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Brian Paul Di Giuseppe -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Apr 04 2015 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.

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Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Apr 07 2015 10:30 am - Storytime Circle, Saskatoon

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For children ages 3 - 5.

Join us in the Story Circle, where our storyteller will treat you to a half hour of fun and imagination! Every Tuesday from 10:30 - ll:00 am.

For further information, please inquire at the Children's Desk (upstairs) in person or by phone at (306) 955-1477.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith -- Book Launch

Thursday Apr 09 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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What Can’t Be Undone (Thistledown Press)

In her first collection of short fiction, dee Hobsbawn-Smith creates protagonists struggling to navigate the troubles common to life everywhere. Her stories are rife with the disasters of homelessness, domestic violence, and child abuse, and expose the difficulties that arise in relationships between brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, and parents and children. What Can’t Be Undone is a collection anchored in the Western Canadian landscape, and the natural imagery which has become synonymous to the area reigns supreme. These stories are powerfully influenced by local colour as Hobsbawn-Smith travels with her protagonists across rolling prairies, unforgiving mountain ranges, and along coastal highways. Each story combines her keen observation with an unflinching eye on her characters’ flaws to bring into painful focus the challenges of coming to terms with loss.

“dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s stories begin when love and comfort have faded . . . these fine stories are parables of resiliency.” — David Carpenter, author of Welcome to Canada

dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s award-winning poetry, essays, fiction, and journalism have appeared in Canadian, American, and international literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and anthologies including The Malahat Review, Gastronomica, and Western Living. Her first book of poetry, Wildness Rushing In (Hagios Press) was published in 2014. She recently completed her M.F.A. in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan, and she is an alumna of the Sage Hill Writing Experience. She lives west of Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan Book Awards -- Shortlist Reading III

Friday Apr 10 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Featuring readings by Dawn Dumont (Rose’s Run) and Ernie Louttit (Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership) and hosted by Bronwen McRae.

The third in a series of three events with Saskatchewan Book Awards nominees, reading and signing their shortlisted titles.

Dawn Dumont is the author of Nobody Cries at Bingo which was shortlisted for the City of Edmonton Award and the Alberta Reader’s Choice Award. She writes and performs comedy across Canada. You can also catch her on the APTN reality comedy series Fish Out of Water which she co-hosts with comedian Don Kelly. (She’s the one screaming and falling out of canoes.) She is also the afternoon drive DJ for Voices Radio, broadcast across Canada. She writes a monthly column for the Eaglefeather News called “That’s What She Said.” Dumont divides her time between Saskatoon, Edmonton, and the rest of Canada. Her book Rose’s Run is nominated for the Fiction Award, the Saskatoon Book Award, the Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award, and the prestigious Book of the Year Award from the Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Ernie Louttit was hired by the Saskatoon Police in 1987 as only the third native officer in the force’s history. He spent his entire 26 year career on the streets of Saskatoon’s west side, an area until recently beset by poverty and terrible social conditions. Louttit served on the front lines as he learned to navigate the difficult issues of crime, race, and community expectations—both white and native. He became known on the streets as “Indian Ernie,” to him a badge of honour. His book Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership is nominated for the Saskatoon Book Award, the First Book Award, the Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award, and the prestigious Book of the Year Award.

Saskatchewan Book Awards celebrate, promote and reward Saskatchewan authors and publishers. The only provincially­focused book award program, SBA is a principal ambassador for Saskatchewan's literary community, which includes more than 500 writers and more than 40 book publishers.

Join us on Sunday, March 15 and Sunday, March 29 for other events in this series, featuring readings by Alice Kuipers, Dave Margoshes, Brenda Baker, and Suzanne North,

Katie Miller -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Apr 10 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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CD Release Show!


