25-ish Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

August 10 to 12, 2018 Events in Saskatoon

Celebrate Metis culture and stomp your feet this weekend at the John Arcand Fiddle Fest. Plus, more live shows and free dance lessons at the Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival, take a trip back in time to the roller disco with Saskatoon Roller Derby League, and let the midway spin you upside down at the Saskatoon Exhibition.

Find details about these things to do in Saskatoon this weekend of August 10 to 12, 2018 below:

25-ISH THINGS TO DO IN THIS WEEKEND IN SASKATOON

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

MIND GAMES At The Nutrien Fringe Festival In Saskatoon at The Fringe 
Friday Night Films at Carlyle King Branch Library
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Exhibition at Prairieland Park
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
John Arcand Fiddle Fest at Windy Acres
FREE Swing Dance Lessons at the Fringe
FREE An Evening with Al Kay at 2nd Ave Grill
Imagination Station: The Perogy Predicatment at the Fringe 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018

MIND GAMES At The Nutrien Fringe Festival In Saskatoon at The Fringe 
The Photocopier at The Fringe 
Lemonade for Wishes 2018 at Make-A-Wish Saskatchewan
Rustic Sign Workshop at Finn’s Irish Pub
Street Stall Saturdays at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Uptown Stomp – Swing Dance at Free Flow Dance Centre
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Exhibition at Prairieland Park
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
John Arcand Fiddle Fest at Windy Acres 
SRDL presents: A Night at the Roller Disco! at Granite Curling 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

Lemonade for Wishes 2019 at Make-A-Wish Saskatchewan 
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
FREE (donation) Percussion Gala Concert at Quance Theatre
John Arcand Fiddle Fest at Windy Acres 
Invermay Fair at Town of Invermay 

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

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Feature Image: The Saskatoon StarPhoenix

30 August Long Weekend Things to do in Saskatoon 2018

august long weekend Saskatoon things to do

This August long weekend marks the beginning of the 10-day Nurtrien Fringe Theatre Festival. Plus, take in the return of Live Dueling Pianos at The Thirsty Scholar, chow down on Canada’s best rack of meat at Ribfest, go on a date to discover horse whispering at Lift Farm, or watch free drag racing at SIR.

You’ll have a hard time deciding what to do with all of the August long weekend entertainment options! Find details about these things to do in Saskatoon this August long weekend and more below:

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

30+ AUGUST LONG WEEKEND THINGS TO DO IN SASKATOON 2018

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018

The Photocopier at The Fringe
Friday Night Films at Carlyle King Branch Library
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
The Kawaii Market at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Turn Out Scanner EDM at Remai Modern 
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
Dueling Pianos at The Thirsty Scholar
Saskatoon Ribfest at Diefenbaker Park 
Imagination Station: The Perogy Predicatment at the Fringe 
Date Night with Lift Farm EAL
FREE SIR Performance Plus Street Legal Drag Racing
Shane Larmand at McNally Robinson’s 
Sage Hill Student Readings at Frances Morrison Library

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2018

The Photocopier at The Fringe 
Street Stall Saturdays at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
Saskatoon Ribfest at Diefenbaker Park 
Imagination Station: The Perogy Predicatment at the Fringe
FREE SIR Performance Plus Street Legal Drag Racing

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2018

MIND GAMES At The Nutrien Fringe Festival In Saskatoon at The Fringe 
The Photocopier at The Fringe 
WOW Manitou at Little Manitou Art Gallery 
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
Saskatoon Ribfest at Diefenbaker Park 
Imagination Station: The Perogy Predicatment at the Fringe 
FREE SIR Performance Plus Street Legal Drag Racing
Passa Passa at Sutherland Bar
Exquisite Corpse – Myth, Magic and the Occult at SCYAP Art Centre

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018

MIND GAMES At The Nutrien Fringe Festival In Saskatoon at The Fringe 
The Photocopier at The Fringe 
Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
Saskatoon Ribfest at Diefenbaker Park 
Railway Heritage Day at Saskatchewan Railway Museum (Pike Lake)
Saltwater Joy After Dark at The Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival

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August Events in Saskatoon 2018

August is when arts and culture mashup to make an offbeat, exciting, and proud version of Saskatoon. Spend your time between adrenaline-pumping shows and stomach-flipping fair attractions at the Saskatoon Exhibition – and fill up on authentic cultural food, dance, and art experiences at Folkfest.

