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eBulletin - August 2012

FolkFest newcomers populate Global Village


Saskatoon will get a glimpse of new countries at this year's Folkfest in a pilot project that hopes to attract more smaller cultural groups to the festival.

During the Folkfest, pavilions from different countries are normally spread throughout the city. This year the Global Village will bring together smaller groups who want to give the weekend festival a try.

"We are trying to create a village atmosphere," said Terri Rau, executive director of Folkfest. "We are trying to see if we can get new groups involved and offer them a little assistance and training."

Now in its 33rd year, Saskatoon's annual celebration of culture and heritage will include 16 pavilions, which showcase different cultures, entertainment and food from the across the world.

There are new full-scale pavilions this year, including Central America and Mexico. But organizers wanted to give an opportunity for smaller groups to see what it takes to run a pavilion.

"We want new groups to come and realize it's not as big and scary as it seems," Rau said.

Included in this year's Global Village are the countries of Laos and Oromo. There will also be representation from Egypt, Nepal and Sudan.

There will be information displays, vendors and entertainment. Rau said interested groups can come get a sense of what Folkfest is all about and the Global Village will act as a training ground for future pavilion organizers.

"The more the merrier. We thought we would start here and it's good start," Rau said.

To organize the village, Folkfest has been working with the Open Door Society and the Saskatoon Intercultural Association. Rau said Folkfest is a great place for newcomers to experience what Saskatoon has to offer.

"People can see what the city is doing for newcomers to the city. It's really interesting how it has taken shape," she said.

Source: The StarPhoenix

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Saskatoon Olympians welcomed home


Saskatoon’s bronzed soccer star greeted with cheers

Four days after her Olympic soccer team captured the nation’s hearts by winning bronze in London, Saskatoon’s Kaylyn Kyle is still reliving the moment.The bronze medal was Canada’s first in a summer Olympics team sport since 1936.

“To be part of that and to be part of a legacy, it’s just an incredible moment. It’s something they can’t take away from me, and it’s something I’ll never forget,” she said Monday after arriving at the Saskatoon airport.

Parents, cousins, her best friend and a few proud fans cheered as Kyle emerged from the sliding doors.

Although she still hasn’t had a chance to slow down and let it all sink in, the 23-year-old was brimming with excitement.

“I haven’t slept in three days and I don’t feel tired. I’m running on emotions. I just don’t want it to stop. I can’t wait to share it with my friends and family that drove all the way out here,” said Kyle.

The Canadian women’s soccer team moved into the spotlight a week ago during a semifinal match with the United States. After coming in as heavy underdogs, Canada led the game three times before losing 4-3 on a last-second header by USA striker Alex Morgan.

After the defeat, several of Canada’s players made disparaging remarks in the media about how the match had been officiated. On Monday, Kyle defended her teammates, citing the emotional context in which the comments were made.

“Things were said that obviously weren’t meant to be said. I think we have a very classy team and amazing individuals,” said Kyle.

“The day after we all got together as a group and talked it over. There’s no point looking in the past. We knew we had to win a bronze-medal match against another top-quality team, and we hadn’t beat them our past two matches, so we just really looked forward to that.”

Read more: The StarPhoenix

Phillips thrilled by Canada's future
I think we're not far off' in basketball

The competitive drive in Krista Phillips doesn't quit. The 24-year-old Canadian Olympic basketball player arrived home in Saskatoon Monday, and while she was appreciative of the whole experience, she was still clearly smarting from some of her team's defeats.

"Of course we're happy," Phillips said. "It's the first time we've qualified in 12 years, so obviously that's outstanding. Then we got out of our pool on top of that.

"So it's great, but we had some really close losses, a couple buckets down, that could have gone other ways, and we would have been in a totally different position."

Just making it to the elimination round of the Olympic tournament was a huge feat, as Canada has never done so before. Unfortunately, their record during the preliminary round meant the team had to face the dominant, No. 1-seeded United States squad in the first playoff round.

USA won the game 91-48, ending Canada's hopes of a medal. While that score was deflating, Phillips felt that a more favourable seeding in the playoffs could have made a huge difference.

"We only lost to France by four, and France ended up being in the gold medal game. So I think we're not far off," she said.

Her disappointment at not medalling doesn't mean she isn't aware of what she and her teammates accomplished.

"At the end of the day, we still have done really well, and I think people have taken notice. I think that's important," Phillips said.

Read more: The StarPhoenix

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Free live country music in Saskatoon malls

Beat the heat with local singer/songwriters at the PotashCorp Country Music Week Mall Concert Series on Saturdays Aug. 11-Sept. 1

The PotashCorp Country Music Week Mall Concert Series will bring together some of todayʼs most talented local country music singer/songwriters. They will showcase their masterpieces and share the stories behind the songs during four Saturday afternoons of free entertainment at local malls in Saskatoon.

These events feature 2007 CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year Brad Johner, whose songwriting credits include his hits "Free," "I’ve Got It Good" and "She Moved". Johner has received numerous SCMA and WCMA awards, in addition to three JUNO nominations. Also performing are 2012 SCMA winners Jay Semko (nominated for eight JUNOs with the Northern Pikes, nominated for two Gemini Awards and received two songwriting awards from the Canadian Music Publishers Association), WYATT (five-time SCMA Group of the Year), Samara Yung (SCMA Female Artist of the Year), Larry Krause (SCMA Roots Artist of the Year), and host Cristy Beggs (SCMA On-Air Personality of the Year, Major Market and President of the Country Music Association of Saskatoon) of 92.9FM The Bull.