Katie Miller is a singer songwriter prairie soul storyteller from Esterhazy, SK. Drawing inspiration from the land, sky and human spirit, Katie crafts her folk-rock songs into stories and tells them with an honest voice. Katie recently released her debut full-length album, Silverflower, February 28, 2015, and her first release on SoundCloud, “Prairie Sea,” received great response. Taron Cochrane (SK music commentator) tweeted: “Local music find of the night: Hum along to the harmonies and harmonica,” and “Thank you for a song I could listen to 9 times on repeat tonight!” “Prairie Sea” was featured as the theme song for Saskatoon’s Embrace Theatre’s family production that toured Saskatchewan’s provincial parks in the summer of 2014. Hear here.

photo by Nebulus Entertainment

Wayne Bargen -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Apr 11 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Instrumental Guitar

Wayne Bargen is a finger style acoustic guitar player. All of the songs that he performs are originals. His influences are Bob Evans, Bruce Cockburn, Don Ross, Antoine Dufour, and Andy McKee. His goal is that people who come to his show will walk away relaxed, have a greater appreciation of acoustic guitar music, and be inspired to start playing guitar.

CAA Travel -- Travel Presentation

Monday Apr 13 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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River Cruise on the Danube

Join CAA Travel and Westworld Tours for an informative evening to learn more about their 2016 President’s Tour, an AmaWaterways River Cruise on the Danube.

Travelling via river cruise is unique. The cruise ship, essentially a luxury hotel on the water, glides through breathtaking scenery, and ports for you to disembark into the heart of the culture and activity in each city. Cruise from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary with opportunities to learn and explore in Vilshofen and Passau, Germany; Linz, Melk, Krems and Vienna, Austria; and Bratislava, Slovakia. The cruise will depart in July 2016 with pre-cruise tour options to Munich and Prague and post-cruise options in Budapest for those who would like to extend their holiday.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about this amazing trip with the Tour Director herself, WestWorld Tours’ Koral Carpentier.

Please contact, as seating is limited.

Editors’ Association of Canada -- Presentation

Wednesday Apr 15 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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EAC Saskatchewan presents Clear Communication by Design: A Guide to Effective Documents

Writers and editors are typically concerned with words, but Michelle Boulton wants to show you how structure and design elements can have a powerful influence on the effectiveness of a document. In her presentation, Michelle will briefly touch on some basic elements of document design: content and structure, illustrations and graphics, arrangement on the page, typography, and legibility.

Michelle Boulton facilitates clear communication. As a writer, editor, designer, or instructor, she helps people create and refine documents that clearly communicate their intended message.

The Editors’ Association of Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. Their 1,500 members are salaried and freelance, work with individuals and organizations in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit, academic and publishing sectors across the country and around the world in English and French. EAC Saskatchewan hosts a variety of professional development opportunities on topics of interest to editors, writers, and communicators.

Lyndon Penner -- Speaking & Signing

Thursday Apr 16 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Speaking and Signing Garden Design for the Short Season Yard: Everything You Need to Know for the Chinook and Canadian Prairie Zones (Brush Education Inc.).

After his great success with the 2014 release of The Chinook Short Season Yard and The Prairie Short Season Yard, popular CBC gardening columnist Lyndon Penner returns with his new book. Prairie gardeners will be pleased with this first and only garden design book written specifically for the Canadian prairie zones, including the Chinook region. Intended as a do-it-yourself guide, Lyndon is adamant that everyone should be able to create a beautiful garden on their own without the considerable expense of hiring professionals.

Lyndon Penner, gardening rock star, has been getting dirt under his fingernails since the age of three. He’s never forgotten the thrill of growing his first flowers from seed. A landscape designer and horticultural consultant, Lyndon is a gardening columnist on CBC Radio in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He appears frequently as a guest speaker at universities and colleges in western Canada. Lyndon lives in Calgary.

Ages Past -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Apr 17 2015 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! Hear here.

Ken Dalgarno -- Book Signing

Saturday Apr 18 2015 2:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Badlands: A Geography of Metaphors (Red Deer Press)

There can be few places in the world where the visual impact of the landscape is as hauntingly captivating as the Badlands of the Northern Great Plains. Encompassing Alberta, Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Montana, these amazing regions contain some of the most surreal and magical terrain you can imagine.

Renowned photographer and painter Ken Dalgarno first visited Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta "more or less out of curiosity," he writes. "But I was instantly struck by the mystical hoodoos, spires, and other mesmerizing geological wonders. It felt like I was walking amongst a geography of metaphors, or perhaps entering an archives where stories have been exiled... A treasure trove for dinosaur fossils and First Nations history, the Badlands are certainly a place where the past has invaded the present. Like finding a great writer, I wanted to read more. The result of my explorations is this photographic survey of the Badlands of the Northern Great Plains."

