34 Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

This weekend, get debacherous like you’re on the island of Koh Phangan for a Full Moon Party, catch a 90’s grunge take on Shakespeare at Much Ado About Nothing, listen to one of the most diverse live music scenes in Canada, or make a healthy, 5-pound food baby at Food Truck Wars. Find details about these things to do in Saskatoon this weekend and more below:

Events are compiled using the Do Sask Facebook Group community calendar. Group members are invited to share events and engage with each other about things to do in the city of Saskatoon. Think of it as an interactive community cork board.

34 Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018

11:00 AM Food Truck Wars at 511 20th St. W
6:30 PM Friday Night Films at Carlyle King Branch Library
9:00 PM Full Moon Party at O’Brians Event Centre
Dueling Pianos Music Request Show Saskatoon
FREE Games Night at Amazing Stories
Floyd Theatre Festival at The Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre
Come Together at 225 Ave D S
FREE Violent Betty x Don’t Reply x Life Like Fire x Tooth & Nail at 1527 Idylwyld Dr N
The Key of J at the Capitol Music Club
Saskatoon Science of Magic Workshops at 220 20th St W
Petunia & The Vipers at Amigos Cantina
It’s Just Drag Presents Divas! 
Going Away Bash with Live Music at Prairie Sun Brewery
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018

9:00 AM Street Stall Saturdays at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
11:00 AM Food Truck Wars at 511 20th St. W
Small Town Pub Crawl starting at the Longbranch
2nd Annual Show & Shine at Diefenbaker Drive Community Church
The Atrium, Jesse Selkirk, The Academy Rock Band 101 Class at The Academy
FREE Mini Tour of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada
King of Foxes, with special guests at Black Cat Tavern
FREE WINMAR 10 year celebration BBQ & Family Fun at Meewasin Park
Denise Valle with Sumurai Champs & Tefrondon at Amigos Cantina
Much Ado About Nothing at The Refinery
Lewis & Salkeld at Prairie Ink Restaurant 
Big Dave Mclean at Buds on Broadway
Shorebird Driving Trip with Saskatoon Nature Society
2018 Summer Classic: Fun Race & Fundraiser Event
Saskatoon Brewery Tour Brew Cruise
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018

11:00 AM Food Truck Wars at 511 20th St. W
Play Your Gender – Wrap-Up for Girls Rock Camp at The Roxy Theatre
TiP: Charlie Petch at Amigos Cantina
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

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10 Reasons Why I Started Saskatoon Speed Dating

Speed Dating in Saskatoon

As a regular speed dating host, I get asked this question a lot:

“Why did you start a speed dating business?”

My answer will now be:  read this post. I’ve made a list below of some of the reasons that impacted my decision to start offering this service for Saskatoon singles. 

1. Making connection intentional.

I know that it’s hard to meet people when you’re busy with work, school, business, and LIFE. If you don’t make time for meeting new people you’ll stay in that endless rut.

2. A less-than-fun first timer experience.

You know what they say about your first time… I tried speed dating years ago and hated it. Every man asked me, “So, what do you do for a living?” It felt like a bad job interview that that I couldn’t escape.

I thought I could make some improvements and started testing out my format. So far, attendees like it a lot (5 star reviews).

3. A place where “No” means no and “Yes” means yes.

As awful as my first experience was, when I took part in speed dating I learned what it was like to say “no” to many people who may not have been right for me. Up until then, I gave people chances when they didn’t really deserve them. The process of speed dating was enough to give me autonomy in my day-to-day relationships. I want to pass that on to others.

Read more about the code of conduct to learn what is and isn’t okay in this community.

4. No other place in the entire province was offering it.

From what I found in market research, speed dating just wasn’t a regular thing in Saskatoon or Saskatchewan. This may be related to the size of the population, or the ideas and attitudes around dating on the prairies. People come from all over the province to take part and get offline for a night.

5. People fascinate-the-fuck outta me.

They give me lots of energy (and endless anecdotes). I’ve already met a lot of interesting people and hope to meet more.

6. Small city dwellers can be a lil’ cliquey.

Sometimes people are slow to trust and don’t make outsiders feel very welcome. They usually have a group of friends they’ve known since kindergarten and they have no idea what it feels like to be “new to town”. This makes it difficult for newcomers to establish solid relationships (both friendships and otherwise).

I am striving to create an inclusive space with Do Sask. Old friends are good. But have you tried meeting new ones? It’s THRILLING.

