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Chelsea and Sarah are youth ambassadors from Big Brothers Big Sisters in Saskatoon. The youth ambassador program helps kids conquer their fear of public speaking. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg


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INVENTORY — 2 READ MY BOOK — 4 IN THE CITY — 5 CITY NEWS — 8 Science Saturdays at the Children’s Discovery Centre PARENT TO PARENT — 9 Of course kids don’t sleep at a sleepover COVER — 10 Changing lives through teamwork and public speaking MEET MY PET — 14 Pandora the Maltese speaks out

WHAT MOVES YOU — 16 Taking the chill off winter in snowshoes FASHION YXE — 17 Conservative style just doesn’t cut it ON THE SCENE — 18 If you grew up in the ‘90s you may have been at this Broadway Theatre party EVENTS — 20 CROSSWORD AND SUDOKU — 23 SPACES — 24 DIY reno turns sterile home into warm abode

OUTSIDE THE LINES — 26 The best of Bridges MUSIC — 27 Regina’s punk band Kleins96 pays homage to their youth GARDENING — 28 RECIPES — 29 SHARP EATS — 30 A German pastry chef’s delightful delicacies WINE WORLD — 31 A luscious red worth every penny

Thomas Dunbar sits at Lydia’s awaiting Tonight It’s Poetry in Saskatoon. Bridges Photo by Michelle Berg

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Tonight it’s Poetry By Jeanette Stewart Thomas Dunbar has found poetry and a sense of place through the weekly Tonight It’s Poetry events in Saskatoon. Dunbar has watched the scene grow over the years as the night expanded from downtown cocktail bar Flint to sold-out events at Lydia’s Pub. The community that has developed around the weekly spoken word events each Sunday is extremely important to him.

Q: Why is this your favourite place in Saskatoon? A: The place comes down to the people. It’s the third place concept. Here during the poetry and Tonight It’s Storytelling, you have a community that connects to language and the stories behind language. There’s really a communication of self. There’s the intricacies of language and you can connect to the stories, whether they be technical or really intimate stories of personal triumph, or personal horror behind what’s happened and become a poem or a story. You get the connections. Within the community that this place embodies during this time, it’s a third place. It’s an intimate community that hasn’t been achieved other places. Q: How long have you come to this? A: I’ve been here since we were at Flint. I noticed I was connected to the Facebook community since 2009. I started very early. I think I started in the first few months. Q: Do you go every week? A: I’m here every time that mental and physical health allows me. I’m here almost every Sunday that it’s running. Q: How has it changed? A: It was a lot tighter. We were stacking 40 people in a space for 20. Because of that it was a lot harder. We were almost unable to look in another person’s eyes because we were so

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much in each other’s intimate space. It was harder to get to know people. Since we moved here, we were still a lot more into literary poetry, but we were more able to get to know people. When Charles (Hamilton) came on board and we started getting into the slam poetry, we also got into the performance of that. I knew a real immediacy and intimacy that isn’t necessarily there from some of the page-based poetry people. I really fell immediately in love with the slam. That’s almost where I came in back in the early ’80s, late ’70s. A bunch of my friends fell into

playing with poetry, we fell in love with Gil Scott-Herron and we were getting drunk and doing poetry inside the student society office after we got tired of doing our school work and doing society work. This was very much like what I was doing when I was 20. The community is very much 20 (somethings) to people here that are older than me, early 60s.

Q: What do you think the crossgenerational appeal is? A: Language. The appeal of literature. The appeal of communicating ideas and the fact that the people are

open to communication. You can sit down and talk to people about what they’ve said, what they’re trying to communicate, and how they’re doing it. We build the causeways between the individuals in the room.

Q: Do you think this scene is unique to Saskatoon? A: I’m wondering if it may be very unique. When we had the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, people from all over Canada were saying ‘this scene is incredible.’ I can’t say it’s totally unique because I haven’t

gone looking. What I do know is that the people from across Canada were saying that our scene has something special.

Q: Do you usually perform? A: Last season I performed in every slam, which surprised me. When it came to the end of the year I went ‘really? I made it?’ It wasn’t something I set out to do, it’s something I enjoy. Doing it has released my block as to writing. I tried everything. I started doing the extemporaneous slam thing and I started getting into the writing. This works. And it’s fun.





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Quynh Vu learns about friction through a science experiment at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Market Mall in Saskatoon. Bridges Photo by Michelle Berg

By Jeanette Stewart Though their facility is still a nondescript shopping mall storefront, the volunteers and staff at the Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan see a bright future for their museum and the province’s children. This year the museum has created a partnership with the well-established Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina. The program began in October and continues until the end of this year. Every second Saturday,

Science Centre staff bring programming to the Children’s Discovery Museum, which is currently located in Market Mall. Staff from the museum provide science programming on alternating Saturdays. “We want to be recognized as a provincial attraction as well as a city attraction. By partnering with the Saskatchewan Science Centre we’re building relationships with other provincial institutions that also have a similar mandate,” said Genevieve Dessommes Denny, board director of the Children’s Discovery

Museum on the Saskatchewan. “Science education is also a very important part of what we do here. This was another opportunity to develop some really great science programming for kids,” she said. The current museum already welcomes more than 11,000 visitors each year and its board of directors wants to create a world-class facility in a downtown location. They are pursuing the option of moving into the current Mendel Art Gallery, which will be replaced by the new Art Gallery of Saskatchewan and hope to be

able to relocate in 2016. The current setup features a veterinary clinic, a performance arts stage, a Northern Saskatchewan campsite and a construction corner. They hold preschool and school programming, workshops, special events and programs. The Science Saturday program has already brought in an increased number of visitors, said Tracy Straub, the museum’s manager. “It’s been great. It’s been so busy in here and the kids really love to learn about science,” she said.

On Dec. 8 the Science Centre will bring a stage show focused on rocks, soils and plants to the museum. The shows will be performed at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Dec. 15 the stage shows will focus on states of matter: Solids, liquids, glasses and plasma. The shows are about 45 minutes in length. On Dec. 22 children will learn about air pressure and conduct experiments and activities all day. Science Saturday programs are included with general admission price.