Country 600 CJWW, 92.9FM The Bull and the Saskatchewan Country Music Association are pleased to team up for this concert series in anticipation of PotashCorp Country Music Week and the 2012 CCMA Awards Sept. 6-9 2012. Audiences at the mall concert series will have an opportunity to enter a contest to win tickets to the Rock’N Country Cabaret and the CCMA Great Guitar Pull, all part of the PotashCorp Country Music Week, Sept. 6-9.

“The CCMA is thrilled to be working with the SCMA and its local partners in executing these well-planned events,” said Don Green, Executive Director of the CCMA. “As a national Association, the CCMA understands the importance of promoting talent at the local, provincial levels through great showcase opportunities such as the PotashCorp Country Music Week Mall Concert Series in Saskatoon.”

For more information on PotashCorp Country Music Week or the 2012 CCMA Awards, visitpotashcorpcountrymusicweek2012.com and ccma.org. To buy tickets for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone at 306.938.7800.

All shows 1-3pm

Aug 11 - Market Mall
Brad Johner, Stephen Maguire, Eli Barsi, Topher Mils

Aug 18 - Mall at Lawson Heights
WYATT, Catherine Lewans, Lexie T, Val Halla

Aug 25 - Midtown Plaza
BULLRUSH, Samara Yung, Christianne Godart

Sept 1 - The Centre
Jay Semko, Larry Krause, Alex Runions, Ray Whitton

For interview inquiries please contact:
Dawn Woroniuk 
CCMA Board of Directors/Marketing Chair PotashCorp Country Music Week
p: 306.956.8229
e: dawnw@saskatoonmediagroup.com

Source: PotashCorp Country Music Week 2012

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Attendance record set at 2012 Saskatoon Ex

Attendance at the annual Saskatoon Exhibition broke records this year, with 32,984 people attending the event on it's final day, culminating in a six day event total of 221,154, breaking the 2011 record by 4,298 people (2%). The 2012 festival opened August 7 and ended August 12.

Prairieland Park CEO, Mark Regier comments, “With great entertainment and good weather, the EX attained another record attendance. Thank you to all of our patrons for supporting the show.”

All EX results can be found at www.saskatoonexhibition.ca.

Thanks to the people of Saskatchewan for your support of our annual exhibition, and to everyone involved who helped make this event a success! We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2013!

Source: Saskatoon Ex

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Unlikely foodie capital - Saskatoon?


If asked, I would never call myself a foodie, not really. I mean I eat and I like food, but my high level of pickiness has traditionally prevented me from getting too involved with the foodie world. Lately however I’ve found myself in a number of travel situations that were very food focused and indeed many would say are once-in-a-lifetime foodie experiences. I expect this in places like Barcelona, Napa and Paris, but the one place where I didn’t expect to find a food revolution was in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon was originally founded in 1883 by a small group of prairie settlers who wanted to establish an alcohol-free colony. Of course this failed, but a few years later the railroad came to Saskatoon and changed this town in the middle of Saskatchewan forever. The city boomed and though it’s had its ebbs and flows, the city is booming once again thanks in large part to the natural resources found in the province. With this new boom has come a boom in restaurants, from saloons to fine dining and everything in between. That was part of the surprise when I first wandered around Saskatoon.

I expected steak and potatoes my first evening in town, which would have been fine with me. But as soon as I walked through the threshold at Weczeria, I knew this was not a place for the mundane.

The word Weczeria is an homage to chef/owners Daniel and Nicole Walker’s roots. Daniel is of Ukrainian ancestry and Nicole is of Polish ancestry; together they chose Weczeria, the Ukrainian word for “evening meal.” Although the restaurant’s cuisine is not Ukrainian, the couple’s heritage influences their preference for local ingredients and their desire to feed people the way they were fed growing up, how good Ukrainians feed people: with heart and hospitality. This approach blends with Daniel’s exposure to Vancouver cuisine of the late 1990s, his foundation in the French style and his appreciation of the highest quality local ingredients. Daniel uses this as his basis to interact with different schools of cuisine and emerging ideas in the culinary world, which results in the unique expression of place and cuisine that is Weczeria.

I was impressed right away when I learned that the chef uses only local or Canadian ingredients and that the menu changes daily, depending on what the he was able to find at the market. Most chefs wouldn’t be able to put up with a constantly changing menu, and the fact that Chef Walker insists upon it was amazing. After much deliberation, I opted for the wild boar on arugula with new potatoes and sour cherry, which turned out to be a deceptively light but satisfying dish. Afterwards I had the chance to chat with Dan, who is just as interesting as his food. He’s committee to fresh, locally sourced food and given that Weczeria has been wildly popular for seven years, it looks like Saskatoon is just as committed.

Read more and view photos: LandLopers

Check out highlights from Matt's trip to Saskatchewan as part of the Canadian Tourism Commision's "Canadian Trailblazer Contest."

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

Angela Moore
Director of Media | Tourism Saskatoon
Ph: 306.931.7585 | amoore@tourismsaskatoon.com

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