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Tanis MacDonald--Book Launch

Thursday Jan 30 2020 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Saskatoon launch of Mobile: Poems (Book*hug).

Mobile is a feminist reboot of Dennis Lee’s Civil Elegies and Other Poems; an urban lament about female citizenship and settler culpability; an homage to working and walking women in a love/hate relationship with Toronto, its rivers and creeks, its sidewalks and parks, its history, misogyny and violence. How do we, in Lee’s words, see the “lives we had not lived” that “invisibly stain” the city? What are the sexual politics of occupying space in a city, in a workspace, in history? How can we name our vulnerabilities and our disasters and still find strength?

Written in a slippery mix of lyric and experimental styles, Mobile is MacDonald's grouchiest book yet.

Tanis MacDonald is the author of several books of poetry and essays. Originally from Winnipeg, she teaches Canadian Literature and Creative Writing at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Alexa & Katelyn (Live Music-Folk/Pop)

Friday Jan 31 2020 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Alexa & Katelyn share a love for music and enjoy giving new sounds to familiar melodies. They perform many local venues and hired gigs including coffee shops, restaurants and fundraisers. Their set will have something for everyone.

Two Tall Dudes (Live Music-Soft Rock Duo)

Saturday Feb 01 2020 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

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.

Eric Paetkau & Mark Turner--SSO music talk

Tuesday Feb 04 2020 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Eric Paetkau, Music Director & Mark Turner, Executive Director discuss the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra's upcoming concert Thomas Yu with the SSO. More info here.

Maestro Eric Paetkau has created a special program that explores a cross-section of thrilling music, including Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, Vincent Ho’s Earthbeat and the music of Saskatchewan-born composer Nicole Lizée. Pianist Thomas Yu also returns home to Saskatoon for a special performance of Saint-Saën’s fifth piano concerto.

Kendra Weenie-Book Launch

Thursday Feb 06 2020 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Discussing & signing Surviving Domestic Violence: My Journey of Self-care and Healing.

This book is a memoir that outlines the challenges of breaking out of the intergenerational cycle of violence. Kendra Weenie shares her experience of growing up in poverty on Sweetgrass First Nation, being raised by a single mother, and circumstances leading up to her former abusive relationship. She shares messages of hope and self-care while taking you on her healing journey. Visit her website: www.kendraweenie.com

Kendra Weenie is a Cree woman from Sweetgrass First Nation, Saskatchewan. She is a mother, artist, educator, and inspirational speaker. Kendra travels the country sharing her story of survival and healing.

Standard Trio (Live Music-American Standards)

Friday Feb 07 2020 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Audience members will experience some of the greatest standards of American music history as the Standard Trio brings to life an era of music many of us still long for. With an ever expanding library of tunes, they provide sophisticated background music to make you tap your toes!

Luis Barros (Live Music-Acoustic Fusion/Bossa Nova)

Saturday Feb 08 2020 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Luis Barros is a musician from Brazil who is passionate about The Beatles and Brazilian music. Inspired by The Beatles songs, Popular Music of Brazil (MPB) and Bossa Nova (a traditional Brazilian genre originated by the fusion of Jazz and Samba), Luis Barros created the project ‘Across the Universe’, where he plays acoustic cover songs, revisiting The Beatles and Brazilian sound, creating an atmosphere where the beautiful rhythm and melodies of Brazilian songs blend with the magnificence of The Beatles songs, offering a unique musical journey celebrating songs across the (musical) universe.

Valentine's Day at Prairie Ink Restaurant

Friday Feb 14 2020 5:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Treat your Valentine to a special dinner in Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery!

On Thursday February 14, Prairie Ink Restaurant is offering a special Valentine's Day menu. We will also feature live music from guitarist Wayne Bargen from 6:00-9:30 pm.

Reservations are recommended and can be made in-person or by calling 306-955-3579.

Wayne Bargen is a local Saskatoon fingerstyle, acoustic guitar player. He started playing guitar in his youth, which turned into a passion for creating songs. Wayne’s musical performance is well suited for background music, such as at cafés and restaurants. Wayne is an elementary school teacher, and he enjoys using music in the classroom to enhance learning.