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I used to be really shy. I wouldn’t talk to anybody. — Sarah

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John Allen, marketing and recruitment co-ordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area Inc. stands in front of the office. Bridges Photo by Michelle Berg

By Jenn Sharp Clammy hands, nervous jitters, flushed cheeks. Thoughts of impending embarrassment and inevitable failure. Does this sound like a playby-play of your emotions before speaking in public? Few students escape the elemen-

tary years without having to make a class presentation, and for most it’s a gut-wrenchingly awful experience. But a program in Saskatoon is helping youth overcome their fear of public speaking. In the process, they discover confidence and self-esteem. The results have been overwhelmingly positive for a small group of youth in Big Brothers

Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area (BBBS). It started with John Allen, marketing and recruitment coordinator at BBBS Saskatoon. He and Kim Megyesi, assistant executive director, spearheaded the Youth Ambassador program. Part of Allen’s job is making educational presentations to help get more

people involved in their programs or to make donations to BBBS Saskatoon, but he knew that people would rather hear the kids speak than himself. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Sarah, 12, and Chelsea, 14, have been Youth Ambassadors since the

program’s inception. They’ve attended numerous speaking engagements with Allen at such places as engineering firms and the University of Saskatchewan campus. While they sometimes share personal stories, for the most part they talk about their Big Sisters and how BBBS Saskatoon has made a difference in their lives.


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I like that (being a Youth Ambassador) gives me confidence to get up in front of people and to talk. Before this program I couldn’t do that. — Chelsea

Chelsea (left) and Sarah, Youth Ambassadors from Big Brothers Big Sisters Saskatoon, share a smile at Caffe Sola in Saskatoon. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

“If I need someone to talk to, I can talk to her,” Chelsea says of her Big Sister. “I used to be really shy. I wouldn’t talk to anybody,” adds Sarah. Both girls are quick to laugh. Chelsea’s wrist is wrapped in ‘Stop Bullying’ wristbands. They were both on the morning news earlier this year and groan as they remember how early they had to get up for the 6 a.m. shoot. In between taping the two-minute

segments, they retreated to Allen’s truck to blast music and have an impromptu dance party. Their fondness for Allen is apparent. He’s often the butt of the joke. When he uses the term TMI, the acronym for too much information, it triggers peals of laughter from Sarah and Chelsea. “I think John is funny and sometimes he can be stern. He likes to tell jokes he thinks are funny but not everyone else does,” says Sarah.

Chelsea is a Grade Eight student at St. Michael Community School in Saskatoon. She’s the school president (she was vice president last year). “I like the leadership skills that come with it and learning more in that area,” she says. Her work on the school council compliments what she’s learning as a Youth Ambassador. Both give her a sense of self-assurance that would be hard for a 14 year old to acquire

elsewhere. “I like that (being a Youth Ambassador) gives me confidence to get up in front of people and to talk. Before this program I couldn’t do that. I’d get all nervous in front of a crowd, but now I don’t get nervous.” Sarah, who is involved in musical theatre, agrees with Chelsea. Being a part of Youth Ambassadors has helped her become more comfortable singing and dancing in front of people. A Grade Seven student

at Georges Vanier Fine Arts School, one of her favourite experiences in the program was performing during the Fireworks Festival earlier this year. She sang Taylor Swift’s You Belong With Me along with Catherine Lewans, last year’s Saskatchewan Country Music Association female vocalist of the year. She bashfully relates the story, saying she didn’t sing that well, but you can’t miss the pride she had in the experience. Continued on Page 12


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Lots of these kids are looking for a constant, positive person that can maybe show them some different things they don’t get to see all the time. — John Allen

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While Big Brothers Big Sisters does not have an official anti-bullying program, children in the Youth Ambassadors become better equipped to deal with bullying. Many come from an unstable home situation. Meeting others that come from similar circumstances gives them a sense of normalcy. Forming relationships with people they can relate to gives them courage. Allen mentions Amanda Todd, the 15-year-old victim of cyber bullying who killed herself in October. “It was awful, but how many others have committed suicide?” he asks. “Having a mentor is huge. My hope is that it gives them an outlet so that it doesn’t get to where she got. Where they can reach out their hand and say ‘I need help.’ ” Matching potential Big Brothers or Big Sisters with the right child is a big job for BBBS Saskatoon’s seven case workers. “When the matches get together, our hope is that they’ll be as strong as possible and have the most likelihood to succeed,” says Allen. Attracting enough people to the program is also a challenge. It takes about three years for a boy to be matched. Girls only have to wait three to four months. BBBS does a lot of speaking engagements to get people interested in the program. “Lots of these kids are looking for a constant, positive person that can maybe show them some different things they don’t get to see all the time.” Allen says the importance of simple companionship in these kids’ lives can’t be overestimated. While not all the children come from disadvantaged or dysfunctional families, many do. The impact of having a mentor is huge. According to BBBS Saskatoon’s research, Little Brothers and Little Sisters felt more competent about school work, got better grades, were less likely to initiate drug use and were 20 per cent more likely to graduate from high school. About 78 per cent who came from social assistance backgrounds no longer rely on this form of income. “Kids get pushed toward this because of a positive, constant force and don’t feel they need to escape to something else,” Allen says. Chelsea won the On Purpose Youth Leadership Award this year. It’s given

BECOMING A BIG BROTHER OR BIG SISTER: Boys wait up to three years for a Big Brother match. Girls usually wait three to four months. — Apply online at: — Mentoring program provides youth with a role model and a friend with whom to share the experiences of growing up — Big Brothers and Big Sisters are asked to share three to five hours a week for one year — Vigorous screening process — interview process followed by three reference checks, three criminal checks and second interview — Case worker will attend first meeting with match and will touch base every six months; also provides training and support — Through regular outings, a relationship built on trust and common interests is developed — Experience is life changing, both for mentor and mentee — BBBS Saskatoon had over 500 youth in mentoring relationships last year

to someone who demonstrates leadership abilities and maturity, skills she has developed through BBBS Saskatoon. Case worker Ellie Boyenko says Chelsea has always been very active in school activities, getting good grades and high attendance. “As case workers, we get together and talk about if there’s youth that stand out to us that’s deserving of the award. Chelsea right away came to mind for that program,” she says. ■

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There are currently six Youth Ambassadors, ranging in ages from nine to 14. They’ve attended about 20 speaking engagements in person, on TV and radio. Some will share personal stories, “real tear-jerkers,” about their life and the effect BBBS has had, says Allen. “These kids have really experienced some things that probably a lot of kids haven’t. We help them deal with all that.”

