The rainbow flag is flying and celebrations continue for the Saskatoon Pride Festival. Tonight there’s the all-inclusive Queers WithOUT Beers – Sober Dance a new event with mocktails, a DJ and plenty of Drag performers in attendance. Friday night and all-day Saturday you’ll want to head to River Landing for live entertainment, storytelling, an artisan market and fun for the kids. Saskatoon Pride is closing off the Traffic Bridge for the party. Saturday is also the big parade starting at noon and winding its way through the downtown. This is just a sample of the events. Most of the events are free to the public.
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A multicultural celebration and an act of reconciliation along the riverbank in Saskatoon. (Reconciliation Saskatoon/ Facebook)
National Indigenous Peoples’ Day Friday
It’s a celebration of culture, recognition and reconciliation. National Indigenous Peoples’ Day is being marked this year by the fourth annual Rock Your Roots Walk Friday morning starting at Victoria Park. The party continues after the walk with multicultural entertainment in the park by various groups. There will also be music by Darwin Roy and Jordan Daniels. There will be a public lunch and this event is free.
For music fans in Saskatoon, this time of year is like Christmas. The jazz festival is back with another amazing 10 days of music and more than 110 shows. The festival kicks off on the main stage with the return of indie pop band Walk Off the Earth. This is a great show to take the kids to as the Juno Award winners blend songs you already know with unusual instrumentation and a whole lot of fun.
The main stage keeps going strong with another fan favourite The Roots and the festival goes country on Sunday with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band with openers Corb Lund and Eliza Mary Doyle.
Blues fans are not not going to want to miss Colin Linden who’ll open The Bassment series on Friday night. The Broadway Theatre features a Sunday performance Grammy nominated jazz phenom Joey Alexander and his trio.
The free stage has changed a bit for 2019 moving into the Bessborough Gardens, alternating evenings with larger acts. The Steadies, Graham Tilsley, Denise Valle and Gillian Snider are all part of that lineup. You can also see live music on the street over the lunch hour. Tickets range from $20 – $85.
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