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August 18-31
VOL.14 ISSUE. 26

Senses Engage!

Noelle Chorney, Devin Pacholik, Nathan Raine, Jillian Bell and Chris Scott
Published Thursday June 25, 06:10 pm
It’s time to overwhelm your brain with summer, people!

Photo Credit: Illustration by Paul Klassen

Goodbye winter, where the only thing to see is snow, the only thing to feel is frostbite, the only thing to smell is… well, you get the picture. And hello, summer — the season that can overwhelm every one of our senses with a ton of awesome delights!

But how to decide which delights to be overwhelmed by? Well, the following list is far from comprehensive, but our summer-lovin’ writers have offered up a sweet selection of wonderful ways to overload your brain with sensory pleasures. Enjoy! /Chris Kirkland


The best part of summer is getting together with all your expatriate friends who’ve moved away and are coming home to visit their families. Taking your friends out to dinner at your favourite restaurants, showing off the new things your city has to offer, phoning everyone else to get together. Going to the museum, going for a walk in the park. Seeing your own city as a tourist with your friends. Seeing everyone in shorts and sandals after a Saskatchewan winter. Looking at the beautiful blue sky. /CS

See what our bodies look like. During roughly eight months of the year, exposed skin in the outdoors means almost certain frostbite and bad times. So for these few short months where we can actually disrobe and expose our pale, sun-deprived bodies, we take full advantage. Have some questionably skimpy short-shorts? A bathing suit you haven't fit into since high-school? A new pair of flip flops that won't contain your winter foot-odour problem? Screw it — life is short and so is summer. Wear that shit. It's not summertime in Saskatchewan without an eyeful of pasty white bodies. /NR

Everyone says they look forward to summer vacation, but by week two, the sitter's at the lake, you've cut an entire pack of gum out of your kids' hair and are trying to explain why calling Old Mr. Thompson across the alley a “sack bag” is not appropriate language for children to use. Summer vacation is really all about escaping. It's about getting out of the house, out of the yard, out of the city, and doing stuff you don't normally have time to do.

Take a 1922 Pullman car along the southern prairie railway at Ogema; get robbed by bandits on horseback for charity, have a redneck feast, or take part in the rumrunner special and be a part of prohibition. Hit the Saskatchewan Festival of Words in Moose Jaw and meet your favourite writers, or take in the RCMP Sergeant Major's Parade in Regina at Depot Division. Watrous not only has Danceland, but (and I guarantee you haven't done this yet) the Saskatchewan UFOlogy Club hosts events throughout the summer. Be the guy with the crazy hair. /JB


Summer in Saskatchewan means being able to sleep with the windows open and hear the birds first thing in the morning. To sit in the park and enjoy the festivals. If you’re in Regina, even if you don't go to Rider games, being close by means hearing everyone cheering in the stands. People are happy when the weather is beautiful: So much laughter, kids enjoying the summer, and tourists in town means meeting and talking to new people. /CS

Every summer, an eclectic mix of hipsters and families gathers at Ness Creek, Saskatchewan's premier folk/rock/kind of everything festival. Taking place this year in the dead of summer, July 16-19, the festival lineup features some big names like Buck 65 and Los Texmaniacs, as well as some local talent including We Were Lovers and Library Voices. And if you want a break from the music, the sounds of the nature at nearby Nesslin Lake and Delaronde Lake provide a nice respite for your earballs. /NR

Everyone always takes their summer dates to dinner and a movie. Dinner and a movie. Dinner. And. A. Movie. There's really only so many times you can do that without wanting to gouge out your eyes with the celery from your Caesar. Let me help you. Trust me, I'm a professional. It's summer. The best thing about summer? Ghost stories around the campfire. If your date thinks “camping” means a 3-star hotel, consider ghost tours. Moose Jaw runs ghost tours on Friday and Saturday nights — look up the Moose Jaw Trolley and get ready for an hour of spooky, sometimes campy edutainment. Or book a spot on Saskatoon's Haunted History downtown walking tour (bonus: you can grab a pint at Winston's before you leave AND when you come back!). If you're in Regina, EcoParty hosts a 2.5 hour ghost tour of the city with a local psychic, starting in September (they do all kinds of other tours all summer). Enterfreakment? Scareutainment? Let's go with Scareutainment. /JB

