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Ian Martens -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Oct 31 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Acoustic Rock/Folk

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Ian Martens hails from Saskatoon, where he has been playing and writing rock'n'roll for years. His full-length solo acoustic album, Have You Heard, features Ian's inspired guitar work and is full of uplifting spiritual overtones. "I always loved the acoustic songs that rock bands did, so that's what inspired me to do this record. Plus I wanted people to leave my show with something they could take home that was what they actually heard live. I love the raw, honest element of an acoustic set."

Talking Hands -- Storytime

Saturday Nov 01 2014 10:30 am - Storytime Circle, Saskatoon

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Talking Hands: Children's Stories Come to Life through the Magic of Sign Language

Saskatchewan Parents of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Saskatoon, is hosting monthly story times at McNally Robinson for Kids. A group of very talented story tellers will read the stories aloud and interpret children stories into Sign Language.

Everyone is welcome! For any additional information please contact

Bruce McCulloch -- Book Signing

Saturday Nov 01 2014 4:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Let's Start a Riot: How a Young Drunk Punk Became a Hollywood Dad (HarperCollins Canada)

Legendary Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch chronicles his journey from wild early days as a "young punk" in 1980s Alberta, to his flannel plaid days and futon nights in 1990s Toronto, to becoming a "pajama-clad dad" living in the Hollywood Hills. Taking us from scowling teenager to father of two, this biting, funny collection of personal stories, peppered with moments of surprising poignancy, proves that although this infamous Kid may be all grown up, his singular brand of humour and signature wit remain firmly intact.

Bruce McCulloch is a Canadian actor, writer, comedian and film director. He is best known for his work as a member of the Kids in the Hall, the popular comedy troupe, and as a writer for Saturday Night Live. He directed the films Dog Park, Stealing Harvard and Superstar, and has made two acclaimed comedy/music albums, Shame-based Man and Drunk Baby Project. McCulloch has also recently acted in episodes of Workaholics and the new season of Arrested Development. McCulloch recently returned to TV with the series Death Comes to Town. He currently lives in the Hollywood Hills with his family and tours solo and with KITH for sold-out shows.

Bruce McCulloch combines stand-up, live music and assorted autobiographical insights in his Young Drunk Punk show, at the Broadway Theatre on Saturday, November 1. For ticket information, contact the Broadway at (306) 652-6556 or visit their website.

Shawna Caspi -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Nov 01 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Folk Singer/Songwriter

Shawna Caspi is a solo singer-songwriter with a powerful voice and serious guitar chops. With a commanding stage presence and an inviting charm, she doesn’t need a band to deliver an engaging and energetic show. She has all the sound she needs under her fingertips, with a remarkable fingerstyle guitar technique. Shawna’s playful wit and sense of a seasoned storyteller makes each performance intimate and captivating, no matter the size of the room. She has played in venues from cafes to soft-seat theatres, from living rooms to festival stages – even in the lounge car of a moving train.

Shawna grew up in the folk clubs of Ottawa, a classically-trained singer and guitarist drawn to the music and songwriting of legendary local performers like Lynn Miles and Ian Tamblyn. At York University in Toronto, she favoured flamenco guitar lessons and new music studies, always returning to her folk roots as a singer-songwriter. Although she is based in Toronto, Shawna is most at home on the road and loves the long drives that define touring in Canada. Those are the landscapes and people that make their way into her songs. Shawna’s third full-length CD, a solo guitar/voice album, is currently in progress.

“…The best thing about Caspi’s music is that there’s never just one thing to focus on. One moment demands attention to her lyrics, which play poetically with life’s everyday moments, while another moment demands the listener’s attention turn to her impressive musicianship.” – Canadian Musician Magazine

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Paulette Millis -- Health Talk and Book Signing

Sunday Nov 02 2014 2:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Special Topic: "Natural Healing - Tips and Tricks!"

Paulette presents twelve of her best ideas on rebuilding your body from the inside out! Each of the ideas are described in detail with suggestions on how to easily implement these powerful tips into your life. Paulette will refer to her books Eat Away Illness and Cook Your Way to Health.

Paulette Millis speaks, trains, and writes about good nutrition. A Registered Nutritional Consultant and a Registered Social Worker, she has 25 years experience helping people through life issues and healing challenges. She is the author of 5 books and numerous articles and columns. Eat Away Illness is a best selling book that outlines how you can take charge of your health.

