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
Cantina

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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.

Skip to:Tuesday, April 9
Skip to:Tuesday, April 16
Skip to:Tuesday, April 23

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?

My Saskatoon Spring Bucket List

It’s feeling like spring in Saskatoon! After a brutally cold winter, I can’t wait to pack away my winter coat, toque, and scarf. In celebration of this amazing warm streak, I’ve put together a spring bucket list that I’ll be crossing off over the next few months. Join me!

Saskatoon Spring Bucket List

Start a vegetable garden from seeds and plant them

Make a mosaic concrete garden stone

Take a spontaneous day trip

Book sites at Saskatchewan campgrounds for summer RVing

Spring clean closet and donate the rest to YWCA Opportunity Shop

Make a Moss Bag at Wanuskewin

Call dibs on fresh produce at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market or Community Farms Market of Saskatoon

Learn how to cook new Mexican cuisine for Cinco de Mayo

Drop-in jam in the park with the acroyogis of Saskatoon

Tour a part of Saskatoon that’s unfamiliar

Work up the nerve to go for a horseback ride

Tune up bike and hit the Meewasin Trail

Sign up for the Saskatoon Canoe Club

Practice suspension circuit training at Shaw Centre

Get the official pickleball introduction at Saskatoon Field House

Have a board game night with friends at King Me Boardgamery

Create a signature spring cocktail using local spirits

Catch the first prairie crocus bloom on camera

Take an entire weekend off

Make office furniture more cat-friendly

Go for a hike and toast halfway with a champagne picnic

Take a chocolate truffle workshop at Purdy’s

Sign up for a 5K to get into running again

Christen the backyard patio with a crisp brew

What’s on your spring bucket list?

St. Patrick’s Day in Saskatoon 2019

Put on your green pantaloons! The leprechaun inside us all is waiting to be released for its annual feasting, jigging, and celebrating. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this Sunday, so make way for your Irish spirit. Enjoy a pint of your favourite lager, ale, or whiskey amongst the company of friends.

Choose from about 18 St. Patrick’s Day parties happening across Saskatoon this weekend. Check the monthly March event listing for even more events.

Hint: Hit play on the video below to get East Coast Paddy’s Day spirit.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Sasktoon’s Best St. Paddy’s Pub Party! at Winston’s English Pub
St. Patrick’s Day (Eve) Party! at Somewhere Else Pub & Grill
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at The Thirsty Scholar
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at Bugsy’s Bar and Grill Market Mall
Irish Stew & Brew Night with Saltwater Joy at Nutana Legion
A BITB St. Paddy’s Day Party at The Capitol
Perogie Pirates St. Paddy’s Day Pop Up at High Key Brewing Co.
Irish Night Dinner and Show at Mayfair United Church
Family Ceili 2019 at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall
Shamrock Shaker at Station Arts Centre (Rosthern)

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Shamrock Run at Sandman Hotel
Sasktoon’s Best St. Paddy’s Pub Party! at Winston’s English Pub
St. Patrick’s Day w/ Wenches & Rogues ~ Live at The Capitol
St. Patrick’s Day with Kim n’ Jim at The Bassment
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Finn’s Irish Pub
St. Patrick’s Day Karaoke at Amigos
St. Paddy’s Edition Open Mic at Black Cat Tavern
St. Patrick’s Day! Done St. Pabst Blue Ribbon Way at The Burning Beard
Cooking with Chef Simon: Irish Boxty at Brighton Information Centre
St. Paddy’s Day!

Irish Pubs

O’Shea’s Irish Pub
Yard & Flagon Pub
The Thirsty Scholar
Fionn MacCool’s
Finn’s Irish Pub

International Women’s Day 2019

International Women’s Day is dedicated to making the world a more balanced place. Part of celebrating is acknowledging that there’s a problem that needs to be corrected. The 2019 theme #BalanceforBetter challenges each one of us to improve the gender balance. It’s important that I share this post today because Saskatchewan is Canada’s hotspot for intimate partner violence. There are a lot of reasons why our province should be named #1, but this is one title I would be happy to lose.

‘I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”

Anaïs Nin

The quote above acknowledges that men play a critical role in the empowerment of women. The man Anais chose reinforced how she viewed herself and solidified her individual identity. I envision this person to be supportive and encouraging, while helping to challenge the often monumental beast of self-doubt.

