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Craven gates open to some disappointed campers

Some are going there to party, some are going to meet up with old friends, but thousands will all be together as the gates open at the Craven Country Jamboree.

Gloria Fandrick was near the front of the line when the gates opened on Tuesday morning. In fact, she's been there for over a week.
“(I'm looking forward to) everything, especially meeting friends out here that we’ve met for so many years,” she said. “It’s just so much fun to visit with them again because you only see them once a year so it’s nice.”

Moose Jaw festival features Spielberg flicks

Some of Steven Spielberg's most well-known and beloved films are hitting the big screen in Moose Jaw this week.

The Mae Wilson Theatre decided to pay tribute to the famous director by holding 'The Steven Spielberg Festival.' Starting Tuesday night, a Spielberg flick will hit the screen at 8 p.m.

The festival features:

Set up starts on dry grounds at Craven Country Jamboree

It's about to become the third largest town in Saskatchewan. Anywhere from 25,000 to 28,000 people are expected to flock to the Qu'Appelle Valley for Craven Country Jamboree.

The gates open 9 a.m. Tuesday when lineups are expected to form, full of campers ready to stake out their spot for the weekend.

Graphic designer breathes new life into Sask. ghost towns

There are more than 100 ghost towns in Saskatchewan. Buildings and streets still stand in some places, while piles of debris are all that's left of others.

However, one graphic designer is using his skills to give them new life.

"You go through all these little towns and they're there. There's not much of them, sometimes it's just rocks on the side of the road, other times there's still a small community there and I thought these places kind of deserve some attention," Nigel Hood said.

Saskatoon Valkyries win another WWCFL championship

It’s a four-peat for the Saskatoon Valkyries.

They easily got by the Lethbridge Steel 53-0 in Saturday’s Western Women’s Canadian Football League championship.

The Valkyries have won every championship since the league started up in 2011.

Live@Lunch takes the stage on Broadway

Local musicians will take centre stage on Broadway Avenue this summer with the return of Live@Lunch.

The free performances, which run most Saturdays in July and August, take place at the Little Stone Stage between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and include some of the bridge city's best up and coming artists.

"The idea is to bring the new and upcoming artists and give them a chance to spread their wings," Broadway Business Improvement District market assistant, Caila Ellerman said, adding that there's genres for every music lover.

More bang, less height and 'unpatriotic' Canadians at Canada Day

Saskatoon's Canada Day fireworks show had more explosions, but a little less drama this year.
Organizers had to use smaller fireworks — which explode lower in the sky - to keep people watching from the pedestrian path on the Circle Drive South Bridge safe.
"You're not going to have one of those big bombs that go off right at the end and it just fills the sky, but I think we still had a really good show this year," said Brad Sylvester, chair of Optimist Canada Day at Saskatoon's Diefenbaker Park.

Sheepdog calls it quits

The Sheepdogs are now short one key member.

Leot Hanson, who is from Prince Albert, is confirming he has parted ways with the band.

The reasons why are still not clear. Hanson told paNOW Wednesday morning he was not prepared to comment on that yet.

The band issued a statement on their Facebook page.

Saskatoon promoter reacts to latest foreign worker changes

Foreign bands who want to tour Canada won't have to get a work permit.

Up to now, foreign musicians had to pay for permits to tour here. Those fees rose to as high as $500 per band member, per show after Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government changed Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) rules last summer.

Common's charisma shines through at jazz fest

It may not have been a sold out show but Common's charismatic style spoke to the masses in Saskatoon on Saturday. 

The well-known rapper from Chicago fit in well in Saskatoon, making freestyle rap references to Saskatchewan Roughriders and partying on Broadway Avenue. 

His opening act, Shad, fired the crowd up with a catchy mix of rap and funk. Common followed with a confident performance filled with some of his best known hits including The Light. 

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