An Evening with Jack Whyte

Monday Nov 03 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Speaking & Signing The Guardian (Viking Canada). Hosted by The Prairie Geek, Rawlco Radio's Ian Goodwillie.

From Jack Whyte, the master of the sweeping historical epic, comes the continuing story of two heroes who reshaped and reconfigured the entire destiny of the kingdom of Scotland by defying the might and power of Edward Plantagenet, the king of England, who called himself the Hammer of the Scots. Wallace the Braveheart would become the only legendary, heroic commoner in medieval British history and the undying champion of the common man. The other, Robert Bruce, earl of Carrick, would perfect the techniques of guerrilla warfare developed by Wallace and use them to create his own place in history as the greatest king of Scots who ever lived.

In the spring of 1297, the two men meet in Ayr, in the south of Scotland, each having recently lost a young wife, one in childbirth and the other by murder. Each is heartbroken but determined in his grief to defy the ambitions of England and its malignant king, whose lust to conquer and consume the realm of Scotland is blatant and unyielding. Their combined anger at the injustices of the invading English is about to unleash a storm in Scotland that will last for sixteen years—and destroy England’s military power for decades—before giving rise to a new nation of free men.

Jack Whyte was born and raised in Scotland and emigrated to Canada in 1967. He is an actor, orator, singer, and poet, and was awarded an honorary doctor of letters for his contribution to Canadian popular fiction. He is the author of the Dream of Eagles series (eight Arthurian novels set in Roman Britain) and the Templar Trilogy (featuring the legendary Knights Templar). Whyte’s novels are also published in the United States, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Brazil, and Russia. He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.

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An Evening with John Ralston Saul

Monday Nov 03 2014 7:30 pm - Roxy Theatre, 320 - 20th Street West, Saskatoon

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Tickets are $15 and are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers in person or by calling 306-955-3599.

Join John Ralston Saul as he considers the story of Canada’s past so that we may better understand its present – and imagine a better future.

Historic moments are always uncomfortable, Saul writes in his impassioned new book, The Comeback: How Aboriginals are Reclaiming Power and Influence (Penguin Random House), calling on all of us to embrace and support the comeback of Aboriginal peoples.

John Ralston Saul will be joined by special guests, hip hop artist Eekwol and Dr. Winona Wheeler, President Elect of NAISA and Head of the Department of Native Studies at the U of S, for an evening of music and public conversation. Hosted by Dani Mario of CBC News Saskatchewan.

Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine and included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries, John Ralston Saul is Canada’s leading public intellectual.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesday Nov 04 2014 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.

Elinor Florence -- Book Launch

Tuesday Nov 04 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Bird’s Eye View (Dundurn Press)

Rose Jolliffe is an idealistic young woman living with her family on a Saskatchewan farm. After Canada declares war against Germany in World War Two, she travels to England and joins the British Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, where she is trained as an aerial photographic interpreter. Along with hundreds of intelligence officers at RAF Medmenham in England, Rose spies on the enemy from the sky, watching the war unfold through her magnifying glass, and makes several critical discoveries.

When her commanding officer, Gideon Fowler, sets his sights on Rose, both professionally and personally, her prospects look bright. But can he be trusted? As she becomes increasingly disillusioned by the destruction of war, Rose’s world falls apart. She transfers into the Royal Canadian Air Force and serves as a photographic interpreter on a bombing station, detecting military targets on the continent. Her path to maturity is a painful one, paralleled by the slow, agonizing progress of the war and Canada’s emergence from Britain’s shadow. As Rose struggles to rebuild her shattered life, she finds that victory ultimately lies within herself.

Elinor Florence is a journalist whose career spans five provinces, from editing daily newspapers to writing for Reader's Digest Canada. Most recently she published her own award-winning community newspaper. Elinor grew up on a Saskatchewan farm, a former World War Two training airfield, and now lives in the mountain resort town of Invermere, British Columbia. She writes a weekly non-fiction blog called Wartime Wednesdays, true stories about the lives of ordinary Canadians during World War Two.

