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Peeling on the Prairies: Stripping now legal in Sask. bars

It’s OK to “bottoms up” as long as the bottoms stay on in Saskatchewan. New liquor laws mean it’s now legal to striptease in bars.

“Nudity is still against the law in Saskatchewan and we’re the last province in Canada holding out on that,” said Patrick Burke, owner of Tiger Lily Cabaret. “It’s a strange dynamic, living here.”

As of Jan. 1, dancers can take their clothes off down to thongs and pasties—no nipples or full nudity allowed. Previously, dancers could be on-stage in bikinis at licensed venues, but they couldn’t be seen taking off their clothes on-stage.

Blades pick up forwards, draft picks in trade deal with Broncos

The Saskatoon Blades are looking to the future as they announce their latest trade with the Swift Current Broncos.

Blades forward Nathan Burns is headed to the Broncos along with a 7th round draft pick in 2014.

In return, Saskatoon gets forwards Connor Sanvido and Wyatt Sloboshan, plus a 2nd round pick in 2014, and a 3rd round conditional pick in 2015.

Blades general manager Lorne Molleken said in a news release Wednesday that the trade will help the team rebuild.

Families celebrate New Year's a little early

New Year's Eve celebrations can go far beyond some people's bedtimes, so families were able to celebrate 2014 earlier as the Saskatchewan Science Centre hosted 'Noon Year's Eve.'

"We thought it would be a great idea (to come to the science centre) because our daughter's only two," said Mike Rilling, "She can't make it up until midnight with us tonight so we thought this would be something she'd enjoy."

Many families did the same as well over 100 people crowded the exhibit floor, exploring the stage shows, face painting, snowshoeing and other activities.

Regina musicians 'Rendezvous' to display Queen City's music scene

It’ll be something like a live version of a mixed tape made completely from Regina’s music scene.

It’s the second year that 13th Avenue Records will put on a “Rendezvous” show, a showcase of nine different bands on the Regina label all with different musical styles.

But according to organizer and President of 13th Ave. Records Chris Prpich, each band has a distinctly Saskatchewanian flavour that brings them all together to form a community ripe with talent.

Band Swap kicks off its 8th annual show

The weather may be cold, but it won’t stop 300 music fans from filling Amigos Saturday night for the eighth annual Band Swap.

“So what Band Swap is in general is a 24-hour rock and roll music challenge at its roots,” said co-organizer Alison Whelan.

Strangers become friends and band mates as 35 individual musicians come together to form new bands in under 24 hours. After the bands and songs are randomly assigned by choosing names out of a hat, the new bands then have 24 hours to prepare a 20-minute set.

“You get to be a rock star for a night,” Whelan said.

Christmas carol collaboration highlights local artists and causes

It's a Christmas carol with a cause.

Eleven local musicians have brought their holiday cheer and voices to a Christmas video to raise money for Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (CHFS).

Tunetown is an ongoing project developed by Saskatoon artist, music producer and teacher Jesse Weiman.

“I want to highlight organizations,” Weiman said, adding each video will help a children's cause.

Christmas Sparkle Tour 2013

As Christmas continues to inch closer and closer, many homes in Regina have been sporting some holiday spirit with elaborate light displays.

Possibly the best display in the Queen City belongs to Paul Brand whose house at 706 Rink Avenue is a complex array of hundreds of lights, all technologically-driven.

“It’s basically a computerized display,” said Brand. “Right now I’ve got 24 songs out there running in a continuous one hour loops. It repeats itself and (turns on) at six and turns itself off at 10 p.m. at night."

Fundraising calendar proving popular in Saltcoats

What started as a simple fundraiser has the phones ringing off the hook at the Lakeside Manor in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan.

They've put together a calendar that features the home's residents as calendar girls and boys in their golden years. They're dressed up as ballerina dancers, bathtub beauties, and patrons of an old saloon.

Regina's Tatiana Maslany nominated for Golden Globe

A Regina-born and raised actress is in company with some Hollywood heavyweights.

Tatiana Maslany has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role on the science fiction show Orphan Black.

The series airs on BBC America in the U.S. and the Space channel in Canada. It features Maslany playing multiple roles representing clones.

Maslany is up against big names like Kerry Washington in Scandal and Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife for the Best Actress in a TV series category.

The awards will he handed out Jan. 12.

Regina mom upset over use of fat suits in high school play

A play about weight discrimination in show-business is stirring up a debate about weight discrimination in high school show business.

Regina mom Tricia Leis is upset that teens were put in fat suits in Campbell Collegiate's production of Hairspray, calling it offensive.

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