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All around the city, from Nutrien Playland and the Bessborough Gardens to Broadway district, Prairieland Park and beyond, festival season is upon us. (Amy Thorp Photography)





The latest historic railway tour to fire up starts this June just outside the city

Kamasi Washington headlines a lineup for the ages at Jazz Fest

Pins, laser-cut necklaces, honey and mead, it’s all in a day’s work for some

Hop on two wheels and conduct a DIY tour of the city’s microbreweries




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While we endeavour to do right by our advertisers and readers, sometimes we fall short of the mark we set for you, them and ourselves. In the April/May 2018 issue of flow, we didn’t just fall short of the mark; we let something go to print that never should have progressed beyond the concept stage. “It’s All in the Details” (p. 16) may have given readers the mistaken impression that the businesses which took part in this editorial feature were condescending to their competitors or bitter about the state of the local economy. This was not a fair reflection of their business focus or professionalism and for this we are deeply sorry. We also wish to apologize to you, our readers, for producing content that was not up to our usual standards. Lessons have been learned and measures put into place to ensure this does not happen again. – flow magazine


Cover photo of the Remai Modern Art Gallery and the South Saskatchewan River by Amy Thorp Photography


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The Soil: A Link to My Late Father

Gardening: it’s part of a cycle that many Saskatchewanians know and love. My father was an avid gardener. His whole life he looked forward to planting season so that he could, in a few months time, dig from the ground fingerling potatoes or pluck juicy beefsteak tomatoes from the vine. He loved everything about it, from getting his hands dirty in freshly tilled soil to the reward of eating foods in season at the peak of freshness. He only half-joked in life that his favourite dessert was a summer salad where everything came from his garden. In planting his garden this year, barely a month after we placed his still-warm ashes into a pickle jar and returned him to the earth, my family and I continued his traditions in late May and planted potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, carrost,

beets and lettuce in the same rich, fertile soil that he used to tend. We spent a few hours remembering him, reflecting on life and giving life in turn. That cycle of the seasons also brings this province to life in other ways. The summer sun brings more than just gardens to life and bees happily pollenating the flowers that become our favourite garden produce: it also signals festival season. Festival season in Saskatoon owes much to the sun but also to our roots as settlers and Aboriginals—and our love of music, dance, family, food and fun. After a long winter, the summer was a time to celebrate, eat well and make good on the extra hours of daylight. Once the Children’s Festival kicks off June 2, the clock is ticking to the Labour Day weekend and the Fireworks Festival. Every event between now and then offers chances to get out and hear new sounds, try new things, explore, meet new people and hone your sense of adventure. Take a train ride across the open prairies. Surprise yourself by not being the only white person at a powwow. Walk with gay and straight people alike during the annual Pride parade. Check out a Jazz Fest show that isn’t at the Bessborough Gardens or the free stage. Take in more of the Fringe Festival than just the street performers and the food trucks. Learn how to greet all the ambassadors at Folkfest in their own language. Volunteer your time as a bicycle valet. Try stand-up paddleboarding on the river. Whatever you do, just don’t sit at home! This is your guide to the summer—use it and have fun!

FreshWest Media Ltd. 122 Edmund Park Saskatoon, SK S7H 0Z4 @flowzineSask Published 6 times per year by FreshWest Media Ltd. Readership: 33,000 (estimated) in Saskatoon and area. Copyright (2018) by FreshWest Media Ltd. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the expressed, written consent of the publisher. Publisher & Editor Paul Miazga Senior Art Director Zhanybek Nurgozhayev Map Designer Danna Contreras-Chapa Ad Designers Crystal Klassen, Paul Miazga, Zhanybek Nurgozhayev Proofreader Olga Bondarenko Contributors Scott Dicks, Sarah Dorward, Garry Findlay, Susan Gallagher, Tyson McShane, Paul Miazga, Lisa Patrick, Kevin Sorokowski, Naomi Zurevinski Lead Photographer Amy Thorp Contributing Photographers Patricio del Rio, Scott Dicks, Landon Johnson, Tim Kip Imaging, Penny McKinlay, Paul Miazga, Lisa Patrick, Matt Ramage, Carlene Schumacher, Kevin Sorokowski, Mark Tiu Printing TC Transcontinental Distribution FreshWest Media Ltd., Canada Post Corp.

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ALL ABOARD! Text by Naomi Zurevinski Courtesy photo


Queer Youth Prom


Welcome to the Gaybourhood

Community BBQ

Another small-town express just outside of the city sets its wheels in motion this summer There’s a new train in the area for visitors and citizens of Saskatchewan alike, set to start rolling down the track this June. The Wheatland Express Excursion Train offers a wide variety of entertainment and dinner shows on board while guests can soak in the colours of the prairies in summer. Joan Wassill, director of Marketing and Sales for the Wheatland Express, notes that the train is historic as it celebrates Saskatchewan’s past. “We are most excited to bring a tourist and visitor attraction to this area of the province,” Wassill says. “It’s important to preserve the history of the railway and its significance to agriculture and [the] settlement of Saskatchewan.” The Wheatland Express runs on the Wheatland Railway near Highway 2 between Wakaw and Cudworth. Excursions last for about two hours and will depart from either Wakaw or Cudworth, ending up where it started. The train offers different entertainment on every excursion, with some including a dinner show as well. “People can expect to be entertained,” Wassill says. “Come and experience the vast open landscape and the magnificent sky, as your excursion rambles along at a relaxing pace. You can view thriving crops and glimpse local wildlife as you pass by trees and wetlands.” Wheatland Express promises to provide a “Made in Saskatchewan” experience with its 2018 entertainment lineup, including Saskatchewan-born singer Sylvia Chave, home-grown comedy duo Mark Schweighardt and Lee Bells

of “Don’t Mind Us,” and Rory Allen, an Elvis Presley tribute artist, all born and raised in the province. Other events include a harvest wine tasting and a Murder Mystery. With the Wheatland Express, the rail line it uses was already servicing farmers and grain producers in central Saskatchewan. The concept for a tourism train began when the staff of Wheatland Rail had the idea of using the rail line for amusement purposes. “The discussion among the staff began with, ‘Why can’t we?’ The locomotives are here, the rail track is here and the employees are here. So the idea to innovate and offer more from this railway grew to include visitors, vacationers and train enthusiasts,” Wassill says. “We put this together with contemporary entertainment, the welcome of our communities, good food, and we have made a truly Saskatchewan experience!” Several entertainment and tourism trains exist across Canada already. The Southern Prairie Railway in Ogema, SK (115km S of Regina), was established in 2010 and lays claim to being the province’s first full-sized tourist railway. The SPR provides an authentic prairie pioneer experience and themed specialty tours. The 2018 Wheatland Express tourism season kicks off June 2 at the Cudworth Heritage Museum Railway Station (1 hr NE off Hwy 41) with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, and trains will run until October. For more information, to view the schedule and buy tickets, visit

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Saskatoon’s First Two Spirit Powwow

Family Day Carnival

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June events

June02 Kevin Hart

7pm; tickets from $35 He’s come a long way since his breakout at the Montreal Just For Laughs festival in 2007: Kevin Hart is truly “Irresponsible” as his current tour name suggests, so fans of his stand-up better be prepared for an allnew show full of his takes on urban culture, the women in his world, partying, hustling, race relations, and club life. SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.;


Art in the Park

noon–5pm; open to the public; Take time to wander about the park from north to south and east to west as that’s the idea here: local artists and artisans at every turn, antiques collectors, upcycled everything, live music, food stalls, a playground for the kids and a beautiful setting in which to just people watch. Bring cash, though, as not all vendors for food or otherwise take plastic. Ashworth Holmes Park (see p. 32; Map 1, F6)

June16/19/21/23 La Bohème

All shows 7:30pm except June 23 (2pm); tickets $40; Puccini’s opera, based on Scenes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger, is among the most famous operas in history owing to its simple yet expressive music, and certainly one of the most frequently performed. This live staging by the Saskatoon Opera will be in Italian with English surtitles. Remai Arts Centre (100 Spadina Cres. E;


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Nutrien Children’s Festival

Sat/Sun from 10am, Mon/Tue from 9:30am; one-day passes $10 Circus arts, library story tent, a giant cardboard box fort, a fossil find and more for the kids. Celebrating 30 years! Kinsmen Park (see p. 32; Map 2, B7)

Strata Festival of New Music

Various events & showtimes; An annual concert and workshop series that deigns to promote “western art music from the recent past.” Various locations, incl. Remai Modern (102 Spadina Cres. E.)

