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Taking off Burlesque resurgence brings classic art form to Saskatoon

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ackie Latendresse has a university degree in dance. She is an artistic director, a teacher, and she owns and operates a dance studio in Saskatoon. Sometimes she morphs into a burlesque dancer named Cheripop Purr. Purr is such a tease. Cheripop Purr will be performing on Nov. 29 at the Broadway Theatre, along with other members of the city’s Rosebud Burlesque Club. Latendresse said her interest in the history of Vaudeville and burlesque inspired her to start the troupe. “My research into the Vaudeville time period was the real spark of interest. I spent a year researching dances of the vaudeville and burlesque genre time period. It’s an area I love to read about. That, and I have always been drawn to all things glamorous. “I started Rosebud as a little fun side project. That was seven years ago, and it is growing rapidly. It’s going strong and extremely popular. There is a renaissance in the genre of burlesque.” Burlesque on Broadway is the biggest show Latendresse has produced. She wondered out loud when the iconic theatre — which opened in 1946 — might last have hosted a burlesque show. Or if it ever has for that matter. “It’s quite extensive,” she said of her production. “We have a live jazz band (the Canoodlers) working with us. A number of the pieces have live music with the performances, which is quite rare these days. Usually people are using pre-recorded or canned music. We are really excited to be working with musicians. That’s always a lot of fun and adds an extra element to the show.” Burlesque shows include comedy. MCs Hellen Bedde and Stella Behaviour will aptly fill part of that role, Latendresse said. “They are totally clever and very

hilarious, and quite well known to our fan group.” Twelve members of the Rosebud club will perform. Another five will be back-up dancers. Jolie Stripes from Montreal and Helvetica Bold from Ottawa will be guest performers. New burlesque has taken many forms, but all have the common trait of honouring the past, with acts including striptease, expensive costumes, bawdy humour and cabaret, Latendresse said. “We work with the art of the tease so each layer removed, no matter how small, is a reveal of some type — be it a hat, a glove, etc. Some reveals are subtle and some obvious, but each one has a special appeal to the viewers and helps to show the style of the performer.” She said the style is exhibited in how they take items off, how they present themselves and how they treat the article of clothing after it has been removed. Yes, outfit malfunctions can happen, she said. “If something goes wrong, you just have to embrace it and go with it. Maybe have a little fun with it if you can and get a few laughs. But you must always stay in your character while you are on stage no matter what. That is the challenging part for sure, not breaking character.” Burlesque is theatrical art, Latendresse said, when asked to explain the difference between burlesque, girlie shows and strippers. “The girlie shows are related to burlesque, but came out of the circus and carnival genre. Some of the great burlesque dancers from the heyday of burlesque came from the girlie shows, the side shows, and carnivals and circuses.” She said Wild Cherry, a burlesque legend, came from a circus family. “She danced her first performance in a girlie show. As she grew up she moved

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John Wright will be on stage in The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15 (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson)

“Journeyman” Saskatoon actor returns to Persephone Theatre

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ohn Wright is currently working on his Janet was born in 1945, Susan in 1947, fourth stage for Persephone Theatre, John in 1950 and Anne in 1957. the company which owes its begin“There was always lots of drama going nings in 1974 to his Saskatoon family. on. Sometimes the sibling rivalry was Persephone, Saskatoon’s first profesbetween Janet and Susan, sometimes besional company, was founded by Susan tween Anne and I. Janet was the matriarch, and Janet Wright and Janet’s Susan was the level-headed husband at the time, Brian Richone, I was the jock and Anne mond. They started with three was the sweet, innocent youngproductions — Hot L Baltimore, est of the family. Each one of A Doll’s House and Cruel Tears us brought something differ— on a stage at the Mendel Art ent to the table in our drama Gallery. adventures,” he said. Wright worked on stage and “Most of mine started at handled some administrative Evan Hardy Collegiate where chores in Hot L Baltimore. As Howard Dallin cast me in some his drama career blossomed Victor Herbert musicals. I was across Canada, he returned to also a singer in Take Five, a work in The Black Bonspiel five-piece jazz band. People of Wullie MacCrimmon at the “Somehow there was Persephone site on 20th Street always a sense that someWest in 1984, and later he appeared in The thing bigger was going to happen. Janet Tempest in 2003 at its Rusholme Road and Susan believed that Saskatoon was a venue. beautiful city, ripe for professional theatre, He’s back again, focusing on the words and they were good organizers. The houses of Prairie playwright W.O. Mitchell in were good in the first year, the community Wullie MacCrimmon, his first appearance support was there, but for beginners it at the newest, shiniest and grandest of the was a rough time financially. I think back Persephone facilities. The play runs Nov. to what Dad did. He was on the board of 27 through Dec. 15. directors, he brought others on the board, “The memories of growing up in Sasand he was an astute businessman with katoon are so fond. It was a house of love, Wright’s Appliances and Parts. so much of that coming from our parents, “I think that when Brian Richmond Jack and Ruth, who were so supportive left, Dad handed over a quality property of all four of their children going into the to Howard Dallin, who became the second arts,” said Wright. artistic director.”

