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"...every time I’ve ever come back to Saskatoon, I always felt in this backwards way that I was coming home."

-Toronto-based musician Eamon McGrath on his song “Saskatoon, SK”
(via Ominocity)

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eBulletin - March 2012

Feist, The Roots to play SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Feist to play jazz festival June 23

The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival is excited to announce that Feist will be performing at the 26th edition of the event, which runs June 22 – July 1, 2012.

The Nova Scotia-born singer-songwriter will play on the TD Mainstage in the beautiful Bessborough Gardens on Saturday, June 23 at 8pm. Indie folk outfit Timber Timbre will open the concert.

The Roots, Wayne Shorter added to festival lineup

The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival has added two phenomenal artists to their lineup for this summer's event.

Critically acclaimed hip hop act The Roots will return to the Festival on Sunday, July 1, performing on the TD Mainstage in the Bessborough Gardens. The Philadelphia-based group thrilled a sold-out crowd at the 2010 Festival, and fans have demanded their return ever since. The Heavyweights Brass Band and The Steadies will be enlisted to kick things off.

One of jazz's leading figures over many decades, saxophonist Wayne Shorter will be making his first appearance at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. Shorter, who the New York Times hailed as "the most important living composer in jazz," will perform with his quartet at the Broadway Theatre on Saturday, June 23. Saskatoon's Dean McNeill Septet will open the concert.

Additional concert announcements will take place in the weeks and months ahead, and the complete Festival program will be announced in May. For more information, visit the Festival website at saskjazz.com.

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Contact:
Rob Maguire
Marketing and Sponsorship Director
Ph: 306.653.8352
rob@saskjazz.com

Source: Tourism Saskatoon

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Kinsmen Park and Area Master Plan wins national design award

The Kinsmen Park and Area Master Plan has been recognized by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) with a Regional Citation for the planning and design work that was completed by Space2Place Design Inc.

The Kinsmen Park and Area Master Plan is a framework for the revitalization of Saskatoon’s oldest park. The plan creates a memorable and exciting place that is enjoyable for everyone, with a special focus on children’s activities. Particular attention was paid to creating opportunities for activities for all seasons and the plan was developed following extensive on-site observations and public workshops.

“The plan was developed through meaningful dialogue with citizens and stakeholders” says Jeanna South, Project Manager for the Master Plan. “The citizens directed the vision, goals, management strategy, and the plan layout.”

The revitalization plan has some big ideas that are also informed by the City’s Community Visioning initiative, Saskatoon Speaks. The plan provides a place for children at the heart of the park, and it integrates its character across both sides of Spadina Crescent. The plan proposes to rehabilitate the riverbank and integrate the Mendel building within the larger area. Winter activities, such as skiing are combined with better amenities and other types of activities, like skating and tobogganing, which will create a winter activity hub.

Development of the Master Plan was funded in part by PotashCorp. Implementation of the first phase of the revitalization is due to start this year. This aspect has been made possible in part through another generous contribution by PotashCorp for $5 million and by Canpotex for a new children’s train.

The CSLA annual awards program recognizes national excellence in Landscape Architecture in the categories of design, planning and analysis, research, communications, landscape management, new directions, and residential design. There were 76 submissions to the program.

Source: City of Saskatoon

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Renovations to landmark hotel to be completed in April

Saskatoon’s iconic "castle on the river" – the Delta Bessborough Hotel – is making history with an unparalleled $6.5-million guestroom and corridor renovation, scheduled for completion in April 2012. The design by the renowned Anderson Miller Group, whose previous work includes Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton properties, is expected to set the standard for heritage hotels across Canada.

Renovated riverview guestroom, Delta Bessborough Hotel
Renovated river-view guestroom in the Delta Bessborough Hotel. Photo courtesy of the Delta Bessborough Hotel.

For more information about the Delta Bessborough, please visit the hotel's website.

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Lights, Camera, Dundurn

Vampire film shoots in small town near Saskatoon

BY STEPHANIE MCKAY, THE STARPHOENIX

In a small Saskatchewan town, past empty storefronts and Big Mur's Tavern, people mill about the local legion hall on an impossibly warm February day.

There is a still in the air that has nothing to do with the Saskatchewan landscape. All is quiet on the set of Rufus, a new feature film being shot in Dundurn, as the cast films its last few scenes before lunch.

Several people yell "cut" and the crowd disperses, as actor Merritt Patterson runs to throw her arms around her co-star Rory Saper, a huge smile on her face.

A film crew has descended on the town of 600 to shoot the supernatural tale written and directed by Saskatoon filmmaker Dave Schultz (45 RPM, Jet Boy). Shooting began at the end of January and will wrap on the last day of February.

On the zero degree day, Schultz pulls on a cigarette and blesses the weather for being abnormally temperate.

