Interrupt those winter blahs with a full slate of shows this weekend. Winterruption is back. Musicians like Polaris Music Prize winner Pierre Kwenders (Thursday – Broadway Theatre), Weaves former front-woman Jasmyn Burke (Friday – Amigos Cantina), and Walter Ostanek (Saturday- TCU Place) will delight crowds of all ages. There is also a free outdoor festival Saturday (12:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.) featuring storytelling, music, poetry, comedy, an ice rink disco and sleigh rides. There are simply too many performances and events to mention here you need to check out the full schedule. Tickets range from FREE to $39.
If you’re looking for a country music act at the top of her game, look no further than Grande Prairie’s Tenille Townes. After taking home multiple Canadian Country Music Awards in 2022, Townes isn’t resting on her laurels. She’s been all around the world and is now back in her home country with her Side A&B tour featuring tunes from Masquerade, an album that’s proved to be a hit machine. Tickets are $49.
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Randy Woods Band
If you’re looking to forget your cares and dance the night away, look no further than the Bassment this weekend. Randy Woods is a music staple in this city, not only for his own music but for the influence he’s had as a recording and sound engineer for acts like Jay Semko and The Sheepdogs. The Randy Woods Band blends reggae with sky, rock and soul for an infectious party vibe that is sure to get you on the dance floor. The band released its latest album Soul Hammer in 2020 and you’ve got to hear it live. Tickets are $25 – $35.
The Unforgettables Poster / Fight or Flight Theatre
Feb. 2 – 12
It’s often said that the Saskatoon Fringe Festival is the ground floor for many to develop a new play and that sentiment rings true when it comes to The Unforgettables. This play, written by Saskatoon’s Erin Brophy tells the story factory workers post-WWI when some of them became sick and died from radium poisoning. It’s a story of women joining forces to fight for what’s right and protect others. This is a different performance from the one you may have seen at the 2021 Fringe festival and it’s worth checking out. Tickets are $25 – $30.
Burnt Thicket Theatre returns to the stage with a Saskatchewan premiere. Krista Marushy’s Evergreen is a thriller set in a small town diner. A customer is looking for information and it’s a little “close to home “for the man behind the counter. Tim Bratton, Paige Francoeur and Andrea Folster team up for this tale that asks, “Is it better to live in the familiarity of isolation or risk being loved?”. Tickets are $30.
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Aboriginal Storytelling Month
Feb. 1 – 28
Winter is a sacred time for Indigenous communities where knowledge and lived experience has always been shared through oral tradition. This year the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples (LSSAP) celebrates 20 years of celebrating Indigenous story through events held right across the province. Local libraries, schools and cultural organizations are hosting events that celebrate and protect Indigenous culture. There is a mix of online and in-person events as 65 storytellers share children’s stories, traditional teachings, poetry, music and creative workshops. This year the anniversary is being marked with a traditional feast Saturday February 4th at White Buffalo Youth Lodge and everyone is invited. These events are free to the public.