Saskatchewan’s stand-up comedy scene combines the best things Saskatchewan and comedy have to offer, such as weather-related anger and laughter. Regular shows can be found in Regina and Saskatoon. The Queen City’s Pass the Hat, run by Dane Imrie, is the longest-running monthly joint in town, and The Artful Dodger does open mic nights on Mondays. In Saskatoon, Bud’s on Broadway puts on a weekly gig with Dez Reed. The province’s comedy scene has steadily evolved into a half-lizard fish creature that talks about Tinder and daddy issues. /DP

August brings Trifecta Music Festival, a gathering of artist-types from musicians to dancers to painters. Organizer Marvin Chan hasn’t officially announced exact dates yet, but the second Trifecta hopes to be bigger and better than the first. Rumour has it Trifecta will be August 14 and 15, but the lineup is yet to be revealed. The people like what Marvin and crew are building, and we hope to see and hear more at Trifecta for 2015. /DP


I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream! Because screaming and ice cream drown out the steady siren of doom ringing in your ears! If you want ice cream, good Regina and Saskatoon citizens know there are two places to get the good stuff. Saskatoon’s Homestead Ice Cream lines up in summer like some kind of ice creamy nightclub (TM). The Milky Way in Regina similarly draws crowds with their high-quality goodness. Skip the franchises — you want hand-crafted deliciousness. /DP

We’re smack in the middle of haskap season right now, and that will be followed by strawberry season, saskatoon berry season, sour cherry season, raspberry season, chokecherry and pincherry season, and so on, and so on.

I bet every person in Saskatchewan either has their own secret berry patch or knows someone who does. Whether you grow them yourself, find friends with extras or want to go wildcrafting and find your own patch, it’s going to be a killer year for berries (unless they get hailed on…).

If you’re less adventurous or don’t have the time or energy to pick your own, take a drive to the nearest U-pick or farmers’ market where you can purchase the fruits of someone else’s labours. Nothing says Saskatchewan flavour like wild or locally grown berries. /NC

Getting street food in Saskatoon used to mean either scarfing down a hot dog on 2nd Avenue or rummaging through a waste bin to find a bit of discarded ham sandwich. But with the food truck craze sweeping over North America in the past few years, Saskatoon suddenly has an influx of mobile awesomeness with options like Disco Dogs, Scout Mex Hall, Ace Burger, and Rebel Melt and many others. And in late summer [September] the YXE Street Food Festival brings all the food trucks, as well as music and beer, to one riverside city block. It's like the best catered block party imaginable. The Saskatoon streets have never tasted so good, and you don't even have to rummage through the trash. /NR


Pick a town, any town. It can be your own hometown, if you have one, a friend’s or just a random town that you pick out on the map. Many of them have town fairs, agricultural competitions, ball tournaments, and preferably chuckwagon and chariot races.

I live for the combined smell of these fairs: greasy burgers, fried chicken, dust, hay, sweaty horses, and manure. I don’t know about you, but when that potpourri hits my nose, I take a deep, deep inhale, grin, and feel like I’ve come home. After the giddiness passes, I head for the burgers and corn on the cob, while betting quarters on the races. /NC

Sure, you can grow plants in your house all year long (unless you’re like me, which means you can replace sadly deceased plants with new little sacrificial lambs all year long. Sigh.), but after six-plus months of smelling nothing but your own frozen nose hair outdoors, the riot of plant growth that hits Saskatchewan every summer is worth sniffing over and over. Do a greenhouse tour, make a point of sniffing every flower/shrub etc. in one of our many parks, take in the riverbank conservatory, or just lie in the grass and breathe deeply. /CK


If you’ve never been to Conglomerate Cliffs on the west bank of Cypress Hills Provincial Park, start making plans right now. And when you go, I defy you to just look and not touch. Those cliffs, with their orange clay studded with rounded river rocks, are just waiting for you to sit on them and run your hands over them. It's like nature's version of concrete, magnified 25X. And then you get the added benefit of a stunning view of the surrounding landscape. /NC