Kristine Scarrow -- Book Launch

Wednesday Nov 05 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Throwaway Girl (Dundurn Press)

Andy Burton knows a thing or two about survival. Since she was removed from her mother's home and placed in foster care when she was nine, she's had to deal with abuse, hunger, and homelessness. But now that she's eighteen, she's about to leave Haywood House, the group home for girls where she's lived for the past four years, and the closest thing to a real home she's ever known. Will Andy be able to carve out a better life for herself and find the happiness she is searching for?

In this gritty YA novel, author Kristine Scarrow explores the hard life of a "throwaway girl." Sweet and vulnerable Andy doesn't matter to anyone — yet she shines with hope and resilience. As you travel with her through terrifying experiences and unbearable loss, you'll grow to love her in the way she's always longed to be loved. Scarrow takes on tough themes with her lucid prose, opening the reader's heart to Andy and the dark world she inhabits. — Alice Kuipers

Kristine Scarrow has a BA in psychology and has worked with the Saskatchewan Foster Families Association. She is also a freelance writer and editor. Kristine lives in Saskatoon.

J. David Henry -- Book Launch

Thursday Nov 06 2014 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

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Presenting a wildlife slide show and signing Watching Wildlife in Prince Albert National Park

What animals do visitors usually see in Prince Albert National Park? Deer, elk, red fox, loon, beaver, red squirrel, maybe a black bear if you’re lucky. David Henry’s new book opens up the little known worlds of these animals and gives you answers to questions like these: Who really calls the shots in an elk harem? Why do male loons desert their families in September? What’s so unique about red squirrel moms? How have red foxes evolved to be better mousetraps? How did plains bison find their way back to Prince Albert National Park? The book tells you where to look for animals in the park and includes space for your own field notes. The author’s insights from thousands of hours observing wildlife will increase your pleasure when watching and photographing these animals.

David Henry is a wildlife biologist who has written five highly acclaimed books about the animals of Canada’s national parks. Jane Goodall describes his book Red Fox: The Catlike Canine as “a small masterpiece of patience and dedication.” Based on his book Canada’s Boreal Forest, David was asked to be scientific advisor for a BBC documentary on our northern forest. David is also involved in many environmental issues and was recently awarded the 2014 J.B. Harkin Medal for Conservation by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Bears In Hazenmore -- Live Musical Performance

Friday Nov 07 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Spearheaded by composer and multi-instrumentalist Brady Frank, Bears In Hazenmore draws in audiences with intimate lyricism and passionate, orchestral climaxes. They draw strong influences from groups such as Bon Iver, Local Natives and Explosions In the Sky. A diversity of tastes from Brady and the other band members' rich backgrounds in jazz, classical and rock music resonate through their sound.

Connie McGrath -- Book Signing

Saturday Nov 08 2014 1:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Thank You for Bringing Me

This children's picture book is about a dad who thinks he is too busy to take his daughter sledding, skiing and skating, but he is in for a pleasant surprise! The question to ask boys and girls after reading this book: What do you like to do with your dad?

Illustrated by J P Roberts

Connie McGrath, B.A.,B.Ed., the mother of 3 and grandmother of 6, knows the value of children’s picture books. She has taught students from pre-Kindergarten to grade 12. The first children's picture book she co-authored is In Search of a Smile that Stays, which uses rhyme, repetition, and humour to ask the important question: What makes you smile? Some of Connie's favourite activities are skiing, sledding, and skating. She lives in Saskatoon, which has lovely winters, perfect for winter fun.

Major Millie -- Live Musical Performance

Saturday Nov 08 2014 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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Acoustic Soul/Jazz/Blues

Major Millie is a duo from Saskatoon. Camille Schroeder and Dale Kary deliver classic soul, jazz and blues - unplugged.

Deb and Dave MacLean -- Game Launch

Sunday Nov 09 2014 1:00 pm - Main Floor, Saskatoon

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Rink Ratz: The Hockey Card Game

Created and designed in Saskatchewan, Rink Ratz is a complete hockey experience in a card game format. With three levels of play – Rookie, Junior, and Pro ‐ it is easy to learn, challenging to play, and entertaining for all ages. It’s a fast‐paced game with breakaways, power plays, miraculous saves and much more. Two or four players can play the game in 20‐25 minutes.

Deb and Dave MacLean of Saskatoon created Rink Ratz along with partners Sue and Paul Logan of East Lawrencetown, NS. All are retired educators with a passion for both hockey and family‐friendly games. The colourful game box was designed by Scott MacLean of Tura Beach, Australia.

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