This month, find Do Sask chilling street-side at the Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival to earn an entry into the VIP club. Find details to all of these events in the massive monthly listing below, or by checking the Do Sask events group on Facebook.

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AUGUST EVENTS IN SASKATOON 2018

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018

Write-On Wednesdays at Frances Morrison Library
Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Preview Night- 2018 Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival
Financial Literacy Workshops at READ Saskatoon
Pub Stumpers Trivia at Fionn MacCool’s
Texas King at Amigos Cantina
Standup Comedy at Buds on Broadway
Bobby Thrust at Capitol Music Club

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2018

MIND GAMES At The Nutrien Fringe Festival In Saskatoon at The Fringe 
Thursday Night Art Market at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Mana Bar Trivia – Bethesda
Archspire, The Kennedy Veil, Sarah Longfield and Sakred at Black Cat Tavern
Askatune at The Woods Ale House
Trivia at The Thirsty Scholar
Karaoke Thursday at Amigos Cantina
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
Imagination Station: The Perogy Predicatment at the Fringe 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018

The Photocopier at The Fringe
Friday Night Films at Carlyle King Branch Library
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
The Kawaii Market at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Turn Out EDM at Remai Modern 
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
Saskatoon Ribfest at Diefenbaker Park 
Imagination Station: The Perogy Predicatment at the Fringe 
Date Night with Lift Farm EAL
FREE SIR Performance Plus Street Legal Drag Racing
Shane Larmand at McNally Robinson’s 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2018

The Photocopier at The Fringe 
Street Stall Saturdays at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
Saskatoon Ribfest at Diefenbaker Park 
Imagination Station: The Perogy Predicatment at the Fringe
FREE SIR Performance Plus Street Legal Drag Racing

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2018

MIND GAMES At The Nutrien Fringe Festival In Saskatoon at The Fringe 
The Photocopier at The Fringe 
WOW Manitou at Little Manitou Art Gallery 
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
Saskatoon Ribfest at Diefenbaker Park 
Imagination Station: The Perogy Predicatment at the Fringe 
FREE SIR Performance Plus Street Legal Drag Racing
Passa Passa at Sutherland Bar
Exquisite Corpse – Myth, Magic and the Occult at SCYAP Art Centre

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018

MIND GAMES At The Nutrien Fringe Festival In Saskatoon at The Fringe 
The Photocopier at The Fringe 
Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
Saskatoon Ribfest at Diefenbaker Park 
Railway Heritage Day at Saskatchewan Railway Museum (Pike Lake)
Saltwater Joy After Dark at The Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018

MIND GAMES At The Nutrien Fringe Festival In Saskatoon at The Fringe 
The Photocopier at The Fringe 
Trivia at Hudsons Canada’s Pub
Summer Mom & Baby Active
Chess Club at Carlyle King Branch Library
Vintage Swing at River Landing Water Park
Fringe: A Burlesque Show! at Broadway Theatre 
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Exhibition at Prairieland Park
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018

MIND GAMES At The Nutrien Fringe Festival In Saskatoon at The Fringe 
Write-On Wednesdays at Frances Morrison Library
Financial Literacy Workshops at READ Saskatoon
The Motorleague w/ The Reckless Famous at Capitol Music Club
Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Exhibition at Prairieland Park
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
Imagination Station: The Perogy Predicatment at the Fringe 
Cat Bazaar at OUTSaskatoon
Black Badge Launch at Amazing Stories

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018

The Photocopier at The Fringe 
Thursday Night Art Market at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Exhibition at Prairieland Park
Mana Bar Trivia
Trivia at The Thirsty Scholar
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
John Arcand Fiddle Fest at Windy Acres 
Back To 1983: Strange Brew at The Roxy Theatre 
90’s Bowling Fundraiser for Habitat’s Women’s Build 2929 Louise St 
Imagination Station: The Perogy Predicatment at the Fringe

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

MIND GAMES At The Nutrien Fringe Festival In Saskatoon at The Fringe 
Friday Night Films at Carlyle King Branch Library
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Exhibition at Prairieland Park
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
John Arcand Fiddle Fest at Windy Acres
Imagination Station: The Perogy Predicatment at the Fringe 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018

