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Bazaar & Novelty has been Saskatoon’s party planning store since 1977. It started out as a supplier for carnival and fundraising activities but has since grown to supply a variety of products including bingo, trophies, advertising specialties, consession supplies, fireworks and decorations. The store stocks over 150 different kinds of fireworks, and concession equipment like a popcorn or candy floss machine, balloons and merchandise. They carry thousands of products ready to ship Canada-wide and are able to customize products for promotional needs. There are themed supplies for a baby shower, bachelorette party, New Year’s party or a Mexican fiesta. Visit their online catalogue for a complete line of products and services at www. bazaarnovelty.com. Bazaar & Novelty is located at 726 45th Street W. and is open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. — 5:30

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Chelsea Gordon stands close to her parents’ new home in the Rosewood neighbourhood as we look back at some of the highlights in Bridges during 2012, including the best of our Neighbours section. Bridges photo by Andrew Spearin

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INVENTORY — 2 Hit up Bazaar & Novelty before New Year’s Eve FASHION YXE — 4 Maintaining your style during frigid temps COVER — 6 Notable Saskatonians look back on 2012 and ahead to 2013 READ MY BOOK — 13 How far back in time would you travel if you could? IN THE CITY — 14 Kids lace up at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge

EVENTS — 18 BEST OF CITY FACES/BUILDERS — 20 GARDENING — 21 The unique winter garden CROSSWORD AND SUDOKU — 23 BEST OF MEET MY PET — 23 Our top picks from Bridges’ newest feature PARENT TO PARENT — 24 Family resolutions for 2013 OUTSIDE THE LINES — 25 Best of Bridges

BEST OF NEIGHBOURS — 15 A look back at Bridges Neighbours section

BEST OF SHARP EATS — 26

MUSIC — 17 The Jump Off best heard live

WINE WORLD — 27 A champagne worth staying home for

Mike McKeown opened Prairie Harvest Cafe in 2012. He’s looking forward to a succesful 2013 as people are becoming more fond of eating locally grown food. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

Bridges is published by The StarPhoenix – a division of Postmedia Network Inc. – at 204 Fifth Avenue North, Saskatoon, Sask., S7K 2P1. Rob McLaughlin is deputy publisher/editor-in-chief and Marty Klyne is publisher. For advertising inquiries contact 657-6340; editorial, 657-6327; home delivery, 657-6320. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The contents of this publication are protected by copyright and may be used only for personal, non-commercial purposes. All other rights are reserved and commercial use is prohibited. To make any use of this material you must first obtain the permission of the owner of the copyright. For more information, contact the editor at 657-6327.


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For the city to have a healthier, vibrant community. — Don Atchinson

y e a r ' s RES O L U T I O N S

Notable residents look back and look ahead

Mayor Don Atchinson stands in front of a panoramic shot of Saskatoon in his City Hall office. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

Bridges Staff Not to dwell in the past or anything, but 2012 was a pretty remarkable year. Bridges tapped the shoulders of several prominent and influential citizens of Saskatoon and got them to look back at the past year — and to help us envision 2013.

Don Atchison Don Atchison was elected to his

fourth term as mayor of Saskatoon in 2012, which will make him the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history. Suburban development, a new St. Mary’s school and new housing projects for low-income and senior citizens were uppermost in His Worship’s mind from last year. In 2013, he is looking forward to the opening of the Circle Drive South Bridge, upgrades to the waste water treatment plant, the new police headquarters, more work on roadways,

creating “active pathways” — for pedestrians, cyclists and otherwise — and working on mass transportation. “There’s so much going on. We could talk for hours about it,” he says.

Q: What was your highlight of 2012? A: Personally, everyone is healthy and well. Mom and dad are still with us, which is always great. Those are always highlights all the time. The disappointing part of the year was

that my friends took my money from me golfing. We always can talk about the election. It’s nice to see that people believe we’re still going in the right direction, because really the election is about affirming where we’re going.

Q: Do you have any goals or resolutions for next year? A: Goals. Resolutions usually are broken. ‘I’m going to do it this year,’ and the first three or four days you

handle it and after that, well that was only a resolution.

Q: Do you make them every year? A: Not really. I make more goals. For the city to have a healthier, vibrant community. Especially for children. I think that (often) people lose sight of the children. We need to have good, clean, attainable housing for children to live in. (In order for them) to get to school, (have) better education and better jobs. I think that’s all important.


