Why Valentine’s Day is the Worst Date Night of the Year

There are 365 nights in a year, so why is Valentine’s Day the absolute worst date night of them all? Before I get into my reasons, I’ll start with a story.

One of my favourite Valentine’s Day memories was when this guy I met asked me to be his Valentine. Ignoring the fact that this was a totally cheesy move – I was legitimately excited. We had met a few weeks earlier and hit it off quickly which had taken me by surprise. Up until that day, I had never been asked to be someone’s Valentine before, so I didn’t know how to react or what to expect.

As it turned out, the guy cooked me jambalaya and pralines. He realized as I arrived that he needed to go on a mad rush to buy a corkscrew for a bottle of wine. When he got back, he served our dinner on a pop-up Rubbermaid table that he bought especially for that date. Later on, we went for a blisteringly cold walk under the stars.

If I had imagined what modern society promotes as the perfect Valentine’s Date Night, I probably would’ve been disappointed. But because I had no expectations and was open to trying something new, I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Was it messy? Yes.
  • Was it romantic? Yes.
  • Was it everything Hallmark tells you it should be? Absolutely not.
  • What did I do for him? Carved his Valentine into a banana (he won that round).

That guy is now my husband.

Excuse the fingers, but this is the actual banana Valentine of 2014.

Before this happy memory, I’d been alone on many a Valentine’s Day. While I made an effort to bake cookies and give cute cards to my friends and colleagues, I often felt lonely and sad on February 14th.

Maybe it’s because I’m an easy target for advertisers.

The gift-driven holiday is designed to make people believe that most people in the world are in love, so that you can look forward to expressing your love with the “perfect” gift for your future soulmate. But these gifts are just superficial tokens with inflated price tags.

The town of Singleton always feels like a population of 1.

The reality is that it’s closer in size to a metropolis. A large portion of the world is now living independently. According to 2016 Canadian census data published in the Globe and Mail, “the number of one-person households… surpassed all other types of living situations“. If you’re single and living in your own place, you definitely aren’t alone.

Valentine’s Day seems more like an item on a to-do list than an act of love.

Love can be dirty and downright confusing. The Hallmark kind is just fine sometimes, but it doesn’t capture the actual feelings you have for someone. Love – true love – isn’t about the amount you spend on a date. It’s so much more than a box of candies, or a swanky dinner over candlelight. It can’t be contained in a heart-shaped box, or within the limits of a bank account.

The more intimate love, the kind that wakes up at night to check on you when you’re sick, the kind that encourages you to speak when every part of you wants to remain quiet, the kind that makes you laugh until you cry… is the kind of love that can only creep into your day when you least expect it. And odds are good (about 364 : 1) that day won’t be Valentine’s Day.

The need to continue Valentine’s Day for “tradition’s” sake.

Here’s the thing: traditions start as brand new ideas. You and I get to decide whether or not they’re worth doing again.

I mean, we go on regular date nights the rest of the year. We purchase gifts for each other just because. Should we wait around for one day to pay a premium for things we do all. the. time? (Here’s a hint: date nights make great everyday acts of love with lower price tags and expectations!)

If singles feel isolation like I did on Valentine’s Day, and couples just want to check off a box to satisfy their relational duties – then what is the actual point of keeping Valentine’s Day around for another year?

What if more of us let go of the idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day and welcomed messy memories? That’s what I want this tradition to symbolize for you this February 14th.

6 of the Latest Do Sask Book Club Reads in Photos

A.K.A. Six Potential Titles to Add to Your 2019 Stack

Most people interested in joining the Do Sask Book Club ask what titles we’ve read recently. To be honest, we read a wide variety of genres depending on who submits their #1 book to the draw. This keeps the club on its toes and exposes us to a number of different viewpoints.

Curious to know about the latest titles read by the Do Sask Book Club? Today, you’re in luck! And you don’t even have to leave the house.

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At the end of every book club meeting, we have a tradition of rating each title out of five. Those who haven’t finished the book keep their fists closed. This post will give you a photo of the ratings each book was given at the time of the meeting. Most book club members like to remain anonymous, so no faces are shown.

6 of the Latest Reads from The Do Sask Book Club Shelves

Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Some didn’t finish reading, but the majority who did gave it a 3. It takes a long time to get into the story, but the ending makes it worthwhile.

