nutana Community Association).
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school video games with the consoles to match. Mario Kart, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, etc. Open Tue–Thu 4–11pm, Fri 5pm–midnight, Sat –Sun 11am–midnight. $ Mana Bar 523 20th St. W; manabaryxe.com. The city's first e-sports bar: video games, arcades, tournaments and various food and drink. Open Mon– Thu 4pm–midnight, Fri 4pm–1am, Sat 1pm–1am. $$ King Me Boardgamery 527 20th St. W; kingmeboardgamery.com. Monopoly, Carcassonne, Cards Against Humanity: play what you like. Open Mon–Wed 5–11pm, Thu–Fri 3pm–1am, Sat noon–1am, Sun noon–10pm. $ Pokey's Pinball Café 211B 33rd St. W; pokeyspinball.ca. Dozens of classic pinball selections to tilt, plus they do sales and service. Open Tue–Wed 4–10:30pm, Thu 11am–10:30pm, Fri–Sat 11am–midnight. $
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SOUTH ASIAN Angeethi 325 Ave. C S; on Facebook. Lunch and supper buffets, plus fine Punjabi dishes on an extensive menu. Open Wed-Sun 11am–10pm, Tue noon–9pm. $$ 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. $$
... and dinner. Double-grilled Side Ribs with Purple Cabbage Salad
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VEGETARIAN Karma Conscious Café & Eatery 2-157 2nd Ave.
N; thekarmacafe.ca. A downtown delight serving lattes to go and delicious lunches. The cuisine fuses Mediterranean, Indian and other influences. Open Mon– Fri 7:30am–6pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–5pm. $$
Nosh Eatery & Tap 820 Broadway Ave.;
nosheateryandtap.com. Artful vegetarian meals that are tasty and yet satisfy one’s daily nutritional needs. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun noon–11pm. $$
Thrive Juice Bar 137 20th St. W; thrivejuiceco.com.
Fresh, organic, cold-pressed juices, super-food smoothies, lunches and more. Open Mon–Tue 8am–6pm, Wed– Fri 8am–7pm, Sat 9am–6pm, Sun 10am–4pm. $$
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. $$ The Burning Beard 731 Broadway Ave.; thebeardonbroadway.com. Buckets o’ bacon, beards and more to go with a deep drinks menu. Open daily from 11am. $$$ The Capitol 244 1st Ave. N; capitolclubyxe.ca. The best in live music, plus food and drink specials in this venerable space. Open daily 4pm–2:30am. $$ Flint Saloon 259 2nd Ave. S; flintsaloon.com. Martinis, charcuterie platters, chill music and cozy little nooks in the back. Open daily 4pm–2am. $$$ Leopold’s Tavern 616 10th St. E; leopoldstaverns.com. One of the smallest, coziest pubs in the city, with fun decor and food selections. Open daily 11am–2am. $$ O’Shea’s Irish Pub 222 2nd Ave. S; osheasirishpub.ca. A classic pub with a great rooftop deck and a wee little door for leprechauns. Open Mon– Fri 11am–2am, Sat–Sun 10am–2am. $$ Prairie Sun Café 2020 Quebec Ave.; prairiesun.ca. 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. $$ Vintage Wine Bar 243 21st St. E (in the Hotel Senator); flanaganssteakhouse.ca. A cozy corner nook featuring 2oz. wine flight tastings, mixed drinks and nibbles. Open Mon–Sat 4pm–midnight. $$$ 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. $$ The Woods Ale House 148 2nd Ave. N; on Facebook. Craft beers on tap (local and beyond), plus tasty nosh. Open Tue–Sat from 11am, Sun from 4pm. $$
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a z z i P n ita Neapol 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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Greystone Plaza 2921 8th St. E. | 306.244.1700 famoso.ca |
Vintage: What it Says (& Doesn’t)
Afforded the opportunity to work this summer at Restaurant Pietro in Waskesiu (as waiter, wine director, and to retool their wine menu), I explained to more than one patron what I’ve learned about vintage and off-vintage years Text by Garry Findlay Thanks to Chris Beavis at the Hotel Senator for accommodating my leave, I arrived May 14 for a 5-month stint at Restaurant Pietro. Not sure what to expect, I experienced standards that exceeded those of any restaurant in which I have ever worked. From quality of food presentation and preparation, to quality of service and service standards, Pietro is one of the best restaurants in the province. Under the leadership and guidance
