November Events in Saskatoon 2019

While you were recovering from a bite-sized-candy-induced food coma, the holiday spirit rolled into town injecting your brain with ear-worms that sound a lot like Michael Bublé. Okay, you may not be ready for the festive season… But it’s here! This November, in addition to candy-cane lanes, nutcrackers, and choirs hitting Saskatoon, you’ll get a mix of theatre, musicals, live music, trivia, and workshops.

This month, find Do Sask at Speed Dating, Speed Dating 35 & Up, and Book Club. Look for details to all of these events in the massive monthly listing below. Check the Do Sask Facebook group for daily updates.

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NOVEMBER EVENTS IN SASKATOON 2019

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Speed Dating for 25 & Up at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Trivia at Cohen’s Beer Republic
WROL (Without Rule of Law) at Persephone Theatre
Into the Woods at Broadway Theatre
Trivia at Capitol Music Club

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Comedy Night in Canada with Rick Mercer

Free Hot Beverage at 7-Eleven // Reverse Birthday

Karaoke at Amigos Cantina

WROL (Without Rule of Law) at Persephone Theatre

Into the Woods at Broadway Theatre

WCSS Weekly WCS Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern

Friday, November 8, 2019

Curated Winter Market

Friday Night Tour at Remai Modern

Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories

WROL (Without Rule of Law) at Persephone Theatre

Into the Woods at Broadway Theatre

Myles Morrison at Yuk Yuk’s On Tour Saskatoon

Pretty in Punk at Capitol Music Club

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Jeremy Dutcher with the SSO at TCU Place

Curated Winter Market

7th Annual Santa’s Market – Craft & Trade Show at St. Patrick Parish

WROL (Without Rule of Law) at Persephone Theatre

Into the Woods at Broadway Theatre

Sunday, November 10, 2019

WROL (Without Rule of Law) at Persephone Theatre

Into the Woods at Broadway Theatre

Christkindl Craft Fair at German Cultural Centre

Monday, November 11, 2019

Remembrance Day at SaskTel Centre

For Remembrance Chamber Singers at Knox United Church

Remembrance Day Run at Edwards School of Business

Remembrance Day at Open House at Nutana Legion

SFBB at Legion 63 Remembrance Day

Free Hot Beverage at 7-Eleven

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

WROL (Without Rule of Law) at Persephone Theatre

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Trivia at Cohen’s Beer Republic

WROL (Without Rule of Law) at Persephone Theatre

Punk Rock Bingo at Black Cat Tavern

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Writers’ Open Mic Night at Frances Morrison Library

Girl in the Box at The Refinery

Night Market at Remai Modern

Ami Cheon X vbnd and the Soulmate Collective at Black Cat Tavern

WCSS Weekly WCS Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern

Friday, November 15, 2019

Saskatchewan Blue Cross “Light Walk” at the BHP Enchanted Forest

Friday Night Tour at Remai Modern

Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories

Girl in the Box at The Refinery

Night Market at Remai Modern

Joy of Vox Christmas Preview and Dinner at German Cultural Centre

Mykel Somvong W/ Special Guest Ami Cheon at Capitol Music Club

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Rock’n the Prairies at Danceland Manitou Beach

BHP Enchanted Forest Light Tour at Saskatoon Forestry Farm

Girl in the Box at The Refinery

Funkjoint at The Bassment

Rock’n the Prairies at Manitou Beach

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at TCU Place

Origami Workshop 2 at Soul Paper

Saskatoon Santa Claus Parade at Downtown Saskatoon

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Glitter A Charitable Night of Shopping at Lawson Heights Mall

Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival

Silkscreen Prints at Remai Modern

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Speed Dating for 35 & Up at Hose & Hydrant Pub

Trivia at Cohen’s Beer Republic

Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival

Trivia at Capitol Music Club

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Mystery at the Mendel Adult Night at Nutrien Wonderhub

Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival at Broadway Theatre

Sask Country Showcase at TCU Place

Glow: Santa’s Lost Paradise at Prairieland Park through Dec 28

Girl in the Box at The Refinery

WCSS Weekly WCS Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern

Friday, November 22, 2019

2019 PBR Canadian Finals

Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival

Festival of Trees presented by the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation at WDM through November 30

Friday Night Tour at Remai Modern

Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories

Girl in the Box at The Refinery

Saturday, November 23, 2019

2019 PBR Canadian Finals

YXE Handmade Market and Live Theatre at Sutherland Evangelical Church

Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival

Girl in the Box at The Refinery

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival

Razzmatazz: A retro theatrical fundraiser at LB Distillers

Monday, November 25, 2019

Book Club Reads at McNally Robinson Booksellers

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Champagne Shopping Night at Midtown Plaza

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Trivia at Cohen’s Beer Republic

Beginner Bird ID Workshop at USask Health Sciences

The Saskatoon Fall Rock n’ Gem Show at 503 Ruth Street West through Dec 1

WCSS Weekly WCS Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern

Punk Rock Bingo at Black Cat Tavern

Craft Sale at Crocus Co-op

Friday, November 29, 2019

Sundog Arts & Entertainment Faire

Bianca Del Rio at TCU Place

Friday Night Tour at Remai Modern

Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories

Shaun Majumder’s HATE Tour at Broadway Theatre

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Sundog Arts & Entertainment Faire

Snack’n with Santa at TCU Place

Hawksley Workman – Median Age Wasteland Tour at Broadway Theatre

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Saskatoon Speed Dating Success Story: Anthony and Sophie

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“I love meeting new people. So, I wanted to meet people and make some friends and go from there. Obviously, having a girlfriend out of it was an absolute cherry on top of the cake. “

This week, I spoke with a pair who matched at Saskatoon Speed Dating. Anthony* and Sophie* have been in a supportive, long-term relationship since connecting at their Do Sask event in January 2019. I asked them if they would share their experience and they graciously agreed. I chatted with each of them individually and encouraged honest responses.