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If you try to change too many things at once it will likely be overwhelming and only last days or weeks. — Steph Langdon

Registered dietician Steph Langdon, owner of Something Nutrishus Counselling and Coaching, displays a variety of healthy staples to stock in your kitchen in the New Year. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

Steph Langdon The most common New Year’s resolutions are related to losing weight and eating better. It’s a big challenge. And by Jan. 15, most of us are back to the same old habits. Steph Langdon, registered dietitian and the owner of Something Nutrishus, had some ideas for making it stick.

Q: How can we ease into a healthier 2013, considering most go on a holiday cookie and booze binge to end the year?

A: Many resolutions are impractical or impossible, setting you up for failure. I suggest picking one or two challenging but achievable goals to focus on. This could be increasing water intake, including vegetables and fruit with snacks, setting a date to remove leftover holiday desserts from the house, etc. If you try to change too many things at once it will likely be overwhelming and only last days or weeks. By choosing a specific goal you give yourself focus and a chance at success. The

first place to start would be reflecting on where you can make change, where you’re willing to make change, and then looking at your environment. The food you have in the kitchen will definitely affect the choice you make when you’re hungry.

Q: Snacking on junk food is a hard habit to break. What are your favourite healthy snack foods? A: Some people remove the ice cream from their home, only pur-

chase small bags of chips, or find alternatives that satisfy them. If we deprive ourselves we may only think about that one food and potentially binge on it, so it often comes down to finding balance and moderation. Dietitians eat a variety of foods too! Right now, my favourite healthy snack foods are air-popped popcorn, an apple and slice of cheese, celery with peanut butter, and hummus with veggies or whole wheat pita bread. When we crave sweet, salty, or high fat foods, we may have gone

too long without eating anything — that’s why I like to include a bit of protein and/or fat with my snacks — so they satisfy me for longer.

Q: Are you planning any diet-related 2013 resolutions? A: This last year I’ve been focused on learning new ways to cook with beans, chickpeas and lentils. Next year I want to focus on getting more fish into my diet as that’s an area I know I can improve upon. Continued on Page 8


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In Saskatoon, people tend to be quite practical and down-to-earth, which translates into being more likely to invest in long-lasting pieces rather than flash-in-the pan trend items. — Courtney Bowman

Courtney Bowman Courtney Bowman knows clothes. Her blog, Bridge City Fashion, extols the virtues of Saskatoon’s everexpanding fashion scene. She mixes it up with lowand high-end pieces, profiles on independent shops and shots of what she wore. She graced the Bridges fashion page earlier this year and we brought her back to chat about what she knows best.

Q: What were some of your favourite fashion trends in 2012? A: Silk blouses: I loved my blue ombre silk blouse because of the beauty of the material, but it’s also fairly simple and elegant. Patterned and multicolour denim: I have a great pair of black and yellow daisy-patterned jeans, which I wore often. They’re so 90’s! Distressed and dyed denim shorts: I managed to find some vintage-style Levi 501 cut-offs that were tie-dyed, bleached, distressed, and blinged out with studding. Q: Do you think Saskatoon is a fashionable city? A: Fashions vary according to region and speak volumes about the philosophy and attitudes of the people therein. In Saskatoon, people tend to be quite practical and down-to-earth, which translates into being more likely to invest in long-lasting pieces rather than flash-in-the pan trend items. For example, I think Saskatonians would be more likely to invest a couple of hundred dollars in a beautiful, well-made wool coat that will be multi-purpose and last several years than a $100 faux fur coat from H&M that would only be suitable for nightclubbing. Saskatoon is a wonderfully creative city, however, it doesn’t quite have the opportunities for artistic careers that (larger centres have). People are more likely to view clothing as wearable art and are more tolerant towards those who want to be creative with clothing, whereas, in Saskatoon it seems that there’s a fear of standing out if you dress too lavishly or too artistically. It’s not quite as socially acceptable. Yet. Q: What’s the easiest way to look great without breaking the bank on New Year’s Eve? A: Hit your local second-hand shop. There are tons of options for second-hand shopping throughout the city. Metallics and sequins are always considered appropriate on special occasions, though top to bottom can be overkill. Using a hint of metallic in your evening clutch, or a sequined skirt are a nice way to integrate some special occasion shimmer. Men, you can’t go wrong wearing a button-up shirt. My favourite look is clean and simple: a beautifully pressed white shirt with a slim-cut black blazer. If you’re a bit more casual, a v-neck sweater adds a bit of panache while still maintaining comfort. Or, if you lean more toward the hipster end of the spectrum, express your personality with a winterthemed sweater featuring motifs of snowflakes or other abstract patterns.