Xavier Rudd

8pm; tickets $47.50 Australian singer-songwriter Rudd is a multi-instrumentalist known for his tattoos and writing songs about spirituality, environmentalism and the rights of Indigenous Australians. O’Brians Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S)

Daniel Caesar

8pm; tickets from $25 His sweet, soulful voice on the 2017 breakout track “Get You” (feat. Kali Uchis) propelled Caesar into stardom and earned him Grammy Award nominations. Don’t miss out! TCU Place (35 22nd St. E;

Brock Andrews & Brody Siebert 7:30pm; tickets $40.50 Two up-and-coming Saskatchewan country artists combine for a double helping of songs about whiskey, small town whispers and women. Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.;

Upcoming Entertainment

July events

June30– July08


Evening shows 8pm, Sat/Sun matinees 2pm; tickets $40


Houghton Boston Tennis Classic Matches daily from 10am, final Sun 11am; free admission This US$25,000 Futures Level tourney is ITF sanctioned and brings in massive talent from across North America and beyond. Past competitors include Canadian tennis pro Milos Raonic and Australia’s Aleksandar Vukic. It’s a great way to get some sun and see the stars of tomorrow today! Riverside Badminton & Tennis Club (645 Spadina Cres. W;

It’s the loveable orphan Annie and lots of showtunes from this Depression-era musical presented by the Saskatoon Summer Players. Come see Annie, who hopes to find her parents who abandoned her, and join with her and her fellow orphans as they sing along to “Tomorrow” and other classics. Directed by Ricardo Alvarado. Remai Arts Centre (100 Spadina Cres. E)


One Take Super 8 7pm; ticket prices TBA; on Facebook For amateur filmmakers and cinephiles in love with the creative process, this annual event showcases what geurilla filmmaking is all about: good planning, clever set-ups, ridiculous premises and always lots of fun. Half the fun is seeing what can result from a few hours of practice and just letting the action unfold in one epic take. Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W;

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FIBA 3x3 Basketball

Various start times; free admission;

Keep pace with the action courtside as some of the world’s top teams, including Team Canada led by hometown b-boy Michael Linklater (pictured), will play downtown for the right to compete at the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Championships in the Philippines. It’s dipsy-do, dunkeroo and a whole lot more for three action-packed days. 21st Street E at 4th Avenue S (see p. 32; Map 2, D5)


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Canada Day

Pancake breakfast 8–10am ($9); free general admission Leave the car at home and bike or bus down to the river for hearty eats, dancing and drums, and fireworks just after dark (9:30pm). Diefenbaker Park (see p. 32; Map 1, J5)

One Bad Son

7:30pm; tickets from $15 Some aptly compare Saskatoon’s OBS to GnR, Bon Jovi and other hard rockers of the 90s: long hair, guitar licks and a ballad (“Scarecrows”). Dakota Dunes Casino (at Whitecap; 20 min S on Hwy 219;

Jim Jefferies

7pm; tickets from $49.50 Obnoxious to some but loved by many for his hatred of all things political, the ascerbic Australian comic brings his A(political) game to his new tour, “Unusual Punishment”. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E;

Cdn Rugby Championships

Various match times; free admission; Catch hard-hitting competitions in U-19 Men, Senior Women and U-20 Women. See also Saskatoon Rugby Clubhouse (134 English Cres.)

Back to Batoche Days

Various events; festival passes $30; There’ll be jigging, fiddling, bannock baking and a good old Voyageur competition at this revival of historic Metis and other traditions. Batoche NHS (at Batoche; 1 hr N off Hwy 11)


Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave.; amigoscantina.

com) Shows at 10pm, cover $10 except as noted. June 8: Firing at the Sky w/ Violent Betty June 9: Book launch & spoken word performance w/ Dwennimmen & E Pallagi (Back Room; 8pm) June 9: Bears in Hazenmore w/ Anna Haverstock June 10: On the Beat (noon) June 15: WHOOP-Szo w/ The Avulsions, Mosfett et al June 16: BA Johnston, Johnny 2 Fingers & The Deformities, Off The Top Rope June 20: Jo Passed w/ Boyhood June 22: Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival presents Cherry Glazerr w/ Wand (10:30pm; tickets $15) June 23: Sasktel Jazz Festival presents The Sue Foley Band feat. Lou Ann Barton w/ Apollo Cruz (10:30pm; $18) June 27: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Deerhoof w/ Slow Down Molasses (9:30pm; $18) Jun 28: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents The Slocan Ramblers w/ Ellen Froese & the Hot Toddies (10:30pm; $15) June 28: Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You: Anthology book launch (Back Room; 7pm) June 30: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Moon Hooch w/ minivandal (10:30pm; $15) July 21: Seaway w/ Living With Lions, Bearings ($20) July 25: Amy Helm w/ guests (8pm; $20 in advance/$25 at the door) The Bassment (202 4th Ave. N; June 1: Sonia Reid Noble CD release party (9pm; tickets $28/members $23) June 2: Kristian Braathen Trio w/ the Sons of Django-Gypsy Jazz Trio (8pm; $25/$20) June 5: J.J.Guy & Gordon Stobbe (8pm; $23/$18) June 7: Claude Bourbon (8pm; $23/$18) June 8: Jay & Jo (9pm; $25/$20) June 9: Heidi Munro & The Real Groovy Band CD release party (8pm; $28/$23) June 14: Richard Inman (8pm; $23/$18) June 15: Back of the Bus (9pm; $25/$20) June 16: Carol Welsman (8pm; $50/$40) June 17: Solstice Jazz Luncheon (1pm; $48/$38) June 19: Kacy & Clayton (8pm; $25/$20) June 22: SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival pres-

ents Shake Stew (9pm; $20) June 23: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Alsarah & The Nubatones (9pm; $30) June 25: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents The Russell Malone Quartet (8pm; $30) June 26: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents The Jerry Granelli Band (8pm; $30) June 28: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Kellylee Evans (8pm; $30) June 29: Sasktel Jazz Festival presents Al Muirhead’s Canadian Quintet (9pm; $30) Black Cat Tavern (801 Broadway Ave.; on Facebook) All shows 9pm & $10 cover except as noted. June 2: Wenches & Rogues w/ Zelda Belladonna & The DNS, Gargyles June 15: Babyfats, Dead Fibres, The Fapulist et al (8:30pm) June 19: Dead Quiet w/ Hashteroid & guests July 28: King of Foxes Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; Shows at 8pm except as noted. June 2: SFO’s 14th annual Saints & Sinners Spring Show (7:30pm; tickets $25.50) June 5: The Good Lovelies (7:30pm; $39.50) June 8: A Tribute to Elvis in Concert (7:30pm; $56.50) June 17: Louisiana Hayride Show (7pm; $46.50) June 20: Sons of the Pioneers (7:30pm; $55.50/VIP $126) June 22: Trixie Mattel (8pm; $78.75/VIP $210) June 23: SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival presents Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio w/ Jack Semple (8pm; $53.55) June 24: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra—Ellington Reimagined w/ special guests (8pm; $53.55) June 26: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Dee Dee Bridgewater & the Memphis Soulphony w/ Sonia Reid Noble (8pm; $59.85) June 27: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents The Jerry Douglas Band w/ The Slocan Ramblers (8pm; $53.55) June 28: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Spanish Harlem Orchestra w/ 3M2C (8pm; $53.55) June 30: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Michael Kaeshammer w/ The Pile of Bones Brass Band (8pm; $48.30)

July 25: Destroyer (8pm; $26.50)

Capitol Music Club (244 1st Ave. N;

Shows at 9pm & $10 cover except as noted. June 1: Ponteix w/ Etienne Fletcher, Rayannah (10pm) June 2: Big Stuff Show & Dance Band w/ FunkJoint (tickets $20) June 4: Eileen Laverty & Jay Semko w/ John Antoniuk June 8: Ocean Alley w/ The Radiant June 14: Boots & The Hoots w/ Lost Highway Navigators June 15: Autopilot w/ Crooked Spies, Young James June 21: Blind Melon (9pm; $31 in advance/$35 at the door) June 22: SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival presents Ghost-Note w/ The Gaff (10:30pm; $15 /$20) June 24: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Shabazz Palaces w/ Charly Hustle (10:30pm; $15/$20) June 27: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Sons of Kemet w/ Prosad (9:30pm; $15/$20) June 29: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Red Baraat w/ Oral Fuentes Reggae Band (10:30pm; $15/$20) June 30: SaskTel Jazz Festival presents Ben Rogers w/ Kirby Criddle (10:30pm; $15/$20) Dakota Dunes Casino (at Whitecap, SK; 20 min S on Hwy 219; June 7: The Fab Four—The Ultimate Tribute (8pm; tickets $40) June 16: 80s Party feat. Wang Chung & Cutting Crew (7pm; $30) O’Brians Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S; June 16: Social Distortion w/ guests (8pm; tickets $50/VIP $150) TCU Place (35 22nd St E.; June 2–3: Pure Energy Dance Co. (Sat 6:30pm, Sun 1:30pm; tickets $24) June 9: Senior’s Prom (4:30pm; $40) June 9: Sitter School of Dance (7:30pm; from $18.50) June 17: La Danse (2pm; from $21.50) July 11: Graham Slam Gala (6pm; $175) Village Guitar & Amp (432 20th St. W; July 20: Mike Plume (8pm; tickets $21.50)

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music&galleries Under the Radar:


Kamasi Washington It’s really, really hard to overstate how big of a Jazzfest show this really is Text by Tyson McShane

Remai Modern (102 Spadina Cres. E;

Open Tue/Fri 10am–10pm, Wed/Thu/Sat/Sun 10am–5pm; admission $12. Through July 8: Paul Chan: Bathers at Night. A new body of work the artist calls “breathers”: sculptural works that act like moving images, animated in three dimensions. Through July 20: Picasso on View. Linocut prints by Pablo Picasso drawn from the Remai Modern’s extensive collection. The exhibition focuses on one of Picasso’s passions: bull-fighting. Through Aug. 12: Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World. An exhibition of predominantly sculpture features 175 works dating from 1970 to today in which everyday objects and natural materials are frequently combined with text to expose Western-centric views and prejudices hidden in language, objects and institutions. Through Oct. 14: Echoes. A debut of recent acquisitions featuring four of Canada’s leading Indigenous artists: Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, Raymond Boisjoly and Duane Linklater. The works make layered references to history, tradition and contemporary culture.

