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eBulletin - December 2012

Top 5 reasons to visit Saskatoon in 2013

Saskatoon is the place to be in 2013. Of course, we say that every year. And we mean it every year. But seriously, you will want to visit us this year.

Saskatoon will welcome sports fans of all preferences in 2013 – from rabid hockey fans to wacky extreme sport lovers. Hungry music fans will have no shortage of events to satisfy their appetites, with many festivals and venues throughout the city offering a steady calendar of concerts. And that’s not all we have to offer in the coming year.

Find out what’s happening at tourismsaskatoon.com.

In the meantime, here are some highlights of Saskatoon’s 2013 event calendar:

  1. Make the most of the cold weather at the 5th Annual Wintershines Festival! Featuring ice sculptures, an ice slide, a soup cook-off and more! (January 26 - February 11, 2013)
  2. The University of Saskatchewan Huskies host the 2013 PostashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op. The best in men’s university hockey from across the country will face off in Saskatoon for CIS hockey’s highest honour. (March 14 - 17, 2013)
  3. The Saskatoon Blades host the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The best junior hockey teams from across the country and northern United States battle for the CHL’s top prize. (May 16 - 26, 2013)
  4. The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival features hundreds of world class artists, attracting more than 80,000 music fans to the banks of the South Saskatchewan River every summer. (June 21 - 30, 2013)
  5. WakeRide professional extreme sport and music festival. (July 5 - 7, 2013)

If you would like to request a media visit, please contact Angela Moore at amoore@tourismsaskatoon.com or Alexandra Stang at astang@tourismsaskatoon.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Saskatoon!

Source: Tourism Saskatoon

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Registration now open for TMAC 2013 Conference & AGM

Saskatoon is delighted to host the 2013 Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) conference and AGM, June 12 to 15. Registration launched in early November. Early bird rates apply through January 11.

Last year, the conference focused on the art of place in Fredericton, New Brunswick. This year, delegates will experience Saskatoon, a city on the edge. On the edge of what? Attend the conference to find out!

Follow the story on Twitter (@TMACyxe2013) and Tumblr for the latest information on the 2013 conference and Saskatoon events.

Don't miss out on the media marketplace, professional development sessions and networking opportunities - register today!

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The Saskatoon Blues Society announces 2013 Blues Festival Winter Meltdown

To quote B.C. Read,  local veteran blues artist, the annual blues festival is “one of the hottest weeks of the year, here in Saskatoon."

"It’s always such a pleasure to see and play with some of the world’s best blues men & women in my own home town," said Read. "I’ve worked festivals across North America and the Saskatoon Blues Festival ranks right up there. I’m looking forward to this year’s event in a big way.”

Heading into its eleventh year of celebrating the blues, the Saskatoon Blues Society is gearing up in anticipation of once again presenting some of the best musical artists the local, national and international music scene has to offer.

One artist of interest is Marcia Ball, an American blues singer and pianist who was born in Orange, Texas, and grew up in Vinton, Louisiana.  She is a five-time Grammy nominee, a nine-time Blues Music Award winner with two recent wins for Best Contemporary Blues - Female Artist of the Year.  Ball is the “real deal” and will bring equal parts of New Orleans, boogie woogie, swamp music and Texas soul all wrapped up into one package. She'll light up the stage at the Electric Blues Cabaret Room at the Odeon Event Centre.

The Saskatoon Blues Festival Winter Meltdown is the place to be for Saskatoon and area music lovers. You can check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and www.saskatoonbluessociety.ca for updates and news regarding artists and events.

The Saskatoon Blues Society promotes, fosters and celebrates blues music in Saskatoon.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the blues.

For more information, contact Janette Schwandt at bjschwandt@shaw.ca or 306-343-6527.

Source: Saskatoon Blues Society

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The Subaru Western Triathlon Series is heading to Saskatoon

Saskatoon Sports Tourism, along with the Subaru Western Triathlon Series team, is pleased to announce the exciting debut of the Subaru Saskatoon Triathlon.

This race will double as the Saskatchewan provincial triathlon championship, with one spot in each age division qualifying for the Canadian National Team that will compete at the world championships in 2014.

“The Saskatchewan Triathlon Association is excited and honored to partner with Saskatoon Sports Tourism and the Saskatoon Triathlon Club to bring the Subaru Western Triathlon Race Series to Saskatoon”, said CJ Katz, President of the Saskatchewan Triathlon Association Corporation. “The Subaru Western Triathlon Series is the premier triathlon series in Canada with an excellent reputation for putting on a first class race. It will draw triathletes from across the country to our province.”

“Moreover, this new race in the series will provide our provincial triathlon community a chance to participate in a top quality event in their own backyard,” Katz added.

The Subaru Saskatoon Triathlon will feature swimming at Pike Lake Provincial Park, followed by a bicycle ride into Saskatoon along scenic country roads. The final leg of the race will have participants running to the finish in the heart of downtown via the Meewasin Valley Trail. 

The Subaru Western Triathlon Series features five exciting events hosted in beautiful locations across Canada's west coast and Rocky Mountains and now in Saskatchewan. Athletes of all abilities – from first-timers to top elite athletes – are eligible to participate. The series features hundreds of amateur athletes from across Canada, as well as top professional Ironman and Olympic triathletes.

Source: Tourism Saskatoon

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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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