CITY LIFE STYLE
S A S K AT O O N @flowzineSask VOLUME 7 ISSUE 6
COME TOGETHER! FESTIVAL AFTER FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER MARKS A BIG ANNIVERSARY — 15, 30, 40, EVEN 50 YEARS! READ ON & REDISCOVER A NEW OLD FAVOURITE
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SUMMER LOOKS BY LOCAL DESIGNERS 18 20 YEARS ON THE DECKS: DR. J TALKS DJ’ING 26 TAKE THE PATIO PUB CRAWL CHALLENGE 34
Members of Saskatoon band Bombargo help recreate the classic Beatles album cover for Abbey Road, which turns 50 this year.
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Extraordinary Living Begins Here...
APPETITE FOR LIVING? WHERE CHOICES ARE ABUNDANT
The Village at Stonebridge truly is like no place else. The choices to enjoy food and entertainment on your terms are bountiful. Our residents dine anytime they choose from 11am to 8pm daily. Happiness is when family and friends can stop for a visit and a meal anytime.
The many choices include:
Private Dining Room Patio Deck 3-course Dinner Service
Village Bistro Licensed A la Carte Menu In-Suite Room Service
Happy Hour is anytime, every day, when you have the CHOICES we offer. Visit us today and learn how an APPETITE FOR LIVING defines “Extraordinary Living”.
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The Village offers 159 suites for independent seniors in a beautiful, warm, and spacious environment. Suites range from 700 – 1,216 square feet; featuring 9-foot ceilings, a full kitchen,in-suite laundry plus flexible dining options.
110-250 Hunter Rd, Saskatoon
Call 306-664-0501 EXT. 221 to tour our suites
Virtual tours at www.luthercarevillage.com
SUMMER’S HERE. WHAT’S YOUR PLAN? There’s only so much time to do fun stuff when the weather cooperates; you need to know what to do, where to go and when. Help is here—just read on.
Kiwanis Memorial Park, with the Bessborough Hotel in the background, will again figure prominently as event venues this summer.
Amy Thorp Photography
(Tourism Saskatchewan) (Courtesy photo)
OUT THERE MUSIC
ROCK YOUR ROOTS
THE VIEW FROM HERE
With Fly Pan Am playing at Jazz Fest this year, things are gonna get crazy
Take a short walk on National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
The only thing better than making good ice cream is eating it!
Travelling out of the city? Take time to stop and savour a flavour or two
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
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In the February/March 2019 issue of flow, we mistakenly wrote that Chris Randall is the executive director of Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership when he is a director there of Saskatoon’s Homelessness Action Plan; Shaun Dyck is executive director. Cover photo by Amy Thorp Cover concept by Paul Miazga Shot on location in downtown Saskatoon
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She Believed. She Could. So She Did. As the founder of SheNative Goods Inc., Chief Changemaker Devon Fiddler is both a small business owner and the main motivating force behind her brand. Over time, that force—like the SheNative brand—has evolved; its Chief Changemaker is not so much a businessperson as a social entrepreneur. It’s about empowerment. “The whole point of SheNative is to empower Indigenous women and girls. It’s about confidence-building; building a toolbox for young women, especially in small, remote communities. It’s about giving them poise by using the same kind of training as a talent agency, teaching them about how to take care of and present themselves.” In the new SheNative store north of the downtown (Suite A - 714 2nd Avenue North; next to The Awl Shoppe and Brides n Belles), Devon can take her original idea for the business to the next level: there’s retail and workshop space and a sense of community in the neighbourhood. Devon wants to give personal and public opinions about Indigenous women and girls a makeover. All SheNative models, designers, seamstresses, photographers, and makeup and hair artists are Indigenous. It’s all about quality, purpose and attention to detail. “At heart, SheNative is not so much focussed on the fashions, though we’re very excited about our new designs for 2019! It’s about spending time with these girls and young women, building them up as opposed to just teaching a craft or skill. Many of them have experienced bullying or some form of violence, and they lack self-confidence. We want to change that.”
Devon Fiddler SheNative Goods Inc.
Devon is Cree from Waterhen Lake First Nation, a University of Saskatchewan graduate and proud mother of two. She started SheNative in 2014.
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Stop and Savour the Moments
I’ve set myself up to do a bit of travelling this summer: near, far, places in between I’ve never even heard of until I started doing the research for this feature (Hello, Whalen, SK!) Everyone who travels has a routine as regards the planning, packing, pit stops (just like a Formula 1 pilot, you need to manage these too) and the like. The one in our household involves, at least in part, going to the library at least a day or two before any long weekend trip and borrowing as many DVDs as we can and foregoing the music up front so we don’t hear about any complaints from the compliant viewers in the back. And to think we used to just count cows and horses or play “I Spy” to amuse ourselves back in the day. However you plan your trips and event-going this summer, remember one thing: be present; savour the moment. Share a smile with those
you’re partying with and for those around you. Music is infectious, so enjoy it instead of worrying that you might be offending someone by sharing that feeling. Last summer at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Fest I was enjoying such a moment and ended up befriending a man in the Bessborough Gardens who turned out to have been a former student of my late father’s. He had nothing but effusive praise for him and related how on hot summer afternoons with a classroom full of listless, daydreaming kids my dad—Mr. Miazga—used to pick up his guitar and start playing a tune by Gordon Lightfoot (or whoever). It put a lot of people (this man included) into a good mood and into music, the love of which is eternal. Music isn’t the only focus of festival season either: consider taking in a theatre performance, a rodeo, a football or basketball game, or a food truck war. But if you have the itch to travel, you have flow as your guide. Get on the road this year, but remember to stop and smell the flowers or—as Cathy Engel suggests beginning on p. 32—visit one of the growing number of tasting rooms operated by brewers, distillers and vintners across the province. The spectacular views in many such spots are equal to the local beverages and food served. And who knows? You might just strike up a conversation with the person next to you make a new friend.
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Like her father before her, Serena enjoys being behind the lens, especially whenever she can use natural light. It’s all about warm vibes and tones, femininity and capturing ideas in the moment. It’s a great escape too, especially for someone studying to be a dentist.
The term gentle giant would aptly describe this scholar and gentleman, but hardworking and entrepreneurial seem just as fitting. Now that university is out and summer is here, Arinze can focus on things outside of work and books, namely food and sleep.
It may be cliché to say this, but this Texan-born lady is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet on God’s green earth. Maybe it’s the charm of that southern drawl she retains or the fact that this sommelier and cicerone always has something new and positive to talk about.
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Gilding the Golden Years in YXE With its rapidly ageing population, Saskatchewan is seeing an age-old industry reinvent itself with care Text by Kevin Sorokowski The decision to move into an elder care facility is not one taken lightly. Leaving behind a life one has built to place yourself into care, even if it is billed as “Independent Living with Supports” as Luthercare promotes many of their properties, it is still a huge decision. Care is the operative word. Speaking to Vivienne Hauck, Chief Executive Officer at The Village, Luthercare’s newest, most modern property, she regularly mentions care as their guiding principle: “Luthercare has been at this for nearly 65 years, right here in Saskatchewan. We’ve been looking at ways to increase our support for individuals in our care through constant research, a lot of that through the College of Nursing at the U of S. The College is engaged in a great deal of “Continuing Care” research that will answer questions for us for years to come.”
Fully integrated into the community Luthercare’s Village is a state-of-the-art facility and, at only two years old, it features many leading edge amenities, including a Bistro that is open to the public as a means of more fully integrating with the Stonebridge neighbourhood they call home. “We encourage all our neighbours to join us for lunch. We have a full menu and we are licensed, so beer and wine can be enjoyed with any meal,” says Hauck. “This is likely the most modern elder care facility in Saskatchewan right now, and we’re very proud of what we’ve built here. We are on the cutting edge of care and support for the men and women who call this their home, and we are always engaging in research to find ways to care for them even better in the future.” While state-of-the-art is certainly a winning way to approach elder care, one with tremendous upsides, Jubilee Residences approaches elder care from a slightly different angle at their Stensrud Lodge. It is an intermediate and higher elder care facility that has been in operation since 1977. While the building may be showing some of its age, the high level of care within its walls is as fresh and vibrant as it has ever been.
Bringing vitality to lived-in spaces “We love our clients, our patients. We love each of them and we work extremely hard to show and maintain our care for their well-being,” says Yvonne Morgan, Jubilee’s CEO. “We work to make their time here as comfortable and enjoyable as we can. We regularly bring in therapy dogs to spread some joy and comfort and we’ve cared for cats long after their owner passed away in our care. Never are these things treated as a burden either,
Above: A view of the bright front entrance at The Village by Luthercare in Stonebridge. Below, at left: One of the sunny common areas of Wolf Willow Cohousing in King George. (Courtesy photos) because these are things that are part of our client’s lives, and these folks are part of our lives. In fact, we hope to start keeping chickens out in our courtyard (once the bylaws change).” While institutions are most often responsible for elder care, sometimes it’s retirees themselves who look to create alternatives that will serve their own interests better. Back in early 2008, a small group of Saskatoon seniors met for the first time with the idea of creating a cohousing residence—one that involves a neighbourhood focused on aging well in a community. The residents design and manage the cohousing themselves, relying on mutual support and a resident caregiver who is hired as needed. By 2010, Wolf Willow Cohousing in Riversdale quickly began to take shape. This modern condominium block in an older residential neighbourhood was designed for physical accessibility, plus financial, environmental and social sustainability. One feature immediately apparent at Wolf Willow—the first cohousing community in Saskatchewan—is how gardens and greenery have been incorporated into the overall design. It stands as a model for seniors living on many levels, having taken inspiration from existing such models in Vancouver and Denmark. And the model seems to be working: plans are in place to build a similar building elsewhere in the city, meaning yet more spaces for Saskatonians to grow old gracefully.
