A summertime favourite is celebrated in Picasso’s Still Life with Watermelon. On display now at the Remai Modern. (remaimodern.org)
After a long closure due to COVID-19, the Remai Modern is opening to the public. There are a few suggestions that the gallery has to make sure your experience is a quality one. The gallery is asking that you buy tickets ahead of time and take special note that its hours have changed. The gallery is now open Thursday to Sunday 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. To protect visitors, the gallery is making sure there’s plenty of hand sanitizer available, patrons are being encouraged to wear masks and of course, physical distancing rules are in place. This is a great chance to get out of the house and see some amazing works. Exhibits include Shannon Te Ao’s film exhibit Ka Mua, Ka Muri, Bridget Moser’s My Crops Are Dying But My Body Persists and Anatomy of Still Life, a collection of Pablo Picasso’s linocuts including his Still Life with Watermelon. Admission to the gallery is $10 – $12.
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Turn, Turn, Turn… a travelling theatre experience
Now – Aug. 16
Saskatoon & Martensville
Sum Theatre is back at what the team does best, reinventing live performance. With the pandemic, Sum couldn’t stage its annual Theatre in the Park but that didn’t stop them. Instead, the team has created a travelling show filled with music, puppetry and movement called Turn, Turn, Turn. The day of the show, a neighbourhood map is posted with the area the cast will travel in then you have to walk and find them. Don’t worry about missing the beginning, this show is made up of a series of scenes that loop back around. Sum is asking that the audience be careful when they are watching and physically distance.
With the pandemic, the Nutrien Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan had originally planned to reschedule but with an average of 10,000 visitors each year to the site, that’s still not possible. Rather than throwing in the towel, the festival has decided to shift to an entire month of children’s programming online. This is a virtual party with science, art, music and circus activities all online. You and your little ones can sit back and enjoy live performances by Ruploops who’s known as the human radio, West African group Kunda and an all-out dance party by musical comedians Koo Koo Kanga Roo. There will be storytelling and baking and even a week-long scavenger hunt you can do at home. All you need to do is subscribe to the Children’s Festival YouTube channel and it’s all at your fingertips.
Zoey ‘Pricelys’ (pronounced Price-Liss) Roy is a leader, educator, activist, advocate, and multidisciplinary performance artist. Currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at York University, she completed her Masters of Public Policy through Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and Bachelor of Education through SUNTEP, at the University of Saskatchewan. A recipient of the Saskatchewan Arts Board Award for Arts and Learning in 2019, the University of Saskatchewan Indigenous Graduate Leadership Award in 2018, and Saskatchewan’s Top 40 under 40 from CBC Saskatchewan in 2018, and the 3M National Student Fellowship and National Indspire Métis Youth Award in 2016, Roy has also received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and National Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award in 2013, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.A published author, musician/educator, and community engagement consultant, Roy specializes in youth engagement and community- based solutions to deep-rooted colonial issues in Canada, including suicide prevention and life celebration, Indigenous creation and creativity, and racism. Under the stage name Pricelys, she has performed storytelling, music, rap, and spoken word across North America. Working frequently as an Artist in Residence, most recently in Uganda with the Queen Elizabeth II Scholars Program, she co-developed an Indigenous Artist in Residency at the University of Saskatchewan, and acted as Advisor to the Ministry of Justice in 2018 – 2019. Facilitating many workshops on diverse issues in various genres, she has directed, mentored, facilitated, and produced videos, campaigns, film and film camps, plays, and creation processes. Roy is a renowned speaker at varied local, provincial, national, and international stages and conferences, and has taught workshops in over 500 classrooms in a three-year period. Zoey is passionate about clearing the path for the next generation. She believes that indigenous youth don’t only have the answers, but, they are the answer.
The artistic team at Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre is taking to Facebook host afternoons of inspiration for young people. The Summer Speaker Series features online talks with Indigenous artists who are at the top of their game in this country. Speakers include educator, artist and activist Zoey ‘Pricelys’ Roy and comedian and actor Dakota Ray Hebert. These discussions are a deep dive into these artists’ inspiration, career path and how and why they create the work that they do. Above all, this is a chance for youth to connect with mentors and show them that they are vital parts of our community. If you miss the live chat, you can log onto GTNT’s Facebook page where the entire series is archived.
The pandemic didn’t slow musician Topher Mils down. The Saskatoon artist has been grinding it out playing live-streamed shows whenever he can and he’ll be back on stage this weekend. This time, Mils will be playing in front of a live, physically distanced audience at Bud’s on Broadway. Mils plays a combination of rock hits and country favourites. Mils has spent many years as lead guitarist for country music artist Brock Andrews.
It’s been a tough summer season for our theatre community but now Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is taking to the virtual stage. Cast members that you would’ve seen on the brand-new riverbank stage this summer are presenting Kenneth Cavender’s adaptation of The Tempest. This is an online reading of the comedy set on a remote island where Prospero lives with his daughter Miranda and his two servants Caliban and Ariel. This is a story that has magic, betrayal, revenge and family. If you’re looking for a dose of the Bard this summer, tune in live for this YouTube performance. Tickets are free but donations to the festival are always accepted and it’s a great way to show your support. If you miss the live broadcast, the performance will be up on the YouTube channel until the end of August.