Grunt by Mary Roach (Got Distracted by Cake – No Rating)

“Roach … can take any scientific topic and make it clear, human, and even funny. In this case, she tackles the science of war, but not in the way you might think. On the weird and winding path she takes, she never loses sight of the sad reality and humanity of soldiers and war. ” – Member Ashleigh

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale

This one made us laugh and cry. It was almost bittersweet how real and relatable it was to all of us. Highly recommend 4/5.

Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer

“There are lots of great pop culture references, and I applaud her for trying to change the way society frames women’s friendships, but … I found her making sweeping generalizations based on her personal experiences. Even as she’s fighting against stereotypes…, she’s using them to back her own arguments.” – Member Ashleigh

Factfulness by Hans Rosling

We liked the clear, simple language used to explain complex topics like climate change, poverty/class, migration, and world population.
It gives science-oriented hope for the future.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The 1st Anniversary of Do Sask Book Club also had the most readers out to date. 
Michelle’s story is oddly relatable, considering the extraordinary life of America’s first black first lady. We highly recommend it for your stack this year.

At the February Do Sask Book Club meeting, we’ll discuss Educated by Tara Westover (seats currently sold out – join the waitlist). Check out the event listing for details on subsequent meetings. 

2019 is ripe for reading! Fill it with friends, a few drinks, and some literature at the Do Sask Book Club. Please contact me if you’d like more information about upcoming meetings. 

Updates to Do Sask’s Blog Policy

New Do Sask Blog Policy

Do Sask values transparency – and you! So, I want to let you know about the new Blog Policy that’s been released this month.

You can read the policy by clicking the link above. I’ve outlined some of the highlights below:

New Blog Policy

  • Audience Insights: Traffic data is collected by Google and Facebook. 
  • Advertising: Paid display advertising is available. 
  • Sponsorship: Sponsored posts include a statement of disclosure.
  • Comments: Blog comments are currently shut off to manage spam. 
  • Contests: Prize providers take full responsibility for delivering items to contest winners.

Thanks for being a Do Sask reader. 

January 30 is #BellLetsTalk. This is my mental health story.

10 years ago, I started seeing a counselor after I was laid off from my job. Prior to that moment, I had only been taken to counselling for a short time as a child. I didn’t know how to open up as an eight year old girl, so it didn’t lead to any results.

My first regular adult counsellor took the time to understand what was going on. As it turned out, there was more to unpack than the feelings associated with job loss after the economic crash of 2008.

Since then, counselling has become a regular part of my life. Just like seeing the dentist, doctor, or RMT. It has given me the skills and ability to change my perspective of the world and to catch my thoughts before they start slipping into darker territory.

I tell people: without counselling, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. That job I lost was a gift because it’s the reason I started doing it at 21 years old instead of waiting until it was too late.

I may not have been diagnosed with chronic mental illness, but I understand that being proactive about my own thoughts can help reduce my chances of acquiring one in the future.

On a serious note, I’ve personally witnessed what depression can do to someone if left unchecked. It can contribute to much more serious diseases such as dimentia/altzheimers and psychosis.

When my thoughts spin and I ruminate, I know it’s a good time to reach out for a hand to help me out of it. It’s also a good idea to have an annual mental health checkup to catch things you may not have even been aware of before it’s too late.

Mental therapy is a form of self love. It’s meant to help you when you can’t help yourself.

This story doesn’t have a happy ending. It’s taken a lot of nerve to write this post, when it should be as banal as telling someone you went to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned. That’s why I need to share. For the people who are suffering silently.

End the stigma.

Edit: I want to add that counselling would not have been financially feasible for me at the time (2009) without support of the employer who laid me off and the counselor herself.

Even though I was working full-time, I barely made enough to cover my essentials. My severance package covered 8 sessions and I was able to add a few extra at no charge. Another centre I used in Calgary offered hourly sessions on a sliding scale based on annual wage.

Counselling is a service everyone with a provincial health card has equal access to in Saskatoon. I wasn’t aware of this at the time I began my counselling journey.

Free counselling resources in Saskatoon:

This post was originally published to the Do SASK Facebook page on January 30, 2019.

Not a football fan? Here are a few ways to make Super Bowl 2019 entertaining

Super Bowl 2019 Party Entertainment

It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Around our house, today is like the third best holiday next to Halloween and Christmas (hubby Chris is a huuuge sports nerd). And I’m not even a sports fan. The Super Bowl is still fun to watch because it’s the perfect excuse to hang out, have a drink or two, eat comfort food, and stay warm n’ cozy with friends.