of Mr. Gary Gagne, this well-received entity (the reviews are outstanding) should be afforded all the accolades given the standards he has set in place. A great operator and great mentor, he deserves all the best for thinking big at the lake. On more than one occasion when it came to our reserve selection, I was asked about the vintage of a specific wine. I knew all the vintages and the dates of production, so the answer was clear to me. However, if we advertised a 2010 and the vintage on bottle said 2011, would eyebrows furrow or a slight uneasiness come over the table? Would people start referring to their phones to ascertain the difference in vintage and discover that improper information was provided? Quite the dilemma, you would think. The thing is, we did not provide vintage year and for good reason. Historically, listing the vintage is a way of alerting consumers to certain years—such as when very bad weather led to wines that were disappointingly thin (such wines would then be priced cheaply). Winemakers played a very small role in this ongoing drama. No matter how talented they were, nature had the upper hand and the final say. In the last 20 years, however, the picture has changed. Both winemaking technology and viticultural science have advanced to such a degree that talented winemakers can turn out delicious wines even when nature works against them.
I spoke with a world-class winemaker, Ms. Kristen Belair from Honig Wines, about this: “In an off-vintage year, we drop fruit and work with what we have left to produce a great wine and attain the same flavour profile we have always strived for in years gone by. We actually work harder with less and pay more attention to detail in the winemaking as opposed to a great vintage year when everything is perfect,” she says. “If we normally make 3,000 cases a year and it just so happens in an off-vintage year that we make 1,500 cases, we are ok with that. “Vintage is often categorized by the media only, with little respect concerning good farming and winemaking in a lean year,” Belair adds. So: take vintage charts with a grain of salt. Based on my summer of fun with a very discerning clientele, here’s a wine with which to reward yourself. Many diners still liked big wines with big, grippy tannins, but when I put the Meomi Pinot Noir ($34; available at Co-op Liquor and Sobeys Liquor) on the list, it turned into the biggest selling wine at Pietro by a large margin. It’s a good go-to when unsure of a food-pairing notion (just remember: cooler is better). 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
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German Cultural Club 160 Cartwright St.;
saskatoongermanculturalcentre.ca. Schnitzel, sausages, struedel and German beers. Now celebrating 60 years. Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm; Sun 11am–2pm. $$
St. Tropez Bistro 238 2nd Ave. S; sainttropezbistro. ca. A family-run spot presenting French cuisine with regional influences, plus house-grown herbs and edible flowers. Open Wed–Sun 4–11pm. $$$ Upstairs Fondue 613 8th St. E; 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. $$$
SEAFOOD Gibson’s Fish and Chips 1025 Louise Ave.; gib-
sonsfishandchips.com. English-style halibut and chips from a family-owned and -operated business. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11:30pm. $$ Joey’s Two locations: 101-2100 8th St. E, 3 Worobetz Pl.; joeys.ca. Weekly AYCE specials on fish, plus they do chicken. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun noon–8pm. $$
FUSION/GASTRO Ayden Kitchen & Bar 265 3rd Ave. S; aydenkitch-
enandbar.com. Owner Dale MacKay is putting the city on the map foodwise for good reason. Open Mon–Fri 11:30am–2pm, 5:30–11pm, Sat 5:30–11pm. $$$ 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. $$
EE Burritos 5-705 Central Ave.; eeburritos.com.