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Kamasi Washington w/ Shabazz Palaces

8pm; tickets $50 in advance/$65 day of From the moment the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival released their initial lineup, I knew it would be impossible to write about anything else. Even for a festival that has presented inumerable great shows over the last 31 years, it’s hard not to see the 2018 edition as a high water mark that should go down as possibly their best lineup ever. And though this year features greats such as The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Deerhoof* and more, I’m going to focus entirely on Kamasi Washington. Why? Because it might be the most exciting jazz booking to happen in Saskatoon for many, many years to come. For the uninitiated, Kamasi came up through Los Angeles’ fertile jazz scene, where alongside his work playing, producing and arranging more traditional jazz music, he was drawn into the hip-hop and electronic scene, touring as part of Snoop Dogg’s band, releasing records on Flying Lotus’ Braindfeeder label and, most famously, playing on and arranging music for Kendrick Lamar’s landmark To Pimp a Butterfly album. All the while he was doing this, he was preparing his debut album, The Epic, a three-disc collection that

bridges the gap between soul and R‘n’B inflected jazz with the cosmic sounds of John Coltrane’s classic quartet. This album sent him around the (Brendan George-Ko) world playing every major festival stage and introducing a whole new generation of fans to jazz. On June 22, mere days before his show here, he’s set to release his follow up, Heaven and Earth. Of all those playing jazz in the world right now, you’d be hard pressed to say there is anyone more exciting than Kamasi Washington. And of anyone playing jazz right now that could fill the expanse of the Bessborough Gardens, Kamasi should be the one. Despite his recent crossover to playing huge festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Glastonbury, he still plays jazz, and the fact is there aren’t a lot of jazz acts that can draw out crowds of thousands. Kamasi is the one that should be able to and right now seems to be the exact right time to see him—right before he becomes one of those artists we only dream of seeing here. If you’ve ever complained that Jazzfest doesn’t present enough jazz, this is the show to make it all right again. If you’ve ever thought you might be interested in jazz but don’t know where to start, this show is for you. If you’ve ever dug the jazz-inflected samples and arrangements on your favourite hip-hop albums, this show is for you. Please, please, please, do yourself a favour and make it out to this show! TD Mainstage at the Bessborough Gardens (601 Spadina Cres. E;

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. *SDM’s show at Jazzfest this year is June 27 at Amigo’s opening for Deerhoof. @TysonMcShane @SlowdownMolasse


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Open Tue–Fri noon–6pm, Sat noon–4pm. June 1–July 13: #callresponse by Christi Belcourt, IV Castellanos, Marcia Crosby, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Isaac Murdoch, Esther Neff, Tanya Tagaq, Tania Willard and Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory. Call: To support the work of Indigenous women from across Turtle Island through art that drives dialogue and mobilizes action on the topic of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations both human and non. Response: To ground art in accountability, value lived experience and build upon systems of support. To enact strategies of resurgence, resilience and refusal against the ongoing multiple articulations of power and structural colonial violence of nation states.

The Gallery (228 3rd Ave. S;

Open Mon–Sat 10am–5pm (Thu 10am–8pm). Through June 21: Reverie in Darkness by Jennifer Crane. A fusion of historical, analogue and digital photographic techniques are used to investigate the relationship between the body and the lens in both historical and contemporary works. It explores themes of memory, narrative and archival practices. From June 23: figureground (various artists). In Saskatoon, a city with an artistic legacy largely defined by other genres and movements, a small but vital community of painters nevertheless continues to nurture the figurative tradition.

The Gallery at Frances Morrison Library (311 23rd St.

E; Open during regular library hours. Through June 21: The Apparent Magnitude of Every Day by Louisa Ferguson. A memoir in glass, this exhibition is a personal record of careful observations tracking a year in time. June 27–July 26: Gadani by Hassam Has. Gadani, once one of the largest shipbreaking yards on earth, is captured in rarely seen photographs.

Sask. Craft Council Gallery (813 Broadway Ave.; Open Mon–Fri 8:30am–4:30pm. Through June 23: Grandfather’s Teachings of the Meadow Lark. An exhibition by artist Claude Morin that pays tribute to his Fransaskois heritage and his attachment to the land.

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Kick the PA! Interview with and concert-going tips from professional sound guy Barrett Ross Earlier this year, veteran sound technician Barrett Ross got a call from a band’s tour manager to ask if he could borrow some equipment for a concert at the Regina Centre of the Arts. The gear he had in mind was cardioid gear Ross and his partner at PR Productions, Kevin Neissen, had just bought from Germany and hadn’t even used yet it was already being rented out. In the tech-heavy industry of sound engineering, experience and expertise count for a lot. So does the equipment. “The (sound) industry has changed a lot in the last ten years,” Ross, 35, says. “We can do more now and pull less power to give audiences the best listening experience possible.” What this heavily bearded professional drummerturned-technician means by this is that he and his industry continue to make it easier on the ears and the environment. Amplifiers still put out sounds in the +110db range, but better cables mean less heat loss in the transfer of power from microphones to amp and less overall power usage. This and “flying” the PA—suspending it overhead rather than laying cables on the ground—provide a richer, fuller sound that uses 50 percent less energy and enables sound techs to move the sound around like in 3D. Factoring in the lighting industry’s adoption of LED lighting and shows are way greener than they were just five years ago and are the better for it for all involved: fans, techs, organizers and the planet. Other than less cable on the floor, Ross—whose company has done sound at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival—says there are no amps that go up to 11 but added that, “Spinal Tap is still so relevant in so many ways” to his industry, from true stories of prima donna musicians to the odd satisfaction of being able to play old-school video games Space Invaders or Frogger on the digital interface of the PA monitors for their newest sound


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equipment (by d&b audiotechnik of Germany). Having done some big shows over the last five years for major festivals and local venues such as the Broadway Theatre, O’Brians Event Centre and Louis’ Pub (the lattermost for a decade now), Ross revels in a few career highlights: starting the company with Kevin and running it successfully for a decade; having played a part in Kacy & Clayton’s nomination for a Juno Award in 2017; tours with various bands to China, Japan, Europe and SXSW; producing the most recent albums of The Radiation Flowers and Deep Dark Woods; and, having flown the PA at two recent shows for the Broadway Theatre at 3rd Avenue United Church: Bahamas and Serena Ryder (pictured). Both shows left him with an even greater appreciation for the power of acoustics and a perfectly “tuned” PA. “Third Avenue United is such an amazing venue,” Ross says with conviction. “If not for it having just the one public bathroom in the basement you could have 1,000 people in there for such amazing shows instead of 500.”


Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave.;

June 18: LadyBits Improv Comedy Collective season closer (Back Room; 7:30pm) Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; June 1: Saskatoon Soaps Improv Comedy Troupe (9:30pm; tickets $15) June 7: Derek Edwards (7:30; $52.50) Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (924 Spadina Cres. E, in the Park Town Hotel; Shows 9pm & tickets $20–35. June 1: Matt Foster w/ Bobby Warrener June 8: Derek Sweet w/ Kris Labelle June 15: Jasen Fredrickson w/ Dylan Williamson June 22: Dave Nystrom w/ Serena Shane


Bessborough Gardens (601 Spadina Cres. E)

June 27: Hairspray (9pm; 102 min.; free admission)

Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)

June 16: Book of Trespasses (2:30pm, 6:45pm; 90 min.; tickets $16) Dr. Freda Ahenakew Library (100-219 Ave. K S) June 20: Birth of a Family (6pm; 79 min.; free admission) July 18: The Stairs (as above; 95 min.)

Frances Morrison Library (311 23rd St. E)

June 20: Angry Inuk (7pm; free admission) 85 min.

Remai Modern (SaskTel Theatre, 102 Spadina

Cres. E; All shows 7pm & free. June 12: Zoot Suit (1981; 103 min.; dir. Luis Valdez) June 15: The Harder They Come (1972; 120 min.; dir. Perry Henzell) June 22: Iracema (de Questembert)(1975; 91 min.; dirs. Jorge Bodanzky, Orlando Senna) June 29: Shame (1968; 103 min.; dir. Ingmar Bergman) Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W; June 8: Live Film Scoring with Helen Pridmore (8pm; 120 min.; tickets $20)


Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Prairies & Lavallee of the Piapot (2016, 28 min.; dir. Brad Leitch)

Concerts today offer rich, full sound but can still damage eardrums. Here are some precautions to take when attending a concert or festival: • Wear professionally designed earplugs that protect your hearing by attenuating all levels of acoustics—low, mid, high—not just reducing decibels, but something is better than nothing; • Take frequent breaks from listening to music at high volumes/decibel levels; • If the sound is hurting your ears, leave the area. If the pain or a ringing persist long after the show, consider seeing a physician; • Children and infants can also have their hearing damaged by loud music. Snug-fitting ear muffs to protect their little ears can be found at some local stores, including Cravings Maternity & Baby (3-2105 8th St. E).

