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While Rome Burns (Live Music )

Saturday Apr 07 2018 8:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

While Rome Burns is an exciting new duo comprised of Paul Gitlitz and Wyndham Thiessen. These two love to fiddle around on fiddle and cello or any number of other stringed instruments. They play traditional as well as newly composed tunes and songs.

Marlis Wesseler + Anne McDonald (Reading and Signing)

Thursday Apr 12 2018 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Join Marlis Wesseler launching The Last Chance Ladies' Book Club and Anne McDonald reading from her latest novel Miss Confederation. .

What do we do when ‘the monster in our midst’ moves next door? It’s a question Eleanor Sawchuck and her book club friends must ask themselves after a man with an abusive past moves into their seniors’ complex. Written with Wesseler’s usual wry wisdom and wit, The Last Chance Ladies' Book Club tells a compelling story that provides surprising insights into the vulnerability, frustrations, griefs and joys of old age. The Last Chance Ladies' Book Club was rencently short-listed for three Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Marlis Wesseler lives in Regina where, besides writing fiction, she has worked in education and publishing. She has written four award-nominated books: Life Skills, Imitating Art, Elvis Unplugged, and South of the Border. An earlier version of The Last Chance Ladies’ Book Club won a John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award.

Miss Confederation: The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles chronicles a young unmarried woman’s experiences in the social whirlwind of Confederation. Amidst the grand and heady spectacle of the balls and banquets of the Confederation conferences, Mercy Coles was seeking adventure and love. She wasn’t concerned with writing for posterity, or with propriety. Miss Confederation shows history being made, without the veneer and polish time creates.

Anne McDonald is an award winning author whose work has appeared in literary journals, Canada’s History, at the Spring Festival of New Plays, and on CBC Radio. Her novel To the Edge of the Sea also explores the times leading up to Canada’s Confederation. Anne teaches improvisation, theatre, and creative writing. She lives in Regina. Visit her online.

Brian Paul D.G. and Friends (Live Folk Music)

Friday Apr 13 2018 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

As originally inspired musicians and singer-songwriters with many irons in the fire, Brian Paul D.G. and his ever-evolving musical friends, also known as The Divine Comedians, offer a dynamic synergy of continued and original compositions in gratitude and respect for all traditions and practices of folk music, integrative medicine, poetry and all arts of the heart!

The Strange Valentines (Live Folk Music )

Saturday Apr 14 2018 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

The Strange Valentines are a Regina, SK based Folk/Rock duo with Nova Scotia and Australian back stories, resulting in a musical mix of folk, rock, and a little bit of blues. David Farrell is an accomplished guitarist previously part of the Australian rock circuit touring and playing with various bands. Janet Mills comes from a maritime kitchen party type of background and plays mandolin, mandola, and piano. Their strong melodies about cold weather, jerks of the world, and other Canadian conundrums are infused with quirky humour and rich harmonies. The Strange Valentines sound something like if the Kinks jammed with Fleetwood Mac using only acoustic instruments.

Their latest album released March 2017 called ‘Folkin Rock for Rockin Folk’ is largely inspired by Saskatchewan. Good fun toe tappers and thoughtful introspection make for good listening the whole way through.

The Lost Keys (Live Music)

Saturday Apr 21 2018 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Over the last 10 years, Saskatoon jazz/pop trio The Lost Keys have developed an eclectic selection of songs. They put their own spin on old favourites with a little bit of jazz, swing, blues, pop, folk, roots and country thrown in. Inspired by the likes of Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux and Gillian Welch, they blend guitars, bass, smooth vocals and tasty harmonies for an engaging listening experience. www.lostkeystrio.com

Alice Kuipers--Book Launch (Reading and Signing)

Sunday Apr 22 2018 2:30 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Join Alice Kuipers for a special tea party book launch to celebrate the release of Polly Diamond and the Magic Book (Chronicle Books). The afternoon will feature kid-friendly activities and refreshments provided by Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery!

About Polly Diamond:

Polly loves words. And she loves writing stories. So when a magic book appears on her doorstep that can make everything she writes happen in real life, Polly is certain all of her dreams are about to come true. But she soon learns that what you write and what you mean are not always the same thing! Funny and touching, this new chapter book series will entertain readers and inspire budding writers.

