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5 Things You Need to Know This Morning

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 16, 2014 09:13

1. You should wash your pillow at least once a year. Here's how

2. This DIY hat rack is super easy and super stylish. 

3. The lively aerosol mural titled The Jam (behind The Broadway Theatre), is by local artist Josh Jacobson. It symbolizes the culture of music within the vibrant Broadway area.

4. Right now, Herbal Time Tea House in Willowgrove is offering free membership cards.

5. The most elegant of pumpkins can be yours with this fun DIY

Enjoy your Friday!

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5 Things You Need to Know This Morning

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 15, 2014 07:59

1. Limit your dishwashing tonight with this yummy One-Pot Red Wine Pasta

2. This incredibly durable vinyl plank flooring at Carpet Superstores is a must if you have kids or pets. 

3. We found the cutest mugs ever at Twisted Goods in The Centre. 

4. Dress up your door with these DIY fall wreaths

5. Here is some more fuel for your DIY pumpkin inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

What's Happening in October?

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 10, 2014 10:23

Well, the month of October is already underway, and fall is definitely upon us. The change in season brings opportunities to try new activities and enjoy traditions that only come around this time of year. Here's our little list of what's happening this month in Saskatoon. One is a bit ahead of the game for November 1st, but it just might give you a little motivation to do an extra-epic pumpkin carving this year! If you know of any October events that should be on this list, let us know in the comments.

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Mendel Art Gallery | Free Family Fun

Sunday, October 12 at 2pm til 4pm // Mendel Art Gallery

Make art with a Thanksgiving theme.

Get more information here. 


Free Superhero Movie Day

Thursday, October 16th all day long // The Roxy Theatre

Fun superhero movies are playing all day, and admission is free thanks to the Riversdale Community Association.

Get more information here. 


Christmas Craft Fair

Friday, October 17 & Saturday, October 18 // Saskatoon Western Development Museum

Over 90 crafters will be displaying handmade specialties for your holiday shopping pleasure.

Get more information here.  


Riders Steak Night | In support of The Princess Shop

Sunday, October 19 at 1:30pm // Sutherland Bar

Watch the Riders take the Eskimos on the big screen, enjoy a meal at half time, and support this wonderful cause! Tickets available until October 16.

Get more information here. 


A Boreal Feast with Guest Chef & Author Michele Genest

Monday, October 27 at 6pm // The Saskatoon Farmer's Market

This demonstration class will feature local ingredients with a distinctive Northern flavour. 

Get more information here.


Boo Town

Thursday, Oct 30 at 5:30pm // Saskatoon Western Development Museum

Warm and safe Halloween fun for the whole family! 

Get more information here.


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Friday, October 31st // The Broadway Theatre

Saskatoon's official Halloween tradition.

Get more information here. 


Pumpkins in the Park 

Saturday, November 1st at 6pm til 8pm // Rotary Park

Bring your jack-o-lantern to be lit up one more time down by the river. Show off your pumpkin carving talents while enjoying camaraderie and a warm bevy! Hosted by the Nutana Community Association. 

Get more information here. 

October is such a fun and festive month. We hope you enjoy getting out and taking in all that Saskatoon has to offer for the next few weeks! If you capture your experience at any of these local events on Instagram, don't forget to hashtag and tag us @mysaskatoon!

#shoplocalyxe #eatlocalyxe #supportlocalyxe 

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5 Things You Need to Know This Morning

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 9, 2014 11:34

1) This recipe is a must-try for Thanksgiving weekend. 

2) Calories just launched a new fall menu.

3) All of these gorgeous vintage baubles + hundreds more are yours to discover at Back Then & Again. 

4) This weekend, Believe Fit is having a sale on all men's and women's jackets, hoodies, and sweaters. 

5) Next on our list of DIY pumpkins is this glitzy number. 

Enjoy your Friday!

5 Things You Need to Know This Morning

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 8, 2014 06:01

1) Leyda's is now taking orders for organic, gluten free pumpkin pies. Each pie is $30. 

2) Jazzed Up for Uganda is tonight at The Bassment at 7pm. Tickets are $25, in support of Orphans in Uganda. Email for more information.

3) Era Style Loft has your perfect winter coat.

4) This DIY recipe for all natural deodorant actually works!

5) We've come across a ton of über chic pumpkin carving alternatives, starting with this one!

Enjoy your Wednesday!

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What You'll Find at Nuit Blanche Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   September 26, 2014 16:36

Nuit Blanche - a nighttime festival celebrating the artistic expression of light, sound, images, human movement - is the first of its kind in Saskatoon. Starting at 8pm on Saturday night, 20th Street will come alive with stunning artistic showcases by a great number of talented local artists. This is artistic collaboration at its finest, and is sure to become a staple festival in Saskatoon. Its also a great chance to enjoy the abundant food and drink options on 20th Street, such as Little Bird Patisserie & Cafe and Collective Coffee, among others. 