Read on if you’re curious to learn how this couple developed from an initial 4-minute speed dating conversation.

What did you think about speed dating before you came?

Anthony: “I didn’t really have any feelings about it at all. I’d seen speed dating in a few movies and things. I didn’t know that Saskatoon had such a thing.

When I heard about it, I thought, “What the heck!” I would give it a try. I was in the mountains on a snowboard trip scrolling on Facebook. Something popped up and it was Do Sask, so I read into it. I saw speed dating and read about it and went from there.”

What did you want out of speed dating?

Sophie: “To be honest, going into it I didn’t have any expectations. One of my friends worked at the Crazy Cactus. She and I were both part of a group of friends who were mostly coupled up since high school or a few years after. When she heard Do Sask Speed Dating was scheduled at the Crazy Cactus, she began a campaign to get me to join her. I wasn’t gung-ho in the very beginning. But I thought why not to see what would happen. I didn’t expect that it would be the way I met my future partner.”

Anthony: “I was going in to have a new experience and try something new. I didn’t necessarily want a relationship out of it, but I wanted to try something out of my comfort zone. I love meeting new people. So, I wanted to make some friends and go from there. Obviously, having a girlfriend out of it was an absolute cherry on top of the cake.”

Tell me about what happened the night of speed dating.

A: “The night of I was running late. I rolled up a minute or two to 7 pm. I figured I was going to be a couple minutes late. I just remember thinking to myself “here we go”. There were some butterflies. I remember seeing all the people there. Once I registered, I knew I had a drink ticket and went to grab one. I started chatting with some of the guys there and my butterflies went away.”

S: “I told my friend I really needed a drink. I had no idea what I was walking into. There were a lot more people there than I thought there would be.

I liked the icebreaker game which introduced me to everyone who was there that night. We played people bingo and got to know other people. It was kind of nice to have a little conversation with everyone before the dating started.“

A: “We had an introductory bingo game. There was a bingo card and we were asked to find people that matched the description and write their name on the squares. There were no nerves, it was just excitement at that point.

Once the game started, I remember thinking, “Okay, you’re supposed to mingle”. A few of the girls had huddled up together asking questions and some of the guys were asking questions to each other. My initial thought was, “I’m here to go on dates, so I’m going to talk to the girls”.

I remember seeing Sophie walk in at the beginning of the night. With the game on, I went right over to her. She was happy and had this beautiful smile. I remembered her immediately. Once the dates started, I was looking forward to having that 4-minute date with her.

S: “As soon as you said go for the ice breaker game, Anthony was the first person who came up and talked to me. I kind of liked being approached first. He was nice to talk to. He said it was nice meeting you and I’ll talk to you soon.”

A: “During our date, we were talking about football. She was very open and didn’t seem shy. She plays fantasy football and I like football. My go-to question for that night was, “here’s a plane ticket you can go anywhere you want, where are you going?” And I had a lot of good conversations from that. Sophie was very easy to talk to. The 4 minutes flew by. We chatted through the intermission.”

S: “When it came time for Anthony’s 4-minute date to end, he asked, “Do you want to keep talking?” Intermission had started, so we decided to chat right through the short break. We talked about fantasy football. And we’re both big travellers, so we discussed all the places we’ve been and wanted to go. That probably took up most of the conversation.”

Describe your first date after speed dating.

S: “On our first date, we met at D’Lish by Tish Cafe and got a drink. We took it to go and walked along the river. We walked to Rotary Park, by River Landing, and up the Broadway Bridge. It was the end of January, so the night turned cold. We went to the Yard and Flagon to warm up a bit. Anthony walked me back to my car at D’Lish before we said goodnight.”

A: “We met up at a coffee shop about a week later, grabbed a cup of joe, and went for a stroll by the river. Tried to get to know each other. There was a wind – it was winter – so we just kept moving. I walked her back to her car gave her a kiss goodnight.”

How has your life been better since attending?

S: “I’ve never really had a serious relationship and it’s really nice having someone to share a life with. Anthony adds to my life.”

A: “I’ve had a girlfriend since then, so it’s been a change for the better. It was a pretty good bonus. I’m happy and the months have flown by since meeting her. It’s a great relationship. We support each other. It’s very easy to get along.”

Do you feel like four minutes in person is enough to decide?

A: “Yeah, it is enough to make a decision about someone. Pretty quickly you get a vibe if you want to chat with that person any further. Whether it’s friendly or more. You’ll know if want to talk with them again.”

How do you know if speed dating was successful?

A: “It was a win for me because I gained a girlfriend out of it. For me it was going to be a success because I went. I didn’t back out! I booked it back from the mountains. And the next day I thought I was going to cancel. The act of trying something different that not everyone would do made it a success. It put me out of my comfort zone. Not everyone would do this. It’s different way to go about meeting people.”

S: “I’d never been to speed dating before. I’d even mark it as successful if I hadn’t found someone because I’d have made some new connections.”

How do you feel about online dating or apps?

S: “I was visiting a friend in Calgary. She took my phone and made a Tinder account. I didn’t want to activate it in Saskatoon because I found it very superficial. But I did go on some dates from the app. I saw one guy for a couple months and it didn’t work out with him long-term.”

A: “Nothing against the dating apps. They have their good and bad. I think they’re fine. I’ve had dates from those too. They’re just another page in the dating book.

Nowadays there’s Tinder, bumble, POF, and speed dating is just another way. For me, you meet people face-to-face and have a good chat. You get to know a lot about a person by chatting. ”

What is the most frustrating thing about dating before meeting your speed dating match?

S: “The most frustrating thing is meeting new people. I have a great group of friends, but there aren’t too many new people coming into the group.

Lots of my friends have been dating since around high school or shortly afterwards. They met through mutual friends in high school. A couple years after high school they would come around. That’s how most of the relationships happened.”

