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"Skirting round sandbanks, under great bridges you move closer to the City. Birds flocking overhead or on the shore create more exquisite sights, and you find yourself having many of these moments where you stop paddling. Just to look around and enjoy where you are."

- Paul Steele, Bald Hiker, on canoeing in Saskatoon

eBulletin - October 2012

Picasso on the Prairies: Remai Gallery receives extraordinary donation

The Board of Trustees of the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan takes great pleasure in announcing that the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation has donated an exceptional collection of 405 Picasso prints to the Remai Gallery. This Picasso linocut collection, valued at $20 million, doubles the value of the Gallery’s permanent collection.

“This is a transformational gift,” said Board Chair Jason Aebig. “It was extremely generous of our lead patron, Ellen Remai, to make this investment in the Gallery’s permanent collection. It will be wonderful to see the Picasso works on view at the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan when it opens in 2015.”

“The Remai Gallery is privileged to receive a virtually complete collection of linocuts, produced by Pablo Picasso,” said the Gallery’s Chief Curator, Lisa Baldissera. “The editioned prints, experimental proofs, and working states comprise what is the largest, and arguably the finest, collection of Picasso linocuts in the world.”

In donating the Picasso collection to the Remai Art Gallery, “I want to put the Gallery on the international stage,” said Ellen Remai, an entrepreneur and noted philanthropist. “It is my hope that these works, by one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, will create many opportunities for the Gallery and will inspire visitors and local artists for decades to come.”

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) made these prints between 1951 and 1966. The collection was assembled over a period of a decade by Dr. Frederick Mulder, a London-based, Saskatchewan-born art dealer. The collection comprises 405 Picasso linocuts: 193 out of 197 linocut subjects he created, plus 212 working proofs.

A gallery space on the third floor of the Remai Gallery, The Picasso Salon: International Modern Art, will be dedicated to the Picasso gift and works of international modernity. The gift of the Picasso collection follows the Foundation’s 2011 donation of $30 million to the Gallery, directed towards the construction of the facility, and enhanced programming over the next 30 years.

Source: Mendel Gallery

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Spirits at the Western Development Museum? You Are Not Alone book launch

The Saskatoon Western Development Museum presents You Are Not Alone, mysterious stories told for the first time after three years of Paranormal Investigations. “There seems to be an ever-expanding interest in the paranormal in popular culture” Joan Champ, WDM Executive Director states. “Whether it's on movie screens, television, magazine and book stands, or radio paranormal investigations seem to be everywhere. The Western Development Museum is just one of the many museums throughout the world which have hosted paranormal investigations. Interest in the paranormal and the past are complimentary subjects which can allow museums to raise public awareness about history.”

“In addition to collecting and preserving historical artifacts,” Champ said, “the Western Development Museum tells stories about the objects in its care. The paranormal project has given the museum a unique opportunity to tell stories in a different way. The WDM aims not only to educate but to entertain the public it serves. Be prepared to experience some chills and thrills as you explore the pages of You Are Not Alone.”

The WDM has partnered with the Saskatoon Symphony for the evening, Gyro Productions Masters Series Classics for Skeptics. Other partners are the Sask Ghost-Hunters Society, University of Saskatchewan eMAP department and the new TV series from Angel Entertainment “The Other Side.”

You Are Not Alone will be available for purchase in the WDM gift shop for $19.95.

Source: Western Development Museum

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Saskatoon Brewery/Factory Tap Pub cracks list of top 24 brewpubs in Canada


No. 23
The Saskatoon Brewery/Factory Tap Pub opened in 2011. The brewery shares the same menu and owner as the adjacent Earl’s franchise, both located within a former bread factory built in the early 1900s. The restaurant features up to five of the brewery's beers on tap, including the best-selling Berry Dark IPA, made with Saskatoon berries.

Fun fact: Though it now has a separate entrance, the pub has an endearing reputation of being located “behind the bathrooms at Earl’s.” In truth, you can make your way through the restrooms to get to the Factory Tap Pub or you can walk around to the side entrance.

Read the full list at Vacay.ca.

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Saskatoon's Riversdale among Canada's next great neighbourhoods


Riversdale, one of Saskatoon's original neighbourhoods, was once named Richville after an early settler. Despite its old moniker, the area has seen some tough times, but thanks to the current "Saska-boom" (this is Canada's fastest-growing city), it's becoming a true west-side success story, with new galleries and condos underway, and an indoor farmers' market brimming with local treats like wild-boar sausage and fruit wines.

Read the full story at enroutemagazine.com.

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Federko named volunteer ambassador for 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup

The host committee for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup is very pleased to announce that SaskEnergy has been named official sponsor of volunteers, and together they would like to welcome home Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie Federko as the volunteer ambassador for the event.

Event organizers introduced Federko on October 2nd, during the official call for volunteers at SaskEnergy headquarters in Saskatoon. Applications are now being accepted for 600 volunteer positions at the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup which runs from May 16-26.

"Saskatoon is where I got my start and I have huge respect for the Blades,” said Federko, who spent three seasons with the team from 1973-76 en route to a 14-year NHL career with St. Louis and Detroit. “This is home still. My mom still lives here. It is a privilege (to be involved) and I hope the Blades win the Memorial Cup."

Federko, who hails from Foam Lake, Sask., still holds the Blades’ single-season record for points (187). He subsequently compiled 1,130 points in 1,000 NHL games. In 2002, Federko became the first Blade alumnus to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

“We are very proud to have someone of Bernie’s stature join our team for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup,” said event co-chair Tim Gitzel, the CEO of Cameco Corporation. “He has always represented the Blades and Saskatchewan with class, and he will be an outstanding ambassador for our team of volunteers.”

Individuals wishing to volunteer for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup can apply online at www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca/volunteer. The host committee gratefully acknowledges Sask Energy’s ongoing support of volunteer-driven activities.

Source: Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club

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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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