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302 Lounge float barred from Pride Parade

Saskatoon’s Pride Parade will be one float short Saturday.

Pride Festival organizers, Saskatoon Diversity Network (SDN), asked 302 Lounge to remove its float after the club pulled their sponsorship.

Both the club and SDN released statements on their Facebook pages, but without specific details as to why funding was pulled. SDN said 302 Lounge had broken its contract by pulling funding but not the reason why the funding was pulled. This left the community wondering what happened.

Lottery will be held for Grey Cup Tickets in Regina

Because of overwhelming demand for tickets to the Grey Cup game in Regina in November, it was announced Friday that a ticket lottery will be held.

A total of 5,000 tickets will be up for grabs randomly, as those interested in going to the game will have to submit their name on the 101st Grey Cup Festival website between Friday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, June 25 at 3:00 p.m. Lottery winners will be contacted on June 25 and can buy up to four tickets from June 27 – June 30.

Regina's Rah Rah nominated for Polaris Prize

Regina rock band Rah Rah could be getting a lot more attention and a big pay day by the end of the year.

The group's 2012 record The Poet's Dead has been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, an annual competition that shines a big spotlight on Canadian music of all stripes. The event was created by a music industry insider in 2006 to honour and promote the country's most diverse and creative albums. Arcade Fire, Feist, and Patrick Watson are among the previous winners.

500 registered for MoSoFest

MoSo has gone on to become one of Canada's largest conferences with speakers and performers from across North America.

CEO of Zu.com, Ryan Lejbak, said that they're excited.

"The speakers and some of the bands are coming from the US as well as Canada, so we've got people from San Francisco and New York. So we're really excited to bring those people to Saskatoon," said Lejbak.

Most of the events will be centered around the Broadway Theatre, including live performances.

VIDEO: Regina-based Wolf Cop trailer wins competition

He's a werewolf with a gun, and he's won three Regina men a million dollars.
 
The winner of the first Cinecoup, an indie movie competition, is called Wolf Cop and was written and developed by a group out of Regina: Bernie Hernando, Hugh Patterson, and Lowell Dean.
 
"I''m feeling pretty good, got over the initial shock and now just really excited to get to work," said Dean,  writer/director, the morning after winning the competition.
 

Final banners of Shakespeare Said Project hung in Saskatoon

There are some familiar phrases hanging around Saskatoon because of a special project by students from Georges Vanier School.

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them. That's my favourite," said Grade 8 student Erin Tilk.

She braved the wind to stand across the street from the Mendel Art Gallery Monday morning to watch the last of 74 banners get hung from a city light pole.

The banners are part of the "Shakespeare Said" campaign designed to brighten the streets and spread some wordsmithing in Saskatoon until September.

Changes to Queen City Ex this year

More changes are coming to the Queen City Ex this summer.

This year the parade for the Queen City Ex will kick off the week on Tuesday July 30 instead of the traditional Saturday morning before.

“We were losing some momentum with having it on the Saturday – people being out of town at cabins and things of that nature so we just really wanted to have the week kicked off and not lose that momentum,” he noted

Shaw says they are bringing back one old tradition ending off the evening parade with fireworks at Wascana Park.

Remai Art Gallery given final green light

Saskatoon's city officials say a new provincial art gallery will put the city on the world’s stage.

On Friday, a handful of delegates traveled down to River Landing and broke ground at the future Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan site.

“The plans at the moment are exactly what we envisioned and the vision we gave the architects,” said Jason Aebig, president and chair for the board of trustees for the gallery.

Mendel unveils new fundraising project

A smART way to sell that old dusty piece of art.

The Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon has started a fundraising project called re-stART.

"Many people are downsizing or are not able to display their work anymore, or they want to change," said Freda Toffolo, chair of the art appreciation group.

"Re-stART would be a good way for people to sell their previously loved art and also a chance to buy someone else's art," said Toffolo.

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan raises tent for summer

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan raised its iconic white tent along the river bank Tuesday.

"It signifies that summer is on the way, it is festival season, it's time to get out of the house," said spokesperson Trevor Broughton.

The actors will take to the stage in just over a month.

"We're doing the tragedy that everyone knows and loves - Macbeth - and the Comedy of Errors is the other one that's playing," he said.

There are also two medieval feasts planned for the season, along with guest performances by Dance Egypt and Dance Saskatchewan.

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