A: “For me, dating was just getting to meet new people and hopefully something goes well from there. Nothing seemed to work out for a bit there. But that’s just me and the other person weren’t meant to be. I probably wouldn’t have met Sophie if I didn’t go to speed dating.

I have a certain group of friends from high school. There was a bit of a disconnect. They were with someone since high school. I could never relate to that. I have other friends through hockey. I always seem to meet new people here and there.”

Would you recommend Do Sask speed dating to others?

A: Yeah, absolutely. I would recommend speed dating to others. If someone asked me, I would tell ’em it’s a lot of fun and it turned out better than I would have expected.

Do you have a speed dating match success story? Share yours now. 

*Names have been changed to protect the couple’s privacy. Testimonials have been lightly edited for clarity.

Speed dating match testimonials are honest and genuine. However, they don’t guarantee similar match results.

October Events in Saskatoon 2019

My favourite month of the year is back! This time around, you’ll be sprinkling in loads of live music, theatre, fall craft markets and more with your pumpkin pie and bite-sized candy. If you’re not too busy sorting out costumes and Thanksgiving plans you should make some room in your calendar for a few of these local events in Saskatoon.

This month, find Do Sask at Speed Dating, Speed Friending, Book Club, and a special volunteering field trip. Look for details to all of these events in the massive monthly listing below. Check the Do Sask Facebook group for daily updates.

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OCTOBER EVENTS IN SASKATOON 2019

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Coffee House Art Showcase at Mulberry’s Cafe

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at The Refinery

Thalass at Black Cat Tavern

Friday, October 4, 2019

Local Love Wedding Experience at The Barn at Wind’s Edge

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Saskatoon International Burlesque Festival 2019 at The Broadway Theatre

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at The Refinery

Vultures at Black Cat Tavern

Oktoberfest at German Cultural Centre

Paul Kuster at Yuk Yuk’s On Tour Saskatoon

Pretty in Punk: Alien To The Ignorant at Capitol

Saturday, October 5, 2019

SWITCH Zombie Run 2019 at 1015 Briarwood Road

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Saskatoon International Burlesque Festival 2019 at The Broadway Theatre

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at The Refinery

Dylan Cooper at Black Cat Tavern

Balls to the Walls 3 at Ecole Victoria School

Dehli 2 Dublin at Capitol

Sunday, October 6, 2019

AirBand Together For A Wish at Bud’s on Broadway

Harvest Home Medieval Halloween Market at German Cultural Centre

Halloween Bonanza by Fairy Door Tours Saskatoon

The Great Big Pumpkin Drop at Black Fox Farm & Distillery

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Red Green’s “This could be it tour” at Broadway Theatre

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at The Refinery

Benjamin Francis Leftwich at Capitol

Monday, October 7, 2019

Free Hot Beverage at 7-Eleven

Said the Whale at The Broadway Theatre

Michael Hughes at Capitol

Blockbuster Trivia at Louis’

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Frankenstein; or The Man and The Monster at Greystone Theatre

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Red Sky Performance Presents TRACE at The Broadway Theatre

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Luke Combs at SaskTel Centre

Writers’ Open Mic Night at Frances Morrison Library

Frankenstein; or The Man and The Monster at Greystone Theatre

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Sounds Like, An Audio Festival (City-wide)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at The Refinery

Friday, October 11, 2019

World of Dance Live at TCU Place

Frankenstein; or The Man and The Monster at Greystone Theatre

AFRO BASH at Louis’ Pub

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at The Refinery

Screaming Targets at Black Cat Tavern

Paul Kuzbik at Capitol

Free Hot Beverage at 7-Eleven

Sounds Like, An Audio Festival (City-wide)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Autumn Craft and Artisan Show at Lakeview Church

Stumbletown Grand Opening

Frankenstein; or The Man and The Monster at Greystone Theatre

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Sounds Like, An Audio Festival (City-wide)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at The Refinery

Emo Extravaganza at Black Cat Tavern

SCAT Fall Craft & Bake Sale at Market Mall

The 2nd Annual Dark Market at Capitol

Sunday, October 13, 2019

DRIP at JT’s Bar & Event Centre

Halloween Bonanza by Fairy Door Tours Saskatoon

Frankenstein; or The Man and The Monster at Greystone Theatre

Black Tongue at Black Cat Tavern

Monday, October 14, 2019

Frankenstein; or The Man and The Monster at Greystone Theatre

Paris Pick at Black Cat Tavern

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dallas Smith & Dean Brody at SaskTel Centre

Frankenstein; or The Man and The Monster at Greystone Theatre

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Speed Friending at The Hose & Hydrant Pub

Frankenstein; or The Man and The Monster at Greystone Theatre

Monowhales at Black Cat Tavern

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Books for Crooks Gala at Amigos Cantina

The Dark Hub Adult Night at Nutrien Wonderhub

Frankenstein; or The Man and The Monster at Greystone Theatre

Ghost Note at Black Cat Tavern

Friday, October 18, 2019

Night Maze at Saskatoon Italian Cultural Centre

Frankenstein; or The Man and The Monster at Greystone Theatre

Christmas Craft Fair at WDM

Free Flow Dance Theatre Gala at The Refinery

Mustakettu at Black Cat Tavern

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Empty Bowls Fundraiser at Station 20 West

Falling for Wishes Outdoor Market at Passion Safe Storage

Night Maze at Saskatoon Italian Cultural Centre

Frankenstein; or The Man and The Monster at Greystone Theatre

Free Flow Dance Theatre Gala at The Refinery

Dead Soft at Black Cat Tavern

7Shifts Presents 2nd Annual YXE Poutine Week Kick-off Crawl in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Saskatoon

Poutine Week at various locations across Saskatoon

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Halloween Bonanza by Fairy Door Tours Saskatoon

