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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.

Inclusive fashion show to make everyone a star

Saskatoon's first inclusive fashion show is set to rock the stage of the Broadway Theatre Wednesday night.

The fashion show is being put on by the I CAN Movement which includes self-advocates who promote inclusion and respect for people with disabilities.

"There is a group of young adults who have intellectual disabilities and some who don't who are part of our I CAN program," explained Megan Wells the self-advocacy program coordinator for the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living (SACL).

VIDEO: RSO offers violin lessons to students at Arcola School

His eyes are wide and grade one student Muhammed Abdullah is listening carefully as he holds a violin and bow together for the first time. Concert violinist Ed Minevich corrects his grip and helps him draw the bow across the strings to make the first sound.

When Minevich asks who wants to go next a dozen hands shoot up in the air. This music class for grade 1 students at Arcola Community School is called Strings for Change. It's one of two new education outreach programs with the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

Neil Young's anti-oilsands concert upsets some Saskatchewanians

Many music fans in Regina are excited that Neil Young is going to be making a stop in the Queen city but some are bristling at the motivation for his latest tour.

All proceeds from the concert next month, as well as his other tour dates, will go toward the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation that is being directly affected by the oil sands operation north of Fort MacMurray, Alberta. Young and other critics of the oil sands' impact on the environment cite unusually high rates of cancer on the First Nation as evidence that the projects are harming the people and the environment.

Huron Carole fills TCU Place with holiday spirit

Santa doesn’t arrive for another few weeks but TCU Place was bursting with Christmas spirit Sunday night.

The Huron Carole, hosted by musician and activist Tom Jackson, performed an ensemble of classic holiday favourites to raise money for the Saskatoon Food Bank.

“Hopefully those that come to the show will better understand that there is a disease called hunger in this country that is silent and it affects a lot of children and those children are, in fact, our future,” Jackson said.

City pushes envelope with unique art sculpture project

Highlighting public art in Saskatoon while hiding it behind white winter-camouflaged plastic wrap is the latest work in the City of Saskatoon’s Placemaker program.

“We thought it presented something ground breaking and it would highlight our current collection and get people talking about public art and get them noticing and engaging with what we have around us right now,” Kevin Kitchen, director of community initiatives, said.

Saskatoon band to open for Black Sabbath on Canadian tour

A lot of people in Saskatoon are pretty excited Black Sabbath will be tearing up the Credit Union Centre in April, but one Saskatoon band will be using it as a big homecoming show.

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