John Allen looks on during a team building rock climbing session for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Youth Ambassador group. PHOTO COURTESY ELLIE BOYENKO


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I won’t take them if they haven’t been behaving at home or not going to classes. It’s supposed to be a positive incentive for them. — Allen

The elder ones do most of the speaking at the various businesses and functions BBBS visits. They coach the younger ones and help them to feel confident. A big part of the team is being supportive of one another while speaking and throughout the learning experience. Kids must be committed to Youth Ambassadors for a year and they’re required to behave respectfully at all times. “They’re ambassadors for us as well. They have to represent themselves well outside of the program. Anything they’re doing affects us. I won’t take them if they haven’t been behaving at home or not going to classes. It’s supposed to be a positive incentive for them.” Allen says he’s lost some kids because they weren’t behaving, but he’s holding them accountable for their actions. “That’s really heart-wrenching but then you have a kid that succeeds beyond your wildest dreams and that’s totally worth it

for us. We don’t ever give up on any of the kids.” He’ll never drop a kid and keeps in contact with those that leave the program, encouraging them to make the changes necessary to come back. A team building rock climbing day was held earlier in the year along with a two-day leadership training session for the youth in the program. Nowshad Ali, president and CEO of On Purpose Leadership Inc., took the youth through several exercises aimed at helping them to understand themselves and their goals in life. He worked with the group on being able to effectively tell their stories and talk about BBBS to a large group. He says the process helped elevate their self-esteem. A bright spot for him was “seeing one of the youth who, at the start, could barely look me in the eyes, now hold her head up high and speak and walk with confidence. “It’s pretty hard not to get further en-

gaged with this dynamic group of young people who are so filled with promise, gratitude and commitment. It’s been my honour and a privilege to be a witness to this,” he says. The program will be evaluated in June. New kids will be brought in and some will leave. Allen’s hope is that the older ones can continue to mentor the new or younger ones. He also hopes to do a new training session every year. “I love it. It’s one of my favourite things I did when I started up here. I just like getting to know the kids. It was a nice way to realize why the organization is so important.” He’s received a lot of positive feedback from parents, too. Most feel it gives their kids an experience they would not have had otherwise. The best part for Allen is “to see the kids who were the shyest ever opening up and Youth Ambassadors in a training session with Nowshad Ali, speaking in front of large crowds. Their president and CEO of On Purpose Leadership, earlier this year. confidence in themselves is huge now.”  PHO TO COURTESY ELLIE BOYENKO



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A Maltese with a mind of her own By Jenn Sharp Joan Benko Goodman’s peppy little Pandora wasn’t content to sit quiet during her interview with Bridges. In fact, she insisted that Joan let her answer our questions.

Q: What breed of dog are you Pandora? A: I am a mixed breed but mostly Maltese. Q: How long have you been with Joan? A: Joan and her family adopted me from the SPCA on Feb. 2, 2008. The SPCA rescued me from a really bad living situation that year. I spent almost two months in their care but I am so happy now. Q: Your coat is really white. Is it hard to keep it clean? A: I really don’t have to do anything at all. Joan actually does it. It is hard to keep clean. Just going for a walk turns my paws black and being a lady, I insist on keeping myself meticulously clean and tidy. I have a box of products that she uses on me almost daily. I get tear stains, so she cleans them with a saline solution. Then she has this spray on conditioner that she uses on my ears and tail. It stinks (even though she thinks it smells nice). She says it helps brush the dirt out easier and keeps my fur from tangling and matting. Then, if all that isn’t enough, she takes these wet wipes and washes the inside of my ears and finishes the routine off by washing my feet. When it’s bath time, she uses a special shampoo for dogs with white fur and of course more conditioner. Yeesh! At least that stuff doesn’t smell as bad. Q: What do you like best about your family? Least? A: Hmm…. that’s a difficult question to answer as I could go on for hours about how wonderful they have been to me. If I were to pick

Pandora, the maltese, poses with a pink kerchief in Saskatoon. Bridges Photo by Andrew Spearin

one thing though, I guess it would be how much they love me. I truly feel like a member of their pack… err family. What I like the least is easy. I hate it when they go to work and leave me alone.

Q: What are your favourite things to do? A: I love to do all the things most dogs do. I like to seek out a sunbeam

and bask in it, guard my front door, play with my toys and eat. What really makes me happy though is my daily walk. I usually take Joan on a one kilometre walk after evening supper and she loves it so much, I am huffing and puffing by the time we get home.

Q: When you bark are you trying to say something or do you do it just to

be annoying? A: (She throws her head back and howls.) Of course I am trying to say something! What kind of a silly question is that? I greet people with the standard “hello” bark when they come to the house. I then give them the tour and explain all the house rules. When I am happy, I laugh and when I am hungry, I know how to whine enough to get Joan’s atten-

tion. I realize it doesn’t sound like a human’s voice but I am working on it. I accidently made a cat noise once. It honestly sounded like a “meow.” I was so embarrassed. I still end up making that sound at times but I have learned to cover it with more sounds, so it’s not so obvious. To be perfectly honest, I know I sound funny but it’s what makes me unique.




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Snowshoes make winter fun By Jeanette Stewart Snowshoes are a welcome addition to winter activities for Marcus Storey, the co-owner of Escape Sports in Saskatoon. Storey has been an enthusiast of the sport for some time. His store both rents and sells snowshoes and he enjoys visiting northern Saskatchewan with his girlfriend, where using snowshoes lets them get close to wildlife and pristine areas. “It’s just super chill. That’s what I think people really like about it,” he said.

Q: What moves you? A: Being outside. Q: How long have you had snowshoes? A: I’ve had them for close to four years, five years now. I spend a lot of time on the riverbank. I’ve done a little bit out in B.C. Nothing too crazy. It’s definitely different out there, with a lot more elevation, a lot more snow. The riverbank here is a really good spot to go. You get some really good drifting, but at the same time you’ve got a little bit of elevation. As much as we get in Saskatchewan anyways. Q: What made you want to start snowshoeing? A: The lack of things to do in Saskatchewan in the winter. Q: What makes it fun? A: Just the fact that you can get out in the winter. The air in the winter is what really gets me. It’s so fresh. It’s so clean because it’s so cold. Also, the fact that you can get out to places where you normally couldn’t in boots because you’re falling through the snow all the time. You get to some real pristine, untouched places. I noticed that especially in La Ronge. You just walk off the highway and there’s no tracks anywhere and you’re in waist-deep snow. It’s awesome.