June events June06
Tip-off at 7pm; tickets from $24; therattlers.ca Join the party and follow the exciting, fastpaced professional basketball action with hometown hero Michael Linklater, imports Bruce Massey (pictured), Tavrian Dawson and Marlon Johnson as they battle the Edmonton Stingers in their latest home encounter in the fledgling CEBL. Future home games: June 27 (vs. Fraser Valley); July 12 (vs. Hamilton); and, July 18 (vs. Guelph). SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.)
Saskatoon Opera presents Die Fledermaus 7:30pm (June 15/18/20), 3pm (June 22); tickets $50; saskatoonopera.ca
Die Fledermaus is considered by many the crowning achievement of Viennese conductor Johann Strauss Jr. and Viennese operetta in general. A witty plot, centering on mistaken identity, flirtation and a practical joke that has surprising consequences, make for a captivating opera on all levels. Spirited action, gorgeous melodies and a live opera experience not soon forgotten. Remai Arts Centre (100 Spadina Cres. E.)
Shawn Mendes 7:30pm; tickets from $50/VIP from $386 The Toronto-born singer, actor and model began his rise to fame making vines with cover songs by Justin Bieber among others. He quickly became a huge social media hit and has since had four #1 songs on Billboard’s Adult Pop songs chart—the first person under 20 to achieve this remarkable feat. Catch him live on his “If I Can’t Have You” world tour. SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.; sasktelcentre.com)
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8pm; tickets $20; gtnt.ca An emotional play about family ties, two young cousins seek common ground as they try to honour a pair of friends who lost their lives in tragic circumstances. Studio 914 (914 20th St. W)
World Professional Chuckwagon Racing Championship
Thu–Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm; weekend pass $65; wpca.com This popular event welcomes North America’s finest teams of horses and drivers. Experience the thunder! Marquis Downs (503 Ruth St.)
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind 7pm; tickets $11 Fresh from Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival is this biographical piece on the Canadian singer/songwriter. Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. West; theroxytheatre.ca)
The Reverend Horton Heat
8pm; tickets $26.50 in advance/$30 at the door In the world of rockabilly, the Reverend knows few peers owing to his inimitable, energetic style. Coors Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S; coorseventcentre.com)
9pm; tickets $20 Combinging soul, funky indie vibes infused with layers of rock and R&B throughout, these Saskatoon sons bring an unrivalled energy to the stage and a powerful, positive message. Coors Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S)
music&events Under the Radar:
Really Out There Music
Text by Tyson McShane
June23 Fly Pan Am
10:30pm; tickets $15 in advance/$20 at the door; saskjazz.com The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival may have changed up their format a bit this year, but it doesn’t change the fact that amongst the big names coming there are absolute gems pushing the boundaries of modern music. For the 2019 lineup, Fly Pan Am sticks out as easily the most interesting and exciting show for me, particularly with this show being one of only three they have scheduled for 2019, after ending a 14-year hiatus with a thrilling live return in Montreal last October. Fly Pan Am can be seen as forefathers of Montreal’s vibrant experimental music scene, playing many shows in the legendary Hotel2Tengo with bands such as Godspeed you! Black Emporer and Do Make Say Think, and being part of some of the earliest releases on celebrated label Constellation Records. Over four full-length albums they’ve explored the far reaches of the avant garde music spectrum, incorporating elements of post-rock, electronic feedback manipulation and driving, hypnotic krautrock. This show won’t be for the faint of heart, but it will be exciting and unique featuring one of Canada’s finest acts, finally back on the Amigo’s stage. Opening will be Kyle Krysa & Distant Conversation. Amigos Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave.)
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July05–06 Napatak Ramble
Festival passes $65; napatakramble.com A bit further afield location-wise, but with a bit more familiar sound, is the 7th-annual Napatak Ramble. Starting out as a tiny festival for friends, the Ramble has emerged in 2019 with a lineup featuring some of Saskatchewan’s favourite bands. The festival takes place at Rabbit Creek near La Ronge in the beautiful boreal forest and brings together headliners The Sadies, Close Talker, Bombargo and Elisa Mary Doyle, alongside a great selection of acts from around the province, but with a great focus on the exciting music that has been coming out of Prince Albert and the north. There is a lot of music happening up north and it’s great to see a festival that highlights it. If you are looking for a great weekend of camping and music, the Napatake Ramble is a fantastic option. Rabbit Creek (22km S of La Ronge; about 4 hours N on Hwy 2) Tyson McShane has toured across Canada, the US, UK and Europe, and released four albums with his band, Slow Down Molasses. A co-curator of MoSoFest over 2012–2016, he presented some of the most exciting new music from across North America, next to Saskatoon’s finest bands. @TysonMcShane @SlowdownMolasse
Remai Modern (102 Spadina Cres. E; remaimodern. org) Open Tue/Fri 10am–10pm, Wed–Thu/Sat–Sun 10am–5pm; admission $12/children under 6 free. Through June 9: Pablo Picasso—Process & Poetry; Amalie Atkins—The Diamond Eye Assembly. Through July 7: Jeneen Frei Njootli—RBC Emerging Artist Series. Through July 14: Ruth Cuthand—Arist in Focus; Recent Acquisitions—avant-garde in focus. Through Sept. 15: Mendel Legacy—works by Lawren Harris and David Milne. Through Nov. 10: Display Tactics—works by major figures in Canadian art from the 1960s through the 1980s. Through Dec. 31: William Perehudoff—InterContinental Packers Reception Room Murals. aka gallery (424 20th St. W; akaartistrun.com) Open Tue–Fri noon–6pm. Through June 22: Throw out your masters: Risograph printing across North America. Curated by Void Gallery. A showcase from a number of Risograph studios across Canada and beyond. Each studio is represented by a single work or small body of works by a professional artist associated with the studio, with three local artists also included. Art Placement (238 3rd Ave. S; artplacement. com) Open Mon–Sat 10am–5:30pm. Through June 27: Jonathan Forrest—Material Resonance. A diverse yet cohesive selection of works represent the latest creations of Forrest, whose practice has both an intense focus, clarity, and concentration, and a keen inquisitiveness. June 29–Aug. 8: Martin Bennett—When I Can No Longer Play For Time: Shift/Turn/Shuffle/1992-2019. The artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The Gallery (at Frances Morrison Library, 311 23rd St. E; saskatoonlibrary.ca) Open Mon–Sat 10am–9pm. Through June 28: Make Believe—The Secret Library of M. Prud’homme, A Rare Collection of Fakes (The Prud’homme Library Project). Fakes and forgeries abound in this recently rediscovered library. Historical documents exist alongside contemporary works by Canadian artists and writers, questioning authorship. SCC Gallery (813 Broadway Ave.; saskcraftcouncil.org) Open Mon–Sat 10am–5pm. Through July 6: Dimensions 2019. The Saskatchewan Craft Council’s biennial touring exhibition of juried, award-winning contemporary craft by Saskatchewan craftspeople. From July 13: Other Artifacts. Newfoundland artists Susan Furneaux, Michael Flaherty and Philippa Jones create mythical worlds within their art, which cements the imagination in reality, making the past tangible and the fanciful real. SCYAP (253 3rd Ave. S; scyapinc.org) Open Mon/ Wed/Fri 10:30am–5:30pm, Tue/Thu 10:30am–9pm. June 7–27: Cut: A Retrospective by Brenda Kalapaca. Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Penner Road, 5 min N off Wanuskewin Road; wanuskewin.com) Open daily 9am–4:30pm; admission $10/children under 6 free. Through July 12: Learning to Tie—Kevin McKenzie. A member of the Cowessess First Nation, the artist reflects his urban environment in aspects of his work (with polyurethane, latex, acrylic and neon) and processes interwoven with the narrative: in the internet age, it’s hard to distinguish what is real.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Evenings 8pm, matinees 2pm; tickets $40; saskatoonsummerplayers.ca A dark, witty, Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th-century London. Stephen Sondheim’s music makes the Hugh Wheeler story an instant if edgy classic. The unjustly exiled barber returns to seek out the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. When Todd meets resourceful pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett, his thirst for blood inspires the creation of meat pies that has the unsuspecting people of London lining up, and so the “fun” begins… Remai Arts Centre (100 Spadina Cres. E)
Canada Day Pancake breakfast 8am, official program at 10am, fireworks after dusk (~10:30pm); free admission The city’s official party for Canada’s birthday includes an opening ceremony with local dignitaries and elders, plus various food trucks and concessions, stuff for the kids, a live music stage and beer gardens. Traffic is always hectic here, so consider taking the bus or cycling (bicycle valet on-site courtesy of Saskatoon Cycles). Diefenbaker Park (off Ruth St.; see p. 32, map 1, J5)
Whose Live Anyway? 8pm; tickets $45 The current cast of the Emmynominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Dave Foley and Joel Murray) proudly present their new tour: 90 minutes of improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Your participation is key! Dakota Dunes Casino (Whitecap, SK, 20 min S on Hwy 219; dakotadunescasino.com)
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8pm; tickets from $35 The seemingly ageless rockstar from Chilliwack, BC, has embarked on yet another global tour, this time in support of his lastest single, “Shine the Light”. Expect a mix of old classics and new material from Canada’s king of pop rock. SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.; sasktelcentre.com)
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8pm; tickets from $36.75/VIP from $157.50 A multi-media, multi-character, multi-faceted live stage show that fuses stand-up, story-telling, video, lively action and music. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E; tcutickets.ca)
Riverside Tennis Classic Matches from 10am; free admission This $25,000 ITF Futures tournament features great men’s and women’s tennis from future pros. Riverside Badminton & Tennis Club (645 Spadina Cres. W; facebook. com/SaskatoonRBTC)
Taste of Saskatchewan
Daily from 11am; food tickets $2.50; free admission An annual showcase of dozens of food vendors from across the city, live music, plus on-site bike valet. Kiwanis Park (downtown along the riverbank)
Half Moon Run
9pm; tickets $37.75 From far and wide come these Canadian indie rockers best known for their two beautiful hits “Full Circle” and “Turn Your Love”. Coors Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S; coorseventcentre.com)
FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters Sat from noon, Sun from 5pm; free admission Some of the best pro b-ball players from around the world converge on the Bridge City for this sanctioned stop on the 12-city FIBA tour. 21st Street E at 4th Avenue S
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LIVE MUSIC Amigos Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave.; amigoscantina.