Staying warm doesn’t mean looking frumpy in 2013. Fashion blogger Courtney Bowman poses here in a chic winter outfit . Bridges photo by Michelle Berg


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People who like art should organize their own art show next year. That would be an awesome resolution. — Troy Gronsdahl

Troy Gronsdahl, curatorial assistant for the Mendel Art Gallery, resolves to make more art and perhaps host a house concert in 2013. He’s posed here with a unique piece at the Mendel. Bridges photo by Michelle BErg

Troy Gronsdahl Troy Gronsdahl is an assistant curator at the Mendel Art Gallery as well as an artist and musician who performs under the name Soso. He had lots of tips for appreciating Saskatoon’s vibrant arts community in 2013.

Q: What should people who like art resolve to do next year? A: People who like art should organize their own art show next year. That would be an awesome resolution. My resolution is to make more art. Organize an art show, maybe host a house concert? Buy some art.

Q: What should people check out in 2013? A: LUGO is going to be big again. Jan. 12. It’s going to be great. Q: What are you proud of this year that you’ve accomplished?

A: I was happy about exhibiting my work at Frances Morrison (Public Library), and it’s going to go to the Dunlop Art Gallery in January. Finished recording my album. It’s called Not for Nothing.

Gallery were you excited about last year? A: I really liked the Names of Things show. It’s on right now. People can see it until Jan. 6. Saskatoon artists, really beautiful work.

Q: What shows at the Mendel

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Fifteen minutes every morning just to think about how you can make your business better is one of the best resolutions you could make for the New Year. — Phyllis Lodoen

Phyllis Lodoen Phyllis Lodoen is in the business of transforming ideas into new businesses. She’s the executive director at Ideas, Inc. — Saskatoon’s first business incubator. The incubator assists startup companies with a range of services for entrepreneurs.

Q: What should business people resolve to do in 2013 to improve their business? A: I think a great resolution for any business, whether it’s a startup company or in growth mode, is to take time to work on your business rather than just in your business. So many of us get caught up in the day-to-day work of making the sales and creating the product and just working away at our businesses that we don’t take time to do the planning — to analyze our business models, to look at ways that we can grow our company or build our networks. Fifteen minutes every morning just to think about how you can make your business better is one of the best resolutions you could make for the New Year. Q: What successes were you proud of this year? A: This year was really great for team building for us. We’ve got a wonderful team that we’re working with, and that’s so important when you’re trying to run a company. Having the right team and the right resources is absolutely key to success. Q: Is there anything you want to work on next year, personally? A: I have a very specific plan — my 15 minutes a day. Over the years we go to so many events ... we’ve collected so many business cards from people in the community. Right now I estimate I’ve got about 750 business cards from people that we haven’t followed up with. People that we meet that we find really interesting, that might make a good mentor, that might just help to enlighten the work that we’re doing. My commitment for this year is to make contact with at least two of those people every working day from now until the end of the year. My big hope is that we can do a business card bash sometime next fall so we can bring all these great resources. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received this year is “always follow up.” I decided that this year I would follow up. Continued on Page 12

Phyllis Lodoen, executive director of Ideas Inc., is commited to building the business incubator industry in Saskatoon. Bridges Photo by Michelle Berg


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In recent years it has been great to see more and more locally operated restaurants open up as well as developments such as Slow Food Saskatoon, and the growing popularity of the Farmers’ Market become more of a trend in our city. — Mike McKeown

To the joy of many in Saskatoon, Chef Mike McKeown opened Prairie Harvest Cafe in 2012. He’s wearing his ‘Eat Local’ t-shirt, which you can buy at the cafe’s 2917 Early Drive location. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

Mike McKeown Mike McKeown is one of Saskatoon’s rising stars in the culinary industry. His new restaurant, Prairie Harvest Café, is one of our favourites for its delicious focus on locally-sourced ingredients. McKeown believes in letting these ingredients speak for themselves. He favours simple, down-home cooking methods that highlight Saskatchewan’s food bounty.

