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 Saskatoon & Area

Ritornello Chamber Music Festival

Back for its fifth year, this chamber music festival isn't your Grandma's classical music.

This is a showcase of modern compositions and puts the genre on it's head with not-so-classical performances.

The idea is to attract more people to chamber music.

This year's festival has joined forces with organizers of MoSo Fest to bring Montreal pop/classical crossover group The Plumes Ensemble.

Performances happening in various venues Friday - Sunday in Saskatoon.

ritornello.ca

Alexis Normand

Who doesn't like a comeback? It's been a rollercoaster ride this week for Saskatoon songstress Alexis Normand.

By now most people have heard the sour note she hit last weekend with the Star Spangled Banner.

Well Normand is still kicking, and singing, performing music she's more familiar with, because it's her own.

You can see Normand at the Bassment this weekend singing from her latest work Mirador.

It's a tribute to the prairies with performances in both French and English.

It's jazz and folk seamlessly combined. That show is Friday night at The Bassment.

saskatoonjazzsociety.com

Centennial Fair @ Forrestry Farm Park

It's a chance for you and the kids to step back in time.

The Forestry Farm Park is inviting the public to its 100th Birthday.

It's all to celebrate a National Historic Site full of beautiful gardens and activities.

There will be old fashioned games, wagon rides and heritage displays.

Acts like Donny Parenteau and The Paddlewheelers will hit the stage.

Admission to the park is free but if you want to pop into the zoo or fish, standard fees still apply.

It's a day filled with family fun Sunday 12-5pm in Saskatoon.

saskatoonzoosociety.ca

Regina & Area

The Drowsy Chaperone

It's a made in Canada musical that took the world by storm. It's a parody set in the 1920's jazz society.

It actually all started out as a performance for a stag party, then moved on to the Toronto Fringe.

Folks loved it so much it went all the way to Broadway winning 5 Tony Awards.

Now the goofy gangsters, Latino lovers and fantastic flappers are on the Globe Theatre stage.

You can see it for yourself on stage in the round Tonight - June 9th in Regina.

globetheatrelive.com

Young Benjamins - Album Release

The Saskatchewan rockers somewhat defy definition. The group says they have a contemporary folk sound that has math-rock arrangements.

What you need to know about the band is they have shared the stage with groups like The Wooden Sky, Rah Rah and Del Barber.

Pretty decent resume for this quartet. The group has a new album they're releasing this weekend called 'Less Argue'.

You can see the Young Benjamins live first in Saskatoon at Amigos Friday then it's off to Regina for a show at the Artful Dodger Saturday.

http://youngbenjamins.com/

Cathedral Village Arts Festival

Like tulips and crocuses it's a surefire sign of Spring. The 2013 Cathedral Village Arts Festival has filled the neighbourhood with music, arts and crafts and it's still running this weekend.

Pack up the kids and head down to the street festival and check out Funville with activities for the young ones.

There's a pancake breakfast, library tent, parade and buskers. On the mainstage you can check out acts like The Lazy MK's, Zachary Lucky and the Lonesome Weekends.

So much happening you're going to have to check out the website.

The Cathedral Village Arts Festival runs until Saturday night in Regina.

http://www.cathedralartsfestival.ca/