BRIT'S PICKS: Top things to see and do this weekend

Let our entertainment expert Britainy Robinson help narrow down your options for fun this weekend.

Our arts reporter brings you her entertainment top 3

It's a chance to meet your favourite authors and hear their latest work in Saskatoon. (Word on the Street Festival)

Saskatoon & Area

Big Band / Solitary Sound
Canadian fans are getting a chance to see celebrated folk musician Iron & Wine, aka Sam Beam. 
It's Beam's first tour through our home and native land and he's not holding back.
Normally Iron & Wine shows are a solo affair but on this tour, he's bringing a 12-piece band. 

Our arts reporter narrows the field on your entertainment options.

Backed by a horn and string section, the show has been called a big, danceable affair.
There are a pair of chances for audiences to see Iron & Wine.
Friday night Beam and his band will play the Odeon in Saskatoon.
Then on Monday Iron & Wine will hit the Queen City. That show is at the University of Regina Theatre.

Big South Comes Northward
'Jump Right In' to a good old country music party.
The Zac Brown Band is a Grammy Award winning act from Atlanta.
The band is on it's North American tour right now in support of the Uncaged album.
This show promises an eclectic mix of influences from bluegrass, reggae and of course plenty of classic Southern rock.
It's a big band with a big presence on social media.
Opening acts this weekend are Dugas and The Stellas.
You can rock out at Credit Union Centre Saturday night.

Author Extravaganza
It's your chance to celebrate the written word. 
The job of an author is normally a solitary one but for one day each year, that all changes.
The Word on the Street Festival is a day long celebration that happens coast to coast.
Local authors of all genres will be out reading from their recent works and meeting with fans.
Saskatoon's celebration will feature fun for the whole family.
If you have little ones check out Treasure Island a tent just for the kids. 
Performances will include acts like Wide Open Puppet Theatre and Sigmund Brouwer's Rock & Roll Literacy Show.
Of course big name authors will also be there. Sharon Butala, Yann Martel and Candace Savage will all be there.
The reading begins Sunday morning in Civic Square in Saskatoon.

Regina & Area

Intimate Indie
It's a little injection of happy on the small stage in Saskatchewan this week.
Ben Sures is a long touring singer songwriter who grew up in Winnipeg.
His music has that light, airy, uplifting sound to it and it'd make for a great night out.
He's no stranger to critical acclaim winning the John Lennon Award  for songwriting in 2005.
And Sures is a regular on the Festival circuit here at home.
He'll have two shows in the province this weekend.
Friday it's the Artesian in Regina and then on Saturday the show will be at Village Guitar & Amp in Saskatoon.

For The Better Good
Can't think of a better way to usher in the first day of Fall than to celebrate with music and giving back.
Playing for Change Day is a simple idea local musicians perform to raise money for music programs in Africa and Asia.
A portion of the money raised also stays in the local community to help kids here.
More than 30 musicians, dancers and even circus performers will hit stages in the Queen City throughout the day.
Acts like Wire & Wood, Tribal Vibes and Val Halla will all take part.
You can check out Playing for Change Day Saturday at Sawchyn Guitars & The Artful Dodger.

Significance of Seven
Fall brings new exhibits to many of the galleries in this province and here's one that's groundbreaking.
7:Professional Native Indian Artists is an exhibit of Canada's most influential First Nations Artists.
The group was formed in the 70's and fought to have their work included in the mainstream.
Works will include paintings and sketches from all stages of their careers.
Fans of the work will have a chance to hear from two of the artists directly.
Alex Janvier and Joseph Sanchez will hold a public discussion about their work and struggles Saturday afternoon.
It's all happening at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. The exhibit runs until January 12th.

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