Marcus Storey takes a run in his snowshoes in Saskatoon. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

Q: Where is the best place to go snowshoeing? A: I really love it up near La Ronge. It’s awesome. Q:






snowshoeing, what would you recommend? A: There’s not that much. It’s super simple. You pick the right snowshoe for yourself, obviously, based on weight and how big the snow-

shoe is. That’s the big thing, but also how deep the snow is. There’s a few variables there. Once you’ve got your set that’s going to match your weight right, strap them on and start walking. It’s pretty easy

and that’s what’s so great about it. There’s not a lot of technique you need. If you really want to challenge yourself, start running in them. That’s one of the hardest things you can do.

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Dwight Short doesn’t let a professional job take away from having fun with fashion. Short is manager of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital. He enjoys shopping and finding clothes when he’s travelling. He believes the way you dress is a reflection of yourself, and describes his sense of style as “original.’ “Some people might say loud, but I like original,” he said.


1. Scarf: Manhattan Casuals. Gift from his girlfriend. “Scarves are sort of in season right now. It was a little cold.” 2. Shirt: Diesel, Manhattan Casuals. “That would be the place I would go to in Saskatoon,” he said. 3. Belt: Louis Vuitton, from Maui. “Some of the brand names that I enjoy wearing we don’t have access to a lot of in Saskatoon,” he said. “Some of the things you can find outside of Saskatoon you wont see walking past you on the street.” 4. Watch: Michael Kors, gift.



As an entrepreneur, Michelle Strawford makes a point of supporting other entrepreneurs. Since Saskatchewan’s fashion scene is booming, this isn’t a difficult task for Strawford. She points out, “Everything that I have on is from Regina except for these boots.” Strawford is an advocate for buying local. “I think that Saskatchewan is a Mecca really for fashion right now,” she says. “I think people do what they’ve always done and jump on a plane and fly to Minneapolis with their girlfriends to go on a shopping trip. Little do they know that right here we have those name brands and we have amazing designers who 1) need our support and 2) are right here and they’re amazing.” The lifelong lover of fashion is in her early 40s and says following trends helps her feel young: “I feel like women, when they stop following fashion, it’s like they stop in time and it ages them.”





1. EARRINGS: Bella Chic (by Alexandra Jewellery Co.) 2. GLASSES: The Spectrum Eye Centre 3. SCARF: Bella Chic 4. COAT: Verve Clothing. “I just think it looks almost like a dress and I feel like I can leave the house and no matter what I’m wearing underneath, it just feels like I’m put together.”


5. Pants: J. Lindberg, in Miami. “They’re just a little bit different,” he said. “Sometimes if you can throw some coloured pants in, it really mixes things up. Instead of your go-to browns, greys, blacks and blues.” 6. Shoes: Louis Vuitton, from Vancouver. “They’re super comfortable,” he said.




5. WATCH: Bella Chic 6. PURSE: Bella Chic 6. Dwight Short, manager of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

7. JEANS: Pure Clothing 8. BOOTS: Aldo

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The Broadway Theatre put on a free event for members last week, members that came of age in the ‘90s and listened to Big Shiny Tunes 2. Local bands performed the cult hits from the album, like Block Rockin’ Beats and SemiCharmed Life for the sold-out crowd who came dressed in their ‘90s best. Through memberships sales, raffles and donations, the event raised $9,000 for the Broadway Theatre, a staple in Saskatoon’s arts and cultural scene. 1. The Classy Chassys perform at the Big Shiny Tunes 2 concert 2. Jennifer Quesnel and Britainy Robinson 3. Cara Warnar and Janice Holmes 4. Angel Misevski and Aryn Otterbein Bridges Photos by Michelle Berg




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Piano Fridays w/ Brett Balon Roots Series: Belle Plaine w/ Elizabeth Curry and Jeremy Sauer The Bassment, B3-202 Fourth Ave. N. Screamer Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave. Patsy Cline Show & Dance w/ England Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St. Poor Young Things w/ Foam Lake Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E. The Rowdymen Dakota Dunes Casino, 204 Dakota Dunes Way, Whitecap Eluveitie w/ Winterson & Varg Louis’ Pub, 93 Campus Dr. Picture the Ocean Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave.

The Sheepdogs will perform at The Odeon Events Centre on Dec. 12. File Photo 4 Front Army & Navy Veterans Club, 359 First Ave. N. The Standards Trio McNally Robinson, 3130 Eighth St. E. William and the Shadows Fairfield Seniors’ Centre, 103 Fairmont Cres. Coyote Wylde Toon Town Tavern, 1630 Fairlight Dr. Black Hell Oil w/ The Rebel Os The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave. Albert and Dislexik Tequila Nightclub, 1201 Albert Ave. Red Blaze Stan’s Place, 106-110 Ruth St. E.

Saturday, Dec. 8 Dean McNeill Quintet The Bassment, B3-202 Fourth Ave. N. Screamer Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave. Harry Startup Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St. Crooked Creek w/ High Hopes Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E. The Rowdymen Dakota Dunes Casino, 204 Dakota Dunes Way, Whitecap 911 Turbo Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave. 4 Front Army & Navy Veterans Club, 359 First Ave. N.

No Hurry Trio McNally Robinson, 3130 Eighth St. E.

Harry Startup Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St.

The Gutterdogs w/ Shoeless Joe The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave.

The Hunsingers Mendel Art Gallery, 950 Spadina Cres. W.

Wed . , D ec. 12 Theory of a Deadman w/ Big Wreck TCU Place, 35 22nd St. W. The Sheepdogs w/ Yukon Blonde The Odeon Events Centre, 241 Second Ave. S.

DJ Chan and Mern Tequila Nightclub, 1201 Albert Ave.

Machine Gun Kelly The Odeon Events Centre, 241 Second Ave. S.

Travis Pankiw Bugsy’s Bar & Grill, 134 Primrose Dr.

Blues Jam Vangelis Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave.

Red Blaze Stan’s Place, 106-110 Ruth St. E.

Tonight It’s Poetry Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave.

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The Fab Four — The Ultimate Tribute Dakota Dunes Casino, 204 Dakota Dunes Way, Whitecap

Jesse Cook TCU Place, 35 22nd St. W.