Q: What are your favourite foodie moments from 2012? A: This year was a big year for me; opening the restaurant was my fa-

vourite and most terrifying event. It has been satisfying to see that people have really taken to our style of food, and that crazy and complex cooking is not required to have very satisfied customers. My co-chef Joel Hassler and I have really enjoyed sourcing out local ingredients, and seeing what different concoctions we can come up. This has been a fun challenge to pursue as we attempt to maintain a sense of familiarity in our menu as well as constantly evolve the menu and keep it unique.

Q: What do you think the top food

trends will be in 2013? A: I think it will be the same thing we have been seeing the last couple of years which is a lot of focus on local and seasonal ingredients, and supporting local producers. There is (also) a real sense of community among the chefs and hospitality industry in Saskatoon, which works well for the greater good of the industry.

Q: Are you making any New Year’s resolutions in your career as a chef and business owner? A: The main thing I have learned over the last year is not to take

criticism or praise too personally. My resolution is to enjoy what I am doing and take each day in this adventurous industry one at a time.

Q: What’s the most overrated food in Saskatoon? A: I don’t think I am breaking new ground when I say there is an overabundance of low quality, unhealthy food options (i.e. all-you-can-eat buffets, franchise chains, and fast food) in Saskatoon. Thankfully, there seems to be a growing trend of conscious consumerism, awareness of food and nutrition and most importantly, where our food comes

from. In recent years it has been great to see more and more locally operated restaurants open up as well as developments such as Slow Food Saskatoon, and the growing popularity of the Farmers’ Market become more of a trend in our city. I am also excited for places like Floating Gardens, Wally’s Urban Market and Living Soil Farms as they provide local consumers and restaurants with an opportunity to use quality produce throughout the year. We are also home to Living Sky Winery, winners of this year’s Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers award, and that’s pretty cool.


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Ring of Desire If you could go back in time how far would you go? My latest book, Ring of Desire, goes across the Atlantic, back to the middle ages and beyond. Hafne is a land forgotten in time, a place cursed by an ancient hand. Its people are Saxon but suddenly lost in a Norman world. Vala and Giles, Saxon and Norman, raised as enemies, both chosen to break the curse — a curse they know little about — in a partnership neither wants. Ring of Desire is a medieval fantasy where love and magic collide in a world where something has gone very wrong. Like my first book, From The Dust, that was set on the dust-striven de-

pression era prairie, Ring of Desire, began as a historical romance. With a medieval background firmly in my mind, a hero begging to leap into action and an opening scene ready to go, I began to write. And that is when everything changed. As Giles rescued Vala from a watery death, the whispering began and rose in a crescendo that was hard to ignore. There was magic in the air! I knew I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, the brooding feel of medieval times was the perfect breeding ground for magic, with its mysterious smoke-clouded cooking fires, awash with runes, and alight with spells and even magicians. At least so I imagined and some of the history books didn’t deny.

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RBC volunteers help outfit The Kinsmen Inner City Hockey League players with donated equipment at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge. The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon received a $25,000 RBC Play Hockey grant.  ridges Photo by Michelle Berg B


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Bridges began with the intent to connect people in Saskatoon with their community. Our hope was to give our readers a sense of place. We achieved this through the Neighbours section, which became a favourite for many readers. Each week a tour guide was picked to take us through a different area of Saskatoon. As to be expected, we eventually ran out of neighbourhoods and transitioned the section to In The City. Here are the year’s best shots of Saskatoon’s diverse neighbourhoods. Bridges Photos by Andrew Spearin

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Nicole White is a resident of the Westmount neighbourhood.

A prairie scene painted on a garage door of a home in the Lakeridge neighbourhood of Saskatoon.

Bruce Thomas has been the owner of Mayfair Hardware on 33rd Street in Saskatoon for more than 60 years.

Dieter Bitz does a 180 on his snowboarding mini-ramp that he built across the street from his home on 14th Street in the Greystone neighbourhood.


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YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE Bridges wants to hear about your favourite place in Saskatoon. Email bridges@thestarphoenix.com

Lunch time at the Mystic Java cafe in College Park Mall in Saskatoon.