As an advertising writer, I love watching the commercials. However Canada gets a weird assortment that isn’t exactly what the folks down south see. I still like to weigh in on the selection that we do get, ranking them from best to worst.

This year, the big game features the Los Angeles Rams versus the New England Patriots. If you feel like you’ve heard that before, it’s because the New England Patriots have played in the Super Bowl for the past three years back-to-back. Tom Brady is some kind of super-human athlete – consistently coming out on top very late in his career.

So how do you make Super Bowl 2019 entertaining when you aren’t a football fan, don’t like ads, avoid munchies, and could care less about Maroon 5? Two words: Prop bets. According to SBNation, a prop bet is defined as “a bet on a specific action happening”. For example, you can bet on how long it will take Gladys Knight to sing the national anthem.

Here are a few bets that make Super Bowl 2019 entertaining if you’re not a football fan:

  1. How long will it take for Gladys Knight to sing the US National Anthem? Over/Under 2 minutes.
  2. Gladys Knight’s Attire During the National Anthem Dress/Pants
  3. Will Gladys Knight Kneel During National Anthem? Yes/No
  4. What colour will Adam Levine’s shoes be when he begins his Halftime show performance? White/Black/Brown/Blue/Red/etc.
  5. How many Maroon 5 songs will they sing at Halftime? Over/Under 4 Songs
  6. How many times will Giselle Bundchen (Tom Brady’s wife) be shown on TV during broadcast? Over/Under 2
  7. Will someone streak during the game? Yes/No
  8. What colour of Gatorade will be poured on the game winning coach?
  9. Which commercial will win the Super Bowl of Ads? Doritos/Budweiser/Etc.

#HereForTheFood

February Events in Saskatoon 2019

February Events in Saskatoon 2019

This February, woo your Valentine – or yourself – with local entertainment that’s a step above average. The month of love is upon us!

Around our house, we like to keep the chocolates and flowers low-key (or non-existent) and put more $$ towards experiences in and around the city. Skim through February events in Saskatoon 2019 and you’re bound to find something special you’ll both remember.

Alternatively, there are plenty of activities for those riding solo including anti-Valentine’s Day parties to celebrate your independence and the act of being single by choice.

Between monster trucks, fibre-fuelled workshops, snow festivals, Snoop Dogg, sloths, and more – you’ll have date planning locked down for the next 28 days. Look for details to all of these events in the massive monthly listing below. Check the Do Sask Facebook group for daily updates.

Do Sask events this February include Speed Dating for 24 & Up, Speed Dating for 20 & Up, and the free monthly Book Club meeting. Join in on the fun!

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FEBRUARY EVENTS IN SASKATOON 2019

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Meet a Sloth & more! Little Rays Wildlife Festival at Prairieland Park
The Work of Joane Cardinal-Schubert – Opening Reception at Kenderdine/College Art Galleries
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea at Persephone Theatre
The Garrys w/ Taylor Jade at The Bassment
WWE Live Road to WrestleMania at SaskTel Centre
Weaving + Wine at Saskatoon Makerspace
Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories
Turn Out with Eekwol and T-Rhyme at Remai Modern

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Meet a Sloth & more! Little Rays Wildlife Festival at Prairieland Park
Vanic at Coors Event Centre
Corner Grass at McNally Robinson
Nutrien Wintershines Festival
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea at Persephone Theatre

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Meet a Sloth & more! Little Rays Wildlife Festival at Prairieland Park
Nutrien Wintershines Festival
Learn to Knit at Venn Coffee Roasters (FULL)
Learn to Play Yukigassen at Wintershines (Postponed)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea at Persephone Theatre
2019 Heritage Festival of Saskatoon at WDM
Tonight It’s Poetry at Amigos

Monday, February 4, 2019

4th Annual LadyBits and Pieces Show! at Amigos Cantina
WCSS Monday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Speed Dating for 24 & Up at The Hose & Hydrant Pub
We are here Youth Empowerment Art Showcase at SCYAP Art Centre
Bow Project Beer Night feat. Local Craft Brewers at Metro Liquor
BKS YXE (bachata kizomba salsa) at the Dojo
Pub Trivia at The Woods Ale House
Punk Rock Bingo at Black Cat Tavern
The Cripple of Inishmaan at Greystone Theatre
Indian Horse Free Screening at the Roxy Theatre

