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Regina Symphony Orchestra hires executive director

While it's in the middle of searching for a new music director, the Regina Symphony Orchestra has chosen its new executive director, Tanja Derkson.
Derkson is replacing previous director Maxim Antoshin, and interim director Kevin Azzopardi.
Derkson has 14 years experience in the music industry, the past eight of which were with the Winnpeg Symphony Orchestra, as its director of education and outreach.

Saskatchewan team of three ready for spotlight

It is unlikely they are going to become the next big thing in Hollywood but there is a lot to be excited about for one team of three from Saskatchewan.

A show featuring Greg Johnson, Chris Chittick, and Ricky Forbes debuts next week, providing the viewer with an inside look at what Tornado Hunters face on a daily basis.

"It's not a half hour of just adrenaline, adrenaline, adrenaline," said Johnson. "What they're (the audience) going to get is a little bit of humour."

Johnson admitted he was surprised at just how much footage was needed for the show.

Halloween fundraiser 'Vampire Beat' finds new home in Saskatoon

A popular Halloween arts fundraiser in Saskatoon has outgrown its space and doubled its capacity this year.
For the first time in six years, PAVED Arts and BlackFlash Magazine will hold Vampire Beat, the annual costume contest and dance party, at Amigos Cantina instead of their Riversdale event space on 20th Street West.

Movie-inspired science at Ignite! festival

The mixing of art and science was celebrated at the Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina over a two-day feestival.

A homemade telescope, robots drawing with markers and LEGO artwork of Rider players were on display at  the first ever Ignite! festival on October 10 and 11.
There was also a special musical performance by dry ice. Ryan Hill works at a sound studio creating noises that are used in film. By pressing metal against dry ice, he made experimental music full of high squeaks and low rumblings.  

Saskatoon remembers local jazz artist

Saskatoon remembered one of the city's great jazz musicians Saturday night.

Drummer Bill Watson, also known as the King of Broadway, passed away this summer at the age of 73.

On Saturday, close to two dozen musicians gathered at the Bassment to perform in memory of the man known as a "father figure" among the music community.

The evening featured performances and jam sessions.

Saskatoon tattoo artist using breast cancer scars as canvas

In a tattoo parlour located downstairs in a strip mall on Broadway Avenue, women bring the remnants of their battle with cancer to make works of art.

Mastectomy scars are the canvas for Eye of the Needle tattoo artist Baillie Fruson.

"My mother had breast cancer and she has horrible scars," Fruson said, of her personal connection to the cancer.

Tattooing for around 11 years, Fruson has combined her desire to help others with her work before.

Celebration of culture and community at Thanksgiving Powwow

The 16th Annual Northern Lights Casino Powwow is underway this weekend at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert. 

Various performers, vendors, local residents and those traveling from different places are all coming together for the celebration.

Some Elders are sharing the importance of tradition and culture to younger generations.

The Who makes stop in Saskatoon next year

Rock fans with this legendary band on their bucket list will be happy to hear they are coming to Saskatoon.

The Who Hits 50 tour, which includes original band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, is coming to SaskTel Centre Oct. 6, 2015.

The Who Hits 50 collection will be released Oct. 27. It includes their greatest hits from their first recordings to their present day new track of Be Lucky.

The band has sold over 100 million records since they formed in 1964.

Saskatoon man hits lottery jackpot

A heavy equipment operator from Saskatoon was announced as a winner of the Sept. 17 Lotto 649 draw.

Michel Fournier split the jackpot with another winner from Edmonton, netting himself $2.5 million dollars.

At a press conference to announce the win, he said the reality was just starting to sink in.

"The lady at the gas station when I cashed the cheque, she was more excited than me. She was kind of freaking out," he said.

Michel described telling his wife Bernadette  of the win.

Walking Dead's Steven Yeun called Regina home

You know him as Glenn from Walking Dead, but some in Regina may know Steven Yeun as a former neighbour.

Yeun was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week. He told DeGeneres he was born in Seoul, South Korea before moving to “Regina, Saskatchewan."

Saying he lived in Regina netted him some cheers from the audience, which bewildered Yeun.

“What are you doing here?” Yeun said to the women in the audience.

Yeun had an unsurprising memory of the Queen City.

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