7. Singles just want to mingle.

No matter what there are always gonna be people looking for friendship, dates, and new ideas. Do Sask removes the question of whether they are open to that or not to save you a lot of time wondering.

8. Trying something new is okay.

People who attend speed dating are ready to give it a shot. I want to offer a service that’s different from my day job as a writer for businesses, but isn’t a complete 360.

9. The success story challenge.

I like a good sky-high goal that I have no control over. I thought speed dating could be a catalyst for friendships and date matches to blossom here in Saskatchewan. Since Do Sask launched speed dating last year, past attendees are already telling me it’s working. (We currently have a 80% match rate!)

If you attended Do Sask speed dating in the past, please share your honest recommendation with your friends. Word of mouth is very important to growing this community!

10. Collaborating with a few local pubs makes it easy for me.

Not a lot of businesses would give a solopreneur full reign of half their pub and invite them to come back regularly. But the Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub did last year! And then Finn’s Irish Pub did this year! Both spots are worth checking out for a casual night with your new date.

Do Sask is a lot more than speed dating! Check out the closed group for city conversations, exclusive contests, and upcoming event listings. Become a VIP to get weekly announcements about more fun things to do in and around Saskatoon.

An earlier version of this post was originally published on Facebook in August, 2017.

Eating at Taste of Saskatchewan 2018

It’s Taste of Saskatchewan 2018 week! Todd says, “Let’s post a video of me eating a churro in high-speed.” So here it is:
If you can’t tell from the video, we stuffed our faces at Taste of Saskatchewan 2018 last night. The week-long food festival runs until this Sunday, July 22. It’s open to all and free to attend. There’s live entertainment throughout the day and the entire space is licensed. 

Taste of Saskatchewan 2018

Photo via Downtown Saskatoon.

Where: Kiwanis Memorial Park, between the Delta Bessborough Hotel and the Vimy Memorial Bandshell in Saskatoon.
When: Tuesday, July 17th 11:00am to 9:30pm, Wednesday – Saturday, July 21st 11:00am to 10:30pm, Sunday, July 22nd 11:00am to 8:00pm
Tickets: live entertainment is free, food tokens are $2.00 each and liquor tokens are $6.00 each.

The specialty menu items were hard for me to find. Out of seven different dishes, I recommend the Classic Rueben Sandwich from the German Cultural Club and Churros with Custard from Mi Casa Restaurante.

We also tried:

    • Edible Cookie Dough from Big Wing’s
    • Maki Combo from Nisen Sushi Restaurant (they make it fresh, so be prepared to wait in line)
    • Ginger Beef on Rice from Saskatoon Asian Restaurant
    • Boneless Dry Ribs from Tomas the Cook Restaurant
    • Crispy Chicken Poutine (sans chicken because they ran out) from Tony Tomas Restaurant

If I go back, I want the Ham and Gruyere Crepe from Little Bird Patisserie & Café. I noticed that the heat is pushing a lot of people to the Homestead Ice Cream tent to cool down. Which other unique Saskatoon eats did I miss?

Taste of Saskatchewan is on all week long at Kiwanis Memorial Park. Follow their Facebook for details and check out the menu before you go!

What are your top picks from taste of saskatchewan so far? Tell me what you ate in the Closed Facebook group.
Featured image: Downtown Saskatoon

Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

It’s Taste of Saskatchewan week at Kiwanis Memorial Park. If you’re looking for more than a foodie fix you don’t have to walk far down the Meewassin Valley to stumble onto new events and activities along the way. Fresh flower picking, a retro toy fair, and outdoor markets! Find details about these things to do in Saskatoon this weekend and more below:

Events are compiled using the Do Sask Facebook Group community calendar. Group members are invited to share events and engage with each other about things to do in the city of Saskatoon. Think of it as an interactive community cork board.

Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018

4:00 PM Ganbatte Presents Kiki’s Deliver Service at The Roxy Theatre
6:30 PM Friday Night Films at Carlyle King Branch Library
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Taste of Saskatchewan at Kiwanis Memorial Park
Ness Creek Music Festival around Big River (not in Saskatoon)

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018

9:00 AM Street Stall Saturdays at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
10:00 AM Bunnocks Tournament at UMEA Sports Field
1:00 PM The NeverEnding Story
Canadian Rugby Championship at Saskatoon Rugby Club
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Taste of Saskatchewan at Kiwanis Memorial Park
Ness Creek Music Festival around Big River (not in Saskatoon)

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018

10:00 AM Tropical Pageant (in Regina)
Retro Game & Toy Fair at Saskatoon German Cultural Centre
Lily Fest at Black Fox Farm & Distillery
Dragonfly Field Trip with Saskatoon Nature Society
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Taste of Saskatchewan at Kiwanis Memorial Park
Canadian Rugby Championship at Saskatoon Rugby Club
Ness Creek Music Festival around Big River (not in Saskatoon)

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1981 Class C Motorhome: A New Addition to the Do Sask Family

Do Sask is about making connections with the people and places in our home province of Saskatchewan. So it’s very exciting that I now have a 1981 Class C Motorhome to take across the prairies and get closer to that goal.