Few things feel truly better than dipping yourself into a cold body of water. It’s one of the few simple pleasures in life, and Saskatchewan’s absolutely full of awesome places to enjoy that pleasure. Waskesiu and Candle Lake are wonderful spots, with terrific views and an abundance of wildlife. Saskatoon has that sweet river with some excellent sandbars (just watch out for that current, kids!). If you're in Regina, Wascana Lake and Regina Beach are convenient options. And if you have time, a drive up north to Lac La Ronge is Canadian tundra cool-water perfection. And if all these places are too much of a hassle, your local public pool will do just fine. /NR


 It’s A Busy World!

Saskatchewan is anything but boring during the summer | by Gregory Beatty

Just like SaskTel with its 4G network, we’ve got you covered pretty much anywhere you might roam in Saskatchewan for your holidays and weekend getaways this summer from Saskatoon and Regina to dozens of locales in the Hinterland.

You can find out more information on all the events we have listed here, plus many more, by visiting the Tourism Saskatoon, Tourism Regina and Tourism Saskatchewan websites.


SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

June 25-July 5

Includes a mix of ticketed and free shows at various outdoor and indoor venues in the Bridge City. Jazz is the central musical genre, but rock, hip hop and blues are well represented too. Feature performers include the New Pornographers, Wyclef Jean, Michael Franti, Erykah Badu, the Roots, Colin James, Lights and Matt Andersen along with a number of Saskatchewan acts in support roles.


SIGA Dakota Dunes Open

June 29-July 5

One of 12 stops on the PGA Tour Canada schedule, with golfers competing for $150,000 in prize money and otherwise striving to improve their games sufficiently so that one day they might qualify for the holy grail of golf — the PGA Tour itself.


Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

July 8-Aug. 23

The comedy Much Ado About Nothing and drama Otello are being performed. Both SOS productions offer a twist on the conventional Shakespeare version, with the former set in the post-WWII period while in the latter the title character is a successful First Nations businessman who must deal with racism and betrayal. Tickets range from $11-$35, and the festival site also includes an Elizabethan Village and Sir Toby’s Tavern and Riverside Deck.


Reggae & World Music Festival

July 11

The 2015 festival is being held at A.E. Graham Park which is by Victoria School in the Broadway district. Acts confirmed include Jim Balfour and the Outer Rings, Sambatoon, Oral Fuentes Reggae Band, First Nations hoop dancer Terrance Littletent and Supaman. There’s also music and dance workshops, and offspring 12 and under are admitted free. So it’s a great opportunity for family fun.



July 11-12

Hosted by the Western Development Museum, this annual celebration of Saskatchewan’s pioneer past includes a host of family-friendly activities including a vintage fashion show, ice cream making/butter churning, a calliope, costumed interpreters reenacting Boomtown, the Story of Threshing, a Parade of Power and more.


Canada Remembers Our Heroes

July 11-12

Held at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, this air show commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, and includes appearances by the Snowbirds, Canadian Armed Forces SkyHawks Parachute Team and the CF-18 Hornets.


A Taste of Saskatchewan

July 14-19

Whet your appetite for food and music at this festival which is held each year at Kiwanis Memorial Park. Featured will be gourmet food from over 30 Saskatoon restaurants and local food producers along with dozens of Saskatchewan bands spanning the musical spectrum from country and pop to folk, rock and reggae. So there will be plenty of things to sink your teeth, and ears, into.


Velocity Prairie Thunder

July 14-15

Part of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Race Series, this two-day event will feature some of the top drivers in Canada, along some local talent from the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association. Different classes of vehicles will race on the 1/3 mile paved oval track, and there will be other entertainment.


Saskatoon Dragon Boat Festival

July 24-25

Over 1100 rowers take to the South Saskatchewan River in 22-member teams to raise funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation paddling their posteriors off. Also includes a variety of cultural activities.


PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival

July 30-Aug. 8

In 2014, this festival marked its 25th anniversary. Now that silver is out of the way, it’s on to gold, which will happen in 2039. Before then, of course, the festival will host plenty of great fringe theatre. This year’s festival features over 30 acts drawn from Saskatchewan, Canada and around the world, along with the usual assortment of buskers and arts and craft vendors on Broadway Ave.


Zombie Apocalypse: Run For Your Life

July 31

A five km run with a twist: a ZOMBIE twist! Participants set out to retrieve an anti-virus to save the city, only to be menaced by parkour zombies who not only can run fast but know all sorts of tricks and short-cuts to hunt people down and eat their brains.


Saskatoon RibFest

July 31-Aug. 3

Anyone can marinate a hunk of meat, throw it on the grill, slather on some sauce, and serve up a semi-respectable meal. But there’s more to the art of ’cuing than that. With this festival you’ll have an opportunity to sample some truly delectable fare produced by BBQ masters. Throw in children’s activities such as a petting zoo and bouncy castle, along with some smokin’ live music, and it all adds up to a sweet time.


Saskatoon Exhibition

Aug. 4-9

Midway? Check. Carney games? Yup. A whole pile of tasty, albeit nutritionally deficient, snacks? You bet! There’s also a Saskatchewan Art Showcase, the Superdogs, XPogo Stunt Team, the Rise to Fame Talent Search, nightly fireworks, and a whole lot more. On the grandstand side, acts include MAGIC! (Aug. 5), Hedley (Aug. 6), Dean Brody (Aug. 7) Burton Cummings and the Band (Aug. 8) and Sons of the Pioneers (Aug. 9).


FolkFest 2015

Aug. 13-15

With an influx of newcomers from all over the world in the last decade or so, Saskatchewan’s multi-cultural reality isn’t just limited to weekend festivals — it’s on display year-round. Still, FolkFest offers a great opportunity to sample food, music, dance and bevies from different countries. It’s not quite an A to Z representation, but it’s close, as pavilions range from Bangladesh to Ukrainian Karpaty, along with the RBC Global Village.


John Arcand Fiddle Fest

Aug. 13-16

Located 10 km SW of Saskatoon at Windy Acres, this festival includes a mix of workshops, concerts, contests and Métis dance and craft activities along with special children’s programming. There’s free un-serviced camping on site, and a weekend pass is $60, with day passes $25 and children 12 and under free.


Show & Shine Festival

Aug. 21-23

Billed as western Canada’s largest classic car show, this weekend festival also includes performances by classic rock acts such as April Wine, Chilliwack, Kenny Shields & Streetheart, Carol Pope and Doucette.


Ukrainian Day In The Park

Aug. 22

Annual celebration of Ukrainian culture hosted by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Held in Victoria Park, this event includes stage performances, children’s activities, food, a beer garden and more.


PotashCorp Fireworks Festival

Sept. 4-5

Creating magical moments” is the tagline for this festival which features two evenings of fireworks choreographed to music. The displays take place at the River Landing Amphitheatre and Rotary Park, and each evening includes live entertainment (music, dance, etc) along with other activities for children and adults.




Regina Afrofest

July 3-4

Summer festival season in the Queen City kicks off with this celebration of our diverse African cultures. Food, arts, crafts, entertainment, workshops and more are planned for City Square Plaza and Victoria Park. Performers include Adam Solomon & Tikisa Band, Casimiro Nhussi & NAfro Band, Rhythm Run, Oral Fuentes Reggae Band and Afro Ngoma Dancers.


Regina International Fringe Festival

July 8-12

The RIFF celebrates its 11th anniversary in 2015. As usual, a mix of provincial, national and international acts have been booked to perform. In the last category, Regina will welcome theatre artists from the United States, Japan, United Kingdom and South Africa. Four of the five venues are located in picturesque Cathedral Village, while the MacKenzie Gallery is in south-central Regina. There’s also a special day devoted to kids’ fringe on July 11 at the MacKenzie Gallery.