Today, I’ve decided to share a short writing prompt on the state of feminism in the media. I wrote it nearly five years ago as part of my Communications Degree in early part of 2014. At the time, pop artists I admired such as Beyonce and Katy Perry were actively avoiding identifying with the word “feminist”.

Fast-forward only a few years later, and both women came out with clear statements that affirmed their feminism. This shift has taken place over a relatively short period of time. Beyonce and Katy admitted they had no idea what the word meant before the media began asking them whether or not they identified with it.

So, what does “feminism” mean anyway?

Coming from small-town Saskatchewan, I relate to having no prior understanding of feminism before my post-secondary education. How can you identify with something that has never been defined for you? In case you’re curious, I’ve included my favourite definition of feminism below.

‘Simply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. (…). Practically, it is a definition which implies that all sexist thinking and action is the problem, whether those who perpetuate it are female or male, child or adult. It is also broad enough to include an understanding of systemic institutionalized sexism. As a definition it is open-ended. To understand feminism it implies one has to necessarily understand sexism.”   

―     bell hooks

Internalized oppression is a daily battle for women

During my undergrad capstone research, I discovered how a woman’s own internal voice is developed to oppress her from her date of birth. My life and identity were the subject of this study. I’ve been passionate about living as a feminist since leaving school.

You may or may not have thought about internalized oppression before. Let me explain: from a woman’s perspective, it whispers about what you’re wearing as you strategically hold your keys when you walk home alone at night. It nods at you while you’re hissing insults at yourself in the mirror. It tells you to keep quiet when you’re too afraid to speak out against harassment. And it’s the disguise your friends wear when the conversation goes back to feeding self-hatred (i.e. diet culture).

Moving society in a positive direction

The mainstream popularization of feminism is doing something to transform the way we, men and women, live out its ideals. Flipping negative messages, behaviours, and beliefs from the current realities to a new, positive movement.

Empowerment of an entire gender is a big effort. Start with something small and practical, such as paying a woman with the same qualifications and skills as her male colleague the same salary or hourly wage. Or have a willingness to pay self-employed women the rates they command. Or support a woman’s choice to be a stay-at-home mother without penalizing her when she wants to rejoin the workforce.

International Women’s Day: The state of feminism

As I said earlier, the following prompt is what I thought was going on with feminism in the media back in 2014. It’s slightly more difficult to read than a typical Do Sask post, but it gives a good snapshot of how far society has come over the past five years.

“The truth is that we have not reached the point where sexism, sexual oppression and exploitation have become history and yet most young women denounce the term feminist when describing their image. Strong, female role-models (especially Beyonce) have avoided answering the question when asked directly. This may be due to the media twisting the definition of feminism to mean the ‘men-hating, radical, bra-burners’ of the second-wave. The main foundations of feminism are either represented inaccurately or not at all by the media, leading many to believe contemplation of the term to be outdated.

Feminism allows women to share their experiences in hopes that they can individually and collectively revolt against the patriarchy. It is about becoming an inclusive body for women to work towards the goal together, not a system to alienate ‘real women’ from ‘real feminists’. The problem is that ‘fourth-wave of feminism’, the new generation of young, liberated, post-feminism, Generation Y women and men, are unsure of how to categorize their stance on the issue. There have been so many sub-categories added under the umbrella of feminism (race, class, sexuality, gender) that its aura has been diluted. Instead of these groups rallying to continue the struggle to end patriarchal oppression, the hierarchical culture of feminism has torn women apart to scrutinize which group makes better feminists.

In a post-feminist media context, popular discourse actually reinforces the powers that have been holding women back for eons (Foucauldian internalized oppression, self-monitoring). The most repressive aspect of feminism is to deny that young people care about the term, which can lead many to believe that the time has come to silence the topic entirely. Extraordinarily, Miley Cyrus may be the most famous young woman to publically declare herself to be the “biggest feminist in the world”, while Katy Perry says she is “not a feminist, but believes in strong women”. In most cases, the media is acting as a repressive force by choosing the victim as their scapegoat while perpetually representing women as damaged, manipulative and promiscuous.

