After being put on hold, Megan Zong is finally seeing her story Unmasked hit the stage in Saskatoon. Based on Zong’s own experience, the story follows a young woman in the middle of psychosis as she struggles to figure out what’s real and what is delusion. The production includes original music performed by Respectfulchild, poetry and movement to explore the world of mental health and the search for healing. Tickets are $15 – $30.
For tickets and to learn more about what it took to put this show together, follow this link.
MÉTIS CULTURAL DAYS
Fri. – Sun.
Western Development Museum
It’s a celebration of culture, music, dance and food and it’s happening at the WDM in Saskatoon. Métis Cultural Days is back in person to mark the Year of the Elder. Take a stroll through the museum and take in the traditional games, neckbone eating contest and jigging competition. You aren’t going to want to miss performances by artists like JJ Guy who was just inducted into the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame. The fun kicks off Friday afternoon and runs until Sunday. The celebration is free to the public.
The festival season isn’t over yet and there’s a home-grown roster of talent that needs your support. Doyle Fest was created by local musician Eliza Doyle to raise money for music programs for kids in Saskatchewan. The festival site is just a short drive outside Saskatoon. There’s camping, an artisan market, beer gardens and activities for the whole family on site. Live performances by artists like Oral Fuentes Reggae Band, Clayton Linthicum, Lancelot Knight and many more. Tickets are $30 for day passes and $50 for the weekend.
A homegrown charity that’s been entertaining crowds for more than a decade is back at it this year with a live stream concert. Music for the Gut was founded by the Hughton family to help those suffering from Crohn’s and colitis. This year’s performance will feature rock, pop and musical theatre hits performed by 64 local singers and supported by a 12-piece band. You can rent the show for two days or make a one-time purchase and watch whenever you want. To date, this concert has raised over $160,000. Tickets are $20 – $50.
Dancing Sky Theatre is heading outdoors to its new amphitheatre for an original, family-friendly show that takes the past year head on. Pandemics Pratfalls & Prayers is a show that combines mask, music humour and theatre magic in a performance that examines the loss, change and achievements we’ve all experienced during the pandemic. You can pre-purchase a picnic meal and there will be bar services. Tickets are $20 – $25.
It’s a journey into the afterlife and a search for redemption and it marks Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre’s return to a live audience. Shadows Among the Prairies is a brand new play by Saskatoon’s Jennifer Dawn Bishop. It follows the story of Elaine, a woman who wakes up in a world in limbo, forced to deal with the live she lived and the choices she’s made to find peace. Along the way, she meets others stuck in the in-between and their stories become intwined. Tickets are $15 – $20.
Broadway Avenue will be the site of live music, local merchants, and some tasty food. Like an old school block party, annual street fair is a great place to reconnect with the community and have a little fun. There will be dancers and a yoga party for the family. There’s yoga, music and a session where you wear sound cancelling headphones as you pose. That class is $33. The rest of the fair is free.
A beautiful performance awaits you on Monday as poet Peace Akintade-Oluwagbeye and musician Micah Jane team up to perform Cosmos. It’s a showcase of work the pair have done while participating in the Bunkhouse Project at the Forestry Farm. It’s a blend of spoken word, music and dance and it’s for one night only. Tickets are $15.