6pm; free admission Set in the heart of Saskatchewan and Treaty 6 territory, this documentary explores a struggle for Indigenous rights, title to the land, and how an old injustice is providing new oppurtunities for dialogue, friendship and a determination to right the wrongs of the past. Dr. Freda Ahenakew Library (100-219 Ave. K S;




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Living the Dream? Lessons from a Farminista An interview with Roxanne Woodley of Tonic Interview by Naomi Zurevinski Main photo by Patricio del Rio Before she opened Tonic 17 years ago in downtown Saskatoon, Roxanne Woodley had always had a knack for business. In high school, she sold cheesecakes to local cafés before opening her first store—a giftware and vintage shop. Today, Tonic is one of Saskatoon’s premiere shops for female fashions. flow magazine recently spoke with Woodley about Tonic, being a female business owner and what’s kept her drive alive all these years. flow: What were you doing before Tonic? RW: “Right before Tonic I had a vintage store called The Stuff Store, for four years. It was a mix of vintage and new clothes. Everything was really 90s. Then when those customers graduated university and grew up, I moved downtown because I needed more space. We’ve always focused on dresses here (at Tonic) with a mix of other things. We have a lot of (customers) come in who are transitioning to big moments: this month we’ve had a lot of people looking for Grade 8 grad dresses. We have lots of grad escorts, and (people shopping for) wedding season. We have all kinds of styles and sizes to accommodate that. “Before The Stuff Store, the first store I had was called Stuff as well, but it had more like vintage furniture and candles—more of a giftware shop. Even in high school, I tried to make cheesecakes and sell them to coffee shops. I’ve always kind of done different things like that.” flow: Where did the name Tonic come from? RW: “I was looking at different names I liked in the dictionary and “tonic” means to empower. I always wanted to empower women and make them feel good about themselves. Often it’s really hard to get out of your own head when (


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you’re shopping and I often help people find new outfits or wardrobes when they’re going through a transition in life. Everyone that’s ever been hired here knows that we want to make people feel comfortable. We’re not a normal retail environment.” flow: What’ve been your biggest challenges of doing retail over the years? RW: “For me, every three to five years I drastically change the business. For the first few years, I did vintage, then I added new designers and Canadian brands. Then I opened Tonic but it had a hair salon in the back, and then we did a big renovation and doubled the size. Then we added the men’s store next door. Then a second location on Broadway. Then the Farminista line online [...], but then we changed the (online store)

“I was most proud when I first opened Tonic because it seemed impossible. [...] I was 26 and I had a baby, so to be a young mom and to commit to five years at an impossible price with a big business loan, and then to have it start flowing, I felt great about it.” to I think it’s vital to drastically change your business every three to four years, just to keep it fresh.” flow: You’ve previously been on the board of Downtown Saskatoon. What was that like? RW: “I joined the board because I wanted to really improve my street. I really felt that as a small business owner you’re not really heard when it comes to city planning. I loved being part of the rebranding of Downtown Saskatoon because I have been here so long and seen the 70s and 80s designs. So to be able to see that come together was really exciting. To be on the committee for something like the 2nd Avenue Sidewalk Sale too—it’s such a great event and it brings people from all over the province downtown.

flow: What is your proudest business moment? RW: “I think I was most proud when I first opened Tonic because it seemed impossible. It was a huge commitment for me to sign a five-year lease. I was 26 and I had a baby, so to be a young mom and to commit to five years at an impossible price with a big business loan, and then to have it start flowing, I felt great about it. There’re definitely way bigger things that we’ve achieved over the years, but I think to have dreams for so long and to work on it for so long, and then to see it happen…. I often look back on that moment where I was so giddy, then a year later when it was so hard and I found myself pregnant unexpectedly with a second baby, I was like, ‘Why was I so happy to be doing this?’ It’s those moments where you feel good about accomplishing your dreams that get you through the down times and then you rise above it again.” flow: Any advice for someone who wants to start their own business? RW: “I think dreamy people often don’t realize the commitment. You have to exist in both worlds— you have to be creative and think really big, but you also have to do the homework. People come in here all the time and they say things like, ‘I have this great [business] idea, but I’m not ready. I need to wait for this to fall into place.’ Well, it will never fall into place. I think that’s the hardest thing to explain to people because they think it will be easier if they save up a certain amount of money or take a course. You just have to put in hard work for a long time. It won’t happen overnight.” flow: What’s one thing people probably don’t know about you? RW: “Most people don’t know that I have four kids, and they range in age from 8 to 18. I just love them, and I love that the business is flexible. So my daughter will come on a Sunday and help me, and it’s fun. I also love gardening because it’s so completely different from the business.”

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June22–July01 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Text by Paul Miazga Photos as noted

Get the sunglasses, foldable chairs and feathers out: summer has arrived in Saskatoon; let the fun begin! Pick up a handy festival guide around town or go online and explore the top lineup at this year’s SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (at right). Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington (June 25, 8pm) headlines a formidable list of artists taking to the TD Mainstage in the Bessborough Gardens (pictured), including: The Flaming Lips (June 22; 8pm); Matt Andersen and The Bona Fide (June 24, 8pm); and, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite (June 29, 8pm). Among the many ticketed acts appearing elsewhere, be sure to catch Dee Dee Bridgewater & the Memphis Soulphony at the Broadway Theatre (June 26, 8pm) and Al Muirhead’s Canadian Quintet at The Bassment (June 30, 9pm). Want to save cash or just enjoy music on the way home from work? Grab a friend and head to the Nutrien Free Stage in Kiwanis Park for live shows daily. Free bike valet service for cyclists! Tickets & full festival info at From opening weekend to late September, feel the thunder as they head down the final stretch! Live betting, licensed grounds and lots to eat. Tons of free parking and first post=time is always 7:05pm. Marquis Downs (503 Ruth St.;

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Saskatoon PRIDE

Festival details at or (Courtesy photo) OUTSaskatoon has various exciting and engaging events at Saskatoon Pride this year spread out over more than three weeks. Highlights include the 10th annual Welcome to the GAYbourhood on 21st between Avenues C and D on June 13 (10:30am-2:30pm). If you haven't been before, this is an event not to miss and includes a free lunch! It’s all about bringing communities together in a positive and reaffirming atmosphere. On June 16, Saskatoon’s first-ever Two Spirit Powwow, Revitalizing the Circle, will be held in The Bowl on the U of S campus. The two big events of the month are the Rainbow Flag Raising at City Hall (June 11) and of course, the Pride Parade itself (June 23). Both events bring people of all faiths and backgrounds together while showing what community means to the LGBTQ2S people of Saskatoon and surrounding areas.


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National Aboriginal Day The events at Wanuskewin traditionally begin with a pipe ceremony at 8am followed by the Grand Entry at 10am. This is a great chance to view the pageantry and ceremony of this ritual that involves song, dance and lots of drums. Wanuskewin Heritage Park (RR4, Penner Road; 5 min N on Wanuskewin Dr.) Other powwows across the city: June 15: Pleasant Hill Community Powwow (Grace Adam Metawewinihk Park/Ave. N S) Pipe ceremony at 8am, Grand Entry at 10am. June 22: Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Powwow (Thornton Park/Hilliard St.) Pipe ceremony at 8am, Grand Entry at 10am.

Live horse racing

July02–31 Theatre in the Park Full performance schedule at It’s an epic tale about a time and a place where everyone was disabled: Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat is a land of golden ramps and quiet spaces that was ruled by kindness alone until a mysterious stranger arrived... This original story, written by Adam Pottle, has been adapted by Sum Theatre for a 6th year of Theatre in the Park—a beloved family-friendly event. Presented by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and Concentus Citizenship Education. Bring a blanket to sit on, let the kids run free and make a new friend or two after the show (it’s strongly encouraged).


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2ND AVE Sidewalk Sale

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Event & ticket info on Facebook (@DelisleRodeo) This true community rodeo means action for everyone. Aside from the daredevilry of the bull and saddlebronc riding, there’s barrel racing, trick riding and, for the kids, mutton busting and wild pony rides! Hold on to your hats, folks! Deslisle, SK (25 min SW on Hwy 7)

(Carlene Schumacher)


Nutrien Delisle Rodeo

The 2018 theme, “Festival Style”, promises more for the kids and a tighter, more active sales area. Full details at 2nd Avenue & 21st Street E (see p. 28; map 2, D4)


Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan presented by Nutrien The Affinity Credit Union Main Stage in the big festival tent hosts two productions each year at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan: one a Shakespearean comedy, which for 2018 will be The Merry Wives of Windsor presented by SaskTel, the other a tragedy—Hamlet presented by MLT Aikins. The “in-the-round” stage gives audience members proximity to the action in this uniquely intimate outdoor venue, and this season not all of the action will take place inside the main tent. A third production, Titus A. puppet revenge, will take theatregoers to a secret second stage on the festival site. This bloodbath will feature handmade puppets by Crispi Lord and Kristi Friday of Stumped Productions. Want to get your hands dirty? Dig in with both hands at a Medieval Feast (July 8&15, 5:30pm; tickets $89) and express your debaucherous, Victorian self! Don’t forget about Sir Toby’s Tavern, the licensed on-site lounge: imbibe before the show while enjoying a performance by local artists and musicians. Tickets & full performance schedule at


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feature Aug16–18 Saskatoon Folkfest


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Festival passport $16; available at Macs Convenience Stores, RBC and Safeway locations; see for more Changes are afoot at Folkfest, which goes back to its more traditional model of just 5 pavilions at Prairieland (Afro-Caribbean, Greece, Philippines, Scotland and Ukraine) and a few stand-alone pavilions (German, Norwegian, Irish, Indian & Métis et al) being augmented by a Global Village (in an exciting new location that should draw the crowds). As always, each festival passport gains the holder entry into all 23 pavilion over 3 days, plus free shuttle bus service between the pavilions upon presentation at boarding. Centred on Prairieland Park (503 Ruth St.)

Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival Theatre tickets $15 each; order online at Broadway district (centred on Broadway Ave.)

The province’s largest street festival welcomes the wild, wacky and beyond as 33 Fringe theatre companies stage performances in comedy, drama, Vaudeville, traditional theatre and more at venues across the district. In between shows, stroll the street [closed to traffic nightly from 6pm; on weekends from noon] and look for undiscovered gems and other treasures hawked by dozens of artisans during the festival. If hunger strikes, hit up one of the more than two dozen food trucks—and various local restaurants & cafés—for your fill of ethnic and stylized fast food. And free bike valet service! For the full schedule and more complete festival details, see the official Nutrien Fringe Festival program in the centre spread of this magazine.