The event, sprawled across the four blocks of 20th Street between Idylwyld and Avenue E, features enough artistic installations to keep you entertained and inspired late into the night. Nuit Blanche is free, and fun for all ages. 

What a fantastic opportunity to experience a piece of the creativity and passion that drives our city, in such a unique setting. Grab your friends and head on down to Riversdale on Saturday to get in on the joy and excitement this event is sure to bring.

Fill your Weekends in September

posted by My Saskatoon    |   September 9, 2014 15:46

While the big-name concerts, widely publicized attractions, and annual events in our city are great, we love to dig a little deeper and discover the more "niche" to-dos in Saskatoon. The unique public gatherings, first-time festivals, and weekend classes are great ways to meet like-minded people and enjoy the fruits of the talent and passion of other Saskatonians. We thought we'd put together a little list of what's on our radar each month in Saskatoon. Here's what we've got for September. If you know of anything happening in September that isn't mentioned here, let us know on Facebook


Intuitive Path Superfoods Classes

Every weekend in September // Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Join the folks at Intuitive Path Superfoods throughout the month for education on a variety of topics, including Living Hydration, Fermentation, Earthing, Raw Chocolate Making and more.

Get more information here


Storefront presents SoundCloud 

Opening Reception

Friday, September 12 at 7pm // The Storefront

SoundCloud is a suspended undulating paper cloud which creates a landscape composed of clustered paper forms. SoundCloud seeks to redefine The Storefront by translating the sound that exists in the space into a visual and spatial experience. 

Get more information here


33rd Street Fair

Saturday, September 13 at 10am til 4pm // on 33rd Street from Avenue D to Avenue F

Buskers, Food Trucks, and Vendors selling handmade, recycled, vintage, and repurposed items. Bring your perennials for swapping, and your garden abundance for sharing. 

Get more information here


YXE Street Food Fest

Saturday, September 13 at 11:30am til 10:30pm // River Landing Phase 1

An collection of 14 mobile food vendors congregating on Spadina Crescent, complete with beer gardens and live music. 

Get more information here


Saskatoon Cycles' Moveable Feast

Friday, September 19 at 6:15pm til late // meet at Mendel Art Gallery parking lot

Delicious appetizers and tasty beverages at several Downtown locations, enjoyed via an urban bike ride with fellow bike and food lovers. 

Get more information here


From Field to Shield | Dinner with Chef Jenni

Saturday, September 20 at 6pm // Saskatoon Farmers' Market

An autumn feast celebrating the abundance and beauty of Saskatchewan through foods foraged from the Canadian shield to prairie fields. Shield to Field is the second event in the seasonal market dinner series with the Saskatoon Farmers' Market Chef in Residence, Jennifer Willems. 

Get more information here


Etsy Made in Canada | Saskatoon

Saturday, September 27 at 10am to 5pm // Le Relais

A great selection of local Etsy shops selling their wares in person, and an origami table where you can try your hand at the ancient art of folding paper. 

Get more information here


Nuit Blanche

Saturday, September 27 at 8pm til late // on 20th Street West

20th Street will be brought to life with over 30 artistic installations from the surreal to the exciting. Incorporating light, sound, images, human movement and everything in between - plan to be surprised, dazzled, and entertained long into the night. 

Get more information here


We hope something on this list will pique your interest! If you capture your experience at any of these local events on Instagram, don't forget to hashtag and tag us @mysaskatoon!

#shoplocalyxe #eatlocalyxe #supportlocalyxe 


A Day of Play in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   September 5, 2014 10:44

Day of Play started as a legacy for Rayna Korte, and three years later the event is bigger and better than ever! Held in South Kiwanis Park this Sunday, September 7th, Day of Play is an afternoon jam-packed with fun for the entire family. This time each year, a great number of amazing local people and businesses come together to honour the memory of Rayna while raising funds for local children’s charities.

Leanne Thompson-Hill, former owner of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, has been with Day of Play since its beginnings. She shares with us the history and heart behind Day of Play, and what you can expect to see at this year’s event!

How did Rayna Korte inspire Day of Play?

