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Brit’s Picks May 11 – 18

Brit’s Picks May 11 – 18
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Musical Intimacy           May 11 – 14

Various Venues

It’s a chance to get up close and personal with master musicians and experience classical music in a different way. The Ritornello Chamber Music Festival has been around for nearly a decade and continues to push the boundaries and introduce people to the classical realm. This year’s festival will feature three shows, all with a different feel. Concert pianist John Kimura Parker will kick things off (May 11) with a show at Convocation Hall. Kimura Parker has played all over the world in venues like Carnegie Hall. He not only plays, but entertains the audience with his stories from the road. Ottawa’s Ironwood String Quartet will keep the party going with a show at Village Guitar & Amp (May 12). Ironwood is a darling of the Ottawa pub scene and features Saskatoon’s own Carissa Klopoushak. This is a show where you can grab a beer, enjoy tapas and let the music wash over you. The weekend wraps up with a special Mother’s Day concert (May 14). This show will feature Saskatoon’s Mistral 5 as well as Klopoushak who will sit in on various pieces. Tickets are $25 – $30 and weekend passes are available.

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Comedy With Bite           Now – May 21

Dancing Sky Theatre

One of Dancing Sky Theatre’s most successful comedies is coming back to the stage. Dogbarked was voted on by the audience as the show they most wanted to see back in celebration of the theatre’s 20th anniversary. The show follows two very small town farmers who want to put the place they live in on the map. Their life of porch sitting and beer drinking is interrupted when travellers from Toronto get lost. This is a story about the urban/rural divide and of course takes a few pokes at prairie life. Tickets are $30 – $57 depending on whether you want to come early for a meal.

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The Yevshan Folk Ballet Ensemble wows the crowd at Vesna Festival 2016. (vesnafestival.com)

Old Time Party        Saturday

Prairieland Park

It’s been hailed as Canada’s largest Ukrainian cabaret and if past years are any indication, Vesna Festival is going to be one heck of a party. This celebration is one for the whole family. There will be cultural performances throughout the night on the main stage including the Boyan Dancers, Leleka, and Half Na Piv of Saskatoon. Enjoy the locally made desserts as you wander through the artisan market and don’t worry about the kids as they can enjoy cultural crafts. It all winds up with a dance for everyone. Tickets are $20 – $40.

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Basking in the Afterglow         May 17

O’Brian’s Event Centre

It’s music that had many of us rocking in the 90’s and for the Portland Oregon band, Everclear, its album an album that’s left a lasting impression. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of So Much For The Afterglow an album that brought out hits like Everything To Everyone and I Will Buy You A New Life. Everclear is back on the road to play the album front to back for fans. Other 90’s hit makers Fastball and Vertical Horizon will open the show. Tickets are $46.

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Britainy Zapshalla With more than 15 years as an arts reporter at CBC Radio-Canada under her belt, Britainy Zapshalla considers herself not only an expert but also a die hard fan of Saskatchewan’s entertainment scene. She’s a regular contributor to CTV Morning Live in Saskatoon and loves to help people plan their weekends with Brit’s Picks.

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