Free Flow Dance Theatre Gala at The Refinery

Selci Tour at Black Cat Tavern

Poutine Week at various locations across Saskatoon

Monday, October 21, 2019

The Mavericks at TCU Place

Canadian Trivia at Louis’

Poutine Week at various locations across Saskatoon

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Horror Flick Trivia at Capitol

Poutine Week at various locations across Saskatoon

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Black Mastiff at Black Cat Tavern

Crocus Catering Launch Party at Skate Saskatoon Hall

Poutine Week at various locations across Saskatoon

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Morrissey at TCU Place

St. Arunad at Black Cat Tavern

Poutine Week at various locations across Saskatoon

Friday, October 25, 2019

Terror in the Trees at Hwy 60 and Churchill Ave. (Pike Lake)

Scary Night Maze at Saskatoon Italian Cultural Centre

The Dead South at TCU Place

Dusty Tucker at Black Cat Tavern

Poutine Week at various locations across Saskatoon

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Saskatchewan Reptile Expo 2019 at TCU Place

Bring Your Own Container at Plant Life Workshops

Creative Arts Retreat in Warman

Terror in the Trees at Hwy 60 and Churchill Ave. (Pike Lake)

Magic City Chorus presents A CAPPELLA SHOWCASE! at Tommy Douglas Collegiate

Scary Night Maze at Saskatoon Italian Cultural Centre

Halloween for Humanity at Black Cat Tavern

Poutine Week at various locations across Saskatoon

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Create Your Future Vision Board Workshop at 1635 McKercher Dr

Saskatchewan Reptile Expo 2019 at TCU Place

Halloween Bonanza by Fairy Door Tours Saskatoon

Terror in the Trees at Hwy 60 and Churchill Ave. (Pike Lake)

Matt Mays at The Broadway Theatre

Closet Raid at The Well Collaborative

Poutine Week at various locations across Saskatoon

Monday, October 28, 2019

Book Club at McNally Robinson Booksellers

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Lazys at The Capitol

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Boo Town at WDM

Without Rule of Law at Remai Arts Centre

Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Broadway Theatre

Nightmare on Cartwright Street at German Cultural Centre

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Terror in the Trees at Hwy 60 and Churchill Ave. (Pike Lake)

Spoken Word Slam at Frances Morrison Library

Scary Night Maze at Saskatoon Italian Cultural Centre

Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Broadway Theatre

Without Rule of Law at Remai Arts Centre (until November 13)

Fright Night Monster Mash at Black Cat Tavern

The Rocky Horror Punk Show at Capitol

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September Events in Saskatoon 2019

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After scouring the city for events worth doing, September in Saskatoon is looking like one of the most exciting months of the year! On top of your beautiful autumn golds across the river valley, you’ll be treated to a change of pace in the entertainment department. Swap your festival gear for a sweater and jeans as you take in live on-stage theatre productions, powerful frontwomen, and chances to let loose in adult-friendly playgrounds.

This month, find Do Sask at Speed Friending and Book Club.

Look for details to all of these events in the massive monthly listing below. Check the Tuesday, September 10

Skip to:Tuesday, September 17

Skip to:Tuesday, September 24

SEPTEMBER EVENTS IN SASKATOON 2019

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Le Burger Week in DTNYXE

Drip Glow Affair at JT’s Bar & Grill

Monday, September 2, 2019

Le Burger Week in DTNYXE

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Le Burger Week in DTNYXE

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

YXEats in Riversdale

Thursday, September 5, 2019

YXEats in Riversdale

Friday, September 6, 2019

Doylefest 2019 in Asquith

Megan Nash w/ Scotch & Water at Amigos Cantina

The Human Condition Comedy Tour at Capitol

YXEats in Riversdale

Curated. At TCU Place

Le Burger Week in DTNYXE

Turn Out at Remai Modern

Brittany Lyseng at Yuk Yuk’s Saskatoon

Saturday, September 7, 2019

2019 Broadway Street Fair

2019 Dundurn Mud Drags

Cinema Under the Stars at Al Anderson Park

A Night of Blues with Maurice Vaugh John at Cosmo Seniors Centre

YXEats in Riversdale

Curated. At TCU Place

Le Burger Week in DTNYXE

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Saskatoon Highland Games at Saskatoon German Cultural Centre

YXEats in Riversdale

Outdoor Craft Market at German Cultural Centre

Monday, September 9, 2019

Registration for dance classes

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Speed Friending at Hose & Hydrant Pub

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Penelopaid at Persephone BackStage

Friday, September 13, 2019

Megabounce 2019 at Meewasin Park

Pretty in Punk Teaser Fest at Capitol

Penelopaid at Persephone BackStage

Flamenco Performance in support of the Jack Millikin Centre at The Refinery

Saturday, September 14, 2019

ECOM Fall 2019 in Hague

Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo at Prairieland Park

7th Annual 33rd Street Fair!

Seabuckthorn Days & Pumpkin Festival at Black Fox Farm & Distillery

Penelopaid at Persephone BackStage

The SJO Presents: Honouring The Tradition at Broadway Theatre

Flamenco Performance in support of the Jack Millikin Centre at The Refinery

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Seabuckthorn Days & Pumpkin Festival at Black Fox Farm & Distillery

“A Bewildering Week” Book Signing at Indigo Centre

Monday, September 16, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Death Camp Survivor Tells His Story (Saskatoon) at TCU Place

Penelopaid at Persephone BackStage

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Penelopaid at Persephone BackStage

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Adult Night at Nutrien Wonderhub

Penelopaid at Persephone BackStage

Busty and the Bass at Capitol

Friday, September 20, 2019

Penelopaid at Persephone BackStage

Bridal Party at Black Cat Tavern

Saturday, September 21, 2019

USask FestiBowl

Penelopaid at Persephone BackStage

Chunder Buffet at Black Cat Tavern

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Penelopaid at Persephone BackStage