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Dan Mangan More Or Less Tour 2019 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
Askatune at The Woods Ale House
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
Paul Brandt: ‘The Journey Tour’ at SaskTel Centre

Friday, February 8, 2019

SHEnanigans’ February Monthly at d’Lish by Tish Cafe
Arkells: The 2019 Rally Cry Tour at SaskTel Centre
Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories
The Ten Minute Play Festival at The Refinery
Philosophy in the Community: What is Capitalism? at the Refinery
Electro Hi-Hop Nights at 360 Lounge Bar & Restaurant

Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Tenth Annual Chefs’ Gala & Showcase at Prairieland Park
Tainted Love – Romeo and Juliet at TCU Place
Wacken Battle 2019 at Black Cat Tavern
Arts & Craft Beer Night at Station Arts Centre Co-Operative (Rosthern)
Uptown Stomp – Swing Dance at Free Flow Dance Centre
Kona Winter Festival at Wanuskewin
The Ten Minute Play Festival at The Refinery

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Ten Minute Play Festival at The Refinery
Learn to Play Yukigassen at Briarwood

Monday, February 11, 2019

WCSS Monday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Choir! Choir! Choir! at The Broadway Theatre
Samantha Crain & Scott Nolan at The Bassment

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Haters Roast – The Shady Tour 2019 at TCU Place
Mike Downes Quintet at The Bassment

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Five Love Languages: A St. Valentine’s Day Workshop at Queen’s House – Retreat and Renewal Centre
Clark’s Comedy Night Sweetheart Special at Clark’s Crossing
The Anti-Valentine’s Day Celebration at Winston’s
Valentines Days Dinner at Greenbryre Golf And Country Club
Flanagan’s Valentine’s Weekend
Valentine’s Day Buffet at Wanuskewin
Jack Semple & Friends Fundraiser Gala at The Bassment
Mini Fridge Dinner Theatre Presents: Nobody’s Perfect at The German Cultural Centre
The Dueling Piano Show at Dakota Dunes
Elemental at The Refinery
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Askatune at The Woods Ale House
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina

Friday, February 15, 2019

The FeBREWary Friday Social: Craft Brews Crafting Community at PAVEDArts
An Evening with Matt Dusk at The Broadway Theatre
Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories
Mini Fridge Dinner Theatre Presents: Nobody’s Perfect at The German Cultural Centre
RAM Motorsports Spectacular at SaskTel Centre
Elemental at The Refinery
Electro Hi-Hop Nights at 360 Lounge Bar & Restaurant

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Storytelling with Joseph Naytowhow at Dr. Freda Ahenakew Branch
Red River Jig Dance Party at Round Prairie Branch
Champian Fulton at The Bassment
Valentines Night at 360 Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Mini Fridge Dinner Theatre Presents: Nobody’s Perfect at The German Cultural Centre
RAM Motorsports Spectacular at SaskTel Centre
Elemental at The Refinery

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A Twisted Fairytale Ending at Divas Nightclub
Elemental at The Refinery

Monday, February 18, 2019

Free Community Winter Carnival – Family Day at The Neighbourhood Church
Family Day Free Skate at Clarence Downey Oval or Cosmo Civic Centre
WCSS Monday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sustainable Speaker Series at Frances Morrison Library
Snoop Dogg & Friends at SaskTel Centre

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Thank You For Being A Friend at The Broadway Theatre
Little Big Town: The Breakers Tour at SaskTel Centre
Elemental at The Refinery

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rustic Sign Night at Leopold’s Tavern (Rosewood)
Mini Fridge Dinner Theatre Presents: Nobody’s Perfect at The German Cultural Centre
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Askatune at The Woods Ale House
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
Elemental at The Refinery

Friday, February 22, 2019

Mini Fridge Dinner Theatre Presents: Nobody’s Perfect at The German Cultural Centre
Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories
Elemental at The Refinery

Electro Hi-Hop Nights at 360 Lounge Bar & Restaurant

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Mini Fridge Dinner Theatre Presents: Nobody’s Perfect at The German Cultural Centre
Elemental at The Refinery
Model Train Show at WDM

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mini Fridge Dinner Theatre Presents: Nobody’s Perfect at The German Cultural Centre
Elemental at The Refinery
Model Train Show at WDM

Monday, February 25, 2019

Do Sask Book Club at Prairie Ink Restaurant (SOLD OUT)
WCSS Monday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern
Sign & Sip Party at Browns Social House Lawson

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Speed Dating for 20 & Up at The Crazy Cactus
Boeing Boeing at Persephone Theatre

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Askatune at The Woods Ale House
Karaoke at Amigo’s Cantina
Boeing Boeing at Persephone Theatre (until March 13)

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January Events in Saskatoon 2019

Events in January Saskatoon 2019

Ten years ago, living in Saskatoon in the dead of winter used to sound a death knell on my social life. When the thermometer dipped below -30, I began the annual ritual of recounting why I chose to live here full-time again. Can you blame me? The last thing you’d want to do is put on 7 layers to venture out for some mediocre entertainment.