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Aug08–12 Aug31–Sept24

World Jr. Lacrosse Championships

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Canada, the United States and the Iroquois Nation do battle. SaskTel Centre (3515 Bill Hunter Ave.)

Nutrien Fireworks Festival

Head downtown early to save your spot along either riverbank! Downtown (along the S. Saskatchewan River)

JULY 5-7


• Great food and shopping • Kid-friendly attractions • Art Market • Lululemon Collaboration #thesweatlifeyxe

THU 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. FRI/SAT 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. DTNYXE

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(Tourism Swift Current)

OUT OF TOWN Aug10–12

Regina Folk Festival

Advance weekend pass $120; full schedule at There’s never a bad or repeated lineup at the capital city’s marquee music showcase. Over three days, an eclectic mix of mainstream and up-and-coming acts perform for crowds right downtown in leafy Victoria Park. At RFF this year, be sure to catch Walk Off the Earth and Shakey Graves (Fri), Neko Case and Tanya Tagaq (Sat), and DakhaBrakha of Ukraine with Bruce Cockburn (Sun), and many more. Can’t make the evening shows? Take in the fun workshops on the festival grounds from noon–4pm daily. Regina, SK (2.5 hr S on Hwy 11)

Windscape Kite Festival

If there was a festival made for making one feel like a kid again, this is it. Go fly a kite. Literally! Swift Current, SK (3 hr S on Hwy 4)


Fête Fransaskoise Festival Tons for the kids to do, great music, and a chance to work on your French. Pike Lake Provincial Park (30 min S on Hwy 60)


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Ness Creek Music Festival

Self-styled as the Woodstock of Saskatchewan, Ness Creek this year includes The Dead South, Megan Nash and Twin Voices. Bring bug spray and comfy shoes. Near Big River, SK (2.5 hr N off Hwy 55)

July27–29 Gateway Festival

(Patricio del Rio)

The big 2018 lineup for this small-town fest will feature The Kentucky Headhunters, Kathleen Edwards, Terra Lightfoot and Yukon Blonde. Full details, including ticketing and local stay options, at Bengough, SK (4 hr S off Hwy 13)

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Good Doggie! If you’ve got a furry companion that likes chasing tennis balls and chewing on wood and rawhide, Saskatoon is becoming a friendlier place all the time. With 10 dog parks now (and two more in development, one being the nearly ready one at Chief Whitecap Park), the city will soon have over 280 acres (113.3 ha) of fenced-in safe spaces to let Rover run unleashed. While Saskatoon is no Calgary (which boasts more than 150 off-leash areas spread over 1,250 acres/505.9 ha), this city punches well above its weight. To Shane Carter, Open Space Consultant with the City of Saskatoon and kind of the Grand Poobah of Dog Parks, the Bridge City keeps rare company in terms of dog park dedication: “It’s really unprecedented that a municipality the size of Saskatoon has as much off-leash space as we manage to… with some really cool and exciting spaces still being developed.” The parks are all fantastic places for your dog to meet other dogs and socialize with them. Avalon gives them space to move and a bit of forest to sniff around; Sutherland Beach wears them out with its sheer size and terrain; Caswell has a very good place for dogs to just enjoy—or avoid—each other; the old Mendel grounds are great for dog that loves puddles even if you don’t because it’s all grass and it drains out very quickly. In short, this city offers a dog park for


For the uninitiated, the rules at dog parks are simple: • Grumpy dogs should stay home until they feel better and can get along. You need to stay close enough to your dog that you can prevent trouble from happening, or see to it that the trouble is very short lived. • Pick up all the droppings your dog leaves behind because nobody else should ever have to deal with these (including step in some). • Let dogs be dogs as they sniff and explore, bump chests and roll over each other: you’ll know when things are going every doggy demeanour and disposition. As long as you and the dog are ready to meet the public and act responsibly, that is. So go, enjoy with your dog but understand that dogs are filled with “doggiality”, meaning they too have good and bad days. They have days

sideways at a dog’s meet and greet and the aggression level instantly rises, so be aware and close enough to ensure you can de-escalate the situation before any fur starts to fly. • Try to avoid lingering at the gate areas as these transitional spaces and therefore hot spots for trouble when dogs are being un-leashed or re-leashed, or they’re being newly introduced to all those other potential new friends eager to growl, shed fur, bark and “use the facilities”. where they strongly suggest, “No park today, Mom or Dad—I’m in a weird head space.” They can be that way, so understand this and let them know you love them no less. But understand: the park rules apply and we all need to share and get along. Always.

Pet Friendly Establishments About two years ago, pets in Saskatoon got a paw up in the world, when Michal Willfong, owner/partner of Head to Tail Pet Spa, developed the “Pet Friendly Establishment” initiative to partner with like-minded businesses in and around Saskatoon. “Pets are our kids and now, when you see our sticker and logo in the window of a business, you don’t have to go in and ask,” says Willfong. “You know you can bring your pet into the store.” This is especially important now, as the heat of summer descends on Saskatoon. “You don’t have to leave your dog in the sweltering car to go shop,” he adds. Willfong points out that “Pet Friendly Establishment” is SEO-enabled, which helps businesses that are part of the initiative stand out on Google and other search engines, and hopefully drive customers through local doors. For more information and a more complete listing of “Pet Friendly Establishments”, check out

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A short list of local businesses that welcome pets:


Country Inn & Suites Delta Bessborough Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Holiday Inn Downtown Park Towne Hotel Sheraton Cavalier Hotel Radisson Hotel Saskatoon Inn


High Key Brewery LB Distillers Prairie Sun Brewery Thrive Juice Co.


The Better Good Broadway Shoe Repair Dutch Growers Garden Centre Early’s Farm & Garden Centre Foster’s Shoes Home Building Centre (Ave. M S) Market Tire stores Peavey Mart Proline Motorsports and Marine Scenic Landscapes and Construction Wilson’s Greenhouse & Lifestyle Centre

(Kevin Sorokowski)

Text by Kevin Sorokowski Photos as noted

How to unleash your pooch and have fun without getting into any do-do with the other dog owners


& what’s buzzing in local marketplaces

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Text by Sarah Dorward Photos as noted

Saskatoon’s art and food & beverage scenes are a hive of activity, with many great trends and niches coming forward, including work with busy little bees! With the #savethebees movement buzzing, various city and area businesses are using apiculture and sustainability with bees in mind to make great products you’ll love! The local artists at Second Principle Gifts & Décor (@ SecondPrincipleYXE) make laser woodcut products such as bee pins, earrings and honeycomb necklaces—even honeycomb coasters and a beethemed clock. All are intricately detailed and carefully designed—great for personal gifts or as thank yous for your bee-loving friends. Co-founder Erica Hartman says that the reasons behind the bee-themed line are simple: “We really like the themes and ideas that bees represent, like community and collective participation to create a better world. Hives of bees have a really interesting and complex society that we feel the Saskatoon art scene mirrors.” Hartman and her fellow artists are also working towards donating a portion of the proceeds from their bee products to the Bumble Bee Recovery Initiative by Canada’s Wildlife Preservation Society. Second Principle sells primarily out of Joyne Marketplace (733 Broadway Ave.) and soon at the Thursday Night Art Market at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market (414 Ave. B S).

Keeping Bee-sy Andrew Guran and Angela Seto of Three Foragers Bee Co. (threeforagers. ca) got into making honey thanks to Andrew’s grandparents, who started beekeeping in the 1970s. Loving nature and science, the two enjoy spending their days outside surrounded by flowers and bees, which Angela calls “one of the most fascinating creatures on Earth.” Always trying to find a way to reduce and reduce their ecological impact, the motto of these two bee-lovers is “live green, eat wild,” and they have started working with organizations such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada, where recently 100 percent of their online profits went towards efforts to protect Canada’s land, flora and fauna. Three Foragers sells in local shops such as the Farmers’ Market, SaskMade Marketplace (1621 8th St. E), Green Ark (212 20th St. W) and Soul Foods (120 Sonnenschein Way).

Sustainability and Beekeeping at Home

Even if becoming a beekeeper isn’t your thing, there are many things you can do to promote sustainable businesses (courtesy photo) and apiculture in your home: • Source your honey locally, or from within Canada, and use it as your primary sweetener if you’re looking for a totally sustainable product; • Plant a garden full of bee-friendly flowers such as crocuses, hyacinths (spring), bee balm, Echinacea (summer), zinnias and asters (fall); • Invest in a bee nesting house; • Avoid using chemical pesticides, fungicides or herbicides in your garden, since contaminated plants will hurt the bees and possibly kill them; • Set out a little water bowl for the bees to drink from on a hot summer day; See the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association website ( for more information.

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Suck it Up! Mead is increasingly popular as a summertime drink, and two local companies are capitalizing on the growing demand. Parenteau Brothers Meadworks ( of Clavet, SK, uses raw, unpasteurized Saskatchewan honey for their mead, which is essentially a type of wine. Made using small-batch winemaking methods with local honey instead of grapes, this semi-sweet fermented beverage goes down easy on a summer day. Find their products online or at the Farmer’s Market. Meanwhile, Prairie Bee Meadery ( is actually the province’s first craft meadery. Located in Moose Jaw, SK, they likewise handcraft their mead in small batches. They offer multiple flavours too, such as Traditional, Melon, Raspberry, Cherry, Blueberry, Strawberry and even a Chocolate Strawberry! Though sometimes limited in quantity, Prairie Bee is sold in Sobey’s Liquor Stores around Saskatoon.


