Saskatoon Fringe 2017: Highlights and Reviews from the Street

The countdown is on to the last day of Saskatoon Fringe 2017 on August 14. Broadway has come alive over the past week and a half with strong, female performances. And fried food. Lots of fried food.

Here are the highlights from the shows we checked out this week:

Saskatoon Fringe 2017 Indoor Theatre

Windy Wynazz is… Rich and Famous ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If Liza Minnelli, Mr. Rogers, Kesha and Andy Dick managed to raise a human together… you’d have Windy.

Before the show started Wynazz sat next to me and asked if she looked okay, or if she needed darker lipstick. Her face was caked in makeup with false eyelashes on both her top and bottom lids and a nude lip. I said no, you look like you’re channeling Liza Minnelli. Her incessant need for audience approval continued throughout the show.

Windy takes the audience on an augmented trip through her life from a bullied Jewish kid to an insecure druggie rockstar wannabe with a love affair for the transformational power of wigs. She sells her soul to the devil and doesn’t get what she wants most – fame. It’s outlandish while remaining relateable.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, Windy is nuts. She gave me two of her shoes and told me to talk to Liza and “her mother”. When I obliged she told me to shut up because it was her show.

I laughed so hard my face still hurts, but I felt wrong about it at times. Especially when she fed Chris blueberries and gave him a blindfolded lap dance.

The Merkin Sisters ⭐⭐⭐

What’s up with the hair obsession?

Maybe the Stephanie Morin-Robert and Ingrid Hansen were offering a bizarre commentary on the avant-garde visual art that takes samples and puts them on display. They demonstrated how unconventional hair can be.

The ladies start the show in bathing suits and swim caps, interrupting the audience by walking through different rows and tapping people in tune with the music.

Once on stage, they use an old sweater to depict the birth of a white glove baby. The white glove then helps them pluck hair from each other and audience members. The collection then becomes the magic concoction that transforms them into giant bouncing hair balls.

I’m pretty sure a few people walked out. But that didn’t stop the rest of us from trying to figure out what the whole show was about.

A bizarrely hilHAIRious show with the randomness of Robot Chicken.

Check out more indoor shows here.

Saskatoon Fringe 2017 Street Performances

The Silver Starlets ⭐⭐⭐

Saskatoon Fringe 2017 Silver Starlets
A male volunteer looks on from his sparkle spot while he gets ready to replace their third member “Olga”.

A bubbly Canadian aerial duo with some adult jokes and plenty of risky moves. Like bravely unravelling aerial silks down to the road from 20 Ft. above ground.

Hannah Cryle ⭐⭐⭐

Lazy days in Saskatoon are necessary preparation for big nights. #yxefringe #saskatoon #bigwheelshow #spiral

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-relied on mom and her daughter, Coco from the audience.
An Australian contortionist, hoola hooper, and a balancing act who combines all three atop a German wheel.
Her message: “Seriously it’s 2017 – we need to close the gender pay gap. The streets are the only place where we’re treated as equals.”

Saskatoon Fringe 2017 Street Fair

Marc Rousseau Comics “A Miserable Guide to Saskatoon”

4 more days left! I’m set up at thr Saskatoon Fringe. Come on out and say hi! #yxe #yxefringe

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Rousseau’s comic preview is probably all you’ll get to see since all of his books have been selling out. From the first page you’ll be nodding in agreement and chuckling at his observations on the quirks of Saskatoon.

Example: “I’m very racist and I’m very sorry” – a reference to “I am the bridge” anti-racism campaign released by the City of Saskatoon this summer.

Books are selling for $18, but Marc can’t make them fast enough. (He prints them and publishes them himself.) Somebody at the StarPhoenix should hire this guy!

Saskatoon Fringe 2017 Food

  • Chick-a-lic Funnel Cake Sundae complete with Skor bits, chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream.
  • Strawberry Malt from Pink Cadillac.
  • The Hose & Hydrant Patio for tacos and a bulldog.
  • GIANT jugs of flavoured lemonade.
  • Wholesome ice cream rolls with different local flavours.

Make sure you get down to the Saskatoon Fringe 2017 this weekend to check out these shows and more before it’s all over.

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Do Sask & Nature City Festival present Pop-up Clothing Swap in the Park

Do Sask Pop-up Clothes Swap
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In partnership with the Nature City Festival and PickNic’s Catering & Fine Foods, Do Sask is thrilled to invite you to clean out your closet for our charity Pop-up Clothing Swap in support of the YWCA Crisis Shelter & Residence.

Although the spirit of donating clothing to people in need is always appreciated, about 85% of our clothing eventually ends up in a landfill. For this reason swapping instead of buying brand new clothes is an exciting way to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

We are lucky to have style hack advice by a handful of local wardrobe stylists, including Je Suis Style, The Knick Vintage, and Paramount Day Spa Salon & Boutique. Learn how to upgrade your closet with second-hand gems as an introduction to swapping.

Enjoy light refreshments while you browse and get to know other doers from the Do Sask community.

The pop-up park location will be announced to registered guests only on May 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm. This is to ensure an intimate environment and manageable selection of clothing and accessories to browse.

Register now. Space is limited.