Jessica Peters (from left), Brendan Thies, and Tiffany Stadnyk enjoy a sunny day along the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon’s North Park.

Gary Knaus stands in Lakeview Park. He lives nearby in the Lakeview neighbourhood.

A woman walks her dog along a trail that winds through Arbor Creek.

Karen Farmer, with her puppy Luna, at the Riversdale-King George Community Garden in Victoria Park.


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THE JUMP OFF

Trio’s live show is all about energy By Ashley Martin

Greg Jessup had some trouble describing his band’s musical style. “This is a bit tough,” said Jessup, the bassist/keyboardist of Regina trio The Jump Off. “We go with electro rock and punk and post-punk. I’m not sure if we’ve ever said the same thing for a different interview.” “It’s one of those things that people just have to come and see it, (see) if they like it, but it’s rock music primarily,” added Donovan Lautsch, drummer/keyboardist. Their influences include punk bands like Devo and Blood Brothers, and lots of hiphop and electronica. The best part about having such widespread taste is that songs don’t become ripoffs of the works they admire. “I don’t think anything sounds like any one thing,” said Eric Trylinski, singer/guitarist and — you guessed it — keyboardist. “And I think if we realized we were (ripping something else), we’d scrap it anyways,” added Lautsch. After a show, Jessup loves hearing audience members’ opinions about the band’s sound: “We get some interesting things.” One of the most memorable comparisons was to a video game, which is probably because they all play synthesizers, said Lautsch. There are two synthesizers on stage at a time and they all switch off playing them, depending on the song. Lautsch and Trylinski formed The Jump Off in 2008; Jessup joined in summer 2009. The band — whose name references a song by the WuTang Clan — put out an EP last year and is currently working on its first full-length, with the goal of creating a bigger sound. “For our live show we actually like it stripped down pretty bare and make up for it with our energy, because that experience, you can’t duplicate it on CD,” said Trylinski. “We want to make the songs on the album

Regina trio The Jump Off is (from left) Greg Jessup, Eric Trylinski and Donovan Lautsch. HANDOUT PHOTO

a lot bigger.” “It’s nice to fill in where you can’t put the energy into the album completely, because we get quite a few compliments for just being a very energetic band onstage,” added Jessup. “That’s really what we’d like to put out, so definitely make the album a bit more live feeling.” The live show is so important to

them that, “When people have heard the EP I still don’t feel like they’ve heard us, unless they’ve come to a show,” said Trylinski. “I’ve always believed that bands should sell the CDs and the CDs shouldn’t sell the band,” added Jessup. In creating their new album, the guys wrote and recorded half be-

fore writing the second half, in part because it worked better with their school schedules, said Lautsch. The three bandmates are students at the University of Regina: Lautsch is studying business, Jessup is a nursing student and Trylinski is studying film production. “We’re kind of at a point where school’s really important as well so

we really want to perfect the craft and then once we graduate, take it to the next level, but there’s no reason we can’t play all the shows we want and tour in the summer and put out albums in the meantime,” said Jessup. Catch The Jump Off at the Harvest King Records Christmas Party at The Club/The Exchange on Dec. 28.


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JoMama Stan’s Place, 106-110 Ruth St. E. Su nday, D ec . 30 Les Barrington Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St. Blues Jam Vangelis Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave. Tonight It’s Poetry Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave. Monday, D ec . 31 Penny Reign Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave. We Were Lovers w/ Young Benjamins Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E. New Year’s Eve House Party w/ Skatch Bastid and The Gaff The Odeon Events Centre, 241 Second Ave. S. Les Barrington (Lounge), The Rhythmaires (Hall) Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St. KBroNomics NYE Party w/ Karpinka Brothers, Economics, The Seahags, Myles and The Blanks, hosted by Brendan Flaherty Vangelis Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave.

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Sunflowers by Dorothy Knowles is showing at The Gallery/Art Placement until Dec. 29. Suppled photo New Year’s Eve House Party w/ DJ Anchor and Wonderland Prairieland Park, 503 Ruth St. E. JoMama Stan’s Place, 106-110 Ruth St. E. Tuesd ay, Jan uary 1 Karaoke Deathstar The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave. Open Mic Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave. Wed n esd ay, Jan uary 2 Open Mic The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave. Johnny Broadway Record Club Vangelis Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave. Souled Out Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave.