Foreword by Ross King, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Governor General's Award.

Ken Dalgarno is a visual artist and photographer from Moose Jaw. His artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows across western Canada and the United States, and his paintings are in private and public collections across Canada, Italy, South Africa, and the United States. Dalgarno has been profiled in numerous magazines and print media including: GalleriesWest, Prairies North, Our Canada, Western Art Collector and the Edmonton Journal. He is represented by the Assiniboia Gallery in Regina.

Badlands has been shortlisted for a 2015 Saskatchewan Book Award (First Book Award).

Wires & Wood -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Apr 18 2015 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Wires & Wood is a local trio that highlights the rich and diverse sound of the mandolin. Mandolin, guitar, and bass work seamlessly through a variety of latin, jazz, and gypsy music to soothe, enliven, and entertain.

Wires 'n' Wood is Scott Thayer (mandolin), Lorne Deighton (guitar), and Paul Sartison (bass).

Guy Vanderhaeghe -- Book Launch

Tuesday Apr 21 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Daddy Lenin and Other Stories (McClelland & Stewart)

Bestselling author Guy Vanderhaeghe’s new book of fiction is both timely and timeless and showcases his supreme talent as a storyteller and poignant observer of the human condition. Among these nine addictive and resonant stories: A teenage boy breaks out of the strict confines of his family, his bid for independence leads him in over his head. He learns about life in short order and there is no turning back. An actor’s penchant for hiding behind a role, on and off stage, is tested to the limits and what he comes to discover finally places him face to face with the truth. With his mother hospitalized for a nervous condition and his father away on long work stints, a boy is sent to another family for his meals. His gradually building relationship with a teenage daughter who has been left handicapped from Polio opens unexpected doors to the world. In the powerful title story, a middle-aged man remeets his former adviser at university, a charismatic and domineering professor dubbed Daddy Lenin. As their tense reunion progresses, secrets from the past painfully revise remembered events and threaten to topple the scaffolding of a marriage.

Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, in 1951. His previous fiction includes A Good Man, The Last Crossing, The Englishman’s Boy, Things as They Are (stories), Homesick, My Present Age, and Man Descending (stories). Among the many awards he has received are the Governor General’s Award (twice); and, for his body of work, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship, the Writers’ Trust Timothy Findley Award, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. He has received many honours, including the Order of Canada.

photo by Grant McConnell

G.V. Loewen -- Speaking and Signing

Wednesday Apr 22 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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The Big Secrets: Ten Things Every Young Person Should Know About and Why

In his new book for young persons, G.V. Loewen suggests that adults need to offer both more responsibilities and freedoms for teenagers. Some suggestions in the book include lowering the voting age to 13; figuring out how to set up safe but adolescent only internet sex sites; instating short term mandatory military service for high school graduates or scrapping the military altogether; and critiquing atheism but supporting agnosticism amongst others. The book's theme is clearly about fairness and rationality, and is a unique contribution to an area where too often the written commentaries are fraught with emotions and moralizing.

G.V. Loewen, Ph.D., is a social philosopher and an award ­winning professor who has written eighteen other books. He is currently chair of the department of sociology at St. Thomas More College of the University of Saskatchewan. You can find out more about his work here.

Tina Martel -- Book Launch

Thursday Apr 23 2015 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Not in the Pink

When visual artist Tina Martel was diagnosed with Stage Two B breast cancer she decided to document everything. Throughout her treatment she created a stream of sketchbooks, photographs, paintings and video, in response to and frequently in spite of what was happening to her. Not in the Pink is a “graphic narrative” of the pain, frustration and frequent hilarity of her day-to-day dealing with the eccentricities and bureaucracy of the medical system. It is also a candid and moving exploration of the expectations often placed on you once you are diagnosed with cancer: by the people around you, by society and ultimately by yourself.

Tina Martel is a Canadian artist whose practice includes mixed media, painting, drawing, books, photography, installation and video. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, she began drawing at the age of four, and later, (much later) received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has exhibited across Canada, the United States and in Europe. She has been teaching fine arts in the post secondary system for the last 15 years.

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