They’ve overcome scorching temperatures, high winds and smoke advisories and still the team at Sum Theatre has persevered to bring live professional theatre to families for free. Theatre in the Park is an annual tradition in Saskatoon and there are still a few performances to take in here before they take the show on the road to Regina. The Other Side of the River is an original rock opera about two communities divided until circumstances force them to together and they discover they are not so different after all. In true Theatre in the Park style, the team has created a performance that blends music, story and giant puppets into a magical show the whole family can enjoy. There is no cost but you do need to go to the website and register for tickets.
Double, double, toil and trouble; the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival has opened to rave reviews on the newly refurbished site with Macbeth. The Bard’s famous tragedy is the story of the ill-fated Scottish general as he fights to become king. Civil war, betrayal and a decent into madness will have you on the edge of your seat. Performances featuring Joshua Beaudry and Kristi Friday are nightly at 7:30p.m. with several 1:00p.m. matinees available. Tickets are $16 – $39. If you’re looking for a little free entertainment on the site, check out the John Rayner Community Series on Monday nights. These shows will feature live music, panel discussions, cabaret performances and more.
It’s 10 days of fly by the seat of your pants theatre and this year, the Saskatoon Fringe Festival looks a little more like the festival we all know and love. 15 in-person performances featuring local and national talent will hit the stage at The Refinery, The Broadway Theatre and in W.E. Graham Park behind École Victoria School. For those who aren’t able to make it or aren’t ready to be in the theatre, there are 21 international performances being offered digitally. Outside of the theatre, there will also be plenty to do with workshops, carnival games and artisan markets that straddle the area outside the venues. On Saturdays you’ll want to check out Fringe Kids Got Talent, an open mic night for kids 16 and under. Tickets for all shows are $16 and you can reserve your spot online.
For the full schedule and all the details, here’s the link.
SASKTEL SASKATCHEWAN JAZZ FESTIVAL
Aug. 7 – 15
Various Venues & Online
It’s been a long wait but Saskatoon is about to be filled with music once again. The jazz festival organizers had to delay the festival because of the pandemic but it didn’t stop them from filling the program full of the country’s top talent. The mainstage at the Bessborough Gardens will feature acts like hometown heroes The Sheepdogs, Wide Mouth Mason, Funk Joint and Velours. There will also be venues like the pocket park between 1st and 2nd Avenue, Crossmount Cider Company, Scarlett Restaurant and the Alt Hotel. These shows will feature acts like Ariel & Sean, The Remainders and Too Soon Monsoon. There’s plenty of music to take in with a combination of free performances and ticketed shows that will run $20 – $50. It’s going to be a great way to ease back into the live music scene we all know and love.
Here’sa linkthat will get you all the info you need.
Aug. 6 -8 & 11-15
Like so many events this year, the Saskatoon Ex has had to change plans to make it work. This year’s party will be an all outdoor celebration featuring grandstand acts like the Hunter Brothers, Tom Cochrane and Blue Rodeo. The SuperDogs will be back to entertain you and so will the demolition derby. This year, the Ex is shifting to be held over two long weekends, taking the Monday and Tuesday in between off. There will be nightly fireworks going off at 11:00p.m. and the midway is promised to be better than ever. General admission is $10 – $16 and that includes access to the concerts at the grandstand. If you want to upgrade your concert experience and be in the Superfan area, it’s an additional $25. A Super Pass for the midway will run you $47 but you need to snap that up before opening day. A Fast Pass to help you skip the line for rides is $20 – $25.