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With each homecoming there are some bittersweet feelings. John’s parents and his sister Susan were killed in a house fire in Stratford, Ont., on Dec. 29, 1991. The fire was blamed on the faulty installation of a baseboard heater. “I was in Edmonton, was on an airplane in two hours, and was in complete shock. There still isn’t a day that goes by without a pang of pain and sadness.” He used parts of the epilogue from The Tempest in the eulogy in honour of Susan and his parents. Then in January 2003, Janet’s daughter, Rachel Davis, was shot to death on a Vancouver street while trying to intervene on behalf of a stranger who was being beaten up by a gang. “That’s the kind of spirit she had, wanting everything in the world to be right. I dedicate my performances in her memory.” Janet lives in Vancouver, perhaps still best-known for her remarkable run as Emma Leroy on the Saskatchewan-based TV comedy Corner Gas. She will be directing a play soon. Anne lives in Stratford but is no longer acting. John has always considered himself “a journeyman actor, never with aspirations of being a star but always content to be working.” There have been memorable moments along the way. In an early play he appeared in A Lie of The Mind in Edmonton. Susan played his mother. Later, in Vancouver, Janet played his mother. He’s worked right

across the country: from Neptune Theatre in Halifax to The Playhouse in Vancouver. He’s worked mostly in Edmonton at the Phoenix Theatre, Citadel Theatre and now with Free Will Shakespeare Players. The Shakespeare summer company began in 1989. He’s been with them since 1995. His wife, Marianne Copithorne, is the artistic director. He’s played a lot of Shakespeare characters, including the starring role in Titus Andronicus (one of the Bard’s goriest horror shows) and King Lear, “a work of beautiful language and a play in once you find the ear of the audience, it grows and grows with the flow and the emotion.” He has also worked in front of cameras. “I was playing a lot of thugs or policemen with an edge.” He’s comfortable with Wullie MacCrimmon in which he plays a shoemaker and a recreational curler in the early Alberta days. It was first written by Mitchell as a radio play and evolved easily onto the stage. It comes down to a curling match between Wullie’s team and a team headed by the Devil, who has MacBeth, Judas and Marie Antoinette as teammates. Antoinette is new to the scene, replacing what was once a Guy Fawkes character. John still likes to be on stage. A friend in Edmonton has written a play meant for Wright. It will probably be self-produced. His primary joys are staying at home with his wife and dogs. He is also an avid gardener.

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have confidence levels in their bodies, who are inclusive in terms of age and size and more to the burlesque in theatre shows. race and background. So I think the logical “Girlie shows were designed to get the step is to seek out burlesque as opposed to rubes in and get them out. They were deother forms of adult entertainment. signed to make money, so the talent level “It is good clean fun compared to the wasn’t maybe as high (as with burlesque). Internet, right?” she said with a laugh. It was more about having scantily dressed Latendresse received her dance degree ladies than about whether they could dance from the University of Waterloo. and had a good act. It was a thrill-seeker Being the artistic director of the Free event aimed mostly at men.” Flow Dance Theatre (a contemporary proStrip club shows are much the same, fessional dance company) is her full-time Latendresse said. job. In addition she runs the dance school. “The intention of a stripper in a strip Then Purr came into her life. club is to make money. They don’t invest a “I teach classes specializing in adults. huge amount into their costuming or their It’s everything from contemporary dance acts and always use canned music and to exercise to different types of burlesque. work with popular songs of the day. It is We also offer things like go-go dancing designed to titillate. People that go there and hula-hooping and lots of fun, interestknow what they are getting.” ing classes here.” Latendresse said modern burlesque For now she is concentrating on Burfocuses more on tease than strip. lesque on Broadway. “In layman’s terms I would say bur“We have encompassed a lot of differlesque involves sexuality plus humour plus ent styles, ranging from Vegas showgirl to entertainment. That is the base idea of it. Within that you branch out to the musical more of a bump and grind. We have singacts, the comedy acts, the variety acts, the ing acts that also involve some striptease. We have a tribute to Sally Rand with her striptease acts. giant bubble that she did — a famous piece “I like to think of it as theatre for the that was known internationally.” working man. It’s not an elitist art form. Rand’s routine was scandalous back in It is for everyone; it is very accessible. the 1930s. Hellina Handbasket will perIt is fun and light hearted — not to say there aren’t serious and beautiful pieces in form the tribute on Nov. 29. “It’s not very scandalous now. It’s a there, because there definitely are. But it beautiful, beautiful performance.” is a little bit of an escape from your life to Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show go and be entertained. You’ll laugh, you’ll begins at 8 p.m. There are three tiers of cry, you’ll giggle and leave there feeling tickets — VIP tickets are $40, the second better than when you walked in.” She said an audience is typically 60 to tier are $35 each and the third tier are $27 each. Tickets are available at www.broad65 per cent female. waytheatre.ca/index/php or by calling “That’s not surprising,” she said. 306-652-6556. “Women are looking for role models that Those attending must be 19 or older. are real. They are looking for women who (Continued from page 1)