Craven Country Jamboree

July 9-12

Plenty of people are cravin’ the opportunity to hit Craven for the 2015 jamboree, I bet. Even if country music isn’t your thing, there’s no shortage of other fun past-times to keep you occupied including poetry readings, geo-caching, nude yoga, philosophy lectures and… relax, I’m kidding! Headline acts are Dallas Smith and Florida Georgia Line (Friday), Craig Morgan and Blake Shelton (Saturday) and Colt Ford and Jason Aldean (Sunday).


Secret Gardens Tour

July 10-12

This 18th annual New Dance Horizons fundraiser is presented in partnership with Wascana Centre and WP Gardens, and features self-directed garden tours and dance performances on the theme of Trees. In addition to the ticketed tour, there’s a free performance of Rapunzel & the Tiny Trees that NDH is presenting in partnership with the Dunlop Gallery on July 8. It will be held in Central Library’s Sunken Garden from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


The Trial of Louis Riel

July 15-17, July 22-24, July 29-31

Even today, Métis leader Louis Riel is a controversial figure. Some people regard him as a traitor for the role he played in the Northwest Rebellion/Resistance in 1885. Many others, though, see him as a champion of indigenous rights in the colonial era. This play, which performed at the MacKenzie Gallery, is based on court transcripts from his trial on treason charges.


Queen City Ex

July 29-Aug. 2

As with last year, the QCX begins with an evening parade on July 28 followed by fireworks at Wascana Centre. Grandstand headliners are MAGIC! (July 29), The Road Hammers (July 30), Gin Blossoms (July 31), Daugherty (Aug. 1) and Shawn Mendes (Aug. 2). In addition to the midway, attractions include the RCMP Musical Ride on July 31-Aug. 2 at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Connect Festival

Besant Campground (West on #1 Hwy near Moose Jaw.)

July 31-Aug. 3

This annual electronic music-fest celebrates its 20th year in 2015. Commuting is probably an option, but a lot of people who go prefer to camp out for the long weekend, which makes for a great festival vibe. Feature acts this year include Kytami, Greg Eversoul, Neurodriver, Factor, Def 3, Misstress Barbara, Charley Hustle and more.


Regina Folk Festival

Aug. 7-9

Always a highlight of summer, this festival takes place in cozy Victoria Park. In addition to the ticketed main stage shows at night, there’s after parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and free daytime concerts and workshops on Saturday and Sunday. Look for the official program guide in the July 23 Planet S in select Broadway and Downtown locations. Feature acts include Sinead O’Connor, Vance Joy, Blue Rodeo, Jenny Lewis, the Sheepdogs and Basia Bulat.


SaskTel Summer Invasion

Aug. 28-29

This two-day festival features free Xtreme sports competitions (skateboarding, wakeboarding, motocross, etc) during the day in Wascana Centre and ticketed concerts at night. Last year, a deluge forced the Saturday concert indoors. Hopefully, the rain stays away this year. Headliners on Friday include Lil Jon DJ set, while on Saturday Lights and Dear Rouge are playing. If you act now, early bird passes are $49.


Symphony Under The Sky

Aug. 29

The RSO is switching things up this year. Instead of holding their season kickoff in Wascana Centre, this concert will be at Motherwell Homestead which is located an hour NE of Regina near Abernathy. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. there will be family fun tied to pioneer activities and the Field to Fork Festival, then from 2-4 p.m. the RSO will perform. Parks Canada admission charges apply: $10 single, $35 family, kids five and under free. And the show goes rain or shine.


Regina Dragon Boat Festival

Sept. 4-5

Teams of rowers representing local businesses and organizations dream up wacky names for themselves then compete for supremacy on mighty Wascana Lake. This festival is a long-standing Labour Day weekend tradition, and includes a mix of competitive and fun racing, live music, food, and other cultural entertainment.




Frontier Days

Swift Current

June 25-28

Features an old tyme country fair, midway and professional rodeo. On Saturday, there’s music by Chilliwack and Tim Hicks, while on Sunday Link Union and Lonestar play.


