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Humble Saskatoon recording studio closes

It may be unknown to most, but the Avenue recording studio off Broadway has made its mark on the Saskatoon music scene for the last three years.

Located above Amigo's Cantina, the homey, sun-lit studio has hosted over 100 different projects according to co-owner and operator Jordan Smith.

"The vibe that we went for here is definitely like recording in your grandma's cool living room ... it doesn't necessarily have a studio vibe. It's not this facility feeling ... it's just like 'lounge on the couch, record a track,'" he said.

Regina band Rah Rah nominated for Juno Award

Regina band Rah Rah has been nominated for a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year for The Poet’s Dead.

“Speaking for myself I was pretty surprised and honoured really and everyone’s really excited,” said guitarist and vocalist Marshall Burns.

The Poet's Dead is up against Reflektor by Arcade Fire along with Today We’re Believers by Royal Canoe, Warring by The Darcys and Uzu by Yamantaka/Sonic Titan.

Burns says this has been a great year over-all for Rah Rah. After touring Germany the band came home to Regina to write songs for their next album.

University of Regina highlights collection linked to 'Monuments Men'

It's not every day a George Clooney movie has a Regina connection but one of the real life ‘Monuments Men’ lived in the Queen City for a while.

The World War 2 action drama will be out in theatres on Feb. 7. It is based on the true story of an army platoon that was tasked with rescuing historic artwork stolen by the Nazis before it was destroyed. As it turns out, one of the Allied Army's 400 Monuments Men was once a professor here at the University of Regina.

Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at the age of 46

Just a year after checking himself into rehab for drug use, Philip Seymour Hoffman has died.

According to numerous media reports, the 46-year-old actor died in his New York City apartment Sunday morning. CNN’s Susan Candiotti said he was discovered by a friend around 11:15 a.m.

“This person had access to the apartment, went inside and was the one who made the discovery, finding him in the bathroom—according to our sources—with a needle in one of his arms,” she said.

Candiotti also said that police found heroine in the apartment.

Poetry gives voice to social issues during International Development Week

Saskatchewan slam poets are using the power of the spoken word to help generate discussion about some heavy global issues Sunday.

The Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) has partnered with Tonight It's Poetry (TIP) in Saskatoon and Word Up Wednesday in Regina for the third annual Global Justice Poetry Slam.

The events are part of the SCIC’s week-long lineup for International Development Week. The week celebrates the work Canadians do on international development projects and generates awareness for global social issues. 

Regina sociology prof calls Bieber's arrests 'transition phase'

Many eyes are on Canadian pop star Justin Bieber after a week of arrests and charges both in the U.S. and in Canada.

Sociology professor Dr. Robert Biezenski at the Univeristy of Regina suspects Bieber's troubles won't damper the star's image, but simply act as a transition stage.

Regina businesses make pitch to Dragons' Den producers

Saskatchewan entrepreneurs are hoping for a chance to pitch their businesses to a panel of wealthy Canadians on the TV show Dragons' Den.

Auditions were held Wednesday in front of producers of the show at the Delta Hotel in Regina, the first of only two stops in the province.

Among the hopefuls was Garry Frigon, who owns a business based in Edenwold called Lisa B Originals Inc. that makes custom prosthetic breasts for breast cancer patients.

Regina bands play farewell concert at 'Buy the Book'

A place considered a second home to Regina musicians and readers alike has closed the book on another chapter with a special concert.

Buy the Book, the small used book store on 13th Avenue, will close for good on Friday but local musicians bid their own farewell with a concert on Tuesday night.

Owner Chris Prpich said he has just been focusing on getting everything done.

Regina board game expo shows it's more than fun and games

These aren’t your typical board games, but Sask. Games and Comic Readers are trying to build a community around them.

On Saturday, nearly 100 people gathered at the Core Ritchie Centre in Regina to take part in the first annual Prairie Games Expo.

It was a chance for people like John Modlich to get away from the daily grind and delve into another world.

Saskatoon class combines yoga and flamenco

Spanish music fills a room lined with mirrors in Saskatoon's Alma Flamenco Dance Studio and a yoga mat sits in the center of the floor.

This is a flamoga class that combines yoga and flamenco dancing.

Kari Alba, instructor and studio owner, said the idea to create the class was initially a joke, but has turned into a way to combine two of her passions.

"I like the fact that we can make flamenco a tiny bit more accessible to people who maybe otherwise wouldn't even attempt to do it," she said.

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