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very time someone says the word rassment and frustration of Toronto’s city Ford I am secretly hoping they want councillors in dealing with an internato talk about the new Ford Mustang tional scandal surrounding their mayor, I rather than Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. think they over-stepped their mandate in However, it would seem that Rob Ford is stripping him of his authority. This action not out of gas. is a slippery slope and sets a dangerous It’s starting to get old when we start and precedent. It holds an elected mayor hosstop our day with a repetitive chronicle of tage to a council, rather than accountable Ford’s confessions and apologies. Every to the public who elected him. Ford was time the belligerent Ford reacts to the put in office by the people and should be media, he adds to the list of sins removed by the people. and digs his hole a little deeper. In the House of Commons, The media have been relentMembers of Parliament can less and ruthless in reporting topple a prime minister with a this story. It kind of makes you vote of non-confidence, which understand why experienced will likely trigger an election. politicians avoid the press The same applies in provincial whenever possible. And why legislatures. Perhaps provinces when caught by the unmerciful should include a similar provimedia they respond with “No sion to cover municipal bodies. comment.” It means everyone goes back to Suffice it to say Ford beat the polls and seeks re-election. the law of averages by getting Since Toronto is only 11 months Columnist elected as mayor. He wasn’t away from an election, it would the well-groomed, smooth-talking master have made more sense to have an early of double-speak we have come to associ- election to let the people decide who goes ate with political candidates. He wasn’t and who stays. even a diamond in the rough. He spoke Outside of Ford himself, there are the language of the majority of electors in a few oddities to this story that are not Toronto. He promised to clean up city hall, clearly reported by the media. If Toronto cut wasted spending and reduce taxes. By police caught Ford in a suspected drug all accounts he has pretty much kept his buy through surveillance, why didn’t they election promises. Perhaps his election arrest and charge him at that time? Accordspoke more to public cynicism towards ing to the criminal lawyers interviewed, politicians across the realm. the police cannot charge him with anything It is amazing to discover that our prov- now. Since they can’t charge him, why go inces do not have legislation to provide public with this information now? Ford has for the removal of an elected municipal proven he is not terribly smart. Why not official, outside of a criminal charge and wait until he does it again and then swoop conviction. Ford has not been charged with in and charge him? anything and has only been convicted of But if the story is about elected officials stupidity in the court of public opinion. using illegal substances, then Ford isn’t the Last I heard stupidity was not a criminal first. Most recently Liberal Leader Justin act. And if it were, half of our political Trudeau confessed to using soft drugs. I representatives would be in jeopardy. doubt he got his weed for free. Both acAs much as I appreciate the embarknowledged breaking the law, neither will

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Just In Case Saskatonian makes dealing with death easier Ned Powers Saskatoon Express

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askatoon’s Sundog Arts & Entertainment Faire is one of this city’s perennial holiday shopping events. It kicks off this year on Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 1 at Credit Union Centre. With both the concourse and floor of the Credit Union Centre packed with more than 200 artisans, crafters and specialityfood producers, it is one-stop holiday shopping. This year new exhibitors will join familiar favourites, while the non-stop main stage features some of Saskatchewan’s top entertainers. A children’s stage and area will keep the little ones occupied. “We have 50 new artisans coming through this year, adding to our selection of art and photography, to ironworks and jewelry and textiles,” said Sundog coordinator Diane Boyko. “Our vendors are all Canadian, and come right across the country from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island. It’s such an eclectic mix of gift-giving options.” Not only is the SunDog faire important to shoppers, it is equally as important for many of the vendors. Kara Krahn, founder and designer of Polka Dot Piggy Designs, has her stylish and functional accessories for both baby and mom already sold in high-end local boutiques. But Krahn says the opportunity to meet and visit with her clients is priceless. “This is my third year at Sundog, and it’s going to be the best. I’m so excited. I

make things like baby blankets and bibs, aprons for kids and moms, reusable wet bags and lunch kits,” said Krahn. “Moms will stock up on things like bibs and snack bags,” she continued. “Current customers come and stock up for the year, but also because it’s our chance to chat in person. Making that connection with the customers in person is important.” Those face-to-face opportunities abound, with Boyko expecting more than 12,000 people to come through the doors over the course of the three days. Given that shopping at Sundog can be an all-day affair, the ethnic food court provides tasty nourishment when it’s time to refuel. Vendors such as Chocolate Moose Fudge Factory and Prairie Pie Wagon will satisfy your sweet tooth, while the Saskatoon Vietnamese Catholic Association serves up items such as sweet and sour pork and Vietnamese rolls. Chatty’s Indian Spices and the Ukrainian Women’s Association are two more food vendors that will satisfy your cravings. The faire runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 30 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. Admission is $8, with a two-day pass costing $12. There is no charge for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. There is free bus service on the hour from the downtown bus terminal. For more information call 306-3847364, email sundoghandcraftfaire@sasktel.net or visit www.sundoghandcraftfaire. com.