Monday, September 23, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ppl r Ppl presents Little Shop of Horrors at The Broadway Theatre

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Mindfulness for Young Adults at USask

Friday, September 27, 2019

Ppl r Ppl presents Little Shop of Horrors at The Broadway Theatre

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Jay & Jo at the Bassment

CFCR FM-Phasis 2019 at Black Cat Tavern

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Prairie Paladin Medieval Market and Faire at Museum of Antiquities, Usask

Ppl r Ppl presents Little Shop of Horrors at The Broadway Theatre

Glory at Persephone Theatre

Nuit Blanche Saskatoon 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Ppl r Ppl presents Little Shop of Horrors at The Broadway Theatre

Glory at Persephone Theatre (until October 9)

Monday, September 30, 2019

Book Club at McNally Robinson Booksellers

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June Events in Saskatoon 2019

A better late than never listing of June’s events in Saskatoon. Get half of the month at a glance. Check out more summer happenings. 

Note: Do Sask will be taking a hiatus from monthly event listings from June through August. You can catch daily updates from the public group, Saskatoon Events & Date Night Ideas.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Garrys // Lovelet // Lonewolf at Black Cat Tavern

Friday, June 14, 2019

Saskatoon Relay For Life 2019 at Saskatoon Kinsmen/Henk Ruys Soccer Centre 
The Basement Paintings, Mulligrub, The Won’ts, The Sex Geckos at Black Cat Tavern
Back of the Bus at The Bassment
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Family Fun Day at Sutherland Curling Club
35th Anniversary Wine And Cheese at Prairie Centre for Ecumenism 
Kacy & Clayton, Gunner and Smith, Chris Sleightholm at Black Cat Tavern
Saskatoon Opera Presents Die Fledermaus at Persephone Theatre
Pro/amateur Boxing Invitational at TCU Place

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Winona Forever, Lev Snowe, Lips Slackers at Black Cat Tavern
Poetry Slam Finals at Amigos Cantina
Father’s Day

Monday, June 17, 2019

Shawn Mendes at SaskTel Centre

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Wine Lips w/ the Sex Geckos & Praises at Black Cat Tavern
Saskatoon Opera Presents Die Fledermaus at Persephone Theatre
Spark Your Pride at Western Development Museum
Saskatoon Opera Presents Die Fledermaus at Persephone Theatre

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Speed Friending at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Bokashi and Vermicomposting with the Saskatoon Compost Coaches

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Saskatoon Opera Presents Die Fledermaus at Persephone Theatre

Friday, June 21, 2019

Summer Solstice
Aboriginal Day

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Summer Solstice Party with DJ Questlove at Remai Modern
Pride Parade at University Bridge

Monday, June 24, 2019

Book Club – Do Sask at Prairie Ink Restaurant 
Life In Vacuum w/ Yarbo & Guests at Black Cat Tavern

Friday, June 28, 2019

Nutrien Wonderhub Opening Weekend! at Nutrien Wonderhub 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Stories Under a Living Sky: From many stories strength at Amigos
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Summer Events in Saskatoon 2019

School’s almost out, outdoor swimming pools are open, and pelicans are thirsty for that sweet, sweet weir water. Summer in Saskatoon is finally here!

Saskatoon comes alive over the next few months with festivals for whatever you’re into! From food trucks a-plenty, to Shakespeare gone hillbilly and jazz notes floating along the Meewasin to 20-foot-high street flippin’ on Broadway.

Don’t miss your chance to pop into weekly programs happening all summer long. This is the season where warm connections are made, lifelong memories are created, and community is strengthened.

This Summer, Do Sask is hosting Speed Dating (June 1) and Speed Friending (June 19) at the Hose & Hydrant; book worm discussions at the monthly Book Club (June 24) at McNally Robinson; and a casual picnic meetup to get the Do Sask community out and mingling (stay tuned for details). Join in on the fun!

Note: Do Sask will be taking a hiatus from monthly event listings from June through August. You can catch daily updates from the public group, Saskatoon Events & Date Night Ideas.

Check out the Summer events in Saskatoon 2019 listing below for links to these events and more.

SUMMER EVENTS IN SASKATOON 2019

Weekly Summer Programs

Monday

Bachata Kizomba Salsa at River Landing
Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Open Mic Comedy at Black Cat Tavern

Tuesday

Karaoke at Fionn MacCool’s Pub
Community Farmers Market at London Drugs 8th Street (Starting June 18, 9 AM to 4 PM)
Adult Workshops at Remai Modern (last two Tuesdays of the month starting June 18 through August 27)
Rooftop Yoga & Wine at Remai Modern (every other Tuesday starting June 11 through August 20)

Wednesday

Bachata Kizomba Salsa at River Landing
Trivia at Fionn MacCool’s Pub

Thursday

Tournament Trivia at Thirsty Scholar 
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina 
Community Farmers Market at Peavey Mart 51st Street (Starting June 20, 9 AM to 4 PM)
Open Mic Comedy at Crazy Cactus

Friday

Trivia at Revolve Cafe (second Friday of the month)
Board Games at Amazing Stories

Sunday

Open Mic at Black Cat Tavern
Kizomba at EE Burritos
Free Walking Tour at Forestry Farm Park, Superintendent’s Residence (1:30 PM June 23, July 28, August 25)

Festivals & Multi-date Events

Saskatoon Pride Festival June 14 through 22
SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, June 21 through 30
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Remai Arts Centre, June 29 through July 7
Canada Day Celebrations at Optimist Park, July 1
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, July 3 to August 18
A Taste of Saskatchewan, July 16 through 21
Saskatoon Dragon Boat Festival, July 19 & 20
FIBA 3×3 World Tour, July 20 & 21
Foodtruck Wars, July 26 & 27
The Fringe Theatre Festival, August 1 through 10
Saskatoon Exhibition, August 6 through 11
Folkfest, August 15 through 17
Rock the River, August 16 through 18
RENT at TCU Place, August 20 & 21

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May Events in Saskatoon 2019

May brings the first round of many annual festivals to Saskatoon with NatureCity and the Saskatoon Poetic Arts kicking off the season. Check out live music from big names like Cher and Carrie Underwood to local prairie faves Oral Fuentes and Foxwarren. On the live theatre circuit, The Born-Again Crow caws at the Refinery and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern get their time in the spotlight at Persephone.

