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B.D. Giuseppe & Friends (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Aug 27 2016 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Brian Paul Di Giuseppe has been flying upwards and onwards with wings of song for as long as he can remember! Engaging the art of song as a practice of holistic living, health and happiness, Brian shares music to sing along with, listen to, breath with and co-creatively engage for all potentially harmonious levels of participation.

Brian is joined onstage by a few of his favorite people.

The Klein Sisters (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Sep 02 2016 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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The Klein Sisters are three singer-songwriter sisters who love to play chill, laid-back music. They have been playing together for many years now and always enjoy playing for those who love music like they do! 

The Lost Keys (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Sep 03 2016 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Wendy Thomson, guitar and vocals, and Mike Sheridan, guitar have been playing as a duo since 2006.  In 2010 the trio The Lost Keys was formed when Lorne Deighton joined the duo on bass guitar.

In addition to bass, Lorne adds his finger-style guitar stylings, incorporating influences from Chet Atkins to Lenny Breau. The trio enjoys playing jazz standards, more contemporary tunes by artists such as Molly Johnson, Norah Jones, and Madeleine Peyroux, as well as some originals.  Their sound is relaxed yet engaging, a congenial listening experience.

Vacations Away Presents...

Thursday Sep 08 2016 6:30 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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A Disney Adventure

This is a free information evening for those who wish to learn about all types Disney Vacations including Disney Theme Parks around the world; Disney Cruises; Disney’s Private Hawaiian Resort, Aulani, on the island of Oahu and more. Whether for a wedding or honeymoon, a return trip or a first time, a family reunion or a friends getaway – Disney has what you’re looking for!

Two of Vacations Away Inc.’s College of Disney Knowledge Graduates, Becky & Desta, will be hosting the show along with Disney’s own Angela Stecca, sales manager for the Prairies. Both Becky & Desta are frequent Disney travellers who have the experience and passion to help you build a Disney Vacation to Remember!

It's Too Late Baby (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Sep 09 2016 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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It's Too Late, Baby is a group of friends brought together by their common enjoyment of the music of Carole King and James Taylor. Performing a variety of the enduring songs from these two great singer-songwriters, as well as a smattering of originals, Penny Rosten (keys/vocals) is joined by vocalists Doug Campbell and Al Loewen and bassist Bruce Wilkinson to bring back some great tunes!

Elaine Sharfe (Reading & Signing)

Saturday Sep 10 2016 1:00 pm - Kid's Department, Saskatoon

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My Good Friend, Grandpa

Elaine Sharfe has a passion for writing children’s stories. Her inspiration comes from the childhood memories of her four children and the antics of her 14 grandchildren. A freelance writer, Elaine has published articles in the Globe and Mail and south Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, as well as other publications including her first book, There’s a Dinosaur in My Room.

Karen Sim is a Vancouver Island-based artist and designer whose work has been featured in 13 Canadian and American children’s books to date. Though she works primarily in digital media, she also uses oil pastel, graphite and ink, and even carves in stone. Visit her online at

Ages Past (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Sep 10 2016 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Ages Past is an acoustic instrumental band composed of brothers Cole Assman (guitar) and Owen Assman (percussion) and their mutual friend, Lauren Thuringer (guitar). The group got together in December 2013 and wasted no time, releasing their self-titled debut EP in May of 2014. Drawing from rock, blues, and jazz influences, the young trio enjoys experimenting with different instruments, such as the ukulele and the xylophone, as well as imaginative techniques on their native instruments. Don't miss the all original tunes of Ages Past!

Margy Reid (Reading and Signing)

Sunday Sep 11 2016 1:00 pm - Store Front, Saskatoon

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Flitflee Fanderfoodle

Flitflee is a little nervous to try new things, do you think she will give it a go? Maybe if she takes a bravery breath?

Margy Reid, now residing in Milden, Saskatchewan, grew up on a farm near Denzil. Her experience with children started early. As well as helping out with younger siblings and doing a lot of babysitting throughout high school, the mother of four also ran a daycare out of her home for many years. Over the course of time, many stories and characters were invented to entertain the kids. Now that her four daughters are grown, she has found the time to begin putting them to paper.

Terry Letienne (Reading and Signing)

Monday Sep 12 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Letters From Lea

When twenty-eight year old Lea Mahy is hospitalized miles away from home in October 1932, she maintains a connection with her family by writing letters to her husband and mother. What transpires is a heart-wrenching account of a young wife and mother yearning to be with her family once again.

Set in rural Manitoba during the depression, this story will steer you through the emotions that Lea felt all those years ago. Based on actual letters written in the early 1930’s, this fictionalized story is filled with tales of love, loneliness and heartache.

Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra — Music Talk

Tuesday Sep 13 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Eric Paetkau, Maestro

Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

An opening night of epic proportions. At the 2015 edition of the International Chopin Competition, Charles Richard Hamelin became the first Canadian to be named a Laureate at the famed competition. Since then, he has skyrocketed to stardom and now he brings his masterful and award-winning Chopin to the SSO. In our 86th Season, we celebrate the work of Canadian composers like Andrew Staniland, whose work Voyageur is the perfect fanfare to an exceptional season. Maestro Eric Paetkau will lead the SSO musicians through Beethoven’s seventh symphony, which audiences fell in love with all over again in the movie The King’s Speech.

Wendy McGrath, Louise Bernice Halfe & Rita Bouvier (Reading and Signing)

Wednesday Sep 14 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Wendy McGrath

Wendy McGrath was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Her poetry and short fiction has been published in such publications as Descant, Poetry in Motion, and NeWest Review. Her previous novel, Recurring Fictions, was released through the University of Alberta Press in 2002. Santa Rosa, was published by NeWest Press in April 2011, and its followup, North East, arrived in October 2014. A Revision of Forward, was released in Fall 2015.

Louise Bernice Halfe

Burning in this Midnight Dream is the latest collection of poems by Louise Bernice Halfe. Many were written in response to the grim tide of emotions, memories, dreams and nightmares that arose in her as the Truth and Reconciliation Process unfolded. In heart-wrenching detail, Halfe recalls the damage done to her parents, her family, herself. She asks us to consider the damage done to children taken from their families, to families mourning their children; damage done to entire communities and to ancient cultures. Halfe's poetic voice soars in this incredibly moving collection as she digs deep to discover the root of her pain. Her images, created from the natural world, reveal the spiritual strength of her culture.

Rita Bouvier

Rita Bouvier's third collection of poetry is a response to the highs and lows of life and represents an attempt at restoring order through embracing others, reconciling the traumas caused by the deep scars of history, and soaring beyond life's awkward and painful moments in order to live joyfully. Inspired by the metaphor of a voyageur sustained by song on his journeys up and down the rivers of Northwest Saskatchewan, these "songs for the seasons" draw heavily on images from nature as well as the joys, heartaches and transgressions Bouvier has witnessed and experienced.

Justice Der Plays (Live Musical Performance)

Friday Sep 16 2016 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Justice Der is solo guitarist from Saskatoon who combines, jazz, hip hop, blues and pop music to create a unique sound.  He typically plays with a loop station, so he layers live tracks together to mimic a band, but he also plays finger style and jazz guitar solos without the loop station.  Justice has played at many events throughout the city, but can frequently be seen playing at the farmers market or Mystic Java.  

Harrison King (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Sep 17 2016 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Solo phenom piano player Harrison King will not disappoint.

La Troupe Du Jour In Conversation: "Oh My Irma" (Presentation and Discussion)

Tuesday Sep 20 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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La Troupe du Jour's Artistic Director in conversation with performer of the hit "Oh My Irma"

Catch Marie-Claire Marcotte perform an excerpt of the French translation of Oh My Irma, a critically acclaimed play originally written and performed by Haley McGee.

Marie-Claire Marcotte is an author, translator and actor. She has been nominated for many prizes such as Dora, Jessie and SATA. Marcotte has a diploma from the école Internationale de Comédie in Reggio Emilia, Italy and from the theatre program at Collège George Brown in Toronto. Her first play Coffre-Fort was produced by La Troupe du Jour.

Paul Hardisty (Reading and Signing)

Wednesday Sep 21 2016 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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The Evolution of Fear

Claymore Straker is a fugitive with a price on his head. Wanted by the CIA for acts of terrorism he did not commit, his best friend has just been murdered and Rania, the woman he loves, has disappeared. As his pursuers close in, Clay follows Rania to Istanbul and then Cyprus, where he is drawn into a violent struggle between the Russian mafia, Greek Cypriot extremists, and Turkish developers cashing in on the tourism boom. As the island of love descends into chaos, and the horrific truth is unveiled, Clay must call on every ounce of skill to save Rania and end unimaginable destruction being wrought in the name of profit.

Canadian by birth, Paul E Hardisty eloped to Africa with a Prairie girl in the 1980's. Since then, he has lived and worked all over the world as an engineer and hydrologist. His first novel, The Abrupt Physics of Dying, set in Yemen during the 1994 civil war, was a London Telegraph 2015 Thriller of the Year, and was shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Creasy Dagger Award. The sequel, The Evolution of Fear, is set in Istanbul and Cyprus, where he lived and worked for almost a decade. Lee Child called it "a big, meaty thriller," and said: "Hardisty is a fine writer and Straker is a great lead character." Paul now lives in Western Australia with that same Prairie girl and their two sons, and leads Australia's national science program in water, land and biodiversity. He misses the hockey, and gets back to Canada as often as he can.

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