Alice Kuipers is the author of 4 novels and a picture book. Her work has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and selected as a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year. She lives in Saskatoon, Canada. Visit her online.

Two Tall Dudes (Live Music )

Friday Apr 27 2018 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

The Two Tall Dudes was started in 2013 by Evert Van Olst and Ken Jackson. Although they don’t remember if the suggestion for the name of the band was figurative or literal, it was logical because both Dudes well over six feet tall. The Dudes grew up listening to and playing rock in seventies, which is a clear influence in the band’s repertoire, which includes the Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Santana. The duo play a combination of acoustic and electric guitars, which retains original flavor, but at a reduced, easier listening, volume.

Evert, the tallest Dude, also plays with the University house band, the Paddle Wheelers and is a Zoomer Idol winner. To support his musical endeavors he is the lead legal counsel for the Saskatoon Health Region.

Ken, the next tallest Dude, started off playing drums, but switched to guitar at forty, focusing on Latin and jazz influenced music. In 2015 Ken released two songs that have been getting global radio play. To support his musical endeavors he is CEO of Intelliconn Communication Solutions Inc.

Whispered Words (Live Music )

Saturday Apr 28 2018 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Jared Funk has been writing music since he was 16 years old and performing since he was 24, getting his start singing at coffee house gigs with Larry Flowers, formerly of The Ackermans. With Larry’s guidance and experience, Jared kept writing; developing his sound and drawing from his triumphs, failures and faith. They have taken the name Whispered Words, with a sound that blends acoustic neo-folk with confessional adult contemporary and bleeds honesty.

Vacations Away with Exodus Travel (Travel Presentation)

Wednesday May 02 2018 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Walk or hike this way…and join Vacations Away along with their invited guest speaker Kent Phillips from Exodus Travels.

It’s all about the adventure…for all walks of life, from captivating coastal strolls to challenging mountain summits. In small groups, from 4 explorers to 16 adventurers, discover Countries by delving into local traditions, cultures and cuisine. From Greenland to Colombia, Africa or Europe – there are 500 different itineraries in over 90 countries. It is time to discover the best of the world on foot! Hear about the Vacations Away Chianti Walking and Wine escorted group departing this October with only 6 seats left!

Space is limited please RSVP at (306) 477-7460 or email vacationsaway@vacationsaway.ca.

Courtney Clark (Live Music )

Saturday May 26 2018 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Courtney Clark is a 20 year old from Outlook, Saskatchewan. She is following her dreams finding herself in the music industry. Her style is centered around country music and heavily influenced by women of classic country such a Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, and Patsy Cline.

Courtney began singing at the tender age of three years old, and it wasn’t long before her parents decided to enroll her in voice lessons. To date, she has 13 years of classic/opera vocal training under belt and has performed as one of the renowned “Greystone Singers” at the University of Saskatchewan, where she studies Education. Courtney has been touring small town destinations and has performed as an opening act for Brock Andrews.

Courtney began her country music recording career with Nolita Studios in 2017, and is set to release her first single this year, while working on completing her first studio album!

Her set will feature Greg McJannet – her accompanist and longtime friend.

Elinor Florence--Book Launch (Reading and Signing)

Thursday Jun 07 2018 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Join Elinor Florence for the Saskatoon launch of Wildwood (Dundurn). Using old photographs, Elinor will present a brief slide show describing her research into our proud Canadian history.

Set in northern Alberta, Wildwood tells the story of a single mother from the big city who must spend one year living in an abandoned off-the-grid farmhouse. Molly learns the basic pioneer skills, but her greatest perils come from the brutal wilderness itself. Only the journal written by her great-aunt, the original homesteader, inspires her to struggle on.

Elinor Florence grew up on a farm near North Battleford and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan. Beginning at The Western Producer in Saskatoon, she worked as a journalist for many years and now lives in Invermere, British Columbia. Elinor’s first novel Bird’s Eye View, about a Saskatchewan farm girl who joins the air force in World War Two and interprets aerial photographs, was a Toronto Star bestseller.

For more info visit Elinor online.

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