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Saskatchewan Jazz Fest gets federal funding

The Saskatchewan Jazz Fest is getting a boost in funding from the federal government.

The festival is received $80,000 Wednesday through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

“This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences,” said the news release.

Sask. Snowmobile to offer in-class safety training

After seeing success through its online certification program, the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association (SSA) will now be offering an in-class option as well.

Just a year ago, the SSA started offering online safety training for young riders who need a certificate to ride. It was a big hit according to SSA President Chris Brewer.

But at the same time, the Saskatchewan Safety Council was looking to provide more options to its snowmobiling customers and was considering an online program.

Placemaker Program peppers Saskatoon with art

Saskatoon can look forward to seven temporary works of art sprinkled across the city.

“We have seven temporary pieces coming to Saskatoon, two from the area and the others from different cities,” Kevin Kitchen, community initiatives manager said.

“Some of them are only up for two months up to three years. We’re pleased to know that artists from all over Canada want to be seen and have their art displayed in Saskatoon.”

Tequila Nightclub celebrates documentary

For months, camera crews invaded Tequila Nightclub in Saskatoon and on Wednesday night the drama was unleashed.
"We think it's a pretty rowdy show," said Tony Hrynchuk, director and producer of Nightclub Confidential, which premiered on City TV Saskatchewan.
The six-part documentary series follows the club's owners as they navigate through the highs and lows to make Tequila a success.
"A lot of things happened when we were filming it. We were like, 'Oh my goodness, I'm so glad we're filming this. This is crazy,'” said Hrynchuk.

P!NK postpones shows in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Edmonton

Doctor's orders have forced P!NK to postpone her shows in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton this month.

After a four day vocal rest, P!nk performed two shows in Seattle and Vancouver. It became clear after further consultation with her doctors on Wednesday that more rest is required for her to fully recover from inflamed vocal chords and laryngitis.

The following shows will be postponed:

Saskatoon group moving ahead to honour Joni Mitchell

A group of people interested in honouring Joni Mitchell are taking steps to move forward with their plans.

University of Regina honours Hall of Fame singer k.d. lang

She’s shared the stage with Elton John, Bonnie Raitt and Tony Bennet. She is an accomplished singer, songwriter and producer and an occasional actress. She’s been an advocate for gay and Tibetan rights and HIV/AIDS research. But on Saturday, k.d. lang added one more accolade to that list: doctor.

The University of Regina presented lang with an honourary doctorate during their Fall convocation at the Conexus Art Centre.

“The theme of our convocation is being authentic,” said U of R President Vianne Timmons. “And I think she exemplifies that for all of us.”

PA woman hopes web series will fuel TV show

A Prince Albert woman is creating a science fiction web series that will have some home roots flair.

Marjorie Roden, now a student at the University of Manitoba, is currently working on a six-episode web series called Preflight Launch that is set to premiere Nov. 11.

“It’s set about 200 years into the future and it shows how corporations in the future would be kind of interfering with people’s lives and making decisions for them,” she said about the plot.

Western artists showcase works at TCU Place

Five years ago Cheryl Tuck-Tallon put down her calculator and picked up a paint brush. With 30 years experience she quit her job as a financial planner and began to pursue her passion as an artist.

“I had to. It was just in me. If I don’t do it now, when? That was my mantra; if not now, when?” Tuck-Tallon said.
Borrowing from her past, Tuck-Tallon painted a future for herself as an artist.

The life of an artist: How one Regina painter made it big

When a nine-year-old Andrew Salgado first showed up at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre for art lessons, Ward Schell knew right away that he had a special student on his hands.

“You can recognize the kids that don’t have just above-average talent,--they have something else. And Andrew had that something else, and it was a passion to do it,” he said. “A lot of kids have high level skills, but Andrew had a really deep passion for it. And as a nine-year-old, that’s pretty rare.”

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