Karaoke Deathstar The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave.

Open Mic The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave.

Eclipse Chorus Broadway Theatre, 715 Broadway Ave.

Open Mic Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave.

Souled Out Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave.

Kim Churchill w/ Babette Hayward Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E.


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EVENTS #A R T Mendel Art Gallery Hear the Humsingers in concert at the gallery on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m. This free, a cappella performance features seasonal songs. Nature themes unite the varied fall exhibitions. Beneath A Petroliferous Moon showcases works by 11 national and international artists concerned about the impact of the petroleum industry. In Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge, artist Bill Burns continues his explorations of animals, knowledge, and society’s relationship with nature. Saskatoon artists Terry Billings, Zachari Logan and Stacia Verigin ponder human experiences with nature in the group show, The Names of Things. Artists by Artists displays works by Megan Morman, created during her mentorship with Ruth Cuthand. Dec. 6-9, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Members’ Christmas Appreciation Sale in the Gallery Shop. 30 per cent off; 20 per cent off consignment items. The Mendel (www. is located at 950 Spadina Crescent East, and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission is free. SCYAP Gallery Until Dec. 7 at 253 Third Ave. S. Why ... I Spy, a solo show by Di Decaire. Men with Beards by Joseph Anderson, Dec. 10 to Jan. 4. A series of watercolour paintings of men with beards. A reception will be held Dec. 13, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Mix Artist Collective Dec 7, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 9, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 529 24th St. E. Abstractions & Beyond, works of artists who took part in the University of Saskatchewan’s Emma Lake Kenderdine

Campus workshops, led by instructors Alicia Popoff and Les Potter. An artists’ reception will be held Dec. 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ukrainian Museum of Canada Until Jan. 31 at 910 Spadina Cres. E. Red and Black, the artworks of Iryna Karpenko. A reception will be held Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Seasons Art Show and Sale Dec. 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 8-9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Luther Special Care Home, 1212 Osler St. In the large conference room on the third floor. Works by Viola Woodhouse and Joy Mendel. Paved Arts/AKA Gallery Until Dec. 8 at 424 20th St. W. The Shaman Exterminator: On the Trail of the Woodcraft Indians with the Buffalo Boy Scouts of America, by Adrian Stimson. A multimedia installation that explores the history and resulting popular culture of the Woodcraft Indian movement created by Ernest Thompson Seton. The sixth instalment of the Toon’s Kitchen series, Insult to Injury, runs to Dec. 8. A collaboration between poet Janet Marie Rogers and media artist Marcel Petit. The Gallery/Art Placement Dec. 8-29 at 228 Third Ave. S. Dorothy Knowles’ Refined Observation. An exhibition featuring a collection of paintings ranging in date and subject matter. A reception will be held Dec. 8, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Hand Wave Gallery Until Dec. 20 at 409 Third Ave. in Meacham. Wrappings, an exhibition of woven and knit stoles/shawls and wraps by Madelaine Walker.

The Gallery, Frances Morrison Library Until Dec. 27 at 311 23rd St. E. Troy Gronsdahl: Making Way. A text-based project rooted in a conceptual art tradition. Based on an excerpt from the manifesto Refus Global, the exhibition includes letterpress prints and ephemera related to the printing process. Centre East Galleries Until Dec. 30 at The Centre. Works by students of Father Robinson School, Leane King of Spell It Photo Art, Monica Kinner-Whalen, Scott Prokop, John Perret of Light Line Photography, Leslie Standnichuk and displays from the Saskatoon Public School Board. Station Arts Centre, Rosthern Until Dec. 30 at 701 Railway Ave. in Rosthern. Inspired by Nature, a mix of media by Bev Kirlenko. Void Gallery Until Dec. 31 at 2-1006 Eighth St. E. Small works by over 15 local artists. Also showing at Luna & Hill, Durand’s Footwear and Optika Electric Eyewear. Affinity Gallery (Saskatchewan Craft Council) Until Jan. 20 at 813 Broadway Ave. Creativity and Spirituality, an exhibition exploring spiritual concerns in the creating of Fine Craft. The works explore the many uses of light within the world of glass. A reception will be held Jan. 11, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Art at Will (formerly Willow Studio) Until March 1 at The Wood Alehouse, 148 Second Ave. N. The Tree Show, works interpreting the tree motif. Includes several Saskatoon and area artists. An opening reception and sale will be held Dec. 1, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Free Noon Hour Concert Series Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at Third Avenue United Church. Organist Gregory Schulte on Dec. 6, Molto Cellissimo on Dec. 13 and Kayleigh Harrison & Friends on Dec. 20. Bring a lunch. Coffee and tea provided. Donations accepted. Broadway Spirit of Christmas Dec. 6, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Broadway Avenue, in front of Victoria School. Featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus. With sleigh rides, hot chocolate, bonfires and carollers. 55th Annual Knights of Columbus Carol Festival Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., at TCU Place. Featuring choirs from 20 schools within Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. With special guest conductor Gary Evjen, a former Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools band director. Preconcert entertainment by The Rumours at 7 p.m. Christmas Bake Sale Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lawson Heights Mall. Donations will be accepted for Street Cat Rescue. Michael O’Brien Christmas Tour Dec. 7, 7 p.m., at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres. E. The former rock n’ roll artist and non-practicing Catholic gives his testimony. His life took a turn after an unexpected pilgrimage to Medjugorje. The Huron Carole: Defeating Hunger, Feeding the Soul Dec. 7, 8 p.m., at Prairieland Park. Tom Jackson & Friends carol on for local food banks. Featuring Sarah Slean, Matt

Dusk and Susan Aglukark. Christmas music and stories that embrace messages of peace, harmony and optimism. Winter Wonders Handmade Market Dec. 7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 535 Eighth St. E. Presented by the Flock & Gather Craft Collective. Local crafters and designers, and vendors from Saskatchewan and Alberta. For information visit www. flockandgather.blogspot. com. Yarmarok — A Christmas Market Dec. 7, 6 p.m. to 1 0 p.m., Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 9, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, 910 Spadina Cres. E. A traditional market place and social gathering. Handcrafted items will be available for purchase. Featuring artist Iryna Karpenko. With children singing traditional Ukrainian carols, roving minstrels and a Bistro serving delicious foods. Country Gospel Breakfast Buffet and Concert Dec. 8, 9 a.m., at Smiley’s Buffet, 702 Circle Dr. E. Hosted by Country Gospel Music Association. With Penny Buhr Johnson and Yvonne Norton. World Hoop Day Choreography Workshop Dec. 8, 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at Free Flow Dance Centre, 224 25th St. W. World Hoop Day is an organization that supplies funding and hula hoops to schools, orphanages, villages and camps around the world. This workshop is in preparation for a World Hoop Day performance to be performed Dec. 12. To register email karla@



