It has been one year since Paul McCartney rocked Regina and one year since he left a permanent and very memorable mark on one Regina woman.
“Just being on stage and him talking to me, giving me a hug and everything, it was just—I replay it in my mind a lot,” said Chelsi Gobeil.
It’s known as the cradle of civilization and it’s bringing the culture to the Saskatoon FolkFest.
Mesopotamia is one of four new pavilions for residents to feed their cultural appetite on this year.
“We’ve been around for about three decades as a community and we’ve been mostly preoccupied with our own personal lives, businesses and getting ourselves established as a community. But no excuses aside, we should have been doing this a long time ago,” pavilion manager Giovani Yousif said.
A Saskatchewan woman is remembering her encounter with the late Robin Williams more than twenty years ago.
It was 1990, and 18-year-old Chantelle Schuler was living in Jasper, Alberta.
"I did a lot of off-roading bicycle riding and I came across a path and ran right into him with my bicycle," Schuler recalled on John Gormley Live on Tuesday.
"We both went flying and then I realized that it was him and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry,' but he was so nice about it."
Heat and humidity pushed lemonade, ice cream and slushie sales to all time highs at this year's Saskatoon Ex.
"Those are substantially higher than if it had been cooler weather," Prairieland Park events director Carl Schlosser said.
Beyond the cool eats, it was clear Saskatonians brought their appetite to the fair.
A bit of wet and rainy weather didn’t dampen the mood at the 2014 Regina Folk Festival.
Festival goers had to deal with rain pouring down on Friday night, and high winds whipping through the park, but Artistic Director Sandra Butel pointed out the weather is one thing out of their control.
"But we had a really good plan in place for how to react to it and how to make sure make sure we got everyone out safe," she said.
Butel also gives credit to her team of over 600 volunteers for their work on a hectic evening.
Fiddlers from across Canada livened up the quiet Saskatchewan countryside this weekend at the 17th annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest.
The festival, held at Windy Acres, brings new and seasoned fiddlers from far and wide to meet, compete and share.
It was Hayley Johnston's second time competing, but her family has been coming to the event for years.
Six stages, an artist's market, kid's area and beer gardens are all part of the 2014 Regina Folk Festival, and they're all run by more than 600 volunteers.
For Kailee Prystupa, it's her first year volunteering at the Folk Festival, and she'll be cleaning up all the garbage and recyclables . Despite the dirty job, she said there are perks to working at the festival.
"You get meals and a few free drinks and there's a massage tent where you get free massages," said Prystupa.
It's the only performance at the Saskatoon EX designed to put you to sleep.
Hypnotist Terrance B has been performing professionally for 22 years, he said it all started at a venue just like the Saskatoon Ex.
"I actually saw a stage show, very similar to the one I did, and I was so intrigued by what I saw that I went and met the hypnotist," Terrance said, adding they became friends, until one day he taught Terrance the tricks of the trade.
The Folk Festival starts Friday evening but music fans were already out in the afternoon, hoping to get a good spot.
Festival go-ers can wait in line and once the main gate opens at 5:00 p.m. they'll be one the first people to enter the main stage area.
Anita Rose Brockman was the first in line on Friday. After waiting close to 5 hours she got to choose a perfect area for her family and friends to watch the many bands perform.
Anita calls herself a "folkie", she has attended folk festivals across western Canada.