But fast forward a decade and Saskatoon is becoming a place that makes bundling up in the middle of winter worthwhile. Think Iceland, but much cheaper. The city has invested thousands of dollars into flipping the perception that cold equals no fun. So this month, throw on your coat and toque to head out into the frost for a while. Just make sure you find a place to warm up in between adventures.

This January, attend music festivals, stand-up comedy, spicy dance lessons, science & tech showcases and more. 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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JANUARY EVENTS IN SASKATOON 2019

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s
Askatune at The Woods Ale House

Friday, January 4, 2019

Piping Plover Poetry at Saskatoon Academy of Music

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Nourish Yourself – A Self Care Workshop at Modo Yoga
Saskatchewan Blue Cross “Light Walk” at The BHP Enchanted Forest

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

January Open House at ClubMynx
GW Brewing Co. Presents: PubStumpers Trivia League at The Burning Beard

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

January Open House at ClubMynx
BKS YXE (bachata kizomba salsa) at the Dojo
Pub Trivia at The Woods Ale House
Punk Rock Bingo at Black Cat Tavern

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Spectrum 2019 at College of Engineering – Usask
Kilobots XLI – Spectrum 2019
Carbonless Concert Series 3 – 3 at Louis Loft
Behind Enemy Lines: Marthe Cohn Story at TCU Place
Writers’ Open Mic at Francis Morisson Library
January Open House at ClubMynx
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s

Friday, January 11, 2019

Spectrum 2019 at College of Engineering – Usask
Board Game Fridays at Amazing Stories
Up All Night: A 24 Hour Improv Show! at Cosmopolitan Senior Citizens Centre
Megan Nash at The Bassment
“Will AI Take Over The World?” Philosophy in the Community at The Refinery

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Spectrum 2019 at College of Engineering – Usask
Reboot Your Base Chakra Workshop at Albert Community Centre
Book Club: Landwhale by Jes Baker at Good Earth Coffeehouse
LUGO Deep — presented by Nutrien at Remai Modern
Legends of Motown at TCU Place
Malanka – Ukrainian New Year Celebration at Dakota Dunes
Malanka at St. George’s Senior Citizen Centre

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Spectrum 2019 at College of Engineering – Usask
Discover your Fitness Personality to Gain Strength & Tone-up at Simply Grounded Coffee Gallery
In Others’ Words: Reading Other People’s Poetry at Amigo’s Cantina

Monday, January 14, 2019

WCSS Monday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Sustainable Speaker Series at Frances Morrison Library

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Speed Dating for 20 & Up at Crazy Cactus
BKS YXE (bachata kizomba salsa) at the Dojo
Pub Trivia at The Woods Ale House
GW Brewing Co. Presents: PubStumpers Trivia League at The Burning Beard

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s

Friday, January 18, 2019

Saskatoon Soaps Improv Comedy: Trip Adversity at The Broadway Theatre
The Game at TCU Place
Burlesque Fundraiser For Living Sky Wildlife Rehab at Saskatoon Academy of Music

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Power Lines: A Symposium of Norval Morrisseau at Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Get Organized: Leverage Your Time and Resources to Get Writing at Alice Turner Branch
Old Time Dance – Presented by Shivering Strings Saskatoon at St. Joseph Parish
Malanka 2019 at Saskatoon Inn

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Bessborough “Swinging with the Stars” Fundraiser Steak Night at Sports on Tap
An Evening with Kevin Smith at Dakota Dunes

Monday, January 21, 2019

Book Club at Prairie Ink Restaurant
Dead At Sea – A Murder Mystery Party at Mana Bar
WCSS Monday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Dierks Bentley at SaskTel Centre
GW Brewing Co. Presents: PubStumpers Trivia League at The Burning Beard
Sustainable Speaker Series at Frances Morrison Library