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hasing down my wife-to-be 14 years ago trig- and 10 per cent cash to the balanced portfolio, while gered my move from Calgary to Saskatoon in reducing both stocks and bonds to 35 per cent each? 1999. But rather than using the risk-reward Risk (SD) reduces quite substantially from 12.1 to 7.7 ratio of a lifelong commitment as an illustration of while the average annual return is a near identical 9.5 portfolio risk (in short: well worth it), I’ll use the percent. Impressive. actual trip from Calgary to Saskatoon. CANADIAN ADVENTURE FLY, DRIVE OR CANOE However, notice two things. First, given data availAlthough driving to Saskatoon was selected, other ability issues, I’ve had to use U.S. data to get these truly long-term results. Second, my examples don’t options were to fly or canoe. include 2013, which has been a down year With flying, you take off, climb to altitude, munch a few pretzels, maybe snooze, for gold to date. Following are all-Canadian 10-year versions of these portfolios cruise in a straight line, descend and land. from Oct. 31, 2003 to Oct. 31, 2013. It’s a 525-kilometre flight. It’s usually (Source: Morningstar) very straight forward. Flying could be The 60-40 balanced portfolio SD is 8.9 compared to earning two per cent per year with average annual return of 8.2 per cent. compound interest with a five-year GIC — With gold and cash added in the same manvery predictable, but low returns. ner as before, SD drops to 6.7 with average Driving has additional risks. Innumerable vehicles will pass by in the opposite annual return of 8.3 per cent. Remarkably, direction not much more than a couple of the risk is reduced with near identical metres away. Road conditions are variable investment returns over the same period. Finance and the route is less direct, extending the Also worth mentioning is the worst distance to 620 kilometres. The driving one-year return for the 60-40 portfolio durexperience is like a typical balanced portfolio of stocks ing the last 10 years was from March 2008 to February and bonds. Returns tend to be higher but are certainly 2009 when it lost 24.3 per cent in value. Meanwhile the worst one-year return for the portfolio including less predictable. gold and cash was a loss of 9.9 per cent. Canoeing is possible thanks to the Bow River HOW WILL YOU TRAVEL? feeding the South Saskatchewan River. But endless I should point out that professional investor Warren meandering extends the distance to more than 900 Buffett dislikes gold because it doesn’t generate inkilometres. There are a couple of portages required, capsize risk and fatigue risk. Canoeing is like a growth come. But he’s an experienced canoeist when it comes to stock investing. It would be a mistake for investors portfolio that is dominated by stocks where much more investment adventure (return variability) is to be to discount gold strictly on that basis, given the proven portfolio diversification and risk-reduction properties anticipated. it possesses over the long term. INVESTMENT RETURN ADVENTURE If you’re like most, you’ll be driving for your portRisk in a portfolio is measured by how much adventure there is in investment returns. Higher advenfolio investment trip. So gear up and reduce the risk ture equals higher risk. One such measure of risk is of your portfolio. Because flying won’t work — GIC called standard deviation (SD). The higher the number, returns are too low and canoeing is more adventure the greater the risk. than you’re looking for. One of the most common portfolios is a 60-40 Derek Shevkenek is a Saskatoon Investment Advisor balanced portfolio of 60 per cent stocks and 40 per with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member CIPF. cent bonds. Over the long term from 1971 to 2012, the Inquiries are welcome at 956-7803 and at www.dereks. average annual return has been 9.8 percent, with SD ca. Information is believed to be accurate at the time of 12.1. (US data used. Rebalanced annually. Source: of writing and is subject to change. Past performance BMG) may not be repeated. Opinions are provided in good For years I’ve been advocating gold in portfolios. faith but without legal responsibility. Opinions are the JW11160.K25 So what happens to SD when you add 20 per cent gold author’s, not that of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. James

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f you agree with the real-estate the changing landscape. These adage “location, location loca- modern homes blend in quite nicely tion,’’ you might want to take with their much older neighbours. a look at the new homes that are There’s another reality to older springing up in neighbourhoods. Mature older neighbourparks, towering shade hoods. trees and proximity to the In North Park riverbank and downtown, alone, there must along with being close to be almost a dozen elementary schools, ensure new homes in North Park is a popular various stages of spot for real estate. construction. Most No doubt being a new of them are twohome set in a mature storey duplexes. neighbourhood puts these The new properties distinctive semi-detached are replacing much and single-unit residences Homes smaller and older in a highly popular marhomes that were keting niche for developbuilt decades ago ers. They certainly don’t on large lots, when land space was seem to sit vacant for long. a fraction the cost of today’s going Double garages, often set facing rate. the alleys, air conditioning and lowIn older neighbourhoods, maintenance exteriors seem standevelopers can seek out and buy dard fare in these homes. Because an old property, demolish or move these homes, with their rear decks the original building, and then and detached garages, usually have construct an attractive duplex or a fair-sized footprint, yard work palatial home on the site. It is quite can be maintained as a hobby rather striking to drive around neighbour- than a chore as far as new owners hoods such as North Park and see are concerned.

