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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. 

Saskatoon soccer fans watch Brazil squeak out a World Cup win

It was a nail-biting game as Brazil defeated Chile in extra time Saturday afternoon.

"Oh my god, it was amazing," Sugandhi Del Canto said after the match.

Corner Gas stars and guest stars to live-tweet Rider game

As the Saskatchewan Roughriders take the field at Mosaic Stadium Sunday, some guest stars will be taking over the Tourism Saskatchewan twitter account.

Brent Butt will be live-tweeting the game under the @Saskatchewan account.

Sheepdogs' Ewan Currie to throw first pitch at Jays game

From Saskatoon’s east side Blue Jays to the real deal in Toronto, the lead singer of the Sheepdogs will be using his baseball skills to throw the first pitch on Sunday.

Ewan Currie is hoping to avoid highlight reels of bad first pitches and is hoping his baseball experience will help.

“Everybody that I tell about this thing, they are like, ‘Oh don’t pull a 50 Cent or be like Carly Rae Jepsen or some of the worst first pitches in history,” he said. “I’ve got a decent arm I think I can pull it off.”

Lauryn Hill delivers at Saskatchewan Jazz Fest

Despite an ominous sky, the rain held off for Ms. Lauryn Hill's gig Wednesday night at the Saskatchewan Jazz Fest.

Hill didn't disappoint fans who packed the Bessborough Gardens to take in the show, giving a nod to her past as a member of hip-hop group the Fugees by opening with an up-tempo version of Killing Me Softly. From there, she rolled into Everything is Everything, a hit off her 1998 solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

PHOTOS: Corner Gas cast back in the groove

Although six years have passed since they were last together, the cast of Corner Gas is back in the groove as the film Corner Gas: The Movie in Regina.

"We just quickly got back into it. It's like we never left," said Fred Ewanuick, who plays Hank, to the media as the crew filmed in Regina's Cathedral neighbourhood on Wednesday morning.

"It's really like we haven't left."

New pre-school cartoon by Regina animator

Pre-school kids in Saskatchewan will soon get to meet a furry monster that is the creation of a Regina artist.

Doowett is set to air on the City Saskatchewan television network. The show is about furry little monsters who don't speak. Instead they explore their world through music and even combine notes to make a duet.

All 16 episodes were drawn by Regina animator Adrian Dean and the music was composed and performed by Vancouver artist Andrea Carlson.  

Dean says the cartoon monster named Doowett will teach kids about discovery.

PHOTOS: World Cup broadcast draws people to downtown Regina

It wasn't quite Brazil but World Cup fever was in the streets of Regina Tuesday morning.
 
The game between Uruguay and Italy was shown on the big screen in City Square Plaza attracting fans of all ages.
 
Young kids banged thundersticks together while men and women in business suits stopped to take it all in - even just for a few minutes.
 
One of those fans was John Kozan.
 
"I don't have a TV at home, so I thought I'd come down and check it out," he said.
 

St. Vincent brings futuristic stage show to Saskatoon

It was a dry and relaxing night at the Bessborough Gardens as St. Vincent took the stage at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.

The art rocker from Oklahoma performed futuristic choreography to songs off her latest self-titled album St. Vincent for a crowd of enthusiastic fans.

The two-hour set was chalk full of punchy, distorted guitar solos juxtaposed with lead singer Annie Clark's sweet vocals.

The jazz festival runs all week until Sunday.

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Balgonie high school students to join Heart on stage

Imagine going from singing in your high school gym to performing with a band that is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That fantasy is becoming a reality for a group of students from Balgonie who will be joining Heart on stage for one song during Monday night's concert.

When 17-year-old singer Samantha Dech says she was in shock when she heard that her choir had the chance to sing with Heart.

“I know who Heart is and I was like ‘well aren’t they famous?” she said. “And we’re just a high school choir, so yeah, when we found out that I was a little speechless.”

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