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EVENTS St. James Farmers’ Market & International Bazaar: Holiday Market Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the lower level of St. James Church, 607 Dufferin Ave. There will be over 20 tables featuring a variety of crafts, baking, art, clothing, jewelry and more. The market runs every Wednesday. Second Annual Christmas Wishes Craft Show & Trade Fair Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lawson Civic Centre Auditorium, 224 Primrose Dr. Many vendors and artisans. For information email leane@ Christmas Yaramarok Bazaar and Pyrohy Dinner/ Supper Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Home, 33 Valens Dr. Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Home Auxiliary. Ukrainian food, icons, crafts, raffles and Christmas decorations. Dine and Dance Merry Christmas Dec. 8, supper at 6:30 p.m. and dance at 8 p.m., at Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St. With music by Harry Startup. A legion fundraiser. Symphony Holiday Spectacular: Celtic Style Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., at PAVED Arts. With Circling Over Shannon Celtic band, River City School of Irish Dance and fiddler Kim de Laforest. A symphonic ceilidh full of timeless favourites and traditional carols. Featuring the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. The Cecilian Singers’ Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, 323 Fourth Ave. S. Directed by Graham Codling and accompanied by organist and pianist, Diane Bestvater. A variety of seasonal music, including works

by Bach, Elgar and Rutter. A Buncha Guys Christmas Concert Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., at Knox United Church. A singing group of 23 young men presents their Christmas concert. Donations will be accepted for Shekinah Retreat Centre. The Rosebud Burlesque Club’s First Ever XXXmas Spectacular Dec. 8, 8 p.m., at The Refinery, 603 Dufferin Ave. Ages 19+ only. A Christmas show hosted by The Rosebud Burlesque Club. Featuring special guest appearances by Miss Mistletoe & Miss Holly, Desert Beats Belly Dance, Free Flow Dance Theatre, Sexy Santa and the cast of the “NUT”cracker. A Prairie Christmas Dec. 8 and 9 at the Western Development Museum. Activities, Santa, crafts and games, music, food and tours of Christmas displays in 2010 Boomtown. Prairie Notes Community Choir Dec. 9, 2 p.m., at the Biggar Majestic Theatre. Christmas Is ... Their Christmas concert. With special guests The Group. Sing the Joys of Christmas Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m., at Knox United Church. A Saskatoon Men’s Chorus Advent concert. With special guests Sonrisa, Meewasin Brass and Patricia Deibert.

Technicolour Dreamcoat Dec. 7 and 8, 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, at Grace-Westminster United Church, 505 10th St. E. A dinner theatre performance by the 10th Street Players.

by Verdi, Wolf, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Villa-Lobos, Enescu and Schumann. With pianist Alexandra Diederichsen, vocalist Garry Gable, violinist Ioana Valentinaviciute, violist Stanislav Popov and clarinetist Gilles Turcotte.

A Little Christmas Spirit Runs to Dec. 16, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., at The Barn Playhouse. The Christmas show is presented as part of a dinner theatre. Late one Christmas Eve, a bitter widower takes a chance that Nick’s Emporium might have the latest gadget that his grandson wants for Christmas. What he ends up finding at “Nick’s Emporium” is what he really needs instead of what he went in looking for.

Songs For Supper Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., at The Refinery, 609 Dufferin Ave. A benefit concert for the Saskatoon Food Bank. Featuring Vaero, Chris Brinklow, Kirby Criddle, Sarah Farthing, Karpinka Bros., Jen Lane, Melissa Nygren, Smokekiller, JJ Voss and Ray Whitton. Cash and food donations for the Saskatoon Food Bank will be accepted. The Saskatoon Community Band Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., at Holy Cross High School theatre. Their winter concert. Literature Matters Talk Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., at GraceWestminster United Church, 505 10th St. E. With Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Don Kerr, reading his poetry. Singing with Sylvia’s Holiday Hoopla Dec. 12-14, 10:30 a.m. and Dec. 14, 1:30 p.m., at The Refinery, 609 Dufferin Ave. A holiday show with Sylvia Chave for children ages one to eight.

Metro Jazz Ensemble Dec. 9, 3 p.m., at Third Avenue United Church. Led by Dean McNeill. Playing the music of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker suite. Featuring a pre-show chat with U of S professor of music Dr. Greg Marion.

READ Saskatoon Literacy Classes Until Dec. 14 at Friendship Inn, 619 20th St. W. READ Saskatoon is providing free literacy classes for newcomers to Canada. Choose classes on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For information call 652-5448 or email paula.remlinger@

Chamber Odyssey International Project Dec. 9, 4 p.m., at Convocation Hall at the U of S. Music

Science Saturdays at the Children’s Discovery Museum Saturdays until Dec. 29, 10

Arron Naytowhow (left) and Waylon Machiskinic perform in Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company’s production of How The Chief Stole Christmas which runs until Saturday at 914 20th St. W. Bridges Photo by Richard Marjan a.m. to 4 p.m., at Children’s Discovery Museum in Market Mall. Sponsored by PotashCorp. Different science activities and demonstrations every Saturday. For details visit BHP Billiton Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour Runs to Jan. 6, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park. A spectacular forest drive-thru Christmas light show featuring illuminated evergreens and computer animated character light displays on a 2.5 km route.