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ean McNeill and Denzal Sinclaire studied music together at McGill University. When McNeill, the leader of the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, went looking for a vocal headliner for the season’s first performance, Sinclaire was the automatic choice. The concert is booked at the Broadway Theatre on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. “Denzal is a marvellous singer, and some will recognize the deep connection he has with Nat (King) Cole music. But he is able to blend as well into more contemporary upbeat jazz,” said McNeill. “When Denzal said he’d love to come back to Saskatoon, it was an easy fit with our orchestra. He’s so flexible that he gave me permission to choose the music. I even went back and researched some of the recordings that he and I had done as students at McGill University.” The Toronto-born Sinclaire, who is now in Vancouver, has been voted best jazz vocalist in Canada by Jazz Report for four consecutive years. He has been a multiple nominee for Juno Awards and he won the National Jazz Award for best album — his self-titled work released in 2004. He has performed with the modern-day version of the Count Basie orchestra, and has worked alongside jazz favourites like Cleo Laine, Peter Appleyard and Holly Cole. This is the second season for the jazz orchestra under its new title. Many of the players once shared the stage as the Saskatoon Metro Jazz Band. “While some our concerts are retro-

spective in nature, others are visionary,” said McNeill. “We want to feature important current and emerging jazz musicians whose work intersects with the large jazz ensemble idiom.” The talent pool in Saskatoon is significant. For example, the trumpet section features McNeill, Barrie Redford, Dave Anderson, Nick Fanner and Terry Hickman. But the orchestra also attracts talent from other areas, such as Greg Gatien (a saxophonist from Brandon), Ross Ulmer (a trombonist from Lloydminster) and Carlo Petrovich (a bassist from Regina). “It has always been my vision to imitate what Tommy Banks has done in Edmonton and build a band with fluid membership. Last summer at the Saskatoon Jazz Festival, PJ Perry was our guest on saxophone. I love to mix and match,” said McNeill. Two more concerts are in the works. One will be a Jan. 26 tribute to Duke Ellington, with the selections including the Such Sweet Thunder Suite, the Thursday Suite and the Peer Gynt Suite. Another will be on April 16. Guest trumpeter John McLeod will be playing, and the music will come from living Canadian jazz composers. It’s also possible Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra will play at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in June. At one time McNeill believed the new series would be staged at Third Avenue United Church, but ownership of the building changed. “We’ve played often at the Broadway Theatre where the stage is a beautiful size for us and where the acoustics are excellent.”

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Oskapew Igniting Change “This is the start of something that is going to be great” Cam Hutchinson Saskatoon Express

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ike Scott has multiplied by 15. Or you could say he has 14 clones. After a successful event earlier this month to gather and hand out winter clothing to residents in need, Scott’s one-person initiative has quickly grown to 15 young adults. The group wants to tackle social issues and make a difference in Saskatoon. There is no text book for this. No master plan yet. They are working from their hearts and from life experiences. “Saskatoon has been waiting for this, for young people to come out and do this,” Scott said at a group meeting last week. “There are not too many organizations out here that are run by young people, and this is the start of something that is going to be great.” The group’s motto is Oskapew Igniting Change. When you translate Oskapew from Cree to English you get Young Helpers. Young Helpers Igniting Change. Perfect. “I see change. I see inspiration. I see motivation,’’ Scott said in a passionate voice. “I can’t say all problems will be handled, because life is full of struggles and we have to learn to deal with them in the right ways. We can make our community a lot stronger by showing we care and by motivating and inspiring people. There are no limits to it.” Although time is short, the group would like to do something to help the less fortunate at Christmas. But there is now a much bigger picture, the 24-year-old said. “We started to discuss it. ‘What are all the problems we see in this community? What can we help fix?’ We don’t have to have one event. We can take this one event, and it can be the beginning of us as a group changing the outlook of the community. “Look at all the destruction going on in the society we live in. There are so many issues. I see poverty, I see hungry kids, I see homeless people, I see prostitution. “Once we start looking at the problems that we face and everybody can see them, then we can start looking at solutions. We need to fix the way we are thinking in order to make things better.” Trisha Gardypie said the decision for her to join the group was easy. “I have dealt with situations myself, which inspired me to join a group like this. I want to help people, to inspire people, to encourage people and to be a role model.”

Members of the Oskapew Igniting Change group at a meeting last week at the Core Neighbourhood Youth Coop (Photo by Sandy Hutchinson) Gardypie is a mother, a student “I want people to know they don’t and has worked for four years at the have to be Aboriginal to help us and Dakota Dunes casino. be a part of something like this. All “I am so impressed with this the issues we face as a community group. Within a week I feel so much aren’t just towards First Nations love. We all have a passion to do people. There are other races that go this. It is an amazing group of young through the same things we do.” people.” He said people in places such Scott said there are no limits when as Prince Albert have expressed an it comes to helping people. interest in joining the group. Scott “It is the passion you have to have encouraged them to start their own in your heart to care for another per- chapter. son and genuinely want things to get “My Facebook has been going better. That’s what we are doing. We crazy lately with all these ‘Friend’ are just a group of people that want requests. Somebody (in Prince to get out there and help people. We Albert) said, ‘How can I help; how want to inspire them and ignite that can I get involved?’ I said, ‘You live change in themselves.” over there. Why not start your own Scott, who has fought his own chapter and branch off from us and demons and has been sober for 16 what we are doing?’ months, said the group is notLS90093.L17 just for “It doesn’t have to be just PA. Aboriginal people. Why can’t other young people from Liza