July 21: Ten Foot Pole w/ Me the Guts, Swayze
Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; broadway-
theatre.ca) Shows at 8pm except as noted. com) Shows at 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. June 1: SFO presents Fantastic Friendzy (7:30pm; June 1: Wenches & Rogues w/ New Jacobin Club tickets $20) June 7: Sonnet w/ Blades of Grass June 5: Louisiana Hayride Show (7:30pm; $53.50) June 8: Sebastian Gaskin w/ Marentin Fehr (tickets June 6: Kiefer Sutherland (8pm; sold out) $10 in advance/$12 at the door) June 7: Bobby Bazini (8pm; $39.50) June 20: Ian Blurton’s Future Now w/ Espanola, June 19–20: The Stampeders (7:30pm; $69) Glenn Milchem June 22: SJO presents Thank You Kinda Blue (8pm; June 21: Naughty Professor w/ minivandal $45/$55) (10:30pm; $15/$20) June 22: The Suffers w/ Ariel & Sean (10:30pm; $15/$20) June 23: Joey Alexander Trio w/ special guest (8pm; $45/$55) June 25: Makaya McCraven w/ FunkJoint (8:30pm; June 24: Joshua Redman Quartet w/ Malleus Trio $15/$20) June 28: Five Alarm Funk w/ The Steadies (10:30pm; (8pm; $50/$60) June 25: Ms. Lisa Fletcher & Grand Baton w/ Davina $15/$20) June 29: Troker w/ skaravan 1969 (10:30pm; $10/$15) & The Vagabonds (8pm; $50/$60) Capitol Music Club (244 1st Ave. N; capitolclubyxe. July 5: Natural Sympathies w/ Zinnia July 6: Shotty Horroh w/ guests ($10/$15) ca) Shows at 9pm, cover $10 except as noted. June 1: Operators w/ DOOM SQUAD (9:30pm) The Bassment (202 4th Ave. N; thebassment.ca) June 1: Heidi Munro & The Real Groovy Band (8pm; June 8: Ev Thompson album release party (10pm) June 13: Maplerun tickets $28/members $23) June 15: The Fast Romantics w/ Raeburn June 2: Martin Janovsky (2pm; $35/$25) June 22: Matt the Alien w/ The Gaff, Def3 et al (tickJune 4: J.J. Guy & Gordon Stobbe (8pm; $23/$18) ets $15 in advance/$20 at the door) June 6: Dirty Catfish Brass Band (9pm; $28/$23) Coors Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S; coorseventJune 7: Ellen Froese (9pm; $25/$20) centre.com) Shows at 8pm except as noted. June 8: Gillian Sings Joni (8pm; $29/$24) June 20: Steel Panther (8pm; tickets $44.50) June 13: Anderson Burko (8pm; $25/$20) July 5: Bad Religion (8pm; $53.50) June 14: Back of the Bus (9pm; $27/$22) July 18: Reel Big Fish w/ The Aquabats (7pm; $32.50) June 15: Toon Town Big Band (8pm; $25/$20) July 26: Kusch Park w/ guests (8pm; $17) June 16: Solstice (2pm; $38/$28) June 21: Colin Linden (9pm; $30 in advance/$40 at Dakota Dunes Casino (at Whitecap, SK; 20 min S the door) on Hwy 219; dakotadunescasino.com) June 26: Elisapie (8pm; $20/$30) June 8: Still Crazy—The Music of Paul Simon (8pm; June 27: Steve Smith’s Groove Blue Organ Trio tickets $50) (8pm; $40/$50) Remai Arts Centre (100 Spadina Cres. E; persephoJune 28: Patricia Barber Trio (9pm; $30/$40) netheatre.org) June 29: His Favourite Songs—Celebrating Maurice June 1–2: Broadway Then! Broadway Now! (Sat 7pm, Drouin (8pm; $25/$35) Sun 1pm; tickets $23) June 8: Let’s rrrRaq! (7:30pm; $25) Black Cat Tavern (801 Broadway Ave.; on FaceSaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.; sasktelcentre.com) book) Shows at 9pm, cover $10 except as noted. June 8: Judas Priest (7:30pm; tickets from $40) June 6: Gargyles w/ King Bull, Doctor Booty Quiver June 24: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band w/ special guests June 24: Life In Vacuum w/ Yarbo, guests (7:30pm; from $44.50) June 29: YK the Mayor AKA Young Kidd
July 27: Def Leppard w/ Tesla (7pm; from $45)
TCU Place (35 22nd St E.; tcutickets.ca)
June 8: Duelling Pianos (6pm; show only $25/ dinner+show $55) June 12: Thorgy & the Thortet (8pm; from $30) July 12: Latrice Royale (8pm; from $30) Village Guitar & Amp (432 20th St. W; villageguitars.ca) June 20: Craig Cardiff (8pm; tickets $21.50)
Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (924 Spadina Cres. E, in the Park Town Hotel) All shows Friday 9pm; tickets from $20. June 7: Howie Miller w/ Nick McQuick June 14: Brett Forte w/ Sam Walker June 21: Paul Kuster w/ Dakota Hebert
Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)
June 3–4: “Hail Satan?” (USA, doc., 95 min.) (Mon 7pm, Tue 9pm; $10) June 6: “Alien” 40th anniversary screening (USA, sci-fi/horror, 117 min.)(7pm, 9pm; $7 in advance/$10 at the door) June 18: “Tucked” (USA, drama, 80 min.)(7pm; $10) July 12: “Vengo” (USA, doc., 69 min.)(9pm; $10) Remai Modern (102 Spadina Cres. E; remaimodern.org)(All films free with paid admission) June 1: “Singin’ in the Rain” (USA, musical, 101 min.)(1pm) June 14: “Three Colours: Red” (Fra., drama, 98 min.) In French w/ English subtitles. (7pm) June 15: “Kirikou et La Sourciere” (Fra., animation, 71 min.) In French w/ English subtitles. (1pm) July 6: “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest” (Aus., animation, 72 min.)(1pm) July 20: “Opal Dream” (Aus., drama, 92 min.)(1pm) Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W; theroxytheatre.ca) June 7: “Meeting Gorbachev” (Ger., doc., 90 min.) (7pm) July 12: “Porco Rosso” (Jap., animation, 94 min.) In July: “All Is True” (USA, drama, 101 min.)
SPORTS Pike Lake Provincial Park (30 min. S on Hwy 60) June 22: Living Sky Triathlon (start times TBA; registration fee $75)
Looking, Feeling and Doing Good for Kids In a departure from traditional fundraisers, the YMCA of Saskatoon held its first-ever “Suits & Sneakers” fundraiser on May 4, the theme being funky casual emphasizing comfortable footwear in a twist on dressy formal wear. The Y this year celebrates 50 years in its current building downtown, and to help kick off celebrations later in the year to mark this jubilee the event looked to showcase a new way to engage members and the public in what the organization does while primarily raising money for the YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign. New and existing Y members and people with other ties to the organization came out to enjoy free distillery tours at event host facility LB Distillers, sample a variety of delicious, light appetizers from PickNic’s Catering, and bid on silent auction items ranging from donated artwork by Kevin Peeace among others to jewellery from KR Jewelry to a pair of tickets anywhere WestJet flies, all the while grooving to a mix of funk, soul and R ‘n’ B rhythms provided by DJ Dr. J (a former Y employee).
As part of a brief program/interlude to the mingling going on all evening, YMCA of Saskatoon CEO Dean Dodge spoke about his lifelong Y experience and the immense impact it has had on his life and that of his whole family. For a first-ever event, Suits & Sneakers proved a popular and successful theme and raised more than $3,000 for its Strong Kids Campaign. For more on the YMCA of Saskatoon and the programs it offers, visit ymcasaskatoon.org.
Organizer: YMCA of Saskatoon Photographer: Juli Labrecque Photography Emcee: Paul Miazga Entertainment: DJ Dr. J Catering by PickNic’s Catering Sound by PR Productions Event hosted by LB Distillers
At left: YMCA of Saskatoon Communications and Member Retention Manager Serena Dallas poses for a photo with Courtney Saboe (YMCA/25th Street Theatre) at the inaugural Suits & Sneakers event.
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1. Daniel Ford Beavis with his partner and other guests on a distillery tour. 2. Olga Bondarenko (Allnorth Consultants) is flanked by friends Vika Gushchak and Iryna Matsiuk (M&G Immigration Consultants). 3. New Y board member Drew Bilboe (Saskatoon Housing Coalition). 4. YMCA of Saskatoon CEO Dean Dodge compares sneakers with Paul Miazga (flow magazine) and Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, Ryan Meili (Saskatoon Meewasin). 5. DJ Dr. J spinning some funky tracks. 6. A bartender at LB Distillers mixing up martinis. 7. Guests pore over the extensive list of silent auction items. 8. YMCA of Saskatoon board chair Ryan Chute with his partner. 9. Y board member Pauline Melis (at left) with friends in the distillery.