#T H E A T R E How the Chief Stole Christmas Runs to Dec. 8 at 914 20th St. W. Presented by Sas-

katchewan Native Theatre Company. Written and directed by Curtis Peeteetuce. Sihkos, Zula and Clare return in this popular remount. New interim chief — and nephew of Sihkos — Kevin Cedar is intent on retaining tradition, but Sihkos suspects Kevin is hiding something from everyone in Kiwetinohk. Performed in the Cree language with English Subtitles. Disney’s Phineus and Ferb Live: The Best Live Tour Ever! Dec. 6, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Credit Union Centre. Phineus, Ferb and the whole Tri-State Area gang embark on a bold escape, jumping out from behind the TV onto the stage in a live-action adventure. Joseph And The Amazing

The Prairie Panto, The 99% and the Dragon Runs to Dec. 16, Thursdays through Sundays, at Dancing Sky Theatre in Meacham. Part four in the Prairie Panto show series. A powerful dragon arrives in a small, quiet, peaceful prairie town, promising to make all of their lives easier, faster, more convenient and of course more “happily ever after.” But dragons, and promises, are never quite what they seem. With puppets, music, magic, madness, mayhem and merriment. The Sound of Music Runs to Dec. 23, nightly, except Mondays, at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays, at Persephone Theatre. Music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The spirited Maria is sent to serve as governess for the Von Trapp children. Her warm spirit and love of music soon wins the children’s hearts, and it is not long before the stern Captain von Trapp finds himself falling in love. When the Nazis invade Austria the family is forced to make a daring escape.

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Knowing what’s in store for punk trio By Andrew Matte It was a matter of convenience when Regina hardcore punk band Kleins96 began. “We don’t love the name actually,” explains band leader and bass player Justin Ludwig. The three-piece band started when Ludwig and his younger brother and drummer Dylan wanted to write and perform a few suburban punk songs with pal and fellow Regina east-ender Andrew Love. Since the Ludwig brothers had plans to continue with their more serious two-piece band Amour Fou, they decided to name their new project after the east-end convenience store that served as a gathering place for suburban kids in the 1990s. They didn’t anticipate taking a professional approach to Kleins96 back in 2009. “We came up with the name because we thought we weren’t going to be taking the band seriously,” says Justin Ludwig. “At the time, we were taking Amour Fou seriously and we wanted Kleins to be a fun party band.” After Love joined and helped pad the sound the Ludwig brothers had created, they couldn’t help but explore it further. “The first six songs we put out were just fun. They were melodic songs about drinking and girls and that kind of thing. And we just embraced playing with a guitar player. And we embraced the opportunities that afforded us,” says Ludwig, adding that the heavy sound of Amour Fou melds well with the more melodic sound they discovered while playing with Love. “The hardcore elements of Amour Fou and the skatepunk elements of those early songs collided. When Andrew came into the mix, we wanted to (be a) stripped down, throwback to our youth fun kind of party band.” Today, with a handful of recorded songs under their belt, the trio is working hard to further develop their sound. They recently released a vinyl record with a band in Ontario — the

Regina rock band Kleins96 is made up of (from left) Dylan Ludwig, Andrew Love and Justin Ludwig. BRIDGES Photo by Don Healy

bands each pressed their music onto their own side, which means both bands get extra circulation and share production costs. “So now we’re just trying to write the best songs we can. We’re trying to push harder, and push ourselves to do better.” As for the name, though Ludwig doesn’t love it, he believes it’s still suitable because it stands as a bit of

a tribute to his youth. “It was just a scene where kids skated and all sorts of debauchery happened back in the day,” Ludwig says. “And 1996 was a bridging point for me. That was when I started going to shows and that kind of thing.” Ludwig’s affinity for music began at an early age. While he attended classes at Miller High School and hung out with skateboarding pals,

he was learning to play the bass and guitar and listening to the likes of Good Riddance, Propagandhi, A Fire Inside and Bad Religion. “I have been playing in punk bands now since I was 14 or 15,” he said. “I think punk music is what kids are normally attracted to, especially in the 1990s for kids who grew up in the suburbs. “For rebellious skateboard kids, it

was the thing back then.” When Ludwig turned 19, he starting jamming with brother Dylan. The pair invented their own style of hardcore punk, complete with frantic playing to create as big a sound as they could. “We tried to experiment with different sounds, different elements, different instruments and all sorts of things.”


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Oh, Christmas tree! By Maureen Troesch

I remember the Christmas trees of my childhood with a certain bizarre affection. Purchased from the local 4-H club, they were precisely the sort of trees you would expect from a bunch of teenagers turned loose in the wilderness, armed with saws and axes. Spindly, sparse and invariably lop-sided, they would have challenged the decorating talents of any Martha Stewart. As much as I loved them, they certainly bore little resemblance to the groomed, pruned, and pampered beauties that now grace the average urban tree lot. The Saskatchewan Christmas tree market is dominated by five different species of evergreen. Some are grown locally, but thousands arrive from tree farms in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and the United States. Which species you prefer is largely a matter of taste and budget. The Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is a long-time standard on prairie tree lots. If left unsheared, they have a rather open, sprawling form which may be preferred by those who like a more natural looking tree. The needles are retained quite well and are soft and flat; a characteristic they share with true firs. The distinctive yellow-green needles range in length from 2 to 3 centimetres and are arranged spirally along the moderately stout twigs. One of its most attractive attributes is economy: even premium grade Douglas firs are a bargain compared to the more extravagantly priced Fraser and balsam firs. The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is widely regarded as the Rolls Royce of Christmas trees and, in spite of its usually hefty price tag, is rapidly gaining in popularity. It’s not difficult to understand why. The shape is full, dense and uniform. They are easy to decorate, with soft, short needles on sturdy twigs that readily support the weight of most ornaments. The upper

Picking the perfect tree is easier than ever thanks to urban Christmas tree lots, but not nearly as much fun as finding your own. PHOTO COURTESY JASON LANDER

surface of the needles is a dark, lustrous green, with two broad silvery white bands on the lower surface producing a very attractive, two-toned effect. Needle retention is excellent, making it one of the longest-lasting Christmas trees. During my parents’ unfortunate plastic tree phase, what I missed the most was the glorious fragrance of the genuine article. In this regard, there is no better tree than a balsam fir (Abies balsamea). It is very similar to the Fraser fir, though not quite as

eye-catching. The needles tend to be slightly longer, and the silvery underside less distinct. Scots (or Scotch) pine (Pinus sylvestris) have always been my favourite Christmas tree. They are typically very dense, the result of annual shearing, with long (4 to 8 cm), twisted, stiff needles, which have excellent retention characteristics. I’d definitely advise wearing gloves while setting up a Scots pine. Colour can vary considerably, though it is usually a lighter, brighter green than the true

firs. One drawback is a tendency to accumulate shed needles in their interior. Give them a good shake before bringing indoors. The second drawback: Ferociously clogged vacuum hoses. Consider alternative clean-up methods. The other pine commonly seen in local tree lots is the eastern white pine (Pinus strobus). I love the look of these trees: the long (5 to 15 cm), flexible, amazingly soft needles produce a singularly lush and graceful appearance. They beg to be petted. Un-

fortunately, the length and flexibility of the needles, combined with rather weak twigs, make them very difficult to hang ornaments from. If decorating a tree primarily with lights and garlands or other very lightweight ornaments, this is definitely the species of choice. Maureen Troesch is a horticulturist living in Saskatoon. This column is provided by the Saskatchewan Perennial Society ( saskperrennial; hortscene@yahoo. com).