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Cam Hutchinson & Friends: Palin’s used SUV and other Ford jokes

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least $10,000 for city coffers by selling a Ford Expedition former mayor Sarah Palin drove from 1999 through 2002. The city listed the vehicle, which has approximately 120,000 kilometres on it, on eBay with a minimum bid of $10,000. Three things you should know: 3. There’s plenty of room for a tea party; 2. A great view of Russia from the front seat; 1. Piper Palin was conceived in the back seat. • TC Chong, on Vancouver sports talk radio stations TEAM 1040 and 1410 moving into a new office next to Victoria’s Secret: “The station management will be politically correct this year, choosing not to give Christmas greetings on the air. Instead they will be offering Breast Wishes.” • I remember writing a (bad) joke about Rob Ford a year or so ago. At the time somebody asked me if people would know who he is. • Torben Rolfsen, on IOC president Thomas Bach saying anti-doping tests for the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be the toughest yet: “Is this why we’ve seen so little of the Jamaican bobsled team recently?” • From Janice Hough: “For those of us who can’t resist a good train wreck, it would have been interesting to imagine what would have happened had Richie Incognito decided to pick on George Zimmerman.” • Bill Littlejohn, on Miami Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin being on the sidelines at the L.A. Coliseum during the Stanford-USC game: “Obviously, he didn’t come Incognito.” • Two bodyguards who worked for Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen were convicted of attempted murder for firing at photographers who were trying to get shots of the couple’s 2009 Costa Rica wedding. The two were each sentenced to five years in prison. The photographers each received $10,000 in restitution. Is that what you call a money shot? • From Chong: “In order to shake up the team, Canucks coach John Tortorella JW11156.k25 has split the Sedins up. One has been sent

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• Rolfsen, on a Texas-based theme park company building the world’s tallest waterslide: “The terrifying drop ride is named 2013 Houston Texans.” • A professional chicken catcher who was fired because of a bad attitude was denied unemployment benefits on the grounds his negativity constituted willful misconduct. When asked to comment, the man said he no longer gives a cluck. • Larry King has turned 80. He looks so old for his age. • From Hough: “I’m not saying the

Kansas City Chiefs might have been the least intimidating 9-0 team in history. But when they lost to the Broncos last week, the 1972 Miami Dolphins just yawned.”

• Hulk Hogan said he battled suicidal thoughts after his marriage crumbled, his son was imprisoned and his family TV show was axed, all within months in 2008. That’s a lot of stress, but I’m thinking Hogan was more likely to fake his own death.

• Chong, on Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington having some of his dreadlocks pulled out during a game: “Defender Jason Babin returned the hair to Andre after Troy Polamalu shampooed it.” • On the heels of the ridiculous GSP decision, I will never purchase another UFC performance on Pay Per View. I’m guessing I have bought 10 of the 166 (remember one was embarrassingly cancelled). Now I am tapped out.

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• The woman who ran topless at the President’s Cup said she did it because “streaking and Stricker kind of rhymed.” Whereupon Grey Cup organizers began worrying she’d show up in Regina.

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• The Chiefs started receiver Dwayne Bowe against the Broncos despite his arrest days earlier for marijuana possession. Mind you, it was at Mile High Stadium.

• Three menu ideas for Le Festin Nu, • Despite rumours to the contrary, a Paris eatery that recently began serving the latest Transformers movie, Age insect-based entrées: 3. Beetle juice; 2. of Extinction, has nothing to do with Swedish mothballs; 1. Ant Jemima pan- Jaromir Jagr. cakes. • At this year’s Victoria Secret • The main reason Saskatchewan Fashion Show, supermodel Candice made it to the Grey Cup and not Calgary? Swanepoel wore the jewel-studded Royal Stamps tailback Jon Cornish couldn’t run Fantasy Bra worth $8 million. She also as well as his mouth did. won Breast in Show.

• A competitor named Yertle won • A California study says depression the 2013 Riviera Beach turtle derby speeds up the aging process. In related in Florida. In a related story, the 5-7 news, the Toronto Maple leafs are trying Toronto Raptors were leading the Atlantic to attract younger fans. Division. • Roughriders running back Kory • Mike Tyson admitted he used to use Sheets was asked to focus on group goals a fake penis to beat drug tests. Funny, rather than individual ones. Now Sheets I always thought as a boxer he held his says he’s the best team player in the CFL. own. • The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders • According to a new study, there is uniform reportedly hasn’t been modified a relationship between the size of your in 14 years. Hey, if it works, don’t fix it. brain and the size of your social network. • Ex-Stampeder Jamie Crysdale said I have seven Facebook friends. last week if you go 15-3 and have no ring Saskatchewan quarterback Darian to show for it, “you might as well have Durant’s nickname is Double D. Is it any gone 3-15.” See? said the Blue Bombers. wonder he found himself in another big • A popular viral video shows a New Cup? York drug store being invaded by a group • A note to those of you who don’t of ducks. Which reminds me, the Knicks believe in Purgatory: try watching the last haven’t been as billed.