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Add a punch of colour to your summer with resort-inspired wear by Saskatoon-based designers Whiskey Teacup and Scarlett Dahlia Photos by Serena Liu Photography Concept by Laura Crossman and Amanda Brown Set styling by Selina Daniel (Re*Finnish DĂŠcor and Staging) Clothing by Whiskey Teacup (whiskeyteacup.ca) and Scarlett Dahlia (scarlettdahlia.com) Hair by Carlinna Roy and Mel Corkum (Alchemy Collective) Makeup by Amanda Brown (Scarlett Dahlia Makeup Artistry) and Jennilee Cardinal Schultz (Green Tree Beauty) Models: Laurel Wallace (Numa Models), Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz, Lisa Van Dyck (MASALA Model & Talent) and Clarence Romero (MASALA Model & Talent) Lisa is in a stretch knit wrap dress, providing comfort as well as effortless garden-party style (all by Whiskey Teacup). Clarence looks BBQ ready in cotton sateen bermuda shorts, featuring a bright tropical patch pocket detail, and a classic white tank that has contrast stitching to match (all by Scarlett Dahlia).
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Beginning with her hair wrap, which is made from an upcycled Hawaiian shirt, Laurel's look is a retro-tiki inspired look, with pencil skirt in stretch cotton sateen and wrap top (all by Whiskey Teacup). For that goth-girl-grown-up look, Jennilee is wearing a satin crop top (by Whiskey Teacup), paired with a high-waisted, 90s-inspired peasant skirt and semi-sheer cover-up (by Scarlett Dahlia).
2nd Avenue Sidewalk Sale
Thu 9:30am–9pm, Fri–Sat 9:30am–5:30pm; dtnyxe.com “Shop the Street” is the tagline for this long-running event (43 years and counting), which features a range of downtown and other local vendors offering deals on all kinds of clothing and goods, but the Sidewalk Sale is much more than that: Expect kid-friendly amusements, an Art Market, a Thursday evening Happy Hour, a Lululemon group exercise session each morning (starts at 7am), food options, music and more. 2nd Avenue (between 20th and 23rd Street East; see p. 36—map 2, C–D4)
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Text by Paul Miazga All photos courtesy except as noted
Word on the Street Festival
10am–5pm; free admission This annual fair for book-lovers, publishers and authors invites the public for a day of immersive, book-worming fun. Guest authors include Riley Rossmo (DC Comics) and Grant Lawrence (“Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries”) Broadway district
Art in the Park
Noon–5pm; open to the public Artists by the dozen come out of the woodwork to fill this beautiful old park in the Caswell neighbourhood with lots of art, activities and talk of art. Ashworth Holmes Park (see p. 36; map 1, F6)
June21–30 Saskatoon Pride Festival Various events, venues & times; saskatoonpride.ca With a smaller but more focused overall event this year, PRIDE 2019 still has a diverse range of events. Check out: the Wes Funk Memorial Pride Latte at Frances Morrison Library (June 17, 6:30–8:30pm) for readings by Prof. Valerie Korinek and others, plus an open mic for sharing artful contributions in honour of the late Saskatoon writer; Spark Your Pride at the WDM (June 18: noon–9:30pm; tickets $35), which allows out citizens to share their stories in a supportive setting; and, the always colourful and fun annual Pride Parade (June 22: starts at noon from Spadina Cres. E and 24th St. E; the public is welcomed). Downtown Saskatoon (most events)
Long Day’s Night Music Festival Festival passes $125; longdaysnight.ca
This solstice-centred event boasts one of the most compelling musical lineups of any festival in Saskatchewan this season: the Reverend Horton Heat, Delhi to Dublin (w/ the Über Funk Orchestra), The Sadies (w/ The Garrys) and Shred Kelly. Simultaneous to the last two days of the festival is the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival: This free event brings together dozens of master kite artists and fliers whose works take to the skies in a kaleidoscope of colour and shapes. Open to the public. Swift Current, SK (3 hrs. SW on Hwy 4)
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SaskTel Saskatchwewan Jazz Festival
TD Mainstage shows 7pm and tickets from $60; saskjazz.com A bit of switching up this year at Jazz Fest means fewer big names on the TD Mainstage in the Bessborough Gardens along the riverbank. Headliners will perform on the opening and closing weekends, allowing more local acts to play in the centrepiece of Saskatoon’s hallmark summertime festival. See the opposite page for a full list of free shows this year. Opening night features the upbeat rhythms of Walk Off the Earth with The Sorority and Parab Poet + The Hip-Hop Hippies, while to close it out a more relaxed mood will prevail with Jann Arden and openers Royal Wood and Theresa Sokyrka. Other major acts to follow: The Roots with The Suffers and def3 (Fri22); Lyle Lovett and His Large Band with Corb Lund and Eliza Mary Doyle (Sat23); Johnny Reid with local sweethearts Rosie & The Riveters and Sonia Reid Noble (Sat29). Note: Bike valet provided for those wishing to cycle, and all TD Mainstage events are child-friendly. On June 30 this year, a tribute to long-time local jazz pianist and showman Maurice Drouin entitled “His Favourite Songs” will go at The Bassment (204 4th Ave. N.; 8pm; $25 in advance/$35 regular). Bessborough Gardens (601 Spadina Cres. E, behind the Delta Hotels Bessborough by Marriott)
National Indigenous Peoples’ Day 9am–sunset (Grand Entry at 9:30am); free admission; wanuskewin.com There’s a full slate of ceremonies and activities at Wanuskewin for this annual day celebrating the country’s original inhabitants. Guided trail hikes, a tipi raising, traditional Indigenous games, dance performances, a bannock bake and more are all part of the mix, plus an evening entertainment schedule with a comedy show by legendary comic Don Burnstick and music by The Rebels. A great way to experience local Indigenous culture. Wanuskewin Heritage Park (5 min N off Wanuskewin Road)
Rock Your Roots Walk
7am pipe ceremony, 9am Grand Entry, 9:30am walk; public is welcome to attend This walk for National Reconciliation will take place also on June 21, with a walk starting from Victoria Park (at Spadina Cres. W and Avenue F) and ending with a free lunch at the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre (168 Wall St.)
June 24: Donna Hay Quartet June 25: Lewis & Salkeld Trio June 26: The Lost Keys June 27: Latin Connection
6Twelve Lounge (612 Spadina Cres. E, in the
Sheraton Cavalier Hotel; all shows at 10:30pm) June 21: Sammy Lee & The Folks June 22: Ben Schenstead Trio June 28: Sons of Django June 29: The Barrelmen
Alt Hotel (480 2nd Ave. S; all shows at 9pm)
DTNYXE (all shows at 11:45am)
8pm; tickets $27/members $15; remaimodern.org Acclaimed musician, drummer and co-founder of Grammy Award-winning hip hop artists The Roots, Questlove (aka Ahmir Khalib Thompson) will light up this party along the riverbank on the longest day of the year. Opening sets by Charly Hustle and Denise Valle. Remai Modern (102 Spadina Cres. E;)
2nd Avenue Grill (123 2nd Ave. S; all shows at 5:30pm)
June 25: Graham Dyck Quartet (8pm) June 29: The Karpinka Brothers (11:45am)
feat. DJ Questlove
June 24: Graham Tilsley (3pm), Makaya McCraven (5pm), Randy Woods Band (7pm), The Shuffle Demons (9pm) June 25: Graham Dyck (3pm), Oleg Butman Trio (5pm), Dr. Don & The Black Mambas (7pm), WIL CAMPA y La Gran Union (9pm) June 26: Saskatoon’s Legendary Rhythm & Blues REVUE (3pm), Gillian Snider Quintet (5pm), Heidi Munro & The Real Groovy Band (7pm), Davina & The Vagabonds (9pm) June 27: Flying Colours (3pm), Denise Valle (5pm), Oral Fuentes Reggae Band (7pm), Five Alarm Funk (9pm) June 28: B.C. Read Band (3pm), JazzBarrie Showband (5pm), Suzie Vinnick (7pm), Jack Semple (9pm)
Drift Sidewalk Café (339 Ave. A S)
Weekend passes $150; countryatthecreek.ca The Ness Creek site kicks off the summer with their showcase of local and regional country talent. This year’s top draws are Lisa Moen (Fri21) and Doc Walker (Sat22), with a Sunday morning Gospel Hour before the drive home. Near Big River, SK (2.5 hrs. N off Hwy 55)
Summer Solstice Party
TD Maintage @ the Delta Bessborough Gardens
June 22: Hot Club Saskatoon June 29: Denise Valle
Country at the Creek
JAZZ FESTIVAL FREE SHOWS June 21–30
5pm; tickets from $27; riderville.com The Green & White start the season vs. the Toronto Argonauts on Canada Day, so get in the car, make a stop for a drink at the Elephant Bar & Grill in Aylesbury along the way, and be ready to bleed green for the home team! For added fun this year, bands from Big Sugar to Bombargo and beyond will rock the place at halftime! Call it a “Good time guarantee”. Other early home games: July 6 vs. Calgary Stampeders (8pm); July 20 vs. B.C. Lions (5pm); Aug. 1 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7:30pm). Mosaic Stadium (Regina, SK)
June 21: Rory Lynch Quartet (21st St. E @ Spadina Cres. E) June 24: Connor Newton Quintet (2nd Ave. stage near 22nd St. E), Sons of Django (21st St. E @ 3rd Ave. S) June 25: HUTCH (22nd St. E @ Spadina Cres. E) June 26: Marc Holt Quintet (River Landing Amphitheatre), Wires & Wood (City Hall Square – 23rd St. E @ 3rd Ave. N) June 27: Brian Baggett (21st St. E @ Spadina Cres. E), Emmett Fortosky Group (2nd Ave. stage near 22nd St. E) June 28: The Blue Mules (21st St. E @ Spadina Cres. E), Dave Nelson Quintet (River Landing Amphitheatre)
Finn’s Irish Pub (924 Spadina Cres. E, in the Park Town Hotel; all shows at 7pm) June 22: The Whiskey Jerks June 27: Neil Rosten Band The James Hotel (620 Spadina Cres. E; all shows at 10:30pm) June 21: Big Fat Calico Cat June 22: Ben Schenstead Trio June 28: Sons of Django June 29: Munro & Patrick Duo Stovin’s Lounge (601 Spadina Cres. E, in the Bessborough; all shows at 11pm) June 28: B.C. Read June 29: DJ Charly Hustle June 30: Skip Kutz feat. Shelley Ewing
festival fun July03–Aug18