SWAP IN THE PARK

Clothing Swap Agenda:

6:00 pm: Welcome – Hanging of Clothes & Refreshments
7:00 pm: Style Hack presentation
7:45 pm: Swapping & Shopping
9:00 pm: Clean-up & Closing

Don’t miss the first Do Sask Swap Party. We look forward to seeing you there!

How this clothing swap works:

1. Come with 5 – 12 items of clothing, or accessories to add to the swap collection pool.

2. After the welcome and brief styling workshop, swap shopping will officially begin. You can start picking any garments and accessories and then take home as much as you like.

3. At the end of the swap, you can choose to take home remaining items you brought that have not been taken, or you can leave them at the swap to be donated to the YWCA Crisis Shelter & Residence.

Clothing Swap Guidelines:

What to bring: dresses, pants, skirts, tops, shoes, bags, scarves, hats, jewellery, a fiver to donate and a few friends. This swap has no size restrictions.

What NOT to bring: gowns, earrings, swimwear, underwear, night wear, and children’s clothes.

Clothes must be clean and in good condition. If you wouldn’t pass it on to your best friend, please leave it at home.

Important details:

Unfortunately try-ons cannot be accommodated (unless you have a portable changing room that you can let us borrow)!
A portion of proceeds will go to the YWCA Crisis Shelter & Residence. If you would like to donate additional household items to the YWCA, please see this handy list of their current needs.

Due to space limitations, we are unable to collect large items and appliances at the event.

Please support our generous sponsor, PickNic’s Catering.

 

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PickNic’s Catering Saskatoon, is proud to offer affordable appetizers, nibbles or meals for your lunch, dinner or event catering needs. They cater throughout Saskatoon, and would be more than happy to provide for your next special event. Specialties include, but are not limited to, weddings, banquets, midnight lunches, conventions, Christmas parties, and more!

For your daily dose of #foodporn, follow @PICKNICS_CATERING on Instagram. Like PickNic’s on Facebook for contests, and updates on weekly lunch and dessert specials.

Nature City Festival runs May 23 – 28, 2017 at locations across Saskatoon. Check all of the event listings here.

6 Reasons You Should Go to Table Mountain Regional Park This Weekend

Table Mountain Regional Park this weekend

Yeah, we all know it ain’t the Rockies.

Before I get started on why you should hit the road to Table Mountain Regional Park this weekend I have to tell you that wasn’t always my favourite place in the world. In fact, my first memory of learning to ski there included a too-tight pair of boots, followed by extreme pain in my feet and crying like a baby to switch into a larger pair. I was young enough that the older kids pitied my tears, but old enough to remember that blubbering in public probably wasn’t cool anymore.

Sadly that experience turned me off from skiing for a very long time. Every year following that experience I traded in my ski boots for an inner tube. I finally got over the trauma in my adulthood and am actually enjoying the skis.

Table Mountain is the spot that many Sask kids learn to ski and snowboard. Here are six reasons you’ll love it as an adult:

1. It’s close. If you call Central Saskatchewan home, Table Mountain Regional Park isn’t too far of a drive for a day trip.


You can hit the road there and back in the same day with enough hours on the hill that you’ll feel like the time spent in the car is well worth every minute. That beats 16+ hours in a car to and from the Rockies any day!

2. It’s dirt cheap.

Post xmas situation 💸. Ready for 2016 to be over #emptywallet

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I don’t know many places you can get a full day of fun for $50 (that includes ski and boot rental along with your lift ticket). It’s definitely accessible to most folks… even if you spent most of your cash on pizza.

3. It has patio beers.

When it’s nice outside you should take a break from the hill for a cold one on the patio.
 Table Mountain Regional Park Patio Drink
Table Mountain’s chalet offers a variety of bottled bevvies, plus your standard hi-balls. There’s nothing as refreshing as sipping on a refreshing drink as you look out onto the snow-covered hills.

4. It’s not crowded.

I used to think waiting in line for the lift at Table Mountain Regional Park was a drag.

cutting’ some sick pow today🤘🏼 #justkidding #tablemountainsask #🏂

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After experiencing how long you will wait at some of the larger Canadian ski resorts I’ve changed my tune. If you time your trip right and show up early for the day you’ll beat the rental and lift ticket lineups. Then when you’re on the hill it takes about 10 minutes to get up to the top. You won’t wait long to scoop a seat on the lift.

5. It has onion rings.

#onionrings #theseweresogood #onion #likethisshit #nofilter #noedit #ring #rings

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You won’t be able to resist a snack at the chalet when the whole hill smells like crispy onion rings. It’s just smart marketing.

6. It has a run for you.

Beautiful day at #tablemountainregionalpark #explorebattlefords #skiing #snowboarding #saskatchewan

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Whether you’re a skilled skier, or a novice boarder  – Table Mountain Regional Park has 11 hills that will be perfect for you from the bunny hill all the way up to black diamond moguls. If you’re a fan of trying trick boarding or skiing, there’s a terrain park to hone your skills. Not into either? They have tubing passes for $10.

Whether you’re into relaxing at the chalet with a few bevvies, or non-stop action at the terrain park you’ll definitely have a good time making new memories at your childhood resort.

Give Table Mountain Regional Park another shot this weekend.

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My recommendations are voluntarily written. I have not accepted any payment from Table Mountain Regional Park.