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This recreational vehicle is a DIY project that I definitely didn’t expect. After many years in storage, my mom gave it to my husband, Chris, and I to do what we want with it. And we don’t know exactly what that is just yet, as it needs a bit of work before it’s ready for a trip to the lake.

1981 Class C Motorhome

Chris looks pretty happy with his Class C Motorhome.

I’ve always made tent camping part of my summers, but Chris would rather scrap the tent for a hotel as mentioned in the epic Saskatchewan road trip post. The Class C Motorhome is a nice compromise which will likely satisfy both of our wants and needs when it comes to travelling in Saskatchewan.

This project technically started about a month ago when we went out to the storage lot to clear it out. Barn swallows made a nest just above the cab because it was sitting there so long.

After attempting to run it with the old battery, we gave in and purchased a new one to get it running. The new battery made the difference. It worked! Chris drove it back into town last week.

What needs repair on the Class C Motorhome

This week, we started inspecting everything to see what we’re getting ourselves into. So far we’re looking at:

    • Replacing the wood in the over cab,
    • Replacing the tires,
    • Removing the awning,
    • Replacing all of the cracked vents,
    • Insulating all windows,
    • And tearing out the carpet.

We tried to set up the awning on our driveway, but the plastic joints were so old that they literally crumbled. A 5 minute inspection turned into an hour of demolition. I really hope this isn’t a trend with the project – ’cause nobody has time for that!

The Class C over cab is a common place for water damage. In our case, it’s in the left corner.

Inside it looks like the decorator sniffed way too much coke before taking a crack at the interior. It’s a horrible 70’s design with orange and brown tweed upholstery, orange and white floral wallpaper, orange shag carpeting (yes – SHAG – in a frickin’ RV), and dated brown cupboards. We’d like to update the decor, but it’s not an immediate necessity.

Our neighbour calls it a honey wagon because it’s “sweet”!

This quintessential dinette is a staple in nearly all motorhomes.

Right now, everything seems good mechanically other than the break lines. The odometer only has about 45,000 kilometers, so that’s a win! Once a technician inspects it, we’ll know exactly what needs to be repaired under the hood.

It’s likely not going to be cheap, but we didn’t purchase the vehicle so it’s affordable. We hope to spend less than $5,000 to get it up to working condition. 

At this stage, we don’t plan on dropping everything and living as full-time nomads. The plan is to take this motorhome on weekend trips and getaways in Saskatchewan. We just hope it isn’t going to be a lemon. Wish us luck!

What do you think of this Class C Motorhome project? Leave your comment in the closed facebook group to have your say!

Watch how this Class C Motorhome DIY project develops. Follow Do Sask on Facebook and Instagram for details.

10 Best Hidden and Rooftop Patios in Saskatoon

The Saskatoon summer heat brings everyone into the sun for drinks with friends. The city has one of the largest rates of restaurants per capita in Canada, so rooftop patios are one way to stand out above the rest. Get a new perspective of the city, or choose a lesser-known gem for some downtime. This post focuses on the local patios that are hidden away, or up a flight of stairs.

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You’ll find a selection of hidden and rooftop patios throughout Saskatoon. Known as decks to most locals, these rooftop patios are available throughout the warm months of May through September. Most of these spots are very casual and affordable, so leave the “extra” to instagram and just relax.

10 Best Hidden & Rooftop Patios in Saskatoon

Yard & Flagon Pub

Why not stop for a Bellini on this beautiful day! ☀️

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Known as one the best rooftop patios in Saskatoon, the Yard is an Irish Pub that serves up traditional fare and draft beer. The patio is multi-level, so watch your step after you’ve been sipping on day drinks.

Address: 718 Broadway Avenue
Phone:  (306) 653-8883

Winston’s English Pub

Decking it at Winston’s

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Go all the way to the back right of the bar, then go a little further. Once you pass the washrooms, you’ll make a beeline to the patio doors. Enjoy one of over 76 craft beer on tap with your all day brekki – completely hidden from the public.