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Evening shows 7:30pm, Sun matinees 1pm; tickets from $22; shakespearesask.com For a 35th year, the Bard will have two of his plays performed under the big tent along the South Saskatchewan River at this signature prairie festival by presenting sponsor Nutrien. This year the schedule features two comedies: a fantastical rendition of As You Like It (presented by Cameco) and The Comedy of Errors (presented by SaskTel), done in the hillbilly style of “Duck Dynasty”. Festival gates open at 5pm before each show for “Boryski’s and the Bard”: BBQ treats and cold drinks on a truly riverside patio. Check the festival website for details on various special events such as the Medieval Feasts, the Building Bridges Cultural Evening and Chefs on the Saskatchewan. Festival site along Spadina Crescent East (see p. 36; map 2, A8)
Ness Creek Music Festival
July02–25 Theatre in the Park
Evenings 7pm, Sun matinees 1pm; open to the public; sumtheatre.com “The Young Ones” is the story this year for this celebrated open-air theatre, which brings togther kids of all ages to enjoy simple, positive but thought-provoking themes. Audience participation strongly encouraged. Starts at Chief Darcy Bear Park (Eastlake Ave. and 11th St. E) (Patricio del Rio) Weekend passes $160/$180 at the gate; nesscreekmusicfestival.com One of the province’s signature festivals owing to its serene location on a creek in the boreal forest and the communal nature at its heart. Ness Creek this year features such big local names as Bombargo, Lord Byrun and Denise Valle, plus rising national talents Daniel Romano, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Terra Lightfoot. During the afternoons, take in one of their many musical workshops to learn about drumming, songwriting and more, or visit the Art Market for some really neat stuff. Also be sure to check their handy website before heading out, particularly for any neophytes to this fun-filled frolic (which some have dubbed the Woodstock of the Boreal Forest): The First Timer’s Guide to Ness has everything you could possibly need to know about camping up north. So, leave the glitter and other nasty stuff at home, but bring bug spray, a re-fillable water bottle, a nice sleeping bag, a good tent and an even better flashlight. Near Big River, SK (2.5 hrs. N off Hwy 55)
Nutrien Delisle Rodeo Sat events from 3pm, Sun from 1pm; weekend passes $25; on Facebook This true rodeo (sanctioned by the Canadian Cowboy Association) rounds up 10 events over two days with only a select number of participants competing in each category, among them barrel racing, bronc riding, steer wrestling and even mutton busting! Delisle, SK (30 min. SW on Hwy 7)
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Dog Patch Music Festival
Weekend passes $100 in advance/$130 at the gate; dogpatchmusicfest.com Way, way up in the northern wilds of Saskatchewan is this homegrown country, roots and folk music festival that promotes local talent, family get-togethers and “Keeping it Real!” in the great outdoors. Expect folksy goodness from The Dirt Rich Band, Jaydee Bixby, River’s Edge, Rugged Little Thing and New Dawn Drum Group among others. Whelan, SK (2 hrs. N of North Battleford off Hwy 26)
festival fun July31–Aug10
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival
Ticketed shows $15; 25thstreettheatre.org You can always expect views on an alternative universe thanks to this classic Fringe festival (now in its 30th year), which features a range of acts (comedy, Vaudeville, storytelling, drama, magic, dance, etc.) from across Saskatchewan, Canada, the US and the world. Can you catch all 33 plays during the 10 days of the festival? You can always try! See the official program in the centre of this issue of flow magazine for the full schedule. Not into sitting down for a show? Check out one of the ever-popular busking circles and the amazing acts to be found there, peruse the range of local art vendors on the street, or just dig into one of the many food trucks on site, then tuck in and people watch to your heart’s content at this, the largest street fair in the province! Broadway district
Regina Folk Festival
Weekend passes $155; reginafolkfestival.com Arguably the best way to experience the province’s capital city, RFF involves three days of folk, rock, funk, country and many other kinds of music in leafy, expansive Victoria Park. This is year 50 for this beloved music showcase, which has multiple mainstage acts each night: (Fri) The Dead South, Bahamas, A Tribe Called Red; (Sat) Ruth B, Blind Boys of Alabama, Colter Wall; (Sun) H’Sao, Charlotte Day Wilson, Blue Rodeo. While away the afternoons at workshops (read: jam sessions) that bring eclectic groupings of these same performers, allowing fans to get right up close and dance or lay back on the grass and soak it all in. Lots of stuff for the kids to do too (i.e., not just face painting)! Victoria Park (at Regina; 2.5 hrs. S on Hwy 11)
Thu/Fri 5pm–midnight, Sat 3pm–midnight; passports $16 (12 and under free); saskatoonfolkfest.com What started 40 years ago as a response to the province’s 75th jubilee has grown into Saskatoon’s favourite ethnic festival. “Rediscover Memories” is this year’s theme, implying an opportunity to reconnect with whatever it is you’ve been missing: Comfort food? Entertainment? A bit of shopping? There’s something at each at the nearly two dozen pavilions. And, as ever, consider taking the bus rather than drive: Saskatoon Transit offers free transportation between all pavilions for those with a valid 2019 Folkfest passport. Various venues citywide, incl. Prairieland Park (503 Ruth St.)
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Bombin’ with Bombargo Text by Sarah Dorward Saskatoon rock band Bombargo prides themselves on their “Goodtime Guarantee™”, which is made up of their infectious energy, powerful lyrics, and soul meets indie-rock sound. Members Nathan Thoen (vocals), Spencer Chilliak (guitar), Matthew Levi Folkersen (keyboards/guitar), Connor Newton (saxophone), Anthony Thoen (guitar), Niall Cubbon (drums) and Samuel Lee Folkersen (guitar) not only put on a killer show with great energy and chilling harmonies, but you can also see how passionate they are about music on their faces when performing. With SaskTel having purchased one of their songs for an ad in 2017, Bombargo has since opened for Michael Franti & Spearhead, the John Butler Trio, and The Dead South. They’ve also been featured on CBC’s the Q, MNE, Noisey, Billboard, and on Taylor Swift’s curated “Songs Taylor Loves” playlist on Spotify—the only Canadian band to make her coveted list. What’s more, their single “All the Same” reached #1 on Spotify’s Indie All Star playlist in June 2018! Be sure to check them out online (bombargo.com), and at numerous events and venues this summer: June 29: Bombargo w/ Carter & The Capitals, Kaye & Co (8pm; tickets $20 in advance/$25 at the door). At Capitol Music Club (244 1st Ave. N) July 5–6: Napatak Ramble (see p. 12 for details) July 18–21: Ness Creek Music Festival (see p. 23 for details) Sept. 1: Bombargo half-time performance (during the Labour Day Classic vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers; game time 1pm; tickets from $37). At Mosaic Stadium (Regina, SK)
Nutrien Fireworks Festival
9:30pm start time; open to the pubic It’s thunder and light from the skies to wow even the hardest to impress festivalgoers. Gather along the riverbank on either side of the South Saskatchewan River in the city centre and wonder at the sight of this spectacular international fireworks event. Got earplugs? Bring them. Hungry? Food trucks will be there. Note: Broadway Bridge will be closed this year for the festival as it’s the launch site. River Landing (see p. 36; map 2, F3–5)
Busy is Anita’s Middle Name
Executive Director of the Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival, which for the 30th year in a row will Many this summer will see actress, theatre turn Broadway Avenue into the biggest street fair director and event executive Anita Smith, or at in Saskatchewan in early August. least the fruits of her hard work. (Hopefully her Catch a production Smith is part of this summer: kids and husband will see as much of her!) June 29–July 7: Sweeney Todd: The Demon A veteran actress who this spring starred Barber of Fleet Street presented by the Saskatoon in Persephone Theatre’s staging of the Marc Summer Players (see p. 14 for more details) Camoletti comedy Boeing Boeing, Smith is also General Manager of the Saskatoon Summer Play- July 3–Aug. 18: As You Like It presented by Camers (a position she’s held since 2014), a director eco as part of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan (see p. 23 for more details) of one of the two Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan offerings along the riverbank this sumJuly 31–Aug. 10: Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival mer—and to top it all off was recently named the (see opposite page for more details)
The Doctor is In: 25 years in the life of Dr. J Sporting a long-sleeve sweater, jeans, sneakers and glasses, Jason Armitage looks more like an elementary schoolteacher on his day off than a legendary DJ in his 25th year behind the decks. The truth is, he’s both. Text by Arinze Umekwe
Local school teacher and veteran DJ Jason Armitage (aka DJ Dr. J; below, at right) can be heard playing at Vista Lounge (339 Ave. A S) every Friday from 5–8pm. His weekly mix show “Expansions’” runs on CFCR 90.5FM every Friday from 9–10:30pm. Most Saskatoonians might not readily recognize him but chances are that on a night out on the town, they’ve been grooving to the mixes of this music maestro. The man behind the decks is selfstyled DJ Dr. J—a curator of records, soothing the souls of his listeners. Dr. J, or Jason Armitage to his family, doesn’t mind either way. From his high school days running track in Regina, getting dub tapes of old school hip pop shows from his coach, Dr. J has always been about the music. Starting with Grandmaster Flash’s, “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done” in 1985, he has gone on to amass a collection of vinyl records that numbers in the thousands. In 1991, he bought his first mixer; three years later, he turned pro. After moving to Saskatoon in 2002, he quickly became a mainstay of the dance music-inspired rave scene that started in the mid-90s. That move, though, coincided with a bottoming out of that industry.