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Beef up your comfort levels Chicken pot pie is a fine, comforting dinner for most of the winter. But at Christmas, you want comfort with a little more. You want a dinner that’s as special as it is soothing. So we used the model of a basic puff pastry-topped chicken pot pie, but substituted tender sirloin tips for the poultry. Add a creamy beef gravy and you end up with a savory pot pie that is the perfect casual, heartening, yet special way to cap a wonderful Christmas.

CHRISTMAS BEEF POT PIE Start to finish: 1 hour Servings: 6 >1 1/4 pounds (680 g) yellow potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks >Kosher salt >2 tablespoons (30 ml) butter >1 medium yellow onion, sliced >2 medium shallots, sliced >1 clove garlic, minced >2 large carrots, diced >2 stalks celery, diced >2 tablespoons (30 ml) tomato paste >2 teaspoons (10 ml) Worcestershire sauce >2 tablespoons (30 ml) minced fresh thyme >1 1/4 (568 g) pounds sirloin tips, cut into 1-inch pieces >Ground black pepper >1 tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable or canola oil >1/4 cup (60 ml) red wine >3/4 cup (180 ml) unsalted or low-sodium beef stock >2 tablespoons (30 ml) all-purpose flour >1/2 cup (2.5 ml) heavy cream >1 sheet puff pastry, thawed according to package directions 1. Heat the oven to 400 F. (205 C) 2. Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan. Add enough water to cover by 1 inch (2.5 cm). Bring to a boil, then cook until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and set aside. 3. Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, shallots and garlic and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and cook until beginning to brown and caramelize at the edges, about 10 more minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Cook for another 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside. 4. Season the sirloin with salt and pepper. Return the skillet to the stovetop over high heat. Add the oil. Working in batches to avoid crowding the pan, sear the meat on all sides until well browned, about 3 minutes. The meat does not need to be cooked through. Once seared, remove the meat from the pan. 5. Lower the heat to medium and stir in the red wine. Scrape up any browned bits from the pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the beef stock and flour. Add to the pan, whisking until thick, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cream. Return the beef, vegetables and potatoes to the pan and stir to combine and coat everything with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a medium casserole dish or baking pan. 6. Unfold the puff pastry sheet and set it over the pan. Use a paring knife to cut slits to vent. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown and the inside is bubbling. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Christmas baking, German style By Jenn Sharp German pastry chef Barbara Harder-Lutz has a good reason for calling her new business the Cake Witch Café. She’s been told by many satisfied customers she’s ruined their diet as they happily return for more of her delicious baking. With more than 25 years of experience, Harder-Lutz knows her pastry — traditional German pastry like Black Forest torten (made with kirsch schnapps soaked sour cherries) and German chiffon cake (known as bikuit). One of her specialties is a cross between bread and fruit cake. German Christollen is made from soaking raisins, almonds, orange and lemon peel in rum for a week. But don’t confuse the white, heavy loaf with a grocery store fruitcake. “This has nothing to do with a fruit cake you know. This is a completely different ball game. It’s one of the major staples in German Christmas … It’s white and has a folded over shape because it’s meant to imitate the baby Jesus in linen wrappings,” she says. Perhaps Harder-Lutz’s most magnificent Christmas item is her handmade German gingerbread houses (lebkuchenhaus). Decorated with peppermint-scented Royal icing, in Germany they’re treated as an advent calendar. You’re meant to break off a few candies and dip a new piece of gingerbread in your coffee every day until Dec. 25. New to the city, she’s already earned a loyal following in Saskatoon thanks to working all summer at outdoor farmers’ markets. She can now be found at the intimate International Farmers’ Market and Bazaar at St. James Church on 12th St. E. and Dufferin Ave. A testimonial board hangs at her market stall, written by happy customers from the six different farmers’ markets where she set up her bakery in the Okanagan Valley. “Lemon pound cake: Three of us

Barbara Harder-Lutz’s gingerbread houses are on display at the Garden Architecture Christmas store in Saskatoon. Bridges Photo by Michelle Berg

ate it in five minutes. Delicious. We recommend it!” Her hearty laugh rings across the room as she tells me about the reputation she earned last year in B.C. “At the end of the summer, I was the pound cake queen of the Valley. My business is going to be called Cake Witch for a good reason!” She underwent a gruelling fouryear apprenticeship in Germany to become a pastry chef and charges accordingly, both for the high quality ingredients and for her expertise. Often she’ll have German friends

ship her spices she can’t find here. She has sourced several Christmasspecific German spices and a rising agent needed for Christmas baking through Oskar’s Deli Meats and Sausage Haus in Regina. Part of her business involves education — getting potential customers to accept a more natural and in the end, healthier, product. “German baking is a lot less sweet. The French and the Germans are crazy about flavour. It’s all about getting the natural flavours out of the ingredients.”

It’s for this reason she bakes with unsalted butter and doesn’t add a lot of sugar. “You don’t need all that salt. Something like vanilla bean is quite delicate. If you drown it in salt you don’t taste the flavour.” She’s opening her café and bakery in a house in Rosthern, about 60 km north of Saskatoon. In a very European fashion she’ll be living in a private residence above the business. As her business grows she hopes to have a delivery driver for her catering orders. For now, customers can

meet her at the Wednesday market or drive to Rosthern. Harder-Lutz hails from a German island in the Baltic Sea. A selfdescribed “beach chic,” she says the weather was too mild there. She likes “real” winter. After living in the Okanagan for her first three years in Canada, 2012 marks her first Saskatchewan winter. Visit her at the St. James Market, open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., to sample some Christmas goodies or to order a specialty cake. For more information, visit

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