"If it had been a typical Saskatchewan winter, we never would have gotten it shot in 22 days. But that's all we have," he says.

Rufus tells the story of a young boy who arrives in a small town with a great big secret: He's a vampire. Though bloodsuckers have been popular fodder for pop culture recently, the director says he's avoiding vampire stereotypes.

"It's not like there's a Transylvanian or a coven," he says. "Because I don't watch vampire movies I just made up the rules."

Schultz is confident this, his third feature film, is his best yet. He candidly admits it's "a hell of a lot better than 45 RPM." Yet, even though the two films are quite different in both content and quality, according to the director, Rufus marks the end of a trilogy of sorts.

"It's me telling my life story over and over. I kind of think of it like this is the end of my wooden boy trilogy, about a boy trying to be a real kid."

The film is being co-produced by Saskatoon production company Karma Film. It's the company's second feature film shoot in the last three months. A feature called Ferocious was filmed in Saskatoon in December. Calgary's Bruce Harvey, a longtime friend of Schultz's and a producer with Illusions Entertainment, is also working on the film.

Schultz says while it's nice to film where he lives and get the opportunity to go home at the end of a long day, filming in Saskatchewan is extremely pricey. Because there isn't much of an existing film infrastructure in Saskatoon, most crew members have to be flown in. Then there's accommodation costs.

Accommodation and transportation alone is costing the $2.1 million production $150,000.
Harvey says it's important not to take money away from the movie itself to pay for things like hotel rooms. But having enough money to make Saskatoon and area a viable filming destination will take government help.

"The government has to be committed to telling stories from all over the country. I know Telefilm is working very hard to make that happen and SaskFilm is trying to help out, but it's trying to balance what the real cost is versus the subsidies you can get to come and shoot there. It's a money game. We never have enough."

But Dundurn had the perfect small-town look that Schultz was searching for. He says the town's locals, including the mayor, have been great. It's the kind of place where you can knock on the door to ask a neighbour to use a local car in a shot and he turns out to be Big Mur himself.

Read more: The StarPhoenix

Related:

Principal photography begins on RUFUS
Director David Schultz’ third original feature film, RUFUS, introduces London’s emerging star Rory Saper as Rufus, the eternal teenager seeking peace and belonging in the small mid-western town of Conrad.

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SaskEnergy to champion volunteers for PotashCorp Country Music Week 2012

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA) and SaskEnergy announced last month a partnership for PotashCorp Country Music Week, presented by SaskTel, that would see SaskEnergy become the presenting sponsor of the volunteer program for 2012.

“We are so excited to have Saskatchewan’s Champion of Volunteers, SaskEnergy, on board as the presenting sponsor of the 2012 PotashCorp Country Music Week volunteer program,” said CCMA Executive Director, Don Green. “We have already received countless phone calls and emails from the community hoping to be involved and we look forward to working with as many of you as possible.”

SaskEnergy has earned a reputation for being a company that cares about Saskatchewan communities and its customers. "Volunteers are the secret to success for major events like the PotashCorp Country Music Festival,” said Jennifer Campeau, MLA for Saskatoon Fairview, on behalf of the Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy. "With the highest rate of volunteerism in Canada right here in Saskatchewan, our volunteers have a well earned national reputation for genuine hospitality and friendship, and SaskEnergy is pleased to champion their efforts."

Those interested in volunteering are invited to submit an application online at www.ccma.org by March 31, 2012.

More details regarding PotashCorp Country Music Week events and public ticket information will be released in the coming months. For more information about volunteering at PotashCorp Country Music Week or to sign up today, visit www.ccma.org.

Tickets to the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards show are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 306-938-7800 or online at ticketmaster.ca.

About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Established in 1976, the CCMA is committed to ensuring the growth of Canadian country music through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition. Core to the organization’s efforts is Country Music Week – an annual event that heightens awareness and increases exposure for Canada's country artists. A culmination of Country Music Week, the Canadian Country Music Association Awards were inaugurated in 1982 and continue to celebrate the music and artists that represent Canada’s unique culture. PotashCorp Country Music Week, Presented by SaskTel is coming to Saskatoon, September 6-9, 2012.

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For more information contact:
Brandi Mills
Canadian Country Music Association
bmills@ccma.org
416-947-1331 ext. 211

Leslie Gosselin, Manager of Advertising and Community Relations
SaskEnergy
lgosselin@saskenergy.com
306-777-9822

Source: Tourism Saskatoon

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Contact:

Alexandra Stang
Media Relations Coordinator | Tourism Saskatoon
Ph: 306.931.7587 | astang@tourismsaskatoon.com

Kelly Bertoncini
Director of Media | Tourism Saskatoon
Ph: 306.931.7585 | kbertoncini@tourismsaskatoon.com

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