It’s a Canadian band that’s been grabbing headlines from Rolling Stone, The Guardian and The New York Times. Alvvays is an indie act from the Maritimes specializes in a synth-pop sound and infectious lyrics that will surely be stuck in your head. The band is tied to a bit of Canadian music royalty as lead singer Molly Rankin is the daughter of fiddler John Morris Rankin of The Rankin Family. The band released it’s third studio album Blue Rev last year and it’s causing a stir including appearances on late night TV. Tickets run $32 – $40.
A powerful story of perseverance, determination and reconciliation is set to hit the stage this weekend. New Blood: A Story of Reconciliation is a performance is inspired by the life of Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman and his experience as a child in residential school and how he returned to his culture and became the chief of his people. This show, told through poetry and dance also features the songs of Peter Gabriel who personally gave his permission to the show’s creators to use his music. There are three shows to take in with a Pay-What-You-Can ticket format from $15 – $50.
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Misery Mountain Boys
It’s a band that harkens back to the prohibition era of 1930’s Speakeasies. Alberta’s Misery Mountain Boys blend swing, folk, bluegrass and jazz into a brew that will make you want to get up and dance. The band has just released a new record Full Moon Shuffle and they are out on tour to support it. This is an all-out party band that loves getting the crowd in on the action with singalongs and swinging to the music. Tickets are $25 – $35.
It’s a piece of music that was said to have reshaped the music landscape nearly 100 years ago and this weekend, the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra is celebrating the impact it’s made. George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue seamlessly blended classical and jazz forms to create a piece that Gershwin is celebrated for to this day. Along with this piece of musical history, the orchestra promises a bunch of other treats and surprises. The SJO will be joined by guest performers Jens Lindemann on trumpet and pianist Michelle Aalders. Tickets are $15 – $30.
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Regina born Andy Shauf has been making waves in the world of music for years now. He’s been nominated for Junos, shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and been celebrated all over the world. Shauf has a new album Norm is an incredible venture in soothing storytelling that follows a man named Norm through a strange romantic relationship. He was inspired by the 2001 mystery movie Mulholland Drive. Tickets are $25 – $40.
Measure for Measure by The Coterie is part of the Live Five Independent Theatre season. (The Coterie)
Measure for Measure
Mar. 16 – 26
It’s a new twist on a classic play. The Coterie is a theatre company that formed specifically to explore Shakespeare’s works through a more modern lens. Its first production is a contemporary take on Measure for Measure. The story deals with the misuse of power, corruption and morality themes that definitely ring true today. It’s a dark comedy that explores the question of justice or mercy. Tickets for this show are $25 – $30.
If there was every a chance to introduce young kids to the power and sound of a live orchestra it’s this one. The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra is presenting Disney’s Frozen, the entire film on the big screen, with the vocals and dialogue your family loves, while performing the soundtrack live on stage. Guest conductor Martin MacDonald will lead the orchestra as they perform to the film. You can imagine the stakes as once the film starts, the music and the performers have to keep in time with it. I took my daughter to the SSO’s performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid a couple years ago and she absolutely loved it. Costumes are encouraged and so is singing along. Tickets are $70 – $105.