shows all over Western Canada and beyond, the opportunity came in 2004 to host the legendary “Souled Out” parties on Wednesdays at Lydia’s in Broadway district. The residency allowed Dr. J to craft what would become one of Canada’s finest weekly electronic dance parties. “It was a slow process (getting people to come ‘Expanding’ Horizons out on a weeknight),” he says. “When we started, “The rave scene kind of became unsafe,” Jason we’d have 40, maybe 50 people a week, but then says. “There were issues with drugs and alcohol word started to spread. Within a year Lydia’s was and safety in general. It led to the rise of contemhosting 400 people each Wednesday night.” Dr. J porary nightclub culture in Saskatoon,” he says, as headlined “Souled Out” at Lydia’s for eight years. a way of bringing such parties into the mainstream. The advent of the more commercial EDM Still trying to figure out his next move, he got the movement of the 2010s was the death knell for opportunity to host a DJ program on community “Souled Out”, but it also coincided with what Dr. radio, “Expansions”: for 17 years the show gives J believes was an evolution in the nightlife cullisteners a funk-disco, old school hip pop-themed ture moving forward: nightclubs were becoming program, and lets Dr. J do his thing. more homogenized. While Dr. J made his bones playing festivals and “The reality is that in the last five years, people
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have been going out to clubs and bars less and less. There are more lounges and spots where young people go for a ‘quieter’ night out,” he says.
Talking about a Revolution However, Dr. J believes there will soon be a “revolution” as the city continues to grow and interest in popular top-40 music diminishes. He believes the youth of the future will find their sound by either seeking it out or making it for themselves, much like the metalheads of the 80s or the ravers of the 90s. Saskatoon DJs have not been unaffected by these changing trends. The modern DJ is stereotypically uninventive, much more concerned with the total number of their instagram followers than how to mix music. Dr. J, an old school purist, holds no grudges. “Some young DJs have done good stuff with the technology actually. I just prefer to keep spinning records. The challenge of the craft is exciting.” At a time when the craft of music and its consequent consumption feel ephemeral, the sincerity of his resolve is refreshing. The man who brought Saskatoon “Souled Out” has never sold himself out: he is the founder of Roots Forward Records (rootsforward.com), a record label that actively promotes new artists and their music, and like any good deejay he’s always on the hunt for new music and places to play: “In 30 years, you might find me in a small lounge still spinning records for folks my age. In short, I’m never retiring,” he says with a laugh.
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Text by Paul Miazga Photos by Amy Thorp (except as noted)
ICE CREAM The city’s love affair with this summer staple goes back at least 60 years. Deepen that feeling: Get ready to scream! Since 1959, the old Dairy Queen on 8th Street has been taking money from customers eager for soft serve out of a machine. Times (and tastes) have changed, but the city’s love affair with this creamy sweet confection has only deepened. Fable Ice Cream (633 Ave. H S; above) does everything by hand, all the ingredients are natural, and owners Jordan and Laurel Etheridge even make their own waffle cones. To many, their best flavours are seasonal: a bourbon-based blend in time for Father’s Day, and Rhubarb Crisp in the fall. The accent is on Italian at Jerry’s (1115 Grosvenor Ave., 844 51st St. E; above right), where the gelato, sorbetto and traditional ice cream flavours (including classic Strachiatella) are all made in-house. Bonus: the local ownership has won recognition for its hiring practices from the Saskatoon Open Door Society. Still going for more than two decades, Homestead Ice Cream (822 Victoria Ave.; at right) makes all of its own stuff and serves it up in a 50s-era diner setting (they even do malts).
July26–28 Food Truck Wars
Fri–Sat 11am–10pm, Sun 11am–5pm; foodtruckwarsyxe.com Bringing together the city’s most beloved food trucks and a smattering of local food concessions along a stretch of two city blocks and in the heart of Saskatoon’s trendy Riversdale district. This zero-waste festival will also have a market section and several competitions: hot dog eating, pie eating and a juried food truck flavour challenge sponsored by SIGA. 20th Street West (between Ave. E & F; see p. 36—map 2, D1)
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Fri 4–9pm, Sat–Sun 11am–9pm, Mon 11am– 7pm; free admission; saskatoonribfest.com Lip-smacking barbecue flavours, an open-air park experience with live music, other entertainment and a full belly are the take-aways from this annual feast. Bring wet wipes and a hearty appetite. Diefenbaker Park (see p. 34; map 1, J5)
Daily from 11am–10pm; free admission; yxebeerwars.com This marks the first year of this craft beer, wine and spirits festival, which thankfully plans to have a zero-waste event that’s also pet friendly. Kiwanis Memorial Park (on Spadina Cres. E, N of the Bessborough)
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CAFÉS & DINERS City Perks 801 7th Ave. N; cityperks.ca. Tastefully lit,
great coffee and a fine weekend brunch. Open Mon– Fri 7am–10pm, Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $ Collective Coffee 220B 20th St. W, 210 Ave. P S; 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 Mon–Tue 8am–8pm, Wed–Thu 8am–10pm, Fri–Sat 8am–11pm, Sun 10am–3pm. $$ Earth Bound Bakery+Kitchen 220-1820 8th St. E; earthboundbakery.ca. A mostly organic bakery also serving sammys, soups, ‘za and desserts. Open Tue–Sat 7am–5pm, Sun 9am–3pm. $$ HomeQuarter Coffeehouse 110-405 Ave. B S; homequartercoffeehouse.com. Small sweets and other edible treats, plus hot bevvies. Open Mon–Tue,Sat 7am–5pm, Wed–Fri 7am–9pm, Sun 9am–5pm. $ Venn Coffee Roasters 10-830 Dufferin Ave.; drinkvenn.com. In the alley behind Amigo’s they serve coffee, tea and baking from The Night Oven. Open Mon–Fri 7am–5pm, Sat–Sun 9am–4pm. $$
Ayden Kitchen & Bar 265 3rd Ave. S; aydenkitch-
enandbar.com. Putting the city on the map foodwise. Open Mon–Thu 5:30–9pm, Fri–Sat 5–9:30pm. $$$ Hearth 2404 Melrose Ave.; hearth.restaurant. It’s the city’s newest local food eatery serving pickerel, polenta, lentils and more. Open Wed–Sat 5–10pm, Sun 11am–2pm. $$$ The Hollows 334 Ave. C S; thehollows.ca. An eclectic Riversdale eatery using locally sourced ingredients in every delightful dish. Open Wed–Sat 5:30–10pm, Sat–Sun 11am–2pm. $$$ Leyda’s 112 20th St. W; leydas.ca. Gluten- and nutfree, organic whole foods, and a Spanish accent on health-positive dishes. Mid-week dining specials too. Open Tue–Sat 11am–10pm. $$ SHIFT 102 Spadina Cres. E, in the Remai Modern; shiftrestaurant.com. A most visible spot does its take on modern Canadian flavours. Open Tue–Thu 10am–10pm; Fri–Sat 10am–10pm. $$$
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Facebook. Sit by the windows in this airy space and tuck into pizza or panini while catching the street view. Open Tue–Sat 8am–8pm. $$ Famoso Pizzeria 2921 8th St. E, 134 Primrose Dr.; on Facebook. This Canadian chain produces handmade pizzas, plus daily specials on appetizers, drinks, etc. Open Tue–Sat 10am–8pm. $$ Thirteen Pies 243 2nd Ave. S; thirteenpiesyxe.com. As the name suggests, 13 varieties of handmade, deep-dish pies, with daily specials on drinks. Open Tue–Thu 4pm–1am, Fri–Sun 4pm–3am. $$ Una Pizza 707 Broadway Ave.; unayxe.com. This locally owned joint serves California-influenced cuisine, thin-crust pizzas and wine by the glass. Open Sun– Thu 11:30am–10pm, Fri–Sat 11:30am–midnight. $$
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Key: $ - meals under $15; $$ - $15–30; $$$ - over $30 At left: an open-face bagel sandwich with cream cheese from the Night Oven Bakery; below: the Muffaletta offering at Italian Sandwich. (Courtesy photos)
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Don’t Waste Your Time Talking at Lunch: Eat! These local eateries make delicious, rapid turnaround a part of their lunch service, every day We at flow want to help improve your lunchtime efficiency, which in turn will boost productivity, spread joy, increase ROI and make our riverside hamlet a better place in every way. Or, at least get you back to work faster on those deadline days. Have a bite from any (or all) of them. Night Oven Bakery (629B 1st Ave. N) makes sandwiches? Indeed, they make delectable sandwiches, wrapped in butcher’s wax paper and waiting, refrigerated, until you take them away. It’s a rotating selection of fillings, served on their shockingly good Saskatchewan whole wheat Sour Dough (stone ground using organic grain). Inventory is limited so go early and rejoice in this new lunch pick. The sign says Italian Sandwich (816 16th St. E), the check says Steampunk Restaurant, and online it’s Gangsters Italian Sandwiches. Whatever: if you’re looking for a serious Meatball Marinara (or Muffaletta; pictured) on a crusty Italian panini bun, they serve ’em just around the corner from Fable Ice Cream on Avenue H. With onions, peppers and a melty, shredded parmesan, celebrate meatballs like your Mama would want. It’s been said that no man who can make a great sandwich need justify himself. Proprietor Harry at One Drip Cafe (438 Ave. H S) is exactly this man. Sandwiches served on Nestor’s Bakery marble rye, grilled and fussed over, delivered per-
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fectly, is how your lunch will turn out. Consider a Canadiano (a cousin to the Americano) as a closer. Afghan Kabob & Donair (#3 - 100 2nd Ave. S) is best described as tasty AF. (Can we say that?!) Because it is. Kabobs, korma, donair, either wrapped in a pita or delivered plate or platter style, with rice and chopped salad, there are no bad decisions here. A full room and a full belly, enjoy your afternoon back at work. For those who knew him from the old Riversdale Deli, Darby Taylor of the newly minted Black Birch Deli & Bar (148 2nd Ave. N) is back in his niche, which is making sandwiches that you’ll come back for again and again—even if you’re not hungry. His latest creations include the tangy, Mexican-inspired Chicken Tinga, the Italian-styled Motherlode, and a vegan meatball sub to die for. Even less time for lunch? Cody Ng’s Hotdog Cart, in front of the downtown TDCanadaTrust every day, delivers delicious, FAST, without pretension. Must love hotdogs.