This month, Do Sask is hosting: Saturday Speed Dating (May 4) and
Speed Friending (May 22) at the Hose & Hydrant. Plus, two free community gatherings: 3rd Annual Pop-up Clothing Swap for YWCA (May 21) and book worm discussions at the monthly Book Club (May 27) at McNally Robinson. Join in on the fun!

Check out the May events in Saskatoon 2019 listing below for links to these events and more.

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MAY EVENTS IN SASKATOON 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Writers’ Open Mic at FML
Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Persephone Theatre
Telling Stories & Story Telling at Broadway Theatre
The Born-Again Crow at the Refinery
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Tournament Trivia at Thirsty Scholar
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Viewing Party at Diva’s

Friday, May 10, 2019

Audacity: The Premiere! at Broadway Theatre
Chief & Council Single Release PARTY at Stan’s Place
Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival
Stars on Ice at SaskTel Centre
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Persephone Theatre
The Born-Again Crow at the Refinery
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment
Trivia at Revolve Cafe

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Uptown Stomp – Swing Dance at Free Flow Dance Studio
Waffles for Woofles, Right Meow at The Bike Doctor
Oral Fuentes Live at Finn’s
Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Persephone Theatre
The Born-Again Crow at the Refinery
Invicta w/ Singularity & FMC at Black Cat Tavern
Latin Urban Nights at 360 Lounge

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Persephone Theatre
Mother’s Day

Monday, May 13, 2019

Monday Night Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Persephone Theatre
Women of Distinction 2019 at TCU Place

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Persephone Theatre

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Persephone Theatre
Fireside Singers Present Evita at TCU Place
The Born-Again Crow at the Refinery
Man Meat, Hex Beat & Counterfeit Jeans at Black Cat Tavern
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Tournament Trivia at Thirsty Scholar
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Viewing Party at Diva’s

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Born-Again Crow at the Refinery
Needtobreathe at TCU Place
Bring Your Own Cup Event at 7-Eleven
National Bike to Work Day

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Born-Again Crow at the Refinery
Menagerie: A Burlesque Show! at La Troupe du Jour
PHONO PONY With Guests The Sex Geckos at Black Cat Tavern
Bring Your Own Cup Event at 7-Eleven
International Museum Day

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Passa Passa at Coors Event Centre

Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday Night Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Victoria Day

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

3rd Annual Pop-up Clothing Swap Party for YWCA
NatureCity Festival

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Speed Friending at the Hose & Hydrant
NatureCity Festival

Thursday, May 23, 2019

NatureCity Festival
Cher at SaskTel Centre
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Tournament Trivia at Thirsty Scholar
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Viewing Party at Diva’s

Friday, May 24, 2019

NatureCity Festival
Spring Sparkle 2019 at WDM
Top of the Hops at Prairieland Park
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Top of the Hops at Prairieland Park
NatureCity Festival
Saskatoon Mini Maker Fair at Prairieland Park
The Soul Tour at Soul Foods

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Saskatchewan Marathon
NatureCity Festival

Monday, May 27, 2019

Book Club at Prairie Ink Restaurant
Second City at TCU Place
Monday Night Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Dopethrone, Chronobot, Lavagoat, Black Hell Oil at Black Cat Tavern
Dine with Bannock Express, email Rachel.eyahpaise@bannockexpress.ca

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Foxwarren with Hannah Cohen at Broadway Theatre
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Tournament Trivia at Thirsty Scholar
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Viewing Party at Diva’s

Friday, May 31, 2019

Carrie Underwood at SaskTel Centre
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment

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How to use 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to Plan Your Road Trip: Book Review

This week, 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan: The Best Parks, Conservation Areas and Wild Places helped me plan a two week long camping trip. It’s the summer of RVing throughout southwest Saskatchewan for my husband Chris and I. This book came perfectly timed alongside the opening of the Saskatchewan Provincial Park campsite reservation service.

Jenn Smith Nelson, one of the book’s co-authors, asked me about writing a review of her new book in February. I don’t normally write book reviews, but the title intrigued me since I make a point of exploring Saskatchewan. I thought this would be the perfect book to motivate and inspire my summer RV camping plan.


Imagine asking a stranger for directions and getting a lot of local expertise and hidden gems about the wild along the way – that’s what you can expect from this guidebook.

I relate to Jenn’s ‘Welcome to Saskatchewan’ message. In her introduction, she explains that her love of nature and pride for the prairies is what motivated her to write this book. Jenn says that the prairies are often overlooked. Next to her message is a gorgeous photo of the northern lights dancing above Castle Butte.

Jenn and I make it our mission to compile gems within Saskatchewan. And it helps to continuously discover more reasons to love our home province.

Pick up 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and you’ll likely read it cover to cover in a short sitting. You’ll use it again as a reference guide when researching a destination before hitting the road.

The book’s main introduction mentions “the healing power of nature” along with a call for readers to respect wildlife areas. The authors clearly want readers to explore rather than disrupt the fragile environments. So don’t all go stampeding into these wild places at once!

What to expect from 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

On the day 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan arrived in the mail, I opened it somewhere in the middle and began flipping through. Its modern format, eye-catching headings, and clean layout makes each nature hot spot pop. Captioned photos reinforce each profile’s wild flora (plants) and fauna (animals).