#A R T Mendel Art Gallery

Sundays are fun-days at the gallery. There are free tours of the exhibitions from 1-2 p.m. At 2 p.m., families are invited to join in a free activity in studioXPRESS, making musical shakers to greet the new year. The fall exhibitions conclude January 6. In Beneath a Petroliferous Moon, 11 artists examine the impact of the petroleum industry. Bill Burns: Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge continues the artist’s curious work with animals, 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 features works by Megan Morman. Visit mendel.ca for information on all gallery activities. The Gallery/Art Placement Until Dec. 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.


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The Gallery, Frances Morrison Library Until Dec. 27 at 311 23rd St. E. Troy Gronsdahl: Making Way. It’s 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.

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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. Prairie Pictures by Dorothy Knowles will run Jan. 1-23. 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. SCYAP Gallery Until Jan. 4 at 253 Third Ave. S. Men with Beards by Joseph Anderson. A series of watercolour paintings of men with beards. A reception will be held Dec. 13, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 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.

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Tracy Straub, manager at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Market Mall shows Lyncoln Gerow-Kowbick a science experiment involving friction in Saskatoon. Visit Science Saturdays at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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Ukrainian Museum of Canada Until Jan. 31 at 910 Spadina Cres. E. Red and Black, the artworks of Iryna Karpenko. Handmade House Showcase Gallery Until Feb. 2 at 710 Broadway Ave. What’s in the Box, wooden boxes by Walter McNabb. 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. North Star Gallery Functional and sculptural ceramics by Mel Bolen and oil paintings by Karen Holden.

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Science Saturdays at the Children’s Discovery Museum Dec. 29, 10 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 www.museumkids.sk.ca. Piano Recital for a Midwinter Night Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 436 Spadina Cres. E. Pianist Sofia Mycyk performs. Featuring baroque, classical, romantic, modern French and contemporary Canadian compositional eras. With

works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Poulenc, Liszt and Schmidt. Pre-concert chat at 6:45 p.m. New Year’s Eve Prime Rib Supper and Dance Dec. 31, 6 p.m., at The Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans’ Club, 359 First Ave. N. Music by Ladyhawke. Prairie Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra Jan. 1, 2:30 p.m., at Third Avenue United Church. Their annual New Year’s Day concert. Monn Cello Concerto with Scott McKnight on cello and Mozart. 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-through Christmas light show featuring illuminated evergreens and computer animated character light displays on a 2.5 km route.

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Saskatoon is full of funny, unique, giving and caring people. These people might not make news headlines but they deserve recognition all the same. Some of them are city builders, working on projects that bring their community closer together. Others enjoy tackling tasks a little out of the ordinary; in fact, some may be a little out of the ordinary themselves. Earlier in 2012, the staff at Bridges sought a way to effectively tell their stories. City Faces and City Builders was born. Needless to say, if you know someone whose story deserves to be told, we’d like to hear it.

Retired fire captain Ed Onishenko has invented the Melon Bra, a dog toy, and written a children’s book about fire safety. 

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Mike Gosselin is a screenwriter based in Saskatoon. Bridges photo by Andrew Spearin

Shoemaker Adam Finn in his workshop. Bridges photo by Andrew

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Fred Chlan, a progressive, spiritual man and the owner of Flowers by Fred on 22nd Street. Bridges photo by Andrew Spearin

Lyla Dalen is surrounded by 50 bears she knit for the Denny Carr Secret Santa program. Bridges Photo by Michelle Berg

Taras Nahachewsky is painting and cleaning the interior of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George in Riversdale. Bridges photo by