In 2010, in the midst of her battle with leukemia, Rayna was all set to go and meet the Disney Princesses in Disney World, courtesy of the Children’s Wish Foundation. Just two days before her departure date, Rayna was admitted to hospital due to a complication from her chemotherapy treatments. The recreational therapist at the hospital and the Children’s Wish Foundation contacted us at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and we arranged to have our Princesses visit Rayna for a Tea Party in the hospital. When Rayna finally got to go on her trip, she told her Mom that the Princesses at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo were better than the Princesses at Disney World. Sadly, Rayna was re-diagnosed in January 2011 with brain cancer. When the decision to to stop treatment was made, Rayna’s last wish was 100 more days to play. After the Tea Party at the hospital, I followed Rayna’s story on Facebook. In 2011, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo hosted a Tea Party fundraiser in collaboration with the Children’s Wish Foundation, and of course Rayna immediately came to my mind. She had so much fun at the one we held at the hospital, and she had this natural energy that made you fall in love with her. So, I thought I would do it only if Rayna was the guest of honour. Unfortunately, Rayna wasn’t well enough to attend the Tea Party, and she passed away the following day. Rayna got her wish, as she passed on exactly the 100th day after she made the wish for 100 more days to play.

How did the Tea Party evolve into the big event that it is today?

After Rayna passed away I became friends with her parents, Cindy and Roger. With their blessing, we wanted to do an annual Day of Play in Rayna’s memory, to honour her 100 days of play wish she had made. The basis of the event was to throw a party including things Rayna loved - tie dye (cupcakes were tie dye, and our logo is tie dye), kites (we decorated and flew kites) and so much more. Our attendance has grown considerably, as well as the profit we receive from the actual day. All money raised after costs is donated to a children's charity.

How do you choose the charity organization to support with the funds generated by Day of Play?

When I owned Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, I got to know many different children's causes. After the first Day of Play on Central Avenue, Cindy decided she wanted to honour the pediatric unit as well as Children’s Wish Foundation, as both had been a part of Rayna's journey. And with that, we became the Day of Play Board and decided to choose a new children's charity yearly. Lisa, the Program Director at Crisis Nursery, was a customer at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and I know how much the Nursery relies on funding. I’ve never met someone who works as hard as Lisa. She lives and breathes for those kids. We want to support such a wonderful cause.

How many people do you expect to attend Day of Play this year?

We are holding the event in a different location and on a different day than in past years, so it is hard to estimate, but we usually see between 4,000 and 5,000 people attend.

How many volunteers come together to make this event happen?

We live and learn, and we now know that we need about 100 people for the actual day! The Day of Play Board consists of 9 members.

What are some of the highlights of the event this year?

We have Go-Karts this year, courtesy of KartTrak, and a 100 foot obstacle course. We have a Safety Service Tent, and puppies from two of our favourite rescue groups. Living Sky Rehabilitation (birds and wild babies such as skunks and foxes) and Wrangler Elisa (reptiles) are joining us. And of course we have live children's entertainment all day, including a special Singing with Sylvia concert which you have to pre-purchase your pass to attend. We also have a performance by Wide Open Children’s Theatre, a Market Square, car show, rides, petting zoo, face painting, carnival, and more. 

It seems like Day of Play is a collaborative effort by many local Saskatoon businesses.

We have been lucky to have such awesome support! Past sponsors have been Sun Life Financial, Areva, The Medicine Shoppe, and Agrium. Our regular sponsors are Tantrix Body Art, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, SaskTel, Travis Quiring, and Outgrow Outplay Saskatoon East. The Mom and Tot Expo, Cakes by Jen, Butler Byers, Tweet’s Roofing, O’Brians Automotive, Can-Do Delivery Services, Maaco, and 96.3 Cruz FM. Pizza Hut and DQ, Avid Enterprises, Air Canada, and Pro Print. New sponsors this year are PotashCorp, RedHead Equipment, Federated Co-op, WakeRide (courtesy of Gregg Bamford), and Saskatoon Funeral Home. Our Title Sponsor this year is Wheaton GM. 

Since Day of Play is run solely by volunteers, we rely on businesses to help support this fun event as well as come out and attend. Now that we have a new home Downtown in the South Kiwanis Park, we are hoping that more businesses in the Downtown core will become involved. 

Do you fundraise throughout the year?

Every year we plan a few new things. We start our year off with the Santa Claus Parade. Our Disney Princess Christmas and Scrooge themed floats have won in past years! We do an auction online, we had a hypnotist night at The Ivy, bake sales, The Saskatoon Parent and Tot Expo, and Outgrow Outplay Saskatoon East donates a lot of their door donations to our event. We had a screening of The Little Mermaid at the Roxy Theatre, a giant garage sale, a BBQ at Co-op, and Cakes by Jen with 96.3 Cruz FM held a Cupcake Day fundraiser.

What is your goal for Day of Play this year?

All we care about at the end of the Day is that all kids had a blast, and our goal of $30,000 raised for Crisis Nursery is met. 

Can you describe a positive outcome of Day of Play that you didn’t expect?

There are many, but something that just happened that made me smile is an email I received from a lady who has attended Day of Play in the past. She was touched by Rayna's story, and lost her best friend and her best friend’s daughter shortly after in a car accident. She wanted to let me know that Day of Play inspired her to throw one in her friend’s daughter’s honour. It is called Clara's Play Day and was a few Sundays ago. I believe in positive energy, doing good always, and paying it forward. I believe that Day of Play is a great example of what a team of great people can do.