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Text, photo and recipe by Scott Dicks

The grills are on, the patios are open & the beer is cold:

Bold Burgers + Local Brews

The Longest Yard

For almost 20 years, The Yard & Flagon (718 Broadway Ave.) has been the go-to pub on Broadway. With a selection on 9 burgers, and arguably one of the best patios in town, Saturday afternoon at the Yard should be on your checklist. For the vegetarians out there, the Moon Burger (Potato, spinach and jalapeno patty on a brioche bun) is the go-to, everybody else should be digging into the Angus Pub Burger. All the classic toppings on their brioche bun, it doesn’t disappoint. Pair any with a beefier, hoppier local offering such as Paddock Wood Brewery’s Loki or 606 IPA.

Nothing Quite Like It

For something a little more unique while cruising down Broadway Avenue, hop into Nosh Eatery & Tap (820 Broadway Ave.) The Between Bread section of their menu has 4 different vegetarian options, all with their own interesting, and delicious,

take on a burger. Tops is the Nosh burger, with a lentil-based patty, shiitake “bacon” and charcoal mayo, there is no other burger in Saskatoon quite like it. Recommended: grabbing a pint of 9 Mile’s Golden Ticket ale, and starting with the Brussels sprout tacos.

A Cut Above?

Not often thought of as a burger joint (cuz it’s a steakhouse), but Cut Casual Steak & Tap (416 21st St. E) offers a pretty sizeable and appealing Cut Classic Burger with a patty made in house and the usual fixings. Paired with a Prairie Sun Toffee Porter and a seat on their street-side patio space, this hefty combo will leave you sated for a summer afternoon.

Making a Social Call

Cathedral Social Hall (608 Spadina Cres. E) has arguably the best patio in the city to hang out during Jazz Fest, so satisfy any hunger

Key: $ - meals under $15; $$ - $15–30; $$$ - over $30

CAFÉS & DINERS City Perks 801 7th Ave. N, 627 Brand Court; Tastefully lit, great coffee and a fine weekend brunch. Open Mon–Fri 7am–10pm, Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $ Citizen Café & Bakery 18 23rd St. E; Sandwiches, soups and hot bevvies named for revolutionaries. Open Mon–Fri 7am– 5pm, Sat 10am–4pm. $$ Collective Coffee 220B 20th St. W, 210 Ave. P S; It’s where to get coffee (and now breakfast and lunch to go) in Riversdale. Open Mon–Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $ d’Lish by Tish Café 702A 14th St. E; on Facebook. A sublime hideaway off Broadway with cozy nooks and delicious, fresh food. Open daily 8am–10pm. $ Drift Sidewalk Café 339 Ave. A S; This creperie is airy, sunny and always buzzing with energy. Open Tue–Sat 8am–4pm, Sun 10am–3pm. $$

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cravings with the Social Hall Burger (served on a gluten-free bun with Dijon aioli). Something tangy like that deserves a hoppy partner, and Regina-based Malty National Brewing Corp.’s pale ale does the trick, though ideally such sunny weather fare would go better with Malty’s new Rumple Plum Skin plum sour—ideal for those long days and warm nights in late June.

Mid-week Special

Your Tuesday trip to Riversdale should include a seat on the patio at Leyda’s Restaurant (112 20th St. W), a bison burger and a pint of beer. Known for their gluten and nut free menu, plus gluten-free baking, the Leydas burger bun is very good. A little bit biscuit-esque, this ovenbaked beauty has a crispy exterior, very chewy interior, and most importantly it works fantastic with the spiced bison patty, which comes with fries and salad. Order a pint (or 2) of the Nokomis Brown Ale, but be careful not to get sunburnt out there.

Aces Wild

An easy win-win: start with the Ace burger, add bacon and egg, poutine on the side, mac and cheese, and a pint of Nokomis IPA Every. Single. Time. Saskatoon’s finest burger has the perfect ratio of bun/patty/sauce/and toppings. Always consistent, with a fantastic price, Congress Beer House (215 2nd Ave. S) could be your go-to burger spot all summer. There’s a great selection of beers on tap (Black Bridge Brewery’s Wheat Burst being a solid choice), and plenty of seats for all your friends.

Earth Bound Bakery+Kitchen 220-1820 8th St. E; A mostly organic bakery serving memorable sammys and soups. Open Tue– Sat 9am–5pm. $$ Hometown Diner 210 20th St. W; on Facebook. Bright and airy with lots of seating at breakfast and lunch. Open Mon–Fri 7am–4pm, Sat–Sun 9am–4pm. $$ Little Bird Patisserie & Café 258 Ave. B S; Croissants, macrons and other French pastries, plus High Tea that is the toast of the city. Daily lunch options too. Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm. $$ Park Café 512 20th St. W; This classic diner in Riversdale serves up daily specials, dessert and bottomless coffee. Open daily 8am–4pm. $ Underground Café 430 20th St. W; Grilled panini for lunch and the dreamy Etta James latte for afternoon. Open Mon–Thu 7:30am– 6pm, Fri 7:30am–midnight, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm. $ Venn Coffee Roasters 10-830 Dufferin Ave.; In the alleyway behind Amigo’s is this caffeine stop serving baked goods from The Night

The Rural Hamburger

with pickled mushrooms & Russian dressing (see recipes below), smoked cheddar, Drake bacon, sunny-side up egg, Farm One Forty beef patty, Christie’s Bakery sesame seed bun

Pickled mushrooms:

400g various mushrooms 2 cups (500ml) water 1 cup (250ml) rice vinegar 2 tbsp (30ml) white vinegar 1/3 cup (80g) sugar 1 tbsp (15mg) salt Wipe mushrooms clean with a paper towel, toss in mix of olive oil, salt and pepper, grill until soft then set aside. Combine rest of ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour hot liquid over mushrooms and let sit for 3 hours before using.

Russian dressing:

1 cup (250ml) mayo 1/4 cup (60ml) ketchup 1/4 red onion, diced 1 tsp (5ml) Worcestershire sauce A few dashes of Tabasco sauce 1 tbsp (15ml) grated horseradish Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and let sit for 3 hours before using. Scott Dicks is the Chef/Owner of Rural, which specializes in private dinners, catering, restaurant consulting, and cooking classes at The Local Kitchen. He can be reached at 306-222-5923 or


Go for Sushi 2105 8th St. E;

All-you-can-eat sushi and a Chinese buffet for under $20 at this popular spot. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$ Japa Bowl 821 Broadway Ave.; Homecooked Japanese and Korean noodle bowls are their thing, like Chicken in Heaven. Open Mon–Fri 11am– 2pm, 4:30–9pm, Sat 11am–10pm, Sun 11am–8pm. $ Otowa 227 2nd Ave. S; Lunch deals for under $12 (sukiyaki beef, teriyaki salmon) to go with Japanese Bento boxes, and easy evening dining. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$ Seoul 334 20th St. W; Use the iPad menus to order kimchee, bibimbap or table-top barbecued meats. Quick service and free appetizers. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$ Sticks & Stones 226 2nd Ave. S; This place has everything: ramen, gyoza, steamed buns, sushi rolls and cocktails. One of Open Table Canada’s Top 100 restaurants. Open Sun, Tue– Thu 11:30am–1am, Fri–Sat 11:30am–2am. $$

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- Arlie LaRoche


A Tour Made for Saskatoon* Text by Paul Miazga Photo by Lisa Patrick

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The ideal start to a DIY bicycle brewery tour in Saskatoon begins on the verge of Circle Drive North and makes its way back towards the river and the city centre. There are no cross-town odysseys, no odd doglegs, no obstacles other than having the patience not to get legless at the first two stops. This leisurely 4.5km tour ideally begins around 4pm at Prairie Sun Brewery (2020 Quebec Ave.) where a flight of four of their crafty brews goes for $10. You might even get a bonus taster in the flight depending on whether a keg has just been tapped, and for arriving on a bike you get 10 percent off your order. One minor problem here—as you’ll find elsewhere—is that there is no bike parking. Not a real issue, however, as you’ll want to sit outside at Prairie Sun since you can (the only stop on the tour that offers this) while simultaneously keeping an eye on the bikes. Next stop and literally just down and across the street is High Key Brewery (1905 Quebec Ave.) No bike parking here either but ample posts to which to lock your wheels. High Key has no deck but makes up for it with minimalist decor and ample natural light. A flight here is $12 for four. Note the life-size T-Rex sculpture across the street at BN Metals while you tip back beers. From High Key, head down Quebec Avenue until 33rd Street East and from there you can either play it safe and go east along 33rd St. until 2nd Avenue North then south to the old McGavin’s Bread building or you can try cutting through the parking lot east of Sask Polytechnic campus and make your way across the expanse of grass, crossing over the tracks near the Night Oven Bakery on the other side, so weigh the risks. Behind the old McGavin’s Bread building is Continues on p. 30


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Wine Lables:

Do they tell the whole story or are they “Little White Lies”?