Other noteworthy sammie spots Christie’s Il Secondo off Broadway (panini) Frankie’s Bahn Mi downtown (self-explanatory) The Griffin Takeaway in City Park (gluten-free everything) Karma Conscious Café downtown (“naanwiches”)
Afghan Kabob & Donair 3-100 2nd Ave. S; on
Facebook. The full menu is worth the wait, the kebabs are delicious and they also have regular hookah pipe nights. Open Mon–Sat 11am–10pm. $ Bon Temps Café 223 2nd Ave. S; bontempscafe.ca. Seafood creole, Jambalaya, crawfish boils, cocktails and regular live music. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$ Botté Chai Bar 117-123 Ave. B S; bottechaibar.com. This Persian-influenced nook has light breakfasts and lunches, with infused teas, baklava and other sweets. Open daily 10am–midnight. $$ Cesar’s Cakes & Café 11-3000 Diefenbaker Dr.; on Facebook. Filipino kare kare (peanut stew w/ beef), tokwat baboy (steamed pork w/ fried tofu) and more. Open Tue–Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 8am–5pm. $ Konga Café 204 Ave. H N; kongacafe.com. It’s the place to go for classic Jamaican jerk or curried chicken (or goat). Open Tue–Thu 4–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm. $ Lebanese Kitchen 1005 Broadway Ave.; on Facebook). Middle Eastern tastes (falafels, fatayer, shawarmas, hummus, tabbouleh and more) always served with a smile. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $ Rosaly’s Food Services 119 Ave. B S; on Facebook. True West African food (rice jollof, spicy curried chicken, beignets, etc) prepared with love. Open Tue–Thu 11:30am–8pm, Fri–Sat 11:30am–9pm. $$ Saba’s African Cuisine 901 22nd St. W. Use the bread, called injera, and with your hands scoop up spicy servings of delicious Ethiopian/Eritrean food. Open Tue–Sun 4:30–10:30pm. $$ Wanuskewin Restaurant RR 4, Penner Road; wanuskewin.com. Enjoy the surroundings and “First Nations cuisine with a modern flair.” Open daily 9am–4:30pm, holidays 11am–4:30pm. $
Bar Gusto 707 Broadway Ave.; bargustoyxe.com. The
philosophy is farm-to-fork, with lots of local produce on the enticing menu. Open Wed–Sat 5–10pm. $$$ Chianti Café 102 Idylwyld Dr. N; chianticafe.ca. The pasta feasts bring in the sports teams; the real menu draw frugal gourmands. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$ Primal 423 20th St. W; primalpasta.ca. Local chefs Christie Peters and Kyle Michaels serve fresh pasta and local meat in this moody space. Open Wed–Fri 11:30am–1:30pm, Wed–Sun 5pm–10pm. $$$ Taverna 219 21st St. E; on Facebook. A downtown staple for Italian dining since the 70s, the new makeover has created a more open atmosphere. Open Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat–Sun 5–10pm. $$$
güd eats inc. 2917 Early Dr.; gudeatsinc.com. You
won’t miss the meat at this hip, new, all-vegan fast food joint. Open Mon–Sat 11:30am–10pm, Sun 11:30am–8:30pm. $$ Karma Conscious Café & Eatery 2-157 2nd Ave. N; thekarmacafe.ca. Coffee and lattes to go, plus satisfying lunches fusing Mediterranean, Indian and other cuisines. Open Mon–Fri 7:30am–6pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–5pm. $$ 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. $$
new restaurant openings
1. Yay Thai! From the owners of Karma Conscious Café comes their sublime take on spicy Thai food that’s 100% vegan, and in a colourful, airy space. (152 2nd Ave. S; yaythai.com) 2. Black Birch Deli & Bar Co-owner Darby Taylor is finally back in his element making sandwiches, slaw and sides that will keep you coming back for more. (148 2nd Ave. N; blackbirchdeli.com)
3. Town Hall Tavern This new offering on Broadway puts the focus squarely on great food and drinks at agreeable prices. (731 Broadway Ave.; on Facebook) 4. Odla Chef Scott Dicks comes together with Farm One Forty produce to create signature pork, beef, chicken and other dishes. Bonus: the adjacent market sells farm-fresh goods. (801 Broadway Ave.; on Facebook)
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Japa Bowl 821 Broadway Ave.; japabowl.com.
Home-cooked Japanese and Korean noodle bowls are their thing. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, 4:30–9pm, Sat 11am–10pm, Sun 11am–8pm. $ Jeju Korean BBQ 1527 Idylwyld Dr. N; on Facebook. The barbecue is as authentic as it comes, while the kimchee and other appys are worth the visit alone. Open daily 11am–10pm. $ Ko Ramen 20-3207 Preston Ave. S; ko-ramenbar. com. Japanese and Korean flavours combine here with ramen bowls and eastern-style fried chicken. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$ October 3010 Arlington Ave.; octoberasiancuisine.com. Hand-rolled maki sushi and nigiri, plus ramen, salads and sashimi. Open Wed–Mon 11am–3pm, 5–9pm. $$ Samurai 601 Spadina Cres. E (in the Delta Bessborough Hotel). True Japanese teppan yaki— grilling on stainless steel with all the fire and flair. Open daily 5–10pm. $$$ Seoul 334 20th St. W; seoulsaskatoon.com. Use the iPad menus to order kimchee, bibimbap or table-top barbecued meats. Quick service and free appetizers. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$ Sticks & Stones 226 2nd Ave. S; sticksandstonesyxe. com. Ramen, gyoza, steamed buns, sushi rolls and cocktails. Open Sun, Tue–Thu 11:30am–1am, Fri–Sat 11:30am–2am. $$$ Sushi Raku 239 Idylwyld Dr. S; on Facebook. The best sushi in the city? It’s fresh, and it goes well with their friendly service and fair prices. Open Mon–Sat 11:30am–3pm, 4:30pm–10pm. $$
The long days are coming, so get this summer rolling!
The compass points beyond the city beckon with opportunities to engage with local producers on site and to enjoy hospitality offering that combination rarely seen in Saskatoon: dining with a view! Text by Cathy Engel Photos as noted
(Wolf Willow Winery)
Take the 95-minute jaunt down to Nokomis off Hwy 16 and visit Nokomis Craft Ales (nokomiscraftales.com), the award-winning brewery bearing the town’s name. (Note: plan ahead, as their tap room hours are quite limited.) Cheerful picnic tables welcome your hand-packed picnic, so enjoy a flight or two to experience the focused, clean flavours of their expertly crafted, unfiltered beers. I am particularly fond of their refreshing Summer Kettle Sour, a crisp, thirst-quenching quaffer with sour rind fruit flavour—a huge hit last year. Will it come back, or will it return reincarnated with a new twist? Only time will tell. Nokomis has great outdoor elements on the patio: cheerful red parasols, a hop garden, and small
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town bustle at the edge of prairie and living space, with the summer sky and fields beyond. If packing a picnic is not in your skill set, word is that the Nokomis Hotel serves great cheeseburgers and chicken wings. Meet some locals and enjoy the casual small town vibe before heading back to the city.
