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Drumming circle at Ness Creek 2012. (Ness Creek Cultural & Recreation Society)

 Saskatoon & Area

Happi-NESS

It's an annual tradition up at Neslin Lake, music fans come out of the woods and into the grounds at Ness Creek to share in this Woodstock-like festival.

That's right, it's all about community kitchens and being barefoot for four days with some of Canada's up and coming musicians.

Check out the mainstage with acts like Elliott Brood, Amelia Curran and Said the Whale.

This festival is all about community.

Along with the big stage, there are also small jam tents all over the site, a children's area and a youth stage called Ness Generation.

The festival kicked off Thursday and runs until Sunday at the Ness Creek site East of Big River.

nesscreek.com

 

Feast For All

It's Saskatoon's "Flavorite" event and organizers hope you've worked up an appetite.

From homemade tostadas to deep-fried pickles, there's something for everyone in Kiwanis Park. Taste of Saskatchewan features signature dishes from 30 Saskatoon restaurants. A full lineup of local entertainers perform everyday. Acts on the stage include rockers Riff Raff and the classic stylings of Soul Picnic.

Taste of Saskatchewan runs until Sunday.

tasteofsaskatchewan.ca

 

The Bell is Back

It's a party in the park this weekend near Batoche.

Back to Batoche Days are celebrating a huge year as the Metis people celebrate the return of the long-lost bell Saturday.

The artifact has been missing since 1885 after the defeat of Louis Riel's forces.

It's thought that the return of the bell to Batoche will be one huge step towards reconciliation.

This weekend's celebrations are expected to draw more than 30,000 people to the park.

Along with the ceremony surrounding the bell there will also be plenty of entertainment.

Including performances by artists like Donny Parenteau, Phil and Dallas Boyer and Jess Lee.

Fiddling and jigging competitions are mandatory.

Back to Batoche runs until Sunday.

backtobatoche.org

 

Regina & Area

Wordy Weekend

What's your story? That's the question being asked at this year's Saskatchewan Festival of Words.

The celebration of the written word is on now at venues all over Saskatoon.

There's a lot to see and do with over 60 events in 3 days and all age groups are covered.

Writing workshops for kids and teens, a community picnic and live entertainment by Vancouver Island duo Wil.

Even a little poetry slam thrown in for good measure.

Meet some of this countries top writers and hear about their craft.

The Saskatchewan Festival of Words runs until Sunday.

festivalofwords.com

 

Live Les Miz

It's the classic story by Victor Hugo live on stage in front of you.

Les Miserables has been on stage steady since 1980.

Now in it's 25th anniversary run, the show has stopped in the Queen City.

The musical follows the story of Jean Valjean, a convict in search of redemption during the French Revolution.

It's a musical that will grab your attention through the staging and pull at your heartstrings with its timeless story of love, loss and hope.

You can see it now at the Conexus Arts Centre. There are evening shows and matinees until Sunday.

conexusticket.com

 

On Trial Again

It's a chance to see our own history played out on stage in front of you.

"The Trial of Louis Riel" is a production based on the actual court transcripts.

Now in it's 47th year, the show boasts the second longest run, next to "Anne of Green Gables".

The show was originally created as part of a Centennial project and has has been staged every year since.

And after the actors have finished, stick around because there's a chance to meet them and ask questions about the show.

It all happens at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina until August 2nd.

rielcoproductions.com