Address: 243 21st St E
Phone:  (306) 374-7468

The Hose & Hydrant Pub

It’s a BEAUTIFUL day for some patio drinks! See you on the deck 🍻☀️

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A new-er edition to the historic fire hall building, the patio is a large and welcoming space for your group. Sip a caesar by the fire pit and load up on signature “fire starter” appies like anojitos.

Address: 612 11th St E
Phone:  (306) 477-3473

Vista Lounge

Fans of small plates rejoice! This west-coast inspired lounge is the perfect spot to watch the sunset while you share dinner with friends. Choose the side patio for a quick cocktail, or step up to the rooftop for a whimsical view with a balloon.

Address: 339 Ave A S
Phone:  (306) 653-2256

O’Shea’s Irish Pub

Get classic Irish pub fare at one of the most popular rooftops in the city. O’Shea’s steps up to summer with a heating and misting contraption to keep you comfy no matter the weather.

Address: 222 2 Ave S
Phone:  (306) 384-7444

Crazy Cactus

The downtown patio is home of the gringo! That may not mean much to outsiders, but the notorious cocktail is made with Churchill Blonde craft beer, tequila, triple sec and lime. Saskatoon’s younger crowd LOVES the stuff.

Address: 269 3 Ave S
Phone:  (306) 975-1266

Specklebelly’s Pub & Eatery

You won’t hear much about this low-profile patio in Sutherland, but it’s worth a try. This pub has insanely good feature drinks every night. In my opinion, the best day to go is Saturday – there aren’t huge line ups and you can get a decent date for cheap.

Address: 900 Central Ave
Phone:  (306) 249-0900

Dino’s Bar & Grill

Another Sutherland staple patio, Dino’s is a student bar that serves up Italian cuisine from the Venice House Traditional Grill kitchen downstairs. Get delicious food for a fraction of the cost with the daily special menu.

Address: 906 Central Ave
Phone:  (306) 373-6666

Una Pizza + Wine

This patio is located in an alcove next to the Broadway Theatre. You won’t necessarily feel off-the-beaten-path as Una is one of the most popular places to dine in Saskatoon. However it took me about 3 tries to figure out exactly where the patio was – so they’ve got that going for them!

Address: 707 Broadway Ave
Phone:  (306) 978-0116

Louis’ Pub 

🚨🚨 PATIO IS OPEN 🚨🚨#yxeeats #yxepatio #saskbeers COME HANG OUT WITH US

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Every U of S student knows that Louis’ is a great place to wind down after a long day of studying. But did you know that their rooftop patio is open to everyone sans tuition payments? Combine student-friendly prices with a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous campus and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Address: 93 Campus Drive
Phone:  (306) 966-7000

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Review of The Merry Wives of Windsor in Saskatoon

Greg Ochitwa’s production of Shakespeare’s sexy comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor is on stage now at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. This week, the Do Sask Book Club met up to watch the play. Ashleigh Mattern, one of the book club’s loyal members, wrote a review. (She shares reviews regularly on Goodreads.) Here is what she thought about both the book and the show:

Review of The Merry Wives of Windsor in Saskatoon

Pictured from left to right: Megan Seier, Ashleigh Mattern, and Amy Rederburg. The finger rating is out of 5 for the book, not the play. I finished the book, but didn’t fully understand it. Hence my hand with closed fist indicating I didn’t complete it.

“The play was so much better than the book! This is the first Shakespeare book I’ve read since high school and I guess I’m out of practice. It was like reading French for me (which I can read, but poorly). My struggles with the language aside, The Merry Wives of Windsor is a humorous story. I even laughed out loud once while reading. But I also went to the play after reading the book, and I spent pretty much the entire play laughing. The book is not very long, though, and reading it helped me understand some of the dialogue more when I went to see the play, so overall, worth my time to read it.”

The Merry Wives of Windsor is a love story in the style of a good British comedy, following the fat knight Falstaff as he attempts to woo two high-class married women for money. I tried to read the play beforehand, but agree with Ashleigh that it’s difficult to understand old English when you’re used to the new stuff. It was way better to watch the play in person for context around the comedic love triangle and slapstick antics.

This rendition appears to be set in modern day time, but I can’t be sure because some of the clothing reminded me of apparel you’d see in the 80s. Along with the modern-ish costumes, there’s a twist on one of the romantic relationships. As a take-off from Shakespeare’s all-male cast, Ochitwa makes use of his predominantly female crew with a LGBTQ love story.