Board Game Day--Free Activity

Tuesday Feb 18 2020 9:00 am - Story circle, Saskatoon

Join us for Board Game Day from 9am-5pm in the Kids’ Dept (upstairs).

We’ll have a selection of games set out for anyone to try. Pick a favourite or try something new. Free + all ages!

Free February Break Activities for Kids!

Tuesday Feb 18 2020 9:00 am - Kids' Department, Saskatoon

Join us for a week of fun & free all-ages activities over the February break. 

Board Game Day - Tuesday, February 18th from 9am-5pm

Preschool Storytime - Tuesday, February 18th at 10:30 am

Storytime with the Saskatoon Blades - Wednesday, February 19th at 2:00 pm

Thursday, February 20th- TBA

Friday, February 21st - TBA

Saskatoon Blades Storytime

Wednesday Feb 19 2020 2:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

McNally Robinson Booksellers teams up with the Saskatoon Blades to celebrate “I Love To Read” month.

We hope you'll make it out for story-time, giveaways, fun with Pokecheck and light refreshments! This is a free, public event.

Love hockey! Love to Read!

For more info about the program visit mcnallyrobinson.com/bladeslovetoread

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

Friday Feb 21 2020 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Brian Paul D.G. and his band mates enjoy and appreciate sharing primarily acoustic and vocal harmonies, along with a dynamic synergy of original and traditional compositions of story-telling, and all inclusive poetry to sing, listen, breath, move and/or co-creatively engage with for many potential levels of harmonious participation.

Brian Paul D.G. and the ever-evolving musical friends are also known as 'The Divine Comedians' and/or 'The Rainbow Rhyming Rhythm Riders' and/or 'The Band With Many Names!' ...keeping on with gratitude and respect for all traditions and practices of folk music and universal sound-grounding as essential arts of the heart and nourishment of the whole!

Lewis & Salkeld (Live Music-Jazz/Pop Duo)

Saturday Feb 22 2020 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Lewis & Salkeld are a duo from Saskatoon. Kathi Lewis and Kim Salkeld have been performing individually for many years. They began collaborating in January of 2016. Their set list is a blend of current and vintage pop, and light jazz creating an atmosphere of elegance and nostalgia.

Kathi Lewis has been performing for over 30 years in countless venues across the province. She's performed various styles of music including reggae, country, pop, rock and jazz. With a clean and powerful voice, she brings a certain grittiness and honesty to each performance. Kathi is also a recording artist, penning many originals, as well as recording cover tunes and radio jingles.

Kim Salkeld has been a professional musician for over 40 years, 25 of which were spent as a keyboardist, arranger, and educator with the Canadian Forces Music Branch. As a member of the CF, he wrote and performed music for numerous military, government, and public functions throughout North America and Europe. Since returning home to Saskatoon in 2012, Kim has been an active freelance musician performing with and writing for a wide variety of ensembles, including the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, and numerous small rock, pop, jazz, and country groups at venues across the province.

Do Sask Book Club with Amy Rederburg

Monday Feb 24 2020 7:00 pm - Travel Alcove, Saskatoon

Join the Do Sask Book Club at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Monday, February 24th in the Travel Alcove. Check back soon for this month's pick and to RSVP.

The book club is free and open to anyone in Saskatoon who wants to read, meet new people, and socialize all at the same time! Members are invited to submit book suggestions, and the next title for the group is selected by a draw.

Do Sask is a community designed for people who want to develop and nurture meaningful relationships in Saskatchewan, and aims to connect people and places through creative, local events and entertaining activities. Find more information at dosask.com, and watch McNally Robinson event listings for details about each upcoming book club meeting.

Uklectic Fred (Live Music-Tenor Ukulele)

Saturday Feb 29 2020 8:00 pm - Prairie Ink Restaurant, Saskatoon

Uklectic Fred, a.k.a. Pat Cadman of Saskatoon, believes the ukulele is poised for a new level of enjoyment and appreciation among music fans of all stripes. Fred presents an eclectic mix of jazz standards, modern tunes and original compositions featuring the brilliant, yet warm, tones of the tenor ukulele and Fred’s finger picking stylings.

Listen here.

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