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• Hough, on Florida Rep. Trey Radel pleading guilty to cocaine possession and being sentenced to a year’s probation: “Radel’s excuse was that he struggles with alcoholism. What’s next? He moves to Toronto and runs for mayor?” • I’m wondering if 79-year-old Charles Manson and his 25-year-old bride-to-be will start a family.

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What: The Kids Of Note, directed by Brenda Baker, and The Notations, directed by Diane Phillips, kick off the Christmas season, with the help of Trevor Wingerter (from Fireside Singers) and guest musicians at 2 p.m. Where: Grosvenor Park United Church. Free concert. ***** Eclipse Love Came Down At Christmas. 7:30 p.m. at Broadway Theatre. Featuring peaceful melodies of Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, Bette Middler, Johnny Reid that are sure to bring back some great memories. Directed by the multi-talented Roy Sydiaha, the band includes Wes Froese on piano, Bruce Wilkinson on bass and Rick Van Dusen on the drums. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Broadway Theatre box office or from members of Eclipse. ***** The University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers and the University Chorus are performing a joint Winter Concert at 3 p.m. in Knox United Church.  Featured works are the J.S. Bach Magnificat with orchestra as well as other seasonal choral music.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors available at McNally Robinson, choir members, or at the door.

Dec. 3-4

Actor John Huston performs A Christmas Carol. 7:30 pm. At the Marr Residence, 326 11th St. East. The performance will be followed by dessert and musical entertainment. Tickets are $15 and available by calling 652-1201.

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Hansel & Gretel featuring an accomplished cast of local performers, Hansel & Gretel is a perfect family show, and a delightful way for those who’ve never experienced opera to try something new and entertaining. Where: The Broadway Theatre. Cost: $20 per ticket; $70 for family 4-pack. To purchase tickets call the Broadway Theatre box office at 306-652-6566 or online at http://informationstation.ca/event. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at Trio Imagery in Market Mall. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show at 7 p.m.

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Mekiwin: The Gift (Kohkom got run over Tipi Raising (2 p.m.) Admission is $2 or two by a John Deere). This is the world premiere non-perishable food items for the Saskatoon of a new chapter in the Rez Christmas story Food Bank. series.  It is written by Curtis Peeteetuce. Location: 914-20th St West. Running Time: 1 hour. Times: 1 p.m. weekday matinees, 8 p.m. evening shows, 2 p.m. weekend matinees. Cost: weekday matinees: $6 students and $12 Adults; weekday evenings and weekend matinees: $18. First Saturday of every month What: The MindFULL Café, part of the international Alzheimer Café movement, is an Nov. 29-Dec. 1 opportunity to meet in a relaxed social setting Off the Wall art show and sale. 539 - 24th for persons with dementia, family, care partners St. East. A collection of work by artists: Valerie and other interested people. The Café is a twoBoycki, Karen Maguire, Gail Prpick, Sylvia Thompson Hours are: Friday, Nov. 29 from 7 p.m. hour get together with refreshments, entertainment and information. First Saturday of the to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Sherbrooke p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m. Community Centre.

