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Blues musicians take over Saskatoon

Despite the cold weather, blues musicians are offering some warm vibes to music lovers in Saskatoon this week.
The Saskatoon Blues Festival kicked off on Monday, with two to three bands playing each night until Saturday. Headlining acts will be showcased at either the acoustic stage at the Park Town Hotel or the electric stage at O'Brians Event Centre.

Ghostbusters star Harold Ramis is dead

Actor, writer and director Harold Ramis of Ghostbusters fame is dead.

Chicago newspapers reported that the man behind legendary comedies from the 1980s died early Monday morning.

Ramis is best known for his roles in movies like Ghostbusters and Stripes, but he also wrote and directed Groundhog Day. You can see his fingerprints all over Analyse This and National Lampoons Vacation. Recently he also appeared as the dad in Knocked Up with Seth Rogen.

Warm weather and event bring people downtown on Family Day

The beautiful weather on Monday wasn't lost on many in Regina as the day was jam-packed with holiday events.

The Doug Wickenheiser arena was offering free skating in the afternoon. The RCMP Heritage Center was holding its annual Arctic Adventures Family Day event with mock ice fishing, a snow show course, and dog sled demonstrations, among other winter activities.

Monday was also the last day of the Ice and Fire festival.

Victoria Park was full of people enjoying the weather and the events.

Horse trainers 'mane' event at Equine Expo

Horse trainers trotted out their best at the third annual Equine Expo’s trainers competition at Prairieland Park this weekend.

Over the course of the three-day event, competitors had three hours to train their own young horse who had never been ridden before.

At the final competition on Sunday, trainers must guide their horse through a series of tests and obstacles to show who has helped their horse improve the most over the weekend.

Craven digs deep to prevent flooding

Excavations are already underway at the Craven Country Jamboree campsite as crews dig new holding ponds and drainage ditches to mitigate flooding at future festivals.

“Every year we try to do a little bit more to improve the site’s conditions. It is a flood plain, so every year we have issues,” jamboree marketing director Kim Blevins said.

The project follows the construction of a large dike around the site in 2011 that cost more than $1 million.

Erotic fiction: not as taboo as it once was

It used to be a dirty little secret, the peak of guilty pleasure reading complete with stashes of books hidden under beds and behind night stands, but erotic fiction no longer carries the same taboo as it once did.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day the Regina Public Library (RPL) hosted a public discussion this Wednesday called Hot Reads for Cold Nights – all about erotica.

Belle Plaine to play anti-Valentines Day concert in Regina

While thousands of couples head out for an expensive, candle lit meals to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, a Regina musician will be hosting a show that caters to those unable or unwilling to take part in what she calls a “pretend holiday.”

Sask. tournival combines hockey and music for Family Day weekend

Family Day weekend in Bruno doesn’t get much more Canadian than the Picker’s Cup.

Saskatchewan’s original “tournival”, which is one part musical festival and another part hockey tournament, takes place Saturday through Monday.

The weekend includes a three-on-three hockey tournament and musical performances from Juno-nominated Royal Canoe and Daniel Romano. Other musical acts include Andy Shauf, Kathleen Edwards, Samantha Savage Smith, The Dead South, Blake Berglund and the Vultures, Sarah Jane Scouten, Grey Kingdom, and Jenny Berkel.

FSIN chief not giving up on casino deal

Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations isn't giving up on a deal to buy Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw from the government even though the sale appeared to be over before it began.

On Monday the Saskatchewan NDP broke the news that the government had reached a memorandum of understanding with the FSIN to sell the casinos.

NDP leader Cam Broten says the issue isn't with the deal itself, it is with breaking the Crown Corporation Protection Act.

The Beatles continue to be a top vinyl seller

Beatlemania has continued in North America for half a century since the Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago and record sales aren't dropping anytime soon.

As the owner of the Vinyl Exchange in downtown Saskatoon, the Beatles on vinyl is an order that Mike Spindloe has made over and over for more than 20 years.

"It's pretty much constant," he said.

"There's what is it, like three generations now since they have split up that have all discovered them through various ways."

Spindloe himself discovered their music early on.

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