This leaves every day women perplexed as to how to identify with feminism at all. On one hand, young women should be able to wear whatever they choose without fear of harassment. On the other, revealing costumes, hyper-sexualized lyrics, and pastiche-porn performances reinforce the idea that women are sex objects.  Strident feminists who criticize Miley Cyrus for her behaviour should realize that she has outwardly supported feminism, albeit in her own way, while other female stars have shied away from it. Cyrus understands that in order to make money for herself and her record label, she needs to capitalize on the systems created within patriarchy. After all, the type of sex Miley is selling is atypical; aggressive, confrontational, masculine characteristics. The trouble is the audience lacks the ability to observe the thin line between parody and acquiescence.

Popular media figures such as Joseph Gordon Levitt, Lena Dunham, and Pink are other examples of celebrities who have taken a public stance in affirming feminism. Their individual representations have been showcased by creating art from their own experiences. Joseph Gordon Levitt challenged damaging labels of masculinity and femininity in Don Jon, a mainstream movie about porn addiction and objectification. Lena Dunham writes about her realistic and relatable experiences as a 20-something in New York with Girls. Pink has constructed her image by speaking out about the patriarchal demands of the record industry and being a strong woman. These artists have gleaned inspiration from the movement as modern individuals.  

When celebrities choose to bring feminism to the forefront of their work, they also bring it back into the spotlight of the public sphere. Strides are being made by social media to unite women around the world by having real-time discussions about ongoing cultural issues like slut-shaming, violence and the gender gap. Women are still dealing with issues that were being tackled by second-wave feminists (sexual harassment, rape, reproductive rights, etc.). When celebrities dismiss feminism as something to be ashamed of, it makes the continued mistreatment of women (and all of the other categories of feminism) right. As more prominence is given to feminism in the media, the term will become less about isolating it to academics and more about making it accessible to women and men from all walks of life.”

Happy International Women’s Day!

March Events in Saskatoon 2019

March 2019 Saskatoon events

After an entire month of Extreme Cold Warnings keeping you cooped up indoors, you’re ready for any excuse to get out of the house for a few hours.

Enter the Do Sask March events in Saskatoon 2019 listing, ready to inspire you with a variety of reasons to step outside. Living in Saskatoon isn’t as bad as the windchill makes it seem. If anything, locals are forced to come up with new, creative ways to keep busy indoors.

The remedy to a dismal winter could come from taking the plunge to explore the community around you. You’ll find eclectic choices in live theatre, such as SCUM: A Manifesto, Boeing Boeing, or Kinky Boots. Live music is happening throughout the month with everything from classical symphonies and deathcore metal to folks singing the blues. Plus, try new skills like cupcake decorating, or training to become a female triathlete.

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

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MARCH EVENTS IN SASKATOON 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019

2019 Blues Festival at Various Locations
Augmented Experiments at PAVED Arts
Boeing Boeing at Persephone Theatre (until March 13)
Turn Out: Jeneen Frei Njootli at Remai Modern
Caribbean Connection Fridays at 360 Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment
Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories

Saturday, March 2, 2019

2019 Blues Festival at Various Locations
5th Annual YXE Vintage Crawl at Various Locations

Saskatoon Youth Orchestra Musical Dividends at Convocation Hall, U of S
Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids at the Broadway Theatre
Anna Haverstock w/ Lyzanne Foth, Justin Ryan at Amigos Cantina
Boeing Boeing at Persephone Theatre (until March 13)
Kerfuffle Koncert at Holy Cross High School
Latin Urban Nights at 360 Lounge

Sunday, March 3, 2019

PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd – Outside / In at The Broadway Theatre

Monday, March 4, 2019

Saskatoon Soaps – Level II Improv Workshop at Emmanuel Anglican Church
LadyBits Improv Comedy Collective: March Mayhem!
WCSS Monday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern
Monday Night Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Decal Cutter 101 at Saskatoon Makerspace
Trivia Tuesday at Earl’s

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Pubstumper’s Trivia at Fionn MacCool’s

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at TCU Place
SCUM: A Manifesto at The Refinery
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
Tournament Trivia at Thirsty Scholar
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Viewing Party at Diva’s