Sections start with a map and point to which page you’ll find each nature hot spot. This visual Table of Contents is helpful to reference during road trip planning. Every hot spot has a short summary with information on location highlights and icons that indicate activity type.

Page view of 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan
An example entry of one of the 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan: The Great Sandhills. Photo courtesy of Firefly Books.

It must’ve been challenging for co-authors, Jenn Smith Nelson and Doug O’Neill, to keep each destination brief, yet detailed. There is no room for personal opinion within the hot spot entries which results in short descriptions. Imagine asking a stranger for directions and getting a lot of local expertise and hidden gems about the wild – that’s what you can expect from this guidebook.

You’ll want to check out the ‘Special Interest’ category at the back of each province’s section for information on waterfalls (yes, we have those and I’m surprised too), birds, paddling, and sky viewing spots.

How to use 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to plan your road trips

It’s super easy to flip through and plan a road trip on the fly. The map at the beginning of the Southern Saskatchewan section was helpful in creating a circle route plan for our summer RV trip. For instance, we chose Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, Grasslands National Park – West Block, Lake Diefenbaker – Douglas Provincial Park, and the Beechy Sandcastles.

In the future, I’m looking forward to exploring northern parts of the province and eventually Manitoba. This year, I’m focusing on the south and central regions. I found myself flipping to different parts of the book to dream about where we’d visit next. After seeing a photo of the swinging bridge, I literally booked a campsite at Nipawin Regional Park .

Beginner travellers and seasoned adventurers navigating through the prairies will find this book useful. If you’ve done a fair bit of Saskatchewan travel, 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will shed new light on old favourites while introducing you to places you likely never knew existed.

For example, I learned about the Northeast Swale right here in my home city of Saskatoon. It’s located in the Silverspring neighbourhood, east of the Chief Mistawasis Bridge. On a spontaneous visit this weekend, I was surprised to find a beaver lodge along with a patch of wild crocus in full bloom and checked it off my spring bucket list.

A wild crocus blooms on the eastern edge of the Northwest Swale in Silverspring. Photo by Amy Rederburg.

Saskatoon’s entry reminds me of the natural amenities I have, steps from home: Meewasin Trail, the South Saskatchewan River, Cranberry Flats, and white pelicans at the weir to name a few.

110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan provides a broad overview of natural gems with unique details that you can only learn from a local. The personal touch within Jenn’s introduction would’ve been interesting to weave into each destination entry, but would’ve resulted in a much longer book. If you’re looking for a personal story of prairie wildlife, choose a hot spot and create your own adventure.

Author Info:

Jenn Smith Nelson, co-author of 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan: The Best Parks, Conservation Areas and Wild Places, is a well-known travel writer and media contributor who calls Regina, Saskatchewan home. Co-author, Doug O’Neill, is an established travel writer, certified hike leader, and Trans-Canada Trail ambassador. He resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Book Details:

110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan
The Best Parks, Conservation Areas and Wild Places
Published on April 15, 2019
Paperback
$29.95
ISBN: 9780228101697

April Events in Saskatoon 2019

The month that starts with pranks and practical jokes delivers on laughs and entertainment in Saskatoon.

You have plenty of time to create a hoppin’ schedule for your April date nights while you’re waiting for the Easter bunny to show up. A few of my personal highlights include: The Vagina Monologues, The Thunder From Down Under, Indoor Vegetable Gardening and Canadian Comedy Brewery Tour.

This April, Do Sask is hosting Speed Dating at the Hose & Hydrant and the free monthly Book Club meeting at McNally Robinson. Join in on the fun!

Check out the April events in Saskatoon 2019 listing below for links to these events and more.

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APRIL EVENTS IN SASKATOON 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019

ASIST Workshop for Suicide Intervention
Monday Night Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Trivia at Hudson’s Canada’s Pub
April Fool’s Day

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

ASIST Workshop for Suicide Intervention
Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre
Trivia Tuesday at Earl’s

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre
Pubstumper’s Trivia at Fionn MacCool’s

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Free Class: Gardening, Naturally: Chemical-Free Gardening at USask
Make a Ribbon Skirt at Wanuskewin
Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Tournament Trivia at Thirsty Scholar
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Viewing Party at Diva’s

Friday, April 5, 2019

Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre
Ben Caplan at St. Joseph’s Hall
Turn Out at Remai Modern
Yuk Yuk’s on Tour Presents Cedric Newman at Parktown Hotel
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment

Saturday, April 6, 2019

March MENtle Health Community Stage feat Joseph Naytowhow at PAVED Arts
Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre
Latin Urban Nights at 360 Lounge

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Spring Watercolour Workshop at Saskatoon Paint-Along
Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre
National Beer Day – Book a Saskatoon Brewery Tour!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Monday Night Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Trivia at Hudson’s Canada’s Pub

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lady Bits Improv Workshop at Persephone School of Theatre
Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre
Morgan James at The Broadway Theatre
Trivia Tuesday at Earl’s

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Speed Dating for 24 & Up at Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub
Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre
Pubstumper’s Trivia at Fionn MacCool’s
National Sibling’s Day

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Writers’ Open Mic Night at Frances Morrison Library
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Tournament Trivia at Thirsty Scholar
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Viewing Party at Diva’s

Friday, April 12, 2019

2019 Saskatoon Tattoo Expo at Prarieland Park
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment
Trivia at Revolve Cafe

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Make a Beaded Rope Lanyard at Wanuskewin
2019 Saskatoon Tattoo Expo at Prarieland Park
Uptown Stomp Swing Dance at Free Flow Dance Centre
Latin Urban Nights at 360 Lounge

Sunday, April 14, 2019

2019 Saskatoon Tattoo Expo at Prarieland Park
Native Plants for Prairie Gardens Workshop at USask

Monday, April 15, 2019

Alice In Chains at TCU Place
Monday Night Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Trivia at Hudson’s Canada’s Pub