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Winter Garden

There are plants aplenty to appreciate in winter By Erl Svendsen Most people, myself included I’m sorry to say, don’t often think of the winter landscape beyond the snow, hoar frost, icicles, and cold. But there’s much in the plant world besides the stately evergreens to appreciate at this time of year, as a friend reminded me. “We often buy plants for their summer leaf or flower appearances but that can only be appreciated seven months of the year at most.” Mae included a newspaper clipping from her local newspaper about how tree and shrub bark add an often forgotten dimension to your garden. I spent part of my childhood on the West Coast and I remember the evergreen arbutus trees with their coppery peeling bark — definitely a showpiece in the landscape. Here on the prairies, we also have showstoppers with interesting bark. Take the Amur chokecherry (Prunus maackii). In the early spring it is covered in fragrant creamy white blossoms, it attracts birds in the fall with its small black cherries, but throughout the year it has bright coppery bark. Then there’s the white birch (Betula papyrifera), which unfortunately is becoming a rarer site with the decimating bronze birch borer. And while most other trees have brown or grey bark, they all have interesting features like furrows that form a diamond-patterned lattice over the trunk, smooth silvery or grey bark, knots, deep grooves and other features. A seldom planted, hard to find but hardy tree, the cork tree (Phellodendron amurense), has soft corky wavy ridged bark. Take a look on the north side of a mature tree and you may discover a colourful network of lichens and moss. Interesting bark is not just limited to deciduous trees. As I child I would make my way under the canopy of pines (Pinus spp.) and peel of the surface bark chips to reveal the nutmeg brown of unweathered bark. Jack and Scots pine (P. banksiana and P. sylvestris) are naturally tan-coloured

Coral dogwood looks even more striking in the snow. P  HOTO COURTESY MAX RONNERSJO

A cork tree can be a beautiful addition to your winter garden.  HOTO COURTESY ANDRZEJ OTREBSKI P

Once you set aside the idea flowers need to be colourful, your winter garden will have more appeal. PHOTO COURTESY MAE ELSINGER

and more easily shed their bark chips. Fir trees (Abies spp.) have smooth silver grey bark that shines through the foliage. Spruce (Picea ssp.) has quite rough dark brown bark. Interesting bark is not limited to just trees. There are many shrubs that lend their branches and bark to the landscape appeal. Red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea; also Siberian dogwood, C. alba) have been selected for many features like leaf colour

(yellow, variegated, purple hue) and plant size. But it is for their bark colour that the red osier dogwood is named for. One cultivar, ‘Coral’ (C. alba ‘Coral’), has especially bright dark coral-pink stems that arrest the eye. Yellow twig dogwood (C. sericea ‘Flaviramea’ and C. sericea ‘Lutea’) has, as you might expect, gleaming canary-yellow winter stems. Consider adding a few coloured stems to brighten up and add height to winter

floral arrangements. Tip: It is only the young growth that displays so brightly in the winter. In the early spring, before leaf-out, either remove the oldest dullest branches, no more than a third each year. Every three years, you can also but the entire shrub down to four inches. Other shrubs have winged branches (Euonymus alatus), shaggy bark (honeysuckle, Lonicera ssp.; ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius) and twisted branches (Harry Lauder’s walking stick, Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ — borderline hardy). Mae went on to say about the clipping she included with her letter that it “reminded me about the ‘winter flowers’ I used to pick at home when I was little.” As she learned more about

plants, she discovered they were only the dead remnants of fall blooming wildflowers — goldenrod, yarrow, cow parsnip, and smooth aster. These ‘dead remnants’ are more alive than Mae gives them credit for. They contain the seeds for next year, attract birds and other animals, and add a lot of interest to a winter garden. Take a look at your own garden and you’ll discover your own winter flowers from swollen black rose hips, seed heads waving over the snow from your ornamental grasses, dried hydrangea flower clusters and much more. This column is provided courtesy of the Saskatchewan Perennial Society (www14.brinkster.com/saskperrennial; hortscene@yahoo.com).


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We launched Meet My Pet in August because there just weren’t enough cute and cuddly critters on the pages of QC/Bridges. Since the inaugural story about Rachel Molnar and her cat Ollie, who was born in the back of an RCMP cruiser on a frigid winter night, this has become one of our most popular sections. From blind dogs to bunny rabbits, every pet seems to have a story.

Clint Walper’s bunnies DJ (left) and Mao. Bridges photo by Andrew Spearin

Rachel Molnar’s cat Ollie. 