Friday, March 8, 2019

Bush Party with The Great Fuss at Blue Mountain Adventure Park
Two Worlds Colliding – Tasha Hubbard at Remai Modern
SCUM: A Manifesto at The Refinery
Caribbean Connection Fridays at 360 Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment
Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories
International Women’s Day!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Uptown Stomp Swing Dance at Free Flow Dance Centre
Ness Takeover 2019 Auditions at Capitol Music Club
Coeur de pirate at Coors Event Centre
SCUM: A Manifesto at The Refinery
Valley Equestrian Centre 2nd Annual Skijoring Competition 2019
Latin Urban Nights at 360 Lounge

Sunday, March 10, 2019

SCUM: A Manifesto at The Refinery
Public Lecture, A Healthy Response to Climate Change at Station 20 West
Open Mic at Black Cat Tavern
Trivia at Dino’s Grill

Monday, March 11, 2019

WCSS Monday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern
Monday Night Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Trivia at Hudson’s Canada’s Pub

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Trivia Tuesday at Earl’s

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Speed Dating for 24 & Up at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Pubstumper’s Trivia at Fionn MacCool’s

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Arrogant Worms at The Broadway Theatre
SCUM: A Manifesto 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
Pi Day!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Raeburn w/ Dylan Cooper & Lyzanne Foth at Black Cat Tavern
SCUM: A Manifesto at The Refinery
Caribbean Connection Fridays at 360 Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment
Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories
Trivia at Revolve Cafe

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Sask Soul Winter Fest in Regina
SRDL 2019 Home Opener at SaskTel Sports Centre
Enterprise Earth And Aethere With Dusty Tucker And Cryptorchids at Black Cat Tavern
Have Your Cake… Cupcake Decorating at Holly Decker Makeup Studio
SCUM: A Manifesto at The Refinery
Latin Urban Nights at 360 Lounge

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Women’s only Triathlon Training with Just Tri-It
Shamrock Run at Sandman Hotel
SCUM: A Manifesto at The Refinery
Ride ‘n’ Slide Skijoring at Grasswood Horse Park
St. Patrick’s Day w/ Wenches & Rogues ~ Live at The Capitol
St. Paddy’s Day!

Monday, March 18, 2019

WCSS Monday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern
My Writing Life: Katherena Vermette at Convocation Hall, U of S
Monday Night Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sustainable Speaker Series at Frances Morrison Library
Trivia Tuesday at Earl’s

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pubstumper’s Trivia at Fionn MacCool’s

Thursday, March 21, 2019

HomeStyles Home Show at Prairieland Park
Real-to-Real Film Festival 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, March 22, 2019

Real-to-Real Film Festival at The Broadway Theatre
Caribbean Connection Fridays at 360 Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment
Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Indivisible at The Broadway Theatre
Latin Urban Nights at 360 Lounge

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Body of Art at Albert Community Centre
Trivia at Dino’s Grill

Monday, March 25, 2019

Book Club at McNally Robinson Booksellers
WCSS Monday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern
The Bicycle Film Festival at The Broadway Theatre
Royal Canoe at The Broadway Theatre
Monday Night Trivia at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Trivia at Hudson’s Canada’s Pub

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Canada Wide Women’s Empowerment Tour at Outter Limits
Trivia Tuesday at Earl’s

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Speed Dating for 30 & Up at Hose & Hydrant Pub
Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre
Pubstumper’s Trivia at Fionn MacCool’s

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Write Out Loud at Frances Morrison Library
Learn to Camp – Cliff Wright Branch at Cliff Wright Branch Library
Women’s Adventure Film Tour at The Roxy Theatre
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, March 29, 2019

Gerry Dee at TCU Place
Caribbean Connection Fridays at 360 Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Augmented Experiments at PAVED Arts
Saskatchewan Blue Cross Gardenscape at Prairieland Park
Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre
Genesis Piano Fridays at The Bassment
Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories
Trivia at Revolve Cafe

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Childhood Anxiety: Helping Children Heal at HGI Saskatoon
DJ BL3ND at Coors Event Centre
Kinky Boots at TCU Place
Saskatchewan Blue Cross Gardenscape at Prairieland Park
Family Pysanka Morning Workshop at Ukrainian Museum of Canada
Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre
Latin Urban Nights at 360 Lounge

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Saskatchewan Blue Cross Gardenscape at Prairieland Park
Kinky Boots at TCU Place
Empire of the Son at Remai Arts Centre (until April 10)

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