The StarPhoenix’s Cam Fuller says: “It says something about progress when Shakespeare is altered to include a same-sex romance and it’s hardly even noteworthy.”

He’s speaking of the director’s choice to change Master Fenton, a would-be suitor to Mistress Page, into Mistress Fenton. The “Pay What You Can” audience didn’t seem phased by this gender flip and the plot worked well with the lesbian dynamic. However Mrs. Page accidentally referred to her as Master Fenton in one of the last scenes. Both actresses, Elizabeth Nepjuk and Jacqueline Block, were beaming after their on-stage kiss.

I anticipated Joshua Beaudry would take the lead role as the egotistical sleaze Falstaff in this production, after stealing the show as Malvolio in last year’s “Twelfth Night“. His portrayal dominated the stage, but it was so overt that it lost the subtle charm that he’d captured as Malvolio. Falstaff wears baggy shorts, a baseball hat and a chain while “dabbing” during conversation, chugging brown liquor in record time, and swinging his paunch in attempts to seduce both Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page.

The stand-out character to watch is Mr. Ford, husband of Mrs. Ford, played by Jaron Francis. He sets up a disguise and coaxes Falstaff with liquor to determine if his wife will sleep around or not. The character is insecure with hilarious asides and subtle actions that portray what it is to doubt a marriage.

All things considered, this play is a fun trip to Shakespeare’s lighter side. While the theme isn’t sophisticated (money, drinking, and sex), you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how relevant the story-line holds up to current sitcoms. It’s probably best to leave the kids at home for this one.

Be sure to come early for literary programming at the K+S Potash Canada Community Stage. We heard readings from Ken Fox, Beth Goobie, and Shanda Stefanson from Tonight It’s Poetry before watching the play.

As mentioned above, this was a first-time “Pay What You Can” event to make theatre more accessible to the public. Regular tickets are $38 for adults, $30 for students and seniors, and $23 for youth. Purchase tickets online at ShakespeareSask.com, or call the box office at 306-652-9100.

For more information about the 2018 season, follow Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

Events for the week of July 12 to 18, 2018

What’s so special about mid-July in Saskatoon? This past week, we’ve endured vicious windstorms, baseball-sized hail, and stifling humidity. BUT none of that is keeping us from carrying on with a summer full of festive fun. So get out there this weekend! Show the world that a little wind, rain, and falling ice won’t stop you from experiencing all there is to do for fun in our little patch of the prairies.

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Take in live theatre at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, enjoy a farm-made dinner and grassroots tunes at Perogyfest, watch the Canadian Rugby Championship games, and get ready to TASTE everything our city has to offer at the foodie festival. I’ve rounded up over 20 of the best things to do in Saskatoon this weekend.

Events are compiled using the Do Sask Facebook Group community calendar. Group members are invited to share events and engage with each other about things to do in the city of Saskatoon. Think of it as an interactive community cork board.

20+ THINGS TO DO IN SASKATOON THIS WEEKEND

Check out the listings below:

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018

9:00 AM Free Event: Composting 101 and Food Bank Garden Patch Tour
5:00 PM Thursday Night Art Market at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
10:00 PM Too Many Zooz at Amigos Cantina
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018

6:30 PM Friday Night Films at Carlyle King Branch Library
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018

9:00 AM Street Stall Saturdays at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
6:00 PM Perogyfest at Farmyard Market
7:00 PM 2nd Annual Summer Dancetacular at Danceland, Manitou Beach (not in Saskatoon)
8:00 PM Uptown Stomp – Swing Dance at Free Flow Dance Centre
FREE Learn to Fish 
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018

10:00 AM Whipping it Up in the Market Kitchen at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
FREE Learn to Fish 
FREE Play Beach Dodgeball at the Sutherland Bar
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018

7:00 PM Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Canadian Rugby Championship at Saskatoon Rugby Club 

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018

10:00 AM Whipping it Up in the Market Kitchen at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
10:30 AM Summer Mom & Baby Active
7:00 PM Vintage Swing at River Landing Water Park
Fundraising Open Mic Ft. the Saskatoon Youth Slam Team at Honey Bun Café
Canadian Rugby Championship at Saskatoon Rugby Club
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Taste of Saskatchewan at Kiwanis Memorial Park

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018

6:30 PM Write-On Wednesdays at Frances Morrison Library
7:30 PM Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
8:00 PM Simpsons Trivia at The Woods Ale House
Canadian Rugby Championship at Saskatoon Rugby Club
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Taste of Saskatchewan at Kiwanis Memorial Park

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Saskatoon Pub Trivia Schedule 2018

Do you know everything there is to know about everything? Saskatoon pub trivia is happening in spots around the city throughout the week. This post gives an idea of where to go if you’ve got a whole lot of facts swirling around in your brain and no one to shout them at.