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Crystal Palmer with her Collie Lily in Regina.During a break-in in February, Lily scared off the robbers and saved Crystal. Bridges pHOTO BY Don Healy

Natashia Gagnon’s ropefish — named Snakearm — swims and slithers in his tank. A Ropefish is an eel-shaped fish from Africa. Bridges Photo by Michelle Berg

Brynn Krysa shows off her corn snake Merlin. Bridges Photo by Michelle Berg

Pigwidgeon the Pacific Parrotlet perches on Christy McTavish’s arm. Bridges Photo by Michelle Berg

Amora licks Sabrina Cataldo’s nose at her home in Regina. Due to a painful illness Amora suffered, Cataldo had her eyes removed. Bridges Photo by Michael Bell


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Each week Bridges, in connection with SaskatoonMoms.com, gathers advice from parents to share with other moms and dads. This week we asked:

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“Our family resolution is to play more outside! We all love the outdoors and have a great time when we are out there but it seems we do more inside activities.” — Alysia Czmuchalek

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“We have not discussed New Year’s resolutions as a family, but that’s a good idea. Getting more involved with the church and the community would be a good place to start. Spending more time together as a family doing different activities would also be fun.” — Carla Contreras “To be more active and eat healthier.” — Dee B. “The thing we are going to do more as a family is to try new activities.” — Debbie Amor “We don’t make any resolutions. If we are going to make a change we generally just do it without

waiting for a particular time to follow through on it.” — Shelly Lambert “To try and stick to our routine during the weekdays and have the kids in bed by 8:30 maximum!” — Chera Miller “As a family, we make a conscious effort to thank God for His many blessings from the past year. We then go into the New Year with purpose to use whatever means we have to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us, and those less fortunate in other parts of the world.” — Angela Wells “We generally don’t make resolutions… always seems like a perfect way to set yourself up for failure. Small goals throughout the year are more manageable for us.” — Terri Leniuk


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Just like Saskatchewan’s dining culture, Sharp Eats has evolved in 2012. Jenn Sharp started the column as a way to highlight food trends in Saskatoon, Regina and across the province. Many wondered if our food scene was enough to sustain a weekly column. It is. Saskatchewan chefs, restaurateurs, growers and producers continue to impress and dazzle us, along with the rest of the country. We’ve evolved from bland offerings and franchised chains, to a culture more accepting of (and willing to pay for) quality ingredients prepared or grown by people who care. Sharp Eats has documented the people and food changing the way we eat in Saskatchewan, along with the photos to prove it. Remember, we eat first with our eyes.

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Dining with a view of the river. BRIDGES PHOTO BY ANDREW SPEARIN

Dumplings at Jin Jin. BRIDGES PHOTO BY ANDREW SPEARIN

Saskatoon Club chef’s Stacey Cornish’s winning dish, a carmelized shallot, herb and pork filled pork tenderloin with a butternut squash puree, at the SIAST Junior Chef Challenge in Saskatoon in March. BRIDGES PHOTO BY ANDREW SPEARIN.

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Saskatoon’s Prairie Harvest Cafe’s maple bacon doughnut with berry coulis. BRIDGES PHOTO BY ANDREW SPEARIN

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Blow your budget on Blanc de Blanc By James Romanow Most of the world only knows three levels of bubbly. The first is the very cheap stuff served at weddings and grads, which often induce sinus headaches and bad hangovers. The next level is usually champagne (i.e. non-vintage, these days roughly $35 and up). Then there is the first-babyor-promotion wines, the prestige cuvee champagnes like Dom Perignon and Cristal. If you actually start exploring the world of champagne — and I mean the stuff from the eponymous province in France — you will quickly discover there is an entire universe in between DP and Cordon Rouge NV. One of the most interesting sub-genres is the grape specific styles, Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Noir. Champagne is made from three grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The last two are red grapes, but can be vinified white by minimizing the contact with the skins, where the pigment lies. A Blanc de Noir is made from Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier. A Blanc de Blanc is made from pure Chardonnay. If you’ve never had a Blanc de Blanc, you owe it to yourself to try one. The SLGA carries Pol Roger Blanc de Blanc and — better yet — it’s a vintage champagne from 2000. At less than half the price of Dom Perignon, it is a great entrance to older champagne and an absolutely

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REWARDS unbelievable wine by any standard. The bouquet is subtly citrus with floral hints. The palate is beautifully crisp with that great minerality that makes champagne champagne, but somehow the mousse (bubbles, more or less) provide a texture that is creamy and rich. This wine is magic. If you’re staying in this New Year’s, blow the savings on this one. Pol Roger Blanc de Blanc, Champagne, 2000. $80.32 *****

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