Friday night salsa dance parties, pupusas, flautas and the whole enchilada. Open Mon–Thu 11am– 8:30pm, Fri 10am–midnight, Sat 11am–9pm. $$
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. $$
The Hollows 334 Ave. C S; thehollows.ca. An
La Taqueria Mexicana 414 Ave. B S; on Facebook. Nearly 20 soft-shell taco fillings to choose from at this haven in the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. Open Tue–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 8am–2pm, Sun 10am–3pm. $
Leyda’s Restaurant 112 20th St. W; leydas.ca. Gluten- and nut-free, organic whole foods, and a Spanish accent on health-positive dishes. Mid-week dining specials too. Open Tue–Sat 11am–10pm. $$
Las Palapas Resort Grill 901 Victoria Ave.; laspala-
Vista Lounge 339 Ave. A S; driftcafe.ca. This airy,
chicken and more roasted on the rodizio. Open Mon–Thu from 4:30pm, Fri–Sat from 4pm, Sun 10:30am–2pm. $$
eclectic Riversdale eatery using locally sourced ingredients in every delightful dish. Open Wed–Sat 5:30–10pm, Sat–Sun 11am–2pm. $$$
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. $$
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pas.ca. You’ll find this busy combo restaurant and lounge off Broadway. Open daily 11am–11pm. $$
Saboroso 40-2600 8th St. E; saboroso.ca. AYCE beef, 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. $$
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new food+drink openings
Fuzion Sushi & Deli 2-100 2nd Ave. S. Various
Afghan Kabob & Donair 3-100 2nd Ave. S; on Facebook. The full menu is worth the wait, the kebabs are delicious and they also have regular hookah pipe nights. Open Mon–Sat 11am–10pm. $
Go for Sushi 2105 8th St. E; goforsushibuffet.com. All-you-can-eat sushi and a Chinese buffet for under $20 at this popular spot in a busy strip mall. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$
Bon Temps Café 223 2nd Ave. S; bontempscafe.ca.
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. $
Cesar’s Cakes & Café 11-3000 Diefenbaker Dr.;
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. $$
Konga Café 204 Ave. H N; kongacafe.com. It’s
Nisen 240 22nd St. E; nisensaskatoon.com. Wait to be seated here for all-you-can-eat sushi and Thai food in the heart of the downtown. Open Tue–Sun 11am–9:30pm. $
Lebanese Kitchen 1005 Broadway Ave.; on
October 3010 Arlington Ave.; on Facebook. A
Pars 8-3311 8th St. E. The city’s only Persian
Otowa 227 2nd Ave. S; otowasaskatoon.com.
Saba’s African Cuisine 901 22nd St. W. Use the
Samurai 601 Spadina Cres. E (in the Delta
Wanuskewin Restaurant RR 4, Penner Road;
Seoul 334 20th St. W; seoulsaskatoon.com. Use
sushi rolls, rice and noodle bowls for cheap, plus bubble tea. An easy choice for many at lunch time. Open Mon–Sat 10:30am–9pm. $
1. Picaro This Latin-infused taco joint from
the owners of Una Pizza & Wine occupies an iconic space in Riversdale and serves up Mexican food well worth sharing. (101 20th St. W; picaro.ca) 2. Seasoned Restaurant The old Truffles location didn’t stay dormant for long as this Asian fusion restaurant has moved in to liven up downtown lunch and dinner options. (230 21st St. E; seasonedfusiontastes.ca)
3. Crystal Bright Another downtown resto takeover, this time with Chinese eats supplanting a hapless burger joint. (152 2nd Ave. S) 4. Mixed Eat Food Court Filippino meets East African in this odd mingling of intriguing international cuisines. Try out the Sunday lunch buffet (11am-4pm). (101 2nd Ave. N)
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mix of Korean dishes and Japanese sushi here, plus a wide variety of platters and other options. Open Wed–Mon 11am–3pm, 5–9pm. $
Lunch deals for under $12 (sukiyaki beef, teriyaki salmon) to go with Japanese Bento boxes, and evercozy evening dining. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$
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. $$$
2. Wanuskewin Restaurant Just as you’d expect from a place serving First Nations cuisine, this little eatery offers up bison burgers and rabbit pot pie among other dishes. (RR4, 5 min. N of Wanuskewin Road; wanuskewin.com)
3. Calories Restaurant Limping into third, Broadway’s most beloved café serves up a foie gras terrine and pan roasted elk medallion. (721 Broadway Ave.; caloriesrestaurant.ca)
Facebook). Middle Eastern tastes (falafels, fatayer, shawarmas, hummus, tabbouleh and more) always served with a smile. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $ restaurant makes up for what it lacks in charm with delicious kebabs, vaziri, bakhtiari, stews and more. Open Tue–Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 10am–4pm. $
