YXE Underground shining a light on Saskatoon’s unsung heroes

“There are so many people making a difference and tackling important and tough issues here in Saskatoon. Their stories are worth celebrating and I feel so lucky to be able to do that.”

Storytelling is his passion passion. Eric Anderson’s commitment to his community and the people that make it vibrant shines through in Season 3 of YXE Underground. The podcast launches September 10th and will focus on diverse voices working to make Saskatoon a better place.

Host Eric Anderson interviews Wanuskewin Heritage Park’s Tara Janzen and Honey Constant about the park’s lasting legacy. (Rona Andreas)

Episode one, you’ll journey to Wanuskewin Heritage Park and meet Tara Janzen and Honey Constant. Hear about the parks cultural impact and the deep, spiritual meaning of the bison that are once again grazing there.

“I’m always surprised when I hear people say they’ve never visited the park before,” says Anderson. “I wanted to shine light on the work the park is doing with Truth and Reconciliation. With Wanuskewin reopening to the public after the pandemic, the timing really worked out well. Tara and Honey are amazing ambassadors and are so invested in the park. I know listeners will really connect with them.”

Upcoming episodes will feature Natalya Mason, director of education and outreach at Saskatoon Sexual Health and artist and activist Yulissa Campos the creator of Ay, Caramba! Theatre Company here in the city.

“I love how diverse out city is and it’s an honour to share these stories with a growing audience”

Host Eric Anderson delves deep into the people that make Saskatoon a better place in YXE Underground. (provided)

“I love how diverse out city is and it’s an honour to share these stories with a growing audience,” says Anderson.

YXE Underground has had an incredible year with total downloads reaching over 18,000. The podcast is making history of its own with four episodes that chronicled how COVID-19 affected people in Saskatoon being placed in the Saskatoon Public Library’s Local History Collections. It’s also led to collaborations with 25th Street Theatre Company to produce a podcast that explored the history of the company for its “This Is Not That Festival” this summer.

“The podcast has opened so many doors for me to work with other passionate and creative people in Saskatoon,” says Anderson. “I’m feeling so much momentum heading into season three.”

You can subscribe for FREE to YXE Underground on Apple, Google, Spotify and wherever you find your favourite podcasts. You can also stream episodes on the website yxeunderground.com.

To listen to past episodes and find out more, click here.