Text by Garry Findlay

For the most part, we pretend to know what the juice inside our favourite bottle of wine will taste like. We do this based on familiarity. For example: “We have tasted a bottle of that same wine previously, and visual clues from the words and artwork on the bottle reaffirm our faith.” In reality, nothing could be further from the truth; tasting wine from the same vintner one year to the next is much more complex than perceived. Wine is a living thing—elusive and always changing. It not only changes from vintage to vintage and bottle to bottle but even minute to minute. Our not-so-trustworthy human senses do not play a big part in what we know about the wine. The taste of each is determined in part by our subjective mood and of course the company we are keeping; perhaps the occasion or

event factors into this. Price is a key variable: the more we paid for said offering, the more we are inclined to like it, if you believe in that sort of thing. Wine labels play a large and very important role in your perception of what you are drinking. The labels tell you what’s in the bottle, what grape or blend of grapes you are drinking, where it comes from, who made it and so on. Further to that, has the wine won any awards and is it represented by a reputable supplier? Label designers try to convey a certain impression of what to expect when you open the bottle. Remember that what one expects plays a big role in the expectation of the tasting experience. If the name of the wine is simply “Little White Lies”, the producer is trying to put you at ease about your selection; it’s quirky, easy to drink and very approachable. If the label has fancy script and a painting of a Grand French Chateau, the wine maker is conveying a dignified persona and a history of pedigree. Is the label thick and the bottle heavy? Subtle signals that perhaps the wine is truly special and worth the big bucks you are paying (think

Dom Perignon). But is it so special? Even sommeliers and retail wine specialists differ in their evaluations of the same brands or types of wine; however, the little white lie is what allows us to talk about wine—perhaps a treasured vintage (and most likely expensive bottle) we have not opened or have been saving for a special occasion, or would like to try. Similarly, the marketer’s goal would be to convince you that the label offers a relaxed fictional notion that the wine will taste exactly the same or better than the original appeal. With that in mind, I have purchased a bottle of Goru (pictured), a red Spanish blend, on many occasions from a number of stores including the SLGA. The label tells me nothing, but the region in Spain and the blend was appealing. At $17 per bottle, you can’t go wrong. Garry Findlay is currently the wine director at Waskesui’s Restaurant Pietro, recently awarded “Best restaurant in Saskatchewan for a day trip”. He is also the principal of Wine Ideology, a wine tasting and educational experience in Saskatoon. @WINEideology

Key: $ - meals under $15; $$ - $15–30; $$$ - over $30

ITALIAN Chianti Café 102 Idylwyld Dr. N;

The Sunday and Monday pasta feasts bring in the sports teams; the other days draw the gourmands. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$ Primal 423 20th St. W; Local chefs Christie Peters and Kyle Michaels serve fresh pasta and local meat in this moody space. Open Wed–Fri 11:30am–1:30pm, Wed–Sun 5pm–10pm. $$$ 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. $$$

FINE DINING Carver’s Steakhouse 612 Spadina Cres. E (in the

Sheraton Cavalier Hotel); Lots of steaks and special-order wines. Open daily 5–10pm. $$$ Flanagan’s Steak House 243 21st St. E; Edwardian décor, AAA steaks and the city’s deepest wine list. Open Mon– Fri 7am–11pm, Sat 8am–11pm, Sun 8am–noon. $$$ Little Grouse on the Prairie 167 3rd Ave. S; Antipasti, squid ink taglierini, game meats and wine pairings highlight their price fixe menu. Open Tue–Sun 5:30–11pm. $$$ Samurai 601 Spadina Cres. E (in the Delta Bessborough Hotel). True Japanese teppan yaki— grilling on stainless steel with all the fire and flair. Open daily 5–10pm. $$$

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com. A downtown fave for Friday lunch and after-work drinks. Open Mon–Sat from 11am. $$ 6Twelve Lounge 612 Spadina Cres. E (in the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel); Original, house-infused cocktails in a chilled space. Open daily from 11am. $$$ The Capitol 244 1st Ave. N; Live music and comedy are the norm here, plus good food and fun industry nights. Open daily 4pm–2:30am. $$ The James Hotel Lobby Bar 620 Spadina Cres. E; Decadence defined in this swank space by the river. DJ music on weekends. Open 24/7. $$$ O’Shea’s Irish Pub 222 2nd Ave. S; A classic pub with a great roof-top deck 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); A cozy corner nook featuring 2oz. wine flight tastings, mixed drinks and nibbles. Open Mon–Sat 4pm–midnight. $$$ Winston’s English Pub 243 21st St. E; The most beers on tap in the city, heaps of Old World charm. Open daily from 11am. $$ The Woods Ale House 148 2nd Ave. N; on Facebook. Craft beers on tap (local and beyond), plus tasty nosh. Open Tue–Sat from 3pm, Sun from 4pm. $$

1. Living Sky Café A long, attractive

2nd Avenue Bar & Grill 123 2ndAve. S; 2ndavegrill.

space with a deep, equally attractive menu with healthy options (and many sharable options) for breakfast, lunch or whenever. (245 3rd Ave. S; on Facebook) 2. (Gangsters) Italian Sandwiches Chef Bill Mathews knows a thing or two about Italian food. Just try his meatball sandwich or the porcetta. (816 16th St. W; on Facebook)

3. Bar Gusto Part of the Taste Restaurant group (Una Pizza, Picaro), this newest addition features pasta, shared plates, signature cocktails and wines by the glass. (707 Broadway Ave.; on Facebook)

Journaling to Remember With various styles of journals and writing to keep the ink flowing, leave the excuses behind and start capturing your life day by day Text by Susan Gallagher Do you suffer from notebook acquisition syndrome (NAS)? Does this sound familiar? “I love notebooks, I have so many though. They are just too pretty to write in.” I’m the same way, I love notebooks! I am often asked, “What are people using notebooks for nowadays?” So, with summer days, festivals and time at the lake just around the corner, here are a few ideas to spur your writing. Bullet Journaling is hot right now. It is a planning and journaling system that can be customized to the way you organize your life (there are many ideas online). This would be a great pastime for quiet days at the cabin. Travel Journaling is another popular one. Use it to keep a record of the wonderful places you are visiting. Traveler’s Notebooks were originally created for this sole purpose; however, TN’s have become daily carries because of their versatility. Art/Bible Journaling is a wonderful way to get creative time in while also journaling your thoughts, desires and beliefs, and general

creative exploration. These journals are usually created using art supplies and ephemera. Have you heard of Morning Pages? These became popular though the book, “The Artist’s Way”, by Julia Cameron. The idea is that when you awake in the morning, you sit down and write without thinking. Also called stream of consciousness writing, this type of writing allows our thoughts to flow, uncensored. Although notebooks and journals are primarily for writing down our day-to-day musings, schedules and lists, here are a few more suggestions: Gratitude; A Line A Day; Events; Family; Creativity; Projects; Concert/Music; Dreams; Gardening; Health; Quotes; Habits; Spending; and, Bucket Lists. This summer, enjoy some time documenting your life. Susan Gallagher is the owner and happiness maven of Soul Paper ( She strives to encourage joy every day through her love of people, paper, art and stationery. @lovesoulpaper


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816 16th St. West Mon-Fri. 11am - 5pm, Sat. 10am - 2pm Sunday 11am - 2pm Gangster’s Italian Sandwiches


Key: $ - meals under $15; $$ - $15–30; $$$ - over $30


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; Seafood creole, chicken and sausage Jambalaya, big crawfish boils, bartenders slinging cocktails and regular live music. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$ Botté Chai Bar 117-123 Ave. B S; This Persian-influenced nook has light breakfasts and lunches, with infused teas, baklava and other sweets. Open daily 10am–midnight. $$ Cesar’s Cakes & Café 11-3000 Diefenbaker Dr.; on Facebook. Filipino kare kare (peanut stew w/ beef), tokwat baboy (steamed pork and fried tofu) and more. Open Tue–Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 8am–5pm. $ Konga Café 204 Ave. H N; It’s the place to go for classic Jamaican jerk or curried chicken (or goat). Yeah, mon! 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. $ 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; Enjoy the surroundings and “First Nations cuisine with a modern flair.” Open daily 9am–4:30pm, holidays 11am–4:30pm. $

PIZZA Christie’s Il Secondo 802C Broadway Ave.;

on Facebook. Sit by the windows in this recently enlarged space and tuck into pizza or panini while catching the street view. Open Tue–Sat 8am–8pm. $$ Famoso Pizzeria 2921 8th St. E, 134 Primrose Dr.; on Facebook. This Canadian chain produces handmade pizzas, plus daily specials on appetizers, drinks, etc. Open Tue–Sat 10am–8pm. $$ Una Pizza 707 Broadway Ave.; 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. $$


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












güd eats inc. 2917 Early Dr.; You

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

P: 306 933 3385

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. $$ The Karma 2-157 2nd Ave. N; Coffee and lattes to go, plus scrumptious lunches fusing Mediterranean, Indian and other cuisines. Open Mon– Fri 7:30am–6pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–5pm. $$ Nosh Eatery & Tap 820 Broadway Ave.; Artful vegetarian meals that are tasty and yet satisfy one’s daily nutritional needs. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun noon–11pm. $$ Thrive Juice Bar 137 20th St. W; Fresh, organic, cold-pressed juices, super-food smoothies, lunches and more. Open Mon–Tue 8am–6pm, Wed– Fri 8am–7pm, Sat 9am–6pm, Sun 10am–4pm. $$


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

red brick building boasts beautiful stained glass windows and acoustics that make it a regular venue for musical performances. 838 Spadina Cres. E, 306-244-0159.