bread, called injera, and with your hands scoop up spicy servings of delicious Ethiopian/Eritrean food. Open Tue–Sun 4:30–10:30pm. $$ wanuskewin.com. Enjoy the surroundings and “First Nations cuisine with a modern flair.” Open daily 9am–4:30pm, holidays 11am–4:30pm. $
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. $$
Bliss Fine Food 1002 Broadway Ave.; blissfinefood. com. Appetizers, salads and mains with a touch of elegance. Open Tue–Sat 11am–2pm and from 5pm. $$$
Sticks & Stones 226 2nd Ave. S; sticksandstone-
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. $$$
Sushiro 737B 10th St. E; sushiro.com. Broadway
on Facebook. Filipino kare kare (peanut stew w/ beef), tokwat baboy (steamed pork and fried tofu) and more. Open Tue–Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 8am–5pm. $ the place to go for classic Jamaican jerk or curried chicken (or goat). Yeah, mon! Open Tue–Thu 4–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm. $
syxe.com. This place has everything: ramen, gyoza, steamed buns, sushi rolls and cocktails. Open Sun, Tue–Thu 11:30am–1am, Fri–Sat 11:30am–2am. $$
1. Flanagan’s Steakhouse Hands down the best place around for a hunter’s feast with items such as Pheasant Supreme, duck breast and elk striploin. on the menu. (243 21st St. E, in the Hotel
Seafood creole, chicken and sausage Jambalaya, big crawfish boils, bartenders slinging cocktails and regular live music. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$
has top-notch sushi in this little hideout, but also other eclectic Japanese fare. Cocktails are recommended here, as are reservations if you want to get a seat. Open Mon–Sat 5pm–midnight. $$$
Calories 721 Broadway Ave.; calories-restaurant.ca.
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. $$$
Chandeliers Fine Dining 119 3rd Ave. S; chandeliers.club. Steaks, seafood, private dining rooms, live music weekends and 100-year-old art deco lighting. Open Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat 4–10pm. $$$
Christie’s Il Secondo 802C Broadway Ave.;
Cut Casual Steak & Tap 416 21st St. E; cutcas-
on Facebook. Sit by the windows in this recently enlarged space and tuck into pizza or panini while enjoying the street view. Open Tue–Sat 8am–8pm. $$
Famoso Pizzeria two locations: 2921 8th St. E,
134 Primrose Dr. (by Lawson Heights Mall); on Facebook. This Canadian chain produces out-ofthis-world pizza and daily specials to tempt you into appetizers or desserts. Open Tue–Sat 10am–8pm. $$
Una Pizza 707 Broadway Ave.; unayxe.com. This lo-
cally owned joint serves California-influenced cuisine, thin-crust pizzas and wine by the glass. Open Sun– Thu 11:30am–10pm, Fri–Sat 11:30am–midnight. $$
ualsteak.com. An open kitchen, a decadent wine room and live music on weekends. Open Mon–Sat from 11am, Sun from noon. $$$ 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. $$$
The Granary 2806 8th St. E; thegranary.com. That mini grain elevator on 8th Street houses an iconic steak house, with prime rib, chicken and fresh fish on the menu, and ever-popular salad bar. Open Mon– Thu 5–10pm, Fri–Sat 4:30–11pm, Sun 5–9pm. $$$
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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. Canadian Light Source Synchrotron A football field-sized research facility for light optics, particle acceleration and more that is also one of the largest laboratories in Canada. Guided tours (Mon, Wed, Fri 2:30pm) allow the public to see how extremely bright light is used to peer inside matter. 44 Innovation Blvd. (U of S campus), 306-657-3500; Lightsource.ca. Dakota Dunes Casino Celebrating its 10th
anniversary, the lone casino serving Saskatoon features slot machines, Texas Hold’Em poker, Blackjack, Roulette, a restaurant and regular live events. Check their online schedule for free regular shuttle service from pick-up points citywide. 204 Dakota Dunes Way (20 min. S on Hwy 219), 306-667-6400; dakotadunescasino.com. 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. 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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Diefenbaker Canada Centre The only
combined Prime Ministerial archives, museum and research centre in Canada features cultural, educational, and historical collections from the life and times of 13th Prime Minister, Saskatchewan-born John G. Diefenbaker. Free admission. Open Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm. 101 Diefenbaker Place (U of S campus), 306-9668384; Usask.ca/diefenbaker.