Do you have a dream for the future of Day of Play?

Yes, but it is a secret and will be announced after September 7th!

We ask everyone this question: What do you love about Saskatoon?

I love the fact that there are so many caring people here. I cannot believe the support that we have received this year in the way of volunteers- it is truly awesome. 

Day of Play is happening this Sunday, September 7th in South Kiwanis Park. There are so many things to see and do that the whole family will enjoy, while supporting a great cause! Its a fun-filled event that is an awesome opportunity to get out and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. Get your passes before Sunday and save $5! Passes can be purchased online here. They are now sold out at Tantrix, but are also available at Crisis Nursery, The Trading Post, Cakes by Jen, and Bike Doctor - and also can be purchased for $20 at the event. 

5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home's Saleability

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 25, 2014 10:14

Are you in the market for a new home in Saskatoon? If you're not a first time home buyer, you know as well as anyone that you've gotta get out of the old before you can move on with the new! Tanya LaRose, local Saskatoon REALTOR with Re/max Central, has 5 easy tips for increasing the saleability of any home. Whether your home has been on the real estate market for a while, or you are just taking the initial steps to put it up for sale, following these pointers will help to ensure that you get the most out of your home sale in the shortest time possible. 

Tanya LaRose, Saskatoon REALTOR


The cleanliness of a home fore sale is often overlooked and underestimated. Be sure to complete both a surface clean and deep clean. Deodorize the home if any strong odours are present. Purge any old items to reduce a cluttered appearance and open up the space to appear larger. Also, put family momentums in storage, as potential buyers need to be able to envision themselves living there. This requires a neutral environment.


Giving your home a facelift is improving its showing quality without the huge budget of major renovations. Add fresh coats of paint and when in doubt, choose white - however, grey is the chic trend right now. Update fixtures like discoloured light switch covers, rusted faucets etc. Ensure your window covers are consistent. Drapes are the most inexpensive option and add a feeling of warmth to the home. Make sure everything works correctly - lights turn on, doors close, and toilets flush.

Yard Work

Curb appeal is so very important, as it is first impression that can either draw buyers in or turn them away. Remove weeds! Plant a few flowers. Potted flowers work just fine. Make sure they are colourful, and position them at the front step.


Statistics show that getting your home professionally staged often reduces the amount of time it sits on the market, and increases the amount of the offer. You can opt for full or partial staging, or even a consultation to have your current furniture re-arranged to look its best. 

Hire a Contractor

If your home has some serious issues, your REALTOR will be able to advise you if you will be able to make a return on any major renovations. The best time to hire a contractor is in the fall, because they will be less busy and more likely to negotiate a better price. Ask if they offer any sort of warranty on their services, as this could be used as an additional selling feature. Ask to view a portfolio, references, business license, and/or website before making a decision on a contractor. Be sure your are hiring a legitimate tradesman, because if the price is too good to be true, it probably is.

For more detailed information on the best ways for you to prepare your home specifically for today's market, contact licensed REALTOR with Re/Max Central, Tanya LaRose at 306-380-REAL(7325).

Check out Tanya's Spotlight Profile for more about her, or to connect with her on social media!

August in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 22, 2014 10:37

Saskatoon is truly a city that thoroughly enjoys its summer!  As residents of the downtown area, we’ve had the pleasure of living right in the middle of some of Saskatoon’s summer events.  What a treat to cook dinner with the background music of Jazz Fest’s Ms. Lauryn Hill coming in through our windows!

June and July were fantastic but I’m realizing that Saskatoon saves some of the best for last. This has been my first August in Saskatoon, and boy am I impressed!  

The first nine days of the month, the Fringe Festival was in full swing on Broadway Avenue!  My husband and I visited on a few occasions – taking in the crafts, the artwork, and of course, the street theatre (zombie newlyweds!). 

We also visited the Saskatoon ‘EX’, enjoying mini donuts, a free concert by Walk Off the Earth, and Safeway Kidsville. We don’t have kids of our own, but it sure was fun watching little ones going on rides or petting ponies in the petting zoo!  

My personal favourite was the President’s Choice SuperDogs.  If you haven’t seen this dog show, you must!  I don’t know what it is about dogs doing tricks or racing through obstacle courses but the crowd literally went wild – including me!  I can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard. I probably would have been embarrassed, but, like I said, the whole crowd was wild! 


Sadly, we weren’t able to make it to Folkfest, but I hear it’s another great August event, and I’m already looking forward to the PotashCorp Fireworks Festival on August 29-30.

Of course, it’s always sad when summer ends, but I hear that Saskatoon is beautiful in the fall!

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