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OUR ARTS REPORTER HELPS YOU PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

 Saskatoon & Area

Sounds of Summer

You have one weekend left to cram in as many shows as you can at the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.

The mainstage will be on fire with blues acts like Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-A-Whirl Band.

If you want the sweet sounds of jazz the Broadway Theatre is the place to be to see an Art Pepper tribute or maybe David Murray with featured guest Macy Gray.

There are so many acts, too little time!

Make sure you pop by the Freestage as there's no better venue on a hot day.

The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival runs until July 1st at various venues around Saskatoon.

saskjazz.com

 

Major Musical

A Tony award winning musical is hitting the stage in the bridge city this weekend.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is based on the old testament story of the coat of many colours.

It skyrocketed to audiences in the 80s and has seen nearly 30 years worth of productions.

Friday night the Saskatoon Summer Players will bring the story to the stage.

Sing along with all the hits at Persephone Theatre June 28th - July 7th.

saskatoonsummerplayers.ca

Oh Canada

Let your Canuck colours fly! Our country's birthday is being celebrated this long weekend.

In Saskatoon it's all happening in Diefenbaker Park. The party kicks off with a pancake breakfast followed by cultural performances and sports demos.

There's plenty of musical performances including father and sons Brad Johner and the Johner Boys.

There will be games and facepainting for the kids, a flea market and at dusk, of course fireworks (around 10:30pm).

optimistcanadadaysaskatoon.com

 

Regina & Area

Prairie Rock

If you're looking for a good time and a taste of home, look no further than Queen City rockers Indigo Joseph.

This band blends genre's and crosses cultural barriers all while making sure the crowd has a great time.

The band just go finished a tour of Western Canada and has decided to kick back with the crowd in Regina on Friday night.

That show is at O'Hanlons

indigojoseph.com

Or maybe you want to check out an act that's made the list for this year's Polaris Music Prize?

Why not head down to The Exchange for a show by The Besnard Lakes.

The Montreal indie band is a favorite in the Queen City and they're back to rock your world.

The show hits the stage Saturday.

thebesnardlakes.com

 

Tickle the Funnybone

It's a chance to see a brand new show by an award winning comedian.

Graham Clark has a huge resume, his own comedy special on TV, a fulltime gig producing CBC Radio's The Debaters and he's a soon-to-be star at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Clark has chosen Regina to do a preview of his Fringe show.

It's being billed as relatable, quirky and somewhere between hobo and rockabilly.

The show will be debuting Friday and Saturday night at the Artesian.

artisianon13th.ca

 

Canada D-Eh

What happens when you take a patriotic party and you pair it with a competition for Canada's strongest man?

It's the country's celebration right in the heart of Wascana Park.

Regina's Canada Day celebration is packed full of events including three entertainment stages (adults, teens & kids)

There will performances by acts like the Trews and Karl Wolf.

Make sure you stop by and get your face painted, see the 21 gun salute and of course the fireworks at dusk.

reginacanadaday.ca