MIND GAMES At The Nutrien Fringe Festival In Saskatoon at The Fringe 
The Photocopier at The Fringe 
Lemonade for Wishes 2018 at Make-A-Wish Saskatchewan
Street Stall Saturdays at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Uptown Stomp – Swing Dance at Free Flow Dance Centre
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Exhibition at Prairieland Park
Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival on Broadway
John Arcand Fiddle Fest at Windy Acres 
SRDL presents: A Night at the Roller Disco! at Granite Curling 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

Lemonade for Wishes 2019 at Make-A-Wish Saskatchewan 
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
John Arcand Fiddle Fest at Windy Acres 
Invermay Fair at Town of Invermay 

MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2018

Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

Speed Dating 24 & Up at Finn’s Irish Pub
Summer Mom & Baby Active
Vintage Swing at River Landing Water Park
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018

Write-On Wednesdays at Frances Morrison Library
Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018

Thursday Night Art Market at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Mana Bar Trivia
Trivia at The Thirsty Scholar
Saskatoon Folkfest

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018

Friday Night Films at Carlyle King Branch Library
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Folkfest
Rock the River at Delta Bessborough 
Show & Shine Weekend at Downtown Saskatoon

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018

Street Stall Saturdays at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Folkfest
Rock the River at Delta Bessborough 
Show & Shine Weekend at Downtown Saskatoon

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018

Whipping it Up in the Market Kitchen at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Rock the River at Delta Bessborough 
Show & Shine Weekend at Downtown Saskatoon
Teen Challenge Freedom Run at Brainsport 

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018

Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018

Speed Dating 38 & Up at Finn’s Irish Pub
Composting 101 Workshop
Summer Mom & Baby Active
Vintage Swing at River Landing Water Park

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2018

Write-On Wednesdays at Frances Morrison Library
Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

Thursday Night Art Market at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Mana Bar Trivia
Trivia at The Thirsty Scholar

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018

Friday Night Films at Carlyle King Branch Library

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018

Saskatoon Brewery Tour – Brew Cruise at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Global Pot Pop-up Restaurant at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market 
Saturday 9:00 AM Street Stall Saturdays at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Ukrainian Day in the Park at Rotary Park

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018

Whipping it Up in the Market Kitchen at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market

MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018

Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2018

Do Sask Book Club at Prairie Ink Restaurant
Vintage Swing at River Landing Water Park

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018

Write-On Wednesdays at Frances Morrison Library
Salsa by the River at River Landing Water Park

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018

Thursday Night Art Market at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
Mana Bar Trivia
Trivia at The Thirsty Scholar

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018

Potashcorp Fireworks Festival at River Landing and Friendship Park

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34 Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

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

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

34 Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018

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

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018

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

SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018

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

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Eating at Taste of Saskatchewan 2018

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

Taste of Saskatchewan 2018

Photo via Downtown Saskatoon.

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

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

We also tried:

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

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

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

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

Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

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

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

Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018

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

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018

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

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018

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

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Review of The Merry Wives of Windsor in Saskatoon

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

Review of The Merry Wives of Windsor in Saskatoon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Things to do in Saskatoon This Weekend

Events for the week of July 12 to 18, 2018

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

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

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

20+ THINGS TO DO IN SASKATOON THIS WEEKEND

Check out the listings below:

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018

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

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018

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

SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018

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

SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018

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

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018

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

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018

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

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Saskatoon Pub Trivia Schedule 2018

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

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

Mana Bar sent me its confirmed Thursday night pub trivia schedule for the next three months. Topics range from comic book heroes to sit-coms.

Confirmed schedule:

July 5 – Game of Thrones
July 12 – Happy Madison
July 19 – Batman
July 26 – The Simpsons
August 2 – Bethesda
August 9 – Dragon Ball Z
August 16 – Legacy Night
August 23 – The Office
August 30 – Stranger Things
September 6 – Disney
September 13 – Saskatoon Expo
September 20 – Harry Potter
September 27 – Legacy Night 2

Other Active Saskatoon Pub Trivia Locations

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

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

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

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

Where: Amigo’s
When: roughly 1x month

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

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

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

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

WHY RUN A FREE BOOK CLUB?

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

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

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

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

HOW THE DO SASK BOOK CLUB WORKS

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

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

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

DO SASK BOOK CLUB & MCNALLY ROBINSON BOOKSELLERS

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

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

COME TO THE NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING

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

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