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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secret Saskatoon A tombstone remembering one of the city’s earliest families casts a shadow over Exhibition Park overlooking the South Saskatchewan River.
May They Rest In Peace In 1883, a newly formed community looked for a place to bury their dead. They found it at a peaceful spot overlooking the river near which hundreds of hardy Temperance colonists decided to make their new home. Feeling up for a self-imposed haunting? Follow Ruth Street all the way to its eastern terminus, past the Exhibition Grounds and the bluffs there above the South Saskatchewan River. Overlooking the calming waters far below sits a small patch of land and a scattering of headstones that date back to the very earliest days of Saskatoon. First settled in 1883, Saskatoon was then known as a quiet Temperance colony. The community took care of its own. Shortly after settler Robert Clark fought back a raging prairie fire before it could sweep across the land, he caught pneumonia and died the following year. The community around him found a spot by river’s edge and laid him to rest there. That place became a cemetery, but it wasn’t what the original planners had wanted. And though the space was never initially meant to be a cemetery, its history is that of Saskatoon’s earliest years and founding citizens. More numerous, however, than the proud headstones of Clark and others like him are small grave markers representing several dozen children—many who never celebrated their first birthday—who died and left their distraught parents to grieve them.
Though 162 souls were laid to rest on the small patch of land, poor record keeping in the city’s formative years have made positive identification possible for only 144 of those residing underneath its gravestones. More than a third of this number has been confirmed to have been babies and another 14 to have been under 16 years of age, painting a stark picture of the trying times early settlers faced. Clark’s headstone proved to be the seed from which an unofficial burial site would take root, with other dearly departed being buried there as the seasons changed and the townsfolk grew in number. In time, the site would come to be known as the Nutana Pioneer Cemetery, holding as it does the remains of Saskatoon’s settlers, earliest citizens and the trailblazing men and women who first struck—and later rested beneath—the very land on which the city was built. The Nutana Cemetery was only officially recognized by the provincial government in 1889, with the City of Saskatoon taking over ownership in 1910. After this date burials were limited only to those already in possession of a plot and members of the Nutana Cemetery Company,
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which had been the prior owners of the plot of land since 1905. Today, the gravestones stand as a testament to the city’s history, and visitors hoping to take a stroll through time are welcome to do so—though bypassers are politely asked to leave the past where it lays (no resting on gravestones or touching them, please). Let the dearly departed rest in peace. For more information, visit the city website: saskatoon.ca/community-culture-heritage/saskatoonhistory-archives/nutana-cemetery-pioneer-cemetery.
Pumpkins in the Park 6–8pm; open to the public It’s what you do in Saskatoon on the day after Halloween (which is All Souls Day): bring your delightfully (or devilishly) carved Jack o’ Lanterns down to the riverside and set them beside everyone else’s. Before the city composts the lot, size up the other designs and sip hot cocoa while doing so. broadwayyxe.ca Rotary Park (see map 3; p. 32, B1)
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Innovative solutions Strata managed construction for and collaborated with UNA Pizza + Wine and their design team on this Broadway development. This popular spot features an outdoor patio, plus separate dine-in and takeout kitchens.
Other food service projects by Strata:
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• Collective Coffee (Ave. P) • Hudsons Canada’s Pub • Leyda’s (patio) • Louis’ Pub
• Picaro • Tea House (@The BLOK)
Projects by Strata illustrate a new legacy of work in design and construction aiming to set industry standards higher. Our list of food&beverage projects alone reveals why architects, developers and clients recommend Strata.
One-of-a-kind results From an early stage, Strata worked closely with the owners of The Local Kitchen to strategize, plan and build a functional and inviting space for their multi-faceted business.
A friend referred Taverna restaurant co-owner Tasos Kangles to Strata: “I wanted Taverna to retain its historical charm but with a stylish urban feel. Strata engaged our imagination and brought our vision to life. They made a striking restoration of the restaurant and the entire building, which dates to 1907.”
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