2. Best Western Plus East Side (I10; 3331 8th St. E,

The Marr Residence Found in the neighbourhood of



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. Holiday Inn Express (map 2, A3; 315 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306384-8844) 14. Home Inn & Suites (K9; 253 Willis Cres., 306-657-4663) 15. MainStay Suites (E5; 317 Aerogreen Cres., 306-933-2622) 16. Marriott Courtyard Saskatoon Airport (E5; 333

Aerogreen Cres., 306-986-4993) 17. Motel 6 Saskatoon (A5; 231 Marquis Dr., 306-665-6688) 18. Northgate Motor Inn (G7; 706 Idylwyld Dr. N; 306-664-4414) 19. Northwoods Inn & Suites (G7; 610 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-244-2901) 20. Quality Inn & Suites (E6; 1715 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-244-5552) 21. Ramada Hotel (F7; 806 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-665-6500) 22. Refresh Inn & Suites (H8; 1220 College Dr., 306934-5555) 23. Sandman Hotel Saskatoon (D6; 310 Circle Dr. W, 306-477-4844) 24. Saskatoon Inn Hotel (E6; 2002 Airport Dr., 306-242-1440) 25. Riviera Motor Inn (E6; 2001 Ave. B N, 306-242-7272)

26. Staybridge Suites (H9; 1838 College Dr. E, 306-952-4888) 27. Super 8 Saskatoon (D7; 706 Circle Dr. E, 306-384-8989) 28. Super 8 Saskatoon West (G5; 1414 22nd St. W,


29. Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon (D6; 106 Circle Dr. W, 306-242-8881)

30. Thriftlodge Saskatoon (E6; 1825 Idylwyld Dr. N,


31. TownePlace Suites by Marriott (K9; 247 Willis Cres., 306-952-0400)

32. 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)

The Prairie Lily From late May until mid-

October, this replica sidewheeler plies the river with thrice-daily cruises (except Mondays), with a bonus sunset cruise on Fridays. The boat, which holds up to 102 passengers, passes beneath most of the city’s bridges and offers spectacular views of the downtown. Weekend dinner and brunch cruises available. Tickets $26.25. Located by the old Mendel Art Gallery on Spadina Cres. E; 1-888747-7572;

Beaver Creek Conservation Area The BCCA showcases the Meewasin Valley in microcosm and, as a four-season destination, is ideal for a hike close to nature. Visitors can enjoy the site’s four nature trails and the Interpretive Centre, where staff help facilitate public programming. Open Mon–Fri 9am–5pm. 13 km S on Hwy 219, 306-374-2474; beaver-creek-conservation-area. Bessborough Hotel and Gardens Saskatoon’s “Castle on the River,” the “Bess” is arguably the city’s most photographed landmark, intentionally designed by Montreal architects Archibald and Schofield to resemble a Bavarian castle. Built by the CNR, it was completed in 1932. 601 Spadina Cres. E, 306-244-5521. Canadian Light Source Synchrotron A football field-sized research facility for light optics, particle acceleration and more that is also one of the largest laboratories in Canada. Guided tours (Mon, Wed, Fri 2:30pm) allow the public to see how extremely bright light is used to peer inside matter. 44 Innovation Blvd. (U of S campus), 306-657-3500; Dakota Dunes Casino The lone casino serving Saskatoon features slot machines, Texas Hold’Em poker, Blackjack, Roulette, a restaurant and regular live events. Check their online schedule for free regular shuttle service from pick-up points citywide. 204 Dakota Dunes Way (20 min. S on Hwy 219), 306-6676400; Diefenbaker Canada Centre The only combined

Prime Ministerial archives, museum and research centre in Canada features cultural, educational, and historical collections from the life and times of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, Saskatchewan-born John G. Diefenbaker. Free admission. Open Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm. 101 Diefenbaker Pl. (U of S campus), 306-966-8384; Kiwanis Park Found along Spadina Crescent East, the city’s most scenic park sprawls along the South Saskatchewan River and pays tribute to the city’s war veterans. The Vimy Memorial bandshell, south of the Bessborough, honours those who served in WWI. A fountain along the river remembers those who died in WWII. The park also features statues of noteworthy Saskatonians Denny Carr and Ray Hnatyshyn. Knox United Church A designated municipal heritage building that was completed in 1914, this two-storey, dark

Nutana, it is the oldest house in the city on its original foundation. Built in 1884 by Alexander (Sandy) Marr, this civic heritage site was used as a field hospital during the 1885 North-West Rebellion and is thought to be haunted. Open for special events on long weekends during the summer. 326 11th St. E, 306-652-1201; Remai Modern Named for city art patron Ellen Remai, who donated $15 mln to its construction as well as her collection of Picasso linocuts, this contemporary art gallery on the South Saskatchewan River has three floors of exhibits. The building, designed by Canadian architectural firm KPMB and Smith Carter Architects and Engineers, houses the extensive collection from the old Mendel Art Gallery, but one of the gallery’s goals is to showcase local Aboriginal art within the modern context. Admission $12. Open Tue 10am–10pm, Wed–Sun 10am–5pm. 102 Spadina Cres. E, 306-975-7610; Royal Canadian Legion Museum Hidden away in Eastview neighbourhood, the city’s small wartime museum has minutely detailed dioramas of D-Day landings and other scenes. Veterans and their families have donated combat uniforms, war medallions, flags and more to this poignant space. Open Thu 9am–2pm or by appointment (entry by donation); 306-374-6303. 3021 Louise St.; 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 This is the place to be in summer as farmers, crafters and other vendors populate the indoor and outdoor stalls with seasonal produce and generous helpings of charm and neighbourliness. Local eggs, meat, fish, veggies, berries, potted plantssd and more for home and garden. Open Sat 8am–2pm, Wed/Sun 9am–3pm (restaurants also open Tue–Fri 10am–5pm. 414 Ave. B S; U of S Observatory The observatory facilities (telescopes, other scientific equipment) are available to both students and visitors alike, with the facility staffed year-round on Saturday nights for public viewing. Call to book a guided tour (306-966-6393). Free admission. Open in March 9:30–11:30pm and April 10–11:30pm. Ukrainian Museum of Canada Dedicated to the Ukrainian settlers who contributed in large measure to the settlement of the prairies. The museum, which also has an art gallery and gift shop, boasts one of the largest collections of handwoven textiles in the country. Open Tue–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm. 910 Spadina Cres. E; Wanuskewin Heritage Park The Northern Plains Cree used this site (pronounced Wah-nus-KAY-win; “living in harmony”) for millennia as a gathering and hunting place. Trails wind over more than 6km of parkland. On-site art galleries, a theatre, café serving First Nations cuisine and gift shop. Admission: $10 for adults. Open Mon–Sat 9am–4:30pm. 5km north on Wanuskewin Road; Western Development Museum Go back in time with a visit to 1910 Boomtown. More than 30 buildings— with a general store, blacksmith shop and jail—recreate the scene of a typical prairie town in the early 20th century. One of four such museums province-wide, this WDM has an extensive collection of rare and antique automobiles. Open daily 9am–5pm. 2610 Lorne Ave., 306-931-1910;


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City Lore & Legacy in a Pocket Park TK TK TK TK

The old Labatt’s Brewery in Saskatoon. (Courtesy of the Local History Room, Frances Morrison Library)

Whether for post-nuptial photo-ops or quiet reflection after a busy day, a park continues to draw attention Text by Lisa Patrick Main photo by Patricio del Rio

Few who pass by the quaint little Fred Mitchell Memorial Garden, with its empty fountain but endearing statue depicting the park’s namesake and his daughter, would ever guess that as recently as 25 years ago, employees of the Labatt’s Brewing Company would mow the grass at the park on Fridays during the summer in anticipation of the wedding parties that would stop to take photos there on Saturday. What’s beer got to do with it? Well, across the road at 410 Saskatchewan Crescent West a brewery opened in 1908 as the Hoeschen-Wentzler Brewing Company, Ltd. The Gardens started as a mowed lawn for HoeschenWentzler or the Saskatoon Brewing Co., then trees were planted around 1930 and records show it was maintained as a park from at least 1944. In 1973, the Saskatoon Brewing Co. was taken over by Labatt’s. So, to make a long story short, today’s Fred Mitchell Memorial Garden in Buena Vista neighbourhood was originally the Labatt’s Gardens. The Labatt’s Gardens was designed and built by Marv Henderson in 1962. During the upheaval that followed the closing of the brewery in 1993 [Labatt’s shuttered the brewery in May 1993 and had the building demolished later that year], the park was only barely maintained until receiving a $20,000 facelift in 1994 after its purchase by Mitchell Gourmet Foods. The company renamed the Gardens for company founder and namesake Fred Mitchell, with a lifesize statue of Mitchell erected there in 2000. Since Labatt’s takeover of the site in the early 1970’s, the Garden has been a staple destination for wedding photos (and many a clandestine beer): some estimates suggest 20,000 weddings have been photographed there—and very likely many more beers. [Note: If still under Labatt’s management today, the Gardens would make an ideal final stop on any DIY bicycle tour of local breweries, as the brewery used to host various social events on its grounds.]

Continued from p. 27 the Saskatoon Brewery (610 2nd Ave. N). You have to time this right since if you get there before 5pm you’ll find the doors locked and have to wait outside (as your beer buzz wanes). Inside, however, this dark, brooding taproom has six copper vats filled with various brews ready for sampling. Based on the time of evening and how busy the adjacent Bacchus Lounge at Earl’s Restaurant is, you may have to call attention to yourself in order to get a server in there. Continuing south on 2nd Avenue, the penultimate stop could be the Shelter Brewing Company (255 2nd Ave. S), but until it opens the next best bet is head to Winston’s English Pub (243 21st St. E), home of the 21st Street Brewing Company. The in-house brewery has a variety of suds, so instead of suggesting a tasting flight staff might prefer to sell you drinks by the pint (i.e. whatever’s on special) since this is what they know best. The final stage of this easy peasy tour de malt winds up at 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Co. (229 20th St. W), where there are bike lock stands a plenty on the street out front and tasting flights for $11. Pull an old LP from the stacks by the record player, put one on and sit back in a chair by the windows on the street and consider all the other people out there having way less fun and spending way more money to do the same thing you just did in a little over 2 hours. *Please drink responsibly. If you are over the legal limit, walk your bike.

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