Saskatoonberry Festival


June 27

With the early spring and generally warm weather we’ve had so far this summer, the province’s wild fruit crop should be in fine form. So if you agree with the sentiment of organizers of this day-long festival that “over 3000 people with purple teeth can’t be wrong”, you’ll want to check it out and partake of all sorts of saskatoony goodness.


Great Saskatchewan Bacon Festival


June 27

Celebration of all things bacon — okay, probably not all things bacon because, I mean, that could get kind of crazy in a weird/gross way. But you will be able to sample such delicacies as bacon jam, bacon cheesecake, bacon soup and beef bacon.


Art Guild Show & Sale

Regina Beach

June 27-July 26

Month-long exhibition and sale of paintings by the South Shore Art Guild.


Claybank Heritage Day

Claybank (50 min. SW of Regina)

June 28

Built in 1914, the Claybank Brick Plant is a national historic site. When you visit, you’ll learn about all the steps required to make bricks from clay. Hell, they might even give you a shovel and put you to work in the clay pit for a couple of hours — kidding!! You will get a tour of the pit and factory though, plus an opportunity to bake bread in an outdoor brick oven.


100 Mile Mall

Highway #1

July 1

For Canada Day, the communities of Broadview, Grenfell, Sintaluta, Whitewood and Wolseley are joining forces to present an arts, craft and antique show and sale, along with a flea market.


Motherwell Homestead


July 1

Built in 1882, this homestead about an hour NE of Regina includes a stone house and classic red wood barn. Now a national historic site, the restored homestead offers visitors a chance to learn about farm life in pioneer times.


All Folk’d Up


July 3-5

This three-day family friendly festival features a variety of Francophone and English acts. Some of the performers this year include the Dead South (voted Best Regina Band in Prairie Dog’s Best of Regina 2014 contest), Eli Barsi, Jim Galloway and Anderson Burko.


Carleton Trail Jamboree

Rabbit Lake

July 3-5

Set in a natural amphitheatre, this festival has a country music focus. Headliners include classic country rockers the Stampeders, along with Codie Prevost, Darlene Tuleta, Brett Kisell, Brody Sibert & the Thirty Aught Six.


Fireside Chats, Stories & S’More

Grasslands National Park

July 3-Aug. 28

Friday evenings throughout the summer, the Frenchman Valley and Rock Creek campgrounds will host special family activities such as geo-caching, kayaking and black-footed ferret-spotting. On July 25 there’s a Sleep Under the Stars Party that features an outdoor concert.


Moosomin & District Rodeo


July 3-5

It’s probably too late to switch this year, but if organizers want to make this event stand-out on Saskatchewan’s crowded rodeo calendar they should riff on their town’s name and sub in moose for all the livestock in a typical rodeo. Instead of bronco-busting, for instance, there could be moose-busting. And steer wrestling would become moose wrestling. Throw in a bunch of moose-themed souvenirs and you’d have a hit on your hands fer sure.


RCMP Musical Ride

July 3-Aug. 2

The famed equine attraction will be making a swing through Saskatchewan in July. Stops include Yorkton (July 3-4), Kelvington (July 5), Esterhazy (July 6), Lloydminster (July 8-10), Battleford (July 13), Wilkie (July 14), Coronach (July 16), Moose Jaw (July 18-19), Fort Walsh (July 21), Watrous (July 23), Saskatoon (July 25-26), Wawota (July 28) and Regina (July 31-Aug. 2).


Dirty Donkey Mud Run

Blackstrap Provincial Park

July 4

Unlike the RCMP Musical Ride, I don’t think this event incorporates any actual animals —outside of the humans who set out in teams to conquer a muddy obstacle course. Then they rinse off (or not) for an after-party.


The Spirit of Manitou Studio Trail

Manitou Beach

July 4-5

Artisans from Manitou Beach, Meachem, Watrous and the Viscount area open their studios to display handmade furniture, jewelry, ceramics, fabric art and more.


Love Gospel Jamboree


July 4-6


The line-up for the 28th annual gospel music festival was still being nailed down as we went to press. But I’m sure it will be righteous.