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

WomenCrushWednesdays: A Comedy Open Mic! at Coors Event Centre
BKS YXE (bachata kizomba salsa) at the Dojo
WINTERRUPTION Festival
Pub Trivia at The Woods Ale House
Punk Rock Bingo at Black Cat Tavern

Thursday, January 24, 2019

GenNext Talks: Community Speed Dating at Wallstreet Common
Terra Lightfoot w/ Ellen Froese & The Hot Toddies at Amigos Cantina
WINTERRUPTION Festival
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s

Friday, January 25, 2019

WINTERRUPTION Festival
Robbie Burns Night at German Cultural Centre call 306-244-6869
NHDR Annual Booksale at Market Mall

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The 6th Annual Glorp Invitational Beer Pong Tournament at Coors Event Centre
January’s Hands-On History Crafternoon at Museum of Antiquities
Women’s Self Defense Seminar at Momentum Martial Arts
Stories in Time – An Indigenous Encounter at The Broadway Theatre
WINTERRUPTION Festival
Nutrien Wintershines Festival

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Nutrien Wintershines Skating Party at Meewasin Skating Rink

Monday, January 28, 2019

Nutrien Wintershines Festival
Friends Trivia at Hudsons Pub
WCSS Monday Night Dance Party at Toon Town Tavern

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Nutrien Wintershines Festival
GW Brewing Co. Presents: PubStumpers Trivia League at The Burning Beard
Sustainable Speaker Series at Frances Morrison Library

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Speed Dating for Professionals 35 & Up at Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub
BKS YXE (bachata kizomba salsa) at the Dojo
Nutrien Wintershines Festival
Pub Trivia at The Woods Ale House

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Fattitude Screening at Saskatoon Public Library
BREAKING BARRIERS: A Journey to Mental Wellness at World Trade Centre
Nutrien Wintershines Festival (until Feb 3)
Write Out Loud at Francis Morrison Library
Comedy Lab Open Mic at The Crazy Cactus
Cribbage Nights at High Key Brewing Co.
Open Mic at Fionn MacCool’s

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Last-Minute Gifts in Saskatoon That Totally Say, “I Didn’t Buy this from the Gas Station on Christmas Eve”

Saskatoon last-minute gifts

In a surge of desperation to find something to give your S.O., you’ve found yourself under fluorescent lights. The cashier waits while you contemplate a pine-scented air freshener over some extra USB charging cables. You sigh deeply. If only you had read this post about last-minute Christmas gifts in Saskatoon!

You can’t believe you let yourself get to this point: last minute shopping in the only place that’s open… the gas station. You don’t want to go back.

So you have like, 3 days – there is no need to be so dramatic. Now is the time to lock down bae’s Christmas gift, or risk looking like you don’t give af about them. 

First, before you even start shopping you should know which love language they speak. For example: 

  • Do they prefer hearing how great you think they are over a new watch? Take time to spell it out for them in a heartfelt letter.
  • Or, could they use a day with you all to themselves instead of a fresh pair of kicks? Set aside a date and keep them in mind when planning memorable activities. 

Most people are a combination of two love languages. So if you get the gist and know for sure they want something under the tree, read on. I’ve got some local Christmas gift ideas you can pick up at shops in Saskatoon like, today:

LAST-MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFTS IN SASKATOON

Literally any combination of food in a basket

If your S.O. is the foodie type, you can’t go wrong with a basket full of local sweet and savory snacks. Shops like SaskMade Marketplace put it all together for you, or you can customize your own gift bag.

My favs include: popcorn seasoning, pemmican, fudge, and pickles. 

One-of-a-kind accessories in soft vintage leather

If it’s too early in the relationship to guess their shoe size, grab ’em a bag. Saskatoon’s vintage shops are stocked with hip bags, or purses.  These places are notorious for unique open hours, so check Google before you show up on Christmas Eve. 

A legal dime bag… because you’re 19+, live in Canada, and it’s 2018

Hey, they could be into it. At the very least, you’ll have a good conversation starter. Two Saskatoon shops opened just in time for the holidays, Living Skies Cannabis and The Pot Shack. Remember to pay cash. 

Or grab them a bag of these look-alike chocolates to start the pot conversation before you go all-in

Handmade artwork from one of Saskatoon’s local makers

Plenty of shops around town carry stylish and affordable designs. Make it easy and head to Joyne on Broadway for a good selection in one place. 

