• Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton / Djeneba Aduayom

Brit’s Picks June 29 – July 6


Soul Rocker         Thursday

Bessborough Gardens

Saskatoon has a special place in Michael Franti’s heart. It’s the place where he found his bride Sara and for the last few years it’s been a place where he helps kick off the summer. Franti and his band Spearhead will hit the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival stage in the evening but before he does, he’s holding a special musical yoga session. This free event will be held in the gardens and led by Ryan Leier. It’s an all ages event just bring your mat, towel and water. The mainstage show that evening is a perfect pick for the whole family. Tickets for Franti’s show later that evening are $70/ $35 for youth.

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Brooding Chemistry     Friday

Amigos Cantina

It’s haunting and ethereal and definitely a chill evening in store with Calgary’s Reuben and the Dark. The band will be opening for Feist in the Bessborough Gardens Friday night and then head over for a show at Amigos. This is a celebration of the groups latest release Funeral Sky. This show would make a great date night. Tickets for this late night show are $15.

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Back up No More     Friday

Broadway Theatre

You know her voice without even knowing it. Ms. Lisa Fischer has lent her powerful voice on some of the most iconic rock tracks like the Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter. Fischer was featured in the Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. As a performer Fischer is known for crossing musical genres singing pop, rock, gospel and folk all in the same show. With her band Grand Baton, Ms. Lisa Fischer will entertain with reinterpretations of songs by Amy Grant, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones as well as playing originals. Tickets are $65.

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Free Stage Fun      All Weekend

Kiwanis Park North

It’s the most open and welcoming venue you could ask for in a music festival. If you’re looking to experiment with new acts or celebrate all our local talent, the PotashCorp Club Jazz Free Stage is for you. Friday you can dance the night away with Bluegrass rockers Way Down Wanderers. Saturday, check out a full afternoon and evening of music featuring acts like Big Stuff. Sunday, the festival caps off 10 days with a performance by Motown tribute act Mo’ Love. Stop by and plan to spend the day at the free stage.

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O Canada        Saturday

Diefenbaker Park

There will be cake, fireworks and tons of music. This year marks our country’s 150th birthday and to celebrate the Optimist Club has a huge day planned in the park. Multicultural performances and activities for the kids will run all day. Then a huge lineup on stage with Jess Moskaluke, Tragically Hip tribute band 100th Meridian and Platinum Blonde. The whole day will cap off with a huge fireworks display at 10:40pm. This event is free to the public and there are city busses running to and from Prairieland Park so you won’t have to worry about parking.

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