With river view sunsets, fine cuisine, tantalizing wines and a connection with nature, Wolf Willow Winery (wolfwillowwinery.ca) near Outlook is worth the 55-minute drive there. Their fruit wines, crafted with a wine lover’s palate in mind, are drier and more full-bodied than most fruit wines you might encounter. A day visit here could be spent with a prearranged orchard tour, finishing with flights of the fine fruit wines and
dinner at the café. We found the light fare on last year’s menu to be quite appealing, but now Saskatoon’s own Chef Jenni Schrenk will be at the helm in the kitchen, so expectations have been kicked up a notch or two more. Looking to stay? Treating yourself to an overnight at Wolf Willow is an exceptional experience. “Glamping” options include furnished Bell Tents, tepees and even a charming Boler trailer. For old school camping, each and every campsite delights with both privacy and stunning river views. Building a fire at your site and finishing the day with a glass of their medium-bodied, lemony and dry rhubarb wine (quite reminiscent of a drier German Riesling) as it catches the evening glow, Continues on p. 35
Get a group of friends together, put on your sunscreen and follow along on a tour of Saskatoon’s most vibrant and lively patios
Text by Rini Pshebylo Photo by Patricio del Rio
Starting out on one of the most scenic rooftops in Saskatoon, the patio at Vista Lounge (339 Ave. A S) has a special quality to it. Head up to the third floor past Drift Sidewalk Café on the ground floor and cozy up in the corner closest to the street for an awesome view of the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market and River Landing. With tunes being spun by local DJs Thursday and Friday nights, the best way to start off here is with a charcuterie platter paired with a Nokomis Golden Ale—an easy-to-drink beer on an easyto-chill deck. Next up, make your way downtown and hit up the rooftop at O’Shea’s Irish Pub (222 2nd Ave. S). One of Saskatoon’s favourite open air spots and arguably the most lively, O’Shea’s is the perfect spot to meet up with a few more friends owing to the massive space available and the misting jets to help everyone cool off when the mercury rises. Try some deep fried pickles and coconut shrimp to go with a pint of local 21st Street Brewery made just around the corner! Only a couple of blocks away, find your way to Cathedral Social Hall (608 Spadina Cres. E) for fun appys and relaxed, picnic table patio seating. What’s recommended? After a few drinks, you’re going to want to carb up on some house-made prairie perogies, plus wings and nachos for the table. Cathedral is close to ideal as a place to grab a flight of local Sasky beer too: there’s a 9 Mile IPA, a Black Bridge IPA, the High Key Jolly Roger, the ultra-light Helles Half Acre by Great Western, and many other options—more than a dozen in all. Enjoy the sun going down by the river with some laughs and local brews. Starting to get legged by this point? The last stop is just up the Broadway Bridge from the downtown at The Yard & Flagon (718 Broadway
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Ave.) Take a nice walk along and over the river or grab a cab and head over to this beloved patio! A sublime gathering spot for any group of friends, the Yard has plates for any palate, beers a plenty and the perfect amount of chatter. For sharing starters, you’re gonna want to grab the baked crab & artichoke dip, oven-baked bruschetta, and either the potato skins or a poutine (or both!) The Yard always rotates their beer selection but the Rebellion Cerveza (comparable to a Corona) is the perfect summer patio drink, proving yet again that Saskatchewan is about more than agriculture and potash!
Honourable Mentions Amigos Cantina: A small hideaway off Broadway; ideal for getting primed before one of their stellar live shows. Boffins Club: The place in Saskatoon to hide from the crowd, plus excellent food and drink. The only catch: they’re not open on weekends. The Crazy Cactus: A lively rooftop deck and home of the Gringo (a shot of tequila in a limeinfused beer). Las Palapas Resort Grill: Arguably the best margaritas in the city, plus the regular patrons make for a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Manos on 8th: Grape vine canopy, local hospitality and nightly drink specials. Shift Restaurant: Upscale, slow pace, exquisite menu options, plus a quiet atmosphere with a stunning river view from adjacent to the Remai Modern Art Gallery. UNA Pizza+Wine: A top spot for spending an evening nibbling pizza, drinking wine and sipping fun cocktails. Winston’s English Pub: The beer lover’s paradise (more than 100 varieties on tap) has two patios: one out back and another on the street out front.
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2nd Avenue Bar & Grill 123 2ndAve. S; 2ndavegrill.
the gleaming stainless steel fermentation tanks as the brewers go about their craft. Their brewing …well,...it doesn’t get much better than that. I’d house style is consistent in each offering: complex suggest going soon before the word gets out. aromas and flavours, even in their easy-drinking styles. If they still have their Bow Barley Smash Northwest on tap, try it. Complex aromas of honeydew and Set Google Maps to Armoury Brewing (armourybrewing.com) in North Battleford. Stun- white flowers, fresh cream and a hint of petrol ningly beautifully, the renovated vintage armoury entice you as you drink in the rich and mouthbuilding offers dining with a view…inside. Here filling toasted cracker flavours that finish with a bright citrusy resin bitterness. and there are vintage military touches, some The gracious staff encourages you to make subtle, some obvious; see if you can spot them. Order a flight or two and take them upstairs to the yourself at home, so grab a game to play, unpack mezzanine and take in the fabulous restoration your own picnic or ask the staff for advice on the of this gem of Battleford history. Gaze down at best picks in the Battlefords for Skip The Dishes. If the pints start telling you that an overnight is in order, try the Gold Eagle Lodge just a couple of clicks away.
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com. A downtown fave for Friday lunch and after-work drinks. Open Mon–Sat from 11am. $$ 6Twelve Lounge 612 Spadina Cres. E (in the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel); 6twelve.ca. Original, house-infused cocktails in a quiet space. Open daily from 4:30pm. $$$ The Capitol 244 1st Ave. N; capitolclubyxe.ca. Live music and comedy are the norm here, plus good food and always a fun vibe. Open daily 4pm–2:30am. $$ Cathedral Social Hall 608 Spadina Cres. E; cathedralsocialhall.com. A staple for lunch, dinner or a pint after work. Open Mon–Sat from 11am, Sun from 10am. $$ Cut Casual Steak & Tap 416 21st St. E; cutcasualsteak.com. Open kitchen, wine rooms, music. Open Mon–Sat from 11am, Sun from noon. $$$ The James Hotel Lobby Bar 620 Spadina Cres. E; thejameshotel.ca. Decadence defined in this swank space by the river. DJ music on weekends. Open 24/7. $$$ O’Shea’s Irish Pub 222 2nd Ave. S; osheasirishpub.ca. A classic pub with Guinness on tap, hearty meals and a wee little door for leprechauns. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2am, Sat–Sun 10am–2am. $$ The Rook & Raven 154 2nd Ave. S; on Facebook. A staple in the city centre for lunch, a wee dram, a pint or all three. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$ Vintage Wine Bar 243 21st St. E (in the Hotel Senator); flanaganssteakhouse.ca. A cozy corner nook featuring 2oz. wine flight tastings, mixed drinks and nibbles. Open Mon–Sat 4pm–midnight. $$$ 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. $$
Food, beer and the interior of Armoury Brewing in North Battleford. (Photo by Cathy Engel)
The unique treat of Riverlot Orchards (riverlotorchards.ca) near the tiny francophone bourg of St. Louis is where Irina and Eric Kotelko have created a whimsical destination on their orchard farm. The winery’s bistro, perched above a bluff with unparalleled views of the river, is housed in a unique, Romanesque edifice with Gothic and Classical touches suggesting a castle, or… even… a chapel? The walkway to the bistro’s entry has elements of a formal palace garden, creating high expectations as you enter. Tables are set with luxurious touches that prepare you for contemplating a European inspired menu. Organic and locally produced ingredients drive the food, which changes every year. Eric is very proud of his award-winning fruit wines, which he crafts in a variety of styles to appeal to different palates. I find the wild black cherry (chokecherry) wine quite compelling and food friendly: a dark garnet colour with tart, dry and chewy cherry flavours— a perfect wine to pair with a roasted pork dish or with mushrooms. Order a flight or two to find your own favourite. If the city has you firmly in its clutches and you just can’t tear away, Nokomis and Armoury beers as well as some of the Wolf Willow and Riverlot Orchards wines are available at Sobeys and Co-op Liquor stores in Saskatoon. Sit back and enjoy the summer!
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Jolly Good Story! An old red double-decker bus has been making tourists do a double-take for decades in downtown Saskatoon When one thinks of vintage, double decker red buses, London, England, is usually the first city that comes to mind. However, years ago one of these English icons found its way to Saskatoon and has since become a fixture of the city’s downtown. But where did it come from? And how did it get here? Saskatoon’s red bus—today better known as Bus Stop Refreshments—is permanently located at the corner of 21st Street East and Spadina Crescent East, right in the shadow of another Saskatoon icon, the Bessborough. From April until October every year, the staff here serve up ice cream, hot dogs, popcorn and more from the converted bus interior. It’s a great option to beat the summer heat, as the ice cream is supplied locally by Homestead Ice Cream. The story of just how the bus got to downtown Saskatoon reads something like a classic summer road trip. Originally one of three brought over to Canada from London in 1956 (it was actually
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built in 1948, was originally green and had been designed for rural passenger service in England), the bus is the only one of the three that survives.
The story of how the bus got to Saskatoon reads something like a classic summer road trip. Originally one of three brought over to Canada from London in 1956, it was originally green and first saw use as a tour bus in Niagara Falls, ON. When it first came to Canada, it first saw use as a tour bus in Niagara Falls, ON, before its original Saskatoon owner, Laurel Beaumont, found the bus through Auto Trader in Regina.
At the time, this upstart entrepreneur was living in downtown Saskatoon and felt bothered by the lack of places to get takeout food. Originally intending to start a food truck, Beaumont got some cash together, drove to Regina and brought the bus back home to her parent’s farm outside of Hanley where she spent the better part of the summer of 1987 turning it into a mobile kitchen. Its previous owner was a restaurateur in the Queen City who had used it as part of a marketing event but no longer needed it. The red bus debuted in downtown Saskatoon as a mobile food truck in 1989, but Beaumont, after deciding that customers would have an easier time finding and identifying with a permanent location, bought the spot at 21st and Spadina and installed it in the place it which it sits to this day. Thirty years on, Bus Stop Refreshments—under new management—continues to serve the quintessential summer treats that take the edge off a hot, Saskatoon summer.