Adopt a living, breathing gift for the plant lover

Pop a succulent or air plant in a quirky planter and BOOM! You’re done. Plenty of places including Solar Gardens, Dutch Growers, and Bills House of Flowers stock these babies. 

Pour them a glass of local Christmas cheer

Try a new sip from one of the craft breweries and distilleries in town. Your best bet is to purchase the growler with a future fill for ultimate freshness. The newest brew stop in town is Shelter Brewing Co., or try purple wheat vodka from Stumbletown Distilling

Something warm and cozy made by a local crafter

You know all those art markets and craft shows that you totally missed out on over the fall? Well, you can still find these unique items on display thanks to places like The Hobnobber

happy holidays!

You’re bound to step up your last-minute Christmas game with these local gifts. So get out there and hit a home run! 

Blogaversary: Do Sask Celebrates 2 Years in Business

Do Sask Blogaversary

It’s been nearly 2 years since welcoming this bundle of a business to Saskatoon.

January 9, 2017 marked the birth of DoSask.com. What began as a space for people to find Saskatoon’s date ideas all in one place has become a growing regional media and events company.

In the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to move back to my hometown of Saskatoon after eight years away in Alberta. At first, I was hesitant about moving back. At the time, I was working as a writer in Calgary and found plenty of reasons to be content with the lifestyle there.

When I told people in Calgary I was thinking about moving back to Saskatoon, they’d either:

  • A) tell me about its lackluster nightlife, or
  • B) say that it’s a beautiful city with nothing going on.

…As if I’d never experienced the struggle myself. But I did my own research and discovered that Saskatoon was in the midst of an exciting change. I began creating mental lists to keep track of it all.

WHY I STARTED DO SASK

People often ask why I started this blog. Here are a few high-level, PG-rated answers:

  • Hearing people say, “I wish I would have known about ____, or else I would have been there”. No more excuses!
  • Sharing local dates with people who, like me, were feeling overwhelmed.
  • Forcing myself to focus on positive aspects of the city when I felt isolated. Loneliness is pervasive as someone whose only company is a cat most days. 
  • Showcasing my content to potential clients and practising WordPress, HTML, social media, digital advertising, etc.

HOW DO SASK BECAME WHAT IT IS NOW

There are similar blogs in major cities across Canada. Most of them can’t rely on advertising dollars alone to keep the lights on. So, I began producing experiences such as speed dating and brewery tours to bring some big city excitement to Saskatoon. I’ve also hosted dozens of free, or donation-based events with proceeds to local charity.

Back in January 2017, I figured it wouldn’t take long to get everything you could possibly do in Saskatoon listed on the site within a month. It was a naïve goal. I’m still finding new things to do every day. It’s a challenge to dig deeper than surface level and maintain a whole city worth of adventures! 

Do Sask has become something a lot more than I had originally intended it to be: it’s a community of people who are passionate about local arts and culture, who are willing to try things totally out of their comfort zones, and who are ready to connect with other locals face-to-face.

It exists to help people who feel disconnected and stuck – they’re moving to town, looking for an offbeat experience, or switching up their same old routine.

The best part about running Do Sask is that I feel part of the city in a way that I never have before. I get to tackle topics like a culture journalist instead of a bored copywriter. I’m excitedly attending local events on top of running my own productions, meeting unique people, and learning tonnes of new things as I go.

And yet, local Saskatonians still ask me, “why did you move here?” I have work to do. I truly believe this city has a lot of options for young folks – at least, more than it did when I was starting my career in media over 10 years ago. (I’m an elder millennial.) 

WHAT DO SASK GOT UP TO IN 2018

Events held: 

49 in 2018 (up from 20 in 2017)

Tickets sold: 

644+ in 2018 (up from 460+ in 2017)

Blog Users:

34,254 in 2018 (up from 7,712 in 2017)

Pageviews:

141,705 in 2018 (up from 20,577 in 2017)

Media Appearances: 

Do Sask has been featured in the Saskatoon StarPhoenixCTV Saskatoon Morning Live, CTV News, Saskatoon Morning on CBC and Global Saskatoon

See you in 2019!

After a year of major growth, there will definitely be lots more to come in the New Year. Whether you’re reading this from home, or showing up to a new event for the first time – thank you for supporting this bright pink dream and helping bring energy to this community.

I like to know the work I do has an impact on the quality of life for folks in Saskatoon. If Do Sask has improved your nightlife, drop me a line