The annual festival celebrating Canada’s literary community is online this year. (Facebook)
WORD ON THE STREET
Fri. – Sun.
There’s nothing like the comfort of a good book and Saskatoon’s Word on the Street Festival is moving its celebration online this year to share some of our country’s most celebrated works. The fun kicks off with a tasty offering from a couple foodies. Authors Jenn Sharp (Flat Out Delicious) and Dee Hobsbawn-Smith (Bread and Water) will be chatting on Zoom Friday night. The festival continues with so many authors like Gail Bowen, Joanne Paulson, Amy Jo Ehman and Randy Morin, there will be poetry readings and so much more. It’s all free.
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Fri. & Sat.
He’s one of the hardest working guys on the Saskatchewan music scene. Jeffery Straker is said to be a musical vagabond and he’s surely proved that with his tireless tour schedule including 55 backyard shows from British Columbia to Ontario this summer on his backyard tour. There wasn’t a venue Straker wouldn’t play, not a dessert he would refuse (Ha!). Now, Straker is back on stage in Saskatoon for a double bill at The Bassment. Friday night is sold out but you still have a chance on Saturday to see this incredible troubadour. To get into The Bassment for this show, you must show your proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results tickets are $27 – $37.
The 8th Annual 33rd Street Fair is back in business this weekend. You can wander the blocks and take in vendors, food and live entertainment as you stroll. There will be performances by artists like Dallas and Phil Boyer, Three String Fretless and the Gopher Broke Orchestra. It’s going to be a beautiful day so why not check it out?
Whether you’re looking for a good belly laugh or you want to try your hand at stand-up comedy, you should head down to The Comedy Pit every 2nd Tuesday at Hudson’s Pub in Saskatoon. The Saskatoon’s Funniest Person With A Day Job contest features up and comers int he comedy world and fresh faces who want to try their material on stage. This week’s performers include Dylan J. Williamson, Bryan Cox and Andrea Bunnin. The winners of each category will get an opportunity to perform at Yuk Yuks in Toronto or Rumors Comedy Club in Winnipeg early next year. They could even secure a spot to open for Big Daddy Taz on his Bipolar Buddha tour in Saskatoon in March. Tickets are $10 and have to be purchased in advance.
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.
PANDEMICS PRATFALLS & PRAYERS
Now – Sun.
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.
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.