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Advent Tea and Bake Sale. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in St John’s Cathedral Parish Hall, 816 Spadina Crescent East. Free admission to sale of baking, turkey pies, crafts, woodwork, jams and jellies. Afternoon Tea tickets are $5. ***** Craft, bake and white elephant sale. Arbor Green Condos (1430 Avenue M South) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch at 11 a.m. Lunch:  11 a.m. (chili/bun) Dec. 5, 12, 19 ***** Free noon hour concerts at Third Avenue The RCL Branch 63 is holding a Christmas United Church. Dec. 5 - The Polyreeds: Alyssa Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 Thompson & Melissa Goodchild (clarinet); Dec. Dinner/Dance at 606 Spadina Cres West. What: There are jazz piano stylings, with 12 - Dean McNeill (trumpet) & Michelle Aalders Cocktails at 6 supper at 7p.m. Phoenix playing. Neil Currie on Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m., Ross (piano/organ); Dec. 19 - Renee de Moissac (pipe Tickets $25. Dance only $10. 306-244-7575 or Nykiforuk on Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m. Maurice organ). Feel free to bring a bagged lunch. Coffee 306-384-2510 for more information. ***** Drouin on Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. and Martin and tea provided. Donations gratefully appreciJanovsky on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. Where: The ated. For more information call 306-652-6812. We All Need a Rescue pet adoption day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cowtown. 90 rescues currently in Bassment, 202 4th Avenue North. No cover the group’s care. Santa photos with your pet Dec. 8 charge. and a bake sale. What: Handel’s Messiah, performed by the Nov. 29 Station Singers of Rosthern, accompanied by Dec. 1 What: Nuela Charles of Edmonton crosses Prairie Virtuosi Orchestral group, under the A traditional German Advent Celebration all the boundaries of hip-hop, pop, jazz, soul direction of Duff Warkentin, 2:30 p.m. Soloists from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cathedral of the and rhythm and blues, and her program will include Barbara Milner, Lisa Hornung, Robert Holy Family Hall (East Entrance), 123 Nelson include selections from A Different Kind of Five, Dick and Matthew Pauls. Where: Rosthern Road, Saskatoon. Advent music played by the a 2011 CD release. Show at 9 p.m. Where: The Mennonite Church, Rosthern. Tickets are avail- Véronique Eberhart Trio, dance performance Bassment. Tickets: $17 for SJS members, $23 able from choir members, Station Arts Centre by the German Junior Folk Dancers. Authentic for non-members (306-232-5332), or at the door. $20 adults, $10 German Kuchen & Torten will be served, some sales table including books, Lebkuchen and students, $5 children under 12. Nov. 29-30 German Christmas items will also be set up. ***** Adult: $ 5 includes coffee or tea, children under What: The Saskatoon Children’s Choir, Join Saskatoon Choral Society for their fun12 are free. All are welcome. directed by Phoebe Voigts and accompanied by filled Fall Concert at the Grace Westminster United ***** Michele Aalders, presents its annual Christmas Church (505 - 10th Street East) at 2:30 p.m. The Saskatoon SPCA Auxiliary invites you to show, Sing Choirs of Angels. Three choirs, Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 6-10 attend the 2013 “Christmas for the Animals” which feature 120 voices, begin the program at at the door. Luncheon following the concert.  Open House, Sunday, Dec. 1 from noon to 4 7:30 p.m. Where: Third Avenue United Church. p.m. at The Saskatoon SPCA. Highlights of the Tickets: $25. Dec. 10 Open House will be a bake sale, treasure sale ***** Magic City Chorus’ The Stars of Christmas. and Christmas raffle. Your donation of items on Best of Broadway is a concert featuring songs With guests Sambatoon Drum Ensemble, our “wish list” for the animals gets your name from a variety of popular musicals. The concerts Northern Blend, as well as the Magic City quar- on our Christmas Tree. Donations of baking

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What: Save the Children - Canada (Saskatoon Branch). Monthly executive committee meeting. Where: Edwards Family Centre on 4th Avenue North at 7:30 p.m. Please contact Lavonne Cloke at 306 373-9877 or lavonne. cloke@gmail.com for further information.

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What: Depression Support Group — free group runs on the first and third Thursday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is open to anyone struggling with depression and family members wanting to support them. Where: 311 – 38th Street East. This is a wheelchair accessible building. For more info, call 270-9181.

Every Wednesday

The Saskatoon Mood disorder support group for people with bi-polar, depression and other related mental health problem meets at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at 323 4th Ave. South (south entrance) at 7:30 p.m. For more information call Al at 306-716-0836 or Lindi at 306-491-9398. ***** What: Singles Social Group - “All About Us” for people in their 50s and 60s. Events such as weekly Wednesday restaurant suppers, monthly Sunday brunches, movie nights, dances, pot luck and more. Meet new friends. No membership dues. For more information email allaboutus10@hotmail.com or phone (306) 978-0813.

Third Tuesday of the Month

What: Monthly Drop-In Caregiver Support Group. Who:  Caregivers for adult family members or friends. Cost:  Free (presented by Saskatoon Health Region). To Register: Jeanne (306-655-3426) or Karen (306-655-3427). **** The Saskatoon Prostate Cancer Support Group is a local community group of men who have or who have had prostate cancer, and their spouses/partners/caregivers. We meet monthly for sharing, for support, and for information. Location: W.A. Edwards Centre, 333 – 4th Avenue North.

Every Tuesday and Thursday Bridge City Senioraction Inc: Classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration is $20, drop-in fee is $2. For information, call Sheila at 306-931-8053 or Kathy at 306-244-0587.

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First Monday of every month

Saskatoon Ostomy Association meetings. 7:30 p.m. at Mayfair United Church. We meet the first Monday of the month except when there is a holiday. Then it is the second Monday.

First Tuesday of every month

What:  FROMI - Friends and Relatives of People with Mental Illness. These meetings run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Where:  W.A. Edwards Family Centre, 333 Fourth Avenue North (wheelchair accessible).If you have a loved one or friend with a mental illness and you need understanding support, contact Carol at 306-249-0693, Linda at 306-933-2085, Lois at 306-242-7670 or e-mail fromisk@gmail.com.

First and Third Sunday of each month What: Pet Loss Support Group, Support and comfort to people who are struggling with the loss of a beloved companion animal due to old age, sickness or other sad reasons.  The no-obligation support group meets the first and third Sunday of every month 2 p.m. at the W.A. Edwards Centre, 333 4th Avenue North, Saskatoon. For more information or telephone support, call 306-343-5322.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

What: Free art drop-in at the SCYAP Art Centre. All ages welcome, all materials supplied, no registration required. Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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