Doukhobor Dugout House

Blaine Lake

July 4-25

At this national historic site, costumed interpreters recount the settlement history of Russian Doukhobors in Saskatchewan and offer guided tours every Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.


Old Home Week


July 5-12

Includes art, a series of afternoon lunches, a bread-baking demo at the Preeceville & District Heritage Museum, all topped off by a rodeo and related activities July 11-12.


Colonial Days Fair


July 8-11

Includes chuckwagon races, demolition derby, livestock events, grandstand concerts and more.


Summer Chautauqua Festival

Swift Current

July 9-12

Annual festival devoted to recreating the atmosphere of travelling shows from the 1920s that entertained prairie communities with music, theatre, stories and lectures in the vaudeville tradition.


Station Arts Centre


July 10-Aug. 9

This summer’s production is the barnyard comedy Chickens. There are performances Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and matinees Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2 p.m. A pre-show lunch and dinner are available, but to arrange for that you need to book in advance. Are there live chickens in the musical, you ask? I don’t know. But chicken is on the dinner menu, so if there are they better not pull any diva bullshit because if they do… .


PolkaFest 2015


July 10-12

One of a number of polka blowouts that are held throughout Saskatchewan in the summer. Bands this year are the Hamps and Phoenix.


Motif Multicultural Festival

Moose Jaw

July 10-12

Similar to Mosaic in Regina and FolkFest in Saskatoon, this festival is dedicated to celebrating cultural diversity in the Band City. Motif is hosted by the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council, and is held in Happy Valley Park. Music, food, dance and drink are all on the travel itinerary.


Ness Creek Music Festival

Big River

July 16-19

Saskatchewan’s original eco-friendly festival offers a great chance to commune with nature in the boreal forest with thousands of music fans. It’s always a good time, and this year will be extra special as the festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Feature acts include Buck 65, Bocephus King Orchestra Familia, Bombolessé — and even some acts whose names don’t start with “B”, such as Slocan Ramblers, the Moondoggies and Los Texmaniacs. Both weekend and day passes are available.


Saskatchewan Festival of Words

Moose Jaw

July 16-19

Annual celebration of the written and spoken word. Includes a mix of poetry, fiction and non-fiction presenters, along with film screenings, musical performances and workshops geared to children and adults. Presenters this year include Guy Vanderhaeghe, Moe Clark, Lisa Bird-Wilson, Andrew Pyper, Andy Shauf, and Sean Michaels who scooped the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize last November for his novel Us Conductors.


Heritage Festival

Maple Creek

July 17

Includes a farmers’ market, museum and gallery open houses, antique vehicles, a rodeo and dance.




July 17-18


Another of the aforementioned polka blowouts. Music for this one is provided by Leon Ochs and Len Gadica. And Aberdeen is hosting a PolkaFest of its own the following weekend (July 24-25) with music by Phoenix, Ralph Rhythm Kings and Hamp’s Band.


Railway Days


July 17-18

Annual festival recalling the importance of the railway to Melville. Includes a street dance, fireworks and events at the Railway Museum which features an old station from the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad along with some antique locomotives, rail cars and cabooses.


Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree


July 17-19

Get your gospel groove on with acts such as Jay Stone Singers, Spoken 4, Sweet (no, not the British glam-rockers of “Ballroom Blitz” fame — this is a bluegrass group), Heartsong and more.


Homesteader Hey Days

Shell Lake

July 17-19


Dance, gymkhana, parade, pancake breakfast and fresh-baked bread from outdoor clay ovens are just some of the highlights.


Annual Fair

St. Walburg

July 17-19

Includes a parade, chuckwagon races, a ball tournament, dance and a good old fashioned rock ’em sock ’em demolition derby.


Saskatchewan Handcraft Festival
July 17-19

Organized by the Saskatchewan Craft Council, this market celebrates its 42nd anniversary in 2015. It features over 30 vendors selling pottery, hand-made jewellery, woodwork, visual art and more.


Children’s Festival
July 18

Action-packed day of child-friendly activities at Prince Albert National Park. So good luck to all the parents and care

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