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Saskatoon pub trivia is better played as part of a well-rounded small team. Since you’re likely an expert on a few niche topics, feel free to coordinate with other experts to come out on top. Find them in the Do Sask closed Facebook group if you’re new to town, or your friends aren’t always game for a round. There are fun giveaways and food and drink specials waiting for the winning teams.

Active Saskatoon Pub Trivia Locations 2018

Where: The Hose & Hydrant Pub 
When:
Sundays at 8:00 PM

Where: Mana Bar
When:
Thursdays at 7:00 PM

Where: Fionn MacCool’s
When: Wednesdays at 8:00 PM

Where: Thirsty Scholar
When: every second Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Where: Earls
When: every other Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Where: The Woods Ale House
When: Wednesdays at 8:00 PM

Where: Hudsons Canada’s Pub
When: rotating Tuesdays at 7:30 PM

Where: Amigo’s
When: roughly 1x month

Where’s your favourite spot for Saskatoon pub trivia? Join the Do Sask Facebook group to have your say!
Do you organize Saskatoon pub trivia? Send in your schedule to be included on this free listing.

Do Sask Book Club just got better thanks to McNally Robinson Booksellers

Now that it’s July, we’re officially more than halfway through 2018. It’s about time to shed some light on the Do Sask Book Club that began casually back in January and how it’s about to get better thanks to McNally Robinson Booksellers.

You probably noticed while perusing Do Sask over the past 18 months that organizing group experiences is my thing. From brewery tours to speed dating, craft workshops to road trips – creating new activities close to home is part of what gives my life meaning. 

WHY RUN A FREE BOOK CLUB?

The Do Sask Book Club began as an in-person meetup for closed Facebook group members. I only knew one other member in person before the book club met up in January this year.

Finding a group of friends who are willing to commit to monthly gatherings isn’t easy. Take my Sunday-night all-women D&D experiment group. We found out that having a 3-hour-plus game late into the evening on a work night wasn’t going to fly long-term. (Yes, I play D&D. Did I mention I’m a dork?)

However if a bunch of friends commit as a group to finishing something they start, they can definitely do some big things in the world. That’s what community means to me. And that’s why I started the Book Club.

Over the past 6 months, we’ve read five different titles and held meetings at a number of local venues. Books include Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King,  1984 by George Orwell, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, and Artemis by Andy Weir. There was a clear theme that ran through these discussions, but it wasn’t planned as books are chosen by random draw.

HOW THE DO SASK BOOK CLUB WORKS

  • Book Draw Everyone in attendance puts their #1 title into a draw.
  • Eclectic Topics Each title will eventually be picked, so you’re guaranteed to have your book chosen along with a variety of other options – some you may hate and others may surprise you.
  • Flexible Meetings Dates are chosen on a day that works for the majority of attendees, usually a Monday or Tuesday evening.
  • Drinks & Discussion Book club members get together for a casual conversation over lattes and cocktails.
  • Book Club is always FREE Please bring cash if you’d like to order a drink and snacks to support the host venue.

If your schedule is anything like mine, you may not have time to include leisure reading every month. That’s why we don’t enforce the rule of finishing the book (although it makes a difference for the discussion). So you never have to feel pressure and can show up if you want to take part, or just listen.

What I’ve loved most about the Do Sask Book Club is learning how different people pick up unique aspects of each book. No one thinks alike and everyone offers a new perspective, or pieces of the story that I may have missed.

DO SASK BOOK CLUB & MCNALLY ROBINSON BOOKSELLERS

Meet us at Prairie Ink Restaurant inside McNally Robinson Booksellers starting later this summer. Along with providing space for discussions, McNally is offering Do Sask Book Club members their Reader Reward card for $10 which gives you 10% off your purchases. There will be a draw for a gift card at every meeting, if you needed some added incentive.

In the future, the curators at McNally Robinson Booksellers are willing to line up authors to potentially speak and offer book suggestions when applicable.

COME TO THE NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING

At the July Do Sask Book Club, we’ll discuss “The Merry Wives of Windsor” before watching the play at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. Check out the event listing for details. 

The year is young! Fill it with new friends, a few drinks, and some literature at the Do Sask Book Club. Please contact me if you’d like more information about upcoming meetings.