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sustainable Speaker Series at Frances Morrison Library
Indoor Vegetable Gardening Class at USask
Trivia Tuesday at Earl’s

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pubstumper’s Trivia at Fionn MacCool’s

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Passa Passa Spring Ting at Coors Event Centre
An Evening with Michael Buble at SaskTel Centre
R A I N – A Tribute to the Beatles at TCU Place
Rustic Sign Night at the Pink Cadillac’s Malt Shop & Diner
The Vagina Monologues at The Broadway Theatre
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Tournament Trivia at Thirsty Scholar
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Viewing Party at Diva’s

Friday, April 19, 2019

Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment
Good Friday

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Canadian Comedy Brewery Tour at High Key Brewing Co.
Ukrainian Easter Tea & Bake Sale at Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium
Morissey at TCU Place
Retro Game and Toy Fair at German Cultural Centre
Latin Urban Nights at 360 Lounge

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Brunch Buffet at German Cultural Centre
Easter Sunday

Monday, April 22, 2019

METRIC with July Talk at SaskTel Centre
The Lonely at The Broadway Theatre
Easter Monday
Earth Day

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Trivia Tuesday at Earl’s
World Book Night

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Pubstumper’s Trivia at Fionn MacCool’s

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Write Out Loud at Frances Morrison Library
Australia’s Thunder From Down Under at Dakota Dunes Casino
Sharon & Bram Farewell Tour at The Broadway Theatre
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Tournament Trivia at Thirsty Scholar
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Viewing Party at Diva’s

Friday, April 26, 2019

Augmented Experiments at PAVED Arts
Sharon & Bram Farewell Tour at The Broadway Theatre
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment
Trivia at Revolve Cafe

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Spring Pottery Sale at Albert Community Centre
Latin Urban Nights at 360 Lounge

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Matt Andersen at The Broadway Theatre

Monday, April 29, 2019

Book Club at Prairie Ink Restaurant
Monday Night Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Trivia at Hudson’s Canada’s Pub

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Trivia Tuesday at Earl’s

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I Quit Coffee for Lent And I’m Still Alive

I quit coffee for Lent

I used to drink at least one cup of black coffee every day. Now it’s been over three weeks, two days, and 6 hours since I gave up my habit for Lent, but who’s counting?

Now, before you worry about an entertainment entrepreneur tackling a religious topic like Lent, I want to say this isn’t about preaching at you, or encouraging you to quit coffee ’cause this shit is hard. This post is strictly about how quitting coffee for Lent has affected my total well-being.

What’s Lent?

It’s the period of time between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday. Christians take 40 days to reflect on the life of Christ and spend time trying to be humble, ascetic, and reflective. It’s a season that sparked giant raging parties like Mardi Gras, where people try to fit in all the debauchery before limiting themselves from hedonistic pleasures.

Coffee is a daily habit in my life.

Four years ago, I swapped my daily rooibos tea for coffee. My motivation for the day-to-day grind started to wane as my degree program came to an end. It started with the Keurig machine at work. Now, I usually make myself a personal-sized French press every day.

I’ve never thought myself a coffee addict, but I rely on it to get my through most days.

A Lenten resolution challenge.

This March, the priest at my grandma’s church handed me a paper with the words “Lenten Resolution” as I was exiting the chapel. I thought it might be a good time to control some of the things that have been controlling me.

Disclaimer: I’ve never given up anything for Lent in my life. I consider myself a Christ follower, but I’m not a regular churchgoer (sorry, Grandma). I feel at home in spiritual communities where members can openly question, discuss, and think critically about Christian doctrine. Drastically changing my behaviour due to observation of Lent is an anomaly.

So back to this “Lenten Resolution” paper. I made mental notes of which things would be challenging to give up:

  • I love POPCORN. So it was the first thing to go. I can eat an entire bowl to myself semi-regularly!
  • Then, I upped the ante: COFFEE. My daily addiction that would be much more difficult to control.

Coffee and popcorn are currently off limits. I haven’t been physically affected by a lack of popcorn.

Coffee withdrawals are as real as any other addiction withdrawal symptoms.

My first three days off coffee were brutal. I had a splitting headache that I couldn’t shake, my ears were ringing, and I was thirsty. I popped several ibuprofen. And I just wanted to sleep all day.

My body was going through major caffeine withdrawals.

I didn’t feel like I was dying Things started to even out around day three. My irritability and drowsiness were still hanging on. Weird nightmares interrupted my sleep. I likely snapped a few times.

Once finding out I had quit coffee for Lent, friends seemed genuinely concerned about how I could function without it.

One friend asked, “But what about coffee poops?”

I answered, “The first few days were a blur , so maybe there was… er… a kink or two. Other than that, I’m pretty regular.”

Since I quit coffee, I’ve felt a bit anxious and stressed. A pinching or squeezing sensation in my heart started, but subsided.

I still find it difficult to concentrate. For example, I sat down last Friday to write a blog post and was coming up dry for nearly two hours. I settled on a spring bucket list to get some words out. It’s really tough for someone who has to focus as part of their job to suddenly lose that ability.

Mornings are hard, so I’m taking better care of my nights. My routine consists of a cup of caffeine-free tea, washing my face, brushing and flossing, and then reading a physical book. This daily practice is beginning to have a positive and energizing effect on my mornings.

If I can quit coffee, I can do anything!

Quitting coffee has empowered me to look at other areas in my life that could value from a little self-control. If I can quit coffee, I can quit negative self-talk, go to the gym everyday, have that tough conversation, or give back to my community.

But I won’t lie: I smell coffee strongly on people. It’s haunting me everywhere! So I sneak in some Green Tea when I’m desperate.

Lent can be a season of going without, or it can be a chance to examine what’s worth holding on to. It’s a chance to question motivations and adjust daily routines to focus more on things that empower, enrich, and inspire.

I quit coffee for Lent. What are you giving up?